A Note from Principal Curran

Updates from Thorpe Creek Elementary Nov. 2021

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Making Our Learning Visible; Mrs. Bradley-Murray has a short video for you!

TCE will recycle your unusable holiday lights. Families may drop off the lights in a bin outside of door 1 from Nov. 22 - Jan. 14.

Recycling helps to teach sustainability, electricity, conservation, math, and environmental science.

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Winter! We're Ready For You!

This snowy picture is from 2019 and these Cardinals are now our 4th graders! As we enter our winter months, please be sure to send your child to school dressed to play outdoors. Here is our School Board approved language for our 13 elementary schools regarding outdoor recess: https://tce.hseschools.org/student/student-handbook/recess-policy

Wondering what to expect this season if HSE Schools closes due to weather?

Our goal on snow days (also called eLearning Days) is for children and staff to stay safe. If you are at home with your child and need some ideas, bundle up and play in the snow! Invite your child to help in the kitchen and bake something warm and delicious. Play a board game, put together a puzzle, snuggle up and read a book! Empower your child to shovel the sidewalk, the bus stop, and a neighbor's driveway. All of these experiences are learning opportunities that develop vocabulary, build background knowledge, and stimulate curiosity.

On a snow day (which will be called an eLearning Day on the news and on social media) prekindergarten - sixth grade students will have assignments posted in Canvas by 9:00 a.m. Our elementary assignments will be thoughtful and will require about 1.5 - 2 hours-ish of completion time. Assignments will include materials that are available in our homes and childcare centers. Teachers will not Zoom with students on snow days (eLearning Days).

HSE Schools announces school delays and closures on the local news and on Facebook and Twitter.

If HSE delays the start of the school day by 2 hours (called a "2 Hour Delay Day"), our elementary school day will begin at 9:40 a.m. The end of the school remains the same (2:10).

Childhood goes quickly. Snow days are a beautiful reminder to slow down and experience the wonder of nature. Here's to a safe winter filled with warm memories!

Thank you, Cardinals! Our November 10 blood drive donations impacted up to 40 lives in our community!

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Conditions for Learning: Optional Daily Snack

In my first principal newsletter this year, I wrote about the importance of designing healthy bedtime routines. A well rested child is primed to learn! Here is a link to that short newsletter article for your reference: https://www.smore.com/7t29n A healthy night's sleep and a well rested child is an important condition for learning.

How's the bedtime routine going in your home? I encourage you to celebrate what's going well and if needed, re-commit to a routine that helps your child get the rest they deserve and require.

I'd like to share another important condition for learning and request your assistance. Many, if not all of you, are aware that Thorpe Creek Elementary offers a daily free optional snack. We have provided this option to students at TCE for many years now (perhaps 8?). The reason for the optional daily snack is simple - we know that it's hard to learn when we are hungry.

A group of parents and staff drafted our list of approved snacks based upon these guiding principles: production in peanut-free plants, accessibility, affordability, variety, and independence for young children in opening and eating the snack. Our approved list includes fruit, vegetables, cheese, SkinnyPop popcorn, and Goldfish crackers. If you'd like to provide input about our approved snack list for next school year, just let me know! I'm happy to add you to the team for the conversation prior to the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

This year we also provide a bottle of water to any student that has forgotten their refillable water bottle at home (water fountains in our schools are covered as a mitigation measure during the pandemic). We know that a hydrated body and brain are healthier and primed to learn!

We currently provide close to 100 individual bags of Goldfish crackers to students in need daily. We provide a case of water to students in need daily.

We need your help! First, if you are able, please be sure to send a refillable water bottle to school with your child daily. Write your child's name on the bottle so we can return it to them if it is left behind. Your child can use our water filling stations located beside our water fountains to refill their bottle, as needed. Also, if you are able, please send an optional daily snack to school with your child. Second, please consider donating bottles of water and/or optional daily snacks to your child's classroom and our school office throughout this school year. These donations will go directly to our students in need.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership, TCE parents and guardians! You are appreciated!

Each day please be sure that your child has a mask and a refillable water bottle (with your child's name on it)!

Thank you for helping teach and re-teach your child proper mask wearing (over the nose and over the mouth). We are using the same language at school. We are getting better every day!