Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #23

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February 8, 2021

Hello TCES Families!


We are just one week away from welcoming our youngest learners back into the building. Please closely review this issue of the Terrapin Tidbits to learn about all of the safety procedures we have in place. We invite you to view the video and discuss the bulletin board with your student.


We are ready!


Warm regards,

Lindsay Brenfleck

Notable Dates

  • Mon, Feb 15: Holiday, Presidents' Day - No School


  • Tues, Feb 16: Phase 2 (K, 1), Group B Students Return
  • Wed, Feb 17: Phase 2 (K, 1), Group A Students Return


  • Fri, Feb 26: 2 Hour Early Release; MP3 Interim


  • Mon, Mar 1: Phase 3 (2-5) begins

Synchronous Specials

B Week 2/8 - 2/12: Specials are live on Google Meet with our specialists this week!


Specialists' Google Meet Codes:

  • PE: tcessettle
  • Music: tcesnazimek
  • Art: tcessquier
  • Media: tcesstearns

Hybrid & Virtual Learning

Last Wednesday, you should have received a call, email, and text (if you are signed up to receive text alerts) for each of your TCES students confirming their learning location (Hybrid A, Hybrid B, or Virtual).


If you have questions or need to make a change, email Mrs. Suzanne VerHaagh smverhaagh@smcps.org or call our office 301-863-4044 by Wednesday, February 10.

Transportation Forms

If you have not yet completed the Transportation Form for each of your TCES Students (sent out last fall and resent last Wednesday), please complete it by next Wednesday, February 10.

Thank you!


SAFETY CORNER: The Safety of All is a Top Priority!

Revisit our TCES Return to School Safely Video from the Fall:

COVID-19 Process for student return

Health & Safety

COVID-19 Data Dashboards

SMCPS continues to track state-wide, regional and school system data related to COVID-19 and the SMCPS Recovery Plan. This site provides data related to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

SMCPS Food & Nutrition Services

Meal distribution for all students will continue at all sites on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


SELECT THIS LINK to sign up to have your student who is attending school in-person receive take-home meal bags at the end of the school day for the following day's hybrid schedule.

[LINK] Technology Assistance

Technology support: Phone number (301) 475-2138 Option 1or email helpdesk@smcps.org

Communication Methods

  • School Telephone: (301) 863-4044
  • Website: https://schools.smcps.org/tces/
  • Twitter: @TCES_SMCPS
  • School Messenger: phone, email, SMS (text messages)
  • Previous Issues of the Terrapin Tidbits [LINK]
Directions to Receive Text Alerts [Link]

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