Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #9

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October 12, 2020

Greetings Terrapins Families!

Thank you for your timely responses to the TCES Return to School Response Form. If you have not yet completed the form, you may still do so today. Tomorrow, we will begin reaching out by phone to the families who have not responded.

We can't mask how excited we are to welcome our students back into the building! But we will be masking ourselves and all of our students will be wearing masks, too. Our terrific and tenacious TCES staff members are in the process of finalizing safety procedures for every single aspect of our students' day from the time they arrive in the morning all the way through dismissal. Safety continues to be our top priority!


Lindsay Brenfleck

Select this button for today's Early Release Schedule

TCES Two Hour Early Release Schedule [1:45pm]

Important Dates

  • Mon, Oct 12 - Two Hour Early Release; Parent/Teacher Conferences in PM

  • Fri, Oct 16 - *Save The Date* Instructional Materials Distribution [Schedule and Map]

*Note: Ms. Squier will host synchronous (Live) art lessons on Tuesday, 10/13. This impacts students in Miller, Beltran, Jones, Combs, Galati, and Rushworth's classes.

  • Fri, Oct 16 and Fri, Oct 30 - Asynchronous Two Hour Early Release Fridays

Student Return Dates:

  • Wed, Oct 28 - Kindergarten Students Return
  • Mon, Nov 2 - Grade 1 Students Return
  • Mon, Nov 16 - Grades 2-5 Students Return

Return to School: Hybrid Model

Town Creek Elementary students will attend on designated days, either:

  • Monday/Wednesday (A group) or
  • Tuesday/Thursday (B group).

All students will follow an asynchronous, virtual schedule on Fridays.

Families who have indicated that their children will remain “virtual” will begin with adjusted asynchronous schedules when their grade level returns to in-person instruction. Our classroom teachers are currently outlining schedules as they prepare to address the needs of in-person and virtual learners.

TCES Hybrid Groups [A/B Groups]

A Group --> Mon/Wed _____ B Group --> Tues/Thurs

Hybrid Schedule and Exceptional Circumstances

We have alphabetically divided each TCES class for when we return to in-person instruction in the hybrid model. If you have extenuating circumstances that warrant a request for an assignment to days other than what is indicated by the alphabet split on this spreadsheet [LINK], please use this form [LINK] to document your request. A member of our TCES Team will contact you to discuss/confirm the change in your student's Hybrid Group assignment.

Action Items:

SMCPS AUP & Online Platforms Permissions - Due Date Extended

If you have not already completed the SMCPS Acceptable Use Policy and Online Platforms, please do so today!

SMCPS extended the due date to Thursday, 10/15/2020.

TCES Educators are Excellent!

Excellence in Online Teaching

Help us recognize Excellence in Online Teaching. There are incredible examples in our little school and across our school system of educators who have demonstrated caring and connectedness with their students. Submit your nomination using THIS FORM.
[LINK] Technology Assistance

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

Directions to Receive Text Alerts [Link]

Stay up to date on events, closings, and alerts!

Communication Methods

  • School Telephone: (301) 863-4044
  • Website: https://schools.smcps.org/tces/
  • Twitter: @TCES_SMCPS
  • School Messenger: phone, email, SMS (text messages)
  • SY20 Issues of the Terrapin Tidbits [LINK]