Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #18

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January 4, 2021

Greetings TCES Families!

I hope that our winter break provided many opportunities to slow down a bit, laugh with the family that surrounds you, and enjoy special moments with loved ones.

We missed our students over the break! We look forward to reconnecting this week as well as the excitement, learning, and new opportunities that 2021 holds for us all.


Lindsay Brenfleck

Link: Letter from Dr. Smith

As instruction resumes on January 4, 2021, SMCPS will continue with online learning.

Notable Dates

  • Mon, Jan 4: Virtual Learning Resumes
  • Mon, Jan 18: Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Fri, Jan 22: Two Hour Early Release; End of Marking Period 2
  • Fri, Jan 29: No School for Students

Impact Aid Form: ACTION ITEM

As of 12/18, we have received 31% of our Federal Impact Aid Form entries. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and please take a few minutes to complete this form for each student in your household.

Emergency Form/Impact Aid - due Fri, Dec 18

Select this link to login to HAC.

  • Instructions for families to complete the combined Emergency Form/Impact Aid can be found HERE.
  • A video/screencast to assist in completing the Forms can be found HERE.

Additionally, our office is ready to assist (301-863-4044, smverhaagh@smcps.org, tbogle@smcps.org) and will be reaching out to provide reminders this week.

If you have already completed the form, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Asynchronous Specials

A Week 1/4 - 1/8: Specials are asynchronous on Schoology this week.

[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]

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

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.