Bulldog Bulletin

TGNS Family Newsletter - September/October 2020

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"Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other, Take Care of This Place"

A Note from Mr. Pippin, Executive Director

Hello Bulldogs!

I am so impressed by our students, staff and parents for how well everyone has done with virtual learning! It has definitely not been an easy road but all parties have adapted well and given one another grace and understanding while we figured it out.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to welcome all students back to in-person learning beginning October 19. While it will be a new and different school environment with all our COVID-19 precautions and safety measures, it will still be great to hear the sounds of school echoing in our hallways again.

Parents, we are here for you and your family. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns, particularly as you weigh the decision of in-person learning or virtual learning for your child.


Mr. Pippin

School Hours

Virtual Learning Hours: 9:00am - 2:45pm

Regular School Hours (Beginning October 9, 2020): 7:30am-2:30pm

Please be logged on for your daily Morning Meeting on Microsoft Teams by 9:00am!

Regular attendance and tardy policies are in place this school year, even virtually. If you need to report your child's absence, please contact the school at 317-226-4215 by 8:30am.

School Messenger

Parents/Guardians can take advantage of the text messaging service to receive important school-based and district news. It is really simple to just follow three easy steps:

  • Text 67587
  • Send Text
  • Reply Yes or Y to receive messages

You can also opt-out of these messages at any time by simply replying "Stop" to any of the messages.

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PIT Day is COMING UP! - OCTOBER 8, 2020

Your child's teacher will contact you to set up a conference time!

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How to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

TGNS is proud to be the home of many students and families from different Latino cultures! Our school's population is about 40% Hispanic and we are excited to share great resources to celebrate our students' roots.

Articles and Activities:

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources For Teachers, Parents, & Kids

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

How to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Student at home work space

Parents here is a great idea from Pinterest to create a workspace for your student.

Supplies include:

  • Elmer's Tri-Fold Corrugated Display Board, 28x40 ($2.77 at Walmart or Amazon)
  • Calendar
  • Pencil Pouch
  • Binder Clips
  • Decorative Stickers
  • Add encouraging words (affirmations) to motivate learning

September Featured Staff - Mrs. Stacey Pearson

Mrs. Pearson has been in education for 20 years as a teacher and instructional coach. She moved from the fifth grade instructional team to a new position as a Student Support Specialist this school year. Her focus in this new position is to support staff, students, parents with attendance needs, data, and strategies to improve engagement through learning and attendance. She is a great source for questions regarding Schoology and other instructional resources during e-learning. Mrs. Pearson enjoys reading, camping, knitting, and Disney movies.

October Featured Staff

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Upcoming Events

Fiesta de la Familia: A Celebration of Latino Cultures

Enjoy live music and special activities throughout the day celebrating Latino cultures at The Children's Museum!

TGNS Community Food Drive

With the help of Big Green, Conscious Alliance and the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, TGNS is excited to be hosting a community drive-thru food drive!

Stock up on dry goods and non-perishable food items

When: Monday, September 28

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Where: John Boner Neighborhood Center - 2236 E. 10th St.

Dads Inc. Presents Nurturing Fathers

Dads Inc. is looking for 15 fathers (dads/stepdads/grandfathers/uncles/any father image) to participate in a 7-week Virtual Nurturing Fathers Class. Nurturing Fathers is an Evidence-Based, National Program that improves personal and family relationships for Men of all ages and stages in parenting. Incentives and Certificates for participants.

If interested contact Brian Carter:



Indy Reads offers English Speaking/High School Diploma Classes

Indy Reads is hosting morning and evening virtual ELL (English Language Learners) and HSE (high school equivalency) classes to adults seeking their high school diploma and/or a job. Classes are free and hosted via Zoom.

To sign up, register through the online form:


Indy Reads also offers youtube videos in different languages to help promote ELL classes. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-dvIApdoD3FqVKOQEg6_3JBN_-qmCrB0

Big Green

Learn about Big Green's online hub that makes sure students, families, and grow stronger and healthier amidst the pandemic.




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The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people.

~ Chadwick Boseman

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