Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #21

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January 25, 2021

Hello TCES Families,

It's a great day to be a Terrapin!

Dr. Smith, Superintendent of Schools, shared this letter [link] with us on Friday afternoon. We couldn't be more excited to welcome students back to hybrid instruction by March 1, 2021! Tune in to the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday at 6:00 pm for a detailed presentation of the process and timeline for our student return: www.smcps.org/streaming.

Warm regards,

Lindsay Brenfleck

Notable Dates

  • Tues, Feb 3 (changed from 2/2): Report Card Distribution
  • Feb 1-5: Counselor Appreciation Week
  • Mon, Feb 15: Holiday, Presidents' Day
  • Fri, Feb 26: 2 Hour Early Release; MP3 Interim

Hybrid Learning

With students returning to the Hybrid Model of Instruction, we need to confirm students' learning locations.

If you indicated at the beginning of the year that your child would remain VIRTUAL, and you would like to re-consider, please contact the school. Similarly, if you indicated that your child would participate in-person on the HYBRID schedule and want to continue with virtual learning throughout MP 3, please contact the school.

You may send an email to Mrs. Suzanne VerHaagh at smverhaagh@smcps.org or call the office at 301-863-4044.

Synchronous Specials

B Week 1/25 - 1/29: Specials are live on Google Meet with our specialists this week!

Specialists' Google Meet Codes:

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

Conscious Discipline Parent Webinar Series & Live Q&A Session

Parents and community members are invited to participate in a FREE Conscious Discipline virtual workshop being offered by Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Amy Speidel, on Thursday, January 28, 2021, from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Conscious Discipline is a proven comprehensive approach that empowers parents with skills to create a safe, connected problem-solving environment. When being a parent is on display in public or with relatives present, parents find themselves facing unique challenges. This session focuses on "in the trench" moments that require quick tools, as well as pro-active practices to set families up for success.

A pre-recorded Conscious Discipline webinar session with Amy Speidel is also available for parents to view. The webinar session may be accessed and revisited unlimited times through November 2021.

Registration is required. Please contact Lynn Trehern at pltrehern@smcps.org to register.

Thank you!

We received nearly 80% of our Impact Aid/Emergency Form entries. Thank you to all of our families who completed these important forms!
Elementary School Mental Health & Wellness
Resources for elementary students

Parent|Guardian Mental Health & Wellness
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SMCPS Food & Nutrition Services

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On Friday, January 29, all schools will be closed for Staff Professional Development.

Therefore, meal distribution on Wednesday, January 27, will include food for three days

(Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).

Beginning the week of February 1, meal distribution will continue Monday, Wednesday, and

Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; however, Friday’s meal bag will include food for three days

(Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). The meal distribution schedule for Fridays will continue

until a plan has been established for students to return to in-school instruction.

If you have any questions regarding the schedule change, please send them to


[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)
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Health & Safety

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