Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #24

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February 15, 2021

Hello Terrapins!


K and Grade 1 Students: we can't wait to welcome you back tomorrow and Wednesday!

2nd-5th Graders: just two more weeks and we'll be welcoming you back, too.


As a reminder, all of our health and safety procedures were outlined in Terrapin Tidbits, Issue 23. If you didn't watch our TCES Safe Return Video, please view it with your student prior to their return date. Our talented TCES actors were recognized during last Wednesday's BOE Meeting. Dr. Smith said, "If you want to feel good, take 13 minutes; it's a great video, the staff is hilarious and cute...." Check it out!


It's a great day to be a Terrapin!


All the best,

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
  • Fri, Mar 26: 2 Hour Early Release

Asynchronous Specials

A Week 2/16-19: Specials are asynchronous on Schoology this week.


K,1 Virtual Learners: updated specials schedule

Town Creek Character Kids

January 2021

The following students were recognized for demonstrating outstanding character throughout the month of January.


Congratulations students and families! Be proud!

Kindergarten: Scarlet Lightfoot & Amoni Robinson

First Grade: Zachary Avery & Cayden Harrison

Second Grade: Lucia Anotado & Mason Isaza

Third Grade: Jaxson Lightfoot & Mason Marks

Fourth Grade: Harper Hayes & Bradyn Kiernan

Fifth Grade: Sofia Cornejo & Kiersten Kopicko

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 today!


Thank you to those who have already submitted your response!


SMCPS Mental Health & Wellness Resources

Elementary School Mental Health & Wellness
Resources for elementary students


Parent|Guardian Mental Health & Wellness
Resources for parents and guardians

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

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.

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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