Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #20

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January 18, 2021

Greetings TCES Families,

"The time is always right to do what is right."

Today, we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and how he inspired the human race to strive for harmony among all people. His words and his dedication to equality continue to inspire us today.


Lindsay Brenfleck

Notable Dates

  • 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

  • Tues, Feb 3 (changed from 2/2): Report Card Distribution
  • Feb 1-5: Counselor Appreciation Week
  • Mon, Feb 15: Holiday, Presidents' Day

Asynchronous Specials

A Week 1/19 - 1/22: Specials are asynchronous/independent on Schoology this week.

Elementary School Mental Health & Wellness
Resources for elementary students

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

January 13, 2021 Board of Education Meeting

St. Mary's County Public Schools Board of Education Meeting 01/13/21
As you are very likley aware, the positivity rate and cases per 100,000 for COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County continue to exceed acceptable levels for returning students for in-person instruction. SMCPS continues to monitor local data and collaborate with the St. Mary’s County Health Department to make informed decisions about when our phased approach to in-person hybrid instruction may begin. Currently, no date has been set.

Dr. Smith presents data and the phased-in approach beginning at 15:15 in the video above. Dr. Brewster follows Dr. Smith with information regarding vaccinations.

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.

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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