Terrapin Tidbits

SY20 TCES Family Issue #29

April 20, 2020

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Hello Terrapin Families!

Our teachers, staff, and I owe great thanks to you for your patience, understanding, and collaboration as we navigated through our first week of continuous learning opportunities. We had many successes and worked well together to overcome challenges. Look for Week 1 Imagine Learning progress information from your child's teacher by Friday.

Please continue to reach out to let us know how we can support you. Keep smiling, everyone. Together, we got this!

Warm regards,

Lindsay Brenfleck

SMCPS Update 2 [LINK]

Throughout the extended school closure, SMCPS is providing continuous opportunities for learning. This not our normal way of doing business, so there are many questions. SMCPS will provide ongoing updates for these questions in this format.

Notable Dates

  • Update School Buildings Closed: State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon has announced that Maryland public schools will be closed through Friday, May 15, 2020.

  • May 4-8, 2020: Teacher Appreciation Week
TCES Unified Arts & Media News

Check out the collaborative efforts of our outstanding specialists' team! This newsletter is full of Art, Music, Reading, and Physical Activity resources for our students and families.

Tech Support Sites for Families & Students

This website will help guide you through some basic troubleshooting when using Imagine Learning at home: IMAGINE LEARNING AT HOME HELP [Link]


Looking for More Resources & Learning Activities?

Check out these activities recommended by our SMCPS Supervisors:

English/Language Arts

Thinkport.org has developed At Home Learning Viewing Guides, which provide "before, during and after" learning strategies and activities to help parents and teachers "turn viewing into doing", for the PBS and MPT educational programs that are airing daily.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the SMCPS Media Site. It includes ideas for at home activities, resources for read alouds, and website links for students. Tons of resources in one spot!


The Math Learning Center has created fantastic Math at Home Grade Level Sites for families. They include Activities of the Day, Games Families Can Play and Online Games.

TCES Teacher Office Hours [LINK]

We will be available via email to answer and respond to questions and concerns. Although staff may be available outside of these times, please be aware that responses to any communications received outside of these hours may be delayed. Thank you!

Census 2020

The U.S. census — a once in a 10-year count of U.S. residents — determines how and where federal funding will be spent over the next decade. For each person counted in St. Mary's County, we receive more than $18,000 in federal funds which pay for our schools, public services and many other programs that directly impact our community. Visit my2020census.gov, or call into 1-844-330-2020. It takes less than 10 minutes for you to fill it out. Will you take the pledge to complete your census form and help spread the word?
Are You Receiving Text Alerts? [Link]

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