Takoma Park Elementary School


October 16, 2022

Picture Day is Here

Tuesday, October 18th, is individual picture day. Students will go out to the Azalea Garden with their classes and take individual pictures. There will be make up days for students who are absent. Those dates will be shared at a later date.

The Great Shake Out

October 20th, is Great Shake Out day. This means this is the day identified to practice preparedness for earthquakes. The students at TPES will be practicing how to "Drop, Cover & Hold" procedure in the event of an earthquake. They will be directed to get under furniture, cover their heads and hold on the the base of the furniture. This drill is done every year and will not be new for children who were with us last year. The drill lasts about 4-5 minutes and is mostly about awareness.

Volunteers Needed for the Fall Festival October 31st & November 1st

TPES will need parent volunteers to help with the Fall Festival on October 31, 2022. We need parents to help unload pumpkins for our homemade pumpkin patch. Pumpkin unloading will happen from 9:30-10:30 a.m. We will also need parents to work the popcorn machine and pass out popcorn as well as helping in our pumpkin patch. Please sign up to support this fun event using the link below.

Fall Festival Volunteer Sign Up

Family Financial Fun Night

TPES & Piney Branch E.S. (PBES) have combined forces with the Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE) to present a Family Financial Fun Night for students and their families. This family fun night is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and will include dinner and centers for children to learn, in a kid friendly way, how to manage money. This event is open to the entire family. There will be centers with activities to help kids learn about checkbooks, saving money and budgeting. This event is free for all TPES and PBES families. One session will be held at PBES on October 20th at 6:30 p.m. and the other session will be held at TPES on October 27th at 5:30 p.m. Parents can sign up for either school and don't need to sign up for the school where their child is enrolled. Unfortunately, families can only sign up for one night. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Please use the link below or the QR code on the flyer to sign up for this exciting event.

Family Financial Fun Night

Peek at the Week/Newsletter/Lunch Menu



Grade 1

Grade 2


Lunch Menu

The TPES Word Parade

The TPES Word Parade will take place on October 21, 2022 at 10:15 a.m. Students in all grades will pick a describing word (an adjective) and dress as that word.Please remember that all outfits/costumes must be age and school appropriate. When they arrive at school, the homeroom teacher will write their word on an index card necklace. Here is a list of some appropriate examples.

For further examples, please type "Vocabulary Parade" on Google. There are some wonderful photos and ideas!

Cozy, wacky, backwards, scientist, math, happy, puzzle, jungle, purple(any color), fuzzy, colorful, cat (any animal), doctor (any occupation), etc. There are pictures below giving examples. Please avoid choosing inappropriate words that might frighten small children. Each student will select a word that will become a costume. Put your thinking caps on! How can you show the word sparkly, strong, or fuzzy? Design a costume to show the word. From A to Z, the entire dictionary is possible! Thank you for your help making vocabulary instruction fun!

When: Friday, October 21st at 10 am.

Where: Students will march around the perimeter of the school. Parents are invited to watch from the back playground, the bus loop, the front car loop, or side loading dock.

In case of bad weather, students will parade inside. Parents will not be able to attend. A Connect-ED will be sent in this event.

We want this to be a fun event for all involved so it is important that scary or gory descriptions of words be avoided. Any costume deemed inappropriate will not be allowed to be worn.

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Book Club

The B.R.I.D.G.E.S. (Becoming Readers to Ignite Daily Greatness in Students) Book Club is a book club geared toward African American and Hispanic children in grades 2-5. Book Club members must be students enrolled at Takoma Park E.S. or Piney Branch E.S. All students, within the grade range and enrolled at TPES or PBES, are invited to participate. Unfortunately, enrollment is limited to 30 students. The book club meets on Saturdays at TPES. The first meeting will be on November 5th, at 11:30 a.m. The meetings are about one and a half hours in length. During the meetings, the children will play a game or do a project and discuss the book being read. The books and any materials for projects are free and passed out to students at the Saturday meeting. The Book Club will feature books with main characters who are minorities. To register your child, please go to the Bridges Book Club website here THE BRIDGES BOOK CLUB . Registration is open from October 16- October 25, 2022.