Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #5

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September 14, 2020

Hello Terrapin Families!


It was fantastic to see so many of you at last Friday's Materials of Instruction distribution. If you missed it, please email smverhaagh@smcps.org to make arrangements to collect your student's materials.


At Town Creek Elementary, we stick together! Check out the bulletin board Mrs. Kirby made to prove it. We are fortunate to have our Town Creek families and community working with us... we are all in this together!


All the best,

Lindsay Brenfleck

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Notable Dates


  • 9/14-9/18 A Week: Asynchronous (independent) Specials




  • Thurs, Sept 24 - Two Hour Early Release



  • Mon, Oct 5 - K, 1 Hybrid Model Begins


  • Mon, Oct 12 - Two Hour Early Release; Parent/Teacher Conferences in PM


  • Mon, Oct 19 - 2, 3, 4, 5 Hybrid Model Begins

Action Items:

Return to School Survey

Complete the TCES Return to School Survey for each child in your household who is enrolled at Town Creek.

  • K, 1 responses due by Friday, 9/18
  • 2, 3, 4, 5 responses due by Friday, 10/2


This information is a critical piece of our planning for returning students to in-person instruction in the hybrid model, including dividing classes and organizing bus transportation.


Link to FAQs

Parent/Guardian Permission Form

SMCPS Acceptable Use Policy and Online Platforms

Review the SMCPS Acceptable Usage Policy and the SMCPS Online Platform Permission information. This form [LINK] must be completed for each student in SMCPS no later than September 30, 2020.

SHAPE Maryland offer to Students and Educators

The SHAPE Maryland Executive Board has made the decision to give free professional membership to educators and students for the 2020-2021 school year. Please visit SHAPEMD.org to renew or join. Let's grow together. If you want to make a donation to SHAPE Maryland please make a donation on our website. The county with the largest enrollment of membership by the end of September will receive a special prize from SHAPE Maryland for its school system.

A Harris Teeter Reminder from our PTA

Harris Teeter requires you to re-link your card to our school EVERY AUGUST! If you use the app & you already had it linked before, just go to your account & scroll down to Together in Education & it should be there for you to select. If not you can log in and add us: 5294 - Town Creek Elementary PTA. You can also ask your cashier to link it for you when you checkout. Once you do it once this school year, you are good for the whole school year (until next August) Thanks everyone & spread the word!

STAR Breathing

When we start to feel overwhelmed, sometimes the very best thing we can do is Smile, Take a deep breath, And Relax. Practice this with our own Ms. Beltran!
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[LINK] Technology Assistance

Technology support: Phone number (301) 475-2138 Option 1or email helpdesk@smcps.org

Directions to Receive Text Alerts [Link]

Stay up to date on events, closings, and alerts!

Communication Methods

  • School Telephone: (301) 863-4044
  • Website: https://schools.smcps.org/tces/
  • Twitter: @TCES_SMCPS
  • School Messenger: phone, email, SMS (text messages)
  • SY20 Issues of the Terrapin Tidbits [LINK]