Terrapin Tidbits

SY20 TCES Family Issue #31

May 4, 2020

Greetings Terrapins,


Today is the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week!


Throughout this time of many unknowns, one thing is certain: TCES has the very finest educators! I know you'll all agree that our teachers are dedicated and strong. I could not be more proud of our TCES teachers and staff.


Join me in taking some time to thank our educators this week. Check out the PTA flyer for some fun ways for students to show their appreciation each day this week or work with your student to come up with some ideas of your own.


Keep smiling,

Lindsay Brenfleck

A Message to Our Students:

TCES Terrapins Rock
Please view this special message to our Town Creek Elementary students from our teachers and staff. Our thanks go to Erin & Josh Horner for editing this video for us.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week [LINK]

Select this link to view the full TCES Teacher & Staff appreciation PDF File. Staff email addresses are included in the TCES Office Hours button below and may also be found on the TCES website.

Teacher Office Hours + Email Addresses [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!

Notable Dates

  • School Buildings Closed: All St. Mary's County Public Schools and Offices are closed in accordance with the announcement made by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, that all Maryland public schools will be closed, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, May 15, 2020.


  • May 4-8, 2020: Teacher Appreciation Week
Teaching Tips [productive struggle] For Parents

Part of learning is NOT KNOWING! When a child is learning a new concept, he or she will struggle at first. Here is how to help your child when he or she is having a hard time.

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SMCPS Update 4 [LINK]

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

SMCPS Update 4:

Select the button above for updates on:


  • Grading and Feedback
  • Graduation for the Class of 2020
  • How to Get Help for a Mental Health Crisis
  • Grab-and-Go Meals
  • Parking Lot WiFi
  • SMCPS is hiring!
Are You Receiving Text Alerts? [Link]

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

Important Note for all Families

This is a challenging time for students, families, and school staff. You may be trying to work from home or balancing other family needs while trying to support your child with distance learning. Please remember, this is not your typical job and it’s okay to have days that feel less than successful. The best thing you can do for your children is to help them feel safe and loved in this uncertain time.


Distance Learning Tips for Families [LINK] / SMCPS Dept. of Student Services


"Working, parenting, and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time. It's not hard because you are doing it wrong. It's hard because it's too much. Do the best you can." - Dr. Emily W. King, Ph.D, Psychologist

TCES Temporary Phone: (240) 317-9412

During our school closure, you may contact Ms. Tammy Ogle, secretary to the principal, using this phone number: (240) 317-9412

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