Monday Message 9-12-2022

Progress Reports

TeSA Families,

Progress Reports were posted in Parent Portal last week. These reports are a snapshot of your child's grades at the time the report was run. Most likely, your child's grades have already changed, so we highly recommend checking Parent Portal weekly. You can see all grades and attendance when you log into your account.

2nd-5th grade families should see a letter grade for Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, and P.E., and a numerical grade for English Language Arts/Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Due to our system of standards-based grading, kindergarten and 1st grade students do not have grades for their academic subjects, but will have a grade for each fine arts course. Citizenship grades will not be posted until the end of the grading cycle. Thank you for continuing to check your child's binder/folder for notes regarding behavior.

Artistically & Academically Yours,

Betsy Compton, M.A., M.A.T., M.Ed.


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TeSA Calendars

The academic calendar shows the beginning and ending of each grading cycle in blue. You can expect to see Progress Reports in the 3rd week of the cycle and Report Cards the week after the cycle ends. Be sure to also note school holidays in yellow and staff development days in grey. A photo of the calendar is below and can also be found on our website. The academic calendar is approved by the Board and will not change unless there is extreme weather or state-mandated closures.

The TeSA Activity Calendar is a fluid document and may change throughout the year. It contains state-mandated days, such as STAAR testing, and also locally-developed days like Howdy Week. Please reference the TeSA Activity Calendar to save the dates for all of our performances and major events.

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Picture Day = Tuesday, September 27th

Tuesday, September 27th will be our TeSA Picture Day! In addition to individual pictures, all homeroom classes will take a picture together. The pictures will be featured in our 2022-2023 TeSA Yearbook, which will be available to purchase later in the year.

Information about ordering your child's photos will be sent as soon as it is received.

Thank you for planning ahead for your child to wear his/her favorite TeSA uniform pieces. All students should be in full uniform compliance and remove all outerwear for the photos.


All K-5th grade students are expected to have a pair of headphones to use at school. Headphones are used to hear educational programs on iPads/Chromebooks, and sometimes also just to block out other noises. Students may bring any style they like, and we highly recommend labeling your child's headphones before sending them to school!

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Our campus wide newsletters and quick announcements are all sent through Remind. You can pass along the Remind code to anyone in your extended-TeSA family. You can catch up on any newsletters you missed by clicking HERE.

TeSA = @3bab89

K = @897kf8e

1st = @a427c4kgaa

2nd = @cd9g9dhgeh

3rd = @ha8g8c38d4

4th = @b6fhcg264f

5th = @ed63kad238

Grade-Level Newsletters are housed on the Grade-Level Websites. Although you may get a message reminding you to view the newsletter, you can always go directly to the website to view it, along with other grade-specific information.

Email is the best method to reach any teacher or administrator. All emails are set up as firstname.lastname@mytesa.org. They are also linked on the TeSA website.

Phone calls are great for quick questions or alerts. You can reach Ms. Tammy at 817-732-8372. Phone calls for teachers and administrators should be scheduled in advance.

The office is open 7:45-4:00. Come on in during those hours to drop off paperwork or student items. Meetings with teachers and administrators should be schedule in advance.


We have an amazing group of parents at TeSA, advocating and fundraising for our students. Your voice matters, so join PTO and find out how you can be instrumental in helping. There are ways for everyone to be involved on campus or from home. If you're planning to volunteer on campus, be sure you've also completed the volunteer paperwork.
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Author Interview Invitation

The FWAFA PTSO invites you to join us September 13th at 7 PM in the auditorium at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts as we host an Interview with Dr. Christine Carter the Author of "The NEW Adolescence Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction." This event will be streamed so attendees can attend both live and online. This event is open to the public so please use the link below to RSVP so we can accommodate our families first. There will be limited spots so please RSVP early. This event is free. A special raffle will be held for those registered as in person attendees.

The event will be both insightful for parents and adolescents. More details will follow through the FWAFA PTSO Instagram, Facebook Event Page, and emailed to the recipients who RSVP.

RSVP by clicking HERE.

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Girls on the Run

TeSA is proud to partner with Girls on the Run to host a running club after-school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for our 3rd-5th grade girls. Please read the message from their Program Director, Ms. Amy Taylor, below and reach out to them directly with any questions.

Every girl’s relationship and reaction to the words “back to school” is different. To some, the sound of those three words is simply musical, and the vision of new textbooks, smell of freshly sharpened pencils, and sound of busy classrooms is a welcome return. For others, “back to school” rings a slightly different tune — one that is perhaps more stress-inducing than it is exciting. Regardless of where your girl falls on the scale, one thing remains consistent; a strong start is EVERYTHING. How we initiate an experience is extremely telling of how we will conclude it. How do we enter this next chapter full of courage, self-assurance and optimism? At Girls on the Run, we choose confidence.

Girls on the Run is an afterschool program like no other! Twice per week for 10 weeks, girls will have fun, make friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills. Trained and caring coaches lead 3rd - 5th grade girls through interactive lessons and movement activities. The season ends with a celebratory 5K event.

Don’t miss your chance to get involved in the fall 2022 season! Registration is open today at www.gotrdfw.org. Use Discount Code TESA40 for $40 registration fee ($135 off registration!). Limited spots are available. Please contact GOTR at (214) 484-3082 with questions or for more information.

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All students are expected to attend school every day. If your child must be absent for any reason, please email your homeroom teacher and tammy.smith@mytesa.org. If the absence is due to any symptoms that could be contagious, your child may attend Remote Conferencing to complete schoolwork and earn daily attendance. Assignments will be accessed through Google Classroom, and some online academic programs may also be utilized as needed. ONLY students with parent/doctor documentation of contagious symptoms may participate.

Remote Conferencing

Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.