TCS News to Know

For the Week of November 21, 2022

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Dear Families,

The weather has definitely decided to make the change from fall to winter! With that change, we want to make sure that all of our students have appropriate clothing to stay safe and warm this winter. For the elementary, students will have outside recess unless the "Feels Like" temperature is 10 degrees or less, according to This helps take into account not just the actual temperature, but also the wind chill, moisture in the air, etc. Anything above this is still cold and requires a student to have a warm coat, boots, hats and gloves.

If your child has winter gear they are outgrowing and you are looking for an updated version, be sure to check out the School House Shop - Drop and Shop event happening on December 4. You can drop off winter clothes your kids have outgrown and maybe pick up something in a larger size! This is a great way to help share what we have with each other in our school community.

If you simply do not have these items for your child or children, please let someone in the school know ASAP! You can contact the office or your child's teacher to let them know your needs. A letter was sent home to all elementary students. You can return this as a way to let the school know your needs! Southern Michigan Bank and Trust is helping to sponsor a coat drive for the school, and we may be able to help meet your needs sooner instead of later! We don't want any child to miss school due to not having adequate winter gear!

If you are looking to donate a new coat, snow pants, or boots, please reach out to the elementary office at 517-767-4121 ext. 300 so that they can let you know what specific sizes are needed! Winter clothing items can be dropped off at the elementary or MS/HS office or at the Tekonsha Branch of Southern Michigan Bank & Trust.

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A Fantastic Fall Festival!

The Fall Festival was a huge success! Thank you to the Tekonsha PTO and Heather Mack for organizing this fun family event. A special thank you to all of the individuals and businesses that donated to support this event, the parents, teachers and high school students that worked this evening, and all of the families and community members that braved the cold to come attend the event. To check out more pictures from this fun evening, go to our district Facebook page under Tekonsha Community Schools.

Thank you to all of our sponsors:

  • Tekonsha Animal Hospital
  • Waid's Pizzeria
  • Smith's Christmas Tree Farm
  • Barb Calhoun
  • Randall's Beans
  • The Axford Family
  • The Strang Family
  • Keep & Martinson Lumber
  • Madilyn Upston
  • The Lindsay Family
  • The Thompson Family
  • Cold Marsh LLC
  • Christa Clark Tupperware
  • Sharon Blashfield
  • JoEllen Upston
  • Quality Springs & Employees (Dru Hutchins, Kim Dettle, Patty Snellenberger, Debbie Smith, Sara Setser, Kelly Medina, Kathy Justice, Leslie McAfee, Tom Yawger, Haruka Griffiths, Steve & Cheyl Blair, Brenda Blair, and Sherri Barone)
  • Tekonsha Township Library
  • Judy Jenkins
  • The Mack Family
  • The Tekonsha Fire Department
  • Shumway Farms
  • Merrie Knapp
  • The Klingaman Family
  • Nagel's Meat Processing
  • The White Family
  • Harvey's Farm
  • Christine Bailey
  • Special thank you to all of the families that donated cakes for the cake walk!
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Football All-Region Honors!

Congratulations to Claude Wart and Wyatt Blashfield for being recognized with ALL-REGION honors for football!!! This is a huge honor for these two young men, and we are incredibly proud of them not just as athletes, but as students and citizens! If you're wondering why they have on hats, that was for Hat Day today, in which students can pay a $1 to wear a hat. All money collected will be donated to the Tekonsha Food Bank! Great job, guys!!

Kindness Assembly

" In a world where you can be anything, choose to be kind!"-Nitya Prakash

On Thursday, November 17th, Tekonsha Middle School and High School students were given a powerful challenge. Doug Reavis, a special guest speaker, came to share his Silent Strength challenge with our students. “Today, my positive actions will speak louder than all of my words” He shared his personal story about his younger brother Chris, who was born with severe physical and cognitive delays, yet without any effort, he enthusiastically and happily showed kindness for 41 straight years. He shared that we all have gifts that his brother did not...the gift of words and action. He challenged students to use those gifts to build someone up and that their kindness could be just the thing that breathes life back into another person's day! Thank you, Doug, for sharing your brother's story with our students!

As a follow-up to the presentation, we are also starting a Kindness Wall! This is a digital forum for students, staff, and even families to share positive thoughts. All comments will be reviewed before posted publicly, and only positive thoughts will be shared. Anyone is welcome to spread some kindness! The link will also be available on our district website.

3rd Grade Gets Dictionaries!

How do you spell "GENEROUS?" You can look it up in the FREE dictionaries that the Fredonia Grange provided to each our of Tekonsha Elementary 3rd graders on Tuesday, November 15th! Shirley Myers, from the Fredonia Grange, came and presented dictionaries to the 3rd grade, as part of the Bonnie Rocco Dictionary Project that the Grange does each year. She called each student by name, shook their hand, and gave them the dictionary with their name printed inside. The students were very excited and can't wait to start using their new dictionaries. Thank you, Fredonia Grange, for your generosity toward our students!

A Month of Gratitude!

For the month of November, we are challenging all students and staff (and families!) to practice 30 days of Thankfulness - A Gratitude Challenge! Our Mental Health Services Specialist, Mrs. Christine Bailey, has put together age appropriate calendars for our elementary and MS/HS students. These can be picked up in the office or printed off from the links below. Hang this someplace prominent in your home and encourage your child to reflect on each topic daily! This is another great way to focus on the positive!

If you don't print the calendar, we will share each week's daily topics in the newsletter for each week!

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Money Raffle Fundraiser

Tekonsha High School students will be selling money raffle tickets beginning this week. This fundraiser helps support all classes with their dances and class events. All tickets are $10 each and the drawing will be held on December 14, 2022 at 10:30 am in the Tekonsha High School library. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Michele Stuart.
  • 1st - $400
  • 2nd - $300
  • 3rd - $200
  • 4th - $200
  • 5th-8th - $100 each
  • 9th-14th - $50 each
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Pablo Picasso Turkeys

Elementary students in Mrs. Aryn Henry's art special learned about the famous Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso and cubism, the style of art that he created. Cubism is an art form in which an artist breaks up an object that they paint, draw or sculpt, and then put them back together in an abstract and geometric form. Our elementary artists enjoyed practicing this art style on some turkeys!

Student Congrats

Congratulations to the Tekonsha Elementary School Indians of the Week that were selected for a variety of reasons for the week of November 14-18. This week was "Teacher's Choice," where each classroom teachers recognized students for the following qualities:

Kindergarten - Friendly

  • 1st - Reliable Participant
  • 2nd - Resilience
  • 3rd - Helpful to Peers
  • 4th - Active Learner
  • 5th - Rise Above and Get Things Done

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Student Section Theme NIghts!

Get ready to cheer on the Boys and Girls Basketball teams this year with some fun, student section theme nights! Students that come dressed up for the theme get into the game for FREE! It's a great way to show some school spirit!
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Santa Claus lives in Tekonsha!

We had a special visitor from a representative of Courtesy Car and Truck last week, and they made a generous donation toward our Santa Claus for Schools list, covering all of the items that had been listed as of last Friday! Thank you to Courtesy Car and Truck for this gift! We appreciate the support and generosity that the community has been showing our school and our students. I am convinced that maybe Tekonsha is really where Santa lives!

If you are looking for a way to support the school that is not listed on the Santa list, please feel free to contact Mrs. O'Keefe at or by calling 517-767-4121 ext. 101.

Santa Claus for Schools Starting!

Santa Claus for Schools is a charitable campaign that was started several years ago. Often teachers find that they are in need of “extra” things for their classroom, yet they know that there is not enough general budget money to spend on them. The teachers know that the students would benefit from these purchases, but do not order them in an attempt to save money for the school. At the same time, community members often feel they want to do something to help the schools, but they want to “see” something for their money. This campaign is an attempt to allow people in the community to see their donations go directly to work by purchasing items for classrooms.

In the past, this has been a very successful campaign. We are excited about the opportunity to continue this unique community tradition again this year. We will post the teachers’ “wish list” in the Tekonsha IDEA each week from November 11th through December 30th.

If you would like to make a general monetary contribution to the program, or if you would like to donate to purchase a specific item on the list, please contact Trisha Blashfield at 517-767-4121 ext 100 or by email at tblashfield Checks should be made out to:

Tekonsha Community Schools and sent to

245 S Elm Street, Tekonsha, MI 49092.

We sincerely appreciate any donation, small or large, that we receive. Our students benefit greatly from your generosity!

Menus for the Month

Breakfast and lunch menus for both the elementary and the MS/HS are now available on the website! Click on the links below to access these.
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Important Links!!!