Terrapin Tidbits

SY21 TCES Family Issue #16

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December 7, 2020

Greetings TCES Families,

You are doing a great job. Our staff and I appreciate all you do to team with us for our students. Thank you for joining us in our efforts to keep our students learning, connected to their teachers and peers through Google Meet, and motivated to complete Schoology assignments. Our TCES staff and I are ready to help in any way you need - just ask!

This Friday marks the Quarter 2 Interim period. We will continue our learning over the next two weeks leading up to Winter Break while having some fun with our spirit days and our Ho-Ho-Home Materials Pick-Up. Join us!

Warm regards,

Lindsay Brenfleck

Select the SMCPS Update above to read:

  • Upcoming School System Calendar Dates
  • January 2021 Return to School Schedule
  • Student Information and Impact Aid Forms - *Important Action Item*
  • Safety Protocols

Important Dates

  • Due to ongoing high positivity rates of COVID-19 Cases in our area, SMCPS will continue with online learning through December.

  • Fri, Dec 11: Two Hour Early Dismissal - End of Interim Period
  • Fri, Dec 18: Save the date! Ho-Ho-Home Materials Distribution
  • Mon, Dec 21 - Fri, Jan 1: Winter Break
  • Mon, Jan 4: School resumes

Save the Date! Ho-Ho-Home Materials Pick-Up

When: December 18


  • K, 2, 4 --> 1:00-1:45
  • 1, 3, 5 --> 10:15-11:00

Where: TCES Bus Loop

What: Show your holiday cheer while picking up your school gear for the new year!

Celebrate the final day of our 12 Days 'til Winter Break Countdown by driving through to pick up a holiday treat, instructional materials, and see our staff dressed in "Deck the Halls - All Holiday Gear." Be sure to dress in your holiday gear, too!

SPECIALS are AsYnChRoNoUs this week!

A Week 12/7-11: Specials are asynchronous/independent on Schoology this week.

Health & Safety

COVID-19 Data Dashboards

SMCPS continues to track state-wide, regional and school system data related to COVID-19 and the SMCPS Recovery Plan. This site provides data related to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Countdown to Winter Break Spirit Days

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TCES is Glad About Plaid!

You are invited to add your winter countdown spirit photos to our Padlet [LINK].

November Diversity Activities

We are continuing to learn about other cultures. In November, our students learned about Diwali. Diwali is a time to be thankful; people light candles to spread light over darkness.

Check out some of our students' artifacts below!

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select the images to view details

Winter Break Meal Pickup Info:

[LINK] Technology Assistance

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

Communication Methods

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

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

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