Takoma Park Elementary School


February 12, 2023

A Message From Mrs. Blacksten (G.T. Liaison)

Grade 2 Families: Look for your Parent Input Form this week!

All parents of Grade 2 students will receive a letter this week in ParentVUE and in the U.S. mail regarding online completion of the Parent Input Form, which asks your opinion about your student’s strengths. The information you share with us is an important part of the Gifted and Talented identification process and helps us learn more about your student to plan for their instructional program for the upcoming school year. We value your opinion. Please complete and submit the electronic form as soon as possible. You will need to use your student’s MCPS Google log-in credentials to access the form. If you are not able to complete the form online, or have any other questions, please contact Jessica_R_Blacksten@mcpsmd.org, to request support with completing and submitting the electronic form.

Todos los padres de los alumnos de los Grados 2, estarán recibiendo una carta por correo postal esta semana y en ParentVUE respecto a completar en línea el formulario de Aporte de los Padres, en el que se pide su opinión sobre las fortalezas de su alumno. La información que usted comparta con nosotros es una parte importante del proceso de identificación de alto potencial y talento, y nos ayuda a conocer mejor a su alumno para poder planificar su programa de enseñanza para el próximo ciclo escolar. Nosotros valoramos su opinión. Por favor, complete y envíe el formulario electrónico tan pronto como sea posible. Para acceder al formulario, deberá utilizar las credenciales de acceso de Google de MCPS de su alumno. Si no puede completar el formulario en línea, o tienen cualquier otra pregunta, puede ponerse en contacto con la escuela de su alumno para solicitar ayuda para completar y enviar el formulario electrónico. Jessica_R_Blacksten@mcpsmd.org

Black History Month Celebration

PBES/TPES Black History Night will be on February 22, 7-8:30pm at PBES, cosponsored by the TPES and PBES PTAs. We’ll have live performers and light refreshments, including our own Takoma Park Poet Laureate. Students and their families/caregivers are welcome!

Outdoor Recess Equipment

We have reintroduced balls and other equipment to outdoor recess. With the reintroduction we have been reminding children to use the equipment appropriately. Children should play with the balls and other equipment in safe ways. We are now accepting donations of hula hoops, bubbles and sidewalk chalk. Please drop off donation in the main office.

Kindergarten Orientation Friday, April 28th & Monday, May 1st

Kindergarten classes will not be held on April 28th and May 1st to allow for kindergarten orientation for next year's kindergarten students. Please be sure to keep your kindergarten student home on the orientation days. Registration for the orientation begins on March 15, 2023.

Kindergarten Registration is Open

Parents are welcome to register their child (who is already 5 or turning 5 by September 1, 2023) for kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year. You can register online or in person. Please register early as we will begin making kindergarten classes on May 2, 2023.

Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair - Important Details

The Book Fair is underway!

School Day Shopping: We open each morning this week at 9:05am and students will visit the fair during their Media Special or another time their teacher has selected to purchase items.

eWallet: Scholastic’s eWallet is a digital payment option that eliminates the need to send cash to school. Visit our fair homepage and scroll to the middle of the page to set up your child’s eWallet. If you made an eWallet last year, use the same login and password to apply unused funds to a new eWallet. We also accept cash and checks (made out to TPES PTA).

Pajama and Food Truck Nights: The fair is open until 7:30pm on Monday, February 13th and Thursday, February 16th. Wear your coziest PJs, bring your softest stuffie, and grab some delicious dinner from a food truck!

  • On Monday the 13th,Muoi Tieu will have tasty Vietnamese food beginning at 5:30pm.
  • On Thursday the 16th, Catalyst Hot Dogs will be serving up vegan and meat dogs beginning at 5pm.

Build a teacher’s classroom library: Visit the fair after school on Monday and Thursday and buy a book for a teacher’s classroom. “Wish list” bins will be located by the main entrance. If you can’t make it in person, send a note with your child and we’ll help them purchase an item their teacher will appreciate.

Volunteering: Many shifts remain! Sign up online.

Online fair: Can’t find the book your child is looking for? The online fair runs through February 23rd.

Questions? Email bookfair@tpespta.net.

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