TSES Friday Newsletter September 13, 2019

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 1:15pm

Talbott Springs Elementary School
Friday Newsletter~September 13, 2019

Talbott Springs Families,
Happy Friday September 13, 2019! This has been such a busy week at Talbott Springs Elementary! It didn’t take our staff and your children long to settle into a solid school routine.  Back to School Night for GT (Gifted and Talented Programming) and Grade 1 through 5 families takes place on Thursday September 19, 2019. Please join our school community to learn more about what is going on and how to access information about your child’s education. Your children really want you to see where they spend their days and they want you to meet their teachers!
I am grateful for the opportunity to see your children each day and appreciate the effort that you make each day on their behalf. Have a wonderful weekend.
Nancy Thompson

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Back to School Night for Grades 1 through 5~September 19, 2019.
       GT Programming (for interested families) 5:30-6:15 (Media Center)
    Grades 1 through 5-all families 6:30-7:45 (starts in the cafeteria)

Green Apple Day of Service: Green Apple Day of Service is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9:00am-11:00 am.  Please join us for a fun day of cleaning up TSES and making it a better place for your students. Because “we learn here and where we learn matters.” All are welcome and the event is FREE. If possible, please bring a rake or shovel and a water bottle. We look forward to seeing you there!

Family File Reminder: Thank you to the MANY TSES families who have completed the Family File!! Family File needs to be updated every school year. HCPSS uses Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect. TSES still does not have completed Family File information for several children! Having updated information for each child is very important. If you need additional assistance, please follow the instructions on HCPSS Connect or call Talbott Springs.

PARCC Reports: Student reports from the 2018 administration of the PARCC Assessment for current 4th and 5th grade students will be sent home in Friday Folders today. Please read the report and learn more about PARCC by reading information on the HCPSS website. In addition, feel free to contact nancy_thompson@hcpss.org  or Mariah_carr@hcpss.org with questions.

Free and Reduced Meal Application: Please note that this is critical information!
HCPSS participates in the Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARMs) program. Qualification is based on family size and income, and enrollment is confidential. Participation in FARMs qualifies students for a wide range of opportunities and resources beyond breakfast and lunch, including free college applications, free or reduced JumpStart tuition, discounted internet through the Comcast Internet Essentials program, and more. Families must submit a new application every school year. During the first 30 school days, students with FARMs eligibility from the prior school year will continue to receive benefits. Any student whose family has not filled out an application by the 30th school day will have their status changed to full pay until a new application is received. Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to fill out the applications as soon as possible. It is very important that applications are filled out accurately and completely. Apply online or Apply by mail: Paper applications are sent home with students on the first day of school. Paper applications can also be picked up in the Food and Nutrition Service Office (5451 Beaverkill Rd, Columbia, MD 21044). Applications can be returned to your child’s school or mailed to: HCPSS Food & Nutrition Service Office, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042. If you have questions regarding the program, please visit www.hcpss.org/FARMs or call Food and Nutrition Services at 410-313-6743.

From the TSES Physical Education Staff! We are excited to start a new year in Physical Education class, and we have so many exciting activities planned.  In order for your child to participate in these awesome activities they must be prepared with the proper footwear. Appropriate athletic and supportive footwear is needed. Students must wear an athletic shoe with a molded rubber sole. Sneakers must be tied with laces or secured by Velcro. Cross trainers, tennis, or court shoes are recommended for physical education activities. Sandals, cleats, Crocs, boots, flip flops, and shoes with no backing are not acceptable for physical education activities. Any student who does not have the appropriate footwear will not be allowed to participate in PE movement activities. We thank you for your continued support, and please let us know if you have any questions.  Ms. Parker and Mr. Watts

TSES Flu Vaccine Opportunity! Influenza, also known as the flu, is a serious illness that affects people of all ages. Last year was a bad flu season across our nation with many people becoming ill. One of the best ways to prevent the flu is through vaccinations. Once again, we will work with the Maryland Partnership for Prevention (MPP), the state’s immunization coalition, to offer flu vaccinations at TSES to students and teachers on October 21st of this year. Flu consents were sent home this week with your students and are due no later than September 21st.  You can also complete the consent online at https://immunizemaryland.org/school-clinic-consent-form

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Girls on the Run: Register for the Fall Season of Girls on the Run: Girls on the Run® inspires girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using running to teach valuable life skills. Teams of 15-20 girls meet twice weekly after school for 10 weeks. Each season concludes with the girls and their running buddies completing a 5K run. The Fall season will start the week of September 23, with the season-ending 5k scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019, in Columbia, MD. Program registration fee is $175 and includes 20 lessons, 5K registration, water bottle, t-shirt, and all program materials. Financial assistance is available – no girl is turned away. Talbott Springs will meet Monday/Wednesday from 3:10-4:30. Coach Heather and Michelle are looking forward to another awesome season! Visit www.gotrcentralmd.org to register. Questions? Call 443-583-7740. 

PTA Movie Under the Stars! Please join your TSES PTA for a free movie night outside under the stars! This free event is on Friday September 13, 2019 on the field behind TSES. Please bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and snacks! Starting at 7:15, we will be showing the movie ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. Come out and enjoy the company of your school families!

 BSAP Saturday Math Academy Parent Information Session Saturday, September 14, 9-10:30 a.m. at Oakland Mills High School. Parents/guardians of students in grades 3-12 are invited to learn more about the BSAP Saturday Math Academy. The information session will cover general information and the process for registration. This is an incredible offering for students beginning in Grade 3! TSES kids love this program!   Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, or Intimidation (Policy 1060)  A reminder that the full-text of policies can be found at http://www.hcpss.org The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, engaging, and supportive school and work environment that values diversity and commonality. The Board is also committed to fostering a climate where individuals are valued and their safety and rights are protected. The Board prohibits acts of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, or intimidation because they compromise the learning environment and well-being of students, employees, and community. The Board recognizes that Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) employees must be knowledgeable regarding bullying and victimization in order to promote an environment where opportunities for bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, or intimidation do not occur.

Upcoming Dates:
    Friday September 13, 2019        PTA Movie Night (movie starts at 7:15)
    Thursday September 19, 2019    Back to School Night
                            5:30-6:15  GT Presentation (all grades)
                            6:30-7:45 Grades 1 through 5
    Tuesday September 24, 2019    Kindergarten Information Night-Part 2 at 5:30
    Thursday September 26, 2019    PTA Meeting at 7:00
    Saturday September 28, 2019    Green Apple Day of Service at TSES 9:00-11:00
    Monday September 30, 2019        Schools and Offices Closed
    Wednesday October 2, 2019    Hispanic Back to School Night at 5:00
    Saturday October 5, 2019        Oakland Mills Fall Festival 11:00-4:00
    Wednesday October 9, 2019        Schools and Offices Closed
    Friday October 11, 2019        3rd Grade Field Trip to Robinson Nature Center
    Thursday October 17, 2019        2nd Grade Field Trip to Heritage Living Farm Museum
                        PTA Meeting at 7:00
    Saturday October 19, 2019        Trot for Talbott!
    Monday October 21, 2019        Flu Clinic at TSES!
Please visit the TSES WEBSITE www.hcpss.org/tses for additional calendar dates found in the ‘calendar’ tab.