Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Great Start to 2017-2018 at TCE!

We have had an amazing start to our school year where we are Finding Our Happy @ TCE each and every day!

Thank you to everyone that was able to come to our curriculum night last week and a shout out to all of our amazing educators who shared out information in their presentations!  Our educators will have their presentations available for you on their websites and blogs, in case you need to refer back to information or if you missed Curriculum Night!

Here is the video connection I sent out last week from our front office giving you a few extra reminders for this year in case you didn't get the chance to view yet!

TCE Individual Pictures - Tomorrow! 
We will be having our individual picture day for kiddos on the morning of Thursday, September 7th.  A form should have gone home with your child and if you need another form, please check with your teacher or the front office.  This is a great way to capture your child's elementary school years and keep as a memory for years to come!  Also, we use these pictures in our TCE Yearbook!  

Find Your Happy Family Photos
Last year we had such a great display of our families on our front board in the main hallway.  This year, we would love for you to send in pictures again of your family doing something that makes everyone happy!  This might be a picture of you together on a trip, cooking together, exercising together, etc.  Truly, whatever makes you happy!  We will be sending home a flyer this week for you to attach the photo to and you will turn these in to your teacher or the front office.  Can't wait for us to display all of our TCE happy family pics!  

Write-A Check

We have kicked off our TCE Write-A-Check campaign in order to collect donations to help support our campus this year with resources, technology tools, professional learning for educators, and items to help make our school environment absolutely amazing for our learners!  Please consider donating to our campus this year!  The campaign will run from September 1st-September 29th for this year and you can drop donations off to the front office. 

PTO Meeting - Tomorrow!
We will have our first Parent Teacher Organization meeting this Thursday, September 7th at 8:15am.  This is a great time for you to come and learn more about how the PTO supports Town Center as well as get updates on events, volunteer opportunities and specific learning that is happening at the campus. We would love for you to join us!  Also, if you haven't already joined PTO, here it the link to do so!  

Walk to School Wednesdays and Family Fun Runs
This year we are going to focus on implementing our Walk to School Wednesdays!  We have done this in the past in order to promote physical fitness and health and want to bring it back!  This is a great time of year to start this as our morning weather is finally getting a little cooler!  So, feel free to join us in walking, biking or riding scooters to school any day, but most definitely on Wednesdays!

Also, we will continue with our fun runs this year in which parents can come up and run/walk or watch their kiddos during specials times as compete for laps on our track.  Our first family fun run will be October 27th:  Jack O' Lantern Jog.  We will send more info out as we get closer to that date with times and reminders.  

TCBY Spirit Event
We will have our first TCE spirit event on Friday, September 15th at the TCBY in Coppell off of Denton Tap.  You can go in and purchase frozen yogurt from 3:30pm-close and part of the proceeds will go back to Town Center!  Hope you can swing by to grab a little treat and visit with some of our TCE Texans!

Book Fair
Our fall book fair will be going on the entire week of September 18th-22nd.  This is a great way for your family to purchase some wonderful reading materials for enjoyment as your kiddos get even more excited about reading and learning!  
Special Friend's Day - Schedule
As many of you know, our Special Friend's Day will be here before you know it!  Please mark you calendars for Friday, September 22nd as this is a fun day in which you or a special friend/relative may come up to see the campus as well as get a chance to see some of the learning happening at TCE.  You may also visit the book fair on this day.  Please see the following times for this event:
8:30-9:30 3rd

9:30-10:30 5th

10:30-11:30 2nd

11:15-12:15 Kinder

12:30-1:30 4th 

1:30-2:30 1st

Fall Family Picnic and TCE Raffle
Also, mark your calendar for our annual TCE Fall Family Picnic.  It will be taking place on Friday, September 22nd from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  This is a fun time to come out with your family and celebrate with one another!  There will be food trucks so bring cash or feel free to bring your own food! 
We will have a dj again this year and our annual fall raffle! You will be able to bid on teacher party auction items at the event as well.  So, be looking for those events at a special table at the picnic! 

Make sure and bring your own blanket or lawn chairs if you would like to have chill out on the grassy area!  This all happens behind Town Hall right next to TCE!  Here are a list of prizes for this year's raffle.  More info coming home soon about how to purchase tickets!  

 Prizes Available
$500.00 - Visa Gift Card
$230.00 - Echo Dot and Show
$150.00 - Family Fort Worth Zoo Year Pass
$150.00 - Movie, Dinner and Bowling Gift Cards
$85.00 - 3 Month CORE membership

Happy Shout Outs!
We are continuing to find ways for our educators and parents to celebrate all of our parents, community members and staff who go the extra mile to help out with our classrooms, in the office, for events, etc. this year! 

Please help me in giving shout outs to others throughout the year for all they do to help our campus!  I will be publishing the shout outs I receive throughout the year in the Principal News Blog!

TCE Staff
I thought it might be nice to share a few pics of our TCE staff as we start out this year.  While some of you may know many of our staff, this is a great way to put a name with a face for our new families and share those new staff members who have come on board this year!  Here are all the people who will be working to help your kiddos have an amazing school year!  

Office Team from Left to Right:  
Sherri Kingsley (Office Aide), Sue Kane (Nurse), Angie Applegate (Principal), Kelly Spears (Counselor), Annelise Ford (Assistant Principal), Laura Fairchild (Secretary)

Kindergarten Team:  From Left to Right
Marie Sork, Lori Vincenzo, Julie McCullough and Kelly Burks

First Grade Team:  From Left to Right
Courtney Rice, Lorri Brehm, Kim Becker, Lauren Torti

Second Grade Team:  From Left to Right
Logan Heath, Erica Shelby, Beth Parker, Erin Naughton and Katie Tonemah

Third Grade Team:  From Left to Right
Catherine Kim, Heather Judd, Ashlin Bowman, Megan McGraw and Tracy Gipson

Fourth Grade Team:  From Left to Right
Heather Bass, Marly Natherson, Morgan Peccarelli, Jenna Taylor and Kate Seifert

Fifth Grade Team:  From Left to Right
Meredith Schaaf, Casey Wagner, Rachel Lim, Renee Foroodi, and Kasey Kemp

Specials Team:  From Left to Right
Mike Erickson (Physical Education), Julie Fidler (PE Aide), Beth Dilley (Art), Patrick Miller (Music)

Specialists Team:  From Left to Right
Kristan Hruby (Instructional Specialist), Erin Cameron (Library Aide), Lisa Hansen (English as a Second Language Specialist), Tina Berumen (Library Media Specialist), Candace Coffee (Gifted and Talented Specialist), Not pictured:  Brooke Sims (Digital Learning Coach)

Interventionist Team:  From Left to Right
Dianne Johnston (Special Education), Anne Lawler (Practical Academics), Mary Kennington (Dyslexia Specialist), Not Pictured:  Elliott Pitchford (Speech Language Pathologist), Kathy Carter (Educational Diagnostician)

Intervention Team:  From Left to Right
Patti Radcliffe (Practical Academics Aide) and Lisa Laughlin (Practical Academics Aide)

Cafeteria Team:  From Left to Right
Nebeyet Girmai, Martha Cruz, Rosa Quinonez & Estrella Primera (Star)

Custodial Team:  From Left to Right
Rosa Rodriguez, Sara Cruz and Marina Chicas

I will be sending out more info soon sharing some of the learning happening at TCE and any updates! Remember to save this link to the blog, or you can also access under the Principal's Message area on our Town Center Elementary homepage.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

Springtime Happenings!

TCE Garden Design Challenge
We are going to have a Garden Design Challenge in which all learners can turn in drawings, models, paintings, etc. in order to show what they would like for our garden area to look like for TCE.  We currently have several beds and have been working with a company, Real School Gardens, in order to find even more ways to incorporate real world, hands-on applications within our garden to enrich our academic learning.  

We are going to have our TCE Student Council work with a committee at the campus for choosing final selections for the overall design.  Until then, any ideas are welcome!  We are going to work with our Dad's Club/Green Team Volunteers in order to get going, but would love more helpers for when we get to our build!

Our goal is to build and get the designs in place for additional areas of the garden the week of May 15th.  

If you would like to be a part of this planning process or building, please fill out the following Google form:
We will reach out to you toward the middle of April!

3rd Grade Program
We will have our 3rd grade music program on Tuesday, April 11th at 8:30am and 6:00pm in the cafeteria.  We are looking forward to seeing our kiddos perform! 

TCE Hoedown
We are gearing up and getting ready for our biggest fundraiser and fun filled family night of the year! Our TCE Hoedown will be happening on Friday, April 21st from 5:30-8:00pm.  Please see the following reminders about t-shirts and punch cards!

The last day to order Family pack and T-shirts is this Wednesday, April 5 Punch Cards by April 12!

Click below to order: 

 All pre-ordered items will be delivered prior to the Hoedown. Punch cards will be available for purchase at the Hoedown on Friday April 21. 

Volunteers Needed for HoeDown!
and volunteer for a 30 minute shift (or more if you like). 

The PTO is requesting donations for the 2017 Hoedown auction.  If you have item(s) that you would like to donate, please email us at 

Also, we are excited to use a new app for the silent auction this year! 
Feel free to download the Handbid app now (from your App Store), and our auction will be live Friday, April 14! 

You can also access it on your computer through (once it is live on Apr 14).

Parent/Community Tours
We will be having an opportunity for you to come in for a parent/community tour of TCE on Thursday, April 13th from 8:30am-10:00am.  This is a great chance for you to come and see our classrooms in action during the school day! We will take a campus tour of K-5 and our specials classes to see the learning and you can ask questions throughout the tour. This is also a wonderful opportunity for any new families who are new to TCE this year, if you are a family who never got the chance to come on a tour before or for anyone who might be coming this next year! 
Please click on the following link to sign up for the tour:
Click here for link!

Weather Day
Please remember that we have a weather day on Friday, April 14th in which school will not be in session. 

Parent Volunteer Breakfast
We will have our annual breakfast to celebrate all of our wonderful Town Center parent/community volunteers on Wednesday, April 19th from 7:30am-9:00am.  Please feel free to stop in and be treated to breakfast and enjoy visiting for a while!

Spring Sprint Run
We will have our next fun run during your child's specials time on Friday, April 21st! (Due to scheduling conflicts with Sky Ranch, we needed to move it up from the 28th)

4th grade - 9:30-10:20
2nd grade - 10:20-11:10
5th grade - 11:10-12:00
1st grade - 12:30-1:20
Kindergarten - 1:20-2:10
3rd grade - 2:10-3:00

Dad's Campout
Our annual TCE Dad's Campout will be on Friday, April 28th.  More info to come on this event soon! 

Kinder Round Up
It's that time of year for our annual Kindergarten Round Up!  Please make sure that you have contacted the front office to set up a time for registration for your new incoming kindergartener if you haven't already done so!  This is a wonderful night to come and meet TCE staff as well as hear all about what your child will experience in kindergarten at Town Center!  Looking forward to meeting all of our future Texans!

 TCE Family Traditions Cookbook
Calling all cooks and their recipes!!! Doesn't have to be your own personal, can be one that you just truly love that someone else has created!!

We want to have the opportunity to create a TCE Family Traditions cookbook , since our theme is all about family and celebrating the diversity within our community.  We would love to have you share one of your favorite family recipes to go into our cookbook this year.  

If you are interested in participating, please send in your recipe to Casey Wagner, or you may send in a typed hard copy paper to give to the front office. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Slime or No Slime. . .We Shall See. . .

Final Push for Jump Rope for Heart
We are nearly to our goal of $20,000.00!  

We are currently at $17,130 in donations.  So, if we can raise just $2,870.00 more dollars we will be there!  I am going to give a little extension on our date to Friday, March 3rd then Mr. Shelby and myself will be slimed at our Spirit Rally  on Friday, March 10th if we can reach the goal!

If you would like to come out tomorrow and jump with our kiddos, feel free to come by during their specials times: 

4th grade - 9:30-10:20
2nd grade - 10:20-11:10
5th grade - 11:10-12:00
1st grade - 12:30-1:20
Kindergarten - 1:20-2:10
3rd grade - 2:10-3:00

Couple of Reminders. . .

PTO Meeting 
Thursday, March 2nd at 8:15am - Please try to attend if possible as we are working on getting volunteers for upcoming spring events at TCE!  (book fair, hoedown and field day)

Book Fair
March 6th-March 10th

Open House
Thursday, March 9th
This is an evening to come up and see all of the amazing learning your child has been doing this year.  We look forward to seeing each of you and hope you are able to make it to this showcasing event!  

Spirit Rally
March 10th
For our 3rd spirit rally, we will have our Kindergarten performing as well as possible other groups from our Texan Town clubs.  We will also be having the official "slime time" for myself and Mr. Shelby if we meet our goal for Jump Rope for Heart!

Spring Break - March 13th-17th 
 No School

Shout Outs!
Here are some of the latest shouts outs turned in for TCE! 

I would like go give a shout out to Alisa Kozlowski and Shelly Lewis for being amazing room moms for 2A and helping however, whenever, and with whatever is needed. You are amazing and appreciated! ~Mrs. Judd

To Monica Panda for all she has done as a room mom - six years in a row!

Shelly Lewis- Thank you so much for all of the ear buds for K1 & K2!! We really appreciate you always willing to help with Kindergarten. Thank you! Lorri Brehm & Lauren Torti

Kinsey Weegar- Thank you so much for organizing a fun Valentine's Party for K1! The learners enjoyed the heart ring toss game, snack, and cute heart picture craft. I really appreciate you!!! Thank you! Lorri Brehm

Anusha Talreja- Thank you so much for the ear bud for K1. I really appreciate how you are always willing to help our class. Thank you! Lorri Brehm

The Spring Book Fair decorations. The woodsy camping murals look great!

Sara, Thank you so much for always being willing to help me out no matter what I am needing! Thank you for helping count out our math goals for our kindergarteners!  Love, Katy McKinney

Kinsey, Thank you so much for helping sort all of the kindergarten goals for our goal folders! You are so wonderful for not only sorting them, but labeling them for us as well! We are so thankful for you!  Love, Katy and Lorri

Kristina Bennett and Anna Slaton- Thank you so much for all of your incredible hard work planning and putting together our Valentine's party! Our kids had such a blast. I am so thankful to have had you as my room moms the last 2 years. You always go above and beyond. 3D is so blessed by you- I know I sure am!! :) Courtney

Jen Paulsen for always willing to help out and bringing such positive energy with her! The kids and I love having you around!

Sarah, Carol Ann, and Abby, thank you guys for the amazing Valentine's party! 2B had so much fun and couldn't have been done without you guys :) - Miss Kim & 2B

Pam Richardson for being the 3rd grade copy mom! We appreciate all that you do in helping to make sure we have our copies so we can be more productive in the classroom! Thank you- Beth Parker and third grade teachers

Alisa Kozlowski for always coming up when you have free time and let my readers read to you! They get so excited to share their books with you and discuss their books. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to make my learners feel so special! Thanks, Beth Parker

Thank you so much to Sara Okuda!  You are always there when I need you and willing to step in at the last minute.  Thank you for taking such good care of us!  - Love, Lori Vincenzo and 1B

If you would like to give a shout out to someone for all the help and support they provide to TCE, please click on the link below!  I will be publishing more soon!

Click here to give a shout out!