Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fun Fall Activities!

Thank you to all of our parents that were able to come out to our 1st Spirit Rally for the year last Friday!  It was a huge success and our 2nd graders did an amazing job performing several songs!  We had a fabulous group of educators who helped to lead us in some dances as well as a great pumpkin challenge race!  I will get some pics posted soon of the rally, our TCE Homecoming Float and our first few sessions of Texan Town!

Thank you to all of those parents who have helped to volunteer with getting our float ready and for those who have already been helping to be a part of our Texan Town each Friday!  We appreciate all you do for our kiddos! 

Red Ribbon Week
I wanted to make sure you were all aware of our Red Ribbon Week going on this week in case you would like for your child to participate in our fun outfit choices selected by our very own TCE Student Council!

TCE Up and Running
You will also want to make sure and put on your calendar our 1st official run of the year this Friday, October 31st! We will have our annual Jack O' Lantern Jog during each grade levels specials time!

 If you would like to come out and run or cheer your kiddos on, feel free to check in at the office and join the fun!

The following is our Friday's Specials schedule:

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

Pansy Planting
Another great annual activity we have coming soon is our TCE Pansy Planting!  We will be planting during recess times on Friday, November 7th!  

If you are interested in purchasing a pansy for your child to plant or just donating more pansies, you may do so online at the following link:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Awesome Start to the Year @ TCE!

We have had an incredible start to our school year with "20 Years of Limitless Possibilities at TCE"!  I truly appreciate all that you have done as parents to help us begin our year! 

Happy 20th Birthday TCE!!!

I decided to try something new this year with my communication to parents and our community for TCE.  I will be using this blog to pass along information about our learning, our STEM initiative, as well as sharing out info for upcoming events, celebrations, etc. 

This will also be a great place for you to go as we delve into the year in order to see more about lesson design and instructional strategies we use to help our learners each day!  

We have already had so many amazing learning opportunities for our kiddos and have had some great opportunities for our parents and community to participate in learning and fun at TCE!  

Here are a few highlights:

Curriculum Night Info
  Here is a link in case you were unable to watch info from our evening event earlier in September about reminders and procedures at TCE!  
Click here to watch Video

 TCE Learning All Around
The following pictures will give you a glimpse into some of our learning so far this year!  I will be sharing many pictures with you this year about our learning!  

Some of the following include:  anchor charts, journal entries, presentation of work, career awareness, QR codes, ports in learning, Thinking Maps, Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings, a parent speaking on sound engineering and formative assessments in learning.  Some of these will be discussed at a deeper level throughout future blog posts!  

Book Fair
We had an absolutely amazing Book Fair this year and I wanted to give a special shout out to all of our parents that helped to make it a huge success!  Thank you for dedicating your time and energy to TCE and our kids! 

Special Friend's Day

Our Special Friend's Day was also another wonderful event!  Thank you to our PTO and all of our Room Mom's that helped to make this special day incredibly exciting for our guests and our kiddos! 

TCE 20 Year Celebration Tailgate

We had a few special guests and performers at the evening event.  Here are a few short videos and pics from the "TCE 20 Year Celebration Tailgate"!

Click here to hear Christopher open our event with the Star-Spangled Banner!  

Click here to hear Madeline singing during our event! 

And a special shout out to Ben who was our DJ that night! 

Technology Showcase Night
 Our educators and several learners did a fabulous job showcasing many of our technology tools and learning applications at our annual event!  

We are going to work on sharing more video footage as we go through the year in order to share ways we incorporate technology into our learning!

The following were the learning experiences that were highlighted and several pics from the actual night!

Write a Check
I wanted to remind you that many of our technology tools as well as other amazing hands-on resources for learning are purchased due to donations collected each year at TCE!  
Thank you if you have already donated online this summer through the Trail Pass or directly to Write-A-Check! You have helped us raise $18,200 of our $25,000 goal.

Write-A-Check Ends October 17th, so please write your checks or make an on-line donation at our PTO Webstore.  Remember that all funds that are specifically used for Technology grants are matched dollar for dollar by Coppell ISD. 

You may be asking:

How do you get your check or corporate match form to us? Checks should be made payable to TCE PTO. Checks and corporate match forms can be dropped of at our front office. You can also make Write-A-Check donations on-line at our PTO webstore  Corporate match forms can also be emailed to 

Does your employer participate in a matching gifts program for nonprofit contributions? 

Here are some of the companies donating money to CISD schools through such a program:
Does your employer participate in a matching gifts program for nonprofit contributions? Here are some of the companies donating money to CISD schools through such a program:

  • AT&T, Merrill Lynch & Co, Bank of America, Microsoft, Exxon Mobil, Nokia, Fluor Corp., Oracle Corp., Frito Lay, Pepsico, JP Morgan Chase, Verizon
Matching Gifts Companies List
You may be able to double your donation!
 Upcoming Events and Info
Spirit Night
Our first Spirit night is Wednesday, October 15th at Sonic, from 5-8 pm.  Just tell them at the order window that you are with Town Center Elementary and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the PTO.  Stop by Sonic on your way to or from the Homecoming parade!
 Kindergarten Shoe Drive 
Our Kindergartners have begun their service learning shoe drive project for this year.  They are collecting old, used, shoes from now until Friday, October 17th for their engineering unit lesson design. Please bring in your old shoes and place them outside of A hall and they will arrange them along the wall!  
Innovation Station 
Please remember that we are working on creating our innovation station room for our learners this year!  This will be an area where they can come to gather items as they create, innovate and make connections in their learning with engineering projects!  
We definitely need more donated items, so we can get this project underway!  
If you could please donate any of the following items (just drop off any supplies in the front office):
  • toilet paper rolls
  • paper towel rolls
  • straws
  • plastic silverware
  • toothpicks, popsicle sticks
  • empty water bottles
  • empty jugs and cartons
  • styrofoam popcorn and bubble wrap
  • yarn
  • string
  • styrofoam and paper plates, bowls, cups
  • sand
  • soil
  • fabric, felt
  • foil
  • Qtips, cotton balls
  • shoe boxes
  • paper and plastic sacks
  • paper clips
  • rubber bands
  • washers, nuts, bolts
  • foam boards
  • index cards
  • playdough
  • dowel rods
  • fishing line
  • twine
  • velcro
  • clothes pins
National School Lunch Week 

To celebrate the healthy lunch choices in Coppell, schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week: October 14-18, 2014. The theme, “Get in the Game with School Lunch” will include events and activities that promote the benefits of healthy school lunches. It will also celebrate the flavors, ingredients, and culture of our region, TEXAS! 
The campaign will put a spotlight on the healthy foods and positive changes that Coppell schools have incorporated into their menus.   In addition, students are encouraged to taste a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables all grown in the great state of Texas.  They will be amazed how much better fresh can taste!  Each day during National School Lunch Week, elementary schools will be offering products from Texas.  Products used on our menu include:
Oak Farm Milk
Kurz fresh, baked bread
Texas grown, fresh apples, oranges, and watermelon (including a day of Mountain Sweet Yellow Watermelon)   
A variety of freshly picked, organic vegetables from Walnut Creek Farms in Alvarado, Texas.  Produce from this farm include spinach, spring mix, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, and locally sourced baby cremini mushrooms!

We will kick off our “Grain of The Month” Program with a Sweet White Corn Salsa found on the Salad Bar daily!