Thursday, February 26, 2015

Moving Into Spring. . .

We are quickly moving on into spring, even though the weather sure hasn't felt like it this week!  Please check out the following to see what events are coming up as well as other info for TCE!

Jump Rope for Heart
Don't forget about our annual Jump Rope for Heart service learning project supporting the American Heart Association.  Your child/ren will be jumping tomorrow, Friday, February 27th, during our specials times. You are more than welcome to come and jump or help cheer on our kiddos!

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

We have currently raised $14,200.00 and are trying to reach our goal of $20,000! 

If we do get to $20,000. . .Mr. Shelby and myself will be showcased at our next spirit rally.  He will be decorated as a cupcake and I will have a cake placed on my head! (for our 20 Year Birthday of TCE!)  So, keep those donations coming to help others in need and bring a smile to our teachers and kiddos faces at the spirit rally!

Book Fair
Our spring book fair will be going on all next week in our library!  We will once again have our Donuts for Dad's/Mom's  on Tuesday (last name A-L) and Wednesday (last name M-Z) mornings from 7:30-7:50.

  We are also looking for more parent volunteers to please help out during this event.  If you can help in any way during this week, please click the link below to sign up for a time slot! 

Open House
Please remember that our TCE Open House will be on Thursday, March 5th from 5:30-7:00pm.  We hope you can make it to come see some of the amazing learning that has taken place this year!  

New Technology Tools for TCE
We are very excited about an opportunity presented by the district for our campus to have 1:1 iPads for our 4th and 5th grade learners. These tools will be distributed to each learner for use during our school day as needed during instruction.  

All CISD elementary campuses are receiving these tools to use in learning.  A nice benefit for our campus is that these tools will add to the wonderful technology that we already have purchased for our learners through donations and our matching funds efforts.  So this addition of devices will help to benefit not only those 4th and 5th graders, but also our K-3 learners as we redistribute some tools.  

Our campus currently has many devices including macbooks, iPads, itouches, etc. used in learning and our STEM lesson design.  Many of you had the opportunity to attend our TCE Technology Showcase Night or our TCE Parent/Community Tours to learn more about how we use these devices in our learning.  There will also be several projects, presentations, and digital portfolios showcased at our Open House for you to see how technology is being incorporated into our learning.   

More info will be sent out to our 4th and 5th grade parents about these tools next week on Wednesday, March 4th.  Please be on the look out for this information through an email as well as a paper copy.  In preparation, if you are a 4th or 5th grade parent, please go into the parent portal and make sure we have a current working email address for you.  Thank you!

Arrival/Dismissal Parking and Safety
We are having a few troubles with cars pulling into the parking lots, dropping/picking up kiddos and then cutting across our car lines. (especially in the cafeteria parking area)  Also, we are still having some troubles with cars dropping off kiddos in the public library parking lot and stopping instead of actually pulling into a spot to let their child out.  

Safety is of utmost concern for our children.  If you could please help us out in keeping our kids safe by watching out for others in the loops and being respectful of our procedures for arrival and dismissal.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or Mr. Shelby. 

Engineering Extravaganza 
We had an amazing time at our first ever TCE Engineering Extravaganza event during this month!  Here are a few pics from this night!  We are hoping to make this an annual event for our kiddos and families!

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