Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Winter Time is Here!

Hi TCE families,

I hope you have been enjoying this change in weather and are ready for it to drop a few more degrees later this week!  If you could please make sure that as the days get colder, that your child/children are dressing in layers if needed with coats, gloves, scarves, etc.  We will do our best to make sure that anything they bring to school makes it back home, but you may want to do a few reminders too about keeping up with any winter clothing so as not to lose anything along the way!

TCE Art for the Sky Project
Our TCE Art for the Sky project last Friday with Daniel Dancer was a huge success!  We collected over 200 pairs of blue jeans to donate as well as our learners all came together with our TCE staff in order to create our Heart of Texas design.  We would like to thank our PTO, families and all of our learners and TCE staff in making this such a great event!  Each of our learners are coming home with their own personal photo of our TCE "The Heart of Texas".  If you click on the following link, you can watch the video production (put together by Daniel Dancer) of the whole two day project!  

Parking Lot/Traffic Loop Safety
If you all could please remember to help us stay safe in our parking lot areas and loops during arrivals and dismissals each day.  This is especially important as we may have more rainy days or bad weather coming up in the next few months.  Please remember to watch and use all crosswalks as well as make sure that you don't get out of your car in our front and cafeteria loops during these times as we try to keep everyone safe and the traffic moving as quickly as we can.  Please know that safety is of utmost importance to us and that we appreciate your patience during these wintery weather days!

Jingle Bell Jog
If the weather is not too rainy or cold, we will be having our annual Jingle Bell run this Friday, December 9th.  If it is rescheduled we will let you know later this week!  Here is our schedule for the run:

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

5th Grade Music Program
We will be having our 5th grade musical on Tuesday, December 13th at 8:30am and 6:00pm.  Please feel free to attend the morning or evening performance if you like!

Winter Parties
We will be having our classroom winter parties on 
Thursday, December 15th.  
Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade will have their parties at 2:00pm.  3rd grade will have their party at 1:00pm due to having specials at 2:00pm.

Winter Break and Early Release 12:50!
We will be having early release on Friday, December 16th at 12:50pm.  Please make sure that you are here to pick up your kiddos as this is a day that all TCE staff will be able to leave as soon as everyone has gone.  
School will resume on Wednesday, January 4th.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fall Fun at TCE

Hi TCE Parents,  We have had an amazing fall semester so far!  It is hard to believe we are already close to our Thanksgiving break!  Please see the following events and updates so you can be aware of all of the happenings at TCE!  

Veteran's Day Ceremony
We will once again be honoring our veterans this year in a morning ceremony on Friday, November 11th at 9:00am.  If you have a family member or family friend who has served in the military and would like to be recognized during our ceremony, please see the following invite as well as please email Brett Shelby, our Assistant Principal at bshelby@coppellisd.com so we will know who will be attending.  Thank you!

 Program - Art for the Sky 
and Blue Jean Drive
We will be having a special program coming to our campus this December that focuses on art, the world and each individual's role in helping our environment, and the importance of having good character within their lives.  In preparation for the program in December we are doing a blue jean drive collection in order to help with our school art design that we will be creating.  Please bring any kids or adult size jeans that you might be able to donate to the front office of TCE.  They can be gently used or have holes in them as well.  After we use them for the school wide art display we will be donating them toward a non-profit organization to be given to others or recycled as other products.  If you would like to see more info on the upcoming program, view the following link.
Art for the Sky Program

CISD Feast Drive 
Please see the following flyer about info on our annual food drive to help support those in need during the holiday season.  Please note:  there will be no frozen turkeys this year.  We are going to be collecting canned goods and holiday foods however at our campus all next week to donate.  You may send the food in with your child or drop off in the front office!

Turkey Trot
We will be having our annual Turkey Trot for TCE on Friday, November 18th during our specials times.  You can come up and watch your child run or even run with your child!  
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
Kinder- 1:20-2:10 
3rd grade - 2:10-3:00

Spring Creek BBQ Night for TCE
We will have our annual fund raiser at the Spring Creek BBQ in Lewisville on Tuesday, November 15th from 5:00-9:00.  Please try to make it out with your family and come enjoy a great dinner while helping to support our campus!

Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Don't forget CISD will be on holiday break November 21st through November 25th!

TCE Family Traditions Cookbook
We wanted to have the opportunity to create a TCE Family Traditions cookbook this year, 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, cwagner@coppellisd.com or you may send in a typed hard copy paper to give to the front office.

Shout Out to Parent/Community Volunteers at TCE!
I wanted to find a way for our educators and parents to celebrate all of our parent and community members who 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 each month and then will continue highlighting them throughout the entire year!  
Click here to give a volunteer a shout out!

CISD Adult ESL Classes
Please see the following info about classes being offered through the district with English classes for adults.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Football, Fall Weather and Pumpkins Galore!

No School Monday!
There will be no school on Monday, October 10th, we will back in session on Tuesday!

PTO Meeting
We will have our 1st evening PTO meeting for the year on Tuesday, October 11th at 6:00pm in the library.  Any parents are welcome to attend as it is a great way to stay in touch with volunteering opportunities and the learning going on at TCE! 

Spirit Rally - 2nd Grade Performs
We will be having our first spirit rally for the year on Friday, October 14th.  Our 2nd grade will perform at the beginning of the assembly and we will have some other fun activities for our TCE texans!  Please feel free to join us and if you could remind your kiddos to wear their grade level spirit shirts!

Drug Awareness Seminar
Here is an event coming up in the community that you might be interested in attending.  

Updates on Write-A-Check for TCE

Storybook Family Pumpkin 
Design Challenge
We are having a pumpkin challenge again this year. . .with a bit of a twist!  With our fabulous librarian media specialist, Tina Berumen. . .we are having a storybook pumpkin challenge!  Please click on the following link to read more about our family pumpkin challenge.

Click here to See More About the Challenge!

Red Ribbon Week
We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week at TCE on October 24th-28th.  Here is the schedule for the week and our student council will help to publicize each day on announcements as well!

Monday:  Put a Cap on Drugs (Hat Day)

Tuesday:  Crazy About Being Drug Free (Crazy Hair Day)

Wednesday:  Sock It to Drugs (Crazy Sock Day)

Thursday:  Turn Your Back on Drugs (Backwards Day)

Friday:  Teaming Up Against Drugs (Team Spirit Shirt Day)

TCE Track Being Redone
Some exciting news for our TCE track. . .I spoke with the district maintenance director this week and the district is going to be working with a company to have our track redone starting this month.  Please know that as this construction is going on that our learners will not be allowed to play close to the track during school or after school hours.  
The playground equipment and designated areas will still be fine to use.  

Jack-O-Lantern Jog
We will have our annual Jack-O-Lantern Jog on Friday, October 28th.  Our learners will be using the cafeteria loop parking lot until our track is completely finished.  If you would like to come up and join in on the fun feel free to come during the designated times for grade levels!

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

Friday, September 16, 2016

Yogurt, Books and Special Friends, oh my!!

Hi TCE Parents,

I wanted to send a reminder about a few upcoming events. . .one is this afternoon!!  Check these out and more info will come soon for other events as well as we will be sending out updates for some of the wonderful learning happening in the classrooms at TCE!  Stay tuned. . .
TCBY Town Center Social
Today, Friday 16th at 3:00pm is our first TCE social for the year!  Swing by TCBY right off of Denton Tap and grab an afternoon yogurt treat to help support our school!

Book Fair
We are having our fall book fair starting next week on Monday at 7:30am and it will go through Friday at 3:30pm.  Each day the book fair will be open before and after school for shopping as well as during the school day for learners.  They may bring their money or you can check in at the office before school or after school to come and shop with them!
They will also be open during our Special Friend's Day on Friday if their special friend would like to swing by!

Special Friend's Day
Friday, September 23rd
We will be having our annual TCE Special Friend's Day this next week!  Please see the schedule below for times for grade levels to attend and see work around the building as well as have some special treats!
4th grade:  8:30-9:30
Kinder:  9:30-10:30
3rd grade:  10:30-11:30
1st grade:  11:30-12:30
2nd grade:  12:30-1:30
5th grade:  1:30-2:30

Fall Family Picnic
Don't forget about our fall family picnic on 
Friday, September 23rd from 5:30-7:00pm.  

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!  Also, we are changing up a few of our auction items that we usually raffle off during the spring!  You will be able to bid on teacher party auction items this time in the fall!  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!  Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Bring on the 2016-2017 School Year!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  We are so excited to start this year off and it has been such a wonderful time getting to know each of your kiddos and your families during these first two weeks back!

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

Here is the video connection from our front office giving you a few extra reminders for this year.  Also, I am attaching our letter we sent out for safety reminders in order for review throughout the year!  

Holiday on Monday, September 5th
Don't forget we will not have school on Monday due to Labor Day.  Have a safe and happy three day weekend!

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 30th for this year and you can drop donations off to the front office.  

PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) Meeting
Our first PTO meeting for the year will be on September 8th at 8:15am here at TCE.  I will be sharing some information on Title I as well as some of the goals for our campus this year for our learners.  Our next PTO meeting will be on October 6th at 6:00pm if you would like to mark you calendar.  If you haven't signed up for the TCE PTO yet, please try to do so as it is a great way to stay in touch with all of the volunteering opportunities as well as updates happening throughout the year!  
Here is info on how to join the PTO:

Picture Day
We will be having our individual picture day for kiddos on Thursday, September 8th.  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!  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring Info for TCE!

Rangers Game Info Coming Home Today!
Due no later than:  Thursday, May 19th!
I apologize for the quick turn around, but we will have our CISD night at the ballpark on Monday, June the 6th!  

Letters are coming home today with your kiddos and if you could please get those back as soon as possible, if you would like to attend the event!  The date on the letter says the 17th, but we have asked for a bit of an extension, so no later than Thursday, May 19th!  Thank you so much. . . Go Rangers!!

Field Day at TCE
We will be having our annual field day this Friday at Town Center and the Aquatic Center by Andy Brown Park.   We are still looking for volunteers to help on this day!   
Please remember that in order to attend field day or volunteer, you must have completed an online background check.  
(This includes if you even want to come up to the school to watch or be at the aquatic center.  This requirement is for the safety of all of our learners.  
If you have not completed a background check, you will be asked to leave field day.)

Please sign up if you would be able to volunteer. . . 

 Yearbook Signing Party
Our annual TCE Yearbook signing party will be on Tuesday, May 24th from 3:30-4:30pm!  Please make sure that you attend with your kiddos or that they have a way home at 4:30 if they are walking or biking, as the teachers/office staff will not be available after 4:30pm for supervision.  

 TCE Senior Reception
We will be having our annual event for those seniors in high school that are graduating this year on Thursday, May 26th in the library from 4:00-4:30pm.  If you know a past alumni of TCE or have a kiddo who is a senior who attended TCE, please pass this info along!  

Last Day of School 
The last day of school is on Thursday, June 2nd.  We will be having early dismissal at 12:50pm.  Our final spirit rally is that morning at 8:30am and our 5th graders will have their final walk around the halls at 12:40pm.  
Please make sure you are able to pick up your child at the dismissal time of 12:50pm as our staff has a meeting starting at 1:00pm.  Thank you! 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hoedown, Engineering and Tours Oh My!

TCE Texan Hoedown
Don't forget. . .our Texan sized Hoedown is tomorrow evening from 5:30-8:30pm!  We are still looking for volunteers to help fill spots to make this event successful!  Please if you can register to take on a volunteer spot to help out with a part of the event!  
Thank you for your help and can't wait to celebrate with all of you and the community for this fun-filled evening!  

Parent/Community Tours of TCE
We will be offering our final round of parent/community tours for this year on Thursday, April 21st!  This is a time when you can walk with me around the school and go in classrooms to see the learning happening each day in our building.  It is a great way for new parents or incoming Kindergarten parents to get to experience TCE as well!  

There will be a morning tour from 8:30-10:00am 
(major focus on Kinder, 1st, 3rd grades and Specials)

There will be an afternoon tour from 1:00-2:30pm 
(major focus on 2nd, 4th, 5th grades and Specials)

If you would be interested in attending a tour, please click on the following link and fill out the Google Form, so we can contact you about visiting!
2nd Annual TCE Engineering 
Extravaganza Night
Thursday, April 21st:  5:30-7:00pm
We are continuing on with our new tradition from last year of an engineering night for our learners and parents.  It is a great way to come in and participate with STEM design challenges in stations throughout the building.  There are opportunities for every family K-5 to have fun and explore with hands-on learning together! Feel free to bring younger or older siblings to participate in the fun! 
We hope to see many of you there for our event!  

Spring Sprint Run
We will be having another fun run for those of you who like to come and root on our kiddos during their specials times.  Also, you can join in and run with them as well!  This will be on Friday, April 22nd.
4th grade- 9:30-10:20
2nd grade - 10:20-11:10
5th grade - 11:10-12:00
1st grade - 12:30-1:20
Kinder- 1:20-2:10 
3rd grade - 2:10-3:00

Final Design Challenge for the Year!
(Insects, Bugs, and Spiders)
For our final design challenge of the year, our learners may bring in designs highlighting springtime critters!  (no live bugs please!!)  Remember you may use whatever materials you can (recycled, paper, bottles, etc.) in order to create your design!  We can't wait to see what our innovators and creators will bring in to share!  

Friday, April 1, 2016

Upcoming Events at TCE!

Parent Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Our annual come and go parent volunteer breakfast will be held on Thursday, April 7th from 7:30am-9:00am in our TCE Library.  This is a day when our TCE staff can celebrate all of you who have helped to volunteer for our campus with a special breakfast!  Hope you can make it! 

Coppell ISD Bond Presentation 
Dr. Waldrip (CISD Superintendent)
We will be having an evening meeting on April 7th at 6:00pm in which Dr. Waldrip our superintendent of CISD will be speaking about the upcoming bond election.  This is a great opportunity for you to become more knowledgeable about the bond process and the items that are being proposed as a part of the bond.  The meeting will also give you as parents a chance to ask questions that you may have about various parts of the bond.  We truly appreciate Dr. Waldrip making time to come to our campus, so please try to attend the meeting if you can so that you can made more aware how the bond could affect our campus and CISD.  
TCE Annual Texan Hoedown
 Friday, April 15th from 5:30-8:30pm!

Texan Hoedown 2016 is right around the corner!  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and includes a Carnival and an Auction. Many of you have been helping plan for this event. Thank you, we could not do Hoedown with out our Texan parents and supporters!  

Check out the following info from our 
TCE Parent Teacher Organization: 

Family Fun packs, t-shirts and punch cards are now on sale on-line at  https://towncenterelempto.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?. Family packs and t-shirts are sale until April 3rd.  
You may pre-order punch cards only until April 10th. 

Please volunteer for a shift, to help us the day of Hoedown at http://www.signupgenius.com/%…/20f0849acae28a7fb6-tcehoedown. It takes a TCE Texan village! 

A special update from our Auction Chair:
Hot off the press!  We have just put together an AMAZING preview of over 330 items for the 2016 TCE Auction!  Local businesses have overwhelmed us with their show of support for TCE this year!  When we ask for your support at the auction, we have hundreds of auction items that you would spend money on anyway in our community  - or maybe something you have been wanting to check out and try!!  

We also have really special events hosted by our fabulous TCE teachers and administrators.  Since these items are donated by our generous donors and sponsors, all money that is spent on these items goes directly to funding our grants here at TCE!  It is truly a WIN-WIN!! Some of you will even walk away with great deals!!

So don't wait - check it out now!! Our online preview is available NOW!

You will want to see the treasures that we have waiting for you!  Can't make it to the auction?  You can email bids prior to the event (up until Wed 4/13) - details are found on our auction website at the link above - send early bids to towncenterelementaryauction@gmail.com .  All items will be available for bidding at the Hoedown on 4/15.

Buy It Now!  
Want to secure your child's spot at a special teacher luncheon or after school party without having to bid at the auction? A few places at these events can be bought early on RevTrak (https://towncenterelempto.revtrak.net/tek9.asp) - Buy It Now spots for these events are limited, so don't wait if you want to secure your child's spot!

Questions about the auction?