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!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!  We had a great day at Town Center celebrating and having special treats!  Thank you to all of the parents who were able to come out and help out with our class parties!  

We have several events happening this week and this month at TCE!  Please make sure you check out the following reminders and more info to come soon on some other spring time learning and experiences for our kiddos!

Jump Rope for Heart

We are currently in the middle of our service learning fundraiser to help support the American Heart Association. 

As of today, we are sitting at $14,417.00 toward our goal of $20,000.00.   

We have until Friday, February 27th
to meet our goal for this year!  On the 27th you are welcome to come up for our day of jumping during our 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

  Remember, if we reach our goal. . .Mr. Shelby and I will be officially getting buckets of slime poured on us this year during our March 10th Spirit Rally.   We'll see if we can make it to the target goal this year.  Keep those dollars coming in to help this good cause and to see your very own TCE administrators get slimed!

Spring:  Class and Individual Pictures

Don't forget that tomorrow, Wednesday, February 15th we will have picture day at TCE!  This is a great way to cherish those grade school years by purchasing individual and group pictures of your child's class.  If you have any questions, or need to get another order form just check with our front office.  

Engineering Extravaganza 
Family Night 
Thursday, February 16th from 5:30-7:00pm

It is time for our 3rd annual TCE Engineering Extravaganza Night. We will have STEM engineering design challenges 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 will also have several learners from Coppell High School and Coppell North Middle School showcasing projects in our gym as well as several elementary learners sharing  about our Lego robotics competition from this year.  

We hope to see you at TCE for our event! 

March PTO Meeting
Our next PTO meeting will be Thursday, March 2nd at 8:15am in the library.  If anyone that is available could please try your best to be in attendance at this meeting, since we will be discussing our big spring events (Book fair, TCE Hoedown and Field Day).  These meetings are a great way to get involved with the campus and learn about all of the happenings at TCE with learning.  We need every volunteer we can get to help make these fun family events successful for all of our kids and to keep all of you aware of the importance you play in making our school successful!  
Speaking of volunteers. . .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 these shout outs in my next blog post.

Click here to give a shout out!

Book Fair
We will have our annual TCE Spring Book Fair March 6th-10th.  This is always a fun time for our kiddos and families to find some fun and exciting books to promote a love for reading.  We will have two days of Donuts with Dad and will be sending out more info as we get closer to the date!

Open House
Thursday, March 9th
TCE Open House will be just right around the corner, so mark your calendars for this fun night!  We love having the families come in and see all of the exceptional projects, presentations and learning that has been happening so far this year.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jumping On Into 2017. . .

I hope all of you have jumped right into 2017 and are having a great start to your year!  We have been nonstop at TCE with the new semester upon us!  I wanted to send a belated thank you from the front office for all the wonderful treats, gifts and holiday goodies from the winter holidays as well as with the start of the new year!  

All of the TCE staff appreciates the tokens of appreciation we receive and truly feel the love from our families!  Thank you!

As we go through the next few weeks, we have some reminders, events and updates for you from TCE. . .

CISD Health Attendance Guidelines
For ultimate success in school, we know our learners need to be at school and in the classroom. There are times, however, a student must stay home. A child that is sick cannot learn effectively and is unable to participate in a meaningful way. Keeping a sick child home prevents the spread of illness in the school community and allows the child opportunity to rest and recover. Please use the following guidelines when deciding if your child should attend school and there is a link to see more district guidelines below:

Fever   Although an elevated temperature is not in itself an illness, it is a good indicator the body is fighting an illness or infection. Combined with other symptoms such as sore throat, nausea, or rash, your child may have a contagious illness. Students with a temperature 100ยบ F or greater should stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of a fever suppressing medication (e.g. Tylenol, Motrin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen).

Vomiting or diarrhea more than once in 24 hours  
Many viruses and bacteria cause disease that involve vomiting and diarrhea.  Students should be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms
CISD periodically checks to ensure we are helping to support any families who would be in need of free or reduced lunch prices from our cafeteria.  We are sending a letter home this week with this information in case anyone is in need or could benefit from this resource.  Also, there is an online form you may fill out that is located on our campus website if you would like to do that instead of a paper copy.  
Please check with the front office if you have any questions or additional concerns. 

Kickoff to Jump Rope for Heart
We are about to kick off our annual campus service learning fundraiser to help support the American Heart Association. 

In the past five years, we have raised over $100,000.00 to support the organization and funded special grants to help heart surgeries and research.  

  We are hoping to reach the goal of $20,000.00 this year! If we reach our goal. . .Mr. Shelby and I will be officially getting buckets of slime poured on us this year!  Last year, we missed our target. . .so got out of that one!  We'll see if we can make it to the target goal this year!  Info will be coming home with your child!

TCE Yearbook Ads and Sales
Don't forget to visit in order to purchase your yearbook for this 2016-2017 school year!  
The final day for purchasing a yearbook 
is January 31st! 
You don't want to miss out on the memories the yearbook shares of your child's time in elementary school.  
Don't delay, make sure and purchase now!

 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, or you may send in a typed hard copy paper to give to the front office.  We will be sending home a paper letter home this next week that you may also use to include your recipe!  

Shout Outs at TCE!
I wanted to find a way for our educators and parents to celebrate all of our parents, community members and educators 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!

Shout Outs:

Ron McKeel – Thank you for all of your help in the front office and for being so willing to take on whatever challenge we throw at you (setting up pianos, building shelves, painting, etc.)!  You are amazing! 

Savita Chandra- she is always so helpful, and happy to be of support to all the kids and volunteers, teachers and staff at TCE. She's the volunteer to the volunteers, the wind that blows us forward! THANK YOU Savita!!! <3

Cindy Hargrove, Christy Ramirez and so many others on the PTO - you are ROCKSTARS! Thank you for your ongoing support and volunteer time to our school and community. You lead by example in so many ways!

Cindy Hargrove and Amanda Kennedy for all of your help with getting school supplies worked out this year for our learners!  

Katherine Brinck - thank you for helping us with photos and fun ideas for our yearbook!! =)

Abby Lane for all of your help in making our fall book fair a success!  

All of our PTO volunteers who helped with auction items and fall family picnic!  Christy Ramirez, Deann Manchester and Cindy Hargrove thank you for getting everything all together for our families!   

Cindy Hargrove for leading us from the heart! Thank you for your dedication this past year and all that you are doing this year as the PTO president.

Dr. Angie Brooks Applegate for being our TCE fearless leader. She not only leads with excellence, she leads with passion, character, and dedication. She welcomes you with her warm smiles and lovable hugs.  We all love you !  Nikki Henry

5th Grade Team for going the extra mile for each student and for striving to create a fun learning environment for all to succeed.  We are thankful for y'all!   Nikki Henry

Cindy Hargrove for working tirelessly and passionately on all things TCE! She rocks!

Sue Campbell (Trace & Tucker's Grandma) for coming every Tuesday to read Non-Fiction books to K1! The kids love reading to you! I really appreciate all your help.

Kinsey Weegar for always willing to give up your time to help with class projects. Kinsey helped die cut many, many little squares for a math project for K1 & K2. I really appreciate all your help! Thank you very much!  Lorri Brehm

Denise Burgos for the awesome directory!! Very much appreciated!

Thank you Nick and Carla Walther for all of your help with our TCE homecoming float this year!  It was great to represent TCE in the float and also thank you to all parents who came out for the event!

Karen Imwold and Amanda Kennedy for coming to read with my learners. Your help is truly appreciated and my learners always look forward to seeing you!

I would like to give a shout out to Karen Imwold for working with one of my reading groups. You're so dedicated and positive!

I would like to give a shout out to Tammie Stewart for being so organized and helpful in ALL that you do for 1D!

To our wonderful PTO volunteers. Thank you for always making our staff feel so special. We truly appreciate your dedication to our staff and school. Thank you for all of the treats during Teacher Appreciation Week!

I would like to give a shout out to Erin Cameron for being such a wonderful library volunteer coordinator! Your organization and friendship means the world to me! Thank you for working so hard for our campus!

Thank you Tim Tidwell for always lending a helping hand with any and all projects at TCE!  Your time and effort does not go unnoticed!  

I would like to give a shout out to all of our wonderful Library Volunteers! Savita, Jonathan, Thu, Millie, Brisa and Erin you keep our library shelves looking wonderful! I am so thankful for all the time you volunteer and the friendships I've made with each of you.

Cindy Hargrove--Thank you for leading the most amazing PTO I've ever seen! We love you and are so thankful for all that you do for our campus!

Thank you to all of our families with green thumbs who help with watering and taking care of our TCE garden throughout the year!

Savitha Chandra for always being willing to lend a hand at Town Center. Your devotion to the school is evident in your constant presence and behind the scene work.

Office Volunteers! Thank you Ron, Paula, Shirley and Nadia! We appreciate all your help! from Laura, Sherri and Sue!

I would like to give a shout to Monica Panda for helping us out while Renee was celebrating her wedding! You are truly a team player, and we really appreciate your hard work! Love, The 4th Grade Team

Jenny and Anna! Thank you for all your work with the Tshirts and always being so helpful about ordering more! Laura and Sherri

Cindy Hargrove and Jeri McShan - thank you for all you do! Laura and Sherri

I would like to give a shout out to Lauren Ballew for being a great room mom and volunteer at TCE! Thank you so much for helping with our many events and making us feel appreciated! Love, Meredith Schaaf

Savita - Thank you for always offering to help with any and everything! Laura

Kari, for all your diligent and hard work to include all our students in the yearbook! Laura

Savita Chandra and Stacey Asher for helping out our entire campus with cleaning and organizing our Innovation Station room! We appreciate your help and what you do for our kids!

Tammie Stewart, Melanie Hopkins, and Carla Walther for looking after the staff by providing the treats for staff meetings and organizing luncheons! Everything is delicious and we truly appreciate you!

A big shout out to Savita Chandra for always volunteering in the Cafeteria, I could not have all the salad tasting without her help!!!

A big shout out to Erin Cameron for always helping with the TCE Garden so that our learners can taste some of our harvesting!!

Ron taking the time to volunteer weekly and help with all sorts of odds and ends around the building. But, especially helping to hang shelves in upstairs C Hall. The learning space looks great!

The parents of our FIRST LEGO League Team members for taking the time out of their busy schedule to get their learners to competition bright and learner and staying all day to support us and cheer us on.

Kate Seifert, Candace Coffee and Kate's dad for helping our FIRST LEGO League Team with construction of the bat house and lego table!  

Beth Reynolds (who has now joined the TCE staff) for your many hundreds of volunteer hours working on the TCE garden, recycling and other projects around the school!  Your dedication to helping our kids realize the importance of taking care of our world is exceptional and we cannot thank you enough!

Guest Readers (K1) - thank you to all the parents that take the time to come and be our Guest Readers! We love all the books you share with us! The Kiddos are so excited when you come to read!! Thank you! Lorri Brehm

The 5th grade moms that helped out with our 5th grade program! These moms were here many days early in the morning helping the kids fit into and organize their costumes, and their presence and service made a chaotic and hectic situation manageable and purposeful. Thank you for always being so reliable! -5th Grade Teachers

Big shout for Beth Reynolds for helping with our TCE Garden tastings and recycling in the Cafeteria !!!

Chrissy Miller - For my class birthday party this year, Chrissy took the time to make a Jeopardy all about me for the kids to play during the party. She also put together little goodie bags for the kids as "party favors." Thank you for going above and beyond to make it special for me and the kids. -Marly Natherson

Monica,  Thank you so much for always going above and beyond with everything you do for 5B! I do not know what I would have done without your bright smile for the past 2 years. You are the best! Kate

Savita Chandra - Savita is incredible! She helps TCE in so many ways. I always see her volunteering in the library, in the classroom, and in the cafeteria! She even volunteers for the kindergarten/first grade lunchroom and she doesn't even have a child in our grade! Thank you Savita for being such an incredible asset to TCE!! - Lori Vincenzo

I would like to give a shout out to Stacy Asher and Savita Chandra for working so hard to make our innovation station look AMAZING! We love you!

Amber Keener - Thank you so much for all you do to help our Kindergarten team have weekly volunteers, stay on track, and the yummy lunches! You are wonderful and we appreciate how to help and take good care of us! Love, Kim, Katy, Lauren, and Lorri!

Anna Slaton - Thank you so much organizing my volunteer schedule, my class helpers, and just keeping the K2 Families informed and in the loop! You are wonderful and I appreciate all you do to help my classroom run smoothly! Love, Lauren Torti

Anyone can give a shout out. . .so please try to share small or big ways others have helped!

TCE Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017
We are excited to share with you our Town Center teacher of the year, Miss Kasey Kemp!  She will be representing our campus and will be up for possible district teacher of the year this spring. We are so happy to have her taking on this honor for TCE this year! 

TCE Snowman Family Design Challenge
We are having our next design challenge for TCE.  Please see the following link below to read more from our library media specialist, Mrs. Berumen with the details!  Looking forward to all the creations we will see coming in!