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!