TSES Friday Newsletter September 6, 2019

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 9:37am

Talbott Springs Elementary School
Friday Newsletter

Talbott Springs Families,
What an honor it is to be able to welcome your children to Talbott Springs Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year! We have had the pleasure of ensuring that our students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade are supported and cared for in this transition to the new school year. To our returning families-we are so grateful to see your children again! To the families who are new to our school, thank you for joining us! Our staff and our families are here to support you! As always, please know that Mrs. Carr and I are here to listen to your concerns and your celebrations as your child(ren) grow through another year of learning. Please know that your input is valued and that your thoughts are important. We are here to assist you as your children develop as learners. Please read the information below for important events and dates that are part of your child’s school year. Also, please ensure that you visit the TSES website at www.tses.hcpss.org for calendar and general information. Again, thank you for sharing your children with us. I am looking forward to a wonderful 2019-2020 school year!
Nancy Thompson

Family File Reminder: Family File needs to be updated every school year. HCPSS uses Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect. Parents new to the Howard County Public School System will receive a welcome email with instructions to activate an account. Once logged in, parents/guardians will be asked to provide or update the following information: Student Information, Parent/Guardian Contact, Emergency Contacts, Medical Information, Arrival/Dismissal Procedures, Media Release (photo approval), Data Confidentiality, PTA/PTSA Directory Change of address may not be made through Family File. Parents who have forgotten their login credentials for Family File may click the "Forgot Password" link on the sign in page. If you need additional assistance, please fill out this Connect Help Form or call Talbott Springs.

TSES Parking Lot and Car pool loop:

Please reference the recent news message on the TSES Website regarding parking lot and car pool loop protocol. Please note that it is illegal to park or stand your car in areas that are marked as handicap spaces. We appreciate your attention to this information!

Green Apple Day of Service
Green Apple Day of Service is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th, at 9:00am.  Please join us for a fun day of cleaning up TSES and making it a better place for your students. Because “we learn here and where we learn matters.” All are welcome and the event is FREE. If possible, please bring a rake or shovel and a water bottle. We look forward to seeing you there!

Free and Reduced Meal Application:
HCPSS participates in the Free and Reduced-price Meals (FARMs) program. Qualification is based on family size and income, and enrollment is confidential. Participation in FARMs qualifies students for a wide range of opportunities and resources beyond breakfast and lunch, including free college applications, free or reduced JumpStart tuition, discounted internet through the Comcast Internet Essentials program, and more. Families must submit a new application every school year. During the first 30 school days, students with FARMs eligibility from the prior school year will continue to receive benefits. Any student whose family has not filled out an application by the 30th school day will have their status changed to full pay until a new application is received. Parents/guardians are highly encouraged to fill out the applications as soon as possible. It is very important that applications are filled out accurately and completely. Apply online or Apply by mail: Paper applications are sent home with students on the first day of school. Paper applications can also be picked up in the Food and Nutrition Service Office (5451 Beaverkill Rd, Columbia, MD 21044). Applications can be returned to your child’s school or mailed to: HCPSS Food & Nutrition Service Office, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042. If you have questions regarding the program, please visit www.hcpss.org/FARMs or call Food and Nutrition Services at 410-313-6743.

TSES Bookmobile Wednesday September 11, 2019! Please see the flyer in today's Friday folder! The TSES Bookmobile will provide each student with a non-fiction book, share the resources available in our Parent Lending Library, share our TSES Wellness Initiatives and give students a fitness finder charm, assist with completion of the Family File using your mobile device. We will be at the following locations:

4:30-4:50    Autumn Crest; 4:55-5:15 The Meeting House (Oakland Mills Village Center); 5:25-5:45 Hopewell Pool; 5:55-6:16 Riding Hood Circle; 6:20-6:40  Loring and Pound Apple (Tot Lot)

Questions? Please contact Ms. Braxton or Mrs. Glassband at TSES.

Girls on the Run: Register for the Fall Season of Girls on the Run: Girls on the Run® inspires girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using running to teach valuable life skills. Teams of 15-20 girls meet twice weekly after school for 10 weeks. Each season concludes with the girls and their running buddies completing a 5K run. The Fall season will start the week of September 23, with the season-ending 5k scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019, in Columbia, MD. Program registration fee is $175 and includes 20 lessons, 5K registration, water bottle, t-shirt, and all program materials. Financial assistance is available – no girl is turned away. Talbott Springs will meet Monday/Wednesday from 3:10-4:30. Coach Heather and Michelle are looking forward to another awesome season! Visit www.gotrcentralmd.org to register. Questions? Call 443-583-7740. 

PTA Movie Under the Stars! Please join your TSES PTA for a free movie night outside under the stars! This free event is on Friday September 13, 2019 on the field behind TSES. Please bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and snacks! Starting at 7:15, we will be showing the movie ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. Come out and enjoy the company of your school families!

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a charity that uses donations and volunteers to build and deliver beds to kids that don’t have their own.  If you would like to help or want more info, email us at md-howardco@shpbeds.org.  If you know of someone that needs a bed, you can fill out a request at www.shpbeds.org/request-bed.  Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/shphowardcounty.

Upcoming Dates:
    Wednesday September 11, 2019    Fall Bookmobile (see information above)
    Friday September 13, 2019        PTA Movie Night (movie starts at 7:15)
    Thursday September 19, 2019    Back to School Night
                            5:30-6:15  GT Presentation (all grades)
                            6:30-7:45 Grades 1 through 5
    Tuesday September 24, 2019    Kindergarten Information Night-Part 2 at 5:30
    Thursday September 26, 2019    PTA Meeting at 7:00
    Saturday September 28, 2019    Green Apple Day of Service at TSES 9:00-11:00