Newsletter 12/23

Thu, 01/04/2024 - 1:43pm
HCPSS Talbott Springs Elementary School  
Newsletter- 12/23/23

Greetings TSES Families,

I wanted to take a moment to extend my heartfelt wishes to each and every member of our wonderful TSES community.

To our incredible students: Your enthusiasm and boundless energy light up our school every day. Your unique perspectives and curiosity inspire us all. May your holidays be filled with laughter, wonder, and cherished memories.

To our dedicated teachers and staff: Your unwavering commitment to nurturing young minds and fostering a supportive learning environment is truly commendable. Your passion and dedication continue to shape the future of our students. May you find rest, joy, and rejuvenation during this holiday season.

To our supportive parents and guardians: Your partnership and involvement in our school community play an integral role in our success. Your encouragement and support are deeply appreciated. May your holidays be filled with warmth, love, and memories with your families.

As we gather with family and friends, let us remember to spread kindness, compassion, and joy wherever we go. Thank you for being an essential part of our TSES family. May the holidays be a time of reflection, joy, and peace for you and your loved ones.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and a bright, prosperous New Year!


Leslie Harmon, Principal

The week’s newsletter includes the following:

Important Dates

December 25-January 1: Schools & offices closed for Winter Break 

January 2: Schools Re-open

January 8: BRIDGES resumes

January 8, 9, 10: Art with a Heart

January 15: HCPSS schools and offices closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17: Professional Work/Wellness Day - Schools Close 3 hours Early (No AM PreSchool)

January 18: PTA Meeting @ 6:15pm

January 19: End of Second Marking Period

January 22: HCPSS schools closed for Professional Work Day

January 30: Report Cards Issued 

Art with a Heart

Exciting News! Starting in the New Year we will be creating a community mural in the outdoor garden area of Talbott Springs. We would like to welcome Art with a Heart and Matt Mitchell who will be partnering with us to assist in creating the mural. This mural has become possible through the PTA and a grant that we received from The Howard County Arts Council. Matt Mitchell has helped create many public murals in the Maryland area. 

The theme of our mural is flowers. The mural will be made by assembling an assortment of colorful ceramic flowers that the students make. As Matt says, “Seeing a mural has the potential to bring a calming effect. Therefore, when a student or teacher or community member is having a rough day, simply seeing something beautiful and peaceful can have a positive effect on that person, impacting everyone that person comes in contact with that day, and everyone THEY come in contact with, etc., in a true chain reaction.” 

On January 8, 9 and 10th Art with a Heart will be spending the morning with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders working in their art class to construct parts of personally unique flowers that will be assembled, becoming part of the mural. Every student in each grade will be contributing to the mural. Art teachers Erica Murray and Ann Valuntis will continue the ceramic flower making with Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classes. 

To date, students have been learning about murals. We have discussed the history, the importance, and the benefits that public art brings to a community. Community art can be viewed by anyone at any time. Even murals at schools can be viewed by the public as they walk or drive by or walk the school grounds after hours. 

We are looking for volunteers to help with this large undertaking. The clay pieces will be fired in our school kiln. The pieces will be glazed and a second or third firing will take place. Please consider how you can contribute, more information will be coming in the new year. We will be needing help during the day to: 

  • Load and unload the kiln 

  • Organize parts of the flowers 

  • roll slabs of clay 

  • help younger students during class  

  • to glaze 

Any questions? Please contact Erica Murray or Ann Valuntis 

through e-mail or leave a message with the front office staff. 

Super Singers

We are so happy to congratulate our students! Each week one student in each of our 1st through 5th grade music classes is selected as the "Super Singer." Students selected demonstrate consistent excellence in the school RISE expectations and/or the music skills that are being taught (singing, playing instruments, creating, and moving are some of the skills). Here are the Super Singers for the period of 11/6-12/13: Gregory S., Anayah R., Harlan W., Santiago M., Austin T., Jostin PS., Thaddeus K., Orlando L., Tommy C,. Josiah G., Yan Carlos M., Abbie B., Rafaella B., Grace W., Tremon B., Madelyn C., Max C., La'Bella E., Silvia H., Charleigh L., Alex P., Michael V., Jannat C., Ziaire B., Victoria R., Katie L., Alice R., Natalia A., Maya B., Evelyn R., Sunny M., Nia H., Christian H., Julia S., Amiy J., Givenchy G., Lindsay Z.S., Aiden C., Lukaz Z.D., Marissa P., Chase W., Efren R., Becca B., Matthew C., Bryce R., Emily C., Raheem R.

Young Authors Contest Winners

Join me in congratulating our Young Author's Contest winners, as well as our participants.

Poetry Grade 1: Annalise N.  

Poetry Grade 2: Isaac L.

Short Story Grade 2: Evelyn L.

Poetry Grade 3: Maya B.

Poetry Grade 4: Nathaniel V.

Short Story Grade 4: Santiago M. Q.

Poetry Grade 5: Nia H.

Short Story Grade 5: Siaha F.

*Participant Recognition*:

Grade 2:

  • Amiyah R. 

  • Douglas H.

  • Eowyn E.

  • Joshua R. A.

  • Aviela N.  

Grade 3: 

  • Parker A.

We are so proud of our students and their hard work!

Book Drive

TSES will be holding a new/gently used book drive in January. These books will be distributed at our Spring Bookmobile in March and placed in the Little Free Library. Please only donate books in very good condition. We will accept donations from January 8-31. Please bring the books to school or send them with your children marked "Book Drive". Please contact Mrs. Glassband with any question. Thank you!