Parent Resources

Thank you to all who attended our Parent Information Night(s) this week.  Ms. Campbell, Mrs. Sousa, and Mrs. Perry had many in attendance on Monday night, and the rest of our staff on Wednesday!  As always parking was at a premium, and we appreciate the effort parents and families made to get here at the designated times.

At Parent Information Night several teachers mentioned resources that can be found on our website and I thought I would mention each here, for families who may not be familiar with these documents.

  • T.E.S. Family Handbook – Each child at T.E.S. was sent home with an “abridged” version of our handbook with information relevant to his or her grade on the first day of school.  The full version can be found here.  This document was put together by our 2009/2010 school council, and is a compilation of information that was previously found in the T.E.S. Code of Conduct, the T.E.S. Student Handbook, the T.E.C.C. Kindergarten Handbook, and the T.E.C.C. Preschool Handbook.
  • Grade Level Homework Guidelines – can be found on the main website under Policies and Procedures or here.
  • A Parent’s Guide to Math Homework – This document was adopted in 2007 and customized for our current math program, Investigations in Number, Data, and Space.  It was initially sent out to all families in hard copy form, with the hope that it would be used repeatedly as a child ages at T.E.S.  It can be found on our main webpage.
  • Firm, Fair, & Consistent News – T.E.S. subscribes to this great newsletter for families.  This month’s edition tackles the issues of consequences, nutrition, responsibilities, and so much more.  Click to link to September’s.

Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

Parent Information Night

Part of my intention in writing this blog is to help foster the home-school connection that is so often spoken about in educational circles. This coming week at T.E.S., parents have an opportunity to attend our annual Parent Information Night, sometimes called “Open House.”

This is a great time to start the year off right. Parents, teachers, and administrators meeting early in the year to begin forming relationships that help ensure student success. It’s so important to put a face with a name and to take those first steps toward an open and friendly connection that can only benefit your child in the coming year!

At the Parent Information Night, classroom teachers will present for a short while about the classroom, curriculum, and student learning. Special Subject Teachers will also be available in their classrooms to speak to their curriculum domain and what that looks like for your child.  A full listing of grades and times can be found on our main website, and a building map will be provided when you arrive. 

Usually there are representatives from the PTO and the Ed Foundation available to let parents know about opportunities in these organizations, and to encourage volunteering and participation in school related events.  Please be on the lookout for these dedicated parents and consider joining!

Lastly, if you are concerned or need to speak with your child’s teacher about something specific to your child, please schedule a separate time to follow up by phone, or in person.  Parent Information Night provides a quick snapshot of the teacher and classroom, but should not be used for individual conferencing. 

I hope to see you on Wednesday!

Ready For Reading?

Are you wondering what you can do at home to help your child learn to read?  First and foremost is exposure to books – reading aloud, visiting the library, even reading the cereal box each morning are all valuable activities.  Here are two more fun pre-reading family strategies:

Simon Says:   Simon Says Read! –


Syllable Clapping:

Hello families!

Welcome back to another exciting year at T.E.S.  I’m so happy to be starting my third year as Assistant Principal and am looking forward to seeing many familiar faces stroll through the halls.  The school has had a great number of new registrations this summer, and I hope you’ll find some new friends in your neighborhood, or in your classroom.

I hope to use this blog to provide links and information that foster the home-school relationship as I believe it to be so important in the early years of education.  Happy reading.