Weekly Email Updates

April 21, 2018

Hello TCDS Parents and Families,

Many of you have asked about our plans for next week if TCDS teachers join the walkout on Thursday, April 26.  We sent an email earlier today that contained the information that has been distributed through teacher eplanners and on our school Facebook page.  As of this time, we plan to run a normal school day on Thursday.  We have asked teachers and support staff to let us know if they will be at school.  If we determine we will not have enough staff to run a regular school day and to ensure students are supervised and safe, we will let you know. The walkout will not impact our Early Education program(preschool and prekindergarten).  Click this link to see the full copy of the letter we drafted for parents => tinyurl.com/tcdswalkout 

We let our teachers know that we recognize and respect their right to decide how they want to support the RedforEd movement, including the walkout.  We know it is a personal decision that our teachers and staff will not make lightly.  We support each person’s individual decision. 

Congratulations to our Middle Students who finished their AzMERIT testingon Friday. With the exception of a few students who were absent and need to take a make-up exam, we are done!  Thank you to all students, teachers and staff for your hard work, patience, determination and encouragement to all. 

Have you completed the parent survey?  If you haven’t taken it yet, please do so today.  We value your feedback.  You can take the survey here > https://tinyurl.com/tcds2018.   

Please watch for an updated chart with our school expectations to come home. The chart is broken down by areas – classroom, Flag, specials, etc. – and covers expected behaviors for each under the categories of Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe. We want to finish the year with a strong focus on school culture and expectations.  Want to download the Expectations Document now?   => Click Here

Speaking about expectations, a reminder that TCDS has a no bullying policy.  This means that we intend to take quick and appropriate action if one student is bullying another.  For bullying to occur, the bully has to have some type of power over the victim, the bullying actions have to have been repeated behavior – not just a one time occurrence, and generally, the victim has told the bully to stop their bullying actions one or more times. Sometimes, students and parents use the bullying label when it does not apply. Mean behavior one or two times is rarely considered bullying.  If the students involved have an equal status at school, the actions may not be bullying. To make sure bullying and mean behavior do not occur on campus, please ask your child to let an adult know if they are feeling picked on, teased or otherwise bothered by another student.  If the classroom teacher is not able to handle the situation, students are usually sent to Mrs. St. Amand, our school guidance counselor, where they can talk about what’s going on and often work things out.  If such behavior comes to your attention and your child has not talked to an adult on campus please let their teacher know.  

We are at the time of the year when parents who have applied for but have not received a space at TCDS are getting nervous and wondering if they will be given a spot to enroll.  This is the time of year when we ask any parents who have pre-registered and who, for any reason, have decided not to return to TCDS to let us know. If you have accepted a space at another school or just don’t plan to return, please let the Office staff know this week, if possible. 

We held our last Leader in Me parent training this week.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the training.  If you weren’t able to participate this year, we will repeat the training a couple of times next year. 

A sincere welcome to Mrs. Renee Danielson. She ran for and was elected to the TCDS School Board this week.  Your School Board looks forward to working with her. 

We held our last Skate Country Night of the year this week. It was great fun for those who attended. 

On to next week… 

Here’s what’s happening at TCDS the week of April 23rd to April 26th: 

– AzMERIT TESTING CALENDAR (Grades 3rd-8th) 
AzMerit testing is almost complete. We have a few students who will be doing makeup testing on Monday 4/23. 
You can see the 2018-19 calendar on the school website. Visit www.TCDCharterSchool.com and choose the Calendars link or click here to download a copy => http://www.tcdcharterschool.com/images/2019_calendar.pdf    A paper calendar will be mailed to you towards the end of June. 
– KINDER & 8TH GRADE PROMOTION PICTURES (Only Kinder and 8th grade students) 
Promotion pictures for Kindergarten & 8th Grade will be taken Tuesday, April 24th. They will be taken shortly after school begins. Pictures are taken in cap and gown that we will provide. 8th graders are asked to bring a white shirt with a collar to wear under the promotion gown. Order forms for pictures were sent home with students last week. Extra order forms will be available in the office. All Kinder and 8th grade students will be photographed. 

– SPIRIT WEEK (All grades welcome to participate PS-8th) 
All students are invited to participate in Spirit Week, sponsored by the Middle School Student Council.  Spirit Week begins Monday, April 30th. 

Here’s what we’re doing each day: 
– Monday, April 30th: Multiple Monday-Team up with one or more of your friends and dress the same. 
– Tuesday, May 1st: Pajama Day-School appropriate jammies and no slippers please. 
– Wednesday, May 2nd: Crazy Hair and Mismatch Day-Make it crazy and mismatched, have fun with it. 
– Thursday, May 3rd: Throwback Thursday-Dress in your best oldies look. 
– Friday, May 4th: Dress Down Day for $1-To support Kena’s Kits (see info below) 

With the exception of the uniform itself, the school dress code policies apply to “Spirit Week” dress down days.  Spaghetti straps, cut-off jeans or pants, pants with holes in them, leggings, jeggings and yoga pants worn as bottoms, revealing clothing and bare midriffs are not permitted.  Under garments cannot be visible.  Sleeveless shirts must be at least two inches wide. 
Our next dress down day is on Friday, May 4th. This dress down day fundraiser will help us to purchase items for Kena’s Kits. Liam Johnson, a TCDS alumni and an Eagle Scout is putting together the kits. Kena’s Kits are comfort kits for children who are in the hospital fighting cancer. When the kits are complete Liam will be donating them to the Diamond Children’s Hospital. If your child would like to dress down, please send them to school with $1. All dollars will be collected by your teachers.   
Please remember that this is a fundraiser. If you would prefer not to participate, please send students in their uniform. 

School uniform policies apply to “Dress Down” days and other times when students are permitted to dress out of uniform. The length of shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers and other bottoms must be at least the length of the middle finger when the student’s arm is extended straight down the side of their leg. If wearing leggings or legging-like bottoms, the shirt worn must also be the length of the middle finger when the student’s arm is extended straight down the side of their leg. Spaghetti straps; cut-off jeans, pants or sleeves; pants with holes in them; tight fitting bottoms including leggings worn as bottoms; revealing clothing; and bare midriffs are not permitted on dress down days.  No undergarments may show. Sweatpants with elastic at the ankles are permitted on dress down days.   
– DRAMA CLUB PRESENTS “SHREK JR. THE MUSICAL” MAY 4TH & 5TH (All students are welcome to attend) 
Please join us for a fun-filled night as the Drama Club presents “Shrek Jr. The Musical”. The musical is based on the movie Shrek. Performances are Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th, at 7pm at the TCDS Activity Center.  Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to help keep our program thriving. 

Drama club presentations are fun, exciting, entertaining and superb.  If you want a relaxing evening in a pleasant atmosphere with a great play to watch, we encourage you to attend “Shrek Jr. The Musical”. 
– DONUTS WITH DUDES (Parents and students in all grades are welcome)
Have you had a chance to meet our principals yet? The end of the year is nearing but you still have one more scheduled opportunity to meet them. Stop by the kinder ramada Tuesday, May 15th starting at 7:30 am to enjoy a casual meet ‘n’ greet with our principals. Donuts and coffee will be provided by our PTSA. 

Freshman Admissions Application Forms have gone home this past week for students who are interested in testing for UHS – University High School.  Applications are still available online at uhs.tusd1.schooldesk.net or parents can pick one up in Mrs. St. Amand’s office. The scheduled test dates for non-TUSD 7th grade students are Saturday, May 12th at UHS (Rincon campus) from 8:00 – 11:00 or on Monday, June 25th, same location and time. Completed forms should be faxed by parents to the Accountability & Evaluation Department in TUSD or returned to Mrs. St. Amand no later than April 27th. Mrs. St. Amand will hand deliver the applications to TUSD on Monday, April 30th. 

Mrs. St. Amand will also be offering “working lunch” sessions during the first two weeks of May to administer practice CogAT tests to students who (1) completed and turned in an application and (2) have an interest in a little extra preparation for the exam.  Students who practice before generally feel much more comfortable when taking the actual assessment. 

If you have questions, please visit the UHS website or contact Mrs. St. Amand at 296-0883 ext. 1175 or email her at dstamand@tcdcharterschool.com 

-YEARBOOK ORDERS (All grade levels, preschool to 8th grade welcome to purchase) 
The 2017/18 Yearbooks are on sale now! Get yours today at tcdsyearbook.picaboo.com (No www).  There may not be any extras so order yours today. All orders are due online by May 4th. Order today! 

Please know that orders must be placed online. Paper order forms are not available and yearbooks will not be available for sale in the front office.  For additional information, please contact Mrs. Barney at 520-296-0883.  For online order help, call 1-855-537-0050 (toll free), emailinfo@picabooyearbooks.com or visit picabooyearbooks.com

– SUMMER ACADEMY (Available to students entering 1st-9th grade) 
The summer months provide great opportunity for all children to grow academically. The Summer Academy at TCDS is designed to meet the needs of each student in a personalized way that incorporates skill building and project application into the learning experience. Using the latest technology and online learning platforms, students work towards proficiency in the academic standards they need, while having the opportunity to apply these skills through various projects. 

Summer Academy will be held June 4th-29th from 8:00am-12:30pm, Monday-Friday. We accept students entering grades 1st-9th. Tuition is $375 for the whole month.  Please contact Stacy Barney at sbarney@tcdcharterschool.com with any additional questions. 

Download your registration form at www.TCDSSummerAcademies.Weebly.com or stop by the TCDS front office to pick one up. Turn it in today to reserve your spot!  Sign up now, space is limited. 

Students can attend the morning academic program and then go to Camp Adventure in the afternoon.  See below or contact Ms. Debbie at dross@tcdcharterschool.com for information about camp. 
Camp Adventure registration is underway. Students going into Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten next year can sign up with Ms. Wanda. Summer camp for 3-5 year old students is part of the Early Education program.    
Students entering 1st–8th grade can sign up in the office. Registration forms were sent home with students last week. You can also download the registration packet online at http://TucsonCampAdventure.com/
Both programs are a ton of fun with swimming, dance, outdoor play, art, technology, science lab and more. Campers in the first through eighth grade program also get to do archery! 
Sign up today.    
– OPEN ENROLLMENT – DO YOU KNOW A FAMILY WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING TCDS? (Parents of all grade levels, preschool to 8th)      
If you know a family who is interested in learning more about TCDS or who wants to enroll, please let them know they can come in to pick up an enrollment packet.   
For new parents, we offer tours every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 and 10 a.m. – interested parents can call the office to schedule their tour. 

– GET YOUR $500 REFERRAL CREDIT! (Parents of all grade levels, preschool to 8th)      
As we’ve said before, our most effective way to bring new students to TCDS is word of mouth. Our referral credit program is still in place.  This year, we are adding an extra bonus to the referral program.   
For the first family you refer who registers and stays through the first quarter of the next school year, you will receive a $500 credit that can be used for school sponsored after school programs like choir, garden club, sports, drama and more.  You can also use the credit for before and after care, summer prep and summer camp. This year’s referral bonus: You will receive a $750 referral credit for the second family you enroll and a $1,000 referral credit for the third and subsequent families.  That’s a lot of free after care, summer camp, summer prep and clubs!   
Spread the word about TCDS and refer your friends and family.  It’s a win-win for you and for them!        

– 5TH GRADE MOVING ON UP DAY (5th Grade Parents and families) 
A reminder to all 5th grade parents that our 5th grade promotion is changing a little bit this year. 5th is holding an all-day family activity day, instead of their standard promotion ceremony. This will allow parents to be more involved with the moving up day activities. 

The 5th grade Moving On Up Day will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd. Activities will start at 8:45am-9:30am with a family gathering under the activity center, Students will perform a special 5th grade musical during this time. The musical will be followed by a schedule of “Making Memories” activities that will take place until 12:00pm. Parents are invited to have lunch with their child from 12:10-1:00pm and then join the classroom from 1:00-1:45pm, where teachers will distribute individual awards.     

Students have earned more than 30,000 blue ribbons this year!  Amazing! 

This week, we completed another 783 blue ribbons last week for a total of 31,572 blue ribbons including 11,740 in math, 14,680 in reading and 1,941 in science. WOW! That’s awesome!   

Every student who completes a total of three blue ribbons/three trophies in any subject or combination of subjects from Thursday to the following Wednesday will receive a free dress down day. Blue Ribbon/Trophy winners are announced Monday at Flag and the dress down is the following Tuesday.   

– CHECK OUT THE CHAMPION NEWS TO SEE WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON! (All grade levels, preschool to 8th)   
These are some of our most recent stories: 
– Blue Ribbon and Trophy “Dress Down Day” Winners (April 5-April 11) 
– Thank you for Celebrating TCDS & Camp Adventure’s 50th! 
– Second Grade Heads West 
– Kinder Kids Present Zoo Animal Research Projects 
– It’s a Win-Win for All Involved! 
– Ducklings Enjoy Private “Picnic Style” Lunch in the Library! 

Click here => http://www.tcdcharterschool.com/newsworthy-notes-at-tcds  
– ATTENTION 8TH GRADERS: HIGH SCHOOL IS FAST APPROACHING (8th graders and their parents)   
As our 8th graders prepare to move on to high school, we have created a page on our school website that provides information about open enrollment and visitation nights at high school’s around Tucson.  If you are looking for information about a specific high school/district and you don’t find it at the link below, please contact Mrs. St. Amand, our school guidance counselor. She is on campus every day.   
High School Information for 2018-2019 School Year can be found here:   
=> http://www.tcdcharterschool.com/hsinfo/   
– TCDS KITCHEN NEWS (All grade levels, preschool to 8th) 
May lunch orders may now be placed online. Ordering is fast and easy online with Schooldex: https://az.schooldex.com/Pages/Dashboard.aspx. Online orders must be placed by 12 noon of the previous school day. Lunch order forms are available in the Admin and Business Offices, and in the kitchen. You may also download and print a copy from the lunch program website: www.tcdslunchprogram.weebly.com.   

Our new BREAKFAST offerings are a HIT!  Come see what all the excitement is about!  We offer super donuts, breakfast burritos, fruity yogurt cones, hot cocoa, waffle snackers, blueberry muffins, fruit topped oatmeal and more!  Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. each day.  All sales are cash only.  Parents welcome too!   

We need volunteer lunch helpers.  Do you have a couple of hours to share each week? Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Friends… Stop by the kitchen, or contact Ms. Stacey at SLove@TCDCharterschool.com if you wish to join the fun for one or more days each week, or even if you can be on-call.   

Lunch policy reminder: All lunches must be prepaid and ordered in advance.    
The best way to contact the kitchen is via email: SLove@TCDCharterschool.com 

Monday, April 23rd:   
– AzMERIT Testing Makeups 

Tuesday, April 24th:   
– AzMERIT Testing Makeups 
– Kinder & 8th Grade Promotion Pictures, 8a, MPR 
– 7/8 Grade Band/Orchestra Field Trip, 12-6p, Pima County Fair 
– Boys A & B Team Basketball Games, 4 & 5p @ TCDS 
– Girls A & B Team Basketball Games, 4 & 5p @ Desert Christian 

Wednesday, April 25th:   
– AzMERIT Testing Makeups 
– Middle School DC Trip, Students depart Arizona (return on Sunday, April 29) 
– Matter of Pride Shirt Day (Uniform bottoms must be worn) 
– Early Release – 4th-8th dismissed at 1:45p/Kinder-3rd dismissed at 2:15p 

Thursday, April 26th:   
– AzMERIT Testing Makeups 

Friday, April 27th:   
Monday, April 30th: 
– Spirit Week Starts 
– Multiples Monday 

Tuesday, May 1st:   
– Pajama Day-No Slippers   
– Boys Basketball Playoffs   
– Girls Basketball Playoffs   

Wednesday, May 2nd:   
– Crazy Hair/Mismatch Day OR 
– House Colors Shirt Day 
– Early Release – 4th-8th dismissed at 1:45p/Kinder-3rd dismissed at 2:15p 

Thursday, May 3rd:   
– Throwback Thursday 
– Extended Drama Club Practice, 3-6p 

Friday, May 4th:   
– Dress Down Day, 
– Cinco de Mayo Celebration, 8a-3p 
– Drama Club Play, 7p, Activity Center 

Saturday, May 5th: 
– Drama Club Play, 7p, Activity Center 
Sunday, May 6th 
– School Board Meeting, Tubac AZ 10 to 4 

Tuesday, May 22nd: 
– Kinder Promotion & Awards, 12:30p, Activity Center 
– 8th Grade Awards Assembly, 2-2:45p, Activity Center 
Wednesday, May 23rd:   
– 5th Grade Promotion, 8:45a, Activity Center 
– Early Ed End of Year Performance and Potluck, 5:30p 
– 8th grade dinner/dance, 6p to 9p 

Thursday, May 24th: 
– 8th grade promotion, 5:30p 

Looking for the ePlanner page on the school website?   
=> http://www.tcdcharterschool.com/eplanner/  

Have a fantastic week! 

Your Administration Team, 

Cindy Kappler (Chief Operations Officer), Adrian Hannah (Principal) and Jordan Krause (Assistant Principal)