Monthly Calendar

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Parent Community Meeting

04/28/2015 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. 

I.  12 TECA Norms for Outcomes Driven Conversations

  1. Assume positive intentions
  2. Begin and end on time
  3. Respect questions and ask questions
  4. Respect the group
  5. Listen attentively
  6. Discuss issues not people
  7. Show respect for the views and time of others
  8. Avoid side conversations
  9. Limit use of cell phones and web- based communication
  10. In partner and small groups, agree by consensus
  11. In small groups, identify a facilitator and note taker
  12. Complete agreed upon next steps/tasks

II.  May Calendar

-8th Grade Activities

- Kindergarten Activities

- 5th Grade Activities

- School Wide Activities

 

III. Summer

IV. Dual Language

V. Enrollment

VI. Scholastic School Fair (May 26, 27, 28)

VII. Technology

VIII. Adoption by Rotary Club

IX. CAASSP


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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents,

Welcome to April, another busy month at TECA.

WE HAVE BEEN ADOPTED!!! San Francisco Greater Mission Rotary Club has adopted TECA! They have already provided two new shiny lunchroom tables to replace our decayed ones. They are providing two more immediately with the goal of replacing all of our worn cafeteria tables with new ones.

Last school year they provided funds for classroom books and for books for students during our annual Book Fair. They are doing the same this year.

In addition, The Rotary will give five $100.00 scholarships to deserving 8th graders at their Promotion ceremony in May.

The Mission Rotary Club has invited us to their annual fund raiser. The fundraiser is taking place August 1st. They have secured five seats for TECA free of charge. In addition to school staff, it would be great to have a couple of parents attend. Please let us know if you are interested in participating.

We are very grateful to be the beneficiaries of the Greater Mission Rotary Club’s kindness and concern for the education and advancement of the students of TECA.

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Students in grades 3 – 8 will be taking the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) beginning April 20, 2015 and continuing until May 22, 2015, including make-ups. A schedule of testing along with additional information will be sent home to you so that you may be aware of the week/days that your child’s grade will be taking the assessment.

This school year, 2015 – 16, the results of the sate assessment will not be used for determining a school’s academic status. However, the results will be published. You will receive information about your child’s and TECA’s overall scores.

The best preparation for this exam is that your children continue to read, to talk about their reading, have family time and trips and talk about those experiences, study and review the charts you have posted in their room with vocabulary and times tables and RELAX!!! Healthy meals and a good night’s sleep every night is also a big PLUS!!!

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*Days are longer and sunny. This is a good time to remind you of a few things:

*Students should be in school uniform every day.

*Students should read every evening.

*Students should complete homework every evening.

*Please monitor your child’s computer and wi-fi use.

 

*We are continuing to have issues among students testing and using Instagram, Kikback, Snapchat, My Space, Facebook and other sites. Please monitor your child’s communication on these media. We recommend that your child not have accounts he/she is often not mature enough to handle or understand such as Facebook, Instagram, Kikback, Snapchat etc.

 

*Scooters and skateboards are not allowed to be used on TECA campus. Students arriving at school with these devices have to put them away. Teachers usually put the devices away for the students and return them to the students at the end of the day. We recommend that your children do not use these devices for transportation in the streets. However, if you give your child permission to use scooters and skateboards before school and/or after school we highly recommend that you caution your child about being alert, tell him/her to stay on the sidewalk and make sure your child wears protective gear such as helmets and knee and wrist pads.

 

Thanks,

 

Dr. Olivia Lynch

Executive Director/Principal

 


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April 2015 Newsletter

ART SHOW

Title:  Art inspired by “The Masters”

Who:  All TECA Art Students!

What:  Annual Art Show exhibiting student art work from the entire school year

When:  Thursday, April 23, 2015, 5:00-7:00PM

Where:  2nd & 3rd hallways at TECA

Why:  To celebrate all student art!

*The SF Symphony will provide entertainment and the PTC will sell food and drinks.

PARENT COMMUNITY MEETING

TECA has scheduled quarterly Parent Community Meetings. The last Parent Community meeting this school year is scheduled on:April 28, 2015. The meeting will take place in the Gym from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

**The summary of these meetings can be found on the TECA website.

ARTS & ACHIEVEMENT

(Dedicated to Mrs. Olson)

TECA’s Arts & Achievement Assemblies for this Month will be on Wednesday, April 29th 2015. All of the assemblies will include the talents of our creative and performing arts students. This month homeroom classes will honor students for demonstrating the core value of Critical Thinking. We will also be saying farewell to Mrs. Olson, our Art Teacher, as she leaves TECA after eleven amazing years. We will miss her dedication to all of our students and her creative spirit!

7th/8th Grades: 9:05-9:35      5th/6th Grades: 9:40-10:10  

Kindergarten: 10:50-11:20

1st Grade: 11:25-11:55        2nd Grade: 12:00-12:30          3rd/4th Grades: 12:30-1:00

CAASSP ASSESSMENTS

Our 3rd through 8th Grade Students will be taking the CAASSP Assessments from Monday, April 20th,  to Friday, May 15th.

CELEBRATION OF MR. KIP BROWN’S LIFE

On Saturday, April 25th, our TECA Community will gather to remember our much loved and admired First Grade Teacher, Mr. Kip Brown. Throughout the years, Kip had a great influence upon the lives of our staff members, the students, and their families. Join us at this celebration of his life wearing the colors of his favorite baseball team, The San Francisco Giants. The celebration will take place at TECA from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

PTC’s FAMILY SCIENCE DAY

TECA’s PTC will be having a Family Science Day on Sunday, April 26, 2015. The event will take place in the Gym. (Stay tuned for further details)

*The Exploratorium will be present and have hands-on exhibits; there will also be food for sale.

 


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You are Invited!

Thomas Edison Charter Academy

Presents

THE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION FAIR

 

TECA students with teacher support organize their knowledge and skills to develop and create innovative projects

 

You are sure to learn from and be amazed by our brilliant students!

 

WHEN: Thursday March 19, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00pm

WHERE: The Gymnasium

 

See you there!!

 

 


 

 

ADVENTURES IN MUSIC

FIELDTRIPS TO DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL

 

GRADE: 2nd

CONCERT DATE:  Thursday, March 12, 2015

CONCERT TIME:  10:00AM

 

GRADE: 1st

CONCERT DATE:  Thursday, March 12, 2015

CONCERT TIME:  11:30AM

 

GRADES:  4th

CONCERT DATE:  Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CONCERT TIME:  11:30AM

 

GRADES:  5th

CONCERT DATE:  Thursday, March 19, 2015

CONCERT TIME:  10:00AM

 

GRADES:  3rd

CONCERT DATE:  Friday, March 20, 2015

CONCERT TIME:  11:30AM

 


 

 

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Spring!!!

We have three months of school left before completing the 2014 – 15 school year. We are pleased with the evidence we see that your children are learning. Comments from professionals from Bay Area Writing Project, Coalition of Educational Partners, the Crescendo Group and others have been a resounding WOW!!!  They are amazed by the work and progress of our students and the quality of their academic discourse and the work products they have produced.

Thank you for working with your children.

We want to thank the PTC for funding additional books for grades K – 3 to take home weekly. Those books will arrive shortly. Students will be able to take home colorful books on their level to read, share and discuss with their parents.

Our 6th graders are on their annual camping trip from Wednesday March 4th to Friday March 6th.

Our student musicians and dancers performed at the Asian Arts Museum on Tuesday March 3rd. They received accolades from adults and students who were there. We thank our music teacher Ms. Sharp and our dance teacher Ms. Giron for their creative and expert work with TECA students.

We look forward to seeing you later this month at Parent Teacher Conferences, and our other events scheduled to take place in the month of March.

Thanks much,

Dr. Olivia Lynch

Executive Director/Principal


 

 

MAP ASSESSMENTS

Our 3rd through 8th Grade students will be taking Measure of Academic Progress Assessments (MAP) from March 2, 2015 to March 17, 2015.

EMERGENCY MANDATORY MEETING

A series of events influenced by social media have occurred at TECA in the last couple of weeks that necessitate that parents and school officials meet together to review how best to support  the safety and positive behavior of our 7th and 8th grade students.

All 7th and 8th Grade parents are required to attend an emergency mandatory meeting on Thursday March 5th, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

 

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent Teacher Conferences are on March 25, 26, and 27. At this time parents will be able to meet with teachers and discuss children’s advancement, and areas of improvement. On these dates children will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m.

March 25= 1:30-4:00

                        March 26= 1:30-4:30 and 5:30-7:30

March 27= 1:30-3:30

*Teachers will also be making individual appointments with parents at times not listed on the schedule.

INNOVATION FAIR

TECA’S Innovation Fair will be on March 19th, 2015 in the Gym from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. The theme for the fair will be: “How do we connect with others?”  We anticipate that we will look into how people and cultures connect with one another through literature, art, music, etc.

ARTS &ACHIEVEMENT

TECA’s Arts & Achievement Assemblies for this Month will be on Wednesday, March 25th. All of the assemblies will include the talents of our creative and performing arts students. This month homeroom classes will honor students for demonstrating the core value of Creativity.

7th/8th Grades: 9:05-9:35      5th/6th Grades: 9:40-10:10

Kindergarten: 10:50-11:20    1st Grade: 11:25-11:55

2nd Grade: 12:00-12:30             3rd/4th Grades: 12:30-1:00

SPRING BREAK

Spring Break will be from March 30th to April 3rd 2015. TECA will be closed. School will resume on Monday April 6th 2015.

 

 


 

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You are invited to:

TECA’s African American History Month Reception

Date: March 5, 2015

Time: 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: TECA’s Gymnasium

What:

  • Presentations by students and adults
  • Musical Performances
  • African American History Month student work displays
  • Food and Refreshments

 

AA

 

*** A collaboration of TECA teachers, students, and African American Parents.

 

 

 

 


 

EMERGENCY MANDATORY MEETING

        A series of events influenced by social media have occurred at TECA in the last couple of weeks that necessitate that parents and school officials meet together to review how best to support  the safety and positive behavior of our 7th and 8th grade students.

 WHO: ALL 7th and 8th Grade Parents

DAY: Thursday March 5th at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  TECA’s Cafeteria

WHAT:   Agenda and Format

  • Information
  • Respectful Interaction
  • Questions and Answers

 ***Please be sure to attend. ***


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02/17/2015

Dear Parents,

Please join us for our Parent Community Meeting today Tuesday February 17, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

We will discuss:

  • MAP Assessments
  • Fountas and Pinnell Assessments
  • CELDT
  • Report Cards
  • Exhibition
  • Upcoming Innovation Fair
  • Preliminary ideas for next year’s Budget
  • Update on Fire Victims


School Exhibition – January 29, 2015


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the overwhelming support you have given to our families and children who were victims of the Fire on Mission Street. You have truly shown that TECA is in fact a community of caring.

Due to space constraints we are asking that you hold any more clothing that you have to give until the families get settled and are in their new or temporary homes. Families still need cosmetics and new undergarments and socks for their children. You may continue to donate that.

We will be giving each student a backpack with school materials on Monday. We ask that you continue to ask families to donate to our families at our designated web address: GoFundMe.com/teca7firerelief

Also City Hall has organized a program to find housing for our families if you know of an apartment or someone who is renting apartments please give them the following information:

The City’s Good Samaritan law allows landlords to rent an apartment at a below market rate for a limited period of time to residents displaced by a fire without being bound by rent control and just cause eviction laws. If an individual has a unit he or she is willing to rent to the fire victims under the Good Samaritan Laws, please call Ben Amyes at 415-557-5370.

This is extremely important in getting our families settled. Also the City has launched a fund to help with rent. The link for those donations is:

The City has also created a fund for the fire victims that will go specifically towards housing needs.  To donate, please go to http://sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=5027, (or www.Give2SF.org), click on “Mayor’s Fund for the Homeless”, and write in “fire victims.”

On Friday February 6, we will be giving our families the money that you donated here at the school. The money is counted by a school administrator, a parent and a clerical staff person. The money will be divided equally among the five families. We thought that it was best to give them the money we collected her on the TECA campus to support their immediate needs. The total amount collected was: $498.00 not including the money raised on the GoFundMe Page.

LICE ALERT- We have been having ongoing lice cases among our students. In some cases there are repeated lice issues with the same student(s). We must be diligent in doing all of the necessary procedures to rid the students of lice. This requires not just cleaning the hair in the designated manner with the proper products but cleaning bedding, pillows, and sofas. Please see the additional handout we have given your child that outlines procedures for ridding the hair and home of lice.

We have many wonderful activities taking place at TECA this month. Please be sure to attend and support your child and his/her school.

Thanks much. It’s an honor to be a part of the TECA community with you.

Dr. Olivia Lynch

Executive Director/Principal

 


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February 2015 Newsletter

SAFETY ASEMBLY

TECA’s First Safety Assembly was on Thursday, February5th in the Gym. The Fire Department presented Fire Safety. The Fire Chief chose our school to visit for these presentations.

FAMILY BOOK EXCHANGE NIGHT

TECA’s Family Book Exchange Night will be on Thursday February 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can donate your gently used books in the marked bin outside Mr. Ramon’s office or bring them directly to the event. Find a “new” used book for free.

CAMPUS CLEANUP

Saturday February 7th from 9:00 a.m.-1:00p.m. will be TECA’s Campus Clean-Up. Come help clean up our school gardening, and painting.

PARENT COMMUNITY MEETINGS

TECA has scheduled quarterly Parent Community Meetings. The dates are as following:

February 17, 2015, and April 28, 2015.

**The summary of these meetings can be found on the TECA website.

DANCE PERFORMANCE

TECA’s first Dance Performance will be on Thursday February 26t at 5:00 pm. Children of each grade will perform dance routines.

ARTS &ACHIEVEMENT

TECA’s Arts & Achievement Assemblies for this Month will be on Wednesday, February 18th. All of the assemblies will include the talents of our creative and performing arts students. This month homeroom classes will honor students for demonstrating the core value of Communication.

7th/8th Grades: 9:05-9:35      5th/6th Grades: 9:40-10:10

Kindergarten: 10:50-11:20    1st Grade: 11:25-11:55

2nd Grade: 12:00-12:30             3rd/4th Grades: 12:30-1:00

 

TEACHER WORK DAY

Friday, February 13th will be a Teacher Work Day. There will be No Classes for the students. Teachers will use this day to plan, clean, and receive professional development.

PRESIDENT’S DAY

Monday, February 16th will be President’s Day. TECA will be closed, school will resume on Tuesday February 17th.

 

 

 


 

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January 30, 2015

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for your quick and comprehensive response to helping the families from TECA that suffered losses in the fire on Mission. Five of our families and a total of seven TECA students were displaced by the fire.

Parents volunteered to organize the clothes and other items today.

A community member came to the school with a large parcel of toiletries and also donated to the fund here at the school.

Two of our families who were victims of the fire, were able to select clothing and other items for their children. Two of our students who lost everything in the fire were able to select from the wonderful items you sent.

You and your friends and family may donate at TECA or at our web address specifically set up for this effort:  gofundme.com/l2cvmg

We will let you know at the beginning of each week the total donation collected the previous week.

A group including parents, staff and an administrator will count and verify your donations weekly. The donations will be deposited in the bank specifically for this effort. In six weeks all donations (those collected at TECA and those donated on the web) will be divided equally among our five families.

Thanks again,

 

Dr. Olivia Lynch

Executive Director/Principal

 

 


 

 

January 29, 2015

Dear TECA Families,

Unfortunately, TECA families were affected by last evening’s fire on Mission. We will have more details for you tonight at the Exhibition and tomorrow in a correspondence home.

For now, know that tonight there will be opportunity for you to donate food, clothing and funds to support our families.

Thank you for your concern and kindness.

Fire


TECA’s Best Attendance Ice Cream Party


PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year 2015!! Thank you for all the well wishes and gifts you shared with all of us (the staff) here at TECA. We wish you a happy and prosperous year.

This month we are focusing on collaboration. Collaboration is an ongoing practice in all TECA classrooms. Students work with partners. Students work in small groups. Classes inquire together concerning topics in their subject areas.

The hallmark of teacher collegial work is collaboration. One of the pivotal questions asked of prospective teaching candidates is about their interest and experience collaborating with fellow educators. There are various staff teams at work at TECA: Grade Teams, Subject Teams, Teacher Mentor Teams, Instructional Coaches Teams, Dual Language Teacher Teams, Arts Teachers Team, Technology Team, Early Childhood Teachers Team, Junior Academy Team, Project Based Learning Team, Special Education Team, Office Staff Team, Administrative Team and more.

The TECA leadership structures are systems of collaboration. They include our Parent Teacher Committee (PTC), Site Council, English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC), and Board of Directors.

This month we will be even more conscious of collaborating in ways that are reflective of ‘collective genius’. As adults, we know we are the models for the children. In January, there will be ample opportunities for you to view the work of the collaborative efforts of all of the TECA teams.

Our Music Concert is this Thursday. Come and rock with our student bands. All grades are represented.

We have an Awards Assembly for first semester academic achievement for all our students. Look for additional information on this important event.

Our Arts and Achievement Assembly is also taking place this month.

We culminate the month with our Student Exhibition. At this event you will be able to clearly see what teaching, learning and collaboration can produce.

Have a wonderful month. Please attend our PTC, ELAC, Site Council and Board of Directors meetings this month.

*** Every Wednesday is Parent Walk-In Day, stop by if you need to meet with me.

Best,

Dr. Olivia Lynch

Executive Director/Principal


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January 2015 Newsletter

MUSIC CONCERT

TECA’s Music Concert will be on Thursday, January 8th in the Gym. Parents will have two opportunities to watch the concert; one is from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the other is from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The concert’s theme is: “Little Kids Rock at TECA”. Students currently enrolled in Music k-8 will sing and play modern band music on various modern band instruments.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Monday, January 19th will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day. TECA will be CLOSED, school will resume on Tuesday January 20th.

FOUNTAS AND PINNELL ASSESSMENTS

Our K through 2nd Grade Students will be taking F & P Assessments from Tuesday, January 20th to Friday, January 23rd.

AWARDS ASSEMBLY

TECA’s first Awards Assembly will be on Thursday January 22nd   from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. At this time students will receive awards for academic excellence and achievement.

ARTS &ACHIEVEMENT

TECA’s Arts & Achievement Assemblies for this Month will be on Wednesday, January 28th. All of the assemblies will include the talents of our creative and performing arts students. This month homeroom classes will honor students for demonstrating the core value of Collaboration.

7th/8th Grades: 9:05-9:35      5th/6th Grades: 9:40-10:10

Kindergarten: 10:50-11:20    1st Grade: 11:25-11:55

2nd Grade: 12:00-12:30             3rd/4th Grades: 12:30-1:00

EXHIBITION

TECA’s first Exhibition will be on Friday January 30th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  At this time parents will be able to see ALL the work students have done since the beginning of the year in August.

PARENT COMMUNITY MEETINGS

TECA has scheduled quarterly Parent Community Meetings. The dates are as following:

October 28, 2014, December 16, 2014, February 17, 2015, and April 28, 2015.

 **The summary of these meetings can be found on the TECA website.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The PTC Meeting will be on January 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm.

The ELAC Meeting will be on January 13, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

The Site Council Meeting will be on January 13, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

The Board of Directors Meeting will be on January 13, at 6:00 pm.

 


 SCHOOL TOURS

The following dates have been designated for School Tours:

October 9th and 28th

November 13th and 18th

December 2nd and 11th

January 8th and 13th

**We would like parents to meet in the gym at 8am and have the tours start at 8:30 a.m.

Enrollment Dates:

October 24th 12:30-2:30 p.m., Nov 12 2 – 4p.m., Dec 9 12:30-2:30p.m., Jan 14 2-4p.m.

 


ALERT – IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please be aware that a number of e-mail groups exist (yahoo groups, Google groups, pencil etc.) through which parents and others have been communicating. TECA welcomes and supports the TECA community being connected. Please know that for official information from TECA the following information channels are in use: the school website (www.teca-sf.org), the auto dialer, letters by postal mail from the school on school letterhead, monthly newsletters, other flyers and hard copy communications from the school. TECA communications generally have the school letterhead, the school’s email address and/or the Executive Director as the origin of the communication. At times we post official TECA information on our Facebook page and ask groups such as the PTC google group to share our official communications with their group members. Please take note of all communications concerning TECA that you receive so that you may be cognizant of when the information is officially from the school.