Student Handbooks have been distributed to all classrooms/grades. Parents need to complete the last page and return them by December 19th.
2014 is coming to an end. I hope you achieved the goals you set for yourself and your family this year. Thank you for your important role in helping TECA work towards its goals. We are progressing well.
December is a busy month at TECA we hope to see you at some of the events. Consult the attached calendar.
This month’s ‘value’ word that we will be focusing on with the students is compassion. Compassion for TECA is ‘having empathy and concern for the suffering or misfortunes of others; having a sense of meaning, fulfillment and pleasure from helping others.’ Please join the TECA staff and students in practicing compassion this month.
Students have a fairly long winter break. This is a great time to give books and gift certificates for books as gifts. Make sure your child spends time in inventive play with toys like Legos, trucks, trains, erector sets, household items and more. Inventive play fosters your child’s intellectual development.
In addition, your child should read every day. Children need opportunities to read by themselves, read to you and have you read to them. Talk to children about what they read. Have them re-tell the readings to you. Encourage them to ask questions about what they read; to think about what may have happened before the written story started (the prequel) and what may happen next after the story ends (sequel). Support them in asking questions and making conclusions about the meaning of actions in the stories they read. Write new words on paper and post them in your child’s room. Review these new words with your child daily.
Most of all have loving family times with your child during the vacation and encourage your child to be compassionate with others.
Dr. Olivia Lynch
TECA’s Arts & Achievement Assemblies for this Month will be on Wednesday, December 3rd. 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 Compassion.
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
Our 3rd through 8th Grade Students will be taking MAP Assessments from Wednesday, December 3rd to Wednesday, December 17th.
TECA’s Music Concert will be on Thursday, December 11 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.
KIDS’ KORNER SECRET STORE
The store will be set up on Dec. 11 and 12 during school hours in the Special Ed Room. Students will purchase gifts at the store for their families (half of the proceeds will go towards fundraising for TECA). It’s a way for students to think about giving to others at this holiday time as well as a chance for them to take steps toward shopping responsibly (assisted by parent volunteers).
Friday, December 19 will be a minimum day. Dismissal will be at 1:00 p.m.
Our Winter Recess will be from December 22- Jan 2, 2015. There will be no school those two weeks. We hope you all to enjoy the holidays.
ATHLETIC AWARDS BANQUET
Our Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, December 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Gym. At this time we will honor students in our 5th -8th Grades Boys Soccer Team and Girls Volleyball Team.
***Our most appreciative thanks to Wells Fargo and The Mission Rotary Club for their contributions to TECA.
*** Student Handbooks will be distributed to students on Thursday December 4th please sign and return the form on the last page.
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.
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.
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.
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.