Plan to come to the Nov. 5th Parent Coffee

Attention Parents!  Please plan to come to the parent coffee next Monday at 6PM in the library.  We will have a very important presentation about how to manage our children’s use of the internet and social media.  Yes, this is elementary school, but many students, particularly in grades 3-5, already have devices on which they can text peers and use the internet.  The school counselors have already had conversations with students this year about bullying and social interactions that stem from social media use outside of school.  Please come hear this important information so we can all work together to help our students navigate technology use.  Hope to see you there!

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Veterans Day Assemblies

TES Families!

Our traditional Veteran’s Day Assemblies will be held this year on Monday, November 12th at 8:15 (grades K-2) and 9:45 (grades 3-5).  If you’re child is inviting a veteran guest, please complete their registration using the link to the right (Veteran Registration for Veterans Day Assembly).  If you have any questions about the assembly, please contact Mrs. Ozmore.

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Upcoming IB Open House

Fifth grade parents!

The IB open house at Tuckahoe MS on October 23rd is designed for parents and students alike to attend.  There are two identical hour-long sessions (5:00-6:00 and 6:00-7:00) that give families a choice that works with their schedule that evening.  Each session kicks off in the gym to provide a brief overview of the ins and outs of the program, then TMS IB students and teachers have curated a showcase of IB experiences in the adjacent cafeteria, and more student ambassadors will be available to give tours of the campus.

If your child is considering applying to IB, this is a night you won’t want to miss!

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What’s happening this month?

Hi everyone!

We blew through September (literally, with some of our crazy weather!) and are already working through October.  October is National Bullying Prevention Month so our lessons this month will focus on identifying bullying behavior and learning strategies to handle such behavior when it presents itself.

In Kindergarten and first grade, we focus on problem solving skills and knowing the difference between tattling and reporting.  Reporting is a term that is important to establish from the beginning.  We explain that students must report harmful or threatening behavior as well as injuries and illness to an adult.  For younger students, this helps them learn the difference between emergencies (when to get the teacher right away) and when to try and problem solve first.

For older students, it sets the expectation that students should not be considered “tattle tales” when they get adult assistance for someone who is or could potentially be hurt.  Problem solving skills continue to be taught throughout all grades as we help students develop the independence and confidence needed to handle issues that come up with their peers.  However, we also reiterate the importance of getting adult help when they hit snags or when their solutions don’t work.

If your child comes to you with concerns about another student, particularly if they feel targeted, please contact us if you would like our help.  Another option for students and parents is to report concerns anonymously through the “Silence Hurts” link found on the toolbar of the school’s website.

We hope you have a spooktacular October!

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BE ready!

Hello everyone and Happy Fall!

We are super excited to have kicked off another great year here at Tuckahoe Elementary School!  Most students seem to have smiles on their faces and are already working hard to “BE the difference” in our school community and in their own lives this year.  We invite parents to practice this year’s school theme at home with their kids, families, and friends so that we are all modeling what it means to make a difference in our world.

Just as a reminder, Mrs. Shala and Mrs. Ozmore are available by phone (673-3765) or email (fshala@henrico.k12.va.us and rbozmore@henrico.k12.va.us) should you have any questions or concerns this year about your students or things going on at Tuckahoe.  In our first classroom lessons this month, we explained to Kindergarteners what school counselors do and then asked the first through fifth graders to explain what they think we do.  The most common and simple answer: HELP!  We are definitely helpers and are happy to help in any way we can or point you in the right direction if we can’t.  Please remember we are a resource available to you just as much as to your students.  We love hearing from you!

Fifth grade parents, your students were supposed to bring home a flyer last week with information about the upcoming Tuckahoe IB Program Open House on October 23rd.  For more information and to access the flyer, you can check out the link at the top of this page to go to our information page for the IB program (or click here).  Applications are now available.  Give us a call if you have any questions about the IB program and/or application process.  The open house is a great opportunity to learn more about the program.  Students were also told to return ALL application materials to Mrs. Ozmore or Mrs. Shala – nothing should go directly to their teacher (including recommendation forms).

Please check back regularly for more information.  We post lots of important information on this website.  Happy Fall y’all!

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