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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This will BE a great year!

Hello TES families!

We are so happy to BE gearing up for another school year!  We hope you will jump into this year’s theme with us as we all strive to “BE the difference.”  Stay tuned to find out more about how students will be able to show ways they can make a difference each day.  Our character education program will incorporate this important challenge as we teach classes and work with all students to help them become bright citizens of the future.

Enjoy the rest of summer and we look forward to seeing all those smiling faces in just a few weeks!!

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Career time

Hello everyone!

April has been an exciting month for school counseling at Tuckahoe Elementary because it is career awareness month!  Students received classroom lessons during which we focused on learning about different potential careers.  Then, on Friday, April 27th, we celebrated Career Day!  We had several speakers come on Career Day to talk to students about their different jobs but how travel relates to each.

Take some time to find out what your child thinks they want to be when they grow up.  Then, jot it down somewhere to remind them in 10-20 years whey they are starting first jobs or making lasting career choices.  Encourage them to reach for their dreams while making realistic goals.  And remind them that it’s okay, even expected, that they will change their minds on the journey.

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Information on rescheduled events

Fifth grade parents,

TMS has rescheduled this week’s cancelled Parent Information Session for next Wednesday, January 24th from 6-7pm in the TMS library.  Hope you can make it!

All TES parents,

January’s Parent Coffee has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 1st at 8AM.  This is a presentation regarding middle and high school information and options in HCPS.  We hope to see you here!

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