Friday Letter

November 8, 2019

Dear Tunbridge Families,

This week we bring you messages and updates from across campus:

From the desk of Mrs. Adams
Safety during drop off and pick up along York Road remain a concern for us.  Street signs on York Road prevent stopping to drop off between 7-9 am therefore cars should not be pulled over there to allow students out.  This creates backups, quick stops for other cars, and general unsafe conditions for other drivers.  During dismissal, cars are permitted to park in the area after our driveway/past the two crosswalks.  Cars should not be blocking the driveway, crosswalks, or be parked where the school bus parking is assigned.  Parking is available along Willowmere Way and Tunbridge Road beside the church if you want to park to meet your child.   However, we recommend using the car line in the morning and afternoon in order to abide by the parking regulations along York Road.  If you are interested in helping with car line, reach out to me or Ms. Stone. 

From the desk of Ms. Stone
At Tunbridge, we teach and remind students about what it looks, sounds, and feels like to take care of self, others, and spaces.  Teachers use the time during morning meeting to discuss and practice problem solving strategies.  This doesn’t mean that students don’t have conflict or are always able to work it out without an adult.  It means that when situations arise, students should tell an adult so the adult can think through with the child the best way to move forward.  Taking responsibility for one's own actions is a part of that conversation and it is a difficult one!  Much of the reflection done with students relates to helping them understand cause and effect within a situation along with alternative ways of responding.  We want students to develop productive ways of handling their frustration with one another and positive ways to solve disagreements.  Encourage your child to share with the nearest adult when something or someone is bothering them.  It’s the best way to take care of self!  If you have any wonders or worries about situations between your child and another student, reach out to me. 

From the offices of our Directors of Teaching and Learning
Over the last two weeks, students in second through eighth grade have been completing the ANet interim assessment in both reading and writing.  This assessment is designed with items and tasks that are aligned with Eureka Math and EL curriculums that are on-par with the level of rigor on MCAP assessments.  We use the results from this to gauge student progress toward proficiency with grade level standards and inform instruction throughout the year. They also help teachers to understand the multiple ways that a standard may be assessed providing information for how to plan checks for understanding within daily lessons.  While the test does give students an individual score, these are not scores that we share with families or record in grade books.  If you have questions about the assessment or how your child performed on specific standards, reach out to us.  We also encourage you to plan to attend an upcoming proficiency workshop to explore the standards at your child’s grade level and hear more about how to support your student while at school as well as at home.

Mrs. Chow - Grades PreK-4th 

Mrs. Golimowska - Grades 5th -8th

From the PTO
Our bingo event at Full Tilt Brewery will be held on Thursday, November 21st.  Prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants, Monster Mini Golf, and tix to The Stoop Storytelling Series at The Senator and more to come! Details about purchasing tickets will be available soon.  A flyer will be available in the office and on the Tunbridge PTO Facebook page.  And mark your calendars for our next meeting on Saturday, November 23rd.  Email the PTO with any questions!

Have a safe and healthy weekend,

Sheila Adams

Vanessa Stone
Director of Climate and Culture

Upcoming Events:

  • November 12th-15th ~ 1st Quarter Report Cards Distributed
  • November 13th ~ Open House for prospective families @ 9 AM
  • November 13th – 14th ~ Oral Health Impact Visit
  • November 18th-22nd ~ American Education Week
  • November 22nd – Quarter 1 Awards Assembly-PreK-1st @8:30AM, 2nd-5th @9:30AM, 6th-8th @1:30PM
  • November 22nd ~ Crazy Hat Day
  • November 23rd ~ General PTO Meeting @ 9 AM
  • November 26th-27th ~ Balt. City Hearing and Vision Screening (Pre-K, K, 1st, and 8th)