Friday Letter

January 18, 2019

Dear Tunbridge Families,

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.”  This quote captures movement.  It captures action.  It captures perseverance.  It captures determination.  It inspires us to not be discouraged and to keep working -- toward all of our goals, dreams, and aspirations.  It’s a message that Dr. King shared with college students acknowledging that there are difficult situations in life but there are also possibilities.  As we take time on Monday to honor Dr. King, may we find ways and words to encourage our neighbors, our families, our leaders, and our children to keep moving in the work towards what will make our community a place filled with peace, love, and joy.   Together, we have to keep moving.

Our application for the 2019-20 school year is available in the office and online.  If you have a child that will be ready for prekindergarten or an older sibling you hope to have come to Tunbridge the deadline for applications to be entered into the lottery is February 8th.  The lottery will be held on February 13th.  Encourage neighbors, family, and friends to complete an application or join us for Open House on Wednesday, January 23rd at 9:00 a.m.  Letters of intent for currently enrolled students along with address verification will take place in March.    

Winter Conversations will be held Friday, January 25th.  Here are highlights of what to expect and tips for making your time with the teacher most productiv

  • First, you can expect to review your child’s current grades.  Using these you will review the goals set in September and evaluate if your child has achieved them.  If the goals have been reached then set new ones; if they have not, have a conversation about what are the factors that need improving and work with the teacher and your child to develop a plan.  
  • Another item that should be reviewed during the Winter Conversation is samples of your child’s work.  Evidence such as journals, writing products, quizzes and tests should all be available for your review.  Ask the teachers for the connection to Maryland Standards in the assignment.  Ask how you can support your child at home on tasks that mimic those being completed in class.  
  • Lastly, as you are talking with your child and teacher, find out what is upcoming in the instructional scope and sequences.  What topics will be studied?  Are there big writing projects ahead?  What math will be addressed?  Help your child to consider ways to be ready for what is front of them as the school year continues.  
  • Winter Conversations mark the midway point of our school year. They are a critical tool in home-school communication and collaboration.  They are most beneficial and successful if child and parent are present.    Your child’s teacher sent an email invitation for you to select a time. Our goal is for each teacher to meet with 100% of their families.  If there is not a time available that fits your schedule, reach out directly to your child’s teacher to select another day and time.

The Vision for Baltimore Mobile Clinic will be at Tunbridge on January 22nd and 23rd.  Any student that received and returned a signed consent form after the initial screening earlier this school year will have a follow up eye exam.  If the vision exam confirms the need, students will then be fitted for glasses. 

The PTO and Mrs. McKenna are excited to announce our first ever school wide Read-a-thon. Throughout the month of February there will be events and activities that encourage reading within our school community.  If you know a local author or have a contact we could reach out to for guest readers, please email Mrs. McKenna or Alison Dombrowski.   You can expect more information later this month.

We will be holding an information session about our middle school programming on Monday, January 28th for the families of our current fifth graders.  This daytime session will begin at 8:30 a.m.  It will include time in classrooms to see sixth grade in action.  This information session is for parents and guardians.  Students will have opportunities in the spring to visit and interact within the middle school.

Speaking of middle school, tootles to our NAL team for earning back-to-back wins this month!  And if you haven’t been out to see our boys’ basketball team, we encourage you to make plans to be here on Monday, January 28th.  Admission to the game is $1 for students and parents. 

Have a safe and healthy weekend,


Sheila Adams

Vanessa Stone
Director of Climate and Culture

Upcoming Events:

  • January 21st - SCHOOL CLOSED – MLK Day
  • January 22nd – 23rd – Vision for Baltimore Mobile Vision Clinic
  • January 23rd - Open House for Prospective Families @ 9:00 AM
  • January 24th ~ TPCS Basketball v. Crossroads @ UA House
  • January 24th - SCHOOL CLOSED for STUDENTS
  • January 25th - SCHOOL CLOSED-for Students - WINTER CONVERSATIONS(Schedule with Teachers)
  • January 28th ~ TPCS Basketball v. HHA @ HOME
  • January 28th ~ Middle School Sneak-a-Peak ( For Current 5th Grade Families)
  • January 30th ~ NAL Game v. Roland Park @ HOME
  • January 31st ~ TPCS Basketball v. SEED @ HOME