Thu, Nov 28th & Fri, Nov 29th - NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Wed, Dec 4th, 6:15-8PM - General PTO Meeting
Mon, Dec 16th - DCPS & Charter Common Lottery Applications Available for SY14-15
Tue, Dec 17th, 9-11AM - OPEN HOUSE for Prospective TEC Parents for SY14-15
Wed, Dec 18th, 6:15-7:30PM - PTO Workgroup Meeting (All welcome)
Thu, Dec 19th, 9:30AM - Early Childhood Showcase
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Takoma EC Families:
Your child’s first report card for the year should have reached you on Friday, November 15th. This year, the DCPS report is in an exciting new format using clearer language and sharing more guidance and concrete steps for you to support your child’s learning at home. It also gives you the opportunity to give us feedback about how your child is doing. On the final page you will find a slip of paper that you can tear off, sign and return to the school with your comments. You can also tell us your new contact information, or request a parent conference. For parents of students in grades 6-8, pay close attention to the information on the front page which will tell you if your student is at risk of failing courses.
The report card also includes important information about your child’s attendance and changes to truancy regulations so please keep an eye out for it in on as they were all given to students on November 15th. As a courtesy, we are also mailing the report cards to each of your homes.
On Wednesday, November 20th, we are holding our first quarter's Honors Assembly. Elementary students selected for the Honor Roll will be presented by Principal Taylor. Students in Grades 6 to Grade 8 who earned all As and Bs will be honored as well. We are also celebrating our students with perfect attendance. Parents are welcomed to join us.
Part of our vision for Takoma EC is to foster caring, compassionate young adults who are concerned about their community and their world. This year, we will be conducting a series of service projects for participation by our students. For our first project, our seventh and eighth grade students volunteer at Food and Friends, a nonprofit program that provides nutritious meals to thousands of sick neighbors every day. Recently, they participated in preparing and packaging the food for distribution.
If you have an idea or suggestion for a service project, please let me know.
Arts Integration at Work
This past week, our students were inspired in music class by the Dovetail Ensemble. The students were very excited by the Ensemble, a trio provided music with easy rhythms and call and response lyrics. A tapper also performed with the group.
A group of Pakistani artists also visited with the sixth graders on November 15th. The artist have their work on display at the Phillips Collection, and were invited to discuss the role that art plays in social change in Pakistan. The students then painted scenes of social injustice in their own community. Not only was the artwork sensational, it sparked insightful conversations.
With Falcon Pride,
Rikki Hunt Taylor
Feel free to email me if you require any personal assistance. You may use the "Contact Us" email form on this website. If you would like to talk more with me about our programs, feel free to call the school and schedule an appointment.
Parents: Please note drop-off policy
Parents are welcomed to escort their students to class and greet the teacher. In order to ensure that instruction begins immediately after breakfast, and to ensure that our teachers are focused on the children, all parents are asked to leave the classrooms by 9:00 am unless they have an appointment with the teacher or are volunteering. Any parent who brings in their child after 9:00 am should sign in at the security desk and a Takoma staff member will escort their child to class.
Electronic Device Policy
During the regular school time and afterschool hours on Takoma’s campus, students are not permitted to engage in personal use of electronic devices, including, but not limited to cellular telephones, MP# players, and handheld devices. Students are required to hand in all electronic devices to their first period or homeroom teacher. All items will be returned with the student exits the building for the day. Parents who must contact a student during the course of the school day should call the main office to have a message delivered; students whose situations warrant calling home may ask permission to use phone at the security desk.
Arts Integration News
Takoma EC is an arts integration themed school. What is Arts Integration? Arts Integration facilitates learning by students with diverse learning styles, and challenges them to think deeply and view the world and academic content through the additional, multiple lenses of visual art, dance, music, and drama. Click on these introductory videos to learn more:
Teaching through the Prism of Arts Integration
A MAPA Moment: Arts Integration in Education
In our new modernized school with 'smart' boards, and specialized spaces for art, music, dance, and drama and a renovated auditorium, we can truly realize an arts integration curriculum.
Its been almost 2 years since Takoma students have been able to return to their newly renovated building after the devastating fire in Dec 2010 (see Events - SY2010-11 and Events - 2011-2012). A video by the architects, Fanning Howey, is now available describing those events and the return. Click here.
6th Grade Class - Tops in Eastern Time Zone in Math Contest!
Takoma's 6th grade class taught by Mary Chatmon was recognized for their great work on Think Through Math - one of the top two best classes in the Eastern Time Zone! Think Through Math is a research-based learning system that uses a blend of web-based, adaptive instruction with certified teachers to transform the way students think about– and think through– mathematics. The goal: readiness for college and career for all. The class participated in the online contest for charity and won a pizza party and enough points to receive $7,000 for charities.
Family Reading Feast
Takoma students and parents combined the joys of cooking and reading into a great night of fun. Student in the different grades prepared foods suggested in their books- A Feast for Ten (early childhood); Pancakes, Pancakes; Thunder Cake; and The Giant Jam Sandwich - and then feasted with their parents and teachers.
8th graders Continue Participation in City Vision for SY2013
Several Takoma's students again were among those chosen to participate in this semester-long outreach program of the National Building Museum. The program focuses on group projects using urban planning and design to solve community challenges. TEC students work on planning issues in all four quadrants of the city and present their work to a panel of architects at the museum.
[Sep, 2012] Three embassies choose Takoma EC for SY2013 Programs
The Embassy Adoption Program, unique to DC, is an academic program for 5th and 6th graders that enables them to explore globally-themed lesson units, meet heads of state and high officials, sample new and exotic foods, learn and perform traditional dances and plays, and truly experience the global offerings of DC. Not all schools have been adopted by an embassy – teachers have to apply and
typically no school is adopted by more than one country. Takoma EC has successfully applied and been chosen since 2008, and this year three! classes were selected by embassies – S. Korea(gr 5), the Bahamas(gr 5) and Luxembourg (gr 6). Read more . . .
Takoma EC Adopts Tools of the Mind Curriculum for Early Childhood
This year Takoma coninues as one of 28 DCPS schools to adopt Tools of the Mind, a research-based curriculum that uses carefully guided play to stimulate what neuroscientists call “executive function”: a combination of memory, impulse control, persistence and flexibility. Takoma's early childhood teachers have received extensive training and are excited about the program. Children get the usual reading, phonics and math instruction, but lessons and play are designed to build the capacity to “self-regulate. ” And the children's play still incorporates the Reggio Emilia use of natural materials, much art and creative expression, etc.
[Sep] Takoma Welcomes Parents and Students at Annual Back-to-School Night
New (and veteran) Takoma parents had their first opportunity to explore the renovated building and talk with teachers about the new programs and curricula for the coming year that would be enhanced by the facility.
How To Help (see details . . .)
If you want to help students, teachers and the educational programs at Takoma EC, there are several opportunities
-- Donate funds, either by check, credit card or PayPal for materials and supplies
-- Box Tops for Education contributions ( Read more . . .)
-- Volunteer to assist teachers through mentoring and other activities
-- Donate materials to enhance the Early Childhood Reggio-Emilia Program
-- Join the Recycling/Conservation Initiative
-- Help Takoma EC raise funds by contributing used/empty ink jet and laser cartridges, and old cell phones
-- Earn grant fund points for Takoma EC by shopping at Giant
-- Parents: Be a Classroom Mum or Dad