December 18, 2023 – Dolphin Digest TPES PTA Weekly Newsletter

Spirit Week this Week

The lead up to winter break means Spirit Week at school! If you want to participate, please see below for details:

Monday: Wacky Day (wear things on the wrong body part, inside out or that simply don’t match)
Tuesday; Rainbow Day (wear rainbows or just your favorite color)
Wednesday: Character Day (dress as your favorite book or movie character- no weapons or full face masks)
Thursday: Blue and White Day (show your TPES spirit while wearing our school colors)
Friday: Pajama Day (wear your favorite, school-appropriate PJs)

Volunteers Needed to Coordinate TPES/PBES Soccer Spring Event
This spring the TPES and PBES PTAs hope to hold a soccer game event to bring together our school community and potentially raise money for the various programs that the PTA supports. In the pre-COVID era, this event was a basketball game, but there have been calls for a soccer game instead. If you are interested in helping to make this happen, please reach out to Kaitlin Caruso (

Next Joint TPES/PBES PTA Meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Please note the change of date since the first Tuesday of the month falls on the last day of winter break.

December TPES/PBES PTA Meeting Minutes 

Meeting minutes for the PTA meeting on December 5, 2023, are linked here. The Q&A portion is now complete. Dr. Gadsden and Ms. Hollis’s presentation, along with Piney Branch ES’s, on reading and math activities to do at home can be found in the minutes.


TPES Literacy Night is now in January! Apologies for the multiple reminders to save the date in December. More information to come from the school.

OFFER: Free Computers
Montgomery Connects is relaunching the Computer for You Program. Visit for complete details.

  • Any Maryland resident over the age of 7 who does not have access to a computer can receive one new Chromebook laptop computer. You are not eligible to get a computer if you already received one from the County.
  • You do not have to be a U.S. citizen.
  • Limit one per person.
  • You must have a library card number (
  • You must make an appointment, appear in person to pick it up, and bring photo ID and proof of address.
  • Appointments are now open to pick up computers Tuesday 12/19, Thursday 12/21, Friday 12/22, and Saturday 12/23.

TPES Online Book Fair with Bookworm Central

The TPES PTA is excited to announce that we are partnering with Northern Virginia-based company Bookworm Central for this year’s book fair, but you don’t need to wait until the onsite book fair in the spring.

You can go to our online book fair right now and purchase books to support our school. TPES PTA earns 15% of all online book fair sales, which will ensure that the PTA can provide every eligible student with book vouchers at the onsite fair.

Check out our online book fair at: You can see the full list of available titles by clicking the “Books” tab at the top of the fair page. You can also help Ms. Anderson and the Media get the books they need by purchasing from the Library’s Book Fair Drive. Those books will go right to the Media Center’s collection. Let’s get reading!

Absences from School and Changes to Dismissal 

A written explanation of each absence is required within three days of the student’s return to school. A written explanation can be an email, a doctor’s note, or a signed written parent note. Phone calls are not accepted for absences. Requests for late arrivals, early dismissals, or changes to dismissal must be authorized by the parent/guardian and emailed to the attendance secretary (, administrative secretary (, and your child’s teacher NOT Class Dojo! Only your child’s teacher can see Class Dojo, and they’re usually too busy teaching to see incoming messages for changes to dismissal!

2023-24 MCPS School Calendar Available

For the planners among you, the school calendar for 2023-24 has been adopted and posted!

Lost and Found

The lost and found item pile is growing! Feel free to come during school hours to look through the items (and bring your driver’s license to sign in!). Leftover items will be donated at the end of January. Be sure to label all coats, lunchbags, water bottles, etc. to help reunite lost items with your child!

Sign Up for the Remind App!

Remind is a messaging platform that will be used to communicate across MCPS, and messages can be translated into your preferred language. Sign up…Text @takomap to the number 81010. If anyone has trouble with 81010, try texting @takomap to (563) 265-6842.

TPES PTA Listserve Etiquette

Please remember to only post TPES-community related events, information, questions, etc. on this list serve! Let’s all be mindful of each other’s inboxes! 🙂

Upcoming TPES Events

December 18-22: Spirit Week
December 25-January 2: No School – Winter Break
January 9: PTA Meeting
January 11: TPES Literacy Night
January 15: No School

Upcoming Community Events

December 21: Winter Solstice Celebration with Rock Creek Morris Women Dancers @ the Takoma Park Library
January 26: Blair HS STEM Night for K-5

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