Dear TTCS community:
Our school expansion is well underway and I wish to give our community an update on our expansion as of July 12, 2019.
Even with construction and remodeling throughout the summer, the 2019-20 school year will start on time for grades 1-5 on August 12th and 6-8 on August 14th. Kindergarten will start on the morning of August 13, and Pre-K will begin on August 14th. Always check our website www.ttschool.org for calendar and event updates. The website is the best way to learn about school updates, weather delays or closures, and upcoming events.
The elementary school, Pre-K through 5th grade, will be led by Principal Christie Berg. Many of you met her last year as she started with us in March. If you have students in the elementary school Pre-K to 5th, you will be hearing from her in a letter very soon. The 6th-8th grade middle school will have approximately 200 students and will also begin on August 12th. Sharyn Gray will continue as the middle school Principal. My role as the Head Administrator will continue, much like a school “Superintendent” or leader of a small district.
Because of the change of location for our middle school classrooms to be on our home campus for the upcoming school year, there will be an inevitable delay in the readiness of the 8 portable classrooms that we will use for the middle school during the upcoming school year. We anticipate that during the first 2-3 months of this school year, the 6th and 7th grade will be using 6 classrooms at the end of D-wing and the 8th grade, about 50 students, will be transported every morning at 7:45 by our bus system (or delivered by parents) to the Zona Del Sol site on Jaguar and Country club. The 8th grade will operate much as they did for the past year at Zona del Sol with about 50 students taking 8th grade classes at that location for the first part of the year.
At lunch-time, all 8th grade students will be transported back to the main TTCS school, where all 6-8 grade students will have lunch in the cafeteria and then take their afternoon elective classes at TTCS in our Gym, Music room, Library, and Art classrooms in addition to the 6 middle school classrooms in D-wing.
Once the portables are ready for use, all middle school students will arrive at and stay at TTCS throughout the day for the remainder of the year. All Middle School students are eligible for our bus transportation and will have a NEW route drop off for middle school students on Friday afternoons at 3:00PM-3:30 PM. Elementary school will continue to be dismissed at 1PM on Fridays and middle school will be dismissed at 3PM on Fridays. Be sure you have signed your student up for the bus routes, most already have a waiting list by this time of the summer.
Middle school families will begin to hear from Principal Gray very soon about the beginning of the school year, about student schedules and more details about our growing middle school program. Make sure we have your current email addresses.
At the Gathering of the Pack on Thursday August 8th, all TTCS families and students will learn about their classrooms, their teachers and classmates. Please plan to spend an hour with us that evening. Parent involvement at this point in the year is crucial, as well as learning about all of the FREE “ELPs” (Extended Learning Programs) offered to students in K-5. This gathering of all students and parents is intended to complete registration and immunization procedures as well as sign-ups for free and reduced meals, after school care and other after school programs offered to elementary and middle school students. Band sign-ups, PTO sign ups, and information about all aspects of the school will be offered. We will have an orientation for NEW Families at 4pm where parents will hear from the PTO and the TTCS Governing Board as well as from the school administration. Returning families should arrive at 5pm when we have scheduled meetings for certain grade levels.
Importantly, this year all parents must complete a “sign-up” process for Robo-calls (due to NEW FCC regulations) and you will be given instructions from classroom teachers on how to use our new and much improved school communication tool, “Student360”. Both communication tools are important ways for the school to communicate with you, and as a parent it is your responsibility to make sure you can access these tools. Learn more at Gathering of the Pack.
This year TTCS is growing significantly as we will have close to 700 students and 90 employees next year. We anticipate new drive up and drop off locations and new parking routes in the front parking lot. We will have staff and additional security helping direct families and get children safely into the building. EXPECT NEW ROUTINES in the MORNING!!! We will begin to explain all of this at Gathering of the Pack on August 8th. Please attend because the better we can communicate with you prior to the start of the school year, the better it will be for the students and teachers!
Because of the large number of children arriving and departing each day we will have NEW start and release times for the school year, as follows:
ARRIVAL and START Times (NEW)
PreK will start at 8:15 and parents should deliver their students to the teachers through the PreK’s west playground doors - NOT THE FRONT LOBBY. Park in the elementary parking lot, NW corner of the front lot. Walk student in the west playground entrance. PreK students that arrive early with siblings will be directed to proceed with siblings to the cafeteria and then proceed to PreK classes at 7:50 where they will be supervised on the playground before PreK classes start at 8:15. We encourage parents not to bring PreK students to school until after 8am.
Grades K-5 (Elementary) will start at 7:50 and enter through the front lobby. The building will not open until 7:30 am for breakfast. All students who arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 will go to the cafeteria and may have breakfast. Elementary teachers will pick up students from the cafeteria to go to class at 7:45am.
Grades 6-8 (Middle School) will begin school at 8:05am and until the portables are completed will enter the school and wait in D wing or be on the east (larger) playground. Parking will not be allowed in the fire zone curb . You may park in the middle school parking area. Security officers will direct you to this parking area. If students wish to eat breakfast, they will use the tables on the stage in the cafeteria. Eighth grade students will load onto the buses and depart at 7:45am to be driven to the middle school Zona Building. They will return to TTCS at 12:15 for lunch, and then students will be in elective classes until 3:05.
Departure times (NEW) and Parking Locations (NEW)
Pre-K parents will park in the elementary lot (this area will be expanded and marked as elementary only) and walk into the campus via the south Pre-K playground Gate for departure at 2:40PM. Teachers will check off that the properly designated adults are picking up students.
Kindergarten students will be picked up in the A wing hallway by siblings or by parents, get put on the bus by teachers or EAs, or go to after school programs. Teachers will sign out students. Kindergarten parents must park in the elementary parking lot. There will be no waiting in the curb area for Kindergarten parents, as Kindergarten students must be checked out by parents or other pre-approved adults.
Grades 1-5 (Elementary) students will get loaded on the bus by teachers or EAs, or go to after-school programs (ELPs) or go to parent pickup with teachers. Students will have plenty of time to get to the buses. Elementary classes ends at 2:55 Monday through Thursday and at 1:00pm on Fridays. Buses will leave the school at 3:08 Monday through Thursday and 1:05 Friday. Parent pickup for elementary will be moved 50 yards west and parents will not be allowed to wait in the fire zone along the curb. Parents who arrive before 2:55pm Monday - Thursday and before 1:00 pm on Friday must wait in the elementary parking lot. You will be directed to this parking area by security officers.
Grades 6-8 (Middle school) students will be released at 3:05 Monday through Friday, and take the bus, go to after school programs or go to parent pick up in the middle school parking lot. There will be a newly designated area for middle school parent pickup. Early arriving parents will be directed to park in the middle school parking area, waiting in the fire lane will not be allowed.
Friday, August 2nd - TTCS Foundation Fundraiser:
Please come join us for an evening of Mariachi at El Campanario Events Center, 3136 Cerrillos Road, on Friday, August 2nd, from 6pm to10pm. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at the school front office (between the hours of 9am to 3pm M-F). $25 per person, Kids under 6 are Free! This fundraising event is to support our school’s charitable Foundation which supplements the school financially in areas such as tutoring and NDI. Buy Tickets Here: https://turquoisetrailcharter.revtrak.net/group-evening-of-mariachi-8-2-2019/
As you can see, the school will be bigger this coming year and we are working on anticipating inevitable “growing pains”. However we have our excellent staff returning and many new teachers. You will hear from both principals about the new staff members that we have hired very soon. Keep checking the school website and we will see you in August. As always, you can also call the school’s front office at 986-4000 if you have questions, we are here all summer from 9am - 3pm.
Head Administrator, TTCS