A NOTe from mrs. Demeyer

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.”-- Alex Haley

We had a beautiful day with our grandparents on Thursday! Our IT department is working to create a link so that you may view the recorded performance; we'll share it as soon as it's available. Our classrooms were full of grandparents reading, doing science experiments, sharing memories of their childhood, and making special memories with our students.  Arthur Kornhaber, M.D., founder of the Foundation for Grandparenting believes, “You might say there’s an ‘elder hunger’ for the wisdom of older people. When grandparents share their time and life stories with adolescents, they also share their heart and spirit. That’s a powerful and rewarding experience for both generations”. What an honor to dedicate a day to foster a generational connection!

Grandparents possess a treasure trove of knowledge and experience. Their real-life experiences and valuable advice allow our students to learn from those who have gone before them. The American Sociology Association research has shown that grandparents and grandchildren have measurable effects on each other’s psychological well-being. We look to our grandparents as pillars of wisdom, strength, and support. The unique grandparent/grandchild relationship is important to nurture, and we hope our special day is a mere springboard for the many years to come growing with our grandparent community.

What are some of your favorite grandparent memories? When was the last time you sat as a family and watched old family movies or looked at photographs together? Does your child know their family story? Take some time this week to discuss family and what it means to you!

Excerpt from a 6th grade grandparent poem:
“But maybe it’s in your lovely smile
Or in your affectionate kiss on my cheek
Or how you remind me every day
That I will never be weak.
Maybe it’s the love I know is beside me
Perhaps it’s the guidance shown to this day,
Maybe it’s the joy I feel around me,
Or how you make me laugh in a thousand different ways.”

In Partnership,
Becca DeMeyer
Principal

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Dear TCA Community,

 

 

I always love this time of year; the leaves will be changing very soon, our classes are in full swing, and our activities and sports teams have begun with enthusiasm. As we bring this first month of school to a close, I wanted to provide you with an update on our progress with school related illnesses. First, we have been able to mitigate and keep COVID related school disruptions to a minimum. We are in frequent communication with the El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) department about our requirements—which are far less than last year—and we give thanks to our community for continued adherence to our illness guidelines.

 

Moving forward, our COVID dashboard is now updated daily with active cases along with our FAQ's, which will be updated as needed with process definitions. Also, per EPCPH requirements, we will continue to exclude from school those who test positive, along with their household contacts, and we quarantine unvaccinated close contacts that are within three feet of a positive case for more than 15 minutes, in the traditional classroom setting. Per recent contact with EPCPH, we have increased attention on the last requirement, but since we have sufficient desk and seating spacing in our classrooms, we believe these quarantines will be minimal because of our small class sizes.

 

One metric to which we remain cognizant is our outbreak status. An outbreak is defined as five or more positive cases in any one classroom. To date we have had no outbreaks at TCA, but if we do reach that status, we stand at the ready to respond appropriately to health department direction.

 

TCA remains mindful of local and national media reports regarding vaccines and mask mandates. Currently, we do not expect these mandates to reach significant influence at TCA. Still, we encourage masking for those families who wish, and we encourage vaccinations for those that are able.

 

Thank you again for your flexibility, grace, and patience in working with us in this ever-changing climate. Be sure to enjoy this fall weather! Cooler temperatures are right around the corner.

 

 

We Are Titans!

 

Russ Sojourner

TCA President

   

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