Back to School
Questions about Returning to School? Here are the Answers You may be Looking for!
1. Are you looking for information about when school will start and if it will be virtual or in-person instruction?
School will begin on Thursday, August 20th with virtual instruction to begin the first nine weeks. Open House will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (times and specifics to be announced at a later date). Meet & Greet Information listed below in (Question 3)
2. Who will be your child's teacher?
Postcards were sent out by your child’s teacher welcoming the students to their classroom. Teachers have made phone calls to share information about Meet & Greet. In the event we haven’t been able to reach you, we will provide "drive by" assistance Monday-Wednesday (8:30 am-3:00 pm). There will be assistants with a table outside to answer questions about class rolls, usernames/passwords and pass out flyers to assist in a smooth start-up transition for you and your family. This "drive by" will not take the place of Meet & Greet but will serve as an additional opportunity to assist you with answers to questions you may have. Just simply pull up to the front door and assistants will come out and provide you with the information you need.
3. When is Meet & Greet?
We are excited about reconnecting with all of our "Happy Campers "our new theme, Camp Learn-a-Lot, for the 2020-2021 school year! The teachers have scheduled a Meet & Greet Schedule (listed below). Please note, some teachers will have an in-person Meet & Greet and others will have a virtual Meet & Greet using Google Meet. Please be on the look-out for a postcard welcoming your child to their classroom. Teachers are calling parents to share more information and necessary codes to join a virtual Google Meet.
***In-person Meet & Greets on a scheduled/staggered basis*** Students may bring their school supplies to the Meet & Greet. (Scroll to the very bottom of the page for the school supply lists for each grade level).
***Virtual Meet & Greet classrooms may contact their teacher for a time to drop supplies off.
Meet & Greet Schedules by Grade Level/Classroom:
Mrs.Hajek’s PreK class will meet in-person on Thursday, August 19th from 8:45-11:00. The parents have been contacted and are aware of their child’s 15 minute slot.
Mrs. Minor & Ms. Berry’s Pre-K classes will meet in-person from 8:00-9:30 on Wednesday, August 19th. They will also have two students every 15 minutes during these times.
Ms. Dennis's PreK class will meet in-person on Wednesday, August 19th from 8:00-11:00 with specific 15 minute time slots for each child.
Ms. White’s Kindergarten class will host meet & greet virtually through a Google Meet on Tuesday, August 18th from 1:00-3:00 pm.
Mrs.Thomas’s Kindergarten class will meet virtually on Wednesday, August 19th from 9:00-9:30 am.
Mrs. Dedrick’s Kindergarten class will meet virtually on August 19th from 10:00-10:30 am.
Mrs. Steiner’s Kindergarten class will meet virtually on August 19th from 10:00-10:30 am or 1:00-1:30.
Mrs. Landers’s First Grade class will have a virtual meet and greet on the morning of August 19th from 9-9:30 am or during an afternoon session from 5:30-6:00 pm.
Ms. Bohon’s First Grade class will meet virtually on August 19th from 9:00-:9:30 am or from 5:30-6:00 pm.
Mrs. Matherson’s First Grade class will have a virtual meet and greet on August 19th from 9:00-9:30 am or during the afternoon session from 5:30-6:00 pm.
Mrs. Hick’s second grade will meet virtually on August 18th via Google Meet at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm.
Mrs. Allen’s second grade will meet virtually on August 18th from 9:00-9:30 amor from 1:00-1:30 pm.
Mrs. Armour’s second grade will meet virtually on August 18th from 9:00-9:30 am or from 1:00-1:30 pm.
Ms. Boswell’s second grade will meet virtually on August 18th from 9:00-9:30 am or from 1:00-1:30 pm.
Mrs. Plott’s third grade will meet in-person on Monday, August 17th from 1:00-1:30 pm.
Ms. Beistel’s 3rd grade will meet virtually on August 18th from 9:30-10:00 am or from 1:30-2:00 pm.
Ms. Skelton’s 3rd grade will meet in-person on Monday, August 17th from 9:00-11:30 am.
The fourth grade level will meet in-person on Tuesday, August 18th beginning at 9:00 am with staggered 10 minutes sessions throughout the day. Teachers are calling each parent to schedule a time.
Mrs. Ford's Fifth Grade will meet virtually on Monday, August 17th from 2:00-2:30 pm.
Mrs. Robertson's 5th Grade will meet virtually on Monday, August 17th from 2:00-2:30 pm.
4. When will I hear about device distribution? What will be the procedure for picking the device up? Will there be any paperwork involved? Who do I contact in the event that I haven’t requested a device and need one?
Device distribution is set to occur Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Please listen for a phone call announcing specifics about the distribution process. This distribution will be for students that have requested a device over the summer months. We have had representatives from the school calling all of the parents over the summer with a questionnaire regarding device availability and needs in homes (chrome books and hotspots). Parents will pull through the carpool line and turn right to the library and gym side of the building to pick up devices. There will be tables set up and some paperwork to fill out. More details to come on this...so stay tuned!!
Needing a Device?
If you are needing to request a device for your student, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Damaged/Lost or Stolen Device?
In the event your device is broken or not working properly, please fill out this form to make a report. We will assist you as soon as possible or you can contact through email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. What do I do prior to the first day of school (August 20th) to make sure my child can begin promptly on the first day?
- Make sure you have received your child's username and password to login to Classlinks and Schoology (more information below about these two programs). In the event you try to login and cannot get the username and password to work, please 1) fill out this form so that someone can get in touch with you asap to resolve this issue. 2) Other courses of action to take would be to call the school office (205) 759-3567 and ask for extension #1301 or #1302. 3)You may always email your child's teacher or send a message through Class Dojo, etc. to keep them aware of any problems. We are here for you and will gladly assist you promptly.
- Make sure you have a device that is working properly with internet access working properly.
- Make sure you are aware of the class schedule and try to follow the schedule the teacher provides for daily instruction. We understand that things will come up, but please always keep the teacher in the loop.
- Have a trial run practicing logging in and making sure equipment is running properly prior to the start date of August 20th.
ClassLink is TCS’s one-stop location for online learning resources. It allows students to access a wide variety of digital resources. The URL is linked on the district web page and is at https://launchpad.classlink.com/tuscaloosa . Students can access their launchpad using their username & password.
To access ClassLink from home, students should,
- Go to the URL https://launchpad.classlink.com/tuscaloosa
- Enter their district username and password. Click on the desired learning resource to begin exploring. To search for an app you need to use (Schoology-daily), go to the top of the Classlink page and look for the gray bar with the magnifying glass and type in Schoology to search.
We understand it may not be a simple task at first, so please continue to reach out for support. In the event you try to login and cannot get the username and password to work, please 1) fill out this form so that someone can get in touch with you asap to resolve this issue. 2) Other courses of action to take would be to call the school office (205) 759-3567 and ask for extension #1301 or #1302. 3) Always let your teacher know.
- Please check out our TCS District Resources to Support Learning Page.
- The TCS Virtual Learning Guide for Fall 2020 provides more information, as well.
Schoology is our new Learning Management System and Virtual Classroom for our our students. Click for additional resources and the Schoology 411.
6. What do I do if my child had library books checked out in the Spring and I need to return them?
There will be a recycling bin outside of the school labeled for returned library books. Simply place them in the bin in the front of the school and we will follow protocol for safely returning them into the library collection.
2020-2021 Supply Lists
Pre-K Supply List:
3 large boxes of Kleenex
4 bottles of hand sanitizer
1 Pack of 4 Clorox wipes
2 packs of paper towels
toothbrush and toothpaste in a pouch with your child’s name on it
girls bring 1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags
boys bring 1 box of quartz size Ziploc bags
2 white undershirts (that can be decorated, may choose to go a size up)
Extra change of clothes (includes underwear and socks) with your child’s name on it
2 packs of baby wipes
2 bottle of hand soap
2 cans of Lysol
$ 20 donation fee for the school year
Roll Up Cloth nap mats –
Backpack big enough for a 8x11 Binder to fit in
Kindergarten Supply List:
Plastic school box
5” blunt scissors
4 packs of Crayola crayons (24 count)
2 packs of pencils (12 count)
2 rolls of paper towels
Sanford Expo Dry erase markers black chisel (4 count)
2 boxes of tissue (100 count)
4 sticks of Elmer’s glue
2 containers of Clorox Wipes
2 bottles of hand sanitizer
Zipper bags gallon size (25 count)
409 cleaner – 1 bottle
Lysol spray- 1 can
$20 Classroom Donation
First Grade Supply List:
2 Mead Primary Journals
2 packs of Elmer's Glue Sticks
4 Packs of Crayola Crayons 24
1 pair of scissors
2 Pink block Erasers
2 Folders with prongs
2 30 count Ticonderoga #2 Pencils Pre-sharpened
Sanitizer (if you can find them)
Wipes (if you can find them)
$20 Classroom Donation
Second Grade Supply List:
1” Size 3-Ring Binder-
1 headphones (wired, not wireless)
Mead Five Star Wide-Ruled Spiral Notebook-2
Mead Five Star Pocket Folders with Prongs/Brads (1 red,1 blue, 1 yellow and 1 green)
Elmer’s Glue Sticks-8 (No bottled glue please)
Pencil Pouch or Pencil Box- 1
Crayola Crayons- 4 packs
4-pack Dry Erase Markers- 1 pack
#2 Pencils (preferably the Ticonderosa or USA Gold Brand; The colorful pencils that have the plastic wrapping will often tear up the pencil sharpener)- 4 packs
Copy Paper- 2 packs
Paper Towels- 1 roll
Kleenex- 2 boxes
Hand Sanitizer (Germ X)-2 bottles
Antibacterial Soap- 2 bottles
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes- 2 packs
Lysol Disinfecting Spray- 1 can
Ziploc Storage Bags- 1 box of gallon size
$20 Classroom Donation
Third Grade Supply List:
2020 – 2021
1 – 2” Binder, Durable Vinyl
3 Packs of Wide Ruled Paper
Dividers (5 tabs)
Nylon Pencil Pouch with 3 Holes for Binder
4 Packs of #2 Pencils (24 count)
2 Spiral Bound Notebooks (70 sheets each)
2 Composition Notebooks
2 Boxes of Crayola Crayons (24 count)
Crayola Colored Pencils (12 count)
Markers (8-10 count)
8 Elmer’s Glue Sticks
Ear Buds for the computer (to be used for computer activities)
1 Package of Pencil Top Erasers
1 Yellow Highlighter
1 Package of Black Dry Erase Board Markers
1 Box Baby Wipes, Pop Top Dispenser or Refill Package
3 Boxes of Tissue
2 Reams of 8 ½ x 11 White Copy Paper
1 Ream of Card Stock or 1 Ream of Colored Copy Paper (optional)
2 Containers of Lysol Wipes (if available)
1 Bottle of Hand Sanitizer (if available)
1 Can of Lysol (if available)
- Bottle of 409 Cleaner (if available)
:1 Box of Gallon Ziplock Slider Bags (Boys)
1 Box of Sandwich Ziplock Slider Bags (Girls)
$20 Classroom Donation
Fourth Grade Supply List:
4 composition notebooks
1 spiral notebook
10 packs of pencils (community class use)
3 packs of eraser tips (community class use)
3 packs of loose leaf paper
2 reams of copy paper
1 pack of black expo markers
1 pack of highlighters
2 Clorox wipes
2 Hand sanitizers
2 Pack of paper towels
$20 Classroom Donation
Fifth Grade Supply List:
5 - Packs Wide Ruled Paper
4- (24) Packs of #2 pencils
1- Colored pack of Copy Paper
1- White pack of Copy Paper
1- Set of Earbuds
3- Plastic Prong Folders (Black, Blue, & Green)
1- Gallon Sized Box of Ziploc Bags
2- Clorox Wipes
4- Composition Notebooks
2- (24) Packs of Crayons
2- Glue Sticks
1- Pair of Scissors
3- Boxes of Kleenex
2- Rolls of Paper Towels
2- Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
1- Backpack for Daily Use
$20 Classroom Donation