Thoughts from the Head

Survey Says!

We received 89 responses to the Parent-Teacher Conference Survey which was sent out a couple of weeks ago. Thank you to all who participated! A participation rate of close to 50% is wonderfully encouraging!

In the survey, parents were asked to respond as to the level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements:

  1. The level of information I received at my conference met my expectations.
  2. The teacher knows my child.
  3. I had a clear understanding of my child’s experience at school from the discussion with the teacher.
  4. The teacher cares about my child’s success and well-being.
  5. I found the process of signing up for my conference to be easy.
  6. The duration of my conference was adequate to discuss all necessary topics.
  7. The conference was a good use of my time.

Teachers will be able to review the responses and comments for their individual classrooms. A compilation of responses for all programs is depicted in the chart below:

Parent-Teacher Conference Survey Results

The percentage of parents who selected “strongly agree” and “agree” ranged from 90% to 97% for all seven statements with the highest ratings (96-97%) given to Statements 2, 4, and 7. High participation and high agreement are incredibly positive and affirming results for school staff! I am particularly encouraged that 96-97% of respondents feel that your child’s teacher “knows your child and cares about your child’s success and well-being” and 97% believe the conference was a good use of your time. It is wonderful to receive the highest affirmation on the questions which we perceive to be of the greatest value to you.

While we celebrate these very high levels, we recognize that this does not reflect everyone’s experience. If your experience did not match this, I encourage you to touch base with your classroom teacher and let them know what needs to be “done differently” so your next conference experience more closely matches the results listed above.

-- Pam

Upcoming Events

Fall Book Fair


Our in-house Book Fair Sales exceeded $5200! The All for Books donations totaled $196 and the 6th level Library Assistants selected 34 books to donate to Cooks Children's Hospital!

Many thanks to the following folks:

  • Our parent volunteers: Aniele, Delores, Fiso, Kacee M, Kate F-L, SLeslie, Lisa R, Mariela, Mary Ann, Sarah H, Tracy F
  • 6th level Library Assistant register operators: Nicholas, Miles, Trevor
  • Upper Elementary student set up volunteers: Nicholas, Luana, Abby, Sofia, Maya, Nandi, Miles, Trevor, Alayna, Eva
  • Upper Elementary student Backyard Bash Book Fair helpers: Miles, Nicholas, Nandi
  • Upper Elementary student car line volunteers: Abby, Nicholas, Sofia, Eva, Miles, Nandi, Luana, Victoria, Sophie C-S

The Online Book Fair extension is open through November 23. Shop for friends and family, birthdays and holidays, learning and laughter – reading suits every occasion! 

Thanks again for your support of literacy at TMA as well as fostering it at home and beyond through All for Books!

-- Jennifer Williams

Online Book Fair

Our Online Book Fair is open through November 23. Orders made through our school’s book fair page also earn the 55% reward for our school. Online orders will be delivered to TMA in early December. Be advised that Toddler, Elementary, Jr High, and High School reading materials are available! So consider this as an option for holiday shopping! Please note “GIFT/student name” in memo line of online orders for discreet delivery. 

Use coupon code APP18 to take $5 off a $25 app purchase by downloading the Scholastic Book Fair App! Search for Book Fairs in the App Store.

Parking Lot Safety

Speed Bump Installation
Rescheduled for Thanksgiving Holiday

The speed bump installation has been delayed due to weather and will take place over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Please be mindful of the new bumps when we return from the holiday.

Thanksgiving Feasts

Early Childhood
Monday, November 19

The Early Childhood Classrooms gather in the Multipurpose Room for Thanksgiving Feasts on Monday, November 19, following this schedule:

EC3: 10:45-11:45 am
EC2: 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
EC1: 12:45-1:45 pm

Remember to sign-up to bring food to the feasts and volunteer to help on the day of the event. Please label your containers so those items remaining after the event can be easily returned.

Tuesday, November 20

The Elementary Classrooms hold their Thanksgiving Feasts in their respective classrooms at 11:00 am for Upper Elementary, and 11:30 am for Lower Elementary. You should receive a note from your classroom teacher, which includes information for signing up to bring a dish. Once again, all leftover food will be donated to the Arlington Life Shelter, so please send your food in a covered disposable or recyclable container. 

Thanksgiving Holiday
Who's the Boss?

Who's the Boss?
Thursday, November 29, 5:00-7:00 pm

Join us for this Parent Development Opportunity: you give us your toughest parenting challenges and we will provide strategies for you to use to overcome them. We will have program level work groups including active participation from classroom teachers to help you work through your real world challenges. Invite your friends! Dinner and free childcare for TMA students is provided; please RSVP to Ashley.  


If you are not able to attend this PDO, we will be livestreaming it on The Family Network. Join us on The Family Network group page on Thursday, November 29, at 5:00 pm to watch, comment, and ask questions in real time.

Did you know?
Reviews Needed

Review TMA and Earn Community Service Hours

Community Service hours are due by December 13! One way to earn hours is to share your perspective about TMA on local sites by clicking on the links below:

You can log one hour of Community Service for each of your reviews. YES, REALLY! You may not realize it, but reviews impact how Google lists our school and how close we are to the top on search results. The more reviews we have, the closer to the top we will get. So please, let the world know how much you love TMA!

Download Upcoming Events Directly to your Calendar

Early Childhood Thanksgiving Feasts
Nov 19 2018 10:45 AM - 1:45 PM (CST)
Elementary Thanksgiving Feasts
Nov 20 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST)
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 21 2018 8:30 AM - Nov 23 2018 3:30 PM (CST)
Who's the Boss? Parent Development Opportunity
Nov 29 2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)
New Family Orientation
Dec 6 2018 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CST)
Upper Elementary Campout
Dec 7 2018 6:00 PM - Dec 8 2018 8:00 AM (CST)
Community Service Hours Due
Dec 13 2018 5:00 PM (CST)
Last Day of Fall Session
Dec 21 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (CST)
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