Thoughts from the Head

Emotional Relationships Facilitate Learning

Re-enrollment begins today and, as I have shared with all of you, I believe, in general, that families stay or go because of their relationship with their child’s classroom teacher and their perception of their child’s relationship with their teacher. Recently, I received an email from the dad of a TMA graduate sharing a link to a New York Times article he thought I’d find interesting, Students Learn From People They Love by David Brooks, and then followed with “You are the first person who came to mind. My child is thriving.” And, of course, tears filled my eyes as his words of affirmation touched my heart.

Here’s a “strike the imagination” quote from the article, subtitled, Putting relationship quality at the center of education, “...early neuroscience breakthrough reminded us that a key job of a school is to give students new things to love – an exciting field of study, new friends. It reminded us that what teachers really teach is themselves – their contagious passion for their subjects and students. It reminded us that children learn from people they love, and that love in this context means willing to good of another, and offering active care for the whole person.” To read more, click here.

TMA and your children are blessed that we have teachers who deeply care about them and are strongly committed to developing the whole child. They tirelessly facilitate the development of their children’s relationship-building skills (their social and emotional intelligence) along with their academic and intellectual skills. If, after reading this article, your child’s classroom teacher comes to mind, I encourage you to share some words of appreciation and affirmation with them. Refilling their emotional tanks is a gift they will gratefully receive.

We are looking forward to a another year of growth for all of us. If you have any questions regarding re-enrollment, please let me know.

-- Pam


Welcome to our New Families

Please give a warm welcome our new students and their families who will begin on Monday, February 4:

  • Conrad Burkert - Nido
  • Warren Ganoza - Nido
  • Ashton Cotten - T1
  • Hunter Giles - T2
  • Miriam Wald - EC3
Upcoming Events
Extension Coffee

Extension Coffee: The Third Year of EC
February 7, 2019, 8:45-9:45 am

What happens in Extension? Why is it so important? Please join us for muffins and coffee to find out what makes the last year of the Early Childhood cycle so special. 

RVSP to Linda

Bake Sale

Bake Sale
February 11-15

The Elementary students have organized a bake sale. Sign up now at the front desk to bring a dessert during the week of February 11-15. The elementary students will run the bake sale and donate all funds raised to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Stop by the sale during the week to purchase some goodies, see our students run a fundraiser, and help a great cause!

Parent-Teacher Conference Day

Parent-Teacher Conferences - No Class or Activities
Monday, February 18

Monday, February 18, is Parent/Teacher Conference Day. There are no classes this day. Childcare is provided for Early Childhood and Elementary students between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room. No care is available for the Infant or Toddler programs; please feel free to bring your child to your conference with you.

Did you know?
Elementary Book of the Month

Elementary Book of the Month Projects

The Upper Elementary students present their Book of the Month reports and projects 7 times each school year. Here is a highlight of some of their projects. So creative!

UE Book of the Month
UE Book of the Month
UE Book of the Month
UE Book of the Month
Re-enrollment is now open!

Re-enrollment is open now through February 28

You should have received an email from Pam regarding re-enrollment, which can be accessed through ParentsWeb. Once in ParentsWeb, choose Family, then Enrollment/Re-enrollment. Remember, no payment is due when submitting your re-enrollment contract, so check this off your TO DO list early. The $150 fee will be automatically applied to your March 1 statement. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Please note, if you are a new family and did not receive an email from Pam, you will receive a separate email from her once your child has attended class for a week or two.

Find What You Need at MyTMA!

MyTMA contains much needed information for TMA community members, including links to ParentsWeb and the Parent Portal (password: #TMAparents). On the Parent Portal, you will find:

  1. Resources - includes forms, calendar, tuition & fee schedule, general contact information, community service opportunities, and links to issues of the TMA Connection
  2. Classroom Information - includes classroom teacher information, classroom orientation guides, shopping list, healthy lunch guidelines, and other guides
  3. ParentsWeb - provides the link to log in and directions to update information 

Please let us know if you cannot find a piece of information you need and we will add it to the site.

Download Upcoming Events Directly to your Calendar

2019-20 Re-enrollment Begins
Feb 1 2019 8:30 AM (CST)
Extension Coffee: Third Year of EC 
Feb 7 2019 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM (CST)
Upper Elementary Heifer Ranch Parent Meeting
Feb 7 2019 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM (CST)
Elementary Bake Sale
Feb 11 2019 8:30 AM - Feb 15 2019 3:30 PM (CST)
Parent-Teacher Conferences
No Class or Activities
Feb 18 2019 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM (CST)
Elementary Open House
Feb 21 2019 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)
Last Day of 2019-20 Re-enrollment
Feb 28 2019 5:00 PM (CST)