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Newsletter for employees of the Tippecanoe School Corporation
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Engines of optimism
As the days become weeks and the weeks turn into months amidst this crisis, there is something strangely comforting reflecting on the fact that every single school, student and teacher in America is doing the same thing. We are all connected by our invaluable support specifically for our students as well as indirectly the families of our local communities. As new routines become reality, more adults being laid off, virus cases increase and anxiety creeps in, our nation's public schools are desperately called upon to faithfully serve now more than ever. In a recent tweet, journalist Dan Rather called teachers, "amazing, vital engines of optimism." I love that!
Stay connected TSC; to our students, to each other, to our families, and to our nation's public schools. As we march along with remote learning, we keep our sights aimed on supporting our students while at the same time begin processing what's ahead when our nation begins to heal. Do you wonder as I do about what that process will look like? How many differing opinions and perspectives will there be? Answers may be scarce, but what I do know is our public schools will play a significant role because we are "vital engines of optimism." Keep up the excellent work TSC, you're doing great!


Scott Hanback
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INPRS update
There is a lot of information circulating about economic impact payments and it can get confusing. The IRS has posted helpful facts, dates and resources about payments. Check that out and more in the INPRS update .

Don’t fall victim to COVID-19-related scams
Scammers are adding additional risk by taking advantage of the current health crisis. Click here for some tips from the Indiana Department of Revenue on ways to protect yourself.

Checklist when working from home
Many employees are now able to work from home. Click here to learn more about financial, health and safety concerns when working from home.

April - Mindfulness: outdoor activities
hiking at Turkey Run State Park
As the weather starts to get warmer, it will do us a lot of good to get outside.

Click  here  to get some ideas and begin planning your next outdoor activity.

More INtegrate options
As we work to adhere to federal, state and local guidelines to help mitigate the threat of COVID-19, you may be glad to know that TSC employees have access to the following benefits through the TSCINtegrate staff wellness initiative:
NuStart’s tele-coaching (through the NuStart Health App and/or tele/video conferencing)
  • This program is based on habit formation principles, practical healthy-living (nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress management, and mindfulness) guidance and mindfulness practices. You can set goals, practice self-awareness and develop lifestyle strategies that can positively impact your health, energy level and the way that you feel. Click here to get started or contact Bryce Lindsay.
Green Bean Delivery  (contract-free grocery home deliveries), 844.476.2326
  • Receive 20% off your first three orders using promo code “NuStart"
Annual weight loss challenge
Due to the COVID-19, the TSC/LSC Health & Wellness Clinic annual weight loss challenge final weigh-in has been extended to June 1.

Mindfulness Matters
with Anne Marshall
Life with shelter in place has hit the one month mark. At this point, we have established new routines, yet are also continuing to adjust to unfamiliar patterns and expectations. Most of us have moved to accomplishing work goals by way of the amazing gift of technology. Operating primarily in this medium does present challenges, specifically, the lack of human connection.  This article outlines tips for how to help manage our “new virtual reality.”

Mindfulness Matters
New Anthem programs
Anthem has several new programs for health insured employees and insured dependents to assist with the effects of COVID-19. They include a testing facility locator tool, mental health resource hub and more. Click here for details.

Changes to HSAs and FSAs
To help with the impact by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act and is allowing Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to be used for over-the-counter purchases without a prescription. Click here f or more information.

Emergency dental care
At this time, dental procedures are limited to only those that fall under emergency care. Delta Dental has made a list of dental clinics who will see patients for emergency dental care. These clinics accept Medicaid and even have a sliding scale for those who do not have dental coverage that could result in little to no cost to the patient depending on circumstances. In any such case we recommend the patient call the dentist first to assess available treatment options. 

Ignite Digital Learning Conference - Canceled
The Lafayette Regional Digital Learning Conference (Ignite) scheduled for June 2 and 3 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements. Please be on the lookout for information about a possible "virtual" conference option that will be available to all TSC instructional staff.
with Kathy Nimmer
"What is not started will never get finished." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

April is not when resolutions typically take center stage, but something about spring makes it okay to embrace the fresh hope of newness. It takes a first step, though, and that is the hardest step. I often tell my students to lie to themselves about a due date, making it earlier than it actually is so there is more urgency about starting a project. I wonder if that principle might apply here too, especially in these strange times we are walking through right now. If "now" is our only chance to begin something, then perhaps that fresh start won't seem so daunting. It just takes that first step.

Kelly Caudill
Employee Name: Kelly Caudill
Years with TSC: 2
Position: Choir Director, Wainwright Middle School
How this employee demonstrates the TSC State of Mind: Kelly puts students at the forefront of her decisions. She develops activities that kids truly enjoy and relate to them. Kelly has a tremendous influence beyond the classroom that includes building positive relationships with students and Wainwright families.
Jill Shambauch
Employee Name: Jill Shambach
Years with TS: 9
Position: Fourth grade teacher, Woodland Elementary School
How this employee demonstrates the TSC State of Mind: Jill continuously contributes to a positive family environment.
From creating an outdoor learning garden to implementing our Makerspace, Jill continues to organize ways to stay in touch with our students despite everything going on in the fourth quarter. Jill embodies our theme of "Together We Will' each day!


May 15 - Last student day