The Tiger's Roar!  
Tildenville Elementary School, Winter Garden, FL
"A National Magnet School of Distinction"
Thursday, April 9, 2020

We are already well inside week #2 with our distance learning. Below you will find some terrific images of student and staff engagement from week #1. I realize we have had some bumps in the road getting distance learning off the ground, but kindly remember that only 3 weeks ago or so we had no idea this was coming. At that point we were completely set for an on-time, successful start to the final nine-week quarter of 2019-2020. So, thank you very much for your patience and understanding as we have been ironing out any kinks in the process to serve +200,000 students across the district.  
In this issue we have included some important reminders and information for our families as well as some distance learning highlights which I think you will enjoy.
  • Parents, please return student paper packets with the students name, teacher name and grade.
  • Address changes are to be emailed to Nalini Deonarine at and cc We will collect address documentation at a later date or you can attach it in the email.
  • Registration is still happening online! Please contact Nalini Deonarine at and she will provide directions on how to register.
  • Parents, if you  know someone with an incoming student to Tildenville Elementary please direct them to the registration information above.
  • The drop off packet box and packets are outside all day every day for your convenience (below). Please drop off and pick up as needed.
  • The food pantry is between setup between 9:30am and 1:00pm. It is right outside so help yourself. We will continue the pantry until our supply is gone!
Packets are ready if you need to pick one up. They are outside on the bench. A drop box is also available to drop off any completed work. Please make sure your student's name, teacher and grade level are on the packet.

In Tiger Pride,

Agathe Alvarez 
Proud Principal
Tildenville Elementary School

Pictured very top: Tigers distance learning from their homes until classes resume.

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Dates to Watch For  
Today is "ART DAY" and tomorrow is "SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR TEACHER DAY" 
4/15: Best Mom Contest Deadline (see below) 
4/16: Parent Seminar - "The Anxious Child" (see below) 
5/01: Schools closed through this date - Latest OCPS news 
5/25: Memorial Day
 "The Anxious Child"   
(for students with disabilities)

Parents, please join us for one or all of these fantastic, collaborative offerings. 
The Anxious Child (for students with disabilities)

Date: April 16, 2020 
Time: 1:00-3:00pm EST 
Location: Virtual Webinar (link will be provided at registration)

Important OCPS links for Parents:



Local neighborhood yard sign reminding motorists to slow down and remain alert while our kids are at home during this period.

FREE Family Resources from the FLDOE  

The Florida Department of Education has compiled a list of free resources, offered by state and federal agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations to help school districts, colleges, educators and families ensure continuity of learning during this time.

Distance Learning with Mrs. Colon  
Mrs. Colon is conducting Big Blue Button weekly meetings with her kids!

Tildenville Social Media & Webpage Info. for Parents 
Official Facebook Page
Parents we have been posting daily on our Tildenville Facebook page. The morning announcements as well as spirit day videos from last week have all been uploaded. There are several unofficial Tildenville Elementary pages out there. The correct one has a beautiful picture of our garden at the top and can be found with the shortcue @tildenvilleelemocps

Tildenville Elementary Distance Learning Page
Each grade level has a Distance Learning Page on our school website. You can find information for your child's teacher as well as district resources to help guide you through distance learning.

Canvas - Student Body Page
We also now have the Student Body page live in Canvas. All students are attached to this page. Included are shortcuts to websites, a Media Center Canvas course, school information and our Tigers in Action.

Media Center

Distance Learning Highlights with Mrs. Black (2nd grade) 

Counselor's Corner with Mrs.Wilder  
Free Grab-and-Go Meals 
Grab-and-Go meals are now available for pick-up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the car loop of each school site. Students must be present to receive the meals. District staff will distribute the meals directly to those in their vehicle (drive-thru service). Meals will be given directly to any students walking and/or riding a bike. Based on recommendations from our federal and state leaders, all meals should be taken home to eat.

 Please visit for the full list of locations.

Annual Best Mom in the Southwest Contest  
Deadline is April 15th 

How to access Canvas Virtual Learning: 4 quick steps 

How students can access OCPS Launchpad in order to begin working on their Canvas Virtual Learning Course? Click on this following link:


2) Username: Student ID#    

3) Password: Student Birthday 4-digit year, Month, and Day (Add a zero for month and year if your birthday has a single digit.

4) Click on the My Backpack icon

Students should then be able to access their Canvas Courses daily to complete all courses.

ELA-Reading and ELA-Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education, Heath, Student Code of Conduct, Social Skills Lessons are forthcoming.

* Please be sure to check out the Media Center Activities in our Student Body Sections as well.

Let's Keep Our Tigers Reading! 
Students can now take AR tests online while we are doing distance learning this month . . .  
To login into Accelerated Reader follow these steps:
  • Login into
  • Click on Library Research Tools
  • Click on Renaissance
Remember that Accelerated Reader is designed for students to take quizzes on their reading levels independently. This means students are able to read the book on their own, read the quiz questions and the answer choices without assistance.

Questions: Julie Clemons-Hager, Dual Language Coordinator Media Specialist, CRT -

At-Home Project for our Tigers . . .
"Egg shell gardening" 

Quotes from kids:

"That's so cool that I made that and I get to eat it!."

Egg Shell Seedlings

1) Fill egg shell 2/3 with moistened soil

2) Add 2 seeds (beans, squash, cucumber, basil, parsley, dill and marigolds are all good options)

3) Spray top soil with water

4) Place in a sunny spot

5) Lightly mist the soil every couple of days as needed.

6) When the seedling has developed its first set of true leaves (these are actually the second set of leaves to appear,) you can transplant it into a larger pot or directly into your garden.

7) Gently crush the shell and remove a few shards around the bottom.  You can plant the whole thing this way, and the egg shell will decompose in the soil, feeding extra nutrients to your seedling.

8) When plants grow too big for the shell, crack the shell and plant them straight in the garden or a bigger pot.  The shell will eventually biodegrade, and the roots will grow out of the shell.  The shell also supplements the calcium in the soil.

These 8 steps are also available here (PDF)

Community Support: The Fuller Family   

Thank you to the Fuller Family for providing lunch at our last teacher workday before spring break. We are thankful for all that you do for our staff!

Closing Images of the Week: Last week's SPIRIT WEEK!
If you would like to be included in our spirit daily videos, please send your photos to Mrs. Hager at (Please make sure photos submitted follow OCPS dress code.)

** Photos submitted will be included in the spirit day video and posted on the Tildenville Facebook the following morning.

Leadership Team

Principal, Agathe Alvarez
CRT/Dual Language Program Coordinator, Julie Hager
ESE, Regan Trampe
Guidance Counselor, Maisha Wilder
Instructional Coach, LaQuanda Fedrick ยท        

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