TESG Community Collaborative

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We need you and your skills! Join our version of the PTO and help support TESG as we live out our mission. The TESG Community Collaborative is free to join. There are no elected officers and there are many opportunities to get involved that suit all talents and time commitments. The Collaborative is made up of working groups, each with a specific purpose or focus.

Working groups will have a standing meeting for organizing and planning on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30, but even if those meetings won’t fit your schedule, there will always be contributions that can be made beyond those planned sessions.

Sign up for working group here!

Meeting Times and Agendas

Thursday, October 25 from 5:30-6:30
View the meeting agenda here

Thursday, November 29 from 5:30-6:30
View the meeting agenda here

Family Night–Tuesday, December 18 from 5:30-6:30
View the rotation schedule here

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One Book, One School Club

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Mary Cowhey’s Black Ants and Buddhists

Part of our TESG Community Collaborative is a book club designed to help families learn more about how and why we do what we do at TESG. Our first One Book, One School Club selection is Mary Cowhey’s Black Ants and Buddhists. At TESG, we ground our instruction in social justice and believe in teaching children to be critical thinkers and problem-solvers in their communities. This summer, all of our staff read Black Ants and Buddhists to get a better understanding of what that kind of teaching and learning looks like in the elementary classroom. Now we’d like to invite our families to read it, too! 

At the first Book Club meeting, we met and talked about why we wanted to participate in the book study and initial impressions of the book. We also discussed meeting times and decided that it’s best to meet on the community collaborative nights after the committee meetings. So our next meeting will be on Thursday November 29 from 6-7 PM and we are reading chapters 2-4. 

For more information about the book and to purchase, visit amazon.com (don’t forget to purchase through your smile account!) or your favorite bookseller. If you need help finding a copy, please contact Ms. Moore.