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 The St. Johns County School District screens all Second Grade students each year to identify those who may be eligible for gifted services. Students at other grade levels are screened on a referral basis. Please see the link for the calendar for gifted screenings and evaluations:      Gifted Screening Timelines 2013-2014

New Assistant Principal Announced for TCE!

Dr. Joyner, SJCSD Superintendent, announced last week that several Assistant Principals were being reassigned to other schools within the St. Johns County School District in order to expand on their administrative experience.  Our Assistant Principal, Ms. Peralta is now the Assistant Principal at Osceola Elementary School and will begin her new assignment on July 1, 2013.  As you know, Ms. Peralta has been an important part of the Timberlin Creek Elementary team since the school opened eight years ago. While she will be greatly missed, we wish her the very best in her new endeavor.  She has touched the lives of many students over the years and her work is greatly appreciated!

Mr. BennettOur new Assistant Principal, Mr. Gene Bennett comes to Timberlin Creek with over 20 years of experience in the educational field.  A life-long resident of St. Johns County, Mr. Bennett attended local schools and is a graduate of St. Augustine High School.  Mr. Bennett earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of North Florida.  Mr. Bennett has been an Assistant Principal and a classroom teacher and has served on numerous educational committees.  He has a strong belief that all children can learn and enjoys helping to bring out the best in students.

In his free time, Mr. Bennett enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, participating in a variety of sports and fitness activities, and watching Alabama football.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Bennett to the TCE team effective July 1, 2013.

Hello Timberlin Families

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Hello Timberlin Families,

We have been having an awesome start to the school year in the art room! Please send an old t-shirt in with your child for them to wear in art class. We use a lot of materials which can be messy and may end up on clothing. Since we are almost through the first round of the rotation I am asking that all students wear their art shirts to art class from now on to prevent ruining clothing. I do have extra shirts if students forget their art shirts, or if they take them home to be washed, but I would prefer each child to have their own.

I will be keeping most of the student artwork throughout the year to use in our art shows. This gives me the opportunity to choose from many projects to ensure each child has a piece of art on display. All artwork will be sent home at the end of the year.

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Mrs. Witkowski



Over the past four years Timberlin Creek has taught its students the importance of recycling. From plastic bags to plastic bottles, our students, teachers and staff help our community by recycling through the program our PTO has established.

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TCE participates in Terracycle’s recycling program by collecting Capri Sun, Honest Kids and Kool-Aid drink pouches. Besides keeping these items out of landfills, TCE earns money for its participation.Terr acycle makes them into pencil cases, bags, and other things you can see at You can send in used pouches from home with your children and we also collect them directly from the children at lunch in the cafeteria.

TCE also collects plastic overwrap and grocery store bags for the Trex program, which makes those materials into wood alternative products you can see at Because TCE has collected the most plastic bags in our district for the past FOUR years, we have won FOUR playground benches! You can send in plastic bags and overwrap with your children or drop them off in the specially-marked bin in the Front Office.

Our students, teachers and staff also recycle their plastic bottles and soda cans in bins in common areas throughout the school and in our cafeteria. Our cafeteria workers recycle used food cans too.

If you have any questions or suggestions for recycling, please contact PTO’s recycling coordinator, Karen Merrifield, at [email protected].

Don’t Forget to Save

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Please save the following items over the summer for our school:

  • Box Top for Education: Please continue to save and turn in your General Mills Box Tops for Education Coupons to the Front Office. Download the new Box Tops for Education Form.
  • Campbell Soup Labels – We are still collecting Campbell products. These labels can be exchanged for free merchandise! Please cut out just the front portion of the label.
  • Soda Pop Tabs – Don’t forget to save the tabs off of cans for the Ronald McDonald House this summer. Save and return them when you come back to school.
  • Tyson Labels from any Tyson product.
  • Used Laser and inkjet printer cartridges – We do collect all sizes of ink cartridges. These can be placed inside the front door to the left. This allows us to purchase school supplies. Note: We do not take cartridges from copiers.
  • Cell Phones – We also accept cell phones that are no longer being used.
  • Office Depot – Have your purchases credited to our school’s account for free products. Our school number is 70207997.
  • My Coke Rewards – My Coke rewards can be found on over 200 Coca-Cola products. Lots of packages carry codes. Codes can be found under the cap, inside the packaging or on shrink wrap packaging. Donít confuse the UPC code with the My Coke Rewards code. Here is how it works. Schools can collect points donated by My Coke Rewards members and redeem them for a variety of rewards including playground equipment, creative supplies, classroom materials and more. Points are earned by entering codes found on packages from any of the twelve participating Coca-Cola products including Coca-Cola, Sprite, POWERade, Dasani, and Minute Maid.

Safety First

Safety FirstParents are concerned about the safety of our children. In light of current events, it is even more on our minds lately. Here is a site for The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website ( that has some great resources.View the brochure “Know the Rules… for Going to and From School More Safely.” as well as “Know the Rules… Abduction and Kidnapping.

Thank you for always being sure there is an adult at the bus stop to greet your children. View the Bus Safety Brochure. Many of our Timberlin Creek parents look out for each other’s children. Safety is number one at Timberlin Creek and the safety of our students is always a priority.


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