Update: Deadline Extended to Receive Financial Assistance

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) announced this month that Tennessee families are now eligible to receive financial support for their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This support is provided through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. The application period has been extended to July 13, 2020 at 4:30 pm. 

Under the new P-EBT program, families of children who receive free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school may receive financial assistance to replace school meals during the months of March, April and May due to COVID-19 school closures. The program will provide parents with $5.70 per child for each day that child qualifies for P-EBT.

“Families across our state depend on the meals their children receive at school and many were not prepared to immediately replace those meals when schools shut down for COVID-19,” said TDHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes. “The P-EBT program brings economic support to ensure children receive the nutrition they need. Helping families through this emergency is how we continue building a thriving Tennessee.”

Parents who already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits currently, do not need to apply. The funds began arriving on the EBT card they already use beginning June 12. Parents who do not receive SNAP benefits, but whose children do qualify for free or reduced school meals, will need to apply for P- EBT online here beginning June 15.

Individuals who need assistance completing their P-EBT application or have general questions about the program are encouraged to call the TDHS hotline at 1-833-496-0661 and select option 3. Qualifying families will receive P-EBT support in two installments, one for meals in March and April initially, and then one additional disbursement later next month for May meals.

“During the COVID-19 school closures, we saw an incredible, herculean effort to keep providing meal services to students and families,” said TDOE Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “This additional relief from P-EBT will be helpful during this time of uncertainty for families and it is important to make sure every eligible family knows about the program.”

Throughout the COVID-19 school closures, many districts and schools across Tennessee used innovative ways to continue delivering meals to students and families, such as “grab and go” options, drive-throughs, or bus delivery, and on average provided 1.5 million meals a week to families regardless of a student’s enrollment. Many emergency sites are continuing to provide student meals and receiving these meals does not disqualify a family from the P-EBT program.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve states for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT). Approved state agencies may operate P-EBT when a school is closed for at least five consecutive days during a public health emergency designation when the school would otherwise be in session. Tennessee is among the more than 40 states that have received P-EBT approval.

Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Human Services at www.tn.gov/humanservices.

Framework for Reopening Schools

We know our Sylvan Park families are anxiously anticipating word on whether school will reopen on August 4th. MNPS released a Framework today with three levels for re-opening and operating the 2020-2021 school year based on the rate of community COVID-19 spread in Metro-Nashville. An announcement will be made the week of July 6th regarding which scenario we will be following. What school will look like depends on us. Please continue to wear masks and socially distance so we can welcome our Panthers back in the safest manner possible on August 4th. For more detailed information, including the official Framework, please see the news release from the school district.

LAST WEEK to Order School Supplies

Friday is the last day to order school supply kits! The kits contain all the supplies Sylvan Park teachers have determined students will need for the year. Be sure to select the grade your child WILL BE ENTERING in the fall. The sale is online only. Orders will be waiting for your child on the 1st day of school. Order online at: http://www.shopttkits.com and enter Sylvan Parks account number: 79045. 

Questions? Contact carrie_a_harris@yahoo.com.

Drive-Thru School Items Pickup

Student items pickup day on May 21 will be drive-thru style. Please display a tag with your child’s first and last name and grade level. Families of students in Kindergarten through grade 2 will drive through the back parking lot; those with students in grades 3 and 4 will drive in front of the school. *If you have children in both grade spans, you will need to drive through both locations.

Pickup times are staggered by student last name:
8-10am A-F 10am-12pm G-L 12-2pm M-R 2-4pm S-Z
Everyone must stay in their vehicles. Staff will be stationed outside and grade level teachers will bring students’ items out to your car.

Please make every effort to retrieve your child’s items Thursday, May 21. For those unable to come May 21, a very limited number of staff will be present at the front of the school from 8-10am Friday, May 22.

Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and stay 6 feet apart. If you must walk/bike, there will be X’s 6 feet apart on which to wait. This is a quick pickup time, a quick hi/bye, not a teacher conference time. Teachers and staff are happy to talk or answers questions virtually.

Medications distribution will be in front of the building and handled on an individual basis by Yawanda and Ali. Your child’s personal items from the classroom will be brought to you with the medications.

If you have library items or laptops to return, there will be boxes for those at the front of each car rider line. You will need to complete a form if you are returning a laptop to Sylvan Park.

Lost and Found items will be held until the building re-opens.

Show Your Panther Pride!

Break out the markers, balloons, streamers and smiles. You’re invited to show your Sylvan Park spirit with whatever resources you have on hand. Post a message for teachers in the window of your car. Use the leftover streamers to wave out the window. Enlist your kids to use household items to decorate your vehicle and/or dress up in Sylvan Park style for Thursday’s drive thru pickup of school items. Let’s ring in summer with Panther pride!

Library Items Due Aug. 5

Returning School Library Items
Families will have until August 5, 2020 to return library items, however, you may return your MNPS library books on personal belonging pick up day. We will have collection bins labeled for library items as part of the pick up line. To see what books your child has currently checked out:

  • Go to http://www.library.nashville.org 
  • Click on the orange “My Account”  button in the top right corner
  • Enter your child’s 190# for the Library Card Number
  • Enter the MMDD of your child’s birthday for the PIN
  • A list if both NPL and MNPS books will be displayed. All MNPS library books have a 10 digit item number beginning with two letter (example: QQ00305012). 

You may also return any MNPS library items to any Nashville Public Library branch over the summer. Please contact Laura.calverley@mnps.org with any questions about library items.

Marathon Kids

It’s the end of the school year! We’re thinking of you and the fun times we had at Marathon Kids during our short time together! To close out the season, the club will give the three teacher coaches, Ms. Kokubun, Ms. Doucet, and Ms. Teuten gift cards for their time and commitment to our club – thank you coaches! Any remaining club funds from the 2020 season after the gift cards and t-shirts will go towards the expenses of next year’s club. We would like to offer each family the opportunity to request a partial refund of $13 per participant (50% of $25 total club fee).  Refunds will be issued the week of May 25th via Paypal or check. If you would like a refund, please email your spmarathonkids@gmail.com no later than Sunday May 24th with the following information:

  • student’s name
  • your name
  • email
  • phone number 
  • Prefer Paypal or mailed check? 
  • If check, provide best mailing address

Marathon Kids is led and managed by parent and family Sylvan Park volunteers; leadership volunteers are always needed.  Please consider lending your energy and time to jump in and coach! Email anytime for more information! Thank you and best wishes and happy walks, jogs, runs and outside time with your kids and loved ones!