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11/19 Minimum Day -
Dismissal at
11:35 a.m. (TK, K)
11:45 a.m. (Gr 1-5)
11/20 Minimum Day -
Dismissal at
11:35 a.m. (TK, K)
11:45 a.m. (Gr 1-5)

11/23 – 11/28 District Recess – No School

12/1 Giving Tuesday
12/1 Foundation Meeting, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Bishop Ctr)
12/4 Family Game Night, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (MPR)
12/7 Band Concert, 8:45-9:15 a.m. (MPR)
12/10 Bucketfillers Event- International Poverty and Hunger, 6:30-8 p.m. (MPR)
12/16 Family Dine Out Night - Flippin Pizza -4S Ranch, 5-9 p.m.


District Holidays and Non-Student Days
Please plan your vacations during these dates:
September 7 Labor Day
September 28 Non-student day
October 14 Minimum day
November 11 Veterans Day
November 17 Non-student day
November 18-20 Minimum days
November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break
December 21—Jan. 1 Winter Break
January 15 Non-student day
January 18 Martin Luther King Jr.
February 15—19 Presidents’ Week
April 11—15 Spring Break
May 18 Minimum Day
May 30 Memorial Day

Test Dates—Please DO NOT plan any vacations during:
March 9—June 9 SBAC Testing 3rd—5th grade

First day of school: Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
Last day of school: Thursday, June 9th, 2016.
School will be dismissed at 11:45 am.



Please take a few minutes at home to carefully check your child’s health before he/she leaves for school each morning. The following are a few suggestions, which may help to guide you:


~Illness during the night
~Fever is present (100 degrees or greater)
~Complaints of nausea, upset stomach, vomiting, headache, diarrhea prior to leaving for school
~Development of a rash on face and/or body
~Has a severe cold, cough and/or sore throat
~Has inflamed eye(s) with discharge from them

Please Remember: An ill child cannot function properly in the classroom. The spread of illness and disease through class or school can be more easily monitored if sick children remain at home during the acute stage of an illness. If the school health tech detects any of the above, your child will be sent home.

People with influenza-like illness are to remain home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100o F [37.8o C]) without the use of fever-reducing medications.

A student’s absence should be reported on the School Absence Hotline by calling: (858) 673-3967.

Homework can also be requested on this phone message, please indicate when you will be picking it up.

Welcome to Turtleback!

Ann Auten, Principal

School Hours
Transitional Kindergarten:
Monday-Friday: 8:05 am - 11:35 am
Monday - Thursday: 8:05am - 2:20pm
Friday: 8:05am - 12:50pm
Grades 1-5:
Monday - Thursday: 8:05am - 2:30pm
Friday: 8:05am - 1:00pm

Office Hours:  
Mon-Thurs 7:40 am - 3:10 pm
Fri 7:40 am - 2:00 pm

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

Happy Thanksgiving!
During this time each year I take time to reflect upon how thankful I am to be your principal and how thankful I am to work with such an amazing community of people at Turtleback. I hope all of you take time to relax and enjoy your families next week. Have a wonderful week off.

Thank you to all, parents, students and teachers for participating in conferences this week. It was wonderful to see all the parents and students meeting with teachers. Our hope is that the information exchanged during conferences will help each of our students to be the best possible students they can be!

This year our district is soliciting information from all of PUSD parents, teachers, students, administrators and classified staff in regards to the area of technology. Providing our students with the most up to date educational resources is a priority for our school and our district. As part of that effort, the Poway Unified School District is engaging this winter in a comprehensive study of the current use and future uses of educational technology in our schools. Parent input in the direction of this work is critical. A primary focus of this effort will be to address new plans and budget priorities for the integration of technology resources to support student learning. Parent results from this survey and subsequent focus group work will be incorporated in a new Poway Unified Technology Plan. This work will also be important in our own school planning, as we will receive direct school-wide results from staff, parent and student input. This survey data will be part of the school district’s state required district plan, the Local Control Accountability Plan.

Please find time to join the 20 minute survey by clicking on the following link: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015/. If your student is taking the survey, which we are encouraging, they will need the password, pusd. (Check in with your students, they may have completed the survey in their classrooms.) Parents do not need a password to enter the survey. Thank you for your assistance in this important effort.

Thank you!
Ann Auten

Terrapin Times 11/20/2015

Science Fair Links:
Science Fair Information Packet




Life Lessons: Character Counts -- Click Here to See Video

Mrs. Auten has earned her white belt! Click on the cartoon image below to see her breaking a board!

The office is open Monday-Thursday from 7:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., and Friday from 7:40 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The playground opens for Terrapins at 7:50 a.m. All Terrapins are expected to go to the playground before school. There is no playground supervision after school. Terrapins are expected to go home when school is released unless they attend ESS (Extended Student Services). For more information about ESS, contact the ESS Office at (858) 673-3659.


Events and Information

Turtleback Welcome Letter

2015-2016 Federal Survey

2015-2016 School Supply List

2015-2016 Student Handbook

Shop Amazon and raise money for Turtleback!

Recycling Information

Click Here to Donate to the Turtleback Education Foundation. Money raised goes to support the needs of Turtleback Elementary School.

Join the Green Team here.

Student Handbook
Please take a moment to review the Student Handbook with your child.  This handbook has Terrapin character expectations as well as other general information about our school.

Bicycle Riding
Riding a bicycle is limited to children in grades 3, 4, and 5. Each child must wear a helmet and provide a lock for his/her bicycle. Students riding a bike to school must have a permission slip (click here) to download a form) signed by a parent, on file in the school office. Skateboards, roller shoes, and rollerblades are not allowed on campus.

  Turtleback's Education Foundation http://www.turtlebackeducationfoundation.org/