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School District Calendar

2/1 Deadline to turn in Yearbook Cover Art
2/1 Valentine Gram sales start (before and after school) 50 cents
2/1 Bucketfillers Homeless Meal Service 5:40 p.m. (Salvation Army Downtown)
2/2 Foundation Meeting – Library 6:30-8 p.m.
2/5 Friday Flag – MPR (8:15)
2/5 SPIRIT DAY–bring a stuffed animal (that fits in your backpack) to school
2/5 Family Valentine’s Dance – 6-9 p.m. (MPR)
2/15-2/19 District Recess – No School
2/23-2/25 Science Fair
2/24 Family and Friends can view Science Projects – MPR (6-7 p.m.)
2/25 Family and Friends can view Science Projects – MPR (6-7 p.m.)
2/24 Spirit Gear order forms due
3/16 BHMS – Parent Orientation for incoming 6th graders


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!

At Turtleback we teach and promote a community of kindness and caring towards all people. As part of this caring community we promote and offer community service events for all our families to participate in. Last year it was the highlight of our community service events not only for me, but for all our students and families that participated. This coming Monday night, February 1st, we will again be feeding the homeless at the Salvation Army downtown. I strongly encourage you to sign up and be a part of a truly giving event. Please see the message below for more information and how to sign up to participate!
Thank you!
Ann Auten

San Diego Police Department School Zone Traffic Laws Page 1
San Diego Police Department School Zone Traffic Laws Page 2
Terrapin Times 1/29/2015

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/



The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.