Terrapin Times e-Bulletin


 

TERRAPIN TIMES – October 15, 2021
At Turtleback Elementary School, we empower each other to create, communicate, collaborate and think critically in a community where Character Counts!

10/20 Minimum Day - School Dismisses at:
         11:35 AM for TK and K
         11:45 AM for Grades 1-5
10/23 Campus Clean up, 8-11 am
10/25-10/29  Red Ribbon Week
Monday 10/25: Wear Red
Tuesday 10/26: Wear Crazy Socks
Wednesday 10/27: Wear a Team Jersey
Thursday 10/28: Wear Clothes Inside Out or Backwards
Friday 10/29: Wear your Costume
10/29 Halloween Parade, 8:25 am (Parking lot)
10/29 Autumn Extravaganza, 4-8 pm 
11/2 Foundation Meeting, 6-7:30 (via zoom)
11/5 Spooky Science Night

UPDATES FROM MR. CARLIN:

Terrapin Families,
October has started out great!  Thank you so much to all of the dedicated staff and community members who give so much to Turtleback.   So much fun and excitement to come!  

Exciting news:  WE HAVE RAISED ALMOST 75% OF OUR $10,000 GOAL!!!!  It’s not too late to contribute to the Turtleback Foundation and support our projects and programs.

Thank you to the families that have helped us reach $7,000 of our $10,000 goal for the 2021-2022 Foundation Pledge Drive.  You still have time until October 31st and don’t forget to ask your employer if they will match your gift and instantly turn $100 into $200! 

Please visit our Foundation website for additional information and opportunities: 
https://turtlebacker.org/

TEN WISE CHOICES 

Number Three: Choose a positive attitude. I choose a positive attitude, seeing what’s good, right, and wonderful in myself and others. I learn to laugh at myself.


Important Reminders:

  • Parking lot is for STAFF parking. 
  • Pull all the way forward in all drop off zones
  • Do not be on your cell phone during drop off and pick up
  • Have your child ready to exit (all materials ready to go) on curb side of vehicle
  • Arrange a meeting location for your children after school
  • Support students in walking to and from school whenever possible
  • Crosswalk in parking lot closed during drop-off and dismissal
  • Use one of the two drop off lanes and do not get out of vehicle
  • Parking and walking?  Please park on the street off campus and walk Terrapins down the stairs or enter at the west end of the parking lot.
Thank you for your support and partnership!  

IMPORTANT:  Parent/Guardian Health and Safety Agreement
Please also click on the attached link to fill out the Google Form for the Health and Safety Agreement or click on the attached links for the hard copy and turn into your teacher the first week of school. 

Please click on this link: The Parent/Guardian Health and Safety Agreement  (Spanish Version) and print/sign a copy for each student to submit to their school at the beginning of the school year. 

HALLOWEEN PARADE
Students are invited to wear costumes to school on Friday, October 29th.  We will begin the day with a costume parade!  The parade route will include the inside hallways of school as well as the front of the school by the flagpole.  The parade is scheduled to begin around 8:25. Parents are welcome to stand and observe the parade from our parking lot.  There will be a designated area in the parking lot for optimal viewing while providing distance between parents and our students.  Please observe all safety protocols and do not park your vehicle in our parking lot as it is reserved for PUSD STAFF.  Parking is available on the street as well as at High Country West. 

Please note:
  • No real or pretend weapons are allowed
  • Costumes should respect the ethnic diversity of our school
  • In consideration of our younger students, please no violent or scary masks
  • Costume Masks must be removed after the parade
  • Students should wear clothes under their costumes to allow them to take off their costumes at the end of the parade

RED RIBBON WEEK
OCTOBER 25-29
Have your child celebrate making healthy choices during Red Ribbon Week. During that week, all students are encouraged to show their spirit and commitment to health.
  • October 25: Wear Red - Wear Red with Glee- Healthy Choices!  Healthy Me!
  • October 26: Wear Crazy Socks - Sock it to Unhealthy Choices!
  • October 27: Wear a Team Jersey – Join the Turtleback Healthy Team!
  • October 28:  Wear Clothes Inside Out or Backwards – Turn your back on unhealthy choices!
  • October 29: Wear Your Costume - Scare Away Poor Choices! 
 
 
October '21 Counselor's Corner
Dear Terrapin Families, Our back to school transition is going really well. Students are working hard during the day to be the best student they can be. After a long day at school or work, most of us need some time to unwind and relax. When students first arrive home, they may not be read...
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NEWS FROM YOUR TURTLEBACK EDUCATION FOUNDATION

SIGN UP NOW!  JOIN IN THE CAMPUS CLEANUP! SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23rd from 8-11am
Need something to do on a Saturday?  Want to help keep our campus as clean and organized as possible for our students?  Come out on October 23rd, from 8-11 am and get busy working with the clean-up crew led by Mr. Rodocker.  Projects will be assigned when you arrive.  
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4BACA82FA5FE3-family11

TURTLEBACK’S AUTUMN EXTRAVAGANZA REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  RESERVE YOUR FAMILY PASS TODAY! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29th! 4-8pm
Flyers have gone home!  Enjoy the Autumn & Halloween spirit by entertaining your little spooks.  Meet some Helen Woodward creepy crawlies, dance to a monsterly beat with Step by Step Dance, enjoy Cirque Quirk’s juggling show at 5pm, Trunk or Treat, listen to some spooky stories by the RB Library, craft some skeletons and ghosts to bring home, decorate a pumpkin, and enjoy outdoor movie night featuring Vampirina & The Addams Family 2019.  Food, treats and takeaways are available for purchase at the event.  To register pay now at:  https://turtlebacker.org/yearbook/

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
We need many Monsterly Moms & Dastardly Dads to get involved to make this event possible.  Sign up now:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4baca82fa5fe3-autumn

CANDY & PRIZE COLLECTION LOCATED IN THE FRONT OFFICE:  Can you donate individually wrapped candy or trinkets for our Trunk or Treat experience?  If so, just place them in the orange bin in the office.

SAVE THE DATE!  A HANDS-ON SPOOKY  AFTER SCHOOL SCIENCE EXPERIENCE!  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH
A huge thank you to CRAZY SCIENCE for sponsoring this mini-class of monsterly fun!  Join us for some CRAZY, WACKY and FUN hands-on science in this ½ hour program.  This after-Halloween experience will be a witches delight as we make bouncing smoke bubbles, crystal balls created from dry ice fog, and witness a vortex cannon that will make cups fall off heads by shooting smoke rings showing the effects of air moving at different speeds.  Parents must be present to supervise their witchlings and masks are mandatory.  Sign up now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4BACA82FA5FE3-spooky

GREEN TEAM CONTINUES EVERY TUESDAY SO COME DROP YOUR RECYCLABLES!
Every Tuesday drop your CA-Marked recyclables at the Kindergarten entrance/drop-off circle to help the world and our environment and to raise money for Turtleback! Check out the attached flyer on what recyclables to collect and bring, or for more information visit our website:  www.turtlebacker.org/fundraising/recycling.
 
PLEDGE TODAY!  WE ARE IN THE FINAL STRETCH!! OVER $8500 RAISED FOR OUR $10,000 GOAL!!!!  DONATE TO THE FOUNDATION & SUPPORT OUR BACKYARD BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT.

Thank you to the 67 families that have helped us reach $8,600 of our $10,000 goal for the 2021-2022 Foundation Pledge Drive.  We still have time until October 31st to reach our goal of a perfect 10!  Don’t forget to ask your employer if they will match your gift and instantly turn $100 into $200! Need help checking?  Contact Genni Myles at gsmyles@hotmail.com or 858-243-1848.
This year’s funds will go to the next phases of our backyard playground beautification project.  A huge thank you to our donor David Aguirre of The Paint Guru for transforming the handball courts into a rainbow of fun.  Our next phase will upgrade the blacktop by adding to the 4-square courts, creating obstacle courses and sensory pathways, and making a handball court into a mural of interactive play.  Ready to help?  Make a pledge at www.turtlebacker.org and click Donate to Turtleback. 

PUSD PARENT EDUCATION
Below are the upcoming Parent Education courses starting in September 2021 and parents are NOW able to enroll and pay online at Poway Adult School for the classes they are interested in attending! 
  • Got Stress? - All Grades 
Let’s face it, parenting can be stressful, especially as we begin to find our new normal after the pandemic. Spend time with Dr. Colleen Kennedy, Psychologist, for this workshop to boost your emotional wellness and increase your parenting skills as you learn to differentiate and manage stress and anxiety.
In-Person Thursday, 10/21 at Poway Adult School from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple (for couple enrollment parent needs to contact Poway Adult School)
  • Parenting and Supporting LGBTQ+ Children and Teens – All Grades
Join Angelle Maua to gain greater understanding of the complexity of Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and the Gender Spectrum.  
  1. Discuss the use of pronouns                                                         
  2. How to advocate for gender equity for your child 
  3. Know your student’s rights and how to be a good ally            
  4. Learn and understand the nuances of navigating support and difficult conversation, not only with your child but with family and friends. 
Session either Via Zoom or In-Person:
Live via Zoom  Saturday, 11/6 from 9:00am – 11:00am  
Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple
OR
In-Person Wednesday, 11/17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Poway Adult School  
Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple
Please note, scholarships are available to parents who may be in need. Parents can contact the Caring Connections Center for more information.
Thank you for always supporting PUSD Parent Education!

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION
Please remember to call the attendance hotline on (858) 673-3967 each day your student is absent from school. Leave the student’s name, date of absence(s), reason for the absence and expected date of return.
 We invite you to visit our Turtleback Website to learn more about our campus and any important upcoming information.
                                        
Turtleback Elementary School
Turtleback: https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Schools/ES/TBKES/Home
Foundation: http://www.turtlebacker.org
 


 
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