Terrapin Times e-Bulletin


TERRAPIN TIMES – December 2nd, 2022
At Turtleback Elementary School, we empower each other to create, communicate, collaborate and think critically in a community where Character Counts!

December 8, 2022 - Festive Family Night
December 19, 2022 – January 2, 2023 - Winter Break - No School

Kindergarten Rocks!


Kindergarten Terrapins sharpening their reading and writing skills!  
Terrapin Families,
I hope you all had a wonderful break and a nice Thanksgiving with your friends and families. These next three weeks before winter break tend to go quickly so gear up for a busy December!

So much to be grateful for!  
Gratitude increases social connection - which studies show is essential for health and well-being
Gratitude increases altruism - which is a strong predictor of happiness
Gratitude decreases depression and improves optimism and positive emotions - which in turn increase well-being, boost creativity, benefit relationships, and impact longevity
Gratitude improves health and well-being  - for people suffering from physical ailments

Dr. Emma Seppala Suggested gratitude activities:
1. Donate to a food/supply drive going on (canned food for the food drive, or animal supplies for the homeless animals at the humane society)! This reminds us to be grateful for the food we have to eat and the homes we have to live in.

2. Make Thank You postcards and send them to people you are thankful for. You can buy blank pre-stamped postcards at the post office very inexpensively!

3. Make a "Giving Thanks Jar" or Gratitude Journal. Dedicate a jar (decorate one, if you wish) and have little pieces of paper ready to write on beside it. You may want to make a routine of adding cards to the jar, or just let family members add items as they wish, each with something you are grateful for. At a specified time, sit down with the family and read the cards together.

4. Try the “Imagine Life Without” exercise… https://www.happier.com/blog/how-to-reduce-stress-with-gratitude/  to appreciate what IS right in your life!

For more information on gratitude please visit: https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-gratitude-research-questions/ 
Our students and staff continue to work hard everyday!  Please make sure to celebrate each and every student daily with love and support throughout the year.  

Your positive messages change lives and together we make a huge difference!

The Luckiest Principal in the World,
Adam Carlin

Number Ten: Choose to know my vision. 

I choose to talk to my parents, teachers, or faith leader about my personal rules for living, about who I want to be in the world, and about my goals for becoming that person.
-Project Wisdom

Turtleback Parking Lot:
In the recent weeks some unsafe practices have been observed while students are being dropped off and picked up at Turtleback.  In order to create a safe and efficient environment we ask for your support in the following:
  • Use one of the two designated drop off lanes 
  • Do not get out of vehicle
  • 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
  • Crosswalk in parking lot closed during drop-off and dismissal
  • 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.
We commit to having staff out front during these times to support and we thank you again for your partnership!  


Message from our Counselor

Counselor’s Corner

Please Help Increase Our School Funding by Filling Out This Application!
Although school meals are now free to all students, the application for free and reduced-price meals is still very important.  School funding depends in part on the number of students at our school who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.  With all students now eating for free, fewer families are completing the application and our school is at risk of losing much-needed educational funds. Plus, students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals may also be missing out on discounts on bus transportation, before and after school care, and home internet!   
Even if you did not qualify before, but your income has changed, you may now qualify. For example, children from a family of four are eligible if the total gross (pre-tax) household income is less than $4,279 per month, or less than $51,338 per year. Household income information is confidential and applying online is quick and easy.  Apply online at MySchoolApps.com, or pick up a paper application in the school office. 

Volunteers are welcome on campus and in classrooms.  You must complete a Megan’s Law background check, sign the Parent Conduct Form and provide a negative TB test. Our office staff can assist you with this. https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Community/Volunteer

We ask that if you choose to celebrate your child’s  birthday at school, please do so in a healthy way. Please do not bring food to school, but you can:  
  • Have your child bring their favorite book to share and the  teacher or child will read it to the class. 
  • Donate a book, ball,  jump rope (new or used) to the classroom for recess. 
  • Choose a favorite song or musical piece to sing or play for the class. 
  • Bring a colorful pencil, sticker, eraser, or simple goodie bags for the entire  class with safe items (no  balloons, or food items, etc.). 
  • Only bring party invitations if every student in the  class is invited. 
This is a reminder that dogs are not permitted on TBKES campus.  This rule applies to both pick and drop off and is in place for the safety of all students and families.  Please make arrangements to leave your pets at home when picking up and dropping off your child.



To learn more about these programs and opportunities, click on the link for the Turtlebacker Express Newsletter
  • December 6th: Foundation Meeting
  • December 8th: A Festive Family Night
  • December 8-9th: Variety Show Information Sessions
  • December 19-January 2: Winter break - no school.
  • January 18th- Lunch with a Loved One
  • January 19th - Akeelah and the Bee movie screening and mini spelling bee
  • January 25th - Spellathon
  • Get ready to move - PE program.
  • Sign up for a Festive Family Night of Old Fashioned Holiday Fun
  • Variety show: Turtleback’s Got Talent 5 - LIVE ON STAGE returns!
  • Be an Elf! Help make the holidays jolly for a child at Lexington Elementary
  • Green team update
  • Join the Garden Club!
  • Music grant from Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation
  • Pledge drive Mural of Helping hands - winter project. 
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