Terrapins, you are special and loved.  You are capable of doing amazing things!  
Continue making each day great! 



Dear Turtleback Families,


Last night the Board of Education voted to temporarily suspend in-person learning for the two weeks following winter break, January 4 through January 15, 2021.  ESS and full-day preschools will now be suspended during this two week period.  We apologize for the inconveniences this causes and know that we are doing everything in our power at Turtleback to offer students both on campus and virtual learning opportunities.


If your child has been learning on campus please make sure to be on the lookout for additional information from your child’s teacher regarding any changes to schedules and opportunities to support.  


I truly hope that this winter break brings you love and positive energy as we welcome the New Year!  This amazing learning community doesn’t happen by accident and it is a reflection of your tireless efforts and belief in a better tomorrow.  I am confident that 2021 is going to be a great year!


In collaboration with our PureEdge partners in social emotional learning and PUSD’s Mindful Moment, we are sharing some of our favorite Brain Breaks with you to ease the stress of the season. Please feel free to use these Brain Breaks as you choose with your child and as a family. Mental health and wellness is a top priority in Poway Unified School District and we hope that you are safe and well.


The Luckiest Principal in the World,


Adam Carlin


Elementary Brain Break Standing

Elementary Brain Break Card

Elementary Break Break Card Seated

Elementary Brain Break Card Rest



California is currently under a travel advisory.  A reminder from our Guidebook for Reopening: If your family is considering travel at this time or planning a trip, please review this important information from the CDC.  We appreciate your support in reducing exposure to students and staff.



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