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TERRAPIN TIMES – December 18, 2020

At Turtleback Elementary School, we empower each other to create, communicate, collaborate and think critically in a community where Character Counts!
December Character Trait = Fairness

Play by the Rules * Take turns and share * Be open-minded * Listen to others * Don’t take advantage of others * Don’t blame others carelessly * Treat all people fairly

12/21-1/01 District Recess - No School
1/04-1/15 All Students Learning Virtually
1/05 Foundation Meeting via Zoom, 6:00-7:30pm
1/06 Restaurant Night, 10am-9:30pm (Panda Express, CMR)
1/18 Martin Luther King Jr Holiday - No School
1/19 On Campus students return to in person learning (AM/PM Schedule)
1/27 Spell-a-thon!
1/29 Professional Growth Day - No School for Students


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.

 January 6, 2020 10 AM to 9:30 PM
 Order some delicious food from Panda Express (12330 Carmel Mountain Road) and help Turtleback raise money! 20% of every sale will go to Turtleback when you show the attached flyer (in-store orders) or use the promo code 319936 (online orders). Orders must be placed on the day of the event. Thank you!

January 27, 2021
The Spell-a-thon, our second largest fundraiser of the year, will take place on January 27! In addition to reinforcing grade-level spelling words, the Spell-a-thon provides students with an opportunity to earn money for the school. This money will help provide school supplies and resources for our Terrapins and teachers.
Our goal for the event is for each student to collect at least $25 in pledges, which would mean over $13,000 for our school!!! 
All students will receive their pledge sheet and word list before the break as a digital copy or a physical copy (they are also attached to this e-mail!). For VLA students, your teacher will collect your pledge sheets and spelling test at your next scheduled materials drop off/pickup. 
No matter how you are learning this year, top spellers, top pledge earners, and all those who collect pledges will be awarded prizes!
Also, we’re looking for parents to help grade spelling tests from the comfort of your home! If you can help us please sign up here so we can contact you.
Thank you in advance for supporting Turtleback by participating in this event.

Counselor's Corner December 2020 *
The Gift of Service: It’s never too early to teach young children the benefit of doing something for someone else. Service makes us more human. It promotes the mental and emotional health of the giver. It provides happiness, joy and a sense of efficacy. True service also builds community and ...

Caring Connections is offering the Teen Positive Parenting Program in English and Spanish for FREE via ZOOM!  This webinar series is designed for parents and will address raising responsible teenagers while improving family communication.  The webinar is offered in separate English and Spanish sessions: 
·          FREE  Teen Positive Parenting Program (English) via ZOOM  
Thursdays, January 14th, January 21st, and January 28th 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
·         FREE  Teen Positive Parenting Program (Spanish) via ZOOM  
Tuesdays, February 2nd, February 9th, and February 16th 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
If you are interested in attending, contact the Caring Connections Center to RSVP at (858) 668-4084 or email: vephraim@powayusd.com
**And Back by popular demand, Caring Connections if once again offering this parent education workshop next month via Zoom.  

Preparing Positively for Puberty – TK-8th Grade  Live via Zoom

We can prepare our children for puberty by teaching them what to expect as their bodies transition from childhood to adulthood. Learn how to break down "the big puberty talk" into tiny talks that are more comfortable for both caregivers and children. Participants will review resources such as books and web sites that can simplify the process of starting a tiny talk. Activities that can promote a positive and practical attitude toward this important life stage will be discussed.
Monday, January  25th  2021 from 6:30pm-8:00pm  Online Course via Zoom
                   Class fee: $16/individual or $27/couple
Parents are able to enroll and pay online at Poway Adult School for the classes they are interested in attending!  Please visit our website for the parent education workshops that will be coming up at https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Parents/Active-Parenting.  Parents can view and enroll in the courses they are interested in!

For the two-week temporary suspension of on-campus learning, free school meals will be available to all PUSD students for pick up at the following school sites from 7:00 am to 8:30 am and 11:00 am to 1:00 pm:
  • Del Norte High School (16601 Nighthawk Lane, San Diego, CA 92127)
  • Los Penasquitos Elementary School (14125 Cuca Street, San Diego, 92129)
  • Meadowbrook Middle School (12320 Meadowbrook Lane, Poway CA 92064)
  • Midland Elementary School (13910 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064)
  • Mt. Carmel High School (9550 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92129)
  • Pomerado Elementary School (12321 Ninth Street, Poway, CA 92064)
  • Poway High School (5500 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064)
  • Rancho Bernardo High School (13010 Paseo Lucido, San Diego, CA 92128)
  • Turtleback Elementary School (15855 Turtleback Road, San Diego, 92127)
  • Twin Peaks Middle School (14640 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway, CA 92064)
  • Valley Elementary School (13000 Bowron Road, Poway, CA 92064)
  • Westview High School (13500 Camino Del Sur, San Diego, CA 92129)
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