Terrapin Times e-Bulletin

 
 
TERRAPIN TIMES – May 13, 2022
At Turtleback Elementary School, we empower each other to create, communicate, collaborate and think critically in a community where Character Counts!

DATES TO CALENDAR
5/16-5/27 NPFH Food Drive
5/17 Community Conversations on Racial Equity and Inclusion,          6-7:30 (via Zoom - see information below)
5/19 Restaurant Day! 12-9 pm (Golden Spoon RB)
5/23 5th Grade Band Concert, 9-9:30 (Blacktop)
5/26 Family Open Mic Night, 5:30 pm (Lunch Tables)
5/30 Memorial Day - No School
6/2 Foundation’s Summer Kick Off Event, 5-7 pm (TBK)
6/7 5th Grade Promotion, 9 am 
6/9 Last Day of School, Minimum Day
TK/K dismiss at 11:35
Gr 1-5 dismiss at 11:45
 
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
Hello Terrapin Families,

Our Terrapin Trot was a tremendous success for our students and staff.  Smiles all around, with healthy choices being celebrated by all!  Thank you to our AMAZING Foundation,  all the parent volunteers, and of course our hardworking Terrapins who made this event possible.  We have a terrific team and I firmly believe that collectively we can “move mountains.”
 
We have raised $22,855 (88.6% to goal) and our goal is to raise $25,000 by Wednesday, May 18th.  A BIG THANKS to all the Terrapins and their families for your fundraising efforts. If each terrapin raises $6 or more this week, we will meet our goal. WE CAN DO IT! 
 
50% of all online donations come directly from parents like you posting on Facebook. 
Parents, Please Follow these 3 Simple Steps to get to goal fast!
1.       First Register or re-Login to your parent dashboard and complete your child’s student webpage with a PICTURE at getmovinfundhub.com. School Identifier: 60199bd6a9e32
2.       Make an online donation using the red Donate button right away
3.       Share with friends and family, they want to help!
·       Send 10-15 emails and/or text messages
·       Post on Facebook or Twitter
·       Help your child reach their goal in 24/48 hours
 
Our school year is quickly coming to a close, please make sure to stay in contact with your child’s classroom teacher and to check the calendar above.
 
Enjoy the weekend, get some rest, and hug the ones you love!
 
The Luckiest Principal in the World,
 
Adam Carlin


Opportunity to Recognize Staff!  
Here’s how:
Fill out a “Drop”  Staff DROPS 21-22 (Blue Paper drops also available in front office)
Bring the “Drop” to the front office or send it in with your child
Staff Drops will be pulled along with student awards during morning announcements and Friday Flag Assemblies


TBKES PARENT INPUT FORM FOR 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
When placing children in classrooms for the coming year, our teachers and principal work together to determine placements for all students.  Many different criteria are considered as we work to build balanced and productive classes in the best interest of our students.
At this time, we are not sure of the number of students/classes at each grade level.  There is always a possibility of multiage combination classes and there may be teachers changing grade level assignments.  Due to the number of variables we do not place students based on parent requests.
Parents are welcome to share input regarding what they believe is the best learning environment for their child or any specific concerns that should be taken into consideration regarding class placement.  Please know that this is not an invitation for you to "choose" a teacher for your child for next year, but rather a chance to inform our thinking as we create balanced classes.  If you have specific information that you would like to communicate, please complete this form no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, May 27th.  Responses will not be accepted after this date.  Please do not list specific teacher names
Parent Input Form for 2022-2023 School Year:  
https://forms.gle/Ww6yKAuoJUaeKwQw6


FOOD DRIVE 
Food collection from 5/16-5/27  

Turtleback’s  No Place For Hate student committee has been examining how to make our school a better place and now they are wanting to expand their efforts beyond the walls of our school.   They are very passionate about spreading kindness to those who are not as fortunate as themselves and may be overlooked in our community.    Please help the students spread this kindness by:
  • Donating nonperishable food items (please see the list here or on the back of the flier sent home today)
  • Bringing these items to school.  Your child can turn them into the office or their teacher.
  • Please note: We cannot accept any glass containers, home-canned or baked items.
All items will be donated to the San Diego Food Bank.  


2022 WOLVERINE MATH TOURNAMENT
Westview will be holding a Math Tournament for Elementary and Middle School students on Saturday, June 4th, at Westview High School, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. This year, there will be three rounds - individual, team, and buzzer - which all students ranging from Mathcounts, AMC, and Math Olympiad competitors to those with no prior experience will find to be a challenging and fun way to test out their problems solving skills.
Please view the attached informational flier and sample questions for information about the tournament. To register for the tournament, please fill out our registration form (https://tinyurl.com/wvmct). If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at wvmathclub@gmail.com
Thank you! 
Waverly Huang
Westview Math Club Co-President
 
CUB SCOUTS:  Recruitment Event
Pack 685 is inviting you to join us for our upcoming Pack Show on Tuesday, May 17th from 6:30-7:30 PM in the lunch area at Turtleback.  If you plan to attend, please sign up on our sign up genius so we have materials for your child. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E45AFA62EAAFE3-maypack
Pack 685 is a boys and girls Scouting Pack housed at Turtleback Elementary. Pack 685 meets one time a month as a Pack and two times a month as Dens (same grade level peers). Meetings are a great way to find new friends and build on skills for children of all ages. Some awesome things we have done as a Pack include: camping, hiking, team building, crafts, community service and more! 
We accept students grades K-4 for the fall. If you are interested in finding out more, please reach out to christinarodocker@gmail.com for more information. 
Christina Rodocker
Pack 685 Committee Chair and Webelos Co-Den leader 
 
MRS. TISON’S 25 CENT BOOK SALE
Gold tokens will be given to all students who return their Library books by May 27th - Just in time for our annual 25 Cent Book Sale.  Bring your money or bring your token and find some great books for the summer break.  The 25 Cent Sale will be on June 1st and June 2nd from 2pm-3pm in front of the school near the flagpole.

NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT FOR 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR
New student enrollment for all grade levels is now open! 
Parents/guardians will access the enrollment online portal https://sis.powayusd.com/enroll to enroll a new student for the 2022-23 school year. The PUSD website has been updated with the new enrollment directions. (New Enrollment Webpage) 
Please call the school office if you run into any problems with your new enrollment process.  


MAY COUNSELOR’S CORNER 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1onayG9JvWy2YCPbItK4L2V8SNZeFkhos/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=110308006892570245022&rtpof=true&sd=true
 
Copy of Counselor's Corner May 2022.docx
Dear Terrapin Families, Test Taking Season Test taking season is upon us and it can cause increased stress and anxiety for many students (and parents!). If your child gets anxious before testing it’s important to know that recent research has revealed that our perception of stress (whether...
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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON RACIAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION 
Let’s continue to engage in conversations with fellow parents and students to foster trust and build relationships focused on improving racial equity and inclusion in Poway Unified Schools Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (6-7:30 pm) *Sessions held via zoom 
Please RSVP to receive Zoom code: https://forms.gle/PCRGVWHrVrzBSQC27


PARENT EDUCATION
There are many Parent Education workshops coming up this month.   
May 2022 Parent Education Courses:
  • Parenting and Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth Part 2- All Grades  In Person
  • Taming Your Child’s Tantrums and Meltdowns – Grades TK-5th NEW Course In Person
  • Nurturing Sexual Intelligence in Our Children – All Grades – In Person
  • Thriving in Challenging Times – Grades TK-8th NEW Course via Zoom
Parents can visit the Adult School website at https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Parents/Active-Parenting and search for the course you are interested in and enroll directly from this site.
Please note, scholarships are available to parents who may be in need. Parents can contact the Caring Connections Center for more information.

NEWS FROM YOUR TURTLEBACK EDUCATION FOUNDATION 
END OF YEAR THANK YOU & SUMMER KICK OFF- THURSDAY, JUNE 2nd 5-7pm

Hold this evening on your calendar.  Join the Foundation for some FREE family fun as we thank you for your support and our team effort to bring experiences and enrichment to all Terrapins.  Enjoy activities such as relay races, a bubble station, an obstacle course, soccer drills, art lessons like dream catcher creation, and more!  Or be awed by a Crazy Science show and the Amazing Dana, a magician that will make you laugh and wonder!  All events are free to attend.  Pizza, drinks and treats will be available for $1.  Can’t wait to celebrate the end of the year with our Turtleback Community!

THERE IS STILL TIME TO DONATE TO THE TERRAPIN TROT!  HELP US REACH OUR $25,000 FINISH LINE!
Our Terrapins ran the track yesterday to the cheers of onlookers!  Amazing job and loads of fun!  It is not too late to help us reach our goal of $25,000.  You can still register on Fundhub.com, share your student’s goal, and earn prizes!  Don’t let our turtle tracker fall short!  All funds raised support art, music, and STEM enrichment as well as teacher supplies and grants.
Registration is easy at getmovinfundhub.com
School Identifier: 60199bd6a9e32

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE TERRAPIN TROT PLANNING TEAM
Without the help of many, the Trot would have been stopped in its TRACKS!  Thank you to Archana for managing the Fundhub and for creating announcements and our video, to Fernando & Luciana for all of the smile inducing posts online and the flyers, to Rachael for designing and distributing the t-shirts, to Mary, Leah, Lauren, Amy & Dawn for fulfilling classroom prizes, to Felicia for managing room parent communications, to all Room Parents for bringing in snacks for our runners, and to the entire Turtleback community for fundraising and for being at the run to cheer on our students!

$200 TERRAPIN TROT PRIZE: EXERCISE CLASS WITH MR. CARLIN & MS. SULLIVAN- SAVE THE DATE- May 23rd!
To any Terrapin that has earned the $200 prize level for the Terrapin Trot, your exercise class experience will be held on Monday, May 23rdfrom 2:30-3:30pm.  Expect an email from Mrs. Myles next week with all of the details.  Congratulations!

CALLING ALL 4th GRADE PARENTS- HELP US WITH THE COMMENCEMENT REFRESHMENTS STATION, JUNE 7th
If you are an early bird and want to help set up our canopy and refreshments station for our 5th grade Terrapin Grads, please contact Genni Myles at 858-243-1848 or gsmyles@hotmail.com.  Set-up: 8:30-9:30am June 7th, and staff until the crowd disperses around 10:30am bringing down the canopy.

SAVE THE DATE:  TERRAPIN OPEN MIC FAMILY NIGHT, THURSDAY May 26th 5:30pm
Join us by the lunch tables to enjoy performances by our amazing Terrapins that auditioned acts for the Variety Show.  Then get up there yourself to perform a 2 minute skit, song, dance, poetry, instrument, magic, comedy, martial arts or more!  Questions?  Contact Genni Myles at 858-243-1848 or gsmyles@hotmail.com

TREKKERS PROGRAM WINDS DOWN FOR 2022! 
Our last day of Trekkers will be on May 19th!  Congratulations to all of the Terrapins that have earned mileage awards.  We have some students that surpassed the 125 mile mark this year!  Incredible!  A huge shout out to Katie DesBois, Kari Bishop and the entire Trekkers Team of parent volunteers that make this program possible.  It runs so smoothly because of your efforts and it is such a wonderful way for us to continue to promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
 
GREEN TEAM CONTINUES EVERY TUESDAY UNTIL MAY 24th 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

POWAY ADULT SCHOOL
Parents, A new year is a great time to head back to school! Poway Adult School offers low-cost career training classes for you to upskill.  Do you just need some help tuning up your resume or someone to discuss a career change idea? The Poway (Unified) Adult School provides free career guidance and high school diploma classes for adults and GED prep as well. Call Jon at (858) 668-4022 or go online at www.powayadultschool.com and check out the catalog - pages 5-11 for career training and free workshops. Make an appointment for free career support at https://calendly.com/help4careers/30min
 
VOLUNTEERS ON CAMPUS
Per the last board meeting, teachers are now permitted to have two volunteers per day in their classrooms. Before you can volunteer in a classroom, you must meet the following requirements:  
  1. Completed and cleared Megan's Law form
  2. Signed and dated code of conduct
  3. ID/ Driver's license (we need to verify your identification when your paperwork is accepted)
  4. Negative TB test (dated within the last 4 years)
  5. Proof of Covid vaccination or proof of a negative test within a week of volunteering
The Megan's Law form and Code of Conduct forms are available in the school office. We must have all the required documentation before we can submit the paperwork to the District for clearance.  Plan ahead as this clearance process can take up to two weeks.  
Please contact our office if you have any questions or want to confirm your current volunteer status.  

TURTLEBACK DATES TO REMEMBER UPDATE 
May 18th was originally scheduled as a Minimum Day for Professional Growth with dismissal at 11:35/11:45 am.  Our Pro Grow afternoon has been canceled and May 18th will now be a full day of school with dismissal at 2:20/2:30 pm.  Please update your calendars accordingly.  

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 Morning Walk and Run Program
In an effort to create more positive opportunities for our Terrapins to learn and embody healthy choices, our staff would like to allow students to walk and run the track before school.  In order to make this happen we need two parents each morning to volunteer from 7:45-8:10.  Our parent volunteers will stand on the backside of the track encouraging students to continue moving while cheering them along for their efforts.
 
Research shows that increased physical activity can positively impact student performance, behavior, and connections to learning.
 
If you are interested in helping with our Morning Run Program, please reply to this email! 
 
See you on the track!
 
Parking Lot:
Please remember when using the morning drop off line please follow these simple rules in order to keep the line moving. We are really trying to increase efficiency and safety and would appreciate everyone following these rules so we can keep this drop off system going for everyone!
 
  • Always pull all the way forward to keep the line moving!
  • Have your children ready for a quick exit (seat them on the passenger side & have backpacks ready to go)
  • Say your good-byes BEFORE the doors are opened so they can hop out and go
  • Drivers- please do not get out of the car. We have staff available to assist your students if needed. When drivers exit the car it slows down the line exponentially.
 
Thank you for your partnership!                       
Turtleback Elementary School
Turtleback: https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Schools/ES/TBKES/Home
Foundation: http://www.turtlebacker.org 

 
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