Terrapin Times e-Bulletin


TERRAPIN TIMES – December 9th, 2022
At Turtleback Elementary School, we empower each other to create, communicate, collaborate and think critically in a community where Character Counts!

  • December 12-14 -  Toy Drive, donate unwrapped toys for children in El Cajon
  • December 13 and 14 - 25 cent Book Sale - afterschool near flag pole
  • December 19, 2022 – January 2, 2023 - Winter Break - No School
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - No School
  • January 30 - Professional Growth Day - No School for students
 Please check Lost & Found for your missing items. We will have the rack outside the gate starting next week. Anything left over Winter Break will be donated. 
Second Grade Terrapins Hard at Work!

Analyzing Characters and Perspectives

Close Reading and Building Comprehension and Vocabulary Skills
Terrapin Families,

This next week is going to be amazing for each and every Terrapin as we continue towards winter break.  I am confident that this upcoming week will be a great success as we celebrate the amazing work our Terrapins have produced this year.

Thank you to our amazing Foundation for a fun Winter Night, Thursday night.  Terrapins and families enjoyed the evening together and we appreciate our Turtleback Foundation for creating these opportunities.

Enjoy the weekend and stay warm!

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

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 14th: Variety Show Virtual Information Session 5:30pm
  • December 5th-14th: Be an Elf- Drop a Toy for a Child in El Cajon
  • December 19-January 2: Winter break - no school
  • January 16th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 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.
  • Be an Elf! Help make the holidays jolly for a child at Lexington Elementary
  • Variety show: Turtleback’s Got Talent 5 - LIVE ON STAGE returns!
  • Music grant from Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation
  • Green team update
  • Pledge drive Mural of Helping hands - winter project
  • Spellathon information
  • Recess Enrichment Continues to Provide Hands On FUN!
  • Join the Garden Club!
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Turtleback Elementary School
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