Terrapin Times e-Bulletin


 

TERRAPIN TIMES – October 22, 2021
At Turtleback Elementary School, we empower each other to create, communicate, collaborate and think critically in a community where Character Counts!

  • 10/23 Campus Clean up, 8-11 am

  • 10/25-10/29  Red Ribbon Week

  • Monday 10/25: Wear Red

  • Tuesday 10/26: Wear Crazy Socks

  • Wednesday 10/27: Wear a Team Jersey

  • Thursday 10/28: Wear Clothes Inside Out or Backwards

  • Friday 10/29: Wear your Costume

  • 10/29 Halloween Parade, 8:25 am (Parking lot)

  • 10/29 Autumn Extravaganza, 4-8 pm 

  • 11/2 Foundation Meeting, 6-7:30 (via zoom)

  • 11/5 Spooky Science Night


UPDATES FROM MR. CARLIN:

Terrapin Families,
 
I hope that everyone enjoyed the week.  Thank you to all of the volunteers that are working so hard to prepare for our upcoming Autumn Extravaganza!  This event will be a terrific way to celebrate Autumn and all the fun opportunities it brings.  Please wear a mask while attending the event.

We can always use more volunteers at our Autumn Extravaganza!  To get involved sign up here now: 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4baca82fa5fe3-autumn


Our students continue to work hard everyday!  Please continue to make sure to celebrate each and every student daily with love and support throughout the year.  Your positive messages change lives!  

Please do not park in the Turtleback parking lot.  We have staff members that are unable to find parking spots because we have a limited number of parking spaces.  Thank you for your cooperation and continued support.

Together we make a huge difference!

The luckiest principal in the world,

Adam Carlin

TEN WISE CHOICES 

Number Four: Choose self-responsibility. 

I choose to take responsibility for what I think, what I say, what I do, and the choices I make. I take responsibility for achieving my goals, for my own happiness, and for raising my self-esteem.

Project Wisdom



Important Reminders:

  • Parking lot is for STAFF parking. 
  • 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
  • Arrange a meeting location for your children after school
  • Support students in walking to and from school whenever possible
  • Crosswalk in parking lot closed during drop-off and dismissal
  • Use one of the two drop off lanes and do not get out of vehicle
  • 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.
Thank you for your support and partnership!  

IMPORTANT:  Parent/Guardian Health and Safety Agreement
Please also click on the attached link to fill out the Google Form for the Health and Safety Agreement or click on the attached links for the hard copy and turn into your teacher the first week of school. 


Please click on this link: The Parent/Guardian Health and Safety Agreement  (Spanish Version) and print/sign a copy for each student to submit to their school at the beginning of the school year. 


HALLOWEEN PARADE
Students are invited to wear costumes to school on Friday, October 29th.  We will begin the day with a costume parade!  The parade route will include the inside hallways of school as well as the front of the school by the flagpole.  The parade is scheduled to begin around 8:25. Parents are welcome to stand and observe the parade from our parking lot.  There will be a designated area in the parking lot for optimal viewing while providing distance between parents and our students.  Please observe all safety protocols and do not park your vehicle in our parking lot as it is reserved for PUSD STAFF.  Parking is available on the street as well as at High Country West. 
Please note:
  • No real or pretend weapons are allowed
  • Costumes should respect the ethnic diversity of our school
  • In consideration of our younger students, please no violent or scary masks
  • Costume Masks must be removed after the parade
  • Students should wear clothes under their costumes to allow them to take off their costumes at the end of the parade

RED RIBBON WEEK
OCTOBER 25-29
Have your child celebrate making healthy choices during Red Ribbon Week. During that week, all students are encouraged to show their spirit and commitment to health.
  • October 25: Wear Red - Wear Red with Glee- Healthy Choices!  Healthy Me!
  • October 26: Wear Crazy Socks - Sock it to Unhealthy Choices!
  • October 27: Wear a Team Jersey – Join the Turtleback Healthy Team!
  • October 28:  Wear Clothes Inside Out or Backwards – Turn your back on unhealthy choices!
  • October 29: Wear Your Costume - Scare Away Poor Choices! 

 
October '21 Counselor's Corner
Dear Terrapin Families, Our back to school transition is going really well. Students are working hard during the day to be the best student they can be. After a long day at school or work, most of us need some time to unwind and relax. When students first arrive home, they may not be read...
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NEWS FROM YOUR TURTLEBACK EDUCATION FOUNDATION
THIS SATURDAY! JOIN THE CAMPUS CLEANUP! OCTOBER 23rd from 8-11am (Sign up by the hour!)
Need something to do this Saturday?  Want to help keep our campus as clean and organized as possible for our students?  Come out on October 23rd and sign up for an hour between 8-11am to get busy working with the clean-up crew led by Mr. Rodocker.  Projects will be assigned when you arrive.  
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4BACA82FA5FE3-family11

LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR EARLY BIRD AUTUMN EXTRAVAGANZA FAMILY PASS!  OCTOBER 29th 4-8pm
Prices increase on Sunday to $25.  All orders placed from Monday until Friday will be available for pick up at the check-in station at the front door of the event.
Enjoy the Autumn & Halloween spirit by entertaining your little spooks.  Meet some Helen Woodward creepy crawlies, dance to a monsterly beat with Step by Step Dance, enjoy Cirque Quirk’s juggling show at 5pm, Trunk or Treat with our terrific teachers, listen to some spooky stories by the RB Library, craft some skeletons and ghosts to bring home, decorate a pumpkin, and enjoy outdoor movie night featuring Vampirina & The Addams Family 2019.  Food, treats and takeaways are available for purchase at the event. Don’t miss the taco truck and the ice cream station! To register pay now at:  https://turtlebacker.org/yearbook/

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THIS EVENT TO SUCCEED!!!   
We need many Monsterly Moms & Dastardly Dads to get involved to make this event possible.  Sign up now:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4baca82fa5fe3-autumn 


SAVE THE DATE!  A HANDS-ON SPOOKY  AFTER SCHOOL SCIENCE EXPERIENCE!  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH. 
A huge thank you to CRAZY SCIENCE for sponsoring this mini-class of monsterly fun!  Join us for some CRAZY, WACKY and FUN hands-on science in this ½ hour program.  This after-Halloween experience will be a witches delight as we make bouncing smoke bubbles, crystal balls created from dry ice fog, and witness a vortex cannon that will make cups fall off heads by shooting smoke rings showing the effects of air moving at different speeds.  Parents must be present to supervise their witchlings and masks are mandatory.  Sign up now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4BACA82FA5FE3-spooky

GREEN TEAM CONTINUES EVERY TUESDAY 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.

PLEDGE TODAY!  ONLY $1300 TO GO!   OVER $8700 RAISED FOR OUR $10,000 GOAL!!!!  DONATE TO THE FOUNDATION & SUPPORT OUR BACKYARD BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT.
Thank you to the 71 families that have helped us reach $8,700 of our $10,000 goal for the 2021-2022 Foundation Pledge Drive.  We still have time until October 31st to reach our goal of a perfect 10!  Don’t forget to ask your employer if they will match your gift and instantly turn $100 into $200! Need help checking?  Contact Genni Myles at gsmyles@hotmail.com or 858-243-1848.
This year’s funds will go to the next phases of our backyard playground beautification project.  A huge thank you to our donor David Aguirre of The Paint Guru for transforming the handball courts into a rainbow of fun.  Our next phase will upgrade the blacktop by adding to the 4-square courts, creating obstacle courses and sensory pathways, and making a handball court into a mural of interactive play.  Ready to help?  Make a pledge at www.turtlebacker.org and click Donate to Turtleback. 

PUSD PARENT EDUCATION
Below are the upcoming Parent Education courses starting in September 2021 and parents are NOW able to enroll and pay online at Poway Adult School for the classes they are interested in attending! 
  • Parenting and Supporting LGBTQ+ Children and Teens – All Grades
Join Angelle Maua to gain greater understanding of the complexity of Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and the Gender Spectrum.  
  1. Discuss the use of pronouns                                                         
  2. How to advocate for gender equity for your child 
  3. Know your student’s rights and how to be a good ally            
  4. Learn and understand the nuances of navigating support and difficult conversation, not only with your child but with family and friends. 
Session either Via Zoom or In-Person:
Live via Zoom  Saturday, 11/6 from 9:00am – 11:00am  
Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple
OR
In-Person Wednesday, 11/17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Poway Adult School  
Class fee: $24/individual or $29/couple
Please note, scholarships are available to parents who may be in need. Parents can contact the Caring Connections Center for more information.
Thank you for always supporting PUSD Parent Education!

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 Elementary School
Turtleback: https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Schools/ES/TBKES/Home
Foundation: http://www.turtlebacker.org
 


 
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