Terrapin Times e-Bulletin

TERRAPIN TIMES – February 26, 20
At 21Turtleback Elementary School, we empower each other to create, communicate, collaborate and think critically in a community where Character Counts!
February Character Trait = Responsibility

Do what you are supposed to do * Plan ahead * Be diligent * Persevere * Do your best * Use self control * Be self-disciplined * Think before you act * Be accountable for your words, actions and attitudes * Set a good example for others 
3/2 Foundation Meeting, 6 pm (via Zoom)
3/5        Deadline to order Terrapin Trot T-shirts (extended!)
3/11 PUSD Board Meeting, 6 pm 
3/26 SPIRIT DAY - Dapper Day (all things Fancy)!
3/31 Spring Pictures and 5th Grade “On My Way” Pictures

2020-2021 YEARBOOK
GOT PICTURES? Share your child's photo - first day of school, online-learning/class activity, his or her hobby/activity during the pandemic. Visit this website: https://commpe.pictavo.com to upload the pictures and follow the instructions: 
  • Enter school information or use school code 96447
  • Create an account / verify email and login
  • Choose "upload photos"  
Deadline to submit photos is March 21.

RECOGNITION ADS. Recognize your child or a special teacher with a yearbook recognition ad. Ads are $5 each. Special 5th-grade recognition ads are $10 each. Design your ad by visiting this website: https://commpe.pictavo.com and follow the instructions:
  • Enter school information or use school code 96447
  • Create an account / verify email and login
  • Choose "Shop my school"  
Deadline to submit photos is March 21.  

YEARBOOK SALES. $35/copy. Visit www.turtlebacker.org/yearbook to pay online. Purchase to reserve your copy now. Copies are limited. Order forms will be sent out soon for cash and check payments.
Questions: email us at tbkyearbook@gmail.com

Join us for our March Foundation Meeting on March 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm.
Click here for the Zoom meeting link.
Meeting ID: 858 673 5514
Passcode: Turtleback

It’s time to dust off your favorite sneakers and trot with your family!   The Turtleback Education Foundation is proud to announce this fun, family Jog a thon event that is replacing the APEX Fun Run to raise funds to support Art, Music, STEM and Enrichment Programs at Turtleback Elementary for all students. Participation is free and more information is coming soon.
Order shirts for your whole family now!  T-shirts will be available and distributed in April. Youth shirts are $5, Adult shirts are $8 or $10 for XXL.  T-shirt order forms can be completed via paper form (attached) or google form: https://forms.gle/iFbSwDxjUQZtwEb6A  Payments can be made via cash/check (marked Jog a thon t-shirt and dropped off at the front office) or online:http://turtlebacker.org/jogathon/  The deadline for ordering t-shirts has been extended to


Instead of having the Terrapin Trot on one day, we are dedicating nine days to the Terrapin Trot (falling on 2 weekends and 5 weekdays). This will allow families to participate on their own time and convenience while observing Covid-19 safety precautions. 
A "Trot" course around Turtleback Elementary in High Country West will be provided that families may follow if they choose. However, we recommend that participating families walk/jog/run where they prefer and feel comfortable. Other potential places a family can complete the Terrapin Trot include (but are not limited) to the Webb Park, RB Community Park, Torrey Pines, La Jolla Shores, and 4s Ranch Trails. 
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Archana Balasubramanian via email: archana.balasub@gmail.com

Please join us in congratulating our Library Media Tech, Mrs. Tison, who has been selected as Turtleback’s 2020-2021 Classified Employee of the Year.  Here is what our staff had to say about her:  “Deborah is helpful, organized and easy to work with.  She is professional and approaches each challenge with a “can do” attitude.  Mrs. Tison remembers our students’ interests and goes out of her way to track down books within our District for them to enjoy.  Deborah has managed our chrome book distribution single handedly.  She has spent time learning how to update and troubleshoot devices and has even put together guides for our families to be able to troubleshoot on their own.  Mrs. Tison always has the best interest of our Turtleback students at heart and is constantly planning on ways to improve our library.”  
Turtleback is so fortunate to have such a stellar employee like Mrs. Tison who goes out of her way to make our school a better place for students and staff!! 

Learning Support Services is excited to share with our community that we are currently going through a pilot process for adopting a new K- 5 History Social Studies curriculum for our elementary schools. PUSD is piloting two State Board approved publishers, Studies Weekly and Teacher Curriculum Institute (TCI).  The pilot team includes 20 individuals from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, school sites and experiences, which includes teachers, a Library Media Technician, principals and parents/guardians.  
We are also actively aligning our pilot process to PUSD’s  Racial Equity and Inclusion Plan, which can be found on PUSD’s Home Website,  to ensure there is racial, gender, and orientation diversity and a variety of perspectives so that our students see themselves in the curriculum.  We feel it is important to have conversations with community members on the pilot process and provide access to review the two pilot resources.  

Learning Support Services will be hosting two community forums for parents and community members to attend. These will be Zoom sessions that will offer a brief outline of the CA Framework and Standards, overview of the pilot process, provide access to review the materials, and allow for a Q & A session. 

The dates are:
Tuesday, March 16  from 5:00-6:00 OR Thursday March 18 from 6:00-7:00. If you would like an invitation to this Zoom session please, RSVP to the session you wish to attend.  If you are unable to attend and wish to review the resources or have a question, please submit your request by clicking this link to share your information and we will email you the steps to gain access to the materials. 
Learning Support Services  looks forward to collaborating with our PUSD Elementary School parent/guardian community. 

Do you or someone you know have a three or four year old student looking for a Preschool?  Please see the registration and “about us” flyers (attached) for an opportunity to enroll in PUSD Preschool for the 2021-2022 school year.  The  registration window opens on March 15th!

PUSD is pleased to offer an Integrated Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Preschool Program for the 2021-2022 school year.  The classrooms are located at Deer Canyon, Pomerado, and Monterey Ridge Elementary Schools.  The program serves 3 to 5 year olds with and without special needs.  General education developmental curriculum is used and includes large and small group instruction.  Students in the program who are identified as having special needs, experience difficulty in one or more of the following areas:  speech and language, social skills and play skills. 
Success of the integrated program greatly depends on the inclusion of children without special needs who act as peer models.  The children work as an integrated group by learning and playing together in an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding.  Curriculum is play-based and embeds academic concepts into play and social experiences.
Each day the kids have the opportunity to learn and explore through structured small group activities and play, free exploratory play, outside play, and large group instruction. The classrooms embed academic and social instruction into fun thematic units throughout the year. They are warm and joyful learning environments for our littlest learners, laying a strong foundation for their school experiences.
Currently, there are openings at all locations for Fall of 2021.  If you are interested in having your child attend this program as a peer model, please contact Danielle Strauss with the Special Education Department at dstrauss@powayusd.com.
Cost and Schedule:  
* Option 1: Monday-Friday: 5 hours per day, Cost = $438/month
* Option 2: Mon, Wed, Fri:- 5 hours per day, Cost = $252/month
* There is a one-time non-refundable $50 registration fee.
* Prices subject to change as legislative decisions are made regarding Preschool funding.

If you are interested in having your student becoming a peer model, please use the GOOGLE FORM link below which will allow you to place your child on the interest list while completing a few screening questions at the same time.

Thank you to all who supported the Spell-a- thon with their pledges and to the parents who volunteered their time to correct the test. So far, we’ve collected more than $3,000!
Help us reach our $13,000 goal. You still have time to send in your donations. If your child still has a pledge form to submit or money to collect, please make sure that it’s turned in to their teacher no later than Friday, February 26. For information, go to our website: www.turtlebacker.org. Payments can be made online or via check made payable to the Turtleback Education Foundation. The class with the most pledges and top-pledge earner will receive a reward. Thanks again for your continued support!

Recently our students learned about the “No Place for Hate” program.  For our first school wide activity, students took the pledge to fight against bias and bullying in our community.  You can click here to see the official Turtleback “No Place for Hate” video and pledge.
The focus for our second activity is family. Each of our families is unique and wonderful!  That is why our "No Place for Hate" team has created an opportunity for our Terrapins to shine a light on the gifts our families give us. Click on this link to go to Flipgrid, an online education-based platform where students create and share videos, to make a video to celebrate your family. 
Thank you, Terrapins, for making our school "No Place for Hate."

COUNSELOR’S CORNER - February, 2021
Dear Families,   When storm clouds brew, even the most well-intentioned parent can get triggered and escalate the upset, rather than calm it. But when your child wrestles with the more difficult human emotions, he needs your help to learn how to manage them. This is the most important time to teach emotional intelligence. In the previous month your kiddoes explored ways to manage their own emotions during our Second Step Lessons, and in February we will be focusing on ways to calm down and self-regulate.  Here are three helpful ways to support your child in learning to do that. 

The PUSD transfer window is opening soon!!!  Transfer requests for students who live in the Poway Unified School District boundaries and who would like to attend a school other than their school of residence will be accepted starting on February 1 at 8 am. This includes incoming siblings of current students. Transfer requests can be made on the Poway Unified School District website at www.powayusd.com.  The transfer window closes on March 31 at 5 pm.  
If you have an incoming Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten or new student and wish to request a school other than your school of residence, please submit a transfer during the open window, even if your child is not yet enrolled. However, when enrollment opens in May, parents need to enroll their student in their school of residence before the district office will consider the transfer.  Please call the school office with any questions.  

Caring Connections is offering the Positive Parenting Program in both English and Spanish for free! This webinar series is designed for elementary parents and will address topics such as: learning to manage misbehavior, improving family communication, and reducing stress in the family. 
  Positive Parenting Program in English (via ZOOM)  
Tuesdays, March 23rd, March 30th, and April 6th 2021 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
 Positive Parenting Program in Spanish (via ZOOM)  
Tuesdays, March 23rd, March 30th, and April 6th  2021 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
If you are interested in attending, you can register through the link on the attached flyer where it states “Register Now”.
Thank you for all you do to support our Parent Education!

If you should move during the school year, you need to complete a Residency Verification Form and provide two proofs of your new residency to our school office.  If you are no longer living in Turtleback boundaries, your next step is to submit a transfer request to ensure your student’s continued attendance.
If you still live within the Poway Unified School District (PUSD) boundaries, please submit an Intradistrict Transfer request by going to the following links: If you moved outside the PUSD boundaries, please submit an Interdistrict Attendance Permit. You can find the forms here: Your district of residence must sign off on the transfer request prior to bringing/mailing it to the PUSD district office at 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128.
If you have any questions, please call the Student Attendance and Discipline Office at 858-521-2840. 

**Lunch is available at Turtleback between 11 am and 12 pm for Turtleback students only**
Breakfast and Lunch Distribution (MONDAY – FRIDAY)
7:00 AM TO 8:30 AM OR 11:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
*Available for all students enrolled in PUSD and any PUSD Transition student up to age 22
NOTE: Only one breakfast and lunch meal per eligible student per school day. Please maintain 6 feet of physical distance and wear a facemask when picking up meals. No ID is required for students. It is recommended that students be present when parents are picking up meals. Parents may pick up meals without a child but must complete a Parent Meal Pickup Certification Form to verify that meals are only provided to eligible students, without duplication. Parent or guardian would only need to complete the form once and return it to the designated school location where all meals will be picked up.
Meals for virtual learning students will be available at these school sites: 
• Del Norte High School (16601 Nighthawk Lane, San Diego, CA 92127)
• Meadowbrook Middle School (12320 Meadowbrook Lane, Poway, CA 92064)
• Mt. Carmel High School (9550 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92129)
• Poway High School (5500 Espola Rd, Poway, CA 92064)
• Rancho Bernardo High School (13010 Paseo Lucido, San Diego CA 92128)
• Twin Peaks Middle School (14640 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway, CA 92064)
• Westview High School (13500 Camino Del Sur, San Diego, CA 92129)

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Turtleback Elementary School
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Foundation: http://www.turtlebacker.org


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