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Important Dates:

February 20-24, President’s Day observed, No School District Recess

March 3, 8:10 Friday Flag, Science Lab Ribbon Cutting

March 3, End of 2nd Trimester

March 10, Report cards go home

March 16, Spring Pictures

March 17, Jump for Heart, Lunchtime



Looking for something to do over our break?? How about brushing up on typing skills with Typing Agent? Students log in through their MyPlan with their ID and Password.  From the Dashboard, click on Typing Agent; students will be taken to their next lesson or where they left off in their session.

To make the most of Typing Agent make sure your student uses the home row keys:  ASDF JKL; They should sit up straight; have their feet flat on the floor, their body centered in front of the computer, fingers curved and wrists low.

Focus on accuracy!  This is the key to successful and efficient keyboarding.  Efficiency, which turns to speed is the goal and can only be attained with proper technique.  And remember, MAKE IT FUN!  Celebrate time spent practicing, improved accuracy and efficiency!



We will be celebrating the official opening of our new Science Lab at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday March 3.  The lab would not have happened without your financial support of the Foundation and MANY, MANY hours of volunteer time by our Foundation President, Phil Tsai, Foundation members, staff and our community.



When dropping off at the curb, please have your children ready to say goodbye and hop out quickly.  When picking up, please STAY in your car and watch for your child.  It is helpful to make arrangements ahead of time as to where to meet (near flagpole, by ESS, etc.)  Also, please be mindful of the BUS AREA.  The buses must be able to pull through the middle lane and park in the designated BUS PARKING area.  Always drive slowly through the parking lot, watching for students who may be below your line of vision. Kindergarten parents will notice some upper grade Helping Hands available to escort your child to the playground.  Their help will make drop off quicker and prevent cars being left at the curb unattended.  Please never park at the curb to walk your child to class.  This creates a huge back up in the drop off area. 

We appreciate everyone’s efforts in keeping our parking lot safe.



If you have lost a cell phone or eyeglasses, please check with the office.  Those items are kept here for safekeeping.  Larger items such as jackets and lunch bags are on the cart in the quad area.



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2016 Charitable Contribution Tax Deduction Letters


As everyone starts prepping for their 2016 taxes, there are a couple items, with respect to last year’s donations, that I would like to share with you.  First of all, Twin Trails Education Foundation is a qualified charitable 501(c)3 organization.  Our tax exempt ID # is 20-1105904.  In the past, the Foundation has relied on all donors to maintain their own personal records for their contributions. This approach is appropriate, per IRS guidelines, for total contributions under $250, which can be supported by personal bank records.  However, contributions over $250 must be supported by written acknowledgment from the qualified organization.  Therefore, you should have received an email or physical letter for this purpose.

In calendar year 2016, we actually had two Jog-a-Thon (one in February and one in October) and our Annual Auction Dinner (April).  On this note, per IRS Publication 526, you are only allowed to deduct the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received if your contribution entitles you to merchandise, goods, or services.  This would pertain mainly to items purchased at our annual auction as most of these items are purchased below their retail value – that’s how you get the good deals.  Contributions made during the "Fund A Need" portion of the auction as well as any Jog-a-Thon 2016 donations are 100% deductible. If you have questions about the items you purchased or your deductible amounts, please reach out to me at loricc@yahoo.com. 


Disclaimer: The Foundation does not provide tax advice regarding your individual contributions during the year.  Please contact a professional tax preparer if you have questions regarding your donations.  Thanks,  Lori Porter



Did you know that we are currently selling gift cards to the stores listed above and many, many more? The school will receive a percentage back on every purchase. For example, from Subway we earn 6% and from Starbucks 7%. The returns vary, but if you will be purchasing something from these stores anyway, why not earn some money for our school? To buy them online, please go to www.ShopWithScrip.com Click Register, then Join a Scrip Program and enter the following code: D41AC41L156L2. Thank you!



Check out our Facebook page through the link on our school website! http://www2.powayusd.com/pusdsdes/

We upload pictures often to let you take a peek at all of the great fun going on at our school.



Only as parents do we expect that love will be enough.  Often it just isn’t.  Parents also need skills!  Sign up for our fun, highly acclaimed parent workshops.  No boring lectures, not just theory, but fun, interactive learning. Get results you can see immediately!

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk! Back by popular demand!  This series is based on the best seller by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.  Learn to create a climate where cooperation occurs and behavior changes!  Also included - the problem solving steps from the Second Step research-based curriculum your children are currently learning at school!

Tuesdays:  3/7 & 3/14 & 3/21 from 6:00-7:45 p.m. @Westwood Elementary

*Reserve your space online today at www.theparentworkshops.com.  Each SERIES is $35/individual or $59/couple if you register online prior to the first class.  Tuition is due on the first evening.  Cash or check made out to PUSD only.  Walk-in registration is $39/individual or $64/couple.  How to Talk So Kids Will Listen book will be available for $15 on the first evening.  The book is highly recommended.  Sorry, no refunds





The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.

Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406