Terrapin Times e-Bulletin
Welcome back Terrapins! It’s been an amazing first week of school. Kids arriving on time with smiles on their faces, we can’t ask for much more than that! Thank you to all the parents for the classroom donations as well, teachers and students appreciate it! A quick reminder that only Kindergarten students should enter through the Kindergarten gate. Older siblings are more than welcome to walk their siblings into the K playground. All other students in grade 1-5 should be entering through the gate closest to the office and going out and around to the playground. Only students dropping off devices should be in the inner circle of the school before the bell rings.
Just a few reminders as we start the new school year about drop off and pick up procedures
. Dropping off is allowed only in the circle and parents should stay in their cars. Please do not drop off in the parking lot, this is reserved for child care vans and buses only. If you would like to park and walk your child in to the school, please park on a side street. The open spots in the parking lot are reserved for parents volunteering for the day and our overflow staff. In the afternoon, the same procedures apply. Please do not park and leave your car unattended in the circle, wait until you pull up to the front of the school for your child to enter your car. The teacher supervision is in front of the school, please tell your children to wait in the front of the school until they see your car. Children should not go past the brick wall to wait for parents; we cannot supervise them from there. So far most parents are continuing to follow these procedures which are in place for the safety of all students, staff and parents. I am looking forward to a great school year!
Our ESS summer program has successfully come to a close. We had over 80 Turtleback students attend and we went on 18 field trips! It was quite a success. If you are interested in registering your child for fall ESS, please be aware that spots are filling up quickly and we need a two day notice to register.
We currently have a few spots open in every grade including kindergarten!! This could change very quickly so please call. For our fall program we offer four different contract options. These include AM, PM, FULL, or Friday only. We have an hour of productive homework time everyday along with many planned STEAM projects throughout the week. On Fridays, we offer our very popular clubs which the kids look forward to all week! Clubs include computer lab, tech and game room, art and coloring, Wii, and sports. We have everything you need to register in the ESS building located in the back of the school. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 858-673-3659 or email email@example.com
GREEN TEAM 2016/2017
First day for Green Team recycling collection is Tuesday, August 22nd
Time: 7:40-8:00 a.m.
Location: In grass area by the Turtleback round-a-bout, near the kinder entrance area
What we collect: ** Please note there are changes for this school year due to limited volunteer help.**
Glass- Any glass food container (soda, beer, pickle jars etc.) NO broken glass, bulbs, mirrors or ceramics, MUST be handed to a parent volunteer
Metal- Any steel and aluminum food cans
Plastic- All CRV
Plastic- 100% plastic containers (Milk jugs, 100% juice, yogurt containers). ONLY plastics with the #2 symbol
Coke caps- All coke products (Coke, diet coke, sprite etc)
Volunteer Information -
If parents of students in grades 3rd through 5th would like to help us collect and sort recyclable items on Tuesday, please connect with Tara Ott on Tuesday morning OR send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the sign up form.
The more parent volunteers there are, the less everyone has to do. Last year there were four to eight volunteers which allowed for each parent to only volunteer for two hours a month. The more the merrier! AND it is a really fun group!
**All students must have parent permission before participating.
**All sign up forms must be turned into the office before participating.
Thank you for contributing to Turtleback Elementary and for taking action to keep Mother Earth clean!
The Foundation is proud to announce that all Terrapins will enjoy a comprehensive, hands-on art program in their classrooms this year! The beauty of Art Corps is that it is entirely volunteer-based. Parent volunteers are trained to teach 8 lessons in the classroom, and in May we celebrate with a school-wide art show. It's a wonderful addition to our AMAZING school!
Art Corps needs volunteers! No art experience necessary! Sign up to teach art or to help a volunteer teacher.
Sign up online or in your child’s class on Back-to-School night. You can also email Dana Grue at email@example.com for more information or visit the Art Corps table next Thursday evening at Back to School Night.
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL FROM YOUR TURTLEBACK EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The Turtleback Education Foundation welcomes all our Terrapin families back to school! We hope you enjoyed the summer and are ready to support all of the wonderful events we have in store for the 2016-17 academic year. Your time, participation, and financial support will help us continue to fund art and music enrichment, technology, science, teacher and classroom grants, the friendship garden and much, much more! We have created additional opportunities for more parents to get involved, so as a parent and teacher organization we can bring as many services and programs to our kids as possible.
The more involved you are, the more we can provide to the students of Turtleback Elementary School. We look forward to meeting you at the Ice Cream Social this Friday (4:30-7:00 p.m. in the MPR) and Back-to-School night later this month. During these events, we will share more of our plans on how, together, we can transform Turtleback into a 21st century model school.
ELECTRONIC FLYER DELIVERY
Our school utilizes a flyer communication tool called "Peachjar." To view school-approved eflyers, simply click the Peachjar button on the school’s website. This "green" initiative saves our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, posting
school flyers in this electronic backpack removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers.
No action is required on your part. To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add "firstname.lastname@example.org" to your email contacts. When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click "always display images."
This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed about school programs, activities, and events.
PLEASE DONATE YOUR GENTLY USED CHILDREN’S CLOTHING
Our Health Office is in need of extra clothes for students. Please consider donating any clothes your children may have outgrown. We are especially in need of boys’ underwear, shorts and pants in sizes 4-8 as well as girls’ underwear in sizes 4–8. Bring any donations into the office at your convenience. Thank you!
NOON DUTY SUBS NEEDED
Do you have extra time in your day? Do you love kids? And the outdoors? We have the perfect job for you! We are in need of subs for our Noon Duty Supervisory team. Typically you would work two to three hours around lunch time when a sub is needed. Please stop by the office to pick up a flyer that explains the process to get hired as a noon duty sub. Once you complete the process you can sub at other PUSD schools too!
FOOD AND NUTRITION
The price of elementary school lunches has increased to $3.00 per meal and includes milk. Please be sure to maintain a positive balance in your student’s lunch account. You can put money into your student’s account in the school office or set up an account online at myschoolbucks.com. Any student wanting to buy lunch with a zero balance in their lunch account will be sent to the office to call his/her parents.