Terrapin Times e-Bulletin

TERRAPIN TIMES – February 14, 2020
At Turtleback Elementary School, we empower each other to create, communicate, collaborate and think critically in a community where Character Counts!
2/27    Bucketfillers Have a Heart Community Service, 6:30 p.m. (MPR)
3/2       Apex Fun Run Kick Off Assembly, 1:30 p.m. (MPR)
3/3       Foundation Meeting, 6:30 p.m. (High Country West)
3/4       Restaurant Night, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (Wendy’s, 4S)
3/10    5th Grade Pano Pic, 8:30 a.m.
3/11    Apex Fun Run
3/13    Friday Flag – Caring!, 8:20 a.m. (MPR)
3/13    PUSD Board Meeting, 6:00-8:00 p.m., (District Office)
3/15    Deadline for Submission of Yearbook Recognition Ads
3/19    Parent Night with Julie Harris, 6:30 p.m. (Collab)
3/25    Lunch with a Loved One, 11:10 a.m.–12:50 p.m.
  • TK: 11:10-11:25 a.m.
  •  K: 11:10-11:30 a.m.
  • 1st Grade: 11:30-11:50 a.m.
  • 2nd Grade: 11:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
  • 3rd Grade: 12:00-12:20 p.m.
  • 4th Grade: 12:15-12:35 p.m.
  • 5th Grade: 12:30-12:50 p.m.
Hello Terrapins!
This is Mr. Carlin from Turtleback Elementary School.
A huge thank you to Turtleback’s amazing Foundation and volunteers for the Valentine’s Dance!  It was a terrific community event that was enjoyed by many students and families.  Events such as this take many hours of planning and preparing and we are grateful for all of the support. 
This morning we had our first Principal’s Coffee of the year and I appreciate all that attended and provided feedback.  The focus of the Principal’s Coffee is to strengthen our community relations, provide transparency behind practice, and provide resources to support students and families.  Calendar of topics for upcoming coffees coming soon...
In an effort to collect community feedback please complete the short survey below. 
Community Ideation Survey:
Safety Reminder:  Please adhere to all drop off and pick up procedures to help ensure student safety.  Turtleback’s parking lot is a busy place as we welcome over 600 students daily so please walk your children to school whenever possible.  If you are using our drop off circle please make sure students are prepared to exit the vehicle safely and quickly. 
Don’t forget there is no school next week for students.  School will resume on Monday, February 24th. 
Enjoy the break and hug the ones you love!     
The Luckiest Principal in the World,
Adam Carlin
Turtleback Principal 
Number Five: Choose quality over quantity.
I choose quality of life over quantity of things like money and possessions.  I know that success is much more than making money.
-Project Wisdom
“Collaboration is a trusting, working relationship between two or more equal participants involved in shared thinking, shared planning and shared creation of integrated instruction.  Through a shared vision and shared objectives, student learning opportunities are created that integrate subject content and information literacy by co-planning, co-implementing, and co-evaluating students’ progress throughout the instructional process in order to improve student learning in all areas of the curriculum.”  IB  
Thank you to all the families that attended the Annual Turtleback Valentine’s Dance.  A special thank you to Stephani Nyugen for coordinating our luau themed dance this year.
Thank you to all who supported the Spell-a-thon 2020. We’ve raised more than $5,800! The money collected will help fund many important programs in our school like Art Corps, Music, Science, Technology and PE.
Congratulations to Mrs. Grayson’s first grade class as the top pledge earning class.
2020 YEARBOOK NOW ON SALE. $35/copy
Take advantage of the opportunity to recognize your child or a special teacher with a yearbook recognition ad. Ads are $5 each and approximately 2.5” x 1.5”. Special fifth-grade recognition ads are $10 each and approximately 3.25” x 2.5”. You can design your special ad at https://commpe.pictavo.com/PictavoSchool/FindSchool
(Use your existing login or create a new one). School code: 88537. Space is limited and the deadline to submit your recognition ad is March 15.
For more information, visit the Foundation Website at www.turtlebacker.org/yearbook
Thurs., February 27th at 6:30pm in the MPR
Come learn about food insecurity and homelessness from our guest speakers from Feeding San Diego & 15 year old student, Kenan, who started Kids4Community.  Then get your hands busy packaging toiletries and making notes of inspiration for the local homeless.  Questions?  Genni Myles 858-243-1848 or gsmyles@hotmail.com
SIGN UP HERE:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4baca82fa5fe3-bucket
Can you donate any canned goods or toiletries like shampoo, Kleenex, wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc.?  Please drop your contribution to the front office in the designated Bucketfiller Box and/or bring it to the event!
Do you own a company or know of a friend or local business that would like to get some bang for the buck in advertising at Turtleback?  Full page $40 (5.5 x 8.5) or half page $25 (5.5 x 4.25) ads are now on sale for the Variety Show Program.  Help us reach out to connect more businesses to our school.  Over 400 students and their families will see Turtleback’s Got Talent!  Ad form and instructions attached.
Send a special message to a performer in the program.  Purchase your 1-2 line congratulatory message on the Foundation website at www.turtlebacker.org and click music and theater.  Scroll to variety show and enter $10 per message, in add your text in the note section when paying.
The first step to enroll a NEW STUDENT in PUSD Preschool is to complete the “Preschool Registration Request” form (For all classes).  “Registration Request” forms for the 2020-2021 will be accepted starting February 1st, 2020.  The form is available and can be completed online at www.powayusd.com/preschool.  Priority enrollment will be February 1 through February 15, 2020.  A lottery process may be required if the requests for a class exceed openings in the class. Parents will be notified by March 15, 2020 about class placements or wait list status.  Registration Request forms received after February 15th will be processed in the order received.  Children must turn 3 by September 2, 2020 to enroll in preschool. 
PUSD is pleased to offer an Integrated Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Preschool Program for the 2020-2021 school year.  The classrooms are located at Deer Canyon and Pomerado 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.
Program Details:
Monday—Friday, 5 hours per day
Options:  3 day (Mon, Wed, Fri) and 5 day
Cost:  3-day program is $252 per month
           5-day program is $438. There is a one-time non-refundable $50 registration fee.
Currently, there are openings at both locations for Fall of 2020.  If you are interested in having your child attend this program as a peer model, please contact the Special Education Department at 858-521-2759 or kriesenweber@powayusd.com with the following information to place your child on the list to be screened:
Student first name
Student last name
Date of Birth
Parent’s Full first and last name(s)
Contact phone number
Email address
Site preference (Pomerado or Deer Canyon Elementary)
3 or 5 day program
You will be contacted to arrange a screening to determine if your child is a match to be a peer model for the integrated program and to provide you with additional information about the program and enrollment process.
Save the dates for our next Turtleback Parent Education night!
March 19th from 6:30-8:00 p.m., the Turtleback PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) Team will present how the new changes are helping simplify and transform Turtleback into a place that is more safe, kind and responsible.
Mission Fed Representatives are here EVERY Thursday morning before school taking student deposits.
If you currently have a student at Turtleback with an approved IDT, your IDT is approved through 5th grade and you are not required to do anything further to keep your student at Turtleback.  If your child is currently on an Intradistrict Transfer, his/her siblings do not automatically get into Turtleback. You must apply for a separate Transfer for the sibling (i.e. TK, Kindergarten enrollment for 2020-21) and need to be aware of the new policy regarding Intradistrict Transfer requests. 
You must submit a request during the transfer window of February 1 – March 31, 2020, (before enrollment even opens for the 2020-2021 school year). No transfer requests will be accepted outside of this window, and no exceptions will be made. Note: if your student is currently on an Intradistrict Transfer and is moving to the next level (elementary to middle or middle to high school), he/she does not automatically move to the next school with their classmates. You must reapply for an Intradistrict Transfer. Please click the link below for more information and frequently asked questions on transfer requests, as well as upcoming timelines for continuing student registration and new student enrollment. https://powayusd.com/en-US/Departments/Attendance-Discipline/Student-Transfer-Requests/FAQs-for-Residency-Transfers
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 link:
•           If you moved outside the PUSD boundaries, please submit an Interdistrict Transfer Permit. You can find the form 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.
The Caring Connections Center offers several different parenting classes.  Parents are NOW able to enroll and pay online at Poway Adult School for the classes they are interested in attending!  (www.powayadultschool.com)
Nurturing Sexual Intelligence in Our Children – All Grades
Many parents and caregivers struggle to come up with age-appropriate answers to sexually-related questions. Your child needs authentic answers to develop the knowledge and skills required for self-care.  Learn how to welcome your child’s questions and nurture the sexual intelligence they need to navigate healthy relationships throughout life.
Saturday, February 15th Poway Adult School from 9:00am-11:00am
Class fee: $16/individual or $27/couple
Preparing Positively for Puberty – TK-8th Grade 
We can prepare our children for puberty by teaching them what to expect as their bodies transition from childhood to adulthood. Learn how to break down "the big puberty talk" into tiny talks that are more comfortable for both caregivers and children. Participants will review resources such as books and web sites that can simplify the process of starting a tiny talk. Activities that can promote a positive and practical attitude toward this important life stage will be discussed.
   Tuesday, February 25th Abraxas High School from 6:00pm-8:00pm
                   Class fee: $16/individual or $27/couple
Please note, scholarships are available to parents who may be in need. Parent can contact the Caring Connections Center at 858/668-4084 for more information.
Thank you for supporting PUSD Parent Education!
Lunch price is $3.25 per day.  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.  Free and reduced price meals are available for all students that qualify.  New applications must be completed each school year.  Only one application is required per family.  Applications will be sent home in first day packets, but you can apply on line on the PUSD Food and Nutrition website at any time. 
Remember!  Don’t let your child go without a meal!  We encourage you to place $20 in your child’s account as “lunch insurance”. 
ALL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE FOOD AND NUTRITION WEBSITE:                                                      http://www.powayusdnutrition.com
Turtleback Elementary School
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Foundation: http://www.turtlebacker.org

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