The minute you step onto the Torrey Pines campus, you realize that this is not just a place for children, but a place for families ...
Nov. 12, 2020 - Let’s go on the adventure together with fellow TPES students! Try to find the items on the list, and you may become a LUCKY WINNER!
Find your student’s grade-specific list, print a copy or keep it all virtual!
Let the HUNT begin! How many items can you find? How much fun can you have?
How do students win?
1 item on the list = 1 point.
2-in-1 combination = 4 points. For example, if the list said “something with a wet nose” and another item said “something that barks,” you can earn 4 points by finding a dog with a wet nose.
3-in-1 item = 6 points. For example, if the list said “something that is pink,” “something that meows,” and “something with pointy ears,” then you can earn 6 points by finding a cat in a pink tutu!
Check Nov. 12's eTwig to get the link to submit your total number of points (via parent’s assistance) and favorite photos.
One student from TK-1st grade, one student from 2nd-3rd grade, and one student from 4th-5th grade with the most points wins a special prize. Please email Alina Mullen and Jen Fiorentino with any questions.
Click on the links below to access the Scavenger Hunt lists by grades:
TK, K, 1st Grade
2nd and 3rd Grade
4th and 5th Grade
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Nov, 12, 2020 - Dear Families,
Yesterday, Wednesday, November 11, was a federal holiday in the US to pay tribute to the people and soldiers who have served our country in the armed forces.
John F. Kennedy reminds us, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Last week during Breakfast and Books, students and I reflected upon the reality that some children throughout the world do not have the opportunity to go to school.
TPES students shared with me that our country is about opportunity and choices and hope. More than ever, our kids appreciate the fact that they get to go school (pandemic aside) to learn and play each day!
Our military forces help provide and maintain these liberties. Yesterday, I was able to remember and thank my dad, uncles and cousins who have served in the military. I also spent a moment rereading the stories my grandpa told me about WWII. (Thank you to that high school teacher who gave me the assignment of interviewing my grandfather and recording these histories!)
And today, I am recommitting to being of service in the best way I can to the teachers, students and families around me. I am grateful to be a part of TPES, this very special place! Together we create the conditions needed for children to gain the skills and character necessary to continue seeking freedom for all.
I hope you enjoyed the holiday!
Nov. 10, 2020 - Oriste Catering & Events are kindly sponsoring a delicious THANKSGIVING DINNER for 6 GUESTS with a value of OVER $350! Enter the raffle NOW for a chance to win and let's take a break from cooking and washing dishes!
Raffle tickets cost $25 per ticket or $60 for 3 tickets.
Raffle ends Nov. 20 at 3pm and winner will be announced that night via eBlast. Please feel free to share this with your friends and family! There is a choice of morning delivery at 10 am or afternoon at 4 pm. Buy your tickets HERE. Good luck!
Oriste Catering & Events Presents:
Our Thanksgiving Special
Aromatic Juicy Turkey
Creamy Mash Potato
Cranberry Sauce with a hint of heat
Bourbon Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes
Steamed Green Beans
Stuffing with Sausage, Mushrooms, Cranberry & Candied Pecans
Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls & Butter
Pumpkin and/or Pecan Pie
Nov. 4, 2020 - SCAN RECEIPTS with BOX TOPS PRODUCTS within 14 DAYS and SAVE CLIPS for 2ND CLASS CONTEST!
Help TPES earn money by downloading the Box Tops App here. Please scan your receipts WITHIN 14 DAYS of purchase, when you buy participating products with Box Tops for Education. Learn how to submit digitally and earn points towards your class here.
You can also clip and save traditional Box Tops, which will be collected in February, either at Distribution Day, or in onsite classrooms if they resume by then. All of these count to help your class win this school year’s second class contest, ending in February!
CONGRATULATIONS to MR. SERAFIN'S CLASS for WINNING the FIRST CONTEST! Class standings updates will be posted here. The contest prize will be decided by the teacher and their class, and could consist of a virtual party or extra recess!
For any questions on the program, please contact our Box Tops Coordinator, Veda Palmer.
Nov. 4, 2020 - Dear Parents,
Please join us this Fri. Nov 6, 9 - 9.30 am, for our Principal & Foundation Chat. If you have questions or topics you would like addressed, please feel free to send me an email in advance, so I can be best prepared for your time. I am looking forward to chatting with all of you! Zoom meeting information can be found in the today's e-Twig.
This week, our students and teachers are signing their names on the No Place For Hate Promise. Ms. Riney has shared a video with all classes reviewing this special pledge.
No Place For Hate Promise:
Congratulations are in order for all students who participated in our recent Student Council Elections. What amazing speeches!
Whether onsite or online, our students are committed to being the best they can be.
Wishing you a great week!
Oct. 30, 2020 - Congratulations to our Talented Students!
The judging panel had a tough time making final decisions with so many AMAZING drawings and decorated pumpkins! Can you guess who won in each category of our 2020 Pumpkin Decorating Contest?
Check today's eBlast to learn who created these fantastic pumpkins!
Guess How Many Pumpkins in the Wheelbarrow!
And the magic number was 32! Did you come close?
Two students tied at a 30 pumpkin guess. Check today's eBlast to learn who won!
THANK YOU to our Sponsor!
All of today's Halloweeny Distribution Day pumpkins were sponsored by Mr. Jack O' Lanterns Pumpkins!
Special THANKS also to all TPES teachers, staff, and our fantastic volunteers for their support and time with making a fun Halloweeny Distribution Day!
Oct. 19, 2020 - Bonus Match Week!
Two more generous TPES families have offered to match up to $5,000 more to help us reach our goal!
Thank you to the 100 families have donated. Can your family help fund our teachers & programs for next year?
The AGC directly funds for Art, Music, PE, Technology, and more!
Oct. 16, 2020 - Let’s have fun and get creative with a pumpkin decorating contest! Share your student’s pumpkin pictures with the TPES school community by Oct. 24!
If you haven’t received your classroom’s link to upload your photos, please contact your room parent(s) or send an email to Alina Mullen and Jen Fiorentino.
Students can carve (with help from an adult), decorate, draw, or make a jack-o’-lantern using materials from your home. Please be sure to label the picture with your child’s name, date, grade and teacher’s name.
The only rule is that ONLY students can enter the contest - of course parents may help!
The school will vote on the top contenders on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 28 - link to vote will be shared via eBlast. Prizes include candy bars and other treats. We will showcase pictures of the winners on Friday, Oct. 30, at TPES Distribution Day.
Other TPES Distribution Day FUN Fall Activities!
When you come to school to pick up your materials, wear your Halloween costumes, PPE masks, and enjoy taking a socially-distanced picture.
WE NEED HELP TO MAKE THIS A HIT FOR OUR KIDS! Please check today's eBlast to for more information - thank you!
We look forward to another fantastic, fun and safe Distribution Day for our TPES Community!
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Thank you for your continued support of our school as we enter Phase One of our reopening plan. I want to address some questions around Phase One. First, if you are wondering how we are selecting students to participate in Phase One, I want you to know that our decisions are based on teacher recommendations, classroom schedules and staff availability. All teachers have provided me with a list of priority students.
These children may have previously scored below grade level on the spring 2020 progress report, may not have met IEP goals and/or may currently be performing below grade level in one or more subject areas. Another question has come up around volunteering on campus. In addition, the District is not allowing any volunteers onsite during Phase One.
Volunteers are still not allowed to join Zoom sessions except in rare circumstances with permission from the principal. Next, if you are curious in learning more about the use of outdoor spaces, I invite you to join our La Jolla Cluster meeting today, Oct. 15, at 4:15 pm. The District’s COO, Drew Rowlands, will be there to address this question. The link can be found in the 10/14 e-Twig.
Finally, many of you have shared concerns about how we will maintain the high-quality of our online learning program once students fully return to site. I want to assure you that the teachers and I will be very cautious about the need for a continued, rigorous approach to online learning should the District direct schools to fully reopen. This is a priority we all share.
As always, please reach out to me at any time.
Oct. 14, 2020 - Would your child love to be surprised on their birthday with a special Happy Birthday announcement just for them?!
Give your child the gift of a personalized electronic billboard HAPPY BIRTHDAY message for only $39.
All messages will be in the format of "Happy Birthday, [your child's name]!"
Click here to get your personalized message!
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