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  • May 25, 2021 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 25, 2021 - It's time to enter in the 3rd Box Tops Competition for the school year!

    Please bring UNEXPIRED traditional Box Tops for Education from participating products in an envelope or bag sealed with your teacher's name, to the TPES office by May 27, to help your class win the 3rd contest of this school year. Be sure to ask your friends and family too!

    Turn in Box Tops expiring 6/1/21 so TPES can redeem them in time! 

    Also SCAN YOUR RECEIPTS in the Box Tops App WITHIN 14 DAYS of purchase, to EARN DOUBLE for traditional Box Tops, and to submit digital Box Tops. To count for your class, tap "CREDIT" at the bottom of the screen when scanning your receipt, and enter your teacher's last name. Class standings will be posted on TPESF Box Tops web page

    The contest prize is to be decided by the teacher/class and could be a virtual party, extra recess, or watching a movie!

  • May 06, 2021 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 6, 2021 - This Friday, May 7, 9 - 9.30 am, parents are invited to learn more about what's happening at TPES.

    Join Principal Nona Richard and TPES Foundation board members for an open discussion via Zoom (details are found in this week's e-Twig). 

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Flyer Designed by Cristina Epenesa  

  • May 02, 2021 8:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    May 2, 2021 - It's Teacher Appreciation Week May 3 - 7, so let's show our love and appreciation to our fantastic teachers at TPES

    Here are some lovely ideas to show your teacher how much you care about him/her! 

    • Monday, May 3: Write your teacher a note telling him/her what you like most about your class and what you have learned about this year.
    • Tuesday, May 4: Bring your teacher flowers or succulents.
    • Wednesday, May 5: Bring your teacher his/her favorite snack.
    • Thursday, May 6: Wear your teacher’s favorite color.
  • May 02, 2021 7:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    May 2, 2021 - Thank you for joining us yesterday and for helping fund our school's programs! It was a memorable night and a testimony to our community's resilience and generosity!

    Thank you to the Gala team who worked long hours to deliver a fabulous event! A special thank you to our many Teacher & Staff Ticket Sponsors!

    We're grateful for our Donors, Volunteers, Teachers, Staff, Students, Families, Alumni, Friends & TPESF Corporate Sponsors - Astuno LawBeginner’s Mind, Irene McCann - Coastal San Diego Real Estate, and Torrey Pines Dermatology. It takes a village!

    For information on your Gala items distribution, please check tonight's e-Blast.

    Flyer Designed by Cristina Epenesa  

  • April 29, 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    April 29, 2021 - Virtual Gala this Saturday at 7pm!

    This Saturday evening at 7 pm, please join us for a spectacular event with live entertainment, including our first-ever Kids' Gala. The grown-ups' version begins at 7:30 pm. Register (at no cost) for a chance to bid and win fantastic Live Auction items. Look at that gorgeous collage our wonderful art teacher put together featuring our students' artwork! This will be one of the auction items!

    Our amazing Student Council is spreading the word. Students can post pictures of their Wizard of Oz-themed creativity (art, dress up, coding, etc.) for a chance to win a Raffle Prize during the Kids’ Munchkinland Gala at 7 pm! Check out this week's e-Twig for instructions on how to post on the padlet. Deadline to post on padlet is Friday, 9 pm.

    Be sure to get the family together to be entertained by special guests, student performances, student raffle, and more!

    Registration info, full program, auction items, and Buy-In party info can all be found in this week's e-Twig so make sure to check it out!

  • April 22, 2021 1:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    April 22, 2021 - The DEADLINE to get your VIDEOS IN is APRIL 30!

    SHOW OFF your TALENT at the annual Torrey Pines Elementary School Foundation VARIETY SHOW! It is the DAZZLING highlight of the year where students get to showcase their talent and let their light shine bright on the big stage! It is guaranteed to be a NIGHT TO REMEMBER!

    Last year, TPESF pulled off afantastic VIRTUAL VARIETY SHOW and we are excited to be offering it again this SPRING! Date to follow very soon! 

    Our TPES students know how to get their GROOVE ON so TPESF wants to celebrate with a theme to match their amazing talent. The theme for this year’s VIRTUAL VARIETY SHOW is BETTER WHEN I’M DANCING! So, warm up your vocal chords, put on your dancing shoes, rehearse a skit, recite poetry, show us some magic, flip some cartwheels or bring whatever you have to this year’s show! We cannot wait to see your TALENT

    Please UPLOAD your student's video BY APRIL 30! Check out this week's e-Twig for instructions on how to upload!

    For questions, please email our Variety Show team here.

    Flyer Designed by Cristina Epenesa  

  • April 08, 2021 10:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    April 9, 2021 - This Friday, April 9, 9 - 9.30 am, parents are invited to learn more about what's happening at TPES. 

    Join Principal Nona Richard and TPES Foundation board members for an open discussion via Zoom (details are found in this week's e-Twig). 

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Flyer Designed by Cristina Epenesa  

  • April 06, 2021 10:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    April 6, 2021 - Click your heels three times and repeat after me...

    There’s No Place Like Home For the Gala!


    Click your heels three times and join us over the rainbow for a FREE live online streaming event on May 1 at 7pm!

    Boost your party experience with an Emerald City VIP Party Box ($55), dinner, cocktails, and more - from the comfort of your home! Get swept away with live music, special guest performances, a live auction, and a silent auction!

    Let's throw on those ruby slippers and celebrate with our families while supporting TPES Foundation so we can continue to provide educational and enrichment programs such as ART, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, SPANISH, PERFORMING ARTS, TECHNOLOGY and more!

    Check out tonight's e-Blast for details on how to RSVP and stay tuned this week for details about how to purchase meal and drink tickets, including an Emerald City VIP Party Box before supplies run out!

    Flyer Designed by Cristina Epenesa  

  • March 22, 2021 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 22, 2021 - Dear Torrey Pines Families,

    Thank you for your continued support as we prepare for our reopening on April 12. I will be sharing written information and clarification as it becomes available. For now, I am offering several sessions of Reopening Office Hours in the upcoming week. Please know I will make all slides and recordings available to our community so all families have access to the information. 

    Below are dates and times for TPES Reopening Office Hours via Zoom (details are in the 03/17 e-Twig):

    Friday, March. 19, 11 - 11:40 am

    Tuesday, March. 23, 2 - 2:40 pm

    Wednesday, March. 24, 8 - 8:40 am

    Thursday, March. 25, 4 - 4:40 pm

    Here are the District’s Safety Protocols for Phase Two. I look forward to seeing you soon!


    Ms. Richard

  • March 12, 2021 11:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 12, 2020 - Dear Torrey Pines Families,

    Thank you to those parents who reached out recently regarding the District Survey you received this past weekend. I understand families need more information about the options before making a decision about children's return to campus.

    Please know that the District plans to send a second survey with more clear information about your choices before your family is asked to make a commitment to your preferred learning option.

    It was wonderful to see so many students, parents and teachers at this month's Student in the Spotlight assemblies. It is a real delight to celebrate so many examples of excellence in both students’ academic achievement and character development. 

    One of the gifts of my position as a site administrator is being able to see the fruition of staff and family efforts in the words, actions and performance of the children we serve. On TuesdayMarch9, I was able to share this incredible teaching and learning with our Area Superintendent, Mitzi Merino, during her third Instructional Visit of the school year.

    During these visits, the Superintendent and I visit a series of classrooms in a consecutive fashion, each for a short period of time such as 5 - 7 minutes. By focusing intently on what one or two students are doing in each of the classrooms, we can generate larger patterns and trends of student behavior across the campus. 

    Here is what Superintendent Merino and I found:

    • TPES teachers consistently hold high expectations for all students; the level of cognitive engagement is noteworthy across multiple classrooms. Academic language flourishes in conversations. Opportunities to connect current learning with existing schema abound.

    • The instruction students are engaged in is meaningful and relevant. Small groups and conferring sessions match students’ needs.

    • Students feel comfortable asking and answering questions because our teachers create safe and warm conditions for children to take risks.

    • Staff are intentional about engaging students who may be new to learning English or who may need additional learning support and tools to participate with their peers.

    • Classroom teachers, paraeducators, other service providers, education specialists, resource teachers and on-site teachers regularly collaborate outside of the live instructional time to create the best live student experience possible. 

    While I know online learning is not ideal, the professionalism exhibited by our team of teachers was praised widely by our Area Superintendent. As we move into Phase Two, it will be important to continue to deliver rigorous instruction regardless of setting.  

    Sometimes we are so consumed with the daily “ins” and “outs” of the really hard work that we miss out on some very stellar results of our efforts. Student in the Spotlight assemblies, along with Instructional Visits, remind us that there is so much good going on here at TPES!

    Have a super evening!


    Ms. Richard

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