Torrey Pines Elementary School Foundation

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  • February 04, 2021 6:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    February 4, 2021 - Dear Families,

    We would love to see everyone this coming Friday, February 5, for our Principal-Foundation Chat (see this week's e-Twig & e-Blast for Zoom info). If there are specific topics you would like addressed, feel free to email me.

    Also, if you haven’t yet completed this survey, we would appreciate your help. The School Site Council is planning for next year’s school year, and your input helps us make budgetary decisions. Thank you to everyone who has already completed this survey.

    One question that continues to come up is how TPES is performing in Phase One learning. We have been conducting onsite learning since October, and we are continually refining our practices to ensure all students are safe and supported during Phase One. We recently received additional funding from our District Office to secure visiting teachers to work onsite, and we are now allowed to offer staff members pay for tutoring time outside of their contracted work day. I am hopeful that these resources will foster additional Phase One learning opportunities at Torrey Pines.

    Thank you again for your support of our school. I am confident we will continue to work together to further student progress during the pandemic.


    Ms. Richard

  • January 30, 2021 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jan. 30, 2021 - TOMORROW is the end of our Week 4 Jog-A-Thon class competitions and the start of the final week of the Jog-A-Thon!

    Get those pledges in by Sunday the 31-- and get ready to run, walk, jog, bike, skate or scooter YOUR WAY, anytime and anywhere, between now and February 7! You can still pledge your student until Feb. 7!

    Wear your Jog-A-Thon t-shirt, warm up with Coach Sergio, and share photos to our photo album! See this week's e-Blast/e-Twigs for more information.

    Your pledges help fund next year's TPESF programs like Art, Music, Coding, and more!

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  • January 22, 2021 7:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jan. 22, 2021 - Dear TPES families,

    We are looking forward to a safe and efficient Distribution Day next Wednesday, January 27. Please note Grade 2 is not participating in the upcoming Distribution Day. 

    For the safety of our community, please refrain from chatting with your child’s teacher on January 27. We ask that you quickly pop your trunk so we can place materials inside and procedures moving quickly.

    For those families wishing to make ONE trip to school, please come at your oldest student’s grade level time. After dropping by the tent staffed by the oldest child’s teacher, please drive to the last tent. This will have a sign indicating Younger Grade Distribution. After providing the name and teacher of your younger student(s), staff will distribute the materials.  

    Thank you for your support!

    Ms. Richard

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  • January 08, 2021 7:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Jan. 8, 2021 - Dear TPES Community,

    I hope you are having a great first week back after the winter holiday. Teachers and students have wasted no time continuing the important work of teaching and learning.

    On Tuesday, January 5, our Area Superintendent, Mitzi Merino, and I visited seven different classrooms to observe instruction and engagement. In each classroom, teachers were encouraging and inviting, and students were focused, lively and engaged in discussion.

    In one second-grade classroom, for example, during a conversation about civics and government, students shared examples of freedom, including: “Nobody can control us.”

    “You can choose how you act when you make a decision. You can show your emotions.” 

    “You can believe your religion.”

    “Women can be in the army and do other things, too.” 

    “We have the right to vote.”

    “People used to be separated and segregated. Now they can go places together.” 

    One of the most refreshing parts of being a principal is always having close access to students’ voices and enthusiasm.

    Great instruction is happening in our new rotations, too! This week we launched our Coding With Kids technology classes for all students in grades 2-5, and our TK, K and grade 1 students are beginning Spanish with Senora Snider. Please make sure you have the new Zoom link from your child’s teacher. We are addressing any kinks that may arise this week and welcome your feedback to improve students’ experiences. 

    I want to invite you to our January Principal & Foundation Chat this Friday, Jan. 8, from 9 - 9.30 am via Zoom. Please feel free to send me any questions or topics you would like addressed, so I can be best prepared for your time. 

    Lastly, if you haven’t checked out Breakfast & Books with Ms. Richard in awhile, it is worth revisiting! During the month of January, the stories I read to students will center on identity, including the commonalities and differences that exist between ourselves and others. On Thursday, Jan. 14, from 8 - 8.30 am for grades 3 - 5 and Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 8 - 8.30 am for grades K-2, we will have a Diversity Club 4-U Squad Focus. Mrs. Riney, along with students from our Ally Action Club, will be leading a very special, interactive session for all students in attendance. The details can be found in this week's e-Twig. 

    As always, I appreciate your support and commitment during these unique times. Education is a shared enterprise, and success is always the result of combined efforts. Thank you for continuing to help make TPES the place we know and love.

    Ms. Richard

  • January 07, 2021 6:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jan. 8, 2021 - Happy New Year and welcome back!

    This Friday, Jan. 8, 9 - 9.30 am, parents and caregivers are invited to learn more about what's happening at TPESJoin Principal Nona Richard and TPES Foundation board members for an open discussion via ZoomWe look forward to seeing you there!

    Check out the e-Twig from 01/07 for Zoom info on how to join. 

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  • December 19, 2020 9:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 19, 2020 - The Jog-A-Thon is coming up soon, and like so many events this year, it’s going virtual!

    This year we are kicking it off with a contest, asking our students to get CREATIVE and DESIGN A JOG-A-THON T-SHIRT

    Submit your design here by January 3 (i.e. the last day of winter break). The winner will be selected by a panel of judges the first week of January 2021.

    Your design should: 

    • Include the words “TPESF” and “Jog-A-Thon” somewhere in the design
    • Express the idea of jogging in a positive way
    • Be one color only (feel free to suggest the color!)
    • Be the work of a TPES student 

    Click here to submit a PDF or JPEG of your design no later than SUNDAY, JANUARY 3.

    Please be sure to include your child’s name, grade, and teacher’s name. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    All students can earn a FREE Jog-A-Thon shirt just by fundraising $50 to help pay for our school programs. Shirts will also be available for purchase.

    Stay tuned for full details on how to set up your student's personal Jog-A-Thon fundraising page and how to participate in January!

    For questions or more information, please email our Jog-A-Thon ChairKelli Griffis.

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  • December 15, 2020 6:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 15, 2020 - Lucky you! The raffle is extended to Friday, Dec. 18!  Your chances are looking good, so don’t miss out on a chance to win a curated seaside movie night or a bundle of gift cards for our favorite local shops!  Let’s support our local shops while supporting TPES!

    Buy your Holiday Raffle - Seaside Cinema here!

    Buy your Holiday Raffle - Support Local here!

  • December 03, 2020 5:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 3, 2020 - Enter the raffle to win movies on the beach or gift cards!

    Looking for a special way to celebrate an occasion? How about a personal movie night on the beach? Enter here for a chance to win a Seaside Cinema Classic Cinema setup for up to 5 guests!

    How about a gift card bundle? Buy your raffle tickets for a chance to win a bundle of gift cards from local businesses and TPESF corporate sponsors!  Get your Support Local Business raffle tickets here

    Contact TPESF Co-VPs of Fundraising for any questions.

  • December 03, 2020 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 3, 2020 -  Torrey Pines Elementary School Foundation is working with the San Diego Food Bank to fight hunger from Dec. 7 - 18, 2020! It’s virtual this year! Click here to explore the fun interactive website designed specifically for TPES families. You can donate specific items of food and money. 

    You can also drop-off physical food items at the next TPES Distribution Day on Dec.11. We will have San Diego Food Bank bins at the school to collect your generous donations!

    Most needed food items include:

    • canned meats and tuna

    • peanut butter

    • canned soup

    • canned fruits, veggies, and beans

    • spaghetti

    • cereal

    • mac & cheese

    Unable to accept:

    • glass jars

    • homemade food products

    Click here to see a complete list of most needed items. For any questions on the program please contact our Food Drive Chair.

  • November 30, 2020 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nov. 30, 2020 -  Don't forget to submit your points to enter the TPESF Scavenger Hunt!

    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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Torrey Pines Elementary School Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 8350 Cliffridge Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 

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