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Feb. 25, 2021 - Click your heels together and SAVE THE DATE!
TPESF VIRTUAL GALA, There's No Place Like Home
TPESF is excited to announce the 2021 Virtual Gala, There's No Place Like Home, on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
We hope you will join us for a wonderful Wizard of Oz celebration! It will be a fun night with a silent auction, live auction, and virtual entertainment. More details to follow!
The TPESF Gala is one of our largest annual fundraisers, and we are asking for YOUR HELP to make this year EXTRA SPECIAL. In these challenging times, local businesses are not able to help as much as they have in the past with silent auction donations so we looking for creative ways to help raise as much money to support TPES!
Please email the Gala Chair if you are able to help. We look forward to hearing from you!
Feb. 23, 2012 - Dear Families, it's time to enter in the 2nd Box Tops Competition for the school year - deadline is Feb. 28! You can bring UNEXPIRED traditional Box Tops for Education from participating products to Distribution Day (Feb 24), to help your class win the 2nd contest of this school year! We will have a collection container at each teacher's tent.
Turn in Box Tops expiring 3/1/21 so TPESF 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, etc. Thank you!
Feb. 10, 2021 - The annual Torrey Pines Elementary School Foundation VARIETY SHOW 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 a fantastic 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!
To participate check out the Variety Show's webpage for how to participate - submissions are due by April 7.
For questions, please email our Variety Show team here.
Feb. 4, 2021 - This Friday, Feb. 5, 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!
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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.
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!
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!
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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.
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 TPES. Join Principal Nona Richard and TPES Foundation board members for an open discussion via Zoom. We look forward to seeing you there!
Check out the e-Twig from 01/07 for Zoom info on how to join.
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:
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 Chair, Kelli Griffis.
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