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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.
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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.
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!
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.
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
canned fruits, veggies, and beans
mac & cheese
Unable to accept:
homemade food products
Nov. 30, 2020 - Don't forget to submit your points to enter the TPESF Scavenger Hunt!
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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This week I would like to introduce you to our new Elementary School Assistant, Kimberly Hines. We are appreciative of Maureen Olsker’s support as our long-term ESA substitute. Maureen’s last day at TPES will be Friday, November 20, and Kimberly’s first day at TPES will be Monday, November 30.
Kimberly comes to us with many years of experience in the San Diego Unified School District. She is calm, organized, kind and very excited to join our Torrey Pines community! Our office team will now be as follows:
Kimberly Hines: Elementary School Assistant
Jill Pallulat: Attendance Assistant
Anna Czajkowski: School Clerk
Please feel free to reach out to us at any time. We are here to help!
On another note, families of students with IEPs, please mark your calendars for Thursday, December 10, from 4 - 5 pm for a special education parent meeting. I will provide the link for registering for this event in upcoming communication.
And finally, remember that our next Distribution Day is Friday, December 11.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We are grateful for your continued support of learning at TPES!
Progress Reports (Report Cards) on Parent Portal
Please ensure you have logged onto the Parent Portal in PowerSchool to access your child’s report card. Except for grades TK and K, paper copies of the report cards will not be provided. If you have any questions, please email Maureen Olsker, school ESA. Please note, Mrs. Olsker’s last day as a substitute at our school site is November 20.
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?
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!
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