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  • October 30, 2020 10:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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?

    • Most Adorable
    • Best Traditional
    • Most Original Design
    • Most Friendly Face
    • Silliest Face
    • Scariest Face
    • Best Use of Recycled Materials

    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!

  • October 19, 2020 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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!


  • October 16, 2020 9:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.


    • Most Adorable
    • Best Traditional
    • Most Original Design
    • Most Friendly Face
    • Silliest Face
    • Scariest Face
    • Best Use of Recycled Materials

    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!

    Flyer Designed by Cristina Epenesa  

  • October 15, 2020 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Oct. 15, 2020 - Dear Torrey Pines Families,

    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.

    In partnership,

    Nona Richard

  • October 14, 2020 10:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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! 

    Flyer Designed by Cristina Epenesa  

  • October 08, 2020 7:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oct. 8, 2020 - Dear Torrey Pines Families,

    I hope you are enjoying the week!

    Federal Impact Aid Survey

    The 2020-2021 Federal Impact Aid Survey completion window opens today, Oct. 7, 2020. This school year the survey will be distributed via the United States Postal Service along with a postage paid envelope for you to return the survey directly to the Impact Aid Office at the District.

    Each year the District earns a significant amount of income which can be used for any general fund purpose such as instructional materials, salaries, transportation, technology, or capital needs.

    We thank you for your continued effort and support. The survey will be mailed out to your residence on Oct. 7. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you complete, sign and date the document. Please return the survey back in the postage paid envelope as soon as possible.

    If you have any questions, please send an email tJill Pallulat.

    Phase One Reopening Plans

    I am continuing to meet with teachers to identify students who have the greatest need for support during this time of online learning. During phase one learning, teachers, service providers and paraeducators must participate voluntarily in working with children on campus. We are fortunate to have support staff who are able and willing to meet with students onsite. I will be coordinating appointment-based learning with these professionals throughout the coming weeks.

    Thank you for your support of our school! 


    Ms. Richard

  • October 06, 2020 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oct. 6, 2020 - It's Match Week!

    This week your donation is doubled thanks to the generosity of TPES families.

    The AGC is the biggest fundraiser to support teachers and programs for next year, like Art, Music, and PE!

    Any donation is appreciated and amounts are confidential.

    Flyer Designed by Cristina Epenesa  

  • October 03, 2020 6:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oct. 3, 2020 - While the school year is different from before, some after school programs and other community resources continue to offer stimulating activities for our children! Here are some examples:

    Fun Games and Introduction to Sports by Coach Sergio

    * Starts this Monday, Oct. 5! *

    This program will run from Mondays to Fridays, from 3:15 pm to 6 pm. Max. 10 kids. Masks required. Choose one day a week, two or three days, or a full week. Price: $30/day/kid (3:15-6pm) or $20/day/kid (90 minutes at any time between 3:15-6pm). Payment by check, cash, or Venmo. 

    Location: Meet outside TPES. The program will be held by the baseball field at Cliffridge Park.

    For more information, please send an email to Coach Sergio or call 858-735-1532.

    Sing & Speak Spanish

    At Sing and Speak Spanish, kids can join online classes and get involved in an activity-rich program of games, puppets, songs, and gestures, that emphasizes the fun in language learning! To learn more about how their program works watch this video and for online schedule and to register click here. To get a coupon code, please check the last eTwig.

    Kids Body Connection

    Join Kids Body Connection on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, from 12.30 - 1 pm, via Zoom. Click here to learn more about the program. For Zoom link details, please check the last eTwig. For more information, please contact Juju Rodrigues.

    Young Actors Workshop La Jolla

    To learn about their programs, click here or send an email to Deirdre Andrews.

    Dan McKinney YMCA

    The Y also has several programs available. Please click here for more information.

    San Diego Public Library

    SDPL has virtual programming for all ages on their Facebook Group. The library wants to connect with you and your family! If you want to learn more, please email Dana Sanchezyour Youth Services Librarian, or call 858-552-1657.


    Please note these are not TPES Foundation-sponsored programs, and they may have joining fees. Also, please remember to follow the CDC guidelines, and the State and County orders to stay safe and prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19. Individuals assume all risks of their activities, and the TPESF does not assume any responsibility for their health and safety.

  • October 01, 2020 10:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oct. 1, 2020 - This Friday, Oct. 2, 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. We look forward to seeing you there! 

    Zoom link available here.

    Flyer Designed by Cristina Epenesa  

  • October 01, 2020 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sept. 30, 2020 - Dear Torrey Pines Families,

    Thank you for the incredible birthday wishes and attention! Your thoughtfulness and generosity were touching, and the Distribution Day birthday memories will have a special place in my heart for a long time to come. Please save the date for our next Distribution Day, Oct. 30.

    Over the next few weeks, the teachers and I will be meeting to discuss our plans for Phase 1 instruction. We will share information related to what this looks like at our school as soon as it is available.

    We still need one more parent to serve on our School Site Council (SSC).The SSC is a group of 10 stakeholders who are responsible for monitoring student progress at Torrey Pines. The SSC uses student data to make recommendations for structural and budgetary decisions on campus. It is important to have all five parent representatives in this group so your voice can be heard. This would be one place where parents could communicate their needs during the Phase 1 plan.

    In addition, we are in need of a parent who would be willing to attend the District’s English Learner Advisory Council (DELAC) once a month (via Zoom) and report back to the SSC. The next DELAC meeting is tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5.30 pm. If you are willing to represent TPES at this meeting, or if you would just like more information, please reach out to me here.

    As always, we appreciate your support of student learning during these unique times. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


    Ms. Richard

A special thank you to our sponsors!

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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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