Turtle Tracks

An e-newsletter from Turtle Lake Elementary School

February 11, 2022

Next Week:

Monday, February 14

NO 5th Grade Violin rehearsal

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. Winter/Spring Spanish - Rooms 116 & 404

Tuesday, February 15

Last day to bring in books for Read-A-Thon book swap

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. COMBINED 5th Grade violin/viola/cello/bass rehearsal in gym

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Turtle Lake Climbing Club

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Basketball (Shoreview Park & Rec)

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. PTA Meeting in TL library

Wednesday, February 16

Read-A-Thon Book Swap throughout day

Read-A-Thon PTA fundraiser begins - look for info flyer coming home

NO 4th Grade Violin rehearsal today

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. COMBINED Band rehearsal (Thursday and Friday groups) in gym

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Elementary Chess Club

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Monsters, Creatures & Creeps Art Class

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Junior STEM Club 1

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. East Side Band Festival @ Mounds View High School

Thursday, February 17

NO Band rehearsal - Thursday group

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. COMBINED 4th Grade violin/viola/cello rehearsal in gym

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Soccer (Shoreview Park and Rec)

7:00 p.m. Eastside Orchestra Festival Concert @ Bethel University

Friday, February 18

NO 4th/5th Grade Beginning Orchestra (Fall Start)

NO Band rehearsal - Friday Group

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Attention 4th Grade Families - Time for Band!

Is your 4th grader interested in joining the band program in 5th grade? If so, click HERE for information from our band director, Brenda Sorem. Registration for Summer Band begins in April.

Attention 3rd Grade Families - Time for Orchestra!

Is your third grader interested in joining the Orchestra program in fourth grade? If so, please click HERE for information from TL Orchestra Director Emily Anderson on registration, display night and the Summer Orchestra program.

Attention 5th Grade Families

If you were not able to attend (or wanted a virtual option for) the Middle School Information Night, please click here to view what you missed. As always, if you have questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student's Chippewa dean by calling 651-621-6400.

Just a reminder that your Chippewa Middle School elective course selection is due today, Friday, February 11th. If you have not had a chance to complete it, please click here and do so today. Thank you for your help!

Read-A-Thon Book Swap

To start off our Read-A-Thon school fundraiser, families are invited to send in 1 (or more) books with their students for a classroom book swap. All students are invited to participate and will have the opportunity to bring home a book . What a great time to clean out those bookshelves! Please send books in by Tuesday Feb 15th. The book swap will be starting on the 16th. Information about the Read-A-Thon school fundraiser will also come home at that time, or you can visit getmovinfundhub.com School Identifier: 618c323ab194a. Contact turtlelakepta@gmail.com with questions.

PTA Meeting on Tuesday

Join us for our February PTA meeting! We will go over financials, vote on two special funding requests and hear site updates.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 15th

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Location: Turtle Lake Library

Kids Heart Challenge A Success!

A heartfelt thank you to all who participated in the Kids Heart Challenge. During the Challenge, participants from Turtle Lake learned about what they could do to keep their hearts healthy and how they can help kids with special hearts. Together we raised over $13,000 for the American Heart Association, making this year the most successful Kids Heart Challenge to date. Congratulations!

Upcoming Community Education Classes and Activities

Mounds View Schools Community Education offers a variety of opportunities for youth, families and adults to pursue interests, expand abilities and improve social skills in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Programming is offered before school, after school, non-school days and weekends. Click here to see all Community Education offerings!

Programs starting soon at Turtle Lake:

Non-school day field trips and activities:

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Upcoming Vaccine Clinic

The District is partnering with Primary Health to host a vaccine clinic at Pike Lake Education Center on Saturday, Feb. 12. All District families are invited to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine or booster appointment for themselves or their child. Appointments will be available from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Click here to schedule an appointment. The vaccine is optional and offered at no cost for all families.

Additional information:

  • Pfizer adult and child vaccines, as well as Pfizer boosters, will be offered at this clinic.

  • Appointments for the second dose, if applicable, will take place Saturday, March 5, from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Pike Lake. You will make an appointment for your second dose when you register for your first dose.

  • A limited number of walk-in appointments will be available based on the amount of confirmed appointments and staffing at the site. We strongly recommend making an appointment at the link above.

Early Childhood Screening

All 3 to 5 year old children in Minnesota are required to complete early childhood screening. The screening includes a hearing and vision check, a speech and developmental screening, and a health and immunization screening. Scan this QR Code or click on this link to schedule your appointment.

New Benefit May Help Families Buy Food

A new federal benefit is helping eligible families purchase food if their children are out of school due to COVID-19. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) offers qualifying families a per-child benefit of $7.10 for each missed day when COVID-19 keeps their children home from school. Learn more about the P-EBT program here.

Eligible families must be receiving Educational Benefits. If you think you might qualify for this program, learn more and apply here. Contact Nutrition Services with questions at nutritionservices@moundsviewschools.org or 651-621-6022.

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Thoughtful Thursdays

A message from the PTA: Don't forget to sign up for Thoughtful Thursdays to show our teachers our appreciation! Food and drinks can be dropped off Wednesdays and first thing Thursday mornings. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4ea9a82babf85-thoughtful

Student Work During Quarantine and/or Isolation Periods

Moving forward, in consideration of the new quarantine and isolation guidelines, Turtle Lake will complete work with students upon their return to school if the absence is five school days or less. If the required quarantine or isolation period is greater than 5 school days, your student's teacher will work with you to provide appropriate school work, if desired.
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Monday, February 21 - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 22

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Turtle Lake Climbing Club *last session*

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Basketball (Shoreview Park & Rec)

Wednesday, February 23

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Elementary Chess Club

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Monsters, Creatures & Creeps Art Class

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Junior STEM Club 1

Thursday, February 24

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. Band Rehearsal - Thursday Group

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. COMBINED 4th Grade Violin/Viola/Cello Rehearsal in gym

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Soccer (Shoreview Park and Rec)

Friday, February 25

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. 4th/5th Grade Beginning Orchestra (Fall Start) today

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. Band Rehearsal - Friday Group

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