The Triton Tribune

Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices

Volume 2 ~ Issue 18~ November 30, 2020

Wonderful Triton Staff,


Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break. I hope that you enjoyed a safe and unforgettable time with your family. As we approach the end of the semester, I want to remind all of us that we can and will finish strong. It is more important than ever that we continue to encourage our students. If their grades are in good standing, spur them continue doing what they are doing to get the good grades. If their grades are in need of help, please remind them to use all available support that are provided for them. Regardless of their academic situation, Some of them might feel that it is hopeless and will give; however, this is the time for them to exercise their muscles of perseverance even though the outcome might be bleak. The reward of hard work will pay off in the end even when they don't see it immediately. You can be that difference maker in the next three weeks.


Upcoming Event: Socks and Gift Card Collection for the Homeless Community

Last year and for the first time ever, ELM instituted the Triton Motivational Send-Off where we ended the semester with learning time with a motivational speaker, playing time with each other and giving time to others. Our giving activity benefitted our military community as students created Christmas Military Packages to be given to the USO. In the end, students created 1500 packages that USO estimated to be around a$15,000 donation. Our Triton Community came through during the holiday season. While this year, we will not be able to host the Triton Motivation Send-Off, we would like to focus on the giving aspect of the Send-Off. This year, our focus will be on the Homeless Community in San Diego. We are submitting a proposal to the district to host a donation drive by for new socks and gift cards. These donations will go to organizations who provided support to the growing homeless population in Chula Vista and San Diego County as well as our homeless students in the district. It is even more important this year to show our gratitude by giving to others who are in need of our kindness. We are working out the details of this event and we will share with you the information on this significant gesture to our homeless community. Our goal is for every student to give something to our cause. Please discuss as a family why this is so important.


Eastlake Educational Foundation Fundraising Campaign

This past Friday, EEF launched its fundraising campaign. This campaign raises funds to support the technological needs of ELM as well as other schools in the area. As distance learning continues, our technological needs will increase. I am inviting you to join me in supporting this year's campaign. Click on this link to learn about the Come Together Community Campaign. There are different levels of sponsorships. Each donation, no matter how big or small, counts and WILL make a difference. You may also donate by texting to 619. 333.5548 and text the code: elmiddle. This will ensure that 100% of your donation will go directly to ELM. The donation window is from November 19 - December 31. We can do this!


Final Exam Week during December 14 - 18, 2020

Please note that there is a special bell schedule in the last week to accommodate final exams. On Monday - Wednesday, students will attend two classes each day to take the final exam. The school day will end at 1:40pm for these three days. On Thursday and Friday, the days will end at 1:20pm.


All In-Person Supports Paused for the week of November 30 - December 6

In order to mitigate the potential exposure to COVID during the Thanksgiving Break, the district has paused all in-person support (during the day, after school, sports conditioning, and counseling) during the week of November 30 - December 4. All other virtual tutoring will still be available. All staff who come to campus must undergo a mandated COVID test on either November 30 or December 1. In-person supports will return the week of December 7 - 11.


COVID-19 Resources

Here are some resource for you and your family in the event that you need it.


  1. COVID Testing Information
  2. Home Quarantining Guidelines
  3. Free San Diego County COVID-19 Testing


Fun and Games Club with Ms. Murchison Starts Tomorrow After School

Ms. Murchison will host her first Fun and Games Club event tomorrow, November 30 after school at 2:30pm. If you want to add a little fun in your day, please join her.


Coming in the next two weeks! Yearbook Photo Digital Upload via Jostens App

In the upcoming days, Jostens will release its app to be able to take pictures that will serve as the picture for this year's picture. We are excited to be working directly with Jostens to make this happen for students so that their yearbook will be complete. Once it is released, the Yearbook class will send information about uploading yearbook pictures for 2020-2021. This is for both staff and students.


November 30 is the Last Day to Purchase ELM Spirit Gear

Tritons! The online spirit gear store at Next Day Printed Tees is open for one final time this semester. Orders can be placed on bit.ly/ELMspiritgear until November 30th. Expected completion date of items is December 15th (the week before Winter Break). Paid shipping or free customer pickup at NDPT available.


Meal Distribution is Cancelled This Week

We apologize for the inconvenience but the district has canceled all meal distributions this week.


Don't forget the following meetings this week and next week.


  • Thursday, December 3, 2020: Voluntary Staff RP Circle @ 2:30pm
  • Friday, December 4, 2020: All Staff Meeting @ 2:00pm
  • Tuesday, 8, 2020: Faculty Advisory Committee Meeting



Below are slides and video information that are pertinent to the week. They appear in this order:


1. Eastlake Educational Community Fundraising Campaign

2. Final Exam Week Schedule

3. Available Academic Support

4. ELM Artist of the Week

5. November / December Triton Trait of Gratitude

6. Triton Trait Nomination: Growth Mindset and Gratitude

7. Yearbook Submission Request: Thanksgiving Activities

8. ELM Turkey Trot 2020 in Review

9. ASB Activities This Week

~Pajama Day on December 2 & Lunch Activity: Price is Right

~Eastlake Middle School Gear - Round 2

~Purple Pride Club

10. Attendance Clearance Form

11. Genius Bar Teachers Support Form

12. ELM Parent Restorative Practices Request Form

13. ELM Technology Support Line


Finally, here is the link to the parent newsletter.


Let's have a wonderful week!


Mrs. Finley

Eastlake Educational Community Fundraising Campaign

Please join me and other Eastlake schools principals and raise funds technology needs for our schools. The donation window is from November 19 - December 31. We got this Triton Families.

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Final Exam Week Schedule

Please note that the end time for Monday - Wednesday is at 1:40pm and on Thursday and Friday it is at 1:20pm.

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All In-Person Support Paused during November 30 - December 6, 2020

In order to mitigate the potential exposure to COVID during the Thanksgiving Break, the district has paused all in-person support (during the day, after school, sports conditioning, counseling) during the week of November 30 - December 4. All other virtual tutoring will still be available.
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November / December Triton Trait: Gratitude

The Triton Trait for October is Gratitude. "Life is better when you develop an attitude of gratitude." Lewis Howes. This means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation for both the big and small things alike in your life.

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ELM Turkey Trot 2020 in Review

Click on the title bar to see who participated. Thanks to all who participated.

Turkey Trot 2020
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Purple Pride Club

This video is brought to you by ELM's Purple Pride Club. We want to promote awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQ community and ALL people. Thanks for watching!

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NO Meal Distribution Information This Week

Sorry for the inconvenience but the district has cancelled all meal distribution this week.

ELM Teacher Attendance Change Form

Click on the title bar to change an attendance.

ELM Staff Handbook

You can access all important ELM documents by clicking on the title bar.

ELM Google Calendar

Staff, you can access our calendar here.

Genius Bar Support Form

Do you need technology help. Genius Bar is available from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Complete the form by clicking on the title bar. A Genius Bar Teacher will call you.

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