Turtle Tracks

An e-newsletter from Turtle Lake Elementary School

September 4, 2020

Current Week:

Tuesday, September 8

First day of school - Distance Learning through Sept. 18

Wednesday, September 9

No scheduled activities

Thursday, September 10

5 – 6:30pm Virtual Orchestra Display Night

7 – 8pm Virtual Band Info Night

Friday, September 11

No scheduled activities

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Turtle Lake Families,

Warm greetings to you as we enter into Labor Day weekend! This past week has been busy with all of the events we have hosted in preparation for the upcoming school year. Students have been assigned to homeroom classes, families have stopped by Turtle Lake to pick-up materials, and students and families have met teachers during Early Goal Setting Meetings. During this unique start to the school year, we appreciate the flexibility of this community in participating in these modified events.

Over the course of the next few weeks, there will continue to be information sent to families as we prepare for many of our students to return to school in the blended model. During the first two weeks of this school year, all students will be learning from a distance. Prior to Friday, September 18, a decision will be made and communicated to all families about the learning models that will be utilized starting Monday, September 21.

I would also like to acknowledge the value we place on the partnership with Turtle Lake parents and extended families. Whether your family chose the full-time distance learning option or the blended learning option, sacrifices by parents and families will be made to help ensure your child continues to learn. Thank you, to all of the parents and extended family members for everything you have done and will continue to do in support of your child. We are thankful for your partnership in this process!

As the year begins, do not hesitate to remain in close contact with your child’s teacher if you have any questions or need assistance. We are excited to begin the 2020-2021 school year together!


Darin Johnson, Principal

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Turtle Lake Orchestra News

All current 4th or 5th grade students are invited to join the Turtle Lake Orchestra this fall by playing the violin, viola, or cello. Students may switch to the bass after their first year of playing. (We recommend that students who may want to play the bass start on the cello.) No previous experience is necessary.

  • If you’re interested in signing up for orchestra, fill out this Google Form by Monday, September 14. A staff member will send you more information after receiving your submission.
  • If you signed your child up for orchestra last spring, please click here.
  • Current 5th grade orchestra families, click here for more information.

It’s going to be another awesome year in orchestra!

Mrs. Anderson


2020-21 Turtle Lake Band

The Turtle Lake Band is available to students in the 5th grade. Instruction will begin with on-line lessons with the intent to transition to in-person instruction as circumstances allow. Interested students are encouraged to watch an informational video HERE. This includes a demonstration of all of the band instruments as well as some FAQs about the 5th grade band experience.

There will be a Virtual Band Information Night on Thursday, September 10 from 7:00-8:00pm. Click HERE during that time if you would like to visit with Mrs. Sorem and learn more about our band program.

Click HERE to to complete the online band registration. (Please submit by September 15.)

Click HERE for instrument rental information. (All band materials are needed by the week of September 21.)

These are tentative dates for our evening concerts this year:

  • Winter Concert: Thurs. Dec. 10, 7:00-7:30pm at Turtle Lake Elementary

  • East Side Band Festival: Thurs. Jan. 14, 7:00-8:00pm at Mounds View High School (please note the change in date from Jan. 21)

  • Spring Concert: Tues. May 25, 6:30-7:00pm at Bethel University

You may e-mail Mrs. Sorem with any questions at: brenda.sorem@moundsviewschools.org

A Message from the Turtle Lake PTA for All Families

Click here for an important message from the PTA. This information pertains to all families not just those interested in being a part of the PTA.

Morning Bus Help Needed - Week of September 21

Volunteers are needed during the first week of blended learning to greet our 1st and 2nd graders and help them get from their buses to their classrooms. The time will be approximately 9:00 to 9:30am. If you are able to assist on one or more mornings that week, please contact Kerry Forsberg at kerry.forsberg@moundsviewschools.org. Thank you for helping us create a warm and welcoming environment for our students.

Spiritwear Link Currently Unavailable

Our school’s spirit store is temporarily offline. We will notify you when the store is back up and running. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Monday, September 14

No Activities

Tuesday, September 15

4:15 – 6pm Gr. 3 Add'l Early Goal Setting Meetings

Wednesday, September 16

No Activities

Thursday, September 17

4:15 – 6pm Gr. 4 Early Goal Setting Meetings

Friday, September 18

No Activities

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