Turtle Tracks

An e-newsletter from Turtle Lake Elementary School

November 4, 2021

Next Week:

Monday, November 8

TL Online Book Fair

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. Fall Spanish

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. 5th Grade Violin Rehearsal

Tuesday, November 9

TL Online Book Fair

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. 5th Grade Viola/Cello/Bass Rehearsal

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Basketball

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Coding - Super Mario, Room 205

5:05 - 6:05 p.m. Soccer

7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting - District Center

Wednesday, November 10

TL Online Book Fair

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. 4th Grade Violin Rehearsal

8:30 - 9:10 a.m. Chess Club

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Junior STEM, Room 401

Thursday, November 11

TL Online Book Fair

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. 4th Grade Viola/Cello Rehearsal

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

4:05 - 5:05 p.m. Soccer

4:15 - 7:30 p.m. Parent Communication Night - All Grades

5:05 - 6:05 p.m. Basketball

Friday, November 12

TL Online Book Fair

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

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

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PICTURES OF THE WEEK (Fall Parties Edition)

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Turtle Lake Online Fall Book Fair

The PTA is again partnering with the Red Balloon Bookshop for our annual Fall Book Fair. Proceeds directly benefit Turtle Lake’s library collection. This virtual book fair will run from November 8-19. Click here to access the online Turtle Lake book fair page on Red Balloon’s website and start shopping! This page has all the information you need, including a book recommendation list compiled by our school librarian, links to teachers’ classroom library wish lists, ordering instructions, and delivery options. This is a great opportunity to get new books in the hands of your readers, get some holiday shopping done, and support a small business in the process.

Book Fair Tips:

  • Don’t see a wish list for your child’s teacher? If you wish to donate to your teacher’s classroom library, purchase any book you would like. Your child’s teacher will appreciate it!

  • At checkout, be sure to use coupon code TLBF21. This way your purchase will be counted as part of the book fair and support your school.

  • If you selected “school pick up” as a delivery option, please wait to come to school until you have received a call from the office that your books are at the school and ready for you to pick up. Red Balloon will deliver book orders to school on Fridays.

Questions? Please email Jen Getsay (jgetsay@gmail.com) or Vanessa Petrulo (vanessa.petrulo@gmail.com).

Lost and Found Clean Out - November 19th

The Turtle Lake Lost and Found is packed with hoodies, jackets, hats, water bottles and an assortment of other items. Please remind students to check the Lost and Found for their belongings prior to November 19th when all remaining items will be donated to a women and childrens' shelter. Parents are welcome to visit the Lost and Found before and after school hours, or may call the office with a description of a missing item.

Thanksgiving for All

Thanksgiving is a time when we look forward to sharing a meal with our loved ones, yet many families in our community struggle to put food on the table. Turtle Lake is partnering with the Ralph Reeder Emergency Food Shelf for their "Thanksgiving For All" project. A $10 donation will provide a family with a turkey; $20 will provide a turkey plus all the fixings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner. Donation envelopes will be sent home the week of November 1st for those who would like to contribute. Please return donations to school by Friday, November 12, so that the food shelf may distribute the food in time for the holiday.

Thank you for your support and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thoughtful Thursdays

Thoughtful Thursdays are the PTA’s way of thanking our Turtle Lake teachers and staff for all they do. Parent volunteers are invited to drop off purchased food and drink items at the front office. To learn more or to sign up to participate, please click here.

Thank you for your volunteer contributions! If you have any questions, please contact Toni Rahn at tonirahn@gmail.com.

Clothing Donations Requested - Our health office is still in need of size small boys pants. If your child has outgrown their pants from last winter, please consider donating them to Turtle Lake. Donations can be sent in with your student or dropped off at the TL front desk between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Pop Tops For Puppy Love - Turtle Lake is collecting aluminum can "pop top" tabs for a local organization called Puppy Love. Puppy Love's volunteers train service dogs of all kinds that assist people with a wide variety of challenges. The money raised from the pop tops offsets the cost of food and medical care for the dogs. A collection jar is located in the Turtle Lake office.

Gifts For Others Program - If you are in need of assistance this holiday season and would like an application to enroll in our Gifts for Others (GFO) program, please reach out to Mrs. Carver at elizabeth.carver@moundsviewschools.org. GFO is designed to support families within the Turtle Lake community who are experiencing extreme financial stress during the holiday season. The program provides families with clothing items, books, grocery gift cards and some special gift requests.

Box Tops For Education - Our Box Tops program is still going strong! Please send in any unexpired Box Tops with your student to hand in to their teacher or directly to the front office. Our parent volunteer will be collecting them for submission before the end of October. Remember, if the label says ‘scan’ you have a full 14 days to scan your store receipt using the Box Tops for Education app to get credit for those purchases; our volunteer is not able to scan them for us but the app is very user friendly. Thank you for your participation!!

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Reminder: Masks Required at School and on the Bus

Please make sure your child is bringing their mask to school and/or on the bus each day. As a reminder, Mounds View Public Schools requires that students, staff and visitors wear masks while inside its buildings. The federal government also requires face coverings for individuals while riding on all forms of public transportation, including school buses. If you are in need of reusable masks for your child, please contact your school.

COVID-19 Testing

The Minnesota Department of Health encourages the following groups to get tested regularly. With the at-home program and community sites offering free testing across the metro, it's easy to find a test.

  • Unvaccinated teachers, staff and students in K-12 should test weekly at a minimum or more frequently per CDC guidance.

  • People who are unvaccinated should test before travel (domestic or international).

  • Even if you are vaccinated, you should get tested

    • if you have symptoms of the virus;

    • if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19;

    • if you are returning from international travel;

    • if you have attended a large gathering or event where people are not wearing masks and are not able to stay 6 feet apart.

Our community continues to have many free COVID-19 testing options available:

Report Student All-Day Absences Electronically

As an alternative to leaving a voicemail message on the attendance line (651-621-7701), parents and guardians can now electronically record student all-day absences, including future and/or planned absences. Log into ParentVUE and select “Record absence” next to your child’s name to begin the process. School staff will review new entries daily. Detailed instructions are available here.
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