Turtle Tracks

An e-newsletter from Turtle Lake Elementary School

February 4, 2022

Next Week:

Monday, February 7

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

8:05 - 9:05 a.m. Winter/Spring Spanish - Meet in Library

Tuesday, February 8

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

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

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

6:15 p.m. Chippewa Middle School 5th Grade Parent Information Night

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. School Board Meeting, District Center

Wednesday, February 9

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

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 10

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 (Shoreview Park and Rec)

4:15 - 6:30 p.m. 5th Grade Communication Meetings

Friday, February 11

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

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

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PICTURES OF THE WEEK (Winter Olympics Edition)

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Attention 3rd Grade Families - Time to Think About 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.

Complimentary Lifetouch Class Pictures

Every Turtle Lake student will receive a free class composite picture, compliments of Lifetouch. Although we cannot guarantee this will be the case in future years, it is Lifetouch's way of thanking Turtle Lake for our patience and understanding during last year's pandemic staffing issues.

Chippewa Middle School 5th Grade Parent Information Night - Tuesday Feb. 8

Attention 5th Grade families - During their visit to Turtle Lake on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, the Chippewa dean team provided an overview of what middle school life looks like and how they help support the transition from elementary school. After you and your student have time to chat about next year, please fill out this google form by February 11th to indicate which elective course they would like to take.

Please join us for Chippewa's Middle School Parent Information Night on Tuesday, February 8, starting at 6:15 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet teachers, visit classrooms and discover what makes Chippewa a special place for middle school students. We will share the presentation as well as additional information about the sixth grade curriculum on our website for families who are not able to attend or who prefer a virtual option.

This information night is geared toward parents of incoming sixth graders. Your student will have an opportunity to tour and learn more about Chippewa this spring. If you have any questions, please call us at 651-621-6400 or call your student's Chippewa dean (contact information can be found on our website).

Kids Heart Challenge Underway

We are excited to be partnering once again with the American Heart Association through February 9th for a service learning program. Kids Heart Challenge teaches students how to care for their hearts -- physically and emotionally -- while raising life saving donations to fight the nation's #1 killer, heart disease, and helping those with special hearts. Look for the information and fundraising packet that came home with your student last week and be sure to ask them about what they can do to make a difference. To log into our school fundraising page and register to participate, click here.

Read-A-Thon Fundraiser for PTA begins February 16th

Message from the PTA: We want to promote a healthy lifestyle to our students and the community. Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting the Read-A-Thon. We have teamed up with Get Movin’© to make this event fun and profitable with online mobile friendly technology! The Turtle Lake PTA strives to provide incredible opportunities for our students that value and support enrichment. Turtle Lake supported programs that benefit from the Read-A-Thon include: grade level projects, grade level socials, classroom enrichment, communication folders and Family Engineering Night. We appreciate your generous support! The Read-A-Thon will run from February 16th-March 4th. Contact turtlelakepta@gmail.com with questions.

Register or login to your parent dashboard and complete your child’s student webpage with a picture at getmovinfundhub.com. School Identifier: 618c323ab194a

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:

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
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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.

Did You Know?

All employee bargaining group contracts have been settled for the next two years. Stay tuned each week for interesting facts and information about Mounds View Public Schools. Follow along on social media as well!

Facebook: facebook.com/MoundsViewSchools

Twitter: twitter.com/MoundsViewK12

Instagram: instagram.com/moundsviewpublicschools

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.

Clarifying Operations During Pandemic

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently announced it has officially adopted shortened COVID-19 isolation and quarantine periods of five days. This shift aligns with the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it focuses on reducing the spread of the omicron variant in schools with fewer disruptions to in-person learning.

The District’s COVID Resources website now contains some clarifications and updates since it was first published last week. To remain current with how schools are operating under the new guidance, visit www.moundsviewschools.org/covidresources.
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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.

Boot Bags for Sale - $5

Need a place to store your boots? Turtle Lake boot bags are available in the office. Please send exact change.

Lost and Found Roundup - The lost and found is overflowing with misplaced mittens, stray scarves, haphazard hats and bygone boots. Do any of the items in the link below look like something missing from your mudroom? If so, please call the office to claim and they will be sent home with their rightful owner. https://www.facebook.com/TurtleLakeElementary/

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Monday, February 14

NO 5th Grade Violin Rehearsal today

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

Tuesday, February 15

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)

Wednesday, February 16

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 for 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) today

NO Band Rehearsal - Friday Group

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