Twin Peaks Middle School

Weekly RAM Newsletter

From the desk of Principal Mills - Sunday, September 26th, 2021

Happy Sunday, Ram Families!


I hope this week's newsletter finds you well and enjoying the change in our weather - it's been nice to get a little break from the blazing-hot TPMS basketball court blacktop at lunchtime! This week also marks the transition from September to October, and our Parent-Teacher conference week halfway through the first quarter. We hope that you get a chance to connect with your student's teachers this week if you have concerns about your students' progress; please email your student's teachers directly to set up a time to meet.


Please remember that there is no school for students on Monday, September 27th due to a teacher professional development day. Classes will resume on Tuesday with minimum day schedules Tuesday thru Friday to provide time for our Parent-Teacher conferences taking place this week. If you have questions about start and end times this week, please CLICK HERE to see our bell schedules on the TPMS website.


Thanks to all of our parents who attended the TPMS Foundation Fall Social at Second Chance Brewery this past Friday, September 24th. This was a great way to end the week and to meet some of our parents, while enjoying some tasty food, amazing people and great beer! A big THANK YOU to our TPMS Foundation Board for all of their work in making the event happen, and to all of our parents that have donated to the Foundation to help support our students and campus.


Finally this week, please make sure to turn in your PTSA membership form if you haven't done so already. Our PTSA sponsors multiple programs and events throughout the school year, and your membership dues, donations, and participation in supporting these programs is vital for their continued success. Please CLICK HERE to access PTSA membership information or see the section "PTSA Appreciates Your Support" below.


In Partnership,


Steve Mills

Proud Principal

Twin Peaks Middle School

stmills@powayusd.com

1(858)748-5131 x2806

Instagram: @principalmills_twinpeaks

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TPMS NEWS AND EVENTS - bit.ly/tpmsevents

September 27th: Non-Student Day (PUSD Professional Growth Day)

September 28th-October 1st: Parent/Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)

October 7th: Late Start Schedule, 9:15am start

October 13th: TBES/TPMS Equity Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30pm @Zoom

October 14th: Late Start Schedule, 9:15am start

October 15th: ASB Movie Night in the Quad (time TBA)

October 19th: TPMS Foundation Meeting, 6pm @Zoom

October 21st: Late Start Schedule, 9:15am start

October 21st: PTSA Board Meeting, 6:15pm @Zoom

October 25th: TPMS Professional Growth Day - No Students

PTSA Appreciates Your Support!

If you have not done so already, please join the PTSA by going online to our website at www.tpmsptsa.org/membership/. Also, if you are able, please take a moment to give a small donation of just $25 to our organization either online or by check (please click here for flyer). The PTSA does not host many fundraisers throughout the year and it is primarily through parent donations that we are able to fund the programs that we provide at TPMS. If you have any questions, or would like more information about the PTSA, please contact me at ptsaprestpms@gmail.com.

Mikki Trusheim, PTSA President

K-12 Annual Calendar Contest

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District’s (APCD) Annual Kids Calendar Contest has begun! We invite students in grades K-12 to enter the contest. We are accepting submissions from now until Friday, November 19, 2021.


Entries may be submitted by mail and this year we have added the option of submitting entries via email. Emailed entries must not exceed 10 mb in size. To enter the contest, submit original artwork along with the entry form available on our website: bit.ly/sdapcdoutreach Additional contest information is also available on our website including the contest rules and how to submit your entry.


At the APCD, our mission is to improve air quality to protect public health and the environment. While we are working hard every day to reduce air pollution in San Diego County, we realize we cannot do this alone and need the help of students. We want to encourage you to think about the importance of clean, breathable air and help spread the word about what the average person can do to help us all breathe a little easier. As such, with your help, we will be creating a 2022 calendar where each month will showcase your air quality artwork. The calendar art will be chosen in a contest where the 13 most creative designs (1 for the cover and 1 for each month) are selected from student entries for grades K through 12.


The artwork must demonstrate ways to reduce air pollution and may include a clean air message. Also, the APCD website will have a gallery of all the submissions. The contest begins immediately, and all submissions must be postmarked by Friday, November 19, 2021.

The entry form can be found on our website here: bit.ly/sdapcdoutreach

National PTSA Reflections Contest

The PTSA is putting on its annual Reflections Art Contest and we are calling all of our artists, dancers, writers, film producers, and music composers to enter! This year's Reflections theme is "I Can Change the World By..." and students who want to enter can find entry forms with instructions and contest rules through your RAM teachers or by coming in the office to pick up an entry form. More information will be linked to our web page and social media in the coming days. Entries are due October 18th.

COVID-19 Updates for Ram Families

If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to review the Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols video, with explanations of the quarantine options available to families if your student should test positive or is identified as a close contact. Please CLICK HERE to access this information on our website. The most recent information about the current guidelines and COVID-19 requirements can be accessed HERE on the PUSD main webpage.


Please make sure to continue screening your student daily for any symptoms related to the virus before they arrive to school. Please keep your student at home if they exhibit any symptoms of Covid-19 and get them tested at your earliest convenience. (CLICK HERE for FREE testing options in SD County) People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Please remember that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, so please keep your student home if they exhibit any symptoms. If your child does test positive, please notify us immediately.


School Safety Parent Handout: Please click on the link below to view a handout that explains the measures being taken at TPMS, as well as local and state guidance and resources regarding Covid-19.


Getting Back to School Safely Parent Handout

Getting Back to School Safely Parent Handout | Spanish


MASKING GUIDELINES:

  • Indoors with Students: Face masks are MANDATORY for all adults and students, except those with a documented medical excuse on file with our Heath Technician.
  • Indoors with Adults ONLY: Masks are OPTIONAL for fully vaccinated adults and MANDATORY for unvaccinated adults.
  • Outdoors: Masks are optional for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
  • The CDPH will reevaluate its masking guidelines by November 1, 2021.


Please CLICK HERE to access the updated PUSD Covid Decision Tree with updated quarantine requirements.

Parent Education Course on Stress All Grades

Help your children manage stress and anxiety on Thursday, October 21st, 2021 from 6-8pm in-person at Poway Adult School. Register online TODAY at www.powayadultschool.com. Class is $24/individual or $29/couple. Click here for complete flyer.

Parent Education Course on Stress Grades K-5

Help your children manage stress and anxiety in grades K-5th on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 from 6-8pm in-person at Poway Adult School. Register online TODAY at www.powayadultschool.com. Class is $24/individual or $29/couple. Click here for complete flyer.

Positive Parenting Program (PPP) Webinar

This webinar is an evidence-based, preventive, early-intervention program for parents of teenagers and pre-teens. It is a three-part series covering topics that include raising responsible teenagers and getting teenagers connected. It is free via Zoom! The dates are October 12th, 19th, and 26th from 6-8pm. Please click here for the full flyer.

Girls on the Run is coming to Twin Peaks!

Girls on the Run is a program which inspires 6th-8th graders to be healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The program will meet twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4:45 beginning mid September. Girls will have fun, make friends, run, and learn important life skills through lessons led by trained coaches. The season ends with a celebratory 5k event on December 5 at Crown Point on Mission Bay.

To register: www.gotrsd.org/Register-Now.

For more details contact Melissa Baskin (mbaskin@powayusd.com)

Parent info night on 9/7 at 5:30 PM. Register at https://tinyurl.com/4d7phw55

Click here for flyer!

Shop Amazon through TPMS Foundation

You can always shop Amazon and earn money for Twin Peaks! Just click on the Amazon link below, then start spending!