Back-to-school information

An e-newsletter from Turtle Lake Elementary School

August 5, 2022

Dear Turtle Lake families,

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! I truly hope you all found time to enjoy a restorative summer and are looking forward to a new school year. I am eager to partner with you and the tremendous Turtle Lake staff to serve your children during the upcoming school year.

Please refer to the back to school information below. For those wondering, masks are optional at this time.

2022-23 School Calendar, Hours and Phone Numbers Please visit the Turtle Lake Elementary School website for calendars, staff directory information and additional school resources.

Turtle Lake School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Turtle Lake Main Office: 651-621-7700

Turtle Lake Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Turtle Lake Attendance Line: 651-621-7701

Teacher Assignments

Homeroom teacher assignments will ONLY be available in ParentVUE after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19. Class lists will no longer be posted in the vestibule windows due to concerns regarding privacy and safety. Turtle Lake was the only school left using that practice. I know it is hard, for some, to see it go! We surely understand that not all folks want their child's name shared in social media posts, texts, emails, or other methods.

Last year, we received a tremendous amount of positive feedback regarding the combined Meet Your Teacher Night and Early Goal Setting Meetings! People enjoyed easier parking, less congestion, and a specified time with their new teacher! This year, we will continue the new practice of having one SCHEDULED 20-minute session with your teacher. This Early Connections appointment is an opportunity for children to meet their teachers, find their classrooms, and drop-off school supplies (this is encouraged). Parents will also have the opportunity to share information with the teacher to help build the foundation for a successful year.

  • We look forward to seeing families and students in attendance at their assigned time.

  • You may choose a 20 minute slot:

    • In Person (please bring school supplies to this meeting)

    • Virtual Meeting available by family request (school supplies can be sent with your child on their first day of school)

  • You may choose either date:

    • Aug. 31 from 3:30-6:30 or

    • Sept. 1 from 8:30-3:30

Meeting Sign-Up will go live on Monday, August 22, at noon.You will be able to select a time that works in your schedule to meet with your child’s teacher. Parent participation at these meetings is strongly encouraged.

Transportation Information

Please complete a Student Transportation Plan and give it to your child’s teacher at Meet Your Teacher Night.

  • If you are in need of transportation and have not registered, please do so immediately via the district’s website.

  • If you live in a fee area (under 2 miles), this fee is waived if you qualify for educational benefits.

  • Student Drop-off and Pick-up Reminders: For safety reasons, students who are driven to school may only be dropped-off in front of the school. Students may not enter the building until 9:05 a.m. Students must remain in the care of their adult until 9:05 a.m. Student entrance before 9:05 a.m. is not permitted.

  • Students must be picked-up at the end of the school day by 4:15 p.m.

  • Walker Information: Crossing guards will be on Lexington Avenue at both Royal Oaks Drive, and the stoplight at County Road I from 8:55 - 9:10 a.m. and 4:00 - 4:15 p.m. We ask that students who will be crossing at the stoplight on Lexington Avenue and County Road I use the sidewalk on the west side of Lexington Avenue. Students coming from the Royal Oaks area should use the crossing at Royal Oaks Drive and Lexington Avenue, or they may cross with the light at Lexington Avenue and County Road I.

Breakfast/Lunch Information

Meals are NOT free of charge this school year. Please, take the time to fill out the educational benefits form for assistance with meals and many other district discounts!

Student Breakfast: $.65 Student Lunch: $2.70

Adult Breakfast: $2.25 Adult Lunch: $4.00

Additional Parent Communication Information

  • Turtle Lake Family Handbook Our handbook and other resources are located under the Parent Resources tab. Parents are encouraged to review our documents annually.

  • ParentVUE Please continue to use ParentVUE to verify and update your child’s information, along with accessing your child’s academic information. Please make sure you have verified your child’s information prior to the first day of school. If you have trouble accessing your ParentVUE account, please contact the Turtle Lake Office at 651-621-7700.

  • 2022-2023 School Supply List For assistance with school supplies: Ralph Reeder

  • Annual Notifications: 22-23 FERPA Notification and 22-23 Additional Notifications

Kind Regards,

Staci Souhan, Principal

Turtle Lake Elementary


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