Turtle Tracks

An e-newsletter from Turtle Lake Elementary School

September 25, 2020

Current Week:

Monday, September 28 - Friday, October 2

No activities scheduled

Note: for Friday, October 2, Cohort 2 (T/Th) students will attend school in person.

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Lunch Distribution for Independent Learning Day

We are in the process of modifying how the free lunches will be distributed at the end of the day for those students that will be independently learning the following day. Beginning next week lunches will be placed on tables at the doors where students exit the building at the end of the day. Students may select a lunch on their way out the door. If you have opted-out of this service, please communicate this to your child so they know not to take one. Finally, quantities are limited, and we want to ensure that those families in need are receiving this service, so please reach out to Associate Principal, Renee Carlson (renee.carlson@moundsviewschools.org), if you are food insecure.

Bus Passes Remain in Backpacks All Year

Blended Learning students who are registered to ride the bus need to keep their passes in their backpacks all year in case they are asked to show them at some point. This is essential in avoiding confusion and mix-ups at the end of the day, especially when drivers do not know your child or students are not sure of their bus number. Thank you for your help.

PTA News

PTA Membership

Please consider becoming a member of the PTA. Membership allows you voting rights in meetings where a vote is required (i.e. financial or leadership decisions). All families and caregivers are welcome to attend PTA meetings regardless of membership. Last year we moved membership to an online system: click here to become a member.


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Box Tops

Most Box Tops are now digital! However some companies still have labels to cut. Please send them in your child's folder or drop them off at the front desk.

Student Directory Opt-Out Form

Each year the PTA creates an online directory for Turtle Lake families. Please fill out this form if you do NOT wish to be included in the directory: TL Directory Opt-Out.

A Million Mounds View Dreams

Music staff across Mounds View Public Schools created a performance montage that demonstrates that we are committed to helping our students achieve their dreams this year.
A Million Mounds View Dreams


MN Department of Health COVID-19 Attendance Guide and Home Screening Tool for Parents and Families:

Staying home when you are sick is one of our best ways to fight COVID-19. Keeping sick children and children who are exposed to COVID-19 away from others helps stop the spread of the virus to other children, staff, and the surrounding community. Parents and guardians can refer to this COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families to understand when their child can attend school, youth programs, and child care during COVID-19. Please monitor your child/children for signs and symptoms of illness each time you are going to send them to school, child care, or youth programs by using this Home Screening Tool. If you answer “yes” to any question, your child should stay home.

Thank you for your collaboration in keeping our school and community healthy!

Lifetouch Fall Pictures on November 3, 4, and 5

Fall pictures have been pushed back to Tuesday, November 3 for blended cohort group 2; Wednesday, November 4 for blended cohort group 1; and Thursday, November 5 for distance learning students. Turtle Lake and Lifetouch will work together to implement safe student distancing procedures as students wait to be photographed. The November 5 Picture Day schedule for distance learning students will be sent out to families in October.

From the Desk of Science Teacher: Mrs. Wills

2020 Inventions Challenge

Mrs. Wills would like to invite students/families interested in science and inventions to participate in the 2020 Inventions Challenge. This year we will not be having our typical Science Fair, so please consider participating in lieu of this. Register at inventorschallenge.org.

Cardboard Challenge

The Cardboard Challenge will be done in second grade throughout the year this year. If families want to participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge in October, more info will be coming out soon!

Here is a sneak preview from a virtual one done this summer.

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Meals for students

Meals for blended learning students

Free breakfast and lunch will be available to all students on the days that they are at school. Students will also be offered a bag with breakfast and lunch to take home for their at-home learning day(s). Students will not need to pay or enter a PIN number to receive these meals.

Free meals will also be available for students attending Tier 1 childcare.

Meals for distance learning students
Free meals will be available for all distance learning students every Friday, starting September 25, for curbside pickup from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the following sites:

Each bag will contain five breakfasts and five lunches. Meals will be FREE to all students. Families and students will not need to provide a name or PIN number to pick up the meals. If school is not in session on a certain Friday, meal pick-up will occur the previous day at the same time listed above.

The Minnesota Department of Education has announced an extension of the USDA’s “Free Meals for Kids” program until December 31, 2020, or until funds run out. This program provides free meals for all students regardless of eligibility.

Mounds View Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Committee

The Mounds View Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Committee is seeking representatives to serve on the committee for the 2020-21 school year. Committee members work in partnership with the district and community to gain knowledge and provide feedback about curriculum and other instructional issues.

If you are interested, please answer the questions found in this link Mounds View Curriculum Advisory Application.

As we navigate this school year and how to safely hold our Curriculum Advisory Committee meetings, we are exploring our in person options as well as virtual options for our members. We plan to meet three times this year, once in November, Jan/Feb and March/April. More information will be sent to those community members who are interested in being part of our committee. We kindly ask that you complete the form below as soon as possible so we can begin planning. We look forward to our time together.

Please see the Mounds View Curriculum Advisory website for meeting dates, past topics and other important information regarding the committee. If you have questions, please contact Gretchen Zahn at 651.621.6040 or by e-mail at gretchen.zahn@moundsviewschools.org

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Monday, October 5

No activities scheduled

Tuesday, October 6

No activities scheduled

Wednesday, October 7

No activities scheduled

Thursday, October 8

7:45-8:45 am Gr. 5 Communication Meetings

8:00-9:00 am Gr. 1 Communication Meetings

4:15-6:30 pm Gr. 1 & 5 Communication Meetings

4:15-7:30 pm Gr. 4 Communication Meetings

Friday, October 9

No School

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