Turtle Tracks

An e-newsletter from Turtle Lake Elementary School

February 19, 2021

Current Week

Monday, February 22

No events

Tuesday, February 23

No events

Wednesday, February 24

No events

Thursday, February 25

Parent/Teacher Communication Night - all grades

Friday, February 26

Distance Learning Materials Distribution 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Avoid the Car Line - Register Your Student for Busing!

Several parents in the very long student drop off and pick up lines have asked if it is too late to register their child for busing. It is NOT too late! The cost for families who live within the fee area (2 miles or less from Turtle Lake) is $112.50 per student for the remainder of the school year. As always, there is no cost for district residents who live further than 2 miles from school. It's easy to register online and bus passes arrive in just a couple of days. To sign your student up to ride the bus, click here.

Student Information Forms

Student Information Forms for the 2021-2022 school year are now available. Completion of this form is optional and the information will be shared with your child's current teacher. Teachers and administrators at Turtle Lake will consider the information you provide when they make classroom assignments for the 2021-2022 school year. Forms are due by March 26, 2021.

Upcoming Communication Meeting Opportunities

Communication meetings are an opportunity for parents/guardians to connect with teachers to discuss classroom progress and address any questions you may have. Look for an email from your child's teacher with registration information or follow this link to the Turtle Lake website for more information. If you don't see your teacher listed, feel free to reach out to them to request their registration link.

Storybook Celebration Day on Tuesday, March 2nd

On Dr. Seuss' birthday Turtle Lake students are invited to show their love of reading with Storybook Celebration Day!

Celebration ideas:

- Dress up like a favorite storybook character.

- Print a picture of your favorite book character or the cover of the book and tape it to your shirt!

- Bring a copy of your favorite book to share with your class.

Participation is optional, but feel free to celebrate creatively!

Turtle Lake Orchestra News


Please remember to fill out the Music Interest Survey that was emailed home this week to let us know your music plans for next year at Turtle Lake. We would like ​all​ families to fill out the form, even if you don’t plan to enroll in orchestra, band, or choir. See below for more information on these opportunities. The form will be emailed once more on ​Monday, Feb. 22,​ so keep an eye out, and reach out to the music staff with any questions!

It’s time for you to sign up to join ORCHESTRA! Watch this video (click HERE) to learn more about orchestra and the string instruments you can play starting soon, and this video (click HERE) to see why students love being a part of the Mounds View Orchestra!

SUMMER ORCHESTRA - Most of our 3rd grade students sign up to start learning their instruments during the summer before 4th grade (current 4th graders, you can also sign up to start this summer, before 5th grade!) Summer Orchestra is a 4 week session during the month of July. Look for registration information coming soon. We learn all the basics of playing during Summer Orchestra, and you’ll be amazed how good you get on your new instrument! You can also start playing when school starts in the fall, when you’re a 4th or 5th grader.


Celebrate Black History Month - Join the Association for the Study of African American Life and History for their 2021 Black History Month Virtual Festival. Throughout the month of February, ASALH will host virtual programming in observance and celebration of the strengths, struggles, resistance—and the sheer perseverance of the Black family. The Festival will be a series of stellar educational events that demonstrate how Black people helped shape the American landscape and were shaped by it, posited through the lens of food, religion, social justice, education, economics, and music arts and their impact on the endurance of Black families. Join in the celebration here.

Bundle Up for Outdoor Recess - With the extreme cold and snow we experience during Minnesota winters, students are expected come to school every day with proper outdoor gear including coats, hats, mittens, snow pants and boots. Outdoor recess will take place each school day unless air temperatures at the time of recess reach zero degrees and/or windchills reach 10 degrees below zero, in which case recess will be held indoors. Being prepared for cold temperatures every day will keep students safe and make recess enjoyable for all. If you are having difficulty providing outdoor gear for your child, please reach out to Beth Carver at (651) 621-7713 or elizabeth.carver@moundsviewschools.org

Parent Pick Up Etiquette - Currently we have a high volume of vehicles dropping off and picking up students at Turtle Lake during arrival and dismissal. Your help is needed to ensure this process is safe and efficient.

  • Please remain in your vehicle; pull as far forward as possible
  • Have your child ready to exit. No quick chats with child or staff; a friendly wave says it all
  • Proceed through the parking lot with caution as children are present
  • Seat your child on the passenger side (right hand side of the vehicle) if possible
  • Put school items in the front seat; hand items out the window if needed
  • Bag up items and be ready to depart the vehicle
  • Have masks on before you reach the drop off zone
  • Unlock all doors so staff can assist you
  • Be patient - it is a very busy time for everyone

Thank you for your continued patience through these challenging times.

Kindergarten Registration - If your family has a child that will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2021 and you have not yet received registration information, please call the Snail Lake Kindergarten office at 651-621-8000.

Distance Learning Families: Free Meals For Students will be available via curbside pickup on Wednesdays and Fridays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Chippewa Middle School, Edgewood Middle School, Highview Middle School, Irondale High School and Mounds View High School.

Meals will be FREE to all those who are under age 18. Families and students will not need to provide a name or PIN number to pick up the meals. All students attending school will receive free breakfast and lunch daily through June 2021.

Snaps @Home! - If your student did not yet get a school picture taken and would like one, you can create a LifeTouch portrait photo right from your phone. By utilizing the Snaps @Home program on the Shutterfly mobile app, you can affordably transform a photo into a digital image that can be used for portrait packages and photo prints. You can then submit your student's portrait for our TL yearbook (note: please choose the BLUE background for submission to the Turtle Lake yearbook). For questions or more details, contact Linda Bye ctymouse179@gmail.com

Yearbook - IT'S TIME TO ORDER YOUR TURTLE LAKE YEARBOOK! Just go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter yearbook code 1878621 by April 12, 2021. ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. Click here for flyer.

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Monday, March 1

No events

Tuesday, March 2 - "Storybook Celebration Day"

7:45 - 8:45 a.m. & 4:15 - 6:30 p.m. Grade 5 Communication Meetings

Wednesday, March 3

No events

Thursday, March 4

7:45 - 8:45 a.m. & 4:15 - 6:30 p.m. Grade 5 Communication Meetings

Friday, March 5

No events


Turtle Lake Student Directory

The 2020-2021 Student Directory is now available on the PTA website. The case sensitive password is: tlPTA2020.21

Periodic updates will be made to the directory throughout the school year. The information for the directory is supplied by the district office and provided as a service from the PTA. Please remember to be respectful and diligent with the data so we may continue to provide it to Turtle Lake families. Changes can be submitted at any time to: turtlelakeptadirectory@gmail.com.

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