• Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Elaine Eldridge on 9/21/2018

    9/21/2018

     

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families

     

    In this email

    • Don’t Miss This
    • Upcycle Last Year’s Halloween Costumes
    • Tech Filter Options
    • Message from our PTO

    Repeat in this email

    • No Screens Week – one more video and article

    Upcoming Events

     

    Don’t Miss This

    • Fall Festival is Friday, September 28, after school. We look forward to seeing everyone there
    • Sign up to help at Fall Festival:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44aca92aa46-tularcitos

     

    Fall Festival Next Friday

    Our Fall Festival is next Friday.  I hope that you can all make it.  This is a great community event put on by our PTO that brings us all together for a very fun afternoon.  One of the ways that we help raise money during the event is by selling raffle tickets.  The tickets went home this week with more information.  Prizes include dinner for 2 at 12 local restaurants, wine tastings, Refuge passes, and many more other great basket prizes.  Thank you in advance to purchasing and selling the raffle tickets.  For this event to happen we need a lot of help. Please sign up to help on the website: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44aca92aa46-tularcitos

     

     

    Upcylce Last Year’s Halloween Costumes

    Are you looking for something to do with last year’s Halloween costumes?  Our PTO is wanting to help all of our families Upcycle their costumes.  From Sept 12-24 the PTO is collecting gently worn Halloween Costumes to sell at this year’s Fall Festival as a fundraiser for the PTO.  So if you have gently worn costumes you want to get rid of that another family could use this year, please put them in the box outside the front office.  Please put the costume (with all of its parts) in a ziplock bag so we can make sure the costumes stays together as we store them and sell them at the Fall Festival.

     

    Tech Filter Options

    I got some questions this week about filter options for devices.  Here is a link to help with your search that explains the difference of what is out there.  As a school we cannot promote or recommend certain devices or services, but hopefully this helps you get started.

    https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-parental-controls

     

    Message from our PTO

    We are still looking for people to help out with Fall Festival and will need lots of help with your class’ booth. Please sign up in the “Don’t Miss This” section of this email.  Our next PTO meeting will be in the evening to try to accommodate all of the working parents.  We’ll meet Thurs, Oct 4, at 6:00 pm at the Wine House.  If you are interested in helping out in any way please come to our first meeting or contact Heaven Tempalski (PTO President) at htempalski@gmail.com.  The draft minutes from our first meeting is attached to this email.

     

    Repeat in this Email

     

    No Screens Week – One more thought provoking article (attached) and video

    I hope you had a great time as a family this week without the screens.  If you have any stories to share I would love to hear them.  The article I attached in my Screen Use Suggestions in my email during No Screens Week (also attached this week) was about research done at the adolescent level.  Here is an article about research done on the impact of screen time during the early years.  I would highly recommend this one as well.  Over the past several years we have noticed the change in our students that the articles and videos I have sent out mention. Because of what the research is finding about the impacts of screen time on children, please make sure you are setting limits on the screen time your child experiences.  Electronic devices are meant to get and hold our attention. If we are not intentional with setting limits, the screens will take all of our children’s time and our children will not get outside and play, get the face time with others they need­, experience the necessary down time, or pick up a book, and they will ultimately pay the price. I am not saying we need to cut out screen time.  Technology is a lot of fun and can play an important role in our lives.  My hope, however, is that you are being very intentional with the amount of time you are allowing your child to be on a screen, when you are giving them devices to use, and that you are never just allowing them to be on a device without thinking about it.  Below is a link to a very interesting interview with Simon Sinek about the impact of technology on Millennials which is very thought provoking for us as individuals and as parents.  It is about 15 minutes and worth every minute to watch.  I hope that you continue to think about how to put appropriate boundaries around tech use in your home and about how to gradually release those over time as your child gets older. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNU

     

    Upcoming events

    Fri, Sept 28, 3:00-6:00: Fall Festival

    Thurs, Oct 4 @ 6:00:  PTO meeting at the Wine House

    Oct 8-12: October Break

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

     

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  • Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Elaine Eldridge on 9/15/2018

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families

     

    I am sorry for the length of this email, but I feel very strongly about making sure we are intentional as parents and educators with putting boundaries around tech use for our children starting very young.  Therefore, I am really hoping you will take time to read everything in this email and the attachments.

     

    In this email

    • Don’t Miss This
    • Upcycle Last Year’s Halloween Costumes
    • Fall Festival Signups
    • No Screens Week – one more video and article
    • Recommendations for Screen Boundaries
    • Tech Filter Options
    • Message from our PTO

    Repeat in this email

    • Cell Phone Baskets
    • Bucks For Bobcats Results
    • Morning Mile

    Upcoming Events

     

    Don’t Miss This

    • Fall Festival is Friday, September 28, after school.

     

    Upcylce Last Year’s Halloween Costumes

    Are you looking for something to do with last year’s Halloween costumes?  Our PTO is wanting to help all of our families Upcycle their costumes.  From Sept 12-24 the PTO is collecting gently worn Halloween Costumes to sell at this year’s Fall Festival as a fundraiser for the PTO.  So if you have gently worn costumes you want to get rid of that another family could use this year, please put them in the box outside the front office.  Please put the costume (with all of its parts) in a ziplock bag so we can make sure the costumes stays together as we store them and sell them at the Fall Festival.

     

    Fall Festival Signups

    In order to put on our Fall Festival, we need a lot of help.  If we all chip in a little, we all can enjoy the Festival that much more.  Here are the signups.  Please sign up early so we do not have to scramble.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44aca92aa46-tularcitos

     

    No Screens Week – One more thought provoking article (attached) and video

    I hope you had a great time as a family this week without the screens.  If you have any stories to share I would love to hear them.  The article I attached in my Screen Use Suggestions in my email during No Screens Week (also attached this week) was about research done at the adolescent level.  Here is an article about research done on the impact of screen time during the early years.  I would highly recommend this one as well.  Over the past several years we have noticed the change in our students that the articles and videos I have sent out mention. Because of what the research is finding about the impacts of screen time on children, please make sure you are setting limits on the screen time your child experiences.  Electronic devices are meant to get and hold our attention. If we are not intentional with setting limits, the screens will take all of our children’s time and our children will not get outside and play, get the face time with others they need­, experience the necessary down time, or pick up a book, and they will ultimately pay the price. I am not saying we need to cut out screen time.  Technology is a lot of fun and can play an important role in our lives.  My hope, however, is that you are being very intentional with the amount of time you are allowing your child to be on a screen, when you are giving them devices to use, and that you are never just allowing them to be on a device without thinking about it.  Below is a link to a very interesting interview with Simon Sinek about the impact of technology on Millennials which is very thought provoking for us as individuals and as parents.  It is about 15 minutes and worth every minute to watch.  I hope that you continue to think about how to put appropriate boundaries around tech use in your home and about how to gradually release those over time as your child gets older. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNU

     

    Recommendations for Screen Boundaries

    At the risk of making this email to long, I want to make sure that you see this (in case you didn’t click on the attachment in my last email).  I cannot stress enough the need to be extremely thoughtful about the exposure we give our students to computers, phones, tablets, TV’s and tech.  If we are not intentional about how we are raising our students, the technology will.

     

    Here are a few family rules that I would like to pass along for families to consider as you discuss what you want your family rules to be around screens.  (It is important to remember that a smart phones are not just phones, but are computers connected to the internet and all that the internet offers.)

    • Put a filter and parental controls on all your devices: This is just good practice so children are not exposed to inappropriate content and you can monitor their activity.
    • Set a screen time limit: Whether it’s daily (i.e. 30 minutes a day), weekly (i.e. 5 hours a week), or conditional (i.e. you get screen time after you…) set a limit on screen time and hold everyone to it.
    • No screens at the table: Family meal times are extremely important.  TV’s, phones, tablets, all get in the way of the conversations families can have during that time.  Nobody, including adults, should be allowed to bring a screen to any meal.
    • No screens in the car: There are two reasons for this.  First, I always recommend to parents that they volunteer to be the drivers for their child’s, and their friend’s, activities because it is amazing what students will talk about in the back seat of a car.  The children forget an adult is driving.  Overhearing those conversations provides a great window into what goes on in your child’s life.  In the car is also a time where you can have that precious uninterrupted time with your children (or family) to talk about how life is going and connect with each other.  Second, recent brain research is informing us of how important “down time” or “bored time” is to the brain’s development.  It is during those down times when you are staring out the window or waiting in line that the brain builds connections to all of the learning that happened that day.  The car can be a great place for this.  Today many children get in the car and immediately go on their phones.  When they do that, it takes away from time for interactions as well as time for the brain to grow.
    • No screens in the bedroom (or at least require the door to be open): This one changes as the children get older.  I feel that, at the elementary level, there is never a time where a student should be alone in their room with a screen.  Today, computers and phones are a window to the world and all the world has to offer, both the good and bad.  Obviously, as children get older, this rule will need to be adjusted because of homework demands, but screens behind closed doors is always a bad idea.  Every family situation is different and you will have to make this decision as a family.  No matter where the screen is, however, the screen should always be easily visible to the parent.
    • No phones in the room at night. In general, people make poorer decisions as the night goes on.  Children struggle with this even more.   If you allow your child to have their phone in their room because it is an alarm clock, get them an alarm clock and take the phone out of the room at night (best is to have it in your room where you can see if anything is happening).  I think this rule should not change no matter what age a child is. 
    • Get a Family Cell Phone Basket: Having a place where people put their cell phones when they come in the door lets your whole family know that relationships with those present are what is the most important.  This helps keep people from being on their phones rather than engage in relationships with those present.  This also provides a place for your child’s friends to put their cell phones when they visit so that when the children are playing they are doing so together and not just playing side by side on their individual screens.
    • Sign a family tech use agreement: You can get ones that are already made (see commonsensemedia.org for some great resources), or create your own. These agreements should be signed by everyone in the household, child and adult, so everyone is held accountable.
    • Most Controversial Recommendation: Resist getting your child a cell phone until as late as possible (thankfully, in response to all of the research, there is a growing movement in the country to wait until at least 8th grade). If you feel an absolute need to get them a phone before 8th grade or high school (when my children will get their phones), either do not make it a smart phone, or put enough parental controls on it to limit who they can call/text, the apps they can put on their phone, and shut off the internet on the phone all together (thankfully parental controls are great now so you can have a lot of control over what your child can do on their phone).  Over the years we have found that elementary students are not mature enough to handle a smart phone of their own, the access to the internet and social media, most of the apps and even texting appropriately.  Students are not missing out on anything by waiting until later to have a phone that does all of that.  At the elementary level, they only need to make a phone call.  Some people argue that children these days need a phone because everyone texts so they need to text their friends.  There is more and more research coming out about the detrimental impacts of children using texts to communicate and how it is impairing their ability to interact.  As parents we need to start thinking twice about how early we get our children a phone (or give them our old ones) and make the best decisions for our own children, and not give in to what “everyone” in society is doing.  Also, if you have a toddler or preschooler, please never use a phone or tablet to keep them occupied.  Pack some toys, crayons, or other activities to have at hand to keep them occupied and interact with them rather than being on your own screen while another screen keeps them occupied. 

     

    Even if you don’t adopt these recommendations, my hope is that these rules will at least spark a conversation in your family about screen time and help us start challenging the norm.  Setting limits now, when your children are in elementary school, will make setting the limits when they are older much easier, help establish healthy habits as a family along the way, and teach our students about the importance of relationships and face to face time.  We also want to make sure that as our children get older, we can begin handing them more and more responsibility.  If you just give them full reign now, you cannot do this later on.  Children need our limits to not only thrive now, but also feel more responsibility as we give them more freedoms as they get older.  Finally, remember that children look to their parents as examples.  We have to behave as we want our children to behave. 

     

    Like mentioned above, if you are looking for a great online source for setting family rules and expectations for screen time and online behavior, commonsensemedia.org, is a great resource. Enjoy using your screens responsibly to have fun and enhance your relationships, rather than allowing them to get in the way. 

     

    Tech Filter Options

    I got some questions this week about filter options for devices.  Here is a link to help with your search that explains the difference of what is out there.  As a school we cannot promote or recommend certain devices or services, but hopefully this helps you get started.

    https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-parental-controls

     

    Message from our PTO

    Thank you to everyone who came to our first PTO meeting.  We had a great turnout.  The next big event put on by our PTO is our Fall Festival.  We are looking for people to help out and will need lots of help with your class’ booth. Look for more information coming home soon.  Our next PTO meeting will be in the evening to try to accommodate all of the working parents.  We’ll meet Thurs, Oct 4, at 6:00 pm at the Wine House.  If you are interested in helping out in any way please come to our first meeting or contact Heaven Tempalski (PTO President) at htempalski@gmail.com

     

    Repeat in this Email

     

    Cell Phone Baskets

    I mentioned this at our Back to School Night, but want to challenge our entire community.  There is plenty of research out there on the negative effects of too much screen time and social media.  None of those things are bad in themselves, but we have to make sure we put boundaries on use in a way that is developmentally appropriate for the different age groups.   Attached is a list of what I think are some of the best recommendations about screen time use and cell phones for families with elementary students in order to set a strong foundation of use as your children get older.  One of the best ways I have heard to help put boundaries on the use for everyone in the family is to get a small basket that everyone puts their cell phones into when they get home (this means everyone, adults and children’s friend who visit as well).  This helps keep your time at home as relational time and helps prevent the use of cell phones as a time filler/waster.  People can still hear the cell phones go off or buzz in the basket, so you’ll still get your calls, but not having the phones on your person will encourage the face to face interactions we are all needing to reclaim.  We have had a cell phone basket in our house for over a year now and we won’t go without it now as every relationship in our family has benefitted.  I hope you will not only seriously consider getting your own cell phone basket (and determining how to best use it in your family), but also to read the attached recommendations to make sure we are being strategic in how we incorporate technology into our lives and families.  If you do decide to create a cell phone basket, please post it and share it on your own social media to encourage others to as well.  I firmly believe our entire community would benefit from the limited screen time and more face time from this one small action.  Here is a great video (same as above) to spark some thought about this.  It is worth your 5 minutes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC21TcRQzKs

     

    Bucks for Bobcats Results

    Thank you to everyone who donated to our Bucks for Bobcats campaign.  We had our best year ever with 80% school-wide participation, two classes earning a pizza and ice cream party by having 100% participation, and 8 more classes earning over 80% for the pizza party.  All together we raised over $34,600.  Thank you for your generosity in giving to our PTO so they can support our school.

     

    Morning Mile

    Did you know that morning exercise helps you focus, stay on task, and learn in addition to keeping your body healthy? Are you looking for to a fun way to get some morning exercise in with your fellow students (and even parents)!  Mr. A (PE teacher) is starting up our Morning Mile this coming Thursday.  Come out and run with your fellow Bobcats and their families each Thursday from 8:15-8:35 to start your morning right. We hope to see you there.

     

    Upcoming events

    Fri, Sept 28, 3:00-6:00: Fall Festival

    Thurs, Oct 4 @ 6:00:  PTO meeting at the Wine House

    Oct 8-12: October Break

     

    Have a great weekend!

     

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

     



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  • Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Elaine Eldridge on 9/7/2018 4:00:00 PM

    9/7/2018

     

    Good Evening Bobcat Families

     

    In this email

    • Don’t Miss This
    • Too much screen time? No Screens Week 9/10-9/14
    • Cell Phone Baskets
    • Bucks For Bobcats Results
    • Morning Mile
    • Message from our PTO

    Repeat in this email

    • Staying Healthy – From the Nurse’s office

    Upcoming Events

     

    Don’t Miss This

     

    Too much screen time? No Screens Week – 9/10 through 9/14

    Do you feel your kids are spending too much time in front of a screen? Want to reclaim family time?    We are encouraging and challenging all families to turn off the screens in their home from Monday, 9/10, after school to Friday, 9/14, when school starts.  In turning off the screens our hope is to encourage families to spend more time with one another playing games, eating meals together, going for those family walks, and students reading more at home.  Many people know or feel that their family members spend too much time in front of a screen.  We hope that you will take this opportunity to spend a week reducing that screen time, and maybe even use this to reevaluate how you want to structure your family time at home for the year.  Students of families who choose to accept this challenge will need to complete the bottom portion of the flier that went home yesterday for their child to earn an ice cream party on Tuesday, Sept 19, at lunch.  Turning off screens involves everything with a screen including phones, tablets, computers, and TV’s (of course this does not include time that students or parents need to be on a screen for educational purposes or to read or make phone calls). A flier with more details will go home on Monday, and is attached to this email.  Attached is also a list of recommendations for phone and screen use at home to make sure we are being strategic in how we incorporate technology into our lives and families. 

     

    Cell Phone Baskets

    I mentioned this at our Back to School Night, but want to challenge our entire community. There is plenty of research out there on the negative effects of too much screen time and social media.  None of those things are bad in themselves, but we have to make sure we put boundaries on use in a way that is developmentally appropriate for the different age groups.   Attached is a list of what I think are some of the best recommendations about screen time use and cell phones for families with elementary students in order to set a strong foundation of use as your children get older.  One of the best ways I have heard to help put boundaries on the use for everyone in the family is to get a small basket that everyone puts their cell phones into when they get home (this means everyone, adults and children’s friend who visit as well).  This helps keep your time at home as relational time and helps prevent the use of cell phones as a time filler/waster.  People can still hear the cell phones go off or buzz in the basket, so you’ll still get your calls, but not having the phones on your person will encourage the face to face interactions we are all needing to reclaim.  We have had a cell phone basket in our house for over a year now and we won’t go without it now as every relationship in our family has benefitted.  I hope you will not only seriously consider getting your own cell phone basket (and determining how to best use it in your family), but also to read the attached recommendations to make sure we are being strategic in how we incorporate technology into our lives and families.  If you do decide to create a cell phone basket, please post it and share it on your own social media to encourage others to as well.  I firmly believe our entire community would benefit from the limited screen time and more face time from this one small action.  Here is a great video (same as above) to spark some thought about this.  It is worth your 5 minutes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC21TcRQzKs

     

    Bucks for Bobcats Results

    Thank you to everyone who donated to our Bucks for Bobcats campaign. We had our best year ever with 80% school-wide participation, two classes earning a pizza and ice cream party by having 100% participation, and 8 more classes earning over 80% for the pizza party.  All together we raised over $34,600.  Thank you for your generosity in giving to our PTO so they can support our school.

     

    Morning Mile

    Did you know that morning exercise helps you focus, stay on task, and learn in addition to keeping your body healthy? Are you looking for to a fun way to get some morning exercise in with your fellow students (and even parents)! Mr. A (PE teacher) is starting up our Morning Mile this coming Thursday.  Come out and run with your fellow Bobcats and their families each Thursday from 8:15-8:35 to start your morning right. We hope to see you there.

     

    Message from our PTO

    Thank you to everyone who came to our first PTO meeting. We had a great turnout. The next big event put on by our PTO is our Fall Festival. We are looking for people to help out and will need lots of help with your class’ booth. Look for more information coming home soon. Our next PTO meeting will be in the evening to try to accommodate all of the working parents. We’ll meet Thurs, Oct 4, at 6:00 pm at the Wine House. If you are interested in helping out in any way please come to our first meeting or contact Heaven Tempalski (PTO President) at htempalski@gmail.com

     

    Repeat in this Email

    Staying Healthy – From the Nurse’s office

    We have had a number of students starting to get sick. I would like to emphasize the importance of working together so that all our students stay as healthy as possible.  If one child comes to school sick, the illness spreads quickly to other students and to the staff, as well as family members. For this reason, you need to keep your child home if he/she has any of these symptoms and seek medical care if problem persists:

    • Fever, vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
    • Nasal discharge that is profuse or colored
    • Red, inflamed eyes
    • Body rash, unless determined non-infectious by a Doctor
    • A cough which is severe or persistent
    • Less than 24 hours of being on an antibiotic

    Reminder: Your child must be “fever free” or “vomit free” for 24 hours without medicine (Motrin, Tylenol or Advil) before they can return to school.

     

    If a physician diagnoses your child with a contagious disease such as chickenpox, strep throat, or pink eye, please keep your child home and notify the school as soon as possible.  This information will help us identify new cases early and reduce the spread of illness. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.  620-8195 ext. 2393.  Thank you for your cooperation. Nurse Milla

     

    Upcoming events

    Sept 10-14: No Screens Week

    Wed, Sept 12: Popsicles with Peterson

    Fri, Sept 28, 3:00-6:00: Fall Festival

    Thurs, Oct 4 @ 6:00: PTO meeting at the Wine House

    Oct 8-12: October Break

     

    Have a fun weekend!

     

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Advice for your Screens at Home (traducido al español a continuación)

    Since this week is No Screens for Ice Cream week I wanted to share some thoughts and ideas for you to consider about screens and technology in the home.  

     

    We have all seen an increase in the time students are spending in front of screens (phones, tablets, TV’s, computers, video games, etc). We’ve all been in places where we see entire families or groups of friends sitting together looking at their phones/tablets rather than interacting and two year olds begging for their parent’s cell phone.  I am guessing we’ve all thought about the question, “How is all of that screen time impacting children, families, and relationships?” 

     

    More and more research is being done regarding the impact screen time has on people. In the article, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” from the Atlantic, generational researcher and author, Jean Twenge, found, “There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness.” (While the article is on the longer side, it is worth every minute to read. The link is at the end of this letter).  As a school that has computers in every classroom and individual computers for each student starting in 3rd grade, this is something we have thoughtfully discussed.  We see a lot of value in using technology strategically to enhance a child’s education, but we also want to make sure we use it in a limited fashion.  We want to make sure we are teaching our students to be creators with the technology, not consumers.  It is very important to us that the students not spend too much time on computers at school (or at home), and that screen time does not get in the way of face time.  We hope that your family will engage in the same discussions at home.

     

    Here are a few family rules that I would like to pass along for families to consider as you discuss what you want your family rules to be around screens. (It is important to remember that a smart phones are not just phones, but are computers connected to the internet and all that the internet offers.)

    • Put a filter and parental controls on all your devices: This is just good practice so children are not exposed to inappropriate content and you can monitor their activity.
    • Set a screen time limit: Whether it’s daily (i.e. 30 minutes a day), weekly (i.e. 5 hours a week), or conditional (i.e. you get screen time after you…) set a limit on screen time and hold everyone to it.
    • No screens at the table: Family meal times are extremely important. TV’s, phones, tablets, all get in the way of the conversations families can have during that time. Nobody, including adults, should be allowed to bring a screen to any meal.
    • No screens in the car: There are two reasons for this. First, I always recommend to parents that they volunteer to be the drivers for their child’s, and their friend’s, activities because it is amazing what students will talk about in the back seat of a car. The children forget an adult is driving. Overhearing those conversations provides a great window into what goes on in your child’s life. In the car is also a time where you can have that precious uninterrupted time with your children (or family) to talk about how life is going and connect with each other. Second, recent brain research is informing us of how important “down time” or “bored time” is to the brain’s development. It is during those down times when you are staring out the window or waiting in line that the brain builds connections to all of the learning that happened that day. The car can be a great place for this. Today many children get in the car and immediately go on their phones. When they do that, it takes away from time for interactions as well as time for the brain to grow.
    • No screens in the bedroom (or at least require the door to be open): This one changes as the children get older. I feel that, at the elementary level, there is never a time where a student should be alone in their room with a screen. Today, computers and phones are a window to the world and all the world has to offer, both the good and bad. Obviously, as children get older, this rule will need to be adjusted because of homework demands, but screens behind closed doors is always a bad idea. Every family situation is different and you will have to make this decision as a family. No matter where the screen is, however, the screen should always be easily visible to the parent.
    • No phones in the room at night. In general, people make poorer decisions as the night goes on. Children struggle with this even more.   If you allow your child to have their phone in their room because it is an alarm clock, get them an alarm clock and take the phone out of the room at night (best is to have it in your room where you can see if anything is happening). I think this rule should not change no matter what age a child is.
    • Get a Family Cell Phone Basket: Having a place where people put their cell phones when they come in the door lets your whole family know that relationships with those present are what is the most important. This helps keep people from being on their phones rather than engage in relationships with those present. This also provides a place for your child’s friends to put their cell phones when they visit so that when the children are playing they are doing so together and not just playing side by side on their individual screens.
    • Sign a family tech use agreement: You can get ones that are already made (see commonsensemedia.org for some great resources), or create your own. These agreements should be signed by everyone in the household, child and adult, so everyone is held accountable.
    • Most Controversial Recommendation: Resist getting your child a cell phone until as late as possible (thankfully, in response to all of the research, there is a growing movement in the country to wait until at least 8th grade). If you feel an absolute need to get them a phone before 8th grade or high school (when my children will get their phones), either do not make it a smart phone, or put enough parental controls on it to limit who they can call/text, the apps they can put on their phone, and shut off the internet on the phone all together (thankfully parental controls are great now so you can have a lot of control over what your child can do on their phone). Over the years we have found that elementary students are not mature enough to handle a smart phone of their own, the access to the internet and social media, most of the apps and even texting appropriately. Students are not missing out on anything by waiting until later to have a phone that does all of that. At the elementary level, they only need to make a phone call. Some people argue that children these days need a phone because everyone texts so they need to text their friends. There is more and more research coming out about the detrimental impacts of children using texts to communicate and how it is impairing their ability to interact. As parents we need to start thinking twice about how early we get our children a phone (or give them our old ones) and make the best decisions for our own children, and not give in to what “everyone” in society is doing.

     

    Even if you don’t adopt these recommendations, my hope is that these rules will at least spark a conversation in your family about screen time and help us start challenging the norm. Setting limits now, when your children are in elementary school, will make setting the limits when they are older much easier, help establish healthy habits as a family along the way, and teach our students about the importance of relationships and face to face time.  We also want to make sure that as our children get older, we can begin handing them more and more responsibility.  If you just give them full reign now, you cannot do this later on.  Children need our limits to not only thrive now, but also feel more responsibility as we give them more freedoms as they get older.  Finally, remember that children look to their parents as examples.  We have to behave as we want our children to behave. 

     

    Like mentioned above, if you are looking for a great online source for setting family rules and expectations for screen time and online behavior, commonsensemedia.org, is a great resource. Enjoy using your screens responsibly to have fun and enhance your relationships, rather than allowing them to get in the way.

     

    Article link: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

     

    If you have any questions or thoughts you want to share, please give me a call. I am a parent in this with you and appreciate the conversations.

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal of Tularcitos Elementary School

     

     

    Consejos para sus pantallas en casa (traducido al español a continuación)

    Como esta semana es No Screens for Ice Cream, quería compartir algunas reflexiones e ideas para que considere sobre pantallas y tecnología en el hogar.

     

    Todos hemos visto un aumento en el tiempo que los estudiantes pasan frente a pantallas (teléfonos, tabletas, televisores, computadoras, videojuegos, etc.). Todos hemos estado en lugares donde vemos familias enteras o grupos de amigos sentados juntos mirando sus teléfonos / tabletas en lugar de interactuar y dos años pidiendo el teléfono celular de sus padres. Supongo que todos pensamos en la pregunta: "¿Cómo afecta todo el tiempo de pantalla a los niños, las familias y las relaciones?"

     

    Se están haciendo más y más investigaciones sobre el impacto que el tiempo de pantalla tiene en las personas. En el artículo, "¿Han destruido los teléfonos inteligentes una generación?" Del Atlántico, el investigador generacional y autor, Jean Twenge, encontró: "No hay una sola excepción. Todas las actividades de la pantalla están vinculadas a menos felicidad, y todas las actividades que no están en pantalla están vinculadas a más felicidad. "(Aunque el artículo está en el lado más largo, vale la pena leerlo cada minuto. El enlace está al final de esta carta). Como una escuela que tiene computadoras en cada aula y computadoras individuales para cada estudiante que comienza en 3er grado, esto es algo que hemos discutido cuidadosamente. Vemos mucho valor en el uso estratégico de la tecnología para mejorar la educación de un niño, pero también queremos asegurarnos de que la usemos de manera limitada. Queremos asegurarnos de que estamos enseñando a nuestros estudiantes a ser creadores con tecnología, no consumidores. Es muy importante para nosotros que los estudiantes no pasen demasiado tiempo en las computadoras en la escuela (o en el hogar), y que el tiempo de pantalla no interfiera con el tiempo. Esperamos que su familia participe en las mismas discusiones en casa.

     

    Aquí hay algunas reglas familiares que me gustaría transmitir para que las familias las consideren mientras habla sobre lo que quiere que las reglas de su familia estén alrededor de las pantallas. (Es importante recordar que los teléfonos inteligentes no son solo teléfonos, sino también computadoras conectadas a Internet y todo lo que ofrece Internet).

    • Ponga un filtro y controles parentales en todos sus dispositivos: esto es solo una buena práctica para que los niños no estén expuestos a contenido inapropiado y usted pueda monitorear su actividad.
    • Establezca un límite de tiempo de pantalla: ya sea diario (es decir, 30 minutos al día), semanal (es decir, 5 horas a la semana) o condicional (es decir, obtenga tiempo de pantalla después de que ...) establezca un límite en el tiempo de pantalla y mantenga a todos conectados .
    • No hay pantallas en la mesa: las comidas familiares son extremadamente importantes. Los televisores, teléfonos y tabletas se interponen en el camino de las conversaciones que las familias pueden tener durante ese tiempo. Nadie, incluidos los adultos, debería poder llevar una pantalla a ninguna comida.
    • No hay pantallas en el automóvil: hay dos razones para esto. Primero, siempre recomiendo a los padres que se ofrezcan como voluntarios para ser los conductores de las actividades de sus hijos y sus amigos, porque es sorprendente lo que los estudiantes hablarán en el asiento trasero de un automóvil. Los niños se olvidan de que un adulto está conduciendo. Escuchar esas conversaciones brinda una gran ventana a lo que sucede en la vida de su hijo. En el automóvil también es un momento en el que puede tener ese precioso e ininterrumpido tiempo con sus hijos (o familia) para hablar sobre cómo va la vida y conectarse entre sí. En segundo lugar, la investigación reciente sobre el cerebro nos está informando sobre la importancia del "tiempo de inactividad" o "tiempo aburrido" para el desarrollo del cerebro. Es durante esos tiempos de inactividad cuando estás mirando por la ventana o esperando en la cola que el cerebro construye conexiones con todo el aprendizaje que sucedió ese día. El auto puede ser un gran lugar para esto. Hoy muchos niños se suben al auto e inmediatamente se conectan a sus teléfonos. Cuando hacen eso, se quitan las interacciones y el tiempo para que el cerebro crezca.
    • No hay pantallas en el dormitorio (o al menos requieren que la puerta esté abierta): esta cambia a medida que los niños crecen. Siento que, en el nivel primario, nunca hay un momento en que un estudiante debe estar solo en su habitación con una pantalla. Hoy, las computadoras y los teléfonos son una ventana al mundo y todo el mundo tiene para ofrecer, tanto buenos como malos. Obviamente, a medida que los niños crecen, esta regla deberá ajustarse debido a las exigencias de tareas, pero las pantallas a puertas cerradas siempre son una mala idea. Cada situación familiar es diferente y tendrás que tomar esta decisión como familia. Sin importar dónde esté la pantalla, sin embargo, la pantalla siempre debe ser fácilmente visible para el padre.
    • No hay teléfonos en la habitación por la noche. En general, las personas toman decisiones peores a medida que avanza la noche. Los niños luchan con esto aún más. Si permite que su hijo tenga su teléfono en su habitación porque es una alarma, obtenga una alarma y saque el teléfono de la habitación por la noche (lo mejor es tenerlo en su habitación donde pueda ver si hay algo). sucediendo). Creo que esta regla no debería cambiar sin importar la edad de un niño.
    • Obtenga una canasta familiar de teléfonos celulares: Tener un lugar donde las personas pongan sus teléfonos celulares cuando entren por la puerta le deja saber a toda su familia que las relaciones con los presentes son lo más importante. Esto ayuda a evitar que las personas utilicen sus teléfonos en lugar de entablar relaciones con los presentes. Esto también brinda un lugar para que los amigos de su hijo coloquen sus teléfonos celulares cuando visitan, de modo que cuando los niños juegan, lo hacen juntos y no solo jugando uno al lado del otro en sus pantallas individuales.
    • Firme un acuerdo de uso de tecnología familiar: puede obtener los que ya están hechos (vea commonsensemedia.org para obtener algunos recursos geniales), o cree los suyos propios. Estos acuerdos deben ser firmados por todos en el hogar, niños y adultos, para que todos rindan cuentas.
    • Recomendación más polémica: Resista que su hijo tenga un teléfono celular hasta que sea lo más tarde posible (afortunadamente, en respuesta a toda la investigación, hay un movimiento creciente en el país que espera hasta al menos el octavo grado). Si siente la necesidad absoluta de obtener un teléfono antes del 8º o la escuela secundaria (cuando mis hijos recibirán sus teléfonos), no lo convierta en un teléfono inteligente o ponga suficientes controles parentales para limitar a quién pueden llamar / envíe un mensaje de texto, las aplicaciones que pueden poner en su teléfono, y apague el teléfono por teléfono (afortunadamente los controles parentales son geniales ahora para que pueda tener mucho control sobre lo que su hijo puede hacer en su teléfono). A lo largo de los años, hemos descubierto que los estudiantes de primaria no son lo suficientemente maduros como para manejar un teléfono inteligente propio, el acceso a Internet y las redes sociales, la mayoría de las aplicaciones e incluso enviar mensajes de texto de manera adecuada. Los estudiantes no se pierden nada al esperar hasta más tarde para tener un teléfono que hace todo eso. En el nivel primario, solo necesitan hacer una llamada telefónica. Algunas personas argumentan que los niños en estos días necesitan un teléfono porque todos los mensajes de texto por lo que necesitan para enviar mensajes de texto a sus amigos. Cada vez se publican más investigaciones sobre los impactos perjudiciales de los niños al usar textos para comunicarse y sobre cómo está afectando su capacidad para interactuar. Como padres tenemos que empezar a pensar dos veces qué tan temprano les damos un teléfono a nuestros hijos (o les damos los viejos) y tomamos las mejores decisiones para nuestros propios hijos, y no cedemos a lo que "todos" hacen en la sociedad.

     

    Incluso si no adoptas estas recomendaciones, espero que estas reglas al menos provoquen una conversación en tu familia sobre el tiempo frente a la pantalla y nos ayuden a comenzar a desafiar la norma. Establecer límites ahora, cuando sus hijos están en la escuela primaria, hará que establecer los límites cuando sean mayores sea mucho más fácil, ayudará a establecer hábitos saludables como familia en el camino y les enseñará a nuestros alumnos la importancia de las relaciones y el tiempo cara a cara. También queremos asegurarnos de que a medida que nuestros hijos crecen, podamos comenzar a otorgarles más y más responsabilidades. Si solo les das el reinado completo ahora, no podrás hacer esto más adelante. Los niños necesitan nuestros límites no solo para prosperar ahora, sino también para sentir más responsabilidad a medida que les damos más libertades a medida que envejecen. Finalmente, recuerde que los niños miran a sus padres como ejemplos. Tenemos que comportarnos como queremos que se comporten nuestros hijos.

     

    Como se mencionó anteriormente, si está buscando una gran fuente en línea para establecer reglas y expectativas familiares para el tiempo de pantalla y el comportamiento en línea, commonsensemedia.org es un gran recurso. Disfruta de usar tus pantallas de manera responsable para divertirte y mejorar tus relaciones, en lugar de permitir que se interpongan en el camino.

     

    Enlace del artículo: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

     

    Si tiene alguna pregunta o comentario que quiera compartir, llámeme. Soy un padre en esto con usted y aprecio las conversaciones.

    Ryan Peterson

    Orgulloso Director de la Escuela Primaria Tularcitos

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  • Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Elaine Eldridge on 9/3/2018

    Good Evening Bobcat Families

    Sorry for the late email. I forgot to send this our with the minimum day.  I hope everyone has a great weekend. 

     

    In this email

    • Don’t Miss This
    • Bucks for Bobcats
    • Staying Healthy – From the Nurse’s office
    • Message from our PTO

    Repeat in this email

    • Homework

    Upcoming Events

     

    Don’t Miss This

    • Monday, Sept 3, there is no school for Labor Day

     

    Bucks for Bobcats

    Thank you to everyone who donated to our Bucks for Bobcats campaign.  We don’t have the final numbers yet, but it was great to see so many envelopes coming in the past couple of days.  I’ll give you an update next Friday

     

    Staying Healthy – From the Nurse’s office

    We have had a number of students starting to get sick.  I would like to emphasize the importance of working together so that all our students stay as healthy as possible.  If one child comes to school sick, the illness spreads quickly to other students and to the staff, as well as family members. For this reason, you need to keep your child home if he/she has any of these symptoms and seek medical care if problem persists:

    • Fever, vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
    • Nasal discharge that is profuse or colored
    • Red, inflamed eyes
    • Body rash, unless determined non-infectious by a Doctor
    • A cough which is severe or persistent
    • Less than 24 hours of being on an antibiotic

    Reminder: Your child must be “fever free” or “vomit free” for 24 hours without medicine (Motrin, Tylenol or Advil) before they can return to school.

     

    If a physician diagnoses your child with a contagious disease such as chickenpox, strep throat, or pink eye, please keep your child home and notify the school as soon as possible.  This information will help us identify new cases early and reduce the spread of illness.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.  620-8195 ext. 2393.  Thank you for your cooperation. Nurse Milla

     

    Message from our PTO

    Our first PTO meeting will be Wednesday, September 5, at 8:45 in Bobcat Hall.  All parents/guardians of students at Tularcitos are automatically members of the PTO and we look forward to seeing you at the first meeting.  We will be meeting the first Wednesday of every month at the same time and place, with no meeting in December.  Our PTO funds many of the enrichment programs and field trips our students and families are fortunate enough to enjoy at Tularcitos.  We are still in need of help in various roles within PTO.  If you are interested in helping out in any way please come to our first meeting or contact Heaven Tempalski (PTO President) at htempalski@gmail.com

     

    Repeat in this Email

     

    Homework

    As those of you returning families know, homework was something that we spent considerable amount of time on last year.  At the end of the year most families were mostly happy (there is no way to please everyone with this topic) with the amount of homework coming home so we used that as a starting place as we adjusted our homework philosophy moving forward. While you heard more of the specifics for your child’s grade level in your classrooms tonight, I wanted to highlight one aspect that has not changed for anyone and two of the more significant changes we made compared to two years ago prior to starting this process. 

     

    What has not changed is the requirement that our students read or are read to every night.  We know that the only way to improve in reading is to read.  For student to get all of the practice they need in reading, families have to commit and prioritize that reading time at home.  Hopefully, however, this will not feel like homework, but will just be part of your family’s routine each day. 

     

    At the K-2 level the biggest shift is that we are now viewing the homework packet we are sending home as more of a communication packet to you at home so you know what is happening in the classroom.  This packet, while required to be returned in the past, will no longer be required to be returned.  We are still going to encourage you to do this work with your child at home so that you can stay engaged with their learning here at school (we still feel what we are sending home is worthwhile), but we are not going to be asking for it back.  It is for your information and to use as a family as you see fit. 

     

    At the 3-5 level the homework will now consist of work that was started in class, but may need to be finished at home.  Our focus is that the work we give students in class is the work they need to complete to demonstrate comprehension of the content.  Sometimes students will be able to complete this work in class (if they make the most use of their time), and sometimes students will have to take this home to complete.  We will not, however, just be sending work home as “extra” work for students to do at home.  The work that comes home will need to be completed because we feel it is what the student needs to do to have enough practice. 

     

    Our hope in making these changes is that what we give for homework better aligns to our overall goals for homework which are:

    • Enhance a student’s depth of understanding while developing and refining intellectual skills
    • Increase a student’s confidence in learning and build his/her identity as a successful learner
    • Build a student’s sense of responsibility and self-reliance and develop independent learners
    • Foster positive attitudes toward learning and be a connection between home and school

     

    Please also know that we put a lot of time into making sure that what we provide for homework also requires students to be more responsible each year so that when they go off to middle school they are prepared to organize themselves to get their work done at that level.  Attached is our more detailed homework philosophy that will be passed out at BTSN as well.

     

     

    Upcoming events

    Mon, Sept 3: Labor Day Holiday

    Wed, Sept 5: 8:45-9:45: PTO meeting in Bobcat Hall

    Sept 10-14: No Screens Week

    Wed, Sept 12: Popsicles with Peterson

    Fri, Sept 28, 3:00-6:00: Fall Festival

     

    Have a great three day weekend!

     

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Friday Email

    Posted by Elaine Eldridge on 8/17/2018

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families

     

    It is so great to be back and see all of you.  I don’t know how many principals get to be part of a community where they receive and get to give hugs to the parents and students on the first day back from summer, but I count my blessings daily to be part of such a community.  Thank you for all of the warm welcome backs.  I am sorry that the first few emails of the year are a little longer because of all of the information that needs to be communicated.  However, all of the info is extremely important, so please take the time to read through it carefully.  Thanks!

     

    In this email

    • Don’t Miss This
    • PTO Bucks for Bobcats
    • Reserved Parking on Campus
    • Please Know Your After School Plans
    • Playing on the Playground After School
    • Bus Riding
    • Campus Opens at 8:25
    • Morning Recess is Very Important
    • Driving Safely
    • School Rules
    • Dress Code Reminder
    • Swimming Starts Monday for 3rd – 5th Graders
    • Message from our PTO
    • Upcoming events

     

    Don’t Miss This

    • Back To School Night for 1st – 5th Grade is Thursday, Aug 23, from 6:00-8:00. Parents Only
      • 6:00-6:45 1st and 2nd grade classroom presentations
      • 6:50-7:10 Principal and PTO Welcome in Bobcat Hall
      • 7:15-8:00 3rd – 5th grade classroom presentations
    • Wednesday, Aug 29, is picture day.
    • Friday, Aug 24, there is no school for Car Week.
    • Every Friday is Bobcat spirit day. Remember to wear your Bobcat spirit wear or green and white on Fridays.
    • You can purchase spirit wear, swim bags, water bottles, etc. every Monday and Friday before school from our PTO Barn located outside the office.

     

    PTO Bucks for Bobcats

    Instead of having our students sell wrapping paper, cookie dough, magazines, or candy and getting only a portion of the proceeds, we do an annual pledge drive, Bucks for Bobcats, so all of the money raised goes directly to our PTO.  Bucks for Bobcats will start this Monday, August 20, and go through Friday, Aug 31.  Look for more information coming home Monday.  Bucks for Bobcats funds all the great things that PTO does for our school – Field Trips, Art Program, School Garden, Classroom Laptops, Swim Lessons, Assemblies, School Supplies, Classroom materials, and all the wonderful events the PTO puts on throughout the year. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.  Classrooms that are able to get at least 80% participation will receive a pizza party and the top classroom or anyone getting to 100% will receive a pizza party and ice cream party.  Thank you in advance for your support.  Without it, we could not provide our students with the wonderful learning opportunities they experience every year.  We are also looking for some student “cheer leaders” to help with Bucks for Bobcats.  See the attached flier for details.

     

    Reserved Parking on Campus

    We have one “Reserved” spot on campus at the top of the bus drop-off area.  This spot is for the person who bid and won the parking spot all year at our PTO’s Spring Fling to raise money for our PTO.  Please do not park in this spot at any time on school days and during school events.  Thank you!

     

    Please know your plans for after school

    Please make sure you arrange your after school plans before sending your students to school.  Children do better when they know what is happening throughout their day.  If a child does not know what is happening after school or who is picking them up, they are often more anxious in class and as a result will not learn as well as they would if they knew the plans.  We also cannot be interrupting students learning and class time to pass messages along to students on what their plans are after school.  Please make sure your child knows their plans after school each morning to help them be in a better spot to learn throughout the day.

     

    Playing on the playground after school

    We love to see our students and families enjoying our playground after school.  However, please keep in mind a few rules when you do. 

    • Kindergarteners are not allowed to play on our playgrounds between 2:00-3:00. Please use the CV Park during this time.
    • All elementary students must be supervised on our playground by an adult at all times after school. Students are not allowed to hang out after school unsupervised.  If a child is found unsupervised after school they will need to wait in front of the office until an adult arrives to supervise them or pick them up.

    Following these rules helps make sure everyone stays safe.  Thank you for your cooperation.

     

    Bus Riding

    If your child is new to riding the bus, please make sure they know the name of the stop they get off at and the bus number they ride.  Then also tell the teacher so we can make sure your child gets off at the right stop.

     

    Campus Opens at 8:25.

    This week we have been allowing students and families on campus a little before 8:25 because people are still adjusting to a new year.  Next week, however, all students and parents need to stay off campus until the bell rings at 8:25, unless you have an appointment with a teacher.  Once the bell rings and the music plays, we have supervision and you can come onto campus.  This goes for both students and parents. 

     

    Morning Recess is Very Important

    Many studies have shown that our brains function better after physical activity.  Because of this, I want to encourage everyone to get their students to school by 8:30 so they can play and get their blood moving before going into class.  Being here by 8:30 also teaches your student responsibility in making sure they get to class on time.

     

    Driving Safely

    Thank you for driving safely around school and following the directions of staff on duty.  At times we might get rushed or become impatient as we park and try to get our children to and from class.  With elementary students around who may not be paying enough attention, it is extremely important as adults to drive safely around campus.  Please make sure to continue driving slowly and cautiously to ensure everyone’s safety.  We also really appreciate being able to use the CVCYC parking lot for families of our youngest students.  Please make sure to drive especially slowly and cautiously there so we can continue using that lot.  Please also honor the reserved parking spot in the bus drop-off area.  This is reserved during school hours and every school event.

     

    School Rules

    Throughout this week and into next week we are reviewing all of the school rules with the students.  If you have not reviewed the Tularcitos Discipline Plan, which includes the school rules, this year, I would encourage you to do so sometime in the near future.  You can find a copy of the discipline plan on our website, www.tularcitos.org, under Parents/Links for Parents.

     

    Dress Code Reminder:

    We will be going over this with the students on Tuesday, but with the start of the year and the nice weather, I also want to quickly remind everyone of our dress code at school.  In order to help students remember that they are at school to learn, below is our dress code. 

    1. Students are to wear clothing that covers the torso, tummy, upper thigh, and underwear. Spaghetti straps are not allowed.  Shorts must be worn under skirts. We highly recommend having girls at the k-2 level wear shorts under all skirts and dresses as they are very active in their play.
    2. Clothing and accessories must be in line with our character pillars and may not display “uncaring” words (stupid, dumb, idiot, etc) or present images that are crude, sexually suggestive, violent, use profanity, express prejudice, or refer to drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
    3. Students are to keep their hair groomed so as not to cover the eyes.
    4. Students must wear sturdy shoes or sandals with a strap over the heel. Flip flops, clogs, platform- or high-heeled shoes, and roller-shoes are not allowed.  On PE days, students must wear sturdy athletic shoes that allow for safe and comfortable running.
    5. Hats, caps, and sweatshirt-hoods are not to be worn indoors unless granted permission from the teacher or adult in charge for a specific event.
    6. Current student sports team uniforms and caps may not be worn at school (example, Carmel Valley Baseball uniforms, All Star uniforms, etc.)
    7. Girls’ swimming suits must have straps that go over the shoulder. Street clothes (cut-offs, t-shirts) may not be worn for swimming.
    8. Consequences for not conforming to the dress code may include wearing school-provided clothing for the remainder of the day or until parent contact is made and appropriate clothing is brought to school.

     

    Swimming Starts Next Week for 3rd – 5th Graders

    3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be starting the year with swimming.  Students will be getting comfortable in the water floating, kicking, stroking, handstands, cannonballs, and treading water.  They will also be introduced to lifesaving techniques appropriate for all sizes and levels: reading assists, throwing assists, and use of the rescue tube.  Please make sure your child has a swimsuit and towel (and goggles if they want them) beginning Monday, August 20, when it is their day for PE.  A flier went home with the details.

     

    Message from our PTO

    Welcome back!  Our first PTO meeting will be Wednesday, September 5, at 8:45 in Bobcat Hall.  All parents/guardians of students at Tularcitos are automatically members of the PTO and we look forward to seeing you at the first meeting.  We will be meeting the first Wednesday of every month at the same time and place, with no meeting in December.  Our PTO funds many of the enrichment programs and field trips our students and families are fortunate enough to enjoy at Tularcitos.  We are still in need of help in various roles within PTO.  If you are interested in helping out in any way please come to our first meeting or contact Heaven Tempalski (PTO President) at htempalski@gmail.com

     

    Upcoming events

    Aug 20-31: PTO Bucks for Bobcat Fundraiser

    Thurs, Aug 23 @ 10:00: Summer Reading Program Brunch

    Thurs, Aug 23 at 6:00 pm: Back to School Night

    Fri, Aug 24: No School for Car Week

    Wed, Aug 29: Picture Day

    Fri, Aug 31: Minimum Day. Students released after lunch at 12:30.

    Mon, Sept 3: Labor Day Holiday

    Wed, Sept 5: 8:45-9:45: PTO meeting in Bobcat Hall

    Sept 10-14: No Screens Week

    Fri, Sept 28, 3:00-6:00: Fall Festival

     

    I look forward to reconnecting with more of you soon.  Please come say hi whenever you see me.  I hope that everyone enjoys their weekend.

     

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Friday Email

    Posted by Elaine Eldridge on 6/4/2018

    Good Afternoon Tularcitos Families. 

     

    In this email

    Don’t Miss This
    5th Grade Video
    Amazing Yearbook
    Summer Reading Program
    Free National Parks Pass with 4th Graders
    Message from our PTO
    Upcoming Events

     

    Don’t Miss This

    Make sure to complete your Infosnap registration for next year if you have not already
    First day of school next year is Tuesday, Aug 14
     

    I cannot believe that this is the last day of school.  Thank you for such a fantastic year at Tularcitos.  This is a special place and I am very honored to be part of it.  I hope that everyone has a fun summer and has lots of time to spend with loved ones and doing things they enjoy.  I am looking forward to seeing you next year.  I also want to say congratulations again to our 5th graders on all of their hard work this year.  Have a great time in middle school and remember to keep filling buckets and make other people’s day better. 

     

    5th Grade Video

    If you are a 5th grade family and want the video from promotion, it is posted on the Tular website.  Some people also asked for a copy of my speech.  You can find it on our website as well. 

     

    Amazing Yearbook

    I want to give a huge thank you to the yearbook committee, photographers, and journalists for the hundreds of hours they spent putting together our amazing yearbook again this year.  It is a gift that the students will cherish for years. Additionally, the yearbook sponsors were entered in a raffle to win a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant.  And the winner is....Vivi Fenwick of Vivi Fenwick Consulting.  She will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant of her choice.  Thanks again for sponsoring!

     

    Summer Reading Program

    In addition to playing, exploring, and having lots of fun, keeping a routine of daily reading is extremely important over the summer.  To help encourage students, and families, to do this, we have a summer reading program in place where students who participate and read, on average, 15 minutes a day get to enjoy a nice brunch when we return from summer.  A reading log went home with more details and a calendar to keep track of minutes.  Enjoy reading over the summer!

     

    Free National Park Pass with 4th Graders

    If you are headed to national parks this summer and have a 4th grader, know that there is free entry to ALL national parks for a whole YEAR if you bring a 4th grader! Here is the website for more details.  https://www.everykidinapark. gov/

     

    Message from our PTO

    Thank you, again, to everyone who helped out this year.  We look forward to working with everyone next year to make it an even better year.

     

    Have a great summer!  Go Bobcats!!!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal of Tularcitos Elementary School

     

    Upcoming events

    Thurs, 8/9 @ 6:30: Kinder Back To School Night for parents

    Thurs, 8/9 @ 5:00: Kinder class lists posted

    Fri, 8/10 at 9:00: 1st – 5th Grade New Family Orientation

    Fri, 8/10: Class lists posted at 5:00

    Mon, 8/13 @ 10:00: Kinder Open House for Students

    Tues, 8/14: First Day of School

    Tues, 8/14 @ 8:45: PTO Welcome Back Meet and Greet in Bobcat Hall

    Wed, 8/23: Back to School Night

    Fri, 8/24: No School for Car Week

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  • Friday Email

    Posted by Elaine Eldridge on 5/29/2018

    Good Afternoon Tularcitos Families. 

     

    In this email

    Don’t Miss This
    Last Music Concert
    Yearbook Information
    Summer Reading Program
    Carmel Valley Pool
    Message from our PTO
    Repeat in this Email

    Next Year Teachers
    Parent Survey
    Upcoming Events

     

    Don’t Miss This

    Make sure to complete your Infosnap registration for next year if you have not already
    No school Monday for Memorial Day
    5th Grade Promotion is Thursday, May 31, at 9:00 in Bobcat Hall
    Last day of school is Friday, June 1. Students are out after lunch at 12:30
    Our lost and found is overflowing. Please make sure to check it before the end of the year.  All items will be donated after the last day of school.
    First day of school next year is Tuesday, Aug 14
     

    Last Music Concert

    Our 4th and 5th grade music students put on a wonderful music concert last night.  We are so blessed to have such a rich program.  Thank you to all of the performers and Mr. Short for a great year of music.

     

    Yearbook Information

    If you did not purchase a yearbook, they will be on sale while supplies last beginning Thursday May 31 in the school office (not before then).  For students who have already ordered their yearbooks, they will be distributed early to the 5th graders on Wednesday, 5/30, and to the K-4th graders on Thursday 5/31. If a student has a negative lunch balance or any overdue library books they will not receive their yearbook until those are cleared.

     

    Summer Reading Program

    In addition to playing, exploring, and having lots of fun, keeping a routine of daily reading is extremely important over the summer.  To help encourage students, and families, to do this, we have a summer reading program in place where students who participate and read, on average, 15 minutes a day get to enjoy a nice brunch when we return from summer.  A reading log will be coming home soon with more details and a calendar to keep track of minutes.  Enjoy reading over the summer!

     

    Carmel Valley Community Youth Center Pool

    The pool will be open this weekend from 12-5 each day.  Summer swim lessons begin Monday, June 4th.  Register for lessons online at www.cvcyc.org.  They will also be holding adult swim this summer.

     

    Message from our PTO

    Thank you to everyone who helped out this year.  The PTO board for next year will be: President Heaven Tempalski, VP Lauren Robertson, Secretary Gina Nucci Hincks, Treasurer Lauren Collins, and Room Parent Liaison Hilary Hamilton.  We are looking forward to next year.  Thank you again to everyone who helped out this year and to our outgoing board.

     

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    Next Year Teachers

    Many were wondering last night who was teaching what class next year.  I specifically wait until after Open House to let people know because I want Open House to be about celebrating this year, and not looking for teachers for next year.  So, below are the teachers for next year.  There are some changes in both who is teaching what grade level as well as how many classes are at each grade level.  Thankfully we are in a district that can support low class sizes and, as a school, next year we will be at the lowest class size average we have been in over a decade.  That said, we had to make a tough decision on which grade level would only have three classes next year (this year it was first grade).  In order to make that decision, we looked at the makeup of the students at the different grades and the potential class sizes moving forward with what we are projecting will be the numbers at each grade level next year.  Ultimately, in order to continue to prioritize small classes at the primary grades we decided that 4th grade will have only three classes next year.  This will mean that our 4th and 5th grade classes will all have class sizes around 25 and all of our K-3 classes will be able to be below 20.  Again, these are excellent class sizes for each grade level.  Some names you won’t see in the list below that you may be wondering about.  Mrs. Bankston, Mrs. Surprenant (intervention specialist), and Mrs. Kamm (Special Ed teacher) are all retiring this year (congratulations to all of them), and we are excited to let you know that Mrs. Weist will be our intervention specialist next year teaching reading and math to our struggling primary grade students.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

    Kinder: Neuhaus, Maschmeyer, Campbell, Southerland

    1st: Burns, Stasio, Reimer, O'Bryan

    2nd: Becker, Slavet, Stallcup, Beck (yes, she's coming back to the classroom!)

    3rd: Ogata, Guzowski, Golden, Parker

    4th: Morgan, Reding, Hoover (yes, she is coming back too!)

    5th: Bonynge, Dinsmore, Kershing, Wojtalewicz

     

    Parent Survey

    Thank you again to everyone who took the parent survey a few months ago.  We have our results and I wanted to share them with you.  Overall, our community is very happy with things at Tular.  As a district, we try to make sure we are above 80% satisfaction in every category (which, according to survey specialists is a very high mark of satisfaction for a large group of people), and I am happy to report that we are above 80% everywhere and actually in the mid to high 90%’s in almost all categories.  Even with those high results, there are some areas where we identified needed improvement. 

    The first was in our academic support classes. This took a little dip in satisfaction (from 93 to 88) and from the written feedback we got that has to do with parents wanting more communication about what is going on in the support classes.  This is something we will be working on next year.  Another area of growth was in continuing our work with students in our character education, social emotional learning, and class meetings on treating each other well.  Overall, 96% of the families report that Tular is an inviting and safe place for students to learn, 97% say this is a safe place for their child, and 84% said harassment and bullying are not a problem, but those were all small decreases from two years ago.  Therefore, this is an area that we will continue to focus and work on moving forward, especially around developing empathy and how students treat each other at recess, which is where the comments reported things happening. 

    There were a few other areas of feedback that were not prevalent in the numbers, but were in the comments.  One was about wanting more challenge for above level students.  This is something we are constantly working on and will continue to look at moving forward, and we have this as one of our school goals.  We want to keep every student challenged and every year we try to add more to our curriculum to make this happen.  Another area of feedback was on wanting more time with the specialists (art, music, garden, science, etc.)  While this would be great, as a school we already struggle with getting the time we need to teach the core subjects so taking time away from the core subjects to add more time to specialist would be very difficult.  Our specialist are always trying to improve their programs to make sure we maximize the time students have in those classes, so that is where we will continue to put our efforts. 

    Again, thank you again to everyone who took the time to complete the survey and offer your feedback.  It is good to know that, overall, people are very satisfied with how things are going at Tular.  If you have any further questions, let me know. 

     

    Have a enjoyable last weekend of the school year!  Happy Memorial Day!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal of Tularcitos Elementary School

     

    Upcoming events

    Mon, May 28: No School for Memorial day

    Thurs, May 31 @ 9:00: 5th Grade Promotion in Bobcat Hall

    Fri, June 1: Last Day of School.  Students released at 12:30.

    Tues, Aug 14: First Day of School

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  • Friday Email

    Posted by Elaine Eldridge on 5/21/2018

    Good Afternoon Tularcitos Families. 

     

    In this email

    • Don’t Miss This
    • Register for Next Year
    • Open House
    • Parent Survey
    • Order Your Yearbooks
    • Message from our PTO

    Repeat in this Email

    Upcoming Events

    • SELPA Announcement
    • New Spirit wear

     

    Don’t Miss This

    • Thurs, May 24: 4th and 5th Grade Spring Music Concert
    • Mon, May 28: No School for Memorial day

     

    Registering for Next Year

    As of yesterday 276 students are registered for the 2018-2019 school year. All families new and returning must complete the infosnap registration each year.  The last day to complete the on-line registration  for the 2018-2019 school year is May 31st.  If your child will not be returning to CUSD please notify the school office.

     

    Open House

    I hope that all of you enjoyed Open House last night.  It was so much fun to watch all of you enjoying the work your children have done in class and talk to each other around campus.  We have such a wonderful community.  I want to give a big thank you to the Friends of Cachagua Community Center for a wonderful fiesta dinner last night at Open House.  It was delicious.  Thank you, everyone, for all of your support of Tularcitos and our students. 

     

    Next Year Teachers

    Many were wondering last night who was teaching what class next year.  I specifically wait until after Open House to let people know because I want Open House to be about celebrating this year, and not looking for teachers for next year.  So, below are the teachers for next year.  There are some changes in both who is teaching what grade level as well as how many classes are at each grade level.  Thankfully we are in a district that can support low class sizes and, as a school, next year we will be at the lowest class size average we have been in over a decade.  That said, we had to make a tough decision on which grade level would only have three classes next year (this year it was first grade).  In order to make that decision, we looked at the makeup of the students at the different grades and the potential class sizes moving forward with what we are projecting will be the numbers at each grade level next year.  Ultimately, in order to continue to prioritize small classes at the primary grades we decided that 4th grade will have only three classes next year.  This will mean that our 4th and 5th grade classes will all have class sizes around 25 and all of our K-3 classes will be able to be below 20.  Again, these are excellent class sizes for each grade level.  Some names you won’t see in the list below that you may be wondering about.  Mrs. Bankston, Mrs. Surprenant (intervention specialist), and Mrs. Kamm (Special Ed teacher) are all retiring this year (congratulations to all of them), and we are excited to let you know that Mrs. Weist will be our intervention specialist next year teaching reading and math to our struggling primary grade students.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

    Kinder: Neuhaus, Maschmeyer, Campbell, Southerland

    1st: Burns, Stasio, Reimer, O'Bryan

    2nd: Becker, Slavet, Stallcup, Beck (yes, she's coming back to the classroom!)

    3rd: Ogata, Guzowski, Golden, Parker

    4th: Morgan, Reding, Hoover (yes, she is coming back too!)

    5th: Bonynge, Dinsmore, Kershing, Wojtalewicz

     

    Parent Survey

    Thank you again to everyone who took the parent survey a few months ago.  We have our results and I wanted to share them with you.  Overall, our community is very happy with things at Tular.  As a district, we try to make sure we are above 80% satisfaction in every category (which, according to survey specialists is a very high mark of satisfaction for a large group of people), and I am happy to report that we are above 80% everywhere and actually in the mid to high 90%’s in almost all categories.  Even with those high results, there are some areas where we identified needed improvement. 

    The first was in our academic support classes. This took a little dip in satisfaction (from 93 to 88) and from the written feedback we got that has to do with parents wanting more communication about what is going on in the support classes.  This is something we will be working on next year.  Another area of growth was in continuing our work with students in our character education, social emotional learning, and class meetings on treating each other well.  Overall, 96% of the families report that Tular is an inviting and safe place for students to learn, 97% say this is a safe place for their child, and 84% said harassment and bullying are not a problem, but those were all small decreases from two years ago.  Therefore, this is an area that we will continue to focus and work on moving forward, especially around developing empathy and how students treat each other at recess, which is where the comments reported things happening. 

    There were a few other areas of feedback that were not prevalent in the numbers, but were in the comments.  One was about wanting more challenge for above level students.  This is something we are constantly working on and will continue to look at moving forward, and we have this as one of our school goals.  We want to keep every student challenged and every year we try to add more to our curriculum to make this happen.  Another area of feedback was on wanting more time with the specialists (art, music, garden, science, etc.)  While this would be great, as a school we already struggle with getting the time we need to teach the core subjects so taking time away from the core subjects to add more time to specialist would be very difficult.  Our specialist are always trying to improve their programs to make sure we maximize the time students have in those classes, so that is where we will continue to put our efforts. 

    Again, thank you again to everyone who took the time to complete the survey and offer your feedback.  It is good to know that, overall, people are very satisfied with how things are going at Tular.  If you have any further questions, let me know. 

     

    Order Your Yearbook:

    As the end of school approaches, we only have a limited amount of yearbooks to sell.  WE HAVE LESS THAN 100 LEFT.  So, please order your yearbook today if you haven’t already.  The last day to order the yearbook for $15 ONLINE or to turn in PAPER ORDERS is MAY 18th.  Please go to www.jostens.com or drop off payment in the office.  After May 18th, yearbooks will be available for purchase for $20 in the office on May 31st after school and June 1st (last day of school), while supplies last. 

     

    Yearbook Distribution Days in the Classrooms:

    5th Graders – Wednesday, May 30th, after the promotion practice

    K-4th Graders – Thursday, May 31st

    To make sure your child doesn’t miss out on distribution day in the classrooms, order your yearbook by May 18th.

     

    A Big Thank You to our Sponsors!

    Thank you to all the sponsors who have generously supported the 2017-2018 Tularcitos yearbook!  We appreciate your help with making the yearbook affordable to everyone.  We will announce the winner of the raffle to a local dinner soon.  Stay tuned. Please take the time to support these local businesses from our Tularcitos community.  Look for their advertisement in the yearbook.  A special thank you to Jenny Lutes and Pete Garneau for sponsoring without a business advertisement.

    Law Office of Aengus L. Jeffers

    Carmel Lahaina Utility Services, Inc.

    Carmel Berry Company

    Salinas Pump Company

    Rental Depot

    ILuvChem Tutoring Service

    Paris Bakery

    Vivi Fenwick Consulting

    OCG Plumbing, Inc.

    Arlyn Knapic, Violin and Viola Instructor

    Polaris Consulting

    Monterey Bay Orthodontics

    Griggs Nursery

    Carmel Valley Olive Co., LLC

    Cassady Orthodontics

    Lice Clinics of America of Monterey

    Jerome's Carmel Valley Market

    Big Sur River Inn

    Cordrey Construction

    Dr. Gregory Tapson, Adolescent, Adult, and Geriatric Medicine

    The Meatery

    Melissa Radowicz of Monterey Coast Realty

    Carmel Computers

    Jennifer Metcalf, Financial Advisor

     

    Message from our PTO

    Thank you to everyone who helped out this year.  The PTO board for next year will be: President Heaven Tempalski, VP Lauren Robertson, Secretary Gina Nucci Hincks, Treasurer Lauren Collins, and Room Parent Liaison Hilary Hamilton.  We are looking forward to next year.  Thank you again to everyone who helped out this year and to our outgoing board.

     

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    Monterey County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Announcement

    The California Department of Education requires all SELPAs to submit annual budget and service plans each spring for the upcoming school year.  Those plans must be approved by the SELPA's governing body following a public hearing.  Notice of the public hearing must be posted at every school within all member districts at least 15 days prior to the public hearing. The public hearing for the 2018-19 plans will be held during the SELPA Governance Council meeting scheduled for May 24, 2018.  Attached are copies of the notice in English and Spanish.

     

    New Spiritwear available

    We have a lot of great new Bobcat spiritwear available in our store, and have restocked on some favorites.  We now have socks, sweatpants, shorts, swim bags, and water bottles.  Please come by the Barn Monday or Friday before school. Credit cards are accepted.

     

    Have a fun weekend!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal of Tularcitos Elementary School

     

    Upcoming events

    Thurs, May 24: 4th and 5th Grade Spring Music Concert

    Fri, May 25: 5th grade UNICEF bake sale after school

    Mon, May 28: No School for Memorial day

    Thurs, May 31 @ 9:00: 5th Grade Promotion in Bobcat Hall

    Fri, June 1: Last Day of School.  Students released at 12:30.

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  • Friday Email

    Posted by Elaine Eldridge on 5/14/2018

    Good Afternoon Tularcitos Families.  Happy Mother’s Day!!!

     

    In this email

    • Don’t Miss This
    • Spring Sing
    • Open House Fiesta Dinner
    • Art Show Set-Up Help
    • Order Your Yearbooks
    • SELPA Announcement
    • New Spiritwear
    • Message from our PTO

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    Upcoming Events

     

    Don’t Miss This

    • Thurs, May 17 @ 5:00: Open House and Fiesta Dinner. 5:00-6:00 Fiesta Dinner and Spirit Wear available for purchase.  5:00-7:00 Art Show in Bobcat Hall.  6:00-7:00 Classrooms open.

     

    Spring Sing

    Thank you to Mr. Short and all of our kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders for a fun, uplifting concert last night.  It is so great to see our students showing off their musical talent.

     

    Open House Fiesta Dinner.

    Our Open House will be this coming Thursday, May 17.  There will be a fiesta dinner from 5:00-6:00.  Adult plates are $8 and kid plates are $6.  All proceeds will go to the Friends of Cachagua Childrens’ Center to help support the summer programs being held in Cachagua this summer.  Ice cream will also be available for purchse Classrooms will be open from 6:00-7:00 and the Art Show will be open 5:00-6:00.

     

    Art Show Set-Up Help
    Thank you to the wonderful group of parents and staff who helped prepare this year's art show.  Our spectacular art exhibit would not be possible without such generosity.

    We still need a small army of people to set up on Thursday, May 17 at 8:45 am in Bobcat Hall so it's not too late to lend a hand and get a firsthand look at this year’s talent!

    Breakdown of the exhibit will take place Friday, May 18 at 10:00.  It's fast but fun.

    See you next week!

     

    Order Your Yearbook:

    As the end of school approaches, we only have a limited amount of yearbooks to sell.  WE HAVE LESS THAN 100 LEFT.  So, please order your yearbook today if you haven’t already.  The last day to order the yearbook for $15 ONLINE or to turn in PAPER ORDERS is MAY 18th.  Please go to www.jostens.com or drop off payment in the office.  After May 18th, yearbooks will be available for purchase for $20 in the office on May 31st after school and June 1st (last day of school), while supplies last. 

     

    Yearbook Distribution Days in the Classrooms:

    5th Graders – Wednesday, May 30th, after the promotion practice

    K-4th Graders – Thursday, May 31st

    To make sure your child doesn’t miss out on distribution day in the classrooms, order your yearbook by May 18th.

     

    A Big Thank You to our Sponsors!

    Thank you to all the sponsors who have generously supported the 2017-2018 Tularcitos yearbook!  We appreciate your help with making the yearbook affordable to everyone. 

    We will announce the winner of the raffle to a local dinner soon.  Stay tuned.

    Please take the time to support these local businesses from our Tularcitos community.  Look for their advertisement in the yearbook.  A special thank you to Jenny Lutes and Pete Garneau for sponsoring without a business advertisement.

    Law Office of Aengus L. Jeffers

    Carmel Lahaina Utility Services, Inc.

    Carmel Berry Company

    Salinas Pump Company

    Rental Depot

    ILuvChem Tutoring Service

    Paris Bakery

    Vivi Fenwick Consulting

    OCG Plumbing, Inc.

    Arlyn Knapic, Violin and Viola Instructor

    Polaris Consulting

    Monterey Bay Orthodontics

    Griggs Nursery

    Carmel Valley Olive Co., LLC

    Cassady Orthodontics

    Lice Clinics of America of Monterey

    Jerome's Carmel Valley Market

    Big Sur River Inn

    Cordrey Construction

    Dr. Gregory Tapson, Adolescent, Adult, and Geriatric Medicine

    The Meatery

    Melissa Radowicz of Monterey Coast Realty

    Carmel Computers

    Jennifer Metcalf, Financial Advisor

     

    Monterey County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Announcement

    The California Department of Education requires all SELPAs to submit annual budget and service plans each spring for the upcoming school year.  Those plans must be approved by the SELPA's governing body following a public hearing.  Notice of the public hearing must be posted at every school within all member districts at least 15 days prior to the public hearing. The public hearing for the 2018-19 plans will be held during the SELPA Governance Council meeting scheduled for May 24, 2018.  Attached are copies of the notice in English and Spanish.

     

    New Spiritwear available

    We have a lot of great new Bobcat spiritwear available in our store, and have restocked on some favorites.  We now have socks, sweatpants, shorts, swim bags, and water bottles.  Please come by the Barn Monday or Friday before school. Credit cards are accepted.

     

    Message from our PTO

    Thank you to everyone who helped out this year.  The PTO board for next year will be: President Heaven Tempalski, VP Lauren Robertson, Secretary Gina Nucci Hincks, Treasurer Lauren Collins, and Room Parent Liaison Hilary Hamilton.  We are looking forward to next year.  Thank you again to everyone who helped out this year and to our outgoing board.

     

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    Have a great weekend!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal of Tularcitos Elementary School

     

    Upcoming events

    Wed, May 16 @ 9:00: 4th/5th grade achievement awards assembly

    Thurs, May 17 @ 5:00: Open House and Dinner

    Thurs, May 24: 4th and 5th Grade Spring Music Concert

    Fri, May 25: 5th grade UNICEF bake sale after school

    Mon, May 28: No School for Memorial day

    Thurs, May 31 @ 9:00: 5th Grade Promotion in Bobcat Hall

    Fri, June 1: Last Day of School.  Students released at 12:30.

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  • Friday Email

    Posted by Elaine Eldridge on 4/30/2018

    Good Afternoon Tularcitos Families. 

     

    In this email

    • Don’t Miss This
    • Staff Appreciation
    • Kindergarten Fairness and Forgiveness Assembly
    • Youth In Action – Making a Positive Difference in our Community
    • SBAC Testing
    • Message from our PTO

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    • Art Show Needs Your Help
    • Attention 5th Grade Parents
    • Parent Input Form
    • Kindergarten and TK Registration for Next Year Available

    Upcoming Events

     

    Don’t Miss This

    • SBAC (state testing) for 3rd-5th grade students is Apr 30-May11

     

    New Spiritwear available

    We have lot of great new Bobcat spiritwear available in our store, and have restocked on some favorites.  We now have socks, sweatpants, shorts, swim bags, and water bottles.  Please come by the Barn Monday or Friday before school.

     

    Staff Appreciation

    Thank you so much to everyone who brought something in for the staff this week and the delicious food for the staff appreciation lunch today.  We felt so blessed and appreciated.  Thank you Bobcat Families.

     

    Kindergarten Fairness and Forgiveness Assembly

    Thank you to our kindergartens and the teachers for an inspiring Fairness and Forgiveness Character Assembly today.  The whole assembly was wonderful and left us with great examples of how to be better people of character in our lives.  After the assembly we were also able to honor the three teachers who are retiring at the end of this year. They are, if you don’t already know, Mrs. Kamm, Mrs. Surprenant, and Mrs. Bankston.  When you see these amazing educators, please give them a congratulations and a thank you.

     

    Youth in Action Event – Making a Positive Difference in our Community

    All Tularcitos students and their families are invited to join the Youth in Action Group on Saturday May 5th to go gleaning with Ag Against Hunger. The kids and their parents will pick produce that would otherwise rot in the fields for donation to local food banks. Just be sure to sign up as soon as you can or by Monday April 30th at noon. Click this link to learn more and register: 

    https://gleaning-with-youth-in-action.eventbrite.com

     

    SBAC (State Test) testing schedule

    3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be taking the state-wide Smarter Balanced Assessment during the weeks of April 30th and May 7th (we are spreading the tests out over two weeks to give our students the best chance at success) in the morning.  During these weeks, Please do not schedule appointments during the morning and make sure the students get a good breakfast and come with a healthy snack (as they should every day) so students’ brains are well fueled and ready to do their best.

     

    Message from our PTO

    Our next meeting, and last of this year, will be Wednesday, May 2, at 8:45 in Bobcat Hall.  At that meeting we’ll be voting in the new Exec Board, approve next year’s budget and begin planning for next year.  Attached to this email are the minutes from our April meeting to review.

     

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    Art Show Needs Your Help

    The Tularcitos Art Show is just around the corner and we need at least one helper to mat our children's art works.  Four days only ....just simply drop-in.  Even an hour makes a huge difference.  No art experience necessary.  Bring a friend and have some fun. 

    Where:  Room #64 - Art Room

    When:   May 2 and 3 AND May 9 and 10

                  Anytime between 8:30 and 3:00

    Questions?:  contact art teacher Mrs. Woodward at twoodward@carmelunified.org

     

    Attention 5th Grade Parents

    Other communication went out earlier, but I want to make sure all of you know that Carmel Middle School is holding an orientation for parents of all incoming 6th graders this coming Thursday night, May 3, from 5:00-6:00 at the CMS gym.  You are then welcome to attend their dinner and stay for their Open House to walk through the classrooms with your child.   See the CMS Website for more details.

     

    Parent Input Form

    Each year, we work as a staff to establish classes that are balanced for next year.  When making class placement decisions, we take into account a variety of factors to achieve the best balance possible. The following factors are considered:

    • Each student’s academic status, special needs, interests, behavior, and motivation;
    • Boy/girl ratio;
    • Academic balance of high, medium and low achieving students;
    • Styles of individual teachers;
    • Class size balance among classes at each grade level.

    Parents/Guardians who would like to give input about their child’s placement may write a request for a particular learning environment (e.g. learning style, personality attributes, classroom physical environment, educational needs, etc.) by completing the Class Placement Parent Input Form which is located on our website under the “For Parents” tab and in the Tularcitos Front office.  All forms must be completed and turned in to the school office by Friday, May 4th.  No late forms will be accepted.  Additionally, since some teachers change grade levels year to year, please do not write a request for a specific teacher. If a form is turned in with a teacher's name as a particular request, it will be discarded and not considered.

     

    Have a great weekend!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal of Tularcitos Elementary School

     

    Upcoming events

    Apr 30-May 11: SBAC Testing (California Standardized Testing for all 3rd-5th graders)

    Thurs, May 10 @ 6:00: Spring Sing Concert – All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders

    Thurs, May 17 @ 5:00: Open House and Dinner

    Thurs, May 24: 4th and 5th Grade Spring Music Concert

    Thurs, May 31 @ 9:00: 5th Grade Promotion in Bobcat Hall

    Fri, June 1: Last Day of School.  Students released at 12:30.

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