Principal's Friday Email

Posted by Lindsey Terry on 3/30/2020 8:50:00 AM

Good Afternoon Bobcat Families. 


Hopefully, you have already read Dr. Dill Varga’s latest email about the extension of school closures in Monterey County.  It saddens me to think that we won’t see everyone until May 4 at the earliest.  I hope that your family is continuing to do well and that you are finding your family’s rhythm.  I know that my family is just now starting to get our stride.  For those of us who are still getting our feet under us, know you are not alone.  We are all at different points in this journey.  I want to encourage you to keep at it and reach out to me if you need help.  (There is an encouraging article for you below as well)


This week teachers have been trying to reach out to families to see what support you need at home.  In doing so, we have, on average for different classes, heard back from about 50-75% of students and families.  We would love to hear back from you.  We are missing you. In our original planning we prepped the materials for being out through Spring break just in case.  So the work you got in your packets is meant to get you through that time.  You will, however need to keep checking your emails and the teachers’ websites for updated directions of what to do each week.  Over the coming weeks we will continue to reach out to students and families to provide you support at home (we are experimenting with a few different options including email, phone, and video-conferences as we have to be flexible for our teachers’ and families’ various needs), and figure out what learning will look like after spring break.  More information will be coming about that in the future.


Please also know that if you have any questions at any time about what your child is learning, or if your child needs help or has questions, your teacher is just an email away.  Please feel free to email your teachers anytime.  We are trying to provide just enough direction and reach-out to families so that you and your students know what is expected and feel supported, but also not too much as to overwhelm you.  It is a hard balance to find, especially because every family’s need is different.  Also, as you come across resources, please feel free to share them with your child’s teacher (and me), as well as give feedback to us on what is working well or not working as well.  We want to make sure we are doing the best we can to support you.  Continue to check your teachers’ websites and the specialist websites for the most up-to-date activities.  We continue to thank you for your patience as we work together to figure all of this out.


In this email

  • Article: “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief”
  • Article: “Parents”: It’s OK If You’re Barely Getting By Right Now”
  • Technology Needs at Home
  • Staff Videos online
  • Information from the Specialists
  • 3rd grade service project moving online
  • Meal Delivery
  • Message from our PTO


Repeat in this Email

  • Put on your own oxygen mask first


Great article: “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief”

I saw this article and two people have already shared it with me and I wanted to pass it along.  It was helpful in putting language to the array of feelings we are experiencing right now. I hope it provides some comfort and help.


Another great article I mentioned in the intro – “Parents: It’s OK If You’re Barely Getting By Right Now”


Technology Needs at Home

Please make sure to let your child’s teacher know if you are having trouble with technology related to what we are providing at home, or if your child is in need of a Chromebook.  Our district IT is trying to provide support to our students’ tech needs at home, but we are routing those needs through the classroom teacher at this point in time.  This may change in the near future so that you, as the parent, can put in a trouble ticket directly.


Staff videos online

We are still posting new videos on our website, so check it every couple of days.  I am trying to make sure to have a new one up every Monday as that is when I normally do the announcements for the students.


Information from some Specialist

I want to make sure everyone knows that our specialists are posting activities for students to do at home as well.  Here are some examples form the Library and Spanish.

From the Library

We recommend to read and explore these websites.

  1. The Monterey County Free Libraries have wonderful on-line resources. Activities for preschool-high school.  Tumblebooks, activities and games. Older students can read E-books and E-magazines.  They recently updated their website. Students/Parents do need a public library card.

Here is their web address: or  

  1. We have been learning about space in the library this year. There are read alouds from the International Space station.  Here are some sites to explore. 


  1. If you have a favorite story you would like to listen to try this website:  

Mrs. Curtice and I hope that you continue reading your books at home or stories on-line. Please keep a reading log (on any paper) so we can share when we are together at school. 

See you soon, Mrs. Wheat and Mrs. Curtice.

From Senora Colon

Please take time to visit my website. Here are some videos I have done and posted.

Episode 1

Episode 2


3rd Grade Service Project moving online

At this time of year our 3rd graders normally do a service project of collecting food for the Monterey County Food Bank.  We do this project in spring because the food bank is normally low on food during this time.  I know that the food bank is in high need of donations right now.  While we cannot collect food for them, we do want to encourage our families, if you are able, to donate money to them.  Here is the link to their website where you can donate.


Meal Deliveries

The School Lunch Program will provide free meals to any child 18 or younger during school closure.  Beginning Monday, March 23rd, CUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals to individuals under the age of 18 twice a week.  Meals will be delivered on Mondays with meals for two days, and again on Wednesday with meals for 3 days. 

Meals will be distributed from a district van, and may be picked up by families at these locations: 

  • Carmel Middle School Cafeteria parking lot: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
  • Big Sur River Inn parking lot: 12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
  • Big Sur near Ventana entrance. Look for the district van parked at pull out area off Highway 1:
  • 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
  • Tularcitos Elementary School Bus loading zone: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Cachagua Community Center parking Lot: 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Changes to locations or delivery times will be posted on the CUSD web site.  Please check the website for the most current information.


Message for our PTO

Our PTO is working to figure out how to support our community right now using their Facebook Page.  We would encourage you to like and follow “Tularcitos Elementary PTO.”  We are trying to post themes of the day and have Tular families post pictures of what is happening at their house to keep our community connected.  If you have other ideas, please email them to either me, or Heaven.


Repeat in this email

Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First

As they tell you in an airplane safety presentation, you need to make sure to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.  Right now it can be easy to put everything into your children at home.  And while that is understandable and somewhat necessary in these circumstance, I want to make sure we all remember that, in order to fully care for our children, we also have to care for ourselves

Tending to your own stress

I know that right now a lot of us adults have our own stress levels rising.  Please make sure that you are staying aware of your own stress and doing what you need to manage that stress in a healthy way.  Here is a great resource for not only talking with kids, but also staying emotionally healthy as adults.

Prioritizing your Relationship with your Spouse or Significant Other

In addition to making sure you stay emotionally healthy, for those of you who are married or have a significant other, we need to make sure that we continue to invest in those relationships as well.  I want to encourage you to invest in those relationships with ideas like: making sure to take time every day to be face to face uninterrupted from the kids; going on walks just the two of you; fixing dinner together; or even giving kids dinner early and then setting them in front of the TV while the two of you have dinner together (and you know if I am saying to put them in front of the TV for anything it must be important!).  I’m sure you can come up with more creative ideas (or search for them online), but I want to make sure to encourage all of us to keep investing in these relationships at a time where we can easily get distracted from it because this will benefit your children as well.



Hope you enjoy your weekend.  Miss all of you!

Go Bobcats!

Ryan Peterson

Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

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