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Timberwolves - Leaders of the Pack!

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Good Morning Everyone!

Whew! I feel a little behind in our China blog. This will be the final post as I am now sitting on my sofa in California at 1:00 in the morning on Tuesday. My system seems to be a bit confused and I'm sure it will take a couple of days to adjust back to California time. Since I can't sleep, I thought I would take this opportunity to share about the last two days of our trip.

The last day I told you about was Saturday in China. Sunday was another awe-inspiring day as we went to the Terra cotta Warriors Museum. Terra cotta is a kind of clay. As we entered the museum we took a long stroll down sidewalks lined with weeping willows before we got to the buildings where the warriors are located. Before, when I imagined China, I thought of bamboo trees. Now I realize how many beautiful weeping willows there are all over the country.

The terra cotta warriors were created by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang di pronounced - Chin Shi Huang di. This amazing man conquered and united China from a collection of warring states to become its First Emperor. He is also the one who had the the Great Wall built. He ordered 70,000 workers to build his tomb said to be filled with legendary treasures. These clay soldiers are 2,200 years old.

Over 8000 fantastic life-sized clay warriors "protected" his tomb. The exhibition at the Terracotta Warriors Museum features a small but spectacular group of these warriors. The soldiers were found in the early 1970's by farmers who were digging a well. Before that, nobody knew that they existed. Since that time, many people have worked to slowly unearth the clay statues and restore them. As you look at them today they are clay in color. When they were created 2,200 years ago they were painted and brightly colored.

I think the ancient features that are still around for us to look at in China today are absolutely amazing. It really was such a treat to get to see so many of these relics on our visit.

After visiting the museum we stopped by an outdoor marketplace where the streets are lined with hundreds of shops and vendors selling their Chinese wares. We spent hours there bargaining for good deals so we could bring home souvenirs to those we love back at home.

We woke up early Monday morning and flew back to Beijing. When we arrived we learned that it was a red alert smog day. The sky was white with smog and fog and many people wore the masks that you see doctors wear to protect their lungs as they breathed.

We spent that day shopping at an indoor mall called The Silk Market. At 9:00 pm on Monday night we boarded a plane bound for California. We were all sad to leave behind our new friends and the adventures that China held, but excited to get back home. The trip home was eleven and a half hours long and we arrived at LAX Airport at 6:00 pm on Monday. Because of the time change it was like we got to experience Monday two times. Doesn't that seem strange!

It was so much fun blogging with you during our trip to China. I hope you enjoyed it and felt a little like you got to take the trip with us. As we were flying into the airport I felt so much joy and excitement. We loved working with the students in China and enjoyed sharing and learning from our friends in the East, but there's no place I'd rather go each day than Terra Vista Elementary School. I have really missed all of you and our wonderful community. There truly is no place like home!

Message from the Principal

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our school year is off to a great start! We want to thank you for all you do to support our students and our school.

We hope you will find this website useful. Please use the tabs at the left to find important links that will keep you informed and help your student to be successful. Additionally, upcoming events are listed near the bottom of this homepage on the right.


Mrs. Tavolazzi,

Mrs. Tavolazzi


Achievement News

California Business for Education Excellence has recognized Terra Vista as a 2013 Honor Roll Recipient!

CBEE identifies and recognizes higher performing schools in the state, particularly those schools that are closing achievement gaps. The CBEE Honor Roll is the only school recognition program in the state using only student achievement outcomes as the criteria and is a growing resource for all schools to learn about best practices that increase student achievement. CBEE utilizes data from the non-profit Educational Results Partnership, the largest longitudinally-linked, actionable school data system in the country.

Way to go Timberwolves! We are so proud of all of your hard work and accomplishments. We know that you will keep soaring to success!


Attendance Reminder:
Each day your child is absent you must notify the school. Please call our 24 hour attendance line at 803-3010. All absences not cleared within 3 days will be considered unexcused.

Spirit Days

Remember Timberwolves every Friday is Spirit Day! Show your Timberwolf Spirit and wear Navy and Gray.


October Minimum Days

6th, 20th & 27th

October Spirit Days

3rd ( WEAR PINK) , 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st (WEAR ORANGE & BLACK)

October 1st

1st Grade Field Trip to Lewis Family Playhouse

October 2nd

Mrs. Meath's Class
Field Trip to CVWD
PE Day

October 6th

Kinder Parent Workshop @ 3:00
Spanish Academy - 1:15 pm

October 7th

Kinder Field Trip
Live Oak Pumpkin Patch
All TK & Kinder Classes 8:05-11:25
Mrs. Moretti/Flemings Class Field Trip to CVWD
TK Field trip to Mary Vogle Nature Center
Winter Chorus Practice @7:30 am

October 8th

PTA Family Night
Farmer Boys 4:00 - 9:00

October 9th

Mrs. Broussard's CLass
Field Trip to CVWD
PE Day

October 10th

TK progress reports go home

October 13

Columbus Day
Non Student Day
No School

October 14th

Mrs. Engebretsen's Class
Field Trip to CVWD
Winter Chorus Practice @7:30 am

October 16th

Box Tops Due
Great California Shake Out
Mrs. Kroner's Class
Field Trip to CVWD
PE Day

October 17th

2nd Grade Field Trip to Lewis Family Playhouse
Reflections Projects Due

October 18th

E3 Fun Run
Grapeland Elementary

October 20th-24th

Red Ribbon Week

October 20th

PE Day
Science Buddies - 1:15 MPR

October 21st

Winter Chours Practice
7:30 am

October 23rd

3rd Grade Performance @6:00 pm
Students report to classrooms at 5:45
PE Day

October 24th

BOB Deadline - 5-7 books

October 27th

Science Buddies - 1:15

October 28th

Winter Chorus Practice
7:30 am

October 29th

Make - Up Picture Day

October 30th

PE Day
PTA Fall Carnival 5:30 - 7:30
Yellow Belt Academy Parent Night 5:30

October 31st

3rd Grade Field Trip to Science Center
Happy Halloween

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Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014