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Timberwolves - Leaders of the Pack!

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Today we are at a primary school in Xian. Xian is the capital city of Shann Xi. Do you know what the capital city of California is? We are, once again, presenting information about Thinking Maps and teaching a group of 5th grade students as a large audience looks on.

Just as we have procedures for students at Terra Vista, the schools in China have procedures for their children. At the start of the day they greet their teacher as a group. They say, "Good Morning Teacher." They have smiles on their faces and they are ready to learn. Students do not have chairs with backs but have benches that they sit on. They are required to sit up straight with a about 3" between their torso and the desk and their arms folded in front of them resting on the desk. In one of our lessons students are asked to draw a flow map with squares. As soon as I asked the students to draw a square every student immediately took out their ruler so that they could draw it with straight lines.

Our procedures are different. We ask you to do things like be sure you always have 4 legs of your chair on the floor or to walk in quiet lines in the hallways. I'm sure you can think of many, many more! In every school in the world there are procedures. The reason we have procedures is to help keep you safe and healthy, to keep everyone focused on learning so that you can be successful and to teach manners so that you will be good citizens in your community.

If you want to know more about some of our other hosts, continue reading:

Larry is the Director of the American Education Federation. While we were in Beijing Larry drove us to the local attractions. He is quite a skilled driver who expertly navigated through the very heavy traffic and got us to our destinations as quickly as possible. He lives half of the year in Beijing and half of the year in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gabby is our interpreter while we're in Beijing. Gabby has only lived in Beijing for a few months. She is a young lady who just recently graduated college. She's the one who helped us negotiate sales as were were shopping. She is very kind and always concerned about us.

Mitters ( pronounced Meters) was our guide when we went to The Forbidden City and the Great Wall. He plays basketball and likes The Lakers. He was funny! He quickly developed a bond with Dr. Judson and would not let our Superintendent out of his sight! He was a very gracious host who was always asking us if we were happy. He said he could only be happy if we kept eating food during lunch. He wanted to be sure we tasted every dish from the local cuisine. We ate a lot that day!

That's all for now. Tomorrow we've planned to see the Terra Cotta Warrior Museum and it's supposed to rain so we'll see how it goes!

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: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014