Turning Point School Blog
Middle School students are busy planning, designing, and building games for the Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 31! Each year, our Level 7 and Level 8 students have the honor of creating the games, then leading our Primary - Level 3 students through the Carnival. We are excited to see what these creative and talented students are planning for this year's signature event!
We would like to share the exciting news and extend a warm welcome to our newest Board Member, Mr. Brendt Stallings. Brendt joins the Board of Trustees this October in his 3rd year as a Turning Point parent. He and his wife, Tracey Letteau, are the proud parents of four current students: Mason (Level 6), Ramsay (Level 3), Camille (Level K), and Graham (Primary).
Brendt is an Executive Vice President at DoubleLine and the founding partner of DoubleLine Equity LP. He was previously associated with TCW for sixteen years, most recently as a Group Managing Director and head of the firm's Small and Mid-Cap Equity team. He is also a CFA charterholder.
In addition to his Turning Point contributions and other professional work, Brendt serves on the Board of Directors for Agere Pharmaceuticals and Inglewood Park Cemetery, where he is also a Trustee of the Endowment Care Fund.
Brendt is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his MBA from Dartmouth College. His financial savvy, professionalism, generous support, and commitment to Turning Point School will serve our Board and community well.
It's time for the Annual Turning Point Book Fair! Our PSA volunteers worked hard today, beautifully displaying this year's selection of books and other fun items. We are excited to officially open the Book Fair to our students and parents tomorrow and Wednesday. See you there!
In our After School Classes program, students in Beginning Sculpture have been exploring their artistic sides with various materials and projects.
In their second week, they made red clay pinch pots, which students were able to creatively design. Last week, the class started working on a Wassily Kandinsky inspired recycled art sculpture. First, students chose a color for the base of their sculpture and painted it. After painting, they rolled tubes of colorful construction paper to create cylinders. The cylinders are then glued on to the base to create the sculpture.
The class is looking forward to their next project; creating four-legged animals. Many thanks to Ms. Norton for leading our students through such fun and enriching activities!
Level 3 recently completed a project where they worked in small groups to make Recycled Superheroes. Each group member was responsible for making a part of their superhero's body (head, torso w/arms, or legs) completely out of recyclable materials from home. The groups came together in class to put their superheroes together, name them, and create a list of super powers that are used to help the environment. Students loved the opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively on this project!
This year, several Level 8 students are taking on the responsibility of maintaining our Turning Point Garden. We would like to provide members of our community with organic, locally grown, fresh herbs and greens. We will deliver herbs to families that submit email requests to email@example.com. Currently, you can request the following herbs: Basil, Lemon Basil, Mint, Chives, Thai Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano, Kale, and Dinosaur Kale.
Level 5 students welcomed "Explorer in Residence" Denis Belliveau this week, as they wrapped up their Social Studies curriculum on early European exploration. Denis spent two years retracing the steps of Marco Polo's 25,000 mile journey from Venice to China and back, and brought to life some of the amazing discoveries Marco Polo made on his trip through the Silk Road.
On September 26, Levels K an 1 had the opportunity to host Sabina Sandoval and her band from Free to Be Me drum circle for our first in-school experience at Turning Point. Students had a wonderful time participating in the Friendship Drum Circle by drumming, singing, and dancing. Students were exposed to a variety of global instruments, costumes, and played on drums hand painted by local artists.
Level 2 had some special visitors to help culminate their Social Studies Unit on Fire Safety. The Culver City Fire Department dropped by with a fire engine and ambulance to teach students how to prevent fires. They also put on full fire fighting gear so the students would know who to look for in case they were ever caught in a fire. With "stop, drop, and roll" demonstrations and stories about fire dogs, these fighters helped our students learn the importance of fire safety!
For their Environmental Studies class, Level 7 students are participating in "Sandy Beach Monitoring" through a state-wide project called LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students.) Using tools and methods employed by real scientists in the field, they will be taking samples and uploading data to analyze and share with others in the program. This is real-world experiential learning at its best! Learn more about the program at http://limpetsmonitoring.org.
The Fall Sports season is underway! Please support our athletes by attending games and cheering them on. The game calendar can be found here. Go, Tornadoes!
If you visit the Turning Point campus this year, you may notice some creatively decorated boxes placed strategically around our two buildings. They are part of the Level 4 and Level 7 Mentor/Mentee "Box that Rocks" initiative.
During the course of the year, students and Faculty/Staff are asked to place their empty chip and snack bags in one of the boxes. As the boxes fill, the Level 4 and Level 7 Mentor/Mentee pairs will empty them and mail the chip bags to Terracycle, an upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into useful items.
To see how they do it, watch this 2.5 minute video:
Prospective parents are invited to join us for our Primary/Elementary Open House on Saturday, October 11 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.