Turning Point School Blog
Season playoffs are upon us. Starting this today with the Cross Country finals and ending next Saturday with the Swim finals, we'll have over 75% of our Middle School participating. 75% is a huge number! Congrats to all our students for making this such a great season.
- Coed Cross Country at Cheviot Hills. Boys run at 3:30 pm and girls run at 4:00 pm
- Level 6 Girls' Volleyball playoffs - First round at Turning Point vs. Archer at 4:15 pm
- Level 6 Coed Football - First round of playoffs at Syd K. Park (Time TBD)
- Level 7/8 Coed Football- First round of playoffs on Monday (Time and Location TBD)
- Level 7/8 Girls' Volleyball playoffs - This team is defending its championship from last year. (Time TBD)
- Swim finals Saturday, November 8 at Brentwood Upper School at 9:00 am.
UPDATE: A few monarch caterpillars were spotted today in the butterfly garden, all on milkweed plants. We are very excited that the monarchs are already finding the milkweed and laying their eggs in our garden!
Level 2 learned all about the Indian holiday of Diwali through a special presentation from one of our very own moms.
They learned that Diwali is celebrated for five days and that the main day is known as the "Festival of Lights." On this day people light up diyas and candles all around their house. The students then got to paint their very own candle holders in preparation for this day.
The Tornadoes swim team has just completed their last qualifying meet for Championships on November 8 at Brentwood. While the individual qualifying meets are not scored, each swimmer saw a best time or a first place finish in at least one individual event. Isabelle S., Gemma F., Liora S., and Emma S. have also proven to be a relay team to contend with finishing first, or tied for first, in their heats in both the 100 Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay at the last two meets (St. Matthews and Brentwood).
Turning Point School was delighted to welcome Dr. Michael Thompson as our guest on Monday, October 27. During the day, Dr. Thompson spoke with students in Levels 4-5 and Levels 6-8, as well as members of our Faculty/Staff. He concluded his visit with a presentation to parents on "Raising Responsible Children." This presentation was part of the 2014-15 Parent Speaker Series, which is made possible by support from William and Carol Ouchi.
Level 2 students recently traveled to Underwood Farm in order to learn even more about how fruits and vegetables grow. They picked vegetables from out in the fields, defeated the corn maze, saw many different types of animals, and even got to pick a pumpkin!
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.