5th Grade Promotion
5th Grade Promotion is a special celebration for 5th graders and their families as the students leave Tierra Bonita Elementary and prepare to enter middle school. The fifth grade promotion committee will begin meeting in January to start planning for the promotion in June.
Any 5th grade parent is welcome to participate. Volunteers coordinate decorations and refreshments for the ceremony. 4th grade parents will be needed the day of promotion to help set-up, serve food and clean up.
The Tierra Bonita PTA provides the Accelerated Reader program for our students. Using this program, teachers continually match a student to appropriate books at his individual reading level, called the “zone of proximal development.” Having the student read at his level ensures he is challenged without being frustrated. The program consists of three steps:
1. Students choose their own books and read them at their own pace.
2. The student takes a quiz on the computer.
3. Both the student and teacher get immediate, individualized constructive feedback to direct ongoing reading practice.
At Tierra Bonita, we also reward students once they reach a certain number of AR points. Students accumulate points by reading and taking quizzes and get to spin the prize wheel when they have enough points.
Many of the books you have at home are probably AR classified books! If you’d like to see the AR level of the books that your student brings home from school, click on Quiz Search below and search for the book’s title. You can also search by AR level if you’d like to find other books in a given range. Tierra Bonita’s online library catalog also allows you to search by AR level. On the library page, click the Catalog tab at the top. By choosing Search Reading Programs, you can search the catalog either by lexile range or by AR range to find books available for your children to check out.
Classroom art instruction is funded by the PTA. We use a program called Arts Attack that allows parent volunteers to teach art elements and principles in a developmental and sequential way.
Volunteers lead (or co-lead) one or two art classes per month, as arranged with your child’s teacher. (Certain art projects require parent leaders – students will only be able to participate if the parents in the class lead them.) No experience necessary… just a willingness to enrich our childrens’ lives with art!
The Tierra Bonita PTA funds one or two assemblies a year for our students. Previous years’ assemblies have included an opera, science planetarium, Character Rocks, and a BMX Freestyle Team.
The over-arching goal of the Character Counts! program is to adopt the “Six Pillars of Character” (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship) as a common framework to develop positive character throughout the school community. The program was adopted into PUSD through the generosity of an anonymous donor and is incorporated within the Tierra Bonita Community throughout the school year. Students at Tierra Bonita are awarded with Character Catches when they display good character and wear the color of the month every Thursday. Each month at our Friday Flag assembly, a student representing the current month’s trait is chosen for by each teacher to be Student of the Month. For more information, visit the Character Counts! site. Character Counts! is a registered trademark of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.
Cheetah Running Club
Running Club gives students the opportunity to exercise with their friends while earning individual tokens representing personal miles completed. In addition to these tokens, students work together to accumulate mileage as a class. Each month the “Golden Shoes” are awarded to the class from each grade level that achieves the highest mileage for the month. Running Club is offered every day at the following times: Monday lunch recess (11:30-12:30) Tue/Wed before school (7:15-7:40) Thur morning recess (9:45-10:40) Parent volunteers pass out lap cards to the runners and cheer them on at the above times. Volunteers can also help from home by tallying the laps for a grade. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or if you have questions about Running Club, contact Rebecca Crudale at email@example.com
The PTA provides outreach to families in our Poway community throughout the year. Projects include the Adopt-A-Family holiday gift collection that benefits families within Poway Unified School District and a food drive in connection with Interfaith Community Services in Escondido.
Help throughout the year to reach out to families in our Poway community. Help gather and distribute items for families in need.
The PTA sponsors multi-cultural activities to make students and their families aware of the wonderful differences and similarities we share. By learning about one another and other countries, our community becomes rich with traditions and diversity.
Family Fun Nights
The PTA hosts several Family Fun Nights throughout the school year. We sponsor a Back to School Picnic in September, Boogie Bash in October, Crafts and Cocoa in December, Multicultual or Science Night in May, and other family events at various times throughout the year.
Help is needed with decorations, refreshments and activities for Back to School Picnic, Family Movie Nights, Parent/Child Events.
Health & Safety
Help with hearing and sight testing, help with student health screenings, Walk to School Days, help with Nutrition Week, help with other events.
Volunteers plan and organize many of the social activities for the faculty and staff, including a Back-to-School and a Winter Luncheon. The committee also plans ways to express thanks to the teachers and the staff by providing goodies and small treats on holidays and other special days throughout the school year. In addition, volunteers set up Cheetah Cafe which provides complimentary coffee and treats for parents attending the monthly Friday Flag ceremonies. We achieve this through donations of specific items and volunteers.
The PTA provides both during school music instruction and an after school Chorus for students in grades 2 through 5.
Volunteers assist with after-school chorus program for grades 2-5 on Tuesday afternoons. Volunteers of all abilities and interest levels welcome!
Parent Education Evening
We sponsor various presenters to discuss topics that affect our children.
Read a Thon and Author’s Fair
To encourage and highlight the importance of reading, the PTA hosts a read a thon in the spring . PTA also holds a book fair and family night to promote the love of reading. A published children’s book author also visits campus and talk to students.
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in the Fall as the national effort to promote drug awareness through the use of red ribbons. Students wear red ribbons all week to say they are in favor of a healthy life.
Reflections is a National PTA-sponsored art competition that is held every fall. There is a theme for each year’s contest, and students can submit artworks in six different art areas: visual arts, literature, photography, musical competition, dance choreography and film/video production. Judging takes place at various levels, beginning with individual schools and ending with national winners for each category. The contest is free for students, and it is an excellent way to give kids an additional chance to exercise their creative talents.
Volunteers are needed in the fall to collect and assimilate contest materials, help display entries in the MPR, and redistribute art after the contest.
Room Parents are selected at the beginning of each school year with input from the teachers and the PTA Room Parent Coordinator. Room Parents must be PTA members. Duties include, but are not limited to: assisting teachers with classroom parties and activities, finding volunteers for PTA programs, making phone calls for Tierra Bonita Educational Foundation (TBEF) events.
The PTA compiles a student directory each year. Collection of data takes place in August and September from information provided to PTA by families at Registration Day. The distribution of directories is in late October.
PTA sponsors a science enrichment program for all grades with the use of our Science Lab.
Volunteers help at the hands-on lab stations. No science background is necessary. We also need assistance with program development and lab presentations. Please let us know if you have expertise, advice, or could give a presentation in a related field.
The PTA wants to make Tierra Bonita a beautiful place to be. The Site Beautification Committee planted the welcome area by the front gate, maintains the grade level planters and helps around campus.
Tierra Bonita uses the SPARK physical education program. PTA volunteers assist by rotating the equipment according to the monthly SPARK schedule. PTA purchases supplies and the program’s teacher activity workbooks.
Help aid teachers with the SPARK physical education program.
PTA sponsors a Talent Show every year for 4th and 5th graders.
Volunteers help with auditions, rehearsals, and backstage production.
If you’ve got great photos of school and community events, please submit those photos for the yearbook.
Volunteers process yearbook orders and help with distribution, help track and collect photos for yearbook throughout the year.