Mrs. Southern

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hablar en español

Si usted necesita hablar con un empleado del distrito,  en español,  por favor llame a TES en nuestra línea telefónica  al (805) 434-4027 y hable con Annette Calcote, profesora del Desarrollo de Ingles (ELD).  Si la llamada no es contestada, por  favor deje un mensaje con un buen número para comunicarse con usted.  Intentaremos de contestarle durante las horas de 1:30-2p lúnes a viernes, o hasta las 9:00 de la noche el mismo día. Sus preguntas e inquietudes son muy importantes para nosotros, y queremos asegurarse de que ustedes pueden conseguir sus preguntas relacionadas a la escuela.


Jill Southern, Directora TES y Annette Calcote, Profesora de ELD




(They are all also on the Student / Parents Info Page)

Office Staff

Jessica & Terisa

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Attendance Line

If your child must be absent, please call the 24-hour absence verification line at (805) 434-5826.

For your convenience, our office hours are from - 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m Monday through Friday, 434-5820

Fax number - 434-5811


Contact a teacher by  email

TES Principal

Incoming TK and Kindergarten Information!



Thursday, June 8 - MINIMUM DAY - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! ALL KINDER/TK 8:05-11:25a



If you would like to view our Bell Schedule, please click the link below: 


Thank you to our incredible staff and families for all your involvement in the education of our students! 

TES' New Principal for the 2017-18 School Year - Mrs. Renee Argain

TES Families, I have loved every moment as your principal for the last 6 years.  There is no other place where you will find this consistency of love and care for all.  It has been an honor to know you and your children  It is my pleasure to introduce to you the new TES Principal for the 2107-18 school year, Mrs. Renee Argain.  Mrs.  Argain brings dedication, warmth, hard work, and enthusiasm to our great school.  We are working closely to ensure a smooth transition.     


With Heartfelt Appreciation,  Mrs. Jill Southern                                                                                                                                 


Hello TES students, families and friends! I am extremely excited and honored  to be part of this special legacy that demonstrates academic excellence and positive social interactions.  I invite all of you to share with me your favorite experiences about TES so that I can learn about all the many, many special reasons why this school is the best in all of San Luis Obispo County! I am counting the days until we meet on August 22nd for our first day of school. Have a safe and restful summer and please do me one favor....enjoy a hike, read some books, catch a movie, or take a long walk on the beach.  These are great ways to recharge your batteries for an exciting 2017-18 school year.                        


With Eagle Pride, Mrs. Renee Argain                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Thinking Maps at TES!!!!!! PRINTABLE BOOKLET FOR SUMMER!!!!!

Click HERE to go to our THINKING MAPS SUMMER BOOKLET!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It's printable!!!  If your printer allows to print double sided, please do that.  That way, your booklet prints out perfectly for productive use!


We created a summer activity booklet for you to do with your children.  It features ALL 8 THINKING MAPS!!!!!!


Why Thinking Maps?


The Process of Creating Thinking Maps:

  • stimulates the brain's natural tendency to detect patterns
  • establishes a common visual language that crosses all content areas
  • enables students to hook new information to their individual experiences and understandings
  • supports students of all  learning styles and language proficiencies as they construct meaning
  • provides informal assessment data so teachers can plan for differentiated instruction to reach common goals
  • improves upon the practice of utilizing graphic organizers, placing the emphasis on thinking
  • supports students in critical thinking, a life-long skill!



A GREAT Article about reading with your children


Why it's important to read aloud with your kids, and how to make it count

Amy Joyce The Washington Post

One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.

We spoke with Liza Baker, the executive editorial director at Scholastic, which just released its Kids & Family Reading Report.

"It's so important to start reading from Day One," she says. "The sound of your voice, the lyrical quality of the younger [books] are poetic . . . It's magical, even at 8 weeks old they focus momentarily, they're closer to your heart." As they begin to grow, families should make sure books are available everywhere in the home, like it's your "daily bread." (Amen.) But it shouldn't end when kids begin to read on their own. "As they become independent readers, we tend to let them go, but even kids in older demographics love nothing more than that time with their parents," Baker says. "We're blown away that kids time and again said the most special time they recall spending with a parent is reading together."

Here, Baker shares highlights of the report and offers tips for parents on how to turn their babies and children into readers.

Read aloud early - and keep it going! The good news, according to the new Kids & Family Reading Report by Scholastic, is that more than three out of four parents who have children ages 5 and younger start reading aloud before their child reaches his first birthday. This practice increased to 40 percent in 2016 from 30 percent in 2014 among parents who read aloud before their baby is 3 months old. The research also showed that more parents of 3- to 5-year-olds are reading aloud frequently, with 62 percent of these parents reading aloud five to seven days a week, compared with 55 percent in 2014.

But it's not all great news: There's been a drop in parents continuing to read aloud after age 5.

Tip to keep it going: Have fun and be playful. Use this as an opportunity to ham it up and perhaps create different character voices to really engage the child. Don't be shy about not perfecting the read aloud - especially with little ones. Don't feel discouraged if a younger child gets distracted or interrupts story time with questions. That's all part of the learning journey and reading process. In fact, books like those in the new StoryPlay series feature prompts and questions for the parent to ask throughout the story to keep young kids engaged and to enhance early reading comprehension.

Be a resource to your kids for book ideas - even if they don't ask - especially for infrequent readers. Scholastic's research shows that parents underestimate that kids need help finding books. Only 29 percent of parents agree "my child has trouble finding books he/she likes," whereas 41 percent of kids say finding books they like is a challenge. This number increases to 57 percent among infrequent readers.

Tip: For younger kids, see which titles they gravitate toward. Do they like animals? Try "Duck on a Tractor" by David Shannon, or "Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs" by Eric Litwin, or books by Nic Bishop. Do they like interactive books? Try "Are You My Cuddle Bunny?" by Sandra Magsamen, "What's in My Train?" by Linda Bleck, or "I Love Music: My First Sounds Book" by Marion Billet.

Research shows kids of all ages want books that "make me laugh." Parents can also get in on the fun with these silly books. For younger kids, go with "King Baby" by Kate Beaton or "I'll Wait Mr. Panda" by Steve Antony. For the elementary level and early chapter book stage, go for the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey or check out the Branches series with "Press Start: Game Over Super Rabbit Boy!" by Thomas Flintham. For middle-grade readers, try the Crimebiters series by Tommy Greenwald or the Swindle series by Gordon Korman. For the Young Adult crowd, go for "Kill the Boy Band" by Goldy Moldavsky.

Don't forget adding books in your home library that showcase diverse story lines and characters. When looking for children's books to read for fun, both kids (37 percent) and parents (42 percent) mostly agree they "just want a good story" and a similar percentage want books that make kids laugh. One in 10 kids ages 12 to 17 say they specifically look for books that have "culturally or ethnically diverse story lines, settings or characters."

Tip: Look for stories that showcase different experiences, backgrounds, religions, identities and more to help your child find him or herself in books - as well as learn about other people's lives. This will teach children the importance of empathy and kindness. Some top picture books include "Cleonardo, the Little Inventor" by Mary Grandpré, "The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!" by Carmen Agra Deedy, and "Emma and Julia Love Ballet" by Barbara McClintock. Some great chapter books include "Ugly Cat and Pablo" by Isabel Quintero and "Emma is on the Air" by Aida Siegal. For middle grades, check out "Save Me a Seat" by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan and "George" by Alex Gino. For YA readers, go for "Drag Teen" by Jeffrey Self.

It takes a village - look to teachers, school librarians and more for book suggestions. Scholastic asked kids where they get the best ideas for books to read for fun. Overall, kids say teachers and school librarians (51 percent), followed by their peers (50 percent). Younger kids (6 to 11) are the most likely to get great picks from school book clubs and fairs, and older kids (15 to 17) are the most likely to find book suggestions on social media.

Tip: Ask your teacher what she or he has heard of that will help even the most reluctant reader stay engaged. Teachers see firsthand what works. Don't forget your public or school librarian. They are vital to the community, as research showed 95 percent of parents agree that "every community needs to have a public library" and "every child deserves a school library." I'm so grateful for our town library and the wonderful librarian there. She is a central force in our town, and I am in frequent touch with her for book suggestions. Recently, my eldest son became very interested in history, but he craved a story framework. Our terrific librarian, Carolyn, introduced him to the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis, and it was a total fit for him age-wise and content-wise. She knew the perfect book to get him started - and off he went - tackling that series book by book.

Never forget - choice rules when kids read for fun. Eighty-nine percent of kids ages 6 to 17 agree that the favorite books "are the ones that I have picked out myself." And book choice starts early, as 67 percent of parents with kids up to age 5 reported that their kids choose the books for read-aloud time. This goes up to 81 percent of parents with kids ages 3 to 5.

If you are stumped for great books for kids to choose, the top books that parents reported reading aloud over and over again for little ones include Dr. Seuss books such as "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham," "Good Night Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle.

For all kids, parents with children up to age 17 recommend that the books that every child should read are Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Magic Tree House and The Chronicles of Narnia. Book series are a great way to get kids hooked on story lines and characters.

Tip: Make books accessible. Make sure your bookshelves are low enough for kids to reach the book that they want to read. Keep books by your children's bedside, in the playroom - all over the house. Bring books with you on car trips, to the grocery store, or even to the doctor's office waiting room. Rather than handing them a device, hand them a book they love. The more accessible you make books, the more you'll see their reading frequency grow. Also, if your child needs a bit more guidance on choosing books, narrow it down to a nice range of selection and invite them to pick the book they want for that moment. It will change day to day and month to month, so be open and ready to grow and change along with your budding lifelong reader.

Reading 20 minutes a day...

Reading 20 minutes a day...

A quote from Dr. Seuss

The more that you read,

the more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

the more places you'll go.

Dr. Seuss

Templeton Elementary School Thanks TEF!!!!!



TK/K Tricycles $1,013.08
Painting / Reading Center $748.48
Alphabet Tubs $877.05
Color Printer $488.00
After School Enrichment $4,940.80
Flexible Seating $1,136.41
Trout in the Classroom $4,141.40
TOTAL: $13,345.22


Templeton Elementary School is very fortunate to have the support of the Templeton Education Foundation.  This year, we were awarded grants (see above) totaling over $13,000.  This support brings services, programs, and equipment that benefits our entire student body.


Thank you TEF!!!!!



215 8th Street, Templeton, CA  93465

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Dear Templeton Elementary School Parents and Guardians,





Thank you to those who are safe, respectful, observant, and patient during drop off and pickup times at TES.  Most families are following the rules of the road.  That being said, we have seen an alarming increase in unsafe behaviors.  What we are seeing is that when one person chooses to make a dangerous and illegal choice like driving on the wrong side of the road, other families are following suit.  The safety of everyone needs to be a top priority.

  1. With our beautiful climate and the sidewalk on Crocker St., why not park legally on neighboring streets or near the park and WALK TO SCHOOL?  Benefits: a) This is healthy and environmentally friendly.  b) You avoid the stress of sitting in a line of traffic.  c) You enjoy a walk with your children!

  2. Do not drive on the wrong side of the road or over double yellow lines.  This is a huge concern.  The corner of Old County Road and 8th Street  is incredibly busy between 7:50a-8:10a and 2:25p-2:50p. People are making the UNSAFE and ILLEGAL choice to race around the line of traffic. The wait is no more than a few minutes, but many are CHOOSING to put the safety of others at risk by crossing the double lines (ILLEGAL) and driving on the wrong side of the road (ILLEGAL).  Just because someone else chooses to break the law, that doesn’t make it ok for you to do the same. CHP has confirmed that tickets will be issued.   If the line of traffic is frustrating for you, make a POSITIVE choice. Come earlier, along another route like Main Street, park and walk in, or wait patiently.

  3. Avoid the traffic by dropping off a bit earlier or picking up a few minutes later.  We have yard supervision in the morning starting at 7:30a and in the afternoon until 3:15p (2p on Wednesdays).  2nd grade families, please wait until after 2:40 before taking a drop off zone space.  The first rounds of pickups need to be 1st grade as they are released from school first. We have recommended times for staggered pickups:

      2:30p - 1st grade parents (1:35p early release Wed.; 12:15p min day)

      2:40p - 2nd grade parents (1:50p early release Wed.; 12:25p min day)

      2:50p - Afternoon Kindergarten parents (1:30p early release Wed.)


  1. There is one way in and one way out through both the drop off zone and the parking lot.  Please do not enter our parking lot where it is marked “DO NOT ENTER”.  People are NOT EXPECTING cars to be coming from the wrong direction.  PLEASE DRIVE THE CORRECT DIRECTION, and DRIVE AT A SLOW, SAFE SPEED.

  2. The actual parking lot is NOT AN AREA TO DROP OFF CHILDREN.  Unless your child is personally being escorted by an adult who is dropping them off, he/she needs to be let out of your car in the drop off zone.  

  3. PLEASE do not use the time in the drop off zone to pack backpacks, have a meeting, or get ready for school.  The drop off area needs to be safe and efficient.  Drivers must remain in their cars in the drop off zone. If you are needing to get out of your car, please park in the lot (not a STAFF spot) or on a neighboring street and walk.

  4. Please refrain from using angry words, gestures, profanity, or rude comments to ANYONE.  Use of disrespectful language is modeling horrible behaviors and doesn’t accurately represent our school or community.

Together, we can make this a safer and less frustrating situation for everyone.

Sincerely,  Jill Southern - TES Principal


TES School Supply Lists 2016-2017

Click below to see the TES grade level supply lists for TK and K, grade 1, and grade 2


We are looking forward to a super year!







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  • The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program.  The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.
  • Nearly 6,000 elementary schools were eligible to apply this year. 780 were selected for the Gold Ribbon Award; only 29 schools were selected for the Exemplary Arts Award
  • Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. TES’ featured model program is Eagle Hour, our highly successful differentiated reading process.

Our Outdoor Classroom!


Have you stepped into our OUTDOOR CLASSROOM recently!  As a result of hard work, collaboration, and a community grant through the Templeton CSD, a lot new is literally and figuratively "growing" there!  In addition, the tireless work of our very own 1st grade teacher, Krissy Lorz and 2nd grade teacher, Joe Kirschner, has made this area happen.  It so useful for so many aspects of our educational day.  Thank you to our amazingly talented Math Intervention specialist (and true artist), Gilda Zimmerling and former incredible employee, Amy Stith, for collaborating with all our classes on the BEAUTIFUL mosaics that decorate the planters.  Thank you to Chris Bonin and our TUSD MOT department for promoting our vision and dedicating time and resources to making this space come alive!





All our 1st grade classes are learning about trout life cycles, ecology, and our environment through Trout in the Classroom!  Our very own Krissy Lorz (1st grade teacher) wrote a TEF grant (we so appreciate the support of TEF) for this wonderful, hands-on, multi-week experience which culminates with the actual release of live trout the students have raised!  Today, our outdoor classroom was used all day as a hands-on educational space - take a look!Trout 2.JPG




“Home of Tomorrow’s Leaders”

215 Eighth St. Templeton 93465 (805) 434-5820



August 30, 2016


To Parents / Guardians of Templeton Elementary Students:




Templeton Elementary School is regularly looking at ways to keep our students safe and compliant with the Wellness Policy.  We currently have multiple students in all grade levels at our school with life threatening allergies and food related illnesses.   While we certainly appreciate the intent of families bringing in outside food to share with the class, we do not want to put any student in potential danger by exposing him or her to allergens.  


To keep our kids safe, we are continuing the following protocols for foods brought into classes to share with others:

1) If your child is having a birthday or other event and wants to bring something to share with the class, please have it be a non-food item (pencils, erasers, or stickers could be ideas).  

2) There may be fun, planned opportunities for families to bring in foods to share.  These would be pre-announced class party days for each grade level where families will be notified in advance that food will be in the class and of what foods they can bring.  Please talk with your child’s teacher about these class celebration days.  

3) When bringing food to school for pre-announced, sharing purposes, it must be store bought with a nutrition fact label and ingredient label.  By having the nutrition fact label, we are able to help our diabetic children regulate their sugar levels and insulin needs. These foods can not be prepared at home, even if they are healthy foods like sliced fruit.  We can not guarantee that home prepared foods don’t contain allergens.  Foods must arrive on our campus still in packaging.  Good examples of store prepackaged items are mini bags of carrots, mini bags of pretzels, mini boxes of raisins, packaged cheese sticks, or mini bags of sliced apples.


We certainly appreciate the generosity and creativity of our Templeton families.  The last thing we would want is a child being exposed to a life threatening allergen through a well-intentioned, home-baked food item shared in class.



The Templeton Elementary School Staff

ONLINE RESOURCES you can use at home!

Click the link below for a long list of resources you can use with your students at home!  We will be updating this frequently as we discover more great links!



Grade level success - What does it look like?


TES PE Volunteers for 1st and 2nd grade Will be Needed for the 2017-18 School Year!

Hi TES Parents / Guardians of TES 1st and 2nd Graders:


If you are looking for a great way to volunteer at TES, PE may be your option! We have great centers and PE equipment.  Your children will regularly work on coordination, balance, sportsmanship, teamwork, and much more. Our PE program is necessary for a few reasons:


  1. Our Friday PE sessions help meet our required minutes of organized PE.

  2. Our necessary Eagle Hour planning happens during PE.  PE allows your child’s teacher to work collaboratively with his/her entire team.  


WE NEED YOUR HELP!  While we do have our yard duties, our counselor (Dr. Meece), our principal, and some great parent volunteers (thank you!) already running PE centers, we will still be needing more adults Friday mornings.  We typically need 14-16 adults for centers.




TIMES:     1st GRADE PE: Fridays 9-9:45a           

  2nd GRADE PE: Fridays 10:30-11:15a.  


  1. If you would like to assist with your child’s class at PE, please let your child’s teacher know. (On Minimum Days, we have an adjusted schedule - check with your teacher)

  2. On Friday, please check in the office first to sign in and to get a volunteer badge.

  3. Head to our field and check in with Mrs. Southern to be informed as to what center you will be monitoring.

  4. You will be there to assist students with being good sports, following the station rules, knowing where to go when the whistle blows to move to the next station, etc.


Your support is so appreciated.  Without parent volunteers like you, we can’t offer this great PE experience, and we also would not be able to do the necessary planning to run our AMAZING EAGLE HOUR!




Jill Southern - TES Principal


CA Department of Education Link to Common Core Resources

Click here to get to the California Department of Education's Website for Common Core State Standards.  Here, you will find the standards and many resources available to you including sample questions for the Common Core state assessments (called SBAC - starts at grade 3), parent information for student success, FAQ, etc.



Also, there are some great Parent Guides for Student Success for Common Core found at the following link (English and Spanish):



Common Core - Key Ideas for Families

Common Core - Key Ideas for Families
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Eagle Hour - What is it?

Eagle Hour - What is it?

EAGLE HOUR - Reading Process Grades 1-2

For the 2016-17 school year, Templeton Elementary School is so proud to continue our Eagle Hour curriculum planning and delivery process for every student grades 1 and 2.  Eagle Hour is a PROCESS by which we assess our students and then place them in a classroom within their grade level for reading and literacy for one hour a day, four days a week.  TES has been and continues to receive thorough training for Eagle Hour, and we are dedicated to deliver differentiated literacy instruction that addresses the needs of every child on such a consistent basis.  This is research based and being done in over 300 schools.  This reading process will begin in mid September this year.

Each child is taught at his or her instructional level and advanced accordingly.  Lessons and curriculum are planned collaboratively, on a weekly basis by the whole grade level team.  

TES Eagle Hour Passion Statement:

"With clear purpose, collaboration, and as supported lifelong learners, we, at Templeton Elementary School will not rest until all of our students participate in leveled, targeted, and engaging instruction that advances literacy and fosters a love of learning."

TES PTO! Click below for their FACEBOOK PAGE!


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How to read with your child - Some tips for you!

Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects.

Reading together increases literacy skills and does so much more - it helps to build a strong and loving relationship between you. And it's never too early to start reading with your child.


How to read with children of any age:

  • Set aside some time

    Find somewhere quiet without any distractions - turn off the TV/radio/computer.


  • Ask your child to choose a book

    Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters. This means they are more likely to engage with the book.


  • Sit close together

    Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.


  • Point to the pictures

    If there are illustrations, relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.


  • Encourage your child to talk about the book

    Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling, or how the book makes them feel.


  • And lastly, above all - make it fun!

    It doesn't matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don't be afraid to use funny voices: children love this!

Templeton Elementary Address and Phone #

Templeton Elementary School Address:

215 Eighth Street

Templeton, CA  93465


Phone: (805) 434-5820