Principal's Message

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February 13, 2017

Dear Turtle Rock Families,

After 40 wonderful years in education, I have decided to retire this June. It wasn’t an easy decision, but after much planning and thinking, this year seemed to be the right time. My years in education have been quite an adventure, that began the moment I stepped into a second grade classroom in the El Segundo Unified School District and is winding down at an amazing school with all of you here at TR. The years have filled me with memories (some of the best being at Turtle Rock) that bring me joy and make me smile.

Life is all about adventure and it's time for new ones that retirement makes possible. I’m going to thoroughly enjoy simple pleasures like walking my two dogs in the sunshine (not at 4:00 AM!), practicing yoga, and dancing across the gym floor in a Zumba class. I’m dusting off my sewing machine to begin quilting again. My niece and nephew can hardly wait for “Aunt Karen” to volunteer in their classrooms and pick them up from school (I actually know parking lot pick-up etiquette, right?). In September, I’ll travel to Northern Italy, followed by a trip to New England to experience “Fall”, something I’ve waited to do for 40 years.

My career has been an adventure of a lifetime that’s coming to a close in the best way possible, as Principal of Turtle Rock Elementary. Turtle Rock will always be in my heart and I will cherish the memories and warm relationships with hundreds of children and their families.

Communication is always key at Turtle Rock, and while I wanted to keep you informed of my retirement decision, please rest assured that the remaining four months of school will be given my full attention. There is still much to accomplish before June 9, and plans to be made to prepare for next year. I will be working closely with District and TR staff to facilitate a smooth administrative transition. The needs of each Turtle Rock student are always foremost in my minds, and I will continue to work diligently to successfully close out the school year and to help prepare for the 2017-2018 school year.

I look forward to seeing you all at Open House this Thursday evening, February 16. Thank you for your continued support during the remainder of our time at TR as we work together to provide an exemplary educational experience for our students.

With warm regards,

Karen Catabijan, Principal