DCS/MHS Parent Meeting Presentation and Recording

A HUGE thank you to all the parents and staff members who met with us last night regarding the DCS and MHS return to campus.  It was great to hear from you and we appreciated the questions and ideas.  This is such a big undertaking with many different aspects to consider and having an open line of communication is essential to make this go as smooth as possible.

Below you will find the PowerPoint Presentation as well as the recording of the Zoom meeting.  If you think of any other questions please do not hesitate to email or call.

We will continue to post updates and information on our website and here on the Charter Chatter.

Presentation:  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1TAhJDLziPFiK7Efhsv-L5wnNhngjTPZjl0JZi6dIHYQ/edit?usp=sharing

Zoom Recording: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dO6jXFeN2hX0NRpVP-G4PKf24PFTjyh1/view?usp=sharing

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Thank you again and stay safe out there.

TLC Charter Chatter – The week of Halloween!

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REMINDER –

DCS and MHS parent information meeting regarding in-person instruction is TONIGHT at 6pm!

 

We want to hold a Zoom meeting this Monday, October 26th, and 6pm to answer those questions and concerns you provided with your form.

 

ZOOM MEETING LINK:

Topic: TLC – Return to Campus Parent Information Meeting

Time: Oct 26, 2020 6:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/j/86286111789?pwd=alJxVFpLSG5hbUUxZjZ4NnFicW5VQT09

If you are unable to attend the meeting we will post the recording to our website.  As always, if you ever have a question or concern, please let us know.  We are all in this together.  Thank you and we hope to see you Monday evening.

 

DCS SIGNUP FORM (One per student please)

MHS SIGNUP FORM (One per student please)

If you have any questions before signing up you can reach us at:

tlclearning@tracylc.net

 



October 2020

Trick or Treat 2020: Safe, Fun and FaBOOlous

Halloween 2020, with a full moon and Saturday celebration, will be like no other. Whether you’re planning a Quarantine-o-ween or the more traditional trick or treat, we’re serving up some ways to make your Halloween a magical, fun celebration … safely!

There are also Halloween activities and trick-or-treat options best suited for your area and aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) social distancing guidelines.

Let’s Celebrate!

How to Keep Trick or Treat 2020 Safe and Fun

Whatever trick or treat looks like for you and your family this Halloween, here are a few tips to make it safe and fun for everyone:

Trick-or-Treaters

What would Halloween be without costumes and candy? Keep these social distancing best practices in mind to keep everyone safe.

  • Stay home if sick
  • Trick-or-treat with people you live with
  • Remain 6 feet apart from people not in your household
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose (even under/over your Halloween mask)
  • Hand sanitize (with sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol) frequently while out, especially during key times like before eating or after coughing/sneezing
  • Wash your hands as soon as you return home

Homeowners

The traditional Halloween decorations might look a little bit different this year. Check out these tips to create a safe celebration setup for your neighborhood ghosts and monsters.

  • Do not hand out candy if you are sick
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose
  • Take the Safe House pledge and register as an official Halloween Safe House
  • Use duct tape to mark 6-foot lines in front of your home and leading to you driveway/front door
  • Position a distribution table between yourself and trick-or-treaters
  • Distribute candy on a disinfected table to eliminate direct contact
  • Wash hands often

Parents

If you’re like most parents, safety is always top of mind this time of year. Here are a few tricks to keep your children safe and ensure a fun time is had by all.

  • Stay home if sick
  • Talk with your children about safety and social distancing guidelines and expectations
  • Guide children to stay on the right side of the road always to ensure distance
  • Carry a flashlight at night and ensure your children are wearing reflective clothing
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose
  • Wash your hands as soon as you return home
  • Inspect candy


https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/j/82471021670?pwd=aTNjWGtlcU5KOGFZaDZNcklPWE9Ddz09



DCS

 

Parents/Guardians/Students!

This week on our website you will find our class updates for 56 and 78 grade levels on their respective pages! You will also find information about our next Nest Challenge and our Falcon of the Week on the Leadership page. There are some new updates on our Announcements page, be sure to check that out! Finally, visit our Counseling Corner for some helpful information about finding balance with social media. Visit here: www.dcsfalcon.weebly.com

 



MHS

 

DCS/MHS Parent Information Meeting -Monday October 26th at 6pm via Zoom

Hello DCS and MHS families.  

We first want to thank you for completing the commitment forms we posted for returning or staying online in November.  We understand this is a big decision for you and your family. 

If you have not completed the form, EVEN if you plan on staying online, please do so (links below).  We are extending the deadline to Tuesday, October 27th.  It is important to hear from everyone, we are using this information to help our registrar adjust our attendance system.

We want to hold a Zoom meeting this Monday, October 26th, and 6pm to answer those questions and concerns you provided with your form. 

 

ZOOM MEETING LINK:  

 Topic: TLC – Return to Campus Parent Information Meeting 

Time: Oct 26, 2020 6:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/j/86286111789?pwd=alJxVFpLSG5hbUUxZjZ4NnFicW5VQT09

If you are unable to attend the meeting we will post the recording to our website.  As always, if you ever have a question or concern, please let us know.  We are all in this together.  Thank you and we hope to see you Monday evening.

 

DCS SIGNUP FORM (One per student please)

MHS SIGNUP FORM (One per student please)

If you have any questions before signing up you can reach us at:

tlclearning@tracylc.net

 

 

DCS and MHS In-person or Online Learning Sign-up

Thank you to all DCS and MHS parents who responded to our learning survey.   Based on the results from almost 900 responses we have developed a system that will allow those of you who wish to stay online to do so; while those families who would like to return to campus can do so with reduced class sizes.  Our estimates show  30-40% of students will be in person for all classes.  This allows us to maintain distancing and all the other procedures we developed to meet the state and county guidelines.

Rules regarding closures if there is a case on campus and sanitation protocols can be found here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/documents/strongertogether.pdf

To clarify, DCS and MHS students will be attending classes all day Monday- Thursday as listed on their original AERIES schedule whether you are online or in person.  Friday will be ALL students online for a minimum day.

The next step is to get an actual commitment from each student.  Below are the forms to sign up for online or in-person learning.  We need to hear from everyone so please complete one form for each student by Sunday, October 25th.  If you choose to stay online, we will have another signup form going out in January in case anyone would like to change.

At the end of the signup, we ask for any comments or questions.  These will be addressed next week when we hold a parent information zoom meeting to talk about the process.

 

DCS SIGNUP FORM (One per student please)

MHS SIGNUP FORM (One per student please)

If you have any questions before signing up you can reach us at:

tlclearning@tracylc.net

Thank you and stay safe out there

TLC Charter Chatter – Oct 19th

 

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A Message from the Director

The county was cleared this week to allow students to return to school in person.  Each district and charter has the opportunity to decide how and when to return.  We have submitted a survey for parents to answer to help us determine the best course of action.  We would like to thank the almost 700 families that responded.  How we begin reopening is decided with your input.  Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel about returning to campus.  For now, let me give you the best of our thinking (based on initial survey results):

We will continue to keep our tentative dates for reopening.

Primary: On November 2, 2020

We will expand and allow more students who wish to return in person to return.  We will adjust staffing to meet the need if necessary.  All other students will remain online with the current schedule.

 

Discovery: on November 9

It appears that the survey will indicate a desire for 40% to return for in person.  The rest will remain with distance learning.  Those in distance learning will be included in the classes in person.  They will watch and participate in real-time with the students and teachers who are on campus.  We are exploring the idea of ALL students online Friday with an independent assignment to allow for deep cleaning of our campus.

Classes will be the full schedule from 8:00 to 4:00.  

Arrival will be a rolling start from 7:30 to 8:00.  Pick up will be 4:00 to 4:30.  All students must be dropped off and picked up in the car line.  No walkers.  

 

Millennium: on November 16

It appears that the survey will indicate a desire for 40% to return for in person.  The rest will remain with distance learning.  Those in distance learning will be included in the classes in person.  They will watch and participate in real-time with the students and teachers who are on campus.  We are exploring the idea of ALL students online Friday with an independent assignment to allow for deep cleaning of our campus.

Classes are the full schedule.

Arrival for zero period is 7:15-7:30

Arrival for first period is 8:00 – 8:30

All students must enter the back gate until second period.

All students will exit school from front gate.

 

Of course, this plan may be modified as we look at how many students want to return to campus as well as grade level.   This first survey allows developing a more concrete plan now that we know what our TLC families want.  In the coming week, we will share our plan and ask for a firm commitment from our families. 

It is our hope to please most of you with our choice of online or in person.  Strict guidelines for safety are in place and must be followed for arriving and leaving school.  Temperatures will be taken, questions answered, and hand sanitizer prior to entering school.  Masks must be worn at all times.

Further information will be sent out after the survey is completed so please watch our chatter, website and facebook for more information.  Thank you again for input.

 



PCS

Online primary teachers sent out a survey for PCS asking if we had any other students who would like to return to campus.  We are looking at how we can accommodate the 45 or so students who would like to return to in-person instruction.   Once we determine which grades are affected we will be contacting you to discuss your options.

 

 



DCS

Parents/Guardians and students!

Welcome to Week 12! This week on our DCS website you will find our usual class updates (for 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade on their respective pages), our Falcon of the Week, and some thought-provoking information about Mindfulness and Music on our Counseling Corner page!
Please also, don’t forget to fill out the survey that was posted last Thursday on the Charter Chatter!
For DCS information visit: www.dcsfalcon.weebly.com

 



MHS

 

Thank you to all our parents who complete the MHS return to campus survey.  We are reviewing the results to determine what our modified return to campus would look like.  How hope is to give parents and students the option of staying online or being in class.  This all depends on the survey results and if we are able to maintain safe conditions for all staff and students.   Stay tuned and we will have more information this week.

 

 

Spring Delta College Students: Here is a 5 minute video on how to check your registration appointment date/time:

https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/rec/share/hP1W2Tt7909pln8uSqqpN5NTJR9EZfs1bZVIR6SohaHknIo0689VVf19ofnyypwh.Ba3xLehrgmMDgQZ3

Passcode: 20&^qZx%

TLC Learning Survey – PCS and DCS/MHS parents – we need your input.

Hello TLC families. As other schools return to campus with a San Joaquin County Health approved teaching model, ALL TLC grades TK-12 grade are looking at what system will allow us to be most effective and safe.

With our county in the ‘Red Tier’, all schools are now allowed to return with safety protocols in place. But we cannot plan for our return without your input.

This survey is very important because your feedback will determine which options are possible. Both in-person options allow for half the class size at a time in the room. We are not ready for the full return of all students due to the need for social distancing.

The dates for hybrid return remains as posted: DCS-November 9 and MHS- November 16 and PCS will allow for more on-campus students beginning November 2

PLEASE RESPOND BY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020

Complete one survey for each child.

PCS

We are asking if any online students would like to be considered for in-person classroom learning.  We have some space available if more students wanted to return to campus.  Please complete one for each student.

PCS In-person/Distance Learning Survey

 

DCS and MHS

We need your input as we look at what our hybrid system may look like in November.  Please take a moment to complete one survey for each of your DCS and MHS students.  We will gather the results and let you know how we will proceed with slowly returning to campus in a safe manner.  Thank you.

 

DCS/MHS In-person/Distance Learning Survey

 

 

 

Happy Monday – TLC Charter Chatter – October 12th 2020

 

PCS

 

Our first week with students on campus since March, what a great feeling!   We have to thank all the students, teachers, janitorial, office, and kitchen staff for making our first week back such a huge success.  It is certainly a lot more work keeping everyone safe but well worth it.

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We also had a wonderful visit with Mr. Glen Moore with the Tracy Press who published a nice article about our return to campus:  TRACY PRESS LINK

PCS REMINDER – NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY October 16th.  Take a break from school and take some time for yourself.



DCS

Parents/Guardians and students!

We hope you are enjoying the beginnings of fall weather! We are in the final month of the first trimester. Please visit our DCS website to find information on your students classes (the 5/6 and 7/8 tabs will lead you there!), under the Leadership tab you can access our videos for Falcon of the Week and the Fantasy Football challenge! Finally, Mrs. Prescott has added some very helpful information about how to boost your confidence on her Counseling Corner page. We hope you enjoy! Remember, there is no school Friday October 16th!

 

 



MHS

 

One of the important safety protocols we have put in place involves report cards.  We will NOT be mailing home report cards this semester but will send them out via AERIES.  You will get an email to the address you entered into AERIES or you can go online and pull the report card yourself when they are posted.  Below is a short video to help you.

 

Unity for our shortened week.  NO SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY OCTOBER 16th.

 

Delta College Early Start Spring 2021-  DocuSign CES FORMS DUE TODAY 10/12
Students who plan to take a Delta College Class this spring must complete and have a parent/guardian sign the College Early Start Form electronically TODAY (10/12) by 11:59pm in order to meet the deadline. The PDF which launches the DocuSign form, as well as a list of recommended classes, can be found on the student’s MHS Info Google Classroom (code: iebvajt). Here is a video explaining how to complete the form: https://tracylc-net.zoom.us/rec/share/RPmtNOeHCzMI8MQuluVemAVTdU1LxO-QZHfJa7uLng_i3nJLmQc3tHQM7aBr8CB-.5GmUG9bkWFplYuUY Passcode: i3#8FPgK

Spread the word – TLC Preschool spots still available!!

 

Have you heard the news? Tracy Learning Center Preschool is re-opening soon! For more information please contact Amy Jones, Preschool Director (209)229-1575 

Here are some steps we are taking to prevent Covid-19

  • Frequent handwashing
  • Teachers and children wearing face coverings in the classroom
  • Children’s temperatures to be taken before entry into the classroom.
  • Toys disinfected after each use
  • Bathrooms, doorknobs or any other frequently touched areas disinfected frequently throughout the day
  • Warm inviting welcome air hugs or air high fives
  • More outdoor play
  • Physically distancing while sitting, standing, and napping 
  • Use disposable meal service items 
  • Meals will be served by a staff member right now versus family style
  • Windows open to allow fresh air
  • Hours of operation will be 7:00am-5:00pm during Covid 19.  Hours for Arrival will be 7am-8am only and departure time will be 4pm-5pm only.

Charter Chatter – Monday October 5th, 2020

We are back!!   What an amazing sight to see Primary students join us for on-campus instruction.  We had a smooth carline with temperature checks and questionnaires completed.  Students then put on their masks and grabbed their disposable lunch and headed into their designated desk.

It was a strange feeling but much more excitement than nerves.  Our teachers and staff did a great job making sure protocols were followed and we appreciated the student’s hard work in following rules.  Keep up the great work and we hope to have more students back next month!



WEBSITE UPDATE

First, I must apologize for the issues we are are having with our school website.  At the worst time, the company that hosts the site had a major server failure and is in contact with me daily as they try and get it back up.  I am beyond frustrated but we hope this will be resolved soon.  Any info you need will be posted through the charter chatter until we can get things back online again.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

– Mr Snell – Director of Technology

 



DCS

Parents/Guardians/Students! This week you will find information on the Washington DC trip (under our Announcements tab), Leaderships’ weekly Falcon of the Week video (Go Falcons! – under the Leadership tab), our usual peek into our 5/6 and 7/8 classes under each tab, respectively and some very relatable and interesting information about why failure isn’t always a bad thing (with a really neat video to watch – under our Counseling Corner tab). Please also note that we will not have school on Friday October 16th and as mentioned in the Charter Chatter last week, DCS has tentative plans to return to school/campus full-time on November 9th. More information will be provided as the date approaches. Have a great week!


MHS

 

 

 

Counseling News

COMMUNITY SERVICE GUIDELINES FOR 2020-2021 School Year Due to our current school closure and community safety guidelines/restrictions in place, the required hours of community service needed for graduation has been reduced by 50 hours total for each grade level (9th, 10th, and 11th grade students need 150 hours to graduate). 12th grade students are required 100 hours total. Community service is still a graduation requirement with credit given on the transcript, but only at the end of a student’s senior year. Students are now able to check their hours on Aeries. Any new hours that have been submitted this year will be updated by the end of next week. NEW WAY to submit hours is through this Community Service Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/oi4S5ZqBWUAuQMv26
Hours will be updated by the end of each week.  Make sure to take pictures of the community service activity to upload with the form.
As a reminder, at this time the following activities from your home community are acceptable as community service:
Gardening, Yard Work
Activities with siblings: Games, coloring, art, reading, school related help
Physical activity in the neighborhood: Walking, running, bike riding, skating
Video log of encouraging messages to peers on social media
Calling or face-timing a loved one that may be feeling isolated
Grocery shopping for essential items
Home improvement projects: cleaning room, organizing garage, painting, repairs, etc.
If you are unsure if your activity would count, please do not hesitate to ask ahead of time.
There are some non-profit organizations that are actively looking for volunteers to assist in a virtual environment. Some examples are: Boys and Girls Club, Astoria Gardens, Tracy Interfaith Ministries, Animal rescues and adoption agencies. continue Any opportunities that come up throughout the year will be announced in the school wide google classroom.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact your counselors at: tschaffran@tracylc.net or lmoore@tracylc.net

Delta College Early Start Spring 2021-  DocuSign CES FORMS DUE to the MHS Counselors on OCTOBER 13th!!  – The process has begun for students to take an online Delta College class this Spring! All of the information needed to get started (including a recording of our Info Meeting) is available on the MHS School Info Google Classroom (code: iebvajt) , as well as our MHS Counselors College Early Start Website:  http://www.tracylearningcenter.com/counseling/college-and-carrer-planning/

– First time students need to apply to Delta College ASAP (with their Social Security Number), and can view a video of step by step instructions here:    https://pdcdeltacollege.com/dep/apply/   
– ALL interested students, including those who already have a Delta ID number, need to complete the NEW College Early Start Form through DocuSign on or before Monday, October 13th (a week from today!). It is available on the MHS School Info Google Classroom.
– Please email MHSCounseling@tracylc.net or visit our Office Hours (posted on GC) for assistance!