TLC Newsletter for October 27th 2014

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Oct. 31, 2014                                                                                               No.13

Virginia Stewart

I was not able to attend all of the great presentations by Primary this week regarding Red Ribbon Week, but I loved what I heard and saw.  I believe we had a great theme this year: THINK. BE KIND!  Most of the times our students exhibit this behavior in all that they do, but we all need reminders.  We especially need to know how important our kindness can be to another person and we all need to remember that caring about one another all of our responsibility is.


I liked the Rap song that P6   presented and I thought I would share it with you.

Don’t think twice, say something nice.

You can’t pretend, if you wanna be a friend.

Smile, care, share and be fair.

Be honest and true, “Hey, invite me too!”

Let’s join in, everybody,

If you wanna be a friend repeat after me.

Don’t think twice!

Say something nice!

You can’t pretend

If you wanna be a friend!

A trusted friend won’t try to hide.

What really matters is what’s inside.

Misc. Announcements

Safety Concerns

We have genuine concern about our Primary Gate in the morning. We have our Primary PE Staff watching the gate making sure students do not leave until the beginning of Unity and at that time the gate is closed and latched. Students who are dropped off after the beginning of Unity run up to the closed gate and wait until someone opens the gate. Many times the person opening the gate end up propping the gate which creates a very unsafe and risky environment for our young students.  This gate must be shut and latched form the onset of Unity until dismissal time. We have ordered a new sign to remind parents and visitors to secure our gate and also will post a staff person at the gate until students are in class.


WOW!!!  Thank you to everyone who came out to participate for Big Cookie Thursday!  It was a huge success, more so than we ever expected!  Next week we will be back and fully stocked with more delicious cookies.  Our sincerest apologies if we ran out of cookies before you had a chance to get yours.  Please come back on Thursday, October 30th to buy more cookies from our PCS student council!

Jackets and Coats

Our lost and found is piling up and will be soon taken to the needy. It is so important for outer clothing to be labeled so that items can be returned to their rightful owners.

Easy Fundraiser

We have partnered with eCycle Group to run a Recycling Fundraiser! The program runs year-round, accumulating constant income for our efforts.  But we won’t get far without your support.  How can you help? Instead of throwing away empty original printer cartridges and used cell phones please send them to us.  We’ll take it from there.  You can drop off your original cartridges and cell phones with Connie in the office.

Thank you for your support!

Next Holiday is Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, Veteran’s day

Entire Thanksgiving Week Nov. 24-28 School Break

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Nov. 3-7Mon. –   PizzaTues. –  Beef or Bean Nachos

Wed  – Chicken Patti Wednesday

Thurs. – Chicken Taquitos

Fri. –  Hamburgers

Primary Charter  

What an amazing Halloween parade!  All Primary students did an amazing job and the flash mob was a wonderful addition.  We are also very proud of our Red Ribbon Week presentation (see below).  Students worked very all week long and it showed!  The teachers at Primary Charter School would like to wish all families a happy and safe Halloween night.


Check out PICS from today’s Halloween Parade!!

and check out the Thriller flashmob!

Before you speak
think and be smart
it’s hard to fix
a wrinkled heart.
Phase 1 Charter Chatter

This week was Red Ribbon Week and every morning at Unity each class was able to say their poem or song that they came up with. Our theme this year was Think! Be Kind! P8 will be doing theirs this next Monday, November 3, 2014.

Phase One got into the Halloween spirit this week by learning about bats and spiders during science. P1 has also been learning spooky Halloween songs for music and P8 has been doing several Halloween crafts in art. They had fun at the parade this morning and performing their flash mob for the parents and teachers. Some of the teacher joined in on the fun too! The students went trick-or-treating in Discovery and had fun filled day enjoying this fun holiday.

Conferences are coming up soon! They are November 20th – 24th. On Monday, in Red folders there will be a sign up sheet sent home for parent-teacher conferences. Please sign up for your top 3 time slots and turn these in as soon as possible, as it is first come first serve.

Phase 2 had a great Red Ribbon Week!  We enjoyed watching everyone’s Think! Be Kind! messages throughout the week at Unity. We began our Mission projects this week and are looking forward to our field trip. We also had a great Halloween parade and enjoyed trick or treating in DCS classrooms.  We also recognized our Proud Individual students of the month.  P6 got to make spooky Halloween goo and we all enjoyed the exploding pumpkin at Unity on Friday.  What a busy week!


DCS 5th/6th

Star Student:

Congratulations to Berenice Torres for receiving the Star Student award this week! Berenice is a conscientious student, aware of her actions and the impact of those actions on her surroundings. As we begin working on the Cooperative Collaboration SWO, we are lucky to have Berenice as a shining example of what cooperative collaboration looks like.

Social Studies:

The Evening Wax Museum Presentations for the homerooms of  Mrs. Beckner and Mrs. Delgado will be held on November 5th and 7th in the gym at 5pm. If you have questions about the event please direct them Mrs. Wallace (

Science Camp:

Registration forms are due to Ms. Pelaez no later than November, 7th. Late registration will not be accepted.


OUTDOOR EDUCATION RAFFLE tickets are due back Monday, November 3, sold or not.  We must turn them in to the County Office of Education that day.  Thank you for your help raising funds for Science Camp.


Drama/Performance enrichment class will be performing at Unity on Tuesday, November 4th. Parents are welcome to watch the brief performance that morning.

Exciting Sports News

The 6th grade Girl’s Basketball team played their first game of the season this week. They were defeated by Monte Vista 24-6. They are still learning the fundamentals of the game. As long as they work hard and develop confidence in themselves, they will be just fine as the season progresses. Their next game is Tuesday at TLC against Art Freiler at 4pm.

PHSA 7th and 8th

The 7/8 Girls’ Basketball team played their first home game of the season this week. They defeated Art Freiler 33-20. The Lady Tigers are off to a 2-0 record to begin the year. The team has been working hard in practice and it is showing with their chemistry on the court. Next Thursday, they play at Monte Vista at 4pm.

Leadership at PHSA is involved in finding ways to help students and the community.

Students in Social Studies have done a great job working on posters displaying the different political views of Hamilton and Jefferson.

We want to thank Mrs. King for arranging for our little ones to trick or treat in the big kids rooms.  We all enjoyed the parade of beautiful and scary characters.


Thank you to the families that participated in the Haunted High event! There was a huge amount of support from our TLC families! All the proceeds from the event will go directly to our fine arts department.  Mr. Snyder and his students did an amazing job on transforming the gymnasium into an interactive and frightening haunted house! Mr. Young also did a wonderful job turning our campus into a festive carnival. Thank you again to the staff, students and parents who made this successful event possible!

Thank you to the wonderful visitor we had this week in our Career Education classes: Michelle Scott-Hood from The Art Institute, San Francisco. Thank you to our speaker in the Senior Internship Class: Donna Baker, owner of At Home Real Estate Group.

College Info

College Early Start Program – Spring Enrollment for Delta

Parents of students who are interested in taking classes at Delta College for the Spring 2014 semester need to carefully read the important steps listed on the website at Please remember that students participating in the College Early Start program must follow dates and deadlines and receive prior approval to take college classes while attending high school.  TLC provides reimbursement for tuition for those who have prior approval to take specific classes with proof of payment and a successful course completion with a grade of “C” or better.  Textbooks and additional fees are not reimbursable.

Letter to Parents:

Check List:

Dates and Deadlines:

Free Practice SAT

The Tracy Public Library hosting a free practice SAT Test for 9th-12th graders on Saturday, November 15th from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Any students who would like to take the practice exam can sign up online, by phone, or in person. Space is limited to 40 students. Phone number 1-866-805-7323 or 209-937-8221

United States Air Force Academy Forum

Learn about the US Air Force Academy, Cadet life and the application process. Admissions staff and recent graduates will be available to answer your questions. Saturday, November 8th, 2014 9:00am – 12:00pm Boulder Station Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada. Check in will begin at 8:00am.

Senior Info

Every Tuesday and Thursday there is an open lab for students seeking help with the college applications and/or any other college related guidance.  The computer lab will be in the Counseling Office during lunch from 12:10pm – 12:50pm.

Counselors are still taking individual appointments with students to assist in guiding them through the college application process.
Save the Date…Thursday, December 11th at 6pm for MHS’ Financial Aid Information Night. Important topics will be covered such as the types of financial aid available for college and application deadlines will be discussed.

US Representative Jerry McNerney Will Host the Service Academy Night

The United States service academies offer a unique and esteemed educational opportunity for young men and women. Accepted students receive a free 4 year university education, room and board, medical and dental coverage and a stipend in exchange for a 5 year commitment upon graduation. If you are interested please attend the “Service Academy Night” on November 12th  from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Lincoln High School in Stockton.


Exciting Sports News


Our Cross Country Team did fantastic at their League Championship on Thurs., Oct. 30, 2014 and our impressive results are listed below:

Women All Honors

Estefania Torres and Event MVP!

Mae Sandhu

Olivia Stone

Serena Cho

Valeria Diaz

Men All League

Talon Waters

Donoban Salinas