TLC Newsletter for the week of Dec 15th 2014

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center


Dec. 19, 2014                                                                                        Vol. 19 No.19

Virginia Stewart



Thank you for your continued commitment and support of our schools.  We never take your enrollment of your students in our schools for granted.  We understand that you have selected us as the best educational option for your child and we do not take that selection for granted.  We value your presence in our schools and we are committed to providing an educational program second to none.


We are happy finals and first semester is over for high school, we enjoyed watching the 5th and 6th graders who stayed at home for school science camp….they had a wonderful time.  We know that the students who were at away science camp had a lot of rain but also had a wonderful time.  We enjoyed seeing our little ones learning songs for the holidays and writing about the elf.  The band for 7th and 8th and the high school band performed extremely well at their winter concert.  All of these things make us proud and willing to continue to work hard for the success of all of our students.


Thank you for believing in us.  We wish you a joyful and great winter break.





Misc. Announcements


TLC’s Got Talent Show

will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts in Tracy, CA. All students who are interested in participating need to complete the audition form located on the main page of the tracylc.netwebsite. All forms are due no later than Monday, January 5th, 2015. Auditions will take place during the week of January 12th, 2015. All students who complete and turn in an audition form should be on the lookout for their audition date and time the week that school resumes.


SAVE THE DATE TLC Crab Feed:  February 7, 2015

Come join us for the 9th Annual Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed – Saturday, February 7, 2015. All you can eat crab, pasta, salad, and bread. Dessert Auction. Stay for the raffle, live auction and lots of dancing.

Tickets are $45.00 each or reserve a table for $360. There will be an opportunity again this year to advertise your business on a placemat that will be placed at each table setting. Great exposure for your business. A business card size ad is $30.00. Larger ads are available, please contact Donna Baker for details.

If you would like to donate an item or volunteer for this awesome event please contact Donna Baker at (209) 832-1940 or

Thanks a bunch to all who make this event so incredible!!!!!!!!


Give Every Child A Chance

Tracy Learning Center has been approved as a new site for the strong and expanding tutoring/mentoring program Give Every Child a Chance!  They are bringing a homework assistance group tutoring program to our school for 7th through 12th graders.  The program is free for students who have a D or an F in any subject, an IEP, or a strong teacher recommendation. Math and Language Arts assistance will take place Monday-Thursday between 4:00-6:00pm in D-13, Mrs. Saldana’s room.  For more information about GECAC, please see their website:  For an application, please contact Ms. Moore at the MHS Counseling Office, or visit and click “One on One Tutoring Application”.  You may write in “Tracy Learning Center” as your site of choice.  Turn in applications to Ms. Moore at MHS Counseling.



Winter Break begins Mon. Dec. 22, 2014 and all students return to school on Mon. Jan. 5, 2015


PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Jan. 5 – 9

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Beef Taco

Wed  – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Thurs. – Beef or Bean Nachos

Fri. –  Chicken Quesadilla



Primary Charter  

This week in Initial Phase we enjoyed our last week before break.  The students worked very hard to learn special winter songs taught by the talented Mrs. Watson.  Everyone who performed did an amazing job!  Each class also recognized their Polite Citizens for the month of December.  Friday was a fun day for everyone and we are ready for our winter break!  Thank you for a great 2014 and we will see everyone back in January.

Phase One

This week the students in Phase One continued to learn about holiday traditions around the world. Over the last two weeks they have learned about several different countries’ holiday traditions including Mexico, Germany, Israel, Australia and USA.

In Language Arts, the students read the book The Polar Express and did many activities and crafts relating to the story. They also wrote about how to decorate a Christmas tree and how to make hot chocolate in writer’s workshop. In math the students did some fun holiday math activities and crafts as well. Both classes also got to watch the movie Polar Express and were able to compare and contrast the book and movie. They even wore their pajamas and enjoyed some hot chocolate while they watched the movie.

Each class also had their own holiday performance for the parents to come and watch. P1 has been learning holiday songs with Mrs. Watson during elective. P8 learned some holiday songs during Social Studies as they learned about holiday traditions around the world. Thank you to all the parents and family members that took the time out of their day to come and watch the students in Phase One perform their holiday songs. The students were very proud of the songs they learned.

Phase 2

This week phase 2 students worked hard and showed that they are ready for the break!  P3 got to show off their awesome winter songs that they learned with Mrs. Watson.  They sounded great!  P6 finished a special snowman project and made snowflakes in art.  We learned more about winter holidays and traditions and P6 got to watch The Nutcracker and compare it to the live performance we saw last week.  We also wrote creative winter stories and some groups took their final unit test in math.  Thank you to everyone who brought in treats on Friday.  The teachers and students appreciate it…thank you for helping us have a very special last school day of 2014!  Have a great break!


DCS 5th/6th



Our DCS students had a wonderful and educational experience at Science Camp and came back happy but exhausted. We also heard our MHS Student Camp Counselors did a fabulous job. Mrs. Pelaez and her co-teachers did a great job leading our students and  were so proud of our DCS students


Our “Stay” Camp students also had a great week full of amazing experiments, lessons and games. They finished the week off with a really fun sleepover and left Friday morning ready for a nice long nap. All of our 5th/6th grade students are so fortunate to have such dynamic and energetic teachers!




PHSA 7th and 8th


In social studies the students just finished up a unit on Slavery which coincides with the novel that is being read in ELA.

English Language Arts  just finished a creative writing unit in which the students had to write several narratives.  Currently, ELA is  working on the Jane Schaffer writing method which is a method that focuses on writing evidence based Response to Literature essays.  Writing is a critical part of learning for students in middle school since high school assignments often require essay writing.

7/8 Science is beginning a new unit focused on the Periodic Table of Elements.

Math is currently working on converting decimals to percentages and the associative and commutative properties. Algebra students are doing well and progressing nicely.

The 7/8 girls basketball team got 2nd place in the championship game. We are very proud of the effort the girls made this year.  Way to go!





MHS Charter Chatter December 19, 2014

The Spring semester started this week and report cards were mailed out.  We encourage parents to continue to check Aeries on a regular basis to be a part of your student’s academic success.  Some other helpful actions that parents can take to help their student is ask to see agendas, double check for homework completion, be in communication with teachers, and set aside designated time for studying and homework.


New resolutions go hand in hand with the upcoming New Year.  For many, the Spring semester can be a fresh start as well.


PSAT results are in. Students will be receiving their results and test booklets at an informational meeting that will be held the week that school resumes.


In January and February, Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff will be meeting with all students for their annual counseling review.  Fast track classes and next year’s schedule will be planned.  Only 10th grade parents will be invited for an appointment.  Time is extremely limited and we encourage 10th grade parents to rearrange schedules as necessary to attend their scheduled time. Appointment letters will be mailed out when we return from the holiday break.


College Info

Congratulations! to the following students who have received early admissions to the following schools:


College bound seniors: most colleges will be notifying applicants the status of their admission in early Spring by either mail or online via a student portal on the individual college web site.  We anticipate hearing about the acceptance letters.  All students accepted to a college or university should let the Counselors know as soon as they are notified.  Best of luck to all of those who applied!


San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop (STUFA)  Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Alex G. Spanos Center at University of the Pacific
Services are FREE and include: One on one assistance filling out financial aid forms, Tax preparation assistance and Scholarship information. For more information please call (209) 946-7705 or email:


12th Annual Black College Expo

12th Annual Black College Expo to be held  from 9am-5pm at the Marriott Convention Center Downtown Oakland, California. For more information call: 877-427-4100 or visit our website at: