TLC Newsletter for the week of January 19th 2015…

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center

Jan. 23, 2015                                                                                        Vol. 22 No.22

Virginia Stewart

SWOs, Dances, Science Fairs and College presenters; with so much going on at TLC it can be hard to see it all!  .  2015 has seen a strong start and even I am amazed at how far all our students have progressed.  When I walk into a class the first word that often comes to mind is “enthusiasm”.  This is something that TLC wants to nurture and encourage. If our students have the love of learning and enjoy the taste of success they can overcome even the toughest challenges.Our teacher meetings are often filled with the same thoughts and enthusiast students make our job so much fun.

I look forward to seeing you all at the TLC Crab Feed.  We all work so hard (parents and teachers) to make sure our children are prepared for life after school, it is great to have a chance to get together and celebrate!

Misc. Announcements



Just a reminder if your student is ill and unable to attend school please calls Kay Fagundes at (209)831-5240 or email . Students should not return to school until their symptoms subside and he/she is fever-free for at least 24 hrs. We have had so many sick children at school and the majority of these illnesses are highly contagious.


TLC’s Got Talent Show

Attention all students who completed and submitted an application to audition for the TLC’s Got Talent Show. The auditions for the talent show will be held next week. All forms have been returned to the students with completed forms informing them of the time, date and location of their audition. If you are going to be using amplified music please make sure to turn you music in to the MHS Counseling Department prior to your audition and or bring your music with you to your audition. Please audition in what you plan on performing in. If you have any questions in regards to the talent show please contact the MHS counseling department at 209-627-8299..


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.

Calling all “BAKERS. PASTRY CHEFS, & CANDY MAKERS”, the dessert auction at the Crab Feed was so successful we are asking for donations again this year.

Please email Donna Baker at if you can kindly donate a baked good or sweet treat to be auctioned the night of our Crab Feed. Thanks a bunch!

Thanks a bunch.

Donna A. Baker Broker/Owner CRS ABR SFR CDPE
We are asking each child to donate $5.00 or more to this event     or      we would be happy to accept your donation of a gift card or auction item!!!! At this time we have received very few donations. WE have made this a contest and the Classroom bringing in the highest percentage of donations will win an “Ice Cream Party”.

Please have your donations into the school by Friday January 30th so they can be counted and/or cataloged in time for the event….

If you have any questions please contact Kristina Brachna-Gonzalez or Jeanette Oliveri.  

Hope to see you on February 7th for this fun filled event!!!!

Thanks in advance for you commitment and support.

Wonderful Crab Feed Raffles Prizes….

Wine Tasting

Wine displays

Hearst Castle Tickets

California Excursions

Spa package

doTERRA Essential Oils

Man Cave items

Gift Card Trees (of course)

55 gal drum BBQ Smoker

Nascar Tickets

Grand Prize……   a GO PRO and accessories !!!!!

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.

Next School Holiday is Feb. 16, 2015 President’s Day

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Jan. 26 – 30

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Taco Tuesday

Wed  – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Thurs. – Beef Enchiladas

Fri. –  Chicken Corndogs

Primary Charter  

This week in Initial Phase students and teachers reflected on their visit with Mrs. Stewart.  We all enjoyed talking with Mrs. Stewart and demonstrating to her what we have learned and are currently learning.
When you enter a Primary classroom, the walls are filled with colorful posters, decorations, and educational material.  Teachers spend a lot of time planning and strategically placing “decorations” for a real purpose.
Our rooms are an important academic resource for our students.  As students work, teachers can see students’ eyes scan the room for answers. We do this on purpose.  As students scan the room, they are learning at an early age to
take control of their learning.  Students learn how to locate information to assist in the task at hand through the support materials found within the classroom.  This is a life long skill that will translate into every aspect of their lives.
As concepts change, rooms change.  The next time you are in a Primary room, take a picture walk around the room.  It is a great way to see what your student is learning.

What a great week Phase 1 students had!  In Science they learned all about soil and why it is important.  They know that soil comes in many different layers.  P1 students got to re-create those layers using cookies, pudding, and sprinkles! P8 students got to explore soil with their senses and then complete a project!  In Writer’s Workshop, students are continuing to explore narrative writing.  What awesome authors we have!  We are also seeing some amazing critical thinking skills happening in Math.  Great Job! Both classes have enjoyed their new elective.  How lucky for us to continue to have music and art available at our school.

Phase 2 students got a visit from Mrs. Stewart last week.  We got to show off everything we’ve learned so far this year.  She was very impressed with the things we are doing in math and science.  Out students were so enthusiastic to share what we’re doing in class.

This week phase 2 learned all about weather and climate in science.  Take some time to discuss the weather and temperature with your child.  We are starting to notice weather patterns and becoming aware of just how much weather affects us every day!  Phase 2 students switched electives this week and they are very eager to learn new songs with Mrs. Watson and create beautiful works of art with Mrs. Wiltse!

Thank you for cooperating with our new agenda policy.  A reminder that when students get on warning or yellow they must take their agenda home that day and get it signed.  Our green folder policy has not changed…they need to be signed and returned every Monday.  Students who don’t return folders or have unsigned agendas will result in lost privileges.  So far, everyone is doing an excellent job of being responsible agenda owners!


DCS 5th/6th



Star Student:

Congratulations to William Macgregor for receiving the Star Student Award for the Week of January 26th. William always works hard and is kind and helpful to all those around him. The teachers appreciate his willingness to lend a hand, especially with technology, and help anyone who needs help.

Exploration News:

The Exploration Science Fair was held in room D 5 & D 4 on Wednesday, January 21st from 10 – 10:30. Here are some examples of the hard work the kids put into their projects:


Future Scientists of the World!!!!!!

Performance News:

The Drama/Performance Exploration class shared their 60s Dance Party performance at Unity on Thursday, January 22nd.

The kids put in hours of practice to learn The Twist, The Swim, and The Hitchhike for their performance:


Check out our dancers!!!!!

Hope everyone has a great week!!!!!

PHSA 7th and 8th

Elective have changed this week so ask your student about their new exploratory class!

We are moving forward with the SWO project.  PHSA teachers have been very impressed with the great work student have put in on their essays so far.  Keep up the good work tigers!!!!!

Attention 8th Graders: Mark your calendars for the MHS information night, Wedensday February 11th at 7pm.  See below for more info.




All TLC Schools


8th Grade Parent Information Night

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Millennium High School

7:00 PM – TLC Gymnasium

You will have an opportunity to learn about school culture at MHS and our academic programs available to your student. We hope to see you here!


MHS Charter Chatter January 23, 2015

Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff have started to meet with 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. Letters detailing the scheduled 10th grade appointment times should have been received earlier in the month.  Time is extremely limited and we encourage 10th grade parents to rearrange schedules as necessary to attend their scheduled time.

College Info

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:

Senior Info

Seniors who need to apply for financial aid for college can get hands on help with the FAFSA (Free application for student aid) and have an opportunity to win a scholarship at our upcoming Cash for College Night on February 10th at West High School.  We encourage all students and/or parents to attend this interactive workshop.  Computers will be available but we encourage students to bring a laptop.  For other Cash for College nights in our area, visit for a list of workshops.

Attention Seniors!! If you have not already taken your Senior Picture at the Photographic Art Studio please do so as soon as possible. This is one more item to check off on your to do list for graduation. Please call 209-830-8830 to set up your appointment. The basic yearbook photo is free.


Other News

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.

Give Every Child A Chance Volunteer Opportunity

Give Every Child A Chance is a tutoring/mentoring program that needs volunteer tutors!  If you are interested in tutoring 7th-12th grade students here at Tracy Learning Center for two community service hours a week (which can go toward a block letter!).


Winter Formal

Millennium will be hosting their annual Winter Formal on Friday, February 6th in the MHS gym. Tickets are on sale during lunch through Friday, January 30th. Tickets for individuals are $15 and couples are $25. Guest passes can be picked up at the ticket sales table in the gym. The suggested attire for this even is semi-formal.

Teens for Jeans- Community Jean Drive

Millennium has chosen a New Year’s resolution of helping others. Our first community service project is Teens for Jeans, which donates lightly used jeans tom homeless teens in our area. Our collection effort will continue through February 12th. Please send the jeans to school with your student or bring them in to the office.

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COSMOS- California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science

Want to spend a month on a college campus exploring topics in STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics? Application period is from January 20th – February 20th, 2015. Dates for the program are late June to Early- August. For more information please visit

San Joaquin Delta College Engineering Departments 28th Annual Engineering and Technology Day

The 28th Annual Engineering and Technology Day at Delta College will take place on Friday, February 6th, 2015from 8:30am-3:00pm. The day’s activities will include Drafting Contest, Eggs Launcher Design and Competition, a robotics/electronics demonstration and a Career Orientation Seminar and an Awards Ceremony. For more information please visit the counseling office or 209-954-5285.