TLC Newsletter for the week of August 31st 2015

      Charter Chatter


                   A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

Sept. 4, 2015                                                                                            Vol. 5 No.5

Virginia Stewart

Transitional Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten for three and four year olds made history this week. We are now an educational system for PreK through 12th grade.  It is an exciting new adventure.  We opened the two new classes this week.  It is truly wonderful to see how well the students are doing.  The staff is excellent and very excited about beginning the new phase.

Transitional Kindergarten is full, but there are openings in PreK.  If you are interested, please call the office at 229-1575.

Misc. Announcements

Parent Volunteers

Any parents who plan on volunteering this year must bring in their appropriate paperwork including a cleared TB Test which is good for 4 years and give it to Kay Fagundes. These forms are available in the front waiting area.

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Sept. 7 – 11

Mon. –   Holiday

Tues. –  Pizza

Wed  –  No Meat Spaghetti

Thurs. – Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Fri. –  Beef or Vegi Burger


TK had a wonderful first week of school! We explored our classroom, made new friends, and began learning our classroom routines. We also learned fun things like syllables, rhyming, alliteration, and graphing. We are looking forward to a great school year!



Primary Charter

In Initial Phase this week we started talking about what a Positive Cooperator looks like, sounds like, and acts like.  A Positive Cooperator is a PCS student who works well with others both inside and outside the classroom.  As a five year old, social interactions are full of learning opportunities both positive and negative.  As teachers, we try our best to help all of our students learn from both positive and negative social interactions through one on one  and group discussions. Furthermore, students earn nickels for their classroom banks, stickers, and Excellence Bowl recognition for displaying Positive Cooperator traits.   We work hard to help all of our students succeed at PCS, both socially and academically, helping them learn how to be a Positive Cooperator is just another way that PCS is a one of the best schools around.

Phase 1 students had another fabulous week!  In Social Studies we ended our unit on Past and Present by talking about how other cultures and their traditions have contributed to our present.  We heard some great fables, learned a lot from the grandparent interviews, and made a special flag about what is unique about us. In Math, many students are cruising through their math facts.  The ultimate goal in Rowley Math is fluency and automaticity.  This foundation is so important for later math skills.  In Writer’s Workshop we have begun our opinion writing.  One of the first steps is to understand the difference between fact and opinion.  The students are having fun and doing a great job!  Thank you for all the parent volunteers that have started in the classroom this week!  We truly appreciate the time they give to us!

Phase 2 teachers are excited to announce our new PCS Leadership program!  Every month, we will select 3 fourth grade students from P1, P3, and P8 to be in the leadership program for the month.  They will meet once a week for the whole month with a Phase 2 teacher and they will be doing different projects and activities to help our school.  This month, our first leadership students will be working on campus beautification!  We know they will do an awesome job and we are already proud of our PCS leaders!

   Discovery Charter

GREEN was the color of August! Many students who earned an “all green month” spun a wheel to earn great prizes. Thank you to all the green month students!!!



6th GRADE GIRLS….hurry hurry….come join us: BASKETBALL TRYOUTS – 6th grade girls basketball tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 8th and Thursday September 10th, from 4:15 – 5:30. PLEASE TRY OUT, basketball is a great team sport and Coach Easterday is a fantastic coach! If you have questions, please contact Coach Easterday at

Football Friday is next Friday September 11th. We ask that all students wear their NFL football jerseys (or any football apparel).

MIXED BAG FUNDRAISER: Information for our “mixed bag fundraiser” was sent home today (9/4). Please help your child raise funds for our school while promoting a great product. The 5/6 class who earns the most money for the fundraiser will receive a special treat once all monies have been counted!

SPELLING BEE: We had our first Spelling Bee meeting on Thursday. Students excitedly received their “first round” of words. They are asked to self-study the words at home, and come back prepared to meet again on Thursday, September 10th at lunch.

EVERYDAY COUNTS!: This September, University of the Pacific and community partners are celebrating Attendance Awareness Month with an Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge.  Any student who comes to school on time, every day in September will be entered into a drawing for prize. Prizes include E-readers, gift cards, tickets to Pacific athletic events, and more.  Help your child to have PERFECT ATTENDANCE!!

GRADES: Updated grades were placed in your child’s agenda on Wednesday, September 2nd.  Please review their grades and contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.  Look for updates every other Wednesday – next update will be on 9/16.

DCS teachers welcome parent communication, please contact us if you have questions, concerns, or ideas!

Ms. Rodieck –; Ms. Pelaez –; Mrs. Beckner –

Mrs. Hawkins –; Ms. Zaca –; Ms. Takeuchi –

In science, students used spring scales to collect quantitative data about the force of a ball rolling down a ramp. 


Caden, Steven, and Chad working on a project for Leadership

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What an amazing five weeks we have had so far this year!

Official Den Points are out:

Malayan leads with 12,880 positive points

Sumatran is 2nd with 12,830

Followed by Siberian with 12,543

Bringing up the rear, but trying hard, Bengal with 11,105!

Siberian was awarded an additional 500 Den points for next week for having the fewest negative Den Points!! Way to go Siberian!!!

Spirit week will be the week of September 14th. Mrs. Saldana and leadership have some really fun days planned: The Den with the most spirit for the week will be rewarded with Extra Den Points!! Let’s Do this Bengals!!!

Monday –Sports Day

Tuesday – Crazy Hair and Mismatch Day

Wednesday – Tiger Pride Day

Thursday – Pajama Day

Friday – Super Hero Day

Lot’s of kids enjoying school while hard at work:



7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball tryouts are on September 8th and September 10th from 4:15-5:30pm.

On Friday, September 11th, we are having Football Friday. We want all the students to wear NFL football jerseys or any football apparel to school that day.


Natasha,                               Nikko,                            Emma, Julia, and Christine all working on their studies!!

Dance Exploration will be having two performances. The first will be on Thursday, September 24th in the gym during DCS Unity at 7:55.

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The second will be on Friday, September 25th in the DHSP Quad during Unity at 7:55. Parents are invited to go to one or both performances if they would like.

If you do not want your student to have his/her photo published please notify Mrs. Wallace at

DHSP teachers welcome parent communication, please contact us if you have questions, concerns, or ideas!


Mrs. U. at   Mrs. Dominguez at

Language Arts:

Mrs. Saldana at Mrs. Sierra at

Science & Social Studies:

Mr. Compton at  Mrs. Wallace at

Hope everyone has a great three day weekend!!!!!







Career Ed

Millennium High School would like to thank all of our wonderful visitors we had Travis Dodd from William Jessup University, SGG Alcantar for the National Guard to review the ASVAB results, and Pedro Ramirez from St. Mary’s College. If you or anyone you know has an interesting job and would be willing to be a speaker for the class please contact Ms. A in the counseling office at 209-627-8299 or at

Community Service Opportunities

Tracy Raiders Youth Football: Saturday, September 5 – 10 volunteers from 8:00am-8:00pm to work snack bar and other areas. Location: Tracy High School Football field.

Mountain House Flag Football: Saturday, September 5 at 8:00am-2:00pm. Location: Mountain House at Bethany Park (corner of Legacy and Communidad) or Bethany School (corner of Heritage and Communidad) Responsibilities include: filming games and/or selling concessions at the snack table. Volunteers need to be at least 13 years old. Contact: Andy Su


The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015. More details will be included in next week’s chatter addressing the cost and further details about the testing day. Signups for the PSAT will begin Monday, September 14th, 2015. The test fee is due when you sign up for the test.

Other News

Counseling News!

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Tracy Learning Center will be participating in the Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge