Tracy Learning Center Newsletter

Oct. 23, 2015                                                                                            Vol. 12 No.12

Virginia Stewart

Homecoming proved to be a great opportunity for ALL our classrooms, parents, students and teachers to come together in an amazing showing of school spirit.  We should all be proud of our efforts.  It was hard work but we all learned a lot about working together.  The creativity in the floats was great and I was happy to see so many smiling faces.  What a fun time!

Misc. Announcements


AB2706 Health Insurance

By law, most people are now required to have health insurance or pay a penalty when they file their taxes. Through Covered California, a program from the state of California, qualified legal residents of California and their families can compare health insurance plans and enroll in the one that works best for their needs and budget. Financial assistance is available to qualifying individuals and families to help them pay for health insurance premiums. This means the federal government may pay a portion of the health insurance premium. Individuals and families may also qualify for Medi-Cal benefits.

Visit to learn more, compare health insurance plans, choose the one that best fits your needs and enroll online. For free, confidential, in-person help, in your area, visit or call (800) 300-1506.

The open-enrollment period to enroll in Covered California health insurance plans happens once a year. Once the open-enrollment period closes, you may enroll in a Covered California health plan only if you have a qualifying life event that makes you eligible to apply. Some examples of qualifying life events are: losing your health coverage, getting married, moving outside your plan’s coverage area, having a baby and turning 26. To see if you qualify, visit To enroll during this time, you must apply within 60 days of your qualifying life event. For more information and to find free, confidential, in-person help in your area, visit or call (800) 300-1506.

Undocumented and non-citizen or permanent-resident parents should not fear that applying on behalf of their children or dependents, who may be eligible for health coverage, will result in deportation or other immigration-related actions. For more clarification, read the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement memo on health enrollment and immigration at in English and in Spanish.


Insufficient/returned  Checks

We are going to increase the “returned” check fee due to the  high number of returned checks lately.  This fee will go from $12 to $25.


Next Holiday – Nov. 11, 2015

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Oct. 26 – Oct. 30

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Chicken Taquito Tuesday

Wed  –  Chicken Patty Wednesday

Thurs. – No meat spaghetti

Fri. –  Beef or Cheese Ghostly Ghoulash


TK had so much fun creating costumes and building our float for homecoming!  Thank you to all of the families that helped build or craft and to those that joined us at the parade!

This week was busy exploring pumpkin science!  We used our five senses to learn about pumpkins and became pumpkin life cycle experts.  We can’t wait to extend our learning as we take our first field trip on Monday to G & M Farms!  Please remember to pack a disposable lunch, to wear a white shirt, and to wear comfortable walking shoes!

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Primary Charter

Wow!  What a week!  The Homecoming parade was AMAZING!  We cannot thank the Primary parents enough for their support.  Thank you to all the parents and teachers that made it such a great success!  We really are a connected school from Pre-K through High School!
Next week Primary is participating in Spirit Week/Red Ribbon Week.  Our slogan this year is Good Choices=Better Results.  Dress up days are:

Monday:  Wear Red

Tuesday:  Sports Day

Wednesday:   Western Day

Thursday:  Crazy Hat/Crazy Socks

Friday: Costumes!

Finally, we will have our annual Halloween Parade
on October 30th at 9:30 on the field.   We hope to see you all there!

Initial phase students will learn all about Red Ribbon Week next week.  At this age,we try our best to help our youngest learners realize that good choices equals better results through positive discipline, modeling, and discussion.  At home, parents can also reinforce this by encouraging students to use their words rather than loud voices, crying, hitting, etc…..We are looking forward to our spirit days next week too!

Phase 1 students really showed their spirit with so many participating in the parade.    Phase 1 students are also very excited about our Spirit Week and Halloween Parade next week.  Please check green folders for detailed information.  Students are continuing to impress us with their wonderful desire for learning.  We continue to challenge them and they continue to meet our expectations.  Remember, it is easy to sail a ship in calm waters….what happens when we come upon a storm?  Phase 1 students are gaining that knowledge and experience to deal with and learn anything!!  Great Job Phase 1!

Phase 2 students also enjoyed the MHS homecoming parade this week!  Please remember that field trip permission slips are due on Friday, October 30th.  Our field trip to the San Francisco Zoo will be on Thursday, November 5th.  Chaperone sign ups were due today.  We are looking forward to our field trip and applying everything we’ve learned in science this trimester.



Discovery Charter


Science Olympiad: The next Science Olympiad meeting which will be held on October 26 in M1 at 5 to 6. Students who are part of the team, who do not have representation, will be placed as an alternate (representation must be the student, a parent/guardian, or sibling 18 or older). This is a MANDATORY meeting. Childcare will be provided.  Questions??? email Ms. Pelaez:

10/30 DCS Glow in the Dark Dance: SAVE THE DATE!! DCS Leadership will hold a GLOW IN THE DARK DANCE on Friday 10/30. More details to come soon!

DCS NEWSPAPER: Thanks to Ms. Zaca’s Exploration Class “School News,” we are excited to announce our own school newspaper, “Discovery Charter News.” Take time to experience this excellent read:

Spirit week brought togetherness and school spirit:

    Crazy Hair/Mismatch Day                                           Twin Day/Look alike day      Sports Day                    Super Hero Day                                  

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              The Homecoming Parade was a huge success….The DCS float, “Road Trip! To theme parks” was terrific!!          

From the beginning phases where we drew, painted, and cut

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To the finished product……..





               The students had a blast walking and riding in the parade while showing their DCS pride!!



SPELLING BEE: Our TLC first annual Spelling Bee competition is coming soon! When? November 13th.  Contestants will be part of a verbal spelling challenge. One student from grades 4-6 will be invited to the county Spelling Bee, and one student from grades 7-9 will be invited as well.  Students participating in the Spelling Bee will receive additional information.  If you have questions, please email or

GRADES: Grades are updated every-other-Wednesday and are placed in your child’s agenda.

  1. Rodieck’s Reminder!! With all of the busy excitement of the next two weeks of October, I just want to gently remind students that October Book Reports are due Thursday, October 29th.

SWO – Personal awareness scrapbook rubrics were distributed in class Tuesday and can be accessed digitally from Ms. Pelaez’s websit under the “SWO SCRAPBOOK” tab. This portion is due by November 6th. Students are given workroom time on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s for one hour each day (band students are given one hour each week). Ask your child to use their time at home or during workroom wisely.

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 –

Coach Easterday –  Coach Penirian –  Coach Lopez –



Homecoming Week

Rally Pictures



Make A Difference Day Supply Drive for Tracy’s McHenry House

Thank you everyone who participated in “Make a Difference Day.” There was a huge amount of support from our TLC families! All the donations will go to the McHenry house to support the families living there.


Fresno State University and UC Merced Filed Trip

Millennium High School students visited Fresno State University and UC Merced on Monday, October 19th. Here are some pictures from their trip.

Community Service

There are a lot of community service opportunities this weekend. Please click here to view all of the opportunities.

Mountain House Flag Football: Saturday, October 24th from 8:00am-2:00pm (shorter shifts are available). 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

College Early Start

College Early Start Program – Spring Enrollment for Delta

Parents of students who are interested in taking classes at Delta College for the Spring 2016 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.




UC For You

What: UC For You, a unique informational event for high-achieving high school seniors interested in applying to a UC campus for fall 2016. This program is part of a UC-wide collaborative effort to reach Eligible in the Local Context (ELC) students and students who have done well in college preparation classes. When: Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon Where: UC Merced Academic Quad Whom: High school seniors on track in the A-G course pattern with a GPA of 3.4 or higher are invited to attend, along with one parent/guardian or advisor.
Campuses represented: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and San Diego Cost: Admission is free; however, space is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. Registration: If students received a postcard about the event, they should register at If they have not received a postcard, they can register

Other News

Job Opportunity!!!  T and J Tutoring is seeking new tutors!  If you are interested, attend their meeting this Saturday at 9:30am at 320 West 11th Street.  This is a $10 an hour position.  For more information please visit the Counseling Office

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