TLC Charter Chatter


Oct. 30, 2015                                                                                                        No.13

Virginia’s Voice

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Tracy Learning Center and the Tracy Unified Board met Wednesday evening to review the plans for upgrading our facility.  With funds given to the charter from the state, and the district bond money, we will have an incredible new campus that will begin being constructed in 2017.  Everyone at the meeting was overjoyed with the plan and the prospect of new facilities for our students. This project will include a full sized gym. The construction and final phase should be completed by 2020.  We will keep you posted as decisions are made and the planning moves forward.

It is our hope that when this project is completed we can have enough funds to build our own football/soccer field to complete the project.  All donations will be earmarked to help us with the field of our dreams from now until 2020.  Let’s see what we can do.

Misc. Announcements


Crab Feed

SAVE THE DATE:  February 6, 2016 10TH Annual Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed

What an awesome event for our school! Crab, pasta, salad, bread, dessert, raffles, dancing and so much more.

This event is totally dependent on our raffle committee. Our volunteers that served on the raffle committee have children that graduated.

I am diligently searching for volunteers who can step in to this amazing committee and make our event successful.

Please contact Donna Baker at (209) 321-9157 or email


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  Nov. 2 – Nov. 6

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  BLT/PBJ or Tuna Sandwich

Wed  –  Baked Potato Bar

Thurs. – Teriyaki Bowl

Fri. –  Beef or Cheese Nachos


It has been a whirlwind week with the many events that have taken place in TK!  We went on our first field trip to G&M Farms and the students, staff, and parents had a blast!  We are very proud of how well-behaved and courteous our students were on the trip.  They received compliments from the bus driver and the tour guides at the farm.  We are so excited to see them exhibiting our SWOs in the classroom and in the ‘real world’!  Last week the students began working on the Positive Cooperator SWO.  They are focusing on working together, helping others, and being patient.

Primary Charter

What a fun, busy week!   The teachers were amazed at all of the spirit the kids had and still remained focused for learning.  Our Halloween parade was another huge success and the students had a great time…thank you to DCS and DHSP for letting us trick or treat in their classrooms!

Have a happy and safe Halloween….don’t forget to set your clocks back this Sunday!

This week in Initial Phase, our first Spirit Week was soooooo much fun! In addition, our Millenium High School ASL class came and taught us how to sign some words!  Each Millenium ASL student worked on a book for us and signed it to us.  P-6 students were captivated by this new language and many learned to sign color and animal words to match the book!  Finally, P-6 students also learned about the American and State flags, The Statue of Liberty, the Bald Eagle, and many other U.S.A symbols.  Ask your student all about their week!

This week in Phase 1 during Writer’s Workshop we continued our “How to Writing” – How to Carve a Pumpkin.  We even created our very own Jack O’ Lantern! Please remember to work on the Science Project – Animals and their Habitats.  They are due Monday, November 9th.   The teachers are anxiously waiting to see how creative the students can be.  Remember also to be able to explain what characteristics the animal you chose has to be able to live in its environment.  Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up soon. Please look for information to come home next week in Red Folders.

Phase 2 students are wrapping up our life science unit and we’re looking forward to our field trip to the San Francisco Zoo on Thursday.  Please make sure your child is on time to school that day!  Also, please make sure they bring a disposable, bagged lunch with their name on it.  Comfortable walking shoes and a sweatshirt are highly recommended.  Please note that the suggested $30.00 for chaperones was due today but we will accept donations up until the day of the field trip.  Thank you!  Parent teacher conference sign ups have been sent home and phase 2 teachers will send home conference confirmations next week.


Discovery Charter


SWO – Personal awareness scrapbook rubrics were distributed in class are available digitally from Ms. Pelaez’s website by clicking “more” c“SWO Scrapbook.” There you will find the rubric and great examples, along with all of the information you will need to create the scrapbook.  This portion is due Friday 11/6, if turned in by Wednesday 11/4, students will earn an extra point.

Science Olympiad: Thank you Coaches and Participants! This year’s Science Olympiad is going to be AWESOME!!! Please be sure to read your Science Olympiad Calendar. It is your responsibility to attend meetings as assigned.  If you have any questions??? email Ms. Pelaez:

CONFERNCES – Teacher-Parent-Student conferences will be held the week of 11/16.  Next week, your child will bring home a “save the date” invitation informing you of the day/time/place of your conference. Conferences will be held in the gym until 4:00; any conferences after 4:00 will be held in the teacher’s classroom or other location. This information will be on the “save the date” invitation. We are looking forward to reviewing your child’s progress and sharing the wonderful learning opportunities that take place in DCS.

SPELLING BEE: Our TLC first annual Spelling Bee competition is coming soon! On Thursday, November 13, Spelling Bee participants 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

DCS Glow in the Dark Dance: WAS AMAZING!!!! The music was loud, dancing was fabulous, and students had a great time using their glow-in-the-dark sticks.  New friendships were formed as students took time to get to know one another outside of their classroom setting.  Thank you Ms. T and the Leadership team for putting on such a great event. Students were already asking, “Will there be another dance 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:

GRADES: Grades were updated in agendas on Wednesday, please be sure to check student agendas each day for behavior and homework, and every two weeks for grades.

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 –



Teachers “Flash Mobbed” students at morning unity, while Coach Easterday lip synched, the Millennium Falcon, high school cheerleaders, and football players danced, and DCS students cheered! It was a great time had by all.


STEM (Exploration) students experimenting with an Egg Drop






DHSP Charter Chatter:


The weeks seem to just fly by.  Malayan Den brought in the most donations for the McHenry House and have earned themselves a Menchie’s reward.

Remember that you will need to set your clocks back to Standard Time this weekend.  Have a safe Halloween.

The classes continue to work hard. All students received a grade update in their agendas this past Wednesday. (page 41)

Veterans’ Day is November 11th. There will be no school that day.

Parent Conferences are quickly approaching. DHSP will be having evening conferences on Tuesday, November 17 from 4:15 – 6:15, and 6:45 – 8:00.

Language Arts and Social Studies will be in room D12.

Math and Science will be in room D9.

Please plan on visiting any of your students’ teachers that you would like to see.

Thanksgiving Break will be November 23 – 27

Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s classes are hard at work on their first big project of the year. Classes seem very excited.





Charter Chatter October 30, 2015

We would like to thank all of the MHS students again for participating in the Make a Difference Day Coin Drive to benefit the McHenry House. We raised over $800 for this great cause!

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Home Coming Pictures from the Photographic Art Studio

The Photographic Art Studio was at last Saturday’s Homecoming game. If you are interested in checking out the pictures from the game please visit their website at or contact Connie Barding at 209-830-8830

Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge Winner!!

Congratulations! to Adrian Madriz, is the winner of a University of the Pacific gift pack (Athletics tickets and University swag) in this year’s Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge.

All of our perfect attendance students will be receiving a University of the Pacific bookmark in recognition of their efforts.


California State University Monterey Bay Filed Trip for 10th – 11th grade students only.

Millennium High School students’ grades 10th – 11th will be visiting California State University Monterey Bay on Thursday, November 19th from 6:45am to 4:30pm.  Students will be eating lunch at CSUMB. Any student attending the trip will need to bring a sack lunch or money for lunch in the dining hall. The cost of this field trip is $27.00



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.

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 31st 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

SSCO Day of the Dead Celebration set-up: Friday, October 30 4:00pm Guadalupe Center (126 West 1st Street, Tracy…2 blocks into residential area by McDonald Park, intersection of 1st and Central) Volunteers are needed to set-up tables, decorate, and assist where needed Contact: Anita McManus at

Tracy Toyota’s Trunk or Treat! Saturday, October 31 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm Tracy Toyota

2895 N. Naglee Rd., – front lot 80 volunteers needed!  Please arrive in costume to decorate trunks for Halloween, pass out candy, assist children with carnival games, direct traffic to parking spots in lot, set-up and clean-up

Contact: Sharon Kawaguchi 925-413-6413 or

SSCO Day of the Dead Altar viewing: Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: Guadalupe Center (126 West 1st Street, Tracy…2 blocks into residential area by McDonald Park, intersection of 1st and Central) Volunteers are needed to pass out snacks, make hot chocolate, and clean-up Contact: Anita McManus at

Case For Kids Superhero Party: Sunday, November 1st 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tracy Community Center (950 East Street near E. 10th) Volunteers needed to set-up, assist with games and crafts, and clean up sign up online at!/showSignUp/30e0d4eabaa2ea5f58-superhero

Questions? Lori Souza at 209-765-3493 or





Disneyland Trip: Permissions slips are due Wednesday, November 4th!! Please get them in as soon as possible to secure your spot. The trip will be on May 18and students will return the morning of the 19th. Total cost is $240. Please not the payment options and due dates on the permission slip.

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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