TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter

                   A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC


Nov. 6, 2015                                                                                                        No.14

Virginia’s Voice

There are two things I would like to remind each of you about one more time.

  1. We have opened a wonderful Pre-K program for students ages 3 and 4. It is either a full time or half day program with extended child care if needed.  The Pre-K program is housed on Grant Line along with our Transitional Kindergarten program.   We will be happy to give a tour to any interested parent.  We are also offering the first month of tuition free.
  2. For the first time, Millennium High School is offering weighted grades for students who enroll in a college class. This means students may enroll in college classes and are ensured college credit for transfer to other colleges, are reimbursed the tuition, and now receive weighted grades for taking the college courses.  It is now possible for students in the high school, who take advantage of dual enrollment, to achieve higher than a 4.0 GPA.

Both the Pre-K and the weighted grades are a response to wishes from parents in the past.  The parents of Primary students have asked, “when will you have a pre-K ?”.  We did not realize it takes a while to make a reputation and achieve the enrollment we are hoping for, but we believe in time we will have a program well known in the community with a waiting list as we do for our Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten program.

Many times parents say they have decided not to continue on to Millennium because they wanted the weighted grades because they felt it was an advantage for getting into college.  We always thought that college transcripts and reimbursed tuition was great and enough…. but now we have decided to give the weighted grades as well.  We now think we have the best offer around.

Finally, I also want to announce that as we begin the planning for the renovations and a new building for our site, that we should put together our committee to start the fund raising for our football field when the buildings are complete in 2020.  Let’s have the 2020 eye site to plan ahead for the football/soccer  field.  I will set aside 20% of all fund raising in each of the schools for this fund.  In addition any donations made to the school will be earmarked for the field as well.  We can do this! We will need approximately 250,000 for a football field, lights, and bleachers.  I will let you know the totals we have collected from time to time to reach this goal.

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. 9 – Nov. 13

Mon. –   Pizza Casserole

Tues. –  Chicken Patty Sandwich

Wed  –  Holiday

Thurs. – Chicken or Cheese Enchiladas

Fri. –  Cheese Ravioli


t was election week down on the TK farm!  Students learned about voting, campaigns, and elections.  They even got their very own voter’s registration card and went to our polling station to cast their vote in a classroom election.  It was exciting to listen to the students discuss their ideas about what makes a good leader and who they should choose.

Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up soon!  Turn in your conference sheets as soon as possible so we can schedule this important meeting!


*Please send an extra set of clothes in a labeled ziplock bag with your child every day in the case of an accident.

*Please send a water bottle to school with your child each day to drink during recess and PE.

Primary Charter

 CONFERNCES – Teacher-Parent-Student conferences will be held the week of 11/16.  You will receive your conference date and time from your child’s homeroom teacher on “save the date” invitations you will receive next week. If you are unable to make the conference time scheduled, we will mail your child’s report card home.  We are looking forward to reviewing your child’s progress and sharing the wonderful learning opportunities that take place in DCS.

SWO – Personal awareness scrapbook were due today. Students will receive their new rubric and information on Monday.

LLNL has invited our Science Olympiad students to visit on Wednesday 11/11.  Although this is not a school sponsored event, Ms. Pelaez is available to answer questions. Please contact her at

Science Olympiad: Thank you Coaches and Participants! Continue to read your Science Olympiad Calendar. It is your responsibility to attend meetings as assigned.  If you have any questions??? email Ms. Pelaez:

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 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 will be updated in agendas next 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 –


Working together to write essays                                                            


 Eager to answer questions




DHSP Charter Chatter:

The students did great with their first official Rainy Day on Monday!! It finally feels like Fall, and everyone certainly seems to be enjoying the cool, crisp weather. Remember that Wednesday, the 11th is Veterans Day. Hopefully everyone will take time to reflect and honor all of the Veterans and the sacrifices they and their families have made to keep our country a Democracy.


Mrs. Stewart’s English class has been delighted with the book, The Jungle Books.  It appeared to be a child book, but the lessons are excellent and good for everyone.  The book was added to the curriculum to prepare for Pentathlon.  In addition, the class continues to work on writing skills, grammar and debate.  Vocabulary is improving each week as 12 new words are added.  These words are showing up in class presentations, writing and even outside of class!  Most of the students feel the SAT practice is the most difficult, but Mrs. Stewart insists as the students learn grammar and diagramming, it should get easier.  Reading is another challenge.  Students at this level are learning that reading comprehension is more involved that literal answers to questions.  Each month, there is improvement and Mrs. Stewart is pleased with the progress the class is making.

In Mrs. Sierra’s English: We have begun reading The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling and students love it. It was a novel written for Kipling’s children to teach life lessons, such as honesty, betrayal, consequences, and much more. It has provided a gateway to bring up such values in class and gives students the opportunity for self-reflection.


What a bright group of 7th and 8th graders we have this year. We have been cruising through the curriculum so quickly that I am excited to see what we can accomplish.

Science:       Students had a fantastic time working on and eating their edible cell lab last Friday:

Social Studies: Next week Mrs. Wallace is planning on a special lesson centered around Veterans and the contributions made by them throughout the history of the United States of America.


Art: Students are excited to start they canvas paintings this week as we begin to wrap up this shuffle group. This group of artist has been a blast to have. They are so creative and on task that we have gotten through so many different projects in just five weeks. Excited to see their final paintings.


Malayan Den received their treat from Menchie’s this Friday for being the Den with the most donations for the McHenry House.

Academic: We now have curriculum! We are currently studying the modern history of India. Students will begin receiving in-class assignments, study material and tests related to pentathlon. We still do not know how many students are allowed per team, but placement will be competitive and grade based.


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

Mrs. Saldana at Mrs. Sierra at  Mr. Compton at  Mrs. Wallace at

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!!!



Charter Chatter November 6, 2015

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

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.

2016 Summer at Duke

Have the summer of your life while preparing for the sophisticated, vibrant and life-altering educational experience that is college! If you are currently in grade 10 or 11, spend your summer Duke Summer College for High School Students!  Get ahead this summer and earn college credit with academically-motivated students from around the world.Or you might choose to spend your summer at Duke Summer Academy for High School Students if you are currently in grades 9-12!  This program for personal enrichment offers courses with a global perspective.
They will begin taking applications on December 1, 2015.

SWO Deadline

Please turn in all community service hours for the November 16th SWO by Friday, November 13, 2015.

Health Career Day at San Joaquin Delta College




The third volume of the senior newsletter was emailed out on Monday. Please check your email for the most up to date need to know senior information.

College Applications

CSU and UC College applications are due no later than Monday, November 30 at 11:59pm. If you would like your college application to be looked over by the counselors please come to the college application workshops on Mondays and Thursdays during lunch for the month of November. Please note the counselor will not look over your applications during Thanksgiving break. Also, university staff will not be available to assist you will any technical support after Wednesday, November 25th.

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

Navigate to Graduate – Junior High and High School Girls

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