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Nov. 20, 2015                                                                                             No.16

Virginia’s Voice


This is the time to be thankful.  We are most thankful for the loyal support we have with our parents.  The students are delightful and successful because of the bond and partnership we have with parents.  In addition, I am grateful for the hard-working and dedicated staff that makes the Tracy Learning Center Schools successful.  Each member of the staff is concerned and caring and wants the best for the students.  I believe this makes us a unique place for learning.  We are a great team of students, parents and staff working for the good of all.  Who could ask for more?



Misc. Announcements


Crab Feed

SAVE THE DATE and EARLY HOLIDAY GIFTS:  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 sells out each year. Please consider purchasing your tickets early. Great holiday gifts.

Our raffle committee will be putting out a flyer after the holiday for a $5.00 donation from each family, a gift basket and/or gift cards.

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






WINE LOVERS…. I know that many of you love wine and may have an extra bottle from the holiday.

Can you kindly consider donating a bottle of wine to the Crab Feed that will be included with an amazing wine rack.

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



Next Holiday – Entire Thanksgiving Week Nov. 23-27


PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. Taquito Tuesday

Wed  – Chicken Patty Sandwich

Thurs. No Meat Spaghetti

Fri. – Beef or Cheese Nachos








Parent/Teacher conferences were a great success!  Thank you to everyone for taking the time to meet with us.  We are so proud of all the progress each student is making.


This week was busy in the classroom.  We celebrated our November birthdays with our monthly party. Our TK students learned the history of Thanksgiving and about family traditions.  We discussed what each of us is thankful for and our week culminated with our very own Thanksgiving Feast!  We are truly thankful for all the amazing families in our classroom that made this celebration such a success!  We hope you all have a safe, happy, and relaxing holiday week!




Primary Charter

Primary parents:  It’s See’s Candy Fundraiser time!!  Order forms went home today in the green folders.  Orders are due on Tuesday, December 1st.  Thank you for continuing to support our TLC fundraisers!


This week in Primary, teachers and parents met for conferences.  We discussed progress to date, classroom citizenships, and the road ahead.  Many discussions lead to how parents can support learning at home.  We provided many ideas, resources, and tips as to how to create a learning environment at home.  Please remember, the teachers at The Tracy Learning Center are a valuable asset and resource.  Use us to assist in bringing the learning home.  We love to help!

As this week came to a close, Initial Phase students closed our unit on The History of Thanksgiving.  Students learned about Pilgrims, Indians, The Mayflower, and how the Indians helped the Pilgrims.  Each student made a book capturing what we studied in the classroom. Encourage your student to share this book with friends and family over the holiday break.  They worked very hard and are very proud of it.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.   We will see you on November 30th!


What a busy, exciting week we had!  Each class in Phase 1 had a wonderful feast!  Thank you so much to all the parent volunteers and donations. We have so much to be thankful for.  Parent Teacher conferences went great!  Thank you to all the parents who were able to meet with us.  It is always nice to get to talk about your student’s progress face to face.  Please continue to read daily over the break.


Phase 2 classes were excited to finish up and show off their final biome projects.  The teachers were so impressed the with creativity.  This project allowed our students to work on their research and technology skills, encouraged cooperation and teamwork and they learned many new interesting facts about their biomes.  We are excited to start our social studies unit when we return from Thanksgiving Break!


Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!






Discovery Charter


Thank you! – As we head into fall break, we would like to thank the incredible Tracy Learning Center families for allowing us to teach your children. You help to create our incredible learning environment where students work hard and participate enthusiastically.  Have a safe and relaxing break, we look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 30th when we return from break.

CONFERNCES – Teacher-Parent-Student conferences were wonderful! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to visit with us.  We, as teachers, look forward to conferences.  They are a time when parents/guardians, students, and teachers are able to spend time together discussing the years progress.  If you were unable to attend the conference, your report card will be mailed home.

SWO – DCS’ Collaboration SWO is due by December 9th; presentations for those who are done will start on December 7th.  Please ask your child to review their rubric with you.  If you have questions you may contact your child’s PE coach (emails are below).

SLEEP OVER – WE ARE SO EXCITED to introduce our FIRST ANNUAL SLEEPOVER to be held on Friday January 8th, 2016. You can have an evening of quiet while allowing your child to have an evening of fun with their friends.  For $30.00, your child will be served dinner, will play games, watch movies, create art, AND MORE, while spending time with their teachers and their friends at DCS’s Sleepover! It is SUPERSAFE and SECURE!!!! If you would like  your child to enjoy the festivities without spending the night, for $25.00 your child may stay up-to-midnight (and may be picked up anytime you desire).  Please email Ms. T or Mrs. Hawkins for additional information (email is listed below).

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:

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 –



















Josiah Killian, our “WHO’S WHO LEADERSHIP Manager,” congratulates Michele Engen and Loren Pante for a job well done. They earned a DCS dollar for filming the “First Annual Spelling Bee.”  They can spend their money at the “LEADERSHIP STUDENT STORE” on Monday, November 30.  Congratulations girls! And thank you Josiah~~






DHSP Charter Chatter:

What a wonderful First Trimester!!  Quite a few parents came to Parent Conferences on Tuesday. It is always a pleasure to see the different families at conferences. If you were unable to make conferences your child’s report card has been mailed home.




Mrs. Stewart’s English class continues to be delighted with the book, The Jungle Books.



Students are working hard to be successful in math as always.


Social Studies:

The first big projects of the year were due this past Friday. Mrs. Wallace is very pleased with this first effort and is looking forward to what other projects the students will be doing this year. Here is a sample of some of the fantastic student work:













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 Thanksgiving Break. Classes resume on Monday, November 30th !!!!!




Charter Chatter November 20, 2015


CSU Monterey Bay Field Trip

On Thursday students visited the CSUMB where they toured the campus and learned what it would be like to be a student at this University.




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.


College Early Start

For those students who completed and submitted their CES forms by Thursday, November 19th, you will receive your approved forms on Monday, November 30, 2015. Please make sure you register for your classes on December 3rd.


Community Service Opportunities

Tracy’s Home for the Holidays is taking place this weekend and they are in need of volunteers! Below are the details and shifts for the event. It is a weekend long event starting on Saturday, November 21st and ending on Monday, November 23rd. They need the most help, however, for the Saturday and Sunday breakfasts, and the Saturday dinner events. If you are interested, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Lynette Klepper at to state your availability. This is how she would like to communicate with all of the volunteers for the event.


Saturday, November 21st

Where: Portuguese Hall on 9th St.


Breakfast Event: 8am-12pm  (Set up, serving, clean up, helping out in the kitchen)

Children’s Crafts: 10am-4pm (Helping with crafts, etc)

Dinner Event: 5pm-9pm (Set up, serving, clean up, helping out in the kitchen)


Sunday, November 22nd

Where: Portuguese Hall on 9th St.


Breakfast Event: 10:30am-2pm (Set, serving, clean up, helping out in the kitchen)

Children’s Crafts: 10am-4pm (Helping with crafts, etc)


Monday, November 23rd

Where: Portuguese Hall on 9th St.


Set Up: 8am (Set up, various other jobs, etc)

Dinner Event: 4:30pm-7:30pm (Serving, clean up)


Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Tracy Moose Lodge on Sunday November 22nd from 10:45am-2:30pm. Volunteers: 2 dish washers and 6 servers are needed – black and white server attire. Contact: Alex Zamora 209-815-6408 or



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