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Dec.18, 2015                                                                                                              No.19

Virginia Stewart


I ways think of August as the new year, so with that as my mind set, we are half way through a great and exciting year at Tracy Learning Center.  In reality though, we are actually starting another great year.


This new year marks the 15 year of the Tracy Learning Center.  We began 15 years ago, which seems so amazing to me.  We grew from one school, Discovery with 125 students to our present enrollment at Primary, Discovery, and Millennium of approximately 1200 students.  This year we added to our family and now include a PreSchool for 2.5-5 year olds and a TK program for those who are almost ready for Kindergarten but missed the December cut off.  This is a new beginning for us and one we are very pleased to add to the TLC family.

We are also proud of each of you.  We value our parents as partners in the learning process.  We appreciate your support of our schools.  You have a choice and we are pleased you have chosen us.

Our gift to you is that we offer a longer school year, and a longer school day.  I know at times that may not feel like a gift, but in reality there is strong evidence to support that those who attend schools offering more days or longer days have students who perform better, learn more and excel in academic competition.  We have data to support that.  We have a staff willing to give those extra days that start in August and end in June.  It really is a gift!

We wish you a very happy new year!


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 donna@donnabaker.com.



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 donna@donnabaker.com



Next Holidays – December 21 – Jan. 3, Return to school on Jan. 4, 2016

Have a wonderful Holiday Season!!


PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Jan. 4 – 8

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. Taco Tuesday

Wed  – Chicken Patty Sandwich

Thurs. Bean and Beef Nachos

Fri. – Chicken Quesadilla










Thank you to all of the families who attended our Holiday Performance on Thursday!  The students worked so hard learning their songs and movements to put on a great show for you.  We are so thankful for such amazing and supportive families in our TK program.  We hope you have a wonderful break.  We will see you on January 5, 2016!




Primary Charter

Initial Phase: Wow! It is hard to believe that we are almost 100 days into this school year already.  The rest of the year will fly by and before we know it, we will send all of these little guys off to first grade! As much as they have earned this Winter break, please encourage your student to read everyday, write as often as possible, and add and subtract daily.  Please have a safe and healthy break and we look forward to the new year. Happy Holidays from p-6!

Phase 1 had a very exciting, fun filled, last week of learning! We finished up our How-To Essays and will return to Narrative writing when we return from break. This week in Social Studies we learned about lots of different winter holidays, including Hanukah and Diwali. We also learned how people celebrate Christmas in other parts of the world.  Our Winter Concert was a huge success!! The students did a great job.  It was so nice to see so many parents, friends, and family members there to see it.  We also had an awesome Polar Express Party!  We enjoyed our last day with hot chocolate, treats, and being comfy in our PJ’s!    Thank you for all the wonderful gifts and holiday wishes!!!  We have amazing parents.  Have a safe and happy holiday season!!!


Phase 2 students were hard at work this week.  We learned more about famous Americans in social studies.  Some groups worked on final projects and reports for the end of their language arts books.  All of the classes did an awesome job during the music performances…each room had a great turn out!  A big thank you to Mrs. Watson for all her hard work in coordinating the music performances.  Have a great winter break and we will see you in 2016!



Discovery Charter


WINTER BREAK –The DCS team would like to extend our wishes to you and your family for a safe and wonderful two week break.  May you find peace and wonderment along with pleasure and happiness during the holiday season.  As much as we enjoy the break, we do miss seeing your child each day and are looking forward to teaching again on Monday, January 4, 2016 when we return.

SLEEP OVER – We had a great response to the First Annual DCS Sleepover!! Thank you to all parents who allowed your child to spend the night OR to simply spend some time after school with friends. It is going to be an AMAZING event filled with fun and exciting activities!! If your child is attending the Sleepover, they received a “Sleepover Note.” Please take time to review the note.  If you have questions, contact Ms. T or Mrs. Hawkins (email addresses are below) with any questions. ttakeuchi@tracylc.net or shawkins@tracylc.net

5th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Auditions – Auditions will be held from January 4th through January 13th. Students may pick up their forms in the Counseling Office, the Front Office, or from their teachers.  Auditions will be held January 19th through January 22nd beginning at 4:00.

BAND CONCERT –THANK YOU MR. ZEPEDA!! The band concert was amazing. The music was festive, the band members were professional, and the crowd was SUPER PLEASED with the wonderful sounds!  We are already anticipating the next concert.  What a great job.

TLC Canned Food Drive: Thank you to EVERYONE who donated cans to our canned food drive.  People of Tracy in need appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Holiday Cheer– Our students became engineers, artists, mathematicians, designers, and business people as they discussed, drew, laid out, and designed classroom doors on Monday and Tuesday.  You can see from the pictures below, the DCS hallway was absolutely amazing! Ask your child to help decorate your house, they are great designers.







DHSP Charter Chatter:

It is hard to believe that Winter Break is upon us already!! Only six more months to learn everything we need to learn this school year!!




Mrs. Stewart’s English class is reviewing grammar and reading SAT style.  It is important to know how to apply good reading skills and grammar skills to select correct answers on college SAT tests.  While the students are not great, practice has helped each one improve. All students in the class will take the PSAT at the end of January.

In addition to grammar, the class spends time developing vocabulary,  with essay writing, rhetorical reading, and literature as well.  The class is doing well.


There was a good size turnout at the CJSF in Mrs. Sierra’s room this week. This is a community serviced based club that offers endless opportunities, including, but not limited to, looking amazing on college applications and even scholarships! By joining CJSF at the middle school level, students will not have a waiting period when joining CSF at Millennium. For more information, email Mrs. Sierra at msierra@tracylc.net


Academic Pentathlon is well underway! We are learning about the history of modern day India. Upon returning from break, we will begin our math and science units. Teams have yet to be determined, but spots are limited. Students will be chosen based on level of commitment, participation in class and overall grade in this elective.



The math classes are doing well. It is exciting to see students grasping these very important concepts.


Social Studies:

Students took their Unit Test for the Crusades this week.


The 8th graders got to hear about all the wonderful programs Millennium High has to offer. The high school counselors will be going over an abbreviated version of this information for the 7th graders some time in January. It is always good to find out what is happening in the grades yet to come so you and your student can make well informed decisions.



We just finished resistors and going into sources of electricity and voltage next…



Leadership had a very busy week!!

The final rankings for the Den Door Decorating contest were:

1st Place Siberian

2nd Place Bengal

3rd Place Sumatran

4th Place Malayan


The winter canned food drive was a success. Each Den participated.

Malayan brought in the most items with 105

Followed by Sumatran with 92

27 for Siberian, and 23 for Bengal!!

Leadership activities at Unity continue to be a blast. Just take a look:









The band concert was wonderful!!

As was the “by invitation only” performance at Amazon!



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

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

Mrs. U. at rulricksen@tracylc.net

Mrs. Dominguez at ddominguez@tracylc.net

Mrs. Saldana at asaldana@tracylc.net Mrs. Sierra at msierra@tracylc.net  Mr. Compton at rcompton@tracylc.net  Mrs. Wallace at dwallace@tracylc.net

Have a Fantastic Holiday Break!!!

See everyone back on Monday, January 4,2016








For all of TLC


Charter Chatter December 18, 2015


Report cards were mailed homed this week. There is some important information included with the reports cards, so please be on the lookout for them.  If you did not receive a report card, please contact the main office to verify your mailing address. Monday, December 14th marked the beginning of the second semester. It’s a new start, let’s kicks things off on the right foot.


In January and February, Mrs. Stewart and the counseling staff will be meeting with all students for their annual counseling review.  Fast track classes and next year’s schedule will be planned.  Only 10th grade parents will be invited for an appointment.  Time is extremely limited and we encourage 10th grade parents to rearrange schedules as necessary to attend their scheduled time. Appointment letters will be mailed out when we return from the holiday break.


College Info

College bound seniors: most colleges will be notifying applicants the status of their admission in early Spring by either mail or online via a student portal on the individual college web site.  We anticipate hearing about the acceptance letters.  All students accepted to a college or university should let the Counselors know as soon as they are notified.  Best of luck to all of those who applied!


San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Student Financial Aid and College Awareness Workshop (STUFA) Sunday, January 26, 2016 at the Alex G. Spanos Center at University of the Pacific Services are FREE and include: One on one assistance filling out financial aid forms, Tax preparation assistance and Scholarship information. For more information please call (209) 946-7705 or email: iruiz@pacific.edu visit http://www.icangotocollege.org/events.htm for more information.


Community Service Opportunities

Brookdale Retirement Home: Theme for the month is England. Brookdale is looking for someone to showcase the English culture (i.e. Dance, Art, Music, etc.) Speak on the English colonies, or holidays in December (Hanukah, Kwanza, Etc.) Christmas caroling

If interested please contact Lisa Santos: Lisa.santos@brookdale.com

**Also looking for bingo callers, and performers of any culture/ discipline


Children’s Christmas Party: Sunday, December 20 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (volunteer positions are filled) Location: Moose Lodge (35 East 6th Street, Tracy) – ring doorbell to 8-10 volunteers are needed to help decorate and assist children with various activities, singing, Contact: Danette Poole at 209-815-0476 (text) or dpoole@newpennfinancial.com


SSCO – POSADAS: December 21, December 22, December 23 from 5pm-9pm Guadalupe Center 126 W. 1st Street Tracy  3 volunteers needed Nice Black Bottoms and Nice White Top for serving Contact: Annie 209-814-6580 Anita: anitalou8@yahoo.com



Senior Info

Attention Seniors!!!! Your graduation status letters were mailed out this week. Please be on the lookout for this information and what you still need to complete.