TLC Charter Chatter – Feb 19th 2016

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Feb. 19, 2016                                                                                                                                        No.26

Virginia’s Voice

Our wonderful Crab Feed Team led by Donna and Tom Baker raised $8,678.93. We are so fortunate to have such amazing volunteers and supportive families at this great school. Thank you!


From Donna Baker

Tracy Learning Center ROCKS!! We did it! Another successful Crab Feed. It is amazing how this event comes together each year.

However it is not possible without the help of so many hardworking people and the generosity of so many companies.

I know that the Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed is getting a reputation of “The Crab Feed to go to”. I know that we will continue to hold that title.

Without the endless hours of help from  Tiffany Alexander, Suzy Davis, Kara Ardenyi, Lisa Keogh, Karen Xuereb, Tracy Pelican, Tina Brown,

Cindy Alton, Lise Houser and Relda Franke, this event would not have come together.

Kudos and thanks to all of the teachers that participated in bartending, ticket sales and donating wine and desserts.

Mrs. Grant and Ms. Holmes you are my Rock Stars! Your leadership is crucial to a smooth running event.

All of the companies that stepped forward and donated such generous items we are grateful. Please see the attached list and support these companies.

So very proud of our Millennium students who served our guests with smiling faces and lovely manners. Our students also gave us a great show on the dance floor.

I am sure you can find it on Facebook.


It is a pleasure to be able to chair this event each year. Oodles of thanks to my one and only husband, Tom who works side by side with me starting in

October to put this event in motion. Tom takes on a zillion roles without complaint.


Looking forward to our future events.

Thank you companies Proofthank you2016 Proof

Thanks a bunch and oodles of hugs.


Donna A. Baker


(209) 832-1940 ~ (209) 832-8736 fax

At Home Real Estate Group

672 W. 11th Street Ste. 307

Tracy CA 95376

CAL BRE#01267180




Next Holidays Spring Break

March 21 – April 3, 2016, returning to school Monday, April 4, 2016



PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Feb. 22 – 26

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. – Beef Oven Taco

Wed  – Chicken Patty Sandwich

Thurs. – Pigs in a Blanket

Fri. – Nachos






This week in TK we began an exciting scientific adventure!  We are partnering with MHS and having guest teachers in our classroom.  The teaching staff and ours have been working together on curriculum and we prepared some special activities for the upcoming weeks.  This week as the students have begun learning about scientists, our special guest, Ms. Holmes, came in to share real scientific tools with the students.  She lead them in an engaging lesson which exposed them to beakers, scales, test tubes, microscopes, and safety equipment.  She also shared a dog skeleton, rock samples, and a variety of insect/animal specimens.  The grand finale-creating a potion-was a big hit with our little scientists!  Thank you MHS for working with us to instill the love of science in our students!

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Primary Charter

TLC in the morning (photo by George Hepner)



Discovery Charter


TDAP Vaccine

Just a reminder it is the law that all incoming 7th graders provide proof of receiving his/her TDAP Vaccine. Please get a jump on this and take your 6th grader in ASAP for this mandatory vaccine.



CHABOT SPACE AND SCIENCE FIELD TRIP:  Your child should have shared information about the Chabot Space and Science field trip (Ms. Rodieck, Ms. Pelaez, and Mrs. Beckner’s classes 3/15/16 AND Mrs. Hawkins, Ms. Zaca, and Ms. T’s classes 3/16/16).  Donation for the bus fee and admission is $30.00 per student. If we are unable to collect enough donations, we will need to cancel the trip. Please donate if possible. Chaperones are needed. Please review the information and complete the appropriate paperwork to chaperone if you are interested. If you have questions email Ms. Pelaez at or Mrs. Hawkins at


Girls Basketball  – Our basketball girls beat George Kelly on Wednesday 20 to 26 and played Williams Middle School on Thursday.  They did not beat Williams, but they played as a team and never gave up!


CONGRATULATIONS Coach Easterday and Lady Tigers! We appreciate you hard work and dedication.

WASHINGTON DC TRIP 2017 – for 6th grade students entering 7th in the 2016-17 school year. Students interested in the 2017 trip to Washington DC should attend a meeting on Wednesday, February 10th at 5:15 in Mrs. Wallace’s room, D10.  The meeting will explain everything about this very exciting and educational trip.


TOP 5 Point Earners from each Tiger Den….CONGRATULATIONS!!!

SIBERIAN Tigers                         SUMATRAN Tigers                     MALAYAN Tiger                     BENGAL Tigers



SIBERIAN: Austin Chen 445 (TOP POINTS FOR THE WEEK), Camden Hatch 395, Gwyneth Churchill 280, Emily Barrios 260, and Giovanna Chukwuma 255

SUMATRAN: Brandon Riveira 300, Joseph Portocarrero 275, Riley Vatran 250, Ellie Moffet 220, and Hanh Trosien 215

MALAYAN: Chilam Huynh 370, Alvis Aldric 300, Amrita Kaler 285, Ashleigh Garcia 275, and Kyle Carlos 245

BENGALS: Vernon Real 435 (top), Loren Pante 295, Bianca Vilaflor 285, Kai Schreiner 285, and Carrie Weiss 270.


SWO  – Students received information on their new SWO project. LIFELONG LEARNER: College Research Project which was due Friday.  Students will present their SWO’s next week.  Ask your child what day they present.  Help them to prepare for their presentations.





DHSP Charter Chatter:

It certainly was an exciting week!  The Dens are vying for their next big outing. This time around the Den with the most points over 36,000 will get to go to a Stockton Ports game in May. If no Den is able to reach this goal an alternate outing will be offered.



Washington D.C. 2017!!! Start planning NOW!!!        



It’s time to start planning for next years DC trip. Students will visit the Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum. What an opportunity to see our nations capital with classmates. It’s exciting to see how many students have already signed up for this great opportunity.

Sign up by 2/29/16 and save!! Check your envelope for details, or contact Mrs. Wallace at for assistance.


8th grade parent meeting:

There will be an 8th grade parent meeting in Mrs. Sierra’s room, D12 Tuesday, March 1st at 5:15 to go over end of the year activities for the current class of 8th graders.





The English 78 class is completing the reading of The Pearl.  Diagramming is excellent and very advanced.  We are now working on different types of genres for non-fiction and are analyzing writing for pathos, logos, and ethos techniques.  This is at early stages and is not that good yet, but it will be.  Mrs. Stewart is very impressed with how well the students are learning in this class.







The new Exploration class is well underway. We have very talented student choreographers hard at work putting together an awesome routine:

Moncure, Emmanuel, Josh, Isaac, and Miles, with Chad  (not pictured) handling sound:






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

Have a Fantastic Weekend!!!






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Joshua Madding’s Eagle Project

Buy A Backpack for A Local Foster Child $15

Supporting the Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Agency




Charter Chatter February 19, 2016


It is open enrollment month for TLC. We are currently in open enrollment for students that are entering transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and 9th grade. All applicants must apply for admissions during the month of February.


Attention current sophomores and Juniors: Join Decision Medicine this summer and explore the exciting world of medicine. Decision Medicine is a 2 week program that introduces students to the field of Medicine through personal mentoring opportunities and site visits with behind-the-scenes access to some of our regional hospitals, clinics and public health centers. Participants are challenged with real world decisions as they explore the many facets of a career as a physician. The program is limited to a small group of 24 participants each year for maximum impact. Throughout the program they will work in various team configurations, including a one-on-one mentoring opportunity with a local physician in their personal practice. This is a highly competitive free program. For more information please visit


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!




All UC freshman admission decisions will be released by March 31


Upcoming Events:

TLC’s Got Talent Show:  Will be held at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts on Friday, April 8th at 6:30pm. The proceeds from this event benefit the Class of 2016. Come support our student from all TLC schools in this great showcase of talent. Tickets are on sale now and available for purchase in the TLC front office, the Grand Theatre Box Office and online at


Community Service

Community Service: This is a reminder to all students to turn in any completed community service forms they have. All forms must be submitted to the counseling office so they can be uploaded to Aeries. Important deadlines regarding community service are:

  1. April 4th to be considered for the Community Service Block Letter sponsored by the Breakfast Lions Club of Tracy. For more details or to check on your progress towards your Block Letter please contact Ms. A in the Counseling Office.
  2. May 6th – Deadline for seniors to submit their hours towards Graduation!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
  3. June 24th – Deadline for 9th -11th to submit hours towards the 2015-2016 School Year


Organization When Where Duties
Tracy Animal Shelter volunteer orientation  Saturday, February 27 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m


Sunday are 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and anytime between 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. 

Tracy Animal Shelter (2375 Paradise Avenue, Tracy) needed to clean dog/cat cages, wash laundry and animal dishes, socialize with cats and dogs, assist with potential adopters, walk dogs, empty trash, practice basic dog obedience, restock necessary items, and general maintenance of the facility


Volunteers must be at least 14 years old; volunteer hours Tuesday – Shelter is closed on Mondays.

Questions? Please call 209-831-6364

Hospice Eggstraveganza Friday, March 11 

evening – TBD

Masonic Temple (1601 N Tracy Blvd, Tracy) 5 volunteers needed to set up tables and chairs

Contact: Adela Calderon at 

925-200-5339 or

Hospice Eggstraveganza  Saturday, March 12 from 10:00am – 2:00pm


Masonic Temple (1601 N Tracy Blvd, Tracy)


15 volunteers needed to serve meals and tear down tables and chairs afterwards

Black and white server attire required; long hair to be pulled back.

Contact: Adela Calderon at 925-200-5339 or