TLC Charter Chatter – February 26th 2016

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC



Feb. 26, 2016                                                                                             Vol. 27 No.27

Virginia’s  Voice


I recently read an article about ten ways to be successful as a first year college student, but some applies to all students.

Make school your number one job

Learn how to organize and manage your time

Do not study with computers, phones, and in places where others are talking etc.

Treat school like a job, put in 40 hours a week.

Set up a team of people who can help you if you start to do poorly

Adhere to all dates and deadlines

Attend classes regularly and do not arrive late

Stay focused on your goals and do not get distracted by friends.

Choose your friends carefully.  They should share your values

Work to grow academically and personally.

Practice these goals regularly for success. Practice makes you better.




Misc. Announcements


PCS Spring and 8th Grade Promotion Pictures

Picture Day for PCS and 8th Grade only will be on April 8, 2016. Photo information will be sent home several weeks prior.


Next Holidays Spring Break

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



PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Feb. 29 – Mar. 4

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Taquito

Wed  – Cheese Ravioli

Thurs. – Chicken Quesadilla

Fri. – Grilled Cheese






It’s that time of year again- Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner!  Look for information to be coming home next week to sign up for a conference time.


This week our TK scientists have been exploring force and motion.  They have done fun experiments with marbles, balloons, cars, bean bags, and a variety of balls.  They used forces to change the position of objects, they made hypotheses about their experiments, and observed and described the results.  We will continue experimenting next week!



Primary Charter

Initial Phase

Initial Phase has an important public safety announcement that we would like parents to take very seriously.

What a tough year with illness.  We have many students coming to school sick.  Our policy is FEVER AND SYMPTOM FREE FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE  RETURNING TO SCHOOL.  This DOES NOT mean fever free with Tylenol or Motrin.  If your student has a fever at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, he/she CANNOT come to school on Wednesday,  even if the fever has subsided, he/she CANNOT return until Thursday.

Parents are the only means we have to ensure that students DO NOT come to school sick.  Please be cautious BEFORE sending your student to school if they do not want to eat, have a constant cough, green or yellow discharge, or just don’t look good. This has been an ongoing issue.  PLEASE DO NOT MEDICATE AND SEND THEM TO SCHOOL.

Currently, we have many students out with Strep Throat.  This is causing high fevers, upset stomachs, pain, and rash.  You know your child best.  Please use your best judgement to ensure the health and

safety of others.


Phase One

Phase 1 students had another amazing learning week! They learned some interesting facts about blue whales and were then able to write an informative letter about why a blue whale couldn’t possibly live in a pond!  In science, the students learned all about the different types of weather and the tools used to measure and predict the weather.  They even got to create a tornado in a bottle!  We are so proud of how many students are reaching their goals in AR.  Keep up the great work!  Parent teacher conferences will be coming up soon.  Please look for information that will be coming home soon.

Phase Two

Our students are becoming experts in all things government!!  Each class has been learning about the history of our government, how the government works, and what it takes to run a country like the United States.  Ask your phase two student to tell you all about it!

Attention 4th grade parents: Save the Date! “Welcome to Discovery Meeting,” Thursday March 10th from 5:30 – 6:30 in the gym..  More details to come!

Look for information from your child’s teachers about parent conferences.  Conference week will be March 14th-17th.


PCS students may wear their pajamas on Wed. Marcy 2 in honor of Dr. Suess’ National Reading Day




Discovery Charter

CHABOT SPACE AND SCIENCE FIELD TRIP:  We are so excited about our field trip to Chabot Space and Science (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 **All boys basketball players will attend the fieldtrip on Tuesday because they have a game on Wednesday the 16th).  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



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: Mustafa Chaudhry 395, Austin Chen, 375, Olivia Barajas 360, Emma Escobar 315, Emily Barrios 310, and David Banderas 310.

SUMATRAN: Riley Vatran 410 (TOP POINT EARNER), Izabell Zepeda 360, Shakeeba Sajadi 310, Joseph Portocarrero

MALAYAN: Aldric Alvis 360, Isaiah Coleman 320, Allina Alcantar 270, Paul Coleman 265, Ashleigh Garcia 260, and Diana Aguilar 260.

BENGALS: Kai Schreiner 340, Caden Vela, 330, Nate Washington 325, Vernon Real 290, and Sydney Skaggs 285.


SWO  – Students presented their college projects. Ask them how they did. They had a great week of presentations. Scrap books will be due March 4th for extra points!!


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.





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.



Working on stellar and galactic theory and classification of stars and galaxies.




Mrs. Stewart’s English 78 is moving along well.  We are now anaylzing other author’s nonfiction writing.  It is a skill needed for essays for SAT and PSAT.  We are just about finished with The Pearl and will be doing an exciting project after we are finished.  The students are learning about different genre’s of non fiction which is a significant part of advanced placement courses.  Finally I am enjoying debating the syntax of complex sentences when diagramming.  We have come a long way.

The SWO reseach paper has been a complex learning task.


Mrs. U’s Math Classes:

Intro: We are about to test on Unit 6, inequalities.

Algebra 1: We have been working on factoring special cases and trinomials.

Algebra 2: We are getting ready to take a midterm on Friday and we are in the middle of Unit 8.

Mrs. Dominguez’s Math classes:

Pre Algebra is beginning the unit 7 on inequalities

Algebra is working on unit 4 in our interactive notebooks

Geometry is unit 6 testing this week as well as studying and preparing for the Midterm on Friday.



Leadership is working on new vision to end the second trimester as well as what we want to see in the third trimester.



Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace is so proud of her period 5 class for choosing to perform their African Dance at Unity on Friday:



Africa is turning into a Fantastic Unit!!


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!!!




All Schools

Joshua Madding’s Eagle Project

Buy A Backpack for A Local Foster Child $15

Supporting the Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Agency

Grade K-5 Backpacks include:

  • 2 Pencils
  • 1 Subject Notebook
  • 2 Folders
  • 8ct Markers
  • 16ct Crayons
  • Gluesticks
  • Pencil Box
  • 100ct Index Cards

Grade 6-8 Backpacks include:

  • 2 Pencils
  • 1 Subject Notebook
  • 1 ½ Inch Binder
  • 2 Folders
  • 12ct Colored Pencils
  • 2 Glue Sticks
  • 3 Black Pens
  • 1 Red Pen

Grade 9-12 Backpacks Include:

  • 2 Pencils
  • 1 Subject Notebook
  • 1 ½ Notebook
  • 2 Folders
  • 12ct Colored Pencils
  • 2 Glue Sticks
  • 3 Black Pens
  • 1 Red Pen
  • 1 Scientific Calculator
  • 3 Highlighters


For more information on the Eagle project or donations please contact Josh (209)346-3891 or email

Thank you for your genuine generosity



Charter Chatter February 26, 2016


This week MHS had their spring midterms marking the end of the third quarter. We are now entering the final stretch of the traditional school year. Please be on the lookout for your student’s report card in the coming weeks. If you do not receive a report card by the end next week, please contact the main office to verify your mailing address.


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!


Congratulations to the following students on their college acceptances:


 Cal State East Bay – Megha Kalia


Financial Aid

College bound seniors:  The priority deadline to apply for financial aid is Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Make sure to complete your FAFSA or Dream Act Application by this time to be considered for all forms of financial Aid.


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

Tracy Little League Challenge League Saturday thru May   Help out 4 baseball team of students with special needs. Help coaches with practices and games

For more information please see

Ms. A or contact Keri Dowell

Boy and Girls Club Basketball Challenge League March 3rd to May 12th


Games are Thursdays

5pm to 6pm except for spring break –no game.


753 west Lowell Ave at the club We are looking for 3 or 4 volunteers under 18 years old to assist our younger players ages 8 to 12.


We are looking for volunteers that are self-motivated and will be willing to share smiles and high fives.


We need volunteers who can arrive weekly and be consistent as the kids look forward to seeing them, this is a special time for our youth to shine.


Our league is made for our youth to have fun; we have been serving youth with disabilities for over 15 years. J

Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Saturday, March 12th 4:00pm-9:00pm Tracy Elks Lodge

9100 11th St (West of Banta Road)

15 volunteers needed

Black Bottoms and White Collard top. Dinner will be provided for volunteers

Contact: Jane Williford


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