TLC Charter Chatter – April 22nd 2016

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April 22, 2016                                                                                                                                         No.33

Virginia Stewart


The Drama Department is now presenting their spring production.  Peter Pan is a family delight worth attending.  The sets are great, and there is a high energy level among the players.  Captain Hook is very entertaining!  The play was a fun experience for the audience the night I attended.  The players have put in long hours and the work is obvious. Speaking of entertaining, please return to the gym next Monday Night to see four awesome, energetic and fun High School student performers  at the MHS “Open Mike Night” and enjoy a few good laughs. All proceeds will go to the 2016 Graduating Class. Tickets are $5. each and  the show begins at 4:30pm. Concessions will be sold. Please come and support them!


Our Preschool held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week.  The City Council and the Mayor were pleased to welcome a new business into Tracy.  We are pleased we are able to provide high quality child care, excellent academic and social development, and nutritious meals all for a flat fee per month of $550.  This fee includes any combination of times.  The city dignitaries agreed with us that child care for the young working parents is difficult because of the cost and was pleased with the pay structure we are providing.  For more details call (209)229-1575.




Misc. Announcements


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TLC Family Fun Day


TLC Family Fun Day





Upcoming State Testing


We will be having state testing soon for our PCS, DCS and DHSP Students on the following dates. Please do your best to have students present, well rested and prepared for these important exams. Do not schedule doctor’s visits or vacations during this time period.


PCS – May 15. 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25

DCS and DHSP – Weeks of May2nd and May 9th





PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Apr. 25 -29

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Paremesan

Wed  – Baked Potato

Thurs. – Chicken Patty Sandwich

Fri. – Pigs in a Blanket






TK had special guest visitors last week! We are so thankful that Coach KV and Coach Caldwell from PCS joined our classroom for a lesson!  TK students have been learning about food groups and healthy eating. We have been exploring healthy living, including things like exercise, hygiene, and good choices. The Coaches helped students play a game that incorporated healthy food choices and exercise! It was so much fun!!! Our students can’t wait to work with you next year when they’re in Kindergarten!


Have you heard about TLC’s Family Fun Day?!?  We are excited to tell you that the TK class will be performing at the event!  We are asking students to meet with the teachers at 12:15 to line up and prepare for our performance.  We will send home more information and a reminder next week.  The day is shaping up to be a wonderful family day and we hope to see you all there.



Primary Charter


ATTENTION ALL PCS PARENTS!  All Primary classrooms will be auctioning off a “Parent’s Night Out” at the TLC Family Fun Day carnival.  Specific dates and times are yet to be determined, however, the winning bidder wins an evening full of fun games, activities, and food with the teachers. . . for an entire evening!!   Parents, you can go out to dinner, go to a movie, go shopping. .  WITHOUT CHILDREN!!!!  Bidding will start at $50.

Initial Phase

This week in Initial Phase students and teachers have been so excited about the Jog-a-Thon and Carnival.  Students have been sharing ways to collect pledges, how they are practicing running, and talking about our Parent Night Out auction.  P-6 teachers have planned a fun and exciting evening for the 3 lucky winners of our silent auction.  The teachers have prepared a nacho bar, ice cream, a craft project, Wii time, manicure station, and fun, fun, fun!  Be sure to come to our carnival, on April 30, so you have to opportunity to bid.  The lucky winner can invite up to four friends from p-6 to attend with them.
Phase One

What an amazing learning week Phase 1 students had! In Science we learned all about the different types of rocks. We used magnifying glasses to get a closer look. We even got to crack open a rock and find crystals inside. We are “geologists”!!! Our caterpillars have formed their chrysalis and we are eagerly awaiting their metamorphosis to beautiful butterflies. In Writer’s Workshop students had fun beginning to learn about poetry. There are so many different kinds of poetry. They had a chance to be creative and learn how words can really show feelings and emotions. We also celebrated Earth Day and understand how important it is to take care of our planet. There are many activities coming up soon. Please make sure to look in your student’s green folder for all the information.


Phase Two

Our students are getting very excited about the fun activities coming up, such as the field trip to the Tech Museum, TLC’s Family Fun Day, and the Jog-a-Thon!  Check the green folder today for more information about all three events!  We have a lot going on in the classroom, as well.  Our students are enjoying learning all about engineering and have had opportunities to build, test, and redesign bridges, parachutes and mazes.  At the Tech Museum, we will participate in a lab all about roller coasters!  We have lot to look forward to.

Testing for all 3rd and 4th graders will take place May 17th-19th and May 24th-26th.  Please do not schedule appointments during testing.

We would like to congratulate all of our talented PCS actors for the amazing job they did in “Peter Pan.”  We are so proud of you, way to represent Primary!


Make sure to check green folders for all the fun and exciting things coming up at TLC.



Please return your Spring Picture Packet and or payment asap!



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.




FAMILY FUN DAY at the Tracy Learning Center.  Ask your child how you can help them earn den points.  The more people they bring, the more points they can earn!!! Get ready for fun and games, great food, a teacher’s auction, family fun, and a great way to see our entire Tracy Learning Center team together! PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR DCS TEACHERS at the Silent Auction



  • CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION PACKAGE with Ms. Pelaez and Ms. Rodieck –




  • SLEEPOVER with Ms. T, Ms. Zaca, Mrs. Beckner, and Mrs. Hawkins




SPIRIT WEEK IS NEXT WEEK – In order to prepare for our state tests, we will have a week of SPIRIT!!!!!


Monday, April 25th – SPIRIT DAY

Tuesday, April 26th – PJ DAY

Wednesday, April 27th – TWIN DAY (match day)

Thursday, April 28th – DISNEY DAY (any Disney… include Star Wars and The Jungle Book)

Friday, April 29th – DEN DAY (den colors – Bengal PINK; Malayan TURQUOISE; Siberian PURPLE; Sumatran BLUE)






***Testing may be completed earlier than shown

***Make-Up/Completion test dates to be determined


 STATE TESING WEEK HAS BEEN EXTENDED – We will test the weeks of May 2nd and May 9th as follows:

Pentathlon: On May 7th we will compete at the annual Pentathlon event in Manteca.  Students have been working with Mrs. Beckner and their core teachers all year in preparation for the event.

WASHINGTON DC TRIP 2017 – for 6th grade students entering 7th in the 2016-17 school year. We have several students signed up and ready to go.  The last day to sign up for the field trip is April 29th.  Please see Mrs. Wallace or Mrs. Hawkins if you are interested.



TOP POINT EARNERS for the week of

      The Bengals                         The Sumatrans             The Malayans                         The Siberians         




Den Point Announcements: Any student who receives -30 points or more are asked to serve lunch detention.  As of May 1st, any 6th grade student who receives -30 points or more will serve detention in Saturday School.

UPCOMING DATES: (if any dates changes are made parents will be notified)

April 30 – CARNIVAL

April 29 – Last day to order your year book

May 7 – Pentathlon

May 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 State Test Dates

May 13 – Jog-a-thon

May 31 – State Test (paper test for grade 5 SCIENCE)

June 10th Mrs. Hawkins’ LA classes are planning their Evening of Poetry

June 14th Ms. Rodieck’s LA classes are planning their Poetry Fest

June 24th – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – FIELD DAY/DANCE More information to come












8th Grade Parents – Please return your promotion picture packets and or payments asap!


                      DHSP Charter Chatter:


Great News for English 78.  The PSAT results are in.  Every student passed the benchmark for English.  The class had a mean score of 1020.  The state had a mean score of 761 and the nation had a mean score of 802.  The scores were great and Mrs. Stewart is very pleased.

The class completed their THE PEARL project as well this week.  They presented six movies.  The caliber of work was extraordinary.  Scores on the project ranged from 98% to 83%.

This week, students received one of the top 40 ranked speeches in America.  Each student is going to summarize the speech gives, write a biography of the speaker, and deliver one minute of the speech as the speaker would have done.

This will be the priority of the next three weeks.

Most students have returned their RSVP for the presentation night.  Some still need to return the date you are planning on attending.

Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s Social Studies classes used a really fun tool with our study of India this week. It is a website called Kids loved playing a game while learning.


Academic Competitions : The teams are putting a lot of effort into being ready for the Competition on May 7th.




Yearbook on sale until Friday, April 29th, they are $45 each

8th grade dedication pages on sale for $20 for 1/4 page and $30 for a 1/2 page, on sale until Friday, April 22nd. If you would like one, but need a little more time, please contact Mrs. Dominguez as soon as possible.

Yearbooks are on sale until April 29th, $45


Our Field Trip Monday to see the Jungle Book was loads of fun. The students were able to experience riding on a city bus. The timing for the release of The Jungle Book could not have been better!!


State testing for DHSP will be the weeks of May 2 – 13. Make sure your students get a good breakfast and plenty of rest especially for those two weeks.

The students will have the paper science test on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. (The 27th & 28th)

The Spring Carnival is around the corner. Please join TLC for a day of family fun on April 30th 11:00 – 3:00


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

Don’t miss out on this Fantastic Trip………




We already have 30 people signed up 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. Please email Mrs. Wallace at for any questions or concerns.


DHSP teachers welcome parent communication, please contact us if you have questions, concerns, or ideas!  Mrs. U. at      Mrs. Dominguez at ,                                 Mrs. Ramirez at, Ms. Langston at,  Mr. Compton at  Mrs. Wallace at

Have a Fantastic Weekend!!                  




College Early Start Program – Summer and Fall Enrollment for Delta

Parents of students who are interested in taking classes at Delta College for the Summer or Fall 2015 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.



There is a FREE UC Berkeley one-day application workshop and information session this summer.  It is a great opportunity to get more information about UC Berkeley and get a head start on your UC application.  Note that the Personal Statement process is changing this year!  Applications for this free one-day program are due April 30th.  The program takes place in Berkeley on Saturday, June 25, or in Fresno on Sunday, June 26.  Students must be current sophomores or juniors with a 3.5 unweighted GPA or higher.  For more information and to apply to the program, visit this link:



NYU Precollege Summer Program for High School Students

With NYU Precollege, rising juniors and seniors can apply to take college-level courses for credit and experience life as an NYU student. Credit-bearing courses are available in more than 30 subjects to fit every interest and academic need. Precollege hosts social events and activities to create a sense of community and help students get to know one another while exploring the city around them. Experience life in New York. Apply for scholarships by April 1 at NYU.EDU/PRECOLLEGE This summer program runs from July 5-August 16, 2016.


ACT, Inc. and Kaplan Test Prep Partner to Make High-Quality Live Online Teaching Accessible for All Students-Low-Income Students Will Have Free Access to Program Offering Top-Quality Live Online Instruction from Two Industry Leaders


ACT and Kaplan Test Prep announced a collaboration to create the only online ACT preparation program offering live, content-based instruction from teachers. The program will be available at no cost to low-income students and to all students at a significantly lower cost than traditional prep programs. Kaplan will become the exclusive, official partner for live, online prep for the ACT test. The new program will give students access to live, online, content-based courses taught by master teachers who can answer student questions and provide interactive instructional help in real time. The platform also will include recorded sessions that students can access on demand on any device. The program will cost less than $200 and will be provided for free to low-income students who register for the ACT with a fee waiver. It will be available in the fall.


College Info

College bound seniors:  The priority deadline to apply for financial has passed. If you have no completed your FAFSA or Dream Act Application you are still eligible for federal financial Aid. Submit your application electronically as soon as possible.


SCHOLARSHIPS: There are many local scholarships available at this time for our college bound seniors. Visit the MHS Counseling website and select the Scholarships page at for detailed information on where to obtain an application and how to apply for various scholarships.


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.


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. May 6th – Deadline for seniors to submit their hours towards Graduation!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
  2. June 24th – Deadline for 9th -11th to submit hours towards the 2015-2016 School Year


Organization When Where Duties
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. 

TLC’s Family Fun Day Saturday, April 30 10:30am-3:30pm Tracy Learning Center Volunteers are needed to help run booths and event


Tracy Hispanic Business Group Annual Awards Dinner Saturday, April 30 –

Set-up: 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Serving: 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m

Tracy Community Center (950 East Street, Tracy) 15 Volunteers needed to assist the caterer as servers in the evening. Black and white server attire required; long hair to be pulled back.

An orientation will be held the week prior to the event, but a date is not yet confirmed.

Contact: Grace Paget 408-314-8130 or


Moose Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 8th 9:30am – 12:30pm


Moose Lodge (35 East 6th Street, Tracy) – ring doorbell to enter facility 2 dish washers and 4 servers are needed – black and white server attire

Volunteers MUST contact Alex Zamora for scheduling

Contact: Alex Zamora 209-815-6408 or

Relay For Life Saturday, May 14

Set-up:  Friday  from 4pm – 7pm

Saturday morning from 6am– 9am

Saturday, 10am– 11pm

Tear-down and clean-up:  Saturday 11pm until finished

Merrill F. West High School, quad area (1775 W. Lowell Ave., Tracy)


Volunteers are needed to set-up and tear-down, staff the information booth, assist in the Accounting room, help in Kids Camp, staff the luminaria bag booth (sell luminaria bags, fill bags with sand, and set-up luminaria display), assist in the Survivor tent, run games and other activities, assist other committees as needed.

Contact: Kim Thomassen, Volunteer and Youth Engagement Coordinator at

Give Every Child A Chance Month of July TBD Summer Camp

For more information please contact Lilianna 209-825-7003