TLC Charter Chatter

      Charter Chatter

 A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC


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Sept. 2, 2016                                                                                              Vol. 5

Virginia’s Voice

 It is the start of September and we have settled into our new school year.  The children and the teachers are doing well.  We believe this is one of our best years.

One of the things we work on is helping our students to have pride.  Pride in the work that they do and n themselves.  We award good work and effort with recognition and praise.  We help students who need support to be successful so that everyone can feel pride.

We also work on having student have pride in our facility.  Yes, it may be old, and not the prettiest facility in the area, but it is ours and we value it. Our classrooms are decorated and cared for with paint and they are cleaned daily.

Most of all, we help our students to learn the importance of respect for one another and the staff.  It is important that students are kind and considerate of each other and that they learn to respect differences.  Many visitors to our schools note how respectful our students are.  We appreciate the compliment, but we also know we work hard to achieve it.  

Misc. Announcements


Picture Day

T-K Picture Day – Oct. 11, 2016 (no re-takes)


Parent Volunteers

Parents who plan on volunteering in the classrooms this year must give the office a new contract and make sure his/her TB Test has been done within the last 4 years and have given the results to the office along with a copy of your California Driver’s License and Volunteer’s Contract.

Volunteers can begin volunteering after Sept. 12, 2016. Please make these arrangements with your child’s teachers.


PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Sept. 5  – 9

Mon. –  Holiday

Tues. – Pizza

Wed – Cheese Ravioli

Thurs – Grilled Cheese

Fri. – Beef Hot Dog



Millennium Athletics

2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Sunday October 2nd 2016

           10:00 a.m.                                                    $60 Single

               Shotgun                                                     $225 Team

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Old River Golf Course

18007 S. MacArthur Drive

Tracy CA


Interested in becoming a sponsor


Registering as a participant??


Email Coach KV at for more information





This week in TK we had our first Birthday Party!


Transitional Kindergarten is unique in that students all enter the program being four years old and turn five by December 2. With so many students celebrating birthdays in a short amount of time, we have a monthly birthday party to celebrate! This week we celebrated our August Birthdays by making birthday crowns, singing, and of course eating cupcakes! This is a fun tradition in our classroom. Thank you to all of the birthday parents who attended and donated to this special event!



Primary Charter


This week in Initial Phase students have really found their way.  We are so proud of our students.  Lessons are well on their way and students are learning about capitals at the beginning of a sentence, punctuation, verbs, subitizing, and comparing numbers.  We are excited about all the learning that is taking place and we know they will continue to grow and meet our high expectations!


We have a lot of sick kiddos.  Please remember: DO NOT send your child to school until they are fever free for 24 hours. This means WITHOUT medication.


Phase 1 students had a fantastic learning week!  In Social Studies we began our amazing unit on Everybody Cooks Rice.  It was so fun to see how alike and different we all can be.  We even got to sample some different types of rices from different parts of the world.  It was also very exciting seeing all the students in their spirit wear.  Football season has begun and we are definitely showing our spirit.  Next week in Writer’s Workshop we will begin opinion writing.  Can’t wait to see how creative our students are!


Phase 2 classes have started their monthly library trips!  This week P1 enjoyed their library day.  P3 will go next week and P8 will go the following week.  We will continue this rotation every month.  Please remember that students are responsible for returning their own books!  P1 students, your books are due on September 22nd.


If you have any coupon fundraiser booklets, please return them to your student’s teacher.  Thank you to all that sold books and returned them.  Have a happy and safe 3 day weekend!!!


Discovery Charter

Discovery Charter School teachers are happy with student behavior and progress.  This year students are earning more positive points, and less negative points which means fewer lunch detentions.  Our sixth grade students are terrific role models for our fifth grade students.  Our fifth grade students are learning quickly and are earning positive points for their dens.  We appreciate their positive outlook and their desire to become dynamic, knowledgeable students.

We are working hard in the classroom and beyond……below you will read about our many happenings.

DCS SLEEPOVER – From Friday, September 9th at 6:00 PM to Saturday September 10th at 8:00 AM, students can spend the night with their teachers, play neon games, dance in the gym, create art, watch movies, hang out with friends, eat, relax, laugh, and enjoy a night at school.  Your child has a permission slip which is due on Wednesday, September 7th –  Cost for the sleepover – $30.00 for a child staying from 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM; if a child wants to stay from 4:00 PM to 8:00 AM cost is $40.00; if a child does not want to spend the night, and would like to come spend some time with us, the cost is $20.00 per student (from 6:00 PM until midnight).  Please contact Mrs. Hawkins or Ms. T with any questions!!! We hope to have many children – let us keep your child for the night…c2


Thank you for your support: Our fundraiser requesting new items for Case for Kids was a great success.  We had over 1,000 items donated to include clothing, toiletries, school items, stuffed animals, blankets, shoes, and miscellaneous items.  We cannot THANK YOU enough.  Below you will see pictures of the much needed donated items.  Ms. T’s heart is filled with joy!!! Because of you, we will touch many children in need.


THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING PIZZA NIGHT!!! Your support was overwhelming and appreciated.

SCIENCE CAMP TICKET FUNDRAISER CONTINUES! – Ask your child about the Science Camp fund raiser!!!  Your child has been asked to sell raffle tickets at the price of $10.00 each.  100% of the money will go towards science camp with one lucky “Free Science Camp For A Week” winner.  Please sell as many tickets as possible.  SAVE THE DATE: Children will leave for science camp on Monday, January 9th. Any science camp questions should be emailed to Ms. Pelaez at


Spelling Bee:  We have announced Spelling Bee dates and have provided students with their Spelling Bee word lists.  If your child has not expressed interest, and you would like them to join the Spelling Bee, have them talk to their Language Arts teacher.  The Spelling Bee will be held at Tracy Learning Center on November 8th – the winner of the 4, 5, 6 division and the winner of the 7, 8, 9 division will move onto the County Spelling Bee.  If you would like more details, please contact………….. Ms. Rodieck or Mrs. Hawkins



MALAYAN DEN (3rd place)         SUMATRAN DEN (4th place)   SIBERIAN DEN (2nd place)        BENGAL DEN (1st place)




In PE, Coach Lopez, Coach P, and Coach Williams have students competing in games, working as teams, running the mile, and learning rules about the various games they play. Students enjoy building skills, competing, and learning new games. They take great pride in their learning and efforts.


 Math students work together in Ms. T’s class. They learn new concepts through games and discussion.


STUDY CLUB – Monday through Thursday $5.00 a session.  Homework help, assistance with organizing backpacks, and access to computers when needed.  Contact Ms. Rodieck with questions,



HOMECOMING:  Homecoming is coming fast.  Your child received a parent volunteer slip.  If you can volunteer time, supplies, or funds for our float, please complete the form.  If you have questions, contact Ms. T at ttakeuchi@tracylcnet

If you have questions, concerns, or if you want to discuss your child, please contact their teacher:

Mrs. Beckner: (math and academic pentathlon)

Mrs. Hawkins: (language arts (dance and movement with Coach C))

Coach Lopez: (PE)

Coach P: (PE)

Ms. Pelaez: (science, science Olympiad, (Spanish with Mr. Gomar))

Ms. Rodieck: (language arts, genius hour)

Ms. T: (math, leadership)

Coach Williams: (PE)

Ms. Zaca: (social studies, newspaper)





Discover High School Prep

Charter Chatter:



Take a peek inside some of the classes to see what is taking place there:

English 78 We have completed our first month and our first novel.  Number the Stars was a good introduction to Pentathlon and to World War II.  We enjoyed the book and the historical information we gained as a result of this historical fiction book.  In addition to reading, we are working on PSAT practice, vocabulary mastery, descriptive and functional grammar and of course writing and discussion.

The average in this challenging class is improving as students gain skills and work on improving.



In science we explored the concept of inertia. The challenge was to get the penny (coins) into the cup without lifting the card and only touching the card with one finger. Kids had a great time!





Social Studies:

The Social Studies classes are learning about Anne Frank. We have begun to watch a fantastic movie called, Anne Frank The Whole Story. There is a lot of wonderful discussion taking place in the classrooms.


Leadership: Float building has begun!!!



In Art Elective, the students viewed the artwork of Marc Allante, and then created their own version of his well known “drip” paintings. Super messy, but fun!



This week we finished learning about food names and how to order a meal in Spanish, and next we will be starting to learn animal names, weather, and telling time in Spanish.

          Washington D.C. 2017!!!



It’s not too late to sign up for the 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 contact Mrs. Wallace at for assistance.


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

Please feel free to contact any of your student’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

Math: Mrs. Dominguez

Math: Mrs. King

Language Arts: Ms. Langston

Language Arts: Mrs. Cerezo

Science: Mrs. Ramirez

Social Studies, 7/8 Learning Director: Mrs. Wallace


Enjoy your three day weekend.




Tracy Learning Center will be participating in the Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge



Charter Chatter September 2, 2016


Field Trip Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors

Construction Careers Trades Fair and Delta College Field Trip will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016. Students will have the opportunity to experience first hands many construction trades as well as view three different Career Technical Careers such as Nursing, Automotive, Culinary, Electron Microscopy, etc. programs at Delta College.



The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016. More details will be included in next week’s chatter addressing the cost and further details about the testing day. Signups for the PSAT will have begun. The test fee is $18.00 and is due when you sign up for the test in the counseling office.


Career Ed

Millennium High School would like to thank our wonderful visitors we had in Career Ed this week Nancy McDonald from FIDM, Cindy Salinas from CSU East Bay, and ASVAB Interpreters. If you or anyone you know has an interesting job and would be willing to be a speaker for the class please contact Ms. A in the counseling office at 209-627-8299 or at


Community Service Opportunities

Tracy Buccs – September 3rd, 2016 Kimball High School – 4 student volunteers for help between the hours of 7am to 12pm and another 4 between the hours of 1pm and 6pm. Contact: Contact Marlene –


Other News

Tutors wanted!!!

If you are interested in tutoring on campus please stop by the counseling office for an application. Give Every Child A Chance is a tutoring/mentoring program that needs volunteer tutors too!  If you are interested in tutoring 7th-12th grade students here at Tracy Learning Center for two community service hours a week (which can go toward a block letter!).