TLC Charter Chatter

  Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC



Mar. 24, 2017                                                                                                     Vol.31

Virginia Stewart


We will soon be approaching Spring break.  I believe most students enjoy the two week break in the spring.  We find that the second trimester is the longest with all of the holiday breaks.  It went from November to March!  Then it will be on to the final push for the end of the year.

The one thing I have always liked about our charter schools is that I never feel we rush to finish.  After the high school completes its 180 day traditional calendar, they experience a wonderful opportunity called FAST TRACK in which students are allowed to make up a course or advance to get ahead.  Some are given the chance to take college courses.

The rest of our schools, Primary and Discovery continue on for an additional 5 weeks of instruction.  We believe this gives us a chance to help student truly master the concepts and skills we have presented over the course of the year.  It gives us time to really finish out the year.  We do not feel rushed or frustrated that we do not have enough time.


Misc. Announcements

Spring Pictures and 8th Grade Promotion Picture Day

We will be having Spring Picture Day for our Pre-K Students, TK Students and Primary Students  only   along with our 8th Grade Promotion pictures on Friday, April 7, 2017..

Students will be bringing  flyers home about one week prior to this date. (There is no re-take day.)


Spring Break

Begins Monday Apr. 10th and students return to school on Monday, April 24, 2017



Annual Jog-A-Thon

The jog-a-thon is going school wide this year! With that said, I am in need of more sponsors. If you are a business owner and would like to advertise your company on our race day shirts, please contact me at I will get you more information on how you can become a proud sponsor of this great fundraiser! Thank you in advance for your support!




PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Mar. 27 -31

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Beef Hot Dog

Wed – Chili or Cheese Nachos

Thurs – Beef Lasagne

Fri. – Fettuccini Alfredo


Pre K









TK students are healthy eaters!  This week students learned about food groups.  They had fun sorting and classifying foods into the groups they learned.  They also enjoyed looking through magazines to create their own balanced and healthy plate of food to eat!  We caught them during free play using math manipulatives to create a restaurant full of healthy food choices.  We love watching them learn through play and seeing them extend our lessons into a fun activity that they devise themselves!


Reminder:  Spring pictures will be Friday, April 7th.  Students must still wear recess and PE appropriate shoes.




Primary Charter


 Initial Phase


This week in P6 we practiced mechanics in our sentence writing.  This means that all of our sentences have a capital letter at the beginning, proper punctuation, spaces, and properly formed letters.  When you’re doing homework with your students this week, encourage them to use these mechanics in their writing.
We hope to see you all at parent teacher conferences.  If you did not turn in your sign up form, please do so ASAP.

Phase 1


Phase 1 students did a great job collecting Pennies for Patients! Thank you!  We sure do have kind and giving students.  We welcomed spring with open arms and are looking forward to nicer, warmer weather.  We continued our Poetry Unit in Writer’s Workshop as the students wrote Triplet Poems and showed off their rhyming talents.  We are looking forward to their completed Poetry Book.  In Science we learned all about stars, black holes and the constellations.  We even got to create a constellation of our own.  Did you know that stars have a life cycle?? Learning about the Solar System is “Out of This World!”  Our AR goals will be due soon.  Keep encouraging your student to read, read, read!  In Math our students have successfully demonstrated their skills in measurement.  They will be working on some very cool projects in the next couple of weeks.  Great Job Phase 1!  Don’t forget that Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up the week of April 3rd.

Phase Two


In Science, students continued to work on our weather and energy units.  Ask your student about all of the great projects and activities we have been working on!  Please remember that Science Fair Projects are due on Monday, April 3rd.  We can’t wait to see them!  Phase two AR goals were due today, Friday, March 24th.  Our new AR goal period will begin on Monday, March 27th, and end on Friday, May 19th. Please make sure your student is reading at least 20 minutes every night!  Phase two students did a great job collecting money for Pennies for Patients!  We appreciate your continued support!  Please note that Parent-Teacher Conferences are the week of April 3rd. Parent-Teacher Conference schedules were sent home this week.  Please notify your student’s teachers as soon as possible if you will not be able to make it on your scheduled time.  Have a great weekend!




We have been using these in our classroom for STEM learning and would love to have more!  Every 10 Marble Runs purchased with our code buys 1 free Extreme Set for our classroom.

10% off any Marble Genius Marble Run

Use Amazon Promotion Code @ Checkout before 5/31:  D2NHPDPT



Discovery Charter



Read-A-Thon winners – each won a Fire 7 tablet….Thank you Pierce for reading the most minutes, and to Stephen and Melina for collecting the most money.  Thank you to all students, parents, and staff members who made the Read-A-Thon the success it was. 




Our 6th grade Academic Pentathlon team was announced.  They will compete at East Union High School on Saturday, April 22nd



SCIENCE OLYMPIAD –was phenominal….so many individual awards!!!! THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE COACHES, PARENTS, AND STAFF MEMBERS WHO HELPED TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE– Coach Pelaez, you put together a great team. The hours and time you put into planning, training, and coaching is so appreciated by all.



In science students were introduced to various tools of science as they viewed a model volcanic eruption.



6th grade boys vs. Freiler at Tracy Learning Center. We did not win, but our boys worked hard and looked good on the basketball court!!!


TOP 5 DEN STUDENTS – ROUND OF APPLAUSE – they work hard to be role models, excellent citizens, and students we can count on! Congratulations!!!!




April 1st – Math Olympiad at the County Office of Education

April 5th Poetry Fest in the gym 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (students in Ms. Rodieck’s room)

April 6th Poetry Fest in the gym 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (students in Mrs. Hawkins’ room)

Spring Break – Begins Monday, April 10th. Students return to school on Monday, April 24th.

April 22 – ACADEMIC PENTATHLON – At East Union High School, Manteca



We want to make sure you understand everything about your child’s education – always feel free to email questions to your child’s teacher(s):


Mrs. Beckner:        Mrs. Hawkins:

Ms. Pelaez:                Ms. Rodieck:

Ms. T:                     Ms. Zaca:

Coach Lopez:             Coach Penirian:

                                Coach Williams:




Discover High School Prep



Language Arts:

Mrs. Zo’s class is working on a Memorial Projects for WWII

Ms. Langston’s class had a great time making and playing conjugation games.

All classes finished up SWO prnsetations.


Social Studies:

Mrs. Wallace’s classes presented their Abolitionist projects this week. 2a and 2b were tasked with teaching a lesson about their assigned Abolitionists. What fun!



Algebra I  took their Unit 5 text this week.

Algebra II took their Unit 6 final.

Basic Math is busy with multiplying decimals.



Classes learned about erosion, weathering, and abrasion. They took aUnit final this week as well.


Pentathlon teams were announced and will be in next week’s Chatter.



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

Math: Mrs. Dominguez

Math: Mrs. Ulricksen

Language Arts: Ms. Langston

Language Arts: Mrs. Cerezo

Science: Mr. Jorgensen

Social Studies, DHSP Learning Director: Mrs. Wallace


Enjoy your Weekend!



All Schools


Charter Chatter March 24, 2017


TLC’s Talent Show Tickets are on sale now

Come see the great student talent at the TLC’s Got Talent Show, on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 at 6:30pm. Tickets are on sale for $9 in the front office, counseling office and online


College Early Start- Important Update!!!!!

Please note that the Counselors held a meeting today during lunch for all students interested and/or required to take a Delta College Class this summer.  If your student missed the meeting please have them visit the MHS Counseling Office as soon as possible.  CES forms for summer classes are due to the Counseling Office by Friday, May 5th and there are multiple steps students must take in the process before they can complete this form.  More information is available on our website:


IMPORTANT POLICY UPDATE:  Beginning with classes taken in Summer of 2017, Tracy Learning Center will reimburse students/parents for the cost of tuition provided students pass with a B or better.  A grade of C in a Delta class will no longer qualify for reimbursement.


City of Tracy – Summer Part-Time Opportunities

The City of Tracy is hiring part-time Lifeguards and Senior Lifeguards, ages 15 and up.  Applicants must be certified in Lifeguard Training and CPR for the Professional Rescuer, with additional requirements for Senior Lifeguards.  For more information please visit the Counseling Office.


Youth Advisory Condition

The Tracy Youth Advisory Commission (YAC) is seeking new members.  This is a select group of teens who communicate with various departments within the City of Tracy to provide a voice to our community’s youth.  If you are interested please visit the Counseling Office for an application.  Students in grades 9-11 are welcome to apply.  Applications are due April 27th.



Free Firefighter Career Exposition in March

Are you a ready to take the next step toward a career in the fire service? Meet with recruiters from departments across the state? Gain valuable insight into the firefighter testing process?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s Career Expos are for you! These one-day career expos provide opportunities for prospective candidates to interact with fire departments from across California and learn more about what it takes to pursue a career in fire service. The dates and locations of the upcoming expos are as follows:


Sat, March 25, 2017

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT

FCTC Sacramento

2560 River Plaza Drive

Sacramento, CA 95833


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 the student portal on each individual college’s 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!


Community Service Opportunities


SENIORS– Community Service hours are due Friday, April 28th, 2017 for graduation!!!


Snack Club Program at TK Site and TK – Mon-Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm or until 6:30pm at the Tracy Learning Center TK Site (238 West Grant Line Rd). High school students are needed to help with snack club program Contact: Mrs. Tyler


Snack Club Program at TLC Mon-Friday 3:30pm- 6:30pm at the Tracy Learning Center. High school students are needed to help with snack club program. Please see Ms. A in the counseling office for an application.