TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC


Sept. 8, 2017 Vol.5

Virginia’s Voice

Charter schools are public schools. They are free for all students. They do not have boundaries but they do have to hold lotteries based on preferences. The Tracy Learning Center is comprised of three charter schools: Primary (TK-4), Discovery ( 5-8) and Millennium (9-12). While each school is unique, we hold the same mission and values. We are student centered, we provide quality education that is enriched with extras at all levels and schools, and we are determined to help every student succeed. We utilized technology, projects, and interactive group activities but most of all we provide quality instructors who work diligently to plan their instruction around a defined rigorous curriculum.

Unfortunately, we are a popular choice. There are over 700 students on our waiting lists. We sincerely wish we could take all of the students who want to be here, but we have a limit and we are filled at every level. We have an enrollment of 1300 students. Even with construction we cannot expand that number. We appreciate the patience some students and parents have as they wait for a chance to be enrolled. Some students wait from Kindergarten to ninth grade. We do add students at 5th grade ( 30 more can be added) and 9th grade ( 60 more can be added) and that is the best time to be enrolled if a student does not make TK or Kindergarten lotteries.

Board Member Opening

The Tracy Learning Center is now accepting applications for a TLC board member. All interested applicants please send a letter of interest and a resume to 51 E. Beverly Place Tracy, CA 95376- ATTN: Human Resources. Board meets once a month.

Car line Safety

We are very concerned for the students that are continuing to be dropped off near our construction area. Students are getting out of their cars and walking where there aren’t any sidewalks. This is very dangerous and is a huge risk for your child. Please do not drop off your child or allow your child to walk anywhere near the construction site.

We have had several calls this week about students being dropped off and running across the street. This is so dangerous and we are very worried a child could be hit by a car. Please make your child’s safety your priority! Never ever allow or ask your child to run across the street!

Annual Golf Tournament

Good morning and Happy Friday!

I’m excited for this year’s tournament and the changes that we have made. We will be hosting the 3rd Annual Millennium Athletics Golf Tournament at Dublin Ranch on Sunday September 24th! This tournament will be a 4 man scramble with a two drive minimum. Shotgun will be at 9 am so my Raider fans can get home in time for kick off at 5:30! 49ERS play that Thursday and the Cowboys play Monday so let’s play some golf for a good cause!

If you plan to play, please register no later than September 1st. I have to give my final head count by the 8th. If you could also do me a favor and tell all of your golf buddies about this tournament we’d greatly appreciate it. We have attached the flyer as well as the registration form so you can spread the word whether it is email or social media.

On behalf of Millennium Athletics, we thank you for your continued support!!

Falcon Voice

Millennium is in search of “The Voice of the Falcons”! If you’re interested in being an announcer at the JV and V home football games this season, please contact Miss Balsamo at as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Stevi Balsamo
Physical Education/Athletic Director
Millennium High School
Instagram: @Millennium_Athletics
Twitter: @MHS_Falcons

PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Sept. 11

Mon. – Pizza

Tues. – Beef or Bean Tostadas

Wed – No meat Spaghetti

Thurs – Chicken Nuggets

Fri. – BBQ Hot Dog

Pre K

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This week on TK Island the little fishies have learned how to explore the Island by using their 5 senses. They have learned the importance of each sense and how we use them to explore things around us. In language arts, we have learned all about the letter C-what it looks like, sounds like, and words that begin with that letter. In math, the students are becoming experts at recognizing and writing their numbers to 5. It has been a very busy week on TK Island!

Primary Charter

Initial Phase

Having a healthy classroom is important to us in P-6! We have had many students out sick this week. We want everyone to stay healthy! Please do not send your student to school if they are not feeling well. Additionally, students must be fever free (no fever reducing medications) for at least 24 hours before they return to school. This will help ensure that we are not spreading germs and keeping our classroom healthy! We have taught students of ways to make sure that they aren’t spreading germs; here are some strategies they know:

“Cough and sneeze in your elbow.” – Alayah

“Use hand sanitizer after you blow your nose.” – Daniela

“Don’t put your hands in your mouth or eyes or nose.” – Gabriel

Phase 2

Our 4th grade students will be starting their monthly leadership duties next week. Every month each phase 2 class picks three 4th grade students who will join leadership for the whole month. These students do special projects around our campus such as campus beautification and other community building projects.


Next Friday, September 15th, at lunch (11:45) we will be having our annual “Staff vs. DCS (6-8th grade) Students Football Game.” We will be having a double lunch that day and should be tons of FUN!!! The game will be 7 on 7 with Flags. Sadly, the NFL did not have a grant to apply for again this year, however to kick off the “Football Season” for the NFL, college and our high school football team, we will still have our annual “Football Friday.”


This short week went by really quickly! Students have been very busy and it is beginning to feel a bit like fall. Next week we have Football Week to celebrate the first high school game of the season; we also will have our first spirit week put together by our new Leadership team.

Students are encouraged to dress for spirit days. They are as follows:

Monday- Pajama day (please only hard soled slippers)

Tuesday- Twin Day

Wednesday- Wacky Wednesday (mismatched day, funny hair, etc.)

Thursday- Den Day (Wear your den shirts/colors

Friday- Football attire (Wear a jersey or t-shirt with your favorite team.)

Monday, 9/11/2017 is our Chilean guest and food event. If students are bringing food, please have it in the office no later than 10am.


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Language Arts:

This week students are conducting a major review of topics they have been learning throughout the trimester, including A Long Walk to Water, African music and geography, verb tenses, grammar and diagramming, revising an old essay, all vocabulary words so far, and reading comprehension. Though the week is short, students will be very busy!

A reminder: Students have their book club deadlines approaching!

Ms. Langston’s students (all): September 25, the book must be finished!

Mrs. Cerezo’s: Honors and Scholastic due September 11 and Varsity September 26

Book club projects will be soon to follow!


7/8 Spirit Week NEXT WEEK!!!

9/11 PJ Day

9/12 Twin Day

9/13 Wacky Wednesday (mismatch, crazy hair, )

9/14 Den Color Day

9/15 Football Day (Staff Student Football Game) Rally in the morning!!

CJSF Update:

Next week, September 11-15th, the students of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) will kick off their first community service donation drive for East of Eden Animal Rescue. Flyers with more information and donation ideas will go home Friday. The den with the most donations will be awarded a special treat, proved by CJSF. So, if you can, support these adoptable pets in need with your donation items and support your den at the same time!


September is Attendance Awareness Month!

Good attendance is an important key to academic success. For every day missed, students can potentially fall farther behind in school. Please review the attendance policy at:

Speech and Debate Judges Needed!! Our Millennium Speech and Debate team continues to grow and thrive. This year, we have a 56-person team, and new members are still being added! We are so excited to travel to tournaments and to spread the TLC name even farther and wider this year than ever before. By the end of last season, we were ranked 8th in our district, out of 26 schools — in just three years, we’ve cracked the top ten…and we want more!

In order to register as many students as we have this year for our tournaments, and thus continue to win, we are required to provide volunteer judges at the tournaments we attend. No experience is necessary to judge! Teachers make great judges, and so do parents, scoutmasters, pastors, and anyone with a stake in student success. Our next tournament is 9/16 at Lodi High School. We have 38 students competing in 51 events. That means that we need 5-10 judges to volunteer at this tournament to “cover” our registration.

FUTURE TOURNAMENT DATES 10/14 – Enochs High School, Modesto, 11/4 – Mountain House High School, Mountain House* 12/2 – Buhach Colony High School, Buhach Colony 1/20 – Bear Creek High School, Stockton 2/23 (PM) – 2/24 – Turlock High School, Turlock 3/9 (PM) – 3/10 – Enochs High School, Modesto If interested or for more information, contact Ms. Beth Lamanna at

Upcoming field trip:
The 13th Annual Construction Trades Career Fair and Delta College Campus Tour is fast approaching! Student will have the opportunity to learn about many of the apprenticeships and trades in our area such as welding, electrical, construction management, roofing, and more. This hands on educational tour is an interactive and fun way for students to experience firsthand the variety of trades and benefits of skilled workers in the 21st Century.

The event takes place on Friday, September 15th from 9am – 4pm. This field trip is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Cost for bus transportation is $20 – a complimentary light lunch will be provided at the trade fair. Permission slips are available from the main office and the counseling department.

Community Service UPCOMING OPPORTUNITY!!! Sunday, September 10 – 9/11 fundraiser – 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Location: Nirvaana (1005 E. Pescadero Ave, Suite 101, Tracy – outlet mall) 2-4 Volunteers needed to clean facility before the event, set up tables and chairs, greet and seat guests, and tear down for Tracy Fire Department and Tracy Police Department 9/11 fundraising event. Contact: Jass Sangha 209-740-6020 or

College Info

PSAT (Premilinary SAT) testing for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will be on Saturday October 14th from 7:30am to 12:00pm. Taking signups now!!!! The cost is $18.00. Student will also be given a practice student guide/test. Space is limited, therefore it is important that your student sign up as soon as possible.
Kaplan will be offering the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online: PSAT Prep Live. Lessons begin September 23 and continue through October 8. The PSAT opens doors to scholarships and provides a chance to practice for the SAT and ACT. Help your students improve their scores and get ahead with our highly-rated teachers! Kaplan will once again bring you PSAT Prep Live, the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online. Sign up now and gain instant access to quizzes and practice tests for the PSAT. Then join us beginning September 23 for live lessons.

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Class of 2018 Senior Info
Senior information packets were mailed out last week. Important information regarding graduation, senior portraits, dates and deadlines were enclosed. Updated information will also be available on our website Parent that would like to be added to our senior newsletter email list can email: or

***We are awaiting a confirmed graduation date from our facility request. Currently, a tentative date is scheduled for either Friday May 25th or Saturday May 26th. Once again, all graduates will be given 8 tickets for entry. Additional ticket requests will not be available due to facility capacity. The location of graduation will be at: Holy Family Center at 12100 W. Valpico Road Tracy, CA 95377