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                                     A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC




Sept. 29, 2017                                                                                                Vol 8

Virginia Stewart


We appreciate the support we have received from parents with our new system for discipline.  The whole point behind Restorative Justice is to help students realize that their behavior has an effect on the entire class.  When a student is disruptive, it affects the learning environment and takes times away from instruction.


The weekly meetings we have had with students at the Discovery level have made a difference in the behavior of the students.  Students are more aware of their behavior, what they need to do to change, and why the change is necessary.


All classes in our schools are using this call for justice and the restoration of justice by changing the behavior that is causing a disruption in learning and it is working.  Thank you for your support of the system we are using.



Misc. Announcements


Picture Re-take Day – Tuesday, October 10, 2017 for all 3 Sites

Flyers will be sent home on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. All students who were absent or not yet enrolled on previous picture day must have their pictures taken on this re-take day. Those students who were not satisfied with their previous pictures must bring in their entire picture packet to return them and pictures will be re-taken.



MHS Home Coming Parade – Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at 3pm (staging at 2pm)

Early Dismissal Times

PCS – 1pm

DCS/DHSP – 1:30pm

MHS – 12:18pm (directly following 4th period)



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.


South Sudan Donations

This year students at Discovery are working on learning the importance of recycling and the value of using water responsibly while fundraising for the Water for South Sudan organization. The Water for South Sudan organization aims to provides clean, accessible water to peaceful communities in South Sudan by building wells. Discovery is fundraising for this cause through buying waters on campus, recycling bottles, and participating in coin-collecting challenges. Student Recycling Teams are also helping to collect and organize all of the recycling on campus as well as working towards promoting positive recycling behaviors. Our goal is to raise five thousand dollars by next April, as well as to encourage a recycling culture among our students. By reaching our goal, we will be entered into a drawing to win a visit from Salva Dut (from this year’s Pentathlon book, A Long Walk to Water), as well as helping to provide hundreds of people in South Sudan with clean water.



Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

Discovery is having a Drive-Up Texas Roadhouse fundraiser next Friday, October 6th from 5-7pm in the TLC Carline. Each meal is $12 and we are doing pre-orders only, so please respond by Monday, October 2nd at 8am.


Meals consist of your choice of:

Chicken or Pulled Pork

with coleslaw, corn, and bread


Mixed Bags Fundraiser

Mixed Bags have extended our period for online fundraising through the end of December. That means you can make your holiday purchases through Mixed Bags and 40% of the sale will go directly toward helping our DCS students have the experience of an outdoor education. Here is a link to my website from which you can access the shop:

Thank you in advance for your support.



PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Oct. 2

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Beef and Bean Tortilla Casserole

Wed – Grilled Mac and Cheese

Thurs – Chicken Patty Sandwich

Fri. – Chicken Noodle Casserole





Pre K


This week on TK island the little fishies have ventured out and swam across the United States learning about important U.S. Symbols, like the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Washington Monument, and the Liberty Bell.  They had a grand old time learning different songs that represent our country and marching in a parade waving their US flags so proudly. This land is made for you and me!





This week on TK island the little fishes have ventured out and swam across the United States learning about important U.S. Symbols, like the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Washington Monument, and the Liberty Bell.  They had a grand old time learning different songs that represent our country and marching in a parade waving their US flags so proudly. This land is made for you and me!



Primary Charter


Initial Phase:

Ask your student to tell you what they learned about in science this week! We have been learning about the five senses. We even did an apple tasting where we used our five senses to describe what an apple smells like, tastes like, feels like, looks like, and sounds like! Students used their five senses to explore our garden too! Have your child tell you about their experiences learning about and using their five senses this week!



Phase 2:

Wow!! Our 4th grade leadership students would like to THANK everyone for their generous supply donations.  They collected and sorted the supplies on Friday afternoon and were so excited to see how much we got!  We will be mailing them to the Houston Independent School District next week.


Don’t forget: Wednesday, October 11th will be an early release day for our homecoming parade! All PCS students will be released at 1:00 that day!








Things are beginning to get busy at Discovery.  All classes are in full swing with projects with the SWO cover pages being due and the entire school is getting ready for Homecoming.


Dates and events to remember:

Texas Roadhouse Meals to go.  Orders are due by Friday, September 29.  Dinner can be picked up in the TLC carline on Friday, October 6th  between 5 and 7pm.

Homecoming: Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The 5/6 theme is Kwanza.    If you would like to volunteer your time or supplies, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.


The week of Homecoming is also sprit week. The themes are as follows:

Monday, October 9- Sports Day

Tuesday, October 10- Disney Day

Wednesday, October 11-Homecoming

Thursday, October 12-Neon Day

Friday, October 13- Den Color Day


Students received paper work for TLC’S Read Across America Read-A-Thon. This begins on Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 13.  Every student who reads will be awarded Den points and there is a Grand Prize for the top reader and fund raiser. Please contact your child’s Language Arts teacher for more information.


Picture Make-Up day is Tuesday, October 10th


This is a busy time of year. Please check your student’s agenda daily for more information on coming events, and so that assignments and/or important due dates are not missed due to the amount of activity this time of year brings.





Language Arts:


This week in Language Arts, we are completing our first rotation of our 3-book book club series. Students will be meeting in groups to discuss what they read, and they will be choosing a project to go with it as well. We are also continuing our study of African culture, music, and history. Every week, students are improving their writing skills with the weekly essay and expanding their vocabulary with new words every week. Ask your student about their essay topics each week! We are learning new things about our world from the topics and new writing strategies weekly.


Don’t forget:

  • Our Spelling Bee is coming up!
  • Read a Thon begins next Monday October 2! Raffle tickets will be given to students for each 60 minutes read.



Last week, the students of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) tallied up the donations brought in for the East of Eden Animal Rescue donation drive and counted a total of 469 items! In just a week’s time, that’s AMAZING! Each den competed with one another to collect the most items for this wonderful organization and we are so proud of the results! Good work students!






We had a great attendance at our annual Financial Aid Information night for parents and students.  While most of the information is mostly relevant to parents of 12th graders, it’s never too early to start planning and saving for college expenses for your child. In fact, the earlier you start planning, the better! Some helpful websites to visit to explore careers, colleges, and how to finance your child’s college education at: and

Thank you to all of those who attended.  This upcoming week, Counselors will be visiting senior classes to present on important dates and deadlines for the Class of 2018.  The college application process and post high school plans will be discussed.



College Early Start starting soon!

This Thursday, October 5th there will be an information meeting for students who are interested in starting the process for taking Spring 2018 Delta College classes while in high school. The meeting will be during lunch in room A2. Parents will be able to visit our website for more information on how to participate in the program at:



Community Service Opportunities this weekend!

YAC – Youth Advisory Council is conducting a park clean up Saturday September 30th from 9am – 12pm at Hoyt Park. Students can show up to help and ask for Yuvleen Kaur (11th grade MHS Student)


T n J Tutoring is having a community event this Saturday September 30th from 10am – 12pm. There will be lots of giveaways for the community in need such as food, blankets, clothing, etc. Need volunteers to help with the event (Set up, clean up, and promoting to the public. Stop by 320 W. 11th Street Tracy, CA 95376 and check in with Jacqueline Thomas or call/email 209.914.5800 for more details.



PSAT Testing 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, but we currently have about 20 spots left – 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. Get free prep at