Charter Chatter A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC
Oct. 29, 2017 Vol 12
This year our theme for Red Ribbon
Week is that BETTER CHOICES = BEST RESULTS. This is a great slogan for this year in particular. Our students are learning the benefit of good choices in the classroom on a daily basis with our new program of Restorative Justice. We are helping students realize that when they are a distraction in the classroom, they are not only hurting their own learning, they are taking time and attention from the class and they are not allowing us to maximize learning. The students are realizing that they can help one another make better choices. Some of our student serve on our review committee that look at the students who are acquiring more than negative twenty points in our middle school and high school classes. These students ask questions, give advice and suggest ways to improve. They have had an impact on the effectiveness our teachers are having in the classroom. Better choices, serves all of us. The more a student focuses on the right things, the better it is for all of us. I especially liked all of the posters our Primary students made to celebrate the theme. They are helping all of us reflect on the choices we are making and allow us to ask, is this choice going to lead to better results? In reality some of our choices are not actually wrong, but they may not lead to the best result. Forcing ourselves to work harder, think more, give more than we are comfortable doing may help us all experience the best results.
General School News
Production Pleased to Announce: Choir and Drama Students will be presenting their first Discovery Performance Showcase on November 6, 2017 At Kimball Auditorium in two sections; Mr. Dougherty will offer his choir performance from 6:30-7:15 or 7:30 A short intermission will follow Ms. Dane’s Drama classes will perform from 7:30 or 7:45 – 8:30 Singing, Dancing, Poetry, Reader’s Theater and Video will show what students have been working on during the trimester. Tickets are free to family and friends. Special performances include; dances, piano, trumpet, ukelele, American Sign Language, My Shot from Hamilton, You’re Welcome from Moana, Lightning Larry and Monkey’s Paw reader’s theater plays and examples of video taped classroom performances.
Next Holiday Veteran’s Day Friday Nov. 10, 2017
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.
|PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week Oct. 30 – Nov. 3
Mon. – Pizza
Tues. – Cheesy Goulash
Wed – Sloppy Grilled Cheese
Thurs – Chicken Taquitos
Fri. – Beef, Gravy and Mash Potatoes
This week on our TK island, you’ll find witches and green monsters running amok! We have eagerly been crafting spooky decorations in preparation for Halloween, and are very excited about our upcoming class parade! In fact, we’ve been practicing a magical pumpkin song that we can’t wait to perform for our parents. It’s been pumpkins, witches and goblins galore..and we can’t wait for even more spooky fun next week!
Initial Phase: October is a fun month for so many reasons. But one of our favorite things about October is exploring pumpkins! Students learned all about pumpkins this week! They even got to look inside a pumpkin that was cut open lengthwise! Ask your student what they observed while looking inside the pumpkin. Students also learned the parts of a pumpkin and labeled a pumpkin they made out of construction paper. Ask your student to tell you the parts of a pumpkin! We have even been able to watch the lifecycle of a pumpkin in the garden next to our classroom! We have had lots of pumpkin fun this week; don’t forget to ask your child what they learned about pumpkins!
Phase one students had a fun Red Ribbon Week! Our slogan this year was Better Choices = Best Results. On Monday, Students received their red bracelets and helped create the PCS cup design on our fence. On Tuesday, students helped create a poster in which they pledged to make the right choices. On Wednesday we had a door decorating contest! P6 won the contest! Congratulations P6! On Thursday, we wore red! Friday, we had our Read-a-thon results announced during unity. Thank you for all of your continued support! So far the Read-a-thon raised about $11,072! This money will be used to purchase technology for our students! Thanks again! Please remember that our Halloween parade will be on Tuesday, October21st.
Phase 2 students are excited about our upcoming field trip on November 1st! If you were selected as a chaperone, we ask that you please pay the $30 fee. This week in science, we learned more about biomes and how different animals adapt to their environment. We are asking for students to please bring in 2 liter bottles for an upcoming project in science. Thank you!
Discovery Discovery Charter School This has been a busy week for Discovery students. The end of trimester one is just around the corner and students are busy preparing for tests, projects and SWOs. Please continue to check your student’s agenda regularly for information on upcoming due dates. Upcoming events: Monday, October 30, 2017 Hearing Van Tuesday, October 31- Primary trick or treats Friday, November 3rd is the last day of Trimester 1 Please be on the lookout for information that will be coming home regarding Trimester 1 conferences. Ms. Dane and her Drama students gave Discovery a preview of the upcoming Choir/Drama show that is being held at Kimball High School Auditorium on Monday, November 6. Choir will perform at 6:30 pm, with Drama performing at 7:30. Here are few pictures for a preview. Hope to see all of you there!
- All students: The first SWO and first trimester community service hours are due next Thursday (11/2)
- Red Ribbon Week is next week! Discovery will be having Red Ribbon week starting Monday, October 30th and it will go till Friday, November 3rd. Our slogan this year will be BETTER CHOICES = BEST RESULTS. Don’t forget to dress up for spirit days!
- First trimester grades drop between November 6-8th; make sure your students has completed and turned in all missing assignments!
CJSF: Next week, the students of our DHSP California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) will be kicking off their annual week long coin drive. This year the students decided to donate the money collected to those affected by hurricanes Irma and Maira in Puerto Rico. They will also be collecting any new or “like new” stuffed animals to comfort the children who lost so much. We’ll be partnering with another organization already sending a shipment of goods to Puerto Rico. Language Arts: Students are working on their final projects for our first novel, A Long Walk to Water, as the first trimester comes to a speedy close. All classes have begun our next novel, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, an awe-inspiring work that recounts the life of a uniquely talented young boy.
8th Grade Parent Night – November 1st The Counselors visited DHSP students this week to share information about Millennium High School. DHSP parents are invited to attend our 8th Grade Parent Night on Wednesday, November 1st from 5:30-6:30pm at the temporary high school campus at 1904 N. Corral Hollow Rd. in room A-2. Parents of students who do not attend DHSP are invited to attend the second session beginning at 6:30pm in room A-1. College Early Start – Begin the process to take a college class this Spring!
On Thursday, October 5th there was an informational meeting for students who are interested in starting the process for taking Spring 2018 Delta College classes while in high school. Students and parents may visit our website for more information on how to participate in the program at: https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/college-early-start.html Forms are available in the Counseling Office as well. Students new to the program are encouraged to apply ASAP! There are many steps to the process, and CES Forms are due to the Counseling Office by Monday, November 6th. ***Please note: The Saturday, October 28th assessment has been rescheduled due to a power outage scheduled in the area on that day. The test will be held on November 4th at 8:30am on the Mountain House campus. Students may sign up with their Delta ID at the Counseling Office.*** Upcoming Community Service Opportunities Make a Difference Day – Arbor Day WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 9:00am WHERE: Lincoln Park, Tracy, CA (East St. & Eaton Ave.) Volunteers are needed to help plant trees AND paint fire hydrants all over Tracy. Please bring shovels, gloves, and a water bottle. For additional community service events this month, please see our website at: https://millenniumhscounseling.weebly.com/community-service.html