TLC Charter Chatter

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A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC


Jan. 12, 2018                                                                                                                                Vol 20

Virginia Stewart


Proposition 64 is now law and recreational use of Marijuana for persons 21 or older is now considered legal from a “State” perspective. What does this mean for your county, your district, and/or your school? How will you address these changes?


The long and short answer is that not much has change for schools with the passage of Proposition 64. For schools precedent has been set by Federal Laws outlined in the Drug Free Schools Act and by California Education Code.


  1. Federal law still considers marijuana to be an illegal substance and in California must be kept 1000 feet away from campuses.
  2. California education code has not been modified or changed in anyway related to student marijuana offenses.
  3. The 1997 Opinion from the Attorney Generalstill provides guidance regarding expulsions for first offenses possession of marijuana. This no longer results in expulsion, but it is considered a matter for disciplinary action.
  4. Tracy Learning Center has moved to a restorative justice approach for students who have violated drug and alcohol policies and this is  considered a BEST PRACTICE approach in education today. Our goal as educators needs to be addressing barriers that are preventing students from being successful in school. Exclusionary policies tend to do the opposite and negatively impact minority students at a greater rate than other subgroups.


It remains the belief of the Tracy Learning Center that Marijuana use among teens is harmful in that it reduces motivation and connectedness with issues of importance for success in school.


Misc. Announcements


Next Holiday – Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 – Martin Luther King Day


MHS Cheer Camp

It’s mini cheer camp just in time for basketball season. Begins Monday January 29th thru the 31st 4:30-6:00 pm. Performance is Thursday February 1st at 6:00. Performance will be during half time.
Cost is $45 per participant and includes, learning chants and dance, poms, hair bow, t-shirt and entrance to game.
For more information contact Coach Denise at



Sick Students

Just a reminder…please does not send your child to school until he/she has been 24 hours fever free. We continue to have kids tell us his/her parent gave them fever reducing medication that morning before school.

If your child is suffering  from fever, body aches,  sore throat and or  continues coughing he or she is most likely contagious and we really ask that you keep your sick children home for his/her recovery and to reduce the risk of spreading this illness.



2018 Crab Feed


Happy New Year 2018! Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy year.




Tickets to the February 3, 2018 Tracy Learning Center Crab Feed are on sale now!

Tickets are $50.00 per person, or a table of eight is $400.00. Table reservations include pre-assigned seating and your name or company name prominently displayed on your table.

The doors of the Portuguese Hall will open at 6:00 p.m. for a no-host cocktail hour. Your delicious crab dinner served with salad, pasta and bread will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Through so much generosity we have amazing raffle baskets and silent auction items.  Then put on your dancing shoes and hit the dance floor until 12:00 a.m.


If you would like to donate items to our raffle baskets and/or our dessert auction please reach out to me.

Donna Baker (209) 321-9157 via text or


Big Kudos to Tiffany Alexander who has secured many of our early raffle items including Disnelyand Tickets and The Pelican Family for our awesome banners.





PCS/DCS Lunch Menu  Week Jan. 15 – 19

Mon. –  Holiday

Tues. – Pizza ——— This is a correction, our lunch calendar had a mistake

Wed – No Meat Spaghetti

Thurs –Chicken Patti Sandwich

Fri- Doritos Casserole








This week on TK island we’ve had a lot of great visitors visit the island.  We had a sheriff deputy, firefighter, dentist, produce worker, dance instructor, reiki energy healer, hair stylist, and a FedEx driver.


The little fishies had an amazing time learning from all of these wonderful community helpers and they absolutely loved that they were able to be models and touch some of their tools and gear.


Also, the little fishies loved learning how to be prepared in case of an emergency and who to call if it is an emergency.  Thank you to all the community helpers that made our week so special and enjoyable; full of lots of important information.

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Primary Charter


REMINDER: No school this Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


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!



Phase 2:

Our phase 2 students are learning about government and the different roles and responsibilities of our elected leaders.  This is a great topic to talk about with your child…discuss different laws, rules, and why we have those laws.  You’ll be surprised with what they know!

Our students are working on creating mandalas in art and the colors and details are amazing!  Good job!

Remember, we are asking phase 2 students to create and wear a “100th day” shirt for Thursday.  We’re excited to see their creativity!











Discovery School

The first full week of 2018 has passed and things are busy!  We have had a lot of rain, so students were forced to eat inside Monday and Tuesday.  The field is muddy so recess will be limited to the concrete areas, but at least students will be able to be outside.

Students continue to bring in bottles for the Water for Sudan project. The amounts are impressive!

Please remember the mother and son dance is Saturday, February 17th.  If you are interested, please have your student pick up a flyer from their homeroom teacher with all of the pertinent information.

Sumatran Top Den Earners



Please remember to check your student’s agenda for due dates and upcoming assignments.  If you have any question, please do not hesitate to email your student’s teachers.                                                                                                                                                                                           










Charter Chatter Week of January 8-January 12, 2018


General Reminders:

-Honors students will be taking the PSAT on Tuesday, January 23 and will need to stay later on that day (pickup at 5:15)

– SWO Second Trimester has been assigned, please ask your students what their African Topic is

-Community Service hours are due in March!



Welcome back!!! With the New Year underway, students are having a blast in PE playing Eclipse Ball, Field Hockey and Olympic Handball! Please be on the lookout in “Aeries” for a “Skills Test” for 5/6 & a “Written Test” for 7/8 next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, depending on  the “Rainy Weather.”  Study Guides & Videos will be provided on our teacher website: for students to refer to as Study Guides WILL BE also printed out and given for Coach Penirian, Coach Easterday and Coach Williams!  Also, as a friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be bringing warm clothes for PE, extra socks/shoes and still applying “Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; even though it is cold out as they still do sweat during the day! J


Language Arts:

This week, students received their Trimester 2 SWO and their topics. They should begin to learn about their topics and commence research for their first assignment (Annotated Citations List — at least 6 sources) due January 23. Students learned this week how to do the assignment, but may not receive much time in class to work on it. Please make sure your student is working on this important project at home as much as possible. Please emphasize the importance of sticking to deadlines and budgeting time wisely to get their work done. In addition, students received their next essay, new vocabulary, and are continuing on in the book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. If your student is planning to participate in Academic Pentathlon competition this year, encourage them to study their notes. Memorization will not lead to a deeper understanding of these difficult concepts; the more they read their notes and take the time to understand what they mean, the better your student will perform at competition and remember later on.






MHS Counseling News


California Scholarship Federation Applications Due 1/17

If your student is interested in joining Millennium’s chapter of this state-wide honors society, please have them visit the Counseling Office for an application.  Applications for spring semester membership are due on Wednesday, January 17th.  Membership is based on rigor of coursework and grades from fall semester.  Please e-mail Ms. Moore at if you have any questions.







California State Summer School for
Mathematics and Science

Program Dates: SUMMER 2018
July 8-August 4, 2018
*UCI closing date is August 3rd, 2018

COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities, while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools. Through challenging curricula that are both hands-on and lab intensive, COSMOS fosters its students’ interests, skills, and awareness of educational and career options in STEM fields.

Students apply to one of the four University of California’s COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz. While each campus employs the best practices in STEM education, the curriculum of each program builds on the unique teaching and research expertise of its faculty and host campus. Each campus can only accommodate about 160-200 participants, so selection is competitive. A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. Students must have achieved academic excellence.  Applications are open now at:



College Early Start starting soon! Classes begin the week of January 22nd through May 24th

Students needing to purchase textbooks can visit:



Tuition Reimbursements

Tuition reimbursements for the Fall 2017 semester is now being processed. Please have your student complete the reimbursement form and submit proof of payment and grade report of a B or higher.



7th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show

The 7th Annual TLC’s Got Talent Show will take place on Thursday February 15, 2018 at The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts (located at 715 N. Central Ave Tracy, CA 95376). The show will begin at 6:30PM, and doors open at 6:00PM. General Admission cost is $9.00. Tickets will go on sale a month prior to the show.