TLC Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC

logoSept. 14, 2018                                                                                               Vol 6

Virginia Stewart


More introductions from some of our awesome leaders….



IMG_2646 (1)My name is Ms. Takeuchi (Ms. T) and during my time here at TLC I have had the privilege of teaching in K/1 and 4th Grade at PCS and for the last 8 years, I have made a home in Discovery. I am a full time teacher and I also am the Learning Director for 5/6, Department Math Chair for 5th-8th and am the DCS 5/6 Leadership teacher. I hold a CA teaching credential, have my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership & Administration and will be finishing up my CA Administrative Credential in April.

One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to watch our kids transition, progress and gain confidence throughout their time in DCS. Entering 5th grade is always a new challenge for kids but we teach grit and push them to expand and stretch their learning capabilities. We take our students to new heights and we teach them to soar on their own by the time they leave us.

I look forward to working closely with you to build a strong home/school connection in order to ensure your child’s year in Discovery is successful!
Please feel free to contact me at any time



hjgHello, my name is Dan Saldate. I am the Director of Millennium High School and have been with the Tracy Learning Center for 16 years. I was one of the original teachers hired to open the high school and have been honored to be a part of its growth, development and success over the years. I began as a Social Studies teacher and was promoted to Director 13 years ago. I am thrilled that I still get to be in a classroom teaching in addition to my administrative responsibilities. I hold two bachelors degrees in Social Studies and  History as well as a Masters degree in Education Administrative Services. I have been married for 13 years to my wife Aryel who is also a teacher at MHS. We have two sons who attend Discovery.





kjMy name is Elizabeth Ernst and the have worked at the Tracy Learning Center since 2006. I have taught English to grades 5-12. I received my bachelors degree from Humphrey’s College in Stockton  and my masters in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.  In my spare time I love to travel, read, and do anything outdoors.





jhgHi! My name is Tywania Griffin and I am one of the High School Leaders at MHS. I moved to California from Delaware in June 2007 and I came to Millennium High School in 2013 as a math teacher. I teach multiple math classes as well as computer programming. I enjoy being involved in the many different experiences that our school has to offer; from teaching to coaching and even DJing school dances. I am very happy to be a part of the TLC family and I am very excited about being a leader at the high school.




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Tracy Learning Center Preschool & PCS Cruise Fundraiser


All proceeds will go towards our preschool expansion and ongoing debt.

Each raffle ticket is sold for $100.00. The student who sells the most raffle tickets will receive a free Chromebook.

The grand prize is a 5 night cruise for 4 on Princess Cruise Lines. The winner will be announced on September 17, 2018 on Tracy Learning Center Preschool’s Facebook Live.

All raffle ticket stubs (the part where they write their name) should be turned in with money on September 14th, 2018.

Checks can be made payable to Tracy Learning Center

Additional tickets may be requested by emailing Alejandra Garcia (


Cruise destinations: (Dates Vary)


5 Days Cabo San Lucas Getaway

Port: Los Angeles


5 Days West Coast Getaway with San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico

Port: San Francisco



New Board Member Position Opening

If you are interested in interviewing for a position as a member of the TLC Board of directors, please submit a resume and a letter of interest to the front office at the Beverly site.   The Board is seeking one member for its nine-member board.  The terms for this position are unlimited.  The Board meets once a month on the second Monday of the month.





Hearing Van

We will have our yearly Hearing Van Visit on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. All Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th and 10th Graders will have their hearing tested.



Upcoming Picture Days


All re-takes are on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018


Next Parents Club Meeting

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at 6:30pm in P2


Wacky Wallet Flyer


Parents 4 TLC is very excited to announce our first Wacky Wallet Wednesday!!!


Join Parents 4 TLC at FOUR select locations for coffee, lunch, dinner and/or dessert and a portion of your purchase will come back to the school!!


The participating locations are Barista’s, The Upper Room, Mountain Mike’s (Schulte Location; Pick up or Dine-In ONLY), and Aldo’s!!!


Barista’s is giving back all day from 5 am until they close at 6 pm, The Upper Room from 11 am to 9 pm,  Aldo’s from 11 am to 10 pm, and Mountain Mike’s on Schulte is giving back for every order after 2 pm for all Dine-In or Pick-Up Orders.  


All you have to do is present a copy of this flyer for your purchase to count!!  We will have stacks of the flyers at each location in case you forget yours, and make sure to tell your friends and family!!  Participants do NOT have to have a student attending TLC for their purchases to count!!!

See you all next Wednesday!!

Parents 4 TLC



Lunch Menu – Week Sept. 17 – 21

Mon. –  Pizza

Tues. – Chicken Nuggets and Mashed Potatoes

Wed- Cheese Ravioli

Thurs – Beef and Gravy and Mashed Potatoes

Fri – Beef or Vegi Burger






This week, we studied the four seasons. We created a Seasons Book, which highlighted each of the seasons: for Winter, we pasted snowball cotton balls to icy, dormant trees; for Spring, we finger-painted bright, beautiful blossoms to the trees; for Summer, we used scraps of green paper to awaken the branches, and for Autumn, yellow, red and brown sticker leaves went aflutter! We also sorted photos of clothing items, food and weather to match their proper season. Plus, we watched some season-themed videos!

Initial Phase

What is a marble party? A marble party is a reward that the class earns by working together as a team. The teachers set a goal for the amount of marbles the class needs to earn in order to have a marble party. So far we have increased our goal 3 times this year—we have a really awesome class! Our latest goal to earn a party is 40 marbles. The class earns marbles by EVERYONE following classroom rules and procedures. Having a straight & quiet line, working quietly, following directions, and having good transitions are a few examples of how the class can earn marbles.

Phase One

Phase One is enjoying learning about Native Americans! This week they focused on Native Americans from the Northwest Coast. They learned about where they lived, food they ate, and what their homes were like. The students also made a fun totem pole craft. We will learn about a new group next week.


Phase One Snack:

We believe that a healthy snack helps students stay alert and energetic for learning. It also helps us focus on the benefits of healthy choices and healthy eating. We ask each student to take a turn providing a healthy snack for our classroom. Students will be assigned a day to bring snack. This schedule will go home in the green folder as well as in the weekly newsletter. Please bring in 44 pre-packaged snacks, NO DRINKS. We are asking that students bring in a labeled water bottle daily.

  • Examples of healthy snacks: pretzels, fruit cups, applesauce, fresh fruit, granola bars, breakfast bars, trail mix, popcorn, goldfish crackers, etc.
  • Snack should be individually wrapped. You may decide to buy bulk and bag up 44 individual snacks if you would like.
  • Please DO NOT send: cookies, chips, donuts, cupcakes, chocolate, Rice Krispy treats, fruit snacks or other high sugar treats. We will not be able to hand out these items as a snack.

Phase 2

Does your phase 2 student know how to tell time to the minute and count money?  These are ongoing concepts that can easily be practiced at home.  We would also like them to be able to figure elapsed time, meaning how much time has passed.  Randomly quiz your child on the time and see how they do!

Phase 2 AR goals are due on Friday the 21st.  Students who meet their goal will get a special treat the following Monday!  Please make sure you are checking on your child’s weekly AR progress by signing their chart that comes home on Friday.




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General Reminders:


  • For any 7/8 grade students interested in attending our Washington D.C. trip planned for Spring Break 2019: There is an informational meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 5:30-6:00 in Ms. Sabedra’s room (D-8).
  • Homecoming is the first week of October

Language Arts:

Students worked in stations this week for their first art unit! They learned all about different variations of shading, art history, and famous artists. (Pictured Below: Students working on a station for art)



Social Studies:

Students are learning about the Berlin Wall this week!



Students are learning about angle bisectors and linear equations.




MHS Counseling News


PSAT Testing –Sign up today!

The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 7:30am-11:30am. Sign-ups for the PSAT have begun. The test fee is $18.00 and is due when you sign up for the test in the Millennium High School Counseling Office (Room A-2). For questions, please call the Millennium High School Counseling Office at (209) 627-8299 or email: