TLC Charter Chatter
A weekly newsletter written to parents of the TLC
March 5 2019 Vol 26
Last year our students here at Discovery Charter School participated in a fundraiser called Water for South Sudan. Led by their South Sudan team, WFSS provides access to clean water and hygiene education. After reading the book, A LONG WALK TO WATER, students and teachers alike were inspired by Salva’s story and wanted to help his organization build more new wells for areas of need in South Sudan. Our goal was to raise $5000 by the end of June 2018; the money would be used to help co-sponsor the drilling of a new well for a village in South Sudan. The students in 5th/6th started to bring in their own recyclables from home and every Friday those bags would be turned into the local recycling center to be converted to cash. 7/8 students collected empty water bottles from our own campus and those too were placed in bags to be sent to the centers. Not only did we raise the $5000, but we raised it all by February 28th, 2018 and raised a total of $5,745! Although the money was all raised, we had to wait until the start of drilling season, which would not be until late December 2018.
I am excited to share with you all that the well our students helped co-sponsor has finally finished! They have sent pictures of the finished well that includes our own school’s name on it: Discovery Charter School. Our students were beyond excited seeing pictures of their school name on the well they helped create. Since the creation of WFSS, they have drilled over 350 wells, and ours is the 354th well. Our well is located in the village of Adiaujook in Ror-kou, Tonj, South Sudan and the village chief is Wek Wek Angong. None of this would have happened without the determination and passion of our students. I am in awe of how our students went above and beyond to help a village, located thousands of miles away, gain access to clean, safe water and a new future to the people in Adiaujook, South Sudan.
I want to personally thank all the students who helped last year and to all parents who helped give support to our cause and encouraged the determination of our students throughout this.
WE HAVE RECEIVED ONLY A FEW SURVEYS SO WE ARE AGAIN REQUESTING PARENTS TO PLEASE ACCESS THESE SURVEYS AND FILL THEM OUT.
Lunch Menu for this week…. YUM!
Lunch Menu – Week Mar. 4 – 8
Mon. – Pizza
Tues- Teriyaki Meatballs
Wed- Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Thurs – Beef or Vegi Hamburger
Fri –Mashed Potato Casserole
PARENTS 4 TLC
Our next Wacky Wallet Wednesday is March 20th, so mark your calendars! If there are any restaurants that you would like to see, please let us know.
Save the date – Friday, June 14th is our next Family Movie Night in the gym (movie to be determined)! Concessions will be available for purchase. We will be raffling off some great baskets again, as well as a 50/50 raffle!
Just a reminder, Parents 4 TLC collects and donates ALL items left in Lost & Found monthly.
Don’t forget about the passive ways you can fundraise for the school:
www.smile.amazon.com and select Tracy Learning Center (now available on mobile devices)
www.officedepot.com will donate 5% of purchases (must specify Primary, Discovery or Millennium after each purchase)
Our next meeting is Monday, March 18th at 6:30 in P2, hope to see you there!
This week, our TK students continued their exploration of science tools.They investigated force and motion, magnets, and gravity. Plus, they created simple machines. Their science vocabulary was expanded, as they rehearsed the use of such words, as: friction, push/pull, and north/south. Our classroom was brimming with bright, inquisitive scientists!
We concluded our week with a fun-filled celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss. We participated in several different Seuss-tastic games and activities, and even tasted green eggs and ham! Check out our Instagram account for some photos of this fun-filled day!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” (Dr. Seuss) P2 had so much fun reading a wide variety of Dr. Seuss books this week. We ended our week with pajama day and FUN Dr. Seuss themed centers! Check out our instagram to see some pictures of all the fun!
The next two weeks will be review weeks. Please review all previously learned sight words with your student. Reviewing is key in ensuring that mastery is achieved. Trimester two conferences will be held the week of March 11th. We will send home your assigned time on Monday.
Conferences are around the corner and you should have received the sign up sheet in your child’s red folder on Monday. If you have not already turned in your conference sign up sheet please do so by Monday! Conferences are a great way to get more insight into your child’s performance in school. The teachers enjoy getting to sit down with parents and discuss all that your child has accomplished. This is also a great time for you as parents to ask the teachers any questions or bring up any concerns you may have. The teachers will be sending out our final scheduled times on Monday in red folders.
The Phase One classes celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by wearing pajamas, reading their favorite Dr. Seuss book, eating fun Dr. Seuss inspired snacks and various other activities.
Parents, trimester 2 conferences are coming up so please return your conference sign up sheet. Teachers will try their best to accommodate everyone’s schedules.
Our Phase 2 students are working on our energy and motion unit in science.
In Spanish, our classes are working on how to have a conversation and even how to tell time in Spanish. We’ve learned about sound, light, forces, and other forms of energy in science. All of our classes also celebrated one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss!
Discovery Middle School ⅚
5th-8th Grade DCS Physical Education:
Students are Enjoying their “Final Rotation” of Drum Fit, Fitness & Ramp Shot!!! Please take a second to look at the following Letter as our “DCS Annual Jog-A-Thon” is coming up soon in May & we are now looking for sponsors!!!!
To whom it may concern:
Here at the Tracy Learning Center, our Physical Education and art programs strive to encourage health and wellness for a lifetime. The Tracy Learning Center believes in teaching the mind and body from a young age to stay fit and eat healthy. Our Primary students receive physical education every day for 35 minutes and our middle school students receive physical education for 48 minutes. We teach our students that it is important to take care of their bodies physically, socially, and mentally no matter their age.
Tracy Learning Center, is currently planning our 5th annual Jog-A-Thon to raise funds for our education programs. Both schools Primary (k-4th grade) and Discovery (5-8th grade) would like to raise funds to help purchase supplies for our music and art electives as well as PE equipment. We are currently seeking sponsorships for our event t-shirts. We would like to supply a t-shirt to each participant that will display their “race day bib,” keeping track of how many laps they complete on the front. Each of our sponsors will have their logos proudly displayed on the back of each shirt!
On behalf of Primary and Discovery Charter, we would like to invite your company to help promote our youth’s healthy active lifestyles by being a proud sponsor of this event. We are asking for a $250-$500 donation ($250 = your logo printed on 400 shirts, $500 = your logo printed on 800 shirts) to help us purchase our shirts and sponsor our event. The Jog-A-Thon will take place on Friday, May 10th, 2019. If you are interested in being a sponsor please contact me at email@example.com or call me at (209) 290-0511 .
The Discovery Charter School greatly appreciates your time, support, and consideration. Our federal tax ID number is 68-0479762.
Thank you for your support.
Maegan Penirian &The Physical Education Staff at the Tracy Learning Center
Also, as a quick friendly reminder, please remind students that they should be applying “Deodorants/Antiperspirants/Baby Powder or Sanitary Wipes” in the morning before they are coming to school and showering daily; as their bodies have already begun puberty even though there may be no signs of it showing physically!!!! Thank You!!! 🙂
Your Dedicated DCS Falcon PE Staff
⅚ Upcoming Dates to Know:
SWO Tri-Fold Board: Please bring in your Tri-Fold boards next week so we can start building our Career Fair boards in class
March 9th. 5/6 Science Olympiad
A Glance into ⅚ Classrooms:
Social Studies Update Reminder:
On Tuesday, Feb 19th, DCS welcomed Mr. Ricotta who joined our team as our new and permanent Social Studies teacher in ⅚. Mr. Ricotta has 10 years of teaching experience and has wowed the kids already with not only his Social Studies knowledge, but his ability to speak fluent Korean. If you need to contact Mr. Ricotta, his e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Science with Ms. Diaz Reminder: Dear TLC parents and guardians, 5/6th grade science now has its very own science blog website. Come check it out to read the great blog posts covering various scientific topics that students have written for your learning and enjoyment. Get ready to be entertained and amazed!
Choir with Mr. Dougherty
The Trimester 2 concert was a huge success. All the students gave their best. The concert was filled with a variety of performances. Each of my trimester 2 classes contributed to the concert in a unique way by performing with boomwhackers, or bucket drums, or singing. We ended the concert with two songs performed by a combined choir featuring student from all of my trimester 2 classes. I want to give a special thanks to Mrs. Watson and Miss Zaca for managing the students and the Ms. Dane for organizing a video team. Thank you for always showing your support.
Ms. T’s Classes for SWO:
Reminder Ms. T’s classes will host their Career Fair on Friday, March 22nd in the TLC gym from 9:00-10:30 AM. All parents are welcome to come check out this event!
We started practicing our public speaking skills this week in small groups and presented our findings in front of our class- we will continue to practice to get all of the jitters out before the big day!
*Please bring in Tri-Fold boards next week so we can start laying everything out
LA/Humanities with Ms. Rodieck:
Ms. Rodieck’s Language Arts and Humanities
We had fun learning how to play Quizlet Live while studying for our Humanities Unit Final we took on Thursday.
We also learned about WEB Du Bois while learning how to take a topic sentence and turn it into a Thesis Statement.
Varsity continued to read Freedom Riders, while Scholastic and Honors started reading Shooting the Moon. They also learned a little bit about Vietnam and how to play Gin Rummy – two of the topics in our next book.
Diagramming/Grammar, Weekly Vocabulary, and Weekly Quizzes in LA will continue next week.
DCS 7- 8
⅞ Upcoming Dates to Know:
March 4 8th grade Placement Test for Millenium
March 6 This is the last day of the 2nd Trimester
March 2nd 7/8 Science Olympiad
Spring Picture Day and Promotion Picture Day will be on Tuesday,
April 9, 2019.
Students worked hard to perfect their SWO speeches this week. They worked on outlining their speeches and ensuring that they were ready for their presentations.
Classes also continued to work on their language and mechanics skills by using our new online program, NoRedInk. This is an interactive program that allows students to hone their mechanical and technical language skills. Students are enjoying the challenge.
Language Arts with Mrs. Ernst
This is the last week of the trimester.Students are going to be presenting their SWO speeches beginning Friday 3/1. Please check with your student as to the day of their speech.They will need to be dressed in professional attire. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s English teacher.
8th grade students need to remember that not completing all of the SWO’s will result in the loss of the ability to participate in all promotion activities, such as Promotion, Cosmic Bowling, and Great America.
With Mr. Singh
Varsity- Doing unit- 6, Completed 6-1 Ratios and unit rates, 6-2 proportions, 6-3 similar figures and scale drawing, 6.-4 probability, 6-5 fractions ,decimals and percents, unit test of 6-1 to 6-5 done, completed 6-6 proportions and percents, 6-7 percents and equations, doing 6-8 percent of change.
Honors- Completed unit 7, doing unit 8 similarity
Scholastic-doing unit-6, completed 6-1 Identifying polynomials, 6-2 adding, 6-3 subtracting polynomials, doing 6-4 multiplying monomials
Science with Ms. Dominguez:
This week, 5/6 and 7/8 Science are gearing up for Science Olympiad. All of the students are getting excited and nervous about their events. I have seen so much creativity and excellent examples of teamwork over the last couple of weeks as the kids have prepped for this fun event. I’m looking forward to this weekend, and watching our students perform. All parents are welcome to attend the event with their student. Any donations of snacks and water bottles would be appreciated!
7/8 Science Olympiad – March 2nd at McNair High School (students must arrive by 7:30-7:45am)
5/6 Science Olympiad – March 9th at McNair High School
Social Studies with Ms. Zaca
Did you know if you cannot afford a lawyer to represent you in court, the state can provide you one? Did you also know that if you wanted to, you don’t need a lawyer to represent you if you chose not to? All this is made possible for us because of the 6th amendment! This week students dived right into the Bill of Rights: the first ten amendments to our constitution. Students learned about how the Bill of Rights were created to protect American’s basic rights from an intrusive government. After reading about the amendments, students participated in a group activity where they had to identify which amendment offered protections in each scenario. Afterwards, students were given copies of the Preamble and will be need to memorize it for Tuesday’s test. Have you had your child recite the preamble to you yet?
Technology with Ms. Ferguson
Technology is working on their final projects, where they are planning a 14 day RV trip, which is incorporates everything they’ve learned this trimester!
Choir with Mr. Dougherty
Mr Dougherty’s music classes had their Choir concert this week! Students practiced all week on their songs and bucket drumming.
Millennium High School
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T&J Educational Supplies and Tutoring Club
Offers FREE Tutoring During Black History Month
GRADES PRE-K THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
Reading • Math • Algebra I&2 • Geometry
320 W. 11th Street, Tracy, CA
Every Monday thru Thursday in February
3:30 – 6:30 PM
Meet Terry and Jackie Thomas!
Parking in rear!
San Joaquin Delta College – Delta Dream Conference
Delta Dream Conference Save the Date 8:30am-2:00pm. Saturday, February 23, 2019 at San Joaquin Delta College Tillie Lewis Theatre
5151 Pacific Avenue Stockton, CA 95207
Reserve your free spot at tinyurl.com/deltadream19
Join us at SJDC to learn more, please see the following link for event flyer:
Delta College Cash 4 College Event
The Delta College Financial Aid, Scholarships & Veterans Services Department is excited to announce our annual Cash 4 College Workshop on Wednesday, February 27th from 12pm to 6pm!
Students and their parents can drop-in anytime between 12:00pm – 6:00pm. We will have our entire Financial Aid Staff on site to guide students through completing their 2019-2020 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, and answer any questions they may have regarding financial aid. We will also have free food and prizes!! Please help spread the word to students regarding this wonderful opportunity to complete their financial aid application by March 2nd. The event will be in the Eservices Lab on the first floor of the DeRicco Building.
Please see the following link for event flyer:
Youth Advisory Commission (YAC) in currently Accepting Applications
The City of Tracy is currently accepting applications from teens and adults interested in serving on the Youth Advisory Commission (YAC). The Commission operates in an advisory capacity to the Recreation Division – Youth & Teen Services staff, the Parks and Community Services Commission, the City Council and other community groups on matters relating to youth in Tracy.
Members of YAC recommend and assist in the planning and implementation of youth programs and events and host forums on health, safety and recreation. Adult Commissioners will work with teens from all Tracy high schools, as well as City leaders and staff, to implement programs that positively impact the youth of our community. Adult Commissioners will also mentor the teens as they work with them on subcommittees and special projects. Both adult and teen commissioners attend monthly and scheduled meetings.
Youth Advisory Commission meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at Tracy City Hall, Room 203.
Teens between the ages of 14 to 18 and attending high school in Tracy, as well as adults that live in Tracy, are welcome to apply. Applications may be obtained at the Tracy City Hall, located at 333 Civic Center Plaza, or by visiting www.cityoftracy.org and clicking on the Elected Officials & Policy link.
The YAC application deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019.
Summer Delta College Early Start
There is a College Early Start Meeting for students on Monday, February 25th at 12:15 in Mr. Hunt and Mr. Singh’s room 204. If students are interested in taking summer classes at Delta College, they must attend this meeting! There will be an application workshop on Friday 3/1 at 12:00 in Room 204 so students can complete the next step in this process with help. Students should bring their SSN! Seniors applying/reapplying to Delta should also attend the application workshop and must sign up in the Counseling Office.
The Counseling Office hosted a drop-in FAFSA workshop on Thursday and assisted nine 12th grade students’ families in submitting their FAFSA before the upcoming March 2nd deadline. Completing this free online application on time during senior year is so important in order to be considered for college financial aid including grants, scholarships, work study and loans.
UC Merced Splash 2019-Saturday March 16, 2019 9:00AM-5:00PM
San Joaquin Delta College Application Workshop – March 1, 2019
A group of Millennium High School Seniors participated in a San Joaquin Delta College workshop today. Students were able to get a head start on the application process with the help of a Delta College representative.