2nd stop: CHS
3rd stop: 2nd
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Campbells Soup Labels.
Help our school earn extra $$$$
Turn them into your 6th period
Letter from the Principal
Dear Thunderbird Families,
Welcome to our incoming 5th grade
families! To help families transition into Tolt, we begin sending our
monthly newsletter to them after our 5th Grade Parent Night in March.
It was great to meet so many of our new families and share how we help
students to have positive middle school years.
We had many successful events
throughout March, including our final academic WEB follow-up on
cooperation, an after-school WEB social making friendship bracelets, a
packed concert featuring our middle school and elementary band
students, a professional recording by our choir students, a fun PTSA
game night, an assembly helping students to prevent cyberbullying and
harassment, a solid performance by our Math Team at the state
competition, and strong season finishes for our boys' basketball and
girls' soccer teams. We are thankful for your ongoing support so we can
provide these opportunities to our students.
Families of current 5th, 6th and 7th
grade students should have received a letter in the mail with your
student's math and language arts placement for the 2019/2020 school
year. These letters were mailed earlier than in previous years so our
pre-honors appeals process could be completed before summer. Next
criteria is very similar to what has been used in the
past. Note that this spring's SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment)
scores will be considered in pre-honors appeals decisions.
Our testing season is fast approaching.
Please mark your calendars to make sure your student is at school and
ready to do their best on testing days. 8th grade science testing will
take place the week of May 13th through May 17th. All students will
take the SBA Math exam on May 21st and 22nd. All students will take the
SBA Language Arts exams on May 29th and 30th.
It is always important for your student
to consistently be at school. Simply put, we can't help your student
learn when they aren't here. While assignments can be made up,
classroom experiences cannot be replicated. Your efforts to schedule
appointments outside of school hours, when possible, and to plan family
vacations during our breaks help your student maximize their learning.
Of course, please do keep your student home when they are sick. Thank
you to our families who prioritize good attendance.
Have a wonderful spring break!
Amie Karkainen, Principal
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Ear buds are a required school supply
that each student needs to have in their backpack at all times. Ear
buds are required for daily class projects as well as State testing in
ALL students will need a pair of ear
buds (wired headphones). Please note that Airpods and other wireless
headphones are not able to be used during State Testing.
Please check with your child to see if
they have ear buds in their backpack. Please be aware that ear buds are
sold by the PTSA at the student store on campus.
Thank you for continuing to guide your
child toward success!
the Dates: State Assessments
In May, Tolt students will participate
in the annual required state testing assessments.
Our main priority regarding the rules
of testing is that once a student begins testing on a certain day, that
student must finish testing that same day. It is important that
students attend school on time on testing days. We have limited make-up
days scheduled for those who are absent for reasons outside of their
control. However, please note that students perform better when they
test with their peers on the regular testing schedule rather than being
pulled from classes to make up a testing session. Plan to schedule any
medical, dental, etc., appointments for your child outside of the
testing window, or if unavoidable, in the afternoon on testing days. We
appreciate your help with this!
Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) - 8th Graders Only
The 8th grade Washington Comprehensive
Assessment of Science (WCAS)will be administered to Tolt 8th graders.
The testing will take place during the week of
May 13th through May
17th in the students' respective science class. The WCAS is an
untimed test taken on a computer; it usually takes students 90-120
minutes to complete.
Assessment (SBA) - 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
We continue our testing cycle with the
Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in math and English/Language Arts for
all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Testing sessions will take place in the
May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd, students will
take the two math portions of the test. The following week, students
will test on Wednesday, May
29th and Thursday, May 30th, completing the two
English/Language Arts portions of the test. Each test will be
provided a 120-minute window. All SBA testing is done on the computer.
If you have questions regarding the
state assessments, please call 425-844-4600 to speak with Assistant
Principal Tom Oldenburg. Parents may opt their children out the tests
but must come in person to Tolt's Counseling Center to complete a
Riverview School District assessment refusal form which we are required
to keep on file. This form is available at the desk of our registrar,
Mardi Rezoski, in the Counseling Center. All refusal forms must be
submitted by 1PM on Friday, April 26th.
More information regarding state
assessments at Tolt will be shared with you in the coming weeks.
Track season begins today, Monday April 1, 2019 (no practices
during spring break) and all grade levels are eligible to
- Uniforms are loaned to
students and are expected to be returned clean and in good
- Students will be issued a
sports locker if needed.
- Practices are
Monday-Thursday from 3:15-4:45pm.
- The Activity Bus will run
Monday, Wednesday & Thursdays throughout the season. Students
need to arrange a ride home on Tuesdays.
The Tolt Middle School Golf Experience will take place on
Tuesdays 3:00-4:30 p.m. There is no registration paperwork or
physical required and the only fees are to use the driving range or
play the course.
- Starting Tuesday, April
16thd and running until Tuesday, May 21st.
- Blue Heron golf course in
- Students need to provide
their own transportation and clubs.
- Cost is $5.00 a day to use
the driving range and $10 to play the course.
- Please see Mr. LaBrie in
K-803 to sign up and get more information.
A Healthy Spring Has Sprung!
- Stop the spread of
- Here are
some actions you can take to stop the spread of germs this
wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based
- Try to
avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since germs tend
to spread in this way.
coughing and/or sneezing try to cover your nose and
mouth with the crook of you arm or a tissue. Then throw the
surfaces and objects that may conatin germs.
- With the
arrival of spring also comes allergy season and with how swiftly
our season changed the allergies sprang with a bang! If your
student has allergies, please make sure they start on medication
now rather than waiting until allergy symptoms are extreme.
Prevention is best! If your student needs allergy medicine at
school, talk to Nurse Rachel for information on what the process
- Additional vaccination
recommendation for middle school students.It
is recommended that students at 11-12 years of age receive the
meningococcal vaccination. This vaccine is recommended but not
required for school. Please talk with your health care provider
regarding this vaccination. See the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) Website for more information. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mening/index.html
- Healthy Eating.
It is important for adolescents to follow a healthy eating pattern
that involves a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains,
dairy products, a variety of protein foods, and oils. Eating a
diet rich in these things is important for proper growth and
development. Eating a healthy diet also helps to prevent various
- Drink plenty of water.
Drinking adequate amounts of water during the day helps increase
energy levels and relieves fatigue. It keeps you hydrated and
helps to flush toxins out of your body.
- Our Youth Success!
Mentoring Program starts next school
year. If you're interested in becoming a mentor please talk with
Nurse Rachel. We'd love to have you join the program!
Preventive Care Video Contest for
The Washington State Department of Health has teamed up
with health care providers to sponsor a contest that seeks creative
approaches to remind young people to take control of their health and
get their annual checkup.
The most popular video in each age category will win $200,
and the chance to work with the Department of Health on a public service
campaign that can make a difference in working towards a healthier
You don't have to be a health nut or future brain surgeon,
we just want ideas that will really work at getting attention and
sticking in someone's mind until they have to pay attention.
The contest is open to Washington state residents ages 13
to 20. The contest runs March 1 to April 14, 2019. Find out more
or if you're ready to upload your visit go to the contest web page.
If you have questions about the contest, please talk with
Nurse Rachel at email@example.com or 425-844-4662.
Why Well-Care Visits Matter
Even if you're feeling healthy, well-care visits provide a
valuable opportunity to touch base with a health care professional.
- They are a
chance to keep up with immunizations and get an annual flu
can screen for depression when the patient comes in for a checkup,
offering an opportunity for the patient to receive care and
evaluations that they may not receive otherwise.
are a chance to get advice and medical care throughout puberty and
guidance to make healthy choices.
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans must cover
well-care visits. Depending on your insurance, teens may be able to get
well-care checkups at no cost. Check with your insurance company to
a quick tool from Healthfinder.gov to see which
preventive services you or a family member may need based on age.
And check its resources on the different types of doctor visits.
- Ready to
take action for your own health? If you don't already have a
provider, visit the state health benefit exchange for information.
April is National Poetry Month!
It's that time of the year when we celebrate all things
poetry. Poetry comes in many forms - spoken word poetry, visual poetry,
novels in verse, traditional poetry. If you need help finding new
poems, try The Poetry Foundation at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/ where
you can sort poems by age group such as poems for children or teens, or
The Academy of American Poets website (they started National Poetry
Month) at https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/home
where you can even sign up to receive a poem a day for the month. April
18th is Poem in Your Pocket Day, so don't forget to find a favorite
poem and keep it on hand to share with others spreading the joy of
This year we switched things up and ran two March Madness
competitions - one for graphic novels and one for fiction novels. We
started with the Sweet Sixteen in each category and the final results
are just in.........The winners of March Madness in the Library 2019
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (fiction novel)
Congratulations to the Champion Books!
Stock up on reading material before you head off for
spring break - whether sitting on a beach or in a coffee lounge or in
your pjs on your comfy couch with your dog by your side - books are
great windows into other worlds. Make sure to spend some quality time
with a book over break!
Grade Families Save the Dates
June 7th: 8th Grade Dance, 7pm @ ESC
June 21st: 8th Graders to Wild Waves
June 25th: Moving Up Ceremony, 6pm @ CHS
Grade Families Save the Date
June 6th: 5th Grade Transition Event at Tolt 2:30pm - 5:30
The following students were recognized at our
March Students of the Month ceremony.
Grade Dance Tickets On Sale Now
Save the Date for the Tolt 8th Grade Dance
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7 pm
We are also looking for 8th grade
parent volunteers for food, set-up and clean up and 6th and 7th
grade parent only for chaperoning. If you are interested or would
like more information about the dance, please contact Denise Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all who participated in
Game Night on March 15th!! They were lots of fabulous prizes for the
Thank you also for joining us for our
General Membership Meeting beforehand. We voted in the Nominating
Committee - Jenn Anderson, Kristen Federico and Andrea McKiernan. They
will be nominating people for the Board next year. If you are
interested in a Tolt PTS Board position, please contact one of the
Any question regarding the board
positions, please feel free to contact me as well.
Tolt PTSA President 2018-19
DO YOU NEED EAR BUDS for your Student
(Mandatory in many classrooms AND for upcoming Testing in May)? Or
maybe your student needs an extra pencil or two for testing? Send them
down to the student store where we have those supplies and many more
for school! Ear Buds are just $6, and pencils are $.25 (we also have .5
and .7mm lead refills for $2).
Please remember, it is very hard for us
to break $20 bills, so sending your child with one or five dollar bills
or even a $10 bill for a larger purchase is highly encouraged, so we
can make sure we are able to except their money for the purchase.
We also SELL $5 and $10 Punch Cards for your student. Cards are kept at
If you are interested in volunteering
at the Student Store, please contact Kristen Federico at Kristen_Federico@hotmail.com. We'd love to have
Release at 1:27 p.m.
NO SCHOOL- Spring Break
of the Month Ceremony 8:40 am
5/13 - 5/17
WCAS Testing, 8th Graders only
5/21,22, 29 & 30
Smarter Balanced Testing ALL grades
Early Release at 1:27 p.m.
School: Memorial Day
5th Grade Transition Event
2:30pm - 5:30pm
8th Grade Dance @ ESC
Early Release at 1:27 p.m.
Early Release at 1:27 p.m.
8th Grade to Wild Waves
Last Day of School: Full Day,
dismiss @ 2:57pm
8th Grade Moving-Up ceremony, 6:00pm
Riverview School District complies with all federal and state statutes
and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities
on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin,
age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression
or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service
animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other
designated youth groups. This holds true for all district
employment and student opportunities. Inquiries regarding
compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school
district's Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer (Janet L. Gavigan,
425-844-4500) and Section 504/ADA Coordinator (Dr. Ken Heikkila,
425-844-4500) at 15510 1st Ave. NE, Duvall, WA 98019.