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Tolt Middle School
3740 Tolt Avenue
Carnation, WA 98014 

    Dec. 2018/Jan. 2019




Important Phone Numbers

Main Office:


Attendance Office:   


Counseling Office:  


Office Hours

7:45 a.m. - 3:30p.m.





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Activity Bus Schedule


Monday: 5:00

Tuesday: 4:30 
Wednesday: 5:00
Thursday: 5:00

Bus Stops:
1st: Stillwater Church
2nd: CHS
3rd: 2nd & Stephens


TMS is collecting General Mills Boxtops

Help our school earn extra $$$$

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A Letter from the Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,

As we're now several months into the school year, I wanted to take a moment and talk about a skill we are working hard at Tolt to cultivate in our students: resiliency. Resiliency is included in our Tolt Why, our school's mission statement, and a skill that is important to our staff to build in our students. We have been talking about what it looks like to practice resiliency and even had an assembly about it earlier this year.

I wanted to share ways you can help at home to develop resiliency in your student. I recently read this article, titled Resilient Kids Come From Parents Who Do These 8 Things, which includes several things parents can do to help their student become more resilient. Here are a few highlights:

  • Let your student struggle. While it can be tempting to "rescue" your student, those actions may prevent them from learning how to act on their own.
  • Allow your student to experience failure. Setbacks are opportunities to learn life lessons.
  • Empathize with what your student is going through. This helps students to validate their emotions and provides them with the opportunity to talk about their feelings.

Middle school is such a great time for students to learn how to cope with failure because the stakes are relatively low compared to those in high school and beyond. I love the quote, "Failure is success if we learn from it," by Malcolm Forbes. I certainly find that as an adult I continue to learn from my mistakes on a regular basis. We should never stop learning and seeking to grow from our experiences. If we can help our students learn this when they are in middle school, then we are truly setting them up for success throughout their lives.

Thank you for all you do at home to partner with us as we seek to help your student develop resiliency. Especially since we live in a community with such strong families, many of you have been fostering resiliency in your student since an early age. Please know your ideas of how we can continue to work together to develop resiliency in all our students would be both welcomed and appreciated.

Wishing your family a relaxing, enjoyable, and safe winter season,

Amie Karkainen, Principal




Emergency Notification

The Riverview School District is participating in a cell phone text notification system in partnership with SchoolMessenger to send important information to families including weather-related schedule changes, safety alerts, and more.

To opt in:

Please text Y or Yes to 67587.

If you have already opted into the SchoolMessenger system, there is no need to sign up again.  You are in the system until you either opt out or you have your number removed from Skyward. 

To opt out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, visit or reply with "STOP" to the opt-in message that you receive. If you opt-in, but later decide to opt-out, simply send "STOP" to 67587. You may also reply "STOP" to any message from our district.

Other ways to find school closure information:

When weather is poor in the morning, please:

  • Listen to local radio stations, which receive their notifications around 6:00 a.m., 
  • Watch TV stations during the Seattle Morning News, or 
  • Check the Riverview School District website for school related delays.  



A Family Guide to Laptops and Technology

You might hear teachers and students use words like Office 365, Teams, and OneNote and be little confused at what it all means. Maybe you need a replacement charger for your child's laptop or would like to learn about how your student can use speech to text features on their laptop. We have put together a family guide to laptops and technology that can be accessed here:



Tolt ASB Dance & Spirit Week

Tolt ASB presents the 2nd Annual 

All-School Fire and Ice Dance on Friday, December 14th.

All Tolt students are encourage to attend this fun-filled event. Attire is casual.  This is a NO date dance.  

  • When:  Friday, December 14th
  • Time:    7 p.m - 9 p.m. 
    • Students are expected to arrive at 7:00 p.m. and stay until the dance ends at 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Tolt Middle School gym
  • Who: Tolt Middle School Students only
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in the main office, before school, at lunches and after school.
    • Cost
      • In Advance: $3 with ASB, $5 without, or free with 3 cans of food
      • At the door: $5 (Canned foods are not accepted the night of the dance)
  • Attire:  Casual

Appropriate behavior is expected at all times.

No laptops:  Please leave laptops at home.




8th Grade Parents Save the Date.....

8th Grade Parent Night at Cedarcrest

Tuesday, February 12

6:30 - 8:00

CHS Theater

This meeting is for parents only




Choir News

Save the Date.... 

The 5th Annual Fairytales and Frosting Event will be on Saturday, February 9th at the ESC 

Two Tolt choir students were selected for the 

WMEA Junior All State Choirs.

Outstanding seventh and eighth grade music students from across Washington have received top honors by being selected to participate in the annual WMEA Junior All-State Choirs . Reya Coats & Sofia Verdi will join more than 570 other outstanding performers in Vancouver for this gala event. 

The WMEA Junior All-State groups will meet February 16, 2019 and rehearse under the direction of outstanding music educators before presenting a final concert that afternoon. 1659 students auditioned to participate in this prestigious event, which is sponsored by the Washington Music Educators Association. Many professional musicians credit their All-State experience as crucial in their decision to choose music as a career. Thousands of others whose career paths took them in other directions have great memories of participating in this inspiring and motivating musical experience, and claim that it was a life-changing experience for them. 

We are proud to have Reya & Sofia representing Tolt Middle School and hope they have a blast in February!




Boys' Basketball and Girls' Soccer:

Boys' Basketball and Girls' soccer starts Tuesday, January 22, 2019.  

All registration paperwork is due January 14, 2019.

  • If your student has not participated in a sport this year, all online forms as well as a current physical needs to be turned in.
  • If your student has already participated in a sport this year, you only need to fill out the Informed Consent form.

Registration directions are on the Tolt website under Sports.  Questions?  Please call the main office at 425-844-4600.  



NJHS Warm and Fuzzy Clothing Drive

Tolt's National Junior Honor Society will hold its annual Warm & Fuzzy Clothing Drive this December 3th through 7th. There will be collection boxes for new and like new outerwear in the main office and in the MPR during lunches this week.

Items we will be collecting: 

  • Coats 
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves
  • Mittens
  • Hats
  • Scarves

All items will be donated to the Carnation Hopelink. It's going to be a cold, wet winter. Let's help our neighbors stay warm and dry.


Angst: Raising Awareness Around Aniexty




Nurse's Notes 


December Nurse's Corner 

Happy "Healthy" Holidays! 

  • Stay safe on the roads this holiday season! Many families are often traveling over the holiday season. Here are some ways to keep your family safe on the road:
    • "Use a seat belt in every seat, on every trip, no matter how short." (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website)
    • If you're traveling over snowy passes remember to have the essentials in case of road closure or snowy/icy roads - blanket, boots, hats/gloves, snacks, water, chains, small shovel, flashlight, etc.
    • Drive without added distractions - no texting while driving and always use your Bluetooth or no talking while driving.
    • Follow the speed limit and take extra care in adverse weather conditions. Remember others are traveling to see their families as well and we all want to arrive safely.
    • Make sure children are properly buckled in depending on age, height, and weight.  Remember children aged 12 and under should be buckled up in the back seat. If your child is smaller even at the age of 12, they may still need a booster seat.
  • Remember to practice good hand hygiene and coughing etiquette during this cold and flu season! Keep students home for at least 24 hours if they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher, and do not send back to school until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing agents. Students with vomiting and/or diarrhea should remain home until symptom free for 24 hours. 
  • Beat the rain, head outside and play a game!  Healthy physical activity habits in adolescents can promote lifelong health and wellbeing and also prevent various health conditions.  It is recommended that children ages 6-17 engage in at least 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. "There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."

Thank you for helping keep our students healthy and protected against communicable diseases!

  • Hearing & Vision Screening: thank you to our PTA volunteers and district screen team for a very successful H&V Screening! If you received a referral letter for hearing or vision, please be sure to have your student seen by an audiologist and/or eye doctor for their vision and hearing needs as soon as possible. Please call or email me if you need assistance finding an office or have a financial need. Thank you for making sure your student(s) has all the tools they need to be successful in school!
  • The Care Corner is open! We now have a Care Corner in the nurse's office with hygiene products, feminine products, and snacks. If you are a student, or know of a student, who has a need for any of these items please feel free to stop by and grab a kit! If you would like to donate to the Care Corner we need (preferably in travel size): toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, feminine hygiene items (pads/tampons), and health, nutritious snacks (healthy granola/nutrition bars, applesauce squeez). Feel free to drop off items in the main office or nurse's office. Thank you for your generosity during this holiday season!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! 

Rachel Tomczek, RN




Tolt PTSA!

Save the Date!!

Please join us for Game Night and PTA General Meeting (before) on February 8th, 2019 in the MPR at Tolt. Lots of prizes!! More info to follow.

Student Store:

  • Our Student Store Winter Gift Gram is coming!!! Students will PRE-ORDER their $1 Winter Gift Gram 12/17-12/19 and REDEEM for THEIR GIFT GRAM GOODY on THURSDAY, 12/20!!  What IS the treat this go-round? The kids don't know!  It's something extra sweet and special that we can't SELL at the store, and fits the holiday happenings!! Students can pre-order 1 gift gram for themselves, and can also buy gift grams for their friends. 
  • The Fun Friday treats at the Student Store will be candy canes every Friday beginning November 30th through the end of the year!
  • The Student Store accepts cash, Tolt Tickets (each worth $.25) and Student Store Punch cards. Please remember we cannot make change for $20 bills - smaller bills are much easier for your kids to use at school. Want to purchase a $5/10 Punch Card for your student, so they can use it at the Store for snacks & school supplies? Send them with moola ($5 or $5/$10 Check made out to TOLT PTSA) or purchase it online at our PTSA website and we'll deliver it to the Student Store - 
  • If you would like to volunteer at the Student Store, please contact Kristen Federico at  We'd love to have you!


We are at 252 members and on our way to our goal of 300! Joining PTSA shows your support for programs that directly benefit our students. Plus, all who join before Dec. 15th will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate to The Grange in Duvall. Become a member today at!

Reflections art competition:

Congratulations to these Thunderbirds who are advancing to compete at the district competition: Jayden Tierney - Literature; Julianna White - Dance; Charlotte Locke - Photography; Grace Correll - Visual Arts; Tyler Ingram - Visual Arts; Margaret White - Visual Arts; Hannah Palmer - Visual Arts; Eloise Hart - Visual Arts; Juliet Tobler - Visual Arts; Samantha Benisch - Visual Arts ; Sophia Ro - Visual Arts ; Chiara Scheumann - Visual Arts



Weekend Power Packs

Weekend Food for Your Student is Available through Power Packs.

Power Packs is teaming up with staff and teachers of Tolt Middle School and Tolt PTSA to offer a supply of nutritious meals and snacks for students over their weekends, free of charge. Bags will be distributed by the Counseling Center on the last school day before the weekend. This program is open to all Tolt Middle School students.

If you believe your child could benefit from this program, please contact the Counseling Center to sign them up at 425-844-4607. This information is kept confidential. Questions or concerns? Please contact the Counseling Center at 425-844-4607.

Power Pack Donations:

As we celebrate this time of abundance, please keep the power pack program in mind.

If it is within your means, please consider donating the following items: 

  • Jerky
  • Cereal 
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Granola bars
  • Nutella
  • Peanut butter
  • Protein drinks 
  • Apples
  • Clementines
  • Tuna kits
  • Cheese sticks
  • Hummus kits

If you are unable to provide food or if it is inconvenient, please consider recycling your plastic grocery bags by dropping them off for Mrs. Cain in the main office.

If you would like to help assemble the power packs, please contact Mrs. Cain

Monetary donations to the program can be made through the PTSA.



HiCap Nomination Notification

The Riverview School District will be accepting nominations for Highly Capable services for the next school year between parent-teacher conference time and Winter Break.

All first grade students will be screened in January to determine eligibility for further assessment for Highly Capable services in the following school year. As such, there is no need to nominate current first graders. If you would like to "Opt Out" of this screening, please complete and return an Opt Out form to your child's school office (Opt Out forms will be available in school offices after Thanksgiving)

Students in grades K - 1 receive differentiated services based on district level assessments. For students who are currently in grades 2-11, nomination forms will be available in the school mail offices. Nomination forms need to be returned to the school office or to Kristin Edlund, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, before Winter Break in December. Late nomination forms will not be considered and outside assessments are not considered at any time in the nomination or selection process. Students who meet screening eligibility will be invited to additional testing in February.

Our district seeks to identify and provide a continuum of services to meet the needs of students who possess the following:

  • Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned and to transfer learning to new situations;
  • Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstractions and complexity earlier than their chronological peers;
  • Ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts;
  • Ability to learn quickly in their area(s) of intellectual strength;
  • Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus.

For additional information, please contact Kristin Edlund, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, at (425) 844-4546 or at



Calendar of Events


12/7                  Early Release @ 1:27 p.m.

12/10 - 12/14    Spirit Week

12/14                Early Release @ 1:27p.m.

12/14                Tolt ASB Dance 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

12/21-1/6          Winter Break - NO SCHOOL



1/11                   Early Release @ 1:27p.m.

1/18                  Teacher Day - NO SCHOOL

1/21                  MLK Holiday - NO SCHOOL

1/22                 1st day of practice - Boys' Basketball/Girls' Soccer

1/25                  Full Day Friday




State Law (RCW 28A-600.420 and School District Policy 3200 prohibit the possession of firearms and weapons at school.  This law pertains to guns, knives, clubs, firecrackers, and explosives.  Dangerous weapons also include toy or "dummy" or look-alike objects.  The full text of the law and the definitions of dangerous weapons, as provided RCW9.41.250 and RCW 9.41.280, are on file in the school office.  Possession of firearms on school property will result in a one year mandatory expulsion, subject to appeal with notification to parents and law enforcement.  Any violations of these guidelines by students constitutes grounds for expulsion from the Riverview School District and the public schools of the State of Washington, in accordance with the due process provisions of Washington State Law and Board Policy.




The 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 (Molly Lutz, 425-844-4500) at 15510 1st Ave. NE, Duvall, WA 98019.