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Activity Bus Schedule
1st: Stillwater Church
3rd: 2nd & Stephens
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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
- Empathize with what your
student is going through. This helps students to validate their
emotions and provides them with the opportunity to talk about
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
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
Amie Karkainen, Principal
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.
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 http://www.schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg/ 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
Other ways to find
school closure information:
When weather is poor in the morning,
- Listen to local radio
stations, which receive their notifications around 6:00
- Watch TV stations during
the Seattle Morning News, or
- Check the Riverview School
District website for school related delays.
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:
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
- Time: 7 p.m - 9
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
- Tickets: Tickets can be
purchased in the main office, before school, at lunches and after
with ASB, $5 without, or free with 3 cans of food
$5 (Canned foods are not accepted the night of the dance)
Appropriate behavior is expected at all times.
No laptops: Please leave laptops at home.
Grade Parents Save the Date.....
8th Grade Parent Night at Cedarcrest
meeting is for parents only
The 5th Annual Fairytales and Frosting
Event will be on Saturday, February 9th at the ESC
Tolt choir students were selected for the
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
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
We are proud to have Reya & Sofia
representing Tolt Middle School and hope they have a blast in February!
Basketball and Girls' Soccer:
Boys' Basketball and Girls' soccer
starts Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
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
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
Items we will be collecting:
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
Raising Awareness Around Aniexty
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:
a seat belt in every seat, on every trip, no matter how
short." (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website)
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,
without added distractions - no texting while driving and always
use your Bluetooth or no talking while driving.
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.
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!
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 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
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 - http://toltptsa.my-pta.org/content.asp?PageID=6.
would like to volunteer at the Student Store, please contact
Kristen Federico at Kristen_Federico@hotmail.com.
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 http://www.toltptsa.my-pta.org/!
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 Food for Your Student is Available through
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
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.
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:
- Tuna 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 email@example.com
Monetary donations to the program can be made through the
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
Our district seeks to identify and
provide a continuum of services to meet the needs of students who
possess the following:
to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has
been learned and to transfer learning to new situations;
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;
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Release @ 1:27 p.m.
12/10 - 12/14 Spirit Week
Early Release @ 1:27p.m.
Tolt ASB Dance 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
Early Release @ 1:27p.m.
Teacher Day - NO SCHOOL
MLK Holiday - NO SCHOOL
1st day of practice - Boys'
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
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.