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Tolt Middle School  

3740 Tolt Avenue

Carnation, WA 98014 


June 2019





Important Phone Numbers

Main Office:


Attendance Office:   425-844-4606

Counseling Office:  


Office Hours

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





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The Mon/Wed activity bus has finished running for the school year The last 

Tuesday bus will be on June 4


TMS is collecting GM Boxtops and Campbells Soup Labels. 

Help our school earn extra $$$$

Turn them into your 6th period teacher.

A Letter from the Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,


We have much to celebrate as we head into this final month of the school year. Our students have matured, gained confidence, and made tremendous gains academically. We all should be very proud of our students as they have developed into an inclusive community of critical and creative thinkers who practice resiliency, show empathy, and take initiative for learning.


We are honored that our school was recently named a Washington State Recognized School. This is a testament to the hard work of our staff and students as well as the incredible support of our community. We have great families, a wonderful PTSA, an amazing education foundation in REF, and a top-notch staff all investing in our students. Thank you for your contributions to the lives of our students.


Our last day of school on Tuesday, June 25th is a full day with our 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony that evening at Cedarcrest HS. Expect your student to continue to work hard over these final few weeks of school as our teachers make the most of the time available with their students.


Over the summer, a new double portable will be installed on the north side of our campus. We are thrilled our old maintenance and grounds shops are currently being demolished to allow for this additional space as our student body grows.


In early August, you will receive a mailing and email with all the latest back-to-school information. Our first day of school on Tuesday, September 3rd, will again be only our 6th graders and 8th grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders in the morning with all students attending in the afternoon. An outstanding group of current 7th graders has already been selected to serve as WEB leaders next year. It is important to us to help our incoming 6th graders to have as smooth of a transition into Tolt as possible.


It continues to be a joy to serve in this special community. Let's finish the year strong and on a high note!


Amie Karkainen, Principal 




Moving Up Ceremony

Tuesday, June 25th @ 7pm 


Students will bring home a letter similar to the one below for parents/guardians to read with a tear-off portion to sign and return stating your intent to have your student participate in the ceremony.


Ceremony:  The Moving Up Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cedarcrest High School Gym.  This ceremony is planned by our staff to honor our 8th grade students and their accomplishments.  Every student receives a certificate and some students will receive various recognition awards.  The ceremony is optional but we do need to know in advance about participation as we have a seating chart for students.


Student Seating and Rehearsal:  Students will be seated alphabetically. Students will receive their seat assignment at the mandatory rehearsal on Tuesday, June 25th during the last part of 5th period starting at approximately 1:30 p.m. and continuing through 6th period.


Audience Seating:  Along with bleacher seating, there will be a preferential seating area for older or physically challenged guests. One other member of the family may accompany those sitting in the preferential area.  Should you need special seating, please sign up in the main office by Friday, June 21st  with Shann Pattee at 425-844-4601.   


Criteria for Participation:  The following standards MUST be met in order for a student to participate in the Tolt Moving Up Ceremony:


1.         Pay all fines (LRC, lunchroom, textbooks, sports, etc.) by

            Friday, June 7th.

2.         Attend and satisfactorily participate in the mandatory  


3.         Show excellent citizenship by not having any major

            infractions/referrals resulting in suspension which may  

            exclude you from the ceremony.


Dress:  The dress for the Moving Up Ceremony is "dress your best."  We expect students to look their best in attire befitting the occasion, while following our school dress code.  (Please note: jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are not appropriate for the occasion.)


Students need to be at CHS by 6:30 p.m. on June 25th.  Doors of the gym will open for seating at 6:30 p.m.


We are looking forward to honoring our 8thgrade students!




8th Grade End of the Year Events

8th Grade Dance

Friday, June 7th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the ESC  


Tickets for the dance are $15 (presale) and $20 (at the door) the evening of June 7th.  


Tickets are available for purchase during lunches at Tolt now through June 6th, on the Tolt PTSA website, and at the door the night of the dance.


8th Graders to Wild Waves: 

Our 8th graders will be going to Wild Waves on Friday, June 21st .  The bus will leave at approximately 9:00 a.m. and return to Tolt at 5:00 p.m.  Please be here to pick your child up promptly at that time.  


Moving UP Ceremony

Tuesday, June 25th, 7:00 pm at CHS




Class Fees


Please make sure all class fees have been paid before the end of the year.  Unpaid fees will carry over to the following years. 

Additionally, 8th graders must have all fines and fees cleared before attending the Moving Up Ceremony

If you have questions regarding class fees, please call the main office at 425-844-4600.  If you would like to request scholarship assistance, you may contact the Counseling Center at 425-844-4607.  Thank you!   





Library Connections

Book Return

The end of the year is coming quickly and students need to make sure their accounts are clear. Students can log on to their Destiny library account to see what is still checked out and what fees/fines they owe. Now is the time to turn in any overdue books and look around the house to see if there are any other wayward library books hanging around the house. Students with damage fees can take care of payment at the front office.

ALL textbooks are due Wednesday, June 12th.

ALL library books are due Thursday, June 13th.


Summer Reading

The King County Library System summer reading program is open to readers of all ages and allows parents to participate alongside your children. Kirsten Edwards, the KCLS Youth Librarian will be presenting book talks to students during ELA classes over the next few weeks, highlighting summer events taking place at the Duvall and Carnation libraries.


For incoming 6th graders, we have the TMS Summer Reading Challenge which will feature a space theme to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Fifth graders will receive their bingo card the afternoon of June 6th (Transition Day) and use it over the summer to help select great books to read. This is voluntary and students can choose whatever books they'd like to read that fit the description in the squares. You can finish one bingo, multiple bingos, or even go for a black-out! Bring it back in the fall so we can have some wonderful conversations about good books. Be ready to make suggestions to your friends - everyone wants to know a title of a good book to check out!


Current sixth and seventh graders will receive a different Summer Reading Challenges from their ELA teachers the last week of school. Make your reading selections based on the guidelines on your challenge and bring it back with you in the fall - both your ELA teachers and your librarian look forward to seeing your reading selections next fall!


Have a FANTASTIC summer of reading! I look forward to hearing all about your literary expeditions come September!


Ms. Bigham




Laptops & Summer

Riverview students will take their laptop home with them in June and return with it in September. This program allows access to educational subscriptions, software, and learning tools for students over the summer. Teachers are also able to provide technology-based lessons until the very end of the school year and at the start of the following year. We believe that this is a great opportunity for students to continue to develop their talents, practices skills, or create something amazing. 
Laptop Care 
Please help us set your student up for success next year by encouraging good laptop care: 

  • Store the laptop in a dry spot where it won't accidentally get stepped on or harmed.  
  • Turn on and restart the computer,while connected to WiFi, at least once as we start to approach the 19-20 school year. 

Summer Offerings 
Research shows that students can lose up to three months of academic progress over the summer.  To help prevent the summer brain drain, the Riverview School District has compiled some great digital learning resources for students to use their district-issued devices to extend learning over the summer months.  All these opportunities allow students to work at their own pace, reinforce academic skills across various content areas, and are fun!  Explore what summer learning opportunities speak to you! 
 Check out the Summer Offerings!
Frequently asked Questions 
I purchased laptop insurance. Will we still be covered through the summer? 
Yes, insurance coverage runs from September to September. 


Will the district's web filter still be active during the summer? 
Yes, but no filter is perfect. Talk to your student about what they are doing and seeing on the internet. 


Can I monitor my student's laptop use over the summer? 
Yes, the ApParent tool is available for parents and guardians to monitor their student device(s) from a mobile device (available on android or iOS).   Visit the link below for more information. 


Does my student have to use the laptop over the summer? 
No, our summer offerings are completely optional. If you or your student chooses not to use the laptop over the summer, please keep it in a dry, safe, place. To ensure a smooth start to the year, consider turning on the laptop, connecting to WiFi, and restarting the computer near the start of the next school year to allow the computer to update. 


What should I do if my student is not returning to Riverview School District next year (Relocate or Graduation)? 

Please return the laptop to the district office located in Duvall or coordinate with the district IT department by emailing: so it can be checked in and released from the student. If laptops are not returned, families will be charged the full replacement fee. 
For more information check out Riverview's IT page:


Or contact: 


Christopher Collins 

Director of Information Technology 






Nurse's Notes 

Healthy Summer Times!


  • Summer is just around the corner! Summer is the perfect time to make an appointment with your healthcare provider. We will be sending out letters this summer asking for health updates. This is a great time to make sure your student's immunizations are up-to-date. If you have any questions regarding your student's immunization status, please contact me. Please be sure to return your student's paperwork before the first day of school!
  • Medications at school: Students who must take prescription or over-the-counter medications or have rescue medications at school because of life-threatening conditions - are required to have an updated medication authorization form (available at school or on the RSD website) with written instructions and a signature from their licensed health care provider on file at school EACH school year. Please be sure to return your student's paperwork before the first day of school!
  • Individual Health Plans: According to Washington State Law, students with life-threatening conditions are to have medication and/or treatment orders and an Emergency Care Plan in place prior to the first day of school. Due to growing children and changing treatments, we must create a new plan for your student each school year. If your student has an Individual Health/Emergency Care Plan in place this school year, you will receive a copy in the mail during the summer. Please review the plan with your student's healthcare provider, make updates as needed, and either mail it to Tolt Middle School ATTN: School Nurse or bring it to registration in August with your student's medication (if needed) and signed medication paperwork. Please be sure to return your student's paperwork before the first day of school!
  • Vaccinations: All middle school age students should receive a Tdap booster prior to entering 6th grade or have a signed waver on file. Meningococcal vaccinations are also recommended for middle school age students. Talk with your health care provider.
  • Health Point Vaccine Clinic: Please see the flyer below for free Measles Vaccine Clinic offered through Health Point at various locations. HealthPoint now has expanded free, walk-in Measles vaccination service at the Redmond & Bothell locations. Additionally, children can also get all vaccines required for school at no cost. You do not need to be a current HealthPoint patient. More information here.
  • Stay smoke-free this summer! "Youth use of tobacco products in any form is unsafe, irrespective of whether it is smoked, smokeless, or electronic," (CDC website). The CDC has declared the use of e-cigarettes (JUUL, Vape, etc.) a national health care crisis. Recent data shows 11% of 6th graders are using an e-cigarette device. Help our students stay away from nicotine products!


Have a wonderful, healthy summer!

Rachel Tomczek, RN





Tolt Sports

Summer break is right around the corner. 


Just a couple of reminders:

  • Please return track and field uniforms to coach as soon as possible. 
  • All sports fees need to be paid before school year ends. 

Please feel free to contact Claire Wallace 425-844-4600 or email with any questions. 


Have a wonderful and safe summer!




FIRST LEGO League Robotics at Tolt

This April, Cedarcrest's Stealth Robotics team competed at the robotics world championships in Houston, Texas. This was an amazing experience for Riverview students! The road to opportunities like this could start in middle school with FIRST LEGO League at Tolt Middle School. Students who participate work in teams of about 5 to 7 to design and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot and complete a project that solves a real-world problem. The season runs from September 9th through mid-December and meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 PM.  


For FIRST LEGO League to run, each team needs at least one dedicated parent volunteer that will attend the meetings and help to mentor the team. No technical experience is required. Mr. McFarland, Tolt's technology teacher, will be there to help! This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of young problem solvers!  


For more information see: 


For more information, questions, or to express you or your child's interest in participating, please contact:  Erik McFarland Tolt Middle School Technology Teacher 




Youth Mental First Aid

The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network is excited to offer... 

Youth Mental Health First Aid

June 8th, 2019

8:00am - 5:00pm

Snoqualmie Valley Community Network Office

31951 W. Bird St.

Carnation, WA 98019


Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. 


Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.


This workshop is being offered for free and lunch will be provided.





2019 CHS Athletic Camps







June 27th & 28th , July 1st & 2nd


SESSION I: Boys Grades 7th through 9th - 8:00 to 9:45 AM

SESSION II: Boys Grades 4th through 6th - 10:00 to 11:45 AM

SESSION III: Boys Grades 1st through 3rd - 12:00 To 1:30 PM



June 27th & 28th , July 1st & 2nd


SESSION I: Girls Grades 1st through 5th - 2:30  to 4:30 PM

SESSION II: Girls Grades 6th through 9th - 4:30  to 6:30 PM



Monday July 22nd through Wednesday July 24th


Grades 6th through 8th 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Grades 2nd through 5th 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM



Monday July 8th through Wednesday July 10th

Open to Boys and Girls Grades K - 8th 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM



Friday September 20th 4-8pm

Open to Grades K through 5th

Details to follow



Monday July 15th through Thursday July 18th


SESSION I: Ages 7-11 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

SESSION II: Ages 12-15 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM



Monday July 8th through Wednesday July 11th

9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Open to Boys and Girls Grades K through 8th



Tolt PTSA 

General Membership PTSA Meeting

Thursday, June 5th at 3:15pm in the MPR/Cafeteria. We will be voting for the next year's Executive Board and the 2019-20 budget.  Please join us!


2019-2020 PTSA Executive Board Candidates

This year's Nominating committee submits the following candidates for the Tolt PTSA Executive Board 2019-2020:

              President: Leigh-Ann Gutmann

              Vice President: Sean Rynders

              Treasurer:  Mari Orvendal 

               Secretary: Jaime Middleton


We do have many open volunteer positions, if you would like to help with Tolt PTSA next year, please contact Leigh-Ann Gutmann



PTSA Volunteer Appreciation - June 13th at 7pm - Valley House Brewing Co.



The TMS Student Store will close for the school year on Friday, June 21st.  As we approach the end of the year, please note that we may run low on certain items.  Depending on inventory, we will likely have sales during our last week.  Come and check us out!! 

Eighth graders - Please remember to use up your pre-paid punch cards by the end of the year.    

Jenn, Susan, and Kristen would like to say a big THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers.  You have brightened the days of our students with your smiles and kindness while working at the store.  Your generosity is much appreciated!

If you are interested in volunteering at the Student Store next school year, please contact Kristen Federico at    


This past year I partnered with Amy Pitt to co-lead the Reflections program for the Riverview PTSA Council.  This is the level of the competition AFTER individual schools run their fall programs and advance winners. While Amy will continue in her role as behind the scenes admin taking care of judging for the district level of the competition, I am stepping down from my role of gala event planner. We are looking for someone to partner with Amy to plan the gala next year (takes place in January 2020). If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact Amy Pitt at



The theme of for the 2019-2020 competition is "Look Within," and National PTA has already released images and fliers in English and Spanish that can be used for promoting the program. I have them attached to his email. Summer is a great time for students to work on Reflections entries, so feel free to start promoting it now! I also included a 1 page flier I used at Tolt last year that lists all the categories with key rules at a glance. If this is helpful, feel free to use and edit with new graphics and formatting. We don't know that all the category criteria will remain the same, but it has been pretty consistent the past 2 years. 


WSPTA will update their website, usually in late summer, with the Reflections materials for the fall, including category rules and requirements, entry forms, and judging information. Check back regularly for that information. 

WSPTA Reflections:


If you are on Facebook, join these groups to stay up to date on Reflections information. If you have any trouble joining, let me know and I will get you in!

WSPTA Reflections Group:  




Calendar of Events

6/6      5th grade Transition Event - 3:00-5:15 p.m.

6/7      Early Release at 1:27 p.m.

6/7      8th grade dance @ ESC - 7:00-9:30 p.m.

6/14    Early Release at 1:27 p.m.

6/14    CHS Graduation, Overlake Church at 7:00 p.m.

6/20    Yearbook Hand Out

6/21    8th grade Wild Waves Trip

6/21    Full Day Friday Dismissal at 2:57 p.m.

6/25    8th grade Moving Up Ceremony - 7:00 p.m.

6/25    Last day of school - dismissal at 2:57 p.m. **Please note date and time change from original calendar.**