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Tolt Middle School  

3740 Tolt Avenue

Carnation, WA 98014 


      March 2019





Important Phone Numbers

Main Office:


Attendance Office:   425-844-4606

Counseling Office:  



Office Hours

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




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Mon., Wed. and Thur. bus leaves Tolt @ 5:00 pm


Tues. bus leaves Tolt @ 4:30 pm


1st stop: Stillwater Church

2nd stop: CHS

3rd stop: 2nd & Stevens


TMS is collecting GM Boxtops and Campbells Soup Labels. 

Help our school earn extra $$$$

Turn them into your 6th period teacher.

A Letter From Our Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,


We've gotten back into our normal routines at Tolt after all our snow and mid-winter break. Now that we are in a stretch without any breaks, expect your student to be presented with a lot of new information in the coming weeks. You can help your student during this time by asking them what they are learning, checking their grades in Skyward, and communicating with teachers about any concerns. It's also important to make sure they have good attendance, get enough sleep, exercise, and eat healthy so they can be ready to learn at school.


I wanted to share with you an article from the recent Association for Middle Level Education magazine that does an excellent job explaining to adults about the teenage brain. While the article's intended audience is teachers, I share it with you because I think it also applies to parents. A few things you may find reassuring:

  • The adolescent years are one of two time periods in life when the brain is most conducive to learning (the other being birth to age three). We must be intentional about providing engaging and challenging learning experiences in middle school.
  • Middle school students tend to give overly dramatic responses and have higher "highs" and lower "lows" than older adolescents and adults.
  • Teenagers can have difficulty accurately reading the emotions on adult faces, which is why students sometimes respond to us in unexplainable ways.
  • Middle school students don't always display self-control or consider the consequences of their actions.

While I bet these items don't surprise you, I hope they assure you that your student is normal when you see these behaviors from them. We also know teenagers crave caring relationships with adults who will support them regardless of what they do. So many of our students are fortunate they come from homes with such wonderful families.


We are looking forward to the Taproot Theater presenting The Social NetWorth to all of our students in a morning assembly on Wednesday, March 13th. The Social NetWorth examines the consequences of online behavior while helping students make positive choices to end cyberbullying and harassment. We take all forms of bullying and harassment seriously at Tolt. We also want to be proactive to avoid bullying and harassment, and this assembly is one way we are doing so. Thank you to REF (Riverview Education Foundation) for funding this assembly.


It is important to us that we do everything we can so students enjoy their time at Tolt and learn as much as possible to prepare them for high school. It is a privilege to partner with on this endeavor.


Kind regards,


Amie Karkainen, Principal




Don't forget to order your yearbook! 

This is a friendly reminder that yearbooks are currently selling for $34 and can be purchased in person at Tolt or through eFunds. 


Ordering early will ensure that your students receive their yearbooks during their sixth period class which will allow them to skip the lines at the MPR and start enjoying the end of year social/yearbook signing event.




CHS Honors Classes

2019-2020 CHS Honors class applications are now on-line

 CHS Honors applications for current 8th grade students.   


Applications are due on or before March 8.




Library Connections

March Madness

Each year we hold a March Madness competition to find the Champion Book in the library. This year we are running two brackets - one to find the champion fiction novel and one to find the champion graphic novel. We start with the sixteen most popular titles in each category. Each week, students may vote for titles they believe should move forward to the next round. Titles moving forward are posted on Mondays; voting begins Tuesday of each week and ends Friday after lunches. Voting takes place each week until we find the Champion Books of the Library! 


State Book Awards 

In the fall students heard Kirsten Edwards, the KCLS Teen Librarian for Duvall and Carnation, book talk various books nominated for some state book awards. March is voting season, and one of the awards already has voting open. If you would like to vote for a book you read that was nominated for the Evergreen Teen Book Award sponsored by WASHYARG, voting takes place online at  If you would like to vote for a book nominated for either the Sasquatch Reading Award sponsored by the Washington Library Association or the PNLA YRC award sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association, voting opens in the middle of the month and there will be ballots you can fill out in the library. Remember - you need to have read the titles in order to vote!


April is National Poetry Month




Tolt Sports

Season 4 Sports

Boys' and Girls' Track (6th, 7th, and 8th)


Online forms are available Monday, March 11 - Monday March 25th. 

  • Online registration needs to be filled out once per school year.
  • Informed Consent needs to be filled out everytime your student participates in a sport.


First day of practice is Monday April 1, 2019


Checklist for registration:


1. Current physical submitted to the main office. 

Physicals are good for two years.


2. Complete and submit online registration and/or informed consent form. Click here for Online Registration for Athletic Participation at TMS


3. Purchase ASB Card ($22). Purchase once per year; covers all sports.


4. Pay Participation Fee ($80). There is a max of $160 per student/$320 max per family per school year. All fees may be paid online through e-Funds for Schools.


Any questions, please contact main office (425) 844-4600 or email:





Golf is open to all Tolt Students.  The season will begin after Spring Break, however the exact dates will be announced toward the end of March.  Please stay tuned for details.


Golf takes place at the Carnation Golf course.  There is no athletic fee and your student does not need an ASB card to participate.  Fees are determined by the golf course.  Students need to provide their own equipment and transportation



Nurse's Notes 

  • Please continue to keep all sick students home to rest. Just a reminder, you should keep your student home for at least 24 hours if they have a fever of 100 degrees F or higher, and they should not come back to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing agents. Students having vomiting and/or diarrhea should also remain home until symptom free for 24 hours.
  • Additional vaccination recommendations for middle school students.It is recommended that students at 11-12 years of age receive the meningococcal vaccinations. These vaccines are recommended but not required for school. Please talk with your health care provider regarding these vaccinations. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website for more information.
  • Regarding the measles outbreak in WA state: at this point we still only have 1 document case in King County and the outbreak has been primarily in Clark County. Remember, measles is highly contagious and it is extremely important to have your child vaccinated against this communicable/preventable disease. If you have any question or need assistance in acquiring the vaccine for your child, please let me know!
  • Keep washing those hands!Hand-washing is the most effect thing students can do to stop the spread of germs. When washing hands, we should use warm water, lather with soap, scrub for at least 20 seconds, and either air dry or use a paper towel. Students should always wash their hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
  • Get plenty of rest.The CDC recommends that students 11-12 years of age get 9-12 hours of sleep and that teenagers get 8-10 hours of sleep. This can be very hard to do! Some strategies to help your student get rest include:
    • Minimize the use of electronic devices in the hour before bedtime. If your student does use an electronic device at bedtime, turn the brightness down and have them hold the device away from their face. You can also find apps that eliminate blue light which can cause headaches, eye strain, and disrupt sleep patterns.
    • Try winding down at night with a relaxing activity (warm shower, reading a book).
    • Limit caffeine intake. Drinking too much caffeine can interfere with a good night sleep.
    • Stick to a schedule, even on the weekend!
  • Spring is Coming! Only 23 days until the first day of spring! Now is a good time to start looking at summer camps, planning more outdoor activities, and enjoying the longer days that have already begun to arrive. Despite the snow and cold temperatures, the valley is already showing signs of heralding the coming of spring - how many signs do you notice?

Thank you for helping us keep everyone at school healthy!

Rachel Tomczek, RN





Mentoring at Tolt


Youth Success! Mentoring is coming to Tolt Middle School 2019-20!!


Youth Success! Mentoring is offered through the  Snoqualmie Valley Community Network (SVCN).


Mentoring is a positive youth development strategy that is one of the most effective and economical dropout prevention strategies. Research shows that having the positive influence of a mentor makes a real difference in the life of a youth. In general, kids with mentors: have better school attendance and improved GPA, report improved parent and peer relationships, are 46% less likely to initiate drug use and 27% less likely to use alcohol, and are 33% less likely to engage in physical violence. Mentor volunteers in the Youth Success! Mentoring Program commit to guiding and being a friend to a student for a period of at least one year. The mentor works one-to-one with a student in the school setting providing personal, academic, and social/emotional support.


Read more about the mentor job description here.


If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or know someone who might be interested in becoming a mentor, contact Nurse Rachel as soon as possible. Please consider becoming a mentor in this amazing program and connecting with our students here at Tolt Middle School.


"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself."

- Oprah Winfrey


Nurse Rachel Tomczek







General Member Meeting and BINGO Night: 

March 15th - 6pm


Please join us for our next PTSA General Membership Meeting just prior to the Family Game Night on Friday, March 15th.  The meeting will start at 6pm, and the game night will start at 6:30 pm. We need at least 10 members present to meet our quorum for voting on business and initiatives.  


Do you feel lucky?!?  St. Patrick's Day themed BINGO Night 

$5 for a packet of bingo cards and $1 blackout cards. Many great prizes and Concessions will be available for purchase. We hope to see you there!


Nominating Committee 

We are in need of a 3 person Nominating Committee to help identify and nominate PTSA Board members for next school year 2019-2020.  As part of the nominating committee you will identify a person that would be a good fit for the PTSA Board at Tolt. You do not have to be a board member. 

Please contact Leigh-Ann Gutmann at if you are interested in being on the nominating committee.


New Board Members Needed for 2019-2020! 

If you are interested in finding out more about a position or interested in joining the board please contact Leigh-Ann Gutmann -





Riverview Transportation Is Hiring People 

With Positive Attitude

  • Become A Professional School Bus Driver
  • No experience required we train you for success!
  • Weekends, evenings and holidays off!
  • starting at $ 20.29 hour
  • $ 500.00 Driver reimbursement



  • Valid Washington State driver's license for 5 years
  • Must obtain a Commercial Driver's License permit
  • Completion of 40 to 60 hours of bus driver training
  • Good driving record
  • Must pass State and District pre-employment drug screen and physical
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Must like children

Classes starting soon

Info call (425) 844-4540 or apply @




Calendar of Events


3/1             Early Release at 1:27p.m.

3/5             8th Grade Parent Night at CHS 6:30 pm  - 8:00 pm

3/7             5th Grade Parent Night 6:00 - 7:30 pm

3/7             Multi-Age Information Night 7:30 - 8:00 pm

3/8             CHS Honors Applications Due 
3/8             Early Release at 1:27 p.m.
3/15           Early Release at 1:27 p.m.

3/18           Mulit-Age Applications due

3/22           Early Release at 1:27 p.m.

3/28           Student of the Month ceremony 8:40am

3/29           Early Release at 1:27 p.m.      






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 






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