Mon., Wed. and Thur. bus leaves Tolt @ 5:00 pm
Tues. bus leaves Tolt @ 4:30 pm
2nd stop: CHS
3rd stop: 2nd
TMS is collecting GM Boxtops and
Campbells Soup Labels.
Help our school earn extra $$$$
Turn them into your 6th period
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.
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.
school students tend to give overly dramatic responses and have
higher "highs" and lower "lows" than older
adolescents and adults.
can have difficulty accurately reading the emotions on adult
faces, which is why students sometimes respond to us in
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
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
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
Amie Karkainen, Principal
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.
2019-2020 CHS Honors class applications
are now on-line
Honors applications for current 8th grade students.
are due on or before March
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!
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 https://evergreenbookaward.org. 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
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.
3. Purchase ASB Card ($22). Purchase once per year; covers
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.
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
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. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mening/index.html
- 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
- 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:
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.
winding down at night with a relaxing activity (warm shower,
reading a book).
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!
Success! Mentoring is coming to Tolt Middle School 2019-20!!
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
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
General Member Meeting
and BINGO Night:
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!
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 email@example.com 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Riverview Transportation Is Hiring People
With Positive Attitude
- Become A Professional School Bus Driver
- No experience required we train you for
- Weekends, evenings and holidays off!
- starting at $ 20.29 hour
- $ 500.00 Driver reimbursement
- Valid Washington State driver's license for 5
- Must obtain a Commercial Driver's License permit
- Completion of 40 to 60 hours of bus driver
- Good driving record
- Must pass State and District pre-employment
drug screen and physical
- Ability to follow oral and written
- Must like children
Early Release at 1:27p.m.
8th Grade Parent Night at CHS 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
5th Grade Parent Night 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Multi-Age Information Night 7:30 - 8:00 pm
CHS Honors Applications Due
3/8 Early Release at
3/15 Early Release at 1:27 p.m.
Mulit-Age Applications due
Early Release at 1:27 p.m.
Student of the Month ceremony 8:40am
Early Release at 1:27 p.m.
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