Small Thunderbird

Tolt Middle School  

3740 Tolt Avenue

Carnation, WA 98014      

May 2019





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Office Hours

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



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Mon./Wed./Thur. bus leaves Tolt @ 5:00

Tues. bus 

leaves Tolt @ 4:30


1st stop: Stillwater Church


2nd stop:



3rd stop

2nd & Stevens 



TMS is collecting GM Boxtops and Campbells Soup Labels. 

Help our school earn extra $$$$

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A Letter from the Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,


The warmer weather and longer days mean we've hit the final two months of the school year. The time will go by quickly, and it'll be summer before we know it. We have many events going on so please note the dates included in this newsletter. There is much to celebrate and enjoy as we strive to maximize the time we have with our students.


Here are a few reminders that will help us all to have a smooth end of the school year:

  • Dress Code: Please make sure your student comes to school in clothes that follow our dress code. We will call parents and guardians when needed to ensure each student is dressed in a way that keeps the focus on learning.
  • Electronic Devices: We have noticed an increasing number of students losing cell phones and other electronic devices at school. Students are responsible for items they bring to school. We are not responsible for tracking down lost or stolen devices.
  • Class Concerns: If you have any questions or concerns about how your student in doing in a class, your first point of contact should be your student's teacher. They have the most knowledge about how your student in doing in their class and want to work with families to address concerns.
  • Testing: Please make sure your student is at school and well-rested so they can to do their best on the upcoming state tests.   Science testing for 8th graders is the week of May 13th - 18th. All students will take the SBA Math exam on May 21st and 22nd. All students will take the SBA Language Arts exams on May 29th and 30th.

Lastly, Staff Appreciation Week is May 6th - 10th. Our incredible staff invests so much into our students day in and day out. They love our kids and our community. I would encourage you to say "thank you" in some way to staff members who have made a positive difference for your student. Our staff certainly deserves to hear how much our community values them.


Thank you for your support and encouragement of what we do with your student at Tolt. We are grateful to work with such great families.


Partnering with you,


Amie Karkainen, Principal




State Assessments Are Here

This month, Tolt students will participate in the annual required state testing assessments.


Our main priority regarding the rules of testing is that once a student begins testing on a certain day, that student must finish testing that same day. It is important that students attend school on time on testing days. Please plan to schedule any medical, dental, etc., appointments for your child outside of the testing window, or if unavoidable, in the afternoon on testing days. We appreciate your help with this!


Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) - 

8th Graders Only

  •  May 13 - 17

WCAS testing begins Monday, May 13th, with 8th graders testing in their Science classes following Tolt's regular bell schedule. The WCAS is an untimed online assessment and takes students approximately 110 minutes to complete. WCAS may be administered in one, two, or three sessions.



Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) - 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

  • May 21, 22, 29, 30

On Tuesday, May 21st, and Wednesday, May 22nd, students will take the two math portions of SBA. The following week, students will test on Wednesday, May 29th, and Thursday, May 30th, completing the two English/Language Arts portions. Each test will be provided a 150-minute window. All SBA testing is done on the computer.



How can you best prepare your child for these assessments?

  • Have your student at school, all day, every day unless they are ill. If possible, please plan or rearrange medical/dental appointments for the afternoons on testing days.
  • Students should come to school well-rested and with a nutritious breakfast in their bellies, so their brains are in full-drive mode!
  • Students must arrive at school with laptops fully charged, a pair (or two!) of earbuds that attach directly to their laptop (wireless earbuds are not compatible with the student laptops) and a silent reading book.


If you have questions regarding the state assessments, please call 

425-844-4600 to speak with Assistant Principal Tom Oldenburg.


Thank you for partnering with us to ensure a successful assessment season!




Online Grade Checks

Skyward Online provides parents/guardians with valuable information: Skyward Family Access

  • Grades
  • Attendance Record
  • Student Info
  • Food Service account information
  • Fee Management
  • Health information


Please contact Mardi Rezoski, Tolt Registrar at 425-844-4607 or  if you have any questions.




Dress Code

The well-dressed Thunderbird: 



  • Sunglasses are only worn outside buildings. 
  • Bandanas, caps, hats, hoods, scarves, etc., may be worn inside if approved by the supervising adult. 


  • Clothing covers entire stomach, back, and chest. Straps are at least two fingers wide.


  • Shorts, skirts, and dresses are at least fingertip length when arms are relaxed at sides. 


  • Footwear is worn at all times. 

Clothes are:

a. Safe and help us focus on learning. 

b. Free of alcohol, drugs, guns, vulgar, violent, offensive, or gang-related content.




Student Drop Off & Pick Up


If you are dropping your child off before school, or picking them up after school, please use the back parking lot next to the baseball field.  


During pick-up and drop-off times, the front of the school is reserved for our buses.  


Parents can drop their student off as early as 8:13 am and should pick their student up by 3:10 pm (Monday-Thursdays) or 1:40 pm (Fridays).


Here is the map that shows the flows of parent traffic. Traffic flow is ALWAYS ONE WAY for Student drop off and pick up





Tolt Yearbooks


If you have not yet purchased a yearbook for your student, the cost is $34.00 and can be paid for online through E-funds, or in the Tolt main office.  They will be passed out to students close to the end of the school year.




WEB Leaders


If your 7th grader is interested in becoming a WEB leader for next year, WEB applications are due May 6th by 3 pm in the counseling center.  Interested 7th-grade students can pick up an application in the office or from their 7th-grade teachers. We are looking for next year's WEB leaders to lead the 6th-grade orientation on the first day of school and take part in the WEB program.  




Class Fees


If your student still owes any class fees, please remember that they must be paid as soon as possible.   

  • You can pay on-line through e-Funds for Schools, or by cash or check in the main office.   
  • If you have questions regarding these fees, please call 425-844-4600.  
  • If you are interested in scholarship assistance, contact the Counseling Center at 425-844-4607.  Thank you!




Nurse's Notes 



Only a few short weeks until summer arrives!

  • For our new incoming 6th graders! Additional vaccinations for middle school studentsAll incoming 6th graders, aged 11-12 years, need to receive the Tdap booster for 6th grade entry.   If your student is not old enough to receive this vaccine during the summer, please schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider to receive the Tdap as soon as they are old enough. This is a required vaccine for school. 
  • 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 for students with Individual Health Plans and Emergency Care Plans. This is a great time to make sure your student's immunizations are up-to-date, obtain any necessary signatures for health forms, and complete sports physicals. If you have any questions regarding your student's health plan or immunization status, please contact me. 
  • Seeking mentors! Our Youth Success Mentoring program starts next school year. If you're interested in becoming a mentor, please talk with Nurse Rachel. We'd love to have you join the program!
  • National School Nurses Day! May 8th is National school nurses day; May 6-12 is National nurses week. Nurses work in thousands of different fields all over the world. Check out this article talking about 5 ways a school nurse benefits the school. If you or someone you know is a nurse - thank you for all you do!!
  • Head outside this spring! 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.


Thank you for helping us keep everyone at school healthy!

Rachel Tomczek, RN





8th Grade Dance

Save the Date for the Tolt 8th Grade Dance

Friday, June 7, 2018 at 7 pm 


Buy your ticket now

Tickets are $15 in advance and are available now to purchase online.


Calling all 6th and 7th Grade parents! 

We need 6th and 7thGrade parents to help chaperone this fantastic, fun event. It is tradition each year to NOT have 8th grade parents chaperone to allow the kids to feel a bit more independence during their celebration. Being a chaperone is a fun and easy way to volunteer your time and pay it forward for your kiddos when it is their turn to attend!

Chaperones will be needed from 6:40-9:30pm on June 7th at the Riverview District Building. You will NOT be asked to clean up after the event...just roam around during the dance and make sure everyone is being appropriate and that no students leave the building or main dance area. There will be some RSD teachers chaperoning as well. I will hold a very brief meeting on a separate date prior to the event to go over specifics.


Please contact me if you are interested in helping chaperone the dance or if you have any questions.


Thank you so much!

Jessica Coon

8th Grade Dance Committee Volunteer





8th Grade Families Save the Dates

Friday, June 7th: 8th Grade Dance, 7pm @ ESC

Friday, June 21st:  8th Graders to Wild Waves

Tuesday, June 25th: 8th Grade Moving up Ceremony, 7pm @ CHS





Staff Appreciation is next week - May 6-10th.

Let's celebrate our wonderful Staff!!

If you would like to help out, please check out our Facebook page  "Tolt Middle School PTSA " for sign up information.  We will be serving lunches, breakfast one morning and have a popcorn bar on Friday with lots of treats!  


General Membership Meeting

June 5th at 3:15pm in the MPR at Tolt.

 We will vote on the budget for next year and the PTSA board members for the 2019-2020 school year.


If you are interested in a board position, please contact Jenn Anderson (, Kristen Federico ( or Andrea McKiernan (


We are also looking for a person to take over the Membership position for next year.  If interested, please contact Leigh-Ann Gutmann (


Tolt Student Store

PARENTS - DO YOU NEED EAR BUDS for your Student?

 (Mandatory in many classrooms and for upcoming testing in May) Or maybe an extra pencil or two for testing? Send your kids down to the Student Store where we have those supplies and many more for school. Ear Buds are just $6, and Pencils are $.25. 

PARENTS OF 8TH GRADERS - Please remind your student that they must use up their Student Store punch cards by the end of the year.  Thank you. The Student Store will open our concession stand for the May 9th track and field meet after school.  Come cheer on the Tolt kids and support the PTSA through concessions!


If you are interested in volunteering at the Student Store this year or next, please contact Kristen Federico at  We'd love to have you!




CHS Presents MAMA MIA!





Summer Camps

These camps are not endorsed by the Riverview School District.  


Current 5-6th graders only. Space open in UW architecture camp-includes building a city and fieldtrips.


Wilderness Camps


Opportunities for apprentice farmers:  


Young Farmers, Chefs and Bakers:


Variety of programs


Dance Camps:


Singing Camp, Ages 12+


Sports Camp Conncection


Computer Camps 


GIRLS Tech camps at UW ages 10-15


Variety of digital media classes 


Film Making, ages 13-18 only:


Free bereavement camp for ages 6-17 who have experienced the loss of someone close to them  




CHS Summer Athletic Camps





June 27th & 28th , July 1st & 2nd


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

SESSION II: Boys Grades 4th through 6th - 10:00 AM 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 3rd through 6th - 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

SESSION II: Girls Grades 7th through 9th - 4:30 PM 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 through 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




Duvall Days 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Grab 2 or 3 of your friends and join Cedarcrest Select Basketball for our 3rd Annual Duvall Days 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament! 


Sign up at the link below and bring your GAME June 1st!





Bus Drivers Wanted

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 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



5/3               Full Day Friday

5/10             Full Day Friday

5/13 - 5/17  8th Grade Testing

5/17             Full Day Friday

5/21 & 22   Smarter Balanced Testing ALL grades

5/23            Student of the Month Ceremony 8:40am

5/24            Early Release at 1:27 pm

5/27            Memorial Day -- NO SCHOOL

5/29 & 30   Smarter Balanced Testing  ALL grades

5/31            Full Day Friday




6/6              5th Grade Transition Event

6/7              Early Release at 1:27 p.m.

6/7              8th Grade Dance @ ESC

6/14            Early Release at 1:27 p.m.

6/21            8th Graders to Wild Waves

6/21            Full Day Friday 

6/25            Last Day of School Dismiss at 2:57 pm

6/25            8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony at CHS @ 7pm              l





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