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Tolt Middle School
3740 Tolt Avenue
Carnation, WA 98014

November 2018




Important Phone Numbers

Main Office:


Attendance Office:   425-844-4606

Counseling Office:  



Office Hours

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




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Mon., Wed. & Thurs. bus leaves Tolt @ 5:00




Tues. bus leaves Tolt @ 4:30


1st stop is Stillwater Church

2nd stop is CHS

3rd stop is 2nd & Stephans


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,

Awesome things are continuing to happen at Tolt. Our 6th graders are settling into the rhythms of middle school, we've had several assemblies that our students seemed to really enjoy, our participation in after-school activities is up, we had good participation in our first spirit week of the year, our students have benefitted from new presentation stations in our classrooms, and, most importantly, our students are learning at high levels as our teachers are being intentional and thoughtful about delivering quality instruction that appropriately challenges each of their students. We are excited about what still lies ahead for us this year as we build on the momentum of a very positive first two months of school.

As we approach the end of first quarter, now is a great time to check in with your student about how school is going. It's an opportunity to compare their hopes and goals for the year with their performance to date. I encourage you to focus these conversations on learning, not just assignment completion. It is easy for students to lose sight of this goal when they are so focused on keeping up with their daily work and projects. Help them reflect on what they have learned this year and what they can do better for the rest of the year. This is also a great time to look at your student's planner and replenish any necessary school supplies. Please let us know if we can support you in these conversations with your student. The school-home partnership is so important for middle school students, and we value having strong relationships with families.

We have several events coming up this month to highlight. Our 7th and 8th grade Leadership class has been planning our Veteran's Day Assembly on Thursday, November 8th. We hope many of you are able to come to our conferences on November 16th, 19th and 20th (see more information below). Our WEB program will have its next academic follow-up and first after-school social. Girls' basketball and wrestling will be in full swing. We'll have an all-school social prior to Thanksgiving break. Our music programs will kick-off their fall concert season, starting with a recital tonight featuring our 6th grade strand students in choir. We certainly have lots to look forward to in the coming weeks.

It is such a joy and honor to work with our students as they work hard to succeed in their classes, look for ways to help others, try new things, learn from their failures, and develop into young adults. I am so grateful to serve in such an outstanding community with amazing students, incredible staff, and wonderful families. We have so much to be proud of here at Tolt and in Riverview.

Warm regards,
Amie Karkainen, Principal





November Conferences

Friday, November 16th

  • Half-Day - Early Release at 11:52 AM
  • Teacher-Scheduled Conferences from 12:30-3 PM: 
  • By invitation only.  Parents and guardians will be notified in advance if they are invited to attend a conference with their student's team of teachers. This day is only for conferences scheduled by our teachers.

Monday, November 19th

  • Half-Day - Early Release at 11:52 AM
  • Arena-Style Conferences from 12:30-3 PM: 
  • All parents/guardians welcome

Tuesday, November 20th

  • Half-Day - Early Release at 11:52 AM
  • Arena-Style Conferences from 12:30-3 PM and 4:30-7 PM: 
  • All parents/guardians welcome

Wednesday, November 21st

  • Half-Day - Early Release at 11:52 AM for Thanksgiving Holiday

We hope to have a large turn-out at our conferences this year on November 16th, 19th, and 20th. In order to accommodate conferences, students will have half-days on November 16th, 19th, 20th and 21st. Conferences on Friday, November 16th are by invitation only. All parents and guardians are welcome to attend our arena-style conferences on Monday, November 19th and Tuesday, November 20th in our MPR (multi-purpose room). A Spanish interpreter will be available on Tuesday, November 20th during the 4:30-7 PM session.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the Monday or Tuesday afternoon session if their schedule allows since we anticipate the Tuesday evening session will be more crowded. Since conferences will end on time, please arrive early enough that you have plenty of time to both wait in line and talk with your student's teachers. Expect teachers to keep conversations short so they can talk with all their families. Making it a priority to attend conferences is a great way to get personalized feedback about how your student is doing at Tolt.

Our annual Tolt Book Fair will occur during our arena-style conferences on the stage in the MPR. Our Book Fair is coordinated by our librarian, Liana Bigham, to make it more convenient for you to browse age-appropriate books while supporting our library. Families are also invited to stop by our PTSA table during our arena-style conferences to learn more about how to support our wonderful PTSA.

We hope to see you at our conferences in November!





7th Grade Vision and Hearing Screening


On Monday, November 5th TMS will have its annual hearing and vision screening for 7th graders.  If your student wears glasses/contacts please make sure that they are wearing them the day of screening.  Students will be screened with their corrective lenses on.  Follow-ups and referrals will be made as needed following the screening.   

If you have a student who is not a 7th grader but may have a vision or hearing concern, you are welcome to refer them anytime during the year and I'm happy to screen their vision and/or hearing. Please contact Rachel Tomsczek 425-844-4662 or






Many of our students at Tolt have concerns that cause them stress.  Students can benefit from the opportunity to discuss feelings about these concerns within a counseling group.  In these groups students have the opportunity to share feelings with peers, problem solve, and develop coping strategies around a common topic.  The counseling center is organizing a variety of groups this year made up of 4-8 students that will meet for one class period or during lunch once a week.  Groups are currently being planned to address the following issues: 

  • Family Changes for students who have experienced a separation and/or divorce in the family.

  • Affected Others for students with alcohol and other drug concerns for self, friends or family members.nbsp;

  • WhyTry? Curriculum to increase school motivation.

  • Good Grief to develop positive support and coping skills for dealing with the death of someone close to the student.

  • Lunch Bunch for students looking to learn how to make new friends, be a better friend, and resolve conflicts with friends.

  • StressLess for students looking to learn how to juggle all of the responsibilities that make up a middle school life.

If you believe that your child would benefit from exposure to one of the above groups or for more information, please contact: 

Carrie Diligencia 425-844-4608 (last names A-K) or 

Tim Suchsland 425-844-4609 (last names L-Z)


November Health News 

Say "Boo" to the Flu!  Washing hands, coughing/sneezing into your elbow, lots of rest, staying hydrated, and eating healthy are ways to stay flu free during the Autumn and Winter seasons.

  • Please 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 with vomiting or diarrhea should also remain home until symptom free for 24 hours.  
  • November is National Diabetes Month! According to the CDC more than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. Take a moment to remember those in your life with diabetes and continue to support them!  
  • Prescription Drug TakeBack Day is EVERYDAY in King County! Permanent, secure medicine return locations may be found by visiting Nationally, almost 80 percent of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin. Getting rid of unused medication in the home, is one of the most powerful ways to prevent problems associated with inappropriate medicine access (misuse, accidental poisoning, overdose, even suicide).  In addition to disposal, locking medicines securely helps prevent children, teens, or adults from accessing medications that have not been prescribed to them.
  • According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Additional TakeBack Day resources are located at

I hope you all have a wonderful November and Thanksgiving!   

Nurse Rachel



Library Corner 

Book Fair!

The first day of our Scholastic Book Fair is Wednesday, November 14th! The fair will be open at lunchtimes during the student day and open during conference times as well. Please stop by during conferences - your support of the fair is greatly appreciated as it helps us purchase items for the library. If you are looking for a way to volunteer at school, we'd love to have your help at the fair!


Not only are we thankful for your support of the Book Fair, we thank you for your support of your student's reading habit. We know how important it is for students to spend time every day reading and the impact it has in their lives! Please take time to talk with your student about the books and authors they enjoy and help them build a healthy reading practice.

Happy Reading!

Liana Bigham, Teacher Librarian



 Food Service Information


How Do I Deposit Money to My Student's Meal Account?

Deposits to the student meal account can be made three ways:

  1. Send cash to school with your student
  2. Send a check to school with your student
  3. Pay for meals on-line with e-Funds for Schools

How Can I Make Meal Payments on-line?

Pay for meals on-line with e-Funds for Schools. This service is offered by a third party service provider and the district does not request or keep records of family checking or credit card account information. Using your checking account information is a free service. There is a $1.00 fee for using a credit/debit card. On-line meal payments go immediately into your student's meal account. The e-Funds link is on the home page of the district website. There is also a link in Family Access on your student's Food Service page (Make a Payment). All student numbers begin with zero (0) in e-Funds. You can also choose to auto replenish your student's meal account funds when the amount falls below the amount you have selected.

How Do I Check Meal Account Balances and Purchases?

You can check your student's meal account balance through Family Access; select Food Service in the left hand column.

How Can I Set Up Low Account Balance Notification?

There are two ways to receive low account balance notifications:

  1. In Family Access, under My Account in the upper right of the screen, select the box to check to receive an email notice when your student's meal account balance falls below $6.50.
  2. E-Funds for Schools offers text and email notifications. From the home page, select Low Meal Balance, type in the Minimum Balance, click the Notice box, and click Apply Low Meal Balance Settings.

How Do I Set a Limit on My Student's A La Carte Purchases?

If you would like to set a limit on your student's a la carte purchases, please contact Sharon Fowler, Food Services Department Secretary, at 425-844-4523.

What Happens if My Student is Short on Money to Pay for the Meal?

If a student's meal account goes negative, a payment must be made to the student account. Negative charges on meal accounts are a temporary solution and are not intended to address issues of a parent/guardian's inability to pay for their child's meals. In those instances, an application for free or reduced meal benefits should be completed. The student's parent/guardian will be contacted if the account is negative.  

The Food Services Department Scope of Responsibility:

  • Responsible for providing healthy meals that meet nutritional standards for students of the Riverview School District.
  • To keep accurate food service account records and provide consistent communication with parents/guardians regarding low balances and charged meals.

The Parent/Guardian Scope of Responsibility:

  • Responsible for immediate payment for student meal purchases and promoting self-responsibility of their child/student.

Please contact Kaye Wetli, SNS, Supervisor of Food Services, if you have questions or comments regarding the breakfast and lunch meal program at 425-844-4560.



 Military Family Verification

The Military Verification window for the 2018-2019 school year is now open, and will close Friday, November 30th. If you have not yet verified your family's status, the following instructions will guide you through the process; verification must be completed for each student in your family:

  1. Log in to your Family Access account. (If you don't know your login credentials, contact Mardi Rezoski, registrar, at or 425-844-4607.)
  2. A prompt to Go to Military Verification for <your student's name> will appear at the top of the Home screen. If it does not, click on the Military Verification tab on the left.
  3. Click on your student's name.
  4. Click on 1. Verify Military Family and select your family's status; click on Complete Step 1 and move to Step 2.
  5. Verify the information and click on Submit Military Verification to complete the process.

School districts are required by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to collect data regarding ethnicity from active duty military families as well active reserves, all branches, and the Washington National Guard. Reasons for collection of the data include:

  1. to better provide additional services to the students;
  2. to afford a closer look at the test scores for these students, possibly showing the need for increased services to keep them on track for on-time graduation.

If you have any questions, please contact Mardi Rezoski at or 425-844-4607. 

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this task!



October Students of the Month

 Congratulations to the Students of the Month:

Maria Fernanda Alcantar Espinoza          Sofia Mineo

Connor Altmyer                                         Eli Mock

Pedro Alvarez Cisneros                             Ana Montes

Annika Andrews                                        Genoveve Nash

Caitlin Bartman                                          Natalie Neal

Maddie Benjamin                                       Lauren Nguyen

Nathaniel Bergman                                    Jane Ott

Sally Cha                                                   Peter Polner

Hasitha Chaparala                                     Carissa Pullis

Catalina De Dios                                        Kaylee Rogers

Hayden Dill                                                 Lucy Sommer

Jacob Hansen                                            Timothy Starns

Rubin Harris                                               Aiden Sutton

Dylan Hathaway                                         Selah Swart

Curtis Hernandez                                       Ethan Swenson

Cassidy Isaacson                                       Jaden Terry

Finn Jenkins                                               Jenna Thomas

Grayson Jones                                           Reagan Thompson

Elijah Karp                                                  Waylon Zeigler

Caedyn Martin





Book Fair

We are looking for a few volunteers for Book Fair.   

Please contact Liana Bigham - or Leigh-Ann Gutmann , if you are interested in helping. 

We need 2-3 volunteers per day.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 - during lunch from ~11:10-1:00
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 - during lunch from ~11:10-1:00
  • Friday, Nov. 16 - during lunch from ~10:00 - 11:30
  • Monday, Nov. 19 - during lunch from ~10:00 - 11:30
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20 - during lunch from ~10:00 - 11:30







The TMS Student Store is thankful for its volunteers!  We have almost 80 parents signed up to work at the store throughout the school year.  Thank you for giving your time and making the store a happy place for our kids to shop.  We are especially thankful for Shannon Knowles and Jenny Baumann, two of our volunteers who decorate the store each month making it look fabulous and festive. We are also thankful to the many parents and students who visited the concession stand during our cross country meets this fall.  We brought in approximately $625 during the three meets we offered concessions.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Student Store, please contact Kristen Federico at  We'd love to have you join us! 


You can now purchase your items online in 3 easy steps:

1. Go to the online store at

2. Choose your items and add them to your cart

3. Securely checkout with your credit card

Online Store Deadline: Sunday November 11th, 2018 (11:59pm PST)


Tolt PTSA relies on membership support, and our goal is to enroll 300 members this school year. We are currently at 244. Thank you, members! Joining PTSA shows your support for many programs at Tolt, from the Student Store and Reflections Art Competition to behind the scenes efforts like Power Packs food support and classroom supplies. Plus as PTSA member, you are eligible for discounts at many businesses. As an additional thank you, all who join as members prior to December 15th will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to The Grange in Duvall!  Who doesn't love a free meal during the busy holiday season?  You can join today by form at the school office or online at our PTSA Website.


We received 49 entries for this year's Reflections Art Competition based on the theme "Heroes Around Me." All participants will be rewarded with a lunchtime treat and entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to the Northwest Art Center. Top scoring pieces will advance to the district competition, and all artwork will be displayed during parent/teacher conferences. Winners will be announced in November. Well done to all of our creative Thunderbirds! 


*** 8th Grade parents PTSA is sponsoring the 8th grade Dance again this year.   We need awesome volunteers to make the night spectacular for the 8th graders. 

Contact Denise if you can volunteer and create a special night to remember.

*** 6th and 7th grade parents - WE NEED DANCE CHAPERONES! -This is a great opportunity to see what this dance thing is all about! We don't use 8th grade parents as chaperones, so we really need your help. Please consider signing up. It's fun and easy! 

Contact Denise if you can volunteer, and recruit your friends!


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Riverview School District Job Openings

Are You Interested in Working for the Riverview School District?

Work within the community you live and where you can work every day, part-time, or even substitute when you are available. Riverview is a great place to either start your career or give back to the schools by filling a variety of roles that help support our mission "Educator Children."

Several of the permanent positions for classified offer benefits and vacation as appropriate. For specifics go to the Riverview School District website at:

Click on Job Opportunities (in the upper right-hand corner or go to the Human Resources page, job openings).

Current Classified staff positions include:

  • Educational Assistant (Cherry Valley Elementary)

  • Food Server positions (Carnation Elementary and Cedarcrest High School)

  • Educational Assistant - Extended Day (Stillwater Elementary)

Substitutes both classified and certified:

  • Office/Clerical

  • Educational Assistant

  • Food Services

  • Custodial/Maintenance

  • Bus Driver

  • Teacher

If you have any questions regarding the positions available, how to apply online, or need any help with your application, please call 425-844-4500. 

Join Us!

The Human Resources Department



Calendar of Events

11/2        Early Release @1:27 pm

11/5        7th Grade Vision & Hearing Screening

11/6        End of First Quarter

11/8        Veterans' Day Assembly 

11/12      NO SCHOOL- Veteran's Day

11/16      Half Day Early Release for Students @ 11:52am

11/16      Invitation ONLY conferences

11/19      Half Day Early Release for Students @ 11:52am

11/19      Arena-Style Conferences 12:30-3:00 pm in MPR    

11/20      Half Day Early Release for Students @ 11:52am

11/20      Arena-Style Conferences:

                          12:30 - 3:00 pm in MPR and

                            4:30 - 7:00pm in MPR

11/21      Half-day early release @ 11:52 am

11/22      NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

11/23      NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

11/29      Student of the Month Ceremony 

11/30      Early Release @ 1:27 pm



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.