Important Phone Numbers
7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Check grades weekly with your student at:
**Skyward will be
down from Friday, October 5th at 6:00 PM until Sunday October 7th at
11:59 PM to perform required system upgrades.
Mon., Weds, Thurs. bus leaves Tolt @
Tues. bus leaves Tolt @ 4:30
is Stillwater Church
2nd stop is
3rd stop is
2nd & Stephens
TMS is collecting GM Boxtops and
Campbells Soup Labels.
Help our school earn extra $$$$
Turn them into your 6th period
teacher. The class that turns in the most will receive hot
Letter From the Principal
Dear Thunderbird Families,
We're in full swing here at Tolt with
lots of exciting things happening. Our 6th graders look like they are
enjoying Thunderbird life, the sports teams showed great sportsmanship
at their first home matches, students were very respectful during last
week's Dam Evacuation Drill, clubs are kicking off with high numbers of
students participating, and our days are filled with lots of learning
as our outstanding teachers provide students with engaging activities.
We should be so proud of our school.
The month of October is filled with
several events to share with you.
- Thursday, October 4th, we
will have an assembly with speaker John "Push" Gaines,
who will talk to our students about resiliency.
- Tuesday, October 9th, is
our annual ASB magazine drive kick-off assembly. This drive funds
the many activities, clubs and sports we have here at
- Thursday, October 11th, our
6th and 8th grade students will take the Healthy Youth Survey in
their science classes.
- The week of October
15th-19th, is our first Spirit Week of the year with fun dress up
days and our annual Student-Staff volleyball game assembly on
Thursday, October 18th.
Thank you to all of you who attended our Curriculum Night
in September. We had a great turn-out and our staff appreciated the
opportunity to connect with so many of you. It's not too late to join
the Tolt PTSA and help them reach
their goal of 300 members. Your support of our school matters.
We want to do everything we can to help your student to
have positive experiences at Tolt. Please feel free to reach out if
there is anything we can do to better meet the needs of your student.
Grateful to serve this special school community,
Amie Karkainen, Principal
Magazine Drive Starts Oct. 9th
Tuesday, October 9th is the
start of the Tolt Middle School Annual Magazine Fundraiser.
All money earned through the sales of
magazine subscriptions, goes entirely to support Tolt's ASB
These funds help provide the school
with resources to enhance your student's middle school
experience. Some of the programs funded by the Magazine Drive
Tickets and Bus Tickets
o Pizza Drawing
o Treats at the
- Student of
the Month Ceremony
Socials and Dances
Assemblies and Spirit Weeks
- Clubs and
Don't "need" any magazines but want to support
$20 donation = 1 magazine Subscription. Please make checks
payable to "Tolt ASB"
Spirit Week, October 15 - 19
Tolt ASB has planned a
fun-filled Spirit week!
Each day there will be a different
- Monday: Messy versus Dressy
- Tuesday: Tutu Day
- Wednesday: Camo Day
- Thursday: Color Day
There will be a student vs. staff volleyball game during the
assembly on Thursday, October 18th.
Picture Retakes will be on Monday, October
If your student missed picture day or
is unhappy with their original pictures, please have them get their
picture taken on October 22nd.
- Retake forms are available
in the main office.
- If you would like to order
online: mylifetouch.com Picture
day ID: LS118071Q1
- If your student was unhappy
with their original pictures, please have them bring the original
order back on retake day.
(for 7th and 8th graders) and Boys' and Girls' Wrestling (for 6th, 7th
and 8th graders) start on Monday, October 29, 2018.
- In order to be eligible for
the first practice, online registration and a current physical are
due by Monday, October 22, 2018.
- If your student has already
participated in a sport this year, you don't need to complete any
more registration paperwork.
- More details can be found
on the Tolt
Website under the Sports tab.
- Questions? Please
call the main office at 425-844-4600
- Alternate bus
arrangements will only
be allowed with a signed
note or email from a parent or guardian.
- Students need
to bring their notes to the Attendance
Office before noon on the day they need their bus
Winning Tolt Tickets and Bus Tickets
Lauren Nguyen, Hilary Kane, & Bricelyn McCadam for submitting the
winning designs for the 2018/2019 Tolt Tickets and Bus Tickets!!
To see the winning
designs, please click on the link below:
As school counselors at Tolt Middle
School, we support students with personal/social concerns, academic
challenges and career/college awareness. Starting the first week
of October we will be presenting to students how to access their
counselor if they need to meet. We will be following up with lessons to
help foster resiliency and growth mindset. The purpose of the
these lessons will cover the following areas:
1) Fostering and
encouraging resiliency and grit in students;
stress and anxiety;
We encourage you to check with your
child to find out what they learned from our classroom presentations
and how these skills will help them in middle school and beyond!
Also, we will be starting small groups
this fall. Along with meeting with counselors on-on-one, students
can take part in groups where students working on similar skills and
concerns. These groups will include:
- Family change
- Friendship/Social skills
Email your child's counselor, if you are interested in
having him or her participate in one of these groups:
students with last names A-K
students with last names L-Z.
Here's to another great year of
reading! Please encourage your students to read at least 20 minutes
Teen Read Week is
This year's theme is "It's Written
in the Stars: READ" - science fiction and fantasy are the focus,
as well as great non-fiction choices featuring space.
Week is October 15-19
What does it mean to be a good digital
citizen? As students spend more time using computers in their academic
and social lives, they should know basic expectations of how to
interact with others online and how to manage their time. CommonSense
Media is a great resource for parents, featuring articles on all sorts
of tech topics: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Students may check out up to six books
at a time for a two week period. Students may return books before
school, during lunch, between classes, or after school. Please
encourage students to renew or return library books to avoid overdue
books and to avoid backpack damage to books by placing them carefully
in book pockets.
The Book Fair arrives in November!
Please take time to stop by the fair during parent-teacher conferences.
This fundraiser helps us purchase new items for your students. If you'd
like to volunteer, we'd love to have you! Please contact us at the
library or through the PTSA if you are interested in helping.
Liana Bigham, TMS Librarian
Junior Honor Society
The first National Junior Honor Society
meeting of the year will be on October 23, from 3:00 PM until 4:20 PM.
(Please stay tuned for the location at Tolt)
Your advisers for the year, Mrs. Switaj
and Mrs. Pellham, are looking forward to a great year in NJHS.
Autumn is here and with it comes those
runny noses and coughs. Here are 5 tips for staying health during this
beautiful Autumn season:
1. Wash your hands. Regular
hand washing can prevent the spread of illness. 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. Try to keep your hands away from your face, mouth, and
nose; places where germs can enter your body. If you're coughing or
sneezing - ALWAYS do so into your elbow!
off with a strong, healthy breakfast in the morning.
home and rest if you are not feeling well.
You should keep your student home for 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 or diarrhea should
also remain home until symptom free for 24 hours.
plenty of water.
current on vaccinations. Reminder: all
sixth grade students are required to have a Tdap booster. Please
provide the date to the school nurse so we can update student
vaccination files. If you have not yet received required
vaccinations, please schedule an appointment with your health care
I hope you all have a wonderful Autumn!
Thank you to all who
turned out for out first General Meeting at Curriculum Night - it was
great to see you all.
Thank you to all who
have joined the Tolt PTSA thus far! Have you joined yet?
Membership does not require you to volunteer or attend meetings
(although we welcome that). Your membership does give you voting
eligibility at meetings, provides you access to state and national
benefits at a variety businesses and events, and shows your support for
programs offered by PTSA at Tolt. Please join today online
at: Tolt PTSA
We invite all of our
Thunderbirds to participate in this year's Reflection Art
Competition. Reflections is a National PTA program celebrating
the arts that starts at the school level. The theme this
year is "Heroes Around Me," and students need to submit their
entries to the school office by October 24th.
The full packet with
rules, information, and entry form is available at the school office
and can also be downloaded at:
Questions: Want a
packet emailed to you? Interested in volunteering with this
program? Contact Tara Bergman at firstname.lastname@example.org
first Student Store Holiday Gift Gram is coming!! What is a
Gift Gram? It's a special sweet food treat that kids can only get
through purchasing a Gift Gram. The treats are available BY
PRE-ORDER ONLY. THEY CANNOT BE PURCHASED THE DAY OF.
Kids can only purchase 1 Gift Gram for themselves but can purchase
more to give to their friends. Gift Grams can be pre-ordered
on 10/26, 10/29, and 10/30 and kids can redeem their Gift Gram for
Goodies on Wednesday, October 31st, ONLY during their lunch.
Student Store accepts cash and punch cards.
can purchase a $5 or $10 punch card at the store or you can
purchase one online at our PTSA
Website and we'll deliver it to the Student
you would like to volunteer at the Student Store, please contact
Kristen Federico at Kristen_Federico@hotmail.com
Come join the Tolt Math
- Meets every Tuesday after
school in Mod 4 (Ms. Cain's room)
- Starts October 2nd,
- All Students Welcome
We compete in math competitions, play math games, and have
conferences are just around the corner. This year conferences will be
held on November
16, 19 & 20.
More details about
conferences will be in next month's newsletter.
Students will be dismissed at 11:52AM on November 16, 19, 20,and 21.
Early Release @ 1:27PM
Magazine Sale Begins -- Afternoon Assembly
Early Release @ 1:27PM
paperwork for Wrestling and Girls' Basketball due
Student of the Month Celebration
Early Release @ 1:27PM
Wrestling and Girls' Basketball begins
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.