Small Thunderbird

Tolt Middle School  

3740 Tolt Avenue

Carnation, WA 98014 


September 2019





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Main Office:


Attendance Office:   


Counseling Office:  



Office Hours

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






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Mon.,Wed., Thurs. 

bus leaves Tolt @ 5:00 pm




Tues. bus leaves Tolt @ 4:30 pm

1st stop is Stillwater Church

2nd stop is CHS

3rd stop is 2nd & Stephans


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A Message from the Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,


We've had a fabulous start to the school year! It's been great to meet our incoming students and see our returning students (and how they grew over the summer). Our WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) program was again a success with our 8th grade WEB leaders doing a wonderful job helping our 6th graders to learn how we do things at Tolt.


We've shared with students about our updated cell phone policy, which we are calling "Away for the Day." Our staff believes that students will be more engaged in learning by keeping their cell phones in their backpacks. We also believe that face-to-face communication is an important skill to develop and use to build social connections. If you ever need to communicate with your student while they are at school, please call our main office and we will deliver a note to them.


We've also started our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) implementation by introducing The Thunderbird Way, which states how we are respectful, responsible, and safe. Our staff is acknowledging students who display The Thunderbird Way by giving them Tolt Tickets, which can be used to enter raffles or buy things at the Student Store. We plan on reinforcing and reminding students of The Thunderbird Way throughout the year.


In an effort to increase communication with families, we will be launching an Instagram and Twitter page to share information about what's going on at Tolt. More information about these pages will be coming soon.


Our staff is looking forward to meeting parents and guardians at our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 12th. You will have the opportunity to hear directly from your student's teachers about their classes and how you can support their learning at home. We hope to see you there.


Lastly, you may have noticed last week when our district calendar was finalized that our parent-teacher conferences will be in October. In the past, conferences have been in November. The reason for this shift is so our teachers can connect with parents about their student's progress earlier in the year. We will have conferences at Tolt on the evening of Wednesday, October 9th and all day on Thursday, October 10th. Our students will not attend school on Thursday, October 10th. More information about our October conferences will be available next week.


Our staff wants to do whatever we can so your student is successful this year. Please reach out if there is ever anything we can do to support them. 


Thank you for sharing your wonderful students with us.


Go Thunderbirds!

Amie Karkainen, Principal




Welcome To Our Wonderful New Tolt Staff Members


From L to R: Scott Peterson, Kyle Brown, Debra Franco, Cindy Stout, Carrie Holeman, Lauren Holmes, Dawn Corbin, Regan Wessmann, Mike Stone, Nick Mellander, and Joe Ayers




Picture Day

Tolt Families,


Students will have their school pictures taken on Monday, September 9th and Tuesday, September 10th by Photography by Joy of North Bend.  Students in 6th grade will have their picture taken during their PE, tech, or art class.  Students in 7th and 8th grade will have their picture taken during their PE or health class. Students NOT in PE rotation will have their picture taken during first period on September 10th.  Here's the schedule as to when students in each class will have their school picture taken:



Monday, September 9th

Tuesday, September 10th

1st Period

Stull - Health 8

Wessman - PE 8

Lauren Holmes

Bawden - PE 7

Sjoerdsma - PE 7

No PE/Health rotation

2nd Period

Stull - PE 8

Wessman - PE 8

Sjoerdsma - PE 7

Thompson - Health 7

3rd Period

Bawden - PE 6

Wessman - PE 8

Ish - Art 6

Sjoerdsma - PE 7

Thompson - PE 7

4th Period

Bawden - PE 6

Taylor - PE 6

Wessman - PE 8

McFarland - Tech 6

Stull - PE 7

Ish - Art 6

5th Period

Bawden - PE 6

Stull - PE 8

Taylor - PE 6

Ish - Art 6

McFarland - Tech 6

Sjoerdsma - Health 7

6th Period

Stull - PE 8

Wessman - Health 8

Bawden - PE 7

Sjoerdsma - PE 7


If you would like to purchase student photos online, please visit the Online Photo Store at: before Monday, September 9th.  If you prefer to order your photos by sending in an order form/payment with your student, you can download a PDF of the order form and print it out at home at this link:  


Paper photo order forms will also be available in the main office at Tolt.




Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 12th at 6:15 pm.  This is a time for parents and guardians to meet their students' teachers, follow their daily classroom schedule, and learn more about the courses they are taking.  


Here is the schedule for the evening:

6:15 - 6:30    Welcome in Gym, Introduction of Staff Members

       6:30 - 6:35    Released to 1st Period

       6:35 - 6:43    1st Period
       6:48 - 7:01    2nd Period
       7:06 - 7:14    3rd Period
       7:19 - 7:27    4th Period
       7:32 - 7:40    5th Period
       7:45 - 7:53    6th Period


Your student should bring home a class schedule (filled out by them) listing the order of their classes with their teachers' names, classroom numbers, and a school map.  If that doesn't come home for some reason, you can print their schedule from Skyward Family Access under the Schedule Tab.  


Due to the limited time, teachers will not be able to discuss individual students with you during Curriculum Night.  However, teachers will provide a sign-up sheet for both in-school and telephone conferences to be scheduled at a later time.    


Since this is a time set aside just for parents and guardians to meet teachers, we are asking that students not attend this evening.


Please arrive early as parking will be limited.


We are looking forward to seeing parents and guardians at Curriculum Night!


A Spanish Interpreter will be available.




Tolt Dam Evacuation Drill

Tolt Dam Evacuation Drill is scheduled for

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


As many of you know, the Riverview School District participates in a simulation, along with local agencies, in the event of a dam breach.  At approximately 9:40 AM, all 6th grade students at Tolt Middle School will participate in a dam evacuation drill.  Look for more information to come home with your student.


Please remind your students to dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes.  We are hopeful the weather will be cooperative; however, if the day brings a downpour of rain, we will reschedule the drill.




Nurses Corner


Welcome to a new school year! 


Thank you to each of you who brought emergency medications and immunization paperwork to registration and during this first week of school. 


Immunizations: All K-12 students are required to show proof of receiving 2 varicella vaccinations or immunity to chickenpox and all incoming 6th grade students are required to have a Tdap booster. Notification of students with non-compliant or incomplete records will be mailed out in early October and by state law, all students must be in full compliance (or have a signed exemption, cosigned by their health care provider) by the end of October.


Medications: We have a new form for self-carrying over the counter medications! Your student may carry a one-day supply of an over the counter medication (i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Claritin, etc.) in the original container with the appropriate label. You can ask Nurse Rachel for the form to fill out.

  • If your student needs a prescription medication, depending on what the medication is, they may be allowed to carry it in their backpack; however, you still need to have a medication authorization form filled out by you and your healthcare provider.
    You can find the form here: 


Paperwork: Please turn in an annual health concerns update form so we have the most up-to-date health information for your student. If your student has a significant health condition, talk with Nurse Rachel about the need to have an Emergency Care Plan or Individual Health Plan on file for your student.


As the weather is beginning to change, remember that colds and flu season are right around the corner! Tips for staying healthy: good handwashing with soap and water every time you use the restroom, blow your nose, before and after eating, etc.; don't share food; good rest; healthy food; spend time outside. Please remember that if your student has a fever of 100, vomiting and/or diarrhea, they may not attend school until free of these symptoms for 24 hours. If these symptoms occur while at school they need to go home and be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Let's make this a safe and healthy year!


Rachel Tomczek, RN





Counseling Office

Would your child benefit from participating in small group counseling?


Throughout the school year, the Tolt Middle School counselors host a range of small group counseling sessions. If you feel that your child would benefit from being part of one of these groups, please send us your child's name, grade level and group that you are interested in them being part of. The groups usually range in size from 5-10 students and meet once a week for approximately 8 weeks. The groups are usually held during lunchtime. 

  • Loss/Grief
  • High Anxiety/Stress
  • Changing Families
  • Social Skills

If you are interested in having your student participate in one of these groups, please email the following information to your student's counselor:

  • Student's Full Name
  • Student's Grade Level
  • Name of small group that you are interested in

Counselor Contact Information:

Carrie Diligencia: 

Students with last names beginning with A - K

Tim Suchsland: 

Students with last names beginning with L - Z




Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones can be a useful 21st century tool.  At Tolt, we strive to keep students fully engaged in the learning activities planned and the vital face-to-face communication that is essential for us to practice and develop in middle school.  To attain this focus, cell phones will be "Away for the Day."


All personal telecommunication devices are to be put away in bags or backpacks during school hours.  Cell phones should be turned off when students arrive on campus in the morning and stay away until the end of the school day. 


Parents/guardians and students can communicate with each other during school hours via the main office at (425) 844-4600.


We recognize that there are times when parents need to communicate with their student during the school day. If you call our main office, we will deliver a message to your student. There is a phone in the main office that students can use if they ever need to call their parents.


Thank you in advance for your support as we seek to help students stay engaged in learning.



Bus Passes

  • Alternate bus arrangements will only be allowed with a signed note from the parent/guardian or through email.
  • Please have bus arrangements turned into the Attendance office by 1:00 p.m.
  •  Phone calls for a bus pass are not accepted.
  • Students need to bring their notes to the attendance office before school or at lunch on the day they need a bus pass. 
  •  If parents are using email, please email Cindy Stout in the attendance office at

as early in the day as possible. 





We believe students need to be in school in order to receive the best education possible.  Parents should contact the Attendance Secretary, Cindy Stout (425) 844-4606 or email within 48 hours to excuse an absence or tardy or send a note with your child to school. Without notification from the student's parent or guardian, the absence will be considered unexcused.  


Requesting homework will only be done for absences that are three (3) or more days and students will have one (1) day to make up work for each excused day of absence.  


Here is the Riverview School District Board Policies regarding Excused and Unexcused Absences and Tardies




Free/Reduced Lunch

Depending on your family income and household size, you may qualify for free or reduced price meals.  


The forms to apply are available at all schools, on the district website on the Food Service Department page and through Family Access to apply on-line.

  • If you used the District's Free/Reduced Lunch Program last year new paperwork is required to be renewed each year.  
  • If you did not resubmit an application during registration your student could be dropped from the program at the end of September.  
  • One application works for the whole family so if you did fill out paperwork at another child's school you should be covered for the year.  
  • Applications can be found on the District Website under the Food Services web page.


If you have questions about the breakfast and lunch meal program, please contact Kaye Wetli, SNS, Supervisor of Food Services, 425-844-4560, or visit the Food Services Department page on the District Website.




Parent Drop Off /Pickup Zone

Due to safety concerns, before and after school student drop off and pick up will be in the parking lot at the back of the school by the baseball fields.  


This area can be accessed by the using the parking lot entrance closest to the gym and driving past the staff parking lot to the back of the school.  


Students should not be dropped off or picked up in the front parking lot before or after school. 




Morning Drop Off Information

Breakfast is served at 8:13 a.m.  


Please do not drop off students earlier than 8:10 am, we do not have sufficient supervision before 8:10 a.m.


If dropping students off for Jazz Band prior to school starting, please drop kids off at the baseball field and not the staff parking lot.  We want to avoid cars pulling in and kids walking across the lot at the same time. 





Welcome to the 2019-20 school year at Tolt from the PTSA!  


Our first General Membership Meeting is Sept. 12th at 5:45 pm in the gym, before Curriculum Night.  So - come early and get a parking spot - we would love for you to join us!

We will be voting on the Budget and changes to the Standing Rules and also discuss volunteer opportunities for members. 



Tolt PTSA has a Facebook Page! Come follow up to receive announcements and updates in your daily feed:



It's back to school time, which also means it's PTSA Membership time! Have you joined yet for the new year? It's simple and easy at PTSA is membership driven, and we need you! You do NOT need to volunteer or come to meetings if you join (although we welcome that). But your support helps drive the student store, social events, art programs, and more.



Tolt PTSA invites all students to enter the Reflections Art Competition for 2019-2020! Students may enter original works based on the theme LOOK WITHIN. Entries are due to the school office by Wednesday, October 23rd. 

Students can enter in the following six art categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music, Dance, and Film. Students can enter in multiple categories, but only one entry per category per student, please. 


·        2019-20 Generic Entry Form

·        2019-20 Spanish Entry Form (not online yet) 

Each entry must have a completed entry form and comply with contest rules. You can get a packet with detailed rules and forms at the school office, by emailing Ivonne Scheumann, or by visiting

All entries will be displayed and celebrated. Top scoring pieces will advance to compete at the Riverview PTSA Council competition. 

Volunteers needed! Interested in helping with the Reflections Art Program? Contact Reflections Chair Ivonne Scheumann at  
Brought to you by your National, State, and Local PTSA. 



We are excited to bring you another fun year of the PTSA-sponsored Tolt Student Store - We open on Monday, September 9th and will be open every day during lunch!!

  • We will also have Concessions at the Sept. 26th Cross Country meet at Tolt!
  • We have snacks, drinks AND school supplies. 
  • Our prices start at $.25
  • We will run Fun Friday specials each week.  Make sure your student stops by the store to check them out! 


The Student Store is a different account than a student lunch account. We accept cash, Tolt Tickets, and Student Store Punch cards to make purchases.


Please remember we cannot make change for $20 bills - smaller bills are much easier for your kids to use at school. 


Want to purchase a $5/10 Punch Card for your student, so they can use it at the store? 

    • Send kids with cash to buy one at the store or purchase a Punch Card online at our PTSA website and we'll deliver it to the Student Store Tolt PTSA
    • We KEEP the Punch Cards at the store, for all-around safety. 


If you would like to volunteer and work a shift in the store (daily 11:15am-1:15pm), please contact Kristen Federico at  It's run completely by volunteers and we'd love to have your help!!




Parent SBC Rep Needed

The Tolt SBC committee is looking for Parent Rep volunteer.  For more information, please contact Ms. Karkainen:




Calendar of Events

9/6           Full day Friday, dismiss at 2:57p.m.

9/9           Picture Day

9/10         Picture Day

9/12         PTSA meeting @ 5:45 p.m.

9/12         Curriculum Night @ 6:15 p.m. in the Tolt MPR

9/13         Early Release @ 1:27 p.m.

9/20         Early Release @ 1:27 p.m.

9/26         Dam Evacuation Drill

9/27         Early Release @ 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 (425-844-4500) and Section 504/ADA Coordinator  425-844-4500) at 15510 1st Ave. NE, Duvall, WA 98019.