Small Thunderbird

Tolt Middle School  

3740 Tolt Avenue

Carnation, WA 98014 


August 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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A Letter from the Principal

Thunderbird Families,


Summer is still going strong but it's time to start getting ready for the upcoming school year. The start of school is one of my favorite times of the year because it represents a fresh start after time away with family and friends. I love seeing our returning students as well as meeting our new students. I hope your student is looking forward to a great year at Tolt!


Speaking of new, please join me in welcoming the following new staff members to Tolt. They are very much looking forward to investing into our students and school community.

  • Adam Del Rosso, Social Studies
  • Jeff Cornish, Multiage Science
  • Ann Gilcrease, Multiage LA/SS and Social Studies
  • Erika Martin, Language Arts
  • Natalie Page, Social Studies
  • Kenneth Stull, PE and Health
  • Rachel Tomczek, Nurse
  • Claire Wallace, ASB Secretary
  • Theresa Warren, Language Arts


Next Monday, August 27th is our Orientation from 8 - 11 am and 12 - 3 pm. See below for more information about this day. Student schedules will be released in Skyward this day and hard copies will be given to students who attend Orientation. I understand schedules were viewable in Skyward for a short period of time in July. Student schedules may have changed from what they were in July as our counselors have been balancing classes. Schedule change requests are typically only granted if there is an error in a student's schedule. We are excited about our new electives for 7th and 8th graders and did our best to give students their top choices even as this was not always possible. If you have a question or concern about your student's schedule, please contact their counselor. Since our counselors will be in all-day meetings on Tuesday, August 28th through Thursday, August 30th, they will respond to emails and phone calls received during this time as quickly as they can starting on Friday, August 31st.


We are excited about having the WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program at Tolt this year and have a wonderful group of 8th grade WEB leaders ready to help our 6th graders transition into life as a Thunderbird. While more information about the first day of school (Tuesday, September 4th) is below, please note that 6th graders and 8th grade WEB leaders will attend all day while 7th and 8th graders will only attend in the afternoon.


We hope to see many parents and guardians at our Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 13th starting at 6:15 pm in our gym. This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand about your students' classes and make initial connections with their teachers. Please arrive early as parking will be limited. If you come early, please come to our PTSA general meeting at 5:45 pm in our gym. Our Tolt PTSA is wonderful and your support of our PTSA truly makes a positive difference for our students.


I wish you all a great year at Tolt! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we'll see you soon!


Amie Karkainen, Principal 





Orientation is Monday, August 27th 

8AM - 11AM and 12PM - 3PM  

You are welcome to come anytime during either session.


Want to avoid standing in line at Orientation?

Pay your student fees online using e-Funds.

  • Go to the Riverview School District Website
  • Click on the Parents and Community drop down menu.
  • Click on e-Funds for schools.
  • You will need to create your own e-Funds username and password - it is not related to your Skyward login. However, you will need to know your child's/children's student number(s) which can be found in Skyward.


Returning students:

Orientation is optional.

If you choose not to attend:

  • Student fees will still need to be paid by the first day of school. Fees can be paid online using e-Funds (see instructions above).
  • You can find your student's bus route by checking the information on the district's Transportation webpage:  
  • Your student's schedule will be available on Skyward starting August 27th.
  • Medical paperwork must be received in the main office (either hardcopy or scanned then emailed) prior to the first day of school.
  • Updates to your student's profile, including emergency contact information, can be emailed to Mardi Rezoski, Registrar, at


New Students:

Please plan on attending Orientation.

      • Students/Families will be able to:
        • Pick up schedules, pay fees, get transportation information, and walk around the campus.
        • Turn in their Medication Authorization form.
        • Turn in Immunization form.
        • Update profile and/or emergency information.
        • Pick up information available on an optional student health insurance plan.


In the event you have a new or returning student who wanted to attend orientation but was unable to, please contact the main office August 28th -August 31st to make arrangements to pick up schedules, pay fees and update student information. Please note that the office will be closed on August 29th due to staff meetings.




First Day of School: September 4th, 2018


First Day of School Schedule:

6th graders and 8th grade WEB leaders: 8:25AM - 2:57PM

7th and 8th graders: 12:25PM - 2:57PM


The first day of school on Tuesday, September 4th will look different this year as we introduce Tolt's new WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) program. WEB helps students transition into 6th grade through engaging activities led by 8th grade student leaders.


In the morning, 6th graders and 8th grade WEB leaders will be the only students on campus as they participate in WEB activities. The morning will include a welcome assembly, community-building activities, and a tour of our campus. Our 7th and 8th grade students will arrive in the afternoon for shortened class periods. 


Here is some important information, with times to note:

  • 8th grade WEB leaders will need to provide their own transportation to arrive at Tolt by 7:15 am.
  • 6th graders will pick their bus up at the normal time and arrive at Tolt for the start of school at 8:25 am. Breakfast will be available for purchase in the MPR as it normally is in the mornings when students get off the bus. There be a 30-minute lunch scheduled for all 6th graders and 8th grade WEB leaders.
  • 7th and 8th graders will pick their bus up 4 hours later than normal for a 12:25 pm start time. (This means if the bus normally picks a student up at 7:38 am, the bus will pick them up at 11:38 am on the first day of school.)
    •  Lunch will be available for purchase in the MPR when students get off the bus similarly to how breakfast is served in the mornings. 
    • 7th and 8th graders should not arrive on campus until at least noon as their day will not start until 12:25 pm.
  • From 12:25 pm - 2:57 pm, all students will attend periods 1-6 on a shortened bell schedule. School will end at 2:57 pm for all students. Students in all grades will ride the bus home together.

Our Tolt PTSA is providing refreshments for 6th grade parents in the MPR starting at 8:25 am. Drop your 6th grader off and then come connect with our PTSA and other 6th grade parents.


Your understanding of these shifts to our first day of school are appreciated. We are certainly excited about how the WEB program will help our 6th graders with their transition into Tolt. A big thank you to our Tolt PTSA and REF (Riverview Education Foundation) for providing funding for WEB.




Student-Issued Device Checkout Information


Our students are fortunate the Riverview School District provides devices for all our students at Tolt. Students will check out their device during their math class on the following days. (Note that some students may already have their device because they checked it out over the summer.)

  • Wednesday, September 5th - Algebra, Geometry, Math 7, FA Math 7, Math 8, FA Math 8, Pre-Algebra Classes
  • Thursday, September 6th - Math 6, FA Math 6, Advanced Math 6 Classes

After checking out their device, students need to charge them that night, so they can be used in classes the following day. Parents and guardians, your assistance in ensuring your student charges their device every night and brings it to school every day is most appreciated. For more information, please see Riverview's Technology website:





Curriculum Night


On Thursday, September 13th starting at 6:15 pm, we will be having our Curriculum Night for parents and guardians. This is a time for parents and guardians to meet their students' teachers, follow their daily schedule, and learn more about the courses they are taking. 


Here is the schedule for the evening:

  • 5:45 - 6:15 PTSA Meeting in Gym 
  • 6:15 - 6:30 Welcome in Gym with Principal Karkainen, Introduction of Staff Members 
  • 6:30 - 6:35 Released to 1st Period
  • 6:35 - 6:43 1st Period 
  • 6:48 - 6:56 2nd Period 
  • 7:01 - 7:09 3rd Period 
  • 7:14 - 7:22 4th Period 
  • 7:27 - 7:35 5th Period 
  • 7:40 - 7:48 6th Period


Since this is a time set aside 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!




School Supplies 2018-2019

While students will need to restock items that break/wear out/get lost/etc, our staff will not ask students or families to purchase anything that is not on this list when school starts.  Note that PE t-shirts will be labeled with first name and last initial starting this year; students may continue to use PE t-shirts with first initial and last name from previous years. 


If finances are a concern, please contact your student's counselor to receive assistance.


We will not be giving students planners this year since there is a calendar feature on the student laptops.  Students who want to have a hard copy of a planner will want to purchase their own






Student Fees


All Student fees can be paid online via e-Funds or in person.  


To use e-Funds:

  • Go to the Riverview School District Website:
  • Click on the Parents and Community drop down menu.
  • Click on e-Funds for schools.
    • You will need to create your own e-Funds username and password - it is not related to your Skyward login. However, you will need to know your child's/children's student number(s), which can be found in Skyward.




              Tolt Middle School ASB Card                                  $22.00

              Band Fee                                                                 $25.00

              Band Instrument Rental Fee                                    $30.00

              Choir (7th & 8th Grade ONLY)                                 $15.00

              Jazz Band                                                                $15.0

              Jazz Choir                                                                $15.00

        Laptop Insurance                                                    $25.00 (optional)

               PE shirt                                                                   $ 5.00

               PE Shorts (Optional)                                               $ 7.00

               River Study Field Trip (7th Grade Only)                 $14.00

               Sports Participation Fee                                         $80.00/Sport

                                    Student Maximum $160

                                    Family Maximum $320

                TSA (Technical Student Association)                     $25.00


                                                             Until Jan 31st            $32.00

                                                              After Feb 1st            $34.00

                Student Lunch                                                        $ 3.50

                Student Breakfast                                                   $ 2.00

                Reduced Breakfast*                                                FREE

                Reduced Fee Lunch*                                             $ 0.40


*Free and reduced lunch forms will be available at orientation and are also on the Riverview School District's Food Services webpage




Dress Code


 As families go back to school shopping, please note that we have updated our dress code.  We will communicate with students about our updated dress code in September.  Parents and guardians, your help in ensuring the clothes your student wears to school is in line with our dress code is much appreciated.




Student Drop off/ Pick up Information

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 buses only. 
  • Parents can drop their student off as early as 8:10 am and should pick up their student up by 3:10 pm (Monday-Thursdays, and full-day Fridays) or by 1:40 pm (half-day Fridays).

Here is the map that shows the flows of parent traffic. 





Office Hours

Our office is open daily from 7:45 am to 3:30 pm. Please note that our office will be closed all day on Wednesday, August 29th as our staff will be in meetings to get ready for the start of the school year.  




Calendar of Events

***** AUGUST *********

8/27    Orientation, 8AM - 11AM & 12PM - 3PM

8/29    Office closed


***** SEPTEMBER ********

9/3      Labor Day,  Office closed

9/4      First Day of School 

                 8:25 AM 6th graders and WEB Leaders ONLY

               12:25 PM 7th & 8th graders 

9/5      Second Day of School, everyone starts at 8:25 AM

9/5      Fall Sports begin

9/11    School Picture Day

9/13    Curriculum Night 





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