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Tolt Middle School  

3740 Tolt Avenue

Carnation, WA 98014 

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November 2017





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 @ 4:45




Tues. bus leaves Tolt @ 4:15


1st stop is Stillwater Church

2nd stop is CHS

3rd stop is 2nd & Stevens


TMS is collecting GM Boxtops and Campbells Soup Labels. 

Help our school earn extra $$$$

Turn them into your 6th period teacher.

A Letter From Our Principal

Dear Thunderbird Families,


It's hard for me to believe we are almost to the end of first quarter.  As we head into a month where we are encouraged to be thankful, I am thankful to be a part of the Thunderbird community, our staff is thankful for our wonderful students and families, and all of us are thankful for the many ways you support our school so we can meet the needs of all our students.


One exciting thing happening this month is that our 6th and 7th grade students will check out laptops.  Our 8th graders checked out laptops at the start of the school year, so this means all our students will have the ability to use technology during instruction and on assignments.  It will be exciting to see how our students benefit from using these powerful tools for learning.


We have two assemblies this month to put on your radar.  Our Veteran's Day Assembly on Thursday, November 9 will feature our ASB students, bands, choirs, and a video produced by students in our Video Production class. This should be a powerful time for our students to honor our veterans.  On Wednesday, November 15, students will attend grade-level assemblies on internet safety and cyberbullying presented by two members of the Seattle Police Department.  After this assembly, it would be helpful for parents/guardians to ask their student what they learned as we work together to teach students how to navigate the world of social media.


You may notice that we are trying to shorten our newsletter so the most important information is included and easy to read.  Please know I welcome feedback as we want our newsletter to be useful for families.


I always enjoy talking with parents/guardians, and I hope to see many of you at our parent-teacher conferences later this month.  It is a pleasure and privilege to partner with you.




Amie Karkainen, Principal





Parent/Teacher Conferences

We hope to have a large turn-out at our parent-teacher conferences on November 17, 20 and 21.  In order to accommodate conferences, students will have half-days on November 17, 20, 21, and 22.  All conferences will be arena-style, meaning teachers will be at tables throughout our MPR (multi-purpose room).  

Here is the schedule for these days:


Friday, November 17        8:25-11:52 am     Half-Day

                         12:30-3:00 pm     Conferences


Monday, November 20     8:25-11:52 am     Half-Day

                         12:30-3:00 pm     Conferences


Tuesday, November 21     8:25-11:52 am     Half-Day

                         12:30-3:00 pm     Conferences

                                          4:30-7:00 pm       Conferences                                                 (Spanish interpreter will be available)


We anticipate that the afternoon sessions will be less crowded and parents/guardians are encouraged to attend an afternoon session if their schedule allows.  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.  Teachers will need to keep conversations short so their line doesn't back up too much as they have approximately 140 students in their classes.  While attendance is optional for parents/guardians, making it a priority to attend is a great way to get personalized feedback about how your student is doing at Tolt.





7th Grade Vision and Hearing Screening


On Monday, November 6th 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 Christie Hanson 425-844-4662 or





School Suppies

 Please remember that students are responsible for bringing their own pencils, pens, and loose leaf paper.  We have several students that would benefit from having their supply restocked as they have used or lost these items.  Our teachers would greatly appreciate parents/guardians making sure students always have these items in their backpacks.






Wrestling and Girls' Basketball have started with a lot of student participation!  Please see the Tolt website calendar for game and match dates so you can come support your fellow students.


TMS Sports Page 





Warm & Fuzzy Clothing Drive

National Junior Honor Society Warm & Fuzzy Clothing Drive


Tolt's National Junior Honor Society will hold its annual Warm & Fuzzy Clothing Drive this December 4th through 8th. There will be collection boxes for new and like new outerwear in the main office and in the MPR during lunches this week. Coats. Sweaters. Gloves and mittens. Hats and scarves. All items will be donated to the Carnation Hopelink. It's going to be a cold, wet winter. Let's help our neighbors stay warm and dry.







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.            


*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).


 Health News

 November Health News

  • Say "Boo" to the Flu!  The best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone six months of age and older receive a flu vaccine.  Get yourself and your family vaccinated!
  • 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!
  • Please Keep all Sick Students Home to Rest! Just a reminder, 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.


I hope that you all have a wonderful November and Thanksgiving! 

Christie Hanson, RN




Library Corner 


What books are you thankful for this November?

I am thankful for so many great tween/teen reads! Young adult publishing has really taken off and I am thankful for the abundance of wonderful authors who specifically write for middle schoolers: Laurie Halse Anderson, Kwame Alexander, Rick Riordan, Raina Telgemeier, Gordan Korman, Sharon Creech, Rita Williams-Garcia - the list goes on and on. The National Book Award winners will be announced November 14th - the Young Adult Literature category showcases many of the marvelous authors who write for middle and high school students.


Which authors are your students thankful for? Which books have they read lately that have really connected with them? Does your student keep a book in their backpack? Do they take it with them to read while waiting at the orthodontist? Do they cuddle up in the comfy chair at home or hide under the blanket with a flashlight long after you've told them to go to bed? Kids enjoy talking about what they are reading - ask them what's happening in their current reading selection.

Please keep emphasizing the importance of reading for pleasure and send them to the library for more good books. We try to keep a steady supply of good reads coming to the library shelves. With Thanksgiving Break on the way, encourage your student to stock up on books for the holiday!


Book Fair!

Wednesday, November 15th is the first day of our Scholastic Book Fair! We will be open at lunchtimes during the student day and open through 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. We are still looking for a few volunteers to help us during lunchtimes on Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 20 & 21. Please let us know if you are interested!


The fair is open:

Wednesday, November 15---------------- at lunches, 11:25 - 12:55

Thursday, November 16------------------- at lunches, 11:25 - 12:55

Friday, November 17---------------------- at lunches, 10:25 - 11:50                                                    & 12:30 - 3:00 (during conferences)

Monday, November 20 ------------------- at lunches, 10:25 - 11:50

                                                & 12:30 - 3:00 (during conferences)

Tuesday, November 21-------------------- at lunches, 10:25 - 11:50

                                                 & 12:30 - 3:00 (during conferences)

                                                 & 4:30- 7:00 (during conferences)

Wednesday, November 22---------------- 8:10 am - 8:25 am


Happy Reading!

Liana Bigham, Teacher Librarian




Students of the Month


 Congratulations to the Students of the Month:



Natalie Allik

Drayson Mitchell

Sam Benisch

Eli Nesbit

Chloe Berry

Tyler Nguyen

Liam Bissell

Tucker Norris

Zach Carlson

Aleea Piel

Zander Cole

Evelyn Ramos Pena

Alex Coon

Lily Smith

Ridley Deklotz

Sam Staley

Ashlyn Deveraux

Aidan Sutton

Neo Ehlen

Jack Vargas

Ryan Fuglvog

Jacob Vincent

Aeris Griffin

Jakob White

Darla Hajek

Lukas White

Christian Huerta

Chloe Wood

Jonah Irwin

Kaylie Yager

Bridget Leisen

Megan Yankacy





Tolt PTSA Update!


There is still time to join your Parent Teacher Student Association!  Your membership makes it possible for PTSA to support the teachers, school and students with grants, fun programs, scholarships and more.  Our membership numbers are below our goal, please consider adding a spouse/second adult and inviting grandparents, aunts, uncles and more to join PTSA!  If you've already joined or renewed for this year, thank you!  If not, go to our website at to sign up!




Please help the PTSA support the Weekend Power Packs program by making a food donation from Oct. 30-Nov. 3.


Donations can be brought to the bin in the main office.

Weekend Power Packs provide high protein snacks to Tolt students who may face food scarcity on the weekend.

 Requested items:

  • Shelf stable milk (individual cartons)
  • Cereal (individual servings)
  • Peanut butter packs (individual servings)
  • Chicken salad & crackers (individual servings)
  • Tuna salad & crackers (individual servings)
  • Protein bars
  • Pretzels (individual packs)
  • Granola bars

 Thank you!




The TMS PTSA is seeking an After-School Enrichment coordinator. The coordinator arranges a handful of after-school class opportunities such as Super Sitters and Math Club. Without a volunteer, we will not be able to have these programs this year. Please contact Stacy Reddy at

if you are interested.  




What a GREAT time the kids and volunteers are having at the PTSA Tolt Student Store this year! We've added several new school supplies so far, by student request and kids are really thankful to have that easy spot to find a pencil, grab whiteout tape, and hand sanitizer, with their fruit snack and breath mints! Our prices in both food and school supplies, start at $.25! We are also proud to provide cold water bottles for $.50.

 The Student Store accepts cash, Tolt Tickets and Student Store Punch card 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 them with moola ($5 or $5/$10 Check made out to TOLT PTSA) or purchase it online at our PTSA website and we'll deliver it to the Student Store . We KEEP the Punch Cards at the store, for all-around safety.



Calendar of Events


11/3        Early Release @1:27 pm

11/6        7th Grade Vision & Hearing Screening

11/7        End of First Quarter

11/9        Veterans' Day Assembly 8:25 - 9:05

11/10      NO SCHOOL- Veteran's Day

11/15      Cyber-Bullying Assembly

11/17      Half Day Early Release for Students @ 11:52am

11/17      Arena-Style Conferences 12:30-3:00 pm in MPR

11/21      Half Day Early Release for Students @ 11:52am

11/21      Arena-Style Conferences 12:30-3:00 pm in MPR    

11/22      Half Day Early Release for Students @ 11:52am

11/22      Arena-Style Conferences:

                                        12:30 - 3:00 pm in MPR and

                                          4:30 - 7:00pm in MPR

11/23      Half-day early release @ 11:52 am

11/24      NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

11/25      NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

12/1        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 (Dr. Ken Heikkila, 425-844-4500) at 15510 1st Ave. NE, Duvall, WA 98019.

Tolt Middle School, 3740 Tolt Ave., Carnation, WA 98014