Mon., Wed. & Thurs. bus leaves
Tolt @ 5:00
Tues. bus leaves Tolt @ 4:30
is Stillwater Church
2nd stop is
3rd stop is
2nd & Stephans
TMS is collecting GM Boxtops and
Campbells Soup Labels.
Help our school earn extra $$$$
Turn them into your 6th period
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
Amie Karkainen, Principal
- Half-Day - Early Release at
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.
- Half-Day -
Early Release at 11:52 AM
Conferences from 12:30-3 PM:
- Half-Day - Early Release at
- Arena-Style Conferences
from 12:30-3 PM and 4:30-7 PM:
- All parents/guardians
- 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
We hope to see you at our conferences in November!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Changes for students who have experienced a separation
and/or divorce in the
Others for students with alcohol and other drug
concerns for self, friends or family
- 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
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.
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
- 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
Drug TakeBack Day is EVERYDAY in King County! Permanent,
secure medicine return locations may be found by visiting www.medicinereturn.org.
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.
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 https://takebackday.dea.gov/
I hope you all have a wonderful November and
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.
Liana Bigham, Teacher Librarian
How Do I Deposit
Money to My Student's Meal Account?
Deposits to the student meal account
can be made three ways:
- Send cash
to school with your student
- Send a
check to school with your student
- 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
- 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.
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
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:
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
The Parent/Guardian Scope of Responsibility:
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.
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:
- Log in to
your Family Access account. (If you don't know your login
credentials, contact Mardi Rezoski, registrar, at email@example.com or 425-844-4607.)
- 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.
- Click on
your student's name.
- Click on
1. Verify Military Family and select your family's status; click
on Complete Step 1 and move to Step 2.
- Verify the
information and click on Submit Military Verification to complete
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
- to better
provide additional services to the students;
- 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
Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this
of the Month
to the Students of the Month:
Maria Fernanda Alcantar Espinoza
Pedro Alvarez Cisneros
Catalina De Dios
We are looking for a few volunteers for Book
We need 2-3 volunteers per day.
Nov. 14 - during lunch from ~11:10-1:00
Nov. 15 - during lunch from ~11:10-1:00
Nov. 16 - during lunch from ~10:00 - 11:30
Nov. 19 - during lunch from ~10:00 - 11:30
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 Kristen_Federico@hotmail.com. We'd love to have
you join us!
THUNDERBIRDS SPIRIT WEAR 2018
You can now purchase your items
online in 3 easy steps:
2. Choose your items and add them to
3. Securely checkout with your credit
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
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
*** 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
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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: www.rsd407.org.
Click on Job Opportunities (in the
upper right-hand corner or go to the Human Resources page, job
Current Classified staff positions
Assistant (Cherry Valley Elementary)
- Food Server
positions (Carnation Elementary and Cedarcrest High School)
- Educational Assistant - Extended Day (Stillwater Elementary)
classified and certified:
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.
The Human Resources Department
Calendar of Events
Release @1:27 pm
7th Grade Vision & Hearing Screening
11/6 End of
Veterans' Day Assembly
11/12 NO SCHOOL-
11/16 Half Day
Early Release for Students @ 11:52am
11/19 Half Day
Early Release for Students @ 11:52am
Arena-Style Conferences 12:30-3:00 pm in MPR
11/20 Half Day
Early Release for Students @ 11:52am
12:30 - 3:00 pm
in MPR and
early release @ 11:52 am
11/22 NO SCHOOL -
11/23 NO SCHOOL -
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.