Important Phone Numbers
7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mon., Weds, Thurs. bus leaves Tolt @ 5:00
CLUB BUS SCHEDULE
Tues. bus leaves Tolt
is Stillwater Church
2nd stop is
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. The class that turns in the most will receive hot
Letter From Our Principal
Dear Thunderbird Families,
We're settling into the school year at Tolt, and I continue to be so impressed with our
students. I see students striving to do their best, persevering
through challenges, helping each other, and treating each other with
kindness. I am looking forward to watching their growth and
am inspired thinking about the positive impact our students will make
in the world. I'm convinced our students will do amazing
Parent involvement is such an important
element to help students in the middle school years. It was
exciting to have such a high turn-out at Curriculum Night, and our
staff appreciated the opportunity to share how we can have strong
home-school connections. It's also great to have parents on
campus interacting with students, including daily during lunch at
the Student Store. I'd encourage you to keep the lines of
communication open with your student about how school is going.
Questions such as these can lead to insightful conversations at
- What was the best thing you
did at school today?
- What are two things you
- What was the most
interesting thing (you, a teacher, a friend) did today?
The month of October brings our magazine drive,
first spirit week of the year, and the student-staff volleyball
game. The magazine drive is our only ASB fundraiser and funds
activities outside of the classroom. Your student will bring home
more information after the kick-off assembly on Thursday, October
5. Our spirit week will be the following week, October 9-12,
complete with dress-up days and the highly competitive student-staff
volleyball game assembly on Thursday, October 12. Please
encourage your student to participate in our spirit week!
This year is off to a great start and so much of that is because
we have an outstanding parent community supporting our school.
Please feel free to contact me if there are ways we can better support
your student. It is such an honor to partner with you.
Amie Karkainen, Principal
Drive Starts Oct. 5th
Thursday, October 5th is
the start of the Tolt Middle School Annual
All money earned through the sales of
magazine subscriptions goes entirely to support Tolt's
Associated Student Body activities.
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
- Tolt Tickets and Bus Tickets
o Pizza Drawing
o Treats at the
- Student of
the Month Ceremony
- ASB Club
- Golf Club
Don't "need" any magazines but want to support Tolt ASB?
$20 donation = 1 magazine Subscription
ASB Spirit Week is October 9-12
ASB has planned a fun-filled Spirit week!
Each day has a theme:
The week culminates with a Staff vs. Student volleyball
game during the afternoon assembly on Thursday.
Grade Homework Club
Dear 6th Grade Families:
During the school year the 6th grade
team will be hosting homework clubs starting on October 3rd. Homework club
meets every Tuesday from 3:00 pm until 4:15 pm. Students can ride the
Club bus home, which leaves Tolt at 4:30.
The purpose of homework club is to
provide a quiet, supportive environment where students are able to complete homework, tests, quizzes, essays,
and projects. A teacher monitors each session and is available for
help. Students must come with a plan of what they are to work on.
Students must have a permission slip to participate. Permission slips
will be handed out in Science classes
Lastly, the KCLS is offering FREE
tutoring sessions. Please check out the link for dates and times.
Study Zone Free Tutoring
(for 7th and 8th graders) and Boys' and Girls' Wrestling (for 6th, 7th
and 8th graders) start on Monday, October 23, 2017.
- In order
eligible for the first practice, online registration and a current
physical are due by Monday, October 16, 2017.
- 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
Arrangements and Information
- Alternate bus
arrangements will only be allowed with a signed note or email
from a parent or guardian. Phone calls are NOT accepted.
- Students need
to bring their notes to the Attendance Office before noon on the
day they need their bus pass.
- Students will
not be allowed to make phone calls to arrange an alternate bus
- This request
could be still denied by Transportation if the alternate bus route
is full and would exceed bus capacity limits
The Activity bus runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
during the four sport seasons. The bus leaves Tolt
at 5:00 p.m.
Thank you to the Irwin Reality Group for its funding of
the Thursday Activity Bus.
The Tuesday clubs bus leaves at 4:30 p.m. This bus is for
club participants only, athletes
will need to find an alternate ride home on Tuesdays.
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 on 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:
Carrie Diligencia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
students with last names A-K
Tim Suchsland ( email@example.com)
students with last names L-Z.
Summer Reading Bingo
I have enjoyed reading through the
returned bingo cards seeing what students read this summer. Tolt students read a huge variety of books this
past July and August. We look forward to this school year as we help
students continue on their reading journeys.
We strongly believe that reading is a key component in life - not only
for academic reasons, but for pure enjoyment as well. The right book
can mean so much when it comes at just the right moment in life. Help
your student make those connections by encouraging them to read each
day - twenty -thirty minutes of quiet time around the house each
evening can be a relaxing, refocusing, and reconnecting time for
Teen Read Week is
This year's theme is "Unleash Your
Story" - pick up a biography, autobiography, memoir, or other
piece of traditional literature to see how others have told their
stories. Talk with relatives and see what new information they can add
to the story of YOU.
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. If a student has an overdue they are not able to
check out any books until it has been renewed or returned.
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 aren't
sure what your student would like, we are there to help with book
suggestions! 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
Liana Bigham, TMS Librarian
October Health News
5 Steps to a heathy
1. Wash your hands. Regular hand washing can
prevent the spread of illness. Up to 80% of infections are
transmitted by our hands. 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.
2. Start off with a strong, healthy breakfast in the
morning. A good breakfast provides energy throughout the day and helps
keep you alert and attentive during class.
3. Stay home and rest if you are not feeling
well. Many students have already missed school for
illnesses. 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.
4. Drink plenty of water. Drinking adequate
amounts of water during the day helps increase energy levels and
relieves fatigue. It keeps you hydrated and helps to flush toxins
out of your body.
5. Stay 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 provider.
I hope that you all have a wonderful fall!
Christie Hanson, RN
Have you joined the Tolt PTSA yet?
Thank you to the 172 parents and staff that
have joined! If you haven't joined you can do so now,
- Your $18 investment makes
the following possible: Classroom grants of $100 per staff
member, Grants for equipment and programs, 8th Grade Dance,
Reflections Art Contest, Family Game Night, Emergency Prep/Safety
plans and supplies, Scholarships for CHS Seniors,Teacher/Staff Appreciation
events, And, much more!
PTSA SPONSORED Parent Education:
Toxic Stress and the Pressure to Succeed presentation on
Oct. 11, 7pm at the Riverview School District ESA
We've had a FUN start to our Student Store year, with your
kids and awesome PTSA Volunteers!
- FIRST Student Store Holiday
Gift Gram is coming!!! Students will PRE-ORDER their Gift Gram
10/26/27 & 30th and REDEEM for THEIR GIFT GRAM GOODY on
TUESDAY, 10/31!! What IS the treat this go-round? The kids
don't know! It's something extra sweet and special that we can't
SELL at the store, and fits the holiday or seasonal happenings!!
Students can ONLY pre-buy 1 gift gram for themselves, and CAN buy
gift grams for their friends.
- The Student Store accepts
cash, Tolt Tickets and Student Store
Punch card purchases, that range from $.25-$6! 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
Food Services Department Information
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
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
The Riverview School District Food Services Department has
an established meal charge policy in place for the elementary and
middle school students. Charged meals are not allowed at the high
school level. The purpose of having a meal charging policy
enables our schools to establish consistent and clear food service
account procedures throughout the district. It allows the
district to maintain fiscal integrity and solvency of the food service
department while providing meal options that meet the nutritional needs
of our students. All efforts are made to avoid meal charges, but
understand that an occasional emergency or forgetfulness may make it
necessary. These charges 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.
Students at the elementary and middle school levels are allowed to charge two full lunches to their food
service account if it goes negative. The student's
parent/guardian will receive written notification of the
account balance. There are no charges allowed at the high school
The Food Service Department has set goals to ensure the
success of the program and they are as follows:
- To provide
our students with a healthy, flavorful meal.
- To treat
all students with dignity and confidentiality in the serving line.
- To ensure
that no child goes hungry.
- To foster
open and clear communication with staff, students and
maintain the charge policy consistently throughout the district
regarding meal charges.
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,
Supervisor of Food Services, if you have questions or comments
regarding the breakfast and lunch meal program at 425-844-4560.
conferences are just around the corner.
More details about conferences will be in
next month's newsletter.
Students will be dismissed at 11:52 am. on 11/17, 11/20, 11/21, &
Be sure to have your child send in General Mills Boxtops and Campbell's Soup Labels and deliver them
to their 6th period teacher. We will have a quarterly contest and
the class that brings in the most items will receive hot, fresh,
chocolate chip cookies delivered to their class!
We normally make close to $1000.00 by
submitting our boxtops - one dime at a
time! All the money goes to the ASB, which benefits all
Keep collecting, submitting, and
earning $$$$ for TMS
of Youth Breakfast
On Wednesday, November 1st from 7:30-8:30
am, Friends of Youth will be holding their fifth annual fundraising
breakfast to benefit students in the Riverview School District. The
funds raised provide counselors in the Riverview Schools.
Please RSVP by October 22, 2017 to www.friendsofyouth.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Breakfast Information
6th Grade Homework Club begins
Magazine Sale Begins
Early Release @ 1:27 p.m.
10/9 -12 Spirit Week
Afternoon Assembly: Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game
Early Release @ 1:27 p.m.
Student of the Month Celebration
Early Release @ 1:27 p.m.