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Tolt Middle School  

3740 Tolt Avenue

Carnation, WA 98014 


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   October 2017





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Counseling Office:  



Office Hours

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


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Mon., Weds, Thurs. bus leaves Tolt @ 5:00



Tues. bus leaves Tolt @ 4:30


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.  The class that turns in the most will receive hot cookies!

A 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 things!


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 home: 

  • What was the best thing you did at school today?
  • What are two things you learned today?
  • 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





Tolt Magazine Drive Starts Oct. 5th

 Thursday, October 5th is the start of the Tolt Middle School Annual Magazine Fundraiser.


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 are:

  • Student reward Incentives
    • Tolt Tickets and Bus Tickets

o   Pizza Drawing 

o   Treats at the Student store

  • Student of the Month Ceremony
  • School Socials
  • School Assemblies
  • Honor Society
  • ASB Club
  • Golf Club
  • Athletics
    • Uniforms
    • Officials
    • Transportation
    • Coaches

Don't "need" any magazines but want to support Tolt ASB?

$20 donation = 1 magazine Subscription





ASB Spirit Week

 ASB Spirit Week is October 9-12


Tolt ASB has planned a fun-filled Spirit week!


Each day has a theme:

  • Monday: PJ Day
  • Tuesday: Tacky Tourist
  • Wednesday: Crazy Hair
  • Thursday: Country Western
  • Friday:  No School

The week culminates with a Staff vs. Student volleyball game during the afternoon assembly on Thursday.





6th 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 





Tolt Sports

Girls' Basketball (for 7th and 8th graders) and Boys' and Girls' Wrestling (for 6th, 7th and 8th graders) start on Monday, October 23, 2017.  

  • In order to be 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





Bus Arrangements and Information

Bus Passes

  • 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 route; 
  • This request could be still denied by Transportation if the alternate bus route is full and would exceed bus capacity limits

Activity Bus

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.  


Club 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.





Counseling Office

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;

2)    Learning cognitive/memory strategies;

3)    Handling stress and anxiety;

4)    Building healthy optimism.


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: 

  • School motivation/Organization
  • Family change
  • Friendship/Social skills
  • Loss/Grief
  • Stress/anxiety

Email your child's counselor, if you are interested in having him or her participate in one of these groups: 

Carrie Diligencia (

students with last names A-K

Tim Suchsland ( 

students with last names L-Z.





Library Connections

Summer Reading Bingo Challenge

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 everyone.


Teen Read Week is October 8-14

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.


Library Books

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.


Book Fair

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 helping.


Happy Reading!

Liana Bigham, TMS Librarian 



Nurse's Corner

October Health News


5 Steps to a heathy fall!


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, online!

  • 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

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:

  1. Send cash to school with your student
  2. Send a check to school with your student
  3. 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 notifications:

  1. 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.
  2. E-Funds 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 Meal?

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 level. 


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 parent/guardians.
  • To maintain the charge policy consistently throughout the district regarding meal charges.

The Food Services Department Scope of Responsibility:

  • Responsible 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 charged meals. 

The Parent/Guardian Scope of Responsibility:

  • Responsible 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.



Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Parent/Teacher conferences are just around the corner. 

  • November 17
  • November 21
  • November 22

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, & 11/22. 



Boxtops/Campbell's Soup Labels

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 students. 


Keep collecting, submitting, and earning $$$$ for TMS   



Friends 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 or


Friends of Youth Breakfast Information



Calendar of Events


10/3           6th Grade Homework Club begins

10/5           Magazine Sale Begins

10/6           Early Release @ 1:27 p.m.

10/9 -12     Spirit Week

10/12         Afternoon Assembly: Staff vs. Student Volleyball Game

10/13         NO School.

10/20         Early Release @ 1:27 p.m.

10/24         Picture Retakes

10/26         Student of the Month Celebration

10/27         Early Release @ 1:27 p.m.

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