Small Thunderbird

Tolt Middle School  

3740 Tolt Avenue

Carnation, WA 98014 


September 2017





Important Phone Numbers


Main Office:


Attendance Office:   


Counseling Office:  



Office Hours

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


2017-2018 Calendar





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Check grades weekly with your student at:

Click: Online Grade  Check





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 & Stephans


TMS is collecting GM Boxtops and Campbells Soup Labels. 

Help our school earn extra $$$$

Turn them into your 6th period teacher.

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Thunderbird families and students,


We've had a great start to the new school year!  Our staff was so excited to welcome our students to campus earlier this week and has enjoyed getting to know them more each day.  Personally, I have been overwhelmed with the kindness, compassion, and respect of our students.  I feel so fortunate to work with such incredible students, supportive families, and caring staff here at Tolt.  This is truly a special place!


For the first time ever, our 8th graders checked out laptops they will use throughout the year both during class for instruction as well as to complete assignments.  This is part of a district-wide, one-to-one initiative to increase learning opportunities by giving students access to technology both at school and at home.  We are looking forward to seeing the many ways our 8th graders will benefit from these laptops and exploring how to extend these opportunities to our 6th and 7th graders.


Our staff hopes to see many families at our Curriculum Night next Thursday, September 14.  We value having strong home-school connections, and this evening is a chance for us to share more about our school and courses.  We are looking forward to giving our families a glimpse into their students' school experiences.


Thank you so much for your support of our school and for giving us the awesome responsibility of teaching, guiding, inspiring, shaping, and encouraging your students.  It is a privilege to be a part of their lives!



Amie Karkainen, Principal





Curriculum Night

On Thursday, September 14 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 classroom schedule, and learn more about the courses they are taking.  


Here is the schedule for the evening:

6:15 - 6:30    Welcome in Gym, Introduction of Staff Members

       6:30 - 6:35    Released to 1st Period

       6:35 - 6:43    1st Period
       6:48 - 7:01    2nd Period
       7:06 - 7:14    3rd Period
       7:19 - 7:27    4th Period
       7:32 - 7:40    5th Period
       7:45 - 7:53    6th Period


Next week, your student should bring home a class schedule (filled out by them) listing the order of their classes with their teachers' names, classroom numbers, and a school map.  If that doesn't come home for some reason, you can print their schedule from Skyward Family Access under the Schedule Tab.  


Due to the limited time, teachers will not be able to discuss individual students with you during Curriculum Night.  However, teachers will provide a sign-up sheet for both in-school and telephone conferences to be scheduled at a later time.    


Since this is a time set aside just 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!





Picture Day

Picture Day is Tuesday, September 12th.  

  • Order forms were distributed to students yesterday. 
  • You can also fill out your order form online before picture day at  ID code: LS117106Q0
  • Bring receipt/order form on picture day.  However, students will still get their picture taken even if they forget the form or receipt. 





Tolt Dam Evacuation Drill

Tolt Dam Evacuation Drill is scheduled for

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


The Riverview School District participates in a simulation, along with local agencies, in the event of a dam breach.  At approximately 9:30 AM, the six grade students at Tolt Middle School will participate in an abbreviated dam evacuation drill.  On Thursday, September 14, 2017, we will be sending home a memo with your students concerning the abbreviated Tolt Dam Evacuation Drill.


Please remind your students to dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes.  We are hopeful the weather will be cooperative; however, if the day brings a downpour of rain, we will reschedule the drill.





Riverview Netiquette


Guidelines for Parent & Teacher 

E-Mail Communication


Riverview is very fortunate to have two direct ways for parents and teachers to communicate: phones and e-mail. Phones (and voice mail) in every classroom create a safer environment as well as offering an easier, more convenient way for parents to communicate with teachers. E-mail has al-so enriched communication opportunities between teachers and parents.

There are both benefits and drawbacks to these improvements in technology. In some ways, the new technology has added to everyone's workload and led to an expectation for a turn-around response time that might not be possible. 


Here are the guidelines for what is effective and appropriate in terms of e-mail communication:





Counseling Office

Would your child benefit from participating in small group counseling?


Throughout the school year, the Tolt Middle School counselors host a range of small group counseling sessions. If you feel that your child would benefit from being part of one of these groups, please send us your child's name, grade level and group that you are interested in them being part of. The groups usually range in size from 5-10 students and meet once a week for approximately 8 weeks. The groups are usually held during lunchtime or during elective times (alternating each week between PE rotation and other elective).

Small Group Themes:

  • Loss/Grief
  • High Anxiety/Stress
  • Changing Families
  • Social Skills

If you are interested in having your student participate in one of these groups, please email the following information to your student's counselor:

  • Student's Full Name
  • Student's Grade Level
  • Name of small group that you are interested in

Counselor Contact Information:

Carrie Diligencia: 

Students with last names beginning with A - K

Tim Suchsland

Students with last names beginning with L - Z





Request for Parent Volunteer


The Tolt Site Based Council (SBC) is in need of a parent to sit on our building committee for a two year cycle.  The SBC helps make logistical and budgetary decisions about every day issues at Tolt Middle School.  We are looking for someone to look at things from a parent perspective.  If you are interested, please email your letter of interest and a brief resume to Mardi Rezoski: in our main office so that each candidate can be reviewed by the current SBC.  This person will be a valuable team member in helping with decisions.  The pay is low (zero!) but the help is priceless.





Proof of ID

For the well being and safety of your student, you may be asked to show your ID when entering the school. If your name appears in the student's records allowing you to take the student from the building, we would be glad to send for that student. Please allow enough time when coming to pick up a student to make it to your appointment on time. Please note: If someone other than a parent or guardian is sent to pick up a student, Tolt staff will only release a student to that individual if you have given us prior permission to do so and that person's name appears as an emergency contact. Emergency contacts are noted in our student records database, and the person picking up the student must present proof of identification. 


Please review your Emergency Contact list on Family Access, and contact Mardi Rezoski, Registrar, or 844-4607, to update information.





Student Records

If you are not certain that your student's records/information is up-to-date, please look on Family Access under Student Profile and Family. 


Please contact Mardi Rezoski, Registrar or 844-4607, to add, delete, or change any names, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and/or emails addresses. T


Thank you for helping us keep your student's contact info current!


Immunizations & Nurse's Information

Welcome to a new school year! 


Thank you to each of you who brought emergency medications and immunization paperwork to registration. This year all K-12 students are required to show proof of receiving 2 varicella  vaccinations or immunity to chickenpox and all incoming 6th grade students are required to have a Tdap booster.  Other vaccines recommended for middle school age students are the meningococcal and HPV vaccinations, however they are not required.  Notification of students with delinquent or incomplete records will be mailed out in early October and by state law, all students must be in full compliance (or have a signed exemption, cosigned by their health care provider) by the end of that month.


If your student needs an emergency medication at school, please contact the school nurse. 

Let's make this a safe and healthy year.


Christi Hanson

School Nurse-Tolt Middle School

425-844-4662  phone

425-844-4602  fax



Bus Arrangements

Alternate bus arrangements will only be allowed with a signed note from the parent/guardian or through email.  Phone calls for a bus pass are not accepted.  Students need to bring their notes to the attendance office before school or at lunch on the day they need a bus pass.  If parents are using email, please email Tammy Helms in the attendance office at as early in the day as possible. 



Low-Cost Health Insurance

Health insurance is available to TMS students.  The process is easy and many working families qualify, this is a great option for parents with children participating in school sports.  Income, family size and some monthly expenses are viewed for eligibility.  To see if your child qualifies for this form of health insurance, contact Heidi Stauffer (425) 844-4605 for more information





Staff/Student/Parent Communication

Students received agendas/planners this week. They are an excellent tool to refer to when communicating with your child's teachers. 


Regular grade checks and quarter report cards will be sent home with students. 


Newsletters will be published monthly and put on the district Constant Contact, except for the months of December/January and April/May, which will be combined together because of winter and spring breaks. 

If your email address has changed over the summer, and you would like to receive communication from the school through our Constant Contact, please go to the Tolt website, click on "Join our email list" in the upper right hand corner, to update your email address. 


You can use Skyward Family Access to view student information and grades online. 

Don't remember your login and/or password? 

Please contact Mardi Rezoski, Registrar or 844-4607, for your credentials. 


With so many ways to communicate, it should be a great school year!




 We believe students need to be in school in order to receive the best education possible.  Parents should contact the Attendance Secretary, Tammy Helms (425) 844-4606 or email within 48 hours to excuse an absence or tardy or send a note with your child to school. Without notification from the student's parent or guardian, the absence will be considered unexcused.  


Requesting homework will only be done for absences that are greater than three (3) days and students will have one (1) day to make up work for each excused day of absence.  


Here is the Riverview School District Board Policies regarding Excused and Unexcused Absences and Tardies



News from the Kitchen Staff

 Breakfast and lunch are served each day at Tolt Middle School.  School meals meet new federal nutrition standards, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.


We recommend that you pre-pay for meals purchased at school via:

1. e-Funds for Schools on-line payment option with the payment going immediately into your student's meal account:

    •  no fee for using a checking account
    •  $1.00 fee for using credit or debit card

2.  Cash sent to school with your student

3.  Check sent to school with your student


You may view your student's meal account information through Family Access.  Under the General Information heading, select Food Service to view account information, payments, and purchases.  The account balance at the end of the school year carries over into the next school year.


You may sign up for the low balance email notice through Family Access.  Under the General Information heading, select Email Notifications.  Check the box for Food Service to receive notifications when the account balance is under $6.50. 


Please join us in encouraging students to make healthy food choices and to include physical activity in their daily schedule.



Free/Reduced Lunch

Depending on your family income and household size, you may qualify for free or reduced price meals.  


The forms to apply are available at all schools, on the district website on the Food Service Department page and through Family Access to apply on-line.

  • If you used the District's Free/Reduced Lunch Program last year new paperwork is required to be renewed each year.  
  • If you did not resubmit an application during registration your student could be dropped from the program at the end of September.  
  • One application works for the whole family so if you did fill out paperwork at another child's school you should be covered for the year.  
  • Applications can be found on the District Website under the Food Services web page.


If you have questions about the breakfast and lunch meal program, please contact Kaye Wetli, SNS, Supervisor of Food Services, 425-844-4560, or visit the Food Services Department page on the District Website.



Parent Drop Off /Pickup Zone

 Due to safety concerns, before and after school student drop off and pick up will be in the parking lot at the back of the school by the baseball fields.  This area can be accessed by the using the parking lot entrance closest to the gym and driving past the staff parking lot to the back of the school.  Students should no longer be dropped off or picked up in the front parking lot before or after school. 



Morning Drop Off Information

 Breakfast is served at 8:10 a.m.  Please do not drop off students earlier than this because we do not have sufficient supervision at this time of the morning and the students will be waiting outside.


If dropping students off for Jazz Band prior to school starting please drop kids off at the baseball field and not the staff parking lot.  We want to avoid cars pulling in and kids walking across the lot at the same time. 



Dress Code 

As stated in our Student Handbook, TMS follows a structured dress code to avoid dangerous, distracting, and disruptive clothing.  


Please monitor what your child wears before they leave for school as some of the latest trends are not always school appropriate. 


Students not in compliance will be asked to change, cover up, or call home for a different set of clothes.  


Please refer to the student handbook for detailed information on the dress code. 

Tolt Student Handbook


The latest trends we are dealing with are:

  • Jeans with holes in less than appropriate locations
  • Skirts or shorts that are less than fingertip length
  • Tank tops/sleeveless shirts that do not cover the entire shoulder
  • Sagging pants
  • Bare middriff clothing
  • Visible undergarments



Phone Calls/Messages

To avoid disruption of the educational process please limit phone calls and messages to urgent business.  We prefer to get messages to students via a note from the office.  We ask students to leave their phones in their backpacks during class.  If you text your child and want them to return a call, have your child talk with the teacher to facilitate the best time for the return call to happen so as to not disrupt the learning environment.




Fall Sports practices are off and running!  Game and meet schedules are posted on the Tolt Sports Page if you'd like to come out and support your Tolt teams!  If your child wants to participate in one of our other sports throughout the year (listed below), please make sure you check the Tolt Sport Page to review the steps to sign up.  Information will also be sent out through the Tolt newsletter.  Questions?  Please call the main office at 425-844-4600. 


Season Two:  10/23/17 through 12/14/17

Girls' Basketball for 7th and 8th graders
Boys' & Girls' Wrestling for 6th, 7th and 8th graders


Season Three:  1/16/18 through 3/18/18

Girls' Soccer for 7th and 8th graders                                       

Boys' Basketball for 7th and 8th graders


Season Four:  4/2/18 through 5/24/18 

Co-Ed Track and Field for 6th, 7th and 8th graders




General Membership Meeting SEPTEMBER 14,  5:30pm


Welcome back! 

We had a very successful Back to School Luncheon for our teachers. 


Our first General Membership Meeting of the year is Sept. 14 at 6pm, just before Curriculum Night. Please come join us. This is an excellent opportunity for you to join other parents who are working to support our students. We have board positions available as well as volunteer opportunities.


Tolt PTSA Makes a Difference

The PTSA is looking forward to another exciting year of supporting Tolt staff, families, and students. As you may know, the PTSA plays a vital role at Tolt. The Tolt PTSA provides classroom donations and grants for equipment and programs, manages the Tolt Student Store, leads emergency and safety preparation planning, and coordinates afterschool enrichment classes, the 8th Grade Dance, the Reflections Art Contest, Family Game Night, teacher/staff appreciation, and much more!


Please join us in making this a successful year by joining the Tolt PTSA. 

Individual membership is $18 while a joint membership is $28. Our goal is to achieve 100% participation so that we can further the PTSA's efforts in ensuring that all students have what they need to be successful. Joining does not mean that you have to volunteer but rather supporting the PTSA and our goals for the school.


Sign up at


Student Store

We are excited to bring you another fun year of the PTSA-sponsored Tolt Student Store - open for your students, each day, during lunch!! 

  • Have your child stop by and see what's new for snacks, drinks AND school supplies - even ear buds, tissues and deodorant! 
  • Our prices start at $.25! 
  • We hope our students will enjoy the upcoming Fun Friday specials we run, and surprises we pop in with, every so often! 
  • The Student Store is a different account than a student lunch account and we accept 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? 

If you would like to volunteer, to work a shift in the store (daily 11:15am-1:15pm), please contact Natalee Nelson at It's run completely by volunteers and we'd love to have your help!!



Calendar of Events


9/08         Full Day Friday

9/12         Picture Day

9/14         PTSA meeting @ 5:30

9/14         Curriculum Night @ 6:15 p.m. in the Tolt MPR

9/15         Early Release @ 1:15 p.m.

9/22         Early Release @ 1:15 p.m.

9/27         Dam Evacuation Drill

9/29         Early Release @ 1:15 p.m.


For information on Tolt Sporting Events, please visit our website!



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