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WHAT'S HOT Week of March 11, 2019

RSVP Deadline for ...
(see below)

TCS Beach Party & Auction
See article --->



Last day of school due to snow days

Coffee/Tea w/ the Principal
Per Scheduling with the  Front Office 206-252-9850

Please check the school website regularly for complete schedule and updates! 

We are looking for:
  • Sturdy bookshelf solid (meaning: it won't fall and hurt anyone) bookshelf, ideally with three or more shelves
  • Fridge without automatic defrost (Science Dept.)
  • White, black, or gray mat board - the larger the better (Art Dept.)
  • Wood frames (new or used) with glass and hanging wire on the back. In good condition, less-ornate black preferred in 8x10 minimum up to 18x24 (Art Dept.)
  • People who are willing to cut beveled windows in mat board (cutting party to be announced)
Please let  Molly Goldman
know if you have a lead or would like to sponsor these needs.  Thanks! 
Bring your student ID or transportation notice
(or  have Ms. Tracey print out a notice that you attend TCS). Show it at the monorail office to get your $25 monthly pass.
We have parking passes at the front desk. If you have access to a printer, we can email you the pass for the date of your visit. Just email either Tracey Lott or Kathy Webb with the date of your visit and we will email you a pass for that exact date. 
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2018-2019 Executive Board


Heidi Raykeil Malinda Bailey
Co-Vice Presidents

Hannah Morgan TBD

Leanne Larkin Maizun Blackbird

Andrea Anderson Frank Lockhart

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ALOHA! Look what awaits you at TCS's AUCTION!!!

TCS 2019 Silent & Live Auction + Dinner
Friday, March 29th, 6:30pm
Queen City Yacht Club

Click here to RSVP and purchase tickets.

Don't miss out on a chance to win a week on a gorgeous  
Hawaiian  beach -- Kailua, O'ahu!!

Enjoy 7 days, 6 nights in this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Kailua, O'ahu vacation home with pool and hot tub. Walk 6 minutes to Kailua beach, or drive 10 minutes to Lanikai beach, frequently ranked one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Avoid the Waikiki crowds in residential Kailua, or cross the Koolau mountain range in 25 minutes to Honolulu for high-end restaurants and night life!

The gentle island breeze, the sound of the waves, and the much needed sun and aloha is calling you!

General Auction Questions & Info
Thank you to everyone who donated books to Ms. Neel's classroom. CSCA was also able to approve a mini-grant for a book binding project. Look at this happy teacher:
She does need a new bookshelf to hold them all, though! Please see under Wish List!
Advocacy Alert! Help avoid more school cuts! 
We passed the levy but Seattle Schools will not be able to collect all the money we've authorized unless the state legislature lifts the levy lid. SB5313 would do just that but has gotten stuck in Committee past the cut off. We need everyone to rally and email senators letting them know it is imperative that SB5313 passes. Without access to all the levy money SPS will be operating with a $40 million budget shortfall for 19/20. 
Send letter to:,,,,,,

Sample letter:
Subject: Please lift the levy lid
Dear Senators,
All of you represent families in Seattle Public Schools. I therefore urge you to work with your fellow Senators to vote SB 5313 out of the Senate Ways & Means committee and/or find another way to lift the levy lid. I am a parent of a child in Seattle Public Schools, and if the levy lid is not lifted in this budget cycle, our already underfunded district will face a $40 million budget shortfall. Lifting the levy lid is needed just to maintain our already underfunded schools at the same level of funding they have now. so that Seattle Public Schools and other districts do not face massive budget shortfalls. We need to fully fund counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers, and special education. Seattle voters have passed continuation levies and are willing to pay the taxes to fund our public schools. Please make sure their votes count!
In the long term, we should not be relying on levies for school funding, but in the short term, the legislature is still not adequately funding "basic education." It seems that this has already been recognized with regard to Special Ed funding this session, but the narrow definition of "basic education" needs to be revisited. As you are aware, many school districts are facing huge shortfalls, including SPS.
We need to pass the capital gains tax as new progressive revenue for public schools and change the state Constitution to allow for simple majority bonds for school construction. However, the pressing need is lifting the levy lid. Please do what you can to get SB 5313 moved forward for a vote by the full Senate.
Thanks for your consideration and support.

Reminder! Earning Course Credit for Working
Did you know that you can get .5 credit per semester for a job you already have? If you already have an internship or a job, all you need to do is talk to Ms. Wyn, complete 180 hours, and turn in your timesheets. 
Have you ever been hungry? No, I mean really hungry? Well MOD Pizza and  Generosity Feeds recognize that hunger is a serious problem for 35% of kids in King County and are doing something about it.
Next week they're preparing 45,000 ready-to-go meals  for kids in King County struggling with hunger, especially on the weekends  and they need your help prepping boxes that will be filled by their army of volunteers on Wednesday.
There are a couple of options if you're interested in helping those less fortunate than many of us...
  1. PREP TIME        Tuesday, March 12th                  (2:20PM - 5:00PM)
  2. PREP TIME        Wednesday, March 13th           (7:00AM - 8:50AM)
  3. MEAL PACK      Wednesday, March 13th           (11:00AM - Noon)
The actual meal packing event with Generosity Feeds, with over 800 MOD managers from around the country,  (MOD has over 420 stores now) will take place 11:00 - Noon on Wednesday on the floor of the Armory.
This is super important work and you can get some of those much needed Service Learning hours right downstairs in the Armory Food Court. And remember, you don't have to stay the entire time. Every little bit helps!

Messages from Mrs. de to Seniors
The District is now requiring AP testing registration online for students at all SPS schools for this year and future years. In order to assure consistency and compliance to this expectation, TCS students taking the AP tests in the spring will need to register online to complete instead of completing a paper form as in previous years. The plan is for Mrs. de Normandie to work with students on the online registration during class next week. The fee payment for tests will be the same with checks made out to TCS and given to Ms. Brookman. (NOTE: Please let Ms.Brookman know if the test fees are a challenge for your family)
Test Date
Registration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline
March 9, 2019
February 8, 2019
February 27, 2019
May 4, 2019
April 5, 2019
April 24, 2019
June 1, 2019
May 3, 2019
May 22, 2019
Test Date
Registration Deadline
Late Registration Deadline
April 13, 2019
March 8, 2019
March 9-25, 2019
June 8, 2019
May 3, 2019
May 4-20, 2019
July 13, 2019
June 14, 2019
June 15-24, 2019
Look on Naviance to see the calendar of which colleges are sending representatives to TCS

Wed. 3/13

Friday, 4/26
National Guard (repeat visit due to scheduling problem)

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Brittani Webb
California College Touring Program Opportunity

California College Bound is committed to giving students greater exposure to California colleges and universities. These experiences allow students to see the wide diversity of campuses and explore options in the beautiful state of California. They offer 1-day, 3-day, and 5-day tours with an opportunity to visit as many as 11 California college campuses.
Programs such as this one gives our students greater exposure and information regarding their college and university options after graduation.
If your student is considering attending a California post-secondary program, you've been invited to answer the five-question survey so they can better understand the needs of our families and potentially create a TCS tour for a fee. Information provided here is informational only and TCS will not be sponsoring any tours. Also, please be advised that we are not endorsing or recommending this program. You can find additional information at
South Seattle College
March 27, 2019, 9am-12pm
6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA  
Register here for College Planning Day, a one-stop opportunity for high school juniors and undecided seniors to learn about Washington's higher education options. Along with visiting and learning more about South Seattle College, students will also get the opportunity to learn about these visiting colleges: 
  • Central Washington University
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Renton Technical College
  • Saint Martin's University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • University of Washington
  • University of Washington Tacoma
  • Washington State University
  • Western Washington University
  • Whitworth University
Please take advantage of these opportunities and contact Mrs. de Normandie if you need help.

Scholarship tools can be found by navigating to
Colleges Home > Scholarships & Money. 

Naviance Scholarship Link is Working Now
SPS has now fixed access to  the scholarship 
information on Naviance. Please check your Naviance links for SCHOLARSHIP -->

You can also directly access the Sallie Mae National scholarship search through this link

Available Scholarships
Check out the MARCH SCHOLARSHIP BULLETIN from SPS. So many opportunities!

Other Scholarships to check out with deadlines fast approaching ...

Due Mar 25, 2019 $5,000 Rotary of the University District
(see Mrs. de for application)

Due Apr 26, 2019 $2,500 Hollywood Lights
Due Jun 14, 2019 $1,000 Abbott and Fenner
Due Sep 8, 2019 $500 Seattle Towing