Donations to TLC matched dollar for dollar on Giving Tuesday!

This Giving Tuesday, we are writing to ask you to consider donating to TLC Public Charter School. This amazing school was founded in 2018 because there’s a significant gap in educational options that are inclusive to students with disabilities. 

Every day, TLC students, parents and educators demonstrate that inclusion is possible and preferable for kids with disabilities, kids who do not have disabilities, kids who are gifted, kids who are English language learners, kids from a range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and kids with diverse life experiences of all kinds. Don’t just take our word for it – watch this video and see for yourself.

This Tuesday, the Walton Family Foundation will match every single donation up to $25,000. This means when you donate $50, the school will receive $100. 

Please consider donating here!




2020-21 School Year Information Session on Dec. 4th @ 2:30p

Please join us to find out more about TLC! We will share information about our academic program, educational approach and philosophy, school-wide enrichments, and day-to-day life at our school. Dr. Tunney will provide an overview for all, and will also be available to answer any questions that you have. We look forward to welcoming you!

Message from our Parent Association

First off, we would like to  say thank you to all of the families who attended our first TLCCA meeting and Parent Workshop of the year. Dr. Tunney offered many ways to be involved, including volunteering during the school day, joining our handy club and more! You will have another opportunity to sign up at Back to School night next Wednesday on September 18th at 6pm.

Our TLCCA (TLC Community Association) President Haydee Lares offered opportunities in participating with Fundraising, event committees and more as well and she will also be there at Back to School night.

To be conducive to our inclusivity, the meeting was conducted in English and Spanish. Some families were asking about resources and ways to talk to their own children about making friends and the diversity at TLC so we have compiled a few references. Here is a few things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t define the child by his or her impairment. He is not spastic, he has spastic Cerebral Palsy. She is not a disabled child, she is a child with a disability.
  • Don’t identify the child by the impairment or disability, unless it is relevant. Example: “The individual using the wheelchair…” is only deemed appropriate when the use of the wheelchair is relevant to the conversation.
  • Don’t use slang to label a person. He is not a “cripple,” “retarded,” “disabled,” “impaired,” “spastic,” or “special ed.” He is simply a child with special needs.
  • Keep abreast of and use updated terminology. Example: She is not “wheelchair-bound,” “physically-handicapped,” “differently-abled,” or “physically challenged.” Instead, “She uses a wheelchair,” “she has a disability,” and “she has a physical impairment.”
  • Eliminate negative tone as it is hurtful. For example, he is not “special ed,” he participates in the special education program.
  • Eliminate disrespectful slang and words that imply victimization. For example, he is not a victim, unfortunate, crippled, sufferer, stricken, or invalid. He simply has impairment.
  • Become familiar with the level of impairment. Example:
    • A person with total hearing loss is considered a person who is without hearing.
    • A person with partial hearing loss is referred to as a person with hearing impairment.
    • A person with total sight loss is not referred to as “a blind person,” but as “a person who is blind.”
    • A person with a varying degree of sight — a person who can see but is not considered legally blind, for example — is a person with vision impairment.
    • A person who displays trouble speaking, uses voice prosthesis, or appears to stutter is “a person with speech impairment.”

*Note: There are many of lines of thought on this matter and there is no “right way” to speak, however these general guides can be useful and we encourage you to get to know families who may have more individual insight.

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Primeramente, nos gustaría dar las gracias a todas las familias que asistieron a nuestro primer taller de padres y junta de la TLC-CA. La Dra Tunney ofreció diferentes oportunidades para participar y ayudar en la escuela, entre las cuales están ofrecerse como voluntarios durante el día escolar, sumarse a nuestro grupo de mejoras  en el campus entre otras. Tendrán otra oportunidad de anotarse en nuestra noche de “Regreso a Clases” el siguiente miércoles 18 de Septiembre a las 6:00 de la tarde.
En nuestra junta de TLC-CA, ( Asociación de la Comunidad de TLC) Haydee Lares ofreció oportunidades en los comités de Recaudación de fondos, eventos especiales y muchos más, también estará presente en la noche de Regreso a la Escuela para aquellos que deseen anotarse.
Para incluir a todas nuestras familias la junta se realizó simultáneamente en Inglés y Español. Algunas familias expresaron su interés en saber sobre recursos para hablar con sus hijos acerca de cómo entablar amistades y de la diversidad en TLC. A continuación unos cuantos puntos que se deben tener presentes.
  •  No definir a un niño por su condición (ejemplo) No es paralitico, tiene parálisis cerebral. No es un discapacitado, es un niño que tiene una discapacidad.
  • No identificar al niño por su condición al menos que se relevante, por ejemplo: “ El individuo en silla de ruedas “solo es apropiado cuando el uso de la silla de ruedas sea relevante para la conversación 
  • No usar palabras despectivas como “lisiado” “retrasado” “discapacitado” etc …..Es solo un niño con necesidades especiales.
  • Usar la terminología correcta por ejemplo “Usa una silla de Ruedas” “Tiene una discapacidad” 
  • Eliminar el tono negativo no es un niño “special ed” simplemente es un niño que participa en un programa de educación especial.
  • Eliminar el uso de palabras que conllevan a la victimización tales cómo “está enfermo” “padece de…” “sufre de” etc Es simplemente una persona con una condición, no tiene una enfermedad.
  • Familiarizarse con el nivel de la condición del individuo Ejemplos:
  • Una persona con pérdida auditiva total es considerada una persona que no puede escuchar
  • Una persona que tiene una pérdida auditiva parcial, se le considera una persona con un impedimento auditivo
  • Una persona que tiene pérdida total de la visión no es “un ciego” es una persona que no puede ver
  • En resumen no definir a una persona por su condición, se debe validar que esa persona primero que nada es un individuo. Y ese individuo tiene alguna condición.
Nota: hay muchos puntos de vista acerca de el lenguaje correcto, sin embargo esta es una guia básica que puede servir de ayuda. Sugerimos también acercarse  a conocer a aquellas familias que tienen una visión indivudual acerca de dichas condiciones.
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We would like to thank our community for coming to our First Annual Spring Jam Festival/Fundraiser. Our community, families and staff are everything. We are so proud of the performances and classroom showcases by the students as well. We cannot wait for our next one!! Happy Spring Break everyone!

TLCCA Meeting Friday September 6 @ 9am

This is our first meeting of the year and if you are looking for ways to get involved in our community, we invite you to join us on Friday, September 6 at 9am (8:30 for workshop) in the multipurpose room. We will have campus volunteer opportunities to sign up for

Taller para los Padres de familia y Junta de la Asociación de la Comunidad de TLC

Tendremos nuestra primer junta del año, si estás interesado en conocer maneras de ayudar te invitamos a acompañarnos el Viernes 6 de Septiembre a las 9am en el salón multipropositos(cafetería). Tendremos oportunidades de ser voluntarios dentro de nuestra escuela.

TLC’s 1st Annual Turkey Trot/Walk/Roll & Friendsgiving Feast!

Our 1st Annual TLC Turkey “Trot/Walk/Roll” was an all-inclusive activity for all our students and it sure was fun! TLC families also worked together to collect and donate food and supplies for our local food bank. After our Trot, Walk, & Roll, our students gathered together with families and friends to eat together and watch a school video about what our students were grateful for in their lives. We at TLC are grateful for a wonderful community!

Tanaka Farms Field Trip 2018

TLC students enjoyed their first field trip to Tanaka Farms on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Thanks to all the parents and staff who made this trip a memorable one!

Halloween Committee Meeting

Come join us for a spooktacular meeting to discuss our upcoming Halloween Parade! We are gathering in the cafeteria at 8:30 am right after morning dismissal! We look forward to seeing you then!


Inclusive playground equipment promotes active play, helps kids build decision and problem solving skills and develops social abilities that enhances their communication skills. We have seen so much growth in our kids using this equipment and the creativity is endless!