May 16, 2022

Brookdale Elementary

611 132nd St. S, Tacoma, WA 98444

Connie Holman - Principal ~ Kari Ferguson - Assistant Principal

School hours 9:35 to 4:05 ~ Office Hours - 9:00 to 4:30

253-298-3100 / FAX 253-298-3115


CONFERENCE WEEK – Student Led Conferences (SLCs) are next week - May 23 - May 26. On these four days all students will be dismissed at 12:35. This is an important celebration time for your child to share with you their progress this year and their goals for next year. Children are working hard to prepare their presentation for you. Students will be served a sack lunch before they leave each day. Please be sure that you have made plans for your student(s) for these early dismissal days.

THE WEATHER IS GETTING WARMER – Please be sure to review our dress code policy (available in the Family Resource Handbook) for information regarding acceptable dress for school. Tops must have straps that are at least 2 inches wide, skirts & shorts are to be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee, and shoes MUST have a back – this is for safety.


May 17 ~ 3rd & 5th Grades SBA Testing

May 18 ~ Early Dismissal - 2:35

May 19 ~ 3rd & 5th Grades SBA Testing

May 20 ~ 3rd & 5th Grades SBA Testing

May 23 - May 26 ~ Conference Week ~ Dismissal at 12:35

May 27 & May 30 ~ No School - Memorial Day weekend


Being a principal is hard work! We are so grateful for Mrs. Holman’s leadership as she helps us learn and grow and become the very best students, teachers, and staff we can be. Mrs. Holman does many important behind-the-scenes tasks that set us up for success and can also be seen around campus throughout the day, visiting classrooms, celebrating all the amazing learning that is happening, and helping us remember how to be safe and happy at Brookdale. We appreciate you, Mrs. Holman!

What would we have done without our wonderful assistant principal, Mrs. Ferguson this year? We are so grateful for Mrs. Fergusons' caring manner and positive attitude as she helps Bobcats make good behavior choices throughout the day. Mrs. Ferguson clearly wants all students to feel safe and included at Brookdale. She helps Bobcats follow the rules and is always available to help them solve problems. Thank you, Mrs. Ferguson!

Mrs. Ferguson has accepted a new position and will be leaving Brookdale at the end of this year. While we are sad to see her go, we are excited for her new opportunity to be the principal at a school in University Place. Congratulations Mrs. Ferguson on your new role. She will be greatly missed.


We are proud of our students who were recognized at our Bobcat Pride Assembly on Wednesday, May 11. Way to Go!

Support Center ~ Alleena, La'Jayveon, and Camille

Kindergarten ~ Adriel, Betsy, Adrian, Jason, Zailey, Julio, Estella and Evelyn

First Grade ~ Conner, Abriella, Lorena, Amelia, Royce, Saul, Julian, Annelise, and Lhondyn

Second Grade ~ Lisala, Nayalin, Isabella, Fernanda, Honey-Claire, Alexander, Jennalen, Ha'Aniskye, Elaina, Amelia and Kyleigh

Third Grade ~ Zoey, Marco, Nikolai, Isaac, Uriah, and Bernadette and Kenny (Community member)

Fourth Grade ~ Dana, Christina, Euodia, Zy'Aiire, Taylor, Jose, Allister and Rayne

Fifth Grade ~ James, Kassandra, Emma, Cash, Gordon, Angela, Benjamin and Joelle

Principal Award Winners: Jason, Meghan, Mareli, Calery, Korey and Kimberly were our Principal Award t-shirt winners.

Attendance Award Winners: Kyre and Aiden received a $10.00 gift card from Mrs. Holman for having perfect attendance in April.

Pizza with the Principal Winners: Adrian, Julian, Nayalin, Isaac, Dana, and Gordan.. They enjoyed a pizza lunch with Mrs. Holman on Friday, May 13.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

There will be no school on Friday, May 27th and Monday, May 30th in observance of this honorable holiday.


Registration for new kindergarten through grade 5 students who live within our school boundaries has opened. A child must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2022 to be eligible to enroll. Please prepare to register by obtaining medically verified immunization records, birth certificate, and a proof of residence (utility bill, lease/rental agreement, or mortgage papers). We register new students online at our district website ~ Franklin Pierce Schools. Please click here to start the process.

Current students who live within Brookdale Elementary boundaries are automatically enrolled at Brookdale Elementary for the 22/23 school year.

Any questions, please contact our school office at 253.298.3100.


RELEASES – If you live outside the Brookdale boundaries a reminder letter/email will be sent out this week for school choice/releases to be completed by May 20 to have your children considered for placement at Brookdale for next year.

Overload students -Students who were overloaded to Brookdale for the 21-22 school year will return to their home schools for 2022-23.

Out of District – Students who live outside of the Franklin Pierce Schools boundaries, and are currently attending, will be considered for re-enrollment upon receipt of a school choice transfer from the school district in which you reside. Please use this link to complete this process: Click on the School Choice link to access the correct form.

With-In-District – If you are attending Brookdale on a release from one of the other elementary schools in our district, the online release must be completed by May 20 to consider a spot for your child for next year. Please use this link to complete this process: Click on this link to access the correct form.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Cindy Yant at 298-3100.


Our staff will soon begin the important task of placing students in classrooms for next year. If you wish to request special placement of your child, please send a note to the principal (no verbal request will be considered) by Tuesday, May 31. The request must have the teacher’s name, as well as the reason why your student will do best in the requested classroom. Requests will be considered on the basis of what is best for each child and the learning environment of the group. We may not be able to accommodate all requests, but they will be given careful, thoughtful consideration.


Brookdale’s Field Day is set for Friday, June 17. This is a special day for Brookdale students. They will be participating in a variety of fun activities on our playground between 10:15 - 3:00. The more volunteers we have, the more games we can have for children. If you haven’t already been screened and approved for volunteer at the school, please go to our district website and apply no later than June 3. No experience is necessary for volunteering for this fun event. You can get more information about field day at your child’s conference.


Our Fifth Grade Promotion will be on Thursday, June 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Rainier View Church located at 12305 Spanaway Loop Rd S. Our fifth grade students will receive certificates and a reception will be held afterwards during which they will have time to sign memory books. Parents and families are welcome and encouraged to attend. As this is a very special ceremony, we ask that students dress in his or her best. Please help us make this occasion dignified and respectful.


We are looking for 4th and 5th grade parents to volunteer to help with the 5th grade promotion on Thursday, June 16 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. We would like 5th grade parents to be involved with planning this special day. It is a tradition at Brookdale that 4th grade parents help with set up/clean up so the 5th grade parents can spend time with their children. This will also allow the 4th grade parents to get some ideas for next year’s promotion ceremony. If you would like to volunteer to help, please call the office at 253-298-3100. Thank you!!

2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR

We are beginning our plans for next school year. During the next month, we will order instructional materials and supplies, put together classes and the various schedules that must be carefully coordinated in order for our school to run smoothly. To help us with this planning, please let us know if you are planning to move over the summer by calling the school office at 253.298.3100. Thank you!


STUDENT EARLY DISMISSAL – If your child has an appointment and is leaving before the end of the school day, please make sure you send a note that morning letting the teacher and the office know. If you call, we must receive it before 3:00 and students should be picked up no later than 3:30 due to our end of the day congestion. Also, please allow enough time for pick up. To preserve precious class time, we do not call students to the office until you have checked them out in person (remember your ID).

SCHEDULE CHANGES - The end of the day at Brookdale is very hectic. If you forgot to send a note in the morning (which is preferred) and need to call the school with a change to your child’s schedule, please do so before 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 the office is busy assisting students and parents and will not be able to answer your call or get a message to a student before they leave for the day. All end of the day schedule changes must be made through the office, not with the classroom teacher. Thank you!

UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION - If any of your information has changed (address, contact info., email address, etc.) please contact the office right away. This year more than ever, it will be important to have the most current information. Also, let us know what your preferred method of contact is - phone, email, text. You can reach the office at 253.298.3100.

Franklin Pierce Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to Brandy Marshall, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sanders, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000