Otter News

September 24, 2020

Dream. Learn. Achieve.

Pre-School, Kinder, and 1st Grade In-Person Families - Please check your email for our reopening guide to getting ready for school on Monday!

Artondale's Safety Letter ~ Please Read!

Please follow this link to read an IMPORTANT letter regarding returning to school and Artondale's Safety Plan.

Library is Re-opening for the School Year.

We have exciting news that the library will be open again beginning on October 1st for 2nd-5th grade remote learning students. They can place holds for library books. For, In-person K/1 students they will have library in their classrooms and begin taking books home the first week of October. For more information, click on Artondale Library. Mrs. Faker is excited to bring books back to our Otters!!

Which Bus Does My Child Ride?

Please click here for PSD's Transportation information.

Kelso's Wheel/Choices

We start every school year with a review of Kelso's Choices, and right now it is more important than ever for students to have strategies to help them solve problems on their own, even problems that happen at home. When students are here at school we take time to talk about how to solve your own small problems by trying 2 of Kelso’s Choices before asking an adult for help. It is also important that students understand that sometimes we have a big problem that we need to go straight to an adult to help solve, these big problems usually involve safety for themselves or others.

If you get a chance, ask your child what they remember about the Kelso's Choices Wheel, are they able to list any of the strategies that are on the wheel (without peeking)? Have your child find the Kelso Wheel that was sent home in their supply box, do they have a favorite strategy they like to use?...There are also some great items in the supply boxes to help kids keep themselves calm when they get frustrated, take a few moments as a family to discuss which items might be the most helpful.

As always, please feel free to get in touch and let me know if I can support your child or your family in any way!

Mrs. Mathews



Artondale Open House

Please enjoy our virtual open house. There are links embedded in the open house to our amazing Artondale staff. We are excited to have our Otters back this school year!
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We will continue Free breakfast and lunches to all children under 18. Children do not have to be present to receive a lunch. We may ask them fill out a form (no last name required) saying that they understand they are picking them up for their child/children. If there is a family that needs to pick up for a neighbor or friend that you know needs lunches please do so and let us know. We are here to help the community!

New Artondale Updates

I am sure if you have driven along 40th you have seen the progress of our new school. Check out the newest updated aerial photo. Things are really moving along!

Visit the district website for more information about the project.

If you haven't seen it yet in action, please drive by and see how our future school is being built.

Chromebook Repairs & WiFi

If you are having problems with your chromebook, please send an email to Include student name, school name and the issue with the Chromebook. PLEASE CHECK SPAM FOLDERS FOR REPLIES FROM SERVICE CENTRAL! They will usually respond within 24 hours. Thank you!

As a reminder, If you need internet services, please e-mail Jessica Rosendahl,, and I will put in a request for a wifi hot spot from the district. If you come to our school parking lot you can get external district wifi sitting in your car.

Peninsula Hands On Art

We hope this welcome finds you and your family healthy, happy, and ready for a fabulous year! Peninsula Hands On Art has been working diligently to make this year a creative success. We have developed projects and protocols that will be flexible and adjust to the ever changing format of our COVID world. Not familiar with Peninsula Hands On Art? Check our website:

PTA September Newsletter

Little Toasters

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