Wildcat News

June 2020

School Closure for the remainder of the year

Our school office is closed, but you can still reach us at 253-298-3200

Central Avenue Elementary

Tonya Middling - Principal

Kristin Hillius - Assistant Principal

Principal Messages

This past year has been one of significant reflection, growth and discovery. Not only are we facing a pandemic, but we are hurting as a country as a result of institutional, structural and individual racism that is occurring in every facet of our society. My thoughts are with our Wildcat families of color and know that we are with you, I am with you. As principal of Central Avenue, it is my absolute duty to undo the harm that has been caused in our educational systems that marginalize students of color. This year, our entire school staff have been engaged in professional learning to examine our roles to becoming anti-racist educators to promote social justice and equity for all in our education system. It has been a slow, arduous, uncomfortable, yet rewarding journey to learn alongside this dedicated team of educators to consider and stop practices that undermine the potential of each and every Central Avenue student. We can do better and we will do better. I am so grateful for the greater community of Central Avenue and the unconditional support you provide our school. Last week's parade was an example of the unity we have right here at home. As the last few weeks of school wind down I remain determined and hopeful for a better future for our students.

Mrs. Middling

I can’t believe that we are entering June already and only have three weeks left of school! Time…who knew that that would be standing in our way this year. Some weeks it has flown by while others have crawled. We see YOU and know that this closure has been very difficult for so many. We look forward to the day (hopefully sooner than later) that we can all be together! We miss you all so much and were so excited to see many of you last night (5/28) during our Parking Lot Parade. The smiling faces and laughs from families was priceless! Looking forward to seeing you all soon! -Mrs. Hillius

School Closure Update

On Monday, April 6, Governor Inslee ordered the closure of all schools in Washington State for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Throughout the closure, school districts across the state have been asked to:

If you have questions, or need assistance to access educational resources and continued learning for your child, please contact Mrs. Middling at tmiddling@fpschools.org and you will be connected with your child's classroom teacher.

2020-2021 Online Registration

We are enrolling incoming Kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year!

Enrollment in three easy steps:

  1. Find your student's school
  2. Complete new student online enrollment
  3. Attach additional documents to your student's enrollment application

We're Moving!

We have packed up the entire school and will be moving into our new home at Collins on 128th and Bingham Ave. this summer! We will be there for one year while the existing Central Avenue school will be torn down to make room for a new and beautiful, more secure campus! We are so excited about a new school for our Wildcats!

Are YOU Moving?

If you know your child will not be returning to Central Avenue (at Collins for the 2020-2021 school year), please call 253-888-0360 to notify us as soon as possible. This helps us when we make class lists for next year.

Important Dates to Remember

June 2020

June 19th: Last day of School


Thank you all for coming out and driving by to see us at our "Parking Lot" parade at Central Ave! We loved seeing all your smiling faces! We miss you!
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Children's Immunizations

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

The Washington Vaccines for Children Program gives free vaccines to kids under age 19. It’s best to go to your healthcare provider for immunizations. They can check if your child is healthy. Most insurance plans cover the office and administration fees. Ask your provider. Or you can go to a free children's immunization clinic.

Remember, free immunizations are being offered by TPCHD, by appointment at this time...(253) 403-1767.


Temporary Staff Directory

During this work from home time, you can reach our staff by email or by their temporary work number. Please click HERE for a list.