November 8, 2022

Brookdale Elementary

611 132nd ST S Tacoma, WA 98444

Connie Holman - Principal

Jesse McNeil - Assistant Principal

Office Hours - 9:00 to 4:30

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


Happy November!! The days continue to fly by. As we get into the busyness of the next couple of months, I hope you and your family will be able to pause and find things that you are grateful for! I know, for me, one of my greatest joys is being a part of the Brookdale Community! I am so thankful for our students, their families, and staff! Below are some of the things staff are thankful for.

We'd love to hear from our Brookdale families! What are you thankful for? Click on this link to share - We're Thankful For.

Perhaps start a family gratitude journal or list that you add one thing to each day. Research says that finding areas of gratitude supports stronger mental and physical health!


November 8 ~ 4th Grade Concert - 6:30 pm

November 9 ~ 4:05 Dismissal

November 11 ~ NO SCHOOL ~ Veterans' Day

November 15 ~ Retake Picture Day (AM ONLY)

November 16 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 2:35

November 23 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 12:35

November 25 & 26 ~ NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

November 30 ~ End of 1st Trimester ~ EARLY RELEASE - 12:35

Veterans Day

On Thursday, Nov. 11, we honor our Veterans! This is a day off to honor those who have served in all branches of the military. Last Wednesday, our 4th graders and Student Leaders performed for the rest of the school at our Veteran's Day Assembly. They will be performing for their families Tuesday night! It was a great way for our students to learn a little about Veteran's Day!

To all who served, thank you so much for your service!

Brookdale Veterans Day Video

Holidays and Observances for November

November 1: All Saints' Day

November 1-2: Dia de los Muertos

November 11: Veterans Day

November 16: Dutch American Heritage Day

November 24: Thanksgiving


Picture packets have arrived and will be sent home on Wednesday! If your child missed our picture day their picture will be taken on retake day. If your child missed picture day and you would like to purchase a picture packet please remember to send in picture money or pay online. If you would like your child to get re-takes done, please make sure the complete original packet is sent to school that day. No re-takes can be taken without the complete original packet. Packets purchased on retake day will be returned before Winter Break.

  • Please do not have your child wear green
  • All portraits are printed on a prepayment system. Online ordering is available where credit cards will be accepted. Please go to to order portraits online. You must type in the school code of RBROO22 and order by 9pm.
  • Retakes will only be until ~10:30 am - Please make sure your student is on time to school to guarantee that their picture will be taken.


We are proud of our students who were recognized at our Virtual Bobcat Excellence Assembly on Wednesday, October 26th.

K - 2 Winners ~ Sevynn T, Skymek N, Cashius A, Isaac R, Delilah M, Asher B, Adeline H, Maria I, Constance W, Adalynn O, Angeleus LS, Aria L, Kadyn L, Noah M, Victor VL, Biahera E, Denise M, Adriel CA, Caydon H, Mariana W, Ryker E, Ari-Hanna HG, Paxton W, Meghan A, Ayden C, Amara C, Judy D, Kyrie H, Luciano M.

Grades 3 - 5 Winners~Jayden S, Sarai R, Daniel J, Isabella SA, Bailey B, Madelyn C, Braxton D, Sharae M, Adelaide B, Amelia V, Honey Q, Cesar C, Jordyn W, Hugo ZR, Kenzie L, Aaliyah C, Rosario M, Isaac V, Alexa H, Alexandria O, Simardeep K, Sylas C, Joshua B, Ikenna M, Alesana T, Clarice B, Annabelle B, Nehemiah R, Aiden H, Charlize H, Callie D, Jeffrey B, Christopher M, Wyatt S, Temukisa S, Corrine T.

Monthly attendance winners ~ Vincent S and De'Von EM. Their names were drawn from the students that had good or perfect attendance for the month of October to receive a gift card from Mrs. Holman.

No referrals T-Shirt winners ~ Delilah M, Adrian C, Kenna A, Daniel J, David A, Charlize H. These student's names were drawn from students who did not receive any behavior referrals for the month of October to win a Brookdale T-Shirt.

Pizza with the Principal ~Jody J, Adriel CA, Ryker E, Adelaide B, Rosario M, Corrine T.

They student's names were drawn from the list of students nominated by their teachers. They enjoyed a pizza lunch with Mrs. Holman on Friday, October 28th.

Way to go everyone!

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, which gives us all the opportunity to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and contributions of the Indigenous people of this land.

The Franklin Pierce School District, which is on the traditional lands of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, honors and respects our students and families with Native American heritage. Our Native American Education Program, which provides cultural and educational support to students in every school in our district. The district has approximately 225 students with Native American heritage representing over 45 different tribes in the United States.


School will be dismissed at 12:35 pm on Wednesday, November 23. Lunches will be served. There will also be no school for all students on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. We are thankful to work with wonderful students and families at Brookdale Elementary. Have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Weather and Outdoor Recess

We are finally heading into the colder, wetter months of the school year. Please be sure your students come to school dressed for the weather. Wear coats, hats, gloves, socks, shoes that protect their feet, and maybe even a change of clothes in case they get wet. Our health room does not have extra clothes for students who get wet outside.

Looking for Work?

Are you or do you know anyone who is looking for work, our district has many openings at all levels. In order to be hired into a regular Paraeducator position, you must pass the Para test, have an Associate degree, or have 72 qtr college credits or 48 semester credits.

The district is also in need of substitutes. If you aren't able to work every day, this may be just the opportunity for you. Contact the office if you have questions or would like more information.


We would like to thank guest teachers and paras for the challenging and important job they do. When our staff is sick, we have a wonderful group of substitutes that come in and continue the education for your student until they return. We really appreciate their efforts!

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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. 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 3:15 p.m. After 3:15 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.


We are moving from a PTA format to a PTO. A PTO has fewer restrictions than the PTA. In order to make the transition, we must have a PTA meeting with officers to approve the budget and the move from PTA to PTO. We will be reaching out in the next couple of weeks to set up a meeting a begin the process. It would be great to have this all set as we move into the new building!

Franklin Pierce Community Action Group

The Franklin Pierce Community Action Group meets once a month. The group consists of parents, students, and district staff who are striving to help improve the culture of our schools and district. Please come share your experience with us in the FPSD. Everyone is welcome!
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Staff are thankful for...

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