Wildcat News

May 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 Message

Dear Families,

Continuous Learning - that's what we are looking at for the remainder of the school year. Below you will find the flyer that Mr. Goodpaster will be sharing with families this week. As a district, we are working hard to ensure that students are learning each day while, at the same time, not overwhelming families. The following is a recommendation on how many minutes your child should be engaged in learning activities per day:

  • Kindergarten and 1st graders - 45 minutes per day
  • 2nd and 3rd graders - 60 minutes per day
  • 4th and 5th graders - 90 minutes per day

This time may consist of Canvas meetings, reviewing teaching videos, paper packets and independent work assignments.

Last week, we mailed home paper packets to all kindergarten and 1st grade families. If your child has access to technology and internet to participate in our online learning, that would be our preference to complete school work, but paper packets are being supplied as work if needed. Parents were invited to pick-up paper packets for students in grades 2 through 5. Again, online learning is the preferred method because it allows teachers to give students immediate feedback on their learning.

District plans to have another set of paper packets available to families around May 4th.

As always, if you have other questions/concerns, please feel free to email me at tmiddling@fpschools.org.

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.

Retention and Report Cards

Last week, the State's Superintendent's office issued guidance to school district's across the state informing us that all K-8 students will advance to the next grade level! I know this has been weighing on the minds of our parents and rest assured, this year's closure will not negatively impact your child's continued progress!

We also will be issuing a modified report card that reflects the strengths and areas for students to continue to work on over the summer for our third trimester report card that will be mailed home in late June. The state's guidance on this was clear: Do No Harm! We know that in every household, what students are able to do in order to engage in continuous learning opportunities varies. It would not be fair to grade students using our standards-based report card based on a child's access to all learning. Our teachers are doing their very best to provide students with meaningful and engaging activities so they can continue to make progress towards end of year standards. This includes providing students with immediate and formative feedback. This information will inform end of year report cards.

We miss you students!

Important Dates to Remember

May 2020

May 22nd - 25th: Memorial Day Weekend/No School

June 2020

June 19th: Last day of School

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

AR goal for the 2nd trimester

Wildcats Dive into Reading! Take a look at who made their AR goal in the 2nd trimester. We are so proud of all our readers at CA! Even though we are not together, we are celebrating your success. Keep reading! And don't forget you can AR test at home while staying safe and healthy.

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Hello families!

It is time to elect our 2020-21 PTA officers! Nominations can be made by emailing the name of your candidate to mapel@fpschools.org. Below is a brief list of job descriptions for all the PTA officers! If you or someone you know wants to help make a difference at Central Avenue please make sure to respond to this email by May 12th. Self nominations are welcomed!

GENERAL Duties of all PTA officers:
1. Local PTA officers shall be empowered to disburse funds as provided for in
the approved budget.
2. Officers shall perform the duties included in these bylaws as well as any others specified
in the local PTA or council standing rules.

1. Preside at all meetings.
2. Serve as spokesperson for the local PTA or council.
3. With approval of the executive committee, make one-year appointments to positions
and committees as specified in the standing rules.
5. Disseminate and communicate all information received pertinent to PTA purposes and

1. Preside at meetings in the absence of the president.
2. Act as assistant to the president.

1. Prepare accurate minutes of all meetings.
2. Be responsible for correspondence as requested by the president.
3. Maintain a roster of the members of all standing and special committees.
4. The local PTA secretary shall maintain a roster of members.

1. Serve as chair of the budget committee and present the budget to the membership.
2. Maintain accurate financial records.
3. Receive, issue receipts for, and deposit promptly in an authorized PTA account all funds,
and disburse funds according to the approved yearly budget.
4. Present a written financial report every month and at other times as requested by the
5. Provide all financial records if requested by the president or any member of the board
of directors.
6. Close the books at the end of the fiscal year and submit the books and records for
financial review to the financial review committee no later than thirty days thereafter.

Thank you in advance for your time and nominations!

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