Wildcat News

November 2020

Contact our office at: 253-298-3200 centralavenue@fpschools.org

Central Avenue Elementary

Tonya Middling - Principal

Kristin Hillius - Assistant Principal

Dear Parents and Families,

As we accept our new reality and settle into better routines with learning behaviors, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you for the incredible job you are doing at home to ensure your child stays engaged and connected at school. This week, I've completed several observations and was so pleased to see students showing up on time, everyday, ready to learn during their assigned cohort synchronous instruction! We know it's been a tough 7 weeks. Please read through this newsletter for important updates and resources that are available. If you have any other needs we can assist with, please let us know by emailing me at tmiddling@fpschools.org.

I am also excited to inform you that we are in the process of piloting a different conferencing platform that will provide higher quality audio and video. We know how incredibly important it is to ensure students can see and hear instruction and we are grateful to our IT department for helping identify a new tool that will be an improvement from our current conferencing tool, Big Blue Button. Stay tuned for a shift later in November!

On Monday and Tuesday, we will welcome back our students that receive services through our Support Center Program. We are thrilled to be able to serve students in person in small groups according to current Department of Health guidelines! It gives us hope for more students returning after COVID numbers start to decline.

School pictures took place this week too, and if you missed out, don't worry! We'll have picture retakes in December!

Sunday is daylight savings, so don't forget to turn back your clock an hour and remember to VOTE!

Stay safe and healthy,

~Mrs. Middling

Important Dates to Remember


November 4th - Asynchronous Learning Day

November 11th - No School (Veterans Day)

November 18th - Asynchronous Learning Day

November 25th - Asynchronous Learning Day

November 26-27th - No School (Thanksgiving)

Spirit Week! November 9-13 in honor of World Kindness Day on November 13th!

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As a reminder, Asynchronous Wednesdays are not "days off" from school. Teachers work hard to plan activities that students can do independently on these days. On Wednesdays, there is not an assigned time with their teacher, but attendance is taken by work completed. If your student hasn't logged on to Canvas at all on Wednesday, they will be marked absent. This counts towards their total unexcused absences.

On regular days, when students are not with their live teacher, they should attend specialist (music or library). Some students also have other groups, such as Resource Room, ELL, or LAP. All students should do their assigned homework during this time. As always, if you have questions about your child's learning, please call or email their teacher. If your child will be absent, please remember to call the school so we can excuse the absence.

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Happy Reading

BIG news! Students at Central Avenue can now check out books from the CA Library! Don’t know how?

Watch this Ca Library Book checkout

Want to find books by AR level?

Here’s how! Destiny search by AR level

After placing books on Hold, they will be ready the next school day for pick up. Pick up is at the front door (ring the doorbell) from 11:00-12:30 and 3:00-3:45. Students in grade 2-5 that attend Mrs. Rooney’s Library & Technology Canvas Course have been given this information.

Questions? Send Mrs. Rooney a message in Canvas or email at krooney@fpschools.org


The week of November 16-20 is Substitutes - American Education Week!

National Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week, also known as Sub Week, this week is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of education professionals that fill in at the schools everyday across the United States. Huge shout out to our schools dedicated sub, Christina...Thank you, we're grateful for your service!

Custodians and Maintenance Staff Week

The week of November 30-December 4 is Custodians and Maintenance Staff Week!

The quiet heroes of our school! The first to arrive, and the last to leave. Cleaning and sanitizing and a friend to all they pass in the halls. We are so thankful Robb and Kayla...Our school sparkles because of you! Thank you for your hard work day in and day out!


The Immigrant Relief Fund WA is providing direct cash payments to individuals who have not qualified for federal stimulus due to status and have been financially impacted by COVID. Please click the link below for further information.


Pierce County Santa Cops Food Drive

We’re hosting a food drive, “drive-thru” style! All donated food will go to Pierce County Santa Cops, which is a non-profit organization that was formed and supported by members of the Pierce County Sheriff’s department to have a positive impact on the people and communities they serve. Santa Cops provides food, children’s gifts and other household essentials to Pierce County families in need during the holiday season. We will have more details to share with you on this soon!

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Disability History Awareness month (RCW 28A.230.158) takes place during October to increase awareness, respect, and acceptance for people with disabilities, and to bring a greater sense of pride to people with disabilities.

Hybrid Learning Update

We will continue to plan carefully so that we are prepared to make the transition to hybrid learning when the timing is right. In order to minimize the amount of stress that students and staff have to endure, we will wait to transition to hybrid learning until we are confident that case numbers are stable and will offer a minimum of a two week transition period between announcing our plan and opening our schools.

Thank you all for your patience and persistence during this season of unknowns. Many indicators suggest that this pandemic is not going to go away quickly. Please know that the health and safety of staff and students is our top priority as we consider the road ahead.

Please visit FPSD for the most up to date information regarding Hybrid Learning.

Food Resources

Franklin Pierce Schools will offer free lunch to all children and youth ages 0-18*, Monday-Friday. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal. Federal regulations usually require student recipients to be present, but exceptions will be made given our current public health crisis.

  • 35 locations! (click to view a list of the locations)
  • Monday-Friday from 11am-12pm
  • Grab n' go lunch and breakfast
  • All children and youth ages 0-18*


We are now in our new location! Central Avenue relocated for the 2020-2021 school year to Historic Collins. Our new address is:

Central Avenue

4608 128th Street East

Tacoma, WA 98446

Phone: 253-298-3200

We will be here 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!