Otter News

June 1, 2023


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Volunteer of the Year!

Every school year the staff vote on a volunteer that we feel has given so much support to our school community. This year we are happy to announce, Ashlee Jensen, is this year's VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR! Ashlee is the chairperson for all of our Staff Appreciation events, Yearbook, 1st Day Photos, and School Photography! Thank you Ashlee for all of your support with all of the events on and off campus. We truly appreciate you!!

Please see our June spirit days to end the school year with some Otter fun!

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Spring/Summer Highly Capable Referral Notice for Annual Highly Capable Testing

Spring/Summer referrals are open to new and current students who have not been tested in the last 9 months. When a student is referred, we need an online form from both parents and teachers for the Multidisciplinary Team to review. Both the educator’s and parent’s confidential input is greatly valued in the identification process.

Please see or contact me for more information on referrals or the training opportunity.

Thank you!

Joy Giovanini

K-12 Highly Capable Program Coordinator

Theme of the Month: Cooperation

This month we are focusing on the theme of cooperation. Other words that mean cooperation - teamwork, collaboration, unity. Our definition - the act of working together for a common goal. This month all Otters will cooperate to try and earn 1,000 splash tickets the last few weeks of school. Ask your student if they have earned a splash ticket today!

Splash Winners This Week

Every day students are able to earn a splash ticket by demonstrating our school wide expectations of show respect, solve problems, make good decisions. Teachers collect the splash tickets in their classrooms and then once a week we put them in our grade level buckets.

Here are this week's splash ticket winners:

Kindergarten - Luka, Saint, Mikaela

1st Grade - Nava, Norah, Ripley

1/2 & 2nd Grade - Aria, Aleah, Hunter

3rd Grade - Wesley, Dilynn, Carter

4th Grade - Elijah, Owen, Sawyer

4/5 & 5th Grade - Kennedy, Grace, Becker

Classroom winners this week: Mrs. Mitchell's class and they earned a prize as a class.

Library Information (click on picture!)

Email for Attendance & Transportation Changes

We have an email set up for absences/attendance and for transportation changes. Please email ~ Thank you!


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Mark your calendar with these important dates for the rest of the school year!

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Friday, June 2nd - Otter Fun Run, 6pm
  • Tuesday, June 6th - 8th - BOGO Book fair - shopping during classrooms, see date and time from your classroom teacher
  • Thursday, June 8th - BOGO Book fair - 4:30 - 6:30pm with Crumbl Cookie
  • Monday, June 12th - Career Day - during the school day 9-11 am
  • Tuesday, June 13th - Talent Show, 6 - 7:30 pm
  • Friday, June 16th - Field Day - during the school day
  • Monday, June 19th - NO School - Juneteenth
  • Tuesday, June 20th - 5th grade celebration, 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 21st - Last Day of School, 12:15pm dismissal

Every child, every day will explore, create, and be an empathetic global citizen.

The Peninsula School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX and Compliance Officer, Dan Gregory, at (253) 530-1009, email or the Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, John Yellowlees, at (253) 530-1081, email address: 14015 62nd Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.