Purdy Families,

Happy New Year to all of you! Given how 2020 has gone, we are grateful for a new year of hope. Although last year posed many challenges for us, I’ve seen much growth in our school, staff, and students. With the constant changes, the need for flexibility and quick decision making, the need to meet students in their homes and learn new teaching methods; I’ve seen our staff, students, and families rise to the occasion. Yes, not even a pandemic can keep us from doing what’s best for our students and one another.

Although 2021 will look much like 2020, to begin with, we will continue to grow and adapt, accepting that the constant in all of this is that everything will continue to change. The best thing we can continue to do is to have a growth mindset and support one another as we all strive to do what’s best in this challenging situation.

As for our students, we know they’ve been through an unprecedented era in history, and they will need your support to make sense of it. As educators and parents/guardians, we must continue to prioritize our relationships with students and give them the tools to nurture resilience and adjust to overcoming a pandemic. Together, we can continue to make a positive difference. Thank you for all you do for our kids and for our school!

Kind regards,
Ms. Kristi Brooks
Purdy Principal


Important Upcoming Dates

1/18 - Martin Luther King , Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

1/19 - 2nd graders returns

1/29 - Semester Break - NO STUDENTS

2/15-2/19 Mid-winter break - NO SCHOOL


Dear Purdy Panthers and Families:

This letter is to communicate procedures for students who are returning to school. If your child isn’t returning yet, we wanted you to be aware of the procedures and information in preparation for your possible return. We are preparing the school, classrooms, and schedule to help keep everyone healthy and safe. We also need your help to keep everyone safe by doing your part before arriving at school.

Here are some things all Panthers can do to stay safe and keep others safe:

  • Please stay home if you can answer “Yes” to any of the symptoms on the enclosed attestation form.

  • Please remember to:

    • Wear a clean mask to school every day.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

    • Keep space (6 feet) between you and others.

    • Please keep an extra set of clothing and mask (in a plastic bag) in your child’s backpack for emergencies.

    • Bring your Chromebook and school supplies to be used in the classroom.

    • Bring a water bottle to keep on your desk, all drinking fountains have been turned off.

When you get to school there will be a lot of staff to help you get to your classroom.

Bus Riders:

  • Students should have their mask on prior to loading their bus and keep it on for the entire ride.

  • Buses will unload one at a time when they reach the school.

  • Staff will be present at the back of the school to greet Panthers and show them to the entry point closest to their room.

  • All Panthers will have their temperature taken by a staff member.

  • Additional staff will be in the hallways escorting students to their classrooms. If a student arrives without an attestation form families will be contacted prior to the student going to class, if an adult can not be reached the student will wait in the office until contact can be made.

  • Teachers will be waiting for students outside of their classroom doors.

Vehicle Drop off:

(Families please remember only students are allowed out of cars and into the building due to health and safety protocols. We will have many staff members in the school helping students get to class. Please be patient as it will take a significant amount of time to unload and assess each child prior to going to class.)

    • Student unloading will begin at 8:50 am.

    • Students should be dropped off only in the coned drop-off zone.

    • Please remain in your vehicle until a staff member arrives at your vehicle to dismiss your child.

    • Please pull forward to the farthest location on the curb toward the front doors.

    • Panthers should have their face covering on before leaving their vehicle and have their check-in (attestation) form in hand.

    • If students don’t have an attestation form, one will be provided by a staff member. Parents must fill out the form prior to their child exiting the vehicle.

    • Students must exit on the curbside for safety.

    • Panthers will walk to the front door and place their form in the box. A staff member will take each Panther’s temperature prior to going to class.

    • Additional staff members will help students to their classrooms.

    • Teachers will be waiting outside of the classroom for students.

Panther Pick-Up Procedures:
    • Anyone picking up a student from school must have a car tag or may be asked for an alternate ID. Tags will be passed out on the first day second-graders arrive.

    • Parents must remain in their vehicles at all times and pull to the most forward spot by the mailbox.

    • A staff member will look for your tag displayed on your rearview mirror in order to call your child for dismissal.

    • Staff will escort students to the designated area, then dismiss students to their vehicle.

    • Students will enter vehicles from the curbside only, for their safety.

For more information about our “In-Person Learning” please check out our Coming To School video on the Purdy Elementary Webpage (

We are looking forward to seeing students and providing a safe environment for them to continue to grow!




Reminders From The Office

Please take a moment to do your Year Round/Emergency Contact Update for your child(ren) to ensure that we have the necessary information in the event of an emergency and for mailing purposes. See below for instructions on how to access the update.




Any families that haven't yet turned in their Rights and Responsibilities Acknowledgement Page for each student(s), below is the link to the Student Handbook along with the acknowledgement page to be returned to school.

Click on the link above for both English & Spanish versions of the handbook

Signed acknowledgement pages pages can be emailed to

This form can be found on the last page of the Student Handbook by clicking the link above.
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Tracking Cases within Peninsula School District

The health and safety of all students and staff remains a top priority of the Peninsula School District.

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case at a PSD school or office location, we work directly with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) as they conduct contact tracing. Based on the guidance provided by TPCHD and the school COVID-19 case response tool kit, notifications are sent to impacted staff, students, and families. If an individual is found to have close contacts while contagious, those who were in close contact will be required to quarantine. Each case and situation requires unique action as determined by the TPCHD.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

The purpose of the COVID-19 Data Dashboard is to provide transparency regarding the number of COVID-19 cases within the Peninsula School District while respecting student and staff medical privacy rights. The Peninsula School District COVID-19 Data Dashboard only displays information related to confirmed cases of Peninsula School District individuals.





This is a gentle reminder that students will need a change of clothes (pants, underwear and socks) in their backpack in case clothes become wet at school. Due to Covid guidelines the health room is no longer able to hand out clothing.

Water Bottle

Friendly reminder to send a labeled water bottle or drinking container with your child to school. Due to Covid guidelines the drinking fountains are closed but sinks are available for access to water.

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Highly Capable Referral Notice for Annual Testing grades 1-8

Open October 22nd – February 12th, 2021 (Note the extended window for referrals)

Online Highly Capable Referral form for Parents and Teachers

Direct link-

Please note: single online referral form for teachers and parents for more information

¡Aviso importante!
Las aplicaciones al examen anual del Highly Capable Program (Estudiantes de Nivel Avanzado) ya están abiertas
Cuando: del 22 de octubre del 2020 al 12 de febrero del 2021.
Dónde aplicar: el formulario para referir a un estudiante se encuentra en la liga
Quien debe referir a un estudiante: los padres y profesores del alumno.
Para más información por favor visita
¡Recuerde! enviar un solo formulario diligenciado por los padres y profesores del estudiante.

Kiona Rainey

Highly Capable/Curriculum Secretary

Peninsula School District

(253) 530-1059




A “Member-At-Large” position is opening up on our PTA board and we would love to have you on our team! The role of a “Member-At-Large” is a flexible position without specific duties except to act as a support to the board as needed. If you are interested, contact Pattie at

Topic: January PTA Meeting

Time: Jan 20, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 915 9199 5093

Passcode: 685079

Yearbook Volunteers Needed
We are seeking volunteers to help put together our yearbook. If this something you would like to learn more about please email Pattie at
*If we don’t have volunteers by January 29th we will not be able to produce a yearbook this year*

Spiritwear order time! You can place your online orders for spiritwear from January 18 thru February 1st by clicking the link below.

2020-2021 Executive Board

Pattie Reuter, President -

Jarusha Kenyon, Vice President

Jocelyn Hanson, Secretary

Julie Pero, Treasurer

Tim Montgomery, Member-at-large

Sara Patinkin, Member-at-large


Inclement Weather Procedures

To Peninsula School District Community:

As the fall and winter storm season is upon us, we have prepared this letter to explain Peninsula School District's procedures and expectations during inclement weather and school closures. Below you will find guidelines to make this process easier, plus explain how weather decisions are made.

Delay or Closure Decisions:

  • Weather information is reviewed the day and night prior to the decision. A review with our Transportation Department and neighboring districts is also done.
  • Starting at 3:00 a.m. or sooner, district officials and the Transportation Department drive emergency bus routes throughout the district's current operating routes.
  • The district may choose to operate on a normal schedule, start late, or close entirely.
  • A decision to alter the school day in any way due to inclement weather will apply to both in-person students/staff and remote students/staff.
  • Late starts allow us:
    • Time to monitor and adjust decisions to changing weather and road conditions;
    • Safety of daylight for students and Transportation personnel;
    • Additional time for Peninsula School District staff to arrive to work; and
    • Time for the Transportation Department to further critique snow routes and make necessary adjustments or modifications.

Types of Communication:

  • The SchoolMessenger System© notifies all staff and parents of a decision within 30 minutes by phone, text, and/or email.
  • Emergency weather procedures can be found on the Peninsula School District website at
  • The Peninsula School District emergency information line can be reached at 253-530-1088.
  • Local TV and radio stations will provide timely updates.
  • For questions regarding your child's emergency bus route, contact the Transportation Department at 253-530-3900.

Please remember the district has a large geographical size and weather conditions may vary greatly from area to area. This may warrant a closure or late start for the entire district due to conditions impacting only limited areas. Student and employee safety is our highest priority.


Dr. Art Jarvis


Peninsula School District 401
14015 - 62nd Avenue NW; Gig Harbor, WA 98332
(253) 530-1000



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