November 19, 2021
Message From the Principal
Welcome to our newly formatted newsletter. We will continue to publish the newsletter weekly with links to important information as needed. We are using a program called "Smore" to create and publish the newsletter. For families who have English as a second language, this new format can be translated into several different languages, and it meets all of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. If you experience anything that isn't working, please let someone at the school know, as we are continuing to learn the functionalities of this new format.
As Thanksgiving approaches, it always makes us think about what we are thankful for. When kids are asked what they are thankful for, most of them talk about their family members, or a pet, or something they own--a bike, a video game, etc. I wonder how many kids can think back to last year and remember being stuck at home, having to participate in school with their teacher via a computer screen, never getting to see most of their classmates in person, playing on the playground. I would be willing to bet that if they talked about last year, they may realize that they are thankful for the opportunity to be back to in-person school, even with the expectation that everyone has to wear a mask most of the day. Other things aren't quite "normal" yet, but we are inching closer to a more normal school experience. On behalf of the entire staff, we are very thankful that we are able to work with kids in person again, and recently be able to work with volunteers in the building.
Just a reminder that we will have an early release at 11:45am on Wednesday, November 24, and no school on November 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving Break. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family.
Have a great weekend!
Pat Webster--Head Learner
Updated Covid Guidance
We are making some changes to follow the most recent guidance from the state department of health and quarantine periods. As usual the timing wasn’t the best. Right after we sent information home with students about the Test to Stay program, the state guidance changed. The new required quarantine time is seven days for students or staff who are symptom free and can produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure (students or staff with symptoms are still required to get a PCR Covid test).
In the end, this news shortens the quarantine time for students and staff who are close contacts. Students who are identified as a close contact with another student at school can participate in Test to Stay and this process is now seven days instead of ten days. Students exposed outside of school can return to school after seven days, too, as long as they are symptom free and produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure. Anyone who is a close contact who does not participate in Test to Stay or refuses to get tested, must still stay quarantined for ten days and can return to school after that window of time has passed as long as the individual is symptom free.
This new time frame above combined with the recent eligibility to get vaccinated for students ages 5-11 will combine to keep more kids in school as we progress through the school year.
Highly Capable Assessment
Nomination Window Closes - January 14, 2022
Evaluation for nominated students - Week of January 31, 2022
Holiday Help Donors Needed
Specifically, we are in need of the following gift cards in a variety of denominations:
- Fred Meyer
The holidays can be a challenging time for families who are experiencing financial struggles. Each year, the Dieringer School District counselors work with Dieringer families in need, to help make the holidays brighter. If you are interested in signing up to receive Holiday Help for your children, please fill out the form below, no later than Friday, November 19th 2021. All personal information is kept confidential by the counselor, Katie Leslie. Please list ALL children (under the age of 18) in the household. This year, we are holding a gift card drive for grown-ups to shop for their own children.
If you need a paper copy of the form or have questions,
contact Katie Leslie email@example.com
Sumner Food Bank
NO appointment is needed at this time.
"That's right, no appointment needed and no identification needed. Just show up and shop like any grocery store... and we'll take care of the rest. We serve all... EVERY address, EVERY city, EVERY zip code."
Food Distribution Hours:
- Mon-Fri : 10:00am-1:00pm
- Thurs: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Client Information Link: 253-863-3793
Food Bank Address: 15625 Maine Street E. Sumner, WA
Early Pick Up
If you walk to school from a nearby neighborhood to pick up your child early, please be sure to call ahead. Our playground supervisors always keep an eye out for strangers on the campus, particularly on the playground. If you call the office ahead of time, we can notify the playground supervisor that you are on the way, and it's safe to let you cut through the playground from the neighborhood behind the school.
Substitute Teachers & Paras Needed
Human Resources Technician
Wet Weather Is Here
Message from Transportation
From the District Nurse
Make sure your child's mask has two or more tightly woven layers, fits snugly against the face, and covers both the nose and the mouth.
COVID Testing for Students With Symptoms
*Exception: If your student has tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, please call the school for testing directions.
We have had fast results and excellent reviews from this site in Auburn:
And here are other testing sites in Pierce County: Testing Information