Eagle Newsletter

November 19, 2021

Message From the Principal

Dear LTES Families,


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!

Sincerely,

Pat Webster--Head Learner

Upcoming Dates & Activities

November 22 : School Board Meeting--6:00pm

November 24 : Early Release @11:45am

November 25/26 : Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL

December 6: Vaccination Clinic at LTES--4:00-7:00pm

December 20--School Board Meeting--6:00pm

December 20-December 31--Winter Break--No School

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 Opens - December 6, 2021

Nomination Window Closes - January 14, 2022

Evaluation for nominated students - Week of January 31, 2022

Highly Capable

Holiday Help Donors Needed

The holidays can be a challenging time for families who are experiencing hardships. Each year, the Dieringer School District counselors work with Dieringer families in need to offer holiday help. If you, your extended family or your community group is interested in helping Dieringer School District families in need, the counselors in each building are accepting gift card donations. Please contact your building counselor (LTES-Katie Leslie) or drop off a gift card labeled "Holiday Help", at the school front office.


Specifically, we are in need of the following gift cards in a variety of denominations:

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Fred Meyer

Holiday Help

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.


Holiday Help Form


If you need a paper copy of the form or have questions,

contact Katie Leslie kleslie@dieringer.wednet.edu

Sumner Food Bank

If you and your family are in need of food assistance:


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

Food donations

December Menus

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Early Pick Up

If you are needing to pick up you child early from school, you can call ahead to let us know you are on the way to pick them up. We will then call them to the office before you arrive.

253-862-6600


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

We are in desperate need of substitute teachers and paras. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, you need a 4 year degree and complete an application to become a substitute through out District Office. Please see, or call, Jade Hughes in the District Office if you are interested.


Jade Hughes

Human Resources Technician

jhughes@dieringer.wednet.edu

253-862-2537

Wet Weather Is Here

The rain is here and students are playing outside rain or shine. If you need assistance in getting rain boots for your child(ren), please contact me so I can help. We want to keep those toes dry!


Mrs. Leslie

kleslie@dieringer.wednet.edu

253-862-6600

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Message from Transportation

From the District Nurse

The Washington State Department of Health does not recommend the use of masks with loosely woven fabric, exhalation valves or vents, or single layer bandanas or gaiters. Please be sure your student is not wearing these. Cloth face coverings should be constructed of two or more tightly woven layers. We have cloth and disposable masks available on request!


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.


CDC Information about effective mask use

COVID Testing for Students With Symptoms

If your child is out sick or sent home due to COVID like symptoms they will need a negative PCR COVID Test to return to school. It must be a PCR test. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will not let us accept a negative antigen test (sometimes called a rapid antigen test) for students with symptoms to return to school, nor will they let us accept a home COVID test.


*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:

Health Commons Project


And here are other testing sites in Pierce County: Testing Information

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