May 2, 2022

Brookdale Elementary

611 132nd St. S, Tacoma, WA 98444

Connie Holman - Principal ~ Kari Ferguson - Assistant Principal

School hours 9:35 to 4:05 ~ Office Hours - 9:00 to 4:30

253-298-3100 / FAX 253-298-3115


CONFERENCE WEEK – As you may know, Student Led Conferences (SLCs) are just around the corner - May 23 - May 26. On these four days all students will be dismissed at 12:35. This is an important celebration time for your child to share with you their progress this year and their goals for next year. Children are working hard to prepare their presentation for you. We ask that you do not bring other children to the student led conference so that full attention can be given to the “star of the conference”. Very soon, you will be receiving a link to sign up for a conference time from your child's teacher. Please be sure to click on the link right away in order to secure a time for your conference. Students will be served a sack lunch before they leave each day. Please be sure that you have made plans for your student(s) for these early dismissal days.

May Celebrations

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated during the month of May. During this time, we recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

May is also Jewish American Heritage Month. We honor and recognize the achievements and contributions of Jewish Americans during the month of May.


May 2 ~ Final deadline to order Yearbook

May 3 ~ 3rd & 5th Grades SBA Testing

May 2 - 6 ~ Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4 ~ Early Dismissal - 2:35

May 5 ~ 3rd & 5th Grades SBA Testing

May 6 ~ 3rd & 5th Grades SBA Testing

May 10 ~ 4th Grade SBA Testing

May 11 ~ Early Dismissal - 2:35

May 12 ~ 4th Grade SBA Testing

May 13 ~ 4th Grade SBA Testing

May 17 ~ 3rd & 5th Grades SBA Testing

May 18 ~ Early Dismissal - 2:35

May 19 ~ 3rd & 5th Grades SBA Testing

May 20 ~ 3rd & 5th Grades SBA Testing

May 23 - May 26 ~ Conference Week ~ Dismissal at 12:35

May 27 & May 30 ~ No School - Memorial Day weekend


The demands and responsibilities on teachers seem to get more intense every year, but our teachers rise to the occasion each and every day to meet the needs of our Bobcats. They design engaging and rigorous lessons to support a wide range of learners. They continuously gather evidence of student learning and work together to identify and address the individual academic and social needs of our students. Their hard work and effort extend well beyond the school day. I consider myself so blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of educators! Please join me in recognizing these outstanding educators:

Kindergarten: Mrs. Farrow, Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Mason and Mrs. Leuthold

First Grade: Ms. Chanthabouly, Mrs. Loman, Mrs. Martin and Ms. Riley

Second Grade: Ms. Mose, Mrs. O'Hollaren, and Mr. Woods

Third Grade: Mrs Akins, Mrs. Helt and Mrs. Sherry

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Wagner, Mrs. Warren, Ms. Yarina and Mr. Long

Fifth Grade: Mrs. Almand, Ms. Lawyer, Mr. Wanager and Ms. Moore

Support Center: Ms. Berntsen and Ms. Manley

Specialist: Mrs. Hursh, Ms. Porter, Mr. Olson and Ms. Gibbard

Support Teachers: Mrs. O'Connor, Mr. Brandner, Mrs. Blanas, Ms. Turri and Ms. Crawford


Putting on band aides.

Stopping a bloody nose.

Holding on to ice packs.

Giving out a change of clothes.

Tirelessly healing

all day long.

Just to make sure nothing goes wrong.

Our Bobcats are safer,

Because of you.

Thank you Nurse Sierra,

For all you do!


Registration for new kindergarten through grade 5 students who live within our school boundaries has opened. A child must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2022 to be eligible to enroll. Please prepare to register by obtaining medically verified immunization records, birth certificate, and a proof of residence (utility bill, lease/rental agreement, or mortgage papers). We register new students online at our district website ~ Franklin Pierce Schools. Please click here to start the process.

Current students who live within Brookdale Elementary boundaries are automatically enrolled at Brookdale Elementary for the 22/23 school year.

Any questions, please contact our school office at 253.298.3100.


RELEASES – If you live outside the Brookdale boundaries a reminder letter/email will be sent out this week for school choice/releases to be completed by May 20 to have your children considered for placement at Brookdale for next year.

Overload students -Students who were overloaded to Brookdale for the 21-22 school year will return to their home schools for 2022-23.

Out of District – Students who live outside of the Franklin Pierce Schools boundaries, and are currently attending, will be considered for re-enrollment upon receipt of a school choice transfer from the school district in which you reside. Please use this link to complete this process: Click on the School Choice link to access the correct form.

With-In-District – If you are attending Brookdale on a release from one of the other elementary schools in our district, the online release must be completed by May 20 to consider a spot for your child for next year. Please use this link to complete this process: Click on this link to access the correct form.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Cindy Yant at 298-3100.


Our staff will soon begin the important task of placing students in classrooms for next year. If you wish to request special placement of your child, please send a note to the principal (no verbal request will be considered) by Tuesday, May 31. The request must have the teacher’s name, as well as the reason why your student will do best in the requested classroom. Requests will be considered on the basis of what is best for each child and the learning environment of the group. We may not be able to accommodate all requests, but they will be given careful, thoughtful consideration.


Testing has started and our Bobcats are doing great! Please make sure your 3rd, 4th, and/or 5th grader is at school on time on their assigned testing days and that they have gotten plenty of rest. Be sure to avoid scheduling appointments on testing days. Please find below the testing days per grade.

  • Third Grade ~ May 3, 5, 6, 17, 19 and 20
  • Fourth Grade ~ May 10, 12 and 13
  • Fifth Grade ~ May 3, 5, 6, 17, 18, 19 and 20
  • All makeups will be done on May 31.

Thank you for your help and support during this important time! We do appreciate collaborating with you in educating your child.


You known that good attendance contributes to successful students. Just a few reminders!

1. Good attendance is to miss 9 or fewer days per year.

2. After 7 absences, we will require third party documentations (doctor notes, dentist appt, court hearing, etc.) to excuse the absence. Please get in the habit of getting a note for any appointments, even before you hit that threshold.

3. Any planned absences MUST be approved by the principal two weeks before the planned event. You can get the form from the school office.

4. Chronic absenteeism is more than 18 days in a school year.

I want to encourage all our Bobcats to be at school ON TIME, EVERY DAY, ALL DAY!


Deadline to order this year's Yearbook is today. Don't miss out on a very special addition of our Yearbook in our new school. Cost is $15.00.


Artist Mentoring Program (AMP) is excited to welcome sign-ups for our first AMP summer camp in the last several years. Camp details are listed below. If you have multiple kids to sign up please fill out a separate form for each! If you sign up by April 30, we can guarantee to have a shirt in your preferred size :)

Camp classes will be taught by PLU students. Classes include some simple music activities, like bucket band drumming circles, camp songs, camp choirs, dance, and performances from professional musicians in the community!

Student drop-off will open at 8:30 AM on camp days. Parents/guardians will be welcome to stay and watch the fun happen, or simply drop their kids off!

AMP Camp Registration

Camp Timing: Weekdays June 27-July 8, excluding July 4 from 9 AM-3 PM
Camp Location: Trinity Lutheran Church
Age range: 7 years old-12 years old (grades 2-6)
Price: COMPLETELY FREE! Meals and snacks are FREE, and T-shirts are FREE!! Each camper can have up to one T-shirt.
Contact us at with any questions or concerns!
Visit our site to sign up and for important information about the program.


On Wednesday, May 4th, from 4-6 PM they are having an open house/game night, and any K-12 students and families are welcome to come and hang out! They will have some multiplayer Nintendo Switch games and TONS of board games for our community to try out-- and of course, free pizza and other food/snacks. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Ariana Schieber or at, and more information about our program in general can be found at

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If you want to volunteer at Brookdale, please start now to complete your volunteer application! It can take up to 2 weeks or more to process a volunteer application. You will be required to provide proof of COVID 19 vaccination or fill out an exemption form to keep everyone safe. Please go to the district website to complete the volunteer application and fill out the application and upload the required documents to be cleared. Once you are cleared, you will receive an email instructing you to set up a Zoom meeting to provide proof of vaccination.


STUDENT EARLY DISMISSAL – If your child has an appointment and is leaving before the end of the school day, please make sure you send a note that morning letting the teacher and the office know. If you call, we must receive it before 3:00 and students should be picked up no later than 3:30 due to our end of the day congestion. Also, please allow enough time for pick up. To preserve precious class time, we do not call students to the office until you have checked them out in person (remember your ID).

SCHEDULE CHANGES - The end of the day at Brookdale is very hectic. If you forgot to send a note in the morning (which is preferred) and need to call the school with a change to your child’s schedule, please do so before 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 the office is busy assisting students and parents and will not be able to answer your call or get a message to a student before they leave for the day. All end of the day schedule changes must be made through the office, not with the classroom teacher. Thank you!

UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION - If any of your information has changed (address, contact info., email address, etc.) please contact the office right away. This year more than ever, it will be important to have the most current information. Also, let us know what your preferred method of contact is - phone, email, text. You can reach the office at 253.298.3100.


Children ages 3-5 who reside within the Franklin Pierce School District are eligible for free developmental screening. Hearing, vision, kindergarten readiness, speech and language, motor skills, and behavior are checked. Screenings take place regularly. See their web page here. To schedule an appointment, call the Early Learning Center Child Find hotline at 253-298-4658.


If you have a pre-school age child in your household, he or she may be eligible for the Head Start or ECEAP preschools at the Dr. Frank Hewins Early Learning Center. To learn more about the Early Learning Center and to access an application, click here.
Franklin Pierce Schools 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. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to Brandy Marshall, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sanders, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000