Otter News

September 22, 2022



Hello Otters,

Our school wide Read-A-Thon, which started on Monday is going strong this week. As of today, we have raised $14,650 and otters have read 53,647 minutes!! As a reminder, all minutes count - student can read to self, read to someone, have someone else read to them, or even listen to reading. Keep up the great work readers...remember to log those minutes until Monday, October 3rd.

Please see photo below of our book tracker that is displayed in our commons so students can see how much we have raised as a school.

Thank you to our students, parents,community, staff, and PTA for your support with our first Read-A-Thon!!

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Theme of the Month: Problem Solving

Hello Artondale Families,

As a school community, each month we focus on an otter trait that is our theme of the month. We started this new program last school year and found it very successful. The themes of the month are characteristics that, we believe all students need to be a global citizen - which also aligns with our new vision statement - Every child, every day will explore, create, and be an empathetic global citizen.

This month, we are focusing on problem solving. Other words that mean problem solving are solve problems and problem solver. Our definition is the process to identify and find solutions to difficult or complex issues. Classrooms teachers are teaching the second step curriculum lessons that align with problem solving, having class discussions during their morning meetings, and reinforcing the concept throughout the day. All staff are recognizing students who demonstrate problem solving by adding a note to our "I am a problem solver" bulletin boards in the hallways - we will post photos of them later this month. We will highlight some examples in our newsletter as well.

Next month's theme: Goal Setting

Vaccination Clinic

Peninsula School District is partnering with Gig Harbor Primary Care to host voluntary vaccine clinics for students, staff, parents and community members. Gig Harbor Primary Care will host, administer, and facilitate the vaccine clinics. Available vaccines include COVID-19 boosters and flu shots.

Clinics will be held:

Friday, Sept. 30, 2022
Gig Harbor High School Auxiliary Gym

5101 Rosedale St, Gig Harbor, WA

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7, 2022
Key Peninsula Fire Community Room

8911 Key Peninsula Hwy N, Lakebay, WA

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please bring proof of previous COVID-19 vaccines and register ahead of time for either clinic by clicking here.

Attendance Information

Please leave a message on our attendance line, 253-530-1107, if your child will be absent. This line goes to voicemail only and can be accessed 24 hours a day. You can also email Artondale's Secretary, Sarah Badger,

If you plan on taking a vacation, please contact Sarah Badger and she can send you a Vacation Request Form. Thank you!

Splash Winners Week of 9/22/2022

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 - Alana, Audrey, Axel

1st Grade - Nell, Sarah, Ripley

1/2 & 2nd Grade - Wyatt, Finn, William

3rd Grade - Sophia, Jade, Sofiah

4th Grade - Addy, Marley, Brandee

4/5 & 5th Grade - Abby, Aliya, Ruby

Classroom winners this week: Mr. Jackson's class and they earned a prize as a class.

Recess & Labeling Items

As we move into more fall and winter weather, please make sure that your student dresses appropriately for wet/colder conditions. Because we live in Washington, there will be days where they will go outside for recess even though it might be raining.

We are also asking if you could help us by labeling your children's jackets and coats that they wear to school. Several items get left outside at recess and it helps us to return the items if the names are noticeably written. Thank you for your help!

Toys at School

If your child bring toys, stuffed animals, cards, etc. for sharing, please have them keep them in their backpacks ~ they are not allowed at recess either. If your child has a cell phone, please remind them to keep them in their backpacks.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage month began on September 15 and is celebrated until October 15. This month is a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community.

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and find resources at this link -

#InspiredandEmpoweredPSD #PSDCulture

ParentSquare Reminders

ParentSquare is used for mass communications (school newsletters, district information, urgent alerts), classroom communication (one-to-one and group messaging, parent-teacher conferences), and school services (attendance, lunch balances, forms). You can watch this ParentSquare 3 minute overview to learn more.

ParentSquare FAQ's

Picture Day!

Picture day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th. Flyers will go home today so please check student backpacks. If you need assistance with payment, please contact Mrs. Mathews,

Dorian is our photographers and if you have any questions please reach out to them - Dorian website, phone number 800-826-3535.

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Y Care Information

If you would like information on Y Care, please call 360-813-1813 or follow this link. Thank you!


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Upcoming Important Dates

  • Monday, September 19th - Monday, October 3rd - Read A Thon!
  • Tuesday, September 27th - CRUMBL Cookie & MOD Pizza Takeover
  • Tuesday, October 4th - Picture Day!

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.