Otter News

June 10, 2021

Dream. Learn. Achieve.

TODAY, June 10th - Book Fair with Sugar and Spoon Food Truck, 4pm-7pm

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Otter Fun Run Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Otter Fun Run. Below are the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners. Great job to all that participated!! We look forward to this event next year!

Kindergarten Boys- 1) Bennett C., 2) Finn D., 3) Viggo C.

Girls - 1) Isla A., 2) Aria K., 3) Vivian M.

1st Grade Boys - 1) Zak H., 2) Lucas H., 3) Tyler S.

Girls - 1) Promise M., 2) Emery T., 3) Elliot B.

2nd Grade Boys - 1) Jude M., 2) Jack S., 3) Rawly H.

Girls - 1) Lillian M., 2) Annie W., 3) Marley D.

3rd Grade Boys - 1) Colby M., 2) Owen S., 3) Anthony M.

Girls - 1) Breanne M., 2) Miabella B., 3) Lacey L.

4th Grade Boys - 1) Sebastian O.

Girls - 1) Mercy M., 2) Sarah C., 3) Maddie H.

5th Grade Boys - 1) Jackson G., 2) Oliver T., 3) Jackson P.

Girls - 1) Hadiah H., 2) Lola G., 3) Tegan W.

Last Day of School

This year the last day of school falls on Wednesday, June 23. On Wednesdays this year, with minimal exceptions, students have been learning from home. That will again be the case on the last day of school -- a half day of school (9AM-Noon) will be held for all students, virtually.

We know that for our primary grade students (K-2), learning has not been virtual for several months. All K-2 students will be taking home their device on Tuesday, June 22nd so they can connect virtually on Wednesday and enjoy them all summer long. They will return with the students in the fall.

This will not be 3 hours of straight academic Zooming; your child's class will connect at 9 am (no late start that day). Then we will have a whole school send off at 11:30. Look for more information from your classroom teacher.

Internet Hotspots

Hello Artondale families,

As we get closer to the end of the year, it is important we start inventory of all our digital devices. If you have checked out an internet hotspot please continue to use if needed. If it is not needed anymore for student school work, please return it to Artondale Elementary at your earliest convenience. However, the deadline to return the hotspot at the end of the year will be Monday, June 28th. Please contact Cindy Faker at or 253-530-1121. Thank you for all of your support this year.

Summer Meals!

Summer meal sites and summer meal routes are available here. District residents up to age 18 are free! The summer program will run from June 24th through September 2nd.

Help us name Charly's friends...

Please help us name Charly's fish friends by voting for your favorite name. Last week's Blue Glofish was named "Bubbles". Check back each week for a new fish.

Highly Capable Services Summer Referral and Testing information

If you missed referring any students who you think might benefit from cluster or self-contained Highly Capable services, there will be an opportunity for summer testing for students who have not been referred in the last 9 months. With the consideration of a number of factors including less time in person for all grades, remote learning, and lack of universal screeners, we are amending our usual policy to include testing this summer for current students instead of just those new to the area. We anticipate there will be a few options for summer testing dates to accommodate social distancing. Teachers and families should fill out the form now referring for summer testing which would have results before the 2021-22 school year begins.

Summer Highly Capable Referral Form for Teachers and Parents

Any questions- please contact Thanks!

Kindergarten Registration is OPEN!!

~ If you have already registered for Kindergarten, please remember our Kindergarten Orientation Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 3rd @5pm. Also, please complete our Incoming Kindergarten Parent/Guardian Questionnaire form. Thank you!

Welcome, Kindergarteners! Online Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open in the Peninsula School District.

Registering early allows you to find out about all of the transition activities we have planned in the spring and summer! To register, you will need to upload the following documents or turn them in to your child’s school:

  • Proof of residency, like a utility bill;

  • Student birth certificate; and

  • Student immunization records.

In order to enroll your child for Kindergarten, they must be 5 years old by August 31. Enrollment must be completed online.

Go to to begin the online process. Families may contact any of our schools to schedule a time to stop in to use a Chromebook if you do not have a device, have connectivity issues, or need support completing the form.

The Peninsula School District is planning to offer full-day Kindergarten, 5 days a week at all elementary schools in the fall. Registering your child early offers the best opportunity to receive communication about summertime school events and to receive Kindergarten specific information.

Don't forget...tomorrow's Fun Friday

Otter Fun Friday!

Tie Dye/Neon Day! Let's see what you can put together for tie dye and neon day!

Upcoming Fun Fridays

Choir Video!

This video will bring a smile! 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from around the district participated in this choir project.

Splash Ticket Winners!

Every day students are able to earn a splash ticket by demonstrating our school wide expectations of being respectful, responsible, and safe. Teachers collect the splash tickets in their classrooms and then once a week they bring the tickets and put them in our grade level buckets. Every Friday we create a video recording of Mrs. Mathews, Mr. Heistand, or Mrs. Rosendahl pulling a ticket from each grade level bucket. We send the recording to classroom teachers who play the video in their classrooms for students to see during morning announcements.

Here are this week's splash ticket winners:

Kinder - Alethia from Mrs. Vela's class

1st grade - Harper from Mrs. Wilcox's class

2nd grade - Tate from Ms. McCoy's class

3rd grade - Sawyer from Mrs. Kranich's class

4th grade - Ruby from Ms. Page's class

5th grade - Lawson from Mrs. Knight's class

Way to go Otters! Keep up the great work and we are excited to see who's name will be drawn next week!

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Library Resources:

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One Information ~ June Water Safety

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Mask Guide

As students arrive daily we ask that they have their nose and mouth covered. With more students on campus, we are noticing more students wearing neck gaiters. The recommendations from the CDC is that they are two-layered. Please read the guidelines below:

Printable Attestation Forms

Please keep students home if they have any of the symptoms on the attestation form.

Student Attestation Form

Spanish Student Attestation Form

School Safety

Thank you families for helping us stay safe at Artondale. Students are doing a wonderful job maintaining social distancing, wearing their masks and arriving with their attestation form in hand.

When you fill out the Student Attestation Form every morning prior to school, please understand that if you are considering checking the box “yes”, then you need to keep your child at home.

If you have questions and are not sure what to do, please contact Mr. Heistand, or 253-530-1102 or our Nurse Nanci Powell or 253-530-1124.

Thank you for your understanding and working together to keep everyone safe.

Returning to school after COVID-19 symptoms


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Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, June 21st - 3/4/5 - Otter Fun Day during the school day AM/PM
  • Monday, June 21st - 5th Grade drive thru parade - 5pm
  • Tuesday, June 22nd - K/1/2 - Otter Fun Day during the school day
  • Tuesday, June 22nd - Last Day of In-person learning
  • Wednesday, June 23 - Last day of school 9am -12pm Virtually

See you September 7th!

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 John Yellowlees, Executive Director, Student Services
14015 62ND AVE NW, GIG HARBOR, WA 98332
(253) 530.1080