Eagle Newsletter

May 13, 2022

Message From the Principal

Hello Lake Tapps Elementary Families,

Our 3rd grade students took the state assessment, SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment), for the first time this past Tuesday, and they did great. They were focused and worked hard through the first session of the test. During the 3rd grade lunchtime on Wednesday, I asked the kids to raise their hand if they thought the test was harder than what they expected--about 6 kids raised their hand. I then asked them to raise their hand if it was easier than what they had expected, and all of the other students raised their hand. This is a typical response for the 3rd grade students because they had never seen it or experienced it before, so most of them have a preconceived notion that it's a really hard test. Even though they have practice tests, they still worry that it will be really difficult. We focused the rest of the conversation on what they need to remember--everything they need to know to do well on the test has already been taught by their teachers, and all we want is for them to do their best. Next week, May 17/18, we will finish up the ELA (English Language Arts--reading and writing). Then on May 24 and 26, they will take the math assessments, and then we will celebrate that they completed it. Please have your 3rd grade student in school if at all possible. It can be difficult to make up the tests when they are absent. If they are ill, of course keep them home.

I can't believe we are gearing up for the last month of school. Mr. Smith is organizing the annual Field Day, and our amazing PTA is going to rent a huge blow up play structure for one of the events. It's going to be a great day, and we are all excited for it because we haven't been allowed to hold it for the last two years. Our 3rd grade students will be going on their end of year capstone field trip to the zoo mid-June. It's great to be able to go on field trips again too.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Pat Webster--Head Learner

Upcoming Dates & Activities

May 17/18--3rd Grade SBA ELA Assessment

May 23--Middle School Fundraiser at Mod Pizza

May 23--6:00pm--School Board Meeting

May 24--3rd Grade SBA Math Assessment

May 26--3rd Grade SBA Math Assessment

May 30--Memorial Day--No School

Highly Capable Assessment Window

The final nomination window for identification for HiCap for all current students opens on June 1 and closes on June 10th. The link will go live on our DSD website on June 1st. Teachers and parents may nominate and submit documents during this window. Evaluations will take place June 13-17th for all students who have completed nomination packets.

What does our PTA provide to our elementary schools?

EVERY YEAR they provide...

** Funds for our library to purchase new books and resourses

** Funds to help families in need of supplies, clothing, food, etc.

** Grants to our teachers to purchase items for their classrooms.

** Funds for purchasing new playground equipment--balls, frisbees, jump ropes, etc.

** Lunches and treats for the staff on parent/teacher conference days

** Special treats and lunch during Teacher Appreciation Week

** Funds for school-wide assemblies (hopefully we can start these again next year)

** Funds to use toward bus/driver fees for field trips

THIS YEAR in particular they are providing...

** 12 New lunch tables for our cafeteria--some of our current tables are falling apart

** Upgrades to our social/emotional curriculum--Second Step

** New box hockey games for the playground--kids love this game!

** A bouncy house obstacle course for field day--can't wait for this!!

Character Word For May -- Cooperation

During May, we will be focusing on the character word, "Cooperation."

Cooperation means working together to reach the same end or goal.

"What a child can do in cooperation today, he can do alone tomorrow."

Lve Vygotsky

"If there is not cooperation, it means that we don't understand one another."


Student Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school, please notify our school office as soon as possible at 253-862-6600. That notification about an absence ahead of time truly helps our office staff stay on top of our attendance, and helps us all know that all students are accounted for. Thank you in advance.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open!

Please call the Dieringer Heights office for registration details at (253) 826-4937.

May Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Updated Department of Health Guidance

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Child Find

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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

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