DHES News and Notes

June 3, 2022

Educating every child for confidence today and contribution tomorrow.

A Message From the Principal

DHES Families,

Looking ahead, there are many fun activities planned for you and your students over the course of the remainder of the year. Please check the calendar of events and participate as you are able.

The Highly Capable nomination window is now open for parents to recommend students for spring testing. Check the Dieringer School District website for details if you are interested.

We are excited to announce we will be holding some summer classes for select students this summer to help fill some of the learning gaps that have occurred due to COVID. We will be sending out invitations to this summer opportunity shortly. If this is something you are interested in knowing more about, please let us know and we will see if this is a good fit for your child.

Let’s all work together to finish the year strong!


Kevin Anderson, Principal


Calendar of Upcoming Events

June 1-10 Highly Capable Window Open

June 6 Junior Achievement, Myers/Allen/Badgley

June 9 Junior Achievement, Cheney/Westerdahl/Hall

June 9 Top Talent Dress Rehearsal 3PM

June 9 Top Talent Performance 7PM

June 10 All Library Books Due

June 10 Beach Day

June 10 Kindergarten Screening

June 10 Family Picnic LTES 5-7PM

June 13 Hat Day

June 14 Crazy Hair Day

June 15 Color Wars Day

June 15 Field Day

June 16 Decades Day

June 16 Preschool 3s Celebration

June 16 Preschool 4s Graduation 6PM

June 17 Blackout Day

June 20 Last day for Preschool

June 21 Last Day of School Early Release 11:30AM

Stuffed Animal Sleepover in the DHES Library

It’s Time for the DHES Library

Kindergarten Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

Next week, June 6 - 10, kindergarten students will be bringing a stuffed animal into the library to spend the night (the stuffed animals, NOT the kids).

When the students pick up their stuffed animals the next day, they will get to see photos of all the adventures and mischief that happened over night.

Which Day Your Child Should Bring Their Stuffed Animal to School:

Monday: Miss Bertrand and Mrs. Vicki Taylor

Tuesday: Mrs. Whitley

Wednesday: Mrs. Matteo and Mrs. Kelly

Thursday: Miss Susan Taylor and Miss Larson

P.S. Please don’t send a stuffed animal that your child absolutely can’t sleep without… once the stuffies are tucked in, they are here for the night. :-)

Field Day is Coming

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Field Day Popsicles

For Field Day on June 15th, we are pleased to offer Budget Saver popsicles, which are produced in a peanut and tree nut free facility. They are also free of the top 8 food allergens! PTA will also be providing these popsicles as a RAH (Reading At Home) reward at lunches on June 16th. For more information please visit https://www.twinpops.com/faq

Thank you,


Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

Dieringer School District

Lake Tapps, WA

You're Invited to the PTA Family Picnic!

We are so excited that we get to have a family event and we hope that you are all able to join us next Friday!! Bring your own picnic, or we will have the BBQ Junkies food truck at the school, as well as a hot dog meal available to purchase for $3 (cash/check please). Don't forget a chair or blanket to sit on!!

We will have a Parent vs. Kids kickball game, a cake walk, bubbles, and a reverse dunk tank from 5:30-6:30. Popsicles will be available at 6:30! It's going to be a fun time that you don't want to miss!

We need your help to make this happen! We are looking for donations for the cake walk as well as some Middle/High School Volunteers! Please see the sign up below!

Cara Compton | President

LTES PTA Serving Dieringer Heights Elementary and Lake Tapps Elementary

Phone | 425-306-7660

Web | ltespta.org

FB | ltespta

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Highly Capable Assessment Window

There will be one more Highly Capable assessment opportunity this spring. The nomination window will be open from June 1st - June 10th.The links for parents are on the district website and will "go live" during the open window. All forms are completed electronically.

A Note From the Nurse

Dear Dieringer Families:

We are nearing the end of the school year, with just a few short weeks to go. Our staff, students, and families have shown amazing dedication and resilience for the past two years.

Since last spring, our top priorities have been to maximize in-person learning and slow the spread of Covid-19. Our community has come a long way since the beginning of the school year, however Covid is still present and impacting students and staff in our schools.

Covid case numbers have been going up in our community, and hence in our schools, for the past couple of weeks. We would like to maintain a strong finish to the school year with healthy students and staff as much as possible. With that in mind, please remember the following to minimize the spread of the virus:

Wash hands frequently, and keep students home when they are sick. Test them for Covid with any of the following symptoms not caused by a known chronic health condition. You may call your school’s nurse or health technician for more symptom-specific guidance:




Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Muscle or body aches

New loss of taste or smell

Unusual fatigue

Congestion/stuffy nose

Runny nose

Sore throat

Nausea or vomiting


If your student develops symptoms while at school, we can test them here with a rapid antigen test. Curative also has a PCR testing site at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 4th ST NE. The current hours are 7:30 am -1:30 pm Monday through Friday, and rapid PCR tests are available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit https://book.curative.com/sites/34106 . Appointments are preferred but not mandatory.

*Please note: the Auburn testing site at 2400 Perimeter Road will close effective June 1st.

We have had some outbreaks in classrooms in our district. Our goal is to slow the spread of Covid. It is possible that if we continue to see outbreaks, we may need to reevaluate our requirements, always consulting with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Please remember that masks are optional, but strongly recommended when exposed to help minimize the spread of the virus.

Thank you,

Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

Kindergarten Enrollment

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Will Your Child Turn 5 by August 31?

A child who will be five years old on or before August 31 is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the next school year.

Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Click on this link to access registration information.

Child Find

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Updates to Covid Communication

Since updated Department of Health guidance no longer requires contact tracing, we will send out a letter via email when students shared a space with someone who is Covid positive and may have been exposed. This will, in most cases, be a classroom space. See the link below for an example of the notification letter:

Exposure Notification Letter

Updated Department of Health Covid Information

Covid Flow Chart
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How to Order Your Free Covid Test

Did you know that you can order free Covid home tests from the federal government and from Washington State? Here are the websites to order free tests for your family:

Federal Government: https://www.covidtests.gov/

Washington State: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/

Covid Testing for Students with Symptoms-Updated

We can accept either a negative PCR test or negative antigen/home test for students with symptoms. If your child has just one of the following symptoms which resolves within 24 hours (stuffy nose, runny nose, headache, fatigue, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) your child may return to school without a test. However if your student’s single symptom lasts >24 hours, they have two or more of these symptoms, or one of the following symptoms (fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, cough), they will need a negative Covid test to return to school, and symptoms must have significantly improved (including no fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication). Please call the school and email a copy of your student’s negative test results to your school’s nurse or health technician. (Your child may not need testing if symptoms are from a documented, chronic health condition. Please check with your school’s nurse or health technician).

*If your student has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, please use the rapid antigen test option, as a PCR test may show positive for up to three months.

If your student develops any of the above symptoms while at school, rapid antigen testing may be available. A parent will be notified first, and a Test to Stay/Testing Permission form must be completed. If the test is negative, students are still required to go home and may return when symptoms have significantly Improved and no fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication, per Department of Health guidance.

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Substitute Teachers and Paras Needed

We are in desperate need of substitute teachers and paraeducators!

Call Jade Hughes (253-862-2537) or stop by the District Office for more information. Applications can be found on our website under Employment!

**If you have a 4 year degree, you are eligible to be a substitute teacher!

Need Tech Support?

If your child's device is not working properly, go to our website to request assistance!

Remember to:

  • Make sure to shutdown and restart your device nightly
  • Keep your device charged nightly
  • Keep your device and charger cord stored in a safe place

Check out our Parent & Student Tech Help Website to access several how-to help guides for the programs we use.