Superintendent Bahr's Newsletter

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Dear Eatonville Community,

Welcome to June 2021.

This is the end of a wonderful time in Eatonville School District during the hardest year we have ever experienced in recent history. I have learned many important things the last eight years as the Superintendent for our small, beautiful district on the outskirts of I-5 Corridor/ Tacoma tucked into the Mt Rainier National Park. We have approximately 2000 FTE with a strong sense of community, pride and support for education and innovation.

This spring season I’ve been thinking deeply about change and what we as a district need to be prepared for and to create in the future. This year in particular, we have changed many times the way we do “school”. And through it all we have kept our focus on what we can do to be in person for your children.

The month of June and the upcoming months make me reflect on family. We know what summer vacations are like; memories and traditions. One that our family has kept resonates with me as I think about how we must lead and provide for children in the future.

Our family has land in Northern Minnesota, up by the Boundary waters near Lake Superior. A place with no running water, outhouses and no electricity. The way my Norwegian family liked it...yikes! Our land borders a tea-stained colored river named the Brule River. It has always been a summer tradition for all children “of age” to take saunas on the river then to jump into a freezing cold river to swim to the other side. Never mind the weather or the conditions of the year, we must prove that we could swim each year. Those who were new received a birch bark certificate. This was an initiation into the Hong clan and proved you were worthy.

Now there are a few things to know: Even though there are large leeches on the sides, and low water; horseflies that bite small children’s heads really hard, and during extremely wet years swarms of mosquitoes: you must commit.

The other thing to know is that this is no ordinary river. No, the Brule River splits in 2... after the swimming hole, the river splits in two. The last goes down falls to Lake Superior; the right goes down into a hole called Devil’s Kettle: into the bowels of the earth, never to be seen again.

So as a child, this is a huge motivator! Dreams of being sucked into the hole makes for good swimmers for sure...As it is customary, all visiting family and friends gather at the river for the event every year...and clasp hands, navigate the current and make a human shield to protect the swimmers for them to be safe. We’ve never lost one yet!!

Determination, Strength, and Strong legs are all good qualities. This has been a year of really heavy currents, some really large leeches and immense swarms of mosquitoes...yet our staff and families have been there on the banks of the river together for all children that we serve in all roles that we have. We have done a great job in the face of the unknown and uncertain. It has not been perfect and has been fraught with frustration, but we have made it to June 2021. We held strong!

We all understand that this effort has required both strong legs and good lungs.

As part of Eatonville School District, I am honored to be part of one of the premier school districts in the state that is determined and trustworthy to weather all times and currents.

We know that our work in our schools has changed over time. Academics as our focus, we know that each of us in our respective roles keeps the student in mind for our decisions. We know that our schools also provide social emotional supports, mental health support, equity in educational programs and college and career preparation to name just a few. We also know it is an honor to provide nutrition and technology for our families. We understand that trust is built over time through relationships and collaboration. Our work is too difficult and complex to “go it alone”.

We all must cross that river and need as much support from all of our community and families to make it safely.

Together we have done an amazing job, even though we are tired, we see the end in sight for this Pandemic. It has been my privilege to have had the responsibility and honor to represent our Eatonville community, your families and children.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not thank those who I’ve had the honor to work with the School Board of Directors and the wonderful staff in Eatonville Schools.

I was raised to be tough, but I will miss you all so much as I leave this district and go to lead another amazing community. Thank you all for so many opportunities.

Let’s cross these rivers together and let’s look to the future with hope, fun and a renewed commitment to children. Let’s celebrate the summer!!

Have a great June!


Krestin Bahr


GRITS Farmers

Happy Learners

Mr. Danielson's 6th graders unleashing their creativity in PE while creating their own putt putt courses

Student Vaccine Clinic for 12+

Cruiser Boys Soccer

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Hotspot Return

All hotspots checked out to families this year are due to back to school offices before the last day the office is open.

Return Devices to School Offices No Later Than:

  • CCA, EES & WES: June 23rd
  • EMS & EHS: June 25th

Unreturned hotspots will result in a $25 fine.

If your family is seeking internet support, you may want to consider this program:

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Summer Ideas for Parents

High School Graduation

The Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Monday, June 7th at 6:30 pm at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.


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Retirement Recognition Ceremony

June 9th at 6:30pm

Family, friends, colleagues and students are cordially invited to celebrate this year's retirees. The nine retirees have a combined total of 236 years of service within Eatonville School District.

  • Hosted by the Eatonville Board of Directors
  • Masks and Physical Distancing will be required
  • Date: Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm
  • Venue: Eatonville Middle School, Commons

Please review additional details on the embedded flyer below.

Please click this link for a separate event invitation for WES retirees.

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End of Year School Events

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Pierce County Skills Center SkillsUSA State Medalist

Two EHS Seniors are among the winners:

  • Amanda Weber - 1st Place - Telecommunications Cabling
  • Angelina Mireles-Mazza - 1st Place Health Knowledge Bowl (student representative to the school board directors as well)

Congratulations to our SkillsUSA State Competition medalist. We are so proud of these students and their dedication and commitment - hybrid learning and a remote competition didn't intimidate them - they overcame any challenges and were great representatives of PCSC.

Amanda Weber - 1st Place - Telecommunications Cabling

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Angelina Mireles-Mazza - 1st Place Health Knowledge Bowl

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Pierce County Skills Center Summer School

This offering is for students exiting the 8th grade through high school juniors The Pierce County Skills Center is offering FREE In-Person and Online classes this summer during two sessions. Each session will run for 14 days. Students will earn .5 semester high school credit with a passing grade.

Transportation will be available for Session I only and will leave from the front of EHS at 6:40am.

Please see the attached flyer listing classes offered, dates, times, and all information. Online registration opens MAY 3rd at noon. The link is on the flyer.

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Upcoming Half Days

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Last Day of School ~ June 16th

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Summer Office Hours

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Summer Break Dates

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Enrollment Information

In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, Eatonville School District is accepting "Choice Transfer" and regular enrollment applications for Preschool-Twelfth grades.

Click this link for all enrollment forms:

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 for 1st-12th grades.

The first day of school is Monday, September 13th, 2021 for Preschool and Kindergarten.

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Eatonville Family Agency Summer Food Bank

  • Monday and Thursday 9am-3pm. Follow the EFA DRIVE THRU FOODBANK” sign around the back of the building to the alley doors. Stay in your car and we will be right out to help you.
  • Office hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm.
  • Closures: All major federal holidays

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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.

Fall 2021 Kindergarten Enrollment

Fall 2021 Kindergarten registration is open. Please make sure you have the necessary paperwork with you to complete the registration process.

When you register, please bring your student's:

📌Medically Verified Immunization Records

📌Birth Certificate

📌Proof of Residency

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June is Awareness Month for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can affect all ages.

PTSD statistics say 43% of children and teens will experience a traumatic event. Use this PTSD Assessment Form to help you determine if your students are suffering from PTSD.

Health Alert Reminder

Per the Tacoma Pierce County Health Dept, any student that is sent home or calls in with Covid symptoms that wishes to return to school sooner than the 10 days, must obtain a negative PCR test. We can no longer accept rapid antigen tests for school clearance.

On Site Testing

If your child is screened out with symptoms, we can do on-site Covid testing for free. Results are typically available within 3 days and often students can be cleared to return to school sooner.

Visit our website to pre-register today.

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Next Two School Year, District Calendars for Families

Happy Father's Day

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Summer Solstice

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Superintendent Bahr

Superintendent Bahr has been the Superintendent of Eatonville School District since 2013.