Otter News

April 8, 2021

Dream. Learn. Achieve.

Have a Great Spring Break

Dear Artondale Families,

Thank you for your continued support this year. Thank you to our amazing PTA, Mrs. Faker, and Mrs. Fabiani for our Bars and Books food drive and book fair event this week! Students have been working so hard and continue to impress us with their learning. We have been discussing grit and perseverance as a staff the past two weeks and how we teach all students to have a growth mindset.

Some phrases and ideas that would be great to reinforce at home are:

  • Mistakes and stuck points are okay to experience, they allow you to grow as a learner!
  • The power of yet - I do not know how to do this yet.
  • Have students use their problem solving skills, is an opportunity to learn and grow.
  • Allow students to fail and practice struggling through something. This allows them to think critically and learn from the mistakes.

Have a wonderful and relaxing spring break!

In partnership,

Mrs. Rosendahl


Artondale Elementary

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Pajama DAY!! Friday, April 9th

PJ Day - Be cozy all day in your pajamas - please make sure PJ's are school appropriate and wear a face covering. K-2 students will still go out to recess so please have shoes for outdoor play.

Kindergarten Registration is OPEN!!

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.

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 - Asher from Mrs. Brandt's class

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

2nd grade -Elliott from Mrs. Oake's class

3rd grade - Brady from Mrs. Fabiani's class

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

5th grade - Sadie from Mrs. Daniel'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!

Help us name Charly's friends!

Please help us name Charly's fish friends by voting for your favorite name. Last week's Green Glo fish was named "Pickle Rick". Check back each week for a new fish.

Patricia C. Verdella Keenan, MEd

Artondale STEM Specialist

Library Resources:

Click on photo to view April's library information:

The Family Supports Page

The Family Supports page provides written and video resources to support families with education tool resources utilized by Peninsula School District. Teachers throughout the Peninsula School District rely on a variety of technology tools to support Remote Learning 2.0. Please click here for additional information and support.


If you would like to submit your child’s baby picture for the yearbook, please have them in digital form and emailed to Talli Gonyaw,, by tomorrow, April 9th.

Be sure to include your child’s first and last name in the email. Thank you!

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

Construction Updates

Please check out the district website for up to date information and more photos.

PTA Information

BOOK FAIR runs through April 14th

Shop online and have them delivered to you!

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Upcoming Dates

Apr 12 - 16 - Spring Break, No School

May 31 - Memorial Day, No School

June 23 - Last day of school (early release)

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