The Jaguar Journal

October 2021

Brandy Nelson - Principal

Joy Sims - Assistant Principal

Office Hours - 8:15 to 3:30

253-298-4200 / FAX 253-298-4215

Website -

Dates To Remember

September 27 - October 8 ~ Book Fair

October 4 ~ NO SCHOOL

October 5-8 ~ Student-led Conferences - EARLY RELEASE - 11:55

October 13 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 1:55

October 20 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 1:55

October 21 ~ 10:21 Great Shakeout Drill

October 27 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 1:55

November 30 ~ Picture Retake Day

From the Principal's Office

Dear James Sales Families,

What a great start to the year! We have completed our beginning-of-the-year testing and classroom routines and structures are coming together. Teachers and students are working hard on developing skills students will need to be successful.

Please remember to:

  • Keep in contact with your child’s teacher
  • Ask the teacher if you are unsure about something
  • Check your child’s backpack daily as important information and homework may be found in there
  • Help your child be on time to school. Students need 10-11 hours of sleep each night.
  • Have your child at school every day, on time, all day!

We look forward to working with you this year. Thank you for your support as we all work together to ensure your child is successful.


Brandy Nelson, Principal

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Fall Weather is Here!

We are enjoying our beautiful Fall weather which means that mornings can be cooler. Please take a moment to label outer-wear with a permanent marker in case it is misplaced. We do go outside on rainy days unless it is a real down-pour!

Appreciation Weeks

October 11-15– Nutrition Service Staff

October 18-22– Transportation Staff

Thanks to Mrs. Kimball, Ms. Burton, and Ms. St. Clair; our kitchen workers, who work hard to keep our students well-fed, happy, and ready to learn!

We also appreciate our bus drivers; Doc (#7), Agnes (#9), Stacie (#10), Sheila (#11), Rick (#24), Mary (#53), and Lena (#56); who transport our students safely to and from school each day.

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Free Developmental Screening

Children ages 3-5 who reside within the Franklin Pierce School District are eligible for free developmental screening. Hearing, vision, kindergarten readiness, speech and language, motor skills, and behavior are checked. Screenings take place regularly. See their web page here. To schedule an appointment, call the Early Learning Center Child Find hotline at 253-298-4658.

Early Learning Center Registration

If you have a pre-school age child in your household, he or she may be eligible for the Head Start or ECEAP preschools at the Dr. Frank Hewins Early Learning Center. To learn more about the Early Learning Center and to access an application, click here.


We at James Sales hope you will make every effort to encourage consistent and on-time attendance at school. Did you know if your child is tardy or leaves school early, it will show on their attendance record? To avoid excessive absences, please make appointments outside of school hours whenever possible. Make sure you call the school office if your student is absent for any reason. Our attendance desk number is 253-298-4200. You may leave a voice message if you need to call before or after school hours.

Reminders from the Office

Please read these important reminders from the office!

  1. If you need to come into the building, please press the telephone button on your right as you look at the front door. This will enable the office to see you and to buzz you into the entry if needed.
  2. Please notify the office of any changes in the way your child will go home at the end of the day. We need this information before 2:45 so we have time to get a note to the teacher.
  3. Call the office if your child will be absent. If they have an appointment, please ask the doctor, dentist, counselor, etc. for a note for school. Offices that treat children are used to giving notes to students for excuses!
  4. If you need to take your child out of school before the end of the school day, please come before 2:45 so you won't be stuck in the end-of-the-day pick-up line! You will need to sign your child out and wait for them to come from their classroom, so allow plenty of time.
  5. If your phone number, email address, or home address changes, please let us know so we have the most up-to-date contact information for you. If they become ill, or otherwise need your help, we need a way to contact you! Thank you!
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Make sure you like the James Sales Elementary PTO Facebook page! We share updates and information about school events and community opportunities throughout the year.

Franklin Pierce Schools 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. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to James Hester, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sander, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000.