September 26, 2022

Brookdale Elementary

611 132nd ST S Tacoma, WA 98444

Connie Holman - Principal

Jesse McNeil - Assistant Principal

Office Hours - 9:00 to 4:30

253-298-3100 / FAX 253-298-3115

Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters

Friday is Orange Shirt Day - A day to raise awareness of the residential school policy and its devastating effects on generations of First Nations people in Canada. Residential schools were the same as boarding schools that American Indians in the Unites States attended.

In May 2013, First Nations people in Canada gathered to honor victims and survivors of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School.

At this event a residential school survivor by the name of Phyllis Webstad was interviewed for a short video documentary. She mentioned when she was six, she picked out a new, shiny orange shirt for her first day of school, but when she got to the school they took her clothes, as all students were forced to wear the same clothing, and she never saw her favorite shirt again.

Her shirt story resonated with others and took off on social media. As the event became an annual way to remember the residential school systems, Orange Shirt Day was created. The official tagline for the day is “Every Child Matters” reminding everyone that all peoples cultural experiences are important.

The movement spread across Canada and in more recent years the United States. Indigenous people and non-indigenous allies wear orange on that day to show solidarity and to continue to raise awareness about the lasting effects of residential and boarding schools so they are never forgotten

What were Residential/Boarding Schools?

Residential and Boarding Schools were government run schools designed to strip Indigenous youth of their culture, language, and even their name if they had a non-English name.

Children were separated from their families and communities, often by force, and lived in and attended classes at the schools for most of the year. Often the residential schools were located far from the students’ home communities.

- There were over 130 residential schools in Canada, open between 1831 and 1997. The United States had over 400 boarding schools between 1869 and the 1970s.

- 150,000 Indigenous youth attended schools in Canada and several hundred thousand in the United States

- A year ago, 215 remains of children were discovered in an unmarked grave at one former school location. This led to discoveries of hundreds more in Canada and an investigation into former school sites in the United States.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Over 60 million people identify as Hispanic in the U.S. Between September 15 and October 15 we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage. This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, & South America. I want to honor the many students and their families who come from these countries!


September 28 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 2:35

October 3 ~ NO SCHOOL ~ Professional Learning Day

October4-7 ~ Student-led Conferences - 12:35 RELEASE

October 12 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 2:35

October 13 ~ Individual Picture Day

October 19 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 2:35

October 26 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 2:35


As you may know, Student Led Conferences (SLCs) are just around the corner. This is an excellent opportunity for teachers, students, and their families to talk about the coming year. Teachers will have information to share and students will be sharing their goals. You should have received a link to sign up for a conference time from your child's teacher. Please be sure to click on the link right away in order to secure a time for your conference. You can also find a Link to schedule a conference on the Brookdale website. School will be dismissed Tuesday - Friday, Oct. 4 – 7 at 12:35 pm. Remember - there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, Oct. 3. Students will be served a sack lunch before they leave each day. Please be sure that you have made plans for your student(s) for these early dismissal days.


Individual pictures will be taken for all students on Thursday, Oct. 13. Picture envelopes and will be sent home with each student on September 28th. Please take the time to read the information and to select your picture package option. You may pay for your order with cash (must have the exact amount - the school and the photographer are not able to make change) or a check enclosed in the envelope (Please make the check out to Quality School Portraits), or you may pre-order online with a credit card at and follow the instructions there. Use the code BROO22 . QSP asks that students do not wear green on picture day! If your child misses picture day, we will have a retake day in November so your child will be included in the yearbook.


Please pack an extra pair of clothes, including underwear, socks, and pants in your child’s backpack. Accidents do happen and we would like to be prepared. It is nice when a child can wear a pair of his or her own pants. The health room has a very limited supply of clothing. If your child does borrow clothing from the health room, please return the clothing items to the school after it is washed.


In order to assure your child's safety, please call the school office at 253-298-3100 if your child is ill or unable to attend school.You can call and leave a message on our 24-hour voice mail if it is before school hours. If your child is not in attendance, and we do not receive a call from you by 10:05 a.m, we will attempt to call you to confirm the reason for the absence. Your phone call saves time for the office and is greatly appreciated!

If you are wondering whether or not your child is too sick to attend school, please refer to the link below.


We have a very helpful transportation department; if you have any questions, issues about something that happened on the bus or at the bus stop, or concerns about a late bus, please call the transportation office directly at 253-298-3865. To cut down on the number of calls received in the office daily we are asking that if you wish for your child to ride a bus other than the one they normally ride, get off at a bus stop other than their normal stop, to be a parent pick-up, you must send a note. Without a note, we will not allow students to change their regular bus, bus stop, or end of the day routine.


STUDENT EARLY DISMISSAL – If your child has an appointment and is leaving before the end of the school day, please make sure you send a note that morning letting the teacher and the office know. Also, please allow enough time for pick up. To preserve precious class time, we do not call students to the office until you have checked them out in person (remember your ID).

SCHEDULE CHANGES - The end of the day at Brookdale is very hectic. If you forgot to send a note in the morning (which is preferred) and need to call the school with a change to your child’s schedule, please do so before 3:15 p.m. After 3:15 the office is busy assisting students and parents and will not be able to answer your call or get a message to a student before they leave for the day. All end of the day schedule changes must be made through the office, not with the classroom teacher. Thank you!

UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION - If any of your information has changed (address, contact info., email address, etc.) please contact the office right away. This year more than ever, it will be important to have the most current information. Also, let us know what your preferred method of contact is - phone, email, text. You can reach the office at 253.298.3100.

The HARLEM WIZARDS are coming to town!

Please click link for a sneak peak.

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The Harlem Wizards


Harlem Wizards (trick b-ball team) take on the elite FP Quizzonators in a game of hoops and

alley-oops. It's a fun family night of basketball & entertainment.


Washington High School gymnasium


Saturday October 8th @ 6:30pm (doors open at 6:00)


Advanced: Student / Senior Citizen $12 General Public $15

At the Door: Student/ Senior Citizen $15 General Public $18

Reserved Seating: (limited #) $25 - includes 13x19 poster & $5 souvenir voucher

Courtside Plus Seats (limited #) $45 - Includes reserved seat, poster/photo, pregame meet and greet, souvenir lanyard, $10 souvenir voucher for adults & $10 discount on Wizards replica jersey.

Benchwarmer (15 tickets only) $90- All courtside benefits, plus you sit on the Wizards bench and kids get a jersey.

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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 Brandy Marshall, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sanders, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000