DHES News and Notes
May 20, 2022
Educating every child for confidence today and contribution tomorrow.
A Message From the Principal
Wow! It’s hard to believe June is right around the corner! It has been fun to be in classrooms watching the students be so engaged in their learning. I love to see so many students at school each day actively working together.
Our 4th and 5th graders have been doing a great job on their state tests these last weeks. All fourth and fifth grade classes will be finishing up next week. We appreciate your support having your children well rested, well fed, and here on time each day.
Remember to have your children wear orange on Monday as we are holding our second Unity Day of the year.
Let’s all focus on finishing the year strong!
Kevin Anderson, Principal
State Assessment Schedule for 4th and 5th Grade
DHES students in 4th and 5th grade will take the Smarter Balanced ELA and Math assessments in May, and 5th graders will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science. Please review this letter for more information. Specific dates for each grade are linked in the letter and also available in this newsletter. Please try to plan any appointments around those days, and have your child in school unless they are truly sick.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
May 23 Unity Day- Wear Orange
May 23 School Board Meeting 6PM
May 24 Top Talent Tryouts 3-4:30PM
May 24 5th Grade Math SBA
May 25 4th Grade Math SBA
May 26 4th Grade Math SBA
May 30 Memorial Day - No School
June 1 5th Grade Band/Cougar Chorus Concert 7PM
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 Beach Day
June 10 Kindergarten Screening
June 15 Field Day
June 16 Preschool 3s Celebration
June 16 Preschool 4s Graduation
June 20 Last day for Preschool
June 21 Last Day of School Early Release 11:30AM
Golden Acorn Nominations Now Open!
Do you know a community volunteer for whom you would like to shout their praises from the rooftops? Now is your chance! Golden Acorn is a national PTA program that recognizes outstanding volunteers in our communities, and nominations are currently open.
To submit your nomination for your tremendous-stupendous volunteer today, email their name and a short description about what makes them great to firstname.lastname@example.org by Midnight June 2nd.
Voting for this year's winner will take place the following week, and the winner will be announced June 13th!
Send those nominations in today!
Earth Day Poster Contest Winners
You're Invited to the PTA Family Picnic!
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Focusing on Mental Health for children and youth is essential. Please find relevant information at Pierce County Kids Mental Health or reach out to your school counselor for resources if you believe your child is in need of mental health support. Our DHES counselor is Mary Boben and she may be reached at email@example.com.
See the attached flier for a Mental Health Awareness and community resource fair scheduled for May 23rd at Sumner High School.
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.
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.
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:
Updated Department of Health Covid Information
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.
Substitute Teachers and Paras Needed
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?
- 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.