DHES News and Notes

May 6, 2022

Educating every child for confidence today and contribution tomorrow.

A Message From the Principal

DHES Families,

As spring has arrived and the weather will be improving (we hope), please help your students dress appropriately. We know styles come and go, but tops and shorts should cover all the critical areas. We encourage modesty.

North Tapps Middle School has two fundraisers coming up to help raise funds for their 8th grade graduation celebration. The first one is scheduled for Thursday, May 12 from 12 - 9 pm at Menchie's, across the parking lot from Haggen. You must tell them that you are supporting the North Tapps Middle School fundraiser, and 20% of your purchase will be donated to NTMS. The second fundraiser will be held on May 23 at Mod Pizza, with more information to come! Mark your calendars to help our middle school give our 8th graders a fun graduation celebration!

The final nomination window for identification of Highly Capable students opens on June 1st and closes on June 10th. The nomination form will go live on our DSD website on June 1st. Teachers and parents may nominate and submit documents during this window. Evaluations will take place June 13-17th for all students who have completed nomination packets and meet the necessary criteria.

Many thanks to the PTA and all of you! We have been pampered and cared for all week and all year by your thoughtfulness and generosity. This week's Staff Appreciation has been wonderful. Thank you all!!

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend!


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.

State Assessment Schedule for 4th & 5th Grade

Calendar of Upcoming Events

May 9 5th Grade ELA SBA

May 10 5th Grade ELA SBA

May 11 4th Grade ELA SBA

May 12 4th Grade ELA SBA

May 12 NTMS Fundraiser Menchie's Lakeland Hills 12-9PM

May 13 Tacoma Rainier Game First Pitch @7:05PM

May 17 5th Grade Science WCAS

May 19 5th Grade Math SBA

May 23 Unity Day

May 24 5th Grade Math SBA

May 25 4th Grade Math SBA

May 26 4th Grade Math SBA

NTMS Fundraiser Event

NTMS Menchie's Fundraiser Flyer

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.

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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.

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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:

Exposure Notification Letter

Updated Department of Health Covid Information

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How to Order Your Free Covid Test

Did you know that you can order free Covid home tests from the federal government and from Washington State? Here are the websites to order free tests for your family:

Federal Government: https://www.covidtests.gov/

Washington State: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/

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.

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Substitute Teachers and Paras Needed

We are in desperate need of substitute teachers and paraeducators!

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?

If your child's device is not working properly, go to our website to request assistance!

Remember to:

  • 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.