Christensen Courier

February 10, 2023

Christensen Elementary School

Dr. Tim Enfield ~ Principal

Katie Schlesinger ~ Assistant Principal

Office Hours ~ 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

School Hours ~ 8:55 am to 3:25 pm

Attendance Email:

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Feb. 15 ~ Early Dismissal @ 1:55pm

Feb. 20 - 24 ~ President's Day/Mid Winter Break - No School

March 1 ~ Early Dismissal @ 1:55pm

March 8 ~ Early Dismissal @ 1:55pm

March 12 ~ Daylight Savings Time Ends

Employee Appreciation

February 6th-10th is National School Counseling Week. This week we have the opportunity to show gratitude to Mrs. Roppo, School Counselor; Mrs. Batzle, Psychologist; Mrs. Holter, Speech Language Pathologist; Joy Hara, OT; Auriel Vanraalte PT for their excellent care in meeting the needs of our students!

FREE Vaccination Clinic

WHERE: Historic Collins Elementary School - Back side of school

4608 128th St E Tacoma 98446

WHEN: 2/15/23

TIME: 12:00pm-4:00pm

Vaccines Available: Flu Vaccine and/or Covid Boosters for ages 5+

School Required Vaccines for children ages 4-18.



Weather and Outdoor Recess

We are finally heading into the colder, wetter months of the school year. We will have outdoor recess as much as possible as long as conditions are safe for students to be outside. Please be sure your students come to school dressed for the weather. Wear coats, hats, gloves, socks, shoes that protect their feet, and maybe even a change of clothes in case they get wet.

Weather and Emergency Updates

In the event of emergencies, a team of Franklin Pierce Schools staff work to balance safety and our commitment to support student learning. The choice to delay or cancel the start of a school day includes assessing road conditions and consulting with other local services. Franklin Pierce Schools will attempt to offer updates about delays and closures by 5am.

Staff and families can expect to receive information about school closures and delays in the following ways:

  • Recorded Telephone Message contact the main office at your child's school to ensure your contact information is up to date

  • SMS Message for families/staff who have opted-in, click herefor Text Message if you would like to opt-in

  • Email from

  • Website

  • Flash Alert Notification sign up to receive email notifications and download the Flash Alert App, click here.

  • Local Media including KIRO 97.3 FM, KOMO 1000 AM, KIRO TV Channel 7, KOMO TV Channel 4, and KING TV Channel 5

  • Social Media Facebook and Twitter


We know there are times when students may be absent. We certainly want students who are sick to stay home to rest and get better and prevent others from getting sick. But, there are things you can do to help your child get to school on time, all day, every day, so they can help their class reach their attendance goal:

  • Make sure your student gets plenty of sleep (9-11 hours every night) and exercise (60 minutes every day), practices healthy hygiene habits, and eats a balanced diet. All four support a strong immune system.
  • Set an alarm to wake up at the same time every morning.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Plan appointments and vacations outside of school hours (8:55am – 3:25pm).
  • Have a back-up plan for transportation.

As always, please report any absence to the school office. You can do this one of three ways:

  1. Call: (253) 298-3300 and Select 1 for Attendance
  2. Email:
  3. Text via REMIND (you must have an account): Send message to C. Chittenden (our attendance clerk)

Free Preschool

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Mid Winter Break Childcare

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SPYA Soccer

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At the end of last year we were finally able to have volunteers help with field trips! Hooray!! We anticipate the need for volunteers this year as well. If you are interested in volunteering as a chaperone for field trips or in any other capacity that may come up, please complete the volunteer application as soon as possible. It may take up to two weeks to process an application and we don't want you to be left out of a volunteer opportunity because you are not approved yet! Click here to begin your volunteer application.

Important School Reminders

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 Christensen is very busy. 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 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 the office is busy assisting students and parents and may 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 253.298.3300.

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.