Otter News

May 25, 2023


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If you have a current K through 4th grader, please complete these 2 forms.

Parent Input Form For Student Placement

If you would like to give parent input about the placement of your child for next school year, please complete this optional form by Wednesday, May 31st. At Artondale we ask that you trust the thoughtful placement process we use. Our goal is for your child to be in a class where she/he will grow and thrive. We ask that specific teacher requests not be made. If you have more than one student at Artondale, please complete a separate form for each. Thank you.

2023-24 School Year Intent Survey

It's that time of year again... we would like to know what your plans are for next school year! If your child is in Kindergarten through 4th grade, please follow this link to complete the 2023-24 School Year Student Survey. Thank you!

Please see our June spirit days to end the school year with some Otter fun!

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Career Day! June 12, 2023

Artondale will be hosting its annual Career Day on Monday, June 12th! The purpose of Career Day is to expose students to a variety of careers in order to jumpstart their thinking about the future. All of our students will be participating in this fun and informative day! However, we can’t do it without you!

We need volunteers to speak for four 25 minute-long sessions about their career. Career Day activities will occur between 9am and 11am. If you, a family member, or friend is interested in volunteering to speak about a career, please complete this Google Form by Friday, June 2nd. Volunteer selection will be on a first-come basis. Bringing stress balls, pencils, or other work-related freebies for students is encouraged. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (Mrs. Eaglin). With your help, we look forward to having another engaging Career Day! Please follow this link to sign up: Career Day

Artondale's Talent Show!

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Spring/Summer Highly Capable Referral Notice for Annual Highly Capable Testing

Spring/Summer referrals are open to new and current students who have not been tested in the last 9 months. When a student is referred, we need an online form from both parents and teachers for the Multidisciplinary Team to review. Both the educator’s and parent’s confidential input is greatly valued in the identification process.

Please see or contact me for more information on referrals or the training opportunity.

Thank you!

Joy Giovanini

K-12 Highly Capable Program Coordinator

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Theme of the Month: Responsible

Hello Artondale Families,

This month we are focusing on the theme of responsible. Other words that mean responsible - dependable, reliable, and make good decisions. Our definition, taking ownership of your decisions and actions. As a class community, each classroom is trying to earn certificates for common areas around the school - library, recess, dismissal, cleanest classroom, bathrooms, and hallway. You can ask your kiddo if they have earned any certificates yet. Talk with your child about how they are responsible at home.

Next month's theme: Cooperation

Splash Winners This Week

Every day students are able to earn a splash ticket by demonstrating our school wide expectations of show respect, solve problems, make good decisions. Teachers collect the splash tickets in their classrooms and then once a week we put them in our grade level buckets.

Here are this week's splash ticket winners:

Kindergarten - Vinny, Charlie, Daisy

1st Grade - Juliette, Leiana, Nell

1/2 & 2nd Grade - Bridger, Sophia, Vera

3rd Grade - Carter, Lukas, Savannah

4th Grade - Anne, Calvin, Ethan

4/5 & 5th Grade - Evie, Allie, Miabella

Classroom winners this week: Mrs. Fabiani's class and they earned a prize as a class.

Library Information (click on picture!)

Email for Attendance & Transportation Changes

We have an email set up for absences/attendance and for transportation changes. Please email ~ Thank you!

Mike Stork Otter Fun Run

Artondale Elementary School is hosting the 40th annual Mike Stork Otter Fun Run- 3K. In the spirit of fun and fitness, we welcome the Gig Harbor community to participate in this wonderful family event. This run takes place on Friday, June 2nd at 6:00 pm.

This year $1.00 of all race registration fees will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. If you would like to make additional donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network please click the donation button on the website. Registration is $12 without t-shirt by selecting no shirt option at checkout.

Packet pick up is May 31st 5pm to 6:30pm. Please click here to register!


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Mark your calendar with these important dates for the rest of the school year!

Upcoming Important Dates


  • Monday, May 29th - No School - Memorial Day


  • Friday, June 2nd - Otter Fun Run, 6pm
  • Monday, June 12th - Career Day - during the school day
  • Tuesday, June 13th - Talent Show, 6 - 7:30 pm
  • Friday, June 16th - Field Day - during the school day
  • Monday, June 19th - NO School - Juneteenth
  • Tuesday, June 20th - 5th grade celebration, 6pm
  • Wednesday, June 21st - Last Day of School, 12:15pm dismissal

Every child, every day will explore, create, and be an empathetic global citizen.

The Peninsula School District 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. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX and Compliance Officer, Dan Gregory, at (253) 530-1009, email or the Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, John Yellowlees, at (253) 530-1081, email address: 14015 62nd Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.