Otter News

October 22, 2020

Dream. Learn. Achieve.

Artondale Pumpkin Art

Thank you for participating in our fall pumpkin art design. Please enjoy the video to view what the amazing Mrs. Faker created to showcase our Otter pumpkins!

If you still have a pumpkin at home, please return to school and we will add them around our school.

Look for another Otter community activity next month!

Artondale Pumpkins

Fall Conferences

Fall Conferences will occur during the week of October 26th - 30th. All students will end their days at 12:15pm. For K/1 in-person students, please be at parent pick up at 12:15 M,T, TH, F and be ready at bus stops as the buses will leave at 12:15.

As a reminder, there is no preschool during conference week. For K - 5 remote students there is no late start on Wednesday, 10/28. Please plan to join your class at 9:00am for morning meeting.

Purpose of conferences:

  • Share with parents/guardians how students are relating to others in the class and the teacher

  • Share with parents current student learning/performance thus far

  • Collaboratively with parents, set both personal and academic goals and discuss strategies that may be implemented at school and at home to meet those goals

Year Round Update

Please log into your Parent Portal account or follow this link; click on Powerschool Parent Portal, once in the portal (on the left hand side) is a tab for Year Round Update. This information needs to be updated yearly and the link is live now. Thank you!

Splash Winners Week of October 12 - 16

Students can still earn splash tickets if they are learning remotely or in-person for demonstrating our school wide behaviors of being respectful, responsible, and safe. Teachers submit names to the office and then we will make a positive phone call home or a mail a postcard.

Congratulations to these students who earned a splash ticket last week:

1st Grade: Emmett C., Stella H.

2nd Grade: Blake B., Jude M., Sophia I., Marley D.,

3rd Grade: Landon R., Austin P., Dylon Clarence, Ayla O., Saryn G., Vanessa H., Kayliana B., Alexis W., Mia W., Carter C., Brianne M.

4th Grade: Ryan D., Layna L., Emme M., Taylor L., Alex M., Kenzie G., Camden R., Dane K., Ariana H.

5th Grade: Liliana M., Rowan R., Ethan Z., Elise V., Ethan K., Leslie E., Alex J., Eva G., Cameron F., Myla L., Allison W.

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Counselor Corner

As we continue with our theme of being ‘thoughtful’ in the month of October we will be reading the book, “Have You Filled A Bucket Today; A Guide To Daily Happiness For Kids” by Carol McCloud in all K-3 classrooms.

The author of the book, Mrs. McCloud, distills the philosophy of her book into three simple concepts:

  1. Be a bucket filler. Fill a bucket by sharing a kindness, love or even a simple smile with those around you. When you are a helper or a good friend you fill your own bucket as well as others buckets.

  2. Don’t dip into buckets! Don’t be rude or mean to others, dipping into someone else's bucket will not fill your own.

  3. Use your lid. Use your lid to protect yourself from hurtful things. Don't let others mean ideas or hurtful words sneak into your bucket of positive thoughts and emotions.

If your family is having a little too much family time together because of the Covid quarantine, try some bucket filling with each other; check out for my ideas about how bucket filling can make us all feel a little better at home and at school!

Highly Capable Referral Notice for Annual Testing grades 1 - 8

Open October 22nd – February 12th, 2021

Online Highly Capable Referral form for Parents and Teachers

Direct link-

Please note: single online referral form for teachers and parents for more information

¡Aviso importante!
Las aplicaciones al examen anual del Highly Capable Program (Estudiantes de Nivel Avanzado) ya están abiertas
Cuando: del 22 de octubre del 2020 al 12 de febrero del 2021.
Dónde aplicar: el formulario para referir a un estudiante se encuentra en la liga
Quien debe referir a un estudiante: los padres y profesores del alumno.
Para más información por favor visita
¡Recuerde! enviar un solo formulario diligenciado por los padres y profesores del estudiante.

Kiona Rainey

Highly Capable/Curriculum Secretary

Peninsula School District

(253) 530-1059

School Safety

Thank you families for helping us stay safe at Artondale. Students are doing a wonderful job maintaining social distancing, wearing their masks and arriving with their attestation form in hand.

When you fill out the Student Health Screening Attestation Form every morning prior to school, please understand that if you are considering checking the box “yes”, then you need to keep your child at home until you are able to answer “no”.

If you have questions and are not sure what to do, please contact Mr. Heistand, or 253-530-1102 or our Nurse Nanci Powell or 253-530-1124.

Thank you for your understanding and working together to keep everyone safe.

Lunch Pick-Up Times Have Changed

If you are picking up lunches are Artondale, the new pick-up time begins at 11:30am through 12:45pm.

Construction Updates

  • Baker tanks were installed for erosion control (rectangular shapes in center of paved loop)

  • Installed quarry spalls in front of the main entry

Please check out the district website for up to date information and more photos.

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Rainy Weather

As we move into more fall and winter weather, please make sure that your student dresses appropriately for wet/colder conditions. Because we live in Washington, there will be days where they will go outside for recess even though it might be raining.

Artondale Library

Our library is open for ALL grades!! Students can place holds for library books. For in-person K/1 students, they will have library in their classrooms and begin taking books home.

Mrs. Faker is excited to bring books back to our Otters!! Please follow this link for further instructions and information! Pick up will be on Wednesdays from 11:00 - 2:30pm.

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Change of Transportation?

Please let the office know of transportation changes by 2:45pm. You can email or call the main office, 253-530-1107. Thank you!

PTA October Newsletter

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 John Yellowlees, Executive Director, Student Services
14015 62ND AVE NW, GIG HARBOR, WA 98332
(253) 530.1080