Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

August 19, 2019

Open House Tonight!

Back to School Open House is tonight from 5:30-6:30pm. School starts tomorrow at 9am. We hope you and your children are as excited as we are!

We have a few updates/reinforcing old rules:

1. Parents are welcome to walk their students to class THE FIRST DAY, after the first bell at 8:45am. After the first day, students know where they are going and are responsible for getting themselves to class, and we ask parents to say goodbye to their children in the foyer. If you have a matter that you need to discuss with a teacher, you may either send a note or call to schedule a time to meet with them. This allows teachers to greet their students as they arrive and begin instruction on time. The ONLY EXCEPTION is PreK parents may walk their children down to class between 8:45 and 9am. If PreK students arrive late, a staff member will walk them to class.

2. Breakfast service will begin at 8:40 rather than 8:45am (before the first bell - please be aware this is NOT when students may head to classes). This will allow students a few more minutes to eat before heading to class at 8:55. Please encourage your children to focus on eating during that time as there is not a lot of time and it is not designed as a social time.

Reminder that there is NO BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB the first week of school. Please make alternate plans and inform the school office of your child's after school plans so we can get your child where they need to be safely.

To Parents of Fifth Graders,

In advancing your students from fourth to fifth grade we looked for balance in the classrooms as our top priority. The factor of “what class they were in last year,” was not a consideration. Instead we balanced academic needs, behavior, and gender. Because there are only two classes, student/parent requests are not a consideration we can accommodate. Both of our fifth grade teachers, Ms. Jackinsky and Mr. Mills, are exceptional veteran teachers and will be working closely together.

Thank you.

Doug Hayman

Upcoming Events


19th - Open House 5:30-6:30pm

20th - First Day of School - 9am - instruction begins; 3:35pm pick up for Primary Students & 3:40pm pick up for Intermediate students

20th-22nd - Kindergarten half days

23rd - Pre K screening (by appointment only)


2nd - Holiday - No School

9th - Picture Day

17th - PTO Meeting 4pm

18th - Early Release 2:05pm

30th - Site Council Meeting 4pm


15th - PTO Meeting 4pm

16th - Early Release Day 2:05pm AND Picture Retakes

18th - No School/Inservice Day