MARCH 2021


Dear Purdy Families,

We have enjoyed having many of our students return to in-person learning. Students in remote classes and in-person continue to share how they enjoy learning and making friends. We are grateful that Purdy continues to be a collaborative community with kind, hardworking students, involved parents and community members, and teachers with compassion and high expectations for every child. Thank you for the role you play in partnering with us in your child’s education.


This trimester ends on March 22nd. Individual student report cards and student progress will be online on Thursday, March 25. Parent-teacher conferences will be held on March 24-26th. (See schedule below.) Parent-teacher conferences help to communicate the areas your child is excelling in and to give specific ideas of how to improve upon your child’s learning. The goal is to work collaboratively to increase the likelihood of academic success for your child. As students have missed school due to COVID and safety regulations, we are mindful of learning gaps that are likely to exist. We will continue to focus on working collaboratively with families to support student learning and growth.

Your child’s teachers will communicate how to schedule your Zoom conference to discuss your child’s progress, as well as answer any questions you may have regarding conferences.

Important changes to daily schedule due to conferencing:

  • 11:30 Dismissal all students attending on Thursday, March 25 & Friday, March 26th.

  • No school on Thursday, March 25th for PM students in grades 3-5.

  • No school on Friday, March 26th for AM students in grades 3-5.

  • No specialist classes on Thursday, March 25 & Friday, March 26th.

  • Parent conferences on

    • Wednesday, March 24th, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

    • Thursday, March 25th, 1:00-7:00 pm

Thank you for your continued contributions and support during this school year. Continue to support your child by making school and homework a daily priority and celebrate every success. Talk to your child about school, routinely visit teacher & school websites, communicate with your child’s teacher, and get involved with the Purdy PTA if possible.

Together, we can continue to positively impact your child’s learning. If we can be of support in any way, please contact us.

Kind regards,

Mrs. Kristi Brooks
Purdy Principal

Conference Schedule:

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Important Upcoming Dates

3/22 End of Second Trimester - Elementary/Middle

3/25 Reports cards available online

3/24 - 3/26 Elementary Spring Conferences

Conference Schedule:

  • 11:30 Dismissal all students attending on Thursday, March 25 & Friday, March 26th.

  • No school on Thursday, March 25th for PM students in grades 3-5.

  • No school on Friday, March 26th for AM students in grades 3-5.

  • No specialist classes on Thursday, March 25 & Friday, March 26th.

  • Parent conferences on

    • Wednesday, March 24th, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

    • Thursday, March 25th, 1:00-7:00 pm

4/12-4/16 Spring Break - No School

4/29 Individual School Pictures - details will be shared soon

5/31 Memorial Day - No School

6/23 Last day of school - Half Day

6/24-6/25 Emergency Make-Up Days - If needed


Highly Capable Referral Notice for Annual Testing grades 1-8 EXTENDED WINDOW FOR REFERRALS

Open October 22nd – March 15th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

(Note the extended window for referrals)

Online Highly Capable Referral form for Parents and Teachers

Direct link-


STEM Material Request - New Unit on Force and Motion

2nd and 3rd grade students have started a new unit. An upcoming activity requires cardboard from cereal boxes, metal bottle caps, and plastic bottle caps. I would really appreciate any empty materials that you can spare. Clean caps and flattened boxes can be sent to school with your students. I will collect them each day. Thank you for all your help!


Reminders From The Office

Please let us know if your student is going to be absent by calling the office at 253-530-4600.

Completed and parent signed Attestation forms need to accompany your student to school each day.

If you have a transportation change for your child remember to call the office before 3:00 pm, AM Cohort by 11:00 am. If a bus rider you'll need to provide bus number and stop.

Parents of preschoolers~ call your child's teacher directly for all absences and transportation changes.

Susan Casebolt: 253-530-4678

Jessica D'Agati: 253-530-4664

Mary Ann Kuchar: 253-530-4665

Shelley Sutich: 253-530-4672



Boon Supply Co. Fundraiser Benefiting Purdy

Help support your school's PTA by shopping at Boon Supply Co. from March 15, 2021-April 18, 2021. Your purchase (40%) will be donated back to our school. The PTA at Purdy funds so many programs such as literacy and math programs, grants to teachers and staff, sight word champion shirts and access to many of the aps your children use in school as well as during remote and asynchronous activities.

Look for the Boon Supply Co. Catalog in your child's go-home in the next few weeks. Or you can check out their website to browse items available.

How to participate:

1. Use this link to Purdy's Shopping Fundraisier:

2. Or visit Boon Supply Co,'s main website, Give Back While You Shop | Boon Supply, and enter our PTA Number: 1171016.

3. All ordering is online so no need to send back order forms or checks to school.

Shop away (March 15-April 18, 2021! Any purchase small or large will benefit our school.

4. Items will be shipped directly to you.

Questions? Contact Sara Patinkin at

We All Scream For...FROYO!

Stop at Menchies at Uptown Gig Harbor any Thursday and tell them you are with Purdy Elementary! At the end of each month they will calculate the sales for each school and send 20% of sales to the respective school. This is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth AND support your school!


A team is in place to begin working on a Purdy Yearbook for the 2020-2021 School year! To pre-order a yearbook for your student, visit the following link and enter the Yearbook ID code. Yearbook ID: 12392921

We would love to obtain pictures from remote learning or school-related activities!

You can send any photos to ~ photos need to be submitted no later than April 1st

March PTA Meeting

Topic: March PTA Meeting

Time: Mar 24, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 934 8809 8014

Passcode: 237700


Pizza’s on the menu for Tuesday April 6th.

Join us for our first ever Fondi Takeover. You can participate by enjoying take-out or dining in person.

** Coupon must be present **

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Pioneer Enrollment Interest Opens March 1

Pioneer Elementary School, the Peninsula School District’s first STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) school is launching enrollment interest for the 2021-2022 school year beginning Monday, March 1, for students who will be in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade next school year.

Please see the school's website for information about how the interest process will work. We encourage you to pay attention to critical timelines. The interest process will be open from Monday, March 1, through Friday, March 19 at 4pm. To express interest in attending Pioneer, please complete the survey online, or pick up a paper copy at your child’s resident school.

Should you have any questions about Pioneer or the enrollment process, please call 253.530.3500, or email

We look forward to further growing our Pioneer community!


Peninsula School District 401

14015 - 62nd Avenue NW; Gig Harbor, WA 98332

(253) 530-1000



Here are some things all Panthers can do to stay safe and keep others safe:

  • Please stay home if you can answer “Yes” to any of the symptoms on the enclosed attestation form.

  • Please remember to:

    • Wear a clean mask to school every day.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.

    • Keep space (6 feet) between you and others.

    • Please keep an extra set of clothing and mask (in a plastic bag) in your child’s backpack for emergencies.

    • Bring your Chromebook and school supplies to be used in the classroom.

    • Bring a water bottle to keep on your desk, all drinking fountains have been turned off.

When you get to school there will be a lot of staff to help you get to your classroom.

Bus Riders:

  • Students should have their mask on prior to loading their bus and keep it on for the entire ride.

  • Buses will unload one at a time when they reach the school.

  • Staff will be present at the back of the school to greet Panthers and show them to the entry point closest to their room.

  • All Panthers will have their temperature taken by a staff member.

  • Additional staff will be in the hallways escorting students to their classrooms. If a student arrives without an attestation form families will be contacted prior to the student going to class, if an adult can not be reached the student will wait in the office until contact can be made.

  • Teachers will be waiting for students outside of their classroom doors.

Vehicle Drop off:

(Families please remember only students are allowed out of cars and into the building due to health and safety protocols. We will have many staff members in the school helping students get to class. Please be patient as it will take a significant amount of time to unload and assess each child prior to going to class.)

    • Student unloading will begin at 8:50 am.

    • Students should be dropped off only in the coned drop-off zone.

    • Please remain in your vehicle until a staff member arrives at your vehicle to dismiss your child.

    • Please pull forward to the farthest location on the curb toward the front doors.

    • Panthers should have their face covering on before leaving their vehicle and have their check-in (attestation) form in hand.

    • If students don’t have an attestation form, one will be provided by a staff member. Parents must fill out the form prior to their child exiting the vehicle.

    • Students must exit on the curbside for safety.

    • Panthers will walk to the front door and place their form in the box. A staff member will take each Panther’s temperature prior to going to class.

    • Additional staff members will help students to their classrooms.

    • Teachers will be waiting outside of the classroom for students.

Panther Pick-Up Procedures:
    • Anyone picking up a student from school must have a car tag or may be asked for an alternate ID. Tags will be passed out on the first day second-graders arrive.

    • Parents must remain in their vehicles at all times and pull to the most forward spot by the mailbox.

    • A staff member will look for your tag displayed on your rearview mirror in order to call your child for dismissal.

    • Staff will escort students to the designated area, then dismiss students to their vehicle.

    • Students will enter vehicles from the curbside only, for their safety.

For more information about our “In-Person Learning” please check out our Coming To School video on the Purdy Elementary Webpage (

We are looking forward to seeing students and providing a safe environment for them to continue to grow!

Attestation Form



COVID-19 School-Based Rapid Antigen Testing

Our school will continue COVID-19 School-Based Rapid Antigen Testing for some select students. Due to a limited supply of these tests, we are only able to test students who meet certain criteria. Although this testing is limited in scale, we believe it will give us another layer of safety as we can quickly isolate positive COVID-19 cases and quarantine close contacts to prevent disease spread at our school. If your child has been identified as a candidate to test, you will receive a letter from our principal.

Here are the consent forms:






Please take a moment to do your Year Round/Emergency Contact Update for your child(ren) to ensure that we have the necessary information in the event of an emergency and for mailing purposes. See below for instructions on how to access the update.




Any families that haven't yet turned in their Rights and Responsibilities Acknowledgement Page for each student(s), below is the link to the Student Handbook along with the acknowledgement page to be returned to school.


Tech/Chrome Book Help

If your student is having trouble with their chromebooks, schoology or zoom etc., you will need to email with the issue and DLI will be in touch with you to troubleshoot.


Nutrition Services

Lunch Menu, Meal Routes & Times, Free and Reduced Applications and more can be found here



Tracking Cases within Peninsula School District

The health and safety of all students and staff remains a top priority of the Peninsula School District.

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case at a PSD school or office location, we work directly with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) as they conduct contact tracing. Based on the guidance provided by TPCHD and the school COVID-19 case response tool kit, notifications are sent to impacted staff, students, and families. If an individual is found to have close contacts while contagious, those who were in close contact will be required to quarantine. Each case and situation requires unique action as determined by the TPCHD.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

The purpose of the COVID-19 Data Dashboard is to provide transparency regarding the number of COVID-19 cases within the Peninsula School District while respecting student and staff medical privacy rights. The Peninsula School District COVID-19 Data Dashboard only displays information related to confirmed cases of Peninsula School District individuals.


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