Wildcat News

October 2020

Contact us at: 253-298-3200 centralavenue@fpschools.org

Central Avenue Elementary

Tonya Middling - Principal

Kristin Hillius - Assistant Principal

Dear Parents and Families,

Now that school has been going for a month, we are looking at the routine elements of the school year, but in a new way. A regular element of the school year is celebration of student success! In years past we have held CARE Assemblies, but this year we are changing our celebrations by mailing home certificates and continuing Pizza with the Principal for students recognized for the Wildcat Award for excelling or going above and beyond. We recognize that students can be successful academically AND with traits that show them to be "all-around" students, including friendship and determination. Students will also continue to be recognized with Central Avenue CARE Tickets, Principal 200 Club, and positive phone calls home.

Another regular school element is attendance. Beginning today, we are required to monitor a student's attendance and then contact families when students are absent. We did not do our daily attendance calls in September, as we know there were many adjustment issues around getting started. Now, as in the past, students will be excused for illness, appointments, and other documented reasons, such as court or family emergencies. Students will be marked absent if they do not attend their teacher's virtual class session or engage in the provided work. Absences will need to be excused with a parent note or call with an excusable reason. The most important piece is that we really want your students to be engaging with their teacher and work each day, especially since the instruction time has been shortened.

I hope you had a great "long" weekend. Enjoy the beauty of the season this week!

~Mrs. Middling

Important Dates to Remember


October 5th - No School

October 9th- Pizza with the Principal for Wildcat Recipients

October 29th - Picture Day


November 11th - No School (Veterans Day)

November 26-27th - No School (Thanksgiving)


December 21-31st - No School (Winter Break)

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VIRTUAL Scholastic Book Fair

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 12am to Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Support our school by shopping The Scholastic Store Online for an expanded selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Every purchase benefits our school and helps develop a love of reading.

Click here to order!!

Nutrition Services Week!

The week of October 12-16 is Nutrition Services Week!!

Thank you to Ms. Melanie and Ms. Anne in our Central Avenue Kitchen for always taking great care of our students!! Both Melanie and Anne have been out there everyday maintaining a positive place for students and families to continue to have the food services they need! Thank you for being that constant for our students and always greeting them with a warm smile!! They are extremely valued and appreciated!! Please show them some love and appreciation, especially during their week!!

We would also like to acknowledge all the great Nutrition staff in our District.

We appreciate all you do!


The week of October 19-23 is Transportation Staff-National Bus Safety Week!

Huge thanks to our transportation staff as they've been working so hard to prepare routes and staff to safely transport our kiddos this upcoming year. And for their continued assistance with food resources at bus stop locations to provide grab and go breakfasts and lunches! Please show them some love and appreciation, especially during their week!!

PTA General Meeting

Thursday October 22, 2020 @ 7pm

Scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Elections, Budget approval and Standing Rules

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 822 5380 6703

PARENTS & TEACHERS- We are looking for New Board member nominations (self nominations are ok). Please submit them to Alisha Chang at CentralAvePTA@gmail.com by October 15th.


Thursday October 29th: Please watch for emails and updates!

Hybrid Learning Update

2020-2021 Learning Model Overview

Hybrid Learning Option

  • In-person learning: Assigned students participate in in-person learning at the school site a minimum of two days/week.
  • Teacher-led online learning: Assigned students participate in teacher-led online learning during a set time.
  • Teacher-directed independent learning: Assigned students participate in pre-established learning activities on their own time.

Full-Remote Learning Option

Like the current remote learning plan, students will participate in a combination of teacher led (online instruction during a set time) and teacher directed (learning activities to be completed by students on their own time).

***Intended Hybrid Transition Timeline***

  • Early Learning (2 days/week): October 19 (if advised by public health authorities)
  • K-1 (4 days/week): October 19 (if advised by public health authorities)
  • 2-3 (Grade 2: 4 days/week; Grade 3: 2 days/week): Two weeks after the start of EL and K-1
  • 4-5 (2 days/week): Two weeks after the start of 2-3

*All timelines are tentative and will be implemented in consultation with local health authorities.

Asynchronous Schedule Change

Beginning the week of the week that K-1 students return to their buildings (current intended date: October 19), the asynchronous learning day will move from Wednesday to Monday for all students. This decision was made to allow families to prepare for asynchronous learning days over the weekend and to concentrate the amount of in-person learning each week. This schedule coincides with several local school districts. This schedule shift will occur for all students at the same time so that families with students in multiple schools and grade levels do not have to navigate competing schedules.

Food Resources

Franklin Pierce Schools will offer free lunch to all children and youth ages 0-18*, Monday-Friday. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal. Federal regulations usually require student recipients to be present, but exceptions will be made given our current public health crisis.

  • 35 locations! (click to view a list of the locations)
  • Monday-Friday from 11am-12pm
  • Grab n' go lunch and breakfast
  • All children and youth ages 0-18*


We are now in our new location! Central Avenue relocated for the 2020-2021 school year to Historic Collins. Our new address is:

Central Avenue

4608 128th Street East

Tacoma, WA 98446

Phone: 253-298-3200

We will be here for one year while the existing Central Avenue school will be torn down to make room for a new and beautiful, more secure campus! We are so excited about a new school for our Wildcats!