Eagle Newsletter

December 3, 2021

Message From the Principal

Dear LTES Families,

I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving Break and had a chance to spend some time with your family and friends. I want to take an opportunity to thank all those families who are driving their students to school and/or picking them up after school. The parking lot and pick up/drop off area are quite a bit more full this year, and families have been showing patience throughout the year so far. Please continue to be patient and only drop off/pick up along the curb by the school, and not in the cross walk area.

We have quite a bit of items in our lost and found--mostly coats. A couple weeks ago, I held up every item in our lost and found to all of the students during the lunch hour. Surprisingly, only about 10-12 items were claimed (out of about 45 items). Please check your child's closet, or your coat closet, for any missing coats. Chances are we have them in our lost and found.

Have a great weekend!


Pat Webster--Head Learner

Holiday Help Donors Needed

The holidays can be a challenging time for families who are experiencing hardships. Each year, the Dieringer School District counselors work with Dieringer families in need to offer holiday help. If you, your extended family or your community group is interested in helping Dieringer School District families in need, the counselors in each building are accepting gift card donations. Please contact your building counselor (LTES-Katie Leslie) or drop off a gift card labeled "Holiday Help", at the school front office.

Specifically, we are in need of the following gift cards in a variety of denominations:

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Fred Meyer

Character Word For December--Gratitude

"People who are grateful feel less pain, less stress, suffer from insomnia less, have stronger immune systems, experience healthier relationships, and do better academically and professionally. Overall, it can boost both your mental and your physical health."

From Psychology Today

Upcoming Dates & Activities

December 6: Vaccination Clinic at LTES--4:00-7:00pm

December 17--Spirit Day--Ugly Sweater Day

December 20--School Board Meeting--6:00pm

December 20-December 31--Winter Break--No School

Drop In Vaccine Clinic at Lake Tapps Elementary

Dieringer School District will be hosting a drop in vaccine clinic at Lake Tapps Elementary for anyone 5 years old and older on Monday, December 6 from 4:00-7:00p in the gym. You can get your first dose, second dose or booster if you are eligible. This includes students, parents and community members. No appointment is necessary. Just drop in any time between 4:00-7:00pm in the gym. Entry into the gym will be from the black top by the covered area.
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Updated Covid Guidance

We are making some changes to follow the most recent guidance from the state department of health and quarantine periods. As usual the timing wasn’t the best. Right after we sent information home with students about the Test to Stay program, the state guidance changed. The new required quarantine time is seven days for students or staff who are symptom free and can produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure (students or staff with symptoms are still required to get a PCR Covid test).

In the end, this news shortens the quarantine time for students and staff who are close contacts. Students who are identified as a close contact with another student at school can participate in Test to Stay and this process is now seven days instead of ten days. Students exposed outside of school can return to school after seven days, too, as long as they are symptom free and produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure. Anyone who is a close contact who does not participate in Test to Stay or refuses to get tested, must still stay quarantined for ten days and can return to school after that window of time has passed as long as the individual is symptom free.

This new time frame above combined with the recent eligibility to get vaccinated for students ages 5-11 will combine to keep more kids in school as we progress through the school year.

Highly Capable Assessment

Nomination Window Opens - December 6, 2021

Nomination Window Closes - January 14, 2022

Evaluation for nominated students - Week of January 31, 2022

Sumner Food Bank

If you and your family are in need of food assistance:

NO appointment is needed at this time.

"That's right, no appointment needed and no identification needed. Just show up and shop like any grocery store... and we'll take care of the rest. We serve all... EVERY address, EVERY city, EVERY zip code."

Food Distribution Hours:

  • Mon-Fri : 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Thurs: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Client Information Link: 253-863-3793

Food Bank Address: 15625 Maine Street E. Sumner, WA

Food donations

December Menus

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Early Pick Up

If you are needing to pick up you child early from school, you can call ahead to let us know you are on the way to pick them up. We will then call them to the office before you arrive.


If you walk to school from a nearby neighborhood to pick up your child early, please be sure to call ahead. Our playground supervisors always keep an eye out for strangers on the campus, particularly on the playground. If you call the office ahead of time, we can notify the playground supervisor that you are on the way, and it's safe to let you cut through the playground from the neighborhood behind the school.

Substitute Teachers & Paras Needed

We are in desperate need of substitute teachers and paras. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, you need a 4 year degree and complete an application to become a substitute through out District Office. Please see, or call, Jade Hughes in the District Office if you are interested.

Jade Hughes

Human Resources Technician



Wet Weather Is Here

The rain is here and students are playing outside rain or shine. If you need assistance in getting rain boots for your child(ren), please contact me so I can help. We want to keep those toes dry!

Mrs. Leslie



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Message from Transportation

Is Your Student Vaccinated for Covid 19?

If your student has been fully vaccinated for Covid-19, please turn in proof of vaccination.

You may bring a copy to the office, or email it to Mary Aspelund, RN: maspelund@dieringer.wednet.edu

Fully vaccinated students do not have to quarantine or participate in Test to Stay if they have been in close contact with someone Covid positive! Fully vaccinated means at least 14 days have passed since receiving the second Covid vaccine in a two-dose series (or 14 days after receiving a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine-not available for those under age 18).

Students should be monitored for symptoms for a full 14 days after last exposure. If any Covid-like symptoms develop, they must stay home and get a PCR Covid test (not an antigen test or rapid antigen test). It is recommended to get a Covid test on day 5-7 after exposure if no symptoms are present (may be either a PCR or antigen test without symptoms). If your student has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days and develops symptoms, please call the school for testing guidance.

COVID Testing for Students With Symptoms

If your child is out sick or sent home due to COVID like symptoms they will need a negative PCR COVID Test to return to school. It must be a PCR test. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will not let us accept a negative antigen test (sometimes called a rapid antigen test) for students with symptoms to return to school, nor will they let us accept a home COVID test.

*Exception: If your student has tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, please call the school for testing directions.

We have had fast results and excellent reviews from this site in Auburn:

Health Commons Project

And here are other testing sites in Pierce County: Testing Information

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