Wildcat News

September 2020

Welcome Back

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

Central Avenue Elementary

Tonya Middling - Principal

Kristin Hillius - Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events!

Parent Zoom Q&A Session: September 24th: 3:00 p.m.

Back to School Virtual Learning

The first day of school was 09/08/20 at 8:30 for students in Grades 1-5! And 09/11/20 for Kindergarten.

This was not the start of the school year that we had hoped for!

More than anything, we want to see your students return to safe and healthy buildings. Since this is not currently an option, members of our staff have been working hard to prepare for starting the year learning remotely. Unfortunately, there are still some students and families and staff experiencing technical difficulties. Our IT team continues to work very hard to identify a quick and effective solution. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please know that our staff is working hard to make create a safe and productive learning environment for students and families. We will continue to make adjustments to make the remote learning process easier. If your child is still having technical issues, please go to our district website to schedule an online IT appointment through Bookings at: https://www.fpschools.org/remote-learning/technology.

This week, students will "attend" during their assigned cohort time. Cohort A students should log-on at 8:25 to be sure they are ready to start with their teacher at 8:30. Their student ID number is the username and their birth date (mmddyyyy) is their password. Cohort B students should log-on at 12:25 p.m.

Does your child have their laptop charged and ready?

When in doubt, restart the laptop to resolve slowness and various errors!

Please also ensure your child is logging on during Specialists times. Please see the schedule for your child's teacher below. It is noted by the grade first, then the teachers last name initial.

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*


  1. Make sure the device is fully charged.
  2. Log in to the computer with their assigned login account.
  3. Click on DORA icon.
  4. Browse DORA to familiarize themselves.
  5. Locate the Canvas icon in DORA and click to login to view within the program.
  6. Check that the camera and mic are working correctly

QUICK LINK guides:

Dora Guide

Canvas Guide

Camera & Mic Test

Our IT Help Desk will be available for students and parents from 7:30AM to 4:00PM on weekdays during the school year. You can reach IT Support by calling (253) 298-4647 and selecting option 1

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2020-2021 Online Registration

We are STILL enrolling incoming Kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year!

Enrollment in three easy steps:

  1. Find your student's school
  2. Complete new student online enrollment
  3. Attach additional documents to your student's enrollment application


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!