DHES News and Notes

May 27, 2022

Educating every child for confidence today and contribution tomorrow.

A Message From the Principal

DHES Families,

My thoughts regularly shift to the recent tragedy in Texas and the many affected families and friends. When things like this occur, we are all affected in some way; my heart is heavy and I am left feeling very sad. That being said, we work hard to keep our schools as safe as possible. We hold drills, discuss the “what if” scenarios, and maintain a semi-lock down status throughout each day. We regularly review our plans and make modifications as new information and best practices are determined. We work to be prepared without creating too much anxiety and fear in our students. Thank you for entrusting your children to us each day.

As June is right around the corner, be looking for all of the different events and activities we will be hosting as we close out the school year. We will have a Band and Choir concert, the Variety Show, Field Day, a PTA family picnic (at LTES), preschool celebrations and graduations, and an array of other student activities. Join us as you are able.

We hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, spending special time with family and friends, while also remembering those who gave their lives in service to our country! It is important that we keep teaching our children about the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces who do so much to keep America the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”!

Have a great weekend,


Kevin Anderson, Principal


A Note From Your School Counselor: Grief and Traumatic Stress

School staff, administrators, students, and families have experienced heavy hearts and a wide array of emotions this week as we learned of another horrific school shooting in Texas. This event is one in a series of tragic and challenging events our nation has faced in the course of the last few years. Cumulative stress is being felt by many, if not all, of us. Please know that we are here, as a school community, to support our students, families, and each other as we process recent events. It is good to review safety procedures with your children for home and school to help reassure them. Additionally, let them know to speak up and report to a trusted adult if they see or hear something that seems unsafe or dangerous. If you believe your child is in need of further support, reach out to your child’s teacher, school counselor, or medical or mental health provider. Below you will find resources that may be beneficial to you as you navigate these challenging times.

“Over the course of the last few weeks, reports of mass violence and shootings have plagued the news. Although people are resilient and often bounce back after difficult times, these events nearly always interrupt our sense of order and safety. The impact often extends to individuals who live far outside of the affected area with no personal connections to the event. This is especially true when the event is human-caused with the intent of harming others.” American Counseling Association, counseling.org/knowledge-center/coping-in-the-aftermath-of-a-shooting


Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

Pierce County WA Youth Mental Health and Crisis Resources

In partnership,

Mary Boben, MSW

Dieringer Heights School Counselor/Social Worker


Calendar of Upcoming Events

May 30 Memorial Day - No School

June 1 5th Grade Band/Cougar Chorus Concert 7PM

June 1-10 Highly Capable Window Open

June 6 Junior Achievement, Myers/Allen/Badgley

June 9 Junior Achievement, Cheney/Westerdahl/Hall

June 9 Top Talent Dress Rehearsal 3PM

June 9 Top Talent Performance 7PM

June 10 All Library Books Due

June 10 Beach Day

June 10 Kindergarten Screening

June 10 Family Picnic LTES 5-7PM

June 15 Field Day

June 16 Preschool 3s Celebration

June 16 Preschool 4s Graduation 6PM

June 20 Last day for Preschool

June 21 Last Day of School Early Release 11:30AM

Cougar Chorus Concert Information

Attention all Cougar Chorus Parents

Wednesday, June 1st, is our last chorus from 3-4pm. June 1st is also our

5th Grade Band/Cougar Chorus Concert at 7:00pm. Please bring your child to DHES by 6:45pm.

They are welcome to dress in a decade 60's-80's style of clothing or just something nice. (Not dressy and no hoodies please)


Angie Davenport

Music Specialist

Dieringer Heights Elementary

Field Day is Coming

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Golden Acorn Nominations Now Open!

Do you know a community volunteer for whom you would like to shout their praises from the rooftops? Now is your chance! Golden Acorn is a national PTA program that recognizes outstanding volunteers in our communities, and nominations are currently open.

To submit your nomination for your tremendous-stupendous volunteer today, email their name and a short description about what makes them great to karlina.packard@gmail.com by Midnight June 2nd.

Voting for this year's winner will take place the following week, and the winner will be announced June 13th!

Send those nominations in today!

You're Invited to the PTA Family Picnic!

Family Picnic Friday June 10th from 5-7pm

Highly Capable Assessment Window

There will be one more Highly Capable assessment opportunity this spring. The nomination window will be open from June 1st - June 10th.The links for parents are on the district website and will "go live" during the open window. All forms are completed electronically.

A Note From the Nurse

Dear Dieringer Families:

We are nearing the end of the school year, with just a few short weeks to go. Our staff, students, and families have shown amazing dedication and resilience for the past two years.

Since last spring, our top priorities have been to maximize in-person learning and slow the spread of Covid-19. Our community has come a long way since the beginning of the school year, however Covid is still present and impacting students and staff in our schools.

Covid case numbers have been going up in our community, and hence in our schools, for the past couple of weeks. We would like to maintain a strong finish to the school year with healthy students and staff as much as possible. With that in mind, please remember the following to minimize the spread of the virus:

Wash hands frequently, and keep students home when they are sick. Test them for Covid with any of the following symptoms not caused by a known chronic health condition. You may call your school’s nurse or health technician for more symptom-specific guidance:




Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Muscle or body aches

New loss of taste or smell

Unusual fatigue

Congestion/stuffy nose

Runny nose

Sore throat

Nausea or vomiting


If your student develops symptoms while at school, we can test them here with a rapid antigen test. Curative also has a PCR testing site at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 4th ST NE. The current hours are 7:30 am -1:30 pm Monday through Friday, and rapid PCR tests are available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit https://book.curative.com/sites/34106 . Appointments are preferred but not mandatory.

*Please note: the Auburn testing site at 2400 Perimeter Road will close effective June 1st.

We have had some outbreaks in classrooms in our district. Our goal is to slow the spread of Covid. It is possible that if we continue to see outbreaks, we may need to reevaluate our requirements, always consulting with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Please remember that masks are optional, but strongly recommended when exposed to help minimize the spread of the virus.

Thank you,

Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

Kindergarten Enrollment

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Will Your Child Turn 5 by August 31?

A child who will be five years old on or before August 31 is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the next school year.

Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Click on this link to access registration information.

Child Find

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Updates to Covid Communication

Since updated Department of Health guidance no longer requires contact tracing, we will send out a letter via email when students shared a space with someone who is Covid positive and may have been exposed. This will, in most cases, be a classroom space. See the link below for an example of the notification letter:

Exposure Notification Letter

Updated Department of Health Covid Information

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How to Order Your Free Covid Test

Did you know that you can order free Covid home tests from the federal government and from Washington State? Here are the websites to order free tests for your family:

Federal Government: https://www.covidtests.gov/

Washington State: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/

Covid Testing for Students with Symptoms-Updated

We can accept either a negative PCR test or negative antigen/home test for students with symptoms. If your child has just one of the following symptoms which resolves within 24 hours (stuffy nose, runny nose, headache, fatigue, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) your child may return to school without a test. However if your student’s single symptom lasts >24 hours, they have two or more of these symptoms, or one of the following symptoms (fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, cough), they will need a negative Covid test to return to school, and symptoms must have significantly improved (including no fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication). Please call the school and email a copy of your student’s negative test results to your school’s nurse or health technician. (Your child may not need testing if symptoms are from a documented, chronic health condition. Please check with your school’s nurse or health technician).

*If your student has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, please use the rapid antigen test option, as a PCR test may show positive for up to three months.

If your student develops any of the above symptoms while at school, rapid antigen testing may be available. A parent will be notified first, and a Test to Stay/Testing Permission form must be completed. If the test is negative, students are still required to go home and may return when symptoms have significantly Improved and no fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication, per Department of Health guidance.

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Substitute Teachers and Paras Needed

We are in desperate need of substitute teachers and paraeducators!

Call Jade Hughes (253-862-2537) or stop by the District Office for more information. Applications can be found on our website under Employment!

**If you have a 4 year degree, you are eligible to be a substitute teacher!

Need Tech Support?

If your child's device is not working properly, go to our website to request assistance!

Remember to:

  • Make sure to shutdown and restart your device nightly
  • Keep your device charged nightly
  • Keep your device and charger cord stored in a safe place

Check out our Parent & Student Tech Help Website to access several how-to help guides for the programs we use.