Eagle Newsletter

January 14, 2022

Message From the Principal

Dear Lake Tapps Elementary Families,


The weather looks like it's going to be drying up a little over the weekend! We've had to have a couple indoor recesses, and we've closed our dirt kickball field because it was such a sloppy mess. Please continue to check the weather each morning and send your kids to school with rain gear--coats, hats, boots, etc.


Speaking of clothes, our lost and found is over flowing with lost items. We try to get the items back to the rightful owner, but sometimes kids don't recognize their own coats. It helps us tremendously if you write your child's name and last initial on the inside tag. Please check your coat closets and if you're missing something, chances are it's in our lost and found.


Today is Hat Day and so many students wore their favorite, funniest, most creative hats! We had a lot of fun with it. Reminder that there is no school on Monday, January 17 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.


Have a great 3 day weekend!


Sincerely,

Pat Webster--Head Learner

We Are Dieringer

Take a look at the next video in our We Are Dieringer series.


https://youtu.be/wZfRWWmqwwU


Remember to Vote

Election Day is February 8th and Dieringer has three propositions on the ballot. Proposition 1 is a replacement of our existing Educational Programs and Operations Levy. Proposition 2 is also a replacement levy for our current Technology Levy. Proposition 3 is a new Capital Levy to make much needed upgrades to all three schools, including turf fields, important HVAC replacements and upgrades, energy efficiency improvements, and more. While Proposition 3 is a new levy, it replaces an expiring bond that comes off the books at the end of 2022. Overall the tax rate for Dieringer citizens would stay the same in 2023 when collection on these three levies would begin. More information is available at https://www.dieringer.wednet.edu/our-district/vote.


Levy Information Night

We are hosting a Community Forum to share information on Propositions 1, 2, and 3 on the February 8th ballot. Join us on Zoom at 6:00 with https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81637268049. We're inviting you to participate in a ThoughtExchange ahead of the Community Forum to ensure as many questions are answered as possible during our presentation. Please give us some feedback to tailor our presentation to provide as much information as we can. Use https://tejoin.com/scroll/774836779 to access the exchange and get information on how an exchange works.


Character Word For January--HONESTY

This month we will be learning about the character trait Honesty. We are focusing on living truthfully with our words, actions and thoughts. Students participate in conversations in class, watch videos of their peers sharing examples of honesty, and have mini-lessons and activities to reinforce the importance of honesty.


A home activity to try:

Positively Telling: Every day this week, when you and your child see each other for the first time, practice sharing something specific, honest, and positive about your day and/or what you think about them. Remind them that Honesty is sometimes about connecting positive thoughts to positive words! (from Character Strong).

Upcoming Dates & Activities

January 17--No School--Martin Luther King Day

January 27--4:00-7:00pm--Vaccination Clinic in the gym

January 31--6:00pm--School Board Meeting

February 21-25--Mid-Winter Break--No School

Remember to Vote

Election Day is February 8th and Dieringer has three propositions on the ballot. Proposition 1 is a replacement of our existing Educational Programs and Operations Levy. Proposition 2 is also a replacement levy for our current Technology Levy. Proposition 3 is a new Capital Levy to make much needed upgrades to all three schools, including turf fields, important HVAC replacements and upgrades, energy efficiency improvements, and more. While Proposition 3 is a new levy, it replaces an expiring bond that comes off the books at the end of 2022. Overall the tax rate for Dieringer citizens would stay the same in 2023 when collection on these three levies would begin. More information is available at https://www.dieringer.wednet.edu/our-district/vote.

What Would a Turf Field Mean for Dieringer?

Rob Thomas has been teaching and coaching in Dieringer for 16 years. He was hired to start the football program at the middle school, and he has subsequently coached five championship teams. He loves the sports programs the schools have to offer, and he's especially excited about the possibility of a turf field at the middle school. Washington's rainy weather wreaks havoc on the current grass field, which brings questionable conditions for his football, soccer, and track athletes, not to mention the PE classes. A turf field brings with it safety for our district's students. It's also less maintenance--no more watering, mowing, or painting the fields! A turf field benefits the Lake Tapps community as well. Local lacrosse, soccer, and football teams will be able to enjoy a safe place for their practices and games. Rob, like many other coaches and teachers in the schools and in the community, is looking forward to many more championship wins on a new state-of-the-art field!

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REMIND

Dear Families,

Here is the recent communication from Remind about some changes that happened during Winter Break.


We're writing to let you know that changes occurred to Remind phone numbers: Over winter break, all numbers were reassigned for users who receive Remind text notifications, which means that the phone number they receive Remind messages from changed. The purpose of this change was to comply with new requirements from mobile carriers.


For users who receive text messages from Remind, a new number was assigned automatically to any communication they receive following the update. Teachers, students, and parents can download the mobile app or update their notification preferences in their account settings. Otherwise, our SMS users will be notified from their new number(s) the next time they receive a message.


To make the transition as smooth as possible, these changes took place during the winter break, starting on December 22, 2021. No action is needed from you. If you'd like to read more about how this may affect you, check out this article in our Help Center.

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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

January 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.

253-862-6600


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

jhughes@dieringer.wednet.edu

253-862-2537

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

kleslie@dieringer.wednet.edu

253-862-6600

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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.