Otter News

August 17, 2023


Message From the Principal

Dear Artondale Families,

I hope this letter finds you well and filled with excitement as we prepare to embark on another wonderful school year together. It is with great joy that I extend my warmest welcome to both our returning families and those who are joining the Artondale community for the first time. The start of a new school year brings fresh opportunities, new friendships, and endless possibilities for growth and learning.

Our Vision Statement, "Every child, every day will explore, create, and be an empathetic global citizen," beautifully encapsulates our commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals who are not only curious explorers and creative thinkers but also compassionate members of a global community. At Artondale Elementary, we firmly believe that every child's journey is unique and deserves to be celebrated. With this vision in mind, we are dedicated to creating an environment that encourages our students to have a growth mindset, dream big, and be respectful to everyone in our community.

Our Mission Statement, "At Artondale Elementary, we provide an inclusive culture where all children have opportunities to be empowered to reach their highest potential by remaining curious, innovative, and following their dreams," drives us forward as educators and guides us in our daily interactions with your children. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive community where each child feels valued, they belong, and empowered to achieve their highest potential. By nurturing their curiosity, fostering innovation, and encouraging them to pursue their dreams, we aim to equip them with the tools they need to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.

As we come together for another year of learning, growth, and discovery, I invite you to join us in this shared journey. Your partnership, involvement, and support play an invaluable role in creating a positive and enriching educational experience for our students. Whether you're a familiar face or a new addition to our Artondale family, your contributions are deeply valued, and we look forward to working closely with you.

Throughout the school year, you can expect open lines of communication, engaging learning experiences, and a safe and nurturing environment for your children. Please feel free to reach out to our dedicated staff or myself if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns. Together, we can ensure that this school year is a memorable and successful one for all.

With immense enthusiasm, I welcome you to the 2023 - 2024 academic year at Artondale Elementary. Here's to a year filled with exploration, creativity, empathy, and the pursuit of dreams!

Warmest regards,

Jessica Rosendahl

Principal, Artondale Elementary

Office will open soon

Our office will open on Tuesday, August 22nd and the hours will be from 9am to 3pm daily. Please call the office at 253-530-1100 or email if you have any questions. Our parking lot is open so if you need to drop anything off please let Pauline know when you will be coming by.
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Otter Summer Reading Program

Otters, we hope you enjoyed some wonderful books this summer.

Don't forget about our summer reading program, to read 1,000 minutes this summer! Use the reading tracker to keep track of the minutes that you read this summer. For every 20 minutes of reading, color in a circle...if you color all 50 circles then you have done it! 1,000 minutes of reading!!

Students took home the bookmark and tracker form in June. If you lost your tracker or you are new to Artondale you can still join the program. Here is a copy of the tracker to use if you would like.

There are only a few weeks left. Return the tracker log and bookmark at our meet and greet to earn free books! We hope to see you there! If you do not attend the meet and greet, you can still return the tracker and bookmark to your classroom teacher.

ParentSquare Reminders

ParentSquare is used for mass communications (school newsletters, district information, urgent alerts), classroom communication (one-to-one and group messaging, parent-teacher conferences), and school services (attendance, lunch balances, forms). You can watch this ParentSquare 3 minute overview to learn more.

ParentSquare FAQ's

Class Placement

Finding out your child's teacher for the upcoming year is exciting.

Right now, we are finalizing our class lists to ensure we have all students who will be returning and new Otters who will be joining our community.

On Tuesday, August 29th we will send message through ParentSquare with your child's teachers name. Look for this announcement in the evening.


The school will be providing the necessary supplies for K-5 students again this year. This is a practice that we want to provide each year to support our families.

We are just asking you to provide the following for your student:

  • Headphones - please no earbuds
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle

*If you need assistance with the above supplies, please contact Mimi Mathews our school counselor,


2nd - 5th grade students please bring your devices and power cords back to school on the first day. 1st graders you will be checked out chromebooks this year and Kinders will get i-pads. New students will get a device the first week of school. Look for more information from your classroom teacher about how the device will be used at school.

Find your bus stop

You can access your students bus information using this link. You will need their students ID# and DOB to register. If students have a chromebook they have their student ID# on their device, you can look on the Parent Portal as well. If you need assistance with getting your students ID# please reach out to our front office starting on Tuesday, August 22nd and they would be happy to assist.

Routes do not get posted to the website any longer.

Y Care Information

If you would like information on Y Care, please call 360-813-1813 or follow this link. Thank you!

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Tuesday, August 22nd - office opens 9 - 3pm
  • Tuesday, August 29th - Class placement notification
  • Wednesday, August 30th - Meet and Greet 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 31st - next school newsletter - every Thursday beginning this week!
  • Tuesday, September 5th - 1st Day of School - 1st and 5th grade
  • Tuesday, September 5th - Thursday, September 7th - Kinder WA Kids Conference - look for more information from your classroom teacher after the 29th for how to sign up
  • Friday, September 8th - 1st Day of School - Kindergarten
The Peninsula School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX and Compliance Officer, Dan Gregory, at (253) 530-1009, email or the Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, John Yellowlees, at (253) 530-1081, email address: 14015 62nd Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.