October 11, 2021

Brookdale Elementary

11213 Sheridan Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444

Connie Holman - Principal

Kari Ferguson - Assistant Principal

Office Hours - 9:00 to 4:30

253-298-3100 / FAX 253-298-3115


Thank you families for taking the time to honor and support your children by attending their student-led conferences! Family involvement in setting goals for the school year is an important component to student success! I also want to thank families for taking time to complete the school survey! The feedback provided through the survey will help us determine how we can better support our students, their families and the community! If you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey, you can do so by going to the Brookdale website and clicking on General Information or you can click on the link below.

What are you doing at 10:21 a.m. on 10-21-21? We’ll be participating in the Great Washington Shake-Out – a statewide earthquake drill. Students will practice drop, cover, and hold. For more information regarding the activity go to

Flu Vaccine ~ Nurses from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will be with us this Thursday, October 14th to provide flu vaccines to your child at no cost to you. Consent forms were send home last week and more are available in our school office. We must receive a signed consent form before Thursday to include your child in this service.


October 13 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 2:35

October 20 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 2:35

October 26 ~ SBA testing for 4th Grade students

October 27 ~ EARLY RELEASE - 2:35

October 28 ~ Individual Picture Day

October 29 ~ SBA testing for 4th Grade students


I’m not sure where we’d be without the hard work of Ms. Kondratyuk and Ms. Pearce. They work hard every day to make sure that Brookdale students have a healthy breakfast and lunch. They serve hundreds of meals each week, taking care to make sure that students have everything they need to be nourished so they can do their best work in the classroom. We thank our kitchen staff for their important work at Brookdale.


Our bus drivers safely and faithfully transport hundreds of students to and from school each day. Anyone who has driven a car full of children can appreciate how challenging it is to drive a school bus packed with energetic students. Please join us in thanking your child's bus driver this week for all of their hard work. We also want to thank the wonderful staff in the Transportation Dept. for working so hard to coordinate all the logistics getting students to and from school in a safe, timely manner.


PICTURE DAY – Individual pictures will be taken for all students on Thursday, October 28. Picture envelopes and pre-pay information was sent home with each student today. Please take the time to read the information and to select your picture package option.

Please remember these important picture day requirements.

  • Each student will need their own picture envelope on picture day. All students will be photographed even if they are not buying a package.
  • QSP Photography & Brookdale do not have change. Please send the correct amount in each of of your children’s envelopes. Make checks payable to QSP Photography.
  • Portraits will be combined into the same envelope even if a student turns in multiple order envelopes. Please order direct from QSP if this is a foreseeable issue. If you call QSP at 1-877-697-6996, they will arrange shipping directly to your address.
  • We have scheduled pictures for younger than school-age children, and students that are absent on picture day for November 30, which is our retake day.
  • All portraits are printed on a prepayment system. Online ordering is available where credit cards will be accepted. Please go to to order portraits online. You must type in the school code of BR008 and order by 9pm prior to photo day.


We are proud of our students who were recognized at our Bobcat Pride Assembly on Friday, September 29th. Way to Go!

  • Kadyn Lefebvre, Royce Davis, Maddie Cichelli, Oudom Ngeth, Payton McQueen, and Danna Ramos were our Principal Award t-shirt winners.
  • September student attendance winners were Amira Sok and Lilyona Moss, they received a $10.00 gift card from Mrs. Holman.


After over a year, the Summit-Parkland Youth Association is back! The district will be partnering with SPYA to offer recreational sports to Franklin Pierce students in grades K-6.

Basketball is just around the corner - the season will be Nov. 15-Feb. 18. Registration is open! SPYA is also in need of coaches and referees. If you would like more information please call 253.298.3019.

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Our 4th and 5th graders will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in just a few weeks. This will be a modified version of this annual state assessment. Your children will be tested on the previous grade standards and the test will be significantly shorter than it has been in the past. Testing will start at 10 AM each day. Please make sure that your child attends school on his or her testing days, and that your child gets good rest the night before testing. It is important to schedule any appointments at a different time/day than your student is scheduled to test.

  • 4th Graders will be testing on October 26th and 29th.
  • 5th Graders will be testing on November 2nd and 4th.

Brookdale Family Resource Handbook

This year the Brookdale Family Resource Handbook will only be available electronically. You can access it through our website or through this link – Family Resource Handbook. The handbook provides families with lots of important information about Brookdale - attendance policies, dress codes, handling behavior concerns, and volunteering, plus so much more! Once you have received the handbook, please complete the survey – Receipt of Family Resource Handbook – letting us know you received a copy.


Please pack an extra pair of clothes, including underwear, socks, and pants in your child’s backpack. Accidents do happen and we would like to be prepared. It is nice when a child can wear a pair of his or her own pants. The health room has a very limited supply of clothing. If your child does borrow clothing from the health room, please return the clothing items to the school after it is washed.


We are enjoying our beautiful Fall weather which means that mornings can be cooler. It is also important to remember that students go outside for recess rain or shine. Be sure to send your child to school dressed for the weather. Please take a moment to label outer-wear with a permanent marker in case it is misplaced.


In order to assure your child's safety, please call the school office at 253-298-3100 if your child is ill or unable to attend school.You can call and leave a message on our 24-hour voice mail if it is before school hours. If your child is not in attendance, and we do not receive a call from you by 10:05 a.m, we will attempt to call you to confirm the reason for the absence. Your phone call saves time for the office and is greatly appreciated!

Fall has hit our Bobcats hard. If you are wondering whether or not your child is too sick to attend school, please refer to the one-pager below. The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department has strict guidelines that we are required to follow.


As you know, we are required to conduct emergency drills throughout the school year. We do this in an effort to prepare students as best we can for what to do in the event of an emergency. Even though we tell students that the activity is a drill, it can still be scary for some students. If students come home talking about a drill (fire, earthquake, lockdown, or other) please remind them how important it is to practice these so that we can all be safe. Families will always be notified in the event of an actual emergency. Thanks for your help with this!


We have a very helpful transportation department; if you have any questions, issues about something that happened on the bus or at the bus stop, or concerns about a late bus, please call the transportation office directly at 253-298-3865. To cut down on the number of calls received in the office daily we are asking that if you wish for your child to ride a bus other than the one they normally ride, get off at a bus stop other than their normal stop, to be a parent pick-up, you must send a note. Without a note, we will not allow students to change their regular bus, bus stop, or end of the day routine.


STUDENT EARLY DISMISSAL – If your child has an appointment and is leaving before the end of the school day, please make sure you send a note that morning letting the teacher and the office know. Also, please allow enough time for pick up. To preserve precious class time, we do not call students to the office until you have checked them out in person (remember your ID).

SCHEDULE CHANGES - The end of the day at Brookdale is very hectic. If you forgot to send a note in the morning (which is preferred) and need to call the school with a change to your child’s schedule, please do so before 3:15 p.m. After 3:15 the office is busy assisting students and parents and will not be able to answer your call or get a message to a student before they leave for the day. All end of the day schedule changes must be made through the office, not with the classroom teacher. Thank you!

UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION - If any of your information has changed (address, contact info., email address, etc.) please contact the office right away. This year more than ever, it will be important to have the most current information. Also, let us know what your preferred method of contact is - phone, email, text. You can reach the office at 253.298.3100.


There are a number of ways that we keep families informed of the exciting things happening at Brookdale.

  • The Brookdale Bobcat Prints is published bi-monthly and sent to your email account. This newsletter lets you know what’s coming up, with some articles of information.
  • The Sunday night phone call from the principal. This message keeps families up to date with important information, not to mention what is happening during the week.

To keep informed we must have a current phone number and email address on record for your family. If you are not receiving these communication, please call our school office at 253.298.3100 and we will be happy to assist you.

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