Wildcat News

April 2021

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

Central Avenue Elementary

Tonya Middling - Principal

Kristin Hillius - Assistant Principal

Dear Parents and Families,

Wow! It's already Spring Break time! Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can have some sunny days while we are out of school next week.

As we start our planning for next year, we want to invite our school families to join us in collaborative conversations around our work related to our move to our new facility next winter, social justice, improved instruction and family/school partnerships. There are a lot of ways to be involved even in this current virtual environment. If you would like to be involved in our planning processes, please contact me at tmiddling@fpschools.org.

Enjoy this next week off!

It's great to be a Wildcat!

~Mrs. Middling

Important Dates to Remember


April 5th - 9th: No School/Spring Break

April 14th - Asynchronous Learning Day

April 21st - Asynchronous Learning Day

April 22nd - Virtual STEM Fair

April 28th - Asynchronous Learning Day

District 20-21 Calendar

2021-2022 Enrollment

We are currently registering new kindergarten through grade 5 students who live within our attendance boundaries or have daycare in our area. If you live outside of the Franklin Pierce Schools boundaries, and attend Central Avenue because of daycare, a district waiver form is needed from your home resident school district. Current students are automatically enrolled for next year. Enrollees must provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residence. To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be five years of age by August 31, 2021. On-line registration is available on the district website. Click on the "Enroll for 2021-2022" button, and follow the steps.

Dual Language Immersion Program

During the 2021-2022 school year, Franklin Pierce School District will be offering a Spanish Dual Language Immersion program at Harvard Elementary. This learning option is committed to student growth towards bilingualism and literacy from kindergarten through fifth grade with the ultimate goal being Spanish and English language proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking within all academic content areas. Please find an informational flyer below and an application to fill out if interested. Once the application has been completed, please email harvard@fpschools.org. If you have any questions about the program, please call Harvard Elementary at 253-298-4100.

English Flyer

Spanish Flyer


Health Survey

Each day, before your child comes to school, a health attestation must be completed. If the survey is not completed before your child arrives at the school, your child will be kept in an isolation area until we can contact you and you are able to complete it. The School Health Check is an important part of our school district's plan to keep students and staff healthy during this pandemic. Thank you for your cooperation!

***During spring break the distribution of health survey emails and texts will continue to be sent. Parent/guardians and staff not expected onsite over break can disregard the survey during this time. If you would like to stop receiving texts over break, when completing the survey on the last day you are onsite before break, opt out of receiving text messages by unchecking the box on the text opt-in survey question. By unchecking the box you will still receive emails, but not texts.

To re-enable the text messages, you must opt back in by checking the box again from the survey email. If you reply STOP to the text message, you will be removed from the survey distribution list entirely- emails & texts will stop. If this occurs, we need to submit an IT work order with the student’s information to be added back to the health survey distribution.

District COVID Dashboard

As we continue to welcome students and staff back for in-person instruction, we are committed to keeping our community informed of positive COVID cases impacting schools and district facilities, while protecting the privacy of individuals. Health and safety measures are enforced as we return additional students onsite.

Please visit our new COVID-19 data dashboard regarding district data positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines.

School Hours

In-Person learners:

9:35 am - 3:05 pm

*Students can be dropped off no earlier than 9:25

*Arriving after the 9:35 bell, please drop off at the front of the school for a tardy pass

*Dismissal at the end of the day, please arrive no earlier than 3:00 pm

Remote learners:

9:15-11:45 Cohort A

11:45-12:25 lunch and break

12:25-2:55 Cohort B

Click here for more information about In-Person Learning from the district, Thank you!

Parent Drop off/Pickup

We have a higher volume of cars dropping off and picking up students this year. In order to help everyone navigate our car zone safely, please remember these guidelines:

  • Please pull all the way in to the end of the zone or pull up to the car in front of you. Do not leave big gaps.
  • Please stay in your car, unless you are assisting with a car seat or helping your young child onto the sidewalk.
  • Please watch your speed in the parking area.
  • Please do not have a long conversation with your child's teacher. Of course, we know you want to connect, but please email or call so that our line can keep moving.
  • On Bingham, please loop around down Bingham, as to not block 128th St traffic
  • On Bingham, please try not to block resident driveways

Thank you for your understanding during this time. We are doing all what we can to help ensure safety and we appreciate your help!

Project Excel

Services for eligible and selected students are provided on site at Brookdale Elementary through a self-contained program, Project Excel. Project Excel provides appropriately challenging curriculum and assignments requiring research through accelerated study. The referral process for Project Excel begins in March and student selection completed in May. Students are recommended by either parents, guardians, community members or teachers. Students are selected based on recommendations, standardized test scores and previous program experience. For more information on this program, please visit the district website, click here.

FP Schools Annual Report

Please take a moment to review our schools performance report for last school year. This report includes our school's mission statement, beliefs, a message from the principal, school information (including attendance, demographics), and district information. Performance Report

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  • Pierce County Rental Assistance flyer in Korean
  • Pierce County Rental Assistance flyer in Russian
  • Pierce County Rental Assistance flyer in Tagalog
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Important Bus Information

With our return to in-person learning come many considerations. One thing to work out is our transportation. All students received bus information in the fall on a postcard mailed to the address on file. Although the bus stops on the postcard are still correct, the times are now incorrect. For updated times the bus will pick up and drop off your student, please use the E-LINK SITE and type in the following information:

Username: guest

Password: guest

Then enter your child's grade level and address in the indicated fields. Your child's bus route and pick up and drop off times will appear.

It is important to check back a few days prior to the start of school as route schedules change as more students are enrolled.


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!