September 1, 2023
This is the first of many updates you will be reading this school year. I try to always get them out on Friday afternoons, so plan to build into your routines time to read the updates every weekend. Yes, I do write most of the articles in the update myself. I think it is important for you have a direct pathway to hear from me as your Tanglen Principal. Some of you have asked how to address me. As adults, feel free to address me as Jim. With the students, I have them call me Dr. Hebeisen.
I hope you had a great summer! In addition to taking a family trip to Glacier National Park, two of my sons got engaged! This photo was taken of my whole family on a rainy hike at Glacier. Although we look a bit soggy, it was one of the highlights of our trip. Working left to right you will see my son Adam, my son Ian, his fiancee Maggie, Jim, my wife Sue, my son Alex, and his fiancee Maya.
Tanglen Classroom Teachers for the 23/24 School Year
Kindergarten: Coreen Hagon, Kate Marston, Anna Wosika, and new hire (to be named once all the details have been ironed out)
First Grade: Jill Heath and Gretchen Pass
First and Second Grade Multi-age Classes: Liz Patrick, Katie Trembley, and Sara Vanhove
Second Grade: Lori O'Neil and Pam Soltis
Third Grade: Dani Hovanetz, Krista Schumacher, and Der Vang
Fourth Grade: Beth Greeninger, Christian Reyes, Natalie Ringold, and Lisa Schmid
Fifth Grade: Kevin Athmann, Natalie Gutierrez, and Kim Rossow
Attendance is Important
Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Loop
Thank you in advance for keeping our children safe as we efficiently transport them to and from school!
Dates to Remember
Tuesday, September 5: First Day of School for Students in Grades 1 to 5!
Tuesday, September 5: Kindergarten Orientation Day
Kindergarten families, you should have received an email with more details a while back.
Wednesday, September 6: First Day of Kindergarten and the K Parent Boohoo/Yahoo
Drop your kindergartener off at school or the bus stop and join our PTO for a treats and coffee outside by our school entrance. It is a great way to support each other on this big milestone.
Thursday, September 28: Tanglen Block Party
This event is HUGE with great food and big fun outside by the playground. You don't want to miss this event!
NO Edible Birthday Treats
Birthdays are important! Teachers have different ways of recognizing the birthdays of students in their classes to make the students feel special.
We have a responsibility to help students establish and maintain lifelong, healthy eating habits. The District Wellness Policy (533) states, “Community building activities and celebrations that involve food during the school day should be limited. ”
We also have seen an increase in food allergies and sensitivities in our students. Many allergens are not easily found on food labels, which can lead to issues. As a result, edible birthday treats at Tanglen are not allowed. Individual teachers decide on age-appropriate ways to recognize birthdays within the school day. Some examples include: special activities chosen by the birthday child in conjunction with the teacher, families donating a book to the classroom library, allowing a child’s special guest to come read a book to the class, extended break time, etc. Your child’s teacher will provide more information about birthday celebrations.
From our PTO
The Tanglen PTO wants to STOCK THE STAFF LOUNGE!!
Pick up a snack or treat for the staff from our Target registry or supplies from our Amazon wishlist this weekend! Let’s start the year off right with pile of snacks, coffee and tea for the staff lounge!
You can have it shipped to the school or drop it in the office at school!
Jen Cameron - PTO President
Upcoming Youth Classes at Tanglen
Let's work together to make school-year 2023/24 the best one yet!