Decatur Weekly Newsletter

August 27, 2021

5 More Days!

Hello Gators! We are 5 days away from welcoming you all back to campus on September 1st!!!


I know that while many of you are excited to get back to campus, many of you are also anxious and nervous about how things are going to look this year. We know this is not a normal opening of the school year. You will have the normal things to navigate on the first day like getting on the right school bus, making it to the correct classes during the correct periods, figuring out where, when and how lunch is going to work, etc. And this year, you will be doing all of that while social distancing and only seeing half of people's faces. We know this is both exciting and scary and those feelings are understandable.


We have been listening to our scholars and many have voiced that they want to spend some time getting back into the in-person routine and re-establishing relationships with staff, and with each other. In response, district-wide, the first three days of school will focus on just that. At Decatur, that means we are starting the first day of school with an extended Advisory and then going to all 8 classes in a row so that you are able to meet all of your teachers on the first day. On day 2, you will again begin with an extended Advisory period but will then go through a Blue Day schedule which means you will attend periods 1, 3, 5 and 7. On day 3, Friday, you will again begin with an extended Advisory period that will include a virtual Welcome Back Assembly and then you will go through a Gold Day schedule, attending periods 2, 4, 6 and 8. If this sounds confusing, don't worry, I will be making announcements throughout the day reminding you which class you are heading to next and your teachers will all be in the halls to help you find your way.


If you would like to start looking at your classes and mapping out your first days, your schedule is now available in StudentVue. A copy of the building map, a bell schedule for the first 3 days of school, and our regular bell schedules are also attached. Please keep checking your p12 email daily for any updates or reminders.


The only thing you will need to bring on the first day of school is a backpack. You will receive your school supplies in class on the first day and school breakfast and lunch is provided for all students for free. If you prefer to pack your lunch, you are welcome to do that.


Please log in to our Decatur Family Webinar on Monday evening for more information on safety protocols and for a Q and A session at the end about the first 3 days of school. You will find more information on this below.


As a reminder, using guidance from OSPI and the Department of Health, we are planning for a safe return that prioritizes learning. In accordance with Gov. Inslee and OSPI direction, we are opening the year with full face to face instruction.


Okay, now is the time to start transitioning to that early morning wake-up... BECAUSE WE ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!!! And as always, remember the words of former Gator Dom Cooks, "It is, and always is, a great day to be a Gator! Yitadee!!!"

Decatur Family Webinar - Safety Protocols and Back to School Q and A

Monday, Aug. 30th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Thank you to all families that attended our Welcome Back Zoom on Thursday evening! As a reminder, ALL Parents/guardians who were unable to attend on August 26 should plan to attend the Welcome Back Zoom on August 30th at 6:00PM! We will provide an overview of our health and safety protocols as we celebrate and get ready to welcome all of our scholars back to in person learning! Here is the Zoom Link: https://fwps.zoom.us/j/99614036004

What Bus Do I Ride?

Hey Gators, FWPS has a new tool to help you find out which bus you ride. Here is the link: https://www.fwps.org/busroutes

Fall Sports Season Practices Are Underway

All fall sports practices are now underway but it's not too late to join. For information on how to register and be eligible for your first fall sports practice, click here or email Athletic Director Terry Jenks at tjenks@fwps.org.


Fall Sports:

Football, Boys & Girls Cross Country, Girls Swim & Dive, Volleyball, Boys & Girls Golf, Girls Soccer, Boys Tennis


Winter Sports will begin on Monday, November 15:

Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Wrestling, Girls Bowling (Nov 1), Gymnastics, Boys Swim


Spring Sports will begin on Monday, February 28

Baseball, Softball, Boys & Girls Track, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis

Free Breakfast and Lunch for all FWPS Scholars for the 2021-2022 School Year

This year, all FWPS scholars can receive a free breakfast and lunch at school regardless of free or reduced meal qualification.


It is still extremely important for families that may usually qualify to fill out the application. The percentage of Decatur scholars whose families qualify for free or reduced meals impacts the amount of state and federal funding the school qualifies for the following school year. In addition, scholars eligible for free or reduced price meals may also qualify for other services at a reduced or no cost.


For more information and to access the lunch application, click on the following link: https://www.fwps.org/lunchapplication

School-Based Health Center Now Open for Decatur Students

We’re so lucky to have a School Based Health Center that can serve our Decatur High School students’ needs!


Remember, if your child needs medical or mental health services, these are available at no cost to your student. The health center is located on the TAF@Saghalie campus.


Whether your child needs a sports physical, immunizations, primary care, mental health counseling, or other medical needs, make an appointment by calling the TAF@Saghalie School Based Health Center at 253-804-3589. Appointments for in-person, telephone, or virtual visits.

Important Reminders As We Return To In-Person Instruction

As we prepare to return to in-person, here are a few important reminders:

  • Daily health screening attestation is no longer required. However, we do ask that you continue to monitor your child for symptoms and keep your child(ren) at home if not feeling well
  • All staff and scholars (including those who are fully vaccinated) are required to wear face masks while indoors at all times at our school campus and on the bus. If a scholar doesn't comply with wearing a mask, the school principal will call the parent/guardian to come and pick up the child.
  • Face Masks are not required during recess, unless there are crowded areas. Recess planning will include zoning to promote social distancing
  • Social distancing will be practiced in all areas and there will be regular handwashing throughout the day.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served for our scholars. Students will be seated at a minimum of 3 feet social distancing during meals.

Resources to Support the Transition:

Return to Campus Family Guide Is Now Available!

Please visit https://www.fwps.org/Page/8189 to access our family guide for the fall 2021 reopening. The guide has all of the important information you need related to our safe and health re-opening in alignment with the DOH and OSPI guideline!

Timely Updates from Superintendent Dr. Pfeiffer

We are excited to welcome our new Superintendent Dr. Danielle Pfeiffer! Dr. Pfeiffer steps into the role from her position as FWPS Deputy Superintendent. Dr. Pfeiffer is committed to supporting all of our scholars, families and our community here in Federal Way. Every Friday, Dr. Pfeiffer will send out a newsletter to all families district-wide. Please be sure to reference her e-Newsletter each week for the most up-to-date information related to our planning for the weeks and school year ahead.