May 2020


Connect to Kindergarten- Help Spread the News

Hello Purdy Families,

Although school currently looks a little different than in the past, we are still planning to move forward with our Connect to Kindergarten event in order to connect with our new kindergarten families.

Connect to Kindergarten is an opportunity for you to learn more about Purdy and our kindergarten program. At the Spring Zoom Connect event on Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 pm, parents will have the opportunity to listen to a presentation about our kindergarten program, meet the kindergarten teachers and school staff, and participate in a Q & A with our teachers. Take this opportunity to ask questions about the day in the life of a kindergartener at Purdy. The more you learn about our school, the more confident you and your child will feel on the first day of kindergarten.

If you haven’t already registered your incoming kindergarten child, please do so as soon as possible. We would like to have your child registered for kindergarten prior to our Spring Connect event on Tuesday, May 19th. We will be sending a letter in the mail and via email to all registered kindergarten families with the Zoom link the week of May 11th. We will also continue to advertise the information on our school website and Facebook page. If you know of a family interested in more information about our kindergarten program or registration, please have them email our office staff at or

Class Placements for 2020-2021

The Purdy Staff will soon begin developing class lists for the upcoming school year. The task of placing all of our students is an enormous job, and we take it very seriously. We must look at many factors such as student learning styles, academic records, girl/boy ratios, behavior and peer relationships, special programs, and parental input. Our goal is to place each child in a class in which he or she can be most successful while maintaining a balance within the class. Parents may participate in the process by requesting a Parent Input form by emailing our Office Manager, Barb Bellamy at Parent Input forms are due by May 22nd. Staff may also change as fifty four Purdy students will be attending Pioneer Elementary in the fall. In knowing there will be changes, please do not name a specific teacher as staffing could continue to change throughout the summer. For consideration, Parent Input forms must be received by May 22nd. If you have any questions, please email

We appreciate your commitment to your child’s education and your continued support for our school community.

Best regard,
Ms. Kristi Brooks

Purdy Announcements May 6, 2020



Thank You Purdy Teachers & Staff


Welcome Class of 2033! Kindergarten enrollment is now open!

Will your child be 5 by August 31, 2020? If yes, NOW is the time to register for kindergarten.

Starting kindergarten is an exciting and emotional time for parents and their children. Our schools offer events, transition programs and other opportunities for children and parents to meet school staff and classmates before school starts. Early registration makes sure parents will receive information about these opportunities and helps ensure a smooth transition.

Visit for information and to register online.


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Connect to Kindergarten Parent Zoom Meeting Link

Click here for information on joing the Parent Zoom Meeting on May 19th at 6 PM



Hello from the world of home-school-counseling to your homeschool!

This month, I wanted to share more information about managing stress and anxiety. To help with this, I have added a supplemental distance learning site with more information about coping skills and more. Even a fun Virtual Relaxation Room which I’m still putting it together but give it a try! The link can be found on Purdy’s website (Counseling page) or a direct link here.

While there are many ways to manage stress, these are some suggestions to get started:

  • Label Your Feelings - Why? Because research shows that once you identify your feelings, they become easier to manage. As Dr. Dan Siegal says, “You’ve got to name it to tame it”. His Brain In The Hand model was taught school-wide at Purdy this year. If your kids came home talking about upstairs-downstairs brain or their lid being flipped, this is why!

  • Acknowledge what you can and can’t control - situations like the current pandemic can highlight for us how many of the things we can’t control. Instead of focusing on those things you have no control over, you can focus on what you CAN control, and that is YOU. You can control how you act, what you say, what you do, how you behave, how you respond to someone. Think about the sentences: What is in my control? How can I make this better? Is there something I can do? What is worrying about this going to change? The most recent social emotional learning lesson was using this strategy to manage worry and is in your child’s Schoology page Purdy Specialists Resources at the bottom.

  • Make a plan - If the situation is something that is within their control, make a plan. Helping children understand they can manage uncomfortable feelings takes practice and it’s not always about jumping in to help them feel better. It’s the emotional equivalent of giving versus teaching a person to fish. When it comes to uncomfortable feelings, this is a good place to start: “when I feel_______, I can do ________”. It’s a powerful thing for kids to learn that they can calm themselves down - and makes life a lot easier for parents! A sample plan for managing stress can be found here Action Plan For Stress

  • Do something fun - Play is a natural stress reliever for kids. In times of stress, it is ok to use distraction as a coping skill. Especially when unable to get your mind off of negative thoughts, it makes sense to use a distraction skill.

If there is a specific topic that you would like more information, please let us know. Both Ms. Farley and I are happy to work with you to get through these strange times as successfully as possible.

Beth Ruffner

School Counselor

Rachel Farley

School Counselor



  • Lunches & breakfast served daily, 11:00-1:00, drive by and pick up a free meal

  • Panther Striders- 11:00-1:00 every Wednesday

  • PAZ- Mondays 1:00-1:30 for 2nd & 3rd Grades, Tuesdays 1:00-1:30 for Kindergarten & 1st Grade, Thursdays 1:00-1:30 for 4th & 5th Grades

  • Specialist Zoom every Friday- 12:00

  • 5/19 Connect to Kindergarten Parent Zoom Meeting 6 PM

  • 5/25 Memorial Day
  • 6/19 Last Day of School


School Year Intent for 2020-2021

To help us plan ahead, when you have a moment please fill out the School Year Intent for 2020-2021 form, by clicking on the link below. Only Kindergarten through 4th grade need to complete this. Thank you.



is there a Purdy Staff member you would like to give a shout out to? Tell us who you would like to recognize and why by clicking on the link below. Then we will pass your message on to them during morning announcements and directly to the staff member.


Listen to Ms. Crowell Sing a Special Song to Purdy Students

Staying at Home



PTA Treasurer Needed:

The PTA is looking for a treasurer to join its board next year. This is a great position for anyone interested in getting more involved with the school and PTA. For more information contact Katie Russell, our nominations chair at


The Yearbook deadline has been extended to May 11th! Here's the information to order:

Please use this link to order.
The link: ID code: 12392920If you have questions connect with one of our year book chairs:

Deb Perry

Jessica Nieves



Jump Rope for Heart prizes will not be delivered to Purdy until the fall, when we return to school. Prizes for your hard work will be given to you at that time.

Thanks to all who participated and donated money to help support the American Heart Association.



Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home -

Fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. But it's important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their behavior and build resilience. Here are some tips from the American Academy (AAP) to help your family through the outbreak.

Here is another reminder

Should I take my child in for vaccines during COVID-19?

Public health is a team effort. While healthcare workers are working diligently in order for us to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, you can help, too. Vaccinating young children (especially babies birth to 24 months) on time is the best way to protect them from vaccine preventable diseases.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recommends that routine vaccination should continue. This ensures that our communities remain free of vaccine preventable diseases and that individuals are as healthy as possible. If routine vaccination is postponed, we could be faced not only with the COVID-19 pandemic but also an outbreak of vaccine preventable diseases, like measles. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided additional guidance on immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miriam Atchison, MSN, RN
Lead School Nurse
Peninsula School District
ESC, Purdy Elementary School
Cell Phone: 253-514-2806

Follow the PSD Nurses on Facebook!


Purdy Arts Zoom (PAZ)

Times are 1:00-1:30 pm

MONDAY Grades 2-3

TUESDAY. Grades K-1

THURSDAY Grades 4-5




This link will take you to the specialist resource page with weekly updated resources for students.


Teacher Appreciation - Thank you

Help us celebrate Purdy Elementary teachers and staff. Send a special message to a teacher or teachers and share why you appreciate them. To access, click on the link below.


Panther Striders

Purdy Panthers and Families,

We wanted to reach out to all of our Panther Striders and give you an opportunity to continue working on your Panther Strider cards to continue earning toe tokens while school is closed. We miss you all!

Every Wednesday between 11:00am-12:00pm (during lunch pick-ups) we will be outside of Purdy passing out running cards and giving toe tokens to completed cards. For example, this Wednesday we will give you a new running card and the following Wednesday you would return the completed card and receive a toe token and a new card.

Each completed card equals five miles and each mile earns four punches on your card. You may complete the card at your own pace by walking, jogging or running. You could even use ellipticals and treadmills. If you do not complete the card the first week you may bring it in the next week.

We look forward to seeing you and Happy Running!

Mrs. Walloch

Mrs. Elton

Ms. Katie

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Exciting news! Read and Lead is still going and I have had lots of students email me to let me know that they have reached 1000 minutes! Last year 216 students reached 1000 minutes. Lets beat that number this year! You have until June 1st, so plenty of time to Read, Read, and Read! Please let me know via email when you have reached 1000 minutes.

If your student reached 1000 minutes before the closure, could you also email me. I am not able to access the recording sheets at school and I do not want to miss any of these amazing readers. Also, send me pictures of your child reading in a fun spot, such as a blanket fort and I'll post them to facebook to keep inspiring other students to read.


Megan Manning


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Home safety Checklist

Keeping kids safe, room by room from Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One


Water Safety

  • Watch children when they are in and around water, without being distracted. Remember to keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
  • Check the water temperature with your wrist or elbow before giving your baby a bath.

Medicine Safety

  • Keep all medicine and vitamins out of the children’s reach and sight, even medicine you take every day.
  • Write clear instructions for other caregivers about what medicine to give children, when to give it and how much to give.


Sleep Safety

  • Make sure babies sleep on their backs and in their own crib. Room sharing is a safer option than having your baby sleep in bed with you.
  • Choose a firm mattress and a fitted crib sheet for your baby’s crib. Keep cribs clear of toys and soft bedding.

Stairs & Windows:

  • Use approved safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, and attach them to the wall if possible.
  • Properly install window guards or stops to help prevent falls from windows.


Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety

  • Make sure there is a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home. Test the batteries every month.



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