Christensen Courier

August 29, 2022

Dr. Tim Enfield - Principal ~~ Katie Schlesinger - Assistant Principal

Office Hours - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

School Hours - 8:55 to 3:25

Website -

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August 30~ First day of school

September 2nd and 5th~ No school

September 6th~ Kindergarteners first full day

September 7th~ Full day

September 20th~ Health Screening

September 22nd~ Picture day

September 14th, 21st and 28th~ Early Dismissal 1:55

Welcome, Bienvenido, Laskavo prosymo, hwan-yeonghada!

We are excited to have you all back for the 2022-23 school year. Our teachers have been working hard to get ready for the new year. We have a few new teachers, a change in how students get their lunch, and we get to return to having assemblies and grade level performances in our multipurpose room. Each year we have a few teacher changes, and this year is no different. Along with some new classroom teachers we now have Mrs. Cataldo as our librarian. She has redone the library and is eager to open it up. This year students will be picking up lunches from the Christensen Cafe each day. This is great news. We have before and after school childcare options for parents again this year. Students can attend full time or drop in on the days you need extra help. You can find childcare information on the Franklin Pierce web site by looking for Right At School to get more information on times and fees. Do not wait, get registered today. Parent drop off areas will continue to be in our parking lot loop or at the front of school in the drop off lane. Drop off begins at 8:45 each day. Pick up from the classroom can begin at 3:15 or take place in front of school after all the busses have left our bus circle.

This is going to be the best year ever here at Christensen. We are ready to work hard, have fun and see our students grow. Happy New Year!

Dr. Enfield


New team Christensen staff.

Mrs. Glick Dean of students

Ms. Sandsness 2nd grade

Ms. Jackson 3rd grade

Ms. Taylor 4th Grade

Ms. Tith 5th grade

Morning drop off for Students

Drop off Changes Starting, Wednesday, April 20th

Dismissal Procedures

Parents can go to classrooms to pick up their children starting at 3:15. Parents we ask that you wait at the front of school until this time.

Parents please wait in the front of the school. Students will be dropped off in the gym and then move to the front of the school when busses are pulling out. Parents will be able to pick their kids up from there.

Schedule Changes

The end of the day at Christensen is a hectic time! If you forgot to send a note in the morning and need to call the office with a change to your child’s schedule, please do so before 2:40. After 2:40 the office is busy assisting students and parents and may not be able to answer your call or get a message to a student before they leave for the day. All end of day schedule changes must be made through the office, not with the classroom teacher. The office will ensure the teacher is informed of the change.
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Sign Up for the Bus Bulletin

Would you like to know when your student’s bus is going to be late or what is happening?
Once you know your child's route, you should consider signing up for bus route notifications using Bus Bulletin. Bus Bulletin will send you text messages to your cell phone with real-time updates on your child's route. For instance, if your child's route is running late, Bus Bulletin will let you know.

How to sign-up to use Bus Bulletin:

  • Log onto the website or click on the QR code and look to the right side of your screen. Click on “Sign In”, click on "Register Here," and answer the simple prompts. You will provide your name, your email address, a password, and select Franklin Pierce Schools. Then enter the code on the screen, accept the rules of use, and finally click on Submit.
  • You will then be asked to select the route, which is written in code:
    • The first two numbers are the ROUTE NUMBER, and the letters are the SCHOOL abbreviation:
      • Preschool: HDS for Head Start and ELC
      • Primary: BD, CA, CH, CO, ELM, HA, JS, MD
      • Secondary: FMS, FPHS, KMS, WHS, GATES
        • Example: 19MD is route 19, Midland Elementary School.

Family Access: Find your teacher and update your information

Interactive Skyward Family Access features are open and ready for primary guardians to review, update, and/or request changes to your child's information.

In Family Access, you can also see who your child's teacher will be for the 2022-23 school year.

We ask that a primary guardian log into Family Access and complete the Annual Student Information Update for your student. Please use this link to log into Skyward Family Access:

Please enter your login ID- It will be either your email address or first name.last name (Sally.Jones)

Password will be something you chose in the past or you can set a new password.

From here you will see your student's name on the upper left-hand corner with multiple options available to you. If you have more than one student attending a Franklin Pierce School you will have a drop down that says All Students, when you click on the drop down it will have all your students and you would choose the correct student.

This screen shot is for a family with multiple students. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of All Students to select the correct student. Click on Annual Student Information Update and complete ALL steps.

If you need help gaining access to a computer, try the Pierce County Library, visit your school, or come to the district office

From our Health Room

We are in desperate need of leggings or joggers for the kids.

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If your child has outgrown their clothes please consider donating some, we would greatly appreciate it.

Also a friendly reminder

1st- Please keep your child home if they do not feel well. Remember to call the office to let us know.

2nd- If your child is in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade please pack an extra pair of underwear, socks and pants in case there is an accident. Accidents do happen and we want to make sure your child feels more comfortable in their own clothes.

Sexual Education

Opportunity for Grade 4-5 Families (

WA PREP for Healthy Youth knows that strong parent/caregiver engagement is a key component of young people’s health, safety, and well-being. This is true in every area of their lives, including Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (CSHE) implementation. WA PREP is recruiting parents/caregivers and young people to review eLearning micro-modules. All pilot participants will be paid for their time. These modules will focus on engaging, age-appropriate content and supports to guide conversations with young people around CSHE-related topics.

This work will take place virtually in mid-September. If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions about the process, please email WA PREP director Christine Hagstrom, at

A New Way of Communication

I’d like to welcome you and your child to using Remind to help keep you informed about school and classroom activities and assignments. Remind is a free service that lets your child’s school send quick messages via text, push notifications, or email to everyone involved with the class. We’ll be able to stay in touch without revealing our personal contact information. For more news and information please visit “ You will receive a note or email from your child's teacher when they are ready to set-up remind for their classroom.

Right at School Before and Afterschool Care

Franklin Pierce Schools has partnered with the YMCA of Pierce County to offer before and afterschool care for several years. Due to limited capacity, the YMCA is no longer able to offer childcare to support families at Christensen Elementary. Right at Schools launched a new before and afterschool program at Christensen Elementary. To learn more, visit
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