DHES News and Notes

June 17, 2022

Educating every child for confidence today and contribution tomorrow.

A Message From the Principal

DHES Families,

Wow! Field Day 2022 was a huge success! Mrs. Barker did a great job organizing the event, and all of our wonderful parent volunteers, Student Council leaders, and staff did a wonderful job carrying it out. It was great to see the DHES Cougar Mascot make an appearance, too. A big THANK YOU to the PTA for supporting the rental of the inflatable obstacle course. It was a big hit with all of our students! It was wonderful to see the students having such a great time together. Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a successful event! DHES Field Day 2022

As we close out the year next week, I want to say that this has been an exceptional year at Dieringer Heights Elementary. Unique, but exceptional. We have outstanding students, parents, and a dynamic staff. Thank you for caring and helping all of our students grow academically and as community contributors. Thank you for sharing your students with us. It has truly been a pleasure serving you.

I wish you all an enjoyable summer with family and friends.


Kevin Anderson, Principal


Calendar of Upcoming Events

June 20 Last day for Preschool

June 21 Last Day of School Early Release 11:30AM


If your student has medication in our

health room, please pick it up after

school on June 21st, or on another day

through June 30th. This is especially

important if your student will be moving

up to another school next fall. Students

with potentially life threatening conditions

MUST have their medications at school

while attending, so those medications

must stay at school until after the student

is dismissed for the summer.

Thank you,

Terry Woodall, R.N.

Thoughts on a November Capital Levy - A Message from the Superintendent

The school board is considering running the capital levy that was put before voters in February, again this November. We are trying to gather feedback to aid in our decision. As you may be aware, over the years as Dieringer's buildings and facilities have aged, various systems and equipment in our schools are reaching the end of their serviceable life. Two examples of urgent needed repairs are the roof at North Tapps Middle School and the HVAC system at Dieringer Heights Elementary School. These repairs are essential to ensure that schools can remain open to students and staff. In addition, we have heard from parents and the community about the desire to make improvements to our existing buildings and outdoor spaces. As the school board considers putting another capital levy before the voters in November, please provide us with your thoughts and ideas about how we can replace and/or repair parts of aging buildings and create new spaces for students, parents, and the community. Please use this link and join our ThoughtExchange to propose ideas and thoughts, and then rank the ideas of others. This is all completely anonymous and is a simple way to crowdsource an idea. The school board and our district administration appreciate your involvement and feedback.


Michael Farmer


Dieringer School District | Lake Tapps, WA 98391





Kindergarten Enrollment

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Will Your Child Turn 5 by August 31?

A child who will be five years old on or before August 31 is eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the next school year.

Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Click on this link to access registration information.

A Note From the Nurse

Dear Dieringer Families:

We are nearing the end of the school year, with just a few short weeks to go. Our staff, students, and families have shown amazing dedication and resilience for the past two years.

Since last spring, our top priorities have been to maximize in-person learning and slow the spread of Covid-19. Our community has come a long way since the beginning of the school year, however Covid is still present and impacting students and staff in our schools.

Covid case numbers have been going up in our community, and hence in our schools, for the past couple of weeks. We would like to maintain a strong finish to the school year with healthy students and staff as much as possible. With that in mind, please remember the following to minimize the spread of the virus:

Wash hands frequently, and keep students home when they are sick. Test them for Covid with any of the following symptoms not caused by a known chronic health condition. You may call your school’s nurse or health technician for more symptom-specific guidance:




Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Muscle or body aches

New loss of taste or smell

Unusual fatigue

Congestion/stuffy nose

Runny nose

Sore throat

Nausea or vomiting


If your student develops symptoms while at school, we can test them here with a rapid antigen test. Curative also has a PCR testing site at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 4th ST NE. The current hours are 7:30 am -1:30 pm Monday through Friday, and rapid PCR tests are available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit https://book.curative.com/sites/34106 . Appointments are preferred but not mandatory.

*Please note: the Auburn testing site at 2400 Perimeter Road will close effective June 1st.

We have had some outbreaks in classrooms in our district. Our goal is to slow the spread of Covid. It is possible that if we continue to see outbreaks, we may need to reevaluate our requirements, always consulting with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Please remember that masks are optional, but strongly recommended when exposed to help minimize the spread of the virus.

Thank you,

Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

Updated Department of Health Covid Information

Covid Flow Chart
Covid Flow Chart

How to Order Your Free Covid Test

Did you know that you can order free Covid home tests from the federal government and from Washington State? Here are the websites to order free tests for your family:

Federal Government: https://www.covidtests.gov/

Washington State: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/

Covid Testing for Students with Symptoms-Updated

We can accept either a negative PCR test or negative antigen/home test for students with symptoms. If your child has just one of the following symptoms which resolves within 24 hours (stuffy nose, runny nose, headache, fatigue, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) your child may return to school without a test. However if your student’s single symptom lasts >24 hours, they have two or more of these symptoms, or one of the following symptoms (fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, cough), they will need a negative Covid test to return to school, and symptoms must have significantly improved (including no fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication). Please call the school and email a copy of your student’s negative test results to your school’s nurse or health technician. (Your child may not need testing if symptoms are from a documented, chronic health condition. Please check with your school’s nurse or health technician).

*If your student has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, please use the rapid antigen test option, as a PCR test may show positive for up to three months.

If your student develops any of the above symptoms while at school, rapid antigen testing may be available. A parent will be notified first, and a Test to Stay/Testing Permission form must be completed. If the test is negative, students are still required to go home and may return when symptoms have significantly Improved and no fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication, per Department of Health guidance.

June Menus

Substitute Teachers and Paras Needed

We are in desperate need of substitute teachers and paraeducators!

Call Jade Hughes (253-862-2537) or stop by the District Office for more information. Applications can be found on our website under Employment!

**If you have a 4 year degree, you are eligible to be a substitute teacher!

Need Tech Support?

If your child's device is not working properly, go to our website to request assistance!

Remember to:

  • Make sure to shutdown and restart your device nightly
  • Keep your device charged nightly
  • Keep your device and charger cord stored in a safe place

Check out our Parent & Student Tech Help Website to access several how-to help guides for the programs we use.