Wildcat News

January 2020

January Early Release Days

January 01, 2020

December 23-January 3, 2020 NO SCHOOL-Winter Break

January 8, 2020 Early Release at 2:35 pm

January 15, 2020 Early Release at 2:35 pm

January 20, 2020 NO School Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

January 27, 2020 NO School Teacher Training

January is School Board Appreciation month!

The Franklin Pierce School Board is second to none!

They work hard to guide our district and ensure the best for staff and students alike.

We are very fortunate to have such an effective and dedicated school board.

Please join us in thanking Mr. Alex Davis, Ms. Rebecca Gallogly, Dr. Gil Mendoza, Mrs. Sherman

and Mr. Cole Roberts for all their hard work to make our schools the best they can be.

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Martin Luther King Jr

Please join us as our 4th graders perform

to honor Martin Luther King Jr

Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m.

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Shout out to our very own Wildcat Lego Robotics club!

who participated in the state competition December 14, 2019.

We are so proud of our team: Ava Bacque, Luke Stakset, Max Gentsaryuk, Ashton Aloisio, Serenity Johnson and Lilly Robinson.

Special Thank you to our Robotics Teachers,

Mrs. Carmichael and Mr. Wilson.


Thank You to All Our Wildcat Families.

Your food drive donations helped Central Avenue collect OVER A 1000 FOOD ITEMS.

All donated food items were delivered by the Pierce County Sheriff's, Santa Cops program for those local families who need extra help during the holidays.

We appreciate your caring support.

2019 Computer Science Education Week

The 2019 Computer Science Education Week was December 9-15. We have been coding at Central Avenue since the second week of December when we participated in the Hour of Code, a global event held during Computer Science week. All students K-5 experienced the basic principles of coding and had a fantastic time.

To continue our discovery, morning workshops will be offered with interactive, hands-on activities, using tutorials from code.org for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

Dates: Tuesday and Thursday mornings, starting January 7; continuing until February 13.
( January 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, and February 4, 6, 11, 13)

Time: 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM; students will go directly to breakfast/class

Where: CA Library

Students may be dropped off in front of the school and walk down the east side breezeway. **Do not drop off or park in the east parking lot (portable side) due to deliveries made in the morning.

Questions? email krooney@fpschools.org

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Monday, Jan. 13th 2020 at 9:45am

4505 104th Street East

Tacoma, WA

It is not too late to submit your form! Please contact the office if you need more information.
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End of Day Student Transportation Changes

Just a reminder to please call the school before 3:30 pm and

on early release days please call before 1:30 pm

when your child's end of day schedule needs to be changed.

This allows us time to notify your child's teacher and your child

of the change for a smooth end of day transition.

Please call our office at 253-298-3200 to report end of day changes.

Immunizations and Attendance

December was brutal with illnesses for our students! Please ensure you are up to date with immunizations. Notices have been issued and we will be taking steps to ensure all immunization records are in compliance for the health of our students. Please contact Susan Keenan at skeenan@fpschools.org if you are unsure of your child's status or if you have received a letter from us seeking your response about missing documentation.

Good attendance contributes to successful students, but this year we have some very important new procedures, which need to be followed:
1. Good attendance is to miss 9 or fewer days per year (average one per month).
2. After 7 absences, we will require third party documentations (doctor notes, dentist
appt, court hearing, etc.) to excuse the absence. Please get in the habit of getting a
note for any appointments, even before you hit that threshold.
3. We will contact you for a conference if your child has 3 unexcused absences, or 5
absences in a month (excused or unexcused.)
4. Chronic absenteeism is more than 18 days in a school year.
I want to encourage all our Wildcats to be at school ON TIME, EVERY DAY, ALL DAY!

**Please contact the attendance line at 253-298-3200, if your student is going to be late or absent from school.

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Volunteer Approval is Necessary– Prior to attending any school event as a chaperone, participant, or helper, all adults must have a new approved volunteer clearance on file in our office. There will be no exceptions to this requirement. You must register online at www.fpschools.org. If you have a problem with the registration process, please call Ms. Lynn at 253-298-3205. We appreciate your cooperation with our extra efforts to assure that our students are safe and supervised appropriately.

Below are examples of activities which do and do not require volunteer approval for parent participation. Please call our office if you have questions.


 Field Trip

 Classroom visits during school

 Field Day

 Lunch with Student in classrooms

 Assist with in Classroom Projects

Not Required

 Back-to-School and Family Barbecues

 Promotions

 Concerts

 Conferences

 Wildcat CARE Assemblies