Wildcat News

April 2020

School Closure March 16 - April 24

Our school office is closed, but you can still reach us at 253-298-3200

Central Avenue Elementary

Tonya Middling - Principal

Kristin Hillius - Assistant Principal

From the Principals

Hello, Central Avenue Wildcat Families!

I first want you to know how much our staff is thinking of you and your students. We hope you are doing well and beginning to settle into some routines for yourselves and your children during this time. Please do not hesitate to email your child's teacher if you need support. We are working online every day.

This starts the second week of our teachers providing work for our students. We recognize that it's taken a little time to get settled, but we do want all of our students to engage in the work that is being provided. If you have not yet checked your email, please open it up so your student can see what they could be doing each day. Our teachers are using both email and Canvas to deliver resources for your student. Most students in second through fifth grades are familiar with Canvas because they use it in the library. Teachers have been busy contacting families, and hopefully you know the hours your child's teacher is online and available to help.

After this week, it's spring break, April 6-10 and teachers will not be sending additional work during that time. They are sending plenty of resources, so your child may have enough for daily practice. If you want them to have more resources, you can also find more at our district website under educational resources. Teachers will resume sending work for the weeks of April 13th and 20th, and then we will see if we return on April 27th. We will certainly communicate any updates as far in advance as possible.

Hopefully you are able to get outside, take a walk, play a game, or just enjoy some down time also during this time at home. Take good care of yourselves in the days and weeks to come.

~Mrs. Middling

We miss you and hope that you are taking care of yourselves. Teachers are reaching out to you via phone, email, text, or snail mail so be on the look out to engage with them. We would love to get some pictures of students and families engaging in school work, cooking, reading, playing, etc. for our yearbook. If you have pictures please send them to your teacher’s email. We are looking forward to seeing you soon! Take Care.

~Mrs. Hillius

School Closure Update

On Thursday, March 12, Governor Inslee ordered the closure of all schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Franklin Pierce Schools programs and facilities (indoor and outdoor) will be closed from Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 27. Throughout the closure, school districts across the state have been asked to:

Important Dates to Remember

April 2020

April 1st - April 26th: continued School Closure

April 6th - 10th: Spring Break (teachers wont be posting instructional resources)

April 17th: No School

April 24th: No School

April 27th: Return to School!!

May 2020

May 1st: Regular school day

May 22nd - 25th: Memorial Day Weekend/No School

June 2020

June 19th: Last day of School


Starting: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

What: Student Laptop Pickup

How: Contact our IT Main Line at 253.298.4656 to schedule an appointment for a laptop pick up.

Where: 11807 24th Avenue E., Tacoma WA 98445 - Support Services Complex – IT Department

What to bring: To expedite the process please have your student ID and computer password

Note: If you do not know your student’s id, no worries we’ve got you covered.

If your student does not remember their password, no worries we can always reset it.

Cost: Optional insurance $25 per laptop online.

Report Cards

Last week we completed the end of our second trimester!

You should receive your child's report card this week. Often there is concern or confusion about report card grades, so here is a reminder of our scoring:

  • 4- student is consistently working and demonstrating standards a year above grade level
  • 3- student is consistently demonstrating mastery of grade level standards
  • 2- student is approaching mastery of grade level standard OR grade level standards are still being taught and mastered
  • 1- Student is far below mastery of the grade level standard

Remember, many of our students receive 2s as they are still mastering grade level skills. 3s mean they have grade level skills in this area. 4s are reserved for students performing above grade level.

As always, if you have concerns about your child’s report card, please contact their teacher.

Accelerated Reader (AR)

One of the most used apps for our students is AR. AR can be done at home with a personal device and/or a school laptop. If you are wondering what level the books are that you have at home, just go to www.arbookfind.com to find out. Students can test on books they read independently, with a sibling and/or as a family. Students are also being asked to rate the book they have tested on. When we are all back together, it will be fun to see those results.

If you are in need of any technical help please contact krooney@fpscools.org

Resources offered to parents might seem limited due to our strict Teaching & Learning/Information Technology approval process and copyright restrictions. We want to ensure the security of any platform we recommend so thank you for your patience.

Yearbook Cover Contest

We need your kids help! Below are the top 10 yearbook covers we received from students. Teachers will be asking your kids some time this week so that they can vote. Please show your kids so they can vote when asked by their teacher.

We are working on a way to purchase yearbooks during this school closure, Stay tuned for more information.

Positive and Productive Childcare While the Kids are not at School

– presented by Randy Sprick

  • Learn how and when to use consequences for misbehavior
  • Learn how and when to use praise
  • Learn to make daily life more pleasant and relaxed around the house

Choose one of these sessions:

April 1 @ 1pm PST, April 8 @ 11am PST, April 8 @ 5pm PST


Below is a resource put out by the National Association of School Psychologists & the National Association of School Nurses that addresses talking with your children about the virus.

Article (English)

Article (Spanish)

Support & Resources

Emelie Nelson, School Counselor


P: (253) 298-3235

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Hand washing is an important prevention

Washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are some tips to help keep your family safe.

Follow these five hand washing steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
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