Otter News

December 19, 2019

Attention 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders!

LAST CALL..... STEAM TIME Information!! If interested, please complete and return the below form to Ms. VK by Monday, January 6th. Thank you!

Please mark your calendars:

*Auditions/previews for a spot in the fair will take place the week before midwinter break.

*STEAM Fair is March 3rd.

Thank you for your student support in STEAM!

Patricia C. Verdella Keenan, MEd

Artondale STEM Specialist


Winter Break!

Be safe and enjoy Winter Break! Our building will be closed from Monday, December 23rd through Friday, January 3rd!! We will see you again on Monday, January 6th, 2020!

Inclement Weather

Please remind your student to wear a coat, gloves and/or hat to school. We send all students outside for recess and our weather can be cold and wet. If you're in need of a coat for your child please contact our school counselor, Mimi Mathews, at 253-503-1130. Thank you!

Pants Are Needed

Our health room is in need of boys pants, sizes 6 through 12. If you have pants that you would like to donate, please drop them off at the front office. Thank you!
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Update Emergency Contacts

All families received a message to complete the Year Round Update via ParentPortal, even if all information is the same as last year. Please complete this update as soon as possible. It is important that we have completed and updated information in the event that we need to contact you. If you do not have your portal password, please contact the office at 253.530.1100. Click here for directions: Thank you!
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Winter Weather Information For Bus Riders

In preparation for winter weather, please review information about emergency bus routes:

  • What are emergency bus routes?
Emergency bus routes are predetermined routes that our buses drive when necessary, for example, when we experience snow or ice, it prevents school buses from getting to every usual bus stop.
  • How will I know when emergency bus routes are used?
The district will announce emergency bus routes via SchoolMessenger, the district website (, the district emergency phone line (253-530-1088), and on local TV and radio stations.
  • How do I know if my child’s regular bus stop is affected by emergency bus routes?

-Emergency route maps by school are posted on school homepages.

-Emergency Bus Route and Safe Zone flyers are distributed via Thursday folders (elementary

level) and available in every school office.

-Ask your child’s bus driver about their emergency route and recommended safe drop off/pick up zone for your family.

  • What time does my child need to be at the safe drop off/pick up zone?
When emergency bus routes are used, please have your child arrive at the safe drop off/pick up zone at least 15 minutes prior to your regular (or two hour late) bus stop pick up time in the morning. In the afternoon, please allow for a 15 minute window for drop offs at the safe drop off/pick up zones.
  • I’d like to receive a text via phone and/or email when emergency routes are used.

The only way you will get a personal notification, if we use emergency bus routes, is through the phone number/email you’ve added to your PowerSchool account. Make sure your contact details are updated for each student in your family. You can watch this video to learn how to access your PowerSchool account.

Still have questions? Call the Transportation Office at 253.530.3900 or email

Don’t miss out! Update your contacts to receive weather updates! Not sure how? PSD has a guide for you!

Lost & Found Items!

Hi Artondale Families! The lost and found is already quite full! Please remind your students to check the lost and found for their items. If you have time to pop in and take a look, that would also be helpful. Unfortunately, with space at the school being limited we will be donating all unclaimed items on Dec. 20th to the Fish Food Bank. The lost and found is located in the hallway near the gym and music room. Thanks and we appreciate your help!


To ensure that your child's attendance is properly updated, please call the attendance office anytime your child is not going to be in school. Middle of the night sickness hits?? No problem, leave us a message ~253.530.1106. Thank you!


We want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day. As you schedule your future breaks, please keep this in mind: Cost to your child's education if they miss too much school; homework/journaling does not make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. We understand that breaks do not always happen during scheduled school time off. With this in mind, please notify your child's teacher as soon as possible that your child will be out of school on the following day(s). Use the below Planned Absence Form for a pre-arranged absence.

Thank you!


Highly Capable Referral Notice for Annual Testing - Open November 4th, 2019 - January 15th, 2020. Online Highly Capable Referral form for Parents and Teachers. For more information:

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Upcoming Events


  • Monday, December 23rd through Friday, January 3rd - Winter Break, No School


  • Wednesday, January 15th - Intermediate Concert
  • Monday, January 20th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School
  • Friday, January 24th - Staff In Service, No School


Online Payment Portal

If you would like to make student payments through our online portal. (This system is not for meals; only for student payments.)

The Peninsula School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX and Compliance Officer, Dan Gregory, at (253) 530-1009, email or the Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, John Yellowlees, at (253) 530-1081, email address: 14015 62nd Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.