Otter News

March 9, 2023


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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2023-2024 school year is now open! Enroll your student at one of Peninsula School District’s excellent elementary schools today! Kindergarten is offered in-person five days a week starting September 8. In order to enroll your child for kindergarten, they must be 5 years old by August 31, 2023. Register early to learn about summertime school events and to receive initial kindergarten information.

Learn more about enrollment requirements, find your school, and register your child online at

Theme of the Month: Respectful

Hello Artondale Families,

This month we are focusing on the theme of respectful. Other words that mean respectful are to show respect, be polite and give compliments. Our definition is to act in a way that shows you care about how your actions impact others. Classes are having discussions about being respectful and making connections to our otter expectation of show respect.

This month we are having a classroom and grade level competition to see to what class and grade level can earn the most "show respect" splash tickets. Every week we will let you know the top 3 classes and grade levels.

Next month's theme: Perseverance

Splash Winners This Week

Every day students are able to earn a splash ticket by demonstrating our school wide expectations of show respect, solve problems, make good decisions. Teachers collect the splash tickets in their classrooms and then once a week we put them in our grade level buckets.

Here are this week's splash ticket winners:

Kindergarten - Calvin, Carter, Norah

1st Grade - Bennett, Carter, Juliette

1/2 & 2nd Grade - Chance, Cameron, Yehor

3rd Grade - Langley, Brynn, Graham

4th Grade - Darla, Kenji, Andrew

4/5 & 5th Grade - Callan, Liam, Grace

Classroom winners this week: Ms. Page's class and they earned a prize as a class.

Otter Learning Environments

It's been a busy learning week...3 classrooms to highlight this week.

  • 5th grade readers and writers in Ms. Flynn's class engaged writing a summary of a nonfiction text. Students identified a main idea from a text and selected key details. Students then used a rubric to self-assess their summary.
  • 3rd grade mathematicians in Mrs. Waage's class creating a number line with fractions less than one and locating fractions on a number line. Students made a choice to show their understanding folding and labeling sentence strips or labeling with a floor model.
  • 4th and 5th grade writers in Ms. Ragan's class focusing on their animal expository report using a checklist to edit and revise their writing with a peer.

Ms. Flynn's Class

Mrs. Waage's Class

Ms. Ragan's Class

Recess Runners

Recess Runners need your help to make this Spring fitness activity fun for the kids! You will be provided hole punches and stand outside throughout recess to punch each kid's card as they run by earning prizes for more laps.

March 20th - May 12th

Recess is 11am -12:30pm

The school will give us as much heads up as possible for cancellation due to bad weather.

Volunteer form approval by the school required!

Sign up for as many slots as you want below:

Peninsula Reads

The Peninsula School District invites everyone in the community to join us in reaching our goal to read 1 million minutes by the last day of school, June 21, 2023.

Pen Light and the Peninsula School District have collaborated to launch a ‘minutes read’ collection webpage as part of Peninsula Reads. Peninsula Reads is a community-wide effort to promote literacy development in young children by engaging community members of all ages in activities that support the importance of early literacy. When you’ve completed your reading activity, simply sign in and record how many minutes you read! Use this tool to log your reading minutes.

Library Information (click on picture!)

Within District Transfer Notice

For students, living within Peninsula School District boundaries, who wish to attend a school other than their resident school, the district WILL BE ACCEPTING 2023-2024 WITHIN DISTRICT TRANSFER APPLICATIONS APRIL 1st THROUGH APRIL 30TH.

Just a reminder: Transfer requests must be renewed annually. Students currently on a transfer for the 2022-2023 school year, that wish to continue the transfer for the 2023-2024 school year must also submit a Within Transfer Request no later than April 30th.

Please Note: Because of the rapid growth in Gig Harbor North, Harbor Ridge Middle School will continue to not accept new 2023-2024 Within District transfer requests.

School Board Policy 3130 and the Procedure 3130p gives the guidelines for Within District Transfers.

For your convenience the transfer forms are below.

Within District Transfer Request Google Form

Please call or email at (253) 530-1007, for further information.

Choice Transfer Notice

For students living outside the boundaries of the Peninsula School District, who wish to attend a school in Peninsula School District, CHOICE Transfer Requests for the 2023-2024 school year will be considered beginning May 1st through May 31st . Parents/Guardians will be notified within 45 days of May 31st if the request has been accepted or denied.

To become a non-resident student in the Peninsula School District, parents must complete a CHOICE Transfer Request through the WA State CHOICE Transfer Request Portal.

Just a reminder: CHOICE Transfer requests must be renewed annually. Students

currently on a transfer for the 2022-2023 school year, that wish to continue the transfer

for the 2023-2024 school year must also submit a CHOICE Transfer Request, through

the WA State Portal, no later than May 31st.

Additionally, due to the rapid growth in Gig Harbor North, Harbor Ridge Middle School will not

be accepting any new 2023-2024 Out of District CHOICE transfer requests. To obtain a release from Peninsula School District, to enroll in a program located in another

school district, parents need to complete a CHOICE Transfer Request through the

WA State CHOICE Transfer Request Portal.

School Board Policy 3140 CHOICE Transfer for Out of District Students and the Procedure

3140p gives the guidelines for CHOICE Transfer Requests.

Please call or email at (253) 530-1007, for further information.

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New Email for Attendance & Transportation Changes

We have a new email set up for absences/attendance and for transportation changes. Please email ~ Thank you!


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For the month of March our theme ideas are Panda Express Dine Out, St. Patrick’s Day, Kindergarten performance, Hands on Art, Shamrocks, green, outdoor fun, Millville Dine Out and Recess Runners. Comment below or email your images to Please add students name, grade/teacher, and only include images of current Artondale students.
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Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One

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New School Calendars Available

Do you like to plan ahead? Then great news! The 2023-2024 and the 2024-2025 Peninsula School District calendars are available online. Check school holidays, important dates, and more.

Visit our website to download printable calendars.


Upcoming Important Dates

  • Friday, March 17th -Trimester Break, No School
  • Monday, March 20th - Recess Runners start at lunch recess
  • Tuesday, March 21st - PTA Dine Out, Millville Pizza, All Day
  • Thursday, March 23rd & Friday, March 24th - Elementary Spring Conferences, Early Dismissal at 12:15pm with grab and go lunches
  • Thursday, April 6th - Literacy Night & Crumbl Cookie PTA Event
  • Monday, April 10th through Friday, April 14th - Spring Break, No School

Every child, every day will explore, create, and be an empathetic global citizen.

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.