Cougar News

December 18th, 2020

Principal Update

Cougar families,

This month our character trait is Gratitude. I know it's easy this time of year to feel frustrated by so much and to feel disappointed by so many things. I'm trying to focus on small celebrations. Yesterday I spent time in a 3rd grade classroom watching students work on problem solving. I saw students working on electronic whiteboards and talking about which strategy they preferred to use and why. Although I'd rather have kids in classrooms and sit next to them, I celebrate the learning that I was able to see. The students were really working to show a strategy and use mathematical vocabulary to support their thinking. I hope that you can take a moment to celebrate a small thing with your child. What is one thing they have learned this week or a skill they have improved?

We will be starting back up again on Monday, January 4th. We hope that over these next two weeks your family stays, safe and healthy!


Christi Ellenwood

Principal, Orting Primary

Counselor Corner

This is Deb Noble-Perry. I wish to introduce myself. I am the counseling sub at OPS.

I have enjoyed talking with some of you already, and look forward to having conversations with more of you. I am here to help you as you navigate the learning process for your son/daughter at OPS. I am in the building 3 days per week; Mon, Thursday, and every other Tuesday/Wednesday. (So one week is M<T<TH, and the next is M<W<TH) If you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me at my email or call the main number of the school, (360-893-2248) and they can get a message to me to return your call.

Mobile Library

Families we would love you to take advantage of the Mobile Library service we are able to offer! There are stops on Tuesday and Friday. In order to ensure your child's books are loaded on the van, please fill out this form. You will only need to do this once (if you have already emailed Mrs. Ellenwood you do not have to do this step). Please make sure your child puts books on hold in Destiny (find in Clever).

For Tuesday stops, books put on hold by Friday of the previous week

For Friday stops, books put on hold by Monday of the same week


Stop # Address of Stop Approximate Time

1 Brown St SE & Washington-11:30-11:40 am

2 Prairie Ridge Community Center-12:00-12:30 pm

3 Hansberry & Mazza St NE-1:00-1:10 pm

4 Burr St NE @ Park-1:12-1:22 pm

5 Colorossi Circle NW & Spangler-1:27-1:37 pm


Stop # Address of Stop Approximate Time

6 Deer Run 135th & 202nd East-11:40-11:55 am

7 Cardinal St SW & Eagle Ave SW-12:00-12:10 pm

8 Coplan St SW & Grinnell-12:15-12:30 pm

9 Liberty Learning Center @ 193rd Ave East-12:40-12:55 pm

10 Card Road E (where pavement ends)-1:00-1:10 pm

11 177th & 212th-1:20-1:35pm

12 Chinook Estates (van will drive through Chinook Estates)-1:40-1:55 pm

Cougar Character Trait

The Character trait for the month of January is HONESTY

Speaking the truth is a big part of being honest, but honesty means more than "not lying." Honesty means your actions are truthful too. Honesty is about both speaking and acting truthfully.

Report Cards

Teachers have been working to complete report cards and, given our current closure, we will only be posting to Family Access on Skyward. Report cards will be posted at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 15th for both OPS and PTR. If your child receives special education services, a PDF will be emailed to you directly from the service provider. If you have any questions, you can ask your child's teacher via email.

To access your child's report card, please follow these steps:

1) Go to the Orting School District website

2) Scroll down to Skyward: Family Access Parent Portal

3) Log-in

4) Report Cards is an option on the left side of the screen

If you have any trouble logging in, please email Beth Veltri at to help you with that process.

Stay healthy and safe! Miss you all and hope to see you soon.

Material Pick-Up & Library Book Checkout

OPS has starting handing out classroom materials to families on a bi-weekly schedule! We've made it curbside pick up so you won't even have to get out of your vehicle. Please pull behind Orting Primary School in the one-way alley and have your bright neon student number ready by either holding it up or placing it on your dash. This will help speed up the process for those who are helping hand out materials get them to you that much quicker. If you have library books to return on these dates you can help us out by holding those up as well. Please remember, if you place new books on hold and you have books out, we will need the prior books returned before new ones can be checked out to you.

If you haven't already checked a library book out, it's easy! Students will check books out through Destiny in the Clever App on their Chromebooks.

Click the link below on how to check out a book in Destiny:

Material Pick-Up Dates: (Please call the Office if you have questions regarding pick-up 360.893.2248)

January 13th, 2021

January 27th, 2021

Winter Break Resources

Crisis Text Line: Text "HEAL" to 741741
The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: text.

Safe Parking Network – For Students and Families Living in Vehicles

Please contact: Colin DeForrest, 253-348-4596
There is a new program being piloted in Pierce County focused to help those individuals/families that are living in their vehicles to have a safe place to park and sleep. Their goal is to provide this service through the cold weather season (December – April).

Get Connected to Regional Resources – Dial “211”

South Sound 211 is your free connection to basic needs as well as a number of other community resources. 211 is a free service that connects people to critical programs and services including: utilities, rent, housing, shelter, food benefits, holiday assistance, and more.

The South Sound 211 call center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:00 with 24-hour voice mail. To find the resources you need, simply dial 211.

Pierce County Mental Health Line - 800-576-7764
An emotional or mental health crisis can leave you feeling helpless, hopeless and alone. We want you to know that there is help, there is hope. You are not alone. The Pierce County Crisis Line is a free service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week that provides immediate help to individuals, families, and friends of people in crisis throughout Pierce County.

IMPORTANT Health Reminder


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orting School District is providing some face to face instruction. As a condition of utilizing transportation and attending school, Parents may not send their child to school if any of the following are true:

1. Within the last 14 days, the student has been within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;

2. A health department representative or healthcare provider has been in contact with you and advised any member of the student's family to self-quarantine;

3. The student has a fever (>100.4), chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, headache, congestion or runny nose, a new cough, nausea or vomiting, OR a new loss of taste or smell; OR been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Positive Discipline Parenting Course Jan. 15th 1:00-3:00 pm

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I excuse my child's absence?

A: Call the Main Office at 360.893.2248 and leave a message on the Attendance Line or email Attendance Secretary, Liz Coombs at with your child's name, date of absence, and the reason for the absence.

Q: My child is having a technology related issue on a district owned device, how can I

get help?

A: Reach out to the Orting Express

Call in Support Hours are from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

with expanded hours coming soon

Students and families can get help in the following ways:

  • Access help by the live chat feature from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday on the Orting School District Website. Access the help feature on the lower corner of the Orting Express page.
  • Access help by texting to this number (253) 254-3276 (no calls text only)
  • Send us an email
  • To contact our Support Center, call directly at (360) 893-6500 press *

Do you have a question that has not already been addressed? If so, please email your questions to Beth Veltri or Liz Coombs

Contact Information

Orting Primary School will be open for appointment only 9am to 4pm.

All visitors are expected to wear a face covering and to practice social distancing. In addition, visitors must sign in and will be asked to attest to your health via QR code. For your convenience, Instructions are posted on the main entrance door.