Eagle Newsletter

March 3rd 2023

Message From the Principal

Dear Lake Tapps Parents,

Don't you wish our kids all came with operating manuals? Being a parent is such a daunting responsibility that, at times, we can tend to over-protect them. I fear the pandemic lockdown may have exacerbated this problem. Our children spent more time at home with their parents, had less engagement with peers (preschool, playdates, etc) than in the past.

All of that to say that I have noticed some things that surprise me this year and I wanted to put them out there for your consideration and reflection....

  • Most of the children I talk to don't know YOUR phone number or who to call in an emergency.
  • Most children I have talked to don't know their address
  • Some children don't know their their first, middle and last names .
  • Many children don't know how to tie their shoes, zip up their coat, and other self-care things
  • Some children default to wanting adults to help them when they encounter a problem or challenge at school.

In "the olden days," when I taught kindergarten, these were things ALL my students learned. In fact, those things were the most important pieces of the curriculum!

Most of the things on my list are there for safety reasons.. But they are also important for less tangible reasons. Letting your child experience and resolve challenges is an important part of building independence and maturity. Building independence with self care skills and problem solving promotes confidence and self-esteem. Confidence in oneself can reduce anxiousness. Also......

  1. Fosters self-reliance, allowing your child to feel they have control over their life.
  2. Provides them with the belief that they are competent and capable of taking care of themselves which makes them resilient to external challenges.
  3. Develops other vital qualities such as patience, concentration, self-help, cooperation, self-discipline and self-trust
  4. Makes them happy and healthy as they feel a great sense of achievement and success as a direct result of their own actions.

Just a little food for thought......


Paula Bond


Upcoming Dates & Activities

March 12th- Daylight Savings Time- Spring Forward

March 9th- Session 3 club #2 3:15-4:15

March 16th- Session 3 club #3 3:15-4:15

March 20th-24th Book Fair at DHES

March 22nd- Spring Pictures

March 23rd- Conference Day- NO SCHOOL

March 30th- Session 3 club #4 3:15-4:15

picture of Kids Heart Challenge  flyer

A message from our P.E teacher Mr. Smith....

Dear Families – Kids Heart Challenge has officially kicked off, and we are so excited to Be the Torch that will light the torch of hope in the fight against heart disease and stroke! We are encouraging ALL our families to sign up and learn the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR. Thank you for all your HEART work supporting our school and the American Heart Association!

Meet and hear a special message from Lake Tapps Heart Hero Remy!!

Next Steps:

  1. Join our team and Take the challenge to Move More or Be Kind and receive a FREE Be the Torch Wristband! Register at http://www2.heart.org/goto/LakeTappsElementary or use the Kids Heart Challenge App!
  2. If you already registered, THANK YOU! Start FINN’S MISSION in your HQ, where you can learn Hands-Only CPR as a family, how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. When you complete Finn’s Mission, you’ll earn an XL Finn’s Keychain!
  3. Check out our Virtual Envelope to learn more!

School Goal: $25,000

Donations Due: March 24th

Special School Incentives:

Every $50 raised gets your name into the drawing for a chance to earn extra KHC gear!

The top three fundraising students will get to have lunch with Mr. Smith!

The top fundraising student will get to be PE Teacher for a Day!

The top fundraising class will get a free choice PE class and a $25 Amazon Gift Card for their teacher!

When you raise $50 you will earn a Be The Torch wristband, 4 Heart Heroes, and a Mystery Gift!!

Thank you,

Wayne Smith

Lake Tapps Elementary

P.E./Health Specialist



Dear Families:

On Monday, March 27th, Community Health Care’s dental team will be at Lake Tapps Elementary to provide exams, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants (for molars that have fully erupted and have surfaces for which sealants would be beneficial). If you would like your child to participate, please complete and return the permission form by March 17th. Permission forms will be sent home with your child. Participating students will bring home a written assessment of the exam findings and any additional dental needs. If your child is insured, Community Health Care will bill your insurance.

If your child is not insured, all services are free!

Thank you,

Terry Woodall, R.N.

District Nurse

Class Pictures...

All students will be photographed in their class group photo!

** Reminder: Only families who purchase will be photographed individually. All online orders must be placed prior to 9:00 AM on picture day. Please scan the QR code below or purchase online at mydorian.com

(If you are interested in helping on picture day 8:50-2:00

please email Kristen Espy at kespy@dieringer.wednet.edu to sign up.)


What are the odd's of finding a 4 leaf clover?

Drop your answer off in Mrs. Espy's & Mrs. Aspelund's M&M Guy

located in the front office! All entries must be turned in by 3:15 Monday!

We will draw a lucky winner and announce over the intercom in the Tuesday morning announcements. Please bring your answer and make sure your first & last name is listed.

Congratulations to Greyson our Trivia Winner answering John Quincy Adams!

FRIDAY DRAMA PROGRAM— "The 100 Year Snooze!"

To enroll, use the link below.



Registration starts SATURDAY March 4th at 8 am.

Not all who register will automatically make it into the class,

Please do not make a payment until you receive an email stating your student is in the program.

Cost is $85.00. Checks or Venmo.

District bus will transport students from Dieringer Heights to LTES for class

Parents must arrange for pick up after class at 3 pm.

Partial scholarships are available for free/reduced lunch students. Call Judy for details.

Any questions call Judy Shufelt at 253-569-1112 or email at playjude1@yahoo.com.

PTA BOOK FAIR coming to DHES....

March 20th-March 24th in DHES Library

Parent shopping is open both before and after school and all day on conference day!


The PTA is excited to be hosting our annual Daddy/Daughter dance once again

for our DHES and LTES students.

The dance will be held April 28th from 6-8:30pm at North Tapps Middle School.

Tickets will be on sale starting March 10th.

Please watch for the flyer to come home the week of March 6th with more

information and links to purchase tickets.

Information will also be posted on the LTES PTA Facebook page.

picture of daddy/daughter dance flyer

School Attendance Information!

If your child is going to be absent, please call the LTES office before 9:00am on the day of the absence. If you are planning an extended absence for more than 3 days an extended absence form will be required to be turned in to the principal a week prior to the absence.


LTES Office Number 253-862-6600

Breakfast and Lunch Menu for Lake Tapps Elementary.

Child Find

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