Christensen Courier

February 28, 2023

Christensen Elementary School

Dr. Tim Enfield ~ Principal

Katie Schlesinger ~ Assistant Principal

Office Hours ~ 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

School Hours ~ 8:55 am to 3:25 pm

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March 1 ~ Early Dismissal @ 1:55pm

March 8 ~ Early Dismissal @ 1:55pm

March 12 ~ Daylight Savings Time Ends

March 13 ~ 23-24 New Student Enrollment Opens

March 14 ~ 2nd/3rd gr Field Trip to the Tacoma Musical Playhouse

March 15 ~ Early Dismissal @ 11:55am

March 16 ~ 4th/5th gr Field Trip to Washington State History Museum

March 22 ~ Full Day - 3:25pm dismissal

March 23 ~ Spring Picture Day

March 24 ~ full Day of school - This is a snow make up day

March 29 ~ Early Dismissal @ 1:55pm

A Note from the Counselor

Dear Christensen Families,

It is with great joy and excitement that I share with you that I will soon begin extended leave for the rest of the school year to welcome and care for my newborn son due in March! Ms. Gabrielle McNeeley will assume my role as school counselor in my absence. Ms. McNeeley is a familiar face at Christensen, serving as a substitute teacher at our school for a few years now, some of which have included long-term subbing positions. She spent a week with me to gain a better understanding of what she will do in my role, and she was greeted with many hugs and smiles by students and staff who look forward to her return. I am confident that she will support Christensen with great knowledge and compassion. You can reach out to her the same way you would me, and you can always reach out to Dr. Enfield and Ms. Schlesinger as well.

Ms. McNeeley will take over on Monday, March 20th, unless my little guy decides to make an early appearance. While I am very much looking forward to the time I will have to begin this new adventure in my life, I will miss being at school, and I will certainly be checking in on life at Christensen. I will return in August to begin the 2023-2024 school year. Until then: Take care, be well, and live in hope!

Mrs. Roppo

Spring Pictures

Individual & Class picture day is scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd. If you would like to order individual Spring pictures of your student, please use the photo envelope that will come home the week of the 13th. Remember, neither the office nor the photographer can make change. All students will receive a complimentary 6X8 class photo this year!
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Project Excel Program for students entering 4th or 5th grade

Do you have a student who…

- learns easily and quickly?

- thinks up unusual ways to solve hard problems?

- has a clever sense of humor?

- dislikes doing the same thing over and over?

- thinks logically and wants things to make sense?

- is open to new ideas?

- is persistent and wants to keep trying with difficult tasks?

Complete a Project Excel Program Referral here. Referrals are due by March 24th.

Conoce a algún estudiante que…

¿Aprende fácil y rápido?

¿Piensa de forma inusual cómo resolver problemas difíciles?

¿Tiene un sentido del humor ingenioso?

¿Le desagrada hacer la misma cosa una y otra vez?

¿Piensa de manera lógica y quiere que las cosas tengan sentido?

¿Está abierto a nuevas ideas?

¿Es persistente y quiere seguir tratando con tareas difíciles?

Complete una referencia del programa Project Excel aquí. Las remisiones son para el 24 de marzo.

2023/2024 Enrollment Opening Soon!

We are preparing for the 2023-24 school year already! Enrollment for new kindergarten through grade 5 students who live within our attendance boundaries opens March 13th. A child must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2023 to be eligible to enroll. Please prepare to register by obtaining medically verified immunization records, birth certificate, and a proof of residence (utility bill, lease/rental agreement, or mortgage papers). All enrollment is done online. Click here to access the enrollment application or go to and click on enrollment.

  • Enrollment will end for the summer on June 11th and will reopen on July 17th in a new system. Please make to complete your child's enrollment application by June 11th or wait to start it after July 17th.

Current students who live within Christensen boundaries are automatically enrolled at Christensen for next year. Students living within our district but outside of Christensen's boundaries who want to attend Christensen must complete a within-district transfer form online. Click on the Transfers and Homeschool link to access the correct form. Out-of-district students who wish to attend Christensen must complete a new out-of-district transfer (Choice Transfer) from their home district to be considered for enrollment.

Free Preschool

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At the end of last year we were finally able to have volunteers help with field trips! Hooray!! We anticipate the need for volunteers this year as well. If you are interested in volunteering as a chaperone for field trips or in any other capacity that may come up, please complete the volunteer application as soon as possible. It may take up to two weeks to process an application and we don't want you to be left out of a volunteer opportunity because you are not approved yet! Click here to begin your volunteer application.

Important School Reminders

STUDENT EARLY DISMISSAL – If your child has an appointment and is leaving before the end of the school day, please make sure you send a note that morning letting the teacher and the office know. Also, please allow enough time for pick up. To preserve precious class time, we do not call students to the office until you have checked them out in person (remember your ID).

SCHEDULE CHANGES - The end of the day at Christensen is very busy. If you forgot to send a note in the morning (which is preferred) and need to call the school with a change to your child’s schedule, please do so before 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 the office is busy assisting students and parents and may not be able to answer your call or get a message to a student before they leave for the day. All end of the day schedule changes must be made through the office, not with the classroom teacher. Thank you!

UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION - If any of your information has changed (address, contact info., email address, etc.) please contact the office right away. This year more than ever, it will be important to have the most current information. Also, let us know what your preferred method of contact is - phone, email, text. You can reach the office at 253.298.3300.

Weather and Emergency Updates

In the event of emergencies, a team of Franklin Pierce Schools staff work to balance safety and our commitment to support student learning. The choice to delay or cancel the start of a school day includes assessing road conditions and consulting with other local services. Franklin Pierce Schools will attempt to offer updates about delays and closures by 5am.

Staff and families can expect to receive information about school closures and delays in the following ways:

  • Recorded Telephone Message contact the main office at your child's school to ensure your contact information is up to date

  • SMS Message for families/staff who have opted-in, click herefor Text Message if you would like to opt-in

  • Email from

  • Website

  • Flash Alert Notification sign up to receive email notifications and download the Flash Alert App, click here.

  • Local Media including KIRO 97.3 FM, KOMO 1000 AM, KIRO TV Channel 7, KOMO TV Channel 4, and KING TV Channel 5

  • Social Media Facebook and Twitter

Franklin Pierce Schools 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. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to Brandy Marshall, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sanders, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000.