Otter News

February 9, 2023


Ballot tear off slips

There is a district wide competition! The school that collects the most "I Voted" ballot tear off slips from staff, parents, grandparents, voting-aged students, etc., will win the districtwide competition and every staff and student will be given a prize! You can give your ballot tear off slip to your student and we will put them in our school collection box in the office. Ready, Set, Vote!

We collected 1,842 pairs of socks! Thank you for your support and donations. Since we almost doubled our goal of 1,000 socks, we earned a spirit week instead of just one day!

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Theme of the Month: Inclusive

Hello Artondale Families,

This month we are focusing on the theme of inclusive. Other words that mean inclusive are everyone's in, community, diversity. Our definition is, including everyone and welcoming our differences. Classes are having discussions in their classrooms about being inclusive and we will be creating a schoolwide focus board - look for photos in the next few weeks.

Next month's theme: Respectful

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.


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:


PSD Levies 2023 - Empowering Every Child, Every Day

Peninsula School District Levies - VOTE BY FEBRUARY 14, 2023

  • Please vote by February 14, 2023 on the Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy and Safety, Security and Technology Levy. Together, our levies provide essential funding for Peninsula School District programs and staff.

  • The Replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy is critical to maintaining the quality of our local schools, and it accounts for about 18% of our district’s total budget.

    • The levy will continue funding day-to-day school operations not fully funded by the state, such as nurses, counselors, educators, athletics, arts, music, clubs, transportation and preventative maintenance projects.

    • For example, the state only funds 4.88 nurses. The EP&O levy funds a nurse or health technician at all 17 schools. All of PSD’s athletic programs are funded by this levy.

  • The Safety, Security and Technology Levy will create dedicated funding to better protect, serve and prepare our students for the future.

    • The state provides no funding for safety and security projects, so the levy would be the only funding source.

    • School safety and security are top priorities for families and our community.

    • The levy provides enhanced safety and security systems and technology improvements across the District.

  • The levy rates are estimated to be $1.13 and $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed value, respectively. If approved, the total estimated local school tax rate, including both levies and the existing bond, is estimated to be $1.82 per $1,000 of assessed value beginning in 2024. This is lower than the total current rate of $2.01 per $1,000 based on 2022 assessed values.

  • Vote by Tuesday, February 14. For more info:

Google Doodle!

Doodle for Google is an annual contest where they invite students in grades K-12 to express their creativity by drawing their very own Google Doodle in response to a prompt. Your student should have brought home the Doodle for Google today or sometime soon! Visit for more information and see the amazing scholarships available to students. Contest submissions are open until March 7, 2023. Please turn your submissions in your teacher.

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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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 - Mara, London, Josephine

1st Grade - Willow, Alden, Eliza

1/2 & 2nd Grade - Drew, Jackson, Sam

3rd Grade - Finn, Lilah, Paige

4th Grade - Chenelle, Zara, Jaydyn

4/5 & 5th Grade - Lauren, Lillian, Elise

Classroom winners this week: Mrs. Oake's class and they earned a prize as a class.

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 February our theme ideas are Levy vote/sign waving, Hops and Drops takeover, cooking, hands on art, hearts, red/pink, love, reading and mid winter break. 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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Upcoming Important Dates

  • February 14th - Last day to vote!
  • February 20th - 24th - No School, Mid-Winter Break

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.