• Spanaway Elementary

A Message From Mrs. Kosa and Mrs. Honig

  • Jaguar families,

    We can’t believe it is already June! While we have much to celebrate in terms of what we have accomplished so far this year, we still have a few weeks left to continue supporting our Jaguars, social-emotional and academic growth. Every day counts, please be on time at school ready to learn each day! 

    Families, we need your help. Please talk with your child about vandalism. We have seen so much graffiti in our bathrooms. This is absolutely unacceptable. Our custodian is working so hard to keep our school a place we are all proud of. Thank you in advance for having this conversation with your child. 

    I want to give a shout out to some of our students who have been helping our custodian clean up (they asked to do this!) the field because they notice a lot of trash after recess and lunch. I appreciate our Jaguars who are kind and show they take pride in their school! 

    Thank you to Ms. Crooks for taking students out to our garden to prepare for planting last week. This week, our Jaguars will be planting items that can be harvested in the Fall. We have some great gardeners here!

    Jaguars, STRIVE and RISE! 

    Kim Kosa and Lori Honig


    What’s Happening At Spanaway Elementary?

    Be sure to follow us on Facebook to be up-to-date on all of the “happenings!”

    Important Dates

    • June 15 Early Dismissal-Report card prep day (school releases at 11:05am)

    • June 21 Kindergarten and 5th grade graduation 5-7pm

    • June 22 Field day

     

    Hey Jaguar Families!

    I wanted to reach out to let you know that I am moving at the end of this year and so I will not be here next year; my husband and I will be moving to California, which we are excited for, but I’m sad to leave Spanaway Elementary!

    Since I have been in contact with and supported many jaguar families over the last few years, I figured this was the best place to let you know. Valorie, our new counselor this year, will be your point of contact. Her phone number for the 2022-2023 school year is (253) 800-5385 and her email is vcamacho@bethelsd.org

    I will miss you all!!

    -Jennifer Goble, School Counselor


    ParentVUE Annual Update: Starting June 6 

    Summer is right around the corner, and that means we are planning for the fall. Given the nationwide driver shortage, it’s vitally important that we have an accurate picture of who will need busing this fall. The ParentVUE Annual Update ensures that schools have current busing needs, emergency contact information, correct email addresses, and forms such as Attendance and Information Release Authorizations. 


    Because this information is so crucial, starting June 6, you will no longer be able to access ParentVUE to view your student’s real-time grades, communicate with staff members, or submit absences until you have completed your Annual Update. Learn more at https://www.bethelsd.org/Page/6118

     

    Learner Quality of the Month-The month of June, we revisit all of our Learner Qualities from the school year. Ask our child what Learner Quality has helped them the most this year! Attentive Listener, Active Particpant/Engaged, Collaborative, Growth-Minded, Reflective, Inquisitive, Perseverant, Motivated. 

     

    Attendance: Ms. Kupinski’s 4th grade class 94.5% and Mrs. Marsh’s 2nd grade class 88.75% had the highest attendance the week before last! Last week Mr. Malimban’s 4th grade 95.6% and Mrs. Marsh’s 2nd grade 96.88% had the highest attendance of students in class, on time, ready to learn! Mrs. Marsh’s class won two weeks in a row!!! Way to go, Jaguars!

    If your child is absent, please let the school know the reasons for absences ASAP. You may contact our attendance clerk, Trish Fincher, at (253)800-5393 or via email at pfincher@bethelsd.org or enter the reasons into ParentVue. You may also let the teacher know as well.

    Lost and Found: We still have a few items that need to be claimed in our lost and found. Remind your child to check!

    Kindergarten and Preschool Registration opened April 1: Do you have or know of a family who will have a preschool or incoming kindergartener for next year. Get them registered as soon as possible!

    Check out this link later in the week for updated information on orientation dates across the district, including Spanaway Elementary School!   https://www.bethelsd.org/Page/6411 

    Great News!! We have a full PTSA board for next school year that was elected in at last week’s PTSA meeting. Please join me in celebrating our new board members: President-Lynsey Heishman, Vice President, Tara Jensen, Treasurer-Rachel Bielman, and Secretary-Stephanie Smith. We look forward to our collaboration this next school year!


    District News

    FREE Summer Meals

    Summer lunch service will be available for free to all children ages 1 thru 18 years, from June 28th through July 29th. There will be no service on Tuesday, July 4th.

    The Summer Lunch Program will run Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at the following locations:

    • Bethel High School (22001 38th Ave E, Spanaway, WA 98387)

    • Spanaway Lake High School (1305 168th St E, Spanaway, WA  98387)

    • Thompson Elementary School (303 159th St E, Tacoma, WA 98387)

    And from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at

    • Shining Mountain Elementary School (21615 38th Ave E Spanaway 98387)

    Children must eat their meal on-site, in the cafeteria. There will be no “grab ‘n go,” curbside pick-up, or taking food home.

     

    Learn more at bethelsd.org/meals 

     

    District News Continued

    Meal changes for this fall

    At the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year, the USDA pandemic feeding waivers that allowed us to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students are set to expire.

    This means we will be returning to a paid meal service this fall under USDA’s National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Meals will be charged according to a student’s free, reduced, or paid meal eligibility status.

    The Free and Reduced Price Meal application will be available in late August for families to apply.

    With that said, the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) does allow schools with high numbers of low-income children to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students.

    There are nine (9) schools in our district that meet the requirements for CEP. All students enrolled in the following CEP eligible schools will receive free meals for the 2022-23 school year:

    Bethel Acceleration Academy

    • Bethel Middle School

    • Camas Prairie Elementary

    • Challenger High School

    • Evergreen Elementary

    • Centennial Elementary

    • Spanaway Elementary

    • Spanaway Middle School

    • Thompson Elementary

    There is a possibility that additional schools will be added to the list at a later date. Learn more at bethelsd.org/meals

     

    GKHS Groundbreaking

    Thank you to everyone who came out to last week’s ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Graham-Kapowsin High School expansion and renovation project. The 33,000-square-foot expansion will add a classroom wing, a gym and weight room, along with administrative spaces and a larger commons area. The project is part of our successful 2019 school construction bond and will be ready for students in the fall of 2023. https://www.facebook.com/BethelSD/videos/562463305404404

     

    Students of the Year

    Congratulations to all the Bethel students who were recently recognized as Pierce County Skills Center Students of the Year! Great job! https://www.facebook.com/BethelSD/posts/pfbid021YdEyVKncCUmXVDzFchmABwBcLj81LD1ZiSvd3cHKqtbmBCpDKmb3cGFc8X4dag2l

    Are you interested in having your kids join a summer program/activity?

    Here is a scholarship opportunity!

     

    Pierce County Parks is now accepting applications for its summer recreation scholarship program. The scholarship offers financial assistance to County residents participating in youth outdoor recreation programs offered by Pierce County Parks.

    Funded through the Washington Recreation & Park Association’s Summer Experiences & Enrichment for Kids (SEEK) Fund, the scholarship program aims to increase accessibility to quality outdoor summer programs for underserved school-aged youth (ages 4-21).

    Scholarships are based on income and family size. Qualifying individuals may receive a credit of up to $300 per household to cover 50% of registration fees per program. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as funds are available. The application is available online. The deadline to apply is September 12.For more information about the Summer Recreation Scholarship, visit https://www.piercecountywa.gov/7647/Youth-Summer-Scholarships or email ParksScholarships@PierceCountyWa.gov.

Schedule Information

  • Late Start Days: School starts at 9:35. Breakfast will be offered/served on late start days beginning at 9:20.

    School Lunch: This year breakfast and lunch is free. Menus will be published WEEKLY (instead of monthly) and posted on the district website starting Monday, September 20th

    Morning Arrival: Parents, please do not drop your student off before 8:20, supervision does not begin until then and your child will be standing outside the playground gates without an adult. Thank you for your help in keeping our Jaguars safe. 

     

Updates!

  • Click here or go to https://www.commhealth.org/community-health-care/community-resources/ to check out the new Community Health Care resource page! You will find information about childcare, job training, food banks, clothing banks, and much more!

Dates to Remember

  • June 15 Report card prep- Early Dismissal 11:05 am

    June 21 Kindergarten and 5th grade promotion Kindergarten 5-5:30pm, 5th grade 6-7pm

    June 22 Field Day!

    June 23 Last day of school- 11:05 am