Backtoschool FAQ for 201718

Back-to-school FAQ for 2017-18

Scroll down for the answers to these frequently asked back-to-school questions:

 

How do I find my child’s bus route? 

What are the school hours this year?
What time will schools release on half days (such as during conferences)?

Where can I find school supply lists?

When is this year’s Meet and Greet?

Where can I find the calendars?

How can I make online payments?

Where can I find information about medications and immunizations?

How do I get connected with the PTA (or PTO)?

When will open house be?

How can I keep in touch with the district and find out the latest news?

How can I apply for free or reduced lunch?

How can parents help keep walking students safe?

How do I make sure that the district can reach me for everyday and emergency reasons?



How do I find my child's bus route?

To find your child’s bus route, please visit the Transportation Department web page, and then click on “ELink.” Follow the directions on the page to find your child’s bus route and times. Please note that the page has had intermittent crashes due to high volumes of use. If you are unable to access your child’s information, call Transportation at 425-413-3220.


If your child is in a prekindergarten program at Lake Wilderness Elementary, do not use ELink. You will be contacted with information about your child’s bus.



 

What are the school hours this year?

*Please note: This Friday, Sept. 8, schools will release at their usual Monday through Thursday times. Early release begins Friday, Sept. 15.
Cedar River Elementary:
9:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. (Early release time Fridays: 2:10 p.m.)

Glacier Park Elementary: 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. (Early release time Fridays: 1:40 p.m.)

Lake Wilderness Elementary: 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. (Early release time Fridays: 1:40 p.m.)

Rock Creek Elementary: 9:10 a.m.to 3:40 p.m. (Early release time Fridays: 2:10 p.m.)

Shadow Lake Elementary: 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. (Early release time Fridays: 1:40 p.m.)

Tahoma Elementary: 9:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. (Early release time Fridays: 2:10 p.m.)

Maple View Middle School: 8 a.m. to  2:30 p.m. (Early release time Fridays: 1 p.m.)

Summit Trail Middle School:  8 a.m. to  2:30 p.m. (Early release time Fridays: 1 p.m.)

Tahoma High School: 7:40 a.m. to  2:10 p.m. (Early release time Fridays: 12:40 p.m.)

 

 

 

What time will schools release on half days (such as during conferences)?

Cedar River Elementary: 1:10 p.m.
Glacier Park Elementary: 12:40 p.m.
Lake Wilderness Elementary: 12:40 p.m.
Rock Creek Elementary: 1:10 p.m.
Shadow Lake Elementary: 12:40 p.m.
Tahoma Elementary: 1:10 p.m.
Maple View Middle School: 11:30 a.m.
Summit Trail Middle School: 11:30 a.m.
Tahoma High School: 11:10 a.m.



 

School supply lists

Cedar River Elementary School

 

Glacier Park Elementary School

 

Lake Wilderness Elementary School

 

Rock Creek Elementary School

 

Shadow Lake Elementary School

 

Tahoma Elementary School

 

Maple View Middle School

 

Summit Trail Middle School



When is this year’s Meet and Greet?

Students at each elementary school are invited to drop off supplies and meet their teachers between 6 and 7 p.m. on Sept. 5. Each middle school has orientation on Sept. 5. Please visit their websites to learn more. High school students received their schedules and had orientation during Bear Days last week.



Where can I find the calendars?

School year calendars can be found here.

The district events calendar is here (use the filter function to narrow by building).



How can I make online payments?

The link for online payments can be found under “Quick Links” on the right side of our website, or by clicking here. 



Where can I find information about medications and immunizations?

Forms and answers to some health-related questions can be found at the following link, but if you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please contact the nurse at your child’s school. Click here for the health page.



 

How can I get connected with parent-teacher groups?

Cedar River Elementary School: https://www.facebook.com/groups/248716748876097/

Glacier Park Elementary School: https://www.facebook.com/GPESparents/?fref=gs&hc_location=group

Lake Wilderness Elementary School: http://www.lwptsa.org/

Rock Creek Elementary School: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockcreekelementary/

Shadow Lake Elementary School: http://shadowlakepta.org/Home

Tahoma Elementary School: https://www.facebook.com/groups/203730233409925/

Maple View Middle School: http://mapleviewpta.org/Home

Summit Trail Middle School: http://summittrailpta.org/Home

Tahoma High School: http://thspta.my-pta.org/



When will open house be?

Cedar River Elementary: Oct. 12, 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

Glacier Park Elementary: Sept. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

Lake Wilderness Elementary: Sept. 20, time TBA

Rock Creek Elementary: Oct. 5, 6-7:30 p.m.

Shadow Lake Elementary: Sept. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.

Tahoma Elementary: Sept. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Maple View Middle School: Sept. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Summit Trail Middle School: Sept. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.

Tahoma High School: Sept. 13, time TBA and date may change



 

How can I keep in touch with the district and find out the latest news?

Website: www.tahomasd.us

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TSD409

Tahoma Matters: (twice-monthly eNewsletter sent to all parent and staff email addresses)

Twitter: @TahomaSD409

Instagram: tahoma_schools

App: Tahoma School District No. 409 (free download)

Weather Closures or delays: http://flashalert.net/

SafeSchools Alert: Students, staff and parents can anonymously submit safety concerns via phone at 855-997-8625, text at 855-997-8625, email at 1347@alert1.us or web at http://1347.alert1.us

Communications Department: Director Kevin Patterson can be reached at kpatters@tahomasd.us or 413-3409; Specialist Wendy Castleman can be reached at wcastlem@tahomasd.us or 413-3412.



 

How can I apply for free or reduced lunch?

Tahoma School District wants to ensure that every student has access to nutrition during the school day. Families who need assistance may apply for free or reduced meals. All application information is confidential. Also confidential is the identity of students who receive free or reduced meals. Applications must be renewed each year. For information, or an application in English or Spanish, click here.

 

 

How can parents help keep walking students safe?

  • Families in many neighborhoods in surrounding districts have coordinated “walking school bus” groups to increase safety and supervision along the walking routes. For ideas, click here: http://www.walkingschoolbus.org/

  • Talk with your child about expectations such as not taking shortcuts, not playing tag/chase, pushing or shoving near the street. Also, for children who have phones, iPods and other gadgets, talk about keeping them stashed away and not wearing headphones while walking to and from school.

  • Encourage children to cross streets only at traffic signals, crosswalks and corners. Teach children to stop before the curb and looking for traffic using “left, right, left” checks. Make eye contact with the driver of oncoming vehicles, and continue looking in all directions while crossing. Ask your child to walk rather than run across the street.

  • Ask students to stay alert while they are walking, and pay attention to parked cars that may be preparing to back out or depart.



 

How do I make sure that the district can reach me for everyday and emergency reasons?

In the first few days of school, your child will bring home a “Student Registration” form along with a packet of other important information and forms. Please review this sheet carefully, as it determines how you will receive emergency and other contacts from both your child’s school and the district during the school year. If you should need to change any information later in the school year, please contact the registrar at your child’s building.



If you have a question we have not answered here, please contact Kevin Patterson at kpatters@tahomasd.us or 413-3409, or Wendy Castleman at wcastlem@tahomasd.us or 413-3412.