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Tukwila Family Newsletter

April 2024

Family Newsletter Archive

April 2024 Newsletter

The Tukwila Promise

At Tukwila Elementary School

We are respectful.

We are responsible.

We are safe.

All day.

Every day.





Events/dates/ and information!

All month

April is American Arab Heritage Month 

During this time, we celebrate Arab Americans throughout the past and present, and recognize their invaluable contributions to our country. It also serves as a time to combat Anti-Arab bigotry and to challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

All month

Autism Acceptance Month

to raise awareness to promote autism acceptance, to celebrate each individual's unique differences, and to foster inclusivity and connectedness.

All month

Month of the Military Child 

The Defense Department celebrates military children during the month of April. There are more than 1.6 million military children who face many challenges and unique experiences as a result of their parents' service. While military members serve around the world, we often forget the challenges faced by their children.

All month

National Volunteer Month! 

We would like to thank all of the parents and community members that give their time and energy to supporting our students and staff.A study by Henderson and Mapp (2002) reported evidence that volunteers can be a significant resource in helping create a supportive and welcoming environment at schools and facilitating students' behavior and performance. We appreciate all of  our volunteers!!

Spring Break

No school April 8-12. Enjoy your Spring Break!

April 1-4

National School Assistant Principal Appreciation Week!

April 4

School Librarian Appreciation Day. 

April 9-10

Eid al Fitr (Muslim Culture)

Eid al-Fitr is one of two major holidays celebrated by Muslims and commemorates the end of the holy month of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast daily from before dawn until sunset. It is commemorated by a large, community-wide prayer service in the morning, followed by meals and conversation with friends and family.

April 13

Vaisakhi  (Sikh Culture)

Vaisakhi is a spring festival which happens on the 13 or 14 April every year. It is a day to celebrate 1699 - the year when Sikhism was born as a collective faith.

April 15

Thank you PTA for bringing a goodie cart to share with our staff. You are the best!

April 19

Popcorn Friday. We need volunteers that have completed their background checks. Please let us know if you’d like to help.

April 22

Earth Day-Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

April 24

National Administrative Professionals' Day, also known as Secretaries Day or Admin Day, recognizes the professionals who keep an office running smoothly every day. Thank you Robin Allsopp and Charlotte Bartley for all you do each and every day!

April 24 Today is an early release day. School is out at 12:40.

April 22-30

Pesach/Passover-Passover, also called Pesach, is a major Jewish holiday, one of the three pilgrimage festivals, that celebrates the Biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery in Egypt.

News about Kindergarten!

Next time!

News about 1st grade!

Next time!

News about 2nd grade!

In math, 2nd graders will continue to work on addition and subtraction in the hundreds with regrouping.  The students are learning how to answer questions by going back into the text and rereading to find the answer.  We will continue to work on different genres of writing like opinion, informative, and narrative.  We have a character trait that the school focuses on each month.  This month we will be talking about courage.  2nd graders still need to increase how fast they can do one digit addition and subtraction (especially subtraction) math facts so that they are ready for 3rd grade. 

News about 3rd grade!

Next time!

News about 4th grade!

Next time!

News about 5th grade!

Next time!

News about PE!

As the weather starts to improve, most classes will be heading outside to use the grass field for their PE activities. Please remind your students to wear closed-toe shoes to protect their feet on PE days. Third, fourth, and fifth graders will use stilts, pogo sticks, frisbees, and play games such as Bring it Home and Capture the Cone.  Kindergarten, first, and second will use balloon rockets, hand copters, frisbees, and play soccer and tag. All classes will be practicing games and activities that will be part of our upcoming Field Day on June 14th. If you would like to volunteer to help run a Field Day station, please contact me at or 206-901-7515

News about Preschool!

The 2024-2025 Preschool Application is available in the main office.

Students must be 3 or 4 years old by 8/31 and meet eligibility requirements.

Any questions please call Romina Munoz at 206-901-7523


Thank you,   

Romina Munoz (She, Her)

ECEAP/Community Family Support Specialist

Tukwila Elementary School

Email address |

(206) 901-7523

News about math and reading intervention!

Hello Tukwila Families,  


Spring is officially here and the end of the school year is quickly approaching.  With that said, we wanted to break our article into grade bands with some helpful tips to get us to the end of the year.


Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades:

  • Attendance matters!  Please make sure your student is here every day.  Studies show “Children in early grades are particularly susceptible to falling behind in fundamental reading skills, which can have a snowball effect that impacts future learning.” (American University. "Why Is School Attendance Important? The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism." Online Magazine. 14 January 2021)

  • Sing the ABCs and practice counting to 100 (in your home language and/or English)

  • Ask your student questions about their thinking.  Here are some prompts to get you started:

    • Tell me about your thinking when you solved that problem…

    • Who are the characters in the story?

    • What do you think would come next?

    • Why did you add?  Why did you subtract?  How did you get those numbers?

    • How did they solve the problem in the story?  How would you solve the problem?


3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades:

We are approaching the testing season.  While we know that tests are not the only measure of a child’s academic achievement, it is important for them to take these assessments seriously and do their best.  For our 5th graders, their iReady scores help with placing them in math and reading courses/interventions at Showalter Middle School.  Here are some tips to help maximize your students’ achievement.

  • Attendance matters!  Please make sure your student is here every day.  Studies show “Children in early grades are particularly susceptible to falling behind in fundamental reading skills, which can have a snowball effect that impacts future learning.” (American University. "Why Is School Attendance Important? The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism." Online Magazine. 14 January 2021)

  • Practice sounding out multisyllabic words and/or discussing prefixes and suffixes as well as word endings.

  • Practice addition facts to 20 and multiplication facts to 100.

  • Positive reinforcement from home. Things like:

    • Do your best!

    • How did today go?  What went well?  What felt difficult and how can I help?

    • Take your time!

    • Show your work and don’t be afraid to work out problems on paper.


Happy Learning!

Mrs. Boline & Mrs. Deming


News about Social Emotional Learning

The character trait for April is Courage.

News from our PTA

WatchDog and WatchMom news

We have started the WatchDog and WatchMom Program at our school, WATCH D.O.G.S.= Dads Of Great Students and WATCH MOMS=Moms of Marvelous Students.


The goals of the program are: To provide positive role models for the students, and to provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.


If you would like to be a WATCHDOG or WatchDog, please contact Mary Rusk or 206-901-7510. 


The most important piece of this program is having our kids know that there are many, many adults in our community that care about and support our students and schools.  Thank you all for helping this program thrive! 

Please check our lost and found!

We have lots of coats, jackets and other items in our lost and found at school!

The Importance of Attendance

The Importance of Good Attendance

This is a reminder that if your child is absent from school you must call the school at (206) 901-7502. If your child is gone for 3 consecutive days or more due to illness, the school district will require medical documentation for the absence to be excused. If your family is planning a vacation during school, it must be discussed and prearranged with the school. If your child continues to have poor school attendance you may be required to meet with the school team and the district stay in school coordinator Katherine Turner.

Information on housing help

Parent visitors

and volunteers

Thank you for your interest in visiting/volunteering in the Tukwila School District! The District recognizes the valuable contribution made to the total school program through the volunteer assistance of parents and other citizens; we appreciate your enthusiasm.

The safety of our students is our top priority. Those wishing to visit/volunteer (including chaperoning a field trip, eating in our cafeteria with your child, etc.), must apply and submit to a background check. The Tukwila School District has an all online volunteer clearance process. Paper applications are no longer accepted.

Please allow up to three (3) weeks for processing applications.

Start the application process here: