FAQs for Back-to-School

FAQs for Back-to-School
Posted on 08/21/2019
Back-to-school frequently asked questions
Here are a few common questions about the new school year. Answers are listed further down the page:

*What are the school hours this year?
*How do I find my child’s bus route?
*Where can I find school supply lists?
*Where can I find the calendar?
*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?
*How can I keep in touch with the district and find out the latest news?
*Where can I find the email address for the nurse, registrar or principal?
*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?


What are the school hours?*
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.)
*Early release begins Sept. 13, and ends May 15.


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. If you are unable to access your child’s information, call Transportation at 425-413-3220.


Where can I find school supply lists?
Please visit the website for your child’s school to find official supply lists. We do not provide lists to retailers.
https://cedarriver.tahomasd.us/
https://glacierpark.tahomasd.us/
https://lakewilderness.tahomasd.us/
https://rockcreek.tahomasd.us/
https://shadowlake.tahomasd.us/
https://tahomaelementary.tahomasd.us/
https://mapleview.tahomasd.us/
https://summittrail.tahomasd.us/
https://tahomahighschool.tahomasd.us/ *Note: Generic lists are not published before school starts. Many high school teachers require specific supplies for their classes. Students will receive that information directly from their teachers.


Where can I find the calendars?
School year calendars can be found here: https://www.tahomasd.us/our_district/school-year_calendars
Districtwide schedule of events and activities is available here (can be filtered by site)


How can I make online payments?
The link for online payments can be found in the icon quick links at the center of our website (credit card icon), or here: https://wa-tahoma.intouchreceipting.com/


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. https://www.tahomasd.us/for_families/health_and_safety


How can I get connected with parent-teacher groups?
Cedar River Elementary School: https://www.facebook.com/groups/248716748876097/ or https://crespto.weebly.com/
Glacier Park Elementary School: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gpesptsa/
Lake Wilderness Elementary School: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lwptsa.org/
Rock Creek Elementary School: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockcreekelementary/
Shadow Lake Elementary School: http://shadowlakepta.org/
Tahoma Elementary School: https://www.facebook.com/groups/203730233409925/
Maple View Middle School: http://mapleviewpta.org/Home or https://www.facebook.com/groups/mvmspta/
Summit Trail Middle School: http://summittrailpta.org/Home or https://www.facebook.com/groups/stmspta/
Tahoma High School: http://thspta.my-pta.org/


When will Meet & Greet/Supply Drop-Off be?
Cedar River Elementary: Aug. 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Glacier Park Elementary: Aug. 29 (PTA barbecue, 5-6; meet & greet, 6-7)
Lake Wilderness Elementary: Aug. 28, 2:15-3 p.m.
Rock Creek Elementary: Aug. 27, 5:30-7 p.m.
Shadow Lake Elementary: n/a due to construction
Tahoma Elementary: Aug. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
Maple View Middle School: 7th and 8th grade orientation, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 8-11 a.m.; 6th grade orientation Aug. 29, 8 a.m.
Summit Trail Middle School: Grizzly Days, Aug. 20 & 22, 8:30-2 p.m.; Sixth grade orientation, 8 a.m.-noon, Aug. 30.
Tahoma High School: Bear Days, Aug. 20-23. See website for additional details.


How can I keep in touch with the district and find out the latest news?
District office: 425-413-3400
Website: www.tahomasd.us
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TSD409
Tahoma Matters: Click here; TM is a twice-monthly eNewsletter sent to all parent and staff email addresses.
Twitter: @TahomaSD409
Instagram: tahoma_schools
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 425-413-3409; Specialist Wendy Castleman can be reached at wcastlem@tahomasd.us or 425-413-3412.


Where can I find the email address for the nurse, a teacher, the registrar or principal?
Visit your child’s school website and look under “staff” for “staff directory,” then use the search function. Or, for district staff, visit the district directory here.


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?
*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.
*Families are invited to work with their school principal and PTA/PTO to organize “walking school bus” groups to increase safety and supervision along the walking routes. For ideas, click here: http://www.walkingschoolbus.org/

How do I make sure that the district can reach me for everyday and emergency reasons?
Your child will bring home a “Student Registration” form along with a packet of other important information and forms. Please review this sheet carefully, including email and phone numbers, 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.
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