Parent Link Newsletter

Hello Vaughn Families,

It has been a busy month back from break with a refresher on our Husky Expectations and a review of our Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying policy including lessons on how to recognize, refuse, and report bullying.  Our focus for the month of January was Responsibility and we are now focusing on being Respectful in all areas of school. 

January is school board recognition month. We appreciate our Peninsula School Board members. Soon classrooms will be busy with field trips and activities. Please make sure to check with office staff to see if you are up to date on your volunteering paperwork if you plan to attend these activities with your child. 

Some upcoming events to keep on your calendar include;

January 29th-Pioneer Elementary STEAM, night 5:30-7:30

February 6th-STREAM night at Vaughn 5:30-8:00-Pizza included

February 11th-Please remember to vote

February 17th-21st-Mid Winter Break

Here is more information regarding Pioneer Elementary School’s STEAM Open House:

All elementary families are invited to see what’s being planned for Peninsula School District’s new magnet STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) school, Pioneer Elementary. A STEAM Open House is planned for Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5:30-7:30pm at Henderson Bay High School located at 8402 Skansie Avenue in Gig Harbor.

At this event, families will experience learning activities around a STEAM unit; take away information and resources to understand more about Pioneer Elementary, including the school’s vision and design principles. Students and parents can also talk with Principal Stephanie Strader and meet the initial Core Team of educators who are invested in the design of our new school.

This is an open house event, so you attend any time between 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Kids are encouraged to attend! Questions? Please call 253.530.3500.

Additional information regarding the upcoming Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy - VOTE BY FEBRUARY 11, 2020

The Peninsula School District will ask voters to approve a three-year Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy, to replace an expiring levy that was approved by voters in 2016. The replacement levy accounts for 18% of the District’s annual budget.

State and federal dollars do not fully fund day-to-day operations, so the District must rely on local residents to make up the difference. The levy funds many critical areas, such as teachers, nurses, para-educators, counselors, custodians, music, athletics, extra-curricular activities, safety and security, special education, highly capable, and preventative routine maintenance projects.Athletics and extra-curricular activities are fully funded by levy dollars.

The current levy will expire in 2020, so this will not be a new tax. The replacement levy must be passed by voters to continue the programs listed above. The levy is for a fixed dollar amount and the District cannot collect more money if property values increase. The estimated levy tax rate is $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Please remember to vote by February 11, 2020.

More information is available at www.psd401.net/levy.

January is moving quickly and we will soon be in the beginnings of spring. With the weather being cold and wet, please send your children with jackets, hats, mittens and even an extra set of clothes in their backpack. As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Lillian Page-Vaughn Principal