1. Complete enrollment or verification.
Each year, enrollment for students new to the district must be completed before the first day of school. This is an important task for multiple reasons – the information you provide ensures we have the most up-to-date contact and medical information for your child, you are notified of any new changes to our district policies, and more. Please fill out one form per student.
If you need assistance in Samoan, Khmer, or Vietnamese, please contact the district office.
Afai e te mana'omia se fesoasoani ile gagana Samoa fa'amolemole fa'afeso'ota'i le ofisa fa'aitumalo.
Nếu bạn cần hỗ trợ bằng tiếng Việt, vui lòng liên hệ với văn phòng học khu.
If you have any questions:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call (253)-298-3000
2. Stay connected!
Keep up to date on school announcements and information through our school’s website and Facebook page. Make sure your contact information is updated so you can receive our school and district auto dialer messages. https://www.q.wa-k12.net/franklSTS/Session/Signin...
3. Discuss and set academic goals.
Before the school year starts, talk with your child about their academic goals and identify at least one area of growth. Next, discuss what growth goal is attainable. Perhaps your child has been challenged with reading, so they commit to reading for 30 minutes every evening during the school week. Or maybe your child has expressed an interest in construction. Their goal might include taking a set of classes geared toward acquiring construction skills. Each child is unique, so it’s important to set goals aligned with where they are now and what they desire to achieve.
4. Plan your schedule and set daily routines.
Our goal for this year is to ensure that every student attend school regularly.
Showing up for school has an enormous impact on a scholar’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
Returning to the school year routine can be a difficult shift for families, but it’s important to start thinking about how you can start preparing your child for a smooth transition into the school year for regular, on-time attendance. Did you know, missing just 20% of the school year, or just 2-3 days per month can lead to significant learning loss?
If your child’s schedule has significantly changed during the summer months, try slowly shifting your child’s wake-up and bedtime. Doing so in advance of the first day of school can help your child ease back into their school year routine, and when a child is able to wake up on time, they have a greater chance of getting to school on time as well.
To alleviate disruptions to your child’s school year, take time to review the calendar before scheduling any appointments and try to schedule them outside of our school day. Consider scheduling appointments on a Wednesday afternoon. Review the 2023-2024 academic calendar here: https://resources.finalsite.net/.../2023...
5. Be ready to connect with your child's school.
With the new school year comes new teachers for your child. Start jotting down any questions you have for your child’s new teacher(s) and think about any helpful information you would like to share with them. Once the school year begins, you may start to receive general messages from your child’s teacher about what is happening in class and your child’s school will have an Open House event for families to briefly connect with teachers.
However, consider getting a head start on establishing a strong relationship with your child’s school now by taking note of their office hours and other information posted on their website. Plan to attend back-to-school events, and if you have questions, reach out to the main office at your child’s school.
6. Establish childcare, if necessary.
FPSD partners with Right at School to provide childcare at every district elementary school. Check out their website and review rates to set up convenient childcare in a familiar environment for your child.
7. Review with your child what transportation will look like during the school year. To learn more about your child's bus route including pickup and drop-off times, please visit https://versatransweb05.tylertech.com/.../elinkrp/Login.aspx (after August 16) and use the following login information:
FPSD families will receive a postcard the week of August 23rd with additional pickup and drop-off information.
8. Review meal menus and request dietary accommodations, if necessary.
All FPSD students can receive free breakfast and lunch throughout the school year on school days. When school begins, you can view menus online. https://www.myschoolmenus.com/organizations/258
Menus are also available by downloading the free app called "My School Menus" on Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS).
We will gladly provide meal alternatives for students with medical needs. Contact your school nurse to obtain the necessary form. Our director will work with kitchen staff to make sure your student has a nutritious meal each day that is safe for them to eat. Contact Nutrition Services if you have any questions. Their number is (253) 298-4618.
9. Explore extracurricular activities.
Sports and extracurricular activities help kids gain confidence, improve physical, mental, and emotional health & have fun all at once. Learn more about SPYA sports options and schedules go to https://www.spyarec.org/home
10. Schedule required immunizations.
To attend school, unless there is exemption documentation on file, all families must provide medically verified immunization records that show their scholar is compliant or in the process of becoming compliant with all required immunizations. Please note, there are specific required immunizations for kindergarten-aged children. For a list of these vaccinations please go to https://doh.wa.gov/.../348-295-SchoolImmReqforParents2022...
Luckily, there are several free immunization clinics available this summer to complete this task and ensure your child’s immunizations are up to date.
For example, on August 12th the Toy Rescue Mission will be hosting a Back-to-School Giveaway event. They will provide a station where students can get their childhood and COVID vaccines. Their address is 607 S. Winnifred St, Tacoma (in the rear parking lot).