It’s never to early to get ready for next school year! A few helpful links (please check back often as we continue to post the most current information):
Stay updated with the 2016 bond projects
Want to know more about the 2016 bond projects, including the history, projects, timelines, and logistics?
Have a question? Contact Dr. Judith Berry, Associate Superintendent, at 206-901-8037.
Weekly video updates by Dr. Judith Berry, Associate Superintendent
May 11, 2017
Mumps information in Tukwila schools
Jan. 19, 2017
Public health officials just informed our District Nurse that a student in the Tukwila School District had a recent case of the mumps (or, at the very least, had mumps-like symptoms). The student—who attends Foster High and has siblings at Showalter Middle and Thorndyke Elementary—has recovered and is no longer contagious. At this time, health officials are NOT recommending that any children or staff members be kept home from school for safety reasons.
We are notifying community members so that you can be vigilant in case any family members exhibit mumps symptoms, which include fever, headache, and swelling of the cheeks and jaw. If anyone develops these symptoms, please call your healthcare provider right away and tell them your family may have been exposed to the mumps. Your child should be in the clear by early next week, when the incubation period for this particular outbreak will be over.
A letter from Seattle King County Public Health has been sent home with every student (see below). If you have questions, please contact your health provider.
As always during this cold and flu season, please make sure your children wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs, stay home from school if they are sick, and remain up-to-date on all vaccination recommendations. Thank you.
Spike in flu cases: Keep kids home if sick!
Winter health reminders
Public Health officials are warning of a spike in flu activity this month—in fact, the number of people in hospital emergency departments with flu-like illnesses to-date is more than for the previous five years at this time of year, and we have not peaked yet. Please make sure to wash your hands frequently and get a flu shot, especially if you’re part of a vulnerable population (people with asthma, diabetes, heart disease …). To keep our school community healthy, please keep children home from school for at least 24 hours AFTER they have a fever or signs of a fever, without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
Also be aware that a mumps outbreak recently occurred in south King County and pertussis is circulating through the community. It is critical for the health and safety of our students that everyone who attends a Tukwila school is up to date on his or her vaccinations. You will soon receive a letter from your school nurse if your student is out of compliance; there are many community resources that will provide the needed vaccinations in one visit for free or an affordable cost. Contact your school nurse if you have questions.
Back-to-school information: Bus routes, calendar, supplies, more …
School starts Tuesday, Sept. 6. See you then!
Are you ready for the 2016-17 school year? Because we are ready for you! Here are resources that you might need as Sept. 6 approaches:
- 2016-17 school-year calendar (each student and staff member will receive a large printed copy in their back-to-school materials)
- School supplies
- New-student registration
- 2016-17 bus routes
- HealthPoint Clinic: Physicals and immunizations (free for those without insurance)
Introducing assistant principal Javier Roman
We are proud to announce that Javier Roman will officially become our new assistant principal beginning Aug. 3. He is a wonderful addition to our school. Here is more information from Mr. Roman to help you get to know him:
As your new Assistant Principal, I come to Thorndyke Elementary School with over 15-years of administrative personal and professional experiences in the field of education, and 15 years working as a U.S. Navy and USAR Chaplain, in a multi-cultural, international, and culturally diverse environment. My greatest strengths as an administrator are my skills in conflict resolution, collaboration, and nurturing of leadership in not only of our wonderful staff but of our students in the classrooms. In addition, I am passionate about maintaining personal relationship between our parents, students, and staff.
Both my phone line and door will always be open. At all times, I promise to find the time to sit with you, parents, students, staff, and with community partners and leaders to hear your concerns. My hope is that you will always feel that I value your time and, more importantly, that I value you. This is your school and we are so grateful and honored that you have chosen Thorndyke Elementary School. Here, there is a world of possibilities in which together we can share stories, dreams, and goals in educating and preparing your children for college and careers; to become global citizens and life-learners!
Welcome new principal Aaron Draganov!
It is with pleasure and excitement that I join the Thorndyke learning community as PRINCIPAL! I look forward to seeing all students, staff, and families at our Back to School Ice Cream Social on August 31st from 5-6:30pm. Keep learning and enjoy your break! —Principal Aaron Draganov
A message from Superintendent Nancy Coogan
Dear Thorndyke community,
I am saddened to share with you today that Principal Page has accepted a new position. She has an opportunity that will be a great fit for her that is within walking distance of her house and in her home community. She has told me that you at Thorndyke—one of the most vibrant communities she’s had the pleasure of being part of—are like family, and she will miss you tremendously.
Principal Page created a wave of momentum and a positive energy at Thorndyke, and I am thrilled to announce that your next leader is going to seamlessly transition into that role to keep you charging full steam ahead.
Aaron Draganov has accepted my offer to be the principal. He will begin this role effective immediately. You have gotten to know Mr. Draganov as your interim principal earlier this year where you have experienced his high level of integrity, collegiality, caring, and skill firsthand. He has come up through Tukwila—as a graduate of Foster, a teacher for almost a decade, dean of students at Showalter, an assistant principal at Tukwila Elementary and ending this year with great success as your assistant principal. Aaron has an understanding and allegiance to this community that cannot be surpassed.
Please contact Mr. Draganov or myself if you have any questions, suggestions, or hopes for the coming year under his leadership. I have no doubt that the Thunderbirds are in for a great 2016-17!
Welcome Mr. Draganov!
Dr. Nancy Coogan, Superintendent
2016-17 school supply list
See you Sept. 6 for the first day of school!
Got 10 seconds? Help Tukwila schools AND the environment!
Please take the Tukwila Think Green Campaign pledge today! It’s open to anyone who works, lives, plays, or shops in Tukwila. If we reach the goal of 690 recycling commitments, Waste Management will donate $5,000 to the Tukwila Children’s Foundation. It’s quick, easy, and good for the environment and Tukwila children.
Founded in 2001, the Tukwila Children’s Foundation (TCF) was created by a group of local citizens that wanted to establish a community-based vehicle that would help meet the unmet needs that are facing many of the children in Tukwila on a day-to-day basis. It is the vision of the TCF that all children will: have the experiences, opportunities and tools to succeed; grow to care about themselves and others; and become involved in their communities. TCF supports the operation of an all-volunteer clothing bank that is housed at the Fellowship Bible Church in Tukwila, provides funding for kids to participate in summer school, soccer programs, summer and leadership camp, sponsored youth and teen basketball leagues, emergency funds for Tukwila Police and Fire, and other programs that directly impact the youth in Tukwila.