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Help Thorndyke Elementary Choose a New Mascot
TSD Communications

Thorndyke Elementary School is choosing a new mascot! The current students at Thorndyke will be coming up with mascot ideas in their classes, but we'd also like to hear from former students, family members, community members, and staff. Please fill out the form below to share your thoughts about what our new mascot should be. Please respond by Friday, April 29.

The students will be voting to choose their new mascot in the beginning of June.

Link to mascot suggestion form

Arrival and Dismissal Plan
Constance Thomas


As I shared in the previous newsletter, The City of Tukwila, Tukwila School District and Thorndyke Elementary have been working together to tackle the challenges regarding student pick-up and drop-off at Thorndyke. It is extremely important that we follow the procedure outlined so we can keep Thorndyke open.

The Tukwila Police Department has informed school administration that staff can take photos of the license plates of cars parked illegally on 150th Street. Please be aware if you park illegally, we may take a photo of your license plate, send it to the Tukwila Police Department and you may be issued a ticket for illegal parking. If you want to avoid this, please follow cue through the parking lot.

Also, it’s really helpful when parents put the sign with their child’s name and teacher on their dashboard or passenger window when they come to pick kids up.This way the staff members who work in the horseshoe shuttling students to cars can see which student(s) to shuttle more quickly.

In order to reduce the pick-up wait time, we encourage anyone who is within walking distance to walk to drop off and pick up their child(ren). Also, I will be working with the PTA to encourage WALKING SCHOOL BUSSES. These are very effective as neighboring parents can share the responsibility in getting students to and from school. Walking and being out in the fresh air is also a healthy choice!


Here is the plan:

●       Please follow the layout and traffic flow pattern through the parking lot as indicated by the red arrows in the diagram below.

●       There is NO PARKING in the designated drop-off area, Bus Zone or on S. 150th Street.

●       Parents need to follow the line of cars. Stay in your car and teachers will bring your child to you. We will not load your child on the driver’s side, as the outer lane in the horseshoe is for loaded cars to pass through. If you choose to park in the lot, you will need to get back into the line of traffic.

●       If you are picking up a child who attends Thorndyke’s Head Start or K-5 grade program, please do not arrive prior to 2:50. Our pick up line will only be for our Voices of Tomorrow families from 2:15-2:45 . When parents come too early, it causes an overflow onto 150th street and there is no legal parking there.

●       Please do not let your car idle while waiting.

●       The Tukwila Police Department has initiated enhanced enforcement in the area and will be ticketing illegal parking and speeding.

●       If you park in the lot and walk to pick up your child, please stand back from the entrance/exit and location where students line up by grade level/class under the awning to wait for their ride. We are teaching students to stand in a line where their grade level and class is expected to be so we can find students in an expeditious manner.

●       If you are in the pickup line blocking parked cars, please accommodate the parents/guardians who need to get out of their parking spot and get in the line to exit.

Image of Thorndyke Elementary Parking Lot Flow For Pick Up


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