Jefferson Weekly Update 6/9

Hello Jefferson Families,

Welcome to the last full school week of the year! This one’s action-packed with events: our 4-5 Music Performance Tuesday evening, Field Day on Wednesday, Tell Me Who You Are & PTA Nacho Bar + Silent Auction on Thursday evening, and Jogathon this Friday.

Speaking of Jogathon: we’re just shy of $6,500 dollars in donations gathered so far. Please continue the great fundraising efforts to support our PTA, who provide so many fun events, school-resources, and more for our community!

Kudos to those students & families who participated in our Track Team’s All-City Meet last weekend at Mt. Tahoma & yesterday’s Sound to Narrows 2K run. Our Bruins had a great showing at both events and have so much to be proud of. Thank you, Mrs. Smeall & Ms. Brodahl, for orchestrating these programs!

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs. Perkins

Upcoming School Events and Closures

  • 6/11: 4th & 5th Grade Multi-Age Spring Music Performance at 5:30 in the Cafeteria
  • 6/12: Field Day from 1:30-3:00
  • 6/13: Tell Me Who You Are + PTA Nacho Night! 5:00-7:00
  • 6/13: PTA Meeting at 3:45 in the Library
  • 6/14: Jogathon!
  • 6/14: Last Day of Beyond the Bell & Before and After School Care
  • 6/17: Educational Music Experience & Performance- All-School Assembly
  • 6/18: 5th Grade Drive-Thru Celebration from 2:00-3:20
  • 6/18: Last Day of School for Head Start
  • 6/19: No School- Juneteenth
  • 6/20: Science on Wheels at Jefferson; last day of school for Preschool
  • 6/21: Last Day of School! 12:15 Dismissal
  • 9/5: Save the Date for 2024-25- Supply Drop Off Night from 4:00-5:00 PM


Check out our informational video:


Jogathon is almost here, with the event this Friday 6/14! Please be sure to have your Bruins wear their tie-dye shirts as well as comfortable clothes to walk, run, wheel or jog around the track on Friday. Each class heat will last about 30 minutes. If you'd like to experience all the fun celebrating our students’ hard work fundraising, there are still volunteer spots available. Feel free to sign up and the PTA will send you instructions early next week. The signup link is below.

We still have a ways to go to get to our $20K goal, but we've got a silent auction and cotton candy fundraiser happening during the Tell Me Who You Are night this Thursday from 5-7. We'll have Nacho's and a DJ, plus a table to make signs for Jogathon. So, come check it out and help us get closer to our goal. We are so thankful for all your hard work fundraising so far, keep it up Bruins!

This is such a fun-filled day, please consider volunteering so you can join in the fun!

Sign up to volunteer

Donation Tracking

Donation Tracker


Mrs. Smeall is preparing for Jefferson’s All-School Field Day from 1:30-3:00 on Wednesday, June 12th. We’re looking for volunteers to help with games and supervision. If you’re interested, please contact Mrs. Smeall at:

Tell Me Who You Are & PTA Nacho Night + Fundraising Event THIS THURSDAY

We hope you can join us this Thursday, 6/13, to check out our student & staff “Tell Me Who You Are” art projects & enjoy a nacho bar dinner, thanks to our PTA!

Our students have created “Tell Me Who You Are” artwork, where they tell the story of what makes them unique, including elements such as life experiences, culture, family, traditions, and more! Artwork will be on display in the cafeteria and some students will share their projects, open mic style, as well.

Afterward, DJ Sam will be on site as all families are invited to partake in a nacho bar dinner and cotton candy fundraiser (proceeds will be contributed to Jogathon)! This event will be in lieu of “Dog Days.”

It should be a great night of fun and community building, as we get closer to the end of our school year!

5th Grade Drive-Thru Celebration

We’re continuing the tradition of celebrating our 5th graders’ promotion to Middle School with a fun Drive-Thru event on June 18th. Flyers were sent home with 5th grade students last week. We’re adding one element to the event this year & will be inviting 5th graders and their families into the cafeteria for cake, after the drive-thru is wrapped up. Details are listed on the flyer and will be sent home via robo-call & email as we get closer to the event!

Please note that decorating your car is welcome, but completely optional. Student pick up begins at 2:00 and families should arrive no later than 2:15 to prepare for the drivethru, which begins at 2:30.

School Start Time to Remain the Same Next Year

Though many bell schedules will shift in our school district for the next school year, our official school start and end times will remain the same (9:00-3:30). The changes to many school schedules is due to the need for a more efficient bus route system, which will reduce the number of routes and save about $1 million in transportation costs per year.

Yearbooks for All Students Week of 6/17

Yearbooks are in! The PTA ordered books for the whole school and every student will receive one, free of charge. They will be handed out the last week of school. If you want to provide a donation to help contribute to the cost of the yearbook, you can either go to this link: or pay in cash at the front office (suggested donation of $6/book). Thank you for a wonderful year! Go Bruins!

Lost & Found

Once again, our lost and found racks are completely full and overflowing with student items. Please encourage your child to take a look for any items they may be missing or you’re welcome to come in and take a peek yourself!

All remaining clothing will be donated after the last day of school

Summer meals

Youth 18 years old and under can receive free lunches at parks across Tacoma this summer through the Metro Parks. In addition to lunch, activities and games are led by staff at many of the sites.

• Monday-Friday, from June 24 - Aug. 30
• Lunch: 12:30-1:30 p.m. (meals must be eaten on site)
• Activities: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Find more information

Students can use their laptops and iReady for summer learning

This summer, students can use iReady to keep their skills engaged. Summer iReady is an extension of the iReady program that students use during the school year.

Students access iReady through Clever in the "TPS Favorites" folder in their browser.

What to do with your child’s laptop over the summer

All students can keep their school-issued laptop at home over the summer. (Please note, families of kindergarten students who want to have their laptop over the summer need to fill out Student Laptop Checkout form with our school.)

Families of students in kindergarten through second grade have the option to store their child’s school laptop at their school over the summer. Contact our office if you want to do that.

If your child is changing schools within TPS, they will need to keep their laptop over the summer and take it with them to their new school (for example, fifth-graders moving to middle school).

Summer Reading Challenge for Students & Families

Registration for summer programs is open to TPS elementary and middle school students this summer. Programs are similar to Beyond the Bell and Club B – run by Metro Parks Tacoma in Tacoma’s schools.

Programs run weekly, Monday-Thursday, from July 1 to Aug. 8. Families may pick the location that works best for them and must provide their own transportation.

Financial assistance is available for elementary programs. Get more info and apply here: Summer program registration open now | Story Detail - Tacoma Public Schools (

Summer Activities Available for TPS Students

Registration for summer programs is open to TPS elementary and middle school students this summer. Programs are similar to Beyond the Bell and Club B – run by Metro Parks Tacoma in Tacoma’s schools.

Programs run weekly, Monday-Thursday, from July 1 to Aug. 8. Families may pick the location that works best for them and must provide their own transportation.

Financial assistance is available for elementary programs. Get more info and apply

Access to ebooks via SORA

Students are able to access ebooks using the SORA app, throughout the summer months.

Middle School Jump Start

Our 5th graders can get a leg up on starting middle school by attending Jump Start on Aug. 19 and 20. Jump Start helps students transition smoothly into the academic and social environment of a new school.

Middle school jump start is Aug. 19 and 20. Get more information on our website and look for an email about it soon.

Schooling Plans for 2024-25

If you haven’t already, please complete the survey below to indicate whether or not your child will be returning to Jefferson next school year. Families of 5th graders, no need to indicate that your child will be moving on to Middle school. This helps us account for student moves that we might not be aware of, when building class lists for next school year. Please call the office with any questions & thanks to those who’ve already completed this survey!

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More Preschool Options this Fall! Apply Now!

Starting in the 2024-25 school year, Tacoma Public Schools will welcome even more young learners to our classrooms as we increase the size of our Transition to Kindergarten (TK) Program.

TK is a full-day preschool program that serves students who have not yet turned 5 years old and do not have access to high-quality early learning opportunities. Jefferson is excited to be adding a TK program to our school community next year!

Learn more and apply for preschool

Contact Information & Quick Links



Main Office Phone: 253-571-4000

Walking Map: Jefferson Walking Map

PTA Website: Jefferson Bruins PTA

Lunch Menu: Lunch Menu

General TPS Website: Tacoma Public Schools

2023-24 Student Calendar: Student Calendar

Arrival & Dismissal Details

Arrival: Main entrance doors open at 8:50. Students who arrive after 9:00 are marked tardy, so please be sure to stop by the office with them to check in. They will receive a tardy slip to bring to class.

Students in our Head Start, Preschool, and SUCCESS programs meet their teachers and enter the building through the Northeast side door (front side of the building, closest to Mason). Head Start begins at 8:30.

Dismissal: School ends at 3:30 and our classes aim to be present on the playground between 3:25-3:30. Please connect with your child’s teacher regarding where they be positioned, if you are planning on picking up your child at the end of the day. Student who walk home, will depart from here as well.

Students who are part of our SUCCESS and Preschool programs will exit through the same door as arrival. Head Start ends at 3:05.

At 3:35, students who are still awaiting pick-up will be brought to the main office.

If your child’s typical dismissal plans change, please contact their teacher and/or the main office ASAP. It is often difficult for us to help enact these changes if we do not receive information prior to 3:00.


Nondiscrimination Statement: Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national  origin, age,  veteran  or  military  status,  sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The  following  employees  have  been  designated  to  handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Coordinator: Renee Trueblood 253-571-1252,

Title IX Coordinator: Wayne Greer 253-571-1191,

504 Coordinator, Elementary: Jennifer Herbold 253-571-1096,

504 Coordinator, Secondary: Megan Nelson 253-571-1003,


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