News and Notes from the District and Community

News and Notes from the District and Community (Nov. 19)
Posted on 11/19/2021

Tahoma Transitional Kindergarten “Call for Students”

Do you have or know of a Tahoma 4 or 5 year old not currently attending preschool? We are starting a state-funded full-day Transitional Kindergarten program in January, and we are making a call for students! To be eligible for Transitional Kindergarten, children must:
Be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2022 - Live within the boundaries of the Tahoma School District - Not be currently enrolled in an early learning program - Demonstrate academic and/or social-emotional needs through a screening process
For more information, please visit: or contact Carole Witruk: | (425) 413-3430

If interested, fill out this Transitional Kindergarten Questionnaire.

Space is limited. Student screening begins Nov. 29

For information on kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year and online workshops for parents/guardians of 2-5 year olds to prepare them for kindergarten, click here.


Highly Capable Assessments for 2nd grade starts Dec. 6; Referral for other grades beginning in January

To ensure Tahoma School District is identifying all students who may qualify for highly capable programs, all second grade students have the opportunity to participate in the CogAT screener assessment (CogAT = Cognitive Abilities Test). Second grade students will take the CogAT screener assessment at school the week of December 6th. The CogAT screener is administered online by the students’ classroom teacher and takes 30-45 minutes. If you have any questions about your student participating in this assessment opportunity, please contact your building principals.


The window for highly capable nominations for students currently in grades K-1 and 3-7 is listed below. The nomination forms will be available on the highly capable page of the TSD website during the applicable window. Students will participate in both the CogAT and Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). This year families have the option of having their student take the assessments during the school day or to participate in Saturday testing.


Grade 5-7 referral window: January 3-23, 2022 (testing in early February)

Grade K-1, 3-4 referral window: January 31-February 20, 2022 (testing in early March)


For more information on Tahoma’s Highly Capable assessments and nominations, click here.

THIS SATURDAY! Out of the Darkness: A Suicide Awareness Event

The SAMHA (Student Advocates for Mental Health and Addiction) club invites you to “Out of the Darkness: A Suicide Awareness Event” this Saturday, November 20th from 10AM-12PM in the Performing Arts Center at Tahoma High School! This event is appropriate for adults and high school students. 

Nationally known inspirational speaker Kevin Hines tells his miraculous story of hope, healing, and recovery, including the importance of mental health awareness. We will have a musical performance and refreshments!

Come help us spread awareness about mental health and suicide prevention throughout our community. We are also taking donations for the American Foundation for Suicide Awareness.

Please sign-up and donate here:

To read more about Kevin Hines’s story, click here.

Parent Information Sessions for Families/Students with an IEP, 504 Plan, or disability

King County’s Employment First work group is hosting a variety of informational Zoom sessions presented by the Developmental Disability Administration (DDA). These sessions are intended to bridge the gap between families and agencies like DDA, answer questions around eligibility, have meaningful conversations around equal access to services and more.

For more information, session topics, and to register, click here.

Backpack Buddies of Maple Valley

The Backpack Buddies of Maple Valley is a program designed to provide nutrition supplementation over the weekend. Participating students receive an unmarked bag of nutritious food that may include; pasta, fruit juice, oatmeal, snack crackers, granola bars, and fresh fruit. Bags are delivered to students' school counselors every Friday (or the last school day of the week). Each school counselor then arranges for students to pick up during an appropriate time.The names of all recipients are kept confidential and only shared with those directly getting bags to children.

For more information or to sign up for the program, click here.

To donate or get involved with Backpack Buddies of Maple Valley, click here.

Maple Valley Food Bank Holiday Information

Maple Valley Food Bank is collecting food for the holidays through Wednesday, Dec. 1.  They are also collecting unwrapped toys and $25 gift cards to give to kids this holiday season.  

The Food Bank’s Toy Drive will run November 29th through December 10th at Tahoma schools. 

Food and gift items can also be donated at 21415 Renton-Maple Valley Rd SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038.

For more information on the Maple Valley Food Bank, click here.

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