Hello Tiger Family!

Welcome Back! 

I hope this message finds you enjoying what is left of what I hope has been an amazing Summer filled with fun and relaxation. I hope you all are recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community and I am extremely excited to work alongside you and your family this school year.

All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team has been busy ordering needed materials and updating student files.  They will begin registering our new Tigers August 23rd at 8:30 am -3:30 pm, when our office opens to the public for the school year.  

Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the Summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our much-appreciated PTA is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

Classroom Assignments

Elementary students who attended district schools during the 2017-2018 school year or who registered during summer registration will be notified of their classroom teacher and room number through electronic postcards sent by email through SchoolMessenger the morning of August 28th.  Parents are advised to contact the school if they do not receive an email on August 28th.

All newly enrolled elementary students who register after August 28th will receive their classroom assignment information, including their teacher and room number, at the time of registration or by calling the school 1 to 2 days after registration.

New Staff

Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Malia Rasmussen (Lap Teacher), Mary Peterson (ELL Teacher), and Timmie Flock (Music Teacher), to the Karshner Family.  They all bring a varied level of experience, skill and a gentle, sensitive approach that will meet each child’s needs. We are fortunate to have each of them joining us this year. Please take the time to welcome them to the family at the start of the year.

Family Event

Please join us for our Back to School Night BBQ and Meet and Greet, Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 4:30-5:00 Meet and Greet, 5-6:30 pm Family BBQ. The whole family is welcome for some food, fun and fellowship! 
School Hours

School starts each Monday at 9:55 am and 8:55 am (Tuesday – Friday). If students are not in class prior to 9:55 each Monday, and 8:55 Tuesday- Friday students are tardy.  

The earliest students should arrive on campus each Monday is 9:30 and 8:30 (Tuesday -Friday). School is dismissed each day at 3:16 pm, unless otherwise specified due to early release days.

First Day of School

The first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, for all students grades 1-6, all students will report to the side gym door and enter for floor line up next to their teacher’s name.


September 10, 2018 is the first day of school for all kindergarten students.  Whether you are shedding tears of sorrow or tears of joy, be sure to join us for our Tears, Tissues and Tea on Sept 10th for all new kindergarten students at 9 am in the library. This is a quick information session and a chance to meet other kindergarten parents experiencing this new journey with you. Please remember to report to the library after dropping off your newest little Tiger in their classrooms


Daily Arrival at School


All students will report to the gym each morning by entering through the side gym door. Students will locate their teacher’s name on the wall and take a seat on the floor beside their teacher’s name. We ask all parents to drop your student/s off at the gym doors and not to enter the gym. If you need to enter the building for any reason, please enter through the main entrance at the front and report to the office for help.

Pick up/Drop Off Safety for All Students

Picking up and dropping off each day can get extremely busy and cause a lot of congestion around the school. There is parking around the school on the East and West side of the building.  Please do not park in the bus lane or the areas marked in yellow. Please do not stop in the middle of the road and let students out of your vehicles. This is a huge safety issue and concern. We are asking that you pull up to the sidewalk and allow your student/s to enter and exit your vehicles each day to ensure the safety of all our little Tigers. If you need to enter the building for any reason, please enter through the main entrance at the front and report to the office for help.

Sending A Note

If you know you will be picking your student/s up early for an appointment, please send a note with your student/s the morning of the appointment. This will allow the office staff time to communicate with the teacher and to have your student/s down in the office waiting for you.  

Drop Off and Pick Up Plan

Please make sure you have communicated your student/s drop off and pick up plan to the teacher and your student/students. If your student/s drop off or pick up plan changes, please notify the teacher right away. If you have an emergency and need to change your student/s plan, please notify the main office right away, the office staff will communicate the information to the teacher and student/s.

Volunteering at Karshner

We encourage you to become an approved volunteer in the Puyallup School District and to volunteer in your student/s class here at Karshner. All volunteer application expires after two years on the exact date it was approved. Please check your application status if you are already a volunteer and sign up at

Thank you so much for your interest in serving in our school.  If you have questions, you can contact our volunteer specialist via email at, or call 253-841-8796.

Follow Us


 Please follow our Karshner Facebook page so you can stay abreast of all the great learning and fun that is happening at Karshner each day.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at, or give me a call at 253-841-8736.

In Service,

LaShawnda Baldwin, Principal