Dear Stewart Families,

     It is a great honor to serve this wonderful community.  As we look forward to the 2nd trimester of school I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate our core beliefs that drive why we show up for you and your children all year long!   Stewart staff and our community partners are committed to building positive relationships with each of our students and their families.  We are 100% invested in serving the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students.  We strive to educate, empower, and inspire each student to be a life-long learner and productive, participating citizen in society.  That is the vision we hold for each of our students.   We are a K-6th AVID and 2nd Step school.  We utilize AVID and 2nd Step strategies to foster a college and career ready culture that emphasizes collaboration and organization.  We promote a growth mindset among our staff and students by accepting mistakes or “failures” as opportunities to grow.  Our theme this year has been to believe in the power of yet.  Whenever we feel we can’t do something, we add the word “yet!”    Every grade level promotes organizational tools such as folders, binders and planners.  Every grade level commits to ensuring that our classrooms are designed for collaborative learning in order to teach our students how to effectively communicate, cooperate, and compromise with each other.  Every grade level provides lessons that model for students how to have empathy and how to regulate their behavior so that they can learn successfully and help others around them do the same.  These are important 21st century skills that help to prepare our students for college and careers!

      As we hope you can see, our staff work tirelessly to ensure that Stewart is a place of hope and stability where all feel welcomed and respected.  Our diversity is our greatest strength and we strive to celebrate that each and every day.  Walking through the doors of our school means walking into a place of hope, safety, and belonging.  

     However, we will need your help too.  Over the next four years funding provided by the State of Washington to the Puyallup School District will be insufficient to support all educational programs and daily operations of schools to properly meet the educational needs of students.

     To continue funding day-to-day operations not funded by the state, the PSD Board of Directors is asking voters to replace the expiring Educational Programs and Operations Levy which expires in December 2018.

     Replacing the levy will allow the district to maintain K-12 programs, fund day-to-day operations including classroom teachers, instructional aides, nurses, textbooks and learning materials, reasonable class sizes, support technology, arts, music, and athletic programs, maintain school playgrounds and playfields, heating, plumbing, health, safety, and fire-alarm and security systems.  Please remember to vote on the February 13th Special Election ballot!  If you need help registering to vote, please see us in the office.  We’d be happy to help.

Thank you for your continued partnership in making the future brighter for each and every one of our students.  Our actions today make long lasting impacts on our tomorrow!

With gratitude,
Elissa Dornan
Stewart Elementary, Principal