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February 13th, 2023 Principal Newsletter

Upcoming Events

  • February 14: Red, White & Pink Day (spirit day)

  • February 15: Late Start 9:15 / Wear your grade level t-shirts

  • February 16: PTA Board Meeting

  • February 17 & 20: No School

  • February 22: Late Start 9:15 / Wear your grade level t-shirts / PTA Playdate at Chambers Bay playground 3:30-5:30pm

  • February 24: PTA Popcorn Friday (Volunteers Needed) 2022 -2023: Popcorn Friday - February 24th 2023 (

  • March 11: PTA General Membership meeting/Family Meet & Greet @Podworks

Click here to see our spirit days throughout the school year


Principal’s Message

As of next week, we have reached the 100th day of school! We are more than halfway through the year and it’s hard to comprehend how quickly this time is going by. Report cards were sent home today (February 10th) and this is a good measure of where students are currently performing with grade level expectations. Teachers continue to use daily classroom data to provide effective support for students to lead them toward levels of proficiency by the end of the school year. We appreciate your partnership at home so we can work together to help students achieve success.


This week was also School Counselor Appreciation week and I want to recognize our counselor, Betsy Quay. She is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students and demonstrates genuine care and compassion for students and families in need. On a weekly basis she meets with students and helps them build specific skills to become more successful throughout the learning environment. We appreciate all she does for our students!


Food Drive Update from Ms. Quay: We have had another very successful food drive this year! The class that donated the most items was Mrs. Thompson's class, with over 500 items donated! As a school, we raised over 1900 items and every classroom made a contribution, which is incredible! Again, these donations will go to the Families Unlimited Network, which is a huge community support for our University Place School District families. We have such a caring and supportive community at Chambers- we are all very proud of our students and families! Way to go Bulldogs!

Assistant Principal’s Message

Hello Chambers families!

For students to be successful in school, they need to be in school. We are working to pursue our goal of having 95% of all students at school daily. The information below shows our progress toward that goal.

This week our social-emotional lessons have been based on having a growth mindset. At one point in time, people thought that our intelligence was fixed, meaning that we were either born smart or not. It has been proven repeatedly that our brain acts like a muscle- the more we use it, the stronger (and smarter!) our brain becomes. When we have a growth mindset, we can become smarter, embrace challenges, learn from our mistakes, and become inspired by the success of others. When we have a fixed mindset, we believe we are good at something. We avoid challenges, fear making mistakes, and feel threatened by others who do well. We are encouraging all students to focus on building that growth mindset. How can you help at home?

Talk About It: Talk with your child about their day, but guide the discussion by asking questions like:

● Did you make a mistake today? What did you learn?

● What did you do today that was difficult? How did you overcome that challenge?


Praise The Success: Instead of saying, “You’re so smart!” praise effort, goal setting, persistence through challenges, or creativity. Then, you can say, “ Wow! You must have worked hard on this!”.


Encourage Failure (WHAT?!): Your child needs to know that failure can (and often does) happen and is okay! Remind them that their brain is growing stronger each time they fail and try again! Don’t step in to prevent your child’s failure- this is how they learn to persevere in facing challenges.


Thank you for having the conversation with your student about the importance of following the school rules during recess and in the lunchroom. As a reminder, At Chambers, we are CHAMPS, which means we are Courteous, Honest, Achieving, Mindful, Persistent and Safe. Student safety is our top priority, and we want to ensure that all students feel safe. Thank you for your partnership and collaboration as we team to ensure all students are safe and successful at school. .


Yours Truly,

Mrs. Vaughan

Chambers Primary PT

Popcorn Volunteers!!

We are looking for two more volunteers for popcorn day on Feb 24 from 10:00am to 11:30am. Help make this day delightful for the kids and volunteer during the school day!! 2022 -2023: Popcorn Friday - February 24th 2023 (


Chuck E. Cheese Fundraiser

We added a fun last minute fundraiser at Chuck E. Cheese on Feb 24 @ 3 to 9pm. The company will donate 15% of food and game purchases directly to the PTA. All you have to do is show up, mention you are with the PTA when you make a purchase, and have fun. There is no entrance fee. 4911 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma, WA 98409. Please contact if you would like assistance with transportation.


PTA Legislative Advocacy Are you interested in advocating for students on the state level or just learning more about the process? The WA State PTA has two great opportunities to do so: February 20 is Advocacy Day in Olympia. WSPTA members are invited to join us in Olympia to advocate for children and schools with elected officials. The event is free for any PTA member (not a PTA member - see below). WSPTA Focus on Advocacy Day Registration, Mon, Feb 20, 2023 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite Addressing funding, inclusion, and supports in special education is a Top 5 legislative priority for Washington State PTA. Approximately 143,000 of Washington’s K-12 public education students (14% average statewide) receive special education services, and that number is growing. However, not all students are getting the services that they need. WA PTA is asking people to share your personal stories with your legislators by writing or speaking with them. These stories are impactful and what our decisionmakers need to hear. Every student deserves to feel included and receive the supports that they are entitled to as part of their basic education. Call to Action - Addressing Funding, Inclusion, and Supports in Special Education - Action Network


General PTA Membership Meeting/Family Meet & Greet

Mark your calendars for the next general membership meeting on March 11 (Saturday @12:15). The meeting will be at Podworks. There will be an area for kids to play and space for the adults to engage. More to come on what is planned but be ready for some fun!! PTA Membership Have you been wondering how to become and the benefits of PTA membership? Check out our webpage for more MEMBERSHIP | Chambers Primary PTA. We also have scholarships to cover the costs of membership. Contact for more information on scholarships. Contact if you have questions about membership


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