Sherman Quick Links
- Classroom Schedule - Sherman Remote Learning
- Early Release/Late Arrival Procedures
- Family App
- In-Person Learning Information
- Laptop Computers for Students
- Musical Theatre Production
- Outdoor Learning
- PBL - Project Based Learning
- Social Media
- Student/Parent Handbook
- Tiger Times
- Uniform Policy
- Whole Child
Click this link to log into the Family App:
Quick Tutorial for TPS Family App:
Families are required to complete a daily COVID-19 health screening form on in-person learning days
When students return to school in person, parents must complete a short COVID-19 health screening form every day the student is in a school building. This is a new state requirement of all school districts across the state.
The easiest way to complete that form is online. Completing the Family App registration process below allows you to access the daily online COVID-19 health screening form from a laptop, tablet or mobile device.
- Register by entering the email your child’s school has on file for you. (Tip: Only use the Chrome web browser on any device; or update to the latest iOS version (14+) on your Apple device.)
- Once that’s complete, you’ll receive an invitation in your email to complete the process.
If you don’t receive the invitation email, check your email spam link or junk mail folders for an email from “Microsoft Invitation.” You can also contact your child’s school to verify or update the email address you use with Tacoma Public Schools.
How to complete the daily health screening
On your child’s first day in a school building, you can access the COVID-19 screening form from a laptop, tablet or mobile device at https://family.tpsapps.org/or www.tacomaschools.org.
(Paper forms in English and other languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Khmer, Russian and Ukranian, will also be available at schools.)
What questions are on the daily COVID-19 health screening form?
- Does your student have any of these COVID-19 symptoms that you cannot attribute to another condition? (List of symptoms is included on form.)
- Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told your student to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?
- Has your student been in close contact during the past two weeks (14 days) with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or has COVID-like symptoms? Why does the state require this daily COVID-19 health screening form?
- Is your student currently under isolation for having tested positive for COVID-19?
Why does the state require this daily COVID-19 health screening form?
All students entering a Tacoma Public Schools building must complete this health attestation survey each day the student is onsite. The health screening form, as required by Department of Health and Labor and Industries guidelines, will be used by building administrators and their designees to track who is in the building and respond to and monitor those who report COVID symptoms or exposure.
Return to In-Person Learning - District schedule for grade levels:
- Hybrid Learning, Cohort A (Mon./Tues.) / Cohort B (Thurs./Fri.) - Monday, February 1, 2021
- In-person 4 days/week - Tuesday, February 16, 2021
- Hybrid Learning, Cohort A (Mon./Tues.) / Cohort B (Thurs./Fri.) - Monday, February 8, 2021
- In-person 4 days/week - Monday, February 22, 2021
- Hybrid Learning, Cohort A (Mon./Tues.) / Cohort B (Thurs./Fri.) - Tuesday, February 16, 2021
- In-Person 4 days/week - Monday, March 1, 2021
- Hybrid Learning, Cohort A (Mon./Tues.) / Cohort B (Thurs./Fri.) - Monday, March 1, 2021
- Hybrid Learning, Cohorts A (Mon./Tues.) / Cohort B (Thurs./Fri.) - Monday, March 15, 2021
- Hybrid Learning, Cohort A (Mon./Tues.) / Cohort B (Thurs./Fri.) - Monday, March 22, 2021
Sherman Elementary - Hybrid Schedule
- 9:30 am - Gates open (Bus Zone) for verification of Heath Screen Attestation (FamilyApp)
- 9:45 am - School Begins
- 3:20 pm - School Releases
- 11:05 - 11:35am - First Grade
- 11:35 - 12:05 pm - Fourth Grade
- 11:35 - 12:05 pm - Fifth Grade
- 11:40 - 12:10pm - Kindergarten
- 12:00 - 12:30 pm - Third Grade
- 12:20 - 12:50 pm - Second Grade
- 11:00 - 11:30 am - Fourth/Fifth Grades
- 11:35 - 12:05 pm - First Grade
- 12:10 - 12:40 pm - Kindergarten
- 12:50 - 1:20 pm - Second Grade
- 1:25 - 1:55 pm - Third Grade
Sherman's Makerspace is certainly one of the busiest rooms in the school. Housed within its walls are six pages of alphabetical inventory, cataloged by type of item and location. One can find things from different types of paint, brushes and palettes to erosion kits, catapults and tools of every kind. Thanks to our PTSA funded Makerspace teacher, Mrs. Ross, students can let their creative juices flow in numerous hands-on projects throughout the year.
The Sherman PTSA, in collaboration with our very own Mrs. Nye, is proud to support the performing arts in one theater production each year. Students grades 3-5 are encouraged to become a part of this fun program. Countless hours of practice and an immeasurable amount of heart go into this incredibly popular activity. The final production is so amazing, that it has historically resulted in a 'sold-out' status ... so when available, buy those tickets!
Past performances include:
- 2013: Seusical Jr.
- 2014: Beauty & The Beast
- 2015: Peter Pan
- 2016: The Lion King
- 2017: Shrek Jr.
- 2018: Seusical Jr.
- 2019: Mary Poppins
- 2020: Frozen Jr (cancelled due to COVID-19)
Hopefully our Musical Theatre productions will restart in the 2021-2022 school year. Check back to this page to view rehearsal practice schedule and cast specific information!
As your elected PTSA board members, we are committed to serving our Sherman community. Please feel free to contact us!
PTSA Website: http://shermanptsa.org
Co-President - Jenny Gauger
Jenny is in her fifth year as a Sherman parent and her third year on the PTSA Board. Jenny has two children who attend Sherman: Heidi (4th grade) and Sam (1st grade). She enjoys spending time with her husband, Pete, and her kids ... whatever the activity may be. Jenny taught second grade prior to having children and truly enjoys being in the school setting. Jenny is looking forward to thinking 'outside the box' during distance learning this coming school year.
Co-President - Laura Hehr
Laura and her husband, Durant, have been active Sherman parents since their son, Donovan, enrolled in kindergarten in 2013. Donovan is now in 7th grade at Mason this year, while daughter, Evie, is at Sherman in 4th grade. This is Laura's third year on the PTSA board and she looks forward to being a part of the continuing 'Sherman momentum' towards an enriched, educational experience for all families in our community.
Co- Vice-President - Carrie Shirer
Carrie loves spending time with her husband D.J. & being mostly a full time mom since having youngest son, Austin in Nov 2017. Although still working on call with what she considers her second family at the pulmonary office, she’s excited to grow her Sherman community family this year as her 2nd year as Co-Vice President. Carries daughter Avery, started 4th grade this year and is looking forward to a great year full of growth spiritually, mentally, & physically!
Co- Vice-President - Celesta Smith
Hello! My name is Celesta Smith. I am the lucky mom to Rowan (6th grade) and Wyatt (4th grade). This is my first time serving on the PTSA board. In previous years I have supported the PTSA as chair of the annual auction and other activities. Our family loves spending time at the beach, paddle boarding, swimming, and scuba diving. I enjoy being a part of the Outdoor Learning program at Sherman. Additionally, over the last four years, I have had the privilege of teaching Mindfulness at Sherman and two other Tacoma Schools. In this time of change, I look forward to being a part of the PTSA as we support our amazing Sherman community of parents, students, and teachers!
Co-Treasurer - Samara Karejwa
Samara and her husband, Aaron, have been Sherman parents since 2012 when their daughter, Isabella, joined the Sherman family. Isabella is now a seventh grader at Mason and their daughter, Gabby, is in third grade with Ms. Kadow. Samara enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. This is Samara's first year as an officer on the PTSA Board and is excited to be a part of the team.
Co-Treasurer - Dave Lamkin
Dave and wife Jen have twin daughters in fifth grade this year at Sherman. Having relocated two years ago from Austin, Texas, the family is enjoying the cooler weather! In Austin, Dave served as the PTA Treasurer and was a substitute teacher in the girls’ elementary school.
Secretary - Lindsay Belcher
Lindsay and her husband, Andy, have been Sherman parents since 2015. Lindsay has three kids attending Sherman: Caleb (5th grade), Hannah (3rd grade), and Nathan (kindergarten). This is her first year serving as a board member, but she has been an active participant of the PTSA and has helped with social media the last two years. Lindsay enjoys spending time with family, kid activities, and working as a physical therapist.
Volunteer Coordinator - Sara Green
Sara has been a Sherman PTSA member since her oldest daughter Cameron started at Sherman in 2013. Sara currently has 2 kids at Sherman - Lauren is in 3rd grade & Jace is in kindergarten - and Cameron is now in 7th grade at Mason Middle School. Sara has served on the board once before, as a Co-VP in 2017, and she and her husband Jesse are active volunteers. Sara loves helping Sherman families feel a sense of community within the school.
Dear Sherman STEAM Families,
Knowing that school supplies can often cost $100 or more, Sherman Elementary has instituted a program that simplifies and economizes this age old tradition. We are asking that families pay a flat fee - $35.00 per child. That fee will cover all of your child's supplies for the year and their Field Day t-shirt. The only extra money we'll ask for will be to cover field trip expenses. Your child will still need to bring their own backpack.
Supplies will depend on individual classroom teacher needs. They may include:
- Pencils, crayons, colored pencils, markers
- Notebook paper, journals, spiral notebooks
- Glue, rulers, protractors
- Folders, binders, thumb drives
The $35.00 fee will be collected the first few days of school, payable by cash, check or credit card in the office. If families are able to donate a little extra, that will help out other families who might not be able to afford the fee.
Sherman Uniform Dress Standards reflect pride and unity, to demonstrate that school is a place to study and learn. Our Sherman Uniform Dress Standards support student safety and promote a focused, orderly school climate. Standards are also designed to provide a "business-like" atmosphere, to help students develop the lifelong habit of dressing appropriately for the workplace.
Grooming: Hair/fake tattoos, etc. are allowed unless they are a distraction or disturb classroom learning.
Sherman students are required to wear uniform clothing every day (except for special ASB events – e.g. crazy hair day, etc.).
EVERY Friday is designated as a free-dress day.
All clothing must be neat in appearance, in good repair, no holes, and worn appropriately. The fit and/or style of the clothing should not be tight, revealing, or oversized.
A. Colors: plain, solid in ANY color
B. T-shirts or Polo style
C. Sherman Sprit-Wear and/or Club Shirts (e.g. - ASB, Glee Club, Young Ambassadors, etc.)
D. No logos are acceptable on shirts- except Sherman Elementary School logo tops purchased from school.
PANTS, LEGGINGS, SHORTS, SKIRTS, SKORTS, JUMPERS, AND CAPRIS
A. Colors: navy blue, khaki (tan), or solid blue jeans (no faded or bleached jeans).
B. Fabric: Fabric should be cotton twill, corduroy, or traditional blue jean denim.
C. Must be fitted, plain in style, and hemmed neatly. No adornments (patches, holes, stripes, or any other decorations) and no sagging.
D. The length of short skirts, skorts, and shorts must pass the fingertip length test (with arms down at the sides, the bottom of the garment must be at/or below the finger tips).
A. Plain, solid in any color
B. No logos, except Sherman Wear
A. Shoes should be appropriate for all school activities – no flip-flops, no heels, no shoes without a back strap or slipper-like footwear allowed.
Sherman Spirit Wear can be ordered at most school events through the PTSA. Please contact the PTSA via their Facebook Page (Sherman Elementary PTSA, Tacoma, WA) if you have any questions.
NOTE: the administration and staff reserve the right to determine the suitability of questionable styles or accessories. Students will be required to correct uniform violations before attending classes.
Please refer to School Board Policy No. 3224 if you have more questions regarding Student Uniforms and Student Dress Codes.