Report Card Information

Report Cards will be going home Friday, February 5th! Please sign your child’s report card envelope and return it to school on Monday.

Dear Parents,

 I wanted to let you know that we have upcoming classes to support you and your child in reading and math.  As you look at your child’s report card, you will see areas that your child is successful, and areas that additional support is needed.  At Panther Lake we are offering How to Help Your Child in Reading and Math Classes monthly.  Our next class is Thursday, February 25th, from 3:45-4:45pm.  Our reading expert, Mrs. Griffin will be answering your specific questions and offering strategies at home that really can help your child achieve.  Mrs. Eakes, our instructional coach, will be providing timely support for math.  Please join us.  Interpreter is provided.


Paula McPhee M.Ed.– Panther Lake Elementary Principal


“Expanding Proficiency and Delight in Learning.”

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Your vote counts!  Please return your ballot TODAY!”


Please remember to Vote on February 9th


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Early Release Dates

February 24th, March 16th, March 30th, April 13th, April 27th, May 11th, May 25th, June 1st

Breakfast and lunch will be served as usual.

Students at Panther Lake will be dismissed at 1:50pm on these dates.

Students who ride the bus will have regular bus service transportation at 1:50.

Parents who usually pick up students may pick up at 1:50.

With the early dismissal at 1:50pm, we realize that some families may need support with childcare of students between 1:50 and 3:20pm.  If this is the case, please contact the Panther Lake School office, principal, or family liaison (Mr. Sanchez) at 253-945-3600.




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Middle School Information Night

Middle School Information Night February 3rd
 6pm – 7:30pm at Panther Lake
Calling all 5th grade families!
Please join us this Wednesday February the 3rd to be informed, prepared, and connected about Middle School in Federal Way.
Panther Lake is happy to host Illahee Middle School this Wednesday to provide information about courses, electives and Illahee school culture, as well as answer any questions you may have. 
 Light refreshments will provided.
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Reading Comprehension and Math Strategies

Below are power points that were presented at our Family Partnership Night. The power points have reading comprehension and math strategies that families can use to help their children at home.

FamilyReading K-2 january

FamilyReading 3-5 january

January Family Night Math K-2

January Family Night Math 3-5 problem solving

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Free English Language Classes

Click here for information about free English language classes at Panther Lake. Classes begin January 12th and will be every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm to 8:20pm.  For questions contact Emiliano Sanchez at 253-945-3627 or

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Panther Lake’s 3rd Annual Multicultural Night

Panther Lake’s multicultural night will be on January 20, 2016 from 5:30 to 7pm. Enjoy cultural displays, snacks and performances.

To participate in the multicultural calendar or in multicultural night please print and return the following forms: sign up form or calendar submission



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Strategic Planning Initiative

Creating a vision for our children’s future.

Federal Way Public Schools has embarked on a Strategic Planning Initiative to develop the vision and direction for enhancing student achievement and success in the coming years.

The strategic plan will be our roadmap toward a future vision and provides unity, clarity and direction to the important work of the district.

In developing our plan, the District will use an approach that is inclusive and intentional and values all voices, and will continuously engage all stakeholders within the Federal Way Public Schools community.

This work must be collectively developed by members of our greater school community. There will be many opportunities to provide input on the Strategic Plan over the course of the year. The online survey is the initial effort to gather input, a series of forums for students, families and communities is another opportunity for participation.

We hope you’ll join in shaping what our school system should do and be for our community’s children.

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Late Start Days and Bus Schedule

Six Late-Start Half Days Added to 2015-16 Calendar

The FWPS Board of Directors voted at the regular May 26 board meeting to approve six late-start days during the 2015-16 school year at all district schools. The late-start days are designed to support student learning by providing teachers with time for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Bus transportation will be adjusted on those days to accommodate the late start and lunch will be served on the late start days. 

The following dates are scheduled as half-day late starts. All are on the last Wednesday of the month:

  • September 30, 2015
  • October 28, 2015
  • February 24, 2016
  • March 30, 2016
  • April 27, 2016
  • May 25, 2016

Click here to view the bus schedule and times for late arrival days! School lunch will start at 12:05pm on late arrival days. A sack lunch will be served.


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Adequate Yearly Progress

Parents and Guardians,

To view out Adequate Yearly Progress letter from the school district please click here.  To view in Spanish click here. Thank you!

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