Parent Involvement Survey

Parent School Involvement Survey Available Online

Parents and guardians, here’s your chance to tell us about what your child’s school does to include you in his or her education. Please complete the brief Family Partnership survey that is available online at The survey begins Monday, April 11, and closes Monday, April 25.

You will receive an email invitation to participate, and the survey will be available in English, Spanish, Korean and Russian. If you have more than one child in the school district, you may complete this survey for each child. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Parents are welcome to go directly to the survey on the district website, if they do not receive the email. Also, computers and paper copies of the survey will be available at student-led conferences to give parents another option for completing the survey.

All answers will be treated in a confidential manner. Reports will not identify individuals. Data will be reviewed for participants as a group, not by individual responses. After the survey closes, we will report the findings publicly, sharing what we have learned from your feedback.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Engaging in an ongoing two-way dialogue is critical as we work together to provide our students with the best possible education.

Please take this brief family involvement survey.

Click here to view in Spanish, Russian, or Korean.

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Early Release Dates

Remember, school will dismiss at 1:50pm on Wednesday, March 16 and Wednesday, April 13th. If there are difficulties, please contact the Panther Lake office. More information click Early Release Flyer


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.

Click Early Release – School Newsletter and Website to read the early release article in different languages.

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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Family Partnership Night

IMG_1605Panther Lake’s Family Partnership night was March 24th. Ms. Hagen went over SBA testing information for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families.


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Early Release on Wednesday

Remember, school will dismiss at 1:50pm on Wednesday, March 30. If there are difficulties, please contact the office. Early release flyer


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Literacy Night is March 3rd!

Parents and Students are invited to the FREE Reading is Groovy  PNL Title Literacy Night  from 5:30-7 pm on Thursday, March 3rd. Parents and Students attend Reading Sessions to get strategies to help with Reading at home and for attending 2 sessions their PNL student gets a free book up to a $5 value from the  Book Fair! Families can also enjoy : A craft, pictures with the Panther, and Read-A-Louds as well as cookies and a drink!
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Coffee and Donuts

Panther Lake Parents and Guardians,

You are invited to Coffee and Donuts/Pastries with the Panther Lake Principals, Ms. McPhee and Mr. Couch, and Family Liaison, Mr. Sanchez, on Thursday (February 11th) morning 9:15-10:15am in the Panther Lake Commons.

We hope to see you there.


Ms. McPhee, Mr. Couch, and Mr. Sanchez

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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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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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