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  • tritch Hello Panther Lake families and community,

    We have officially closed out the 2021-2022 school year! The return to in-person learning this year came with complex challenges and all the opportunity to build partnerships with our community. The success of this year is shared    with our staff and our community as we could not have accomplished what we did this year without these partnerships.

    At Panther Lake, we were able to begin cultivating a newfound school culture unparalleled in years before. The voice of our Scholar Advisory Panel led so many initiatives for our school and our Parent Advisory to the principal  provided the feedback needed to transform our community as a whole. We closed the year with many caring adult volunteers onsite and the smiles of our scholars filling the hallways as we waved them off for summer! We are excited  to maintain this momentum to continue shifting our school culture and community to meet the needs of our families and our scholars. This summer, we hope you all enjoy your time together. Our scholars put in an unprecedented  amount of effort as they raised the bar for their own learning and began to see themselves as leaders in their school community. Take this time to rest, recharge, and relax as you soak in the sun and spend quality time together.

    Our school offices will be closed for the month of July and will reopen in August. Should you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly as I will be checking my email and voicemails periodically through the  summer.

    Thank you again for your incredible partnerships this year and we look forward to continuing the momentum we have at Panther Lake and building up our community as a whole- Together!

    In partnership,

    Tabatha Ritch
    253-391-7444 (cell- Text okay)


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