Principal Message

Principal Greg Wilson

Hello Rainier Families!

We are back into the swing of academics and activities after our winter break.

During the winter and spring months please continue to send your students with appropriate winter jackets and other clothing items. The weather will shift from sun to rain and from cool to cold throughout the course of the day. We need our kids to be comfortable. We go outside for recess rain or shine!

Kindergarten and first grade families, please pack extra pants, socks and underwear for your student into a one-gallon zip lock bag and have them bring it to school daily. If a student has an accident or gets soaked at recess or on their way to school, we want our kids to be able to change quickly and not miss class or recess waiting for a change. Each teacher will either have the students keep the change in their bag or make a space in the classroom.

Attention “Dad of Great Students!” We are kicking off our Watch Dog volunteer program on Thursday, January 26th from 5:30 – 6:30 in our cafeteria and gym! RSVP forms were sent home with every student. Watch Dogs is a program that is used by schools across America. It is an important part of keeping our school climate safe and positive for all students. This is a program that has been in place at Rainier for the last 5 years (except during COVID restrictions). We have had as many as 400 family members sign up to be a Watch Dog in one year! If you cannot make this event, you can still be a Watch Dog. Just complete the online district background check (Link below) and the Watch Dog Registration form (available at our main office). We look forward to seeing many of our “Dads” on January 26th!

Volunteer Website Link -

Attendance at school is an important key to success! We want your student here every day. A chronic attendance issue is more than two absences per month. If you need any support, please contact the school so we can help your student have the best attendance possible. When a student is sick or has an appointment and needs to miss school it is critical that you call our attendance line and let us know as soon as possible. Our attendance line is available 24 hours a day and Mrs. Flores, our attendance secretary, checks the messages several times every day. You can also send an email to [email protected]. Our attendance hotline number is 253-583-5221. Communication on absences is important. If you have any attendance questions Mrs. Flores can help you! Just call our main line at 253-583-5220.

January 23rd through 26th Rainier will be implementing The Great Kindness Challenge. We will be talking with our students about the importance of kindness. Counselors and administrators will be going into classrooms to read stories and lead discussions on kindness. Every student will receive a “kindness checklist” of actions they can take to bring more kindness to their school and community. All students that participate with the checklist will receive a small token of recognition on January 26th. To get our kids in the spirit of kindness.

Monday, January 23 - Share Peace, Love and Kindness, wear your tie dye or red and white clothing

Tuesday, January 24 - Kindness is my superpower - dress like your favorite superhero

Wednesday, January 25 - Join the Panther Kindness Team - wear your Rainier shirts

Thursday, January 26 - United we stand to be kind - wear red, white and blue

Thank you for all you do to support Rainier. We appreciate our Rainier Families and Community.


Greg Wilson – Principal

Other Important Dates:

January 16 – No School to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18 and 25 – Late Start days

January 26 – Watch Dog Kick Off

January 27 – No School – Snow Makeup Day