Welcome to Swift Water Elementary


We are a welcoming community of learners who inspire and empower each other to lead, and dream. 

We empower learners to be...

- Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, Critical Thinkers
- Effective Communicators, Reflective Goal Setters and Self-Advocates
- Innovators Who Wonder, Create, and Inspire
- Contributors and Caretakers of the Community
- Inclusive, Valuing Diversity and Different Perspectives

Because we value...

- Kindness and Empathy
- Creativity
- Growth Mindset
- Courage
- Curiosity
- Collaboration
- Resiliency



10811 Harbor Hill Drive 
Gig Harbor, WA 98332



School Leadership

David Brooks - Principal



School News

Visitors meet students at Evergreen Elementary during a Focus on Education tour on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

We want to give a big THANK YOU to all the community members who celebrated American Education Week with PSD at our schools. 

Many of you joined Artondale, Pioneer, Swift Water, and Evergreen elementary school students and educators to learn about day-to-day activities, and see our newly constructed buildings. The students enjoyed showing off their classrooms, and visitors enjoyed exploring flex spaces, seeing student art, and witnessing learning in action. 

Read more to see all the photos from this week.


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2nd grade students created parade balloons and put on a parade down the halls of Swift Water. Way to go 2nd grade. What a fun project!

Graphic of PeninsulaREADS logo with text that says "Reader Roundup!"

Calling all readers! You can support our youngest learners by reading in our elementary schools!  

Now until Friday, Dec. 16, we are inviting guest readers to share their favorite book, or read a book provided to them, to help all children recognize the importance of literacy.

Sign up here!

Read more to hear a personal invitation from Superintendent Krestin Bahr.

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Keep Attendance a Priority this Holiday Season


As we prepare to take a short break from school for Thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for our students to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn. 


We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra days off during Thanksgiving break. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and leave your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Please make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning. 


We appreciate each one of you so much, and look forward to seeing you after the Thanksgiving break.

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November is Native American Heritage Month, and we want to honor our students and families with Native American Heritage. 


Did you know? 

  • There are 574 different Native American Tribes in the United States, and 29 of those tribes reside in Washington State?

  • The closest Native American Tribe is the Puyallup Tribe of Indians?

  • There are over 200 students at the Peninsula School District with Native American Heritage?


This month we want to honor their heritage and continue to learn about our local tribe's history and culture. Learn about PSD's Native American Education Program at this link - https://bit.ly/NativeAmericanEducationPSD


#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #InspiredAndEmpoweredPSD

School Calendar

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