Bulldog Drool Newsletter

April 29, 2022

In This Issue

News to Know
  • SBA Testing Dates
  • NTMS Class of 2022 Needs Your Help
  • Return of the Annual NTMS Dodgeball Night
  • Service Hours
  • Humane Society Pet Drive
  • Season 4 Sports
  • Online Book Fair
  • Highly Capable Testing

Student Spotlight

  • Mrs. Garmey's Social Studies classes created "Roman" Busts

Message from the District Nurse

  • Updates to Covid Communication
  • Updated Department of Health Guidance

  • Covid Testing for Students with Symptoms-Updated

  • Free Covid Home Tests

Food Services
  • May Menus

Weekly Attendance

Community Resources

NTMS Contact Information




2: Math Club 7a Rm 157 / Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 2:20-4p in the Commons /Robotics (if you've signed up) 2:20-4p Koosmann

3: Chopped (if you've signed up) 2:20p-4p rm 114 /

4: NTMS TALENT SHOW in the NTMS Commons 6p

4: ACE DAY LATE START 9:45AM! / Homework Club in the HUB 2:20 - 4p / ELA Help 2:20-3p rm 102 / Chopped (if you've signed up) 2:20p-4p rm 114 / Robotics (if you've signed up) 2:20-4p Koosmann

5: Morning Homework Club 7a rm 158 / Homework Club in the HUB 2:20 - 4p / MATH Help 2:20-3p rm 157 / Chopped (if you've signed up) 2:20p-4p rm 114

6: NTMS PTSA Spirit Day! Wear your Bulldog Gear & bring a $1 for a treat at lunch

20: NTMS PTSA Dodgeball Night at NTMS

SBA / MAP Testing Dates

North Tapps will be starting our state assessments next week. Students will be testing during their regular schedule classes for each subject. Please view this letter for more information.

  • April 28th-29th: Science assessment (8th Grade Only)
  • Week of May 2nd: LA assessment
  • Week of May 9th: Math Assessment

NTMS Class of 2022 Needs Your Help

Our 8th graders will be graduating soon and there is a wonderful group of parents that are doing their best to make it as special as possible, but they need your help! PLEASE, if you are financially able, donate for your child and if you can, sponsor another. Help our 8th graders have a special graduation and celebration this year! Anyone can donate!

Our hope is for everyone who is currently financially able, to go online and donate, at minimum, the $50 for a graduation donation for their student and perhaps sponsor an extra student or two who are in need. The more money we raise, the more we will be able to do for our 8th graders.

We are excited to announce our graduation will be held at Bonney Lake High School in the main gym on June 20th with a celebration/party afterwards at NTMS. We are still working on confirming the time but will most likely begin at 6pm. All money raised will go to celebrating our 8th grade graduates. We hope all donations can be made by May 17th for planning purposes. Families who are currently in difficult financial situations, please know we understand if you are not able to contribute at this time. If there is a way that we can support you, please reach out to our counselor, Jennifer Roscoe at jroscoe@dieringer.wednet.edu.

To Donate please go to the online payments link below (sign in directions are below the link) or mail in your donation. Anyone (not just 8th grade families) can donate and it is appreciated!


Sign in

Click on your student’s name

Choose “Items at Student’s School”

Choose “CLASS OF 2022”

Mail in

North Tapps Middle School

8th Grade Graduation

20029 12th St East

Lake Tapps, Wa 98391

NTMS PTSA Dodgeball Night is Back!

What: 14th Annual Dodgeball Night

Who: NTMS 6th-8th grade students only

When: Friday, May 20th 5:30p-8p

Where: NTMS Gym & Commons

Teams and brackets will be formed from 5:30-6p and the tournament will begin at 6pm. A signed permission slip is required for all participants. (permission slip will be available in the next newsletter).

Spectators are welcomed and encouraged. This is a fun event! No skills required! 6-8 players per team maximum. Sign up your team here https://volunteersignup.org/BQLQB

**North Tapps Middle School does not sponsor this event**

Service Hours

Attention 8th graders! Don't forget to turn in your service hours to Mrs. Sherman in the office! You can be eligible for a special 8th grade end of year award.

All students can turn in service hours. We track them from 6th-8th grade. At the end of the 8th grade year, students are eligible for a special service award.

Service Hours tracking sheet can be found HERE

Humane Society Pet Drive

Please donate! Collecting May 2-13th. Drop items off near bus entrance.
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Season 4 Sports

*Practice schedules will be given (if they haven't already) from your athlete's coach.

*All games/times/locations are available on the NTMS website under "ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS" then choose SEASON 4 SCHEDULES.

If you have questions regarding equipment/practices please contact your athlete's coach.

The activity bus runs Monday-Thursday

NTMS PTSA Online Book Fair

The online book fair will run until the 1st of May

NTMS Online Book Fair Link

Highly Capable Testing

There will be one more Highly Capable assessment opportunity this spring. The nomination window will be open from June 1st - June 10th.The links for parents are on the district website and will "go live" during the open window. All forms are completed electronically. Teachers and parents may nominate and submit documents during this window. Evaluations will take place June 13-17th for all students who have completed nomination packets.

Student Spotlight

Mrs. Garmey's Social Studies classes made "Roman" Busts.

Message From the District Nurse

Updates to Covid Communication

Since updated Department of Health guidance no longer requires contact tracing, we will send out a letter via email when students shared a space with someone who is Covid positive and may have been exposed. This will, in most cases, be a classroom space. See the link below for an example of the notification letter:

Exposure Notification Letter

Updated Department of Health Guidance

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Updated Covid Testing for Students with Symptoms

We can accept either a negative PCR test or negative antigen/home test for students with symptoms. If your child has just one of the following symptoms which resolves within 24 hours (stuffy nose, runny nose, headache, fatigue, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) your child may return to school without a test. However if your student’s single symptom lasts >24 hours, they have two or more of these symptoms, or one of the following symptoms (fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, cough), they will need a negative Covid test to return to school, and symptoms must have significantly improved (including no fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication). Please call the school and email a copy of your student’s negative test results to your school’s nurse or health technician. (Your child may not need testing if symptoms are from a documented, chronic health condition. Please check with your school’s nurse or health technician).

*If your student has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, please use the rapid antigen test option, as a PCR test may show positive for up to three months.

If your student develops any of the above symptoms while at school, rapid antigen testing may be available. A parent will be notified first, and a Test to Stay/Testing Permission form must be completed. If the test is negative, students are still required to go home and may return when symptoms have significantly Improved and no fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication, per Department of Health guidance.

Free Covid Home Tests

Did you know that you can order free Covid home tests from the federal government and from Washington State? Here are the websites to order free tests for your family:

Federal Government: https://www.covidtests.gov/

Washington State: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/

Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

Dieringer School District

Lake Tapps, WA

Food Services

May Menus

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Weekly Attendance

Weekly Attendance Average: 91%
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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open!

Please call the Dieringer Heights office for registration details at (253) 826-4937.

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Community Resources

Teenlink - 1-866-833-6546 (For youth and teens open daily 6:00-10:00pm)

Text Support Line - 741741

Pierce County Crisis Line 1-800-576-776 (24 hours)

National Suicide Prevention - 1-800-273-8255

Sumner Food Bank

If you and your family are in need of food assistance:

NO appointment is needed at this time.

"That's right, no appointment needed and no identification needed. Just show up and shop like any grocery store... and we'll take care of the rest. We serve all... EVERY address, EVERY city, EVERY zip code."

Food Distribution Hours:

  • Mon-Fri : 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Thurs: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Client Information Link: 253-863-3793

Food Bank Address: 15625 Maine Street E. Sumner, WA

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Set your email notifications for grade reports in Schoology

In your Schoology parent account, you can customize how often you would like to receive an email grade report from Schoology. You can choose weekly or daily and select a time to receive a "Parent Email Digest." The Email Digest includes overall course grade, recent assignment grades, overdue submissions, upcoming events, and othe recent activity.

You can also turn on/off Overdue Submission Emails. These overdue emails only include assignments that the teachers require to be submitted to Schoology. It does not include emails for overdue assignments that are turned in by hand to the teacher.

Parents, if you’re having trouble accessing your Schoology account or did not receive an email with account informaiton, complete this Schoology Parent Account Help Form.

Schoology for NTMS Families Video Tutorial Playlist

Contact Information

School Hours: 7:30 - 3:30pm

Principal: David Uberti, duberti@dieringer.wednet.edu

Asst. Principal: Tyler Borden, tborden@dieringer.wednet.edu

Counselor: Jennifer Roscoe, jroscoe@dieringer.wednet.edu

Tech Coach: Dietrich Baker, dbaker@dieringer.wednet.edu

Parking Lot Safety

We have many before and after school club/activities and sports programs where kids and adults are walking through our parking lot. Please slow down and yield to them.