Bulldog Drool Newsletter

January 7, 2022

In This Issue

Calendar
News to Know
  • Early Release Fridays through February 11th
  • Vaccination Clinic
  • What Would a Turf Field Mean for Dieringer?
  • Remember to Vote
  • High School Showcase Nights
  • Highly Capable Assessment
  • Substitute Teachers & Paras Needed
Food Services
  • January Menus
Message from the District Nurse

  • Seven Day Quarantine Information
  • When Does My Child Need To Stay Home From School?
  • COVID Testing for Students with Symptoms

January Food Menus

Community Resources

  • NTMS Contact Information

CALENDAR

January

* FOR SPORTS PLEASE SEE NTMS WEBSITE CALENDAR**

10: Math Club 7a room 157 / Vaccination Clinic at Lake Tapps Elementary 4p-7p

11: Future Scientists Club 7a rm 155 / 7/8 Power Club 2:20-4p Band rm / Knowledge Bowl 2:20-4p rm 112

12: REGULAR SCHOOL START TIME 7:45am! / Homework Club in the Commons 2:20 - 4p / ELA Help 2:20-3p rm 102

13: Morning Homework Club 7a rm 158 / Homework Club in the Commons 2:20 - 4p / MATH Help 2:20-3p rm 157

14: ACE DAY EARLY RELEASE AT 11:45

NEWS TO KNOW

Early Release Fridays Through February 11th

Starting the week of January 10th we will not have late start ACE Wednesdays for five weeks. We will instead have early release ACE Fridays like our elementary schools. Each Friday the students' school day will end at 11:45am. Please note that lunches will not be served on these days. Our ACE Fridays will last until February 11th.



ACE schedule Change January 10th - February 11th

  • Wednesdays 7:45-2:15
  • Fridays 7:45-11:45

Vaccination Clinic

Dieringer School District will be hosting a vaccination clinic at Lake Tapps Elementary on Monday, January 10, from 4:00-7:00pm in the gym. Signs will be posted for entry, dependent on the weather. Below is the link to pre-register to make the check-in process more efficient.

https://app.rrtesting.com/en/#/registration/facilities/650

What Would a Turf Field Mean for Dieringer?

A Message From Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas has been teaching and coaching in Dieringer for 16 years. He was hired to start the football program at the middle school, and he has subsequently coached five championship teams. He loves the sports programs the schools have to offer, and he's especially excited about the possibility of a turf field at the middle school. Washington's rainy weather wreaks havoc on the current grass field, which brings questionable conditions for his football, soccer, and track athletes, not to mention the PE classes. A turf field brings with it safety for our district's students. It's also less maintenance--no more watering, mowing, or painting the fields! A turf field benefits the Lake Tapps community as well. Local lacrosse, soccer, and football teams will be able to enjoy a safe place for their practices and games. Rob, like many other coaches and teachers in the schools and in the community, is looking forward to many more championship wins on a new state-of-the-art field!

Remember to Vote!

Election Day is February 8th and Dieringer has three propositions on the ballot. Proposition 1 is a replacement of our existing Educational Programs and Operations Levy. Proposition 2 is also a replacement levy for our current Technology Levy. Proposition 3 is a new Capital Levy to make much needed upgrades to all three schools, including turf fields, important HVAC replacements and upgrades, energy efficiency improvements, and more. While Proposition 3 is a new levy, it replaces an expiring bond that comes off the books at the end of 2022. Overall, the tax rate for Dieringer citizens would stay the same in 2023, when collection on these three levies would begin.


More information is available at https://www.dieringer.wednet.edu/our- district/vote.

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High School Showcase Nights

Sumner High School Showcase Night Tuesday, January 11th at 5:30-7:30 p.m.

(International Baccalaureate presentation, 6:30-7 p.m.

This event is located at and is hosted by SHS. It is open to all NTMS 8th graders and their families as well as other incoming freshman. There is no pre-sign up for this event, just go to SHS by 6:00pm on January 11th.

https://www.sumnersd.org/

More information: (253) 891-5500


Bonney Lake High School Showcase Night Thursday, January 13th at 6-:00 - 7:30 p.m.

(Advanced Placement information session, 5:30-6 p.m.)

More information: (253) 891-5700

This event is located at and hosted by BLHS. It is open to all NTMS 8th graders and families as well as other incoming freshman. There is no pre-sign up for this event, just go to BLHS by 6:00pm on January 13th.

https://www.sumnersd.org/


uburn Riverside High School Future Freshman Night Wednesday, February 16th at 6:00pm

This event is located at and hosted by ARHS. It is open to all NTMS 8th graders and families as well as other incoming freshman. There is no pre-sign up for this event, just go to ARHS by 6:00pm on February 16th.

www.auburn.wednet.edu


White River High School Future Hornets Night Wednesday, February 16th at 6:00pm

This event is located at and hosted by WRHS. It is open to all NTMS 8th graders and families as well as other incoming freshman. There is no pre-sign up for this event, just go to WRHS by 6:00pm on February 16th.

www.whiteriver.wednet.edu

Highly Capable Nomination Timeline

Nomination window opens: December 6, 2021.

Nomination window closes: January 14, 2022.

Evaluation for nominated students will begin the week of January 31, 2022.

Nomination packets are being reworked and will be provided as soon as completed.

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Substitute Teachers and Paras Needed

We are in desperate need of substitute teachers and paraeducators!


Call Jade Hughes (253-862-2537) or stop by the District Office for more information. Applications can be found on our website under Employment!


**If you have a 4 year degree, you are eligible to be a substitute teacher!

From the District Nurse

Test To Stay Program

We are making some changes to follow the most recent guidance from the state department of health and quarantine periods. The new required quarantine time is seven days for students or staff who are symptom free and can produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure (students or staff with symptoms are still required to get a PCR Covid test).


In the end, this news shortens the quarantine time for students and staff who are close contacts. Students who are identified as a close contact with another student at school can participate in Test to Stay and this process is now seven days instead of ten days. Students exposed outside of school can return to school after seven days, too, as long as they are symptom free and produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result taken on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure. Anyone who is a close contact who does not participate in Test to Stay or refuses to get tested, must still stay quarantined for ten days and can return to school after that window of time has passed as long as the individual is symptom free.


This new time frame above combined with the recent eligibility to get vaccinated for students ages 5-11 will combine to keep more kids in school as we progress through the school year.

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COVID Testing for Students with Symptoms

If your child is out sick or sent home due to COVID like symptoms they will need a negative PCR COVID Test to return to school. It must be a PCR test. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will not let us accept a negative antigen test (sometimes called a rapid antigen test) for students with symptoms to return to school, nor will they let us accept a home COVID test.


*Exception: If your student has tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, please call the school for testing directions.


We have had fast results and excellent reviews from this site in Auburn:

Health Commons Project


And here are other testing sites in Pierce County: Testing Information

JANUARY FOOD MENUS

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Weekly Attendance

Weekly Attendance Average: 83%

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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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