Black Bear Bits

March 24, 2023

Important Dates

3/24-4/21- Roaring for Reading Read-A-Thon

3/27-3/31: No School - Spring Break

4/3-4/7: Third Grade State Testing

4/10-4/13: Spirit Week

4/10-4/13: Fourth Grade State Testing

4/11: Last Day for Onpoint Outstanding Educator Nominations

4/13: End of Third Quarter

4/14: No School - Teacher Work day

4/17-4/21: Fifth Grade State Testing

4/17-4/21: Read-A-Thon Forms Due

4/24-4/28: Dental3 Sealant Program @ Tualatin Elementary

4/24- 4/28: State Testing Make ups

4/26: Make up School Day for Snow Day

4/28: Dia de los niños / STREAM Night (More info to come)

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • Spring Break Activities for Families
  • Roaring for Reading- Read-A-Thon information
  • Roaring for Reading- Read-A-Thon Timeline
  • Pre-K Registration
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Kinder Summer Jumpstart
  • Onpoint Nominations for Outstanding Educators
  • Dia de los niños / STREAM Night
  • This Week at Tualatin Elementary "Photo Gallery"
  • Juntos Celebration Parade
  • Food Drive Results
  • Important Message from Hazelbrook Middle School
  • Dental3 Sealant Visit to Tualatin
  • Help Bridge the Gap
  • Lost and Found Overflow
  • Art Rutkin Elementary Open Enrollment
  • Flu and Covid Information
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

Well, we have finally reached Spring Break! This year is really going by fast. Before we know it, April will be here and there are many exciting events planned. Stay tuned!

Our PTA is sending home information today about our Read-a-Thon fundraiser. Last year, this fundraiser was wildly successful, so we are excited that the PTA has brought it back again.

Important: I want to ask once again to please make sure you are following the rules of our parking lot. Yesterday, we had two students who were crossing the parking lot nearly hit by a car that had pulled out of the drop off line. All it takes is one rushing vehicle to cause a tragedy. Please be diligent in the mornings and afternoons and watch your surroundings carefully. Let's keep everyone safe.

Lastly, a reminder that the two weeks following Spring break, I will be on a personal leave of absence. Sue Scott, a respected and well-known retired administrator, will be here in my place. I’ve shared with her what an incredible community and staff we have here at Tualatin Elementary!

I hope you all have a wonderful break.

Working with you for our students,


Spring Break - March 27th-31st

Are you looking for fun activities to do during Spring Break? Here are some options that are all affordable, fun, and family-friendly!

Find a waterfall: Looking for a beautiful, family friendly hike? Wahclella Falls is a gorgeous, safe, shorter hike with stunning views and an awesome waterfall at the end.

Visit a farm: Visit Triskelee farms and hang out with alpacas, goats, ostriches, rabbits, and more!

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival: The annual festival with gorgeous tulip flowers returns with limited capacity to keep everyone safe.

Story Time- Tualatin Library: Having a Spring Break staycation? Drop by the Library for these awesome free programs

Walk/Bike Paths: Get outside during Spring Break on these kid/family friends bike/walking paths!

Read-A-Thon "Roaring for Reading"

We want ALL of our children to develop a love of reading for pleasure, for knowledge and for


What is the read-a-thon?

The read-a-thon is an event that encourages children to become better readers and learners, by

nurturing a joy of reading. This will also be one of our largest fundraisers of the year! Students

will collect donations from sponsors and have 7 days to read as much as possible, while earning fun prizes for their achievements.

How does it work?

Students will set individual reading goals for the 7 days. Students can read to themselves or be

read to. They can read books, magazines, newspapers, comics, etc.

Suggested daily minimum read time: Pre-K-2nd: 20-30 minutes 3rd -5th grades: 40-60 minutes.

How do I get pledges?

  1. Ask friends, family and neighbors! We have 2 options for collecting pledges: use the enclosed pledge form or use our easy online pledge system at to participate.
  2. Register your child at PledgeStar and follow the simple registration steps. It takes 2 minutes to set-up your child’s own fundraising page. By registering online, students can get support from friends and family who live near or far away!
  3. You can also collect money and record the names and pledge amounts on the enclosed Pledge Form. You can collect pledges using both online and the enclosed pledge sheet.

Why are we raising money?

  • Your support allows the PTA to continue to fund many of the great programs and events at our school, such as: Art Literacy, Classroom supplies, OBOB, family events, field trips, Backpack program, and more.

What is our goal?

We hope to raise $10,000. If every student can raise at least $50, we can achieve our goal!


- Pledges are one-time flat donations, not per minute.

- Pledges are tax deductible.

- Record all in-person donations on your pledge sheet and put the money in your envelope right


- Acceptable forms of payments are: Cash, Check (Payable to Tualatin PTA), Credit Card via

PledgeStar donation. - Students do not have to collect pledges to participate, although

encouraged, all kids can participate regardless of financial contributions.

If you have any questions email Tualatin Elementary School PTA at

or visit our webpage: Look for more information in the next edition of the Black Bear Bits and in your student's backpack.

2023 Read-A-Thon Timeline


3/24-3/31: Spring Break:

  • Set up pledge star with students
  • Begin gathering sponsors using the online pledge system and/or the enclosed pledge form


  • Continue gathering pledges
  • Daily prizes for participation with teachers.

4/10-4/13 (April 14th is an in-service day):

  • Start turning in pledge sheets
  • Fill out the Reading Log!!
  • Read-a-thon spirit week and reading challenge

4/10-4/13 Spirit Week:

  • Black Bear Pride Wear
  • Cozy PJ / Book Day
  • Wacky Hair Day
  • Story Book Theme Day


  • Turn in your Read-a-thon sheets
  • Final week to turn in pledge forms
  • Class winners will begin to be tallied

PRE-K Registration

Free Preschool for Children ages 3 to 5

The Tigard-Tualatin School District in partnership with Community Action offers free preschool classes for qualifying families.

Please fill out our electronic Preschool Interest Google Form online


complete the Preschool Program Interest PDF and send the completed form to:

  • or
  • deliver to your neighborhood Tigard-Tualatin Elementary School or
  • mail to Early Learning Coordinator TTSD
    6961 SW Sandburg St, Tigard, OR 97223

Click here for the Early Learning Website

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for 2023-24 is open! A child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023, to enter Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 School year. Online registration and more information about Kindergarten can be found here. We also have staff at the building who can help with registration. Please contact the office (503-431-4800) or Ana Uriostegui (503-431-4767) for assistance.

There will be a Kindergarten Kick off on May 25th, where families can meet teachers, tour the school, take a bus ride, and more! Information will be sent to families in May.


Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners! We invite you to apply for Kinder Jumpstart here at Tualatin Elementary.

  • Learn routines taught by real life Tualatin Elementary kindergarten teachers!
  • Meet future classmates and make new friends!
  • Become familiar with our school, playground and buses so that you’re ready for the first day!


August 7 - August 10: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

August 14 - August 17: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m

Forms will be emailed to all parents who have already registered their child for Kindergarten next year. They are also available from Teacher Adam, the school office, in the attachments, or fill out the form online. If you complete a paper registration please return it to the front office or email a photo of both pages to by June 9, 2023 to have your child be considered. Students who have no/limited pre-school experience receive priority placement in this program.

If you have questions, please contact: Lindsay Edison (503) 431-4794 or send us an email at:

Nominate an Outstanding Educator

OnPoint Community Credit Union has always understood that investing in education is one of the best ways to build thriving communities. We are proud to honor our roots and the teachers who continue to support students in and out of the classroom through the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education.


Get all the details on nominating an outstanding educator and details on all Onpoint prize awards here!

Dental3 Screening

Dental3 will be providing free dental screenings, sealants, and fluoride at your child’s school for grades K-5 in the week of April 24th. Healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health. A dental screening is a quick look inside your child’s mouth to check the overall health of their teeth. Dental sealants are protective coatings put on the back teeth to prevent cavities and fluoride is vitamin that is brushed on the teeth to make teeth stronger and prevent cavities. Click this link to sign the permission form for your child online, permission slips will also be sent home April 3rd, once we return from Spring Break. Please return them as soon as possible so we have an accurate number.

Dental3 proporcionará exámenes dentales gratuitos, selladores y fluoruro en la escuela de su hijo para los grados K-5 en la semana del 24 de abril. Los dientes sanos son importantes para la salud general de su hijo. Un examen dental es un examen rápido dentro de la boca de su hijo para verificar la salud general de sus dientes. Los selladores dentales son capas protectoras que se colocan en los dientes posteriores para prevenir las caries y el fluoruro es una vitamina que se cepilla sobre los dientes para fortalecerlos y prevenir las caries. Haga clic en este enlace para firmar el formulario de permiso para su hijo en línea, los formularios de permiso también se enviarán a casa el 3 de abril, una vez que regresemos de las vacaciones de primavera. Devuélvalos lo antes posible para que tengamos un número exacto.

Downloadable packets in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Karen, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese are also available. If you need packets in any other languages, please let us know

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Dia de los Niños/STREAM celebration February 28th from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

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Dia de los Niños/STREAM celebration

For our Dia de los Ninos/Stream event on April 28th from 5:30-8:00 pm PaLa (Latino Parent group) would like to request donations of individually wrapped candy and small trinkets (to fill our pinatas), and new toys and games (to give away as prizes).

We make every attempt to minimize our PaLa expenses and donations allow more funds to be available for the programs and services our PaLa offers to Tualatin Elementary. Thank you for your consideration in making a donation to our Children’s Day celebration. Our PaLa program is successful because of our great volunteers and supportive community members such as you!

For more information on this day click here.

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Food Drive Numbers are In

Thank you for your contributions to support the Packed with Pride Food Drive. Your donation will keep an important food resource going for our neighbors. With so much uncertainty still swirling around us, combined with the inflated cost of living, food support is as important as ever! The need is still strong. They continue to hand out the maximum amount of food boxes possible – 400 2-box sets!

Your contributions gave Tualatin Elementary a total of 2976 items to donate! A total of over 18,000 food items were donated by all five TTSD Elementary School's combined! A HUGE thank you! Your donations will go a long way in helping so many TTSD families. As a reminder- any food or money that was donated for our campaign is tax deductable.The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Federal Tax ID #94-3148515

Our Top contributing classes for each grade are:

Wharff- 5th, Michaels- 4th, LePore- 3rd, Barnes- 2nd, Craft- 1st, Fernandez- Kinder.

We are very proud of all the effort and donations from each class! Thank you.

Volunteers and donations are always needed. For more information or to sign up please click here.

This Week at Tualatin Elementary

Juntos Celebration Parade

Juntos Aprendemos equips 3-5 year olds and their parents with the early literacy and school readiness skills needed to overcome barriers facing Spanish-speaking children in our community. Since 2000, Juntos Aprendemos has served more than 2,000.

In celebration of welcoming spring they showed off their beautiful costumes and handed out hand crafted flowers to our Kinder classes and teachers.

For more information on Juntos please follow this link

Message from Hazelbrook Middle School

Hazelbrook is seeing an increased need to help students foster healthy connections among peers and between students and adults and to create a sense of belonging within the school community. Research shows strong family-school-community partnerships are linked to increased attendance, stronger social - emotional connections and skills, and higher academic achievement (A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement).

Over the next few months, we would like to invite you to a dinner series where we will listen to concerns you have about raising a young teen and suggestions you have for the school to foster healthy connections while creating a stronger sense of belonging; and share with you warning signs when you suspect your child is involved in risky behaviors and who you can go to for help. You will hear from our school Social Worker, school Psychologist, Therapist, our partner with Washington County Juvenile, and middle and high school administrators.

If you’re interested in participating, please complete this survey by Tuesday, March 21st to help us prepare for our first community dinner which will take place on Thursday, April 6th at Hazelbrook Middle School. Childcare and interpreters will be provided.

Help Bridge the Gap for our Students!

The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools (FTTS) annual Fund Drive is happening now! Donations from the drive help enrich our students' education. Your donations hire part-time teachers, support innovative teaching ideas and provide college scholarships.

The goal is to raise $75,000 during this year's Fund Drive! That will put the Foundation on track to give each school a $10,000 check for their School Grant, to be used to fund teacher hours that will bridge their most pressing instructional gap. More teachers, more learning!!

Check out all the ways that The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools has helped Tualatin Elementary and donate today!

Lost and Found Overflowing!

If your student is missing items or clothing, please have them check the lost and found in the cafeteria. There's a great possibility it's there! We are overflowing! You are also welcome to stop by and look for your student's jackets, coats, water bottles and other misc lost items. We'd love to give them back!

Art Rutkin Elementary Enrollment Open

TTSD’s newest elementary school is almost complete. Enrollment for Art Rutkin Elementary is open for the 2023-2024 school year. Please direct any questions or needs for information to Jamie Kingery, Art Rutkin Elementary principal,, 503 431-3508.

Art Rutkin Elementary website

Art Rutkin Elementary School boundary map

Frequently Ask Questions

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Flu and Covid Season is here!

With colder weather, comes more opportunity to spread cold, flu, and Covid-19 germs. We are seeing all three at Tualatin Elementary and ask you to do your part by following these recommendations:

  • Please monitor carefully for the following primary COVID and Flu symptoms, and keep your student home if they exhibit any of the following:
    • Cough

    • Temperature of 100.4 or higher

    • Shortness of breath

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • Sore throat

    • Nasal congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

  • Please contact the school for assistance with the following:
    • Information on testing – We have at-home tests available at the school

    • If you test positive for COVID-19

    • If you have questions regarding symptoms and exclusions

  • Wash hands often, especially after coming in contact with body fluids. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Where Can I Get a Flu Shot?

The Washington County website has a list of locations offering the Flu Shot and other Vaccinations.

Where Can I Get a Covid Vaccine or Booster?

Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary

We love our volunteers and are excited to welcome you back into the building this year! To volunteer at Tualatin, please follow the steps below. When your application is completed, you'll receive an email from the front office and you'll be able to schedule volunteer time at the school.

All volunteers must complete the checklist below to volunteer

Masks will be optional in the building for volunteers that are vaccinated. We ask that if you are sick or have any symptoms, that you postpone your volunteering until you are well.

Volunteers with a vaccine exception on file will be required to:

  • Wear a mask while on TTSD property OR;

  • Be given a rapid test at the time and location of their volunteer assignment.

Please contact Emili Powers ( or 503-431-4800) with any questions.

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