TTSD Community Newsletter
February 3, 2023
February is Black History Month
Our Affinity and Alliance Group programs are looking for community members for partnership! We have been able to stand up and work through spaces of care and belonging with the help of our community members, and we would like to expand that work! It takes all of us, all the time, always to ensure all within our community feels a sense of belonging, celebration, and support! More details and information.
Statewide Graduation Rates Media Release
Oregon Department of Education released the statewide graduation rates with gains made in every student group. Read the news release HERE
February 6 - beginning of 3rd quarter
Regular School Board Meeting 6:30 PM
Also streamed live on the TTSD Youtube Channel
No School February 20
Presidents Day Holiday
Topics Highlighted by our families of students with disabilities.
February 15 - Unpacking Neurodiversity - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
March 15 - Defining Partnership - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
April 12 - Conoce tus Derechos - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
May 10 - Celebrating Neurodiversity through the lived experiences of our students - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
For more information contact Justin Waltrip - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/FACS2023
Winter Walk and Roll to School Day
Students and families are invited to the first Winter Walk + Roll to School Day on Feb. 8! With record-breaking participation in recent challenges, we decided it’s time to take on Winter. Walk, roll, or bus to school and win fun prizes!
Participating schools will include students in a raffle with prizes including bright clothing, something that rolls (skateboard or scooter), and a refurbished bike from WashCo Bikes! Learn more on the Safe Routes to School Program webpage.
Kindergarten Enrollment is Open
Elementary schools will host sign up events beginning next week.
Templeton Elementary - 3:30-7:30 PM
Mary Woodward - 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Tualatin Elementary - 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Bridgeport Elementary - 4:30 to 6:30 PM
Alberta Rider Elementary - 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Durham Elementary - 4:00 to 5:30 PM
C.F. Tigard Elementary - 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Deer Creek Elementary - 5:00 to 6:30 PM
Metzger Elementary - 5:00 to 6:30 PM
Byrom Elementary - 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Art Rutkin Elementary - Planning to host a Kindergarten Open House in March. Online enrollment is open.
Tualatin School Based Health Center Youth Leadership Opportunity
Looking for an empowering, supportive space for your student to grow their leadership and problem-solving skills?
The NHC Tualatin High School Based Health Center (SBHC) is looking for creative and compassionate students to join the Youth-Led Program for mental health awareness and activism. Students will be spokespeople and decision-makers as they create a student-led program to positively impact community mental health and wellness – while designing what they want the program and creative space to look like!
Jovani Corona, School-Based Engagement Ambassador at NHC Tualatin High School SBHC, will oversee the program and be able to provide logistical, administrative, and emotional support to students as they design their program and project.
Other schools’ Youth-Led Program projects have included TED talk style events, podcasts, food pantries and hygiene supply closets, and awareness campaigns — the sky’s the limit on their creativity. The SBHC will provide any necessary supplies for projects and ensure students have event space, if needed.
Meetings will begin in late January or early February and happen once a week until the end of the school year. Meeting days will be chosen by students in the program to best fit with their schedules. Students from historically marginalized communities are encouraged to join to amplify diverse representation, especially those traditionally underserved in healthcare including Black, Indigenous, and students of color and LGBTQ+ students.
For more information or to join the program, email Jovani at email@example.com or Health Occupations Teacher Heidi Gorka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who qualifies for the exemption?
A child qualifies if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Qualifies as a dependent of the parent(s) for tax year 2022;
- Is eligible for early intervention services (birth to age 3), early childhood special education services (ages 3 to 5), or receives special education as defined by the State Board of Education of the state where the child attends school; and,
- Is considered to have a disability as of December 31, 2022 under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and related Oregon laws.
What documentation must be submitted with the tax return to qualify for this exemption?
As the tax instruction booklet indicates, the child must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), as well as a current eligibility statement as a student with a disability. If you do not have these documents contact your District for a copy of the IEP/IFSP cover sheet, and eligibility statement. Copies of the IEP/IFSP cover sheet and eligibility statement are not required to be submitted with the tax return. However, parents are advised to retain a copy with their 2022 tax records as the Oregon Department of Revenue may ask the parents to provide such documentation.
Oregon Department of Revenue Online Instructions and Forms
For further information and assistance in completing Oregon tax forms, consult a tax professional or contact the Oregon Department of Revenue at 1-800-356-4222. Oregon income tax forms/publications are available at the DOR website (www.oregon.gov/DOR). That process will allow you to claim the additional tax exemption for the 2021 year.
Incredible Years Spanish Parenting Class
Spanish Parenting Class
This class will be in person and will be facilitated in Spanish. Translation is not available.
Child Care is available.
Dates: Every Tuesday starting February 21 through May 2
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Address: Lifeworks NW Beaverton site 1700 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton OR 97005
Read the flyer linked below for more details
Virtual Parent and Caregiver support and connection group also facilitated in Spanish will continue to meet once a month. Read the flyer linked below for more details.
February 15 is School Exclusion Day
Oregon law requires the following shots for school and child care attendance.
At all ages and grades, the number of doses required varies by a child’s age and how long ago they were vaccinated. Other vaccines may be recommended. Exemptions are also available. Please check with your child’s school, child care or healthcare provider for details.
Specific Vaccinations by Age Information
Tigard School Based Health Center offering vaccinations (SBHC):
If only vaccinations are performed during the visit, it should be fully covered. We ask that folks with insurance bring it with them, but it is not required for the visit.
End of SNAP Emergency Fund Allotments
As a result of a recent federal spending bill, our federal partners have confirmed an end date to the SNAP Emergency Allotments (EA) program. February 2023 will be the last month Oregon can distribute Emergency Allotments to SNAP households.
Need Food website with information about community resources. Please note, the materials on this page are in the process of being updated. We will let staff know when updates are complete.
- Safe + Strong Helpline at 800-923-4357 (800-923-HELP): A free, 24/7 emotional support and resource referral for anyone who needs it. More resources are available on the Safe + Strong mental and emotional health page.
- ·Lines for Life Racial Equity Support Line: Support to those feeling the emotional effects of racist violence and microaggressions; immigration struggles and other cross-cultural issues. Call 503-575-3764.
- 988 Crisis Line: Call, text or chat 988, available 24/7, to directly connect anyone experiencing a behavioral health crisis to compassionate care and support from trained crisis counselors.
Get On Board!
Filing Period for Prospective School Board Candidates Opens February 4th
Oregon School Board Association is encouraging community members to run for local school boards. Oregon School Board elections are May 16, 2023.
OSBA is providing resources and training through its “Get on Board” campaign, and especially encourages candidates of color to run for local seats. The campaign website has background information and registration links for two free informational webinars, planned for Jan. 11 (The Basics) and Jan. 25 (The Power of Diversity).
In addition, this short video outlines what school board members do and their importance in serving the community.
School board elections in Oregon are held every two years.
Is online learning a better fit for your student?
Tigard-Tualatin Virtual Academy (TTVA) Offers Secondary Online School
TTVA is an online school serving students in grades 6-12. Their mission is to build an online school that meets students where they are through differentiated instruction, monthly progress conferences, and a more flexible schedule.
If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to the TTVA Office VirtualAcademy@ttsd.k12.or.us or Principal Jeni DeWolfe email@example.com. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.
Verify Your Information in ParentVue
We will be opening up the opportunity for parents to update their information we have in our system (Synergy) via ParentVUE beginning Dec 12th.
It will remain open through the end of the school year. We ask that all parents review the student health information, email, phone, student cell phone, etc that we have on file to ensure we have the best method for school to home communication.
Parents will have 5 opportunities to dismiss this reminder in ParentVUE before they are forced to review and update this information.
In our commitment to keeping our community informed, the TTSD COVID-19 Dashboard will provide data regarding positive cases of COVID-19 in our schools. The Dashboard will be published on the first and third Friday of each month representing two weeks of data and will provide the district total along with individual schools. The number reported represent cases starting Saturday.
Learn more about how you are feeling. Resources are available if you need help through the Mental Health Screening Tool.