Bulldog Drool Newsletter

December 3, 2021

In This Issue

News to Know
  • Holiday Help Donations
  • NTMS ASB Food Drive
  • Drop-In Vaccine Clinic
  • Fall 2021 SBA Scores
  • Need A Hand With the Holidays?
  • Substitute Teachers, Paraeducators & Custodians Needed
  • Highly Capable Program Dates
Student Spotlight
  • NTMS Food Drive 1st pick up
  • Power Club
Food Services
  • December Menus
Message from the District Nurse
  • Test To Stay
  • When Does My Child Need To Stay Home From School?
Community Resources
NTMS Contact Information




6: Math Club @ 7am Room 157 /

7: Future Scientists Club @ 7am Room 155 / 6th Grade Power Club (if you've signed up) 2:20-4p Band Room

8: ACE Day late start 9:45am / Homework Club @ 2:20p in the Commons /

9: Choir Concert 5pm NTMS Commons / Morning Homework Club @ 7am Room 158 / Homework Club @ 2:20p in the Commons

News To Know

Holiday Help Donations

The Dieringer School District school counseling program is hosting a Holiday Help program that supports our own local families who are in need during the holiday season.

We need your help to make it a success. If you are able, we are asking families to donate gift cards in any denomination that will go directly to a family in need. We accept any gift card donation but some of the stores are: Target, Walmart, and Fred Meyer.

If you are able to donate, please contact Mrs. Roscoe at jroscoe@dieringer.wednet.edu or call 253-862-2776.


Students should take donations to their Social Studies class! Now through December 10th! Thank you!

Boxed, bagged, and canned non-perishable items (no glass, please)

Donations Requests:

  • Boxed stuffing
  • Cornbread mix
  • Instant mashed potato flakes
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Canned or packet gravy
  • Canned green beans
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • French fried onions
  • Canned yams
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Sugar
  • All purpose flour
  • Salt & pepper
  • Jell-o

Current totals:

6th: 863 lbs

7th: 1673 lbs

8th: 1065 lbs

Goal: Are goals are 3,600 for our school and 1,200 lbs per grade level! Than you to those that have donated!

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This Week's Student Character Dare

With Thanksgiving upon us, We Dare you to do one kind thing for a family member each day until Thanksgiving.


    • Do a chore around the house without being asked
    • Help a sibling/family member with schoolwork
    • Make dinner for your family
    • Tell a family member why you are thankful for them

Drop-In Vaccine Clinic

Drop-in vaccine clinic at Lake Tapps elementary school December 6 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. All are welcome

Ski School Information





  • The Ski bus will run every Friday Jan 14 - Feb 11th leaving from NTMS & Dieringer Heights but all buses return to NTMS each evening.
  • Bus & Lessons only: $425 (PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE LIFT TICKET -you must purchase a daily lift ticket or season pass to ski *see season pass info below*)
  • Rental equipment (only lesson dates): $140 (includes helmet)
  • Promotional season pass (Crystal Mt only, no blackout dates): $249 (5-12 years) $499 (13-22 years)

  • Select Dec 1 & Dec 2 as arrival/departure dates
  • Change number of adults to 1
  • Click “check availability”
  • Click “change” button & select ski or snowboard

Please do NOT call the schools. Crystal Mountain can answer any further questions about registration: 360-663-3036

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Fall 2021 SBA Scores

Dear Families,

Students in grades 4 through 8 recently took Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English language arts (ELA) and math. Sixth grade students also took the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). These assessments were postponed from Spring of 2021 for all Washington state students. The primary purpose of the fall test was a brief check-in on how schools and students are doing after the 2020-21 school year.

Preliminary student scores from those assessments are now available in the desktop version of Skyward Family Access (but not the mobile app). Log into Family Access and choose Test Scores from the menu on the left. Fall 2021 tests have a date of 11/1/2021.

If you don’t know your Family Access username or password, click “Forgot your Login/Password” on the login page and enter the email address on file with the district.

On these tests, students whose performance level score was an L3 or L4 demonstrated most of the skills and knowledge required to meet state expectations on a typical end-of-year test. Test results are only one way to know how students are doing in ELA, math and science. If you have questions about your student’s learning, please contact their teacher or school principal.

For more information, please see OSPI’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Fall 2021 Assessments.

Need A Hand For the Holidays?

Substitute Teachers, Paraeducators & Custodians Needed

We are in desperate need of substitute teachers, paraeducators and custodians . If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, you need a 4 year degree and complete an application, which can be found on our website. Please see, or call, Jade Hughes in the District Office for more details.

Jade Hughes

Human Resources Technician



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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Student Spotlight

First Pick-Up of Food for our ASB Food Drive

7/8 Power Club Fun

December Food Menus

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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. As usual the timing wasn’t the best. Right after we sent information home with students about the Test to Stay program, the state guidance changed. 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.

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

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The Washington State Department of Health does not recommend the use of masks with loosely woven fabric, exhalation valves or vents, or single layer bandanas or gaiters. Please be sure your student is not wearing these. Cloth face coverings should be constructed of two or more tightly woven layers. We have cloth and disposable masks available on request!

Make sure your child's mask has two or more tightly woven layers, fits snugly against the face, and covers both the nose and the mouth.

CDC Information about effective mask use

Weekly Attendance

Weekly Attendance Average: 92%

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