Black Bear Bits

November 4, 2022

Important Dates

11/6: Daylight Savings Time ends

11/9: End of Quarter 1

11/10: Restaurant Night at Panera 4:00-8:00 p.m.

11/10: No School -Teacher Work day

11/11: No School -Veteran's Day

11/15: PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.

11/19: Garden Work Party 9:00-11:00 a.m.

11/21: Family Partnership Day 3:30-7:30 p.m.

11/22: No School - Family Partnership Day 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

11/23: No School - Family Partnership Day

11/23-24: No School - Thanksgiving Break

12/1: Picture Retake Day

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • Notes from the Office
  • Fall Back on Sunday
  • Photo Gallery: Fun Run Spirit Week
  • Fun Run Fundraiser Donations
  • Photo Gallery: Fun Run
  • Restaurant Night at Panera
  • Season of Giving
  • Title One Compact
  • Memory Book Submissions
  • Photo Gallery: This Week at Tualatin
  • Flu and Covid Information
  • Special Parking Message
  • Crosswalk Safety
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

We’ve had two major events happen at our school within a week, both due to the hard work and planning of our Tualatin Elementary PTA.

Our first event was the return of our Fall Harvest Dance, which happened last Friday, October 28th. From 5:30-7:30, we opened up our school to all sorts of superheroes, princesses, and creatures of all kinds. It was wonderful to see so many people in our community come to our school and be able to partake of the activities. It was so popular that we literally ran out of pizza and had to get a second round, which we quickly ran out of as well.

Our next event wrapped up our exciting Spirit Week–the ever-popular Fun Run. We were watching the weather very closely this week, and ended up having it on the day we had an “atmospheric river” over us. The weather didn’t daunt our spirits. We successfully hosted the Fun Run in our gym, with cones making a running track on the outside, and a dance movement spot on the inside. The event started off with some staff runners, including the mystery runner–our famous Black Bear mascot making his first running appearance!

Speaking of our Fun Run, you have until Monday to get your donations in to be eligible ! Note that Fun Run donations directly support our PTA, which in turn, supports our school in countless ways.

Kudos to our wonderful PTA for bringing these memory-making events back to our school.

Working with you for our kids,


Notes from the office

  • Our attendance line is 503-431-4770. Please remember to call the attendance line before 8:30 if your child is going to be absent or tardy. (A student is marked tardy if they arrive after 8:00.) If your student is out sick, please inform us of any symptoms your child is experiencing so we can share any exclusion information with you.
  • Please take the time to subscribe to Flash Alert, the system that is used to send text messages when there is a school closure or delay. This is especially important to do before Winter weather sets in!
  • Please have your students dress for the weather--closed shoes, warm jacket or coat, warm clothing. Students have recess outside rain or shine!

Fall Back on Sunday

Don't forget to change your clocks BACK one hour on Sunday, November 6, as Daylight Savings Time ends. Enjoy that extra hour of sleep in the morning!

Fun Run Spirit Week

Fun Run Donations

We had a wildly fun and successful Fun Run today, November 4th. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the PTA who uses these funds to pay for our field trips, enrichment funds for classes, all of the Family Nights (Fall Harvest, Winter Holiday, STREAM Night), Art Lit, and so much more! There is still time to donate money or collect your pledges to support our school and win cool prizes - at Our goal is to raise $10,000 for Tualatin Elementary!

All donations should be turned in by the end of the school day on Monday, November 7. If your student has donations but is out sick or out of town, please contact the PTA ( for information on turning donations in.

Fun Run

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Season of Giving

Families who would like help with gifts and food this Winter are welcome to apply for holiday assistance through Horizon Community Church. The deadline to turn in the applications is Wednesday, November 19th. Look for an application in your student's backpack on Monday. For any questions or more information please contact Ana Uriostegui (FPA-Family Partnership Advocate) at 503-431-4767 or email

Title I Agreements

Thank you, parents and staff for all of your recent feedback as we updated and finalized our Title I Parent Involvement Plan and School-Home Compact.

During the month of October, students brought home their copy of the School-Home compact. Please read over it with your child and sign it before placing it into their red folder. If you have any questions about the School-Home compact, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher. We look forward to working in partnership with everyone to support a great year of learning!

Memory Book Submissions

The memory book is accepting photos for the following activities. Please help make this year's memory book a success!

We are now accepting the following photos:

Fall Harvest Dance - deadline is November 14th

Fun Run - deadline is November 21st

Spirit Week/Days (Hat Day, PJ Day, etc)

Classroom Field Trips

Art Lit


Are you volunteering...document your time in the school and send us your pictures.

Please send your photo submissions to AND label with the following information: student's grade, teacher's name, student's first and last name and the name of the activity, i.e. 2nd grade, Fossati, John Smith, First Day of School.

Have other memory book questions, please reach out to Ashley Young at Sales won't begin until after the New Year.

This Week at Tualatin

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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 Amanda Thorderson ( or 503-431-4800) with any questions.

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