Black Bear Bits

August 26, 2022

Important Dates

8/31: School Open House ~ 3:00-4:00 p.m.

8/31: Welcome Back Family Barbecue ~ 4:00-6:00 p.m.

9/5: Labor Day ~ No School

9/6: First day of school for 1st-5th Grades

9/6: BOOHOO WOOHOO Parent Gathering (Grades 1-5) 8:00-9:00 a.m. (details below)

9/13: First day of school for PreK and Kindergarten

9/13: BOOHOO WOOHOO Parent Gathering (PreK and Kinder) 8:00-9:00 a.m. (details below)

9/17: Garden Work Party 9:00-11:00 a.m.

9/20: PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.

9/26-30: Scholastic Book Fair

Message from the Principal

Greetings Black Bear Community,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at Tualatin Elementary! Although I have been collaborating, planning and preparing over the summer, I’m looking forward to the school coming fully alive in September when all of our students and staff are here to fill our classrooms, hallways and playground with joyful learning.

I became an educator because as a student I had so many teachers and school staff positively impact me as a learner, and believed in my ability without fail. That belief still drives me today: the belief in the success of your students everyday. I am eager to hear from you and your children about their needs and hopes for their time at Tualatin Elementary and beyond and about how we can best collaborate with and for our students and their caregivers.

Since I am new to our community, allow me to introduce myself. I was originally born in Minnesota and grew up in Arizona, before moving to Oregon in 1996. This is my 32nd (!) year in education, and I’ve taught grades 3rd, 4th and 5th in Arizona, Virginia, and Oregon. I worked for eight years as a new teacher mentor in Beaverton, coaching teachers to improve their instruction to impact student learning. For the past six years, I served as assistant principal at two elementary schools, Hazeldale and Bonny Slope, both in Beaverton.

On the home front, when not in school, I’m an avid reader, love crossword puzzles, British television shows, and aspire to take up running again, which was waylaid by injuries to my Achilles heels. I’m the proud papa of the cutest dog in the world, Lilly Belle, a mini-Goldendoodle who literally runs the house. One thing that you’ll learn very quickly is that I proudly claim the title of being a “Disney Adult”. For many students, this is an immediate connection that we have, and helps to form lasting relationships.

In fact, relationship building is one of my first goals joining this incredible community. Nothing important is accomplished in education outside of relationships. As a new leader at this school, I am excited to get to know everyone in our community, and to share my enthusiasm for and commitment to creating a positive and productive learning environment for every learner who comes through our door.

I am honored and humbled to serve as the new principal for Tualatin Elementary. I am excited about all we will accomplish together for our children and look forward to celebrating our collective success this school year.


Jim Hiller

UPDATED! Teacher assignments

(Updated information as of 1:00 p.m. 8/26/22)

Due to fluctuating enrollment, class placement letters will be delayed. Know that much thought and consideration is put into each student's placement and our team of outstanding teachers are excited to welcome your child and family to a new year at Tualatin.

  • Teacher assignments for students in grades Kinder-5 will be emailed to families before August 31st.
  • Preschool welcome letters will be emailed by August 31st.
  • Bus Routes have arrived!

Welcome Back Open House and Family Barbecue

Join us on Wednesday, August 31st, for an open house and family barbecue! The open house will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and you'll have an opportunity to walk through the building, see your student's classroom, and meet some of our staff. Most teachers will be in attendance, but because of late notice, some may have prior commitments.

From 4:00-6:00 p.m. we will be hosting a free family barbecue with our partners at Horizon Community Care! The barbecue will be held on the patio at the back of the school. This is a great time to meet other families and renew friendships prior to the start of school!

School attendance Line & Hours

Following are the school hours:

Kinder-5th grade: 8:00 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. (Doors open at 7:45)
AM Preschool: 8:00-10:30am
PM Preschool: 12:00-2:30pm

Our attendance line is 503-431-4770. Please call the attendance line before 8:30 a.m. if your student will be tardy (after 8:00) or absent from school. 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. An automated system will call you if the absence/tardy has not been reported.

Did you know?

  • The Black Bear Bits are sent to families every Friday while school is in session. The Bits always contain timely information on events, updates to policies and procedures, and all the happenings at Tualatin Elementary. We also post a link on social media (Facebook and Twitter). Be sure to check out the attachments in the Bits emails as it contains community and school flyers, applications, and resources important to your family.
  • You can reach our front office at or you can find our individual emails on the school website. You can also call us at 503-431-4800
  • Fridays are spirit days! Wear your spirit wear or school colors (red and black)
  • PTA meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (except December)
  • If the school is experiencing an unexpected closure due to snow, natural disaster, power outage, or other emergency, information will be sent out through Flash Alert. Sign up to receive these push notifications on your phone and via email.

School Meals Information

Please set up your student's meal account or apply for free meals through the Titan Program Website. You can also view the school menu in Titan (subject to supply chain disruptions). If your student has food allergies, please be sure to update that information in ParentVu.

Elementary Breakfast: $1.75

Elementary Lunch: $2.90

BooHoo, WooHoo Social!

There is no question that the beginning of a new school year brings with it all the feels! Join other parents on the first day of school and commiserate/celebrate the start of another school year! After sending your student off to their classroom, join the PTA in the library for light refreshments and hear about all the volunteer opportunities with the school and PTA, meet the new principal and get a brief preview of the 2022-23 school year, and celebrate that we are able to meet together in person again in the school!

  • Parents of students in grades 1-5, will gather at 8:00 a.m. in the library on Tuesday, September 6th.
  • Parents of students in Pre-K and Kinder will gather at 8:00 a.m. in the library on Tuesday, September 13th.

Garden Work Party

We are excited for our first garden work party of the 2022-23 school year! Join us on Saturday, September 17, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Meet our garden committee and other garden supporters, help us with Fall chores, and enjoy some fresh vegetables from the garden!

We also need volunteers to weed, mow, water and harvest over the next few months. Sign up for a week: Monday - Sunday. Share the week with another family!

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PTA news

The Tualatin Elementary PTA is a group of volunteer parents, staff and community members who work together to enrich our children's educational experience. The PTA fills in where school budgets cannot. We put together fun experiences for our students and families including the memory book, spirit wear, festivals and family nights, art literacy, and more! Money we raised through fundraisers like restaurant nights, a biennial auction, the fun run, and the school read-a-thon goes straight to the school for field trips, school supplies, OBOB, grade enrichment, and so much more.

Working with the PTA is a great opportunity to be make new friends and be involved in the school. More importantly, we cannot provide all these experiences for our students without volunteers like you! Consider joining or chairing a committee, become a board member (we are looking for a secretary and President-elect), share art literacy with your child's class, or assist with any of our activities we have planned for this year.

For more information, see the PTA website or contact the PTA President, Nichole George at

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.


If your student has a health plan, it is now viewable in Parentvue. Please review the plan and contact your school’s nurse if anything needs to be changed. If your nurse does not hear from you by September 15, 2022, this is the plan that will be in place for the 2022-2023 school year.

District Nurse:

Sharon Mitchell, BSN, RN

Tigard-Tualatin District Nurse

Office: 503-431-4207

Nutrition Services Update

The universal free meals waiver with USDA has expired. Beginning the 2022-2023 school year meals will be charged to the student accounts.

Please set up your student's meal account or apply for free meals through the Titan Program Website. TTSD is no longer using the My School Bucks Program. All funds that were in your student's account with Myschoolbucks have been carried over and will be accessed through Titan. You can also view the school menu in Titan.

See the Expanded Income Guidelines here for more income guidelines. Oregon has expanded the income guidelines so more families will qualify. Even if you have not qualified before, you may now. (Example: A family of four with a combined household income of less than $83,250 would qualify for free meals.)

Some reminders:

  • A new meal application is needed to apply each school year.
  • 1 application per household.
  • Families can apply anytime during the school year if their economic status has changed.

For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the TTSD Nutrition Page

School Supplies and Backpacks

In order to lessen the impact on families, Tualatin Elementary will be providing the basic school supplies needed for students this year. Please send your student with a backpack and reusable water bottle (labeled with their name).

If you need assistance in providing a backpack and reusable water bottle for your student, please fill out this form or contact Ana Uriostegui, our Family Partnership Advocate, at 503-431-4767 or

Teachers are accepting donations of kleenex, individually wrapped snacks, and baby wipes. Contact the office to donate other supplies.

Titan Website

Pay for meals, see the school menu, apply for free and reduced lunch

Black Bear Bits Archive

Did you miss a past edition of the Black Bear Bits? Read them here!

2022-2023 TTSD Approved Calendar

See the approved calendar for the school year.