Bulldog Drool Newsletter

June 10, 2022

In This Issue

News to Know
  • Thoughts on a November Capital Levy - A Message from the Superintendent
  • 6th & 7th Grade Parents - We Need You!
  • One last spirit week!
  • Schedule for 20th & 21st

Student Spotlight

  • Congratulations Varsity League Baseball Champions!
  • Camp Cispus Fun

Message from the District Nurse

  • End of Year Strong Finish
  • Tdap Vaccine Required to Start 7th Grade
  • Department of Health Guidance
  • Free Covid Home Tests

Food Services

  • June Menu

Weekly Attendance

Community Resources

NTMS Contact Information




13: Neon Day - be bright!

13: Last MATH CLUB 7a room 157

14: Country vs Country Club

14: Choir Concert 5p / Band Concert 7p

15: Flashback Day (recreate little kid picture)

15: Laptop Return All Grades

15: ACE DAY LATE START 9:45AM! / Homework Club in the HUB 2:20 - 4p / ELA Help 2:20-3p rm 102

16: Morning Homework Club 7a rm 158 / Homework Club in the HUB 2:20 - 4p / MATH Help 2:20-3p rm 157

16: Place & Band Shirt Day

16: 8th Grade Pond Day

17: Graduation practice

17: Beach Day

17: 4th Grade Book Field Trip for 8th Graders

20: Last Day of School for 8th Graders & early release for all @ 10:50a

20: 8th Grade Graduation @ BLHS 6p

21: Last Day of School for 6th & 7th Grades - Field Day /early release at 10:50a

Thoughts on a November Capital Levy - A Message from the Superintendent

The school board is considering running the capital levy that was put before voters in February, again this November. We are trying to gather feedback to aid in our decision. As you may be aware, over the years as Dieringer's buildings and facilities have aged, various systems and equipment in our schools are reaching the end of their serviceable life. Two examples of urgent needed repairs are the roof at North Tapps Middle School and the HVAC system at Dieringer Heights Elementary School. These repairs are essential to ensure that schools can remain open to students and staff. In addition, we have heard from parents and the community about the desire to make improvements to our existing buildings and outdoor spaces. As the school board considers putting another capital levy before the voters in November, please provide us with your thoughts and ideas about how we can replace and/or repair parts of aging buildings and create new spaces for students, parents, and the community. Please use this link and join our ThoughtExchange to propose ideas and thoughts, and then rank the ideas of others. This is all completely anonymous and is a simple way to crowdsource an idea. The school board and our district administration appreciate your involvement and feedback.

6th and 7th Grade Parents – We Need You

Help for certain parts of the graduation ceremony and after party is especially needed from parents of 6th and 7th graders. This will allow the 8th grade parents the time to enjoy this special evening with their graduates (right before and during the graduation ceremony). Jobs where 6th and 7th grade parents are particularly needed are noted in the sign-up genius (link below). Please consider volunteering - remember this will be reciprocated for when your student is graduating in the next year or two!

Please sign up here to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094baca92ba4f85-ntms

Volunteers must complete this Volunteer Packet. Please email the filled out packet or bring it into the NTMS office. Without this clearance, you may not volunteer.

One last spirit week!

SCHOOL DRESS CODE ALWAYS APPLIES. No hats except on Tuesday and Friday.

Monday-Neon Day- be bright!

Tuesday-Country vs. Country Club

Wednesday-Flashback Day (recreate little kid picture)

Thursday- Place and Band Shirt Day

Friday-Beach Spirit Day

Schedule for the 20th & 21st

June 20th: Early Release for all students.

1st: 7:45-8:15 (30 min)

2nd: 8:18-8:46 (28 min)

3rd: 8:49-9:17 (28 min)

4th: 9:20-9:48 (28 min)

5th: 9:51-10:19 (28min)

6th: 10:22-10:50 (28 min)

June 21st:

7:45 - 8:10: 1st period

8:13 - 8:38: 2nd period

8:41- 9:06: 3rd period

9:06 - 10:20: Field Day




Sidewalk Chalk

Four Square

Board Games

Drawing & Art

10:20 - 10:50: Yearbook signing and count down

Student Spotlight

The Varsity Baseball Team Went Undefeated!!

Congratulations NTMS Varsity League Champs!!
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Camp Cispus

Our 6th & 7th graders had Camp Cispus this week!!

Message From the District Nurse

End of Year Strong Finish

Dear Dieringer Families:

We are nearing the end of the school year, just a few short weeks to go. Our staff, students, and families have shown amazing dedication and resilience for the past two years.

Since last spring, our top priorities have been to maximize in-person learning and slow the spread of Covid-19. Our community has come a long way since the beginning of the school year, however Covid is still present and impacting students and staff in our schools.

Covid case numbers have been going up in our community, and hence in our schools, for the past couple of weeks. We would like to maintain a strong finish to the school year with healthy students and staff as much as possible. With that in mind, please remember the following to minimize the spread of the virus:

Wash hands frequently, and keep students home when they are sick. Test them for Covid with any of the following symptoms not caused by a known chronic health condition. You may call your school’s nurse or health technician for more symptom-specific guidance:




Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Muscle or body aches

New loss of taste or smell

Unusual fatigue

Congestion/stuffy nose

Runny nose

Sore throat

Nausea or vomiting


If your student develops symptoms while at school, we can test them here with a rapid antigen test. Curative also has a PCR testing site at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 4th ST NE. The current hours are 7:30 am -1:30 pm Monday through Friday, and rapid PCR tests are available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit https://book.curative.com/sites/34106 . Appointments are preferred but not mandatory.

*Please note: the Auburn testing site at 2400 Perimeter Road will close effective June 1st.

We have had some outbreaks in classrooms in our district. Our goal is to slow the spread of Covid. It is possible that if we continue to see outbreaks, we may need to reevaluate our requirements, always consulting with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Please remember that masks are optional, but strongly recommended when exposed to help minimize the spread of the virus.

Thank you,

Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

6th Grade Families: Tdap Vaccine REQUIRED to Start 7th Grade

Dear 6th grade families:

-Per Washington State law, all students attending grades 7 through 12 must have one dose of Tdap vaccine.

-Tdap is a booster vaccine which continues to protect your child against the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis diseases they were immunized against as young child. For students in 7th grade, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 10 to be accepted for school entry.

-To update your child’s Tdap immunization record at the school, you will need to turn in a medically verified immunization record. Your child’s health care provider can print this for you, or you can print it from MyIR, which is a free Department of Health online tool that allows families to view and print their official immunization records themselves. Go to https://wa.myir.net/register to begin the sign-up process.

-You may email proof of vaccination to Kristin Liedtke, NTMS Health Tech, at kliedtke@dieringer.wednet.edu

-Make appointments early to avoid the summer rush!

*If your student has a Certificate of Exemption on file for the Tdap vaccine, this is still valid.

Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

Department of Health Guidance

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Free Covid Home Tests

Did you know that you can order free Covid home tests from the federal government and from Washington State? Here are the websites to order free tests for your family:

Federal Government: https://www.covidtests.gov/

Washington State: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/

Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

Dieringer School District

Lake Tapps, WA

Food Services

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Weekly Attendance

Weekly Attendance Average: 93%
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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open!

Please call the Dieringer Heights office for registration details at (253) 826-4937.

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