Bulldog Drool Newsletter

December 10, 2021

In This Issue

News to Know
  • Holiday Help Donations
  • Vaccination Clinic
  • Need A Hand With the Holidays?
  • Highly Capable Program Dates
Student Spotlight
  • Food Drive
  • Mr. Stenson's Choir Concert
  • Future Scientists 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




13: Spirit Day - Sports Day! / Math Club @ 7am Room 157 /

14: Spirit Day - Decades Day! / Future Scientists Club @ 7am Room 155 /

15: ACE Day late start 9:45am / Spirit Day - Teacher/Student Swap! / Homework Club @ 2:20p in the Commons /

16: Spirit Day - Ugly Sweater/Plaid -Flannel! / Choir Concert 5:30pm (Cadet/ Intermediate/Jazz) & 7:30pm (Beginning Band/Concert/Jazz) / Morning Homework Club @ 7am Room 158 / Homework Club @ 2:20p in the Commons

17: This is not an early release day. School dismisses at 2:15pm! Spirit Day - Color Wars! 8th - White, 7th - Red, 6th - Green!

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.

Vaccination Clinic

A vaccination clinic was hosted at LTES on Monday, December 6, from 4:00-7:00pm. Because it was so well attended, the sign-in took longer than expected and the nurses finished the clinic at about 9:30pm.

LTES will host another clinic on Monday, December 20, from 9:00am-1:00pm in the gym. Also, there will still be a clinic on Monday, January 10, from 4:00-7:00pm as was previously scheduled.

Ski School Information - Registration Ends Dec 19th!






  • 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)

Registration Instructions:

  • 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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Need A Hand For the Holidays?

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

School Total: 8,473 lbs!!

8th: 3,243 lbs

7th: 2,387 lbs

6th: 2,843 lbs

Thank you to everyone that donated to help make this successful!

Mr. Stenson's NTMS Choir Concert

Future Scientists Club Race Sonic Racers

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: 94%

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