Black Bear Bits

December 9, 2022

Important Dates

12/9: Winter Holiday Family Night 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

12/15: PTA Restaurant Night @Red Robin 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

12/19-1/2: Winter Break

1/3: Return to School

1/6: PTA BottleDrop Fundraiser 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • Important Lost and Found message
  • Winter Holiday TONIGHT!
  • Winter Holiday Needs
  • Season of Giving Extended
  • On the Horizon--Music Performances
  • Health Room Clothing Needed
  • Tualatin High School Cheer Fundraiser
  • PTA Restaurant Night
  • Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
  • Influenza, Covid-19, RSV, Respiratory Illness at Tualatin Elementary
  • Resource Center Fundraiser
  • News from the PTA
  • Art Rutkin Elementary News
  • Parking Reminder
  • Memory Book Submissions
  • Flu and Covid Information
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

We are in the midst of a very busy December! As I write this, we are getting revved up for our big Winter Holiday Night. Tonight we are expecting many families to join us at school to engage in a time honored tradition of gingerbread house building. Our rotunda is already transforming into a winter wonderland with artwork provided by our own students.Thanks to all of the families who have donated candy, and to everyone who helped bag candy yesterday after school. It’s going to be a festive night for all!

Last night, we had a great event at school: Arctic Animal Antics. Performed by our talented third graders, it was our first musical performance in the school in nearly three years. The students had a dress rehearsal for our school earlier in the day. I wish you could have seen the happy faces of our students watching this show. For many of them, this was the first opportunity they’ve had to watch something like this.Hearing students sing makes school feel like school once again. A big thanks to our incredible third grade team–Ms. LePore, Mrs. McConnell, and Mrs. Yamanaka–and to our incredible music teacher Mrs. Hinkle for all of the time they put into this show.

If you would like to watch the performance, here is the link for the show: Arctic Animal Antics.

Thank you to our parents who have been mindful of students and other cars in the parking lot. We have had a few close calls on 95th Ave. with cars waiting to turn. Please follow all traffic laws, especially when pulling into the school and near our crosswalks.

Continued thanks for everything you are doing to support the wonderful staff here at Tualatin Elementary.

Working with you for our kids,


Important Lost and Found Message

Our lost and found is overflowing. Please make time to look through it over the next two weeks--Winter Holiday Night would be a great opportunity--because when Winter break begins, all items left in the lost and found will be bagged up and donated to the Caring Closet.
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Winter Holiday Family Night

You're invited to the happiest night of the year. Join us on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th, from

6:00 – 8:00 P.M. for our Family Winter Holiday Activity.

ENJOY: Gingerbread House Decorating, Photo-Op, Garden Craft, and Snacks.

WE PROVIDE: One graham-cracker gingerbread house per child and Frosting “cement”

BRING: A Tray (typically sturdy cardboard covered in foil) Candy for decorating

DONATIONS: Candy: To teachers by DEC 7 Baked Goods: To school on DEC 9

Winter Holiday Family Event - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Various volunteer opportunities are available for Winter Holiday Family Night--both before the event and during the event! Help set up the event after school or help in any of the various activities throughout the evening! See the different options and sign up here.

Winter Holiday Family Event - BAKED GOODS NEEDED!

We are looking for store-bought baked holiday treats (such as cookies, cupcakes, brownies, muffins--anything not requiring cutlery to eat) for our Winter Holiday Family Night. TTSD policy requires store-bought donations only. For safety, due to allergies, we ask for only nut-free goodies. These baked goods will be provided to all at the event. You can bring them directly to the cafeteria tonight when you arrive.

Season of Giving extended

Due to the generosity of families, our Season of Giving has been extended. Families who would like help with gifts and food this Winter are welcome to apply for holiday assistance through Horizon Community Church. We will continue to accept applications until Winter Break. For any questions or more information please contact Ana Uriostegui (FPA-Family Partnership Advocate) at 503-431-4767 or email

We are also still accepting gift card donations from Fred Meyer or Winco. Please write the amount on each gift card and drop off in our office. All cards collected will be distributed to our own families (and are tax-deductible).

On the Horizon--Music Performances

Mark your calendars for upcoming musical performances this year.

4th Grade music concert Jan 19, 2023

5th grade music concert Feb 9, 2023

2nd grade music concert March 2, 2023

All concerts will from 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Health Room Clothing Needed

If you are sorting through clothes over Winter Break, please keep the health room in mind. We are especially short on small (sizes 5-8) elastic-waist pants and underwear, although we are happy to accept all sizes! (And remember--for tax purposes, this may be an "in-kind" donation to the school!)

Tualatin High School Cheer Fundraiser

Need a night out or time to shop without your children present? Let Tualatin High School Varsity Cheer help out for only $35 per child! Cheer team will entertain your children with games, activities, snacks, and more on Friday, December 16, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Tualatin High School.

Registration Link

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PTA Restaurant Night

The PTA is hosting a restaurant night with Red Robin on Thursday, December 15, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Tualatin location (7425 SW Nyberg). Dine-in or take-out and the PTA will receive 20% of the sales. Be sure to mention Tualatin Elementary PTA in the restaurant or add it to your online order (directions on flyer below) to receive credit!
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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

One of the common childhood illnesses we’re seeing occasionally in our school is also showing up in adults as well - hand, foot and mouth disease. This is an illness caused by a virus, and is very contagious. It commonly shows up as a rash, made up of small reddish bumps or blisters.


If your student exhibits symptoms, please contact your pediatrician and inform the school.

Flu, Covid, RSV, and other Viral Respiratory Illnesses

We are seeing a rise in cases of Influenza A, Covid-19, RSV, and other respiratory illnesses at Tualatin Elementary. As we head into cold and flu season, this is a reminder to please not send your child to school if they are sick. If your child is sick, please follow the TTSD Exclusion Guidance (linked here) for information on when they can return to school.

If your student is diagnosed with Influenza, Covid-19, RSV, or other respiratory illness, please contact the office (503-431-4800 or for guidance. It is also important for us to know this information so we can track any outbreaks at the school or classroom level so we may keep students safe.

Please monitor your child for any signs of illness including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue

Here are some important steps to take to keep you, your child, and others healthy:

  • Keep children who are sick or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test at home. Don’t send them to school, athletic practices, or other activities.

  • Get vaccinated. See the links below for more information.

  • Wear a mask.

  • Wash hands with soap and water.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow.

  • Seek medical advice.

Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding this information. Links to resources are listed below.

Respiratory Syncytial Viral Infection (RSV)

Flu Prevention


Family Resource Center Fundraiser

Caring for Our Community emergency utility and rental assistance fundraiser

TTSD families are experiencing evictions and challenges paying utilities more now than during the pandemic. Please consider donating to the Family Resource Center fundraiser

Call 503-603-1588 or email Catherine West to make a donation.

Art Rutkin Elementary - New TTSD Elementary School in Tigard

Please contact Jamie Kingery, Art Rutkin Elementary principal, for information about TTSD's new elementary school opening fall 2023. Current information about the school's location, attendance area boundary and enrollment can also be found in this Frequently Asked Questions document - Art Rutkin Elementary FAQ - and these slides from recent elementary school presentations at Alberta Rider, Deer Creek and Mary Woodward. Contact information: 503 431-3508 or


We have designated disability parking spaces in our front and back parking lots. Lately, vehicles with no visible disability parking permit are using those spaces during afternoon pickup. One of our families has been unable to access these spots because of this. We ask that you leave those spots open all day for our families who need them. It is unlawful for anyone to park in a disability parking spot without a conspicuously placed parking permit. Thanks for modeling respectful behavior to our students.

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:

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

Classroom Field Trips

Art Lit


Winter Holiday

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.

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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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