Black Bear Bits

April 28, 2023

Important Dates

4/28: Spring Book Fair (Last Day)

4/28: Dia de los niños / STREAM Night 5:30-8:00 PM

5/1: Principal Appreciation Day

5/1: Substitute Appreciation Day

5/1: Asian Pacific Islander Month

5/3: 5th Grade Promotion Virtual Meeting

5/3: Walk + Roll to School

5/3: 4th Grade Field Trip

5/5: School Lunch Hero Day

5/5: 4th Grade Field Trip

5/8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week

5/8-12: State Testing (3rd-5th) - Math

5/10: School Nurse Day

5/12: 1st Grade Field Trip

5/17: No School- Inservice Day

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • New Principal Hire Process
  • Spring Book Fair (Last Day)
  • Dia de los niños / STREAM Night
  • Walk + Roll to School
  • 5th Grade Promotion Celebration Meeting Information
  • Celebrating Earth Day
  • Traffic Concern at Dismissal
  • Asian Pacific Islander Month
  • Pre-K Registration
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Kinder Summer Jumpstart
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

Tonight, we have an amazing event planned for all of you! It is our Dia de los Ninos/STREAM night. It is TONIGHT from 5:30-8:00 and a free event for our families. Come for free dinner at 5:30 then participate in some fun science activities, swing at pinatas, appreciate the amazing art from our Art Literacy Program and other surprises! Additionally, we will be selling houseplants to raise money for our school garden, and selling raffle tickets for a free BIKE. It’s promising to be a great time and we hope to see you all there. Please note all students attending must be chaperoned by an adult.

A BIG THANKS to our Head Secretary Amanda Thorderson, our Family Partnership Advocate Ana Uriostegui, third grade teacher Kat LePore, ELD teacher Tamara Harris, library coordinator Kathleen Cunnington, and Dean of Students Lisa Fetherston for all of the work they’ve put into planning STREAM night.

I have noticed this week, with the abundant sunshine at both arrival and dismissal, an increase in dangerous driving behavior in and around our parking lots, both at drop off and pick up. Parents and staff have shared concerns that some cars are driving fast through our parking lot, drivers are texting while driving, cars are being parked along curbs and not in marked spots, and other cars are circling the parking lot waiting for a spot to open. Please know we do have families that escort their students through the parking lot after parking in a space, so even one distracted parent is cause for concern.

A big thank you to everyone for taking the time to read in our last Bits newsletter my concern about cars cutting in line for parent pick up.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Working with you for our students,


New Principal Selection Process

The District's Human Resource team, in partnership with the Tualatin staff, will be running a process to hire a new principal for Tualatin Elementary. The Human Resources Team has a very qualified and competitive pool of candidates we have started to screen. We will conduct more comprehensive interviews with the finalists starting next week. We look forward to introducing the Tualatin Community to a new principal this Spring. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Debbie Ebert, Director of Human Resources at

We are sad to see Mr. Hiller leave at the end of this school year and wish him all the best. We have appreciated his influence on our school community.

Last Day of Book Fair, Friday- the 28th!

Reading is Amazing

Spring Scholastic Book Fair!

April 24th - April 28th, 2023

April 28th (Friday) 8:00am to 8:30pm

Last day, closing at 830 pm.

All money raised from this book fair will go towards buying books for the library!

Check out our E-Wallet option this year on our website

Dia de los Niños/STREAM celebration April 28th from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

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Walk and Roll to School

Black Bear Families, we have some upcoming opportunities to MOVE! On Wednesday, May 3rd, Tualatin Elementary will host a Springtime Walk and Roll to School. Then join Tigard and the Tualatin Public Library are hosting Move4May Challenge. Get more information from the links below.

Walk + Roll Challenge- We invite all students and families to celebrate our May Walk+Roll to School Day on Wednesday, May 3, 2023! Walk, roll, or bus to school and pick up fun goodies! We recently held our first Winter Walk+Roll event after record breaking events in Spring and Fall. Let’s continue to build on this momentum to make walking, rolling, and taking the school bus viable and common methods of travel for all TTSD students.

Move4May Challenge- Move4May! is about taking care of ourselves by staying active outdoors or at home. Throughout the month of May enjoy local events, highlights from local businesses, and fun challenges to get moving in your neighborhoods and parks! Move4May! is brought to you by the City of Tigard Safe Routes to School Program, Parks & Recreation, Community Development, and the Tigard Public Library. See Link for more information!

Be Bright! Dress in colorful + reflective clothing. Drivers watch out for pedestrians and cyclists / VÍstase con ropa brillante y reflectante. Conductores tener cuidado con los peatones y ciclistas.

ATTENTION 5th Grade Families....

We will be having a virtual meeting next Wednesday, May 3rd, at 6pm for anyone interested in volunteering to help with the 5th Grade Promotion Celebration.

Several 5th grade parents have reached out already, but we wanted to extend the invitation to all of our families. We will need help during the planning process and day-of volunteers at the celebration. Sub-committees could include decorations, activities, food/beverage, etc. Start thinking about how YOU would like to get involved.

Don't have the availability to volunteer, but still want to support this fun celebratory event? Please consider making a targeted donation to the PTA. We are working with a limited budget, and want to show our students how proud we are by putting on a great event, which increasing our budget would allow us to do. Feel free to message me or email the PTA at for information on how to donate to this event.

THANK YOU! We look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday. Can't attend the virtual meeting, but still want to volunteer, let me know, and I will get the information to you.

Celebrating Earth Day 2023

April is Earth Month, with April 22nd as Earth Day. Students, staff, and community members have joined together for various gardening projects at our schools to teach our students about the importance of teamwork, planting, and caring for our planet. A HUGE THANKS to our amazing community members who stepped in to help on our Garden work event day- employees at Crate and Barrel for donating your time, our favorite Lunch Lady Aggi for providing lunch, Paul Taylor our amazing Gardner in Residence, and all of the teachers and students who came together to help plant and take care of our garden. Also, special thanks for J&F Tree Service for donating the bark dust and compost to help make our garden beautiful.

Traffic Concern at Dismissal

During dismissal, parents picking up their children in their cars park along 95th street waiting to enter the front parking lot. There is a fire hydrant along the street, just at the entrance to the staff parking lot. You may have seen Mr. Hiller standing there this week to monitor this situation.

Some parents waiting in line don’t park next to the fire hydrant to leave room in case we have an emergency, so they’ll wait and leave it as an open space.

A couple weeks ago, one of our parents did that. While waiting, another car came to cut in line and parked next to the hydrant. Then, a second car came and pulled in front of that car, also cutting the line.

We ask for everyone to please respect the rules while patiently waiting to pick up your student. Please remember that adults are the role models for students, and we always want to set the best example for our kids. Our school rules--safe, kind, and responsible--are especially important during arrival and dismissal, by adults and students.

Additionally, we are still having getting picked up in the back parking lot. This is not allowed because we do not have any staff on duty in the back parking lot to watch the students and there is no safe way to turn around in that parking lot.

Thank you to everyone for helping keep our Tualatin community safe for all of our students.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! AAPI month came into being in 1978, when it was recognized by former president Jimmy Carter and Congress. Asia and the Pacific Islands are made of many different countries and rich cultures, including:

  • Southeast Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh)

  • India

  • Japan

  • China

  • East Asia (China, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Taiwan)

Learn about some trailblazing members of the AAPI community, and the amazing work they’ve done here, and read some fantastic books featuring Asian American and Pacific Islander folks here!

PRE-K Registration

Free Preschool for Children ages 3 to 5

The Tigard-Tualatin School District in partnership with Community Action offers free preschool classes for qualifying families.

Please fill out our electronic Preschool Interest Google Form online


complete the Preschool Program Interest PDF and send the completed form to:

  • or
  • deliver to your neighborhood Tigard-Tualatin Elementary School or
  • mail to Early Learning Coordinator TTSD
    6961 SW Sandburg St, Tigard, OR 97223

Click here for the Early Learning Website

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for 2023-24 is open! A child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023, to enter Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 School year. Online registration and more information about Kindergarten can be found here. We also have staff at the building who can help with registration. Please contact the office (503-431-4800) or Ana Uriostegui (503-431-4767) for assistance.

There will be a Kindergarten Kick off on May 25th, where families can meet teachers, tour the school, take a bus ride, and more! Information will be sent to families in May.


Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners! We invite you to apply for Kinder Jumpstart here at Tualatin Elementary.

  • Learn routines taught by real life Tualatin Elementary kindergarten teachers!
  • Meet future classmates and make new friends!
  • Become familiar with our school, playground and buses so that you’re ready for the first day!


August 7 - August 10: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

August 14 - August 17: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m

Forms will be emailed to all parents who have already registered their child for Kindergarten next year. They are also available from Teacher Adam, the school office, in the attachments, or fill out the form online. If you complete a paper registration please return it to the front office or email a photo of both pages to by June 9, 2023 to have your child be considered. Students who have no/limited pre-school experience receive priority placement in this program.

If you have questions, please contact: Lindsay Edison (503) 431-4794 or send us an email 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 Emili Powers ( or 503-431-4800) with any questions.

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