Black Bear Bits


Important Dates

5/20: Garden Work Party 9:00 am-12:00 pm

5/21: Kona Ice Fundraiser 3:30-6:00 pm

5/24: Hazelbrook Middle School Information Night 5:30-6:30 pm

5/25: Kinder Kick Off 4:30-6:00 pm

5/25: Read-a-Thon Reward- Pie Assembly 2:00-2:15 pm

5/25: Kinder Kickoff 4:30 -6:00 pm

5/26: Hearing Screening (Grades 1-3)

5/29: No School- Memorial Day

6/2: Meet the Principal and No Place for Hate Picnic

6/5: Assembly with Author Jelani Memory- "A Kid's Book About Racism"

6/9: Fifth Grade Celebration 10:30 am- 1:30 pm

6/12: Field Day- 9:30 am -2:15 pm

6/14: Fifth Grade Parade and Promotion Day 1:30-2:15 pm

6/15: Last Day of School- Early Release- 11:15 am

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • Garden Work Party
  • Kona Ice Fundraiser
  • Kinder Kick Off
  • Dental3, Thank You!
  • Club K Onsite Childcare Registration
  • Reading in May Bingo Game
  • No Place for Hate Recognition- Picnic Info
  • Returning Next Year? Let us know!
  • Student Information for Placement
  • Join our Team
  • A Visit from Book Author Jelani Memory - "A Kid's Book About Racism"
  • Field Day and Volunteer Information
  • Parking lot Protocol
  • Pre-K Registration
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Kinder Summer Jumpstart
  • Volunteering at Tualatin
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

May is flying by here in Black Bear Country, and we just finished a huge accomplishment. Our third, fourth, and fifth grade students finished their state testing! This will provide us information going into next year about your students and their learning growth this year. A huge thank you to all of our classroom teachers who not only facilitated testing in their classrooms but worked so hard to prepare students for the testing. Another huge thank you to our Dean of Students Mrs. Fetherston, who organized all of the testing schedules and supported testing in the classrooms.

This Wednesday on our teacher workday, some of our staff participated in celebration and reflection activities. May is a great time to do this, and many of our teachers will be doing this with their classes. As a parent, you can also have conversations with your students about what they will remember learning about this year, and what they are excited about learning next year.

This Saturday, May 20th, we are having our OSU Day of Service event in our beautiful garden from 9-12. Please read the information below about this event and we hope to see you there!

Working with you for our students.

Finally, tell your friends and neighbors that have incoming kindergartners that our Kindergarten kickoff is May 25th from 4:30-6:00 pm. We will have popsicles, activities and first timer bus rides. Also, if you register online a t-shirt will be available for pick up at the event. Looking forward to welcoming you,


Garden Work Party

Saturday, May 20th is the annual OSU Alumni Volunteer event in our school garden. It is always wonderful to get help, and show them that our families are very invested in the success of our garden, too.

If you sign up it gives us a head count so we can properly plan to feed everyone. If you don't want to sign up, just show up! There is plenty to do - prepping soil, weeding, planting, mowing, trimming ....

Join us Saturday, May 20 9am-12pm

See you in the garden!


Thank you to Portland Nursery

Thank you Portland Nursery for the seeds and starts for our garden. This will help our garden grow!

When you're out shopping for garden supplies, keep our generous donors in mind and thank them for their donation to our school!

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Kona Ice

Kona Ice and our Tualatin Elementary PTA have teamed up to hold a fundraiser this weekend, Sunday May 21st from 3:30-6pm. This is open to the entire community. Please come out and support our school and enjoy a cold Kona Ice and beat that heat!

Kinder Kick Off

We are excited to invite you to your first official event as a Tualatin Black Bear!

Thursday, May 25th, 4:30-6:00 pm @ Tualatin Elementary School.

  • Bring your kindergartner to this evening of fun and learn about engaging ways to help your child get ready for kindergarten.
  • Watch your child experience the kindergarten classroom for the first time! (4:30-5:30)
  • Take a family bus ride together! (4:30-6:00)
  • Popsicles for the family (5:30-6:00)
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Club K Onsite Childcare

We are excited to have Club K provide on-site child care beginning with the 2023-24 school year. Registration is open! If you register for Club K by June 15th, you’ll receive discounted tuition. (See flier for current/discounted tuition. Tuition will rise after June 15th.) Based on the survey results, Club K is planning to offer AM care to Tualatin families and have registration set up that way. However, they need 12 students in order to operate morning programming, so be sure to register soon!

Rate sheet shows the morning and afternoon pricing options. Anything you can do to help spread the word would be appreciated!

Links to the informational zoom session:



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No Place for Hate Picnic

We have some great things to celebrate at Tualatin Elementary! Hendrik, the safe routes to school coordinator, has arranged to have a traffic playground painted on the blacktop at the back of the school on May 20th and 21st.

Come join us Friday June 2nd, 5:30-7:00 pm as we celebrate our school's achievement of being nominated as a "No Place for Hate" school. This will also serve as a "Meet and Greet" with Bobbie Brown, our new Principal.

Please bring your own Lawn Chairs or Blankets and enjoy Pizza-Picnic Style.

Reading in May Bingo Challenge

Hello Tualatin families,

For the month of May, we'd love for students to participate in a Reading Bingo board at home. You will see there are many different activities students can do to score on the bingo board. If your student fills out a Bingo during the month of May, please have them bring it to school with your signature and they will receive a special prize! Have fun celebrating literacy love! *One Bingo Board per student :) Here are the Bingo boards: English/Spanish

Thanks so much!

Lindsay Edison, Literacy Specialist

Special "Thank you" to our Dental3 Team!

Here are some highlights from Dental3 services at Tualatin Elementary this year:

2022-2023 School Year (Services delivered the week of April 24, 2023) :

· 107 students received a screening ( +32 more students than last school year!)

· 48 students received at least one dental sealant.

· 100 students received fluoride.

· 3 students had elevated dental needs and 2 students had urgent dental needs. All five students were referred to the Care Coordination team for follow-up.

Tualatin Elementary Welcomes Author Jelani Memory- "The Kid's Book About Racism".

The author of “The Kid’s Book About Racism”, Jelani Memory, is coming to Tualatin Elementary on Monday, June 5th. He will be talking about diversity, racism, and upstanding to our staff and students in an assembly. Teacher's will be reading his book to their classes the week before and we will also have two assemblies for our K-2 AND 3-5 classes to meet Jelani and learn more about his book. If you have any questions, please reach out to the school.

Field Day is Coming- June 12th! Volunteers Are Needed!

Tualatin Elementary's Field Day is coming up soon on Monday, June 12th. It is a school-wide celebration where students play fun field games and activities. I'm looking for volunteers help run the stations and help with classes. Please see the schedule and the google signup below. Thanks so much and looking forward to hearing from you! -Mr. Hill

9:30-11:00am: 5th, 4th, and 2nd grades

12:20-1:50pm: Kinder, 1st, and 3rd grades

If you can help out please fill out the google.form with your name, email, students, and availability:

All volunteers must complete the checklist below to volunteer

If you believe you have done all the above, please contact Emili ( or 503-431-4800) and she will verify that you are set to volunteer.

Thanks! Mr. Hill and Ms. Olson

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:

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  • 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.

Kinder Summer Jumpstart

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:

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Parking Lot Protocol

  1. If you are picking your student up after school by car, you should wait in your car in the car line. Please do not leave your car unattended in the car lane.
  2. If you are picking your student up on foot/walking, please wait for your student in designated areas--by the flagpole and open grassy area at the front of the school.
  3. If you drive to school and want to pick up your student by the flagpole, please park your car in a legal parking spot and wait by the flagpole for your student.
  4. There is no pick up in the back parking lot. There is not a safe way to turn around in that parking lot, so please do not pull in and wait.
  5. Please do not come inside to wait for your student for safety reasons. If you would like to come inside to look for lost and found or for another reason, please come to the office to check in.

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

Student Information for Placement

Early in June, each grade level team meets to carefully organize next year's classes based on a variety of factors. If you have insights and information about your child that you would like to share, please pick up a form in the office and return it by May 31st for consideration.
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