Black Bear Bits

March 17, 2023

Important Dates

3/20: Packed with Pride Delivery (Volunteer Help Needed)

3/21: PTA Meeting 7-8:00 p.m.

3/22: Meet and Greet with our new First Grade Teacher

3/22: Pacific Islander Parents Meeting

3/24-4/21- Roaring for Reading- Read-A-Thon

3/27-3/31: No School- Spring Break

4/3-4/7: State Testing- Third Grade

4/11: Last Day for Onpoint Outstanding Educator Nominations

4/13: End of Third Quarter

4/14: No School- Teacher Work day

4/26: Make up School Day for Snow Day

4/28: Dia de los niños / STREAM Night (More info to come)

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • Packed with Pride Food Drive Help Needed
  • Meet and Greet with our new first Grade Teacher, Mrs. Hutchison
  • Kona Ice Visit
  • Pacific Islander Meeting
  • Pre-K Registration
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Kinder Summer Jumpstart
  • Onpoint Nominations for Outstanding Educators
  • PTA Meeting and Volunteer Needs
  • Roaring for Reading- Read-A-Thon information
  • Roaring for Reading- Read-A-Thon Timeline
  • Dia de los niños / STREAM Night
  • Spring Break Activities for Families
  • Important Message from Hazelbrook Middle School
  • Help Bridge the Gap
  • Lost and Found Overflow
  • Art Rutkin Elementary Open Enrollment
  • Flu and Covid Information
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

I am reaching out to share the news that I will be stepping down as TuES principal at the end of this school year. This was a difficult decision but one made by prioritizing what is best for me and my family at this time.

I also share that I will be taking a leave to travel out of state and care for my ailing mother. I am planning to be away from April 3rd to April 12th, returning on the 13th. While I’m away, Sue Scott, former TTSD administrator and who most recently served as Templeton’s interim principal last year, will be here at Tualatin Elementary in my absence. I want to thank Sue for stepping in to support our staff and students through this transition.

My thanks to everyone for welcoming me into the Tualatin Elementary community and supporting me over the past several months. It has been a privilege to serve you and your students. I look forward to finishing out this school year strong.

Please watch for more information in the coming weeks on our plans for the new principal selection process.

Thank you for your support.


Jim Hiller

TRUCKS NEEDED!! Do you have a truck? Can you help??

Monday 3/20 at 8:30 am- Our Packed with Pride food donations will need to be loaded into the back of trucks and delivered to Tigard High School around 9:00 am. Can you help? Please call the office at 503-431-4800 or email us at - and let us know! Thank you!

Meet and Greet our new First Grade Teacher!

On Wednesday, March 22nd from 4-5 pm, our new first grade teacher Mrs. Hutchison will be hosting a Meet and Greet event for her classroom families! This informal event will allow you to meet her and get a glimpse of her classroom. Feel free to bring the whole family!

Thank you Kona Ice!!

Big Shout out to Kona Ice and the PTA for setting up a special treat for the staff this week! The morning started off cold and overcast but by the time the Kona Ice truck showed up so did the Sunshine! Thank you for the special treat!

Pacific Islander Parents Meeting

Please join us and meet some of our Pacific Islander Staff on March 22nd, 6:30-8:00 pm at Tigard-Tualatin District Training Center at 9550 SW Murdock St. Tigard, 97224. Food will be provided along with a raffle for some fun prizes!

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:

Nominate an Outstanding Educator

OnPoint Community Credit Union has always understood that investing in education is one of the best ways to build thriving communities. We are proud to honor our roots and the teachers who continue to support students in and out of the classroom through the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education.


Get all the details on nominating an outstanding educator and details on all Onpoint prize awards here!

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PTA Meeting and Important Volunteer Needs

Join the PTA on Tuesday, March 21, 7:00-8:00 pm, for their monthly meeting.

The PTA is also looking for volunteers to fill important board positions next year. This year, your PTA has brought you a variety of events and raised funds for our school that were used for field trips, supplies, our garden, and more. However at the end of this year some of our amazing committee heads are moving on, along with our PTA President and other board members. If we would like to continue to provide the same level of support to our students and teachers next year, we need parents to volunteer for these PTA Board and Committee positions. If the committee head positions are not filled, the events will not happen next year. If the board positions - especially President - are not filled, NO events will happen in the future at all. Please help us continue to support our students and teachers by volunteering just a few hours of your time. The more volunteers we have the stronger the next year will be!

Available positions include: President, Treasurer, VP Fundraising, and VP Communications. Open Committee Chair positions: Fun Run, Boo Hoo Woo Hoo, Harvest Festival, Back-to-School Night, Winter Holiday, Read-a-thon, Auction, 5th Grade Promotion Celebration, Art Lit Co-Chair, Membership and Child Care Coordinator.

Read-A-Thon "Roaring for Reading"

We want ALL of our children to develop a love of reading for pleasure, for knowledge and for


What is the read-a-thon?

The read-a-thon is an event that encourages children to become better readers and learners, by

nurturing a joy of reading. This will also be one of our largest fundraisers of the year! Students

will collect donations from sponsors and have 7 days to read as much as possible, while earning fun prizes for their achievements.

How does it work?

Students will set individual reading goals for the 7 days. Students can read to themselves or be

read to. They can read books, magazines, newspapers, comics, etc.

Suggested daily minimum read time: Pre-K-2nd: 20-30 minutes 3rd -5th grades: 40-60 minutes.

How do I get pledges?

  1. Ask friends, family and neighbors! We have 2 options for collecting pledges: use the enclosed pledge form or use our easy online pledge system at to participate.
  2. Register your child at PledgeStar and follow the simple registration steps. It takes 2 minutes to set-up your child’s own fundraising page. By registering online, students can get support from friends and family who live near or far away!
  3. You can also collect money and record the names and pledge amounts on the enclosed Pledge Form. You can collect pledges using both online and the enclosed pledge sheet.

Why are we raising money?

  • Your support allows the PTA to continue to fund many of the great programs and events at our school, such as: Art Literacy, Classroom supplies, OBOB, family events, field trips, Backpack program, and more.

What is our goal?

We hope to raise $10,000. If every student can raise at least $50, we can achieve our goal!


- Pledges are one-time flat donations, not per minute.

- Pledges are tax deductible.

- Record all in-person donations on your pledge sheet and put the money in your envelope right


- Acceptable forms of payments are: Cash, Check (Payable to Tualatin PTA), Credit Card via

PledgeStar donation. - Students do not have to collect pledges to participate, although

encouraged, all kids can participate regardless of financial contributions.

If you have any questions email Tualatin Elementary School PTA at

or visit our webpage: Look for more information in the next edition of the Black Bear Bits and in your student's backpack.

2023 Read-A-Thon Timeline


3/24-3/31: Spring Break:

  • Set up pledge star with students
  • Begin gathering sponsors using the online pledge system and/or the enclosed pledge form


  • Continue gathering pledges
  • Daily prizes for participation with teachers.

4/10-4/13 (April 14th is an in-service day):

  • Start turning in pledge sheets
  • Fill out the Reading Log!!
  • Read-a-thon spirit week and reading challenge

4/10-4/13 Spirit Week:

  • Black Bear Pride Wear
  • Cozy PJ / Book Day
  • Wacky Hair Day
  • Story Book Theme Day


  • Turn in your Read-a-thon sheets
  • Final week to turn in pledge forms
  • Class winners will begin to be tallied
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Dia de los Niños/STREAM celebration 4/28 From 5:30-8:00 pm.

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Dia de los Niños/STREAM celebration

For our Dia de los Ninos/Stream event on April 28th from 5:30-8:00 pm PaLa (Latino Parent group) would like to request individually wrapped candy, new toys and games donations to fill our pinatas and to give away as prizes.

We make every attempt to minimize our PaLa expenses and donations allow more funds to be available for the programs and services our PaLa offers to Tualatin Elementary. Thank you for your consideration in making a donation to our Children’s Day celebration. Our PaLa program is successful because of our great volunteers and supportive community members such as you!

For more information on this day click here.

Spring Break - March 27th-31st

Are you looking for fun activities to do during Spring Break? Here are some options that are all affordable, fun, and family friendly!

Find a waterfall: Looking for a beautiful, family friendly hike? Wahclella Falls is a gorgeous, safe, shorter hike with stunning views and an awesome waterfall at the end.

Visit a farm: Visit Triskelee farms and hang out with alpacas, goats, ostriches, rabbits, and more!

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival: The annual festival with gorgeous tulip flowers returns with limited capacity to keep everyone safe.

Story Time- Tualatin Library: Having a Spring Break staycation? Drop by the Library for these awesome free programs

Walk/Bike Paths: Get outside during Spring Break on these kid/family friends bike/walking paths!

Message from Hazelbrook Middle School

Hazelbrook is seeing an increased need to help students foster healthy connections among peers and between students and adults and to create a sense of belonging within the school community. Research shows strong family-school-community partnerships are linked to increased attendance, stronger social - emotional connections and skills, and higher academic achievement (A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement).

Over the next few months, we would like to invite you to a dinner series where we will listen to concerns you have about raising a young teen and suggestions you have for the school to foster healthy connections while creating a stronger sense of belonging; and share with you warning signs when you suspect your child is involved in risky behaviors and who you can go to for help. You will hear from our school Social Worker, school Psychologist, Therapist, our partner with Washington County Juvenile, and middle and high school administrators.

If you’re interested in participating, please complete this survey by Tuesday, March 21st to help us prepare for our first community dinner which will take place on Thursday, April 6th at Hazelbrook Middle School. Childcare and interpreters will be provided.

Help Bridge the Gap for our Students!

The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools (FTTS) annual Fund Drive is happening now! Donations from the drive help enrich our students' education. Your donations hire part-time teachers, support innovative teaching ideas and provide college scholarships.

The goal is to raise $75,000 during this year's Fund Drive! That will put the Foundation on track to give each school a $10,000 check for their School Grant, to be used to fund teacher hours that will bridge their most pressing instructional gap. More teachers, more learning!!

Check out all the ways that The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools has helped Tualatin Elementary and donate today!

Lost and Found Overflowing!

If your student is missing items or clothing, please have them check the lost and found in the gym, it's a great possibility it's there! We are overflowing! You are also welcome to stop by and look for your student's jackets, coats, water bottles and other misc lost items. We'd love to give them back!

Art Rutkin Elementary Enrollment Open

TTSD’s newest elementary school is almost complete. Enrollment for Art Rutkin Elementary is open for the 2023-2024 school year. Please direct any questions or needs for information to Jamie Kingery, Art Rutkin Elementary principal,, 503 431-3508.

Art Rutkin Elementary website

Art Rutkin Elementary School boundary map

Frequently Ask Questions

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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 Emili Powers ( or 503-431-4800) with any questions.

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