Black Bear Bits

September 23, 2022

Important Dates

9/24: Tualatin Bike Rodeo @Tualatin Elementary 10:00 a.m. - noon

9/26-29: Library Coin Drive

9/26-30: Scholastic Book Fair

9/26: Book Fair Open - 2:30pm to 8:00pm (Snack & Shop)

9/29: Back-to-School Night 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

9/29: Book Fair Open - 2:30pm to 8:00pm

10/5: Walk and Roll to School

10/12: No School - Inservice Day

10/18: PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.

10/19: Picture Day

10/22-23: Art in the Burbs!

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • Back-to-School Night
  • Library Book Fair and Coin Drive
  • Tualatin Bike Rodeo
  • Walk+Roll to School
  • Now hiring! TEAF Coordinator
  • Fall Sports Fan Guidance
  • Attention 5th Graders!
  • Memory Book Photos Needed
  • School Meals Information
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

We had our first “live” PTA meeting in the library on Tuesday evening, after online meetings since before COVID. It was worth celebrating to bring people together in the same space, building new connections and reinforcing established ones. Our PTA has a robust schedule planned for our school this year, depending on volunteers. If you haven’t yet, please consider joining our PTA and volunteering for one of the events or activities this year.

Coming up this next week is our Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 29th from 5:30-7:00 PM. More details about this event are below. Don't forget the Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair being held at our school this Saturday, September 24th, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. The City of Tigard is sponsoring the activity and they have many fun activities planned including free helmets and bike rentals, helmet fittings and bike checkups, and bike activities for all ages. Get your bikes ready for the Walk and Roll to School day on Wednesday, October 5th!

One final item: I’d like to share my thanks to everyone for adhering to our expectations at dismissal. Out in front of our building, families are standing a respectful distance away from the front of the school when kids are coming out of the building. This is so helpful because it allows teachers clear sight lines to ensure our students end up with the right parent. Your cooperation is keeping our students safe, so thank you!

Working with you for our kids,


Back-to-School Night

This Thursday, September 29th, from 5:30-7:00 PM is our Back-to-School Night! Our event is informal, and you are welcome to come at any time and stay as long as you can. Please feel free to come and go to any of the activities below.

Interpreters will be available for our Spanish speaking families.

Our agenda:

5:30 – Introduction of Staff and School Year Preview in Gym

5:45 – 7:00 – Menu of Activities:

  1. Visit teachers in their classrooms and learn about what’s happening
  2. Visit our Learning Specialists, Literacy Specialist, Instructional Coach, Counselor/Psychologist and Dean of Students
  3. Meet with our Family Partnership Advocate, Ana Uriostegui
  4. Learn about our fabulous PTA – how to join and how to volunteer for the many events planned for our school this year
  5. Learn about how you can volunteer to be an Art Literacy Parent – training provided!
  6. Visit our Book Fair – all purchases support our library!

Books Bring Us Together Book Fair!

September 26th - 29th, 2022

Book Fair Hours for Everyone:

Monday 2:30pm to 8:00pm (Snack & Shop)

Thursday 2:30pm to 8:00pm (Back to School Night)

Students may visit the book fair during school hours with their class on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

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

The library is holding a coin drive September 26th-29th. Bring in your change and the class that raises the most money will get $50 in Scholastic dollars for their teacher.


The city of Tigard is hosting a Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair at Tualatin Elementary on Saturday, September 24th, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. They have many fun activities planned including:

  • Helmet fittings and bike checkups
  • Free helmets
  • Free bike rentals
  • Bike activities for all ages

See the flyer in the attachments for more information and additional dates and locations.

Walk+Roll to School Day

Did you know that kids who get the recommended amount of physical activity get better grades in school? Help your students start the day off with some fresh air and activity by walking or biking (or roller skating/blading or scootering!) to school with them on Wed, Oct 5th on Walk+Roll to School day! The TTSD school with the most bikers, walkers or bus riders can win the Golden Sneaker Trophy! Show your school spirit by walking or rolling to school with your friends and families.

Now Hiring! TEAF Coordinator!

We are hiring a TEAF Coordinator to run the program for the 2022-2023 school year and into the future!

Tualatin Elementary Arts Foundation (TEAF) is a school enrichment program with emphasis on the arts, STEM, academics, and physical fitness. It is designed to provide our students with a variety of artistic, academic, recreational classes and clubs. This year there are 2 terms of classes during the school year (Winter and Spring) that in the past have included classes like chess club, hip hop, soccer, experiential science classes, ukulele, choir, Make a Music Video, Tae Kwon Do, gardening, ceramics, yoga, crafts.

If you think you might be interested in this rare opportunity, watch for the job posting to go live on Monday, September 26th. If you have questions, feel free to email

Fall Sports Fan Guidance

Dear Tualatin Elementary parents/guardians,

We are excited about the great start to our fall 2022 season! As we kick-off our fall sports season and our school communities come together in support of our high school teams, we are writing today to share some important reminders regarding the participation at events. ​​We ask that our home and visiting fans adhere to the following guidelines when attending games:

  • With a dedication to the safety of our students and guests, all elementary and middle school students attending our high school games must be accompanied by an adult.

  • There will be designated locations at the high schools for students to be during games that include being in the main stadium seats or other identified areas. Students who are wandering and socializing in other areas will be asked to return to their seats.

  • No backpacks, outside food/drinks, sports balls, skateboards/bikes/motorized scooters.

  • No re-entry.

  • And finally, we ask everyone to be respectful. This includes being respectful of our school grounds, facilities, staff, referees and guests as well as demonstrating respectful language, good sportsmanship and respecting the direction given by our staff at these events.

We appreciate your support and help in sharing these expectations with your student(s).

Let’s work together to show our community how much pride we all have in our district and our schools, and how wonderful it is for us all to come together respectfully in support of our students.

Thank you!

Attention 5th Graders!

As we start this school year, we are excited to introduce a new leadership program. Our Den Leaders will be 5th grade students who are interested in volunteering and helping around our school. We are looking for students who are excited about helping, want to learn more about leadership, and love being a part of the Black Bear family! Events and activities will include helping both during the school day and at before or after school events!

Forms have been handed out by teachers and are in the newsletter attachments. Extras can also be picked up in the office. Complete this form and return it to your teacher before October 1st.

Please contact Mrs. Fetherston if you have any questions.

Lisa Fetherston

Dean of Students


Memory Book Photos NEEDED

Hello Black Bear Families! Welcome back! Another amazing school year is upon us and we are excited to see all that this year will bring. With the new school year comes the preparations and assembly of another fabulous memory book (yearbook) and our volunteers are eager to get started.

Now that the first weeks of school have come and gone, we would like to start accepting photo submissions from families and staff from the first days of school. Please send your photo submissions to by October 28th AND label with the following information: child's grade, teacher's name, students 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

School Meals Information

Please set up your student's meal account or apply for free meals through the Titan Program Website. You can also view the school menu in Titan or the TTSD website (subject to supply chain disruptions). If your student has food allergies, please be sure to update that information in ParentVu.

Elementary Breakfast: $2.25

Elementary Lunch: $3.75

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.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

subject to supply chain disruptions

Titan Website

Pay for meals, see the school menu, apply for free and reduced lunch

Black Bear Bits Archive

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2022-2023 TTSD Approved Calendar

See the approved calendar for the school year.