Bulldog Drool Newsletter
May 13, 2022
In This Issue
News to Know
- 3rd Qtr All Star Trip to Tacoma Rainiers
- Mod Fundraiser
- Time is Running Out to Help our 8th Graders
- NTMS PTSA NTMS Dodgeball Night
- Mental Health Awareness Month
- Student Tardiness
- Student Drop Off
- Service Hours
- Highly Capable Testing
- Mrs. Watkin's Chopped Club/ Friendsgiving, & Cinco De Mayo Celebrations
- Mr. France's Science classes
Message from the District Nurse
- Updates to Covid Communication
Updated Department of Health Guidance
Covid Testing for Students with Symptoms-Updated
Free Covid Home Tests
- May Menus
** FOR SPORTS PLEASE SEE NTMS WEBSITE ATHLETICS CALENDAR**
16: Math Club 7a Rm 157 / Robotics Club (if you've signed up) 2:20-4p Koosmann
17: TACOMA RAINIERS PERMISSIONS SLIPS & FEE DUE BY 3PM TODAY!!
17: Chopped 2:20p-4p rm 114
18: ACE DAY LATE START 9:45AM! / Homework Club in the HUB 2:20 - 4p / ELA Help 2:20-3p rm 102 / Chopped (if you've signed up) 2:20p-4p rm 114 / Robotics (if you've signed up) 2:20-4p Koosmann
19: Morning Homework Club 7a rm 158 / Homework Club in the HUB 2:20 - 4p / MATH Help 2:20-3p rm 157 / Chopped (if you've signed up) 2:20p-4p rm 114
20: NTMS PTSA Dodgeball Night!
23: NTMS Fundraiser Mod Pizza Lakeland Hills
23: Mental Health Awareness Event at Sumner High School 4p-7p
24:Qtr 3 All Star Trip to Tacoma Rainiers Game
30: Memorial Day - No School
Qtr 3 All Star Trip to Tacoma Rainier's Permission Slips & Fee Due by 3pm May 17th!!
Attached is a copy of the permission slip if your student did not bring one home.
NTMS Mod Pizza Fundraiser May 23rd
If ordering in person, please tell them this code at the register or bring this flyer in.
Valid only at the Lakeland Hills MOD May 23rd
7060 Lakeland Hills Way
Auburn, WA 98092
Time is Running Out to Help Our 8th Graders!
The last date to donate to help out our 8th graders is this Tuesday, May 17th! PLEASE, if you are financially able, donate for your child and if you can, sponsor another. Help our 8th graders have a special graduation and celebration this year! Anyone can donate!
Our hope is for everyone who is currently financially able, to go online and donate, at minimum, the $50 for a graduation donation for their student and perhaps sponsor an extra student or two who are in need. The more money we raise, the more we will be able to do for our 8th graders.
Our 8th grade graduation ceremony will be held at 6pm in the Bonney Lake High School main gym on June 20th with a celebration/party afterwards at NTMS. All money raised will go to celebrating our 8th grade graduates. Families who are currently in difficult financial situations, please know we understand if you are not able to contribute at this time. If there is a way that we can support you, please reach out to our counselor, Jennifer Roscoe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Donate please go to the online payments link below (sign in directions are below the link) or mail in your donation. Anyone (not just 8th grade families) can donate and it is appreciated!
Click on your student’s name
Choose “Items at Student’s School”
Choose “CLASS OF 2022”
North Tapps Middle School
8th Grade Graduation
20029 12th St East
Lake Tapps, Wa 98391
NTMS PTSA Dodgeball Night is Back!
Who: NTMS 6th-8th grade students only
When: Friday, May 20th 5:30p-8p
Where: NTMS Gym & Commons
Teams and brackets will be formed from 5:30-6p and the tournament will begin at 6pm. A signed permission slip is needed for all participants.
Spectators are welcomed and encouraged. This is a fun event! No skills required! 6-8 players per team maximum. Sign up your team here https://volunteersignup.org/BQLQB
Go to NTMSPTSA.ORG to pay.
**North Tapps Middle School and the Dieringer School District do not sponsor this event**
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Focusing on Mental Health for children and youth is essential. Please find relevant information at Pierce County Kids Mental Health or reach out to your school counselor for resources if you believe your child is in need of mental health support.
Where: Sumner High School
When: Monday, May 23rd 4p-7p
What: This community event will provide foundational knowledge
about mental health & mental health conditions and
information about what people can do if their mental health
is a cause for concern.
Tardiness is at an all time high. Please make sure to make every effort to arrive at school on time.
TARDINESS: Punctuality is an important life skill and students who arrive late to school disrupt the learning environment for others. Transportation is provided for all students who live in the district, so arriving at school on time is an expectation. *Tardies are excused if a doctor’s note is received by our office. Students who do not arrive on time will be subject to the following disciplinary steps: First tardy per quarter: Warning to student
Second tardy per quarter: Warning to student/Letter to parent
Third & Fourth tardy per quarter: Blue slip and detention assigned
Fifth tardy per quarter: Office referral/Honor Level III
NTMS Health Tech/ Attendance Clerk
Student Drop Off
We are having issues with students being dropped off late to school each morning. Students are expected to be in their seats in their classroom by 7:45 each morning. When students walk in late each day it causes the teachers to have to go over the directions a second time during class. This is especially frustrating during the state assessment. Please remember students are welcome to take the bus to school. If you are dropping off your students you can drop them off starting at 7:30. Often between 7:38-7:42 we do not have any line in the parent drop off line, however, any later than that becomes congested and busy. Please drop off your student by 7:40 each morning to ensure they have enough time to get to class on time.
All students can turn in service hours. We track them from 6th-8th grade. At the end of the 8th grade year, students are eligible for a special service award.
Service Hours tracking sheet can be found HERE
Highly Capable Testing
There will be one more Highly Capable assessment opportunity this spring. The nomination window will be open from June 1st - June 10th.The links for parents are on the district website and will "go live" during the open window. All forms are completed electronically. Teachers and parents may nominate and submit documents during this window. Evaluations will take place June 13-17th for all students who have completed nomination packets.
Mrs. Watkins Chopped Club/Friendsgiving & Cinco De Mayo Celebrations
Mr. France's Science Classes experimenting with Electrostatic Potential Energy
Message From the District Nurse
Updates to Covid Communication
Since updated Department of Health guidance no longer requires contact tracing, we will send out a letter via email when students shared a space with someone who is Covid positive and may have been exposed. This will, in most cases, be a classroom space. See the link below for an example of the notification letter:
Updated Department of Health Guidance
Updated Covid Testing for Students with Symptoms
We can accept either a negative PCR test or negative antigen/home test for students with symptoms. If your child has just one of the following symptoms which resolves within 24 hours (stuffy nose, runny nose, headache, fatigue, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) your child may return to school without a test. However if your student’s single symptom lasts >24 hours, they have two or more of these symptoms, or one of the following symptoms (fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, cough), they will need a negative Covid test to return to school, and symptoms must have significantly improved (including no fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication). Please call the school and email a copy of your student’s negative test results to your school’s nurse or health technician. (Your child may not need testing if symptoms are from a documented, chronic health condition. Please check with your school’s nurse or health technician).
*If your student has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, please use the rapid antigen test option, as a PCR test may show positive for up to three months.
If your student develops any of the above symptoms while at school, rapid antigen testing may be available. A parent will be notified first, and a Test to Stay/Testing Permission form must be completed. If the test is negative, students are still required to go home and may return when symptoms have significantly Improved and no fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication, per Department of Health guidance.
Free Covid Home Tests
Did you know that you can order free Covid home tests from the federal government and from Washington State? Here are the websites to order free tests for your family:
Federal Government: https://www.covidtests.gov/
Washington State: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/
Terry Woodall, BSN, RN
Dieringer School District
Lake Tapps, WA
Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open!
Please call the Dieringer Heights office for registration details at (253) 826-4937.
Text Support Line - 741741
Pierce County Crisis Line 1-800-576-776 (24 hours)
National Suicide Prevention - 1-800-273-8255
Sumner Food Bank
NO appointment is needed at this time.
"That's right, no appointment needed and no identification needed. Just show up and shop like any grocery store... and we'll take care of the rest. We serve all... EVERY address, EVERY city, EVERY zip code."
Food Distribution Hours:
- Mon-Fri : 10:00am-1:00pm
- Thurs: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Client Information Link: 253-863-3793
Food Bank Address: 15625 Maine Street E. Sumner, WA
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