Tumwater News

January 18, 2022

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Principal 's Message

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., yesterday was not only a holiday, but the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service for all of us to improve our communities. As TMS moves towards authorization as an IB Middle Years Program school, our students will be challenged to use design thinking to identify needs in our local and global communities that can be addressed through their creativity, skills, and time.

One of the needs of many middle schoolers is to develop skills for responding to bullying they might experience in-person or online. This week during Advisory our students will focus be learning strategies to be kind and courageous when they encounter online bullying. 6th Graders will explore "Digital Drama Unplugged," 7th graders will learn about being "Upstanders and Allies Taking Action Against Cyberbullying" and 8th graders will discuss "Responding to Online Hate Speech." Each of these lessons is part of our year-long digital literacy curriculum. Here are family resources aligned with these lessons to support conversations at home:

Thank you for supporting service and learning!


Jill O'Neill


Upcoming Events

Jan. 17 No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 20 Virtual Band Performances

Jan. 20 PTO Board Meeting, 6:30 pm

Feb. 4 Grading Day, No School

Feb. 11 TMS Theatre presents Puffs, 7 pm

Feb. 12 TMS Theatre presents Puffs, 3 pm and 7 pm

Feb. 21 Presidents Day - No School

Feb. 22 Staff Development Day

Be sure to check the calendar on ParentSquare and our school website (scroll to the bottom of the home page) for the school all school events.

3rd Annual Walk + Roll Art Contest

Safe Routes to School invites all Beaverton Middle School students to participate in our January Art Contest. Students may create a Safe Routes to School piece of art depicting why they choose to walk or roll to school. A winner will be chosen for each grade across the district. Each winner will receive a prize bag with items to help safely travel to school. A grand prize winner will also receive a full day art class from Gilchrist Art Camp. Submit your entry to your school office by January 31st. Visit www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes for contest details.

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Virtual Concerts

With a change in COVID-19 protocols, we made the decision to move this month's music concerts to a virtual format. This week our choirs were showcased in livestream performances and next week our bands will perform in a similar format. Click the links below to view the choir concerts.

COVID-19 Protocol Updates

Based on districtwide parent/guardian feedback about excessive ParentSquare, when we have a positive/presumptive COVID-19 case we are now posting a notification letter in ParentSquare, but are posting it without an alert to your devices.

BSD has also posted notices in the past few days about changes to isolation/quarantine and contact tracing protocols. With COVID-19 moving quickly through our local community, it is more important than ever that students are consistently wearing masks correctly. The currently most recommended masks are the KN94, KN95, or N95, which provide a close fit against the face. For those who find surgical masks often slip off their noses, the above options are better fits. The next best option is to double layer a surgical mask and cloth mask. In addition to proper masking, frequent handwashing, and avoiding social gatherings will help keep our community healthy.

It’s important to notify us if your student tests positive for COVID-19 or experiences any of these primary COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Chills

If you have had your child tested at a doctor's office, private lab, or through the OHSU partnership and you receive a positive result, it is important for you to notify the school. These agencies will not share the results directly with the school, so to ensure timely contact tracing we rely on families contacting us.

For the most up-to-date information on the district's response to Covid-19, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on the BSD Covid-19 Dashboard Webpage.

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Tumwater Lost and Found

Please look through the slide deck, (click link to access slide). If you find an item that belongs to your household email TMS-Communications@beaverton.k12.or.us with the slide number and item letter. We will get the missing item to your student.

Parking Lot Safety

Thank you to all the drivers who are slowing down, as well as following signage and established drop off / pick traffic patterns in our school parking lot. Here are a few reminders:

  • Slow and yield to pedestrians.
  • Remain in your car and allow your child(ren) to come to you.
  • Use the designated langes. Notice that the main lot entry by the flag pole has one entry lane and two exit lanes. After the crosswalk there is both a traffic lane and a drop off / pick up lane (yellow curb).
  • Drop off students only in the areas marked by a yellow curb - please use the full U-shaped turn.
  • Refrain from letting students out of the car or picking them in the traffic lane, marked by a red curb.
  • When dropping off or picking up, after you've entered the parking lot please do not turn left before the crosswalk. This lane is blocked with an orange cone during drop off/pick up. All traffic should follow the U-shaped turn.
  • The spaces marked "car pool" are intended for staff parking, not student carpools.


Be Ready: Volunteering Opportunities Await in 2022

Many fun & fulfilling volunteer opportunities are scheduled for 2022, including Art Lit and OBOB. Ensure that you are cleared to volunteer at TMS by heading to www.tumwaterpto.org/volunteer and reviewing the two-step process. Instructions are available on how to 1.) join the TMS database & 2.) upload your vaccine info. Let's be ready for an amazing 2022!

Dear BSD Families,

We understand that it can be challenging to access current information regarding your child’s schooling in your own language. We do our best to send out messages about important updates, especially during these challenging times. However, you can access the BSD website — and specifically, our return-to-school page — at any time. Below, we’ve included a link that will take you to our website, where you’ll find it already translated into your language. Please know, the translation is generated by Google Translate. It’s not perfect, but we do hope it’s helpful.

If you need additional assistance, please contact our Multilingual Department at 503-356-3755.

View the BSD website in Arabic قم بزيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للقطاع التعليمي لمدارس بيفرتون باللغة العربية

View the BSD website in Chinese 请浏览中文版的BSD网站

View the BSD website Japanese BSDウェブサイトを日本語で見る

View the BSD website in Korean. 한국어로 BSD 웹사이트를 보십시오.

View the BSD website in Russian Посмотрите веб-сайт школьного округа Бивертон на русском

View the BSD website in Somali Ka fiiri bogga BSD ee ku qoran af-Soomaali

View the BSD website in Spanish Vea la página web del Distrito Escolar de Beaverton en español

View the BSD website in Vietnamese. Xem trang mạng BSD bằng tiếng Việt