Bulldog Drool Newsletter

April 22, 2022

In This Issue

News to Know
  • SBA Testing Dates
  • NTMS Class of 2022 Needs Your Help
  • Season 4 Sports Under Way
  • Robotics Club
  • Online Book Fair
  • Thank You from Mrs. Watkins

Student Spotlight

  • Science Classes Celebrate Earth Day

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

Food Services
  • April Menus

Weekly Attendance

Community Resources

NTMS Contact Information




25: School Board Meeting 6pm / Talent Show Practice 2:20-4p in the Band/Choir room

26: Science Club 7a rm 155 / 6th Grade Power Club (if you've signed up) 2:20p-4p in the Band/Choir room / Chopped (if you've signed up) 2:20p-4p rm 114

27: 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 / Band Cookie Dough Pick-Up 4p-7p Band rm

28: 5th Grade Parent Night 6p-7p / 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

29: Happy Friday!

SBA / MAP Testing Dates

North Tapps will be starting our state assessments next week. Students will be testing during their regular schedule classes for each subject. Please view this letter for more information.

  • April 28th-29th: Science assessment (8th Grade Only)
  • Week of May 2nd: LA assessment
  • Week of May 9th: Math Assessment

NTMS Class of 2022 Needs Your Help

The time is coming soon that our 8th graders will be graduating and there is a group of parents that are doing their best to make it as special as possible, but they need your help! 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.

We are excited to announce our current plan for graduation is to hold an in-person graduation outdoors at a local high school stadium on June 20th with a celebration/party afterwards at NTMS. All money raised will go to celebrating our 8th grade graduates. We hope all donations can be made by May 17th for planning purposes. 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 jroscoe@dieringer.wednet.edu.

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!


Sign in

Click on your student’s name

Choose “Items at Student’s School”

Choose “CLASS OF 2022”

Mail in

North Tapps Middle School

8th Grade Graduation

20029 12th St East

Lake Tapps, Wa 98391

Season 4 Sports are Under Way

NTMS Season 4 Sports have begun and will run through June 10th.

To play a sport and participate, your student must have a current physical on file (physicals are good for 2 years), purchase an ASB card ($25.00) and pay a $25.00 sports fee (Maximum of 2 sports fees per year).

Please check to see if your athlete has paid for their ASB card and Sports fees. If your student has not paid for an ASB card (their student ID will reflect an ASB sticker if they have purchased one) or paid the sports fees, they will not be allowed to participate in games. The ASB card and Sports fees can be purchased online through Online Payments & choosing "Items at Student's School" then "Sports".

Games will be added to the NTMS Sports Calendar on the NTMS website as we get the schedules from Auburn School District. Practice schedules will be given and maintained by your athlete's coach.

If you have any questions please contact:

For Volleyball: John Bang

For Track: Rob Thomas or Mike Crossen

For Baseball: James Ludlow

Robotics Club Sign Up

If you’re interested in building a robot, driving with a remote control, and competing against your classmates here at school, please sign up by Monday, April 25th . At this time there are spots for 26 students. Have your student fill out the Google form Mr. Koosmann posted on Schoology.

Plan to meet Mondays and Wednesdays after school (2:25 to 4:00) on the following dates:

May 2, 4, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and June 1, and 6 . There is an activity bus available to take you home on all days or you can arrange a ride home. A detailed schedule with all dates and a permission slip will be sent to you on or before April 28th confirming that you are in the club.

There is no cost to participate.

Your regular attendance is required so that you can complete your robot project in time for the competition. Due to the limited number of spots, only 30 students will be able to attend. In addition preference will be given to students that have not done the club before. If needed we will hold a lottery to determine the participants. Please do not show up to the first club meeting unless you have been notified.

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Koosmann at mkoosmann@dieringer.wednet.edu

NTMS PTSA Online Book Fair

The online book fair will run until the 1st of May

NTMS Online Book Fair Link

Highly Capable Testing

The final nomination period for Highly Capable testing opens June 1, and closes June 10 at noon. Evaluations will begin the week of June 13.

"Thank You" from Mrs. Watkins

Mrs. Watkins would like to thank all who donated sewing supplies for her classes! She has enough now and appreciates it very much!

Student Spotlight

Science classes celebrate Earth Day! Thank you Mr. Koosmann, Mr. Carmichael, Mrs. Pritchett, and Mr. France!
Mr. Koosmann, Mr. Carmichael, Mrs. Pritchett, and Mr. France

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:

Exposure Notification Letter

Updated Department of Health Guidance

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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

District Nurse

Dieringer School District

Lake Tapps, WA

April Menus

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Weekly Attendance

Weekly Attendance Average: 92%
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Child Find

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Community Resources

Teenlink - 1-866-833-6546 (For youth and teens open daily 6:00-10:00pm)

Text Support Line - 741741

Pierce County Crisis Line 1-800-576-776 (24 hours)

National Suicide Prevention - 1-800-273-8255

Sumner Food Bank

If you and your family are in need of food assistance:

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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Set your email notifications for grade reports in Schoology

In your Schoology parent account, you can customize how often you would like to receive an email grade report from Schoology. You can choose weekly or daily and select a time to receive a "Parent Email Digest." The Email Digest includes overall course grade, recent assignment grades, overdue submissions, upcoming events, and othe recent activity.

You can also turn on/off Overdue Submission Emails. These overdue emails only include assignments that the teachers require to be submitted to Schoology. It does not include emails for overdue assignments that are turned in by hand to the teacher.

Parents, if you’re having trouble accessing your Schoology account or did not receive an email with account informaiton, complete this Schoology Parent Account Help Form.

Schoology for NTMS Families Video Tutorial Playlist

Contact Information

School Hours: 7:30 - 3:30pm

Principal: David Uberti, duberti@dieringer.wednet.edu

Asst. Principal: Tyler Borden, tborden@dieringer.wednet.edu

Counselor: Jennifer Roscoe, jroscoe@dieringer.wednet.edu

Tech Coach: Dietrich Baker, dbaker@dieringer.wednet.edu

Parking Lot Safety

We have many before and after school club/activities and sports programs where kids and adults are walking through our parking lot. Please slow down and yield to them.