Tumwater News

April 29, 2022

Principal 's Message

Dear Tumwater Families,

As a small child, I knew I wanted to be a teacher even before I began school. Throughout my school years, I was fortunate to have many caring and strong teachers who influenced me as a learner and educator: from Mrs. Harper who made learning magical in kindergarten, to Mrs. Paisley who pushed me to challenge myself as an independent learner in 3rd & 5th grades, to the librarians who fed me a steady stream of books, to Mrs. Scott who encouraged my creativity as a writer in middle school, to AP History teacher Mrs. Rector who rebuilt my confidence as a learner. I'm grateful for the influence of incredible teachers such as these and for all who I learned from throughout the years as a student and colleague.

This week we are celebrating National Teacher Day and Staff Appreciation Week. It is an opportune time for students to reflect on a teacher or staff member who has made a positive difference for them in their school career and to share their story through a personal note or email. Parents and caregivers, what teachers made a positive impact on you as a student? Consider sharing your memories with your child(ren) and sending a kind message to a former teacher. I'll be doing the same!


Jill O'Neill


Upcoming Events

May 2-6 Staff Appreciation Week

May 2-6 National Bike to School Week

May 3 THPRD Track Meet at BHS, 5-8 pm

May 11 AVID Field Trip to Western Oregon University

May 18 Walk & Roll to School Day

May 20 Monochrome Spirit Day (wear 1 color head to toe)

School Social

May 21 Speech & Debate Club Competition at SHS

May 30 Memorial Day - Schools closed

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

Learner Profile Corner

International mindedness is at the core of the IB mission which encourages students to become people “who help to create a better and more peaceful world through education that builds intercultural understanding and respect…who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

To be internationally minded, IB schools hope to encourage the following in students:

  • Multilingualism - To be able to communicate in a variety of ways in more than one language is important in developing intercultural understanding.

  • Intercultural understanding - Students are encouraged to understand their own perspectives, as well as the perspectives of others. Intercultural understanding is about exploring human commonality, diversity, and interconnection.

  • Global engagement - Students are encouraged to explore local, national, and international issues and take action, when appropriate, on issues that are important to them.

These three elements are embedded in the learner profile traits as communicator, open-minded, and knowledgeable.

National Bike to School Day

Please join us in a celebration of National Bike to School Day May 2-6.

Why encourage youth to roll to school? Walking and rolling to school can be an easy, fun way to travel to school while increasing metal and physical health while helping our planet. On average BSD sees an additional 12,000 cars that travel an extra 2 miles to transport students to school. That translates to 11+ tons of carbon emissions daily. Some additional benefits include:

  • Youth who are active perform 20% better at school and arrive more focused.

  • Youth who walk and roll receive about 2/3 of the daily recommended physical activity

  • More walking and rolling means less congestion in our busy parking lots and safer routes to school.

  • More students walking and rolling makes them more visible and safer.

Learn more at www.beaverton.k12.or.us/safe-routes

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Oshitelu's PE Class Pays it Forward

Mrs. Oshitelu's PE/Health classes demonstrated Service as Action in their recent unit. April is Volunteer/Community Service month and April 28th was Worldwide Pay it Forward day. 6th and 7th graders in her classes are cleaning up our campus while using pedometers to count steps.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness month. Mental health is as important as physical health. During this month, we will providing opportunities for students and families to become aware of the importance of mental health, promote wellness, and fight the stigma associated with mental illness and access to mental health treatment.

In the article 7 Ways to Nurture Your Family’s Mental Health (Waterford.org 2021), the authors explore why discussing children's mental health matters: "Statistics show that mental health issues in young children are more common than you may think. The top five most common childhood disorders are now mental health conditions rather than physical disorders. In fact, as many as 10% of all children and young adults have mental health conditions that affect their day-to-day routines."

Mental Health America provides families provides suggestions for interactions that will help provide social and intellectual development and improve child confidence:

Take care of your own mental health.

Children and teens pick up on anxiety and tension in adults around them. Be open about your own feelings and lead by example in how you deal with them by modeling healthy behaviors and coping skills.

Work as a team with the school

Teachers and parents/caregivers should work together for the best outcomes, especially since students may act differently at home and in the classroom. Be familiar with options for supports available through your child's school to help accommodate them if they are struggling emotionally or academically. You are your child's best advocate!

Encourage communication and emotional vulnerability

Trust is important. Your child needs to know they can come to you and that you'll really listen when they do. Be curious and ask questions about your child's day, what they learned, how they felt, etc. - especially since adolescents usually aren't the most forthcoming. For those dealing with lots of fear and anxiety, they may require frequent comforting and reassurance to feel safe.

Know then your child's struggles may be a sign of something bigger

Common signs of mental health conditions in youth include problems with concentration and memory, changes in appetite, feeling sad or hopeless, loss of interest in things they used to enjoy, excessive worry, irritability, changes in sleep patterns, and/or angry outbursts.

If you have questions or concerns about your child's mental health, seek assistance. Contact your child's doctor, school counselor/social worker, or community mental health professionals for assistance. If you think your child is in danger of harming themselves or others, seek immediate assistance by contacting 211 or one of the following resources:

  • Police non-emergency for crisis assistance: 503-629-0111
  • Washington County Crisis Line: 503-291-9111
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Oregon YouthLine: 1-877-968-8491
  • Oregon YouthLine text: teen2teen to 839863
  • Oregon YouthLine: Chat via computer- www.oregonyouthline.org

Restaurant Deliveries

TMS only allows food delivery from parents/guardians during the school day. Students can pick up the food from the office during their lunch period or after school.

We do not allow pizza and other food deliveries to students during the school day, including services like UberEATS, Door Dash, or GrubHub. We will decline the delivery to avoid disruption to students' learning and to staff's other responsibilities.

SHS Dance Team Auditions

Current 8th graders are encouraged to try out for Sunset High School's dance team. Auditions for the Sunflares are May 18th & 21st. More tryout information is available on the team's heck the team's instagram page: @sunsetdanceteam

Apollo Boys Basketball Camp

Sunset High School Boys Basketball is holding a youth basketball camp June 27-30 at Sunset High School from 9:00am-12:00pm. The camp is hosted by Varsity Coach David Saultz and members of the high school basketball program and is for any boy who will be in grade 4-9 in the fall, regardless of experience or skill level, who is interested in improving at basketball, learning about the Sunset Basketball Program and having fun. For more information and to register for the camp please visit sunsetboysbasketball.com

Student Recognition

Tumwater team selected as YBTC Oregon State winners!!

Kavin Ramadoss, Shriya Marla, Anjali Sanjeepan, and Anusha Jeyakumar competed in the You Be The Chemist and won first place in Oregon. They were selected from about 50 teams.

Science Olympiad State Competition

Tumwater Triumphant students presented their award from the Science Olympiad to the school.

You can see both trophies proudly displayed in the display case outside the library.

NWSE Awards Recognition

A number of Tumwater students won ranking and honorable mention awards at Friday's Northwest Science Expo. Congratulations to all our student scientists who participated in the NWSE!

Anusha Jeyakumar 1st place- Energy

Achyutan Veeraraghavan 1st place- Food Science; Special Award: Outstanding use of the International System of Units

Andrew Ma 2nd place-Energy; Special Award: Science Champion Award

Ved Shah 3rd place-Computer Science & Robotics

Clara An, Shriya Marla Honorable Mention- Behavioral & Social Science

Anushka Nishar Honorable Mention-Engineering Group; Special Award*Ricoh Sustainable Development Award

Kavin Ramadoss Honorable Mention-Food Science

Anjali Sanjeepan Honorable Mention-Earth, Water & Mineral Science; Special Award*Outstanding Geoscience Project

Daaniyaal Uddin Honorable Mention-Chemistry

MathCounts Team Trophy

The MathCounts team presented their 3rd place trophy to be displayed at TMS.

Congratulations to Ved Shah, Anshul Mantri, Ashvant Daniel, and Havish Sripada!

Social Sciences Instructional Resources Review & Input

The Oregon Department of Education has adopted new standards for Social Sciences. The Beaverton School District is currently engaged in the second year in the Quality Curriculum Cycle to address these required changes. Beaverton Middle Schools implemented Social Sciences courses in the Fall of 2021 that are aligned to the 2021 Social Science Standards Integrated with Ethnic Studies. BSD High and Elementary Schools will be implementing Social Sciences courses in the Fall of 2022.

The district has conducted an extensive search for appropriate instructional resources to address the state standards, meet the BSD Learning Targets, and support meaningful and engaging Social Sciences learning for all of our students. As part of the adoption process, staff, students, families and the community are encouraged to view the instructional resources under consideration for our high schools and elementary schools and to provide input. Viewing/Input window closes May 8, 2022

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Tumwater PTO Receives 501(c)3 Status, Now Live in Benevity

We are thrilled to announce that Tumwater PTO has received 501(c)3 status from the IRS, after a months-long wait.

Huge thanks to Rachel Arnold, our parent volunteer who did the heavy lifting in submitting the initial IRS application last summer and to Julie Gupta, our Matching Funds chair for her quick work to register us with Benevity.

What does this mean for TMS PTO? Now that we are officially recognized as a 501(c)3, we are able to register with Benevity and other matching fund programs. That process is now complete and Tumwater PTO can be found within Benevity for easier & more efficient donor matching.

Why is this a big deal? Having a 501(c)3 status is necessary in order to take advantage of many nonprofit discounts & programs, such as Benevity and Google for Nonprofits. Additionally, it allows us to take advantage of our donor base’s employee matching fund programs, which is a huge boost in our fundraising process.

What took so long? The IRS receives over 95,000 applications a year. With COVID-19 restrictions & delays, the backlog was especially high this past year.

Is my Rising Tides donation from last fall now federally tax exempt? Yes. All donations are retroactively tax-exempt. Please email Hannah (tumwaterpto.president@gmail.com) if you need a donation receipt.

Thank you to all our donors for your patience these past months. We are excited for this awesome step in the development of this organization.

Art Lit Discovers Frida Kahlo, Volunteers Needed

We have an AMAZING Art Literacy lesson planned for the students of Tumwater to finish off this school year. They are going to get to put their unique spin on a self-portrait, just like our artist Frida Kahlo did. But only classes that have someone to run the lesson will get to participate...and we want that to be EVERYONE!

Training Session - Tuesday May 3rd from 6-7:30: Please join us TUESDAY, May 3rd from 6-7:30 for a training you are going to LOVE! Create a framable piece of art, for FREE! We just ask that you volunteer to teach (at least) one lesson of Art Lit at Tumwater the week of May 9th-13th and/or May 16-19th. The artist is edgy and the art is STUNNING! Get out of your head and into your heart and help us make this happen for all the kids at Tumwater Middle School!

Sign up here: 2022 Tumwater Art Literacy Training

Art Literacy Volunteer Shifts: The weeks of May 9th and May 15th will have special bell schedules to accommodate state testing. Since the class periods are longer, they are the ideal time to teach art literacy lessons, which will be happening during their science classes!

Please ask your child who their science teacher is and what period they have them! (or, surprise them the day of - you can find their class schedule in ParentVue.) A few of the class periods span across two days, and some are divided across the lunch period. Those are noted in each volunteer opportunity. Feel free to sign up for as many shifts as you can! We need at least one person for each class to teach the lesson. If a class is without a volunteer, the lesson will not happen. Sign up here: Frida Kahlo Art Literacy (listed by teacher) ***Pro tip: Filter by Tumwater Middle School

Huge thanks to all our Rising Tides donors and our Art Lit chair, Melissa Manos, for making this opportunity a reality.

QUESTIONS? Please reach out to our fabulous Art Lit chair, Melissa Manos at melissa@mkmdesigns.biz or our Volunteer Coordinators, Jyothi & Kristi, at tumwaterpto.volunteer@gmail.com.

8th Grade Celebration Donations Needed

Thank you to the 84 families who have donated to this celebration effort! Please consider making your $25 donation sooner than later so that we can properly plan for food and activities. Consider sponsoring another student as well if you are able. Donations can be accepted via Paypal.

If you have any questions or would like to pay by check, please email amber.fer@frontier.com.

8th Gr. Families: Ensure Volunteer Eligibility Before 6/1

The 8th grade celebration will be held on Friday, June 17th from 12pm-3:30pm. Volunteers will be needed to make this event a success. However, all volunteers will need to be in our TMS volunteer database prior to the event. Parents not in our database will be unable to attend.

Step One: Fill out the online application or email BSD to have your volunteer profile moved to Tumwater (your profile was not automatically moved from your previous school).

Step Two: Upload proof of vaccination or submit medical or religious exception.

Head to www.tumwaterpto.org/volunteer for more info or email Kristi & Jyothi at tumwaterpto.volunteer@gmail.com.

Don’t miss out on this memory-making event!

Volunteers & Cakes Needed for Student Social on 5/20

Our first TMS Student Social is on the calendar for Friday, 5/20 from 2:20-3:40pm. Students will have free choice to participate in the many planned activities, including arts & crafts, board games, dancing, basketball, cakewalk, & musical chairs. Food will be available in the Commons. Volunteers will have staff support in supervising various stations. Check out the shifts below to help make this magic possible:

Also, cakes, cookies, & donuts are needed for the cakewalk. This is ALWAYS a popular destination, so the more goodies, the longer we can play! Sign-up here to bring a store-purchased & packaged baked good.

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