Black Bear Bits

January 6, 2023

Important Dates

1/6: PTA BottleDrop Fundraiser 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

1/11: No School - Teacher Professional Development

1/12: Virtual Read-a-thon Planning Meeting 7:30 p.m.

1/16: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr Day

1/17: PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m. in the school library

1/19: 4th Grade Music Performance 6:30 p.m.

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • BottleDrop Fundraiser
  • Krispy Kreme PTA fundraiser
  • Now Hiring: Recess Ranger, Cafeteria Assistant, Title One Assistant
  • New Bus Driver!
  • Health Room Clothing Needed
  • On the Horizon--Music Performances
  • Art Rutkin Elementary News
  • Memory Book Submissions
  • Flu and Covid Information
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

I hope you had a great Winter Break, and enjoyed your family time together. Taking time to make special memories with those we love gives us the fuel to move forward during these very busy days.

The first week back after a longer break means our classroom teachers are spending time re-establishing their classroom routines and procedures that create positive and productive learning environments for our students.

Just so that you know, next Wednesday we have a staff inservice day, so students have that day off from school. These days provide opportunities for our staff to engage in purposeful professional development designed to support their classroom practices. This is a valuable time for our staff and we appreciate your understanding.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Working with you for kids,


BottleDrop Fundraiser TODAY! (And ongoing!)

Our blue bag bottle collection is today in front of the school from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Drop off your bags of bottles and cans! This doesn't mean the fundraiser is over, though! You can drop your blue bags of bottles off at any BottleDrop location anytime from here on and the funds will go straight to the Tualatin Elementary PTA! Additional bags can be picked up at the school.

Feel free to take a bag to work and collect those cans in your offices and lunchrooms! Save the environment and support Tualatin Elementary at the same time!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are calling your name

Hey friends, Tualatin Elementary PTA has the sweetest offer for you. By ordering a dozen (or two) original glazed doughnuts, you can treat your family to the freshest doughnuts in town and 50% of the order will be donated back to Tualatin Elementary PTA!

From now until January 16, you can get your dozens using our fundraising sales page below.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for Tualatin Elementary PTA

How it works: purchase your dozens online, visit your nearest Krispy Kreme store & redeem using your code. You can also purchase doughnuts and gift them to friends and family, or perhaps some well deserving colleagues! Dozens are redeemable nationwide, so feel free to share this page with other doughnut lovers!

Thank you in advance for your support, we hope you enjoy this sweet offer.

Work at Your Child's School!

Looking for a part-time job while your children are in school, working with great people and making a difference in children's lives? Come work at Tualatin Elementary! We are hiring a Recess Ranger, Food Service Assistant, and Title One Assistant! Recess Rangers spend 2.75 hours supervising students at lunch recess, keeping students safe and enjoying the fresh air! Our food service assistant works 3.5 hours a day assisting Aggi in the cafeteria, preparing and serving nutritious food to our students. Our Title One assistants work 3.5 hours a day, providing literacy support to our students in small groups and one-on-one.

If you are interested in either of these positions, reach out to the office for more information (503-431-4800) or apply directly here.

Meet our Newest Bus Driver

Students riding bus #37 are seeing a new face in the driver's seat! Bo has completed her training and onboarding and is excited to get your students safely to school each day! Remind your students to be safe, kind, and responsible on the bus.

Read-a-thon Planning Meeting

The next Read-a-thon Committee meeting to help plan our spring Read-a-thon is Thursday January 12th at 7:30pm. This is a virtual meeting and the link is:

Then, join the PTA on Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. for their monthly meeting in the school library. Everyone is invited!

Health Room Clothing Needed

Did you sort through clothes over Winter Break? Do you have gently-used clothing that you are planning to donate? Please keep the health room in mind. We are especially short on small (sizes 5-8) elastic-waist pants and underwear, although we are happy to accept all sizes! (And remember--for tax purposes, this may be an "in-kind" donation to the school!)

Fourth Grade Music Performance

Our fourth-graders have been hard at work preparing for their annual Oregon Trail Concert! In fourth grade, students learn Oregon history, participate in an Oregon Trail re-creation, and present a fabulous musical extravaganza! Join them on Thursday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for upcoming musical performances this year.

5th grade music concert Feb 9, 2023

2nd grade music concert March 2, 2023

All concerts will be from 6:30-7:00 p.m.

Winter Festival at Tigard High School

The Inner-Club Council at Tigard High School has been busy planning a Winter Festival for children and families in the TTSD community. This FREE event will take place at Tigard High School on Friday, January 27th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Families will participate in different fun winter-themed activities such as snowflake making, face paint and photo booths!
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Art Rutkin Elementary - New TTSD Elementary School in Tigard

Please contact Jamie Kingery, Art Rutkin Elementary principal, for information about TTSD's new elementary school opening fall 2023. Current information about the school's location, attendance area boundary and enrollment can also be found in this Frequently Asked Questions document - Art Rutkin Elementary FAQ - and these slides from recent elementary school presentations at Alberta Rider, Deer Creek and Mary Woodward. Contact information: 503 431-3508 or

Memory Book Submissions

The memory book is accepting photos for the following activities. Please help make this year's memory book a success!

We are now accepting the following photos:

Spirit Week/Days (Hat Day, PJ Day, etc)

Classroom Field Trips

Art Lit


Winter Holiday

Are you volunteering?...document your time in the school and send us your pictures.

Please send your photo submissions to AND label with the following information: student's grade, teacher's name, student's 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 Sales won't begin until after the New Year.

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Flu and Covid Season is here!

With colder weather, comes more opportunity to spread cold, flu, and Covid-19 germs. We are seeing all three at Tualatin Elementary and ask you to do your part by following these recommendations:

  • Please monitor carefully for the following primary COVID and Flu symptoms, and keep your student home if they exhibit any of the following:
    • Cough

    • Temperature of 100.4 or higher

    • Shortness of breath

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • Sore throat

    • Nasal congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

  • Please contact the school for assistance with the following:
    • Information on testing – We have at-home tests available at the school

    • If you test positive for COVID-19

    • If you have questions regarding symptoms and exclusions

  • Wash hands often, especially after coming in contact with body fluids. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

Where Can I Get a Flu Shot?

The Washington County website has a list of locations offering the Flu Shot and other Vaccinations.

Where Can I Get a Covid Vaccine or Booster?

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.

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subject to supply chain disruptions

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