Black Bear Bits

January 27, 2023

Important Dates

1/30: OBOB Final 8 Battle

2/2: Vision Screening - Volunteers Needed

2/2: OBOB Final Battle Assembly

2/2: End of Quarter 2

2/3: No School - Teacher Work Day

2/7: Kindergarten Registration 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

2/8: Winter Walk + Roll to School

2/9: 5th Grade Music Performance

2/19: No School - President's Day

2/25: Garden Work Party 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • School Community Need
  • Spirit Wear Update
  • Site Council News
  • Vision Screening
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Walk + Roll to School
  • This week at Tualatin Elementary (photo gallery)
  • PTA News
  • 5th Grade Music Performance
  • NEW! Memory Book Update
  • Verify Your Information in ParentVu
  • Health Room Clothing Needed
  • Art Rutkin Elementary Open Enrollment
  • Free Citizenship Class
  • Flu and Covid Information
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

The end of January brings with it the promise of colder temperatures and possibly a snowy day? It doesn’t look quite like that yet. It looks like next week we may be moving into much colder weather than normal. Please make sure that your students come to school in temperature appropriate clothing. We rarely cancel recess for cold temperatures as it’s important for our students to move throughout the day.

We had our first OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) competition in our library yesterday. Student teams were given really difficult questions to answer about the books and the teams scored really well! We have eight teams advancing to the next round on Monday. Thanks to our Building Library Media Coordinator, Kathleen Cunnington, for all of her work organizing this for our school, all of the volunteers that came in to help, and the parents that came to watch. Congratulations to ALL of the students who participated in OBOB this year!

We are also looking for some people wanting to work with us. Aggi, our cook, needs an assistant to help prepare the great meals she serves to our lucky students. This middle of the day job is perfect for parents looking to pick up a few hours every week while supporting our students with great nutrition. And who wouldn’t want to work with our amazing Aggi?

One final notice: we are quickly approaching our deadline for opting out of lessons for our upcoming Health Curriculum. You have received information about this in the form of a letter home and an email from me. The deadline is February 2nd for opting out. If you need any assistance with this, please contact the office.

As always, thank you for all you do for our students. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Working with you for kids,


School Community Need

We are sad to report the passing of three year old Abraham Torres Hernandez over our Winter Break. The Torres Hernandez family has been a part of our community for the past decade. In order to assist the family, we’ve created a Go fund me for the family, and are sharing the link with our community to help cover expenses. Thank you for your consideration!

Spirit Wear Update

Spiritwear is almost here! Due to unforeseen printing delays, we are expecting shirts and hoodies to go home the week of Feb 6th. We are so excited to see students and their families showing their Tualatin Elementary pride! Thank you so much for your patience with these unexpected delays!

Join Tualatin Elementary Site Council!

Hello Families,

Site Council is looking for new parent members! What is Site Council you ask? The Tualatin Elementary Site Council is a group of teachers, parents and classified staff who work with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and make recommendations for how to use our school resources. Our Site Council’s main goal is to increase student achievement by improving instructional programs, plan professional development and foster family involvement. We also discuss school needs, enrichment opportunities and grant funding. Our Site Council meets each month after school from 2:45-3:30.

If you are interested in joining Site Council please email Amy Barnes the Site Council Chair at

We look forward to new parents joining Site Council.

Vision Screening

Our vision screenings will be held on Thursday, February 2nd. If your student wears glasses, they should be sure to wear them to school that day. All grades K-5 will have their vision tested. If you DO NOT want your student to have a vision screening, please contact the office (503-431-4800).

We are also looking for volunteers to assist! If you can help with this--training is given--please contact Amanda (503-431-4801). Volunteers are needed from 8:00-10:00.

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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for 2023-24 is near! Online registration opens in February. A child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023, to enter Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 School year. More information about Kindergarten can be found here.

Tualatin Elementary will be holding a Kindergarten Registration Open House on February 7th from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for families who need extra help registering, who don't have a computer to use for online registration, or for families who need to drop off documents. Teachers will not be in attendance and there will not be school tours on this date.

There will be a Kindergarten Kick off on May 25th, where families can meet teachers, tour the school, take a bus ride, and more! Information will be sent to families in May.

Winter Rock + Roll to School

We invite all students and families to celebrate our first official Winter Walk+Roll to School Day on Wednesday, February 8th! Walk, roll, or bus to school and win cool prizes! To celebrate the day, we will include all students in a raffle with prizes including bright clothing, something that rolls (skateboard or scooter), and a refurbished bike from WashCo Bikes!

This week at Tualatin Elementary

Fifth Grade Music Performance

Our fifth-graders have been hard at work preparing for their annual Jazz Concert, to celebrate Black History Month! This is always a wonderful, inspiring performance. Join them on Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m.

Looking ahead: 2nd grade music concert March 2, 2023 from 6:30-7:00 p.m.

NEW! Memory Book Updates:

Photo Submissions - Deadline March 5th, 2023 - Please see below for specifics on the photo submissions we are now accepting and note our submission deadline date of March 5th, 2023. Your contributions will help make this year's Memory Book extra special!

Memory Book Order Forms & 5th Grade Tributes - Memory Book order forms and 5th Grade Tributes will be distributed NEXT WEEK, so please check your child's red fold and return to your child's teacher with your payment. We have a limited number of Memory Books, so early orders, will reserve your book. Order deadline dates will be posted in the Black Bear Bits next week.

We are accepting the following photos:

Art Lit*

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

Kinder & 1st Grade Music Informances*

Classroom Field Trips


Walk & Roll Day

Are you volunteering in the school?...what a wonderful opportunity for you to document school happenings while our memory book volunteers can't be there. Please snap some pics and send them our way.

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

Verify Your Information in ParentVue

We have opened up the opportunity for parents to update their information we have in our system (Synergy) via ParentVUE.

It will remain open through the end of the school year. We ask that all parents review the student health information, email, phone, student cell phone, etc. that we have on file to ensure we have the best method for school to home communication.

Parents will have 5 opportunities to dismiss this reminder in ParentVUE before they are forced to review and update this information.

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!)

Art Rutkin Elementary Enrollment Open

TTSD’s newest elementary school is almost complete. Enrollment for Art Rutkin Elementary is open for the 2023-2024 school year. Please direct any questions or needs for information to Jamie Kingery, Art Rutkin Elementary principal,, 503 431-3508.

Art Rutkin Elementary website

Art Rutkin Elementary School boundary map

Frequently Ask Questions

Lutheran Community Services is offering a FREE online Citizenship Day to eligible green card holders on Thursday, February 23!

This event is best for:

  1. People who don't need a citizenship class
  2. High intermediate or advanced English speakers
  3. Have had their green card for almost 5 years or 3 years if they're married to a U.S. citizen.

Please sign up here.

See the latest class schedule.

See the class website.

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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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