Black Bear Bits

April 7, 2023

Important Dates

4/10: Spirit Week- Black Bear Spirit Wear Day

4/11: Spirit Week- Cozy PJ and book day

4/12: Spirit Week- Wacky Hair Day

4/13: Spirit Week- Story book Theme Day

4/10-4/13: Third and Fourth Grade State Testing

4/11: Last Day for Onpoint Outstanding Educator Nominations

4/13: End of Third Quarter

4/14: No School - Teacher Work day

4/14: Kona Ice Fundraiser 3:30-6:00 pm in the TuES parking lot!

4/17-4/21: Fifth Grade State Testing

4/17-4/21: Read-A-Thon Forms Due

4/18: Read-A-Thon Money Due

4/24: Club K Virtual Meeting 6:30 PM

4/24-4/28: Spring Book Fair

4/24-4/28: Dental3 Sealant Program @ Tualatin Elementary

4/26: Make up School Day for Snow Day

4/28: Dia de los niños / STREAM Night 530-8:00 PM

In this Edition

  • Message from the Mrs. Edison regarding Read-A-Thon
  • Treat People with Kindness Music Video
  • Club K Registration and Zoom Link
  • Dental3 Sealant Visit to Tualatin
  • Roaring for Reading- Read-A-Thon information
  • Roaring for Reading- Read-A-Thon Prize info
  • Roaring for Reading- Read-A-Thon Timeline
  • Dia de los niños / STREAM Night
  • Spring Book Fair
  • Pre-K Registration
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Kinder Summer Jumpstart
  • Onpoint Nominations for Outstanding Educators
  • Important Message from Hazelbrook Middle School
  • Help Bridge the Gap
  • Lost and Found Overflow
  • Art Rutkin Elementary Open Enrollment
  • Flu and Covid Information
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Special Message from Mrs. Edison and the PTA

Tualatin Black Bears,

Thank you for all your hard work in collecting fundraisers for our read-a-thon so far. Here's the current update! So far, we have raised $1,000, this was our first school wide milestone which means that staff wore tu-tus on Friday to celebrate! If we reach our next benchmark of $5,000, Mrs. Hinkle (our music teacher) will get a pie in the face. Our overall goal is to raise $10,000! This money benefits our students and school community throughout the year. We appreciate your partnership in helping support all the wonderful learning and events Tualatin Elementary has.

Treat People with Kindness

To celebrate Music in Our Schools Month in March, our students worked on creating a new school music video. We are excited to share it with you! Check it out below!

Also, a big thanks to Mrs. Hinkle for always making fun videos of our kids. Check out her other great music videos from the past and present students here.

Treat People with Kindness

Club K Survey and Zoom Meeting

We are excited to have on-site daycare at Tualatin Elementary beginning in the Fall! Our new provider will be Club K, who currently provides extended-day care at several of the TTSD elementary schools. Club K is able to provide before and after school care, full days on non-school days, and also has options for 2023 Summer care. They accept DHS childcare subsidies and have a staff member who can help parents navigate the paperwork for the subsidy.

Club K will be hosting a virtual information night on Apr 24, 2023 at 6:30 PM to share their model with families and to answer any questions you might have.

When: Apr 24, 2023 6:30 PM Pacific Time
Topic: Club K Child Care @ Tualatin Elementary - Virtual Open House

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Club K is looking to anticipate the needs of the Tualatin Elementary School Community for onsite child care for the 2023-2024 school year. We are offering afternoon daycare this coming Fall from school dismissal time-6PM and depending on interest, can offer AM care as well. Please let us know your family's current needs. By completing this questionnaire, you will provide information that will assist us in making our plan for opening at Tualatin Elementary School and supporting families with a need for daycare. Please respond to this short interest survey by Friday April 21st.

Day Care Interest Survey

To learn more, look at their annual report and their fees for 2022-23.

Dental3 Screening

Dental3 will be providing free dental screenings, sealants, and fluoride at your child’s school for grades K-5 in the week of April 24th. A dental screening is a quick look inside your child’s mouth to check the overall health of their teeth. Dental sealants are protective coatings put on the back teeth to prevent cavities and fluoride is vitamin that is brushed on the teeth to make teeth stronger and prevent cavities.

Click this link to sign the permission form for your child online. Permission slips have also been sent home. Please return them as soon as possible so we have an accurate number.

Dental3 proporcionará exámenes dentales gratuitos, selladores y fluoruro en la escuela de su hijo para los grados K-5 en la semana del 24 de abril. Los selladores dentales son capas protectoras que se colocan en los dientes posteriores para prevenir las caries y el fluoruro es una vitamina que se cepilla sobre los dientes para fortalecerlos y prevenir las caries.

Haga clic en este enlace para firmar el formulario de permiso para su hijo en línea. Los formularios de permiso también se enviaron a casa. Devuélvalos lo antes posible para que tengamos un número exacto.

Downloadable packets in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Karen, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese are also available. If you need packets in any other languages, please let us know

Read-A-Thon "Roaring for Reading"

We want ALL of our children to develop a love of reading for pleasure, for knowledge and for


What is the read-a-thon?

The read-a-thon is an event that encourages children to become better readers and learners, by

nurturing a joy of reading. This will also be one of our largest fundraisers of the year! Students

will collect donations from sponsors and have 7 days to read as much as possible, while earning fun prizes for their achievements.

How does it work?

Students will set individual reading goals for the 7 days. Students can read to themselves or be

read to. They can read books, magazines, newspapers, comics, etc.

Suggested daily minimum read time: Pre-K-2nd: 20-30 minutes 3rd -5th grades: 40-60 minutes.

How do I get pledges?

  1. Ask friends, family and neighbors! We have 2 options for collecting pledges: use the enclosed pledge form or use our easy online pledge system at to participate.
  2. Register your child at PledgeStar and follow the simple registration steps. It takes 2 minutes to set-up your child’s own fundraising page. By registering online, students can get support from friends and family who live near or far away!
  3. You can also collect money and record the names and pledge amounts on the enclosed Pledge Form. You can collect pledges using both online and the enclosed pledge sheet.

Why are we raising money?

  • Your support allows the PTA to continue to fund many of the great programs and events at our school, such as: Art Literacy, Classroom supplies, OBOB, family events, field trips, Backpack program, and more.

What is our goal?

We hope to raise $10,000. If every student can raise at least $50, we can achieve our goal!


- Pledges are one-time flat donations, not per minute.

- Pledges are tax deductible.

- Record all in-person donations on your pledge sheet and put the money in your envelope right


- Acceptable forms of payments are: Cash, Check (Payable to Tualatin PTA), Credit Card via

PledgeStar donation. - Students do not have to collect pledges to participate, although

encouraged, all kids can participate regardless of financial contributions.

If you have any questions email Tualatin Elementary School PTA at

or visit our webpage: Look for more information in the next edition of the Black Bear Bits and in your student's backpack.

Read-A-Thon- Let's Talk Prizes!!

Individual Prizes:
• Register at and earn a ribbon.
• Receive your first pledge and get a pencil.
• Raise $25 get a free bundlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes.
• Raise $50 get a Menchies frozen yogurt certificate.
•Turn in your reading log and receive a fun tattoo.
•Read 1,000 minutes and get a brag tag.
•Top Reader and Top Earner each get a gift card
• Complete daily activity worksheets with teachers for a daily prize and a chance to win a poppit - 1 winner per class per school day!

Class Prizes:
2 classrooms (one from K-2nd and one from 3rd -5th) with the most money raised will get a pizza party!
● 2 classrooms (one from K-2nd and one from 3rd -5th) with the most minutes read will get an ice cream party!

School Prize: If we can hit our school wide goals of:
● $1,000 - Staff and teachers wear a tu-tu
● $5,000 - Music Teacher, Melissa Hinkle, will get a pie in the face!
● $7,500 – PE Teacher, Mr. Hill will get a pie in the face!
● $10,000 – Extra Recess and a treat on field day!

2023 Read-A-Thon Timeline


4/10-4/13 (April 14th is an in-service day):

  • Start turning in pledge sheets
  • Fill out the Reading Log!!
  • Read-a-thon spirit week and reading challenge

4/10-4/13 Spirit Week:

  • Black Bear Pride Wear- Wear black and red or spirit wear items
  • Cozy PJ / Book Day- Wear your favorite Pajama's and take a break to enjoy some cozy reading
  • Wacky Hair Day- Let’s see your crazy hair. Be creative! Read a wacky, funny joke book and earn double reading time.
  • Story Book Theme Day- Dress as your favorite story book character and bring in your book to share with your class.


  • Turn in your Read-a-thon sheets
  • Final week to turn in pledge forms
  • Class winners will begin to be tallied
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Dia de los Niños/STREAM celebration February 28th from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

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Dia de los Niños/STREAM celebration

For our Dia de los Ninos/Stream event on April 28th from 5:30-8:00 pm PaLa (Latino Parent group) would like to request donations of individually wrapped candy and small trinkets (to fill our pinatas), and new toys and games (to give away as prizes).

For more information on this day click here.

Spring Book Fair- April 24-28th

Reading is Amazing

Spring Scholastic Book Fair!

April 24th - April 28th, 2023

Book Fair Hours for Everyone:

April 24th (Monday) 8:00am - 4:00pm

April 26th (Wednesday) 8:00am - 4:00pm

April 28th (Friday) 8:00am to 8:30pm

Students will visit the book fair during school hours with their classes.

All money raised from this book fair will go towards buying books for the library!

Check out our E-Wallet option this year on our website

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for 2023-24 is open! A child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023, to enter Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 School year. Online registration and more information about Kindergarten can be found here. We also have staff at the building who can help with registration. Please contact the office (503-431-4800) or Ana Uriostegui (503-431-4767) for assistance.

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.

PRE-K Registration

Free Preschool for Children ages 3 to 5

The Tigard-Tualatin School District in partnership with Community Action offers free preschool classes for qualifying families.

Please fill out our electronic Preschool Interest Google Form online


complete the Preschool Program Interest PDF and send the completed form to:

  • or
  • deliver to your neighborhood Tigard-Tualatin Elementary School or
  • mail to Early Learning Coordinator TTSD
    6961 SW Sandburg St, Tigard, OR 97223

Click here for the Early Learning Website


Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners! We invite you to apply for Kinder Jumpstart here at Tualatin Elementary.

  • Learn routines taught by real life Tualatin Elementary kindergarten teachers!
  • Meet future classmates and make new friends!
  • Become familiar with our school, playground and buses so that you’re ready for the first day!


August 7 - August 10: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

August 14 - August 17: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m

Forms will be emailed to all parents who have already registered their child for Kindergarten next year. They are also available from Teacher Adam, the school office, in the attachments, or fill out the form online. If you complete a paper registration please return it to the front office or email a photo of both pages to by June 9, 2023 to have your child be considered. Students who have no/limited pre-school experience receive priority placement in this program.

If you have questions, please contact: Lindsay Edison (503) 431-4794 or send us an email at:

Nominate an Outstanding Educator

Last Day for Nominations 4/11/23

OnPoint Community Credit Union has always understood that investing in education is one of the best ways to build thriving communities. We are proud to honor our roots and the teachers who continue to support students in and out of the classroom through the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education.


Get all the details on nominating an outstanding educator and details on all Onpoint prize awards here!

Help Bridge the Gap for our Students!

The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools (FTTS) annual Fund Drive is happening now! Donations from the drive help enrich our students' education. Your donations hire part-time teachers, support innovative teaching ideas and provide college scholarships.

The goal is to raise $75,000 during this year's Fund Drive! That will put the Foundation on track to give each school a $10,000 check for their School Grant, to be used to fund teacher hours that will bridge their most pressing instructional gap. More teachers, more learning!!

Check out all the ways that The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools has helped Tualatin Elementary and donate today!

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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 Emili Powers ( or 503-431-4800) with any questions.

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