Black Bear Bits

April 14, 2023

Important Dates

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: Bellagios Pizza Fundraiser

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 5:30-8:00 PM

In this Edition

  • Letter from the Substitute Principal, Sue Scott
  • Bellagios Fundraiser Night
  • Recorder Black Belts
  • 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
  • 2023 TTSD Board - Meet the Candidates
  • P-EBT Card information
  • Summer Camp Sigups
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message From Substitute Principal, Sue Scott

From the desk of the principal:


I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all you for welcoming me into the Tualatin Elementary community during Jim's absence. I have enjoyed getting to know your children and supporting this amazing staff. While I know that the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child," is a bit overused, I do believe that it takes the support of a strong partnership between families and the school community to give every child what he/she/they need to be successful.

Sue Scott

Substitute Principal

DON'T LOOK NOW, but there is some crazy hair and many students and staff in pajamas. What's going on? If you didn't know, we celebrated Spirit Week this past week. The creativity that went into some of the days' themes was outstanding! Go Black Bears!

CONGRATULATIONS to our 4th and 5th grade black belt recorder achievers. Your dedication and commitment to learning and performing nine songs on the recorder, including "Ode to Joy", is impressive and deserving of praise.

LET'S CELEBRATE FRIDAY with the Tualatin Elementary School community by enjoying some Kona Ice. Join us in the school parking lot from 3:30-6:00 this Friday, April 14th, for some Hawaiian ice while playing on the playground. This is a fundraiser for our PTA who raises money that supports our school.

SAY AHHHH as you participate in the free dental screening the week of April 24th-28th. In addition to an exam, free sealants and fluoride will be offered. See below for the links to sign up for an appointment.

STREAM NIGHT is quickly approaching. Friday, April 28th, Tualatin Elementary will be buzzing as teachers and local businesses provide STEM activities. Our PALA group will have piñatas and Art Literacy will have a project for students to make. Art will be on display. Free food will be provided beginning at 5:30. The night will end at 8:00. Be sure to put it on your calendar now!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW CHALLENGE? We are looking for an energetic and kid-loving individual to join our AMAZING Recess Ranger team. What's a Recess Ranger? A loving adult who wants to join our school community in supporting students as they eat and play. The hours are from 10:30-1:15, leaving time for those other daily activities. The other bonus to the job is that you are on the same school schedule as your student/s.

If this sounds like the job for you, please click on the link to complete an application or reach out to the front office. We would be more than happy to talk to you about this position.

Hurry...the job will go fast!

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Bellagios Pizza Restaurant Fundraiser - Tuesday, April 18th

Help support Tualatin Elementary and leave the cooking to someone else next Tuesday, April 18th. Call, order online or stop by the Tualatin Bellagios Pizza location all day. Whether it's pizza, a salad or one of their grinders, 10% of sales will be donated to the school. Thank you for your support!

Recorder Black Bear Black Belts and Doughnuts

What is Recorder Karate? Students learned nine songs on recorder over a span of two months, each song being a different level and "belt" color. Our 4th and 5th graders just finished the Recorder Karate program and those students who earned Black Belt gathered together to celebrate their hard work with donuts! Many of these Black Belt students practiced recorders at home for several hours over those two months to achieve their goal! It is so fun to see students learn to read music and play together and we are proud of ALL our 4th and 5th grade students for their hard work learning a new instrument!
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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 Tualatin Elementary for grades K-5 during 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.

Read-a-Thon Important Information


  • Turn in your Read-a-thon sheets
  • Final week to turn in pledge forms
  • Class winners will begin to be tallied

If you're still collecting pledges we have 2 options for collecting: use the enclosed pledge form or use our easy online pledge system at to participate.

If you have any questions email Tualatin Elementary School PTA at

or visit our webpage:

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 (Earned)
● $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!
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Dia de los Niños/STREAM celebration April 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.

Book Fair Volunteer's Needed

To make our book fair successful we will need a lot of volunteers. If you are available to help please click here. We cant do this without you! Thank you.

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:

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  • 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:

TTSD 2023 School Board- Meet the Candidates

Tigard-Tualatin School District School Board Candidates Community Forum

Meet the Candidates that are running for TTSD 2023 School Board Positions

April 18, 2023

6:00 PM

Tigard High School Auditorium

Will also be streamed live on the TTSD Youtube Channel

P-EBT Funds Available for Families

For school children who were eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the 2021-2022 school year.

Oregon P-EBT for Summer 2022 Promotional Video

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.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

subject to supply chain disruptions

Titan Website

Pay for meals, see the school menu, apply for free and reduced lunch

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