Black Bear Bits

December 16, 2022

Important Dates

12/19-1/2: Winter Break

1/3: Return to School

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

1/11: No School - Teacher Professional Development

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • Krispy Kreme PTA fundraiser
  • Health Room Clothing Needed
  • Parent Survey (children birth-5 years)
  • Free Citizenship Classes
  • On the Horizon--Music Performances
  • Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
  • Influenza, Covid-19, RSV, Respiratory Illness at Tualatin Elementary
  • Resource Center Fundraiser
  • News from the PTA
  • Art Rutkin Elementary News
  • Parking Reminder
  • Memory Book Submissions
  • Flu and Covid Information
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

I’d like to share with you some exciting news! Starting in January, our own Amanda Thorderson will be the Head Secretary at Tualatin Elementary. She has an extensive history with our school, working as an Instructional Assistant, TEAF (Tualatin Elementary Arts Foundation) Coordinator, and Secretary. She also was a parent at our school, and served as PTA President. With her social work background, as well as supporting English language learners in school settings, she brings a wealth of experiences into this position. Congratulations Amanda!

Stacy Snyder will be with us part time the first week of January as she continues to train Amanda, and then move to her new school the following week. We thank Stacy for her years of service to our school and wish her well on her new adventures.

Last Friday evening, we hosted the return of our Winter Holiday Event. Families came together, enjoyed some treats provided by our families, and decorated gingerbread houses made by the staff after school. Our rotunda was festive with decorations made by the classes. Thanks to our wonderful PTA for all of the planning and assistance that went into this event, and thanks to the staff for taking the time to make so many graham cracker houses.

I hope you all enjoy your Winter Holiday and enjoy time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing everyone in the new year.

Working with you for our kids,


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.

Health Room Clothing Needed

If you are sorting through clothes over Winter Break, 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!)

Parents and Caregivers with children under 5 years old


The Early Learning Division is asking for feedback on your family’s experience searching for and using child care. Take the survey and help make a difference! Your input will help the state understand family needs and increase support for child care providers.

All parents and caregivers who complete the survey will receive a $20 Amazon gift card!

Visit their website to complete the 15-minute survey.

Survey closes January 31, 2023.

Questions? Contact Denise Ford with ODI at (916) 205-6851.

Free Citizenship Classes

Lutheran Community Services Northwest Citizenship Program will offer FREE Citizenship classes for ESL speakers AND N-400 application services with immigration specialists. Winter Term begins Tuesday, January 10, 2023. We will offer remote and in-person classes. ALL remote classes will meet in person for the first and last classes. The classes will run for 12 weeks. New students are welcome to join at any time during the first 3 weeks of term.


Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) are eligible to apply for citizenship 90 days before their 5-year anniversary or 3 years if they are married to a U.S. citizen.

How to Sign Up:

1) Fill out the "New Student Form" for registration

2) Students will receive a follow-up email from me.

Please email or call me at 503-731-9585 if you have any questions.

On the Horizon--Music Performances

Mark your calendars for upcoming musical performances this year.

4th Grade music concert Jan 19, 2023

5th grade music concert Feb 9, 2023

2nd grade music concert March 2, 2023

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

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

One of the common childhood illnesses we’re seeing occasionally in our school is also showing up in adults as well - hand, foot and mouth disease. This is an illness caused by a virus, and is very contagious. It commonly shows up as a rash, made up of small reddish bumps or blisters.


If your student exhibits symptoms, please contact your pediatrician and inform the school.

Flu, Covid, RSV, and other Viral Respiratory Illnesses

We are seeing a rise in cases of Influenza A, Covid-19, RSV, and other respiratory illnesses at Tualatin Elementary. As we head into cold and flu season, this is a reminder to please not send your child to school if they are sick. If your child is sick, please follow the TTSD Exclusion Guidance (linked here) for information on when they can return to school.

If your student is diagnosed with Influenza, Covid-19, RSV, or other respiratory illness, please contact the office (503-431-4800 or for guidance. It is also important for us to know this information so we can track any outbreaks at the school or classroom level so we may keep students safe.

Please monitor your child for any signs of illness including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue

Here are some important steps to take to keep you, your child, and others healthy:

  • Keep children who are sick or are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test at home. Don’t send them to school, athletic practices, or other activities.

  • Get vaccinated. See the links below for more information.

  • Wear a mask.

  • Wash hands with soap and water.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow.

  • Seek medical advice.

Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding this information. Links to resources are listed below.

Respiratory Syncytial Viral Infection (RSV)

Flu Prevention


Family Resource Center Fundraiser

Caring for Our Community emergency utility and rental assistance fundraiser

TTSD families are experiencing evictions and challenges paying utilities more now than during the pandemic. Please consider donating to the Family Resource Center fundraiser

Call 503-603-1588 or email Catherine West to make a donation.

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


We have designated disability parking spaces in our front and back parking lots. Lately, vehicles with no visible disability parking permit are using those spaces during afternoon pickup. One of our families has been unable to access these spots because of this. We ask that you leave those spots open all day for our families who need them. It is unlawful for anyone to park in a disability parking spot without a conspicuously placed parking permit. Thanks for modeling respectful behavior to our students.

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.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

subject to supply chain disruptions

Titan Website

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