Black Bear Bits

January 20, 2023

Important Dates

1/21: FTTS Masquerade Gala and Auction 5:30 p.m.

1/23: Art Lit Volunteer Training 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

1/26: OBOB Battle Day

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
  • OBOB Excitement
  • Vision Screening
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Walk + Roll to School
  • PTA News
  • 5th Grade Music Performance
  • Verify Your Information in ParentVu
  • Health Room Clothing Needed
  • FTTS Masquerade Gala and Auction
  • Art Rutkin Elementary Open Enrollment
  • Memory Book Submissions
  • Celebrate Diversity Year-Round
  • Free Citizenship Class
  • Free NAMI Mental Health Class
  • Free PAX Tools Class
  • Winter Festival for Tigard High
  • Flu and Covid Information
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

We had two opportunities this week for our community to get together. The first was on Tuesday for our monthly PTA meeting. This group is essential to our school. They are able to plan social activities for our students, like the Harvest Festival and the Winter Night, as well as special projects for our school, like the memory book and read-a-thon.

The PTA is run by volunteers, and needs the help and support of parents and guardians such as yourself to provide these things for our school. I would like to highly encourage you to become involved with our PTA by serving on a committee or offering to volunteer for an upcoming event. Because our last few events have been run entirely by the same small group of volunteers, there is a possibility that some of our cherished events will go away because we don’t have enough volunteers to run them. Please consider helping us in any way you can.

The other opportunity for us to come together was our fourth grade music performance last night. The fourth graders took us on a musical journey along the Oregon Trail, complete with western wear. A big thanks to Mrs. Hinkle, our music teacher, for all of her work in putting together this amazing performance. Another big thank you to our incredible fourth grade teaching team–Mrs. Havens, Mrs. Hole, and Mr. Michaels–for all of their time in supporting this production with their 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!

OBOB Excitement!

Our Official OBOB battles are on January 26th. Parents are invited to watch their child during their battle times. Your student's teacher has the official schedule. Please no photography or cell phones during the battles.

The 8 top scoring teams on January 26th will battle again on January 30th in the morning.

Our OBOB assembly will be on February 2nd which will feature our two top scoring teams and a fun celebration for all of our OBOB participants.

We are so proud of all of the reading these students have done!

Vision Screening

Our vision screenings will be held on Wednesday, February 1st. 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!

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.

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!)
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Foundation Masquerade Gala and Auction

The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools (FTTS) is having their first-ever Masquerade Gala + Auction on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Washington Square! Proceeds go to the Foundation's school grant program, which pays for extra part-time teachers at ALL 16 district schools, including ours. Get dressed up and get your tickets for a fun night!

Art Rutkin Elementary Enrollment Opens Monday

TTSD’s newest elementary school is almost complete. Enrollment for Art Rutkin Elementary opens on Monday, January 23rd, 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

Memory Book Photo Submissions - Deadline March 5th, 2023

Happy 2023 Staff and Families! We hope you all enjoyed the holidays and time with your loved ones. With the New Year here and the printing date for our Memory Book nearing, it is time to start wrapping up our photo submissions. 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!

Order forms for Memory Book purchases will be distributed at the end of January/beginning of February, so please keep your eyes peeled for those in the upcoming weeks, along with the opportunity to purchase a 5th Grade Tribute for your 5th grader. More details coming soon.

We are now accepting the following photos:

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

1st Grade Music Informances*

Classroom Field Trips

Art Lit*

Winter Holiday Family Night


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

Celebrate Diversity Year Round

Exploring a wide variety of cultures together is a fantastic way for kids to learn about traditions they may not have encountered before and to feel that their backgrounds and identities are seen and appreciated in their learning spaces.

As the world becomes smaller and increasingly diverse in its cultures and experiences, it is crucial that all children have access to books that serve as both windows and mirrors. Kids who see their own experiences reflected in books gain self-confidence, while reading about experiences that differ from their own helps kids develop healthy curiosity and empathy.

Visit the Stories for All Project™ often to explore the ever-expanding selection of diverse books and help your kids grow as readers, individuals, and citizens.

Download a FREE School-Year Calendar identifying month-long observances, religious holidays, and additional dates of cultural or historical significance.

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.

Free NAMI Mental Health Classes

Do you want to learn more about youth mental health, and how to support the children in your life? The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Washington County is offering a free class starting on January 25th. NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family members who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. It's taught by a trained team with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition. They know what you’re going through because they've been there too.

When: Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm, January 25th - March 1st

Where: Countryside Community Church in Sherwood. 18810 SW Kruger Rd, Sherwood, OR 97140

Link to register:

Free PAX Tools Class

Glad the kids are back at school? Bring the family together this new year with TTSD's PAX Tools on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m. at CFT.
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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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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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