Black Bear Bits

May 5th, 2023

Important Dates

5/5: School Lunch Hero Day

5/8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week

5/8-12: State Testing (3rd-5th) - Math

5/10: School Nurse Day

5/12: 1st Grade Field Trip

5/16: School Speech Pathologist Day

5/16: PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.

5/17: No School- Inservice Day

5/25: Kinder Kickoff 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

5/26: Hearing Screening (grades 1-3)

5/25: PAX Paw Prize Time

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • Lockdown Drill Information
  • Message from Erin Gillam
  • Returning Next Year? Enrollment Form Link
  • Placement Information- Teacher Request Form Pickup
  • Lunch Hero Day Thank You
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Join our Team
  • Stream Night Success
  • Stream Night Special Thank You
  • Stream Night Sponsor's Thank You's
  • Parking lot Protocol
  • Asian Pacific Islander Month
  • Pre-K Registration
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Kinder Summer Jumpstart
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

I wanted to thank everyone that came out to our fabulous STREAM/Dia del Nino event last Friday at school. We were thrilled with the turnout, including welcoming whole families back to our building. There were so many different activities to participate in, from pinatas to our book fair to soil experiments. A big thanks to our staff who helped plan the event, and our PALA group for all of the extra time finding food donations, decorating our school, setting and cleaning up, and all of the other tasks that needed to get done for our event.

I also appreciate your patience and support for our parking lot issues. There always seems to be a correlation between warm and sunny weather and a rise in incidents in our parking lot. With all of us working together, we can have a safe environment for our students at arrival and dismissal.

We are moving along with the process of finding Tualatin Elementary’s new principal for next year. They finished up interviews this week, and are working through the process at the district level. I would expect for our staff and community to be updated within the next couple of weeks.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Working with you for our students,


Tualatin Elementary Lockdown Drill

Tualatin Elementary Families,

On Tuesday, May 9th, 1-2 pm, we will be conducting a safety drill at Tualatin Elementary to practice our Lock Down procedure. This drill is the response we put in place if there is a dangerous situation occurring inside the building that we need to protect students and staff from.

Students and teachers will practice our Lock Down procedure (Locks, Lights, Out of Sight) two times a year. Our district has joined with several other districts and law enforcement officials to implement these procedures in order to be coordinated in our emergency response.

These drills usually do not cause much anxiety for students, but they are essential in helping them understand and follow emergency procedures should they be necessary. Here is a link that provides some good tips in talking to children about violence, in case the subject comes up: publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-prevention

Although we hope never to use them, our drills are intended to help our students, staff and families be prepared. Tualatin Police Department and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will be invited to participate and offer feedback. We also welcome your thoughts, questions and/or concerns by phone, email or in person. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please be aware that you will be unable to enter the school or sign your student out between 12:45 and the duration of the drill.


Jim Hiller

A note from the desk of Mrs. Gillam

Hello Black Bear Community! After fifteen years at Tualatin Elementary I have accepted a new role within TTSD. I am excited to be working with several elementary schools supporting their building teams and students. While I am eager to start this next adventure, I am so sad to leave you all. I have learned so much, and had so much fun as a part of this community. It has been a privilege to work with the staff, students, and families of Tualatin Elementary, and a season of my life I will remember with laughter and joy. My email will remain the same ( and I would love to hear from you for years to come. Thank you for all the wonderful memories Black Bears, I will miss you. All my best, Erin Gillam


As we prepare for our 2023-2024 school year, we try to get an accurate student count to enable us to plan our classes. Forms have been sent home in your student's backpack. Please complete the form and return it to the school office by Friday, May 19th or you may fill out the online form. Thank you so much!


Early in June, each grade level team meets to carefully organize next year's classes based on a variety of factors. If you have insights and information about your child that you would like to share, please pick up a form in the office and return it by May 31st for consideration.
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Lunch Hero Day

"The heart of a lunch lady is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others". -Unknown

We are so lucky to have Aggi as our Amazing Lunch hero. She touches the hearts of every child she comes into contact with--nourishing their lives by filling their tummies and being a positive influence in their lives daily. We appreciate you so much Aggi!

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated in the first full week of May, from May 7 -12 in 2023, and is when teachers get the extra credit they deserve. The big day is Teacher Appreciation Day on May 5, but teachers are just so great that they get a whole week to savor our appreciation. Whether you have a teacher, know a teacher, or are a teacher, there are endless ways to give a little extra support to teachers and teachers organizations. Teaching is known to be a time-consuming and challenging profession, so this week is our chance to say thank you to those that play or have played such a huge role in our lives.


  1. Bring a gift to your teacher

    Many associations, like National PTA, offer suggestions for gifts to give to teachers and provide fun printable thank-you notes and flyers, (see attachments). Other great ideas to honor your teacher’s work include gift cards, donations, baked goods, decorating their classroom door or teachers lounge, volunteer in a classroom, or use the official hashtag #ThankATeacher

  2. Reach out to an old teacher

    We all remember at least one old teacher fondly, and chances are they remember you and would love to know what you’re up to. See if they are still teaching at your old school and plan to pay a visit, give a call, or even add them on social media to keep up with them! It’s a great chance to let them know the impact they have had on your life.

  3. Donate to teachers!

    Many associations have made it their mission to support teachers with school supplies and making ends meet. Some of the best organizations to send a little extra to this week include Donors Choose, Fund for Teachers, and the National Education Association Foundation. You can even specifically fund particular subjects, like the arts or math and sciences!

Kleenex Box Ready for the following video....

Tennis Star Venus Williams Heads Back To California To Thank Her Teacher

Join our Amazing Team: Recess Ranger Wanted

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. And as our rainy and cold season is coming to an end this is the perfect time to join our team!

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.

Stream Night

This last Friday evening's Dia de los Ninos/STREAM night was a huge success! It was such a magical experience for all of us who could attend. We counted over 500 community members coming to the event. From a free dinner to candy raining piñata's to interactive science tables and a prize giveaway, it truly offered something for everyone. Thank you all who came and made it such a successful event.

A Special Thank You

A special thank you to Hortencia Hernandez who hand-made and donated two incredibly detailed and fun and candy filled Piñata's for our families at Stream night. Thank you so much.
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Thanks to our Dia de los Ninos/STREAM Night Sponsors

Our thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors for their donations. Please show your gratitude by frequenting their businesses.

  • Chipotle, Lake Oswego
  • Winco, Tigard
  • La Barca Guerrero, Tualatin
  • Taqueria Las Casitas, Tualatin
  • Tienda Mexicana El Porvenir, Tigard
  • Las 4 Luna's, Tualatin
  • La Isla Bonita, Tualatin
  • J's Stone Stonework, Tualatin
  • Rosie's Kitchen, Tualatin
  • Big Town Hero, Tualatin
  • McDonald's, Tualatin
  • Tienda el Azabache, Tualatin
  • Las Jaras, Tigard
  • El Ranchito Alegre, Tualatin
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Parking Lot Protocol

  1. If you are picking your student up after school by car, you should wait in your car in the car line. Please do not leave your car unattended in the car lane.
  2. If you are picking your student up on foot/walking, please wait for your student in designated areas--by the flagpole and open grassy area at the front of the school.
  3. If you drive to school and want to pick up your student by the flagpole, please park your car in a legal parking spot and wait by the flagpole for your student.
  4. There is no pick up in the back parking lot. There is not a safe way to turn around in that parking lot, so please do not pull in and wait.
  5. Please do not come inside to wait for your student for safety reasons. If you would like to come inside to look for lost and found or for another reason, please come to the office to check in.

Thank you to everyone for helping keep our Tualatin community safe for all of our students.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! AAPI month came into being in 1978, when it was recognized by former president Jimmy Carter and Congress. Asia and the Pacific Islands are made of many different countries and rich cultures, including:

  • Southeast Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh)

  • India

  • Japan

  • China

  • East Asia (China, Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Taiwan)

"The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants."

Learn about some trailblazing members of the AAPI community, and the amazing work they’ve done here, and read some fantastic books featuring Asian American and Pacific Islander folks here!

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

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.


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:

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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subject to supply chain disruptions

Titan Website

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

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