Black Bear Bits
March 10, 2023
3/6-3/17: Packed with Pride Food Drive
3/12: Daylight Savings Time Begins
3/13: OSAS Testing begins (Grades 3-5)
3/14: PALA Meeting 6-7:30 p.m.
3/16: TTSD Job Fair 5-7:30 p.m.
3/21: PTA Meeting 7-8:00 p.m.
3/24-4/21- Roaring for Reading- Read-A-Thon
3/27-3/31: NO SCHOOL- Spring Break
In this Edition
- Message from the Principal
- TTSD Work Fair
- Packed with Pride Food Drive
- Den Leaders in Action
- PaLa Meeting
- Kindergarten Registration
- PTA Meeting and Volunteer Needs
- Memory Book Orders Due Soon
- Help Bridge the Gap
- Health Room Clothing Needed
- Parking Lot Expectations
- Lost and Found Overflow
- Roaring for Reading- Read-A-Thon
- Art Rutkin Elementary Open Enrollment
- Flu and Covid Information
- Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
- Important Links
Message from the Principal
Black Bear Families,
Mrs. Harris, one of our fantastic ELD teachers, told me this week, “March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb”. Our weather on Wednesday proved that! As we opened the school, we were treated to a surprise snow shower that was quite pretty. By that afternoon, it was warm and sunny.
Speaking of opening school, we have noticed some of our students arriving earlier than 7:40, which is a safety concern. Our staff is outside the school starting at 7:40 but not any earlier, so we would ask that students don’t arrive before then. If you bring your student to school for drop off and you arrive earlier than that, please hold them in your car with you until 7:40.
I will also ask another favor. Every year, we conduct a “School Climate” survey. This survey gives us important feedback about our school. The students and the staff are taking their surveys this month, and we also need your feedback! Please take a few moments to fill out this anonymous survey. When you click the link, you will notice an option to select English or Spanish for the survey. Thank you in advance for helping us out.
Finally, next Tuesday evening, March 14th from 6:00-7:00 p.m., we are having our first PALA meeting of the year. PALA is our Latinx parent group here at Tualatin Elementary. The group usually meets once a month and covers different topics based on parent request. Childcare and snacks are provided for free. Our first topic is talking about our día de los niños school event coming up on April 28th. If you have any questions, please contact our fabulous Family Partnership Advocate Ana Uriostegui at 503-431-4767.
Thanks again for everything you do for your students and our school.
Working with you for our students,
TTSD is looking for: Teachers, Counselors, Secretaries, Transportation, Nutrition Services, and Instructional Assistants.
HR will be available to do in-person interviews at the event for all positions. Licensed teachers, bring your resume.
Packed with Pride Food Drive
Tualatin Elementary Den leaders are heading up a food drive in support with Packed with Pride Food Drive happening, March 6th-17th. Learn more about the food drive and PWP in this slideshow that the Den leaders presented to all of the classes this week.
Items most in need-
- Peanut Butter*
- Canned Sauces
- Soups/ Tuna Fish
- Rice* and Pasta
Canned items appreciated - No glass of any kind.
Packed with Pride was developed by the foundation for Tigard Tualatin schools to provide food boxes to families impacted by the pandemic. Due to the need Packed with Pride continues to provide food to families. To do this they need the support of families and the community.
Thank you for making a difference in our community- We could not do this without you!
In-person PaLa meetings are back! PaLa is the Latino parent group here at Tualatin Elementary. We usually meet once a month with different topics based on parent requests. Childcare and snacks are provided free of charge. Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 6:00-7:00 PM. One of the themes will be the día de los niños/STREAM event that is coming up on April 28. If you have questions, contact Ana Uriostegui at 503-431-4767.
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.
PTA Meeting and Important Volunteer Needs
The PTA is also looking for volunteers to fill important board positions next year. This year, your PTA has brought you a variety of events and raised funds for our school that were used for field trips, supplies, our garden, and more. However at the end of this year some of our amazing committee heads are moving on, along with our PTA President and other board members. If we would like to continue to provide the same level of support to our students and teachers next year, we need parents to volunteer for these PTA Board and Committee positions. If the committee head positions are not filled, the events will not happen next year. If the board positions - especially President - are not filled, NO events will happen in the future at all. Please help us continue to support our students and teachers by volunteering just a few hours of your time. The more volunteers we have the stronger the next year will be!
Available positions include: President, Treasurer, VP Fundraising, and VP Communications. Open Committee Chair positions: Fun Run, Boo Hoo Woo Hoo, Harvest Festival, Back-to-School Night, Winter Holiday, Read-a-thon, Auction, 5th Grade Promotion Celebration, Art Lit Co-Chair, Membership and Child Care Coordinator.
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!!
Health Room Clothing Needed
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!
Parking Lot Expectations
- Please do not use the back parking lot to pick up or drop off your students. There is no room to safely turnaround or back up and students walk through that parking lot to get home.
- If you are dropping off or picking up your student, please remain in the car lane unless you are parking and getting out of your car to meet your student in the grassy area. It is unsafe for you to drive around other cars in line and pull up in front of them.
- Please follow all traffic laws around the school. If turning left into the front parking lot, please use the turn lane. Please do not pass cars on the right side in the bike lane and do not park your car and leave it in the line on 95th Ave.
If, on rare occasion, you have somewhere to be after school and are concerned that you will be late if you have to wait in the car line, please feel free to call the office and arrange for your student to leave early if necessary.
Lost and Found Overflowing!
If your student is missing items or clothing, please have them check the lost and found in the gym, it's a great possibility its there! We are overflowing!
Also, Please feel free to stop by and look for your student's jackets, coats, water bottles and other misc lost items, we'd love to give them back!
3/24-4/21 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?
- 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 https://pledgestar.com/tualatin/ to participate.
- 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!
- 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
away. - ALWAYS REMEMBER TO THANK THOSE WHO DONATE!
- 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 tualatinPTA@gmail.com
or visit our webpage: http://www.tualatinelementarypta.org/read-a-thon.html Look for more information in the next edition of the Black Bear Bits and in your student's backpack.
2023 Read-A-Thon Timeline
3/24-4/31: Spring Break:
- Set up pledge star with students
- Begin gathering sponsors using the online pledge system and/or the enclosed pledge form
- Continue gathering pledges
- Daily prizes for participation with teachers.
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
- Cozy PJ / Book Day
- Wacky Hair Day
- Story Book Theme Day
- Turn in your Read-a-thon sheets
- Final week to turn in pledge forms
- Class winners will begin to be tallied
Art Rutkin Elementary Enrollment Open
TTSD’s newest elementary school is almost complete. Enrollment for Art Rutkin Elementary is open for the 2023-2024 school year. Please direct any questions or needs for information to Jamie Kingery, Art Rutkin Elementary principal, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503 431-3508.
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:
Temperature of 100.4 or higher
Shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
Muscle or body aches
Nasal congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
- 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
- Complete a background check at: www.helpcounter.net/ttsd. (This needs to be renewed every three years.)
- Be vaccinated for COVID-19. Please provide vaccine documentation using the following link-TTSD Volunteer Vaccination Documentation or send a copy/photo of your card to the school office (email@example.com)
- OR If you have a vaccination exception, please fill out the form that applies to you- Religious or Medical and submit to the following link- TTSD Volunteer Exception Documentation
When the above has been completed, contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 503-431-4800) and I will send you links to the training materials.
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.