Black Bear Bits

March 10, 2023

Important Dates

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.

School Climate Survey link

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,


Spring Forward, Sunday, March 12th

Don't forget Daily Savings Time begins Sunday, March 12! Remember to turn your clocks forward one hour.
Tigard/Tualatin School district is looking for awesome people to fill positions in our district. Are you looking or know someone who is looking for a rewarding career?Join us at the Job Fair Thursday, March 16, 5-7:30 p.m. at the TTSD Training Center, 9550 SW Murdock St. Tigard.

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.

Register here and check out the current TTSD career opportunities.

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-

  1. Peanut Butter*
  2. Canned Sauces
  3. Soups/ Tuna Fish
  4. Rice* and Pasta
*Peanut Butter and Rice count as 2 items.

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!

PaLa Meeting

¡Vuelven las reuniones de PaLa en persona! PaLa es el grupo de padres latinos aquí en la primaria Tualatin. Por lo general, nos reunimos una vez al mes con diferentes temas según las solicitudes de los padres. Se proporciona cuidado de niños y refrigerios de forma gratuita. Nuestra primera junta se llevará a cabo el Martes, 14 de Marzo, 6:00 a 7:00 PM. Uno de los temas será el día del niño que se acerca el 28 de abril. Si tiene preguntas contacte a Ana Uriostegui al 503-431-4767.

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.

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.

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PTA Meeting and Important Volunteer Needs

Join the PTA on Tuesday, March 21, 7:00-8:00 pm, for their monthly meeting.

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!!

Check out all the ways that The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools has helped Tualatin Elementary and donate today!

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!)

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

Unfortunatly, we are having situations in our parking lot that could potentially put our students at risk. Please make note of the following:

  • 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?

  1. 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 to participate.
  2. 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!
  3. 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


- 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

or visit our webpage: 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,, 503 431-3508.

Art Rutkin Elementary website

Art Rutkin Elementary School boundary map

Frequently Ask Questions

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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 Emili Powers ( or 503-431-4800) with any questions.

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