Black Bear Bits

September 16, 2022

Important Dates

9/17: Garden Work Party 9:00-11:00 a.m.

9/20: PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m. AT THE SCHOOL

9/24: Tualatin Bike Rodeo @Tualatin Elementary 10:00 a.m. - noon

9/26-29: Library Coin Drive

9/26-30: Scholastic Book Fair

9/29: Back-to-School Night 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

10/5: Walk and Roll to School

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • Back-to-School Night
  • Attention 5th Graders!
  • Garden Work Party
  • PTA Meeting
  • Library Book Fair and Coin Drive
  • Memory Book Photos and Volunteers NEEDED
  • Title One Feedback Needed
  • Tigard Tualatin Bike Rodeo
  • Covid Testing Update
  • Message from the Office
  • School Meals Information
  • Volunteer in our Library
  • Volunteer with Art Literacy
  • Volunteering at Tualatin Elementary
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Community,

We have successfully wrapped up the second week of school! Tuesday, our Pre-K and Kindergarten students joined us and have been busily learning routines on how to be a student in our school, the joys of our playground, and connecting with our wonderful staff every day. We marvel at the independence so many of our youngest students are showing!

After dropping off their students at the classroom, we had a large turnout for our Boohoo Woohoo Coffee Social, sponsored by our wonderful PTA. There was a nice mix of families new to our school, and families who have been down this road before. A few understandable tears were shed as we marked the importance of this day for our families. Welcome to all of you new families into our Tualatin Elementary family.

Speaking of our playground, our students have been fascinated by the big tractor that is working on our closed off areas, prepping it for the addition of bark chips. We are looking forward to the day when our whole playground is open for our students. Fortunately, they have taken the closure in stride. We anticipate our full playground opening soon.

Coming up on our calendar is our Garden Work Party tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 AM - 11 AM. Please consider helping out! Our garden is a cherished part of our school community. Also coming up is our Back-to-School Night, which will be on September 29th from 5:30-7:00. Details about the event will be in next week's edition of the Black Bear Bits. Please be on the lookout for future events coming up in October!

Working with you for kids,


Back-to-School Night

Mark your calendars for Back-to-School night coming up on Thursday, September 29th, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Watch for more details in next week's Black Bear Bits!

Attention 5th Graders!

As we start this school year, we are excited to introduce a new leadership program. Our Den Leaders will be 5th grade students who are interested in volunteering and helping around our school. We are looking for students who are excited about helping, want to learn more about leadership, and love being a part of the Black Bear family! Events and activities will include helping both during the school day and at before or after school events!

Forms have been handed out by teachers and are in the newsletter attachments. Extras can also be picked up in the office. Complete this form and return it to your teacher before October 1st.

Please contact Mrs. Fetherston if you have any questions.

Lisa Fetherston

Dean of Students


Garden Work Party

We are excited for our first garden work party of the 2022-23 school year! Join us on Saturday, September 17, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Meet our garden committee and other garden supporters, help us with Fall chores, and enjoy some fresh vegetables from the garden!

We also need volunteers to weed, mow, water and harvest over the next few months. Sign up for a week: Monday - Sunday. Share the week with another family!

PTA Meeting

Join the PTA in THE SCHOOL LIBRARY (!) for their first in-person meeting since 2020! The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and childcare is available. We will also have a Spanish interpreter available to interpret for our Spanish-speaking families. We hope you'll join us for this exciting development! Masks are optional and vaccinations are not required to attend the meeting.

If you haven't already, join the PTA and PALA Facebook groups for timely information!

Facebook Tualatin Elementary PTA:

Facebook Tualatin Elementary Parents Page:

Facebook Tualatin Elementary PALA (Grupo de Padres Latinos):

Books Bring Us Together Book Fair!

September 26th - 29th, 2022

Book Fair Hours for Everyone:

Monday 2:30pm to 8:00pm (Snack & Shop)

Thursday 2:30pm to 8:00pm (Back to School Night)

Students may visit the book fair during school hours with

their class on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

All money raised from this book fair will go towards buying books for the library!

The library is holding a coin drive September 26th-29th. Bring in your change and the class that raises the most money will get $50 in Scholastic dollars for their teacher.

Memory Book Photos and Volunteers NEEDED

Hello Black Bear Families! Welcome back! Another amazing school year is upon us and we are excited to see all this year will bring. With the new school year comes the preparations and assembly of another fabulous memory book and our volunteers are eager to get started.

Now that the first weeks of school have come and gone, we would like to start accepting photo submissions from families and staff from the first days of school. Please send your photo submissions to by October 28th.

We have an amazing committee of three parent volunteers working on the memory book this year and will introduce you to them soon, so you can be familiar with their names and faces. However, we welcome anyone else who may be interested in joining the memory book committee. If you want to learn more and/or are interested in joining this committee, please reach out to Ashley Young at


Tualatin Elementary is committed to working in partnership with families to create a positive and successful learning experience for every child. As a Title I school, each year we are required to gather staff and parent feedback regarding our school Parent Involvement Plan and our School-Home Compact. Please review the draft for this year and provide your feedback by 4 pm on Friday 9/23/2021. Responses will be confidential unless you choose to complete the last question.

Thank you for your help and if you have any questions, please reach out to Karen Houtz

(503) 431-4794

Click links below to access resources:

Parent Involvement Plan
School-Home Compact

Tigard Tualatin Bike Rodeo

The city of Tigard is hosting a Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair at Tualatin Elementary on Saturday, September 24th, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. They have many fun activities planned including:

  • Helmet fittings and bike checkups
  • Free helmets
  • Free bike rentals
  • Bike activities for all ages

See the flyer in the attachments for more information and additional dates and locations.

Covid Testing Update

This year, TTSD will not be participating in the weekly OHSU Covid testing program. However, we will still offer rapid tests to students who fall ill at school, with parent approval. Additionally, we have at-home rapid tests that we can offer families who have a covid exposure or covid-like symptoms. Permission forms for in-school testing of symptomatic students are in the attachments. You may also call the office and request a permission form be sent home or for more information. (503-431-4800) Even with the signed permission form, we would call prior to testing any student.

New permission forms are required each year.

Message From the Office

To minimize classroom interruptions, please make sure your child knows how they are getting home before they come to school. If your plans change during the school day, please contact the office before to 2:00 with those changes so we can get the message to your student prior to dismissal. The office number is 503-431-4800. Thank you for your assistance.

Our attendance line is 503-431-4770. Please remember to call the attendance line before 8:30 if you child is going to be absent or tardy (after 8:00). If your student is out sick, please inform us of any symptoms your child is experiencing so we can share any exclusion information with you. An automated system will call you if the absence/tardy has not been reported.

School Meals Information

Please set up your student's meal account or apply for free meals through the Titan Program Website. You can also view the school menu in Titan or the TTSD website (subject to supply chain disruptions). If your student has food allergies, please be sure to update that information in ParentVu.

Elementary Breakfast: $2.25

Elementary Lunch: $3.75

Volunteer in our school library!

Want to help our school library? We need a Book fair chairperson for our book fair that is coming up at the end of September. We also will need lots of volunteers to make it successful. All proceeds from the book fair buy new books for our school library.

The library also needs book pickup & shelving volunteers for Monday and Thursdays 8:00am to 9:30am and for Wednesday afternoon library. This volunteer position is every week and requires a lot of lifting and bending and organizing shelves. Different people can volunteer for different days.

The library could also use some volunteers to help with OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books). This volunteer would help a couple times a month during lunch and recess.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions please email Kathleen Cunnington at

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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

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

Black Bear Bits Archive

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2022-2023 TTSD Approved Calendar

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