Black Bear Bits

May 12, 2023

Important Dates

5/16: School Speech Pathologist Day

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

5/17: No School- Inservice Day

5/25: Read-a-Thon Reward- Pie Assembly 2:00-2:15 pm.

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

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

5/25: PAX Paw Prize Time

5/29: No School- Memorial Day

In this Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • Club K Onsite Childcare Registration
  • No Place for Hate Recognition
  • Returning Next Year? Let us kmow!
  • Student Information for Placement
  • Join our Team
  • Parking lot Protocol
  • Pre-K Registration
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Kinder Summer Jumpstart
  • Volunteering at Tualatin
  • Important Links

Message from the Principal

Black Bear Families,

We’ve had an exciting week here in Black Bear country!

We have been so blessed with all of the love shown by our community during Teacher Appreciation Week this week. Everyday, from treats to plants to mugs, has been a wonderful showing of love. Our staff has worked so hard to provide a high quality education for your students, so we deeply appreciate the love.

I’m sure you saw the announcement that Dr. Bobbie Brown will be leading the school next year as your principal. Bobbie is an amazing leader with a diverse background that meets the needs of our community perfectly. We cannot wait to introduce you to her. Please know that I will be working closely with her as we transition roles.

As I shared with our Site Council yesterday, because of a budget shortfall in TTSD next year because of declining enrollment, we are having to reduce the amount of teacher staffing at our building. Because numbers constantly change from now until August, I will not be sharing any specifics of teachers for every grade level. I’ve had numerous parents reach out to me asking what can they do. I advise two things:

  1. Contact your legislators to advocate for more education funding from the state.
  2. Advocate to your neighbors to enroll any students in TuES as soon as possible. We tend to get a rush of last minute registrations in August which makes planning now challenging. The earlier we know our enrollment, the better planning we can do.

I know we talk a lot about our parking lot, but we’ve had an upswing once again of people parking in our designated accessibility parking without a disability parking permit. Some people rationalize “it’s only for a few minutes”, but we have families that really need that spot. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Working with you for our students,


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Club K Onsite Childcare

We are excited to have Club K provide on-site child care beginning with the 2023-24 school year. Registration is open! If you register for Club K by June 15th, you’ll receive discounted tuition. (See flier for current/discounted tuition. Tuition will rise after June 15th.) Based on the survey results, Club K is planning to offer AM care to Tualatin families and have registration set up that way. However, they need 12 students in order to operate morning programming, so be sure to register soon!

Rate sheet shows the morning and afternoon pricing options. Anything you can do to help spread the word would be appreciated!

Links to the informational zoom session:



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Returning Next Year?

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!

Student Information for Placement

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Kinder Summer Jumpstart

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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