Bulldog Drool Newsletter

June 3, 2022

In This Issue

News to Know
  • Camp
  • 8th Grade Athletics Information
  • 6th & 7th Grade Parents - We Need You!
  • Congratulations DEF Top Ten Finalists
  • 8th Grade Laptop Buy Back
  • Highly Capable Testing

Student Spotlight

  • Pink Day

Message from the District Nurse

  • End of Year Strong Finish
  • Tdap Vaccine Required to Start 7th Grade
  • Department of Health Guidance
  • Free Covid Home Tests

Food Services

  • June Menu

Weekly Attendance

Community Resources

NTMS Contact Information




6: Victory Tour - Former Dieringer Graduates visit NTMS

6-7: 6th Grade Camp

8: ACE DAY LATE START 9:45AM! / Homework Club in the HUB 2:20 - 4p / ELA Help 2:20-3p rm 102 / Robotics (Koosmann) -Last one

9: Morning Homework Club 7a rm 158 / Homework Club in the HUB 2:20 - 4p / MATH Help 2:20-3p rm 157

9-10: 7th Grade Camp


14: Choir Concert 5p

14: Band Concert 7p

20: Last Day of School for 8th Graders & early release for all @ 10:50a

20: 8th Grade Graduation @ BLHS 6p

21: Last Day of School for 6th & 7th Grades - early release at 10:50a

Reminder that Camp begins Monday

6th Grade Camp begins on Monday, June 6th/7th and 7th Grade Camp begins Thursday, June 9th/10th. Please have your students dress accordingly for the weather!

8th Grade Athletics Information

Due to WIAA rules, our 8th grade athletes cannot start practicing with high school teams until Friday, June 10. That is when all of the middle school sports are completed.

6th and 7th Grade Parents – We Need You

Help for certain parts of the graduation ceremony and after party is especially needed from parents of 6th and 7th graders. This will allow the 8th grade parents the time to enjoy this special evening with their graduates (right before and during the graduation ceremony). Jobs where 6th and 7th grade parents are particularly needed are noted in the sign-up genius (link below). Please consider volunteering - remember this will be reciprocated for when your student is graduating in the next year or two!

Please sign up here to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094baca92ba4f85-ntms

8th Grade Parents, watch for an email to come out late next week with student arrival time for graduation and other details!

Congratulations DEF Top Ten Finalists

Congratulations to the following 8th graders who were selected as the top 10 finalists for the Dieringer Education Foundation's Pat Keaton Community Scholarship (no particular order):

The finalists are:

Violet D.

Ella D.

Rayden H.

Sophia H.

Truman J.

Hailey M.

Jaslyn S.

Kaitlyn S.

Maylee S.

Lauren W.

Their next step is an interview with the DEF Scholarship Board on June 8th, and the two students will be awarded at graduation.

Laptop Buy Back: New pick up plan

Laptop Buy Back: New pick up plan

8th Graders can purchase their laptop, charger, and protective case, not bag, for $20. Payment is due by June 10th. Payments can be made online on the North Tapps website under the “Online Payments” tab (click here to pay online) or in the main office.

8th grade students still need to return their laptop, charger, protective case, and bag on Wednesday, June 15th, so that the laptop can be inventoried and reformatted. All student data (files, images, videos) will be purged so that the laptop can be sold. Therefore, if students want to save any of their data, they need to save it to a thumb drive before they return it.

Purchased laptops will be returned to students at school during school hours on Monday, June 20th.

Highly Capable Testing

There will be one more Highly Capable assessment opportunity this spring. The nomination window will be open from June 1st - June 10th.The links for parents are on the district website and will "go live" during the open window. All forms are completed electronically. Teachers and parents may nominate and submit documents during this window. Evaluations will take place June 13-17th for all students who have completed nomination packets.

Student Spotlight

NTMS PTSA comes to NTMS the first Friday of every month during lunches to have "PINK DAY" where the students wear Pink and bring a $1 for ice cream. Next week the students will vote on which local charity they would like the money to go to. The charities they will be voting for are:

Angel Wings Foundation

Avery Strong

Shine for Isla

Team Cozzi Foundation


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Message From the District Nurse

End of Year Strong Finish

Dear Dieringer Families:

We are nearing the end of the school year, just a few short weeks to go. Our staff, students, and families have shown amazing dedication and resilience for the past two years.

Since last spring, our top priorities have been to maximize in-person learning and slow the spread of Covid-19. Our community has come a long way since the beginning of the school year, however Covid is still present and impacting students and staff in our schools.

Covid case numbers have been going up in our community, and hence in our schools, for the past couple of weeks. We would like to maintain a strong finish to the school year with healthy students and staff as much as possible. With that in mind, please remember the following to minimize the spread of the virus:

Wash hands frequently, and keep students home when they are sick. Test them for Covid with any of the following symptoms not caused by a known chronic health condition. You may call your school’s nurse or health technician for more symptom-specific guidance:




Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Muscle or body aches

New loss of taste or smell

Unusual fatigue

Congestion/stuffy nose

Runny nose

Sore throat

Nausea or vomiting


If your student develops symptoms while at school, we can test them here with a rapid antigen test. Curative also has a PCR testing site at Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 4th ST NE. The current hours are 7:30 am -1:30 pm Monday through Friday, and rapid PCR tests are available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit https://book.curative.com/sites/34106 . Appointments are preferred but not mandatory.

*Please note: the Auburn testing site at 2400 Perimeter Road will close effective June 1st.

We have had some outbreaks in classrooms in our district. Our goal is to slow the spread of Covid. It is possible that if we continue to see outbreaks, we may need to reevaluate our requirements, always consulting with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Please remember that masks are optional, but strongly recommended when exposed to help minimize the spread of the virus.

Thank you,

Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

6th Grade Families: Tdap Vaccine REQUIRED to Start 7th Grade

Dear 6th grade families:

-Per Washington State law, all students attending grades 7 through 12 must have one dose of Tdap vaccine.

-Tdap is a booster vaccine which continues to protect your child against the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis diseases they were immunized against as young child. For students in 7th grade, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 10 to be accepted for school entry.

-To update your child’s Tdap immunization record at the school, you will need to turn in a medically verified immunization record. Your child’s health care provider can print this for you, or you can print it from MyIR, which is a free Department of Health online tool that allows families to view and print their official immunization records themselves. Go to https://wa.myir.net/register to begin the sign-up process.

-You may email proof of vaccination to Kristin Liedtke, NTMS Health Tech, at kliedtke@dieringer.wednet.edu

-Make appointments early to avoid the summer rush!

*If your student has a Certificate of Exemption on file for the Tdap vaccine, this is still valid.

Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

Department of Health Guidance

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Free Covid Home Tests

Did you know that you can order free Covid home tests from the federal government and from Washington State? Here are the websites to order free tests for your family:

Federal Government: https://www.covidtests.gov/

Washington State: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/

Terry Woodall, BSN, RN

District Nurse

Dieringer School District

Lake Tapps, WA

Food Services

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Weekly Attendance

Weekly Attendance Average: 92%
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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open!

Please call the Dieringer Heights office for registration details at (253) 826-4937.

Child Find

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Community Resources

Teenlink - 1-866-833-6546 (For youth and teens open daily 6:00-10:00pm)

Text Support Line - 741741

Pierce County Crisis Line 1-800-576-776 (24 hours)

National Suicide Prevention - 1-800-273-8255

Sumner Food Bank

If you and your family are in need of food assistance:

NO appointment is needed at this time.

"That's right, no appointment needed and no identification needed. Just show up and shop like any grocery store... and we'll take care of the rest. We serve all... EVERY address, EVERY city, EVERY zip code."

Food Distribution Hours:

  • Mon-Fri : 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Thurs: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Client Information Link: 253-863-3793

Food Bank Address: 15625 Maine Street E. Sumner, WA

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Contact Information

School Hours: 7:30 - 3:30pm

Principal: David Uberti, duberti@dieringer.wednet.edu

Asst. Principal: Tyler Borden, tborden@dieringer.wednet.edu

Counselor: Jennifer Roscoe, jroscoe@dieringer.wednet.edu

Tech Coach: Dietrich Baker, dbaker@dieringer.wednet.edu