TTSD Community Newsletter
March 3, 2023
Celebrate Women's History Month with TTSD!
National Women's History Month is a time to recognize the barriers that women have overcome and to celebrate the achievements women have that greatly transformed American history. Originally starting out as "Women's History Week" in March 1982, it became a recognized month-long observation in 1987 after Congress passed Public Law 100-9.
We invite our families and community members to join us in the celebration of the achievements of National Women's History Month. The City of Tigard's library has recommended a list of picture books, historical fiction novels, and biographies of inspiring fictional and nonfictional characters to celebrate women's history month.
Mary Woodward Elementary celebrates women's history month with its office team decorating the school with amazing displays of prominent women in history. Great job office team!
March is Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM)
Educational Equity Advisory Committee Meeting 6:30 to 8:15 PM
Regular School Board Meeting 6:30 PM
Also streamed live on the TTSD Youtube Channel
Board meeting agendas can be found here
March 27 to 31
No School - Spring Break
Previous Board Meeting - February 27
Recorded session can be found here
Board Agenda in English and Spanish
The first draft of TTSD’s 2023-2024 School Year Calendar was presented at the February 27th School Board Meeting. The calendar was created in partnership with TTSD’s Teachers Association and approved by educators in their new contract. The District is now working with other employee groups and will present a final draft of the calendar at the School Board meeting on March 13, 2023. The calendar adds two student instruction days to our school year with the first day of school being August 31, 2023.
Public Schools Week
Thank you to all administrators, teachers, specialists, parents, and school board members that support our students!
Today is the last day in Public Schools Week! We know that this year has been challenging for many of us, and we would like to thank you all for your hard work and dedication to our students. We greatly appreciate the time, energy, and support you provide to help your children and students succeed.
TTSD is holding a Job Fair!
Scan the QR codes to register for the job fair!
Current job postings for TTSD can also be found here.
National School Social Work Week
"We Rise" from March 5th to 11th!
National School Social Work Week is sponsored by the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) to highlight the role of School Social Workers in addressing the whole child, collaborating with other professionals, linking students and families with needed services, and advocacy for the profession.
Help promote this week and celebrate colleagues by accessing SSWAA's promotional materials and resources. Be sure to use #WeRise2023 and #SSWWeek2023 for social media communication.
National School Social Work Week is a great time to recognize the important role of school social workers as a collaborative partner in the design and delivery of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs, helping to link home, school and community by providing direct and indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students' academic success, social-emotional learning and well-being.
Here are some ideas on ways to celebrate this week:
- Send a personal thank you note/card – consider mentioning specific examples that exemplify what makes you grateful for them
- Make an announcement over the intercom or through email to all staff
- Promote thank you/appreciation notes or emails from teachers to School Social Workers
- Get resources for sharing with others the work of school social workers: Role of SSWs, Who are SSWs, and National SSW Model.
More ways to celebrate can be found here.
BSU students interview with Dr. Lisa McCall
Dr. Lisa McCall joins the President and Vice President of the Black Student Union in a discussion on the importance of Black History Month for their last February segment of the Weekly Wolf. They discuss topics such as Dr. McCall's journey to her position as the first Black superintendent in the district, the district's actions to foster multicultural understanding and cultural competence, and why everyone should always celebrate Black History Month.
Packed with Pride Food Drive 2023
Watch the video above more for details.
From March 6th to March 17th, the following elementary schools will be holding a two-week food drive to benefit Packed with Pride:
- Alberta Rider
- Mary Woodward
Food donations in cans, jars, boxes, or bags are accepted and the donations will go to the district's food bank, Packed with Pride.
The school with the most donations will get a trophy!
Inclement Weather Information
The upcoming weeks bring the possibility of school closures or delayed openings due to severe weather conditions, power outages, or other unexpected events. With student safety leading these decisions, TTSD is committed to announcing changes to the school schedule as early as possible. More instructions for late openings and early closures for schools can be found here and here.
Here are ways you can receive important information from the district:
- Sign-up to receive text messages, Twitter or email school closure announcements at FlashAlert.net.
- Verify your contact information in ParentVue to ensure that we have the best method for school to home communication.
- Download the Tigard-Tualatin SD mobile app on your cell phone in the Apple or Google Play Store
- Login with your Facebook or Google accounts or get your login and password from your school office.
More Speed Limit Changes Coming to Tigard!
Research clearly shows a direct connection between safety outcomes and vehicle travel speeds. The city is reducing posted speeds in locations across the city. Many local and neighborhood streets are being reduced from 25 mph to 20 mph and several higher classification locations, including Pfaffle Street and a portion of Hall Boulevard, are in the process of being reduced by 5 to 10mph. For more information, read here.
Washington County Transit Study
What will make it easier for you to use public transportation?
In partnership with the City of Tigard, Washington County wants to hear about your experiences with public transportation:
- Getting to/from stops and stations
- Riding buses, trains and shuttles
- Making connections
- Getting to where you need to go
Visit the Washington County Transit Study open house by 5 pm on March 12. Survey takers can enter to win one of three $100 gift cards.
Your input will help us develop a vision for public transit in Washington County for the next 20 years.
2023 WCK Parent Speaker Series
A six-week free virtual Parent Speaker Series will be presented by Washington County Kids from March 1 to April 5. More information can be found here.
Parent Training on Cyber Safety
Join this free online workshop with Rachel Visser from KIDS Center!
SafetyNet: Smart Cyber Choices: Topics include Hacks & Scams, Social Media, Online Gaming, Cyberbullying, Inappropriate Posts, Online Predators
- March 16, 2023
- 6 PM to 8 PM.
Register here for English.
Bull Mountain PGE Work Beginning March 3, 2023
Tigard Seeks Next Youth Councilor - Apply Now!
The City of Tigard is now seeking applications for our next Youth City Councilor, who will serve from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. I hope you will share this opportunity with an amazing student you know!
The opportunity is open to high school students who will be heading into their Junior or Senior year in September 2023. There are a number of students who live in Tigard but attend public or private schools. Along with the position description and essay questions, Mayor Lueb has posted a Tigard map to the website materials to check your home city.
This is a terrific opportunity to learn more about governance, local issues affecting your city and advise the City Council on community issues from a youth perspective. More details can be found here.
If I Were A Mayor Student Contest
Mayor Lueb invites students from 4th grade to High School to submit an entry in the 2023 If I Were Mayor student contest from the Oregon Mayors Association (OMA). Eligible students must live in Tigard whether they attend public, private or home school programs.
Mayor Lueb will name one local winner in each category and award them a $50 Visa Gift Card at the April 25, 2023 City Council meeting. The winning entry from each category (below), will represent Tigard in the statewide competition where the prize for 1st place is $500:
Elementary School (grade 4-5) - Poster Contest (Photo of poster can be PNG, JPEG, BMP or PDF files)
Middle School (grade 6-8) - Essay Contest (Word, PDF, PowerPoint or online essay format)
High School (grades 9-12) - Digital Media Presentations (Videos only, MP4 or online video format) *PowerPoint and Prezi are no longer accepted in the Video category, but are accepted for the Essay category.
Statewide winning students in each of the three categories will receive their prizes at the awards luncheon held during the OMA Summer Conference in Hood River at the Best Western Plus, August 10-12, 2023. Winners will be contacted in June for travel arrangements.
Statewide winners in second and third place will win $300 and $100 respectively and will receive their prizes at local city presentations.
Our Affinity and Alliance Group programs are looking for community members for partnership! We have been able to stand up and work through spaces of care and belonging with the help of our community members, and we would like to expand that work! It takes all of us, all the time, always to ensure all within our community feels a sense of belonging, celebration, and support! More details and information.
IRS Offering Saturday Help Days for Filing Season
The Internal Revenue Service is providing special Saturday hours for the next three months at participating Taxpayer Assistance Centers in Portland. The special Saturday availability is from 9 AM to 4 PM on March 11, April 8 and May 13.
During these Saturday hours, people can walk-in for all services routinely offered at an office, except for making cash payments. They can also ask about setting up an Online Account and getting an Identity Protection PIN among other topics. Please visit the IRS page for more information and to confirm location availability per date, remembering things could change as each date approaches: https://www.irs.gov/help/irs-face-to-face-saturday-help.
Topics Highlighted by our families of students with disabilities.
March 15 - Defining Partnership - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
April 12 - Conoce tus Derechos - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
May 10 - Celebrating Neurodiversity through the lived experiences of our students - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
For more information contact Justin Waltrip - email@example.com
Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/FACS2023
Tualatin School Based Health Center Youth Leadership Opportunity
The NHC Tualatin High School Based Health Center (SBHC) is looking for creative and compassionate students to join the Youth-Led Program for mental health awareness and activism.
For more information or to join the program, email Jovani Corona at firstname.lastname@example.org or Health Occupations Teacher Heidi Gorka at email@example.com.
Who qualifies for the exemption?
A child qualifies if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Qualifies as a dependent of the parent(s) for tax year 2022;
- Is eligible for early intervention services (birth to age 3), early childhood special education services (ages 3 to 5), or receives special education as defined by the State Board of Education of the state where the child attends school; and,
- Is considered to have a disability as of December 31, 2022 under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and related Oregon laws.
Oregon Department of Revenue Online Instructions and Forms
For further information and assistance in completing Oregon tax forms, consult a tax professional or contact the Oregon Department of Revenue at 1-800-356-4222. Oregon income tax forms/publications are available at the DOR website (www.oregon.gov/DOR). That process will allow you to claim the additional tax exemption for the 2021 year.
Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) Expanded Eligibility
The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) and Early Learning Division (ELD) have expanded eligibility for affordable child care through the Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program. Students in high school no longer need to work to qualify for child care assistance. All students will receive additional child care hours each week for study time. More information can be found here.
Parent and Family Training Opportunities
Lifestance Health invites you to these free, virtual sessions regarding school-related, mental health topics. No registration is required.
Cannabis Awareness - 5:00 to 6:00 PM
March 14, 2022 (Spanish)
March 21, 2023 (English)
Use this link to join the training or scan the QR code provided on the right.
Future events can be found here.
Learn more about how you are feeling. Resources are available if you need help through the Mental Health Screening Tool.