Bulldog Drool Newsletter

May 6, 2022

In This Issue

News to Know
  • Mod/Menchies Fundraiser
  • SBA Testing Dates
  • Student Tardiness
  • Student Drop Off
  • NTMS PTSA NTMS Dodgeball Night
  • NTMS Class of 2022 Needs Your Help
  • Service Hours
  • Humane Society Pet Drive
  • Highly Capable Testing

Student Spotlight

  • Thank You PTSA!!!
  • 2nd Session of Chopped Club Begins Tuesday, May 10th

Message from the District Nurse

  • Updates to Covid Communication
  • Updated Department of Health Guidance

  • Covid Testing for Students with Symptoms-Updated

  • Free Covid Home Tests

Food Services
  • May Menus

Mental Health Awareness Day Event May 23

Weekly Attendance

Community Resources

NTMS Contact Information




9: Math Club 7a Rm 157

10: 2nd session of Chopped begins! (if you've signed up) 2:20p-4p rm 114 / All Grades Power Club (if you've signed up) Band/Choir rm 2:20-4p

11: ACE DAY LATE START 9:45AM! / Homework Club in the HUB 2:20 - 4p / ELA Help 2:20-3p rm 102 / Chopped (if you've signed up) 2:20p-4p rm 114 / Robotics (if you've signed up) 2:20-4p Koosmann

12: NTMS Fundraiser Menchie's Lakeland Hills 12-9pm

12: Morning Homework Club 7a rm 158 / Homework Club in the HUB 2:20 - 4p / MATH Help 2:20-3p rm 157 / Chopped (if you've signed up) 2:20p-4p rm 114

13: Happy Friday!

20: NTMS PTSA Dodgeball Night!

23: NTMS Fundraiser Mod Pizza Lakeland Hills

23: Mental Health Awareness Event at Sumner High School 4p-7p

24:Qtr 3 All Star Trip to Tacoma Rainiers Game

30: Memorial Day - No School

NTMS Class of 2022 Menchies Fundraiser

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NTMS Mod Pizza Fundraiser May 23rd

If ordering online, please use the fundraiser code MODF7050.

If ordering in person, please tell them this code at the register or bring this flyer in.

Valid only at the Lakeland Hills MOD May 23rd

7060 Lakeland Hills Way

Auburn, WA 98092

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SBA / MAP Testing Dates

North Tapps will be starting our state assessments next week. Students will be testing during their regular schedule classes for each subject. Please view this letter for more information.

  • Week of May 9th: Math Assessment

Tardiness is at an all time high. Please make sure to make every effort to arrive at school on time.

TARDINESS: Punctuality is an important life skill and students who arrive late to school disrupt the learning environment for others. Transportation is provided for all students who live in the district, so arriving at school on time is an expectation. *Tardies are excused if a doctor’s note is received by our office. Students who do not arrive on time will be subject to the following disciplinary steps: First tardy per quarter: Warning to student

Second tardy per quarter: Warning to student/Letter to parent

Third & Fourth tardy per quarter: Blue slip and detention assigned

Fifth tardy per quarter: Office referral/Honor Level III

Kristin Liedtke

NTMS Health Tech/ Attendance Clerk

Student Drop Off

We are having issues with students being dropped off late to school each morning. Students are expected to be in their seats in their classroom by 7:45 each morning. When students walk in late each day it causes the teachers to have to go over the directions a second time during class. This is especially frustrating during the state assessment. Please remember students are welcome to take the bus to school. If you are dropping off your students you can drop them off starting at 7:30. Often between 7:38-7:42 we do not have any line in the parent drop off line, however, any later than that becomes congested and busy. Please drop off your student by 7:40 each morning to ensure they have enough time to get to class on time.

NTMS PTSA Dodgeball Night is Back!

What: 14th Annual Dodgeball Night

Who: NTMS 6th-8th grade students only

When: Friday, May 20th 5:30p-8p

Where: NTMS Gym & Commons

Teams and brackets will be formed from 5:30-6p and the tournament will begin at 6pm. A signed permission slip is needed for all participants.

Spectators are welcomed and encouraged. This is a fun event! No skills required! 6-8 players per team maximum. Sign up your team here https://volunteersignup.org/BQLQB

Go to NTMSPTSA.ORG to pay.

**North Tapps Middle School and the Dieringer School District do not sponsor this event**

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There's Still Time to Help Out Our NTMS 8th Graders!

Our 8th graders will be graduating soon and there is a wonderful group of parents that are doing their best to make it as special as possible, but they need your help! PLEASE, if you are financially able, donate for your child and if you can, sponsor another. Help our 8th graders have a special graduation and celebration this year! Anyone can donate!

Our hope is for everyone who is currently financially able, to go online and donate, at minimum, the $50 for a graduation donation for their student and perhaps sponsor an extra student or two who are in need. The more money we raise, the more we will be able to do for our 8th graders.

We are excited to announce our graduation ceremony will be held at 6pm in the Bonney Lake High School main gym on June 20th with a celebration/party afterwards at NTMS. All money raised will go to celebrating our 8th grade graduates. We hope all donations can be made by May 17th for planning purposes. Families who are currently in difficult financial situations, please know we understand if you are not able to contribute at this time. If there is a way that we can support you, please reach out to our counselor, Jennifer Roscoe at jroscoe@dieringer.wednet.edu.

To Donate please go to the online payments link below (sign in directions are below the link) or mail in your donation. Anyone (not just 8th grade families) can donate and it is appreciated!


Sign in

Click on your student’s name

Choose “Items at Student’s School”

Choose “CLASS OF 2022”

Mail in

North Tapps Middle School

8th Grade Graduation

20029 12th St East

Lake Tapps, Wa 98391

Service Hours

Attention 8th graders! Don't forget to turn in your service hours to Mrs. Sherman in the office! You can be eligible for a special 8th grade end of year award.

All students can turn in service hours. We track them from 6th-8th grade. At the end of the 8th grade year, students are eligible for a special service award.

Service Hours tracking sheet can be found HERE

Humane Society Pet Drive

The PET FOOD DRIVE benefitting the Auburn Valley Humane Society is going on NOW through Friday May 13th! There are collection boxes by the bus doors. ANIMALS can use your help. You can bring unopened pet food bags, cans, treats, toys, and even things like garbage bags and paper towels!

Thanks for your support of our local animal friends!
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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

Thank You PTSA!!

NTMS students thank you PTSA for purchasing our second water bottle filling station!
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Message From the District Nurse

Updates to Covid Communication

Since updated Department of Health guidance no longer requires contact tracing, we will send out a letter via email when students shared a space with someone who is Covid positive and may have been exposed. This will, in most cases, be a classroom space. See the link below for an example of the notification letter:

Exposure Notification Letter

Updated Department of Health Guidance

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Updated Covid Testing for Students with Symptoms

We can accept either a negative PCR test or negative antigen/home test for students with symptoms. If your child has just one of the following symptoms which resolves within 24 hours (stuffy nose, runny nose, headache, fatigue, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) your child may return to school without a test. However if your student’s single symptom lasts >24 hours, they have two or more of these symptoms, or one of the following symptoms (fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, cough), they will need a negative Covid test to return to school, and symptoms must have significantly improved (including no fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication). Please call the school and email a copy of your student’s negative test results to your school’s nurse or health technician. (Your child may not need testing if symptoms are from a documented, chronic health condition. Please check with your school’s nurse or health technician).

*If your student has tested positive for Covid in the past 90 days, please use the rapid antigen test option, as a PCR test may show positive for up to three months.

If your student develops any of the above symptoms while at school, rapid antigen testing may be available. A parent will be notified first, and a Test to Stay/Testing Permission form must be completed. If the test is negative, students are still required to go home and may return when symptoms have significantly Improved and no fever for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication, per Department of Health guidance.

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

May Menus

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Mental Health Awareness Event

Where: Sumner High School

When: Monday, May 23rd 4p-7p

What: This community event will provide foundational knowledge

about mental health & mental health conditions and

information about what people can do if their mental health

is a cause for concern.

Mental Health Awareness Event Flyer

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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Set your email notifications for grade reports in Schoology

In your Schoology parent account, you can customize how often you would like to receive an email grade report from Schoology. You can choose weekly or daily and select a time to receive a "Parent Email Digest." The Email Digest includes overall course grade, recent assignment grades, overdue submissions, upcoming events, and othe recent activity.

You can also turn on/off Overdue Submission Emails. These overdue emails only include assignments that the teachers require to be submitted to Schoology. It does not include emails for overdue assignments that are turned in by hand to the teacher.

Parents, if you’re having trouble accessing your Schoology account or did not receive an email with account informaiton, complete this Schoology Parent Account Help Form.

Schoology for NTMS Families Video Tutorial Playlist

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

Parking Lot Safety

We have many before and after school club/activities and sports programs where kids and adults are walking through our parking lot. Please slow down and yield to them.