19835 Second Street
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: 541-382-2853
Fax: 541-389-4197
Email: info@redmond.k12.or.us

Principal’s Message

Principal Thoughts  – November 2016

          Tumalo has been a busy place the last 8 weeks! Teachers and students have been working hard to develop classroom routines that dig into the curriculum.

14 Pre-K students and 62 Kindergarteners have added a wonderful energy to the building! Students are currently receiving reading & writing instruction in our Reading Wonders curriculum (K-5) and math instruction in our Ready/iReady curriculum (K-8), which is new to our district this year. Middle School students continue to receive their reading and writing instruction through Inquiry by Design.  All of these curriculums address Common Core State Standards and support student dialogue and increase rigor in the classroom.

Educating the “whole child” is one of our priorities at Tumalo School, and multiple grade levels had opportunities this fall to experience academic excursions outside the classroom.  Pre-K and Kindergarten students attended the pumpkin patch in October; 5th-8th grade students attended a Theodore Roosevelt play at the Madras Performing Arts Center while 3rd graders visited the High Desert Museum, where they learned about Native Peoples of past and present, impact of the Westward Expansion on people, wildlife, and the environment in Central Oregon. Our 1st grade students will be traveling to downtown Bend on Thursday to culminate their “Neighborhood” Storyline project where they learned about what is necessary to build a positive working community.  Finally, we’ll host our second school-wide assembly of the year on Thursday where we’ll recognize many students for their academic performance, high behavioral standards and attendance rates.  It is our goal to support all students at Tumalo Community School in growing both academically, behaviorally and socially every day.


Principal Reminders/Updates:

  • As the weather is turning colder students should be dressing appropriately by bringing coats, sweatshirts and hats to school.  Please check the lost & found during conferences, as many students are forgetting these on the playground or at lunch.
  • We appreciate your help with building safety. All visitors must check in at the front office and wear a Visitor Sticker or Volunteer Lanyard when traveling past the front doors.
  • Special thanks to our PTC for their long hours of organizing our Jog-a-thon last week! It was a huge success! It was also wonderful to see so many parents and grandparents volunteering and supporting our students during the Jog-a-thon. We couldn’t do it without all of you!


We hope students who choose to trick or treat on Halloween have a fun and safe evening.   Thanks!

We look forward each day to helping your child learn and grow.



Justin Nicklous
Tumalo Community School Principal

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