Dolphin Dispatch

Volume 24 - Monday, February 14th

Important Dates

February: Black History Month

February 14: Valentine's Day

February 14-18: Spirit Week - Details Below!

February 21: President's Day

February 21 - 25: No School (Mid-Winter Break)

Check out our online calendar for more dates and details.


Black History: Who Am I?

I was born July 2, 1925, in Decatur, Mississippi the third of the five children. Our family owned a small farm, and my brother James also worked at a sawmill. I walked twelve miles to attend segregated schools, and earned my high school diploma.

I served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 to 1945. I was sent to the European Theater, and I fought in the Battle of Normandy in June 1944. After the end of the war, I was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

In 1948, I enrolled at Alcorn College (a historically black college, now Alcorn State University) majoring in business administration. I also competed on the debate, football, and track teams, sang in the choir, and was junior class president. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in 1952.

On December 24, 1951, I married classmate Myrlie Beasley. Together we had three children: Darrell Kenyatta, Reena Denise, and James Van Dyke.

(July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) I was an American civil rights activist from Mississippi who worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi and to enact social justice and voting rights.

A World War II veteran and college graduate, I became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. I became a field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Following the 1954 ruling of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, I worked to gain admission for African Americans to the state-supported public University of Mississippi. I also worked on voting rights and registration, economic opportunity, access to public facilities, and other changes in the segregated society.

I was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens' Council, a group formed in 1954 to resist integration of schools and civil rights activity. As a veteran, I was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. My murder and the resulting trials inspired civil rights protests, as well as numerous works of art, music and film. All-white juries failed to reach verdicts in the first two trials of Beckwith. He was convicted in a new state trial in 1994, based on new evidence.

Myrlie, my widow, became a noted activist in her own right, serving as national chair of the NAACP. My brother Charles was the first African-American mayor elected in Mississippi in the post-Reconstruction era when he won in 1969 in Fayette.


(Last week's answer: Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson)


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Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers still needed for the following classrooms:

Ms. Nakamichi

Ms. Goebel

Ms. Lile

Ms. Hellickson

Ms. Leo

Ms. Casey

Ms. Reggans

Ms. Davis

Mr. Gritton

Ms. Richmond

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Advocacy Opportunities

Take Action: Demand Congress Acts Now on School-Based Mental Health Funding

The trauma, disruption, stress, and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have acutely impacted the mental well-being of our nation’s youth. On December 7, 2021, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy issued an advisory sounding the alarm on the mental health crisis facing our young people. America’s growing youth mental health crisis has been exacerbated by the pandemic and could have wide-ranging, long-term effects on an entire generation, posing significant public health challenges that require our immediate attention!

We are hearing more than ever before from parents, students, and educators about the urgent need for greater mental health supports, particularly for increased numbers of school-based mental health service professionals, a key recommendation in the Surgeon General’s advisory.

Congress is in final negotiations for the FY2022 spending package and critical resources for school-based mental and behavioral health workers, including school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are on the line. This funding would support schools in meeting the mental and behavioral health needs of all students.

Join us in this fight for all children in our nation to have access to the mental health support and services that every child deserves.

Click HERE to log in and send your message:


Bellevue School District is Hiring

Bellevue School District is experiencing SEVERE staffing shortages. Immediate Openings for:

Substitute Teachers - Bacherlor's Degree or higher is required

Substitute Paraeducators - High School Diploma or equivalent is required

Substitute General School Assistants - High School Diploma or equivalent is required

Substitute Bus Drivers - High School Diploma, good driving record and CDL required


Membership & Fundraising Update

Membership Goal Status - 33%

Goal: Every NHE student is represented in PTA by at least

one important adult in their lives.

Status: Currently 33% of our students are represented. We are 1/4 of the way there!

Join Here

There is NO obligation or expectation to volunteer or attend meetings. (But we do LOVE to meet members and find fun opportunities for those that want to help!)

Membership assistance is available. We do not want funds to stand in the way of those that want to join. Please email to request a confidential scholarship.

Fundraiser Goal Status - 43%

Goal: $30,000 will fully fund our budget for the 2021-22 school year.

Status: We are 43% of the way to our goal.

Donate Here

And remember to ask your employers about their Corporate Match Plan. Many local employers will match the donation you make up to 100%!

Every dollar contributed to our Pass the Hat fundraiser goes directly to support the programs offered by the PTA. A donation of $100 covers our spending per student, but any amount is appreciated. Every dollar counts!

We are a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Our Tax ID number is 91-1208399.


From Green Team

Want to know what happens to your recyclables?

Watch this 5 minute video by Waste Management, you'll learn the basic methods used by companies sorting out commingled (or "single stream") recycled materials.

You help when you leave your recyclables unbagged, and have them empty, clean, and dry.

To know what to recycle in Bellevue, visit

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Newport Heights is pleased to announce that starting Thursday, February 10th we are switching to reusable utensils in the cafeteria, through a grant from Department of Ecology and City of Bellevue.

We estimate this will save more than 43,000 disposable plastic utensils from the landfill in one school year.

If you see any of these new school utensils at home or in a classroom- please send them back to school so they can stay in the cycle.

Thank you for your cooperation in participating in this program!


From Nurse Cori

COVID-19 Safety at NHE - How Families Can Help

As you know, there has been a large increase in positive COVID-19 cases in our community due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. Staff is working hard to maintain mitigation measures at Newport Heights.

You can help by:

1. Send your child to school with at least three well-fitting masks. One to wear and backups in case the other becomes soiled.

2. Keep your child home when sick. This is especially important given that more mild cases of COVID-19 can mimic common cold symptoms.

3. Inform the school if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been a close contact to a positive case.




Kindering is pleased to offer a free parenting class aimed at parents of typically developing children from 2 through 12. The ten-week class will meet on Zoom, Mondays from 6 until 7:30. The class will begin on Monday, February 28th.

Kindering has been providing parenting classes since 1991.

Parenting Plus

Increase your parenting skills with a free parenting class series. Parenting Plus is a 10-week parent education group class covering topics that include:

  • Building appropriate self-esteem in your child
  • Effective communication
  • Managing anger (both yours and your child’s)
  • Stress
  • Media and children
  • Behavior management
  • Growth and development


6:00-7:30 p.m. on Zoom

Register online at

For questions, contact or call at 425-653-4302


Family Connections - Ana Lewis

Hello Dolphin families!

Quick update regarding Mid-Winter Break food vouchers:

  • Mid-winter break is from February 21-25, 2022
  • Safeway vouchers will arrive sometime next week
  • Vouchers will be mailed to the address we have on file with the school


From the district

Dear BSD Families:

As of Tuesday, February 15, 2022, BSD will offer drive-thru diagnostic PCR testing for students who show symptoms of COVID-19. The details of drive-thru testing are as follows:

Who can participate?

BSD students who are currently exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

What will be offered?

  • Diagnostic testing will be completed via a shallow nasal swab using the same Atlas Genomics PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests used throughout the district. Rapid antigen tests will not be offered.
  • Students will self-administer the nasal swab from their vehicle under the direction of a trained test observer. A student’s parent or guardian may assist by swabbing the nose using the same process instead of self-administration.
  • Insurance is not required to test.
  • Please note, drive-thru testing is by appointment only.

When will testing be offered?
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where will drive-thru testing take place?
Wilburton Instructional Services Center (WISC)
12241 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005

Sign Up
Click the link below and follow the instructions to sign up for a drive-thru test:

Sign Up Here

Things to Bring

  • Please bring a digital copy of your order form. This will be used as confirmation of your appointment and will expedite the testing process.
  • A mask.
  • No photo ID is required.

Getting Your Results

  • You will receive a text message and email when results are available. Sign into your Test Directly account to access your report.
  • You can also view your report by entering the Order ID, DOB, and Access Key OR the 16-character QR Code provided during your test and DOB.
  • Expect results in 48-72 hours.

Please Note
Students who complete diagnostic tests MUST NOT go back to school after their test. They should wait until results are returned.


Notes from the Backpack podcast

Notes from the Backpack is a PTA podcast designed for parents, featuring real conversations with real parents, experts and educators who offer real-life advice, ideas and strategies parents can use to help their children succeed in and out of school.

Why Aren’t There More Black Teachers?

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At Home STEM - Gum Drop Wave Machine

This is based on the candy wave machine featured in Dean Baird's video (includes VIDEO of the wave machine in action):

Experiment instructions available HERE.


Newport Heights PTA

Newport Heights PTA is a volunteer-powered association of NHE families, staff, and community supporters, who act collectively on behalf of our children.

Our mission is to make every NHE student's potential a reality by promoting partnerships between home, school and community, engaging and empowering families and supporters to advocate for all children.