Dolphin Dispatch

Volume 33 - Monday, April 18th

Important Dates

April: Autism Awareness Month

April 2: Start of Ramadan (Continues through approximately May 1st)

April 21: School Board Meeting

April 22: Customized Yearbook Pages Deadline

May 1: Chalk the Walk (Staff Appreciation Week Kick Off)

May 2-6: Staff Appreciation Week - Help Needed!

May 5: School Board Meeting

May 19: School Board Meeting

May 30: No School (Memorial Day)

Check out our online calendar for more dates and details.


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5th Grade Graduation - Photo Request

Hello 5thGrade Families!

It's time for another request...Pictures!

We need:

  • ONE Baby/Toddler picture of your student.
  • ONE Current picture of your student.
  • MULTIPLE Pictures from classroom/school events of your student and their classmates anytime from K-5th grade. Group shots are preferred.

When submitting photos:

  • Send to
  • Put your student's first, last, and teacher name in subject line.
  • Submit JPEG format, good quality shots.

The individual pictures will be displayed on a slide as your student receives their graduation certificate. Pictures from school events through the years will be used in a slide show.

Please submit pictures by April 22nd. For questions, please email

Thank you in advance for your pictures and support!


Attention 5th Grade Families

~ Yearbook Information Still Needed ~

We are excited to celebrate your 5th grader in the Newport Heights Yearbook!

For each 5th grader, we would like to have each answer a few questions and we will publish their answers in the yearbook. The questions are:

  • What is your favorite MEMORY at Newport Heights Elementary?
  • What is your favorite GAME?
  • What is your favorite FOOD?
  • What/who INSPIRES you most? What is your DREAM for the future?

You can use this form to submit the answers (no login required):

If this does not work for you, please email answers to:

Please submit answers by April 20th.

Also, if you have any photos of your 5th Graders or events/activities, please submit them here:


Photos Still Needed - Please Review Most Needed Categories!

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Upload HERE

1. Submit hi-resolution JPEGs, if possible. 2. Label photos with name of event/group/class and the students and faculty in the photo. (Ex. SINGH - Bea Cummings, Roger Dodger, Mickey Mouse) (Ex. BAND - Mr. Meister, Oliver Cummings, Ty Rex)


Custom Yearbook Pages - April 22nd Deadline Approaching!

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Greetings Dolphin Mathematicians!

Math Challenge #13 “Cubes and Cuboids” is open. Everything you need to get started (including links to download the problems and submit your answers) may be found on the PTA website:


Challenge #13 problems all involve three-dimensional figures. Visualizing three dimensions from a 2D diagram is a developing skill for elementary school students. If your child gets stuck, try building the structures out of blocks and acting out the problems. This is NOT cheating. You are helping your child develop spatial reasoning and strengthen their mathematical brain. If you want to borrow some math cubes, send me an email.


These three-dimensional shapes are also called rectangular prisms. Learn more here:


At Home STEM Activity

Carbon Dioxide Balloon (In honor of Earth Day)

Materials for this Activity:

  • Earth balloons (draw your own)
  • White vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Funnel
  • Plastic Bottle

Baking Soda and Vinegar – Science Process:

  • Gather your materials
  • Place the balloon opening around the opening of the funnel
  • Pour a cup of baking soda using a funnel to fill the balloon halfway or so
  • Use the funnel to fill the plastic bottle with a cup of white vinegar
  • Place the balloon opening around the mouth of the bottle
  • Hold the balloon up so the baking soda falls into the bottle
  • Observe & grab some paper towels

Questions to Dig Deeper:

  • What is the role of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere?

  • Why is carbon dioxide so important?

  • How do humans interact with carbon dioxide?

  • What happens when there is too much carbon dioxide in our atmosphere?


Membership & Fundraising Update

Membership Goal Status - 34%

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

one important adult in their lives.

Status: Currently 34% 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 - 44%

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.


Community Events

Jing Mei Elementary Community Bazaar

Jing Mei Elementary 5th graders are hosting a community Bazaar to fundraise for their graduation celebrations. There will be games, a bake sale, a bookstore, garage sale, a silent auction, and performances by our talented 5th graders!

Please join us for this fun family event and take home a treasure or a treat!

Who's invited: Jing Mei Families and the public

Where: Jing Mei Elementary School Gym

When: Sunday, April 24th, 11a – 1pm


From Green Team

City of Bellevue Utilities is offering free, interactive Greener Living live virtual Zoom classes and demonstrations this spring. Attendees will receive a digital kit after each class.

Visit for more information and to register.


From Nurse Cori


If your student has ANY of the following symptoms, PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME.

Please email with the reason for the absence and Nurse Cori and/or Melodie Farrell will contact you regarding return to school guidelines. If your student comes to school with symptoms, they will be sent home.

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea



Sore throat

☐ Fever (>100.4 F or 38 C) or chills

☐ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

☐ Muscle or body aches

☐ New loss of taste of smell

☐ Cough (new, changed, or worsening)

Thank you for your cooperation in continuing to keep our community safe!!!



Follow up on the announcement from the Bellevue School District that masks are now be optional indoors.

We recognize that this change may bring up many feelings for students and families. Please know that our staff members will be speaking with students on acceptance of personal choice when it comes to mask usage. No staff member or student can require others within the school building to wear a mask or not wear a mask in classrooms. The only places where mask use is required are in the health room and in the isolation room (where students go if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms).

We know this is a shift in thinking, and we know that it may take time for our children and families to become comfortable with the changes. In the meantime, we do not tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying within our school. If your child tells you that they have been teased or pressured regarding your family's masking decision, please reach out to your child's teacher immediately. Your child's teacher will work in collaboration with Ms. Al-Ali and Jane Kopf-Stover to remedy the situation.

Please watch the short video below with your kids:

Mask Video


Family Connections - Ana Lewis

Family Connections Centers (FCCs) are open to all BSD students and families. Staffed by Family Engagement Specialists, their mission is to connect families with district and community support services, provide them with educational opportunities to better navigate the school system and help them become engaged in the education of their children.

While our locations are school based, all BSD families are welcome to walk into any center throughout the district for support. We believe that the support and resources provided by our centers and specialists can benefit all BSD students and their families.

If you are in need of support, please contact Ana Lewis at 425-456-5513 or


From the district

BSD Board Directors Resolution 2022-04-11 - Encouraging Mask Wearing

On April 11, 2022, the BSD Board of Directors adopted a resolution regarding mask wearing. Per the resolution:

“The Board of Directors of the Bellevue School District strongly encourages continued mask wearing inside our school buildings, at this time and through the end of the school year, to protect the most vulnerable; and

The Board of Directors of the Bellevue School District expresses gratitude and appreciation for all those who are able to and who continue to mask inside our school buildings through the end of the school year and wishes to support those masking inside our buildings by making high quality masks (N95, KN95, or KN94) available at the reception desk of every BSD school building.”

Read the full resolution.


From Bellevue School's Foundation

Spring for Schools Fundraiser

Our annual Spring for Schools luncheon is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Donors contribute nearly $900,000 to support the Bellevue School District. With a history spanning over 30 years, Bellevue Schools Foundation’s annual benefit luncheon raises the critical funds needed to help students in Bellevue’s public schools succeed in school and in life.

The luncheon is one of the Eastside’s largest philanthropic events, typically hosting over 1,000 professionals, parents, and community leaders who are committed to ensuring that all students have access to opportunities that will help them thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

In-person: Education Showcase is at 11:00 AM, and the Lunch, Movie and Program starts at 12:00 PM

Virtual: The Movie and Program will begin at 12:00 PM

Final changes to your registration must be made by April 30, 2022.

In Person Registration

Virtual Registration


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.

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One Voice - Official National PTA Blog

School is Back in the Classroom, but Distance Learning is Here to Stay.

As a parent, I’m very familiar with how hard it can be to balance the demands of work and family in today’s busy and ever-changing world. Sometimes I find myself pining for the more predictable chaos we enjoyed before the pandemic. Regardless of our individual circumstances, the disruption and unpredictability of the last two years have presented even greater challenges—especially for our kids.

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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.