Dolphin Dispatch

Volume 25 - Monday, February 21st

Important Dates

February: Black History Month

February 21: President's Day

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

February 28: Maha Shivaratri

March 1: Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday

March 3: School Board Meeting

March 3: Math Challenge # 10 Responses Due

March 4: Math Challenge # 11 Available

March 13: Daylight Savings Time (Spring Foward)

March 17: School Board Meeting

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

March 17: Math Challenge # 11 Responses Due

March 18: Math Challenge # 12 Available

March 18: Holi

March 18: No School (Professional Development Day)

Check out our online calendar for more dates and details.


Black History: Who Am I?

I was born on March 7, 1919, in Wewoka, Oklahoma. My parents were both teachers and didn't get paid well because we lived in a segregated state.

My life-long learning began early in my life. I always credited my mother with instilling a lifelong habit of hard work. As a child, I learned to read at age three, entered the third grade at age six, and started college at age 16.

I first attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. I became a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority before leaving and completed my bachelor's degree in music at the University of Iowa. When I returned to Oklahoma, I worked as a music teacher.

During World War II, I joined other young women and went to Washington, D.C., to work. At a law firm, is where I discovered skills in taking legal dictation and started to study law. I earned two law degrees at Indiana University, met and married my husband, Charles.

After graduation we moved Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1950. I got a job working for William H. Hastie, he had been appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. I worked for him in Washington, D.C., for a few years, before I established my own law practice in 1954. I was appointed to the District Attorney's office and became renowned for my record of success in the courtroom.

By 1959 I was appointed as a municipal court judge and became the first African American woman in the state to serve as a judge. That year I won election to the post and was the first African American woman in the United States to be elected to a judgeship.

In 1988 I was appointed to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the first African American woman in the United States to serve on the Supreme Court of any state. I remained there until I retired at the age of 70.

My husband and I were married for forty-six years until his death in 1988. I died from leukemia on August 21, 1998, in Philadelphia. We are both buried in Wewoka, Oklahoma.


(Last week's answer: Medgar Wiley Evers)


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Mid-Winter Break Math Fun

Diffy Squares

Watch the video HERE.

Math Concepts: Subtraction, estimation, patterns, strategy

How it Works: Draw a square, and pick four numbers to go in each of the corners. Put a dot on the midpoint of each side, and find the positive difference between the numbers on the closest corner. Now connect the midpoints. Lo and behold, you’ve got yourself another square! Which means you can repeat the process until you get all zeroes. (See next page for illustration.)

Big Questions: Will this process always end in all zeroes? If not, what’s the longest it can last?

The Challenge: After you explain the rules and do a couple examples (using small numbers), challenge them to find a diffy square that will last for more “layers,” or squares going inward, than any previous. What’s the maximum number of squares you can get?

Why it’s a great lesson: First, it’s interesting, engaging, and totally mysterious. Everything seems to go to zero, but there doesn’t seem to be any pattern. Because of that, it’s a genuine puzzle, and kids will work on it. Happily, while they’re working, they’ll do an enormous number of subtraction problems, and be motivated to get them correct. You can also use this as a motivation to teach more sophisticated kinds of subtraction, like multi-digit, decimal, or fraction subtraction. Each new type of subtraction may hold the key to break the old record!

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A few examples from this week's math challenge:

1. Lana would like to buy a gumball from the gumball machine. Each gumball is 25 cents. She has 7 coins, and they are all nickels. How many coins will she have left after getting one gumball from the machine?

2. Monica had some money. She gave half to her brother and spent half of what she had left. Then she lost 25 cents and only had 50 cents left. How much money did she have at first?

3. If I give a third of my money to charity and a quarter of what's left to buy a book, I am left with $45.00. How much did I originally have?

4. Inside Allie’s purse, there were 4 pennies, 2 nickels, 1 dime, and 1 quarter. Different values can be made by taking out one or more coins from Allie’s purse. How many different values can be made?

Solve these problems and more on Math Challenge # 10 Here!


Mid-Winter Break Science Fun

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.

Sugar Rainbow Density

Watch video HERE.

Get a colorful lesson in food science with our Sugar Rainbow Density Science Experiment, where density differences are revealed in a colorful stack of sugar-water samples.

The Sugar Rainbow is a creative and engaging way to see how liquids of different densities stack on top each other. (Hint: There’s an additional lesson about adhesion and cohesion in the mix for you, too.) A simple combination of some everyday table sugar and vibrant colored water leads to an awesome science experience about density. Ready for it? Let’s go!

Experiment instructions available HERE.


Mid-Winter Break Reading Fun

Earn an ice cream treat!

Add at least 5 scoops to your cone by completing specific reading challenges.

Once you’ve done what the scoop says for 20 minutes, color it in, cut it out and glue it to the cone.

5 scoops earn you an ice cream treat!

Download your form below!


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


From Nurse Cori

BSD is now offering 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.




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!

If you need assistance during Mid-Winter break:

Family Resource Center

Located at Highland Middle School

Open Wednesday, Feb. 23rd - Friday, Feb. 25th

9:00AM - 4:00PM


From the district

Hello BSD Families,

When students and staff return from mid-winter break on February 28, the following restrictions, put in place in January to keep schools open, will be lifted:

- Our campuses will reopen to visitors.

- Large group meetings will resume in person.

- Student field trips, assemblies, and other extracurricular activities will be allowed.

- Outdoor masking will become optional on March 7

Our school district and community have pulled together strongly this school year, and we are emerging together after a challenging time for our district, state, and country. We will continue to strive to strike the right balance between adhering to all relevant laws, being guided by our local health authorities, and being sensitive and responsive to the needs of our community. I am proud to have the honor of serving you in this time and will do my best to ensure that we navigate what we hope will be the last major turn in the pandemic well.


Dr. Art Jarvis

Interim Superintendent

Bellevue School District 405


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