Big Picture School Newsletter

August 12, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Aug 24: Taking Care of Business Day 8:00-2:00

Aug 25: 6th grade Student Orientation 8:00-12:00

Aug 25: 7th-8th grade NEW Student Orientation 8:00-12:00

Aug 26: NEW to BP HS Student Orientation 10:30-12:00

Sept 1: 1st Day of School

Dear Big Picture Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. I hope you have all been enjoying your summer finding time to connect, rejuvenate, and have fun.

We continue to plan for a full return to our regular, in-person schedule. There have been no changes to that expectation, which was communicated through the Bellevue School District’s Communications Department last month. We will continue to follow guidance from public health, occupational health, and educational authorities and agencies as we prepare for our full re-opening. The district will continue to provide communications on this topic, and I will continue to add details that are specific to Big Picture.

For all the latest district information pertaining to the start of the school year which is Wednesday, September 1st please check out this site: Start of School Information for the 2021-2022 School Year.

I'll be sending separate newsletters in the upcoming days with more specific information about Taking Care of Business Days, lunch, school supplies, transportation, etc.

We are excited to welcome students to our campus in a few weeks and to continue to build partnerships with your families throughout the year. Please don't hesitate to reach out.

With Gratitude,


School Announcements

Big Picture NEW Student Orientation

Our 6th Grade and NEW 7th/8th grade Student Orientation will be on Wednesday, August 25, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM . All NEW to BP High School students (not 9th graders who attended BP in 8th grade) will work with high school staff on Thursday, August 26 from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. During this time, students will receive a copy of their schedules, tour the campus and their classrooms, meet some teacher advisors, participate in team building activities, learn about project-based learning and receive an overview of expectations for the school year. This is a time for students and staff to connect so parents are encouraged to drop-off their children and return in a few hours for pick-up. Matt and Bethany (school administrators) will be available the last half hour of both events in the school courtyard, for any family who has questions or would like to connect in person.

Students should bring a water bottle and a mask with them to orientation. Information on face coverings can be found here. We will follow health and safety requirements including face coverings, physical distancing and hand sanitizing. We will greet students in the main courtyard and then divide them into smaller groups.

Taking Care of Business Day

From 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 24th, parents or students may drop off completed and signed paperwork from the summer email/online. Please remember that students will not be allowed to come to school until we have the required immunization paperwork. We will also hand out metro passes to approved students, collect school fees, and take yearbook photos. All students can pick up a copy of their class schedule.

As another option for families who cannot attend, fees can be paid online, most forms can be returned with students on the 1st day of school, schedules will be available digitally on ParentVue/StudentVue and metro passes can be picked up at the start of school, too. There will be a make-up day for yearbook photos later in September.

Please see the back-to-school email and the check-in day agenda for specific time slots for each grade level if you are attending in-person. These are recommended times to minimize congestion on campus. Check the email and our school website for all required forms. If you can’t make it, please bring all paperwork the first day of school and complete other items online.

Unable to Attend Orientation and Check-in Day

If you and your child are unable to attend New Student Orientation and Back-to-School Check-in, please let me know. We would like to set up a time prior to the first day of school to show your student around campus and explain the schedule. Other forms and fees may be taken care of the first day/week of school, if needed. There will be a second opportunity in late Sept/early October for students to get their pictures taken.

Class Schedules for 2021-22

Draft student schedules for this coming year will be accessible through StudentVUE and ParentVUE later this month and at the Taking Care of Business Day. More details are forthcoming. Final schedules will be distributed on the first day of school—September 1st. Please remember that draft schedules are indeed drafts, and that we do make schedule changes all the way up to the first day of school as enrollment and class sizes fluctuate.


Middle School

M,T,Th, F 8:10-3:00 (3:00-3:40 Tutorial)

Wed 8:10-1:40

High School

M,T,Th, F 8:00-3:00 (3:00-3:30 Tutorial)

Wed 8:00-1:00 (1:00-1:30 lunch)

Are you interested in mentoring?

Opportunity at BP:

Are you interested in mentoring? Learn more about how you can join other parents to become a part of the community supporting our students to learn hands-on about potential careers. And, as a benefit of pandemic learning, you can now mentor virtually or in person!

All are welcome to mentor, if your student is in middle school or entering high school this year, mentoring a high school student is a fantastic way to better understand the internship program and make a connection with a student to learn more about Big Picture.

Not sure if you have time? No worries… you can get involved at any level:

1. In person internships: Students do real work and contribute to your organization! Students come into the workplace once a week (on Thursdays for 7 hours) and learn real job skills by helping you. In previous years, students have helped design, test and build websites, manage social media, supported physical therapists, written marketing materials, compiled research for PR, helped our local firefighters and more!

2. Virtual internships: An intern can also support your organization virtually (student is located at school and works on Thursdays for 7 hours).

3. Job shadows: The opportunity to see your workplace in person for a day (or part of a day!) can really help a student better understand a career path.

4. Career coaching / informational interviews: Volunteer to meet with a few students to answer questions about your work and give them the experience of interviewing with an adult.

5. Help build our network. If you don’t have time to mentor, but you know someone who might be interested, please encourage them to sign up. Send this email to an organization or business that might want to host an intern this year. Send this email to a potential mentor.

Fill out this 5 min form if you’re interested! Do you have questions? Just give us a text, call or an email, we’re happy to chat.

Big Picture PTSA Internship Support Committee

Alice Steinglass (206) 399 9681

Hilary MacDonald (206) 715-5446

Malinda Elein (425) 761-7589

District Announcements

Technology Update

The Student Tech Center located at WISC building 6 will remain open until August 25. Hours remain the same, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We continue to maintain up-to-date info at We will communicate any updates as they occur.

Students leaving BSD can continue to return their devices and related peripherals like laptop bags, power adapters and styluses to the Student Tech Center.

Health and Immunization Information

All students attending Bellevue School District schools must have medically verified immunization records on file with the school or a valid, Washington state immunization exemption on file. Required vaccinations for students: English | Spanish | Chinese

Changes were made to state immunization laws in 2020—you can read about these changes here, including what you need to show medically verified records, and what types of exemptions are allowable.

Students who have life-threatening health conditions, such as life-threatening allergies, asthma, seizure disorder, diabetes, etc. must have signed orders from their child’s healthcare provider and unexpired rescue medications (if needed) in place at school by the first day or they will not be allowed to attend. Students who arrive without the required orders or medication will be sent home until their parent/guardian can bring the signed orders and unexpired medications to school. If you have questions about whether your student needs orders and medication at school, please contact your school nurse. If you would like a blank copy of an Individual Health Plan for your student’s healthcare provider to complete, you can download one here. School nurses will be back in buildings to answer your questions and help make a safe plan for your child starting mid-August.

If your child requires medication at school, you and your child’s healthcare provider must complete a Medication Authorization Form (Formulario de autorizacion para medicamentos) even if the medication is an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen, Tylenol, or vitamins. Please turn in a completed Medication Authorization Form and medication labelled with your student’s name and date of birth (or with the prescription label attached if the medication is prescribed) to your school nurse.

Updates on COVID-19 will follow guidance as updated from the CDC, OSPI and local health departments and expected the week of August 16. Check our Start of School information regularly updated information.

Thank you for helping us keep your students healthy, safe, and learning at school!

October 28 SAT

In order to support our students with the college application process, particularly our seniors, Bellevue School District will offer the SAT during the regular school day on Thursday, October 28. Seniors and juniors will have the opportunity to take the test on this day.

· There will be no cost to students taking the SAT on October 28.

· Qualifying SAT scores (Math- 430 and English- 410) will meet the Graduation Pathway requirement for graduation.

· Seniors and juniors who do not wish to take the SAT will have an ‘opt out’ provision.

· Further specifics related to the October 28th SAT school day testing will be shared with students and families mid-September.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

If you lost your housing during the school year, or anticipate you will at the end of the rental moratorium on June 30th, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and are currently living in a temporary situation, your student(s) might be eligible for McKinney-Vento support.

You might be eligible for McKinney-Vento support through your local school district if:

· If you are a family with school age children, currently living in a temporary housing situation.

· If you are a youth living on your own, experiencing housing instability or “couch surfing” and enrolled in a public-school district.

· If you have lost housing because of unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible living situations include - staying with family or friends on a temporary basis, staying in a motel/shelter/transitional housing program or staying at a campground.

McKinney-Vento Rights Include:

· Right for students to remain at their school of origin, with transportation support.

· Free school meals

· Eligible for academic supports and programs available to all student

If you think your student(s) could be eligible or you would like more information, please reach out to the McKinney-Vento Liaison in the school district:

Liliana Godinez, MSW

McKinney-Vento and Foster Care Liaison

Phone: 425-456-4287


For more information and resources click here

Online Student Data Verification

The process for verifying student data for the 2021-22 school year will start on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021. On August 18th families can:

  • Update their address online and provide the required proofs of address electronically.
  • Update their student's demographic data.
  • Manage student's emergency contact list.
  • Update student's photo permissions.

To update your student's information on August 18th:

Spanish Translation

El proceso de Verificación de Datos de Estudiantes en línea para el año escolar 2021/2022 comenzará el miércoles 18 de agosto de 2021. Esto es solo para estudiantes en los grados K a 12. Los estudiantes de preescolar no están incluidos en este proceso. El proceso de verificación de datos está disponible en 22 idiomas además del inglés.

El 18 de agosto, las familias podrán:

· Actualizar su dirección en línea y proveer electrónicamente los comprobantes de domicilio requeridos.

· Actualizar los datos demográficos de su estudiante.

· Administrar la lista de contactos de emergencia del estudiante.

· Actualizar los permisos para las fotos de estudiantes.

¿Cómo puedo actualizar la información de mi estudiante el 18 de agosto?

· Inicie sesión en ParentVUE para actualizar la información. Una vez que inicie sesión por primera vez, se le dirigirá a Verificación de Datos.


· Comuníquese con nosotros en También puede visitar el sitio web de nuestro distrito para obtener más información.

Si tiene problemas para iniciar sesión en su cuenta de ParentVUE, comuníquese con para obtener ayuda.

Mandarin Translation​

2021-2022 学年的线上学生数据验证流程将于 2021 年 8 月 18 日星期三开始。这仅适用于 K 12 级的学生。学龄前学生不包括在此流程。 数据验证过程将提供英语以及其他 22 种语言。

8 18 日,家庭可以:

· 在线更新住家地址并以电子方式提供所需的地址证明。

· 更新学生的个人资料。

· 管理学生的紧急联系人列表。

· 更新学生的照片使用权限。

我如何在 8 18 日更新我的学生信息?

· 登录ParentVUE 更新信息。 首次登录时,您将被引导至数据验证。


· 请通过 与我们联系。 您也可以访问我们的学区网站了解更多信息。

如果您在登录ParentVUE 时遇到问题,请联系 寻求帮助。

Questions? Contact Info.

Bethany Spinler, Principal

Matt Stokes, Assistant Principal

Karen Penewell, Office Manager

Carol Anne Yamamoto, Registrar

Christina Strigenz, Attendance

School Website


PTSA Website

Main Office: 425-456-7800