Dolphin Dispatch

Volume 9 - Monday October 18th

Important Dates

October - Disability Awareness Month

October 19 - School Board Community Listening Sessions (more info below)

October 26 - Kindergarten Playdate on the playground! (4:00-5:00)

October 20 - Unity Day (Wear your orange shirts!)

October 21 - School Board Meeting

October 22 - COVID Vaccine 5-11 years Info Session (more info below)

October 29 - Trunk or Treat at School

October 31 - Pumpkin Carving Contest Submission Deadline

November 3 - School Board Community Listening Session (Spanish)

November 3 - Daylight Savings (Fall Back)

November 9 - Picture Retake Day

November 11 - NO SCHOOL (Veteran's Day)

November 18 - PTA General Membership Meeting (7:00-8:00)

November 25-26 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving)

Check out our online calendar for more dates and details.

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October is Bullying Prevention Month

Talking to Your Student

Talk to your kids about bullying even if you don’t think they are victims, bullies or bystanders. Remember, simply by asking your children about bullying, you are protecting them and others. Ask how things are going at school. Ask what they think of the other kids in their classes. Ask if anyone gets picked on or bullied. Be aware that some kids who are bullied will fear going to school or develop real medical symptoms such as stomach pains, or other illnesses.

For more information on the Bellevue School District Anti-Bullying initiative.

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Trunk or Treat at School

Sign up HERE to volunteer.

Sign up HERE to donate candy and non-food treats

NHE PTA is hosting a Trunk or Treat event in the school parking lot Friday, October 29th from 6-7:30.

Kids will get to show off their costumes as they "trick or treat" from trunk to trunk. Non-food, allergen friendly treats will also be available at some of the trunks, just look for the Teal Pumpkin signs.

Parents, we need volunteers to deck out their trunks in spook-tacular fashion and hand out treats.

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Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Grand Prize Best in Show winner will get to swap places with Ms. Kopf-Stover and BE THE SCHOOL PRIINCIPAL for part of a school day!! In addition, winner from each category will receive a medal.

Get those pumpkins ready! This year's Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest is right around the corner!

Contest categories include:

- Scariest Pumpkin

- Silliest Pumpkin

- Best School Spirit

- Best Non-Carved (Painted, etc.)

Photos or a video of your completed pumpkin must be emailed to by October 31st to be entered..

Membership Goal Status - 28%

Goal: Every NHE student is represented in PTA by at least one important adult in their lives.

Status: Currently 28% of our students are represented. We are just over 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.

Fundraising Goal Status - 28%

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

Status: We are 28% 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.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Newport Heights PTA is a volunteer-led organization and we couldn’t do any of what we do without our volunteers. Periodically, we like to spotlight one of the many volunteers that make the magic happen.

7 members of our amazing Newport Heights Elementary Safety Patrol went above and beyond by volunteering their mornings to hand out goodie bags for our National Walk to School Day celebration. Because of our participation in the event, and the invaluable help from these 7 students, the Newport Heights PTA will be receiving funding to replace worn out Safety Patrol vests and flags!

So we want to take a moment and say: Ella, Harper, Isabella Kylie, Makai, Olivia and Yulia, we appreciate you and everything you do!

New Diversity, Equity and Inclusions Facebook Group

Newport Heights PTA now has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Facebook group in addition to our main page.

Newport Heights PTA encourages representation and participation by diverse groups of people, including people of different genders, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, religions, cultures, ages, and sexual orientations and people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills and expertise.

This group was created to provide a safe place for those of us that are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in education have a safe space to share ideas and support each other as we work together to give every child the best learning experience possible!


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Family Connections Center Updates

Breaktime Mealtime Safeway Food Vouchers & Holiday Programs

To sign up, please complete this Free & Reduced Priced Meals Program application THEN complete the Family Connections Welcome Form.

State Eviction Moratorium to End October 30th

If a referral for rent and/or utilities assistance is needed, please contact Ana Lewis, or call 425-456-5513.

Interpretation services are available and undocumented residents are eligible.

School Board Listening Sessions

Attend Board Listening Sessions

Please sign up to join our School Board Directors for a small group virtual listening session. We invite you to share what is working for you, the challenges, and how we can improve student experiences and outcomes.

Your input will be used to build broader and deeper connections among stakeholders and leaders throughout the District and to inform district and board understanding, direction setting and decision-making. It will bring more voices to participate in designing, implementing, evaluating, and visioning the core work of our District and our Board.

Upcoming Listening Sessions (Offered in English and Spanish

COVID-19 Info Sessions

The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Youth Link COVID Support Action Team, in partnership with the Worth A Shot campaign led by BSD Student Mehr Grewal, will be hosting an upcoming COVID-19 vaccine info session on Friday, October 22, from 5-7 p.m. via Zoom (Eventbrite pre-registration required).

The session will include new information about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old. Dr. Seema Abbassi, MD, and Dr. Neeta Jain, MD, both pediatricians with infectious disease backgrounds, will be on-hand to help answer questions.

Learn more and register to attend.

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.

Social Media & Cyberbullying 101

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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.