PLE Weekly Community Outreach
September 22, 2023
Messages from your leaders
Hello PLE Community!
I want to take a moment to express my deep appreciation for your understanding, resilience, and unwavering support as we navigate changes in our elementary school to better serve our students.
This week has been marked by significant adjustments, particularly in our class structures. We understand that change can be challenging, especially when it involves your children's education. However, it is with great enthusiasm that we share the positive outcomes of these changes.
One of our key priorities is to provide the best possible learning environment for our students. We firmly believe that smaller class sizes, especially for our younger learners, are essential for their growth and development. To this end, we have introduced a third 1st-grade classroom and a third 2nd-grade classroom. These changes allow us to create more personalized and effective learning experiences for your children.
One change we needed to make to prioritize our primary class sizes was to collapse our 4th and 5th grade combination class. I am thrilled to report that our 4th and 5th graders have been warmly welcomed into their new classrooms, and we are already witnessing the benefits of this transition. Their continued academic progress and well-being are of paramount importance to us.
Your patience and understanding during this transition have been truly remarkable, and we are grateful for your partnership in making these decisions with the best interests of our students at heart. We believe that these changes will have a positive impact on their educational journey, and we are excited to continue working together to provide the highest quality education possible.
If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Your feedback and input are valuable as we move forward.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children's education and for being such an integral part of our Phantom Lake Elementary community. Together, we will create an enriching and supportive environment where every child can thrive.
Right Now News
September Virtue of the Month and SEL Lesson
This year we will be learning about and practicing a new virtue each month as a school. We have also pre-scheduled all of our Social and Emotional Learning lessons to correlate with our virtue. We will let you know what the virtue and lesson are for each month.
September Virtue = Curiosity
September 2nd Step = Growth Mindset and Goal Setting
To be curious is to explore and discover, to take an interest in a new experience. Curiosity is looking to trying and experiencing new things, and learning through those new adventures and experiences. Curious people want to learn and try new things, and to grow in their understanding. Let's all practice curiosity this year!
Need Resources? We can help!
This year we are asking new families/enrolled families to complete/update (information) on the Resource Application (formerly known as Welcome Form). Completing this form for each district student will help ensure that we can connect students to the
programs they need. Please keep in mind these programs are not guaranteed and are subject to change.
IMPORTANT: To All Families for the 2023-2024 School Year
The Resource Application is NOW OPEN
Bellevue Family HUB Locations/Hours
Stevenson FCC Monday and Tuesday 10:00-4:00
Highland Middle School Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-4:00
You can connect with clothing, rent, and school support resources at both locations of Bellevue Family HUB Located at Highland Middle School (15027 NE bl-Red Road) and Stevenson Elementary (14220 NE 8th St). Bellevue LifeSpring staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you access three main resources to start the school year. Resource availability is subject to change.
Family Engagement Specialist Judy Hunsberger 425-456-5679 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bellevue Special Needs PTA Family Meet & Greet - 9/23/23
Join us for a day at the park! We’d love to meet you and your family and share stories about our journeys parenting kids with 504 plans and IEPs. Learn how we promote advocacy and education while empowering families. Bring your sports equipment and sunscreen and we’ll provide snacks.
All ages are encouraged to attend!!
Time: 10am — 12pm
Where: Crossroads Park - 16000 NE 10th St, Bellevue, WA 98008 (Pavilions in the southwest corner of the park)
Bellevue Special Needs PTA
Bellevue School District News
BSD Texting App "Talking Points" to Use New Phone Numbers
The BSD texting app, "Talking Points," will utilize new phone numbers this year. Bellevue School staff use Talking Points to send SMS text messages to families. Our vendor has let us know that this school year, the sender’s phone number will appear different to families than in the past. This means that when you receive a text from staff, it will appear to be a new sending number. If you attempt to reply to an old number, you will receive a reminder that the number has been re-assigned. We apologize for any confusion this may create. You will continue to receive all texts from BSD staff, but you may notice a new phone number.
Walk + Roll to School Day
Wednesday, October 4th: Skip the car and walk, bike, skate, or scoot to school!
Wednesday, October 4th
P-2 Classrooms 6:00-6:25pm
Admin presentation in gym 6:30-6:55pm
3-5 Classrooms 7:00-7:25pm
October 12th -Friday, October 27th
No School for Students: State Professional Development Day for Teachers
Friday, October 13th
Monday, October 16th-Friday, October 20th
Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 21st time TBD
Friday, October 27th Time TBD
Monday, October 30th
September 15 to October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month: This month honors Hispanic and Latino Americans for their contributions to U.S. culture
National Recovery Month: This awareness month seeks to educate Americans on treatment and health services for individuals with substance use disorder
September 20 – HeForShe: This movement was started by the UN with the goal of promoting gender equality
September 15 to September 17 – Rosh Hashanah: This holiday is the Jewish New Year when Jews reflect on their faith
September 23 – Autumnal Equinox: This date marks a variety of religious observances across the globe
September 24 – 25: Yom Kippur: This is the second of two main Jewish High Holy Days. Occurring on the 10th of the month of Tishrei, it focuses on repentance and atonement. Fasting and intense prayer are common during this religious observance.
September 26 – 27: Mawlid al-Nabi: The birthday of the Prophet Muhammad is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-Awwal.
September 29 – October 6: Sukkot: This week is dedicated to the Israelites that spent time in the wild in huts, or sukkahs, after they were freed from slavery in Egypt.
September 29 – October 14: Pitru Paksha: These 16 Hinduism holy days are dedicated to offering prayers and food for the souls of Hindu ancestors. It is seen as a way to honor and repay the debt (dharma) owed to ancestors for their happiness and well-being.
Major Religious Holidays in September
September 6* – Arbaeen: The day marking the end of the 40-day mourning period after the Day of Ashura for Shia Muslims
September 11 – A feast day (also called Nayrouz) that commemorates martyrs and confessors in Coptic Orthodox Christianity
September 15 to September 17 – Rosh Hashanah: The two-day Jewish New Year that highlights rest and reflection, and is one of the most important Jewish holy days
September 21 to September 29 – Mabon: Pagan and Wiccan religions use this day to mark the autumnal equinox
September 24 to September 25 – Yom Kippur: This is one of the most important Jewish high holy days in the Jewish faith. The central themes of Yom Kippur are atonement and repentance
September 27* – Mawlid: The celebration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad in the Islamic faith
September 29 to October 6 – Sukkot: A 7-day holiday commemorating when Jews journeyed to the desert on the way to the promised land
September 29 to October 14 – Pitru Paksha: A period when members of the Hindu faith pay homage to their ancestors
Access to school building:
- All visitors MUST use the main office doors to enter and exit the building
- All visitors must sign in using the LobbyGuard System in the main office and obtain and wear a name badge.