Newsletter #7 - September 29, 2023
We made it past a rainy week to end the day in sunshine! Today marks the final Supermoon of 2023 and the first day of Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration. Our school also held a Welcome Back Assembly where students and staff sang songs and celebrated all the people at our school. This was a great way to end the week and reminded us how special our community is, with old traditions merging with new to create the joyful event. Enjoy the sun this weekend!
Grateful to be in community with you,
Betty and Kati
October 4 - Walk and Roll to School Day,
October 4 - Volunteer Training, Library, 8:15-9:00
October 6 - School Picture Day
October 13 - No school for students, Professional Development Day for teachers
October 14 - BSF Block Party, Bellevue Downtown Park, 11am-4pm
November 10 - No school, Veteran's Day
November 20, 21, 29 - Elementary Conference Days, early release for students
November 23, 24 - No school, Thanksgiving
December 20 - January 1 - No school, winter break
Pastries with Principals
We had a great turn out of families for our first event on Wednesday! A big thanks to everyone who was able to come and learn from each other. We discussed Mental Health resources such as Care Solace and the BIMAS 2 screener available to elementary schools this year. Please check out the slides below and a resource on Social Emotional Learning shared by Elise Geck our counselor. If you are interested in other topics for future Pastries with Principals events, please reach out to Betty or Kati.
Our school is one of 20 schools participating in Bellevue SchoolPool’s Walk & Roll to SchoolPool campaign during the week of Oct. 2-6!
Bellevue SchoolPool is a program that encourages families and students to explore sustainable transportation options for their commute to and from school and alleviate congestion at drop-off and pickup times and locations. During the campaign, students and families are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus to and/or from school.
This fall, the campaign is centered around International Walk & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, Oct 4, but SchoolPool encourages students to try a new way to school any time during week!
SchoolPool also provides students with fun lenticular rulers, blinking lights and a backpack flyer with travel safety tips, and participating helps raise money for our school.
For resources including how to set up a bike train or walking school bus and carpooling tips, visit www.BellevueSchoolPool.org and look under “Resources for Students and Families.”
If you would like to sign up for the Bellevue SchoolPool newsletter, click here.
Advanced Learning Applications Open
Visit the Advanced Learning Services webpage to learn more about Advanced Learning Services and to apply for your student. Please note that if your student is currently in the Advanced Learning full-time self-contained program, there is no need to re-apply.
National Custodian Day
During the month of October, the Communications Department will be recognizing the following: Filipino American History Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, Czech Heritage Month, Italian American Heritage and Culture Month, and Polish American Heritage Month. October is also Indigenous People’s Month.
Please note the following dates of cultural importance to many members in our community taking place throughout the month:
- October 6, 2023 – Snoqualmie Tribal Recognition Day
- On this date, the Snoqualmie Tribe reclaimed their Federal Recognition in 1999. A federally recognized tribe is an American Indian or Alaska Native tribal entity that is recognized as having a government-to-government relationship with the United States, with the responsibilities, powers, limitations, and obligations attached to that designation, and is eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Snoqualmie Tribe is the state-assigned, Federally Recognized Tribal Partner of the Bellevue School District. Collaboration takes place between the Snoqualmie Tribe and the district on curriculum, recognition events and more.
- October 7 – 8, 2023 – Shemini Atzeret
- Shemini Atzeret is the holiday that follows immediately after the seventh day of Sukkot. Shemini Atzeret is a time when prayers or celebrations are made for the coming year in the Jewish calendar.
- October 8, 2023 – Simchat Torah
- Simchat Torah celebrates the completion of an annual cycle of reading the entire Torah in synagogues.
- October 9, 2023 – National Indigenous People’s Day
- National Indigenous People’s Day promotes recognition of indigenous populations and acknowledges the outstanding contributions of indigenous peoples to the improvement of world issues.
- October 10, 2023 – World Mental Health Day
- World Mental Health Day raises awareness of mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. It provides an opportunity to eradicate stigma and make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
- October 15, 2023 Sharad Navratri
- Sharad Navratri is a Hindu festival widely observed in India in honor of the Goddess Durga, spanning over nine nights (and ten days). Different communities take part in the celebration through fasting, dancing, religious reflection, and other celebrations.
- October 16, 2023 Birth of the Báb
- An observance of the anniversary of the birth in Persia (now Iran), of Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad, who later took the title of “the Báb,” meaning “the Gate.” The Báb is a prominent figure of the Baha’i Faith.
- October 17, 2023 Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
- An observance of the anniversary of the birth of Baháʼu’lláh, the founder of the Baháʼí Faith.
- October 18, 2023 International Pronoun Day
- International Pronoun Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace.
- October 18, 2023 Unity Day
- October 23, 2023 Chongyang Festival/Seniors Festival
- Also known as Senior’s Day or the Double-Ninth Festival, the Chongyang falls on the ninth day of the ninth month in Chinese lunar calendar. In the year of 1989, Double Ninth Festival was designated as Senior’s Day – a day to respect the elderly.
Free Financial Workshops at Stevenson Hub – Open to All District Families
This October, Bellevue Hopelink welcomes families to attend Financial Foundations, a three-part workshop that will equip families with the knowledge and skills to make confident money decisions and build a solid financial foundation. If you are just starting your journey to financial security or looking to enhance your existing skills, these workshops offer practical insights that will last a lifetime.
Prior registration is required. Instruction is provided in both English and Spanish. Workshops are free to attend and are open to parents, guardians and high school students. Complimentary childcare and food is provided.
Bellevue School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Civil Rights, Racial Discrimination, and Gender Expression or Identity Discrimination:
Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Compliance Coordinator Nancy Pham, (425) 456-4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sex-based Discrimination, including Sexual Harassment:
Title IX Coordinator: Jeff Lowell, (425) 456-4010 or email@example.com
Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Heather Edlund, (425) 456-4156 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing address for all three: 12111 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.