Newsletter #22 - January 30, 2023
It is hard to believe that January is winding down and a packed February is around the corner! As many of you have heard or tuned in to the Board Meetings, our district is considering school consolidations in response to anticipated enrollment declining in the next few years. While our school is not one of the schools being considered for consolidation, such decisions will nevertheless impact all members within the Bellevue School District community. We are mindful that each member of the community may be impacted differently, and our thoughts are with our neighbors, colleagues, students and their families during this tumultuous time.
With these challenges also come renewed hope with the recent announcement of our incoming Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Aramaki. We have had the privilege of working with Dr. Aramaki the past few years in his role as Executive Director of Elementary Schools and Assistant Superintendent. We are inspired by his dedication to students, staff, and families and look forward to serving under his leadership. Please check here for the announcement details: https://bsd405.org/2023/01/bellevue-school-district-announces-dr-kelly-aramaki-as-incoming-superintendent/.
As we head into February with World Culture Night, Black History Month, and planned field trips, we thank you for your continued partnership. If there is anything we can do to support you and our students, please let us know.
Kati & Betty
Progress Reports Coming Soon!
The first semester report card will be available to view in ParentVue on February 10th at the end of the day. We will not be sending home a paper copy or an emailed copy of the report card. However, if you would like your child’s report card printed or emailed, please contact the front office. Progress reports are intended to provided you information on how your child is doing in school socially, emotionally, and academically. If you have any questions about progress reports please let your child's teacher know.
Information on how to log into ParentVue can be found here: https://bsd405.org/departments/district-technology/grades-attendance/ . Click here for directions: English, Spanish, Chinese. Once you log onto ParentVue, click on Report Card or Documents to access the progress report.
Celebrating our School Counselors and School Bus Drivers!
Please stay tuned for more information from your child's teacher on how each grade plans to acknowledge our invaluable counselors and bus drivers!
Kindergarten Information Night
If you have an incoming Kindergarten student or know of an incoming Kindergarten student, please mark your calendar for Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 from 6:00-7:00 PM for our in person Kindergarten Information Night.
The purpose of the evening is to introduce families to Kindergarten in the Bellevue School District by providing an overview of Kindergarten, explain the registration process, and help families prepare for the transition to elementary school.
Reminder of WIDA Testing
Sleep & Academic Readiness
Getting enough sleep is important for a student’s overall health and well-being. It is also important for academic readiness and performance. A good nights sleep can help students stay focused, improve concentration, and improve academic performance. Children and teens who do not get enough sleep are more likely to have attention and behavior problems, which can contribute to poor academic performance at school.
How much sleep do students need? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has made the following recommendations based on age:
Some steps you can take to help your student get enough sleep include:
· Model and encourage habits that promote good sleep, such as having a regular bedtime and rise time. Setting a regular sleep schedule is recommended for everyone (children, teens and adults)
· Dim the lights in the evening. Exposure to more light in the evening (room lighting or electronics) can make it more difficult to fall asleep and get enough sleep throughout the night
· Make sure bedrooms are quiet, dark, and a comfortable temperature
· Limit electronic use or set a media curfew. Technology use can contribute to late bedtimes. Students may stay up later on their phones or computers. Blue light from screens can also make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep
· Avoid large meals and caffeine before bedtime
· Exercise. Being physically active during the day can make it easier to fall asleep at night
Learn more about healthy sleep in children here.
Many sleep problems will go away as a child grows and develops. Ongoing problems may be a sign of a sleep disorder. Click the links below to learn about some common sleep disorders in children.
· Childhood Insomnia: Characterized by struggles around going to bed, difficulty falling asleep at bedtime or problems staying asleep during the night
· Restless Legs Syndrome: Unpleasant sensations in the legs that cause difficulty in initiating and maintaining sleep
· Parasomnias: A group of sleep disorders that involve unwanted events or experiences that occur while falling asleep, sleeping, or waking up. Includes nightmares, sleep talking, sleep walking, and sleep terrors
· Delayed Sleep-Wake Phase: Sleep onset and wake-up times are delayed
Talk to your student’s doctor about any ongoing sleep problems or concerns you have.
Importance of Routine Checkups & Screenings
Taking your student to routine checkups and screenings is an important part of making sure they stay healthy!
Routine checkups, often called well-child visits or well-child checkups, are generally scheduled once a year. These checkups are important for many reasons; they are a chance to track growth and developmental milestones, get scheduled vaccinations, discuss health concerns, receive support for your child’s well-being, and ask questions.
Hearing and vision screenings are routine health screenings for children. Hearing and vision screenings are conducted at school in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7. They are also conducted at well-child visits. If a child does not pass a hearing or vision screening, they will be referred for further evaluation. It is very important to follow-up on any referrals. Hearing and vision problems can have negative effects on a child’s educational and social development. Identifying hearing and vision problems allows students to receive the resources and support they need to thrive both in and outside the classroom.
The pandemic disrupted routine healthcare for many families. It is important to work with your student’s doctor to make sure they get caught up on any missed appointments or recommended vaccines.
Resources for families:
Flu & COVID-19 Updates
Seasonal flu activity continues but is declining in most areas. Influenza-like illness activity in Washington is currently considered “low”. Cases of RSV have also been declining since their peak in the fall. While this is good news, it’s important to remember lots of people are still catching both flu and RSV and it is not uncommon to have multiple waves of flu throughout the season. Please remember to stay home when sick and continue practicing good hand hygiene!
In COVID related news, you may have heard talk of a new Omicron subvariant, XBB.1.5. While it is likely more transmissible than previous strains, there is no evidence so far that it causes more severe disease. Cases are increasing in parts of the country, particularly in the Northeast. At this time, the COVID-19 community level in King County is considered “low”. Tools to combat COVID-19 (tests, vaccines, masks, etc.) remain readily available. Please continue to assess your family’s risk and take any necessary precautions.
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