Dolphin Dispatch

Volume 35 - Monday, May 2nd

Important Dates

May: Jewish American Heritage Month

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

May: Military Appreciation Month

May 2-6: Staff Appreciation Week - Help Needed!

May 2: Eid al-Fitr

May 4: Customized Yearbook Pages Deadline Extended

May 5: School Board Meeting

May 13: "Newport's Got Talent" Submission Deadline

May 19: School Board Meeting

May 30: No School (Memorial Day)

Check out our online calendar for more dates and details.


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Staff Appreciation Family Participation Schedule

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Music Category - Whether you love singing, playing an instrument, composing musical scores or any other musical performance, this category is for you.

Dance Category - Whether you love ballet, tap, salsa, break dancing or any other style, this category is for you.

Performance Category - Whether you love juggling, magic shows, stand-up comedy or any other non-musical/dance performance this category is for you.

Art Category - Whether you love drawing, painting, sculpting, photography or any other medium, this category is for you.

Pick your category, follow the link and upload your video. Please include your Name, Grade and Teacher in the Caption. For those that want to upload a still photograph and aren't familiar with Flipgrid, please reach out for instructions.


Custom Yearbook Pages - Deadline Extended to May 4th!

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SchoolPool Spring Campaign

This year in honor of Earth Day (April 22nd) and National Bike to School Day (May 4th), Newport Heights Elementary will be partnering with King County, the City of Bellevue and the Bellevue School District to help promote a reduction in the single occupancy vehicle traffic and carbon emissions when getting our kids to and from school.

Throughout the campaign students will receive fun prizes and activities and our school will receive up to $1000 in safety supplies.

We will be having a drawing at the end of the campaign. Any student who turns in a completed punch card or bingo sheet by Monday, May 9th will be entered into a drawing for a prize. One entry per student.

Please choose one of two options below.

Option 1: For every day you take the bus, carpool, walk or ride a bike to school between April 22nd and May 4th, mark a star. A completed card is 5 stars.

Option 2: Save the Planet Bingo. For every activity you complete from the bingo card, mark a space. A completed card will be a Bingo line, or any 5 individual activities.

Email completed forms to or drop off at the main office.



At Home STEM Activity

Write a Secret Message Using Lemons

Materials required:

  • Lemon
  • Water
  • Small Bowl
  • Q Tips or paint brush
  • White paper
  • Heat source (bright lightbulb, candle, stovetop)

Questions to think about before you start:

  • How can I use a lemon to write a secret message?
  • Why do we need heat?

Instructions: (Make sure to perform the experiment as an adult/student team)

  • Parent: Cut the lemon in half
  • Student: Squeeze half of the lemon into a bowl or cup and add a small amount of water
  • Student: Stir the lemon juice and water together
  • Student: Optional: You can write a decoy message in pen or pencil before you write your secret message.
  • Student: Take your Q tip or brush and dip it into the lemon water and write your secret message on the paper.
  • Parent: Once the paper is dry hold the paper over your chosen heat source to reveal the secret message. Be careful not to hold it to close or it may catch on fire

Extensions Activities:

  • Does it matter which side of the paper you expose to the heat?
  • Try using another acidic substance like orange juice, milk, honey or vinegar to write your messages, notice which substances work better.
  • What other ways could you heat up your invisible ink to reveal what it says?
  • What happens if you add more or less water to the lemon juice, how does that change the invisible ink?

The science behind the fun:

Lemon juice like other substances has carbon compounds in it, these were absorbed by the fibers of the paper. When you heated the paper up some of the chemical bonds broke down freeing the carbon and exposing it to the air and turn a darker color. This process is called oxidation and it is the same thing that happens to cut fruit that you leave out too long.

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Membership & Fundraising Update

Membership Goal Status - 34%

Goal: Every NHE student is represented in PTA by at least

one important adult in their lives.

Status: Currently 34% of our students are represented. We are 1/3 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.

Fundraiser Goal Status - 44%

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

Status: We are 43% 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.


Community Events

FREE Girls Basketball CLINICS!

Join us every Tuesday & Thursday evening from 7-8:30 PM in the Tyee Middle School Gym as the girls work on basketball skills and drills. All girls in grades 3rd – 8th grade that eventually will go to Newport HS are welcome! Checkout our website for more details:

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  • Tuesday, May 3rd at Robinswood Park from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Friday, May 6th at Robinswood Park from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday, May 17th at Robinswood Park from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Friday, May 20th at Robinswood Park from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


From Green Team

City of Bellevue Utilities is offering free, interactive Greener Living live virtual Zoom classes and demonstrations this spring. Attendees will receive a digital kit after each class.

Visit for more information and to register.


From Nurse Cori


If your student has ANY of the following symptoms, PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME.

Please email with the reason for the absence and Nurse Cori and/or Melodie Farrell will contact you regarding return to school guidelines. If your student comes to school with symptoms, they will be sent home.

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea



Sore throat

☐ Fever (>100.4 F or 38 C) or chills

☐ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

☐ Muscle or body aches

☐ New loss of taste of smell

☐ Cough (new, changed, or worsening)

Thank you for your cooperation in continuing to keep our community safe!!!



Children and Mental Health: Is This Just a Stage?

Raising a child can be challenging. Even under the best circumstances, their behaviors and emotions can change frequently and rapidly. All children are sad, anxious, irritable, or aggressive at times, or they occasionally find it challenging to sit still, pay attention, or interact with others. In most cases, these are just typical developmental phases. However, such behaviors may indicate a more serious problem in some children.

Mental disorders can begin in childhood. Examples include anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, depression and other mood disorders, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Without treatment, these mental health conditions can prevent children from reaching their full potential. Many adults who seek mental health treatment reflect on the impact of mental disorders on their childhood and wish they had received help sooner.

When to Seek Help - How can you tell the difference between challenging behaviors and emotions that are a normal part of growing up and those that are cause for concern? In general, consider seeking help if your child’s behavior persists for a few weeks or longer; causes distress for your child or your family; or interferes with your child’s functioning at school, at home, or with friends. If your child’s behavior is unsafe, or if your child talks about wanting to hurt themselves or someone else, seek help immediately.

Young children may benefit from an evaluation and treatment if they:

  • Have frequent tantrums or are intensely irritable much of the time
  • Often talk about fears or worries
  • Complain about frequent stomachaches or headaches with no known medical cause
  • Are in constant motion and cannot sit quietly (except when they are watching videos or playing video games)
  • Sleep too much or too little, have frequent nightmares, or seem sleepy during the day
  • Are not interested in playing with other children or have difficulty making friends
  • Struggle academically or have experienced a recent decline in grades
  • Repeat actions or check things many times out of fear that something bad may happen

Learn more about warning signs on the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Child and Adolescent Mental Health webpage.


Family Connections - Ana Lewis

Family Connections Centers (FCCs) are open to all BSD students and families. Staffed by Family Engagement Specialists, their mission is to connect families with district and community support services, provide them with educational opportunities to better navigate the school system and help them become engaged in the education of their children.

While our locations are school based, all BSD families are welcome to walk into any center throughout the district for support. We believe that the support and resources provided by our centers and specialists can benefit all BSD students and their families.

If you are in need of support, please contact Ana Lewis at 425-456-5513 or


From the district

Superintendent Search – Board Listening Sessions

The Directors of the Bellevue School Board welcome the community to join in a series of engagement opportunities that seek to center community voice, help shape district direction, and inform the leadership profile for the next district superintendent.

Registration is required for all sessions, and attendance links will be sent to participants prior to each session date. Session dates and times are listed on the Spring BSD Board Listening Sessions webpage. Registration is available through the district website. Sessions will be offered both in person and in virtual format. Please contact with questions.

Learn more about the listening sessions.
Learn more about the Superintendent Search.


From Bellevue School's Foundation

Spring for Schools Fundraiser

Our annual Spring for Schools luncheon is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Donors contribute nearly $900,000 to support the Bellevue School District. With a history spanning over 30 years, Bellevue Schools Foundation’s annual benefit luncheon raises the critical funds needed to help students in Bellevue’s public schools succeed in school and in life.

The luncheon is one of the Eastside’s largest philanthropic events, typically hosting over 1,000 professionals, parents, and community leaders who are committed to ensuring that all students have access to opportunities that will help them thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

In-person: Education Showcase is at 11:00 AM, and the Lunch, Movie and Program starts at 12:00 PM

Virtual: The Movie and Program will begin at 12:00 PM

Final changes to your registration must be made by April 30, 2022.

In Person Registration

Virtual Registration


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.

Fostering Student Motivation

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One Voice - Official National PTA Blog

School is Back in the Classroom, but Distance Learning is Here to Stay.

As a parent, I’m very familiar with how hard it can be to balance the demands of work and family in today’s busy and ever-changing world. Sometimes I find myself pining for the more predictable chaos we enjoyed before the pandemic. Regardless of our individual circumstances, the disruption and unpredictability of the last two years have presented even greater challenges—especially for our kids.

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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.