Dolphin Dispatch

Volume 36 - Monday, May 9th

Important Dates

May: Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May: Jewish American Heritage Month

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

May: Military Appreciation Month

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

May 19: School Board Meeting

May 30: No School (Memorial Day)

June 9: Final PTA Meeting (Elect next year's board and approve next year's budget)

June 15: 5th Grade Graduation & Party

June 16: Field Day

June 16: Band & Orchestra Concert

Check out our online calendar for more dates and details.


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Algebraic and Logical Reasonings

Welcome to our final Math Challenge, Math Challenge #15. This is the last math challenge set for this school year.

This set has mostly algebraic and logic problems. You will need to use deductive reasoning to solve these problems. Good luck and enjoy!


At Home STEM Activity

Acid/Base Experiment with Dry Ice

Make a pH indicator using red cabbage and use it to test the acidity of various household materials.


Indicator solution:

  • Head of red cabbage
  • Saucepan
  • Strainer

pH Experiment:

  • Clear cups or jars
  • 2 Cups vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • Warm water
  • 2 Ounces dry ice (55 g)

Directions To make the indicator solution: • Chop red cabbage into small pieces. Place one cup in a saucepan and cover with at least 2 cups of water. • Bring the solution to a boil and turn off the heat. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. • Pour cabbage water through a strainer into another container. The dark purple liquid is the indicator.

pH Experiment: • Fill one jar with water, one with vinegar, one with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water, and one with water and dry ice. • Add ¼ cup red cabbage pH indicator to each solution and notice the color change.

The Science Behind What You See:

Red cabbage contains a chemical called anthocyanin that changes color depending on the acidity of its environment. It is a natural pH indicator! In an acidic environment it is reddish pink, in a neutral environment it is purple, and in a basic (or alkaline) environment it turns bluish green. Discover if a solution is acidic or basic by watching which color it turns when the red cabbage pH indicator is added. Dry ice in water is slightly acidic because carbonic acid is created when the two mix.

Extensions to Try:

  1. Test additional clear household solutions to see if they are acidic, basic, or neutral. Some ideas to test may be lemon juice, salt water, carbonated soda, ammonia, washing soda, cream of tartar, or antacids.
  2. Compare the color of dry ice water to that of seltzer water. • With an adult's permission, mix solutions together to see what they create. Does the new solution fizz? Change colors?

*Safety Alert* Dry ice is relatively safe, but it can be dangerous if handled incorrectly. Adult supervision required.


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


JULY 11-15TH, GRADES 3-9


MONDAY! Brain structure and function: Campers will learn about which areas of the brain are in charge of specific functions! We'll even make "brain hats" to help us remember!

TUESDAY! Neurons: Campers will learn about the anatomy of neurons, study brain reaction time, and learn about how it's related to neural transmission! We'll do lots of hands-on activities to test camper reaction times!

WEDNESDAY! Synapses and Action Potentials: Campers will study what happens in a synaptic cleft and even role play the firing of an action potential!

THURSDAY! Sheep Brain Dissection: Campers will have the opportunity to explore the inner workings of an actual sheep brain while learning about brain anatomy! Not into dissections? No problem! We have a coloring activity that gets much of the same points across!

FRIDAY! Brain Games: From Brain Bingo to Charades, the last day of the neuroscience camp will be sure to release plenty of dopamine in every camper's brain! :


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

Free COVID tests are available through the below website every month! These are the antigen tests, which is what we are now using at schools to test for active cases of COVID-19.



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!!!



Hi NHE families,

Here is a helpful read about coping skills.

Your school counselor,

Maggie (aka Mrs. Mosholder)


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



Dear Newport Heights Community Members,

Please remember that our campus is closed during the school day. All visitors to Newport Heights must check in at the front office.

Recently, our school has noticed an increase in non-district personnel on our school grounds when school is in session, specifically in our forest area, by the fifth grade wing doors, and the 117th Ave SE side of the campus near the turf field. For everyone’s safety and pursuant to BSD policy, visitors who have not checked in at the office are not permitted on school grounds while school is in session. School is in session from 8:00am-2:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and 8:00am-12:15pm on Wednesdays.

Families are welcome to wait in front of the school before entry and dismissal each day, but we ask that families not wait at exterior classroom doors, or at other areas of the campus.

Thank you for your help to keep our school grounds safe!

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.


Notes from the Backpack podcast

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One Voice - Official National PTA Blog

4 Reasons You Should Vaccinate Your Child Against COVID-19

1. There’s no way to know if your child will get severely ill and even die from COVID-19

Since the pandemic began, one in six children under the age of 18 in the United States have been infected with COVID-19. Among those children, over 100,000 have been hospitalized and nearly 1,500 have died due to the virus.

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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.