BSD Staff Updates

January 9, 2020

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Thank you, Bremerton School Board Directors!

This month, Bremerton School District joins communities nationwide celebrating School Board Recognition Month. This is the 25th year of this annual observance, which was initiated by the National School Boards Association.

Accountable to the communities they represent, these board members are locally elected citizens who have stepped forward to serve for the betterment of their community. Volunteering their time after work or in lieu of family or personal time, these dedicated individuals must navigate a social and economic landscape that is constantly evolving.

Thank you to our dedicated School Board Directors for their tireless service to our students and the Bremerton Community!

Photo: Superintendent Aaron Leavell, student representative Gabriel O’Rourke-Dela Cruz, and Directors Alyson Rotter, Karen Bolton, Jonee Dubos, Carolynn Perkins and John Hurley are joined by Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler at the board meeting in December.

HR guidance re: winter weather late start / snow days

With the "S" word in the forecast, we wanted to provide a link to the HR guidance for staff on late starts/snow days!

General information for our families is available on the website year-round at A link is also included under "Quick Links" on the District web page and, when there is the possibility of snow, a link is also added front-and-center under District Updates & Announcements on every home page.

Not getting emails/messages from the District? Please contact HR to update your contact information.

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Applying for a grant?

Just a reminder! Any BSD staff member applying for a grant must receive pre-approval from their administrator for grants under $500, and from the District Leadership Team for grants over $500. This includes requests submitted to

We've clarified the guidelines and have replaced the cumbersome paper pre-approval form with a quick and easy Google Form. Check it out at: You can find a link to this page and the Grant Pre-Approval Google Form under the "Staff" tab on the website, in the "Staff Directory" under Grants.

BSD Character traits 2019-20

September- Kindness

October- Creativity

November- Gratitude

December- Cooperation

January - Honesty

February- Empathy

March- Perseverance

April- Respect

May -Courage

June- Responsibility

You can download monthly character trait posters from BSD Teach (click on "SEL & Conduct" and then "SERVE & Character Traits of the Month.")

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New Community E-News

We recently launched a new community e-newsletter for anybody in the community (or beyond) who wants to stay connected with Bremerton School District. While some of the content is information shared in this newsletter, you are invited to subscribe! We hope you'll consider sharing the newsletter with your friends and family as well!

The newsletter (which will be distributed monthly with a few other "special editions" now and then) will also be shared on the District Facebook page, and is available on our website at

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What Supplies Students Really Need

Determining Student School Supply Needs for the Next School Year

A Capstone Project by Jaclyn Marvin

Hello, my name is Jaclyn Marvin and I am a student at Olympic College working towards a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management. For my capstone project, I am planning on collecting school supplies for next year’s Back to School Fair.

I am working on collecting some data to help me narrow my focus so that students needs are more effectively met next year. I hope you'll consider taking my brief survey as it will really help me with my project, and ensure we are providing the resources our students need the most.

Thank you for your support! Please take my brief survey! Thank you!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. lessons available on Nearpod

There is now a folder of lessons in the Nearpod District Library about Martin Luther King, Jr. There are lessons targeted for all grade levels, and for multiple content areas. Direct link:

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OSPI releases new logo

An update from OSPI

As we kick off a new decade, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is pleased to unveil our new agency logo and brand.

OSPI’s new brand is intended to better reflect our agency values, Ensuring Equity, Collaboration & Service, A Focus on the Whole Child, and Achieving Excellence Through Continuous Improvement.

The logomark contains diverging paths in the middle, representing the different paths students take while achieving their diploma. A sunrise hangs over the paths, representing hopefulness and opportunity. The paths are also supportive, holding up a child who is reaching for their future.

“Our new logo is modern, sustainable, and bright,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “It showcases our values and emphasizes our commitment to supporting all students, families, educators, and communities.”

The design marks a significant change from the one-room schoolhouse that used to make up the agency’s logo. The schoolhouse dates back to the 1970s when it was introduced, replacing a drawing of OSPI’s headquarters, the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.

OSPI forms, web applications, and publications may still bear the schoolhouse logo over the next few months as we finish turning over all of our products.

Thank you,

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YMCA Offers Half-Off Child Care Fees for BSD employees!

All Bremerton School District staff are eligible to receive 50% off fees related to YMCA Child Care*. This includes Before and After School Care programming and Child Care day camps.

Please contact the Child Care Membership team for more information!


*Please note that this reduced fee ONLY applies to YMCA Child Care related fees, excluding drop-in care. Other YMCA fees, such as membership to a facility branch, will remain the same.

The Oasis Line

The Oasis Line is a phone line that provides effective and compassionate support for youth in crisis. It is run by trained volunteers and staff members.

Any youth age 13-25 years old who is experiencing a crisis or just needs to talk can contact the Oasis Line.

Youth can contact the Oasis Line for whatever they may want/need to talk about:

  • peer pressure
  • trouble at home
  • abuse
  • stress & depression
  • suicidal thoughts
  • relationship problems
  • just having a bad day

Text “Help” to 360.377.5560

Visit for more info.

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BSD Staff Updates Newsletter 2019-20 / Issue #9 distributed 1/9/2020