PLE Weekly Community Outreach
December 1, 2023
Message from your Leaders
Thinking about Children and Cell Phones
As educators dedicated to the holistic development of our students, it's important to discuss the role of technology, specifically cell phones, in the lives of elementary-aged children. Research continues to shed light on the effects of excessive screen time on young minds. We trust families to do what is right for them, and we offer the following about cell phones use.
1. Distraction and Academic Impact: Numerous studies have shown that the presence of cell phones during school hours can be a significant distraction for children. Their focus on learning may be compromised when they have access to devices that offer games, social media, and instant messaging. This distraction can impact their academic performance and overall learning experience.
2. Social and Emotional Development: Childhood is a crucial period for the development of social and emotional skills. Excessive screen time, particularly through social media, can sometimes hinder the development of face-to-face communication skills and the ability to build meaningful relationships. Children may also experience increased anxiety and stress from constant connectivity.
3. Health and Well-being: The impact of screen time on physical health cannot be overlooked. Prolonged use of cell phones can lead to sedentary behavior, affecting children's physical health and contributing to issues such as obesity and poor posture. Moreover, excessive screen time has been associated with disrupted sleep patterns, affecting children's overall well-being.
Alternatives and Solutions: Encouraging children to leave their phones at home during school hours can foster a focused learning environment. If needed, children can use the school's main office phone to reach parents in case of emergencies or for necessary check-ins. Limiting screen time, engaging in outdoor activities, and promoting face-to-face interactions can positively impact their development.
As partners in your child's education, let's work together to ensure their well-being and academic success. Your support in guiding your child's technology usage is invaluable in fostering a balanced and healthy childhood.
Thank you for your continued partnership.
Right Now News
Individual photo retakes are on December 11th.
Class photo day is March 18th.
Photos for the yearbook!
Please start submitting photos for the yearbook as we go through the year and make wonderful memories. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with all the amazing moments you've captured!
Virtue of the Month & Social Emotional Focus
This year we will be learning about and practicing a new virtue each month as a school. We have also pre-scheduled all of our Social and Emotional Learning lessons to correlate with our virtue. We will let you know what the virtue and lesson are for each month.
December Virtue = Perseverance
December 2nd Step = Emotional Management
PTSA Updates and Events
PTA Giveback Week
Snapdoodle Toys & Games is hosting PTA Giveback Week from Sunday, December 3rd, to Thursday, December 7th. Shop in-store at any Snapdoodle, specify the elementary school you want to support, and Snapdoodle will contribute 20% of your total purchase directly to your chosen school.
Smart with Art
Join us for a fun filled afternoon of holiday artful gift making. We will design one incredible art piece based on a winter holiday theme that will be gift wrapped ready for gift giving. This one-time special class is 1.5 hours in length, held on site at school.
Bellevue School District News
Inclement Weather and Potential Closure Reminders
Winter is approaching and may bring unpredictable weather. BSD encourages families to take the time to revisit the district’s emergency closure schedule protocols and our emergency closure decision-making process. During instances of inclement weather or severe conditions that could result in a delayed or canceled school day, BSD will communicate any schedule changes to families through direct messages, including email, text message, phone call, social media, FlashAlert, local media and posts to bsd405.org. Learn how to update your contact information in ParentVUE and set message preferences in SchoolMessenger to receive inclement weather and emergency communications according to your desired methods. While these decisions are made for the district at large, conditions may vary across the district. We encourage families to make personal decisions based on their specific circumstances.
Dear BSD Students, Families and Staff: Stay healthy for the holidays! The BSD learning community is invited to attend the December 2 immunization clinic held at Odle Middle School. The Bellevue School District has partnered with Safeway/Albertsons to host a clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will offer flu, COVID-19, pediatric COVID-19, RSV, shingles and Tdap immunizations.
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023
Location: Odle Middle School
Address: 502 143rd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98007
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Register: Please sign up here. Signup via registration link is required.
For uninsured BSD students seeking flu, COVID-19, or Tdap vaccination, please contact the Highland Health Center by phone at 425-373-3135, email at email@example.com, or by visiting their website to learn more.
Real Madrid Foundation Summer Camp for BSD Students July 15-19, 2024
This soccer summer camp is open to students between the ages of 6 and 17, of all playing levels from beginner to advanced. The camp will be hosted at Highland Middle School from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with an option to extend the time from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
The Real Madrid Foundation is offering fifteen scholarships, and there will be additional scholarships added if funding is available. To request a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarships Application Form before January 15, 2024. On January 29, you will receive an email if you have been granted the scholarship.
Campamento de Verano de la Fundación Real Madrid Para Estudiantes de BSD del 15 al 19 de Julio de 2024
Este campamento de verano de fútbol está abierto a estudiantes entre las edades de 6 y 17 años, de todos los niveles de juego desde principiante hasta avanzado. El campamento se llevará a cabo en Highland Middle School de 9:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. (con la opción de extender el tiempo de 8:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.).
La Fundación Real Madrid ofrece quince becas, y se añadirán becas adicionales si se dispone de financiación. Para solicitar una beca, por favor llene este FORMULARIO antes del 15 de enero. El 29 de enero, recibirás un correo electrónico si te han concedido la beca.
Wednesday 12/20 – Monday 1/1
December 1 – World AIDS Day: This day highlights the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness and raises money for its cure
December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities: This United Nations holiday raises awareness for the rights of individuals with disabilities
December 10 – International Humans Rights Day: A holiday adopted by the UN in 1948 following the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
December 16 to December 24 – Las Posadas: A religious festival celebrated in Mexico and parts of the U.S. during the Christmas season
December 7 to December 15 – Hanukkah: A Jewish holiday celebrating Jews rising up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt
December 22 – Winter Solstice/Yule: A festival celebrated by Pagan and Wiccan faiths
December 25 – Christmas: A Christian holiday marking the birth of their lord and savior, Jesus Christ
December 26 to January 1 – Kwanzaa: A 7-day holiday often celebrated by Black Americans that was inspired by African harvest celebrations
December 7 to December 15 – Hanukkah: An 8-day celebration in the Jewish faith that honors the victory of Jews over Syrian Greeks.
December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception: The day that Roman Catholics celebrate Mary’s conception without original sin.
December 21 to January 1 – Yule: A Pagan and Wiccan holiday that celebrates the winter solstice
December 22 – Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday: Guru Gobind Singh is the tenth Sikh Guru and spiritual master. This date commemorates the day he was born
December 25 – Christmas: An important Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
December 26 – St. Stephen’s Feast Day: The day commemorating St. Stephen’s life and service as he became the first Christian to die for the faith
Access to school building:
- All visitors MUST use the main office doors to enter and exit the building
- All visitors must sign in using the LobbyGuard System in the main office and obtain and wear a name badge.