BSD Staff Updates
2021-22 Issue #5: Wednesday, October 13
National Hispanic Heritage Month runs through this Friday! Check out this video written and produced by Naval Avenue Early Learning Center paraeducator Pablo Flores!
Click here for resources for celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with your students!
Find a link to this calendar on the "For Staff" quick links page, or at BremertonSchools.org/Recognition.
District Cafe temporarily closed
It is with regret that I share with you, The District Cafe is temporarily closing until further notice.
We are currently facing supply and staffing challenges that will no longer allow us the time to continue making your fresh salads, wraps and bistro boxes. Feeding our students is our top priority and we must focus primarily on this for now.
I will let you know as soon as we are able to open back up again. Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions or concerns.
Child Nutrition Services
Bremerton School District
Please contact Patty Glaser if you cannot find your ALICE invitation and she can resend it. If you have questions, please contact your supervisor or Patty at 31003 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New! Free online tutoring for grades 3-12!
We are pleased to offer free online tutoring through TutorMe for all Bremerton School District students in grades 3-12. Students can access TutorMe through Clever.
More information is available on the District's Family Technology Support website.
Gaggle Teletherapy: confidential, free online therapy
The mental health of our students and staff is a top priority. That’s why we’re offering a new service to support students and staff.
If you’re feeling sad, hopeless, angry, or anxious—or having challenges with your family, friends, or relationships—therapy could help.
Gaggle Therapy is a free, confidential option to connect weekly with a therapist online and on your schedule.
Getting started is easy. Simply sign up for the service (see links below), fill out two forms, and get matched with your therapist.
You'll join each session from school or home through a link sent to your email.
Teachers: Please consider downloading one of these graphics (right click >> save) and adding it to your Google Classroom and Google Site. Please link to www.BremertonSchools.org/Gaggle or https://www.bremertonschools.org/Page/8609.
Teachers! Is your Google site updated and connected to your school's website?
- Check your setting so that non-BSD users can view the site
- New teachers: Submit your site URL so we can link your site to your school's website.
Have you moved buildings? Please double check to see that your site is linked to your current school. We are trying to keep up on all of the changes, but there have been many! Thanks for your assistance!!
PCHS Clinic at Mountain View Middle School now open Monday through Friday
Our PCHS clinic at Mountain View Middle School is now open Monday through Friday and provides services (including COVID testing!) for all Bremerton School District students and staff.
The clinic serves Bremerton School District students (preschool - 12th grade) and staff. Learn more at www.BremertonSchools.org/Clinic.
Please review the District grant guidelines before completing your application. A pre-application request must be submitted for grants >$500.
Highlights from October 21, 2021
One brand new Policy was adopted by the Board this month, and, as required, follows for staff review.
Several procedures were revised as well:
RECOGNITION - OCTOBER
The Board approved Resolution 2021/2022-03, proclaiming October as Principals’ Month in the Bremerton School District.
Special Education Director Jon Bell asked the Board to proclaim October 2021 as Disability History and Awareness Month in our District. Resolution 2021/2022-04 and his presentation below. Policy 2336 declares that “Disability History Month will be observed during the month of October by conducting or promoting educational activities such as school assemblies or guest speaker presentations that provide instruction, awareness and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities.” Once again, the Board really enjoyed the presentation (video) also provided below.
The Board approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Bremerton Education Association effective immediately and through the 2023/24 school year.
Human Resources Supervisor Carol Bailie also presented a Memo of Understanding between the District and the Bremerton Professional Education Assn. (BPEA) that covers many items related to the pandemic – COVID Leave, vaccine leave, as well as the Temporary Observation Rooms (TOR).
Last business was to update the Substitute/On-Call Pay Rates for the 2021-22 school year, and this was also approved by the Board as presented.
To view any of these documents, you may also visit https://go.boarddocs.com/wa/wabrsd/Board.nsf/Public#.
Coming very soon: Open Enrollment!
For Benefit Eligible Employees:
Open Enrollment will be held from October 25 – November 22. Be sure to visit the SEBB website for more info. Google Open Enrollment SEBB 2021 and click on the first listing – that will take you to the SEBB website with lots of info on Open Enrollment.
For All Employees:
The state mandated payroll tax for the new Long Term Care program -- WA Cares – will begin in January 2022. To claim an exemption, you have to have a long term care insurance policy in place by November 1, 2021. For more information on filing for an exemption, visit https://wacaresfund.wa.gov/private-insurance/.
Bremerton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions Annual Survey
The Bremerton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions invite you to participate in their annual community survey. The Coalitions are seeking 300 completed surveys by December 15, 2021.
The goal is to assess attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to youth substance use and behavioral health in our community.
The completed surveys will be utilized to guide our work, and to develop effective substance abuse prevention programs for our community.
Behavioral Health Guidance for Back to School
The Department of Health (DOH) is providing behavioral health tips and resources for navigating the emotional responses that children, teens, and adults may experience this fall as we've returned to classroom learning.
The COVID-19 Back-to-Classroom THINK Toolbox is a resource to help with adjusting to the return of in-person school and learning. THINK, which stands for Teaching with Healthcare Informed Neurological strategies for Kids, is a toolbox with information to help school-age children and teens deal with the emotional impacts of COVID-19, and tips on how to build and maintain resilience and practice self-care during a disaster.
Learn more here.
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Background photo: Fall at Bremerton High School (photo by Larry Steagall)