Dolphin Dispatch

Volume 38 - Monday, May 23rd

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 25: Youthlink Community Leadership Award Ceremony (More Info Below)

May 26: Math Challenge # 15 Due Date

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

June 21: Last Day of School

Check out our online calendar for more dates and details.


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Dolphin Friends Win Bellevue Youth Link Program’s Advocacy for Inclusivity & Allyship

Last Friday, the City of Bellevue Youth Link Program informed Newport Heights Elementary that its Dolphin Friends Program has won “Advocacy for Inclusivity & Allyship” Award!

Dolphin Friends is a leadership and friendship program for 5th graders and the Pacific Program students in Mamiko Morishita class. Dolphin Friends have helped our service projects to collect reusable bags and toothbrushes for people in need, and most importantly, are good friends with students with special needs. Some of them help the class in PE, and others help in the classroom to play together. This year Dolphin Friends has 45 fifth grade students who are involved in this program.

Dolphin Friends has a long history at Newport Heights. Vicki Resnik and Mamiko Morishita started this program in 2008. The program was interrupted by COVID, and we were excited to start it back again this year. Special thanks go to Vicki Resnik (recruiting manager) for being our strong advocate to preserve this program, Michele Green (marketing manager) for putting all materials and logistics together, Pete Orgill for having Dolphin Friends in PE, Rahn Pucher for making reminder announcements in the lunchroom, 5th grade teachers and everyone who supported Dolphin Friends.

Those 45 fifth graders, students from Mamiko Morishita’s classroom, and their families have been invited to the award ceremony on next Wednesday, May 25th from 6pm-8pm at Bellevue City Hall.

Please come to celebrate with us! If you can attend, please RSVP by next Tuesday, May 24th via Eventbrite at

Please contact Mamiko if you have any questions at


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It's Not Too Late!

The school year may be almost over, but it's not too late to access major discounts on some summer fun!

Just join the PTA now to receive discount codes for Great Wolf Lodge and Wild Waves which will be good all summer!

You can also get 30% car rentals at AVIS and Budget and that's HUGE with how expensive rental cars are right now.

**Discounts are good for current members as well. Email me if you need your membership info sent again.


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Golden Acorn Award Nominations Now Open!

PTA is a volunteer-driven organization. One of the ways we recognize the outstanding work of our volunteers, is with the Golden Acorn award.

A Golden Acorn Award is presented by a local PTA or council to a school or community volunteer in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youth. Since the beginning of this program in the 1930s, more than 54,000 Golden Acorn Awards have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state.

Recipients receive a certificate and pin, and a contribution is made in their name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program that benefits students.


Please submit your nominations for any individuals who have given exemplary volunteer service to children and youth in our school community this year.

Nominations should be submitted to no later than June 12th and should include a short paragraph describing why you are nominating them.


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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

Participate in the St. Jude EPIC Challenge

St. Jude’s EPIC Challenge gives students a chance to create real-world impact for other kids currently facing cancer.

EPIC stands for:





Participants come up with innovative ways to help St. Jude kids, following through from concept to creation.

Past winners have created comfortable pillows, buddy blankets, and more.

Learn about the EPIC Challenge and find out how to join here.


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

WISE CAMP'S Summer Programs:

We have some big news about where our STEAM Academy is going to be held: Bellevue College!!! We are very lucky to be able to host our July 11-15th camp here!

We also have 2 outdoor camps (July 18th-22nd at Crossroads Park in Bellevue & August 1-5th at Central Park in Issaquah)! The benefits of an outdoor camp are HUGE for us since the kids can run around and we can do extra messy/fun things! We love to combine academics with exercise and that "camp" vibe (like water balloon tosses, etc.!).

The week of July 18th-22nd will have a Medicine station, a Math Games station, an Engineering Station, a Dazzling Demos Chemistry station & an Art station.

The week of August 1-5th will have its own rocketry station and the first two weeks will have a rocketry activity open to all campers during the lunch break!

We are REALLY excited!

We also know that some parents prefer a "Camp at Home" experience due to ongoing Covid concerns, and so we are offering our most popular camps from last summer as well--the live instructor will teach and entertain kids for three hours each day, at $40/day (which includes a delivery of a fun activity box to your home!). The cooking camps have especially been a HUGE hit for grades 3-5!

I attached a flyer with all of the options! We did get approval through the BSD to market our camps! Yay!

Parents can register at!


Melissa Baker & Jake Nonis


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

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.

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One Voice - Official National PTA Blog

Helping Families Navigate Today’s COVID-19 Environment

National PTA hosted a virtual town hall May 18, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support families in navigating today’s COVID-19 environment. The event featured CDC COVID-19 Response Principal Deputy Incident Manager Dr. Greta Massetti, White House Senior Policy Advisory Dr. Cameron Webb, American Academy of Pediatrics Spokesperson Dr. Ilan Shapiro, National PTA President Anna King and PTA leaders Christel Wesley and Sandra West. The town hall was moderated by Spectrum News National Health Correspondent and mom Erin Billups.

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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.


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