Dolphin Dispatch

Volume 31 - Monday, April 4th

Important Dates

April: Autism Awareness Month

April 2: Start of Ramadan (Continues through approximately May 1st)

April 7: School Board Meeting

April 7: PTA General Membership Meeting

April 11-15: No School (Spring Break)

April 21: School Board Meeting

May 2-6: Staff Appreciation Week (Watch for Details)

May 5: School Board Meeting

May 19: School Board Meeting

May 30: No School (Memorial Day)

Check out our online calendar for more dates and details.


Classroom Picture Day Volunteers Needed!

Hello Dolphin Families -

My apologies for the last second request on this, but with COVID everything is changing day to day.

We have received approval to do classroom photos, but we need some parent support to get it done. And it has to happen quickly to get these into the yearbook for this year.

We are looking for several volunteers to help lead classrooms to and from the photo area. If you can sign up for more than one time slot, please feel free!

As this is an in-school volunteer opportunity, volunteers will need to have started the BSD volunteer background check and be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Please review the available slots at the SignUp Genius link below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you in advance for helping us to pull this together in time to get it into the yearbook.


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Upload HERE

1. Submit hi-resolution JPEGs, if possible. 2. Label photos with name of event/group/class and the students and faculty in the photo. (Ex. SINGH - Bea Cummings, Roger Dodger, Mickey Mouse) (Ex. BAND - Mr. Meister, Oliver Cummings, Ty Rex)


5th Grade Graduation - Photo Request

Hello 5thGrade Families!

It's time for another request...Pictures!

We need:

  • ONE Baby/Toddler picture of your student.
  • ONE Current picture of your student.
  • MULTIPLE Pictures from classroom/school events of your student and their classmates anytime from K-5th grade. Group shots are preferred.

When submitting photos:

  • Send to
  • Put your student's first, last, and teacher name in subject line.
  • Submit JPEG format, good quality shots.

The individual pictures will be displayed on a slide as your student receives their graduation certificate. Pictures from school events through the years will be used in a slide show.

Please submit pictures by April 15th. For questions, please email

Thank you in advance for your pictures and support!


Attention 5th Grade Families

~ Donations Still Needed ~

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the 5th Grade Graduation Events Fund! We have raised 90% of our goal so far, but we still need your help.

As a reminder, we are asking for donations ASAP so that the parents on the Graduation Committee can commit to the venue, food, activities and gifts for the pool party and ceremony. Please donate through the link below. Thank you!

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Greetings Dolphin Mathematicians!

Math Challenge #13 “Cubes and Cuboids” is open. Everything you need to get started (including links to download the problems and submit your answers) may be found on the PTA website:


Challenge #13 problems all involve three-dimensional figures. Visualizing three dimensions from a 2D diagram is a developing skill for elementary school students. If your child gets stuck, try building the structures out of blocks and acting out the problems. This is NOT cheating. You are helping your child develop spatial reasoning and strengthen their mathematical brain. If you want to borrow some math cubes, send me an email.


These three-dimensional shapes are also called rectangular prisms. Learn more here:


At Home STEM Activity

Easy Science: Sink or Float?

Learn about household objects that sink and float in this easy-to-prepare activity.

While You Play

As you and your child collect items around the house, make predictions about what might float and what might sink. What characteristics do you think affect whether it sinks or floats?


  • A large bowl

  • Various household items: sponges,paper clips, plastic bottles, bottle caps, crumpled up aluminum foil or paper, buttons, fruit, wood, toy blocks, pens or pencils, cork, styrofoam cup, coins, elastic bands, etc.

  • Writing utensil

  • Sink or Float Chart (PDF)

Watch Video 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 1/4 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.


Is your child missing a coat?

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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


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!!!



Follow up on the announcement from the Bellevue School District that masks are now be optional indoors.

We recognize that this change may bring up many feelings for students and families. Please know that our staff members will be speaking with students on acceptance of personal choice when it comes to mask usage. No staff member or student can require others within the school building to wear a mask or not wear a mask in classrooms. The only places where mask use is required are in the health room and in the isolation room (where students go if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms).

We know this is a shift in thinking, and we know that it may take time for our children and families to become comfortable with the changes. In the meantime, we do not tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying within our school. If your child tells you that they have been teased or pressured regarding your family's masking decision, please reach out to your child's teacher immediately. Your child's teacher will work in collaboration with Ms. Al-Ali and Jane Kopf-Stover to remedy the situation.

Please watch the short video below with your kids:

Mask Video


Family Connections - Ana Lewis

Breaktime Mealtime Safeway Vouchers

If you are a participating family for this Bellevue LifeSpring program, please stop by the front office to pick up your student/s Safeway vouchers. Last day for pick-up is Wednesday, April 6th, unless you have made other arrangements with Ana Lewis,, 425-456-5513. On Wednesday, April 6th, vouchers will be available from 7:30am to 6:30pm.


Lake Hills Soccer

We are excited to announce the opening of registration for Fall Micro and Rec Soccer beginning April 1st at 12:00 AM! Registration will remain open until 11:59 PM on May 31st.


LHSC strives to keep fees as low as possible. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for all youth in our diverse community to enjoy the game of soccer. The board has determined that fees will remain the same in 2022. Fees for 2022 are as follows:

  • Micro (U6-U7) — $100
  • Mod Rec (U8-U12) — $200
  • Rec (U13-U19) — $200
  • Banking fees are charged in addition

In an effort to make soccer more accessible, this year we are offering a payment plan as well as the usual scholarships for those who qualify. We ask families who are able to pay the full fee at the time of registration to do so. Below are the payment options for the upcoming season:

  • Pay full fee at registration (preferred)
  • Installment plan
    • Cost of registration is spread over 5 equal payments
    • Initial payment is due at time of registration
    • Remaining balance is charged in 3 equal installments beginning July 1st, 2022
  • Apply for a scholarship
    • If you would like to request a scholarship, please DO NOT complete the registration process
    • First, see the FAQ’s on our website to learn about scholarship opportunities
    • Then, if you believe you may qualify, send an email to for more information

We are looking forward to an exciting season of soccer this fall!


From the district

2022-23 Enrollment is Open – Preschool, Kindergarten and New Students

Enrollment is now open for incoming preschool, kindergarten and other students new to the Bellevue School District. While you may enroll your students through August 31, enrolling now helps the district ensure we have the correct staffing to support your students with the smallest classes possible. If your student is already enrolled in a BSD school, you do not need to submit a new enrollment. They will automatically move up to the next grade.

Learn more about preschool registration.
Learn more about kindergarten enrollment.
Learn more about enrollment at BSD.


From Bellevue School's Foundation

Spring for Schools Fundraiser

Our annual Spring for Schools luncheon is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Donors contribute nearly $900,000 to support the Bellevue School District. With a history spanning over 30 years, Bellevue Schools Foundation’s annual benefit luncheon raises the critical funds needed to help students in Bellevue’s public schools succeed in school and in life.

The luncheon is one of the Eastside’s largest philanthropic events, typically hosting over 1,000 professionals, parents, and community leaders who are committed to ensuring that all students have access to opportunities that will help them thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

In-person: Education Showcase is at 11:00 AM, and the Lunch, Movie and Program starts at 12:00 PM

Virtual: The Movie and Program will begin at 12:00 PM

Final changes to your registration must be made by April 30, 2022.

In Person Registration

Virtual Registration


Notes from the Backpack podcast

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One Voice - Official National PTA Blog

School is Back in the Classroom, but Distance Learning is Here to Stay.

As a parent, I’m very familiar with how hard it can be to balance the demands of work and family in today’s busy and ever-changing world. Sometimes I find myself pining for the more predictable chaos we enjoyed before the pandemic. Regardless of our individual circumstances, the disruption and unpredictability of the last two years have presented even greater challenges—especially for our kids.

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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.