students are sitting on carpet squares, touching their ears and facing their teacher

It’s the first week of kindergarten and students at Sherwood Forest are excited to learn! They quickly picked up Spanish in Mr. Lizano’s dual-language classroom and learned how to say words like hands, fingers, ears and listening. He spoke to them solely in Spanish and they were able to figure out how to introduce themselves by mimicking what he said.

students are sitting down, facing their teachers at the front of the room

The kindergarteners in Ms. Brooks’ class were learning sign language this week as some of their classmates sign regularly to communicate. Students from the PACIFIC program joined in and all of the kindergarteners were immersed in learning about the calendar and how to say the pledge of allegiance.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.