Principal Message:                                          
Happy first day of October Ardmore Families,

This week, I learned a little more from various families how we can continue developing a strong and positive partnership.   Research shows that family involvement is a key factor in student success at school. When I reflect on this, I think about the importance of creating different avenues and opportunities that facilitate family engagement to establish our partnership with you. I believe strongly that our parents are our students first teachers, and we can learn a lot of from you! Our teachers and staff stand ready and invite you to be their partner in your child’s education.

Beyond receiving weekly newsletters from myself or classroom teachers, we are also integrating other forms of communication. One way I want to share is our text messaging program via Talking Points.   Many of you have probably started receiving text messages from a few of us at school. Our district has adopted a program called Talking Points, which allows staff and families to be in communication via text. With almost every family now days having a cell phone, text messaging is becoming one of the best ways to be in communication.

If you want to receive text messages, all you need to do is ensure your phone number is updated in the Synergy Portal.   The cool thing about Talking Points is that you will receive messages in your preferred language, so make sure you also indicate your preferred language! To learn more about Talking Points, go here: Talking Points for Parents

We hope it will serve as another great way to stay informed and connected!

Ms. Arroyo, Ardmore Elementary Principal

Family Connections Center-Message from Ms. Ligia Calvo de Anleu

Please complete the Free & Reduced Price Meals Application every school year.  The status from last year is not transferable.  Also, please complete Part 5, “Sharing Information” so that Family Connections can help you qualify for our community programs.

Families participating in the Free & Reduced Priced Meals program qualify for Safeway Vouchers provided by Bellevue Lifespring before school breaks.  After completing your Free & Reduced application, please complete the Welcome Form.  You will need to enter each Bellevue School District student ID. Once the ID is entered, the rest of your student’s information will populate in the form.  Then choose the programs of interest for your family. If you would like to receive vouchers for the upcoming Winter break (December 20th-January 3rd),  you need to complete the application before October 22nd so that we report the numbers to our partner Bellevue Lifespring.  The families that completed the Welcome Form last school year or at the beginning of this school year are already included.  Contact Ligia Calvo at or 425-456-4703 if you want to confirm if your student is already on the list or if you need the ID.


Noticias de Centro de Conexiones Familiares-Programa Breaktime Mealtime-Cupones de Safeway

Por favor completen la solicitud de Comidas gratis y a precio reducido cada año escolar.  El estatus del año escolar anterior no es transferible.  Además, completen la Parte 5, “Compartir información” para que Family Connections pueda ayudarlos a calificar para nuestros programas comunitarios.


Las familias que participan en el programa de comidas gratuitas y a precio reducido califican para los Cupones Safeway proporcionados por Bellevue Lifespring antes de las vacaciones escolares.  Después de completar su solicitud para comida gratuita y a precio reducido, completen el Formulario de Bienvenida.  Deberán ingresar cada número de identificación de estudiante del Distrito Escolar de Bellevue. Una vez introducida la identificación, el resto de la información de su alumno se rellenará en el formulario.  Luego elijan los programas de interés para su familia. Si desea recibir cupones para las próximas vacaciones de invierno (del 20 de diciembre al 3 de enero), debe completar la solicitud antes del 22 de octubre para que informemos los números a nuestro socio Bellevue Lifespring.  Las familias que completaron el Formulario de Bienvenida el pasado ya están incluidas en el listado.  Comuníquense con Ligia Calvo al 425-456-4703 o si desean confirmar si su estudiante ya está en la lista o si necesitan el número de identificación de alumno.


Rainy Days in the Pacific Northwest

This is a reminder to send your children to school in warm clothing or appropriate wear for the rainy/cold season.  Due to Social Distancing Measures, we will continue to keep students outdoors during recesses.  We have limited areas that are covered, so it is possible that students will play in the rain.  On rare occasions, we may call a Rainy Recess, where students engage in activities indoors. However, this will only happen when the weather has thunderstorms, hail, icy rain.   It is important you plan for the pacific northwest rainy days! Normally, young children love this! Yet, we are aware that young ones get cold and we want to ensure they have adequate clothing to keep them warm.

Please note, if a family needs assistance accessing warm clothing for their child, you can reach out to our Family Connections Specialist, Ligia Calvo de Anleu at for support.  She may assist connecting you with resources!


Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 initiated HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH and goes through October 15!

Do you know why Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15-October 15?

We begin celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on September 15, which is the anniversary independence of 5 countries:

Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16 and Chile’s is September 18. It is extended into October because October 12 is known as “El Dia de la Raza,” or “The Day of the Race.” It is a day celebrating the many nationalities present in the history of Mexico, Central America, and South America including Native Americans such as the Mayas, Aztecs and Incas; and European nationalities such as Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Announcements: October 4-8, 2021


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October 5



October 6

Early Dismissal at 12:20 pm


October 7




October 8


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.