All Bellevue schools will be open Friday, December 2. All programs will be in operation as regularly scheduled, including nutrition and transportation services.

Better Together


Family/Student Handbook



Ardmore Elementary School

16616 NE 32nd St

Bellevue, WA 98008



Brenda Gasaway, Principal

Kelly Balzer, Interim Assistant Principal

Monica Lo, Assistant Principal

Kelly Nordstrom, Office Manager



Welcome to Ardmore Elementary School!


Ardmore is one of 19 elementary schools in the Bellevue School District.  Ardmore currently serves an estimated 300 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and up to 60 students in Preschool.  The Ardmore staff are committed to working together to provide the best learning environment and education for each student.  The staff values working collaboratively with each students’ family (YOU!) and believe that the connection between home and school plays an important role in the success of each student and their education in the Bellevue School District.  Thank you for being part of the Ardmore community


Ardmore Elementary                                                425-456-4700

Ardmore Attendance line                                         425-456-4711

Transportation Office                                                     425-456-4512

Bellevue School District Public Information           425-456-4000


Bellevue School District News Line          425-456-4111

(Call this number for school closures/weather-related changes)



Ardmore Elementary School Community Handbook



The policies and procedures in this handbook will be reviewed regularly by the Ardmore staff and will be revised and amended as necessary.


It is our intent that the information contained in this document is useful, clear, and easy to understand.  Please discuss the material in this handbook with your child, prior to school starting.  Your written comments and suggestions for improvement of future editions of the Ardmore Student Handbook are always welcomed.




** Please review with your child **

Welcome to Ardmore 4
BSD School Website and Calendar 5
2022-2023 District Calendar 5
Staff List 6
2022-2023 Daily Schedule 7
Transportation, Drop-off, Pick Up and Early Pick Up 8-9
Health and Medication at School 10
Absences, Tardies, Late Arrival, Early Dismissal 11-12
Weather, Emergencies & School Closures or Late Starts 13
After School Plans 13
ASPIRE and Bellevue School District Discipline Policy 14
School Behavior Expectations – The Ardmore 4 15
Social Emotional Learning and the RULER Approach

Playground Expectations to Review with Child



Behavior Supports 17-18
Dress Guidelines

Classroom/Birthday treats



Cell Phones 19
Emergency Contact Numbers 20
PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) 20
Student Classroom Placement 20
Student Progress Reports 20
Homework 20
Library 21
Lost and Found 21
Lunch Program 21
Snack 21
Parent Volunteers 21
Visitor Badges 22
Photographs and/or Videotapes 22
Money and Valuables 22
Emergency Information 22
Emergency Plan 22-23




Dear Ardmore Families and Community,


Welcome to the new school year at Ardmore Elementary! Ardmore Elementary School extends a sincere welcome to all families. You and the entire Ardmore staff share a mutual interest in your child’s educational experience. You are encouraged to share in this very special partnership by volunteering in the school, getting to know your child’s teacher, joining the Ardmore PTSA, and becoming familiar with the school’s staff and programs.


Ardmore Elementary School’s vision is to affirm and inspire each and every student to learn and thrive as creators of their future world.


One of the best ways to get to know what’s happening at Ardmore Elementary is to get involved: volunteer at the school, join the PTSA and volunteer for important committee work, become a partner at home by checking in with your child about their school day and reading daily for at least 20 minutes. We know that when families and school work together in the lives of our children, their opportunities and potential for success soar!


Taking a few minutes to read through the parent information sections on this website will provide you with important information to assist in ensuring a positive year for you and your child at Ardmore Elementary. This handbook contains information that pertains to the safety of all our children and procedures that help Ardmore run smoothly. If you have any questions about any information you find here, you can talk with your child’s teacher or call/email to talk directly with the principal, Brenda Gasaway or Interim Assistant Principal, Kelly Balzer at (425) 456-4700.





Brenda Gasway                       Kelly Balzer

Principal                                  Interim Assistant Principal



















Our school, as well as each school across the district, has a school website ( Where you will find information related specifically to Ardmore and information related to the Bellevue School District’s services provided at the school and district-wide. Here you will find our bell schedule, important community events, updates and other resources provided in order to assist you in remaining connected to your child’s daily life. Additionally, you can find out about Ardmore events on the PTSA Website at


Bellevue School District Website:




  • September 1 (Thursday): First day of school for grades 1 through 12
  • September 5 (Monday): No school, Labor Day observance, all district offices closed
  • September 7 (Wednesday): First day of kindergarten
  • October 14 (Friday): No school, professional development day
  • October 17, 18, and 19 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday): Elementary school early release, conference days
  • November 11 (Friday): No school, Veterans Day observance, all district offices closed
  • November 24 and 25 (Thursday and Friday): No school, Thanksgiving, all district offices closed
  • December 19 through January 2, 2023: No school, winter break
  • December 23 and 26 (Friday and Monday): All district offices closed
  • December 30 (Friday): New Year’s observance, all district offices closed


  • January 2 (Monday): New Year’s observance, all district offices closed
  • January 16 (Monday): No school, Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, all district offices closed
  • January 27 (Friday): Semester
  • January 30 (Monday): No school, Non-student day
  • February 20 through 24: No school, mid-winter break
  • February 20 (Monday): President’s Day observance, all district offices closed
  • March 17 (Friday): No school, professional development day
  • April 10 through 14: No school, spring break
  • April 14 (Friday): Spring Holiday, all district offices closed
  • May 29 (Monday): No school, Memorial Day observance, all district offices closed
  • June 20 (Tuesday): Last day of school
  • July 4 (Tuesday): Independence Day observance, all district offices closed








Each year, the staffing within a school can change. Often staffing can be effected by certification, seniority, student enrollment, state funding and distribution, allocation and/or scheduling of itinerant services across the district. Staffing can also fluctuate based on life changes occurring over the summer.


All staff are trained and certified to teach Preschool through Fifth grade. It is our goal to work together to provide the best staffing allocation we are provided prior to school starting. Therefore, once August enrollment is determined and staffing is scheduled you will receive an email indicating your child’s teacher.  Unless otherwise notified, all emails will be sent out two days before school starts. Therefore, you should receive your email prior to the start of school.  Should there be staffing changes related to your child’s classroom or teacher, following the receipt of the communication, you will be notified immediately.


As of the publishing of this handbook, the following are staff assigned to Ardmore Elementary. Any changes occurring will be updated on our school website as soon as possible.



Brenda Gasaway

Kelly Balzer

Kelly Nordstrom

Chigusa Shimizu



Interim Assistant Principal

Office Manager

Office Assistant




GRADE or Position





Roseline Hazeley Preschool Jolyn Danielson Librarian
Rebekah June

Ubah Mire

Lirio Sila




Alicia Rowe

Miriam Estrada

LAP / MLL Facilitator


Sheryl Elrod K Paul Gillespie Band
Ana Lopez K Shira Katsman Orchestra
Sarah Mendenhall                                         K Kristen deAlteriis Psychologist
Cassie Espinoza 1 Katelyn Fiorillo Counselor
Melina Marulis 1 Amy Borberg Nurse
Shannon Chancellor 1 Megan Lacrone

Somer Hartschen

Speech Pathologist
Sherry Gaines 2/3 Corrine Wolfe/Chela Richards OT/PT
Hana Roberts 2/3 Carla Kemper Early Learning Program Manager
Sophi Becker 2/3 Bev Doleac LAP Facilitator
Katie Korver 2/3    
Julie Anderson 4    
Patrick West 4    
Lisa Symonds 5    
Alissa Zaghian 5    
Maria Manca K-2 Co teacher    
Mireya Frederick 3-5 Co teacher    
Jessica Holloway Art    
Griff Johnson

Katherine Lemcke


Computer Science

Yifan Fu Resource Room    
Eve Chan Resource Room    
Jie Tang ELL    
Ryan Wahlberg ELL Facilitator    
Lauren Porto PBIS Facilitator    





Ardmore Elementary School Schedule: M, T, TH, F

Breakfast at the Café

Teacher Pick Up

7:35-7:55 am

8:00 am

School Begins 8:05 am
Morning Recess



Lunch and Recess Block

Between 9:20-10:15 am, K-5 classes will have an assigned 15-minute recess




Grade 4


10:50-11:15 (lunch), 11:15-11:35 (Recess)
Grade K


Grade 2/3


Grade 5

10:55-11:20 (lunch), 11:20-11:40 (Recess)


11:20-11:45 (lunch), 11:45-12:05 (Recess)


12:10-12:35 (lunch) 12:05-12:25 (Recess)


Grades 1


Pre-K (PM)

12:15-12:35 (lunch), 12:35-12:55 (Recess)


12:20-12:45 (lunch)


School Ends/Dismissal Bell 2:35 pm

Ardmore Elementary School Schedule: WEDNESDAY ONLY

Breakfast at the Café

Teacher Pick Up

7:35-7:55 am

8:00 am

School Begins 8:05 am
Recess and Lunch Block 10:20-12:20 pm
Grade 4

Grade K

10:20-10:45 (lunch), 10:45-11:05 (Recess)

10:25-10:50 (lunch) 10:50-11:10 (Recess)

Grade 2/3 10:50-11:15 (lunch), 11:15- 11:35(Recess)
Grades 5

Grades 1


11:20-11:45 (Lunch) 11:45-12:05 (Recess)

11:25-11:50 (Lunch) 11:50-12:10 (Recess)


School Ends/Dismissal Bell 12:20 pm














If your child needs transportation, please contact the Transportation Department at 425-456-4512 to request transportation. You will be notified by the Transportation Department the week prior to the start of school.  You will be told your designated pick-up and drop-off point and time and your child will receive a bus card with the route and stop information during the first day of school.  We expect all Ardmore students to follow bus rules and expectations.


Alternatively, you can provide your own transportation or carpool with neighbors. Traffic around Ardmore is very congested during pick-up and drop-off times. Fewer vehicles make the transition easier for everyone!



If you need to drive to school to drop off or pick up your child(ren), please follow these guidelines:

  1. Use the designated drop-off/pick-up lanes (the right lane) when dropping off/picking up children curbside. DO NOT drop off or pick up students in the left lane or in alternate locations. This requires children to cross in front of cars and creates a dangerous situation.
  2. When using the drop off / pick-up lanes:
    1. Upon entering the school zone and parking lot, remain under 5 MPH and attentive.
    2. Remain in the right lane when dropping off or picking up.
    3. Pull as far forward as possible in the drop-off/pick-up lane. Drop off/pick up your child(ren) and pull ahead to exit.
    4. Remain in your car at all times, and please stay off your cell phone.
    5. Communicate with your child(ren) that they are to walk in front of your vehicle.
    6. Please keep the line moving! If you need to talk with another parent or a teacher, park your vehicle in a parking space.
  1. If your child needs assistance getting out of car, families must pull forward to the designated assistance area by the mail boxes at the front of school.
  1. If you choose to park your car, park only in designated parking spaces.



During Arrival-Families may walk their children up to the front of the school.


During Dismissal-Families that walk home should pick up their children in the lower parking lot by the preschool program.











Students must arrive at school after 7:35 AM when student supervision begins. If you child is NOT eating breakfast we recommend your student arrive at 7:55 am. Do not leave your children unattended before 7:35 am.  Teachers meet students 8:00 AM to pick up their class.


  • If students eat breakfast, they enter through the front doors of the building into the cafe.
  • If they do not eat breakfast, they follow the sidewalk around to the covered area on the playground to line up with their class.
  • Kindergarten students line up inside the building at our stage.


*Students who arrive after 8:00 need to enter through the front doors to meet with their class.  Students who arrive after 8:05 a.m. are considered tardy and must check in to the Office.



Students will be walked in grade level groups to the appropriate dismissal area after school.

  • The bus loading area is located on the side of the building
  • The car pick up is located in the front of the building
  • Families who are picking up children by foot can meet them down below in the parking lot


*Students can not be on the driveways in the pick up area without adult supervision by caregivers.  **Parents are asked to use the drive through area for car pickup only.


Other notes:

  • Unless students are involved in a supervised after-school activity, students must leave campus at the end of the school day (2:35pm Mon/Tue/Thurs/Fri or 12:20pm on Wednesdays.)


  • If you are picking up your chidren, staff will remain outside with students for 10 minutes. To ensure student safety, any student picked up after 2:45 p.m. will need to be picked up in the main office and signed out by a parent /guardian. Frequent late pick-ups may result in the need for a plan to be made between the principal and family.


Bicycles, Scooters, Skateboards, Other

Students are encouraged to use district provided transportation or private vehicles. While students may ride bikes to school, once they are on school grounds, they must walk their bicycles directly to the bike rack. No mini-bikes, go-carts, skateboards, roller blades, or roller shoes are permitted on school property.


Early Pick Up

If it is necessary to pick your child up during the school day, please send a note or e-mail to the teacher that morning. When you arrive, you must sign them out in the office. Do not go to the classroom to pick your child up. He or she will be called to the office to meet you.









Health Information and Medications at School


This is your one-stop, quick guide to Health and Safety Information. Please refer to this document for updated procedures, times, and general information.


Morning Snack ·         Ask your child’s teacher regarding his/her snack practice in the classroom.

·         Students may bring their own snack or have an approved snack from the teacher.

·         Students will wash or hand sanitize before enjoying snack.

·         Teachers may choose to bring students outside to the grass to enjoy snack-time as a class.

Various Times Lunch ·         Students will wash their hands and/or sanitize hands before heading lunch.

·         Teachers will walk their students to their designated lunch location and ensure students are in assigned class tables.


What do I/WE do if…
My student is not feeling well… ·         The student should not attend school in-person.

·         Families are encouraged to monitor their students for symptoms of illness.

·         Email or call the attendance line and notify Ardmore main office of the absence at

A student is not feeling well during the school day… ·         The student will be sent to the office to check-in with the nurse or office secretary.

·         The nurse or office secretary will review the student’s symptoms in alignment with Public Health guidelines. The student may return to class after consultation or be picked up by the family.

o   There are very specific criteria for a student who is sent home with symptoms, when the student can return to school, and when diagnostic testing is recommended.


COVID Information
When to Isolate?     

Isolation is when someone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive stays home and away from others.
Regardless of vaccination status, individuals in isolation can return to school when:

·         5 days since symptoms onset, or since positive test date, if no symptoms are present AND

·         24 hours after fever resolves without the use of fever reducing mediations AND

·         Symptoms have improved

Students must wear a mask for 5 days at school upon their return to school.


Administering Medication at School

School personnel are not allowed to administer medication without written authorization from a physician. If medications are to be given at school, the school nurse must be notified and an Authorization to Administer Medication form must be filled out and on file in the school office. All medications must come to the school office in the original container, labelled by the pharmacy or physician with the medication name, amount to be taken, frequency of administration and name of physician.


The State of Washington Code requires that schools maintain up-to-date immunization records for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), diphtheria, and polio for all students unless there are medical or religious objections. Additionally, all students are required to complete a series of three Hepatitis B inoculations and kindergarten-4th grade students need a second MMR. Should the school be missing any of these immunization records, your child may be asked to stay home until the information has been received in the office.





Prompt and regular school attendance by students is important.  Regular attendance is necessary if students are to benefit fully from learning experiences offered in school.  Because students miss significant instruction when they are absent from school, any absence may affect their learning.  In order to set your family up for success, plan to be at school in time to walk into the classroom by 8:00 am, which is intended to give students adequate time to reach their classrooms and be prepared for the start of the class at 8:05 a.m.


Frequent absences and tardies will be addressed by the school administrators.  The school may take a variety of actions to help improve a student’s attendance and timeliness.  The District Attendance Procedures 3122P can be found at:


Address or Information Change

It is the Parent/Guardian’s responsibility to notify the front office at 425-456-4700 or e-mail Kelly Nordstrom at of any changes of address, work or home phone number or emergency contacts so they may be changed on school records. Any changes need to be noted immediately for safety and attendance reasons.


Absences, Late Arrival, Early Dismissal

If your child will be arriving late, please call the school attendance office at 425-456-4711 or e-mail before 7:50am. We value your child’s safety and would like to know where they are if not in school.  The school requires a written note or phone message from the child’s legal guardian explaining the absence or late arrival.  No notification within 5 days of absence will prompt the notation of an unexcused absence on the child’s record.


Excused Absences

Excused absences or late arrivals considered appropriate by the school district include the following:

  • Student illness
  • Family emergencies
  • Special religious observances
  • Pre-arranged medical/dental appointments
  • Court, judicial proceeding
  • Pre-arranged school-sponsored activities, such as field trips
  • Absences which, according to the school administrator, or his/her designee, after consulting with the parent, guardian or adult student, may be deemed appropriate but not covered in the above stated instances.


We urge you to make certain these are the only reasons for your child missing school.  Absences or tardies which are not covered in the above stated instances may be deemed appropriate at the discretion of the principal. Absences for reasons other than stated above need to be pre-arranged. Please ask at the front office for a “Request for Excused Absence” form to fill out.


We strongly discourage families from taking vacations during school days.  Every absence has an impact on your child and their classroom, and extended absences have been shown to have a negative impact on a student’s education.  In addition, there is no expectation that teachers provide homework during a planned absence. 


Unexcused Absences

The following is a non-exhaustive list of unexcused absences:

  • No call or written response from the parent within 5 days of absence
  • Vacation
  • Missed bus or late ride
  • Overslept
  • Babysitting
  • Appointment for person other than the student
  • Errands
  • Taking a sibling to school
  • Field trips are an extension of the classroom. When a family decides that a student is unable to attend a field trip, an alternative learning opportunity will be provided at the school and the expectation is that they will still attend.


Our school’s practice is to make contact after 1 unexcused absence and request a conference with parents after 3 unexcused absences in an attempt to collaboratively improve attendance.



Children arriving late to school are listed as tardy on the permanent record. The following is a non-exhaustive list of unexcused tardies:

  • Missed bus
  • Late ride
  • Overslept
  • Babysitting
  • Appointment for person other than the student
  • Errands
  • Taking a sibling to school


Excessive tardies are disruptive to a child’s education. In order to be sure that your child is on time and ready to begin class at 8:05, please arrive by the 8:00 am bell.









Weather, Emergencies And School Closures or Late Starts

For current announcements regarding Bellevue School District closures and hours of operation due to weather conditions or natural disasters, call the Bellevue School District School News Hotline (425-456-4111).

In the event of an emergency, please do not call the Ardmore school office as the school lines must be kept open for emergency communications. Current announcements will be made on local and television stations between 6:00a.m. and 8:00a.m.

Refer to the Bellevue School District Emergency Communications Bulletin (sent home at the beginning of the school year and available in the office thereafter) for complete message and bus route information. Please plan for short-notice childcare if school is closed, starts late, or dismisses early. Discuss these contingency plans with your child and your emergency childcare provider.


After School Plans

Going home with a Friend:

If your child wishes or needs to go home with a friend or anywhere else other than their normal after-school destination, written permission from a parent or guardian must be sent via email to teacher 24 hours in advance.  If plans should change during the school day, please notify the main office before 2:00 pm.  Change of dismissals plans called in after 2:00 pm are not guaranteed to be delivered to the student unless it is deemed an emergency.


Students will NOT be dismissed early or released to anyone other than their parent or guardian without prior arrangement with school office personnel. These measures are taken in a partnership between home and school to ensure your child‘s safety.

Please avoid calls or emails to school regarding changes in after-school plans. Each time you do so, valuable teaching time is interrupted to get the message to your child. Please make sure all after-school plans are set before your child comes to school in the morning. In the event of a change of plans, you need to contact the front office, NOT the classroom teacher. The message will then get to your child before the end of the day.

Please know that we are not able to interrupt classes to send reminders to students about after-school activities. Teachers have the activities calendar, room locations and class rosters posted in their classrooms.









Ardmore has developed guidelines for success and clear expectations for all members of our learning community. There are both behavior guidelines and “rules” that help us focus on important ways to work together and be at our best to learn.

At Ardmore Elementary School, we use a proactive approach to discipline:

  • We teach children about our behavior expectations, and we review these expectations regularly.
  • We explain to children what behavior is okay and what behavior is not appropriate at school
  • We teach children how to identify and prevent bullying behavior.
  • We teach children how to solve problems and how to use conflict resolution strategies.
  • We positively reinforce our expectations.
  • We use restorative practices to handle conflicts that may arise.


School discipline has two main goals:

  1. Ensure the safety of students and staff
  2. To create an environment conducive to learning


Ardmore’s staff is familiar with several approaches to student behavior management and discipline. As a focus, the Bellevue School District has adopted the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework to help students understand and have skill in several areas of regulating their own behavior in a social learning atmosphere (school).


At Ardmore Elementary, we expect all students to practice our common behavior expectations. These common expectations help provide a common language for our school community. We expect students to follow these expectations which are explicitly taught, modeled, and reinforced everywhere in the school by all staff (and students).


Our behavioral expectations are summarized in “The Ardmore 4” shown on the following page.



At Ardmore, we also value learning dispositions that foster growth in every student.  We want to promote a growth mindset and independence while having fun learning.  We are committed to developing students that are ready to take on big world problems and use critical thinking skills to help them along the way.  At Ardmore, our learning dispositions are represented in the word ASPIRE.  ASPIRE stands for-


Ask Questions

Set Goals






Every month, teachers recognize students that demonstrate our Ardmore 4 and ASPIRE learning dispositions.  These awards will be presented monthly at our PBIS assemblies.


Social Emotional Learning and The R.U.L.E.R. Approach:

Social and Emotional Learning is a key component of the district’s Positive and Productive Life Instructional Initiative.  Our Social and Emotional Learning curriculum, called RULER, stands for:


Expressing, and
Regulating emotion


The RULER Approach, which is based on decades of research on emotional intelligence conducted at Yale University, teaches skills to promote effective personal, social, and workplace success.  Research shows that building pro-social skills supports academic achievement and increases student engagement, while also reducing bullying, anxiety, and depression among students.


Students and school staff will use the four Anchor Tools to develop their RULER skills:


Emotional Literacy Charter: Students create and sign charters to describe how they want to feel in class, what needs to happen to support those feelings and guidelines for handling uncomfortable conflict.

Mood Meter: Students learn to use a tool for recognizing and labeling their feelings.

Meta-Moments: Students learn strategies for expanding the “space in time” between an emotional trigger and a response.

Blueprint: The Blueprint is used to solve problems, conflicts and disagreements, with students and adults considering each other’s feelings and perspectives to identify healthy solutions.

The RULER Approach will be built into lessons throughout the school year. All grade levels will begin incorporating age-appropriate lessons and activities starting with the classroom charter.


Playground Expectations to Review with Your Child

Acceptable and Safe Behavior Unsafe Behavior
1.      Students will play safely on the playground.

a.       Throw only appropriate objects (e.g., soft balls or other recess equipment)

2.      Students will show respect for students, adults, and property.

3.      Students will follow directions given by staff.

4.      Students will stay outside with their classroom unless they have a pass. (1 student per pass)

5.      Students will stay within the playground boundaries where an adult can always see them.

6.      Students will show pride in their school by keeping garbage in garbage cans.

7.      Students will take turns on equipment.

a.       When others are waiting, count to 30.

8.      Students will keep personal belongings, including electronic games, at home.

9.      Students will keep cell phones off and inside backpacks on school grounds.

10.  Students will settle differences peacefully – STOP, THINK, PLAN or other strategies taught by teachers.

11.  When the whistle is blown, students will quickly line up with their class.

12.  Students will return equipment to the proper place when recess is over.

13.  Students will play games by common, agreed upon rules.



a.       No walking up the slide or sliding backwards.

b.      Students will abstain from aggressive (tackling, pushing, play fighting, etc.) play.

c.       Students should not engage in activities that could cause harm to self, others, or have a high level of risk (parkour, gymnastics, stunting, etc.).

d.      No walking on top of monkey bars or hanging upside down.

e.       When needed, students may be asked to take a break from playground activities or asked to make a different choice if unsafe/hurtful behaviors persist during that activity.



Remember, recess is a time to have fun, get some fresh air, exercise, and be with your friends! Choose activities and partners that will allow you to have fun safely!


Behavior Supports

At Ardmore Elementary School, we use positive behavior interventions and support (PBIS) strategies for teaching behavior expectations. In general, we give verbal reminders for minor misbehaviors and move to office referrals or immediate removal for on-going or severe misbehaviors.


As part of the review and problem-solving process for behavior concerns that occur during the school day, your child may be asked to fill out a “Think Sheet.”  This “Think Sheet” is a way for the administration/designee and your child to process, problem solve and produce a solution to the on-going behavior. If your child is sent to the office, your child will be asked to think about their difficult situation(s) and strategize alternative ways for handling conflicts. If the incident is considered a “major” incident, according to district policy, you will receive a phone call and a written community follow up. Some majoy incidents may constitute a parent meeting with the principal/designee and your child to further problem solve.  If your child commits a “minor” incident, the child’s teacher will be in communication with you via email, call or written communication home.


Upon receiving a phone call and written communication, please take time to discuss the incident with your child and to share your ideas and thoughts on how to handle the situation differently in the future.


Should you have additional questions and/or you require further clarification of a school incident, feel free to contact the Principal/Assistant Principal or office.


The following is considered unacceptable behavior that will result in an office visit and parent notification; and may result in suspension or expulsion:


  • Harassment, intimidation, or bullying
  • Chronic classroom disruption
  • Insubordination
  • Physical aggression (hitting, biting, throwing, etc.)
  • Theft
  • Vandalism










Dress Guidelines & Shoes


Ardmore follows the Bellevue School District dress policy (3224). Families should be thoughtful in helping students select appropriate clothes and shoes to wear to school each day. Clothes should be appropriate for the learning environment and weather forecast to ensure student safety. Footwear should be chosen with safety in mind, considering that most students are running around outdoors during recess, climbing on playground equipment, and playing games. Closed shoes are recommended for safety reasons on the playground. Tennis shoes are required for every PE session. Every student will attend PE once a week.  Costumes may be worn only on school wide dress up days.


Items From Home/Class Sharing

Students come to school to learn. Toys, trading cards, electronic games, stuffed animals, money, cell phones, and other personal items of value should remain at home, so they are not misplaced, lost, or broken. If a child wishes to bring a special item (ex. Fidget) to use or share with the class, they must first get permission from the teacher and the student assumes all responsibility for that item.


Please help us by leaving your pets at home when you come to school to volunteer. Please note that dogs are not allowed on school grounds when children are present. This is for the health and safety of all students and staff. State law does not allow certain animals to be in schools (some birds, turtles, and others).  Therefore, we ask that no animals are brought into the classroom unless you have made prior arrangements with your child’s classroom teacher.


Birthday or other party invitations should be distributed outside of school. This ensures there are no hurt feelings by those not invited to a party.





Classroom/Birthday Treats

Teachers may have specific requests regarding birthday treats and celebrations. Therefore, it is always important to discuss your desire for a birthday celebration with your child’s classroom teacher ahead of time. They are the keepers of the knowledge for those who may have allergies, uphold school board nutrition policy and so forth.


  • If a birthday is celebrated at school, plan on a short duration (5 minutes).
  • If your child’s classroom teacher allows birthday treats, healthy and nutritious are encouraged and must follow the procedures of the school district policy for the prevention of anaphylaxis (food & substance allergies). (See appendix for the Bellevue School District Nutrition Policy: POLICY 3420 AND PROCEDURE 3420P (ANAPHYLAXIS PREVENTION AND RESPONSE)
  • There is no refrigeration available for birthday treats at school.
  • Birthday invitations must be emailed/mailed and cannot be handed out at school.

** A new popular idea for celebrating a child’s birthday or special accomplishment is to donate a favorite book to the school library or classroom in the child’s name. Kids LOVE this gift! Ask your child’s teacher or our librarian, Mrs. Danielson, for title suggestions.


Cell Phones and Smatwatches

Cellphones AND smartwatches should NOT to be at school.  However, some families prefer their child has one for safety reasons.  In that case, cellphones/smartwatches are to STAY OFF AND IN BACKPACKS during the school day.   If student is uncomfortable leaving devices in backpack, talk with teacher about alternative space.  Student assumes all responsibility for devices.


Emergency Contact Numbers

Please contact the office promptly with changes in home address, home and work phone, or names and phone numbers of emergency contact persons. This information is vital in the event of an accident, illness, early school closure or other emergency while the child is at school.


Ardmore PTSA

Ardmore Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is a major program facilitator and support resource for Ardmore Elementary students and staff. Some educational programs, financial classroom support, all social activities and all before or after-school programs would not exist without the support of Ardmore PTSA.  Membership in Ardmore PTSA shows your support for Ardmore Elementary and our students. You can join Ardmore’s PTSA in the front office of the school or check out Ardmore’s PTSA website for PTSA events, membership, and additional information at


Student Placement

One of the most important responsibilities of the staff each year is to work in teams and assign students to balanced classes for the upcoming school year. Many factors are considered when placing students. Academic strengths, needs, social and emotional characteristics, as well as parental input are thoughtfully considered. Should a parent feel that a child’s placement is inappropriate, a request in writing should be made to the principal. Do note that no changes will be made to class placements on the basis of placing friends in he same classroom, unless there are extenuating circumstances to be discussed with the principal.


Teachers do their best to establish a positive learning environment.  However, from time to time, a change in class placements of a student of group of students may be needed to adjust inbalances that present after the school year has begun.  In such cases, parents will be notified and students will be provided at least 48 hours to transition into their new classroom.


Student Progress Reports

The chief purpose of reporting student progress to parents is to provide the information necessary for a solid working relationship between school and the home in guidance of the student. Parents will be kept informed about the growth and progress of their children in all aspects of the school curriculum, including observed student behaviors in the intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development areas. Written progress reports will be sent during two reporting periods: January and June. These reports will either be sent home with the child, or you may receive them electronically.



Homework is not required nor provided for students to complete at home.  Students may complete assignments they have not completed in class at home, but they will have ample time to complete assignments at school.  Teachers may offer home learning activities to extend their learning, practice valuable skills, and participate in family-team efforts.  Contact your student’s teacher for home learning resources.




The library is open to students during the school day. Classes in grades PK-4 visit the library each week to meet with the librarian, listen to stories, engage in research projects, and check out books. Students in fifth grade visit the library as needed for book borrowing and research. Checking out library books for home use is encouraged. Please help students become responsible for returning library books on time. Be mindful of the books your child brings home so that they may be returned when due for use by others. Parent volunteers are welcome and needed to help shelve and repair library books. Contact our librarian to offer your assistance. She can be contacted by email at or at 425-456-4700.


Lost And Found

Articles of clothing left on the playground, on school premises, are brought to our lost and found area near the cafeteria.  Three times a year (winter break, spring break, and again in June), items from Lost & Found will be donated to charity, so please claim missing items promptly. Please label all lunch boxes, coats, etc., with the student’s name.


Lunch Program 

(Please see Bellevue School District Nutrition Policy 8400 for the full text).

Lunch menus are available on the district website.



Many students choose to bring a snack from home to eat mid-morning or afternoon, depending on the teacher’s snack practice.

*Candy, gum, and soda should not be brought to school for snacks or lunch.  No gum at school across grade levels.  Except for teacher supervised reward time.


Classroom snacks should follow district policy and procedures (POLICY 3420 AND PROCEDURE 3420P (ANAPHYLAXIS PREVENTION AND RESPONSE). Classroom teachers may also ask families to contribute to class snack options to be shared with students daily.


Parent Volunteers

Ardmore continues to need volunteers to help provide quality educational and enrichment activities for its students. If you have one hour per month, one hour per week, or several each week, whether at home or at school, contact your child’s teacher; Chigusa Shimizu, our Volunteer Contact at Ardmore (425-456-4700); or one of the PTSA officers. Every contribution, big or small, makes a difference in our children’s education and is vital to the success of our school.

Some of the areas of need are classroom assistant or room parent (helping the teacher in a variety of ways), library assistant (shelving and repairing books, helping students at check-out times), computer work with students, field trips, fund-raisers, school programs and assemblies, or helping in the office with copying, collating, and clerical tasks.

Important: Parents and Legal (court appointed) Guardians choose this form for classroom support, general school support, and school DAY field trips. Also connect with your child’s/children’s teacher or school office. Please use the same email address you use for BSD school correspondence when submitting your volunteer application.

*Volunteers are required to have the first full series of COVID vaccinations to volunteer at any event and be ready to provide proof of vaccination status.

Visitor Badges

In keeping with state laws, Bellevue School District policy, and as a safety measure, we require that all visitors and volunteers be fully vaccinated and sign in at the office when arriving at the school. If you come to volunteer, bring something to your child or meet with a teacher during the school day, stop by the office and sign in before going to a classroom. We will ask you to wear a badge identifying you as a visitor or volunteer. If you are not wearing a badge, a staff member will direct you to the office to get one.


Photographs and/or Videotapes

Photographing and videotaping of students at school are not allowed without permission from the parent/guardian. Occasionally, your student might be included on videotapes and/or in photographs used for appropriate district-authorized purposes outside the district.  Permission forms have been sent home and are available in the office for you to sign only if you do not want your child included in these videotapes or photographs. Examples of uses are:

  • Show the Bellevue community what we do in our school
  • Use for broadcast media and newspaper articles
  • Included in the Annual School Performance Report
  • Bellevue Schools Foundation programs
  • Televise through the City of Bellevue Cable TV station
  • Make presentations to other audiences at workshops
  • Other appropriate district-authorized purposes


Money, Valuables And Classroom Sharing

Students come to school to learn and therefore should leave any items which may distract learning at home.  Toys, trading cards, electronic games, stuffed animals, money, and other personal items of value need to remain at home, so they are not misplaced, lost, or broken. If a child wishes to bring a special item to share with the class, he or she must first get permission from the teacher.


Emergency Information

Emergency contact information is maintained in the student information system – ParentVue- you can update this information at any time through the online system at Online Student Data Verification, please promptly update any changes. This information will be used when your child is sick or if there is an emergency at school. We will first call the parents/guardians listed at their home/work numbers. If we are unable to reach them directly, we will leave a message whenever possible and proceed down the emergency contact list in the order given. We often face the dilemma of not being able to contact anyone because the phone numbers have changed, we would appreciate your listing as many alternative emergency contacts as possible.


Emergency Plan

In the event of an emergency, we have an emergency/disaster plan. Students and staff are instructed on emergency procedures. We practice monthly safety drills such as fire, earthquake, and lockdown drills. We have an emergency supply storage room on campus that contains supplies to provide food, water, and shelter for the students and staff. We also have several staff trained in First Aid and CPR. In the event of an emergency, our power may be lost, and we may not be able to contact you. For that reason, it is even more essential for you to keep your emergency contacts up to date with multiple contacts on this list.


During an emergency, your child will only be released to their parent/guardian or those you have designated through the emergency contact information on the Online Student Data System – ParentVue. Also, during an emergency, if you come to the school site, the most secure and safe way to get your student is to check them out at the checkout station – this is where you will find the quickest information and action to get to your child. Please be sure to update emergency dismissal information online to help expedite the process for everyone’s benefit.






What follows are summaries from Bellevue School District (BSD) policies and procedures of policies where publication/notification is either required or encouraged. Complete policies and procedures can be found in the BSD digital policy and procedure manual found on the District website. The title of each policy and procedure is hyperlinked to the specific policy and procedure.




The District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers, and community members that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentionally electronic, written, verbal, or physical act including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:

  1. Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property.
  2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;
  3. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
  4. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.


The procedure applies to harassment, intimidation, and bullying targeted at students carried out by other students, employees or third parties involved in school District activities. Because students can experience the continuing effects of off-campus harassment, intimidation, and bullying harassment in the educational setting, the District will consider the effects of off-campus conduct when evaluating whether there is a hostile environment on campus.


Other important information included in the complete procedure (linked above):

  1. How to file a report under Policy 3207/Procedure 3207P
  2. The District’s responsibility to contact individuals who report within two days to acknowledge receipt and advise reporter of next steps
  3. Detailed information about the District’s informal and formal resolutions processes


The Bellevue School District makes available Vector Alert, which is a tip reporting system that allows students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration four different ways: text, email, phone, and website. Report harassment, intimidation or bullying with Vector Alert .

Nancy Pham is the District’s Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Compliance Officer.

Phone: (425) 456-4040


Mailing address: 12111 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.





The District will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.


The procedure applies to discrimination targeted at students carried out by other students, employees or third parties involved in school District activities. Because students can experience the continuing effects of off-campus discriminatory harassment in the educational setting, the District will consider the effects of off-campus conduct when evaluating whether there is a hostile environment on campus.


Other important information included in the complete procedure (linked above):

  1. How to file a report under Policy 3210/Procedure 3210P
  2. The District’s responsibility to respond to allegations of discrimination
  3. Detailed information about the District’s informal and formal resolutions processes


Nancy Pham is the District’s Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Compliance Coordinator.

Phone: (425) 456-4040


Mailing address: 12111 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.


OSPI Discrimination Complaint Process

If you do not agree with the school district’s appeal decision, state law provides the option to file a formal complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This is a separate complaint process that can take place if one of these two conditions has occurred: (1) you have completed the district’s complaint and appeal process, or (2) the district has not followed the complaint and appeal process correctly.

You have 20 calendar days to file a complaint to OSPI from the day you received the decision on your appeal. You can send your written complaint to the Equity and Civil Rights Office at OSPI:

Fax: 360-664-2967
Mail or hand deliver: PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200

For more information, visit, or contact OSPI’s Equity and Civil Rights Office at 360-725-6162/TTY: 360-664-3631 or by e-mail at

Other Discrimination Complaint Options

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
206-607-1600 ǀ TDD: 1-800-877-8339 ǀ ǀ

Washington State Human Rights Commission
1-800-233-3247 ǀ TTY: 1-800-300-7525 ǀ



This district is committed to a positive and productive education free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. This commitment extends to all students involved in academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs or activities of the school, whether that program or activity is in a school facility, on school transportation or at a class or school training held elsewhere. Our procedure details the district’s obligations to investigate allegations of sexual harassment promptly, thoroughly, and equitably and to take appropriate steps to resolve such situations. The procedure applies to sexual harassment (including sexual violence) targeted at students carried out by other students, employees or third parties involved in school District activities. Because students can experience the continuing effects of off-campus harassment in the educational setting, the District will consider the effects of off-campus conduct when evaluating whether there is a hostile environment on campus.

Other important information included in the complete procedure (linked above):

  1. How to file a report under policy 3205 / procedure 3205P
  2. The district’s responsibility must contact individuals who report within two days to acknowledge receipt and advise reporter of next steps
  3. The district’s responsibility to report allegations of potential criminal misconduct to law enforcement
  4. Detailed information about the district’s informal and formal resolutions processes


Jeff Lowell is the Title IX Compliance Officer

Phone: (425) 456-4010


Mailing address: 12111 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.



The District is committed to ensuring a safe and productive learning environment in which students are provided every opportunity to learn. To ensure that each and every student has equitable access to educational services and that student behavior does not result in a loss in educational services, the District has eliminated short-term suspensions and provides access to educational services during long-term suspensions and non-emergency expulsions. The District is also committed to reducing the disproportional impact of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions on any identifiable group of students including those with disabilities. The District will achieve its commitments by the application of positive behavior supports and principles, while recognizing that there will be times when the application of corrective action is necessary.

Other important information stated in each procedure (linked above):

  1. List of Behavioral Violations
  2. Requirements of the School for determining and implementing corrective action, including Classroom Exclusions, In-School Suspension, Long-Term Suspensions, Expulsions, Emergency Expulsions, and Reengagement
  3. Parent and Student Grievance/Appeal Rights and Process/Timelines



The Bellevue School District believes that regular school attendance and engagement is essential to student success. Students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day. Students at times may appropriately be absent from class. In the full policy and procedure, linked above, you will find more information about:

  1. How to report an absence
  2. Definitions of an absence for in-person, synchronous, and asynchronous learning
  3. Absences deemed excusable under Washington state law
  4. Districts duties upon chronic absenteeism and unexcused absences



The District’s complaints process is based upon the principle that most issues can and should be resolved at the level the decisions were made. Every effort shall be to resolve concerns and complaints through informal communication. If informal resolution attempts fail to provide an acceptable outcome for the student, then the formal complaint process is available. The district is committed to resolving concerns and complaints about school and district programs, policies, procedures, actions, and decisions of employees in an effective, efficient, and timely manner by initiating the complaint with the person(s) responsible for the program, event, action, or decision


When addressing informal complaints, the involved parties should:

  1. Begin the conversation with the acknowledgement that each is operating with the best of intentions.
  2. Work collaboratively to understand the other’s point of view.
  3. Work to resolve the concern through conversation before initiating a formal complaint.


When a complaint has not been resolved through informal attempts at resolution, the complainant may initiate a formal complaint, in writing within 30 calendar days of the attempt at informal resolution. Any informal complaint not resolved at the school level is directed to the Office of School Support and must include:

  1. Detailed statement of the complaint
  2. Steps taken to address the complaint
  3. Suggested resolution(s) to be considered


The Office of School Support will assign a person responsible to meet with the complainant for understanding the complaint and what resolution(s) has already been considered. This person will provide a written decision addressing the complaint within 10 calendar days upon receipt of the complaint. Resolution decisions are final except for appeals to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, other agencies, or the courts, as provided by law.


Dress Guidelines & Shoes


STUDENT DRESS POLICY 3224 AND STUDENT DRESS PROCEDURE 3224P  Ardmore follows the Bellevue School District dress policy (3224). Families should be thoughtful in helping students select appropriate clothes and shoes to wear to school each day. Clothes should be appropriate for the learning environment and weather forecast to ensure student safety. Footwear should be chosen with safety in mind, considering that most students are running around outdoors during recess, climbing on playground equipment, and playing games. Closed shoes are recommended for safety reasons on the playground. Tennis shoes are required for every PE session. Every student will attend PE once a week.


Complete policies and procedures can be found in the BSD digital policy and procedure manual found on the District website:




















Parent Help for Students

Parents often ask, “What can I do at home to help my child learn?” The following list will help your child be more successful in school:

  • Talk with your child about school; what is easy and what is hard for them.
  • Read to your child and/or have them read to you every day for 20 minutes. Reading can be done in a language other than English. It is the reading that is important, not just English.
  • Ask your child to explain his or her thinking when talking.
  • Ask lots of “why” questions.
  • Have your child write every day.
  • Play games that involve problem solving.
  • Practice basic math facts in addition, subtraction and multiplication and division.
  • Practice spelling and vocabulary words.


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.