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8.21 “Welcome Back”

Monday, August 21, 2023

11:55 AM

Greetings from the Principals



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Dear Parents and Guardians,


This newsletter is called the Ardmore Community Newsletter and it shares what’s happening in our school.  This newsletter can be translated into more than 100 languages by using the “Select a Language” tool in the upper left corner of the webpage.  The drop down menu allows you to translate text on the Ardmore website as well as any other Bellevue School District website.


Warm greetings to you all! As we stand at the threshold of a new academic year, we are filled with excitement and anticipation for the journey ahead. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to collaborate and partner with each of you this year.

Our shared goal is to create an enriching environment where every student can thrive. Building upon the strong foundation already in place, we are thrilled to share two initiatives that will elevate the exceptional educational experience at our beloved school.


STEAM Excellence: In today’s dynamic world, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) are the driving forces of innovation. We are proud to expand upon the existing computer science offerings and infuse a deeper STEAM focus into our curriculum. Through integrating Engineering design, computer science, and project-based experiences throughout their learning journey, we aim to empower students to explore, experiment, and collaborate. By embracing interdisciplinary projects and leveraging cutting-edge resources, we seek to ignite a passion for discovery and problem-solving that will equip our students to meet the challenges of tomorrow, positioning them as creators of their future world.


Heritage Language Program: Our school community is so diverse linguistically and culturally , and we cherish this richness. It is with great pride that we announce the launch of the Arabic Heritage Language Program. As one of the pioneering schools in the country to introduce such a program, we are thrilled to celebrate the multilingual backgrounds of our students. Our aim is to connect students with their ancestral roots through heritage language learning. With the Arabic Heritage program’s starting next year, we will nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.

Our unique community, with its many  languages and heritages, makes Ardmore exceptional. Throughout the school year, we eagerly anticipate partnering with you to celebrate multiculturalism, fostering an environment where each student’s language and cultural background are valued, enriching the Ardmore community.


Nurturing and Inclusive School:  Our commitment to academic excellence goes hand in hand with our dedication to creating a nurturing, inclusive, and multilingual environment. This new chapter promises not only to enhance our students’ educational journey but also to strengthen the bonds within our school family.

We eagerly look forward to embarking on this exciting journey together, side by side with you, our valued parents and guardians. Your support and active participation are integral to the success of our programs and the holistic growth of our school community.


Thank you for entrusting us with the education and growth of your children. Let’s together make this academic year one of inspiration, exploration, and growth.



Tina Bogucharova-Principal (Languages spoken:  English, Chinese, and Japanese)

Yusra Obaid-Assistant Principal (Languages spoken:  English and Arabic)


Save the Date Back to School Meet and Greet Family Event : August 31st 4-6 (5pm Kindergarten Bus Orientation)

First Day* of School for 1st grade-5th grade: September 5th

Kindergarten Parent Teacher WAKids Conference:  September 5th-7th**

First Day* of School for Kindergarten: September 8th

Curriculum Night:  October 2nd


*Join us for Welcome Back Coffee, Tea, and Pastries after you drop off the children.

*30 minutes of time on one of these days.  In person or virtual.  Signup link coming soon!

Our Educator Teams


We are extremely fortunate to have a team of teachers who are so loving and dedicated to our community of learners.  Here are the grade level teams for the 2023-2024 school year:

Pre-K Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th/5th Grade Specialists
Carla Kemper


Lirio Silva


Catherine Kelly


Bekah June

Ana Lopez


Sarah Mendenhall


Iman Sallam


Sheryl Elrod


Cassie Espinoza


Somaya Sallam

Melina Marulis


Shannon Chancellor


Sarab Muhyaddin

Sherry Gaines


Julie Anderson


Lisa Symonds


Patrick West


Angela Dengel

Griff Johnson (PE)

Jolyn Danielson (Library)

Miriam Estrada/Lisa Cheung (Music)

Jessica Holloway (Art)

Shira Katsman (Orchestra)

Paul Gillespie (Band)

Tiffany Van/Bryant Yavorsky/Kelli Lane (Computer Science)



Pending enrollment fluctuation, we may make adjustments.  We ask everyone for flexibility and patience as we work through the uncertainties in the next few weeks.  Changes will be communicated promptly.


We are tremendously grateful for our educators who are supporting our students in all aspects of learning beyond the classroom.  The following teams of educators are highly specialized will be collaborating with homeroom teachers to promote a happy and healthy environment for the students:


General School Assistants Behavior Support



Student Support Staff Kitchen and Custodian Main Office

Kathy Lee

Jenny Keong

Corina Lazurciuc

Kyle Benson

Daniel Kwan

Muntaha Shafie

Liana Arakelyan



Madison Barnes

Amina Fatawi

Iris Tomas

Dina Mostafa

Bibi Mwshakou

Shushma Ellanki

Gladys Pedro



Lizbeth De La Cruz


Allen Manipon


Theresa Boyd


Sam Haney


Elaine Lam


Kelly Balzer (PBIS Facilitator)

Maria Manca/Mireya Frederick (Co-Teacher)

Ryan Wahlberg (Multilingual Learner Facilitator)

Pushpanjali Sengupta (Heritage Language Coach, MLL Facilitator)

Jennifer Jones (Instructional Technology Curriculum Leader)

Bev Doleac (Reading Specialist)

Yifan Fu/Eve Chan (Resource Room)

Katelyn Fiorillo (Counselor)

Daniel Llinas (Psychologist)

Corrine Wolfe/Katherine Snow (Occupational Therapist)

Chela Richards (Physical Therapist)

Megan Lacrone/Emma Strombom (Speech Language Pathologist)


Khai Vo (Lead: Day Custodian)


Bradley Hayes (Night Custodian)


Har Chio (Cook)


Maria Herrera

Marque (Assistant Cook)


Tina Bogucharova (Principal)


Yusra Obaid (Assistant Principal)


Kelly Nordstrom (Office Manager)


Chigusa Shimizu (Office Assistant)


Supriya Unnikrishan (Family Connections Center)


Bryanna Miller (Jubilee Reach)


Umberto Lenzi (Technology Specialist)


Deb Carter (Nurse)


Split Classrooms


Pending enrollment*, we may have to combine smaller classes into “Split” classes.


What:  It is a classroom with one teacher and students from two grade levels.

Why:  There aren’t enough students for one class or one grade level to create a classroom community.  We need to right-size our classes in order to remain budget-responsible.

How:  The homeroom teacher will teach both grade level curriculum and utilize effective instructional models that consist of instructional expertise, 50/50 small group, and/or other configurations while teaming with our student support staff.  Our goal is to provide the learning environment that is conducive to student learning on an individual and small group basis.

Who:  Currently, we have three 4th/5th Split classes because we only have one 4th grade group of students this year.  In order for them to fully experience the grade level community we have opted to invite them into the 5th grade cohort.  Together they will enjoy the programs, groupings, and community-building activities normally enjoyed by a grade level community.


*We are closely monitoring our enrollment numbers and will make adjustments accordingly in the next few weeks.

Kindergarten Teacher-Parent Conference


Incoming Kindergarten families are welcomed to meet with their teacher for the Home-School Connection interview!

We will send you a signup link as soon as our class placement is firm enough.


Here is what you can expect:

Tuesday – Thursday, September 5th-7th : WAKids Family Interviews

Friday, September 8th : 1st Day of School for Kindergarten, “Kindergarten Camp”

In order to provide the most fitting environment for our kindergarteners, we will provide a community experience for them to get to know all of their classmates and teachers.  Students will be assigned a homeroom at random for Kindergarten Camp.  The Kindergarten teachers will teach all groups throughout the day then create balance classes and contact families with final placement decisions.  Placement is based on our observations of how students interact with each other, with the teachers, and with our learning activities.  Students in the Arabic Heritage Language Program will remain with their designated teacher (Ms. Sallam) due to the unique instructional model of the class.

Monday, September 11th:  Students will begin their day with their assigned teacher.


Lunch Free/Reduce Lunch Application must be submitted every year.

Please let us know if you need help with the application process or if you have other needs for your family.


Application:  https://bsd405.org/services/nutrition-services/free-reduced/

Class Placement Announcement



Class Placement Announcement will be shared on August 30th after 4pm.  You can view the placement in ParentVue.  Teachers will also be sending their classroom newsletters to welcome you to their class!



Please set up your account and/or download the APP on your phone to access ParentVUE.   Synergy ParentVue provides parents and guardians the ability to view class placement, attendance, and various announcements from school. Set up is easy.  Instructions in multiple languages can be found here:  https://bsd405.org/departments/district-technology/grades-attendance/

Online Student Data Verification (action required for all families). Online Student Data Verification is a feature within ParentVUE that allows parents and guardians of active K – 12 students to update and manage their student’s demographic information. By updating student’s data, we can communicate academic progress to the appropriate contacts, distribute important information as needed, contact families in emergency situations, and respond to a medical situation appropriately.

Families can update student information through the online student verification process beginning August 23, 2023.

School Supply List We will provide basic supplies for our students.  If you are interested in adding to your child’s classroom supplies please take a look at this list: Ardmore Grade Level Supplies List

We are happy to take donations and your support is greatly appreciated but completely optional.


We are a community who supports each other in all aspects of life.  Please contact our Main Office or Family  Connections Center if you are in need of resources for your family such as backpacks, clothing, vouchers to access basic services, counseling, etc.  We are happy to help.

Ardmore School hours We are an Early Start School.

School day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday is from 8:05-2:35

On Wednesday it is 8:05-12:20


Lunch is 25 minutes and there are two 20-minute recess blocks each day.

Transportation Bus Schedule serving our school is now published online:  BSD Bus Route Information
Partnership Opportunities:  PTSA



School is fun for students and it can be very fun for adults!


Get involved by signing up and volunteering for at least one family event!

Our PTSA Board will partner with us to create monthly Family Events to bring the community together.  We rely on your help to lift these programs.

Board Members for 2023-2024:

Ryan Sugden President
Liz Gue Co-vice
Kristi Leniart Treasurer
Chip Nolan Co-VP
Robin Buckmiller Communications  Lead


Please look for opportunities to sign up soon!

When parents volunteer the school comes alive.  Please help us create a school community where treasured memories are created.

After School Care



BGC will offer After School Care on site at Ardmore this year!

Before school care is offered at Sherwood Forest.  Transportation from Sherwood to Ardmore is not currently provided but if you need this service please call the Main Office.


Sign up:


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.