Dear Ardmore Families,

As we start 2024 we are truly fortunate to be part of such a supportive community. The launch of our after-school offerings this month has been met with enthusiasm, and we’re delighted to witness our students trying a range of different offerings.

As the days gradually lengthen, afternoons are becoming moments of collaboration, shared learning in our classrooms. It warms our hearts to see the community at Ardmore coming together, fostering an environment where each student contributes to and learns from one another. We would like to showcase different learning happening in our school through these newsletters.

Our commitment to elevate our multicultural community remains our priority. The wealth of knowledge that both you and our children bring to Ardmore is what makes our school truly shine. Every identity is celebrated, and we take pride in honoring the diverse heritages that make our community rich and unique.

Thank you for being an integral part of the Ardmore family. Together, let’s make 2024 a year filled with continued growth, learning, and shared successes.

Here are some highlights from the events that unfolded this month and a glimpse of what lies ahead



Tina Bogucharova-Principal

Yusra Obaid-Assistant Principal

Spotlight on Instruction

Each month we will share something from our classroom visits in this section so that you can learn about our instruction, curriculum and the expertise of our teachers.

In Science, 5th Graders use 3-D visual modelling to learn about the eye, its connection to the brain and how it encodes images.  This concept is important because students learn that the eye and the brain are connected and how the brain helps make sense of what the eye sees.  Students also learn that receptors in the eye allow animals to see better at night.

January Family Event:Games Night



Please join us for the January Friday Night Family Event.

Global Games Gala Flyer

When:  Friday, January 19th, 6:00-7:30

Where:  Ardmore Gym

What:  Tabletop Games from Around the World

Who:  Ardmore students and family


If you have a game that you love to plan and you would like to teach others how to play please bring it.  We will have various stations for trying new games.  More details later!  Be sure to check Talking Points.


In case you missed our December Family Event, here is a recap with pictures:


Future events and dates can be found here:

PTSA Calendar 2023-2024


Kindergarten Information Session



Do you have an incoming Kindergartener this fall?Our amazing Kindergarten teachers as well as support staff will be here to answer your questions and share with you how to enroll at our school.

When:  Wednesday, February 1, 5:30-6:30pm

Who:  Incoming Kindergarten Families

Where:  Ardmore Elementary Cafeteria

More information can be found here:

Early Learning Program Parent Education Session



If you are trying to potty train your child and would like to learn from an expert please attend the PK Parent Session next Wednesday at Stevenson Elementary at 5pm.  Childcare and dinner will be provided.

Regarding Preschool Registration in 2024-2025 school year:
  • January 22 – Open registration via email to current preschool families
  • January 29 – Preschool Open House at Clyde Hill
  • January 30 – Preschool Open House at Bennett and Jing Mei
  • February 5 – Open registration for BSD employees
  • February 7 – Preschool Open House at Woodridge
  • February 8 – Preschool Open House at Phantom Lake
  • February 12 – Open registration for new families
  • March 1 – Synergy opens for registration and includes preschool
After School Clubs



The After School Club winter sessions have started.  We have students in Jubilee Reading Club, Arabic Calligraphy Club, Hora Dance Club, and Debkeh Dance Club.  We look forward to presenting our students’ learning through these clubs to the community at a future Family Event!

In the Spring session please look forward to Bollywood Club among other offerings.  If you have ideas and/or time to volunteer at these after school clubs please let us know.  Email [email protected] (Mrs. B).

Progress Reports



The Elementary Progress Report comes home twice each year.  These reports will give you an indication of your child’s progress on reaching grade level standards in each content area.

2/8 Progress Reports will be sent home in backpacks

2/9 Progress Reports will be visible on ParentVue


To login to ParentVue, please see here


We highly recommend that you download the ParentVue APP on your smart phone.  It is very useful for checking attendance and grades, especially if you have middle and high school students in our district.

Safety Drills



Washington state law and Bellevue School District policy require all schools to hold at least one drill per calendar month while school is in session. This month, we will be conducting a lockdown drill and practicing actions to help keep us safe in the event of a threat or intruder.

Please note that a lockdown is considered a preventative measure and is not the same as an Active Threat.


During a lockdown drill, students learn about the importance of listening to school staff and following instructions quickly and quietly.


Lockdown is initiated when there is a threat to the campus or school. All threats are taken seriously. In the interest of student safety, lockdown may be initiated while the nature of the threat is evaluated. Staff are trained to lock classroom doors, shut off the lights, close the blinds, and to continually assess the situation.


Please talk with your student about preparing for emergencies and disasters. Encourage them to talk about their concerns and express their feelings. Emphasize that even though sometimes things happen that we may not expect, there are lots of things we can do to help us stay safe.


For more information on talking to your child about school safety, you might want to visit the website



If your child will be late or absent please be sure to let us know.Our Attendance Secretary, Ms. Chigusa Shimizu, can be reached on Talking Points or email.

[email protected]


If you have any questions about Excused vs. Unexcused Absences please call (425) 456-4700 or see here


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.