Dear Families,

Next week is Mid-Winter Break!  This means that we’ve passed the 100 Days of school mark and we’re sprinting quickly to Spring.   Our students continue to amaze us with their creativity, generosity, and resilience.  Playground, Bus, Lunchroom and Classroom conflicts arise often but through these incidences we can guide students to make good choices and test their own tolerance for discomfort.  As challenging as it might be it’s good to work through friendship conflicts while they are in elementary school.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to partner with us to support your child’s academic and social emotional growth.

Have a safe and relaxing break!


5th grade News:  Ardmore Hosts Regional Battle of the Books and Orchestra and Band Mini-Concert


Mrs. B and Ms. Obaid

p.s. We have partnered with Odle Middle School to organize a Food Drive for Hopelink.  Please consider donating non-perishable food items by bringing them to school.  We have Hopelink boxes by the Main Office.  Thank you for your generosity and consideration.

Spotlight on Instruction:

Microbits, Egg Drop, and Community Mural Preparation


Microbit Programming

As part of our STEAM initiative to integrate computer science across subject areas, picture one: Our 3rd-grade class has been exploring Microbits, which are small hardware devices to help them program and collect data in science. Students in Ms. Anderson’s and Gaines’ class have been learning about lights and circuits. They used their knowledge in computer science to record observations on the output of Microbits regarding light intensity.

In the second-grade Arabic class, students utilized their skills in Scratch to program a social story about making good choices during conflicts at recess. Students programmed a model in Scratch using both Arabic and English to share the story, demonstrating their understanding of the social-emotional curriculum.

Engineering Design Challenge:  Egg Drop

The Interlake Robotics Team students led an engineering activity with our 3rd grade students to design an egg drop mechanism that would protect the egg from a high altitude drop.  This lesson was about materials and structural engineering.  Most importantly, it was about team work and having fun!  Ask your children about it.

Community Mural Preparations:  Circle Painting

Students are working on a Circle Painting design for our Ardmore Community Mural project to add color and light to the downstairs hallways.  Here they are working with a California-based Artist to learn the technique of creating spiraling and circular patterns.

March Family Event:



Join us on March 8th for the Ardmore Multicultural Night Potluck!

This is a community pot luck and student performance event where we can come together to learn and celebrate the many cultures of our school community.

Who:  Ardmore Families

When:  Friday, March 8

Where:  School Cafeteria and Gym

How:  Bring a dish and/or a display to share about your family’s traditions or culture.

Why:  Let the children see that school is not only a place for learning but also a safe place to make friends and be in community.

What:  Potluck* dinner, Open Mic**, Cultural Displays, Free Drinks and Snacks.

Please RSVP here:  Multicultural Night Sign Up

*Please bring a dish, snacks, or sweets to share.  Please list nuts/dairy/meat/etc. ingredients

**We will host an Open Mic event where students can sign up to perform or display something that they’ve created.  We will help students sign up at school.  Open Mic will take place from 6:30-7:00.

We look forward to seeing you here!


PTSA Fundraiser:  Pets Calendar

Do you have a cute picture of your family’s pet?


The PTSA is creating a Pets of Ardmore Calendar as a fundraiser project.  Money raised from this fundraiser will support the various classroom activities such as assemblies, fieldtrips, and other extracurricular experiences.  Thank you for your support!


Please submit your pet’s picture and your information here:

Progress Reports

If you have questions about your child’s Progress Report please let us know.  The most important skill in elementary education is to build students’ interest and motivation to learn.  If they did not reach grade level proficiency it is okay because many of the skills spiral up into the next grade level.  It is important that students feel confident and comfortable so that when they feel lost they know there’s a way to climb back up.

Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have questions about the Progress Report.  If you have questions about the general overview of the K-5 program or need additional support please contact us.  We will be happy to hear from you!

Rainier Athletes

Rainier Athletes is a mentoring program that supports students who have an interest in team sports.  To learn more about the program please see attached PDF flyer in English and Spanish that includes details, including the times and locations, of RA info sessions for interested new students and families. You can also see the flyer information on our website in ENGLISH HERE and SPANISH HERE!
Arabic Language Evening

Wondering what Arabic instructional offerings we have for our Middle and High School students?  Please come to Sammamish High School and find out.  Online classes are offered to students who want to continue their Arabic studies.

Arabic Language Evening on February 28 – Bellevue School District (

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.