Dear Bennett Families,

The first 20 or so days of school have been both rewarding and challenging for all of us.
As a staff we have been so pleased to see our students return with their usual energy
and excitement to learn. The many mitigation factors we have put in place to assure our
student safety and health have been working extremely well and we can report that
there have been no school based exposures to the virus and just a few students
needing to quarantine due to travel or a close contact outside of school, all with
negative Covid tests! While learning looks much the same and oh so different, the focus
is the same – creating an environment where students can grow academically,
emotionally, and socially. As students have done personal work in describing their
authentic selves and their hopes and dreams, to identifying their hope for how the
learning community should be, to modeling in action and deed the Bennett Way for
peers, they have begun to build stamina, resilience, and become creators of their own
world. It is gratifying to see how eager they are and how our teachers and staff try each
day to listen to, learn from, and lead with our students and families.

We look forward to talking with you more at Curriculum Night and conferences about
how we can better serve and support our children. What better measure of the health of
a community than the well-being of its children.
We are so proud of the Bennett community and its commitment to our children in
assuring they thrive in any circumstances. Living the Bennett Way!

Finding and Translating School News –
You can use the website translation feature at the bottom of the page to read this
newsletter in any of the languages offered. The link for the newsletters
is https://bsd405.org/bennett/resources/announcements/
Puede utilizar la función de traducción del sitio web en la parte inferior de la página
para leer este boletín en cualquiera de los idiomas ofrecidos. El enlace para los
boletines es https://bsd405.org/bennett/resources/announcements/

IMPORTANT DATES
October 6 National Walk & Bike to School Day
October 7 Bennett Curriculum Night – Virtual 5:30-7:00
October 8 No School for Students – Teacher Professional Development Day
October 11, 12, 13 Early Release Days for Family Conferences (school ends at 1:15)
October 20 Unity Day – Stand together to prevent bullying. (wear orange)
October 21 Statewide Earthquake Awareness and Drill
October 22 Bennett PTSA Walk-A-Thon – In-person Family Event

Meet Our Counselor:
Hello Bennett Families,
For those of you who don’t know me, I am Tiffany Didrickson, better known at Mrs.
D and this is my 4th year at Bennett Elementary. As counselor, my focus is the
personal, academic, and social development of all Bennett students. I do this mostly
through whole class guidance lessons, small group meetings, individual check-ins,
problem solving meetings and short-term counseling support. With so many
uncertainties and changes in their lives right now, I realize that many of our
students may be needing extra support, connection, or just someone to process their emotions with. I
am available to provide some of that support. I also plan to facilitate various short-term small groups
this year that will focus on specific skills such as resiliency, managing worry, healthy friendship building,
growth mindset and emotional regulation. Please email me at didricksont@bsd405.org or call me at
425-456-4807 and we can work together to determine the type of support that will be best for your
child or talk through any specific concerns that you have. I look forward to partnering with you this
school year.

Curriculum Night. This year curriculum night will be all virtual. We will have made it so that
you can access both the general sessions and individual teacher sessions from any device.
Links will be provided for both general session and separately from teachers for the
class/teacher specific presentation. Teachers will have with one longer session or two short
sessions that are live with the opportunity to answer questions. Presentations will be recorded
for families that need to view the information at a later time or have multiple students.
5:30-5:50 General Session with Principal and support staff (access here): Bennett Curriculum
Night General Meeting
6:00 Teacher sessions start (you will receive a link from your child’s teacher)
7:00 End of all classroom sessions
Early release for Elementary Family conferences. October 11,12, & 13 are early release
days for elementary students in support of Parent/Teacher/Student conferences (dismissal at
1:15). Please look for additional information from the school and from your child’s teacher with
specifics for how conferences will be conducted this year.
Wednesday, October 20th is Unity Day. This is a day each year where we encourage
students to stand together against bullying and be united for kindness, inclusion and
acceptance. The official color for Unity Day is orange and all students & staff are
encouraged to wear orange to school. In our main entryway we have our Bennett Unity
Tree, which students will decorate with fall leaves and their ideas about how to be
united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Bullying can be prevented when we all
come together.

Weather Ready for Fall. Weather forecasts show that our beautiful fall days have come
to an end. Recesses will still be outside to ensure students are having multiple fresh air
opportunities throughout the day. Our one covered area is limited, so students need to
be prepared for wetter conditions during recess. Please consider sending them with a
raincoat daily as weather often changes mid-day.

Advanced Learning Testing. Any parent of a BSD student in grades 2-4 and 6-11
can apply for their child to participate in advanced learning testing. District families
interested in applying for testing must submit the application before the deadline
on October 29, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Parents of BSD kindergarten, first and fifth grade students do not need to
apply. All kindergarten, first and fifth grade students will be considered for Advanced
Learning Services. Please note that all first and fifth grade students will be automatically
screened first before being invited to participate in CogAT. For more information on all service models, please visit our Advanced Learning: Services We Provide webpage.

Need Help with Technology? Tech support is available Monday through Friday!
Visit https://bsd405.org/techsupport for details. For self-guided support, explore the
list of common questions and resources. Information on BSD Technology Centers is
available on our website.

2021-22 Official Notices for District Families. It is the intention of Bellevue School District
that all students, parents and school employees have access to an and understanding of state
laws, regulations and district policies that pertain to school and student rights. Find linked below
the BSD Official Notices for this year. https://bsd405.org/about/resources/notices/

Free & Reduced Priced Meals. Although lunches are free to all students for the 2021-
2022 school year, it is still advisable to complete, if you have the need, The Free and
Reduced Priced Lunch application for the 2021-22 school year is available. Completing
the school meal benefit application to qualify for free or reduced priced meals will allow
your student to gain access to:
• Fee Waivers or discounts* offered by the district.
• Community resources such as Operation School Bell, Backpack Meals and
Shoes that Fit.
• Potential expansion of federal P-EBT benefits.
• Uninterrupted school meal benefits for the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school
year.
*The Fee Waiver Program offers waived fees for IB & AP tests, extracurricular
activities such as ASB dues, event registrations, field trips, performances, social
events/dances, transportation fees, athletic fees and discounted summer school
tuition.
More information about the application and how to get help is also available
from Nutrition Services.

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.