Important Dates

May 29

Memorial Day, No School

June 5

Muli-Language Principal Coffee, 9:30am

June 13

I-Connect, 6:30pm

June 14

PTSA Meeting, 6:00pm

June 19

Juneteenth, No School

June 21

8th Grade Promotion, 10:45am

June 22

Last Day of School, 7:45am-9:45am

Greetings Chinook Middle School Community,

Reminder, there is no school on Monday, May 29, Memorial Day.

News and updates are below.

In Partnership,

James Peterson


8th grade Promotion

The 2023 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 21, at 10:45 AM at Chinook Middle School. Doors open at 10:15 AM for seating.

All Chinook 8th grade students may participate in the promotion ceremony, walk across the stage and receive a certificate.

More information.

Review Fees and Fines

Your student may have fees or fines on their school account that need your attention.

It’s important to know that these fines will remain on your student’s account, even if they are changing schools for next year. Students with unpaid fines will not be able to pre-purchase tickets for school socials or pick up their yearbook. If the fines remain when they transition to high school, they will not be eligible to compete in school sports or attend social events until they are paid off.

Please let us help you to clear fines and fees, and resolve any account holds. To check your student’s account, click on this link to log in.

Payments can be submitted through the online portal or paid at the front office by Check, Visa/MC, or Cash. If you think that you are eligible for fee waivers, please contact the Chinook office for assistance. Need help with Touchbase? Please Contact

Thank you for taking the time to make sure that your student’s account is in good standing. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to assist you.

Overdue Library Books

Please, remind your students to return overdue library books. As of today, there are over 210 books overdue by at least two weeks beyond their due date; this represents $3,200 in replacement fines.

All library books checked-out for the 2022-23 school year are due back by Friday, June 8th. The following day, all checked-out books will appear as overdue and will be assessed a replacement fine. Once books are returned and checked-in, the fine will be removed.

If your student is unsure whether they have overdue books, they can view their library account by logging in to Destiny Discover via the student portal.

If a book is indeed lost, reach out to me as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support!

Ms. Kawaguchi

I-Connect Evening Event for Families: Bellevue High Seniors to Give Advice


If you and your child are curious what it is like being a student at Bellevue High School (BHS), please join the next I-Connect meeting, “Exit Interview: BHS Seniors Tell All,” where families will have the opportunity to hear from Class of 2023 “experts.” This will be an evening event on Tuesday, June 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Chinook Middle School library.

On the eve of Graduation Day, we will ask a panel of seniors to give us the unvarnished truth. What is the best way for freshmen to make new friends? What types of jobs did they do to fulfill the community service requirement? Did they feel any pressure to experiment with drugs or alcohol? How many colleges did they apply to? We will ask these questions and more. Plus, the seniors will take questions from the audience.

Please arrive early to make your way to the library. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp. No drop-offs allowed; students must be accompanied by an adult.

I-Connect is an award-winning program sponsored by Chinook PTSA. For more information:

Fentanyl Awareness and Overdose Prevention

According to King County officials, families in the area are facing a dangerous reality that fatal fentanyl overdoses are on the rise. Access several local resources to learn more about fentanyl, what teens need to know and how to talk to them, the signs of overdose, how to use Naloxone, and more.

Get Free Naloxone by Mail in WA State
Do you have naloxone (a.k.a. Narcan) in your first aid kit? This medication is given when an opioid overdose happens and can help save someone’s life. Anyone who uses opioids (even if they are prescribed by a physician) or who has friends or family who do should have naloxone on hand just in case. Additionally, because fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, can now be found in any illicit drug bought on the street or online, it’s a good idea for anyone using any substances to carry naloxone.

In Washington State, you can now order FREE naloxone kits by mail. The mail order program is meant for people who can’t easily go to a community organization or a pharmacy to get a kit.

Laced & Lethal
Overdoses caused by fentanyl-laced substances are on the rise in King County. Laced & Lethal shares information about fentanyl, the need for naloxone, how to spot an overdose, the risks of using alone, and other helpful resources for youth and families.

Talk Even If
Have the talk that can save lives. King County families are facing a dangerous reality: Fatal fentanyl overdoses are on the rise. Even if you don’t think your teen is at risk, they need to be prepared. Talk Even If shares the facts about fentanyl, what to look out for, and how to get and provide help in an overdose emergency.

Community AAPI Heritage Month Event: Applaud to the Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Workers

In honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Chinese American Civic Association presents “Applaud to the Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Workers” exhibition. The exhibition is free and open to the community through June 2. Exhibition hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

See the flyer.

Bellevue Youth Theatre Performance

The Bellevue Youth Theatre invites students to join them for this summer’s presentation of Alice in Wonderland. No pre-registration required; simply attend one of the audition dates.

  • Audition dates: Tuesday, June 6 or Wednesday, June 7
  • Times: Anytime between 5-6:30 p.m. (drop-in)
  • Location: Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16051 NE 10th Street.

The Bellevue Youth Theater is dedicated to providing theater arts opportunities for all young people, regardless of income or ability. The theatre stages quality productions that are both entertaining and socially relevant. Learn more by visiting BYT Auditions.

Volunteer Opportunity: Math Agency Tutors Needed for Fall 2023

The BSD is looking for parents, family members and high school students interested in providing math coaching for elementary students next school year. Starting in fall 2023, regular math tutoring will be available for students at Lake Hills Elementary and Stevenson Elementary through district partner, Math Agency. Coaching requires a minimum commitment of 1 hour per week, for at least 10 weeks starting in early September. Training will be offered to all volunteers through Math Agency; no prior tutoring experience or math proficiency is required. Language diversity is welcome!

For more information, please contact Math Agency staff member, Mike Preiner, at

In Case You Missed It

New Mosaic

New mosaic at the front of the school designed and created by students at Chinook this year.

It is an impressive addition to the school!

City of Bellevue Transportation Survey

The City of Bellevue is seeking travel data on how students travel to and from school and you can help by completing their annual survey. This annual survey will help us evaluate our strategies for the Bellevue SchoolPool program, which aims to reduce drop-off and pickup congestion at schools.

Complete the short, five-question survey here.

If you have questions, please contact Kate Johnson, Bellevue SchoolPool Program Lead, at

PTSA Meeting- Save the Date

IMPORTANT!!! Please mark your calendars for our Final PTSA General Membership Meeting of the year on Wed., June 14th, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the Chinook Commons (TEAMS link will be provided as the date approaches). This a critical meeting to vote on next year’s budget and a new Executive Committee. We still need volunteers!

Complete Health Forms for 2023-2024 School Year

Want your student to start school on time next year? Make an appointment now to complete:

  • Vaccinations – Sign up for MyIR (My Immunization Record) to see if your student needs any school required immunizations.
  • Individual Health Plans (IHP) for asthma, diabetes, life-threatening allergies, seizures and other life-threatening conditions (complete yearly)
  • Medication authorization paperwork for medicine taken at school (complete yearly)
  • Sports physicals if your student will play high school sports (complete every two years)

Make your appointment NOW. Clinics are booked MONTHS in advance.

Many clinics charge $20 or more to complete paperwork outside an appointment.

BSD Summer Programs

It’s time to register for BSD Summer Programs, which include:

Credit Recovery: (Current 9th – 12th Graders)

  • Elementary Summer School: (Transitional K, 3rd – 4th Graders)
  • Middle School Jumpstart: (Rising 6th Graders)
  • Arts, Tech, and More Summer Camp  (Rising 7th – 8th Graders)

See the BSD Summer Programs website at 2023 Summer Programs K-12 – Bellevue School District (

Commitment to Nondiscrimination

Bellevue School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights, Racial Discrimination, and Gender Expression or Identity Discrimination:

Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Compliance Coordinator Nancy Pham, (425) 456-4040 or

Sex-based Discrimination, including Sexual Harassment: Title IX Coordinator: Jeff Lowell, (425) 456-4010 or

Disability Discrimination: Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Heather Edlund, (425) 456-4156 or

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

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.