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  • Curriculum and Community Night
  • I-Connect
  • Too Sick for School?
  • Care Solace
  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
  • In Case You Missed It

Important Dates

  • Sept. 18
    • Curriculum Night
  • Sept. 28
    • I-Connect, 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Oct.13
    • No School, Professional Development Day
Greetings Chinook Middle School Community,

I hope you are able to attend our Curriculum and Community Night event this evening. Details are below, along with lots of other news and updates.

In Partnership,

James Peterson


[email protected]


Curriculum and Community Night

Please join us as for Curriculum and Community Night, Monday, September 18. Families are invited to arrive when they would like between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Schedule below:

  • 5:30-6:00 p.m.: Mix and mingle with Chinook staff and other families. Dessert and light snacks provided.
  • 6:00-6:40 p.m.: Grade Level Presentations. Hear from Teachers, Admin, Counselors, and more.
    • 6th grade in the commons.
    • 7th and 8th grade in the gym.
  • 6:50-7:20 p.m.: Classroom Visits. Meet classroom teachers and see what students are learning. Note: Teachers will not be able to discuss questions or concerns related to individual students; individual questions or concerns can be addressed by individual arrangements in the future.

I- Connect: Parents’ Back-to-School Get Together

Thursday, Sept 28, 2023
6:00pm-7:30pm, Chinook Library

Topic:  What to Expect in Middle School – Get the Scoop From Seasoned Parents

Guest Speakers: A Panel of 7th and 8th Grade Parents

Welcome back, parents and guardians, to our first live, in-person social event of the school year.

Hear from a panel of returning parents who will share information, tips, and perspectives on middle school. This is a great opportunity for parents/guardians new to Chinook to learn more about the school and to get connected within the school community in an informal setting. Parents/guardians who have been at the school for a while are also welcome and encouraged to attend. There will be time for networking after the panel. Light appetizers will be served.

Chinook I-Connect Co-Chairs 2023-2024:  Stephanie Hsu & Michelle Pflaum  ([email protected])


What is Chinook I-Connect?  Chinook I-Connect is an award-winning PTSA program that connects new and existing parents/guardians to build relationships, foster participation, and strengthen our school community. With this in mind, I-Connect puts together informal, monthly meetings that focus on topics that are relevant to the middle school parent community, such as education, parenting, diversity, and community. We believe that by meeting face-to-face, sharing our experiences and thoughts, and giving each other tips and advice, we will strengthen and enhance our Chinook family. These are casual meetings, and you can choose to attend one, a couple, or all the meetings. Bring a friend and spread the word!

More info:  http://www.chinookptsa.org/i-connect.html

~ Provided by Chinook PTSA ~

Too Sick for School?

There are various medical conditions which may require your child to stay home from school. Below are some signs your child should stay home from school:

Appearance, Behavior – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable

Eyes – white or yellow drainage, vision change, and/or redness of the eyelid or skin around the eye, itchiness, pain or sensitivity to light.  This may be a sign of “pink eye” (conjunctivitis) and need medical evaluation.  However, students can be in school if there is only minimal redness to the white of the eye and no other signs.

Fever – temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Student needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Giving a fever reducing medication just before returning to school does not make a student well. It may only mask the fever until the medication wears off. In this situation, a student needs to be home so others are not exposed to illness.

Ear Pain with Fever – Untreated ear infections may cause permanent hearing loss so, consult with the student’s health care provider.

Persistent Nasal Drainage And/Or Chronic Cough – may need to be seen by a health care provider. These may be signs of a condition that may spread to others and require treatment.

Sore Throat – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. A student with a confirmed diagnosis of strep throat may return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment.

Diarrhea – 3 or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the student acts or looks ill.

Vomiting – vomiting 2 or more times within the past 24 hours.

Rash – body rash, especially with fever or itching. Exceptions are rashes due to heat, diapers, and allergic reactions which are not spread to others.

Scabies – Students with scabies may return to school 24 hours after beginning treatment.

Chickenpox – Students are infectious 1 – 2 days before the rash appears and until the blisters (sores) are dry and crusted. This is usually 5‐6 days after the rash appears.  Students need to stay home until all lesions have crusted over and there are no new lesions in 24 hours.  If your child has chicken pox, alert the school nurse.

COVID-19 – Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and be tested and/or see a health care provider. View the latest guidance here.

Care Solace Mental Health and Substance Use Care

Care Solace is a new partnership in the district that coordinates mental health and substance use care for district staff, students and families at no cost. The Care Solace team is available 24/7/365 in 200+ languages to explain options and coordinate care. Please be sure to register for Care Loop by using this registration link. Care Loop registration will allow you to do warm handoffs on behalf of students and staff.

Once registered, check out the Care Solace FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions. For BSD-specific Care Solace questions or concerns, please contact Alyssa Symmes at [email protected].

More information about this partnership is available on the Mental Health Services section of the district website.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Resources for the BSD Community

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a great time to share what BSD is doing to prevent suicide in our community. Families are encouraged to learn about the Signs of Suicide curriculum, the district’s mental health resources, Care Solace, and the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

We all have a role in preventing suicide in our community. You don’t have to have any special training to ACT to prevent suicide:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE warning signs of depression or suicide,
  • Show the person you CARE, and
  • Tell a trusted adult or professional.

Learn more and access additional resources on the BSD website.

In Case You Missed It

Bellevue Family Hub – New Hours and Second Location

The Bellevue Family Hub has new hours at its location at Highland Middle School and recently opened a second site at Stevenson Elementary. Families can receive emergency financial assistance and support for basic needs. Students and families can also attend free educational workshops and get connected to community organizations in a welcoming safe environment. The Bellevue Family Hub is generously supported through district partner, Bellevue LifeSpring.

BSD Texting App “Talking Points” to Use New Phone Numbers

The BSD texting app, “Talking Points,” will utilize new phone numbers this year. Bellevue School staff use Talking Points to send SMS text messages to families. Our vendor has let us know that this school year, the sender’s phone number will appear different to families than in the past. This means that when you receive a text from staff, it will appear to be a new sending number. If you attempt to reply to an old number, you will receive a reminder that the number has been re-assigned. We apologize for any confusion this may create. You will continue to receive all texts from BSD staff, but you may notice a new phone number.

Mental Health Resources for Families

Did you know that the BSD website contains a Mental Health Services section, which includes mental health resources for students and families? School administrators worked in partnership with support staff to strategize, align and provide access to this information in a user-friendly manner, to support students and families. Students and families are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the content to better understand mental health topics including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and suicide prevention. Students and families are encouraged to reach out to school counselors and MHAT counselors for additional mental health support.

Learn about mental health topics and access support resources.

Bellevue Special Needs PTA Meet and Greet

Bellevue Special Needs PTA invites families to attend their Meet and Greet on Saturday, September 23, at Crossroads Park. Learn how the Special Needs PTA promotes advocacy and education and empowers families. Meet families and share stories. Learn from the journeys of those who have parented students with 504 plans and IEPs. The event is open to all, and snacks will be provided!

Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Crossroads Park, southwest pavilions
Address: 16000 NE 10th St, Bellevue, WA 98008

View more information in the program flyer.

Screenagers Under the Influence

The Bellevue Schools Foundation is sponsoring a screening of Screenagers Under The Influence

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinemas
700 Bellevue Way Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98004



We invite you to view the film ‘Screenagers Under the Influence‘ at Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinemas. This event is designed to enlighten and educate attendees about teenage drug use in the digital age. It is suitable for teenagers and their parents or caretakers.

After the screening, we will have an interactive panel presentation to provide resources for responding appropriately.

Panelists include:

BSD Mental Health Assistance Team

Dr. Ray Hsiao, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Marnie Maraldo, Influence the Choice

Angelica Zapata, Be Ready to Grow

Doors open at 6:30PM and the film starts at 7:00PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

High School Athletics Attendance

Please know that any middle school student attending varsity games at any District high school during the 2023-2024 school year will be required to be accompanied by a parent or supervising adult. Unaccompanied middle school students will not be admitted.

When preparing to attend any athletic event, whether varsity or sub varsity, please note that all spectators at any District high school will watch contests from the designated stands. Restrooms and concession areas will remain available for breaks and refreshment.

You can purchase tickets ahead of any game by accessing the District’s Hometown Ticketing Box Office (https://bsd405.hometownticketing.com/embed/all?schools=2).

Reimaging Middle School

Bellevue School District’s Reimagining Middle School (RMS) Design Teams have started the work for 2023-2024. The goal is to develop structures and practices that best serve the development of social, emotional, and academic skills of all our students. Specifically, we will develop plans for successful implementation of Advisory/Homeroom and Problem-Based Learning. We will share our proposals with Bellevue School District’s executive team and Superintendent Dr. Kelly Aramaki, by the end of the academic year.

We seek your voice! If you are interested in providing feedback along the way for our Advisory/Homeroom and/or Problem Based Learning Design Teams, we invite you to join our Consultancy Board. To learn more about the Consultancy Board, please visit RMS Consultancy Board Member Responsibilities.

If you are interested in joining, please complete this interest form. You are also invited to follow our progress throughout the year through our RMS Steering Committee webpage.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at[email protected]

Join the Chinook PTSA

Join us in our goal to create a strong Chinook community. The Chinook Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) strives to build a strong partnership between the school and the families to help every child achieve their potential.

Your membership includes an automatic subscription to the Kodiak Korner and up to two votes at membership meetings. Membership also includes special discounts through WA State PTSA partners.

When you join, you also have the option to purchase a membership for a Chinook Teacher/Staff member.

PTSA Membership Scholarships Available.

Print out the Chinook PTSA Membership Form or join online.

Learn more about the Chinook PTSA.

Chinook is Hiring

Chinook is hiring Para Educators for the coming school year.

Learn more and apply.

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 [email protected]

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

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

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.