• Shine On Chinook
  • Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • School Funding 101
  • PTSA Membership and Kodiak Korner
  • Bus Route Cancellations
  • BHS Dance Camp
  • In Case You Missed It

Important Dates

  • Nov. 23-24
    • No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov. 29
    • I-Connect: 8:30am
  • Dec. 20-Jan. 1
    • No School, Winter Break
  • Jan. 2
    • Classes Resume
Greetings Chinook Middle School Community,

Student safety is a top priority for us at Chinook Middle School and we practice school-wide emergency drills every month.

Earlier this week our District Safety & Security Team trained students on the response to a Lockdown and a Lockout. Students practiced and went through the actions of a Lockdown in their classrooms.

Learn more about our Lockdown and Lockout procedures.

News and updates below.

In Partnership,

James Peterson


[email protected]

Shine On Chinook- There’s Still Time to Donate!

PTSA Fundraiser Dates: Nov. 2nd -Nov. 23rd

Please join in supporting our PTSA and donate to our Shine on Chinook fundraiser. We are at 32% of our goal with less than a week to go. Your donations truly decide our budget and what programs, events and activities will be funded. Many thanks to all who have donated and participated!!! We are so appreciative and filled with gratitude!!

Return the yellow envelope your child was given in their advisory class and enter your child into our SHINE ON CHINOOK drawing! Ms. Cari and Mr. Nelson advisory classes are in the lead!

Return the yellow envelope your child was given in their advisory class and enter your child into our SHINE ON CHINOOK drawing!

We have more details on our fundraiser, drawing and all that the PTSA supports on our website.

Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Families Helping Families Thanksgiving Food Drive is a long running tradition in the Bellevue community. Families Helping Families provides Thanksgiving baskets to Bellevue School District families in need. Over the past 16 years, more than 40,000 people have received support through Families Helping Families.

Each year Families Helping Families strives to provide full and delicious holiday feasts. If you would like to ensure that requested meals are made available, please contact [email protected].

School Funding 101 – Understanding Our Money Sources

Learn more about the district’s sources of money and how we can spend them. In school districts, we have multiple buckets of funds where our money is accounted for — General Fund, Capital and Technology Fund and Building Fund. Each of these funds has designated uses and we as a district are limited in how we can transfer money between these funds based on state law.

Learn more about BSD’s funding sources.

PTSA Membership and the Kodiak Korner

If you still haven’t joined our PTSA or signed up to receive our Kodiak Korner, please do so on our website. Getting the Kodiak Korner will keep you informed on the events and activities coming up for the kids!

Bus Route Cancellations

Monday, November 20 through Wednesday, November 22, the following bus routes are canceled due to driver availability:

  • 04—Chinook and Odle middle schools
  • 10—Tillicum and Tyee middle schools
  • 14—Clyde Hill and Jing Mei elementary schools
  • 25—Medina and Sherwood Forest elementary schools
  • 29—Ardmore and Bennett elementary schools and Highland Middle School
  • 53—International, Big Picture, Newport High School and Highland Middle School

No student pick-ups will be available in both the A.M. and P.M. timeframes. Families impacted need to plan alternate transportation for their students. Any absences will be excused. All other bus routes will run normally as scheduled.

More information: November 20-November 22 Bus Route Cancellations – Bellevue School District (

BHS Dance Camp

December 9, 2023. Register by November 25.

See the flyer.

In Case You Missed It

Staff Appreciation Lunch

November 21 10:00am

Soup and Salad Buffet

One last lunch before the year ends for our fantastic teachers and staff!! Have a favorite comfy soup? What about a delicious fresh salad? How’s your chili recipe? Drop off one of your favorite soups, salad or chili and wow our teachers and staff!!!! Your culinary delights are always so appreciated by our teachers and staff!!! Click the link below to sign up!

Chinook Middle School: Soup & Salad Buffet (

Special Snack Request

Our amazing front staff and counseling center has asked for some support in supplying snacks for our kiddos. While the PTSA will assist in this ask, we are also asking our fabulous community for supplemental support since this is a year long need. Sometimes a kid just need a break and snack to get back into their routine. Please click on the link for donation ideas to help feed our kiddos!

PTSA Social Events Survey

Please take a few seconds to fill out the survey below. The PTSA is looking to host more events that the community would like to see brought to our school. Your input is greatly appreciated and will be implemented based on results. Thank you so much!!!!!

Social Events Survey – Chinook Middle School PTSA, Bellevue, WA (

Inclement Weather and Potential Closure Reminders

Winter is approaching and may bring unpredictable weather. BSD encourages families to take the time to revisit the district’s emergency closure schedule protocols and our emergency closure decision-making process. During instances of inclement weather or severe conditions that could result in a delayed or canceled school day, BSD will communicate any schedule changes to families through direct messages, including email, text message, phone call, social media, FlashAlert, local media and posts to Learn how to update your contact information in ParentVUE and set message preferences in SchoolMessenger to receive inclement weather and emergency communications according to your desired methods. While these decisions are made for the district at large, conditions may vary across the district. We encourage families to make personal decisions based on their specific circumstances.

Middle School Consolidation Study – Community Forums Recap and Next Steps

Thank you to everyone who participated in community forums over the past few weeks and provided feedback on the ongoing Middle School Consolidation Study. The district is grateful to over 700 people who took the time to attend the in-person and online events, review and react to the demographer reports, share their perspectives and questions, and brainstorm priorities for the middle school experience. This feedback, along with individual survey feedback, will inform the Superintendent and his team in the development of a recommendation of how the District will address the challenges of declining enrollment.

We will continue equity-driven outreach to students, families and community groups until early December to understand the history, perspectives and experiences of students and families who have been historically marginalized or underserved in our education system — and the potential impacts they may experience depending on the recommendation.

The questions and feedback from the community forums are currently being synthesized, and initial themes will be shared with the community later in November. Feedback from the additional engagements with students, families and community groups will also be shared back with the community in December. View the Middle School Consolidation Study Timeline for a full list of important dates.

I-Connect: A Parent’s Guide to Middle School Student Anxiety

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Topic:  A Parent’s Guide to Middle School Student Anxiety

Guest Speaker: Kate Boscolo, MHAT Counselor

Come join Kate Boscolo at the 3rd I-Connect meeting of the year in the Library at Chinook Middle School as we tackle the topic of anxiety in middle school students. All parents and guardians are invited to attend.

Kate will address a variety of topics including:

  • How to recognize signs that your student might be struggling with anxiety
  • What you can do to support your student who is experiencing anxiety
  • What preventative measures you can take to promote healthy coping and positive mental health even if your student isn’t experiencing anxiety

Bring your own questions for the audience Q&A portion of the program!

The meeting will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. Coffee and tea will be served.

I-Connect meetings are informative monthly gatherings that provide an opportunity for parents and guardians to network with others in our school community. Chinook PTSA proudly sponsors this program.

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. More info:

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