Topics:

  • Course Selection for 2024-2025
  • Multi-Language Principal Coffee
  • I-Connect
  • Cultural Diversity Celebration
  • Fentanyl Information for Families (Spanish Speakers Event)
  • Lost and Found
  • City of Bellevue Youth Link
  • Bellevue Life Spring and NAMI Workshop
  • In Case You Missed It

Important Dates

  • Feb. 27
    • Multi-Language Principal Coffee; 8:15am
  • Feb. 29
    • I-Connect, 6:30pm
  • March 8
    • Cultural Diversity Celebration, 8:00pm
Greetings Chinook Middle School Community,

As we resume our routines post Mid-Winter Break, it’s time to focus on planning for the 2024-25 school year. Students will have the opportunity to select courses that best match their interests and future aspirations.

For assistance and more information, please visit the Registration Hub on our website. Your continued support is what makes Chinook such an exceptional community. Let’s look forward to a productive and rewarding journey through the rest of the school year!

In Partnership,

James Peterson

Principal

[email protected]


Course Selection for 2024-2025

Current 6th and 7th grade students will receive course selection information Feb. 26- March 1in Social Studies classes.

Current 8th grade students will receive course selection information on March 4 in Social Studies classes

See our Registration Hub for more information.


Multi-Language Principal Coffee

Tuesday, February 27

8:15am-9:00am in the Chinook Library.

Guest Speaker: BSD Safety and Security Department

Topics:

  • Best practices to be safe online and protect students from extortion and harassment.
  • Strategies for promoting digital safety and responsible online behavior among students.

I-Connect

Thursday, February 29, 2024
6:30pm-7:45pm

Topic: Fentanyl in Our Community

Guest Speaker: BSD Health Services

Come join BSD Health Services in the Library at Chinook Middle School as we learn about the drug fentanyl in our community. All parents and guardians, as well as middle school students, are invited to attend.

  • King County has seen over 1,000 fatal fentanyl overdoses in 2023, surpassing a record set last year by an astounding 47%.
  • In Bellevue, fake prescription drugs and vaping pens have been found to be laced with fentanyl, and some BSD students have been hurt.
  • One can buy illicit fentanyl in WA on the streets or online for anywhere from 50 cents to 5 dollars a pill.

We will discuss:

  • What an opioid is, and what it does
  • What fentanyl is, and what we are seeing in the community
  • What the signs of drug use/abuse are
  • How to recognize an overdose, and how to respond to save a life
  • Why teens take risks, and how to talk with your child about fentanyl

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

The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. Coffee and tea and light snacks 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])

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


Cultural Diversity Celebration

March 8th, 6pm-8pm at Chinook

Join us on March 8th as we celebrate Chinook’s multicultural community! The PTSA is excited to bring back a favorite family event to Chinook. We will have games, sampling of foods and community performances!

We would love to have families host a table that celebrates you and your cultural heritage.

By hosting a table, you’ll be able to create a display that shares with the community holidays, traditions, geographical wonders and historical facts about your ancestral country. Each table can be decorated with tapestries, flags, arts and crafts. There’s no faster way to learn about your culture than sharing the experience of food with another. Create a dish to share with others that is a favorite or one that truly represents your culture! To make this celebration more festive, we would love to have the students sign up for a performance. Whether it’s a traditional group dance, a musical performance or a piece of art….we’d love to see the kids perform and share something that represents them! Please contact our Cultural Chair, Anh at [email protected] with any questions!

Please register for a table or a performance below!

Registration: Cultural Diversity Celebration


Fentanyl Information for Families – Spanish Speakers Session

On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, the Bellevue School District, together with community health partners, will present an information session for families about the dangers of fentanyl. The session will be conducted in Spanish and include information about the effects on children, access to opioids and support for how families can talk to students about their health and safety. The session will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, starting at 6:00 p.m. at Highland Middle School. Along with the Bellevue School District, presenters include Youth Eastside Services, local mental health advocates, and Bellevue Police outreach. The Bellevue Schools Foundation sponsors this event.


Lost and Found

Chinook Lost and Found items are overflowing.  It mainly consists of coats, sweatshirts, water bottles.  Items will be donated by March 9.


City of Bellevue Youth Link

The City of Bellevue Youth Link has several upcoming events and opportunities for community involvement.

March 8, 2024 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Save the date for the annual Unity Through Diversity Event, sponsored by Bellevue Youth Link and Diversity Advantage. This free event will be held at Bellevue Youth Theater. This year’s event will celebrate Bellevue’s diverse community and highlight cultural performances from community members and showcase the talents of Bellevue youth.

May 3, 2024 – Deadline to submit Community Leadership Awards Nomination Form. Join Youth Link as they celebrate their 34th Annual Community Leadership Awards event in May! This annual, citywide event celebrates Bellevue youth who contribute through leadership, community service, advocacy, diversity and social justice support.

Educators, community members, parents and other adults may nominate a student in Bellevue. Students are welcome to nominate their peers. Nominations will be open until Friday, May 3, 2024.

Youth Link will host the awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall.

May 15, 2024 – Apply to join the Youth Link board! The Youth Link Board consists of 12 youths and six adults from the Bellevue community who advise the City Manager about issues that impact youth. They advocate making system-level changes during a two-year term. The board meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Applications for both youth and adult positions must be submitted by May 15.


Bellevue LifeSpring and NAMI Workshop

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in partnership with Bellevue LifeSpring, offer In Our Own Voices, a workshop on mental health. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at the

Bellevue Family Hub at Stevenson Elementary School (14220 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98007) starting at 6:00 p.m. The workshop is free and open to all Bellevue families. Snacks and childcare are provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Attendees will learn information about supporting family members and strategies and resources to better understand and navigate the complexities of mental health services.


In Case You Missed It


Community Awareness – Rise in Cyber Kidnapping Schemes

Cyber kidnappings aim to get an individual to believe that a loved one has been kidnapped, are in immediate danger and a ransom must be paid. These schemes often involve the use of technology such as artificial intelligence voice spoofing, caller ID spoofing, and social media activity to convince unsuspecting victims to pay money. Click the links below for guidance and tips for Safety from the Bellevue School District Safety and Security Department.

Community Awareness – Rise in Cyber Kidnapping Schemes – Bellevue School District (bsd405.org)

Safety & Security – Bellevue School District (bsd405.org)


Free Cooking Classes

Newport FCCLA is holding three fun cooking classes for young chefs grades 3-8! Enjoy a night out while your kids have a blast in our cooking classes! Young chefs attending our class on Friday February 9th will learn basic knife skills and food safety while make delicious spring rolls with fried rice. Dinner will be provided, and they will get to enjoy custom sundaes for dessert! Those attending our yakisoba with miso soup class on February 13th will learn how to make tasty stir fried noodles with a warm hearty soup. In addition to enjoying their fabulous Japanese meal and learning even more advanced knife skills, the young chefs will get to enjoy a special dessert prepared by one of our fabulous club members. On Thursday February 15, kids will get a chance to learn pan frying skills and expand on their knife skills through cooking an amazing breakfast for dinner combo! Classes are $75 separately but are $70 each if parents sign up for more than one class or if there are multiple siblings signing up! We can’t wait to see you there and cook some amazing meals!!!

Please complete the following Microsoft Form to complete registration for your student!

https://forms.office.com/r/V05TddVcuT

Pay online through www.bsd405.org/pay under “FCCLA” in the search bar. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our club advisor Dalanie Church at [email protected].


Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual opportunity to recognize the significant role Black Americans have played throughout history and celebrate African American achievement. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) devotes its 98th Annual Black History Month theme to African Americans and the Arts. This theme examines the wide array of history and lives of African American arts and artisans. African American art is infused with African, Caribbean and the Black American experiences. In honor of Black History Month, the City of Bellevue will exhibit a public art display featuring the work of 17 Pacific Northwest-based Black artists during the month of February. The “Elevating Voices” exhibit is available to the public at the Bellevue City Hall concourse, Monday through Friday, during business hours and evenings when City Hall is open for public meetings or events. Learn more about the exhibit.


Arabic Language Evening – Join Us on February 28

Middle and high school students and families are invited to learn about our 2024-25 online class offerings.

Ahlan wa Sahlan!

Please attend our Arabic language evening on Wednesday, February 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sammamish High School Library. Learn more about our Arabic language classes held online for middle and high school students, meet our teacher, Manar Chaaban, and meet current students and families.

Participate in activities like tatreez (embroidery) and dabkeh (folkloric dance), and enjoy food and art demonstrations. Come in your best Arabic cultural outfit (Thobe or Abaya) to enter a friendly fashion competition. Baklawa, Maamool (date cookies) and Moroccan Mint tea will be provided.

BSD secondary students who choose to enroll in Arabic language classes will attend class online through Bellevue Digital Discovery during their regular school day at their home school.

If possible, please let us know if you plan to attend through this online form.

Questions? Please email [email protected].

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.