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Eastgate Elementary Eagle Sighting


December 21, 2018


Have a wonderful Winter Break. We look forward to seeing you on January 7th!


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Upcoming Dates

January’s Virtue of the Month is integrity


December 21-January 4, Winter Break

January 24, Community Café, 5:30-8:00

February 8, Science Fair

February 12, Family Reading Night

February 18-22, Mid-Winter Break

February 28, New Kindergarten Family Night


Counselor’s Corner – From Ms. Verschueren

In our kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms, we teach the Child Protection Unit.  The lessons in this unit build on foundational skills students learn in the Second Step program (which is taught kindergarten through second grade), focusing on self-talk, help-seeking, and assertiveness skills.  Additional skills are taught so that students can recognize, report, and refuse unsafe situations and touches and sexually abusive touch.


Use this opportunity to have the Hot Chocolate Talk!

Family partnership is essential in teaching the Child Protection Unit.  We encourage you to talk about safe touch at home.  To help you to get the conversation going, Committee for Children is encouraging you to make time for the Hot Chocolate Talk. It’s a chance to sit down over a nice cup of cocoa and discuss these difficult issues in a warm, caring atmosphere. Normalizing the conversation draws the issue out of the shadows.


If you’d like any help with this conversation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!


Lindsay Verschueren

School Counselor

Eastgate Elementary

(425) 456-5106


Emergency Closure Information

As we head into the winter season we encourage families to become familiar with information about unexpected school delays or closures.
Families will be notified of changes to the school day via SchoolMessenger. Information can also be found on the district website, Facebook, Twitter, FlashAlert, on the BSD Newsline by calling (425) 456-4111, and from local TV and radio stations.
The following is also available for review on the district website:

  • schedule information for scenarios including delayed start, early dismissal, and school closures
  • altered bus stop locations

Download and print the Emergency Closure flyer:

For additional details please visit​


School Board Vacancy

Do you know someone who would make a positive impact as a school board director? School Board Director My-Linh Thai announced her resignation on Nov. 7 and the Bellevue School Board is working to fill the vacancy for Director District 5.  The nomination process will open to the community on Friday, Nov. 30 and information will be posted on the district website.

The Board of Directors is made up of five community members, one from each geographic region of the district. In Bellevue, the school board provides overall governance of the school district. Its responsibilities fall into five major areas: Responsible Governance, Creating Conditions for Student and Staff Success, High Expectations for Student Learning, Accountability for Student Learning, and Community Engagement.

We invite you to submit candidate nominations beginning Nov. 30 by emailing with the nominee’s name and contact information.

To learn more about who can be nominated visit our Become a Board Member page.


Previous Announcements


New Parent Pick Up Spot

For parents who drive through the drive circle, please note that there are two lanes in the parking lot to help get traffic off of Newport way, and those two lanes merge into one as you approach the yellow zone.

For parents who walk to pick-up or park their cars offsite, we have now made designated areas for parents to stand in order to have a safer, more efficient drive circle and pick-up area. Once you have spotted your student, you may pick them up from their classroom teachers. We then ask that you move conversations to the socializing area which is located at the east end of the school. This will help us find students quicker as their parents enter the drive circle and also allow us to know which students are still waiting to be picked up. Thank you for your support of this change.


Coffee House

Each Friday Ms. Pelto and Ms. Colón will host Coffee House. Coffee House is your opportunity to hear more about the Bellevue School District and Eastgate initiatives, ask questions, and provide input. We invite you to join us any Friday, from 9:15-9:45 in the library. Please sign in at the office first and then head upstairs to the library.


Virtue of the Month

Last winter, Bellevue School District’s Social Emotional Learning Department gathered survey input from staff, families and community members to help select the new Virtues.  Based on that input, the district did not assign Virtues to months for this rotation and buildings can determine when to best focus on them with the idea being that we demonstrate all of the Virtues all of the time.

Our Virtues of the Month for Eastgate are:

September- Respect

October- Responsibility

November- Courage

December- Compassion

January- Integrity

February- Kindness


April- Commitment

May- Confidence

June- Perseverance


Visiting Eastgate’s Campus

Parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to visit Eastgate. All visiting adults on campus, including parents, must wear a guest badge. To ensure the safety of everyone, guests must sign in at the Main Office and wear a visitor badge, even if just visiting for a few minutes. The outer doors remain locked throughout the school day to ensure student and staff safety. If you wish to drop off items to a classroom, come to the Main Office. If the teacher is expecting you, the office staff will either escort you to the classroom or call the classroom to notify the teacher that you have arrived. If the teacher is not aware that you are coming, we ask that you leave your delivery at the front desk, and we will email the teacher that it has arrived. Consistent with Board Policy 4200, parents/guardians are asked to schedule visits with the principal if the purpose of the school visit is to observe instruction or other school activities.

If you are planning on being a class or school volunteer, you must first complete the mandatory volunteer background check. The Bellevue School District website has been updated with the link to BSD Verified Volunteers on the Become a Volunteer page,


Hiring Para Educators and Substitute Para Educators

Bellevue School District is hiring para educators and substitute para educators. If you enjoy working with students with diverse needs, please consider applying and working with us! Apply here:


May Pelto, Principal

Mary Colón, Assistant Principal