Eastgate Elementary Eagle Sighting

May Pelto, Principal

Mary Colón, Assistant Principal

June 25, 2020

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Have a wonderful summer vacation! We hope to see you on September 3rd for grades 1-5 and September 9th for Kindergarten! Go to https://bsd405.org/fall2020 for more updates on fall 2020 planning.


Eastgate Staff Updates

The end of the school year always brings staff changes. We want to take a minute to thank a few staff who joined us this year but may not be at Eastgate next year. A huge thank you to Cathi Hervey and Lexie Keatley. Ms. Hervey joined the 5th grade team after the start of the school year as we moved from 3 classes to 4. We are forever grateful with how quickly she jumped in and helped with the transition for students and families. Ms. Keatley covered the maternity leave for Ms. Parsons. She was able to participate in many parent/teacher conferences, demonstrated flexibility and commitment when Ms. Parsons needed to go on leave early, and during our remote learning time. A huge thank you to Ms. Hervey and Ms. Keatley for the many, many ways they contributed to Eastgate this year!

Also, we are incredibly sad to say goodbye to 1st grade teacher, Robin Forsman after 21 years of teaching at Eastgate. In a staff goodbye to Ms. Forsman, many commented on how much they will miss Ms. Forsman’s smile, laughter, and dedication to each of her students. Below is a note from Ms. Forsman to all of the families she has worked with over the years. Thank you, Ms. Forsman. We will miss you!

Additional staffing information and grade level teaching assignments will be sent to families in early August. Class placement information will be sent out via email the end of August.

Dear Eastgate Families,

I hope this finds you and your loved ones well. After 21 years of teaching at Eastgate I have accepted a position in our neighborhood school district in the Snoqualmie Valley. I am very excited to be closer to home and I’m looking forward to all that this next chapter of my life has to offer.

Of course, I am saddened to leave the incredible Eastgate community that I’ve grown so attached to over the years. I’ve been so fortunate to have been embraced by so many families. These relationships will always have a special place in my heart.

Thank you to so many of you for sharing your children with me. Please give them HUGE hugs from me and I hope our paths will cross again someday.

Very Fondly,

Robin Forsman


Materials Drop Off and Pick Up

Thank you to all those families who came by last Thursday and Friday for materials drop off and pick up. If you were unable to pick up your child’s desk items, we will have them available when we return in September.

If you have a district laptop and were unable to return it, please drop it by Sammamish High School, 11:00-2:00, Monday-Friday. Unless your child is registered for district Summer School, they must return their laptop.


Bellevue School District Commitment to Racial Equity Webpage

Please visit this site to follow our progress in becoming a more equitable and inclusive school district that believes in and supports the potential in all students. The site has educational resources for families, links to the work of our Equity Advisory Group and Equity and Accountability Policy, and messages from Superintendent Ivan Duran. This site will continue to grow and evolve with the district equity work. Learn more.


End of Year Progress Reports

Progress reports are now available on ParentVue and StudentVue. You have access to view progress reports and attendance on ParentVue or StudentVue, in our learning management system. Please go to https://bsd405.org/departments/district-technology/grades-attendance/ for details on how to get your account activated and set up if you have not done so already.


Summer and Fall Information

Return-to-School Planning – Commitments, Goals & Assumptions:  At the June 2 School Board meeting, Superintendent Duran and the district leadership finalized the commitments to our community for our return to school in the fall. In short, the Board and the Superintendent commit to the following: Protect Health, Educate Each & Every Student, Engage & Support Stakeholders, and Help Meet Essential Needs. See the full list of commitments at https://bsd405.org/fall2020.


Enrollment and Information for 2020

Although there are still many unknows about next year, the staff at Eastgate is moving forward to ensure we are well prepared and able to support each of our students. We are asking families to communicate their intention to return to Eastgate in the fall. This information guides us in staffing decisions and classroom placement. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to fill out our Placement Profile questionnaire linked here.

Please go to the Bellevue School District 2020 planning and information website to stay updated on the most current 2020 school year information. www.bsd405.org/fall2020

Information on registration and enrollment can be found here on enrollment website

Summer School Updates are located here 2020 Summer Programs Frequently Asked Questions


Four New Summer Meals Sites! The Bellevue School District will continue to provide free meals to any child 18 and younger during the summer. Meals will be provided Monday through Thursday from June 29 through August 13. Four new locations have been announced: Eastgate, Enatai, Newport Heights, and Sherwood Forest Elementary Schools. These are in addition to the previously announced Lake Hills Elementary and Sammamish High School. Learn more on our website: https://bsd405.org/FreeSummerMeals.

P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program: Because of COVID-19, families qualifying for free or reduced priced meals for their children can apply for assistance buying groceries. Apply for P-EBT by August 31 at www.WashingtonConnection.org or call 877-501-2233. To be eligible for P-EBT, families must be approved for free or reduced priced school meals by June 30.  To complete an application for school meal benefits go to www.bsd405.org/freeandreduced.


New Essential Resources Hotline | Línea directa Recursos Esenciales

A new essential resources hotline has been established.

(425) 456-4470

  • English, Español, Simplified Chinese
  • Nutrition, Technology, Childcare, Social/Emotional | Alimentacion, Technologia, Cuidado de ninos, necesidades sociales/emocionales
  • Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | De Lunes a Viernes 9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.

This new hotline has been established to guide and direct families to the essential resources within the Bellevue School District, specifically in regard to nutrition, childcare, technology and social/emotional support.  Hours of operation are 9am-1pm, Monday to Friday with operators in English and Spanish.  Families will have the ability to leave voicemail messages outside of operating hours and calls will be returned the following business day.

Esta nueva línea directa se ha establecido para informar a las familias de los recursos esenciales ofrecidos por el Distrito Escolar de Bellevue, en lo que respecta a nutrición, cuidado de niños, tecnología y apoyo social / emocional. El horario de atención es de 9 am a 1 pm, de lunes a viernes con operadores en inglés y español. Las familias podrán dejar mensajes de voz fuera del horario de atención y las llamadas serán devueltas el siguiente día hábil.