Eastgate Elementary Eagle Sighting

May Pelto, Principal

Mary Colón, Assistant Principal

March 17, 2021

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Upcoming Dates

Coffee House – Every Friday, 10:15-10:45

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K-2, 4-Day Hybrid Return – Week of March 15th

5th Grade Hybrid Start Date – March 25

3rd Grade Hybrid Start Date – April 1

4th Grade Hybrid Start Date – April 5th – Updated to meet Governor’s Proclamation




Attendance is taken daily – if your student is absent please contact our attendance office at 425-456-5104 or Eastgateattendance@bsd405.org As a reminder, any students who traveled out of state must quarantine for 14 days. Please contact the attendance line or your child’s classroom teacher if this applies to your family. https://bsd405.org/back-to-buildings-plan/faq/#quarantine


Dear Families,


As an Eastgate community, we are saddened to see news reports of a rise of violence against Asian Americans over the past year during the pandemic. At Eastgate, almost 40% of our students identify as Asian. We want all our students to know that discrimination and harassment have no place in our community. If your child has experienced any type of bullying or harassment, please have them reach out to a trusted adult or report this online at https://bsd405.org/about/initiatives/bullying-prevention/. Together we can ensure Eastgate remains an inclusive and welcoming school community for each of our students.



Grades 3-5 Return to In-Person Learning

We are excited to welcome our students in grades 3-5 back to in-person instruction.

Prior to spring break, the students will be attending the following dates:

5th Grade – March 25th and 26th, 29th, 30th, April 1st, 5th, 6th, and 8th

3rd Grade – April 1st and 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 8th

4th Grade – April 5th, 8th and 9th  Parents of 4th grade students, please note we have adjusted our start date to meet the Governor’s Proclamation.

Hybrid cohort emails have been sent out to 5th grade families. Cohort placement for grades 3 and 4 will be sent out this week. These cohort emails will include our students moving from virtual to hybrid. Students who are moving from hybrid to virtual will receive notification of their class placement and start dates soon.

Families are invited to join Mrs. Pelto and Ms. Colón during Coffee House on Friday, March 19th at 10:15 to learn about our return to in-person instruction. We will cover safety protocols such as how to do your child’s daily Heath Screening, entering and exiting the building, moving through the building and mask wearing. We will also share schedule information and more. This session will be recorded for families unable to attend.

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As part of our planning for in-person instruction, 3-5 Hybrid classes will have Monday, March 22nd, and Tuesday, March 23rd as asynchronous days. This means there will be no live instruction by the classrooms teachers for students in our 3-5 Hybrid classes. Students will still be engaging with specialists and other support small groups.

Helpful Information Ahead of Grades 3-5 Returning

Several key aspects to the return to in-person learning are important to review and begin planning for before students return. Please know:

  • Mask wearing is an expectation. We encourage students to begin practicing mask wearing now, particularly for longer periods of time.
  • Masks must be 2-ply, and gaiters or bandanas must be folded. We encourage students to bring a clean, extra mask with them each day. Additional masks will be made available at school whenever needed.
  • Parents and guardians, and all non-critical visitors, will not be permitted on campus during in-person learning. Drop-off of items is limited to critical items only, such as medication. Drop-off of items deemed non-critical are prohibited (instruments, homework, projects, etc.).
  • Prior to students arrival each day, All parents and guardians must attest that their student is symptom-free via the daily parent/guardian health check Health Check website or other methods (phone call, written note). If a parent/guardian answers yes to any of the screening questions, the student will be asked to stay home.
  • Students should be prepared for colder conditions than normal inside school due to increased ventilation, including windows being open. Please ensure your student arrives to school dressed for such conditions.
  • Students attending in-person from 9:05-11:35 should eat breakfast prior to school. Students attending in-person from 1:05-3:35 should eat lunch prior to arriving to school.
  • All schools will follow current guidelines for out-of-state travel by asking that students quarantine at home for 14 days upon returning. Be sure to communicate both with your student’s teacher and Eastgate Attendance Office (eastgateattendance@bsd405.org) if your student has traveled outside of the state and therefore needs to quarantine.
  • More information will be coming soon!



Eastgate Multilingual Learner Updates

This spring, the annual English language assessment for the 21st century (ELPA21) will be given to all students in Washington who have qualified for English language learning services. This evaluation will help determine the level of support your students may need for the 2021-2022 school year. This is an in-person test that will be conducted in the school building. Students will take tests in socially distanced groups.

Bellevue School District is committed to ensuring that all safety protocols are followed by CDC guidelines while students are in the building for the test. However, parents/guardians also have the right to decide that their student will NOT participate in state tests this spring.

Please take this survey to let us know: https://forms.office.com/r/dG4baTQDUP

Please ask the student to bring their computer and charger. Thank you for your support. We are here to answer any questions.



Corinne Larsen

Eastgate Multilingual Learner Facilitator



Travel, Quarantine, and COVID-19 Tests

  • In-Person students or staff that travel out of state/country MUSTquarantine at home for 14 days.
  • When a student is quarantined, their teaching will be asynchronous. It is important that parents / guardians communicate with their teacher so that their student continues to learn.
  • If staff or a student tests positive for COVID-19, then they need to isolate at home for 10 days after their symptoms started. They can return to the school building if they meet the following criteria: It has been 10 days after their symptoms started and at least 24 hours have passed since their fever resolved (without fever reducing medications) and their symptoms have improved.
  • If a person test positive for COVID-19 but does not have symptoms, they need to isolate at home for 10 days from their positive COVID-19 test.
  • If staff or a student is a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, they need to quarantine at home for 14 days from their last date of close contact with this person.  They still need to quarantine at home for 14 days even if their COVID-19 test is negative.
  • For more information go to https://bsd405.org/services/health/too-sick-for-school/



Eastgate Talent Show

Dear Families,

This year due to the pandemic, Eastgate’s annual Talent Show will be virtual!

Everyone is welcome to join in and share their talents!  Please complete an entry form before March 13th:  https://forms.gle/dK3csFSBxxEph4u98​  

Upload a FlipGrid video (link below) or email your video to programs@eastgatepta.org or upload your talent BEFORE March 22nd to be included in the “mixed tape” for the Live Virtual Talent Show!

A Live Virtual Talent Show Meeting will be held on March 26th 2021 at 7:00 PM.  At this meeting, a highlight video – “mixed tape” – from the FlipGrid performances will be played and we will announce awards! Each student will get a unique award for their performance!  One award for “School Favorite” (one student and one staff) will be awarded based on total number stars on thier FlipGrid Performance!

5th grade students are invited to sign-up (using the entry form) to McEee the event or help with tech/production for videos and the virtual live show!

Important Dates and Links:

Questions? Contact programs@eastgatepta.org

Thank you,

Eastgate PTA


Playgrounds Update: Closed to the Public During School Hours

With schools reopening, playgrounds will be closed to the public during school hours and be used exclusively. Signs are posted at each playground. We ask that families respect these closures to help keep our students and our community safe and healthy.



Virtual Counseling Opportunity

Eastgate’s School Counselor, Lindsay Verschueren, is trained in providing individual counseling services for students who have experienced or witnessed scary or upsetting events.  This year, in partnership with the University of Washington SMART Center, there is an additional opportunity for students to participate in a paid study related to this counseling.  If your child is experiencing feelings and behaviors related to an upsetting event(s), and you are interested in individual counseling for your child, please reach out to Lindsay Verschueren directly at verschuerenl@bsd405.org.  There is no obligation to participate in the study, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in this counseling opportunity!



District Announcements


Community Mental Health Forums

Community mental health forums continue into second semester. The BSD counseling program, social-emotional curriculum developers and family engagement office, alongside community mental health partners, offer opportunities to inform families on ways to support student wellbeing. Our topics this semester include:

How to help organize your student and support challenging behavior Wednesday April 21, 2021 (General) 4:00-5:00pm

How to support your student experiencing frustration/anger Wednesday April 21, 2021 (General Session) 4:00-5:00pm Thursday April 22, 2021 (Mandarin Speakers Session) 3:30-4:30pm Thursday April 22, 2021 (Spanish Speakers Session) 5:00-6:00pm


Emotional and Academic Challenges during Covid (presented in Mandarin)

April 16, 2pm

Please register to get a Zoom link
Information and registration:


Emotional and Academic Challenges during Covid (presented in Mandarin)
April 16, 2pm
Please register to get a Zoom link

FB event, including information and a link to registration:


IEP 101 Parent Presentation

Please join the Bellevue Special Needs PTA and BSD’s Special Education Department for this parent-focused workshop navigating the IEP process. Staff from the Special Education Department will be facilitating the training and answering questions about IEPs. Learn strategies for success and resolving disputes. This workshop is designed for parents who are new to the IEP process as well as parents who want a deeper understanding of specific portions of special education. There will be both an elementary and secondary presentation, which you will select when you make your reservation.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Via Microsoft Teams


Pandemic-EBT Benefits

Washington is getting ready to issue Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits for the 2020-21 school year.

Eligible families will be automatically mailed a P-EBT card with funds to purchase food while traditional breakfast and lunch services are not being provided in schools. P-EBT cards can be used to purchase food anywhere that accepts EBT-even farmers markets or online at Amazon or Walmart!

Families will want to keep the card that is issued for each of their children. The first issuance will include benefits from September 2020 through January 2021. Additional benefits will be added later in the year. Families are encouraged to continue to participate in the districts Meals2Go program even if they receive P-EBT benefits.