Eastgate Elementary Eagle Sighting

May Pelto, Principal

Mary Colón/Dr. Paul Highsmith, Assistant Principal

March 1, 2021

Translations Available

Did you know this newsletter as well as all website content can be translated? Click here to link to the school website where you can access the translation tab at the upper left corner of the screen.

Upcoming Dates

Coffee House – Every Friday, beginning January 8, 10:15-10:45

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Individual Picture Days – March 11-12

School Day – March 19th

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


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

Family Celebrations Flipgrid

Tell the Eastgate community how and what you celebrate (the New Year lunar or solar, Diwali, Rosh Hashanah, etc).  What traditions do you and your family have? What do you and your family say, eat, wear or do?
We can’t wait to see all of the different ways we celebrate.
恭喜发财! 新年快乐! Gōngxǐ fācái ! Xīnnián kuàilè !
새해 복 많이 받으세요! Seahae Bok Mani Bahdu Seyo!


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

Picture Day!

Eastgate Picture days are March 11th and 12th. All students who are in-person will have pictures taken on March 11th. Anyone who is virtual/remote can sign up for individual picture times. These are individual photos, no class photos and will all take place outside. Students attending for photos must fill out a Health Check prior and wear a mask. Students only in the photo area.

Signup.com for March 11th 11:50-12:40 and March 12th 2-6 pm: https://signup.com/go/PUynjVm

Families/staff that are unable or do not wish to attend in person have the option to use this FREE app to purchase photos and/or upload a portrait for the yearbook. Picture Day Snaps @Home – Lifetouch Inc.

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.

Travel, Quarantine, and COVID-19 Tests

  • 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/

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

Family Engagement Survey

The Bellevue School District is conducting a survey on family engagement in order to strengthen relationships between schools and families. Creating meaningful partnerships with parents helps students succeed both academically and socially. When families engage, student attitudes and behavior are more positive, attendance is better, there are more opportunities to honor diverse cultural backgrounds, and open communication allows us to learn from each other.

The survey opens on February 23, 2021 when families receive an email with a unique survey link from our survey platform (Panorama Education). Families will receive an email and survey for each school where they have a child enrolled, which means they may receive multiple surveys. They will be asked to answer the survey based on the experience of their oldest child in the school. The survey is only 12 questions and is available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Amharic, Japanese and simplified Chinese.

Survey results will once again be shared with all families in a BSD Family Engagement Report before next school year. Please see here for the 2019-2020 Family Engagement Report. School administrators will receive results for their individual schools in the Spring and work to continuously improve their family engagement practices

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 support student resiliency – including student focus, managing stress, and building and maintain healthy relationships Wednesday February 24, 2021 (General Session) 4:00-5:00pm Thursday February 25, 2021 (Mandarin Speakers Session) 3:30-4:30pm Thursday February 25, 2021 (Spanish Speakers Session) 5:00-6:00pm

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