Eastgate Elementary Eagle Sighting
May Pelto, Principal
Mary Colón, Assistant Principal
June 14, 2021
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PTA Family Trivia Night – June 11
Last Day of School – June 22 – 9:05-11:35
5th Grade Promotion – June 22, 10:00
Attendance is taken daily – if your student is absent please contact our attendance office at 425-456-5104 or Eastgateattendance@bsd405.org
I can hardly believe we are just a few days away from the last day of the school year. In my 12 years as an elementary principal, this has been by far the most unexpected, challenging, and also rewarding year I have had. I have been in awe of the many ways our Eastgate community demonstrated resilience and flexibility. I have been grateful for the ways each of you, our families, have been so flexible and accommodating with the unexpected changes and ups and downs of this year. I know I speak for the entire Eastgate staff when I say I’m so appreciative of each of our Eastgate families.
I have been inspired watching our Eastgate staff make an absolutely unusual school year seem normal for our students and I would like to share some of their celebrations this year:
- Our very first Family and Community Partnership team was launched by a group of Eastgate staff who are passionate about making ALL our families feel connected, informed, and included at Eastgate. Through this we started a Family Ambassador program connecting new families with experienced Eastgate families and sent out our own family engagement survey.
- Our Racial Equity and Inclusion Team combined with our Student Well Being Team to focus on their joint goal of affirming students’ sense of identity and sense of belonging.
- Our Heath and Safety team planned for the safe return of over 200 students in the AM/PM hybrid model, welcomed over 50 students back for full day instruction, and has created an in-person recess just for our students who remained in virtual learning this year .
- Principal Coffee House continued to happen each week throughout most of the year, giving a space to talk about school goals, family needs, and more.
- Student Leadership Teams such as Students Organized Against Racism, Eagle Broadcasters, and Green Team found ways to organized and host their meetings virtually.
- Classroom libraries were enhanced through a gift of culturally responsive classroom libraries, allowing students to have access to books that are windows into the lives of others and mirrors into their own lives.
As we go into next year, the Eastgate staff is continued to partner with our families to ensure all of you feel informed and included. Our Family and Community Partnership team will continue to grow our Family Ambassador program and we are planning for even more ways for family partnership and outreach.
We will continue our work to ensure students feel a sense of belonging and affirmed in their sense of identity. We will do this through continuing to grow our own racial and equity consciousness and identify biases and barriers in order to ensure all of our students regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, and disability feel included and represented throughout our school community. We are excited about all the growth this year has brought and equally as excited about the possibilities that are in our future.
Best wishes for a great summer!
May Pelto, principal
Last Day of School – Eastgate Students
ALL Eastgate hybrid students will attend school the last day of school from 9:05-11:35 during the AM cohort time only.
K-4 virtual students will retain their normal daily schedule on the last day of school.
Bus Riders – Please see AM transportation route for stop information https://bsd405.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/eastgate-2021-bus-route.pdf
5th Grade Promotion Yard Signs
A huge thank you to the Eastgate PTA for providing yard signs to all our graduating 5th graders. Signs are available at the front of the school for students who have not picked up their signs yet.
5th Grade Promotion – June 22
5th Grade Families, we are excited to share our 5th grade promotion plans with you. We recognize that the past 1.5 years have made for an interesting experience for our students, and especially for our 5th graders. For this reason, we are planning a 5th grade promotion event that allows students to have one last Eastgate experience while also ensuring safety protocols are in place. Our 5th grade promotion will consist of one last walk through the Eastgate building during a 5th grade parade, followed by a diploma/certificate presentation on the back field.
- ALL 5th grade students are encouraged to participate – Students in Cohort B will attend the morning time only. There will be no afternoon classes for 5th grade students.
- Students are asked to arrive by 9:45 (can arrive by bus earlier) and will meet at the front of the school. We will start at 10.
- Families will make their way to the back field to set up for the diploma/certificate presentation
- Families may group together on the field – we encourage you to bring a blanket and low camp chairs
- Family groups will be spaced 6 feet apart from other families
- Masks must be worn at all times while on campus
- There will be live streaming of the promotion events (parade through school, ceremony) to allow for participation for families needing a virtual option and for families on the field to see the parade
Eastgate “Summer Camp”
We are excited to announce our Eastgate Summer Camp! Your child will have the opportunity to read with an Eastgate staff member each week in the library, check out great books for reading all summer, watch a read aloud at home, participate in a virtual play activity, and participate in an in-person play activity!
Why is Summer Reading So Important? We know that the move to remote learning may have made it harder for your child to engage in reading regularly. In a typical summer, summer reading loss may mean children may fall behind their peers. In fact, it is predicted that a student who does not read over the summer can actually lose two months of reading gains each year. This means by the time a student enters middle school they can be more than 2 ½ years behind their classmates who read all summer.
The good news is that summer reading loss is avoidable. In fact, students who engage with reading every day can strengthen all of the literacy skills they learned during the previous school year. It doesn’t mean that children need to give up vacation and read all day. We want to help engage your child in reading and play by inviting them join in our Eastgate Summer Camp activities!
Each week’s activities will be centered around a theme. The weekly themes will be:
Week of July 5 – All About
Week of July 12 – I’m a Great Friend
Week of July 19 – Helping Hands
Week of July 26 – Me and My Family
Week of August 2 – Our Big World
Week of August 9 – Imagining Our Future
Week of August 16 – I’m a School Leader
A weekly email with links to the read aloud and virtual activity as well as at home activity ideas will come out. Additionally, the following at school activities will happen:
Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 – Library open
11:00-12:00 – Outdoor Activity
Thursdays 3:00-4:00 – Library open
Preschool registration is open for the 2021-22 school year for children who turn three years old on or before August 31, 2021! BSD Preschool offers a variety of programs and convenient hours for families. Information regarding options, enrollment and tuition assistance can be found at: https://bsd405.org/programs/preschool/.
Monday, June 21, will be the last day for grab & go meal pick up at our five curbside Meals2Go locations (SHS, Enatai, NHE, Highland and Tyee).
Summer Meal Kits available Thursdays Beginning July 1, 2021
To provide continued food support for children in our community, Nutrition Services will offer families a five-day meal kit to be picked up one day per week throughout the summer. The kit will contain five breakfast entrees, five lunch entrees, fruits, vegetables and milk for each child.
To ensure that enough kits are prepared each week, meal kits will be available through a PRE-ORDER system. The pre-order form will open at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 24, and close at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 28, for the July 1 pick up. For future weeks, the pre-order form will follow the same pattern of opening at 8:00 p.m. Thursday and closing at 8:00 a.m. Monday for that Thursday’s pick up. The pre-order form can be found on the Meals2Go webpage beginning June 22. https://bsd405.org/services/nutrition-services/meals2go/
Five day meal kits will be available for pick up from two (2) locations:
- Odle Middle School from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
- Tyee Middle School from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Meal kits will be distributed each Thursday from July 1 until August 19. Meal kits are available for children 18 and younger at no charge (FREE).
BSD’s Family Connection Centers are open to all BSD students and families
In addition to providing families with food and hygiene items as needed, staff will continue to provide families with information about resources and services available in Bellevue.
If your student qualifies for free and reduced lunch or if your family is facing financial hardship, you can apply to programs offered by our community partners. If you are interested, please complete the online form for each BSD student so that your family can be added to the appropriate community program list. Please select your home school when completing this form.
Student Device Updates for End of 2020-21 School Year
We are excited to announce that all K-12 students will be able to keep their district device this summer. This ensures every student has an opportunity to continue to learn, connect, innovate, communicate, collaborate and so much more.