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Eastgate Elementary Eagle Sighting

May Pelto, Principal

August 23, 2021

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Upcoming Dates

August 30 – 3:00-4:00 – Meet and Greet

  • Last Name A-M – 3:00-3:25
  • Last Name N-Z – 3:35-4:00
  • 2nd grade, Kindergarten, and new student computer/iPad distribution

September 1 – First Day of School for Grades 1-12

September 1-2, 7 – Kindergarten Family Connections Meetings, no school for Kindergarten students

September 3 – First Day of School for Kindergarten

September 6 – No School – Labor Day

September 28 – Picture Day

October 28 – Picture Day Retakes



Eastgate Meet and Greet

We are excited to see our Eastgate students and want to ensure we are doing so safely! Please note the measures we are putting in place to ensure the safety of all our students, families, and staff:

  • One adult per family is encouraged
  • Attend your last name time
    • Last Name A-M – 3:00-3:25
    • Last Name N-Z – 3:35-4:00
  • Hand sanitizing and mask checks will be required prior to entering
  • Event will be outdoors
    • Teachers in grades K-2 will meet students at their outside classroom door for a quick look into the classroom
    • Teachers in grades 3-5 will meet students at teacher designated tables on the field
    • If your child bought optional school supplies they may drop them off at this time
    • Office will have a table for answering questions and dropping off medications
    • Principals will have a table with school spirit surprises for students
    • Technology table for 2nd grade, kindergarten and new students will be set up
      • Grade 2 students, please bring your iPads to exchange for laptops
    • Entrance will be gate by the primary playground and gate by the intermediate playground



Now Enrolling – Preschool!

BSD Preschool registration is OPEN! Working Day and School Day spots are currently available but limited at Eastgate. Half day spots are open at other various locations. Our staff will happily help you find the right location that fits your family’s needs based on availability. Go to to register.


Bellevue Schools Foundation

Established in 1979, Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) is the 1st foundation dedicated to supporting public K-12 initiatives in Washington State. Our mission is to promote and fund the best possible learning opportunities for all students in Bellevue’s public schools. As a pillar in the community, the Foundation is uniquely positioned to be a catalytic agent of positive change and advancement in the public education sector. The Bellevue School District serves 20,000 students, enrolled in 29 schools, and the Foundation’s investments allow students to achieve higher levels of academic success and social-emotional well-being, regardless of language, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and special needs. With over 100 languages spoken in the District and 125 countries of birth represented, Bellevue Schools Foundation is committed to expanding funding for racial equity and amplifying the diverse voices and strengths of students and families within the Bellevue community. For more information on how you can engage with the Foundation, please contact Executive Director Juliet Buder at or click here.
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Important Return to School Safety Information

Representatives from our Health and Safety Committee as well as our Building Leadership Team have been reviewing Department of Health recommendations and working to create plans specific to Eastgate. To see videos of guidance we are following around mask use, distancing minimums, ventilation, hand hygiene and more go to or go to for additional information.


Please know, as guidance changes and as our team continues to review practices, changes to what is below may be updated also. A voiced over PPT will be sent out on Thursday, August 26th and a Q&A session with Mrs. Pelto will be offered at 9:00 on Tuesday, August 31 via Teams.

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  • Transportation Department will be sending route and time information for students who qualify
  • When at Eastgate, we will ensure all students have a tight-fitting mask, sanitize, and students will line up by grade level to wait to go to the classroom
  • A staff member will walk bus riders to class at 9:00



  • Drop off and waiting area for parents will be the covered NE “stage” area by the parent drop off
  • Masks must be worn by all on campus, even when outside
  • Students will have a mask check and sanitizer as they enter the building



  • Staff will greet car drop-off students at 8:50
  • Children should remain in the car until a staff member greets
  • Parents are to remain in their cars
  • K-2 Students will walk to the atrium door, 3-5 students will enter at the side door between art and the gym (same doors as 2021)
  • Students must wait to enter on the socially distance markers
  • A visual check, including ensuring a mask is on, and sanitizing will occur
  • Students will walk to the classrooms and line up on the labeled dots





  • Staff will bring bus lines into the under cover to wait for buses
  • Students will load as soon as bus arrives and load from back to front



  • We will again be using a Car Rider Dismissal System – students will stay in their classrooms until they are informed that you are in the parking lot
  • You will receive a car sign with your child’s name and a number – Please place this on your dashboard as you arrive. This will be used to call your child out to the parking lot
  • Do not exit your car – students will come out to you
  • Walkers – please wait for your child in the Walker Area (stage area by the parent pick up lanes) and tell our staff your child’s pick up number



  • Students will sanitize as they enter and exit lunch
  • Students will remain cohorted by class and grade for lunch and recess
  • Students will sit in the same assigned lunch seat daily and will remain in this spot until dismissed to class or recess
  • Spots have been measured to allow 6-12 feet of distancing between students and classes
  • Doors will be open to allow for additional ventilation
  • Masks are required unless actively eating
  • A staff member will come by with waste cans ensuring students stay in their assigned seat the entire lunch time
  • Weather permitting, students will eat lunch outside in a “picnic” style (lunch in laps) or at tables in assigned locations



  • Classes will be cohorted during recess and will play together in an assigned location on the playground (same as last year)
  • Students are expected to wear their masks at recess
  • Classes have been assigned their own recess equipment – there will be no shared equipment between classes
  • Hand hygiene through sanitizing and/or hand washing will happen before and after recess




When to Stay Home?

    • Note – the linked document does give guidance for what to do when children show one or more potential symptoms. As a school, we will always error on the side of being overly cautions and will isolate your child and contact you if your child shows any symptoms during the school day



How Can I Help?

  • Ensure your child has a well-fitting mask they can wear for long periods of time
  • Practice mask wearing now and check frequently for fit – Is it sliding down their nose? Do they have to touch it often? Does it hurt behind their ears?
  • Keep your child home if they have any cold symptoms – contact Nurse Amy or our school office for questions and guidance
  • Quarantine and Isolate for the full recommended time to protect others
  • Any questions – do not hesitate to reach out. Guidance changes and we are here to help!
The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.