Eastgate Elementary Eagle Sighting

May Pelto, Principal

Erlinda Iniguez, Assistant Principal

December 31, 2021

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Upcoming Dates

January 4th – Back to School

January 7th – Eastgate PTA First Friday Family Fun Night

January 13th – Eastgate Virtual Kindergarten Information Night

January 14th – Choice School and Open Transfer Applications Due

January 17th – No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day



Dear Eastgate Families,


Happy New Year! We hope you’ve been having a safe and wonderful winter vacation. We are excited to be welcoming many new Eastgate Eagles into our nest when we return to school on January 4th. There will be some familiar faces as we welcome students back from the Bellevue Virtual Academy, and some new faces. For those just joining us, at the bottom of this newsletter is a summary of the mitigating measures we have implemented to keep our students and staff safe.


With the increase in COVID cases, please take a moment to ensure your child has a well-fitting mask for back-to-school. Additionally, if you are interested in having your child participate in our weekly pooled COVID testing you can go to https://bsd405.org/services/health/covid-19-health-and-safety/covid-19-testing-in-bellevue-school-district/ for more information. At Eastgate we test every Monday. Due to Monday, January 3rd being winter break, we will be testing on Tuesday, January 4th.


Enjoy these last few days of winter break and we look forward to seeing you very soon!



May Pelto, principal


Coffee House

Eastgate Coffee House is back! Our goal for Coffee House is to Listen To, Learn From, and Lead With our families. There is an open invitation to meet each Monday at 9:30. This time will be virtually for now. Coffee House is a weekly time for parents to connect with one another, to discuss and provide feedback on school-wide initiatives and goals, and to engage in learning with one another and the Eastgate principals.

Click here to join the meeting



BSDGuide To Assessments Webpage

https://bsd405.org/departments/curriculum/guide-to-assessments .  This new Guide to Assessments page currently features information about Star Testing, followed by an explanation of the unique Fall 2021 state SBA/WCAS tests.



Save the Date: January 7 Vaccine Clinic  

BSD will be hosting a vaccine clinic, in partnership with Safeway, on January 7 at Sammamish High School, from 5-9 p.m. The clinic will offer COVID-19 vaccinations for students ages 5+ and boosters for students 16+.

Further details and the signup link will be shared with families on January 4.



Supporting vaccination for students with disabilities

These vaccine providers offer supportive environments for youth with disabilities. The providers are open to the public and serve minors. The staff are trained and/or comfortable serving youth with disabilities or youth who may need additional supports. This is not an all-inclusive provider list.

*Click the Languages drop-down menu in the upper right of the English page to access flyer on in-language pages.

If a King County Public Health vaccine site cannot accommodate your needs due to a disability, please contact us to request reasonable accommodations: call 206-477-3977 (say your preferred language for interpretation) or email publichealthaccommodations@kingcounty.gov


Coming Soon! Annual Family Engagement Survey 
The Bellevue School District’s Department of Family Engagement is hosting its annual Family Engagement Survey from January 4 to February 1, 2022. You will receive an email on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 with a survey link and instructions.

The purpose of the survey is to gather feedback from you, our families, around how our school informs, supports, and empowers you to contribute to your student’s success. Your valuable feedback is essential to the continuous improvement and advancement of the family engagement practices in our school community, and we thank you in advance, for your participation.

For more information, please visit: Family Engagement Survey


Levies to Support Our Students

BSD is asking voters to consider renewing two school levies in February 2022.

One of these levies is the Educational Programs and Operations Levy. While the state provides some funding for our district, it is not enough to support our students’ needs. One critical position that is funded by the EP&O Levy is school nurses. The state funds just three full-time nurses for our entire district. Funding from the levy helps us employ 23 nurses districtwide to keep students healthy and safe. This levy also funds counselors and mental health supports and important programs like band, orchestra, and athletics. The EP&O Levy provides funding for critical staff and resources to ensure the wellbeing of our students and help them stay healthy and engaged.

More details about renewing the February 8, 2022  EP&O Levy as well as the Technology and Capital Projects levy are on the BSD School Levies page.



Important Return to School Safety Information – with Additional Information

We hope you’ve had the opportunity to watch the district presentations on the 9 mitigating measures we will be implementing this school year on the district YouTube website at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFjdUUJJB65VgHqvSl6buf1pgZ4Y5hJ6T and to read the safety information below.


Here is a voiced over PowerPoint with further visuals and details specific to Eastgate. You will need to use your child’s username (s-lastnamefirstinitial) and password (student number) to access this video at this time. https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/9fca166f-4148-40ce-ba54-7c0f111e4ef9





  • 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.