Eastgate Elementary Eagle Sighting

May Pelto, Principal

Erlinda Iniguez, Assistant Principal

March 25, 2022


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Upcoming Dates

April 1, PTA First Friday – Family Game Night

April 11-15, No School, Spring Break


Dear Eastgate Families,


So much has been happening at Eastgate over the past few weeks. March is Women’s History Month and our students have been learning about the lives and legacies of women throughout history. Our 4th grade students are finishing up their work with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Discover Dance program and will be performing next week. Starting this Monday, all of our students will be zone-free at recess, meaning they can play anywhere with friends from other classes in their grades! This is just a few highlights of our past few weeks.


We wanted to let you know about an important change in staffing we will have. Our amazing office manager, Jessica Soto, will be moving to be the new office manager at Sammamish High School! She will be greatly missed but we are so excited for her new adventure. See below for a message to the community from her and join me in wishing her the best in her new role!



May Pelto, principal


Dear Eastgate families,

I am writing to let you know that I have accepted a position at Sammamish High School as the office manager. It is a bittersweet feeling as I am very sad to leave the Eastgate community but I am also very excited to leap into my new adventure with Sammamish High School. My start date is still being worked out but I am thinking it will be around spring break. I have truly enjoyed my years at Eastgate Elementary. Thank you for being such an amazing community to be a part of and  for the support and goodwill you’ve shown over the years. I will miss seeing your children’s smiley faces as they walked in the school building. Please stay in touch, my email will remain the same sotoj@bsd405.org



Jessica Soto



A Note from Nurse Amy

See attached for a Note from Nurse Amy


Bellevue Virtual Academy 2022-2023

The Bellevue School District is thrilled to announce that the Bellevue Virtual Academy (BVA) is the district’s 30th school! Starting with the 2022-2023 school year, BVA will be renamed and offer a permanent online learning option for BSD students in grades kindergarten through 12. It will be a choice school, and students will need to apply to join the program. Families may apply to the program for the 2022-2023 school year by completing this form. Applications are due back by the end of the day Sunday, April 10, 2022. Once accepted, students will be able to stay through graduation and receive a diploma from the new school.

To help families learn more about online learning and enrollment for the 2022-23 school year, the district will host an Online Information Session on Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. Additional resources include:


It is time to enroll new students 
New student enrollment (including incoming kindergarteners) for the 2022-2023 school year is now open at https://bsd405.org/schools/enrollment/. While you may enroll your students later, enrolling now helps the district ensure we have the correct staffing to support your students with the smallest classes possible.
If your student is already enrolled in a BSD school, you do not need to submit a new enrollment. They will automatically move up to the next grade.
Thank you.


BSD Preschool Registration is now open! Go to: https://bsd405.org/programs/preschool/enroll-next-year/ to register! Contact elp@bsd.405 with questions.

  • Convenient locations in BSD elementary schools
  • Qualified and caring BSD educators
  • Tuition assistance for qualified families
  • Spanish and Mandarin curricula
  • Preschool – K curricula alignment for kindergarten readiness
  • A fun first school experience that promotes adaptive and social skills

Extend childcare hours available

Es hora de escribir nuevos estudiantes.

La inscripción para nuevos estudiantes (incluidos los que ingresan al jardín de infantes) para el año escolar 2022-2023 ya está abierta en https://bsd405.org/schools/enrollment/ Aunque puede inscribir a sus estudiantes más tarde, la inscripción ahora ayuda al Distrito a garantizar que tengamos suficiente personal para apoyar a sus estudiantes con el menor tamaño de clase posible.

Si su estudiante ya está inscrito en una escuela BSD, no necesita enviar una nueva inscripción. Ellos avanzarán automáticamente al próximo grado.




2022-2023学年的新学生入学(包括即将在9月入学的幼儿园学生)现在已可以在 https://bsd405.org/schools/enrollment/ 进行注册。 虽然可以晚些注册,但是现在办理有助于学区对于教学人员的配置并且为学生提供支持。





Black History Beyond February
BOOM Presents:
A Virtual Tour of Montgomery, Alabama, from Enslavement to Modern Day: Expanding Upon the Narrative
Proudly sponsored by: BSD Equity & Family Engagement
ALL are welcome: Students, family, community, and educators
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Please register and join here: Registration Link & Teams Meeting Link
Dr. Terry Anne Scott will take participants on a virtual tour of Montgomery, Alabama to explore the history of African Americans in the city. This virtual walking tour will allow the audience to grasp a wider understanding of the historical significance of the events that unfolded in Montgomery, from enslavement through the modern day, and how they helped shape modern-day race relations. Participants will come away with an increased body of knowledge to continue expanding on the complexities of these historical events.

Learn more on the BSD website.


Family Education Connections

Join the Bellevue Schools Foundation for a special, family-focused Education Connections on Wednesday, April 6, at 5 p.m. through Zoom! RSVP here. The Dining Services Supervisor of Overlake Medical Center, Melicent Smith, will discuss how parents can help support and create healthy eating habits within their families. Childhood and adolescence are critical periods when individuals develop the patterns and knowledge around healthy eating that persist for years in the future. Find out how small changes at home can have a significant impact on the mental, physical, emotional health of your students.

BSF Spring for Schools

Join us in person for Spring for Schools at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, on May 13, 2022, for a premiere event that’s unlike any of the 31 events of years past! We are keeping your experience and health top of mind as we prepare to celebrate our stars—students and educators in all 29 public schools in Bellevue. Throughout this school year, over $800,000 in distributions from the Foundation directly support the academic, artistic, social, and emotional development of almost 20,000 students.

Spring for Schools is a fundraiser to ensure critical programming provided by BSF continues; donations will be leveraged to transform public education in our community. While registration for Spring for Schools is free, it is our hope that attendees celebrate our students, educators, and mission by making a donation at this time here.

RSVP Today! Or visit www.bellevueschoolsfoundation.org/spring-for-schools

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