All Bellevue schools will be open Friday, December 2. All programs will be in operation as regularly scheduled, including nutrition and transportation services.

Eastgate Elementary – We are Eagles! We soar!

May Pelto, Principal

Erlinda Iniguez, Assistant Principal

August 29, 2022


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Upcoming Dates

Class Placement: Will be sent via email on Monday, August 29

K-5 Meet/Greet and Popsicles with the Principals: Tuesday, August 30

  • Kindergarten and Olympic Teacher Visits, 2:30
  • Kindergarten Bus Ride, 3:00
  • Grades 1st – 5th, 3:00
  • Popsicles with the Principals on the Playground, 3:30

First Day of School (Grades 1-5): Thursday, September 1, PTA Back to School Coffee at 9:05 in the outdoor courtyard

Kindergarten Connections Meetings: Thursday, September 1; Friday, September 2; and Tuesday, September 6 – More information coming soon

No School Monday, September 5th – Labor Day

PreK Open House: September 6, 3:00-4:30

First Day of School for Pre-K and Kindergarten: Wednesday, September 7, PTA Kindergarten Back to School Coffee at 9:05

PTA Back to School Social: Friday, September 9, 6:30-8:00

Curriculum Night: October 3, 6-7:30



Daily Schedule

PreK Bell Schedule – UPDATED

9:15 – Start Time

3:45 – Dismissal (M,T,Th, F)

1:45 – Wednesday Dismissal



K-5 Bell Schedule

9:05- School Start Time

3:35 – Dismissal (M,T,Th, F)

1:20 – Wednesday Dismissal


Regular and punctual attendance is vital, and we are required to track all absences. For our K-5 students, please contact our attendance hotline to report any absences, late arrivals, or early pick-ups at 425-456-5104.



Student Placement and Classroom Teachers

The Eastgate staff is excited to welcome your child back to school. K-5 classroom placement will be emailed today, Monday, August 29th and students will be able to meet their teachers on Tuesday, August 30th.


Our tentative classroom teacher assignments are:

  • Kindergarten: Tiffany Ostlund, Kelly Sauve
  • First Grade: Diana Forsman, Sara Lockwood, Natasha Nimmo
  • Second Grade: Stephanie Baba*, Kristine Tan, Angela Wulbert
  • Third Grade: Jenny Rosenthal, Jannette Rotz,
  • Fourth Grade: Shail Azhar, Alex Rea
  • Fifth Grade: Olivia Ingersoll, Inna Bobick, Doug Faulkner

* Ms. Lane as accepted a job as the Science Tech Lead at Sherwood Forest Elementary. We are sad to see her go but know this is an amazing opportunity for her. We are excited to welcome Stephanie Baba to our 2nd grade team. Ms. Baba was a second grade teacher at Sherwood Forest Elementary and is excited to join the Eastgate team!


Student Drop off and Pick Up

For the safety of your children, please follow the following drop off and pick up procedures. The drop off/pick up area can become congested and following these procedures can help us keep the traffic moving as safely, and swiftly as possible.


We ask that all K-5 families drop off after 8:50 and do not come to wait for dismissal until 3:00.


K-5 Student Drop Off:

  • Students may be dropped off in the lot off Newport Way ONLY. It is very important that you do not drop off in the bus parking lot. This is for the safety of your child and because there are 4 other schools that use this lot as bus stops.
  • Drop off begins after 8:50 – there is no supervision prior
  • There is a lane along the front of the building you will pull over to for drop off.
  • Do not exit your car. A staff member will assist your child with exiting the car when it is time. Students will exit from the passenger side of your car.
  • Once your child has exited, please move forward to exit the parking lot toward the Early Learning Center. There will be two lanes exiting on to 152nd Ave SE. One going left and one going right
  • Park in designated spots only

K-5 Student Pick Up:

  • School ends at 3:35 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and at 1:20 on Wednesday. Students must be picked up promptly
  • Please do not arrive before 3:00 to wait to pick up your child. This will create a congested parking lot
  • Pick up is in the parking lot off Newport Way. There is NO student pick up in the bus parking lot.
  • Two lanes will be formed to prevent traffic from impeding Newport Way. Lines have been painted to indicate where two lines form.
  • The two lines will zipper merge to create one line in our pick-up/drop off zone.
  • Two lanes will exit the parking lot on to 152nd Ave SE.
  • A car tag will be given to you to place on the dashboard.



Technology Distribution

Students will be assigned an iPad (kindergarten and first grade) or a laptop (2nd-5th grade) during the first weeks of school. If you have any technology equipment at your home from last year, please bring it on the first day of school. This includes chargers, laptops, iPads, stylus, keyboards, etc.



School Supplies

At Eastgate we want to ensure all students have the school supplies necessary to engage in classroom activities. For this reason, we have purchased class sets of school supplies. If you would still like to purchase school supplies for your child or their classroom, the optional list of supplies can be found here Additionally, students may consider purchasing their own binder and pencil box as noted in the school supply list.


If your child is in need of a backpack, please contact our school counselor, Lindsay Verschueren at



School Lunch and Free and Reduced Priced Meals

Easgate will not have a breakfast program this year. Additionally, BSD Nutrition Services will start charging fees for student meals for the 2022-23 school year. Nutrition Services uses PayPAMS for online payments for meals. Families can use PayPAMS to set up low balance reminders and automatic deposits. Families may also choose to pay for meals by check or cash at their child’s school. Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals will be available in mid-August.



NEW – Bellevue Family Hub Opens to Support BSD Families

The Bellevue School District welcomes families from across the district to the new Bellevue Family Hub located at Highland Middle School. Beginning August 22, families are invited to visit the Hub to meet with trained volunteers who can connect them to resources for clothing assistance, rent assistance, and BSD school support. The Bellevue Family Hub located at Highland Middle School (15027 NE Bel-Red Road) is a joint partnership between the Bellevue School District and Bellevue LifeSpring.



Right At School” Before and After School Childcare Registration Now Open

Right At School, one of Bellevue School District’s long-standing providers of before and after-school programs, has opened registration for fall 2022. Due to an increase in demand this school year, interested families are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Space is limited, so register today.

Discounted rates are available to families who qualify. To determine if your family qualifies (sibling, military, free and reduced, or district employee rates available), please visit the Right At School Discount page. If your family qualifies for DSHS state assistance, please find additional details on the Financial Assistance page.

Right At School’s mission is to support the needs of our school community, inspire a love of learning in kids, and give parents and guardians peace of mind.



Free COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits for BSD Students

BSD will be distributing free COVID-19 at-home rapid test kits to students and staff who would like to test before returning to school. COVID-19 testing allows people to take precautions in a timely manner to help prevent the virus from spreading. Tests will be distributed from ESC West, Room 100 at the following times:

  • Monday, 8/29: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 8/30: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, 8/31: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


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.