Eastgate Elementary – We are Eagles! We soar!
May Pelto, Principal
Erlinda Iniguez, Assistant Principal
September 19, 2022
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PTA Meeting: September 21, 7:00, Eastgate Library
Curriculum Night: October 3, 6-7:30
PTA Family Fun Night: October 7, 6:30, Family Movie Night!
Picture Day: October 27
PreK Bell Schedule
9:15 – Start Time
3:45 – Dismissal (M,T,Th, F)
1:30 – Wednesday Dismissal
K-5 Bell Schedule
9:05- School Start Time
3:35 – Dismissal (M,T,Th, F)
1:20 – Wednesday Dismissal
Lost and Found
Is your child missing a jacket, hat, lunchbox? Here is the link to our lost and found items. Updated weekly. https://photos.app.goo.gl/wwxfg1gyAMWbKwDf6
Curriculum Night is Changing!
Eastgate’s Curriculum Night is scheduled for Monday, October 3rd. Our goal this year is to make sure families feel welcome at Eastgate and strong ties to the community. In an effort to be more inclusive of all of our families, and to create a school where families feel engaged, informed, and supported, we are switching up our Curriculum Night structure this year. This year we are holding an Open House in place of Curriculum Night. Families (including children) are invited! You will be led on a school visit by your student. You will learn all about the classroom environment, the curriculum being taught, and important routines that happen in the classroom and all around the school. You’ll have the opportunity to meet teachers and other school staff as well as other families.
Join us anytime between 6:15-7:15 on Monday, October 3rd.
Please note – some classrooms may still want to hold shorter presentations like we have in years’ past. Your child’s classroom teacher will reach out to you if this is the case for your child’s class.
COVID Guidance for 2022-23 School Year
On August 5, 2022, the Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH) released an updated version of the Requirements and Guidance to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in K-12 Schools and Child Care. BSD will continue to follow the guidance from WA DOH as it comes out, with any requirements followed as requirements and any recommendations followed as recommendations. This COVID-19 guidance is important for school staff and administrators making critical decisions around COVID-19. The district’s respective COVID-19 webpages will be updated to reflect any changes throughout the year.
Reporting COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks
The updated guidance from WA DOH requires notification to staff, students and their families when there are cases and outbreaks in schools. The Bellevue School District maintains an online dashboard for this purpose. This means at this time letters will not be sent to families regarding COVID-19 cases at school. COVID-19 cases for the 2022-23 school year are located on the COVID-19 Cases in Schools Dashboard, with data updated daily at 7:00 a.m.
Learn about the latest guidance for the 2022-23 school year. https://bsd405.org/2022/09/covid-19-guidance-2022-23/
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. During this month we take time to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have contributed greatly to our society and who continue to inspire others through their life’s work. At Eastgate Elementary we would like to honor our families who are of Latin Heritage by highlighting the countries we represent and the reasons why we appreciate the culture. If you would like to participate, please click on the link and share your thoughts with our staff and students.
Volunteering in Schools
We are excited to be welcoming volunteers back into schools. In order to volunteer, please make sure you have a current background check on file. This must be done every three years. All volunteer information can be found at https://bsd405.org/get-involved/volunteer/
The PTA will be distributing a student directory soon. Families will be included in the directory based on parent request to release information. If you are wondering if your family will be included in the directory, you can check the option you selected in ParentVue.
OSPI Office of Education Ombuds: Resources for Families
The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) wants families to know about new resources explaining how the Office of Education Ombuds (OEO) can help families and WA public K-12 schools to have successful family-school partnerships throughout the new school year.
Official Notices – Reminder to Share with Families
The 2022-2023 Official Notices, Weapons Policy and Truancy Laws are available on the district website. English, Spanish and Simplified Chinese versions can also be found on the Official Notices webpage.
School Lunch and Free and Reduced Priced Meals
Eastgate 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.
Bellevue Family Hub Fall Hours
The Bellevue School District welcomes families from across the district to the new Bellevue Family Hub located at Highland Middle School. 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.
Since the Hub opened its doors on August 22, over 500 students have already been served. The Bellevue Family Hub continues to invite students and their families to come and receive access to three essential resources for a successful start to the year: 1) Online student verification and completion of the application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals; 2) Back-to-school clothing support for students and 3) Navigating resources for rent assistance.
The new fall hours for the Hub are:
- Tuesdays: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Families with Low or No Income Can File for the $3,000 Child Tax Credit
This year, more families and individuals with low or no incomes across Washington could get thousands of dollars in federal payments due to policy changes — even if they have never filed taxes before. To get this money, eligible families can file a simplified tax return in 15 minutes or less (if they have not already filed taxes this year).
It is estimated that at least 46,000 children in Washington could miss out on at least $3,000 each with the Child Tax Credit. More information can be found at ChildTaxCredit.gov.
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