Dear Enatai Families,
This week’s newsletter is filled with the excitement for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in-person students returning over the next two weeks tempered with the disturbing incidents reported in the news (and online) of harassment and violence targeting Asian Americans and persons of Asian descent, across the United States. The more recent senseless and horrible murders of 8 women, including 6 Asian women in Atlanta, Georgia, is the result of normalizing hate and dehumanizing AAPIs with racist language and acts. At Enatai Elementary School, we remain committed to the safety and well-being of each student and their family. We, as a staff, remain committed to growing ourselves as more racially conscious, anti-racist, and anti-bias educators. We are here to support each and every one of our students and families.
We want our community to know that at Enatai Elementary School, any conduct against any student or staff member, based on race (or any other protected category) is not tolerated. We strive to be a community against bias or hatred. As a school, we believe deeply in our district’s vision, “To affirm and inspire each and every student to learn and thrive as creators of the future world.” We achieve this by creating a learning environment where students are able to broaden their world while also deepening their understanding of themselves.
At Enatai Elementary School, I want to let you know that we stand in support of our Asian families, students, staff members and our communities of color in as we advance our efforts towards racial justice. Please know that we are here to partner with you around the support of your child(ren):
- If you or your student need to speak with us about what is happening to your student within our school, please feel free contact me or our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Sameti directly at firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com or via phone at 425-456-5200.
- If you ever feel it would be helpful to have your student connect with our school guidance counselor, please contact Ms. Slavik at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Slavik is available to meet with individual or a small group of students and provide a safe space to process recent events and how they may be affecting us.
Please note that discriminatory harassment is that which is severe, persistent, or pervasive as to limit or deny a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from classes, educational program, or any activity. We encourage students and families to report harassment, or any form of bullying or intimidation at any time in the year. This can also be done through our Safe Schools system by email (email@example.com), by phone (425-324-3875), or through BSD’s online form.
As you move forward in your day and the weekend ahead, I want our community to know that we, as a school, are reflecting on the following, and we always welcome your partnership as we strive to better serve the Enatai Elementary School community:
- How are we showing up for our students? What are our actions and words teaching them?
- How do we create spaces for our AAPI students to process and listen to their stories?
- How do we affirm our AAPI students’ identities so that they may take pride and revel in their culture and their identity?
- How do we communicate our ally-ship with the AAPI community that illustrates humility and partnership?
At Enatai Elementary School, we remain committed to the safety of all of our students and families, and we want our community to know we are here to help and support in any way we can.
Family Engagement Survey
We want to extend our appreciation to families as we know there have been so many surveys this year. We have had nearly 25% of our families respond to the Family Engagement Survey at this time. While I wish we give you a link to the survey right here, we ask that you look in your email for a message from “Panorama” or search for “Family Engagement Survey.” As a school, we value this feedback as it supports us in better understanding how to strengthen our relationship between our school and your home. We know that the upcoming year will offer an opportunity to “reset” what partnership looks and sounds like, and your feedback will help us!
Return to In-Person Learning
As shared in email on Thursday, March 18th, we are excited for the return of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in-person classes. Once in session, each of these grades will be in attendance 4 days per week with Wednesdays remaining virtual. Enatai is excited to welcome our 3rd graders and students in our 3rd/4th split back on Thursday, March 25th, our 4th grade classes on April 1st, and our 5th grade students on April 5th.
As you can imagine, with more students returning, our drop-off and pick-up is going to become busier! Please remember that if you are using the drop-off lane, your child(ren) need to be able to exit the vehicle independently on the passenger side. If your child(ren) need assistance with this, please use one of our many parking spaces to park and walk with your child(ren) to the front of the school.
Below is a map of the entrances used by the different in-person classes to enter the building. If you are walking with your child(ren) please know that you can walk them to the entrance door, but only students and staff are allowed inside the building.
In addition to wearing masks, a key component of maintaining the health of our school community is through completing the Daily Health Check. Families need to complete this health check each day prior to school starting:
If you need assistance with the Daily Health Check, please reach out to Enatai’s School Nurse, Erin Ferguson, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Enatai families in need of childcare, the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club (BBGC) downtown location works in partnership with Enatai Elementary School. If students are in our AM session, bus transportation takes students to the BBGC downtown location for the rest of their day. For students in the PM session whose families drop them off at the BBGC in the morning, students are transported to Enatai mid-day and then back to the BBGC at the end of the school day.
Please visit their website for program information and registration. Scholarships are available to families that qualify. March registration is open now. April registration will open Monday March 22nd.
Spring Break, Travel, and Quarantine
This information is current at the time this newsletter is being published online. Should it change, the newsletter will be updated and/or future newsletters will update this information.
If families travel outside of the state of Washington during Bellevue’s Spring Break (April 12th – 16th), students will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return. Currently, our elementary schools will be holding all classes remotely the week following Spring Break (April 19th – 23rd) to mitigate quarantine time of students. If you travel, please let your child’s teacher know so that we can clarify your return to in-person learning date. Teachers are working individually with families who need to quarantine beyond the week of remote instruction.
As this newsletter comes to an end, I want to wish all of our families celebrating Nowruz a wonderful start to a new year filled with hope and healthier days. And, to those celebrating the start of Spring, may the sun continue to shine upon our Enatai students and families!
Until next week!