Dear International Families,
As we are in our first full week of school, we are starting to get into the rhythm of the school year with some traditional school activities. Classes are proceeding and teachers have been working hard to create lessons that are engaging and challenging for our students. Our ASB has been meeting and we will have our first school assembly on Wednesday. Our counselors will be connecting with students with guidance lessons. We are beginning fall assessments of students skills in Reading and Math so that our teachers can collaboratively work to ensure that we are targeting essential skills for students, as we are committed to work to close any gaps that students might have while we simultaneously stretch all students. Later this month, we will have our online Curriculum Night. Basically, in many ways if feels like a typical opening of school—regardless of the fact that we are temporarily online.
We continue to work on our master schedule. We continue to work to balance classes to ensure that we have equitable class sizes (which are good for all students) while we work to stay within the guidelines we must operate in when we return to Hybrid school at some point in the year. While we worked hard to ensure students had classes at the start of the year, we likely will need to do some adjustments to balance the houses within a class and to potentially move a few students from one period to another. Additionally, the district may be opening up some additional Virtual classes that some of our students might be offering. We do have some sections that we have overlapped Virtual and Hybrid students as a temporary solution. While this works at this time, it does become more challenging later if we need to live-stream classes. Accessing the additional courses offered across the district will help us minimize these situations. We know changes are difficult, but we want to do them earlier rather than later if possible.
I acknowledge continued confusion about Wednesday mornings as this is new. This asynchronous time is intended for predominantly independent work for students similar to afternoon asynchronous time. This is to allow for additional responsibilities, contacts, collaboration, and professional development necessary for fully engaging with remote learning for educators. Attendance will be taken for Wednesday asynchronous learning. Evidence students are accessing resources, assignments, posts, etc. for the class on Wednesday will be considered as evidence of their having attended school on Wednesdays.
We continue to thank you for all that you do to support your student. In looking at the student engagement data from the district, International students were at the top in regard to the percentage of students engaging with their courses at the start of the year. Attendance is important for students to be a part of the class community, to interact with their peers and teachers, and to engage with the class learning.
Finally, if you did not have an opportunity to read the district’s Family Update from yesterday, I encourage you to do so. This one has a lot of great information about:
- SAT and ACT testing
- Monitoring student use of technology through apParent
- District family forums for multilingual learners
Russell White, Principal
Mark your calendars for Additional Materials Distribution Days
We will hold additional days for student and families to pick-up physical materials to support their at-home learning on the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, Sept. 22 – 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
- Wednesday, Sept. 23 –12:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Please help us run an efficient pick-up process by:
- Arriving during your designated half-hour pick-up window. (If you are unable to come at your assigned time, please come from 6:30 – 7:30 on Wednesday, Sept. 23. If you need consideration for special arrangements outside of these dates and times, please contact Ellen Stone at email@example.com or call (425) 456-6500.
- If you are walking, biking, or plan to exit your vehicle, please print fill out the attached health attestation for the purpose of contact tracing prior to arriving on campus. (Health Screener) We will have additional copies on-hand if you are not able to print.
- Please make a sign to tape to your car window with your student(s) names and grade level clearly printed.
- Review the attached map to familiarize yourself with location of materials. (Map) Please note we will have a Yearbook-only lane to accommodate grads and other students that do not need to wait in line for other materials.
Safety Precautions we are taking during distribution:
- Staff will be masked and gloved
- We kindly ask that students/families wear masks
- If students/families arrive by foot/bike/or need to exit cars, we will ask that in addition to wearing masks, they will be required to fill out a health attestation to support contact tracing should it be necessary. The form is attached here. If possible, please print and complete prior to arriving on campus. Please begin at the check-in point on the map and observe six feet of physical distance.
Assigned Pick-Up Windows:
Tuesday, September 22:
- 3:30 – 4:00 – A – Bak
- 4:00 -4:30 – Ban – Bren
- 4:30 – 5:00 – Bro – Che
- 5:00 -5:30 – Cheo – Coco
- 5:30 – 6:00 – Cog – Dhi
- 6:00 – 6:30 – Dia – Gar
- 6:30 – 7:00 – Garg – Han
- 7:00 – 7:30 – Hanl – Hou
Wednesday, September 23:
- 12:30 – 1:00 – How – Kas
- 1:00 – 1:30 – Ke – Kw
- 1:30 – 2:00 – La – Lia
- 2:00 -2:30 – Lin – Mat
- 2:30 – 3:00 – McD – Mul
- 3:00 – 3:30 – Mur – Pav
- 3:30 – 4:00 – Pe – Ric
- 4:00 – 4:30 – Ris – Shu
- 4:30 – 5:00 – Sid – Swe
- 5:00 – 5:30 – Ta – Wang
- 5:30 – 6:00 – Wange – Yan
- 6:00 – 6:30 – Yang – Zhan
- 6:30 – 7:00 – Zhao – Zu
- 6:30 – 7:30 – Any Student/Family that was not able to make assigned time slot
Materials available for pick-up in the main loop will include:
- 2019-20 Yearbooks (previously purchased | grads and family members of grads welcome to access yearbook only lane)
- IMT 1 Math Textbooks (3)
- IMT 2 Math Textbooks (3)
- Pre-Calculus Textbook (1)
- Calc Formula Golden Sheet
- Art Supplies Kits for Art students
- 8th Grade International Studies Texts (2)
Materials available for pick-up through the back parking lot:
- Band and Orchestra Instruments
- Taping/Tuning of instrument stop
Is your student missing a textbook from our first distribution?
Please contact Ellen Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 456-6500
This year’s Curriculum Night will be hosted on the evening of Wednesday, September 30. This year’s event will be an online event in which staff will record videos that will provide a brief glimpse into themselves as well as the class. While this event will be accessible starting at 6:00 pm on that date, you may access these at any time, and in any order that you want. With this new structure, can access this at a different time if there is a schedule conflict and there is not a need to choose between multiple classes if a family has more than one student at the school. We will also be inviting all of our staff—not just teachers—to introduce themselves. This will be a web-based event and can be viewed using any device that can access the internet. A link to open up the event will be emailed out to families and students shortly before it begins.
Bellevue School District Top 5 Tech Tips
Supporting student technology needs during remote learning is important to the Bellevue School District. The following are the top five questions families have and their solutions:
- What is my ParentVUE activation key?
- How do I monitor my student’s online behavior?
- My student’s device is constantly freezing in Teams. What do I do?
- My student is unable to access content that should be available. What do I do?
- Where do I find my student’s Teams meeting links?
Technology Support is also available online, by phone, and in-person. Learn more.
International School Tech Support
Below are some resources put together by Tara Jones—International School’s Research Technology Specialis:
- Who to email about research and computer programs not work (Teams, OneNote, Outlook, and Onedrive)
- Who to email about ebooks and audiobooks
- Where to get tech support for broken stylus, laptop, charge cord
- Student Troubleshooting Guide
- Sharing or collaborating on Projects from OneDrive
- How to see Teams meeting and class work at the same time
- Frequently asked Tech Questions AND how to troubleshoot not getting into a meeting
- What do to when Teams keeps freezing
- What to do when I don’t see a class meeting on my Team’s Calendar
Free Vaccine Clinic for Kids Age 0-18
If your student needs immunizations, call Eastgate Public Health to sign up for a FREE appointment for Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Offering all vaccines required for K-12 students + additional childhood vaccines
- Starting September 3, call (206) 477-8000 to make an appointment for Thursday, September 17
Eastgate Public Health Clinic address:
14350 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98007
The 2020-21 Official Notices are available on the district website