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Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

Once again we are facing the unknown of schooling during a global pandemic.  Will our students be successful while learning remotely?  Will we be able to juggle work and school at home?  If school opens will it be safe to return?

While we don’t know the answers to these questions yet let’s celebrate what we do know.

We know that we have a team of passionate teachers who are ready and eager to welcome back our students.

We know that technology will be much easier to navigate now that BSD devices are available to all students.

We know that our students will be much more prepared for remote learning because they went through it lasts spring.

For Kindergarteners, we know that it will be a challenging start but we believe in the resilience of children and their adaptive skills.

We choose to live in hope and optimism and we invite you to join us!

 

Below are important announcements pertaining to Back-To-School.

But here is a fun video showcasing our summer:  Our Summer

 

We would love to see the children and hear about their summer.  Please take a minute and add to this Flipgrid:

What did you do this summer?

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Bogucharova

Principal 应校长

and

Mrs. Helen Yung

Assistant Principal 容副校长

 

Important Dates

9/1 (Tuesday) 4:00 Class Placement Announcement
9/2 (Wednesday) various Virtual Meet and Greet@ Jing Mei (see below)
9/3 (Thursday) 9:00 First day of school for 1st-5th grade
9/3, 9/4, 9/8  (Th, Fr, Tu) various Kindergarten WAKids Parent-Teacher Conference
9/9 (Wednesday) 9:00 First day of school for Kindergarten

https://bsd405.org/about/calendar/printable-calendars/

Jing Mei’s Daily Schedule

Start of Day 9:00am

Lunch/Recess Break 12:00-1:00

End of Day 3:30 (1:10 on Wednesdays)

Remote Learning:  Microsoft Teams

Your child’s teacher will set up a class Team in MS Teams.   Instruction, assignments, whole group, and small group will be hosted in that space.  Your teacher will send you the link to the classroom team in her 9/1 welcome email with information about the weekly and daily schedule.   Your child’s device is equipped with Office 360, which contains frequently used programs by our teachers such as OneNote, OneDrive, Outlook, Sway, etc.

Email

We send out monthly newsletters and some occasional in-between messages.  Please check your email inbox setting to ensure that our mass email does not end up in your Spam or Promotions/Market folder.  All email from us will start with “JM:” so that you can filter and find them easily.

Virtual vs. Hybrid…some things to think about

  1. All students are starting with Remote (Virtual) learning
  2. If/When we return to school all of Jing Mei’s K-2 students will follow the Hybrid A/B schedule in the same way as the 3rd-5th graders.  This is different than other BSD Elementary schools because we don’t have the ability to share our students with other schools while maintaining Mandarin DL programming. To find out more about the Hybrid A/B model: https://bsd405.org/planning-for-fall/instructional-models/hybrid-learning/
  3. If/When we return to school we may need to reshuffle our classes to reach the allowable class size of 1:16.  Each grade level will have at least one teacher who will teach virtually.

More communication will come if/when BSD starts to consider opening schools.

PTSA Townhall 8/20 Recording

We talked about all things pertaining to fall 2020.

PTSA Townhall Recording 8.20.2020

2020-2021 Jing Mei Teams

We are happy to announce the following teams for this school year.  Your child’s homeroom teacher will email you on September 1st to introduce herself and provide information regarding the first few days of school.

Kindergarten 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Specialists

Ms. Min-Shu Hung-Turner

Ms. Elaine Yin

Ms. Molly X

Ms. Jo Shan

Ms. Chen-Ju Chen

Ms. Bing Liu

Ms. Sophie Huang

Ms. Zhiyin Jin***

Ms. Dongni Hu*

Ms. Xi Sun

Mrs. Hughes*

Ms. Han Zhang

Ms. Chen Ling

Ms. Kristine Guadiz

Ms. Tiffany Jan

Ms. Hui-Chen Hsiung

Ms. Ariana Taylor

Ms. Kaige Zhang-Gantz**

Ms. Ellen Pederson**

Ms. Carrie Lin (Library)

Mr. Rob Lindfors (Music)

Ms. Elizabeth D’Antonio (Art0

Ms. Marnie Kazarian (PE)

Mr. Nick Lombardo (PE)

*Ms. Hu and Mrs. Hughes are on Maternity Leave.  Ms. Hu’s substitute teacher will be Ms. Sandy Huang and Mrs. Hughes’ substitute teacher will be Ms. Olivia Turner.

**Ms. Zhang-Gantz and Ms. Pederson are part-time and will be sharing a homeroom.

***Ms. Zhiyin Yin will be the 2nd grade homeroom teacher, supported by substitute teacher Ms. Jennifer Lee while she awaits for HR procedures to finalize.

We believe that distributive leadership will strengthen our community and the following teacher leaders will lead our school in our major initiatives.

Building Leadership Team Racial Equity and Inclusion Team School Culture Team Student Support Team

Ms. Min-Shu Hung-Turner

Ms. Chen-Ju Chen

Ms. Tiffany Jan

Ms. Kaige Zhang-Gantz

Ms. Xing Wei

Ms. Geng Zhi

Ms. Carrie Lin

Ms. Ellen Pederson

Ms. Hui-Chen Hsiung

Ms. Han Zhang

Ms. Dongni Hu

Ms. Andrea Hanson

 

Ms. Elaine Yin

Ms. Xi Sun

Ms. Kristine Guadiz

Ms. Ariana Taylor

Ms. Andrea Hanson

Ms. Jo Shan

Ms. Bing Liu

Ms. Geng Zhi (Instructional Technology Curriculum Leader)

Ms. Andrea Hanson (Counselor)

Ms. Xing Wei (Multilingual Learner Facilitator)

Ms. Linda Wang (Psychologist)

Ms. Rui Gu (Resource Room)

Ms. KC Radford (Speech)

We are excited for your children to meet their new teachers!

Staff Bio Page: https://bsd405.org/jingmei/2019/06/meet-our-team-of-staff/

Virtual Meet and Greet on 9/2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

What: Virtual Meet & Greet (AKA Ice Cream Social when we were in-person)

When: On September 2nd, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in 15-minute increments with an hour window for each grade level Grades 1-5.

(G1: 9 a.m., G2: 10 a.m., G3: 11 a.m., G4: 1 p.m., G5: 2 p.m.) Each grade level teacher and/or English-time and Chinese-time teacher will need to schedule two 15-minute sessions for each of their students in the  A & B cohort.) Kindergarten students will not participate in this Meet and Greet, as they have individual appointments with their teachers for WA Kids and will be invited by their classroom teacher.

Why: To give students a chance to meet their teachers before the first day of school on 9/3 and to provide a space for students in small groups the chance to greet each other in A & B cohorts.

Extras: Please ask students to come prepared with a few questions to ask their teachers (Grades 3-5 for English and Chinese-time teachers)

Video: Please see the link here for a video by Ms. Taylor and Ms. Hanson addressing students about the Meet and Greet.

 

Please show this to your students prior to September 2nd. Thank you!

 

Student Devices

Thank you for signing up and picking up your student’s laptop or iPAD.  It is important that students work from the BSD devices because they are configured to…

1. Keeps the student safe with required filtering and monitoring software

2. Supports the family by allowing BSD to provide support and updates to the device

3. Allows for better instruction as the teacher isn’t trying to troubleshoot different software and hardware setup where some students may have a stylus and others do not for example.

If you haven’t signed up to pick up your student’s device please sign up:

8/28: Grades 2&3: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044aaeae2faafb6-technology2

8/29: Grades K&1: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044aaeae2faafb6-technology3

9/2: Makeup day: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044aaeae2faafb6-technology1

4th/5th grade deployment has passed so please sign up on 9/2.

BSD Technology Training for Families

BSD Tech will host two live sessions where BSD technology and instructional staff will help elementary families best use the hardware and software their elementary students are likely to use.

The presentation will focus on:

• Device use and care

• Using Microsoft Teams for announcements, meetings, and assignments

• Using Clever to access digital curriculum

• How to get more help

Following the presentation, we will also reserve time for some Questions and Answers.

Here is the public Join link: for 8/31 from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm:  8/31 Session

Here is the public Join link: for 9/2 from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm:  9/2 Session

Parent Access to Student Devices:  asParent

Here’s info from the BSD website:

https://bsd405.org/departments/district-technology/technology-safety/student-online-behavior/

And their own info:

https://www.apparent.online/bellevuesd

To get it, send an email to parenthelp@bsd405.org with your email addresses (of both parents, if both want access) and they’ll create and activate free accounts for you. Access the email they send you with your phone to get the app and log in with the credentials they send you.  BSD devices are already set up for it, so nothing needed to install.  You may have to reactive your account every year.

Fall Planning FAQs

To help our community plan for fall and the return to school, BSD is updating our website regularly, including the Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fall Planning

BSD is hosting another Family Forum to answer your questions.  Don’t miss it!

Submit your questions prior to the event: Use this form to send your questions by Monday, August 24 at 4 p.m.

When: Wednesday, August 26 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Microsoft Teams: Watch this live event in Microsoft Teams.

Kindergarten Families:  Parent-Teacher Conference 9/3, 9/4, 9/8

The Washington State WAKids initiative recognizes that success at school means a strong home-school connection.  We would like to invite kindergarten parents for a start-of-school-year virtual conference with their teachers to learn about each child’s strengths and home support.  Ms. Vicky will email kindergarten parents with information as well as links to signing up for the 20-minute conference.

http://www.k12.wa.us/WaKIDS/Family/FamilyBrochure.aspx

http://www.k12.wa.us/WaKIDS/Family/IntroducingMe.aspx.

Need Childcare?

BSD is excited to announce that BOOST (Bellevue Out of School Time), formally known as Extended Learning, will be open this fall, beginning for  K-5th grade students at four locations for the duration of BSD’s remote learning!

2020-21 BOOST REGISTRATION

Operation details:

Space is limited

  • K-5th grade students

Locations: Ardmore, Lake Hills, Sherwood Forest, and Stevenson

7:30am-5:00pm

Beginning September 3, 2020

Tuition-based: $1280 per month

Scholarships available for qualifying families

King County Health Department guidelines will be followed

Masks will be required for all students and staff

Meal service will be available

Remote learning support will be available.  More information can be found here:  https://bsd405.org/programs/elp/

Free and Reduced Lunch and Financial Support

If you are in need of financial support, please apply for the district Free/Reduced Lunch program.

If you need additional support in paying school fees such as fieldtrips, yearbook, spirit wear, etc., please do not hesitate to let us know.  Through the generosity of the PTSA we are able to set up scholarship programs that support families.

https://bsd405.org/services/nutrition-services/frequently-asked-questions/