Dear Parents,

Thank you for taking time to read our Phoenix Family Flyer.

We know remote learning is taking up much of your time and energy at home and it looks like we’re about to enter a far worse state of the pandemic.  Surely, all of this is creating stress at home.

Please know that we are parents, too, and we hope that you will reach out to us if you need feedback or guidance on anything.  It helps to talk to someone outside of your family who also understands what your children are going through.  We are here for you so do not hesitate to email or call.  (425) 428-3354.  You don’t need to have a question.  Just call if you want to chat.

Here is a video message of gratitude and vision from us to our community of staff and parents:  Gratitude for our Staff, Students, and Parents

Kindergarten and First Grade parents, here is the recording of our K/1 Mini Assembly this Wednesday:   K/1 Mini Assembly 11/18/2020

校长报告(中文版)

Sincerely,

Mrs. B and Ms. Tan

应校长和学生院长谭老师

Community Cafe:  Identity

The Jing Mei Racial Equity and Inclusion Team (REI) would like to invite you to our next Community Café!  We always learn so much when staff and parents are in one space!  Breakout rooms will be available for all voices to be heard.

Community Café topic: Identity and how to teach students about the intersection of their identities

When:  Tuesday, December 1, 5pm

Where:  Zoom.  Meeting ID: 894 3143 6126 . https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89431436126

Who:  Jing Mei Staff and Parents

Please let us know if you’re joining us by submitting this RSVP Form

Message from BSF’s Education Connections

Join us on Zoom to hear Kerince Bowen and Jared Taylor present how BSD’s Mental Health Assistance Team (MHAT) has helped students suffering from depression, anxiety and social isolation during Covid. Their presentation will include data from the first semester followed by powerful student stories that touch the heart. For more information and to register, click here. The program is on November 19th and begins at 12:00 noon.

Clickathon Fundraiser:

YOU Did It!

Clickathon was a great success and our students have much to celebrate.

363 people raised $157,000 in 48 hours.

We had $94,000 come in from donors, unlocking and exceeding our entire $63,000 matching pool. In doing so, it demonstrated the power our community has to elevate and improve education for every Bellevue School District student. So far, we have raised almost $172,000 of our fall goal of $350,000!

Thank you. We are grateful and humbled.

Because of gifts from our generous donors, our students will get the BEST possible education including: cutting-edge computer science lessons, robotics, more staff trained to help students with anxiety and depression online, funding family Connection Centers, providing digital copies of culturally responsive books for grades 1-5, and much more.

You make our schools great. Thank you!

Dr. Duran Video:

Can YOU help us raise $350,000 to support Bellevue students? Many families in our Bellevue community are struggling to meet their basic needs, including food. Listen as Dr. Duran, Bellevue Schools Superintendent talks about our important partnership with the BSD to support ALL students. Click HERE for Dr. Duran. Go to Bsfdn.org to donate or for more information.

Food Drive

Thank you to the PTSA for organizing the following event to give back to the community!

Please join us for a (non-perishable) FOOD DRIVE benefiting Renewal Food Bank here in Bellevue. On Saturday, November 21st, drive by Jing Mei and drop off your donations between 9am – noon. Volunteers will retrieve your donations from your trunk and place a fun little craft kit to take home to enjoy with your family.

Items most needed by Renewal Food Bank include

  • canned green beans
  • canned tomatoes
  • boxed cereal & pasta
  • pasta sauces
  • baking items (flour, sugar, boxed mixes)
  • hygiene products (toilet paper, bar soap and toothpaste)

If you would like to contribute but unavailable to come by on Saturday, November 21st, please contact Magdalene Teo magteo115@yahoo.com 415.425.5115 to make alternative arrangements.

We hope to see you at our Food Drive. Thank you!

Counselor’s Counselor

Here is Ms. Hanson’s November letter on the topic of Peer Connection and Student Engagement.

Counselor-Corner-November-2020

Math Olympiad

Here is a message from our Math Olympiad Coaches:

We’d also like to give an update on the status of the Math Club – we had been informed that Math Olympiad activities had been cancelled for the entire Bellevue School District through this school year. It’s unfortunate that we are not able to meet in person for classes and practice together for competitions. However learning and having fun with math is still possible!

BeastAcademy.com

We were using the Beast Academy text books for our Kangaroos in the past two years, and were considering switching to this curriculum for our Olympiads this year. You can find both books in print as well as online courses at the appropriate level for your students.

ArtOfProblemSolving.com

We recommend Phoenixes to look into books and online courses that may be appropriate for their level and interests. After your students have mastered the Prealgebra curriculum, you may introduce them to Geometry, and Counting and Probability.

MathKangaroo.us

The Math Kangaroo competition will be held again virtually in March – May 2021. Format and timeline would be similar to this past competition. The early registration deadline is 12/15/2020 at $21 per student, or $35 by 12/31/2020. This time we will not be able to enter our students as a group. Students participating in the virtual competition must be entered individually by their parents, but can choose to associate themselves with Jing Mei (however the school or math club will not receive results). For information please refer to https://mathkangaroo.oasis-lms.com/Public/Catalog/Details.aspx?id=b64OlBqcz8BMGoBu6OaRrw%3d%3d

Family Emergency Preparedness Plan

In October we practiced the Earthquake Drill with students during remote instruction.

For November, we would like to ask you to practice the Fire Drill with you family at home.  It’s as easy as drawing and walking through an exit plan that includes multiple options for evacuation.  The link below contains a short video about how to talk to students at home about Fire Drills.

https://bsd405.org/departments/security/family-preparedness-plan/

The American Red Cross recommends families to follow these fire prevention tips:

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

Student Device Monitoring for Families

To provide families with awareness of their student’s laptop activity, the district has implemented apParent Online the parent app companion to AssistX Education’s Class Policy teacher application.

This software allows families access to the following features during non-school hours:

  1. View screen images of your student’s district-issued laptop
  2. Remotely lock and unlock your student’s device
  3. View the past 24 hours of your student’s online browsing history
  4. Schedule screen lock with auto release
  5. Schedule screen recording with time lapse playback

While we are in temporary remote/hybrid learning, parents have access to the below monitoring features during school hours. Restriction features during school hours are accessible only to teachers to ensure students will not be blocked from resources needed for classwork.

  1. View screen images of your student’s district-issued laptop
  2. View the past 24 hours of your student’s online browsing history

To get started:

  1. You should have received an invitation from the district. If not, please contact us at parenthelp@bsd405.org
  2. Install apParent Online for Android or apParent Online for iOS (iPhone/iPad)
  3. Login to the parent app with the login info from the opt-in email to begin managing and monitoring your student’s laptop

Important notes:

  • School hours are specific to each school’s schedule and you will see that reflected for your student in the apParent app
  • This application is not enabled for district-issued iPads

Resources:

Online Learning Experience

We would like your input on students’ well-being. Please take two minutes to share your inputs which will be super helpful for us to support our students’ learning. (You can also do this short survey with your child so we can include their perspectives.)

K Student Well-Being Parent Input

1st Grade Student Well-Being Parent Input

2nd Grade Student Well-Being Parent Input

3rd Grade Student Well-Being Parent Input

4th Grade Student Well-Being Parent Input

5th Grade Student Well-Being Parent Input

Virtual Recess

One of our school goals at Jing Mei is for students to feel a sense of belonging at school and to feel connected to their peers.  We are trying to brainstorm ways for students to connect.  One idea is virtual recess.  Students have expressed interest in gathering together to talk about topics of interest such as cooking, pets, toys, exercise, etc.

Therefore, we are starting a virtual recess program starting the week of 11/25 Wednesday 12:50-1:10. (It’s an optional opportunity for students to come and have fun!)

Here are the recess time and date for the next three weeks:

Where do we have recess? We will go to our Community Teams and find a channel/teacher at the time/date listed below.

11/25 2-3rd Grade 12:50-1:10

12/2 4-5th Grade 12:50-1:10

12/9 K-1st Grade 12:50-1:10

Students will be taught how to join recess during their grade level mini-assembly. The recess date is aligned with their mini-assembly date. Students will receive an calendar invite with date and time.