Dear Jing Mei Community,
Recently we have seen a rise in anti-Asian sentiments, harassment, and violence Asian Americans and persons of Asian descent across the United States. This is very concerning because many members of our Jing Mei community are personally connected through our lived and shared experiences as Asians and Asian-Americans calling the United States our home. Personally, we both need to take some time to process these incidences and evaluate the impact they have on us and our families. Living in fear will not help but having awareness will lead to empowerment. We are asking you to do the same among yourselves and with your children at home.
Jing Mei’s Race, Equity, and Inclusion (REI) Team will meet next Tuesday to process these recent events and find pedagogically sound ways to raise awareness through our instruction. The message of awareness and support should come from families and teachers working together so we would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Please add to our Padlet for the REI team to review. Your words will help us craft a collective narrative for our community.
Mrs. B and Ms. Tan
A Vision for Dual Language Education in Washington State
Take a look at Washington State’s new initiative that sets a goal for districts to implement more DL programs. Our school is briefly featured in the promotional video.
Message From the Bellevue Schools Foundation
I’m writing to invite you to join us at Bellevue Schools Foundation’s Spring for Schools virtual event on Friday April 30th at 12:00 PM. Spring for Schools is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser and our students need your support now more than ever.
Bellevue Schools Foundation provides critical resources for our district and students, positioning BSD at the forefront of education with new tools including but not limited to:
- Lightbox eBooks subscriptions for all Elementary students
- Digital Makers for all Middle School students to create engaging web content
- Music software apps designed to help all Secondary students practice independently during remote learning
Our theme this year is Engaging Hearts, Enriching Minds. Our 30-minute engaging Spring for Schools program will showcase initiatives helping students with social/emotional health and wellness and programs that interject joy in the online learning process.
Please join us and our special keynote speaker and local celebrity, Duff McKagan, founding member and bassist from Guns ‘N Roses who will be sharing, through personal stories, why your support is so vital to our students.
We appreciate your continued support. Hope to see you there!
5th Grade Return to School for students in the hybrid model: 3/29
3rd and 4th Grade Return to School for students in the hybrid model: 4/5
Spring Break: 4/12-4/16
Virtual week for everyone (to accommodate post travel quarantine): 4/19-4/23
Are students expected to quarantine after traveling out of state per the governor’s order?
Yes, as a key strategy of mitigating the risk of spreading COVID in our schools, we are expecting ALL families and staff to follow the governor’s guidance on a 14-day quarantine, with or without a COVID test, if they travel out of the state.
Why is the quarantine expected for 14 days with or without a COVID test?
Student, staff and family health and safety is of utmost importance. Thus, we are taking every precaution to minimize risk of spreading COVID. The 14 day quarantine is the gold standard for minimizing the risk of COVID transmission. With a 14 day quarantine, there is a 0.1% chance a person will transmit COVID-19 to another person. If you include a COVID test to a 14 day quarantine, the risk decreases to 0%. If you decrease the quarantine to 10 days, you increase the risk of transmission to 1.4% (0.3% with a COVID test). If you decrease the quarantine to 7 days, you increase the risk of transmission to 10% (4% with a COVID test).
For more information: https://bsd405.org/back-to-buildings-plan/faq/
3rd-5th Grade Return
In case you missed the recent emails please see below.
Also please complete this Student Dismissal Survey
Regarding the instructional week:
Explanation in English: https://youtu.be/lzwQc_sDIoQ
Regarding drop off/pick up logistics:
BSD Parent Workshop
The March 23 IEP 101 Parent Workshop event is part of the BSD and Special Needs PTA’s Family Resource Series. The Bellevue Special Needs PTA and BSD’s Special Education Department are partnering to host this parent-focused workshop navigating the IEP process.
Assemblies at Jing Mei
This is an opportunity for us to bring students together to celebrate and learn about our Jing Mei and BSD core values. We feature student presenters and appearances by staff. Special announcements are also made during this time. Assemblies are virtual this year and it’s every Wednesday morning from 9:45-10:15
March Whole School Assembly: