Thank you for paying attention to our reminders and notifications.
As we enter the cold winter months please be sure to dress your child appropriately. Cold-like symptoms and Covid-19 symptoms will both trigger a call from Nurse Meng Ping and may result in your child missing instruction. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
At the end of October we will start onsite Covid-19 screening at school. Parents will be able to opt in of the screening. We will be offering screening for all staff and students on Fridays each week and results will be available between 12 and 24 hours after the screening. We will also have diagnostic screening available for students who display symptoms at school. For more information: https://bsd405.org/services/health/covid-19-health-and-safety/covid-19-testing-in-bellevue-school-district/
Finally, thank you for joining the teachers for the Fall Parent Teacher conference. We look forward to partnering with you throughout the year. It takes a village to raise a child!
p.s. In case you missed our principal presentation during curriculum night: https://youtu.be/dd-sv-zP_0w
Community Café: How are we doing
On Wednesday October 20th we will host a Zoom session for parents. The purpose is to hear from you and learn what’s going well and how we can improve. We will divide into two language groups, English and Mandarin, so that we can have a deeper understanding of how best to serve our native vs. non-native Mandarin speaking families.
When: Tuesday, 10/20, 6pm-7pm
Meeting ID: 891 5774 0768
Who: Jing Mei’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Team and Parents
Why: You are the expert of your children and we want to learn from you so that we can help them thrive at school.
If you cannot attend or would rather add to our Padlet please do so here. We would love to hear from you: How are we doing
Contact Info for Attendance
If your student is absent or will be absent please contact our attendance specialist at email@example.com at your earliest convenience.
Class Daily Start Time
At Jing Mei, our goal is to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by getting in class by 9am and attending school regularly.
A Note Regarding Extended Vacations
Each year students are given 5 days of Excused Absences for trips and vacations outside of the regular holidays. Beyond the 5 days of Excused Absences, all other non-medically or ceremonial or other family emergency related absences will be Unexcused. For example, if you take a trip that’s 8 days then 5 of those days will be Excused and 3 will be Unexcused.
Jing Mei Phoenix Broadcast
One of the global competency skills is public speaking and presentational skills. To help our students become better public speakers Mrs. B will lead 5th grade students to record a weekly news segment called “Jing Mei Phoenix Broadcast” that contains a variety of information important to our students such as the weekly lunch menu, weather report, local/national/international news, jokes/riddles, interview a staff member, and touring a part of the school. The segments are under 10 minutes and the videos are uploaded as “unlisted” on YouTube. They are only shown to the Jing Mei staff and students.
5th grade parents please ask your students about the broadcast and let Mrs. B know if you do not wish for your student to participate in this project.
4th graders may be asked to produce future shows after we cycle through all of the 5th graders.
Social Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention @ Jing Mei
At Jing Mei, our Social Emotional Learning Curriculum is based on CASEL Competencies and WA SEL Standards. Please see the attached Chinese translated CASEL standard and attached article about social-emotional learning (SEL). Please also watch this video about how schools provide SEL learning and about ways families can provide supports at home.
National Bullying Prevention Month:
As this month is also Disability Awareness month, Please support your child at home in welcoming others and acting and speaking in safe, respectful, and responsible ways. Please let your child’s teacher if you have any questions about specific ways to help your child by talking about respectful behaviors at home.
Children need to be taught about staying safe, both physically and emotionally. At school we are teaching them the following units of study throughout the year depending on the grade level:
BSD’s Bullying Prevention Units
As part of the Second Step Bullying Prevention Units (BPU), families will be receiving Home Links and lessons that you could use to discuss more with your child about the importance of inclusion, collaboration, and being able to find strategies when facing a difficult situation. We want to develop students’ own ability to handle conflicts and make decisions to problem solve and find strategies to trouble shoot peer conflicts. To learn more about bullying, link here.
The homeroom teachers and our Library Specialist, Ms. Lin, have begun teaching Digital Citizenship lesson in our K-5 classrooms. For each grade level there is a series of 3-7 lessons that cover developmentally appropriate topics with actionable recommendations. Take a look at these topics and partner with us to reinforce healthy online habits at home!
Smarter Balanced Assessment (State Tests)
As families may recall, state tests for English Language Arts (ELA), Math and Science did not happen in Spring 2021. The state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) decided that the Spring 2021 tests would be postponed until Fall 2021. So, this Fall during this window: September 27 through November 10 – all schools will be administering state tests to students in certain grade levels. You can see more details from this link-> https://bsd405.org/2021/08/state-testing-update-fall-2021/
This fall, only our current 4th grade( in 3rd grade last school year) and 5th grade (in 4th grade last year) students will take the SBA. If you do not want your student to participate in the fall 2021 SBA tests, please complete the attached form and return it to our Office Manager Ms. Naomi Yen at Jing Mei office or email the signed document to Ms. Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 5th, 2021.
Here is the Jing Mei SBA Schedule as of today:
4th and 5th grade students will each take two tests, one for English Language Art(75 mins) and one for Math(60 mins). They are all multiple choices questions. 4th grade ELA and Math test will start from 10/19 to 10/26. 5th Grade ELA and Math test will be from 10/20 to 10/29. Make-up tests will be done before 11/10.
International ShakeOut Day is today, October 21. This is a day when we engage in best practices and safety habits should an earthquake occur during the school day.
During the earthquake drill, we tell the students to do the following:
Stop doing what you are doing
Drop to the ground
Cover and get under table to protect yourself
Hold on tightly until shaking stops
Get help by calling 911 when shaking stops & to check injuries
Stop, Drop, and Hold
Our School Counselor, Ms, Hanson, has been setting up restorative conferences and other SEL-related programs to help our students become positive and productive citizens. We are thankful for Ms. Hanson. Please contact Ms. Hanson if you or your child need advice or support at home or at school.
我们的学校辅导员Ms. Hanson一直忙于建立友谊小组、恢复性会议和其他与 SEL 相关的项目，以帮助我们的学生成为积极和有生产力的公民。 我们感谢Ms. Hanson每天与学生一起的互动。 如果您或您的孩子需要建议或支持以应对家庭或学校的困难，请联系Ms. Hanson。
In K-2 Grade, we will start to introduce CPU (Child Protection Unit) this year. Our 3rd and 4th grade students did not receive the whole CPU learning due to online learning. So we will be making up some of those important lessons as well. Here is the letter discussing CPU and safe touch. So K-4th parents, please take a look at the attached letter. Let Ms. Hanson know if you have any concerns or want to opt out, Ms. Hanson can set up a curriculum review with you and answer questions you might have.