All Bellevue schools will be open Friday, December 2. All programs will be in operation as regularly scheduled, including nutrition and transportation services.
Dear Phoenix Families,

The school year started with much excitement as we welcomed many new students in different grades and our Kindergarten students in the building, as well as the previous students in the new grade levels.

They have quickly learned the class and school routines. Some students are forming new friendship others are slower to make connections.  We will monitor friendships at school but we encourage you to talk to your child at home often and share with us any information that could help us better support their social emotional needs.

We are now starting our Fall assessments.  This will help us understand our students’ proficiency levels in English, Math, and Mandarin so that we can adjust our instruction.  Please do not worry about regression and give us time to work with the students to regain skills and reignite their motivation to learn.

Finally, we are very grateful for your understanding and support of our various procedures such as lunch, recess, arrival, and dismissal.  As we get used to these routines you will see that our plan helps us stay safe and healthy throughout the day.


Mr. Shelton and Ms. Tan

LINK to Chinese video中文录像: Sep 2022 JM Principal Newsletter 20220926 Meeting Recording

Curriculum Night

We are so happy to welcome all families back for our in-person curriculum night after almost three years. Here is some reminders:

  1. We will share our teachers’ PPT presentation with you before CN so you can preview the content and come with questions. We will send an email out next week. Please look out for the CN email. (The PPT is available for you to review after CN and in case you are not able to make it.)
  2. 9/30/2022 is our Curriculum Night

The hours for CN, Pre/K – Grade 5 Curriculum Night

Pre/K-2 @ 6:30 – 7:00 in the classrooms (Class presentation)

All parents at the gym 7:05-7:25 (Admin presentation)

3-5 @ 7:30 – 8:00 (Class presentation)

  1. Parking is very limited. We encourage carpool if possible.
  2. Here in the attachment is the technology sheet that we will send home.
Chinese Curriculum Update

In the past 10 years, we did not use any specific Chinese literacy curriculum but we found that it is important to start to look into curriculum that supports our students’ foundational skills based on what we see in our program assessment data.

As a result, during this school year, our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade students and teachers are piloting a Chinese literacy curriculum-Mandarin Matrix. With the new curriculum, we have a new literacy online platform called Mandarin Matrix which replaced iChinese reader. Your Chinese teacher will provide more details during the class presentation.

If you are interested learning more about this platform, we will have a Mandarin Matrix Parent Workshop:

10/12/2022 9-10 am in our Gym

ITCL Office Hour

Ms. Geng is our Instructional Technology and Curriculum Leader. If you have questions related to instructional technology/online platform, she is available to support. This year, Ms. Geng will host a monthly office hour 9:00-10:00 on the following Tuesdays to answer questions and provide support:

November 8th

December 13th

January 17th

February 14th

March 21st

April 11th

May 8th

You can find Ms. Geng in her office, room 611 in person or online.

If you would like to join online here is the Teams info:

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 232 482 277 216

Passcode: Vdw9m9

Download Teams| Join on the web

Or call in (audio only)

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Families with Low or No Income Can File for the $3,000 Child Tax Credit 

Provided by OSPI:  This year, more families and individuals with low or no incomes across Washington could get thousands of dollars in federal payments due to policy changes — even if they have never filed taxes before. To get this money, eligible families can file a simplified tax return in 15 minutes or less (if they have not already filed taxes this year).

It is estimated that at least 46,000 children in Washington could miss out on at least $3,000 each with the Child Tax Credit. More information can be found at

OSPI Contact  

Benjamin King

Digital Media and Brand Administrator, Communication & Digital Media

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)


Extended Vacations

Each year students are given 5 days of Excused Absences for trips and vacations outside of the regular holidays.  For example, if you take a trip that’s 8 days then 5 of those days will be Excused and 3 will be Unexcused.

Beyond the 5 days of Excused Absences, all other non-medically or ceremonial or other family emergency related absences will be Unexcused.  This is the same as before the pandemic.

Absences that are not excessive and do not interfere with students’ academic and social emotional needs usually do not impact the students’ experience at school.  If you have to take trips you should place priority on what’s necessary for your family.  The school work can be made up or modified.  For more information about our attendance policy, please visit:

BSD Covid Dashboard

With the new district guidance, we are no longer sending COVID notifications but If you want to see our district’s COVID data, please check this dashboard.

BSD Family Connection Center

This message is from our FCC Specialist, Grace Kuan.  Grace is able to assist families with various needs.  Grace speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

I look forward another year to work with you to support the students and families.

This year my working schedule is 8:15AM-2:45PM. Parents are welcome to call, e-mail, or stop by my office. However, it’s highly suggested to make an appointment first. I am also available to go to your building to meet with parents.


Family connections center provides support to students and families from basic needs to resources for adults to ensure the success in school and community.

FCC welcome form-It’s extremely important to have new families (especially K students) to fill out if they will to participate the programs: Families who filled out last year DON’T need to fill out again!

Grace Kuan

Family Engagement Specialist

Sherwood Forest Elementary School

Also serving Bennett/Jing Mei



Fall Family Teacher Conference

Across BSD, schools will have early release days for teachers to engage in conferences with families.

The dates are Monday October 17th, Tuesday October 18th, and Wednesday October 19th. On those days we will be releasing students at 1:10 (not a change for Wednesday the 19th of course because it is a Wednesday).  Please mark your calendar for half day pick-up. You teacher might schedule meetings out of those three days, you will receive more information or meeting invitations soon from your students’ teachers.

Volunteer Training

As the new school year starts, many parents/guardians would like to come to support us, including class support or field trips. Please note that Vaccination and background check is required this year with the district new guideline. The online background check usually takes 2 days to return so please start early.

Go to this link and click on “Parents & Legal Guardians School day support” and finish the background check. The background check is good for 3 years.

You can bring your vaccination card or a photo of the card to show the office when you attend the volunteer orientation.

Here is some options for some upcoming volunteer orientation training date and time:

9/30/2022 9:05-10:05 at Portable 2

10/4/2022 9:05-10:05 at JM Art Room

10/7/2022 2:25-3:25 at JM library

More dates will be offered and shared soon.

School Counselor

The role of a School Counselor is to support students’ social emotional health and learning.  Our School Counselor, Ms. Andrea Hanson, has attached an introduction letter explaining her service to our students. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Hanson at


September 2022 Counselor Corner

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.