**All Bellevue schools will be closed Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23.**
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**All Bellevue schools will be closed Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23.**
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Dear Parents,

 

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.  Our lost and found rack is full. Please feel free to stop by to take a look at the rack when you have a chance.

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! We will see you at our first PTSA family night on Friday during Autumn Festival.

Chinese video: Oct Principal Newsletter 十月份 校长简报 20221026 180314 Meeting Recording

Sincerely,

Ms. Tan and Mr. Shelton

 

Core Value of the Month

 

Jing Mei’s core values is ACHIeVe: (Aesthetics/ Community/ Health/ Intelligent/ Virtue).

 

Each month our students focus on learning or reviewing a core value of ACHIeVe:

 

September/October: Aesthetics

November/December – Community

January/February – Health

March/April – Intelligence

May/June – Virtues

 

At the end of each week, students will be recognized for showing ACHIeVe. They will be recognized through Friday announcements and celebrated with a certificate and a prize on Friday!

At our assemblies, students are learning the core values. Students will review the key core value of the month in class and do their ACHIeVe worksheet and get raffle opportunities.

 

Partnering with PTSA, students can do ACHIeVe drawing to enter Phoenix Challenge. More information about Phoenix Challenge will be share on 11/1 by PTSA.

 

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.

<https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/resources-subject-area/social-emotional-learning-sel>

 

National Bullying Prevention Month:

 

As this month is also Disability Awareness month, please continue to 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.

 

      • Please also check out this book list to spread the message of kindness, empathy, and inclusion.
      • 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.

 

Digital Citizenship

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!

https://www.commonsense.org/education/articles/quick-digital-citizenship-activities-for-k-5-distance-learning

Attendance

Contact Info for Attendance

If your student is absent or will be absent please contact our attendance specialist at [email protected] 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 9 am 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, Mr. Tan and Mr. Shelton will lead students to bring back broadcasting video. We will start with our 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 as internal video.

 

5th grade parents, please ask your students about the broadcast and let Ms. Tan know if you do not wish for your student to participate in this project.

4th graders or younger may be asked to produce future shows after we cycle through all of the 5th graders.

 

Free Tutoring Program for Math and English Literacy:

 

Dear Parents and Families,

We are students from Interlake High School, and we are looking to provide free, online tutoring to elementary and middle school students. We have been offering students help for the past two years, when during COVID many students were in need of tutoring.

We will provide one on one tutoring and small group tutoring for our students, based on student and parent preferences. The content of our classes will be tailored to fit your student’s needs. We will be using Microsoft Teams, so your student can use their BSD account to access our meetings. As for scheduling, we will be open any day of the week after 3:30pm. If any of your students need additional help after school, please sign them up using the link below. Signups will be closing on November 17th so make sure to sign up as soon as possible!

 

Elementary: https://forms.gle/P57TsXFKMkMRw8iL8

Middle: https://forms.gle/fjL4fy38BZLCdgvB8

 

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

 

Thanks,

IHS Venture Academy

 

Visit our website at: ventureacadem20.wixsite.com/mysite

Follow our Instagram at: @ihs_ventureacademy

Free Chinese Tutorial Opportunity

We are inviting some JM graduates to support students on Wednesday starting November 9th. Teachers are putting in student recommendations who can use the support. In the next week or so, you might review more information about the program if your child’s name is in the recommendation list. We are prioritizing students who are not reading at grade level and not have the support at home in terms of Chinese.

 

Advanced Learning Winter Testing Applications Open

 

Applications for Advanced Learning winter testingare now open. Any parent/guardian of a BSD student in grades 1-11 may apply for their student to test. Any parent of a private/home-school student in grades 1-11 who lives within the Bellevue School District service area may also apply for their child to test. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2022.

 

All BSD Kindergarten students are automatically screened for Advanced Learning services. There is no need for this group to apply for testing.

 

Learn more and apply for winter testing.

 

New Fall Hours for Hub

The Bellevue School District welcomes families from across the district to the new Bellevue Family Hub located at Highland Middle School. Families are invited to visit the Hub to meet with trained volunteers who can connect them to resources for clothing assistance, rent assistance, and BSD school support. The Bellevue Family Hublocated at Highland Middle School (15027 NE Bel-Red Road)is a joint partnership between the Bellevue School District and Bellevue LifeSpring.

 

Since the Hub opened its doors on August 22, over 500 students have already been served. The Bellevue Family Hub continues to invite students and their families to come and receive access to three essential resources for a successful start to the year: 1) Online student verification and completion of the application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals; 2) Back-to-school clothing support for students and 3) Navigating resources for rent assistance.

 

The new fall hours for the Hub are:

  • Tuesdays: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

BSD Family Technology Nights

Parents, would you like to learn more about the educational technology your student uses here at BSD? Here is your chance.

BSD K-12 families are invited to attend one of our educational technology information nights to learn:

  • How parents can access critical information for your student
  • The technology ecosystem your student navigates as a learner
  • How BSD protects students online
  • How parents can get technology help

This is also an opportunity for parents to share your technology needs. Choose the night and location most convenient for you:

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)

+1 206-800-4133,,916572758#  United States, Seattle

Reminders about Holiday Celebrations:

With many holidays and cultural observancesoccurring this fall,  this is what we are following when we are planning and hosting school-day activities. You will receive more information from your classroom teachers about your class celebrations.

  • Schools are encouraged to offer events and activities with inclusivity in mind, allowing the learning community to celebrate a variety of holidays and cultures (e.g., Fall Festival opposed to Halloween).
  • If food will be offered at an event or activity, please consider healthy snacks and be mindful of dietary restrictions.
  • Staff and students are reminded of Student Dress Policy 3224and Procedure 3224Pwhen planning activities that may elicit costume wearing, such as during Halloween 10/31. As stated in Procedure 3224P, a student’s personal dress and grooming should not:
    • Disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or detract from the school environment or activity and/or educational objectives;
    • Create a health or other hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of others.
Job Opportunity

 

One of our Executive directors is on the board of Sheng-yen Foundation and shared this job opportunity. They are looking for a part time person for some work, and Chinese speaking would be a plus. Flexible hours, part time, remote work, etc. You can see the details in this link below.

 

https://bsd405.org/jingmei/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2022/10/Job-Description-Program-Coordinator-UPDATED.pdf

 

You can also apply on indeed, and there is grace on the deadline for applications: https://www.indeed.com/job/program-coordinator-d5a7a3fbc5965bb1

 

Earthquake Drill

International ShakeOut Day was on October 20.  This is a day when we engage in best practices and safety habits should an earthquake occur during the school day.  Prior to the 20th, we had an earthquake drill.

 

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

https://www.shakeout.org/washington/dropcoverholdon/

 

In November, we will do the lockdown drill.

 

Lockdown is initiated when there is a threat to the campus or school. All threats are taken seriously. In the interest of student safety, lockdown may be initiated while the nature of the threat is evaluated. Staff are trained to lock classroom doors, shut off the lights, close the blinds, and to continually assess the situation.

 

For more information on talking to your child about school safety, you might want to visit the website https://www.mhanational.org/talking-kids-about-school-safety.

Counselor’s Corner (attachment)

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.

 

Here is Ms. Hanson’s October letter for you.

English: https://bsd405.org/jingmei/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2022/10/Counselor-Corner-October-2022.pdf

 

Chinese 中文: https://bsd405.org/jingmei/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2022/10/Counselor-辅导员角.pdf

 

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.