The Jing Mei Community Handbook contains important information about our daily operations and BSD Policies/Procedures:

Jing Mei Community Handbook 2018-2019

Below are some highlights from the Handbook:

Address or Information Change

It is the Parent/Guardian’s responsibility to notify the front office at 425-456-6900 or via e-mail maiv@bsd405.org  of any changes of address, work or home phone number or emergency contacts, so they may be changed on school records.  For safety reasons, any changes need to be noted immediately.

After School Plans

Should your child wish to go home with a friend or anywhere else other than the normal after-school destination, written permission from a parent or guardian must be brought to the school office or emailed in the morning where it will be recorded.  School phones are not available to make last minute playdate plans.  If plans should change during the school day, please notify the main office before 2:00 pm.  Change of dismissals plans called in after 2:00 pm are not guaranteed to be delivered to the student unless it is deemed an emergency.

Arrival/Dismissal

Students are to arrive at school between 8:40 am and 8:55 am and line up in front of their classroom pod.  Adult supervision will begin at 8:40.  Prompt arrival at school is expected of all students.  Students who arrive after 9:00 am are considered tardy and must report to the Office.

Students will be walked by the teacher to the dismissal area after school.  The bus loading area is located in the front of the building, the car drop off/pick up is located in the visitor parking lot, and parents who are picking up children by foot can meet them in the outside area directly in front of the building.

Unless students are involved in a supervised after-school activity, students must leave campus at the end of the school day (3:30 pm, or 1:10 pm on Wednesdays.)  In order to not interrupt instruction at the end of the day, parents are asked to wait outside the building near the main entrance to meet their children at dismissal.   If you are using the designated pick up area, please remain in your car at all times, pull forward in order to keep the traffic flow moving, and following directives of staff members.  In order to help ease student pick up congestion, you may consider either arriving to school five minutes after dismissal when the parking lot is typically cleared out or parking your car on a side street and meeting your child by foot.  Staff will remain outside with students for 15 minutes.  In order to ensure student safety, any student picked up after 3:40 will need to be picked up in the main office and signed out by a parent /guardian.  Frequent late pickups may result in the need for a plan to be made between the principal and family in order to rectify the situation.

Attendance

24 Hour hotline (425)456-6901.  Call by 9:00 am to notify the Office of your child’s absence.  You may also send an e-mail message to the Jing Mei attendance office at jingmeiattendance@bsd405.org.

Regular attendance is important to a student’s success in school, and students are expected to be in school unless excused.  An absence from school will be excused for the following reasons:

  • Illness or medical injury*
  • Family emergencies
  • Observations of established religious holidays
  • Pre-arranged medical and dental appointments
  • Absences which are considered appropriate at the discretion of the Principal.

*Any absence due to illness or medical injury in excess of 3 days will require a note from a physician in order for the absences to be considered excused.

Because frequent tardiness and absences affect student learning, this issue will be addressed by the Principal.  Actions might include referrals to the County Court system and, if pertinent, sending students back to their home schools.  You will be informed via letter and/or phone call if you are in jeopardy of your student being considered “truant.”

BECCA BILL: Washington State Truancy Law

The attendance office, administrators, and counselors will ensure that Jing Mei complies with the state truancy law, RCW 28A 225.  The law requires parents to help their child attend school regularly and to provide valid justification to the school when their child is absent.  Jing Mei Elementary will notify parents/guardians of unexcused absences.  Ongoing attendance may be subject to consequences such as conferences with school/district administration, negative impact on grades, and/or a referral to the Washington State Court System.  For more information:  http://www.k12.wa.us/gate/truancy/

Pre-arranged absences: If your child is going to be absent for more than two days due to family plans, please obtain a Request for Excused Absence Form from the office or from the Jing Mei school website. Up to 5 days of absences for travel may be considered excused at the discretion of the Principal/Assistant Principal.  Future absences for travel beyond 5 days may not be considered excused.  Refer to the BSD website for Attendance policy 3122 and details as to what is considered an EXCUSED absence.

Truancy Laws

Washington State law requires school age children below 18 years of age to attend school. When a student has unexcused absences, the school will work with the student and parents/guardians to make sure the student comes to school.

The school may take a variety of actions to improve a student’s attendance: hold a student and parent/guardian conference, take corrective action, change the student’s schedule, recommend an alternative placement, or initiate other actions as appropriate.

If a student has either seven unexcused absences in any month, or ten unexcused absences during the school year, the school must file a petition with the King County Superior Court regarding the truancies to enforce attendance. A truancy petition is a request to have the court order the student to attend school. If the student disobeys a court order to attend school, this could lead to penalties against the student and/or parents.

Each school publishes District attendance policies and procedures. Parents and students should read and discuss them together. If you do not understand them, talk to the school’s assistant principal or principal. We know you want your students to be successful. Attending school daily is one way to help contribute to that success.

Thank you for reviewing this material and communicating it to your students. We appreciate your involvement in these issues.

Bicycles & Scooters

Fourth and Fifth grade students may ride their bicycles and scooters to school independently.  Students in Kindergarten – third grade can ride a bike to school accompanied by a parent.  A bicycle helmet is required.  Bicycles and scooters must be walked on and off the school grounds and riders must obey the school crossing guards at all times.

Birthday Celebrations

Due to food safety issues and allergy awareness, teachers and parents are strongly encouraged to celebrate holidays and birthdays with nonfood items and activities (BSD Board Policy 6700, section D).  Teachers may have specific requests regarding birthdays and classroom celebrations.  Therefore, it is critical to discuss your desire for a birthday celebration with your child’s classroom teacher ahead of time.  If a birthday is celebrated at school, please plan on a duration of approximately 10 minutes.

  • If your child’s classroom teacher allows birthday treats, they should be healthy and nutritious. (See appendix for the Bellevue School District Nutrition Policy).
  • There is no refrigeration available for birthday treats at school.
  • Please be allergy aware as many students in our school have life threatening allergies. Our school Nurse, Ms. Tu, sends home information to every family regarding any food allergies in your child’s classroom
  • Birthday invitations are encouraged to be emailed/mailed and not be handed out at school.

*A new popular idea for birthday celebrations is to donate a favorite book to the classroom library in the child’s name.  Kids LOVE this!  Ask a teacher or librarian if you need suggestions!

Bus Transportation

Bus service is provided for Jing Mei students.  If you have a question about a bus stop or is interested in signing up for bus service, please contact District Transportation at (425)456-4512 or check out the Bellevue School District website. http://www.bsd405.org/departments/transportation/find-your-route/

A parent note/email is required by the bus driver for one-time uses (i.e. playdate, schedule changes, etc.)

Calendar

Please refer to the district website calendar for the most updated district information (www.bsd405.org).  Additional information pertinent to Jing Mei families will be sent or emailed home, advertised in the PTSA Charger Chatter and classroom newsletters, and displayed on the Jing Mei message board. Additionally, you can learn about events on the PTSA (http://www.bmdl-ptsa.org/) and school (www.bsd405.org/jingmei ) websites.

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Use of cellular phones by students is not permitted during school hours.  Students are encouraged to leave their devices at home.  However, should a student need to carry a cell phone or other electronic device on campus, they may have it on campus ONLY if the device is silenced, out of sight, and kept in a backpack.  Students may use their phones on campus before or after school hours in parent pick up zones only.  If a staff member hears or sees a phone during school hours, it will be confiscated and held for parent/guardian pick up.  Jing Mei is not responsible for recovery of lost or stolen property and will not investigate any missing cell phone cases.

Chaperones

All field trip chaperones must complete and submit a volunteer application prior to attending a field trip or volunteering at the school site.  Applications are available in the Jing Mei Main Office or any Bellevue school.  All applicants must provide a copy of valid photo identification when returning the application to the school site.  All volunteers must pass the screening process BEFORE volunteering in school and/or attending any fieldtrips.

Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences provide the opportunity to share valuable information about student progress in school.  Parents may request a conference with the child’s teacher or the principal at any time during the school year.  Formal conferences are held in the fall for all students.  Spring conferences are held at teacher/parent discretion.

Counseling

The role of the school counselor is to help students solve problems related to friendship, emotional regulation, family hardships, and any other social-emotional related issues. We have a full-time counselor on our staff and our counselor works closely with the administrative team to support students.  There will be a slip outside of the counselor’s office in which a student could take a slip and make a request to see the counselor if s/he is not in.  The counselor may choose to exercise confidentiality depending on the nature of the reported issue.  Student and family privacy will be protected.

Curriculum Nights

Curriculum Night is an opportunity for you to hear from your child’s teacher about classroom expectations, academic focus, and curriculum content for the course of the year.  It is not a time where you would expect to have a conference with the teacher about your child’s progress in school.  The time may also provide an opportunity for you learn about volunteer opportunities in your child’s classroom, as well meet the Jing Mei Administration Team.  It is an informational night for parents only as students are encouraged to stay at home.

2018 Jing Mei Curriculum Night:  Thursday, September 20, 6:30-8:00

6:30 – 7:00 Classroom Presentation in grades K-2

7:05 – 7:25 Principal Presentation for all families in MPR

7:30 – 8:00 Classroom presentations in grades 3rd-5th

Discipline, Problem Solving, and School Expectations

Our Guidelines for Success at Jing Mei include: 徳智体群

Aesthetics-Community-Health-Intelligence-Virtue (ACHIeVe)

We encourage students to use the above language and other problem solving strategies to peacefully solve social and behavioral conflicts. We will utilize a facilitated conference between students using restorative questions that aim to reach understanding, empathy, and forgiveness.

If a student is not able to meet the guidelines for success, we have a progressive system that involves communication to the family of student(s) involved and varying levels of consequences at school.  The consequences rendered will be based on several factors including, but not limited to the severity of behavior, a particular student’s behavior record, the age of the student(s) involved, and Bellevue School District Policy.

CONSEQUENCES WHEN EXPECTATIONS FOR BEHAVIOR ARE NOT MET

  • Logical consequences
  • Assign a different seat
  • Time out from group activity
  • Time out in a neighboring classroom
  • Think Sheet in the office during recess time
  • Problem solving among all involved (Restorative Practices, see page 23)
  • Recess time lost
  • Preferred activity time lost or shortened
  • Written note home to parents (by student or teacher)
  • Phone call from teacher to home
  • Consequences at home and at school (determined through parent conference)
  • Discussion with the Principal/Assistant Principal/School Counselor
  • Phone call from principal to home
  • Student informs parents of incident by phone
  • Removal of school privileges such as special activities
  • Service to the school community
  • Behavior contracts

EXCEPTIONAL MISCONDUCT

Certain behaviors are so serious in nature and/or are so serious in terms of the disruptive effect upon the operation of the school that they are considered “exceptional misconduct” and may be cause for immediate short-term suspension, as described in Bellevue School District policies. District Policy & Procedures are currently under review.  For more information, visit our website at http://www.bsd405.org/about-us/board-policy-procedures.aspx.  At this time, “Exceptional misconduct” includes but is not limited to:

  • Any threat of bodily harm with a weapon even if no weapon is present
  • Profane or vulgar language directed at a person and in the presence of a staff member
  • Harassment / Bullying (unwanted attention-physical, sexual, emotional or verbal)
  • Defacing, misuse or destruction of school property
  • Defiance of school authority
  • Possession of any object that could be considered a weapon
  • Theft
  • Possession of a controlled substance

Dogs on Campus

Dogs or any other pets are not allowed on school campus at any time during school hours, including our busy arrival and dismissal times, as well as any school or PTSA event that takes outside of regular school hours.

Dress Code

Clothes selected to wear to school should be appropriate for the learning environment and weather forecast.  While short shorts, short skirts and spaghetti strap tops may be appropriate for summer days, they are not appropriate for the school day.  Please discourage your child from wearing short shorts or skirts, halter tops (bare back tops), spaghetti strap tops, half shirts (bare skin showing between the shirt and pants/skirts), or any jeans, sweats, tops etc. where your child’s underwear is visible.  As a good measurement tool, dresses, skirts, and shorts should be as long as where a child’s fingers reach when arms are held to the side.

Foot wear should be chosen with safety in mind, considering that most students are running around outdoors during recess, climbing on playground equipment, and playing games.  While “flip flops” and sandals are allowed, please be advised that as a safety precaution students may be told they may not participate in any type of running or movement oriented games with open toed shoes, sandals or flip flops (tether ball, soccer, kickball, 4-square, basketball). If your child really wants to wear flip flops or sandals to school and participate at recess, I suggest packing a pair of tennis shoes into the backpack to wear at recess – for safety’s sake!

Sneakers are required for every PE session.  Every student will attend PE once a week.

If a child is deemed to be dressed inappropriately, parents will be contacted and asked to bring more appropriate clothing to school for your child.  Whenever possible, alternative clothing will be provided to the child (sweat shirt, pants, etc.) to wear for the duration of the day.

Drop Off/Pick up Expectations

Please review the below diagram and read the following options carefully to determine the best plan of action for your family to use during the busy arrival and departure times at Jing Mei.

If your child will NOT be riding the school bus, please take the time to review the below diagram and read the following information carefully to determine the best plan of action for your family.

If you would like to park your car and meet your child in the Main Entrance area please park in one of these areas:

  • Visitor Parking Area (C)
  • Overflow Parking Lot (B)
  • On SE 56th or side streets
  • PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE STAFF PARKING AREAS (A)

If you would prefer to stay in your car:

  • Utilize the student drop off lane located in visitor parking,
  • Remain in your vehicle at all times (as this is the designated fire lane).
  • Pull all of the way forward before letting your child in the car
  • If your child needs assistance in getting situated in a booster seat, please park your car rather than using the drop off/pick up lane.

Finally, on the Jing Mei campus please use the virtues of patience and responsibility and help keep our children safe by refraining from using your cell phone!  Also, as a general rule, please allow additional time during our peak arrival and dismissal periods.  Furthermore, while every Jing Mei staff member assists in ensuring a safe dismissal for our students and families, please use a respectful tone at all times towards Jing Mei staff members, volunteers, and other people patrolling the parking lot.

Emergency Information

It is important that each child has an Emergency Information Form on file in the office.  Forms are distributed before school begins and due back in the office the first week of school.  This form provides names and phone numbers of emergency contacts.  If your child is sick or injured, or if there is an emergency at the school, the office first calls the first parents/guardians listed at their home, work and cell numbers.  If we are unable to reach them, we leave messages whenever possible and proceed down the emergency contact list in the order given. We would appreciate you listing several contacts and advising us when changes occur.  If an emergency should occur, there will be a student check out system implemented at the entrance of the playground located to the west of the Jing Mei campus.

Emergency Preparedness

An extensive emergency plan has been prepared for our school.  Students are instructed on emergency procedures and participate in monthly drills.  A large storage container houses our emergency supplies including canned water, dry bars, tools, first aid supplies, etc.  In the event of an emergency, power may be lost and we may be unable to contact you.  For that reason we ask you to provide us with instructions and permission regarding your child’s dismissal.  Please refer to the emergency information section above for more information.

We will practice the following drills/frequency this year:

Fire Evacuation (3)

Active Shooter/Evacuation (3)

Earthquake (2)

Shelter-In-Place (1)

Lockout (1)

For more information:  http://www.bsd405.org/2016/03/safety-security-in-the-bellevue-school-district/

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB)/Weapons

Respect is a basic right of all students, staff, and parents of Jing Mei Elementary School.  We maintain a positive and productive learning environment that is free of all forms of unlawful discrimination, bullying and harassment.  Harassment/Bullying is any repeated, unwanted, unwelcome, uninvited, unfriendly talk, writing, picture, or action that makes someone feel bad or uncomfortable. According to BSD Policy 3207P “In order to ensure respect and prevent harm, it is a violation of district policy for a student to be harassed, intimidated, or bullied by others in the school community, at school sponsored events, or when such actions create a substantial disruption to the educational process.”

RCW 28A.300.285 defines harassment, intimidation and bullying as any intentionally written message or image—including those that are electronically transmitted—verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:

  • Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education.
  • Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment.
  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Jing Mei Elementary is a harassment, intimidation, and bullying free, weapons free, and drug free zone!  To read more about Bellevue School District’s Bullying Prevention Program, follow the link:

https://www.bsd405.org/about-us/departments/curriculum/bullying-prevention.aspx

A “weapon” is any instrument that threatens, or appears to threaten, the safety of the school community.  Any student with an object resembling a knife, gun, or other possibly dangerous instrument, regardless of the object’s actual ability to cause harm or the intent of the bearer of such an object, can receive the severest of consequences, including police contact, suspension and expulsion.

Bellevue School District has a “SafeSchools Alert” reporting system to assist in tracking harassment, intimidation, and bullying incidents, compiling data, and responding in a timely manner.  This online incident reporting and tracking system allows students, staff, and parents to confidentially report safety concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Each user will be able to report via text, email, web, or phone. More information about the Bellevue School District Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying policy and procedures can be found on the school district website under Board Policy and Procedure 3207 and 3207P.

Internet Access

The Bellevue School District offers student access to our electronic communication network.  The use of these services is governed by the Bellevue School District Policy 2022 and 2022P Electronic Resources and Bellevue School District Policy 6800.2P Acceptable Use Agreement.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is located in the Main Office.  Unclaimed items from the Lost and Found are donated to charity twice a year – before Winter Break and at the end of each school year.  We recommend that you label all items such as coats, lunchboxes, and hats with your child’s name.  Jing Mei is not responsible for the retrieval of any lost items on campus.

Lunch

Nutritious hot lunches will be available for purchase every day for all students, or students may bring a lunch from home.  Our computerized lunch accounting system enables students to pay in advance.

Lunch Money Deposits: Lunch money is accepted in the Office.  Payment envelopes are available in the Office.  Please label them with Student’s first and last name, and amount to be deposited.  You can also make payments online.  Please do not bring money through the lunch line. 

Your family will be notified when your child’s lunch balance drops below the price of a school lunch.  Please be sure to send money immediately as we are unable to extend credit.  Free/reduced Lunch Forms are available in the Office for those qualifying for financial assistance. The forms are also available online for download at http://www.bsd405.org/departments/nutrition-services/free-reduced/

Meal prices:

  • Elementary Lunch – $3.25
  • Reduced Lunch – $.40 (4th-5th Graders); Free (K-3rd Graders)
  • Milk a la carte – $.50
  • Adults – $4.25

For more information including monthly lunch menus please visit http://www.bsd405.org/departments/nutrition-services/pay-for-meals/

Medications

Whenever possible, parents and physicians are urged to design a schedule for administering medication before or after school hours.  If this is not possible, parents must complete an Authorization to Administer Medication Form.  This authorization is good for the current school year only.  Unused medication must be collected from the school at the end of the prescribed period or end of the school year, whichever is sooner.  Bellevue School District policy states that all medications must come to the Office, not in the classroom or student’s backpack, in the original container labeled by the pharmacy or physician with the medication name, the dosage to be taken, frequency of administration, and name of physician.

Money and Valuables

Students come to school to learn and therefore should leave any items at home which may distract from the classroom environment.  Toys, trading cards, stuffed animals, money (other than lunch money), and other personal items of value need to remain at home.

Parent Volunteers in the Classroom

All parent volunteers with regular access to students must complete and submit a volunteer application.  All applicants must provide a copy of valid photo identification when returning the application.  Volunteer applications must be approved BEFORE volunteering in our school and/or attending any fieldtrips.

To be a volunteer at school please complete a volunteer packet on the BSD website and bring it to school with supporting documents. https://bsd405.org/getinvolved/volunteer/https://bsd405.org/getinvolved/volunteer/

Parking Lot – Where to park

Please park in the visitor parking lot located in the front of the building (see diagram on p. 18).  If you need to park in the neighborhood street, please use the designated crosswalks and adhere to all safety rules.  See the “Arrival/Dismissal” section for more information.

Pets

Students should not bring pets to school.  If a pet does follow a student to school, every effort will be made to contact the owner.  Please see “Dogs on Campus” for further information.

Photographs and Video

For liability and privacy purposes, photographing and videotaping of students at school during school hours or school sponsored events, is not allowed without permission from the parent/guardian as well as the Principal.

Occasionally, your student might be included on videotapes and/or in photographs used for appropriate district-authorized purposes possibly outside the district.   Permission forms will be sent home and are available in the office for you to sign only if you do not want your child included in these videotapes or photographs.  Examples of uses are:

  • show the Bellevue community what we do in our school
  • use for broadcast media and newspaper articles
  • include in the Annual School Performance Report
  • Bellevue Schools Foundation programs
  • televise through the City of Bellevue Cable TV station
  • make presentations to other audiences at workshops
  • other appropriate district-authorized purposes

Playground Supervision

School staff supervises the play areas during recess times. The play areas are NOT supervised before or after school and students are not to play while unsupervised. Please noteThe Jing Mei Early Learning Program leases our playground for their after school program and due to liability issues the program may not share the playground with other children.  When the after school program is using this space, please do not allow your children to enter this space. 

PTSA

The Jing Mei Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is a major program facilitator and economic resource for our school.  Curriculum enhancement, social activities and much more are funded and supported through the amazing Jing Mei PTSA and their dedication to each and every Jing Mei Phoenix.  We are so thankful for the partnership!  Membership in Jing Mei’s PTSA shows your support for Jing Mei and our students.  You can join the PTSA and find additional information at www.bmdl-ptsa.org/

Recess

We will have a lunch time recess (20 minutes) and an afternoon recess (20 minutes).  At the beginning of the year, each student is taught the Jing Mei recess expectations and recess supervisors are present to help promote safety and unity.   Each student is responsible for safe and fair play while at recess, as well as expected to stay within the playground boundaries.  Please help your child dress appropriately for Washington recess weather….rain!  Warm rain jackets and weather-sturdy shoes are recommended.  Rainy day recess will only occur during the harshest of weather conditions.  When rainy day recess does take place, students will be offered indoor and/or covered area alternatives to play in with adult supervision.

Recess Expectations

  • Treat Students and Adults with Respect by…
    • Sharing play equipment and including everyone in the games without excluding students who want to play.
    • Using words and language that are respectful.
    • Solving problems using a respectful dialogue and problem solving approach.
    • Using trash containers to throw away garbage to show respect for our school grounds.
  • Play safely on the playground and in the covered areas by…
    • Playing safely with others without rough-housing or play-fighting and by keeping hands and feet to themselves.
    • Keeping rocks, pinecones, sticks, sawdust, dirt, and snowballs on the ground, rather than throwing them at other students.
    • Lining up quietly under the covered area when the recess bell rings.
    • Listening to the direction of adults.
  • Play in the right place by…
    • Staying within the designated playground boundaries.
    • Students must get permission from a recess teacher before entering the building for any reason.
    • Keeping out of rain puddles and mud on rainy days and wearing coats on wet or cold days.
    • Students may not enter the classroom or schoolhouse during recess without teacher approval and supervision.

Restorative Practices and Bullying Prevention

In an effort to communicate more information regarding school-wide behavior expectations at Jing Mei and offer some helpful tips regarding how to support your children deal with challenging behaviors, please refer to the information below:

Jing Mei School-Wide Behavior Expectations and Restorative Practices:

Jing Mei is a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) School. We utilize a Restorative Approach to conflict management which includes the use of school-wide behavior management that recognizes the needs of individual students while fostering a participatory and cooperative community. The goal of these interactions are to restore the relationship and to help students exemplifying challenging behaviors are to own the problem and be able to recognize

  • PBIS is a proactive approach to school-wide behavior management. The main focus is creating a positive social and learning environment through teams. The PBIS team analyzes behavior patterns and creates a restorative system to support safe and positive student behavior choices.  This approach is in partnership with families and the community.
  • As a school, we emphasize the Tier I (school-wide) expectations based on Jing Mei’s ACHIeVe behavior expectations, which includes demonstrating the following:
  • Aesthetics (Appreciate the beauty of our environment, appreciate other’s work, put things where they belong, and keep things orderly)
  • Community (Share in team work, being kind to others, and respecting self and others)
  • Health (Keep body to oneself to stay safe, wash hands before eating, eat healthy foods, keep environment clean, and participate in individual and group exercise whenever possible)
  • Intelligence (Make our best effort, make good decisions, solve problems, share your ideas)
  • Virtues (Practice the monthly virtues and school-wide core values)

At Jing Mei Elementary School, we have common expectations for behavior when we are coming to school, working in the school, and leaving school for the day. At all times, students should keep the ACHIeVe expectations in mind.

What families can do at home to support ACHIeVe and to help students become familiar with Restorative Practices is to review the school’s expectations with your students. Also, to deal with challenging behaviors that students are exemplifying and/or feeling challenged by others’ behaviors, families can become familiar with Restorative Practice questions including:

  1. What happened?
  2. What were you thinking at the time?
  3. What have you thought of since that problem
  4. Who has been affected by the behavior? In what way?
  5. What do you think you need to do to make things right?
  6. What did you think when you realized what had happened?
  7. What impact has this had on you and others?
  8. What do you think needs to happen to make things right?

Understanding more about Bullying vs. Mean child behaviors, the Bellevue School District implements the Second Step Bullying prevention unit. Understanding the difference could help your child be able to Recognize, Report, and Refuse bullying behaviors at school.

  1. Bullying is intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, which involves an imbalance of power. Bullying may be physical aggression, relational aggression, and/or include cyberbullying.
  2. Bullying entails three elements: an intent to harm, a power imbalance and repeated acts or threats of aggressive behavior. Students who display bullying behaviors do so or say hurtful things repeatedly and/or keep doing it without a sign of regret or remorse.
  3. Rude behaviors occur when students inadvertently say or do something that hurts someone else but may not be done in a repeated or purposeful way.
  4. Mean behaviors occur when someone says or does something to hurt someone once or maybe twice but is not targeted and is not over time.

BSD defines Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) as: any intentionally written message or image, including those that are electronically transmitted, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, culture, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:

  1. Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property
  2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education
  3. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment or
  4. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

For more information, please log onto the District’s Bullying Prevention and Social Skills site: http://www.bsd405.org/about/initiatives/bullying-prevention/.

Please also refer to the District’s Prohibition of HIB Policy No. 3207 and 3207P http://www.bsd405.org/wp-content/pdf/policy/3207.pdf?x49473

http://www.bsd405.org/wp-content/pdf/policy/3207P.pdf?x49473

To report acts of Harassment, Bullying, and Intimidation, please complete the District’s Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Incident Reporting Form: http://www.bsd405.org/wp-content/pdf/HIB/HIB-incident-reporting-form-secondary.pdf

School Closures

Do you know where you can find updated school closure information? Below is a list of resources for you to access in order to plan for how your child will get to/from school, in the event school is delayed.

  • schoolreport.org
  • bsd405.org
  • BSD Newsline 425-456-4111
  • Local TV / Radio Stations

Snacks at School

Your child’s classroom teacher can give you more information about snack time, community snack donations, etc. as each classroom handles snack a little differently.  Please keep in mind that due to students with allergies, many classrooms are “Peanut and Tree Nut Awareness.”  Our goal is to create an inclusive, allergy aware school environment.

Student Placement

One of the most important responsibilities of the staff each year is to assign students to classes for the next school year.  The goal of student placement is that each student be placed in a positive learning environment.  Many factors are considered when placing students.  Academic strengths and needs, social and emotional characteristics, as well as parental input are thoughtfully considered.  Should a parent feel that a child’s placement is inappropriate; a request in writing should be made to the Principal.  Change of classroom placement during the school year is rare.  Unless considered a safety concern by Jing Mei Administration no change of placement will happen.

Student Progress Reports

Written progress reports will be sent during two reporting periods: January and June. The chief purpose of reporting student progress to parents it to provide the information necessary for a solid working relationship between school and the home in guidance of the student.  Parents will be kept informed about the growth and progress of their children in all aspects of school curriculum, including observed student behaviors in the intellectual, emotional, physical and social development areas.

Telephones/Messages

If absolutely necessary, with teacher permission and supervision, students may call home at appropriate times.  Students may also be directed by teachers to call home in order to report their own school successes and areas for growth.  The telephone in the Office is also available for visitors to the building.  Messages to students must be telephoned to the office by 2:15 pm to allow adequate time for delivery.  Please limit these, as every call to a classroom interrupts valuable teaching time.

Toys

Toys are not allowed at school, unless permission has been prearranged with your child’s teacher.  Should a child bring a toy to school without his/her teacher’s permission, the toy will be confiscated and held for parent/guardian pick up.

Virtues

The Virtues Project was honored as a model global program for families of all cultures by the United Nations.  It is based on the simple wisdom of the world’s diverse cultures about living by the best within us – demonstrating virtues like self-discipline, unity, honesty, courage, and service.  The strategies of the Virtues Project are a simple, proven methodology which helps children to remember who they really are, and to awaken the virtues that already exist within them.  Each month our school community will learn and celebrate a Virtue.  To learn more about the Virtues Program, please visit http://www.virtuesproject.com/.

Visitation at School

Parents are welcome to visit their child’s classroom or any other activity on the school grounds, such as special programs and assemblies. Please contact the teacher and/or principal in advance if you wish to observe or visit a class.  On-going observations of a classroom can cause disruption to the regular school day, therefore the principal reserves the right to limit the number of observations requested by a parent, as necessary.  As an added measure of safety, we have implemented a sign-in system for all visitors and volunteers.  If you come to the school to visit or volunteer, please stop by the office first and sign in.  We will ask you to wear a Visitor sticker that identifies you as a visitor or volunteer.  We truly appreciate your support at Jing Mei and want you to feel welcome here while realizing that the safety of our students is a high priority for us.

If you are bringing an item to school for your child, please leave it in the Office and your child will be called to the Office to pick it up. Do not deliver it to the classroom.  If you are a PTSA member who volunteers on a regular basis, you will be given a permanent badge to wear while on campus, but will still need to sign in/out at the main office.