Dear NHE Families,
I am thrilled to share our excitement about the wonderful gathering we had during our first all-school assembly last week. It was fantastic and brought a sense of togetherness and unity to our community. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the families who joined us. Your presence made it even more special, and we hope you’ll continue to participate in future assemblies.
Our commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all families is paramount. We want every family to feel a part of our school community, and your presence at our assemblies is a key part of that. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming gatherings, where we’ll continue to celebrate our diverse and vibrant school community.
As October 15 approaches, we wanted to remind you that it’s Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when we honor and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our Hispanic students and their families. We recognize the importance of acknowledging and appreciating the cultural diversity that enriches our school. As a school community, we’re dedicated to celebrating the cultural heritage of all our students throughout the year.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’d like to share a simple yet uplifting poem that is perfect for our elementary audience:
Colors of Unity
In a world with colors bright and bold,
Together we create stories to be told.
Different cultures, languages, and ways,
Unite to brighten our school days.
With open hearts and arms, we stand,
Hand in hand, a diverse band.
No matter where we’re from or who we be,
Our school’s a place for you and me.
So let’s celebrate our heritage with pride,
With love, compassion, side by side.
For in our differences, we find our might,
And together, we’ll reach incredible heights.
We hope you enjoy this beautiful poem with your children and use it as an opportunity to spark conversations about the value of diversity and unity.
Thank you for being a part of our school community. We look forward to seeing you at our next assembly and continuing to celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures that makes our school so special.
Welcome Rebecca Yadon!
I wanted to take a moment to share an exciting update with you regarding changes in our 3rd grade classes. This week we were able to add a new 3rd grade teacher to our already amazing team! Her name is Rebecca Yadon. Rebecca is highly qualified and brings fresh ideas and energy to the classroom!
Ms. Yadon is well known to our staff as she has served as a substitute teacher in our building numerous days this year. In addition to getting to know her at Newport Heights, she was highly recommended to us by the Sherwood Forest Principal where she fulfilled a long-term teaching job.
Rebecca grew up in both Kent and Southern California. Growing up she was the youngest of 7 kids. Outside of school she enjoys playing with her dog Luna. Rebeccaloves building relationships with students and witnessing those “aha” learning moments. We are thrilled to have Rebecca join our team!
3rd graders who will be moving to Ms. Yadon’s class have been contacted via email.
Special Education Family Resource Session
Please join us for a family-focused session about disability outreach and advocacy. Hear from Arc of King County, Fathers Network, and Open Doors for Multicultural Families. All three agencies support individuals with disabilities (as well as their family members) and provide advocacy and informational resources and services to serve and support individuals with disabilities as well as their families/caregivers. The session will include a PowerPoint presentation and time for questions and answers. This event will be a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual options.
- Date: Tuesday, October 17
- Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
- Virtual Option: Click here to join meeting
- In-Person Option: ESC District Office Building, Room 200 (12111 NE 1st. St., Bellevue 98005, this is the “East” building)
BSD News and Events from October 12th
In case you missed it, read the latest district updates in the October 12 BSD News and Events e-newsletter.
Family Input Wanted for the Middle School Consolidation Study
Middle School Consolidation Study Community Engagement Opportunities Community engagement for the Middle School Consolidation Study will begin the week of October 23. Community forums will be held at each of the five comprehensive middle schools, where participants will review the demographer findings, discuss the implications, and share thoughts with district leaders. The district is committed to deeply listening to the communities we serve. The schedule is as follows:
- Chinook – Monday, October 23, 6:00 p.m.
- Tillicum – Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.
- Odle – Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 p.m.
- Highland – Thursday, October 26, 6:00 p.m.
- Online meeting for all families – Friday, October 27, 10:00 a.m.
- Tyee – Monday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.
These meetings are open to all members of the public and ensure one meeting for the schools in each middle school attendance zone (including the elementary schools and the high school(s) it sends students to). Participants at each forum will have the option to attend smaller sessions for groups that will be impacted such as dual language, advanced learning etc. or groups that have been historically marginalized or underserved in our education system. Details on these concurrent sessions will be finalized posted on the Middle School Consolidation Study timeline and shared by each school. Participants will have the opportunity to provide both group and individual feedback on a survey.
Learn more about these sessions on the district website.