Highlights from today’s communication include:

  • Family and Engagement Advisory Committee
  • Mental Health Forum
  • BOOM & SHOUT Experience
  • Free COVID-19 Testing
  • Application for F & R Lunch

Family Engagement Advisory Committee

The Bellevue School District is developing a Family Engagement Advisory Committee to represent the diverse voices of families we serve.

If selected, members of this committee will participate in developing long-term practices of inclusion and representation of the diverse communities in our system. Further, members will both give AND receive critical feedback and advisement on matters important to four primary groups: BSD School Board, District Leadership Team, Equity Advisory Group, Department of Equity and Family Engagement (potentially others) and engage in experiences to deepen their knowledge and ability to impact organizational transformation.

This is a one-year commitment of 4-5 hours per month. The 2020-21 Committee will begin in February 2021 and serve for a 5-month term, with the option of extending through 2021-22. The first virtual meet and greet will take place on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

A successful Family Engagement Advisory Group will:

  • Identify common needs and goals amongst our diverse community groups.
  • Gather and provide feedback from groups they are connected to, to ensure that family and community needs are represented beyond their own perspective.
  • Bring attention to existing and emerging issues expressed by groups they are connected to.
  • Identify and recommend opportunities to increase partnership and collaboration between families, schools and the school district.
  • Identify and recommend culturally appropriate practices to welcome and engage diverse families in all schools.

We look forward to your interest and desire to make a difference for ALL our students and families across the district. Link to application: Application Form

Mental Health Forums

Just a reminder that the next Community Forum on Mental Health is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 (General Session) and Thursday, December 17 (Mandarin Speakers and Spanish speakers sessions). This month the forum will share How to recognize and support students experiencing depression. Families can sign up to attend a small group discussion with members of the counseling team on January 7th for additional support about this topic. Pre-registration is required for the small group session. Register Here

  • How to recognize and support my student experiencing depression (General Session)
    • Wednesday, December 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. December 16
  • How to recognize and support my student experiencing depression. (Mandarin Speakers Session)
    • Thursday, December 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. December 17
  • How to recognize and support my student experiencing depression. (Spanish Speakers Session)
    • Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. December 17

Boom and Shout Experience

The SHOUT Experience December 16

Sistahs Having Outstanding Uniqueness Together

Connect, Be Inspired, Find Support

The next virtual SHOUT Experience for 7th to 12th graders is on Wednesday, December 16 at 12:00 p.m.

SHOUT is a program designed primarily for female students that racially identify as African, Black, Hispanic, LatinX, Native American, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, or mix of any but is open to ALL students.

This month’s keynote speaker is Carmen Best, Chief of Police Seattle (Retired) and she will be joined by Ms. Anecia Grigsby, Assistant Principal, Sammamish High School. The two will engage in dynamic conversation on topics of race, culture, leadership and self-empowerment. Ms. Best will also be answering questions pre-submitted by students.

Ms. Best served with the Seattle Police Department for 28 years, beginning as an entry-level patrol officer and later becoming the first African American woman Chief of Police, managing approximately 2000 sworn and civilian employees before retiring in 2020. She has received dozens of awards for her contributions to community engagement, public safety, gender equity, and diversity and inclusion.

Are you wondering how Ms. Best’s dynamic experiences can be your student(s)? If so, ask them to join us. They will not be disappointed. REGISTER HERE: SHOUT Registration

The BOOM Experience December 16

Breaking Out Of the Margins

Connect, Be Inspired, Find Support

The next virtual BOOM Experience for 7th to 12th graders is on Wednesday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m.

BOOM is a program designed primarily for male students that racially identify as African, Black, Hispanic, LatinX, Native American, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, or mix of any but is open to ALL students.

This month’s keynote speaker is Mr. Delbert Richardson, Founder and Curator of the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths. He will be joined by Mr. Shomari Jones, Director of Equity and Strategic Engagement, BSD. The two will engage in dynamic conversation on topics of race, culture, leadership and self-empowerment. Mr. Richardson will also be answering questions pre-submitted by students.

Delbert Richardson’s museum chronicles the rich history of Africans in Africa prior to American Chattel Slavery, the experiences and impact of American Chattel Slavery and of the Jim Crow Era, while also detailing the many contributions African Americans have had on scientific, cultural, and technological inventions/innovations in the U.S., and the world.

We hope you will encourage your student(s) to join us for Mr. Richardson’s fascinating narrative as he gives voice to parts of his culture and teaches how students can speak their narrative through the rich stories of their ancestry. REGISTER HERE: BOOM Registration

Free Covid-19 Testing

As cases surge, first free high-volume COVID-19 test site comes to King County’s Eastside

A new free COVID-19 test site will open at Bellevue College on Tuesday, December 15. This site will expand COVID-19 testing on the Eastside and complement existing free test sites already in operation in Renton, Auburn, Tukwila, Federal Way, Des Moines, and Enumclaw.

View full news release

Applications for Free & Reduced Lunch

Parents must complete the application each year and they must complete (the Fee Waiver is in part 5 ):   page within the application to receive all assistance available.  :  https://bsd405.org/services/nutrition-services/free-reduced/

To receive help with this process from someone in Nutrition Services or to check to see if your form has been completed, please call: 425-456-4507 between 7AM-3:30PM.

Meal status may qualify you for assistance programs that become available this year: Here are the benefits.

Benefits of Completing the School Meal Application/English

Beneficios de completar la solicitud de comidas escolares / español

Resource List

https://bsd405.org/sammamish/resources/family-connections-center/covid-2019-resources/financial-assistance-resources/