Family Engagement Survey

The Bellevue School District is conducting a survey on family engagement in order to strengthen relationships between schools and families.  Creating meaningful partnerships with parents helps students succeed both academically and socially.  When families engage, student attitudes and behaviors are more positive, attendance is better, there are more opportunities to honor diverse cultural backgrounds, and open communication allows us to learn from each other.

The survey opens on February 23, 2021 when families receive an email with a unique survey link form our survey platform (Panorama Education).  Families will receive an email and survey for each school where they have a child enrolled, which means they may receive multiple surveys.  They will be asked to answer the survey based on the experience on their oldest child in the school.  The survey is only 12 questions and is available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Lorena, Arabic, Amharic, Japanese and simplified Chinese.

Survey results will once again be shared with all families in a BSD Family Engagement Report before next school year.  School administrators will receive results for their individual schools in the Spring and work to continuously improve their family engagement practices.

A Virtual Presentation of Black History

Bellevue School District presents, A Virtual Presentation of Black History, by Delbert Richardson.  We invite all students, families, and staff to join us on Thursday, February 2th at 4 – 5:30 p.m.  Delbert is the national award-winning Founder and Curator of the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths (https://www.unspokentruths.org/.) The 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.

Moderator: Shomari Jones, Director of Equity and Strategic Engagement

Microsoft Teams Link: Microsoft Teams or +1 206-800-4133,,780195288#, Phone Conference ID: 780 195 288#

Material Distribution for 2nd Semester (only pertains to specific students – notifications previously sent to those families).

When: Distribution dates and times are listed below:

Day Times
Tuesday, February 23rd 11:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, February 24th 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday, February 26th 11:00am – 3:00pm

Please be aware that some of the art kits include X-Acto knives and/or scissors.

Things to Consider: Most teachers are utilizing digital text which means we have minimal materials to hand out per student. However, please be patient with this process as we do need to service approximately 600 students needing to collect materials. We are aiming for a quick grab and go process of about 2-3 minutes per car. Please make sure that the person picking up, has either your student’s ID or is a contact on your student’s school profile (viewable in ParentVUE).

Drop off map is attached.  SHS Map.png

If you are driving: Please remain in your car as you pull up to the drop-off location in front of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) entrance. We ask that you enter through the student lot shown in blue on the map above. Proceed into the drive lane which is indicated in orange on the map. A staff member will approach and ask for your name. They will collect your materials, check them out to you and pass your school-issued materials through the window or place in the trunk. You exit through the pathways shown in red on the map. Staff will assist with any confusion.

If you are walking: Please see the greeter near the front entrance to the PAC and they will assist you in grabbing your school-issued supplies. Please wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

Please reach out to Kim Taniguchi (taniguchik@bsd405.org), our Office Manager, with any questions about this process or your items to pick up.

Pride Team Donation Drive

After surveying students, parents, and staff members about our students’ needs, we would like to request the following items from PTSA, staff and community members who can donate hygiene products, clothes to stay warm, and school supplies. The PRIDE team works in conjunction with our Family Engagement Specialist, Rosy Mendoza and her work with the Bellevue School District’s Family Connections Centers.

Items requested:

Most requested hygiene products: toothpaste, toothbrushes, travel sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner, unscented lotion, deodorant, soap, pads, hand sanitizer, chapstick

Clothing items: socks, hats

School supplies: markers, pens, colored pencils, post its, planners, notebooks blank and lined

The donation drive will include drop off hours on Wednesday, 2/24 from 3:00-5:00 in the staff lot and Sunday, 2/28 from 1:00-3:00 in front of the PAC at SHS.

Please feel free to reach out to Sammamish High School Assistant Principal, Kim Kooistra at kooistrak@bsd405.org if you have any questions.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Presentation

Sammamish High School is partnering with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Eastside on March 4th from 6:15-7:15 to provide access to helpful information in supporting families and students.  Here is some information from NAMI’s website (https://nami-eastside.org) to understand who they are:

“At NAMI-Eastside, we are working to improve the quality of life for those affected by mental illness by shining a light on the realities that those living with mental illness face every day. We do this by sharing knowledge and helping to end the stigma associated with mental illness. To this end, we offer support groups as well as educational classes and presentations involving mental illness at various locations throughout eastern King County. We are creating a community of support and empowering those impacted by mental illness and making positive changes in the mental health care system through our advocacy work. NAMI-Eastside is a grassroots non-profit organization, part of the national NAMI organization, and an affiliate of NAMI Washington.”

The presentations educate about mental health conditions and their warning signs and provide audience members with resources and tools to help themselves, friends and family members who may be in need of support.  Hearing a personal story from an individual living with a mental health condition has a huge impact on the students, and helps to dispel myths, instilling a message of hope and recovery, and encourages audience members to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. This presentation is for families (students will have access to a presentation similar to this one on March 9th, but tailored to their needs). Please join us on Thursday, March 4th, 2021 from 6:15-7:15 to learn more. The link for the presentation is here: Join the presentation via Microsoft Teams here!.