Good Afternoon Somerset Families,

Happy Diwali to our many families celebrating this week!  May your Diwali be free from darkness and abundant with light.  Here is to health and happiness for all.

I am excited to see blue skies outside my window this afternoon.  It seems the heaviest rains choose to come right around our dismissal times 🙂

Just a few quick highlights and updates for you on this Friday.

1. Virtual Visit through our Somerset Halls: Enjoy

I have been so inspired by the student work and student voice in our Somerset hallway classroom displays.  We strive to affirm student identity and build cultural competency in our classroom communities.  The student work in our halls have displayed such a beautiful example of this work.  I know with our Covid protocols it is hard for our families to see our hallways right now so I wanted to provide you a way to experience our incredible school through the work and projects of our students.  Special thank you to Demi Wang for her time and expertise is capturing this moment in time for us.  The music in the background us provided by our Somerset Choir from a few years back.

2. I want to remind all families that this weekend “we fall back” for Daylight Savings time.  We turn our clocks back one hour on Saturday night.  This is a correction from last Friday’s Somerset Shine News.

3. Vaccines for students 5-11 are now available.  To schedule an appointment, reach out to your health care provider, your child’s pediatrician, local pharmacy, or a mobile clinic near you. As more pediatric doses arrive into the state, DOH is updating Vaccine Locator and will add an option for “Pfizer-BioNTech Pediatric” vaccine in the coming days. If you have questions or need help scheduling an appointment, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available.

In partnership,

Cathy Elder

Somerset Principal


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.