February ASB Newsletter

February Spirit Week!!

When: February 12-16

Please keep in mind:

  All outfits must be school appropriate.

        No full-face coverings, masks, or paint.

        Nothing offensive or inappropriate.

Movie Monday: Dress as your favorite Movie Character

Ambition Tuesday: Dress as your greatest ambition! This could be your dream athlete, singer, a job you think would be cool, or anything else!

Red and Pink Wednesday: Spread the Valentine’s Love by wearing red or pink! ASB will be handing out something special this day!

Retro Thursday: Wear your best retro outfit from any time in the past!

Comfy Friday: Wear your PJs or comfiest clothes!


Student Teacher Interview:

Interviewer: Carol, Luke

Interviewee: Mr. Burke


Carol: Who is your favorite student?

Mr. Burke: That’s a really bad question. Cause um that would be impossible to answer. I would say my favorite students are Tyee students.

Carol: Good answer.

Mr. Burke: It’s like asking your mom and dad who’s your favorite kid. It’s pretty obvious I love the community. I could work anywhere in the world, but I keep staying. I even got a job offer from Beijing University.

Carol: So, if you had to eat one of these three things, what would it be: a wig, car gasoline, or a window?

Mr. Burke: *Eating a brownie and chokes*

Mr. Burke: Well, tell you right now I’m going for the wig. Like the game would you rather- I would neither.

Carol: Who do you think has the best hair, Mr. Barnes or Mr. Adams?

Mr. Burke: Best hair? Oh, I gotta go with Mr. Adams.

Carol: I completely agree with that.

Carol: What’s your favorite type of music?

Mr. Burke: I would say rock and roll, metal, punk. In that area.

Carol: What’s your favorite main 4 subject (core subjects) when you were in school?

Mr. Burke: It was in science- by far specifically physics and chemistry.

Carol: Do you like the classes you teach now or like chemistry better?

Mr. Burke: I’m an engineer by training so I prefer that. I also teach chemical engineering. Also mechanical engineering which is physics. I kind of encapsulated those science. From the usable side of stuff.

Luke: Other than engineering, what are your favorite hobbies?

Mr. Burke: Astronomer and geologist. I race motorcycles.

Carol: Do you like the sixth graders right now?

Mr. Burke: I love all students.

Carol: Would your favorite student be Miao Cai?

Mr. Burke: What? She is one of- that’s for sure. She’s awesome! I love her, she’s a great kid. I keep in contact with a lot of kids. In my classes, I don’t give you answers and make you think.

Luke: What are the main projects you are doing now?

Mr. Burke: The space satellite.
Carol: What’s your favorite project?

Mr. Burke: The satellites, the ones we launch on the balloons there’s also electronic tracking, and they’re like real deal NASA projects. In my classes, I let the students know they have As so they can try things that they’ve never done before- you have to fail to have succes

Black History Month Background:

The Origin of Black History Month

The story of Black History Month starts in 1915, when African American historian Carter G. Wooden attended the National Half Century Exposition. The festival celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which legally freed all slaves. Awed by the various expositions of African American history, Woodsen founded the Association of the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) with a couple friends. One of the group’s first projects was Negro History Week, which the group started in 1926 as the second week of February. This date was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionists Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass on February 12th and 14th respectively. Furthermore, the African American had already been celebrating the birthdays of these two figures since the mid-1800s, so Woodsen’s vision was not to create a new tradition, but rather to build upon a preexisting one.

Promoted by various African American newspapers and political leaders, the first Negro History Week was a success. Teachers demanded materials for instruction and students eagerly supported the effort. There was so much support that in 1937, the ASNLH was pressured to establish the Negro History Bulletin (NHB), an organization devoted to choosing an annual theme for the celebration. Although no longer active today, the ASNLH does still choose an annual theme, which we will discuss further in the next section.

However, the vision of Woodsen was never to designate a single week for the celebration of African Americans. Rather, he felt that a week was too little time to properly discuss the nuances of the topic. His goal was to extend the celebration to a month, and later an entire year. Woodsen passed away in 1950, but his goal was ultimately achieved. Although some West Virginian communities had already celebrated Black History Month as early as the 1940s, Kent University Students in Ohio are accredited with creating the first large-scale celebration. Conceptualized in 1969, Kent University Students organized the 1970 Black History Month from January 2nd to February 28th, 1970.

Soon, the holiday spread across the United States. In 1975, President Gerald Ford issued the “Message on the Observance of Black History Week,” officially acknowledging the celebration, and urging all Americans to participate. Every year since, presidents have issued a statement recognizing Black History Month. Furthermore, ever since 1996, Congress and the President have issued resolutions and proclamations supporting Black History Month as well as recognizing African Americans in society.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2024 as National Black History Month.  I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with relevant programs, ceremonies, and activities.” – President Biden’s 2024 Black History Month Proclamation

Black History Month was signed into law by President Ronald Regan in 1986 as Public Law 99-244. The bill hopes to recognize the contributions African Americans have made to our world.

“Whereas February 1, 1986, will mark the beginning of the sixtieth annua public and private salute to Black History; Whereas the observance of Black (Afro-American) History Month provides opportunities for our Nation’s public schools, institutions of higher learning, and the public to gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of the many contributions of Black Americans to our country and the world” – Public Law 99-244


Black History Month 2024

Ever since its inception, Black History Month has always had a theme chosen by the ASNLH, now renamed the Association of the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The theme for Black History Month 2024 is African Americans and the Arts.

“For centuries Western intellectuals denied or minimized the contributions of people of African descent to the arts as well as history, even as their artistry in genres were mimicked and/or stolen.” – The ASALH

We take this month as a chance to honor and focus attention on the long neglected contributions of African Americans to this nation, especially in forms of art.



We encourage you to further explore Black History Month, as well as African American artists with the following resources:


The Month of February by Able Grimmer (above)

Walking by Charles Henry Alston (above)

Unite by Barbara Jones-Hogu (above)


Black History Month Fun Facts:

  • Black History Month Began as “Negro History Week”
  • February Honors Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass
  • Black History Month Themes Change Yearly, this year it’s African Americans and the Arts
  • Civil Rights Leaders Popularized Black History Month, including Malcom X, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Black History Month Honors Prominent Black Americans, such as Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, and George Washington Carver
  • National Organizations Sponsor Black History Month, including The Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress
  • Countries Worldwide Celebrate Black History Month, not just America
  • The creator of Black History Month was historian Carter G. Woodson. Often referred to as the “Father of Black History,” he was notably the second African American to graduate from Harvard University with a doctorate degree and is credited with being one of the first scholars to study and research the history of African Americans.



    • How does a cucumber become a pickle? It goes through a jarring experience.
    • What do you call a dog magician? A labracadabrador.
    • Where would you find an elephant? The same place you lost her.
    • How are false teeth like stars? They come out at night.
    • What is brown, hairy and wears sunglasses? A coconut on vacation.
    • Why was the math book sad? Because it had too many problems.
    • Why does nobody talk to circles? Because there’s no point.
    • What did the banana say to the dog? Bananas can’t talk.
    • Why don’t elephants chew gum? They do, just not in public.



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.