Spring Family Night

Join our Wilburton Elementary School family for a night of fun activities, information, and getting to know each other.  We will hold this Family Night at the International School in Bellevue since our building is still being built.

Tuesday, April 3     6:00PM-8:00PM     International School in Bellevue

During the evening we will use the Microsoft Translator Application to support translation needs of our families.  If you want to use this application to support communication and listening you will want to download the Microsoft Translator Application to your personal device.  If you need a device to use during the evening, we will have some available. 

Agenda for the Evening:

5:30-6:00  Welcome, sign in, and mingling

6:00-6:20 Auditorium for Welcome and PTA Affiliate Meeting

6:30-7:10 Rotation 1 (we will split the entire group into two groups)

  • Community Café Protocol for parents in library (students engaged in activities in gym)
  • Family activities and snacks in the commons area

7:15-7:55 Rotation 2

  • Community Café Protocol for parents in library (students engaged in activities in gym)
  • Family activities and snacks in the commons area

8:00 Good Night!

Questions and Answers about a Community Cafe Protocol

  1. What is the Community Café?

An opportunity for our community to truly share their thoughts and feelings around a few questions to help us.  It is a listening night for staff and families to learn more about the great/diverse people who make up our school community.  Our goal is to have these nights ongoing throughout the school year to listen and learn together.

  1. What is the purpose?

To provide a space for staff and community to listen as families from all our diverse backgrounds express their feelings and ideas to incorporate as we build our new Wilburton School Community.

  1. What is expected of me if I come? Do I have to stay the whole time?

There is no expectation to participate in a specific way.  You can come to listen or share if you choose.  It would be our hope that you would want to stay but understand that you may have reasons for needing to leave early or arrive late.  We would certainly honor the time you gave to the event.

  1. Will teachers be attending? Will I hurt their feelings or offend them if I share something?

Many staff are choosing to come in the role of listening and learning how we can serve our community.  They will be listening and taking notes.  It is our hope that if you have an important experience to share that you will feel comfortable doing so.

5.  What is the theme?

Listen, Connect, and Learn

Listening for common ideas & themes, connect with diverse perspectives, and learn from our community.

6. Will my contributions to the conversation be confidential?

You can certainly share as much or as little as you choose.  Please know that no one will be recording your comments to your name.  There will be staff taking notes to capture ideas and topics from the conversations.

7. Does one voice matter?

Certainly, it can. It only takes one person to make a difference, but many people together can make a change. To quote Barack Obama, “One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.

8.  What if I don’t feel comfortable speaking/sharing in English?

We value everyone! We will be using Microsoft Translator, an application, that can translate real time speech so that everyone can participate.  We highly recommend that you download the MS Translator APP for free onto your personal device if you have one.  Each of our small group tables will have a device as well to support the needs of the table group as necessary.

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.