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March 3, 2022 – Wilburton Community Newsletter

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A Note from the Administration

Chhoun Mey, Principal

Stephanie Mathias, Assistant Principal

Dear Wilburton Families and Parents,


As you already the know the outdoor mask mandate has been lifted by Governor Inslee and adopted by Washington Department of Health since February 18th. As a result, Wilburton will no longer requiring students to wear masks outside during recess or at dismissal starting on March 7th, 2022.  This means students and families will have the choice to have their students wear a mask outside during recess and dismissal. Masks will still be required when staff, students, and families are in the building. 


Governor Inslee is also removing the indoor mask mandate in Washington effective on March 12, 2022. The Washington Department of Health has indicated it will also be aligning to this recommendation. The Bellevue School district is currently working to decide when they will be lifting the indoor mask requirement. Please stay tuned for more details as this information will most likely be coming out next week. 


Although these masking requirement changes signals a positive outlook on where we are currently with the pandemic, we know that after almost two years of wearing masks this change will have families and students feeling different emotions. 


As an inclusive school community, we want to be clear that if students continue to choose to wear a mask, there will be no tolerance  for bullying, teasing, mockery, stigmatization or judgement based on whether or not a student continues to wear a mask at school.


We highly recommend that families and parents start talking to your student NOW about not only what decision your family will make, but the expectations around respect for everyone else’s decision. Discuss reasons why some families will choose to take off masks or keep them on, i.e.: 


  • Has unvaccinated younger siblings
  • Lives with grandma
  • Doesn’t want to risk getting sick before big cheer tournament next week
  • Kind of just a habit at this point
  • Already picked out masks to coordinate with spring outfits 
  • The Wilburton student body is up to almost 50% fully vaccinated; might encourage you to get vaccinated soon!
  • Never could quite figure out how to keep glasses from fogging
  • The student is vaccinated, lives with no high risk family members, feels like a good time to move towards ‘normalcy’
  • It’s very difficult to smile at your friends with a mask on
  • Masks are expensive
  • Soft spoken and the mask is making it hard to be heard or communicate effectively 


Thank you for your continued patience, kindness, and support.


In partnership,


Chhoun Mey, Principal

Stephanie Mathias, Assistant Principal

Outdoor Masking Changes 




Starting March 7th, outdoor masking will be optional. 


Entry to the building-

a.       Students will wear a mask at arrival prior to entering the building.

b.       Students will be asked students to put on their masks on at the conclusion of recess and before re-entering the building. 

c.       Students will need to keep manage their own masks.  If they lose it while outdoors, we will have disposable masks available.

d.       If a student loses a cloth mask and it is found by someone else, the mask will have to be thrown away.



  • Bus riders will be asked to maintain their masks on as they walk to the bus and keep them on during the bus ride home.
  • Car dismissal-Students may choose to remove their masks while waiting in line. 
    • Any student that requests to maintain social distance will be allowed to do so by stepping to the back of the line or to the side where they can be at least 6 feet away from others that choose to remove their mask.
  • Walkers may remove their masks once they exit the building if they choose.
BSF Education Connections Join the Bellevue Schools Foundationfor their next Education Connections on Wednesday, March 9, at 5 p.m. through Zoom! RSVP hereOur very own BSD educators will be sharing the Arts, Enrichment, and Innovation (AE&I) Grants they received this school year. The purpose of AE&I Grants is to fund projects that extend the regular curriculum, encourage higher-level thinking skills, enrich students through art, music, culture, science, or other activities, and provide opportunities for innovation in classrooms. This long-standing support that is available to all educators, is a cornerstone of the Foundation’s funding model on an annual basis. Check out all the AE&I and i2 Grants here and review the Bellevue Schools Foundation has at YOUR school here.  
Eastside Youth Coalition Presents: Get Your College On  The Eastside Youth Coalitionin partnership with the Bellevue School District, will present Get Your College On, A Black Student Alumni Panel.The virtual event will be moderated by Shomari Jones, BSD Director of Equity, and Kevin Henry, host of KBCS Voices of Diversity. The panel discussion will feature alumni from each BSD high school. To hear about their journey and college experience, please plan to attend on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Zoom link and additional information available here.

2022-2023 Enrollment Now Open It is Time to Enroll New Students

New student enrollment (including incoming kindergarteners) for the 2022-2023 school year is now open at While you may enroll your students later, enrolling now helps the district ensure we have the correct staffing to support your students with the smallest classes possible. 


If your student is already enrolled in a BSD school, you do not need to submit a new enrollment. They will automatically move up to the next grade. 


Thank you.  

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PTA Sponsored Food Drive 
Join the PTA A great way to support our school community is to join the PTA. The PTA partners closely with school staff to provide extracurricular activities, community events, and support school wide events. 


To join, please click on this link.

Dates to Remember

Check out our Calendar

  • March 7th – Outdoor Masking is Optional 
  • March 18th – District Professional Day: No School



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