December 5, 2022 – Wilburton Community Newsletter

A Note from the Administration


Chhoun Mey, Principal


Stephanie Mathias, Assistant Principal



Dear Wilburton Families and Parents,


We hope that all of you have been safe during the last week and over the weekend with the snow and ice. It’s always so fun to see students react so positively to snow falling (and adults too), but we also know that driving in the snow and ice can be unsafe.


Thank to those families and parents for coming to school to check on our lost and found during arrival and dismissal. Please come by the school and check it out if you have any missing items.


In Partnership,


Chhoun Mey

Stephanie Mathias

Inclement Weather and Potential Closure Reminders Unpredictable winter weather is already here, which may sometimes impact school schedules. BSD encourages families to take the time to revisit the district’s emergency closure schedule protocols and our emergency closure decision-making process. During instances of inclement weather or severe conditions that could result in a delayed or canceled school day, BSD will communicate any schedule changes to families through direct messages, including email, text message, phone call, social media, FlashAlert, local media and posts to


Read the Inclement Weather and Potential Closure Reminders news post for more information on processes and procedures related to closures and potential impacts to families.

Open Transfer and Choice School Lottery Opens 12/5 Both the Open Transfer and Choice School/Program application periods are: December 5, 2022 through January 13, 2023. 

  • All applicants must be residents of the Bellevue School District at the time of application. Residency documents will be requested at the time of enrollment. (The children of eligible BSD employees may apply.)
  • Siblings of current students are not guaranteed enrollment and must apply.
  • For more information, please visit:


Choice Schools/Program

Transitional Kindergarten Bellevue School District is excited to announce the launch of Transitional Kindergarten as another option for early learning for children in our community. Transitional Kindergarten, or TK as it is affectionately called, is for students who are not currently enrolled in preschool and who don’t have access to other high-quality early learning experiences prior to entering kindergarten. To be eligible for TK, children must turn four years old on or before August 31 (and are expected to attend kindergarten in the fall of the following year). For our first TK class, students will have birthdays between 9/1/2017 and 8/31/2018. Our first TK class is starting January 31 at Woodridge Elementary!
Black History Beyond February Series BOOM Presents: Understanding the intersectionality of the 14th Amendment and what the clauses mean for our everyday life.

Proudly sponsored by: BSD Equity & Family Engagement with generous support the from Bellevue Schools Foundation

ALL are welcome: Students, Family, Community, and Educators

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022, 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Please register and join hereRegistration Link Teams Meeting Link

To a good portion of this country, this year has brought some tough realities to fruition. The overturning of the Roe decision, conversations around other Supreme Court cases and the recent election have many communities nervous and overwhelmed. These pieces of legislation are tied to a specific amendment out of a trio usually referred to as the Reconstruction Amendments.


For this conversation, join community educator AJ Musewe as she unpacks the origins of the 14th amendment and what the clauses mean for our everyday life. This is a good opportunity to have a conversation about whether we are living up to the promises and commitments of this amendment. Bring your questions to this presentation and hope to see you there.


ABOUT YOUR EXPERT: As a community educator and perpetual student, AJ is a historical scavenger hunter who uncovers unknown and falsely taught history. Applying her natural curiosity into learning from different avenues allows her to bring a fresh perspective to civic and historical conversations, lessening the daunting feeling of learning history. 

When AJ is not in learning mode supporting and advocating for Black women, fangirling Beyoncé and sharing deep belly laughs with her circle are high on the list of things that make her happy. When AJ’s bucket is filled, she finds self-care and the will to continue her fight in community, therapy, and comic books.


If all else fails, dismantling systems that keep people of the global majority in cycles of generational misfortune tends to brighten the mood — a lot.

Rainier Athletes Seeking Adult Volunteer Mentor Rainier Athletes Seeking Adult Volunteer Mentors


For the past ten years, Rainier Athletes has been a partner of the Bellevue School District. The mission of the organization has remained steadfast: use athletics and mentorship to direct students towards a path of achievement and close opportunity gaps.


A student participant in Rainier Athletes is paired with a dedicated mentor and fully sponsored year-round to participate in sports, extracurriculars and summer camps. Mentors build relationships with the student and foster an authentic connection with the student’s family and community to holistically support and motivate students to achieve their greatest potential.


Rainier Athletes is in search of caring adults to be connectors that bring together a community of support for students in our district. Learn how you can apply to volunteer as Rainier Athlete’s mentor.

Cold Weather Resources and Holiday Supports


Cold Weather Resources and Holiday Supports


As the cold weather sets in, please be aware of resources made available by the King County Regional Housing Authority KCRHA. Anyone experiencing homelessness or needing housing support can reach out to any of these cold weather shelter resources.


Access the cold weather and holiday support resources.

Dates to Remember

Check out our Calendar

December 19-January 2

  • Winter Break: No School
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.