Junior-Senior High School - Bimonthly Newsletter
Junior High Student Council members have created this prayer locker, where classmates can drop anonymous prayer requests. Members prayed last week for safe travel over Presidents Day weekend, a relative's health, and more.
Black History Month
February recognizes and celebrates Black History Month. The theme for 2021, chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” Students and faculty at the Clyde Hill Campus will engage in learning about the meaningful contributions of black people in the United States and beyond.
7th & 8th Grade IOWA Testing Mar. 3
Last year, our attempt to administer the IOWA tests to our 7/8th grade students was thwarted by a little hiccup called “Shelter in Place.” This year, we are proud to say that we have fought the valiant battle against COVID to be able to give the IOWA testing this year.

In the past, we’ve taken two entire days to complete the full battery of tests, which test for basic skills (versus academic knowledge). They aren’t graded and are used by teachers and the Student Academic Services (SAS) Department to better understand a given student’s skill-set. They are one of the tools we use for this purpose, versus being the only one, or even the biggest one. The two-day format was, in a couple of words, quite disruptive to the junior high teaching schedule, creating a loss of two academic days, plus the need to supervise 7/8th grade students for long stretches of time in the afternoons.

So, this year, a new plan.

On Mar. 3, we are condensing our Iowa test program into one day. The testing blocks will amount to roughly a normal Monday in terms of time, and coupled with breaks and lunch, won’t be much different than what they’d experience normally. Students have designated time blocks for a given test, and since most finish early, they won't be doing one test followed by one right after.

This way, we get back an entire teaching day and we avoid running afternoon 90-minute club times for kids two days in a row. Students with 504 plan-mandated extra time allotments will be well taken care of along those lines, with the same accommodations we provide every year for those kids. (Their testing will continue into Thursday morning and finishing up before lunch).

So, in short, same testing data, more class time gained, and less supervisory challenges. We’ll try this next month, see how it goes, and adjust as needed, if needed. Contact kimbra.baker@bellevuechristian.org with questions.
Importance of Attendance
From Asst. Principal Mike Olson:

"Attendance at school is much more than a logistical footnote in the official school log. It's a matter of not only receiving a high-caliber education but also contributing to the learning experience, which is done in community. Education is not merely a process of information transfer. It is a formational experience that allows all involved to participate, contribute, and benefit. Sometimes it's a formal lesson, other times a side conversation with a teacher. There are also accountability and relational dynamics that can only take place in-person. When these elements are combined, the student is part of a holistic and relational school experience that just can't be replicated in another format." 

If your child will be absent for more than one day for a reason other than illness, please work with your child to complete the Planned Absence Form on our Clyde Hill Parent Portal.

If your child will be absent because they are sick, if they will arrive late to school or need to be dismissed early, please call our 24-hr attendance line (425) 460-3321. If end of school day plans change and you need to get a message to a student or need to dismiss them early, please call before 1pm to give our office staff time to relay the message.

Please note: If students are learning from home, parents do not need to call the office or attendance line. As long as students are in class, P (present in-person) or PO (present online) then parents do not need to notify the office. If a student is going to be absent, then please leave that information on the attendance line (425) 460-3321.
Class of 2025 Course Planning
8th-grade students and parents are highly encouraged to attend a virtual session at 6pm on Thursday, Feb. 25 to learn about the high school course advising process.

Mr. Hart, Ms. Baker, Ms. Lopez, and Ms. Winskill will provide an overview and answer questions. We look forward to seeing you then! 

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Seniors - Important Graduation Info.
2021 Commencement
Graduation will be on Saturday, June 12 at 7pm at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond. The rehearsal will be in the morning, so please block off the entire day for this special event. 
Ordering Items
Thank you to everyone who responded to our email this week about information to help with cap and gown rental. If you haven't shared your child's information by completing this form, please do so asap. We apologize for the issues with the Herff Jones link and appreciate you filling out our form. Thank you!
If you are interested in ordering other optional supplies, you can find more information on this website.
If you have questions, please contact Denise Wilken at dwilken@bellevuechristian.org.
BCS Theatre
BRAVO to our student-produced play crew and cast! "Alice in Wonderland" was shared on-demand last week.

We are proud of the creativity and perseverance shown by our Theatre program during this unusual year. Way to go! We look forward to our spring play performances in late April.

Learning in Motion
Physics students observe an experiment in the Clyde Hill courtyard performed by Teacher Rod Wishart.
This Week's Chapel
Our Director of Discipleship, Rev. Daniel Rogers, works to enhance the Christian discipleship and mentorship taking place at our campuses. Each week Rev. Rogers produces videos for students, prays with students, advises administrators, teachers, and staff, and works closely with students to help them discover their gifts and give them away for the Glory of God and others. You can learn more about how we support our student body spiritually here. Click below to watch this week's Chapel.
Vikings In The News
Our Jr. High students have published a new Viking Chronicle! Check out the latest issue by clicking on the link to the right.
Viking Parent Group (VPG)

Thank you to our volunteers for recently putting together goody bags for staff! The treats were much appreciated!

Please consider joining other 7-12 grade parents at our next VPG virtual meeting Mar. 2 at 1pm. We have a great community of parents who want to connect with you!

Info: ID: 425 985 9596
Passcode: 212160

Upcoming meetings: 3/2 & 3/16
We meet at 1pm.

Questions or suggestions? Contact our VPG Secretary at vpg@bellevuechristian.org anytime. We are here to help.
One month away!
We hope you'll make plans to check out our online bidding starting Mar. 15 and register for the free event Mar. 20.
Livestream Event:
March 20
6:30pm: Tune-in and view auction items
7pm: Livestream event begins
This year's theme is "Together in Spirit," and features a live stream program straight to your home, including a silent and live auction with Auctioneer Fred Northrup, Jr, and Asst. Principal and event Emcee Mike Olson. We will have delicious food and wine packages available for pickup in advance of the event, and an opportunity to "Raise the Paddle" in support of Bellevue Christian's Fine and Performing Arts programs! We hope you make plans to join us! If you have any questions regarding the Auction, please connect with Danielle Mercier, danielle.mercier@bellevuechristian.org.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Interested in sponsorship? Learn more HERE or contact danielle.mercier@bellevuechristian.org.
In Our Own Words
Thank you to our students and faculty for their participation in our new video series, "In Our Own Words." It captures the distinctiveness and vitality of a BCS education through an authentic discussion among teachers, students, and leaders.

Originally imagined as a replacement for our New Family Seminar, the series is a valuable resource for all families to better understand and see the value of the school’s mission, vision and program.

Watch the video series on our website.
Show Your School Pride!
Visit our online Spirit Store stocked with casual clothes, outerwear, and bags.

We have brands such as Adidas, New Era, The North Face, and more. Items come in a range of colors with customizable logo options.
Elementary News
Learn more about the learning & fun happening at Bellevue Christian's Preschool-Grade 6 campuses. Below you'll find a link to their most recent family newsletters.
Communication & Resources
Regular Communications
We send this family newsletter every other Wednesday (except for holiday breaks). Asst. Principal Mike Olson emails 7/8th grade families a few times a month. Head of School and Principal Adam Hart send email updates on select Fridays. If you or another parent are concerned they aren't receiving regular communication from BCS, please let us know - communications@bellevuechristian.org. Thank you!

Parent Portal 
Our Parent Portal is your best go-to resource as a parent. If you still have questions, please call our Jr. High / High School Office or email us. If you don't see something there that would be helpful for parents, please let us know. by sending us an email. We are happy to help! 

Collaborative learning among high school students in Mr. Phillips's classroom in the G Hall.
Our Scrip program is liquidating its inventory of gift cards!
Scrip is a simple way to pay for your family’s everyday purchases. You can use Scrip gift cards in place of cash, checks, and credit cards at your favorite stores, gas stations, restaurants, etc.

*Discounts for remaining Scrip cards have been increased to 10-25% off!*
Act fast, as this final inventory will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing scrip@bellevuechristian.org .  
A Look Ahead
2/23 - Early Release Day
2/25 - Class of 2025 Course Planning Meeting (virtual)

3/2 & 16 - VPG Meeting, 1pm
3/3 - IOWA Testing 7/8th Grade
3/5 - No School, Professional Day
3/9 & 23 - Early Release Days
3/31 - End of 3rd Qtr.

4/1 - No School, Professional Day
4/2 - No School, Good Friday
4/5-9 - Spring Break
4/20 - Early Release Day, No PM Preschool

2021-2022 Calendar Now Online! 
Call 24 Hr. Attendance Line:

(425) 460-3321

To leave messages about Late Arrivals, Early Dismissals & Absences

Bellevue Christian School
1701 98th Ave. NE, Clyde Hill, WA 98004
(425) 454-4028