MONDAY MESSENGER
March 23, 2020
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DISTRICT NEWS
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The Bellevue School District is committed to keeping our learning community informed. The health and well-being of our students, staff, and community are a top concern. All updates from the Bellevue School District on COVID-19 can be found here: https://bsd405.org/corona-virus-covid-19/

What You Need to Know:
  • Bellevue School District schools will be closed from March 13 through April 24. Starting March 19, all school buildings have been closed to students and staff, with the exception of schools providing childcare and schools serving as technology support hubs (see below for more information).
  • Learning Resources for Students and Families
  •  Watch our Families Forum hosted by Dr. Duran: Did you miss our March 19 forum? You are now able to watch a video recording of the live forum where we answered questions and collaborated on how to support our students during the current closure.
  • Free Grab & Go Meals for Kids and Teens: (New Location Added, more info below) Meals will be available to any child under the age of 18 at Lake Hills Elementary, Stevenson Elementary, and Sammamish High School.
  • For child care needs please visit the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club website.
  • Base stations for wireless internet access (hotspots) and laptops are available for student use. They can be checked out from our Technology Department. Please submit your request via the online Student Technology Request Form—English/Spanish. Technology staff will contact families when resources are available for pickup. The preparation of devices can take up to three days. Students have access to our Student How-To Guides online. For additional technology help, please email studenthelp@bsd405.org. In-person technology help will be available—more details coming soon.
  • Bellevue School District building rentals are suspended until further notice. For questions, please contact Nancy Larson: larsonn@bsd405.org or (425) 456-4500.
FREE MEALS FOR KIDS & TEENS

While schools are closed, Nutrition Services is offering Grab & Go meals at three locations around the district. 

Sammamish High School, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
100 140th Ave SE Bellevue, WA
 
Lake Hills Elementary, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
14310 SE 12th St Bellevue, WA
 
Stevenson Elementary, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
14220 NE 8th St Bellevue, WA

Some things to know:
  • Free lunch is for kids & teens aged 18 and younger.
  • Free breakfast is available with each lunch.
  • Kids do not need to be enrolled in the Bellevue School District to receive a meal.
  • Kids must be present to receive a meal.
  • Adults may purchase meals—$3.25 breakfast, $4.75 lunch—cash only please!

Additional Grab & Go options are coming! Check the Nutrition Services page on the Bellevue School District website for updates.
DISTRICT BUILDING CLOSURES

Starting March 19, all school buildings became closed to students and staff, with the exception of schools providing childcare (currently Lake Hills Elementary School, Stevenson Elementary School, and Newport Heights Elementary School) schools serving as food distribution centers (currently Lake Hills Elementary School, Stevenson Elementary School and Sammamish High School) and schools serving as technology support hubs (currently Sammamish High School). Cleaning staff will continue to have access to buildings. Voicemail boxes at all schools will be checked hourly, and staff and educators will continue to check email regularly. 

In addition, all district buildings, including ESC, ESC-West, and WISC, are now closed to the general public. Families who have meetings scheduled with individual staff will have the option of attending those meetings in person or remotely. If you have an upcoming meeting scheduled, please confirm the location with your staff contact.

Please continue to check our website for additional information regarding school district operations. We appreciate your ongoing support. We are interested in your feedback, please use this link  https://bsd405.org/contact-covid-19-coronavirus-team
RESOURCES
HELPFUL LINKS

As the situation continues to evolve, here are some helpful links to monitor the most current information and also some fun stuff to keep you and your family busy at home:






WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP

(more info bellow)

Donate to a local food bank 

Support small businesses
Order takeout from locally owned restaurants near you, and tip well. If you're not in the mood to eat there right now, buy a gift certificate to use later or give as a gift. Look online to see if you can buy gift certificates for local shops and stores that are having to close up due to this crisis and help them bridge the gap until they can reopen.

Check in on the most vulnerable in your community
Check in with neighbors that are part of the most vulnerable members of your community, such as the elderly. Offering to do simple tasks like grocery shopping or running errands can make a huge difference to those who are most at risk. You can start an online document with neighbors to organize help for those most in need.
Dear IS Families,
 
I am writing to you as a BSD parent and an IS community member, not as a school counselor. Many of you have asked how you can support our local Bellevue community during these times. Thank you! Your hearts are so big and open and I’m so glad to be a part of our community. 
 
As a family services contact for IS (I bet many of you did not know I also play that role), one of the organizations that has played a major role in our school district’s ability to support families is Bellevue LifeSpring. Even before our current situation, Bellevue LifeSpring has provided our families with:
  • Food bags and supermarket vouchers during school breaks
  • Financial aid for summer school credit recovery
  • Assistance with rent and utilities
 
Currently, they are doing tremendous work and effort to support our most impacted families. You may learn about their work by clicking here.

If you are looking for ways to directly support our local families, please think about donating to Bellevue LifeSpring. You can donate by clicking here.
Thank you, as always, for your generosity and support.
 
Stay safe and healthy,
LET'S "CATTEN" THE CURVE!
PTSA NEWS
ADVOCACY NEWS

The Legislature adjourned on March 12, leaving $2 billion in the Rainy-Day Account and nearly $1 billion in reserves. To support COVID-19 efforts, the Legislature appropriated $200 million, of which $25 million was set aside in a new unemployment account created to support employees who need unemployment benefits during school and business closures and time off to care for self or affected family members. Read the full recap and find the updated Bill Status Report on the  WSPTA blog .
MASTHEAD / DIRECTORY / LINKS
President
Azfar Moazzam 
Secretary
Zena Heywood
Treasurer 1
Tony Wang
Treasurer 2
Nancy Chung
VP of Communications
Li Wu
VPs of Community
Qiong Chen & Rachel An
VP of Fundraising
Dori Kelleran
VPs of Outreach
Meribeth Nordloef-Pedersen
& Beverly Ni
Membership
OPEN
Advocacy
Krista Hammer
Monday Messenger
Julie Molinari
Website
Li Zhang
IS Staff Liaison
Marrene Franich & Wesley Hung
PTSA
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CONFUSED ABOUT SOMETHING?
The ISPTSA is always here to help answer your IS questions.

Email us here , and we'll help you find the answers you need.
SCHOOL DIRECTORY & LINKS
Attendance 425-456-6545
Main Office 425-456-6500 
MS Counseling 425-456-6546
HS Counseling 425-456-6542 
Registrar 425-456-6535 

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