MONDAY MESSENGER
March 30, 2020
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DISTRICT NEWS
FREE MEALS FOR KIDS & TEENS —NEW OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE!

Nutrition Services has partnered with the BSD Transportation Department to expand meal services options for children during the school closure.  Families now have two options: Curbside Pick-Up or Preorder. 
 
Curbside Pick-Up: 
Families do not need to place a pre-order. 
Kids ages 18 and younger can drop by any one of three locations—Sammamish High School, Lake Hills Elementary School, and Stevenson Elementary School—to access a meal for curbside service. Learn more here.
 
Preorder for Pick-Up at Selected Neighborhood Locations:
Families can now preorder lunch for their children using our simple online order form. Meals will be delivered by BSD bus drivers to your choice of 31 locations around the district. 
Meals must be preordered each day between 6:00 PM and 9:00 AM.
Please review the menu, pick-up locations, and more information on our website .
 
For both our Curbside or Preorder programs:
  • Free lunch is available for kids & teens, ages 18 and younger
  • A free breakfast (vegetarian) will be provided with each lunch
  • Children do not need to be enrolled in the Bellevue School District to receive a meal
  • Please follow safe social distance guidelines if a line forms at any of the pickup locations
SCHOOL NEWS
ATTENTION AP STUDENTS AND FAMILIES:

This is a summary of the information that the College Board has shared regarding their current plans for the 2020 AP Exams:

  • Students may take a 45-minute online exam at home.
  • For each AP subject, there will be two testing dates.  
  • The exam will only include topics and skills most teachers already covered in class by early March. (For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.)
  • The specific test dates and the free-response questions types will be posted by April 3, 2020.
  • Beginning on March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons. 
  • The College Board has not provided any information regarding how they will support students who have testing accommodations; we have been informed that there will be more information provided on April 3, 2020.
  • Logistics:
  • Students may test on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. 
  • There is flexibility for students with technology challenges to ensure that they have the tools and connectivity they need. Click here to contact the College Board directly.
  • Students are highly encouraged to take the test but can choose to cancel the test at no charge.

We are encouraging all students who have registered for an AP Exam to proceed with their plans to take it. We are committed to supporting students through the AP Exam process. We will continue to provide an update after April 3, 2020 and as needed moving forward. Please send any questions to  api@bsd405.org.

Please refer to the following website for updates:
 
Students can register for free AP Review Classes here:

Sincerely,
Bellevue School District Teaching and Learning Department
EBOOKS AVAILABLE!

Dear parents and students,

I’m so excited to introduce to you our new library digital collection. To meet with the demands for digital materials, we now have more than 70 fiction and graphic novel eBooks in our Destiny library.

All these eBooks are new release titles. Our students can check them out to read on their laptops and any mobile devices. To view our digital collection and learn more about our eBooks and audiobooks, please visit our library webpage  here .

If you need any help or have any questions, requests, or suggestions please feel free to contact me at  dangt@bsd405.org

Thank you so much for your support of the IS library.
Michele Dang
Library Specialist
RESOURCES
DONATE TO BELLEVUE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION AND HELP BELLEVUE STUDENTS IN NEED

This week, Superintendent Dr. Duran asked the Bellevue Schools Foundation to raise funds to meet our students’ emergency needs. Your donations to the Bellevue Schools Foundation will go directly to providing food security and other vital services to our most vulnerable students and families during this time. 


In addition, the Foundation's investments this past year have helped train school counselors who are now providing virtual and phone counseling to large numbers of middle and high school students experiencing anxiety and depression, further securing their emotional and physical safety during this turbulent time.

Any amount you give helps.

In addition, Angel Donors have stepped up to offer a matching pool for donations of $1,000 and above. Your $1,000 contributions will be  doubled  thanks to their generosity. 

We are in uncharted waters. The District and local agencies are strained to cover the large numbers of students now needing to have their basic physical, emotional, and educational needs met. Your unrestricted donation allows for flexibility in this unprecedented time. 

For as long as the COVID-19 crisis goes on, we will continue to work with the Bellevue School District to help ALL our students, including our most vulnerable children, get through it.

Thank you.
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES ADDED FROM SCHOOL COUNSELOR ARTY CHRISTIANTO

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.
 
Additionally, there are so many amazing efforts happening around our local community and King County. Here are other ways to support and donate:
  • Bellevue Schools Foundation—your donations will go directly to providing food security and other vital services to our most vulnerable students and families. Their annual Spring for Schools luncheon is now an online fundraising campaign. You may donate and learn more about their amazing work by clicking here.
  • King County Regional Donations Connector—this is a new website developed by King County to connect people and organizations with needs in the county. Through this site, you can find other community organizations to support along with volunteer opportunities around the area. Click here to find their new online marketplace.

Again, thank you always for your generosity and support. I am truly proud to be part of our community. 

Stay safe and healthy,
Arty
PTSA NEWS
ADVOCACY NEWS

Click here for a concise list of bills that the National PTA supports during the current 116th legislative session of the United States Congress. While you are sheltering at home, take a minute to send an email to your senators or representative if any of these bills capture your attention. 

For example:
  • H.R. 4381: To effectively staff the public elementary schools and secondary schools of the United States with school-based mental health services providers.
  • S 2499—Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act: This bill directs the Department of Education to award grants to state educational agencies to support school-based, mental-health-services providers at public elementary and secondary schools.
OPEN CALL FOR STUDENT SUBMISSIONS!
WE'RE BORED! STUDENTS, PLEASE SEND US YOUR SUBMISSIONS!

Now's your chance to submit your poetry, photos, stories, YouTube videos, essays, drawings, recipes, stupid pet tricks, game clips, TikToks, etc. to the Monday Messenger!

Send them in to news@isptsa.org, and let's keep each other entertained while we're all stuck at home!
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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