Included in this E-News:

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • All after school activities cancelled on Wed. 11/27
  • Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Holiday Gift Barn - Register by 11/29
  • Parking Lot Safety - Keep crosswalks clear
  • Jamba Juice Fundraiser for FIRST Robotics Club
  • A Note from our PBSES Coach
  • Musical Auditions Update
  • Trimester 2 Schedules
  • Early Release Grading Day - December 6
  • Attention 6th grade parents: WEB Movie Night
  • Attendance
  • A Note from our Counselors
  • Reminder - School policy on deliveries to students: Forgotten Items and Student Messages
  • Winter 1 Sports Season Information + Wrestling Manager Needed
  • BLMS Twitter Account
  • Volunteer at BLMS
  • School District News: Preparing for Winter Weather, Social Studies Curriculum Survey, Middle School Online Learning & VOICE Mentors
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation News: Cultural Bridges
  • City of Issaquah News: Community Center Basketball Court

 CalendarMARK YOUR CALENDAR!

  • November  27 - No Activity Bus; ALL after school clubs, athletics, and activities are cancelled
  • November 27-Dec 5 - Jamba Juice Fundraiser Preorder
  • November 28 - 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday; No school for students and staff
  • December 3 - Student Store during lunches
  • December 4 - End of First Trimester
  • December 5 - Trimester 2 begins - Check Family Access for schedule changes
  • December 5 - Choir Concert 7:00 PM
  • December 6 - Early Release Grading Day, Students dismissed at 10:55 AM
  • December 9 - Choir Winterfest
  • December 9 - Trimester Buddy BARKS Celebration during lunches
  • December 10 - Jamba Juice at lunches (must preorder by 12/5)
  • December 13 - Schedule Change Alert - AM Assembly Schedule for Holiday Assembly
  • December 13 - WEB Movie Night
  • December 16 - Site Council Meeting 2:45 PM in B-3
  • December 21-January 5 - First Winter Break; No school for students and staff
  • January 6 or- Musical Auditions after school - Students pick one day to audition
  • January 7 - Student Store during lunches
  • January 8 & 9 - Musical Callbacks after school
  • January 9 - 8th Grade Panoramic Photo
  • January 9 - Geography Bee after school in Library
  • January 9 - PTSA General Membership Meeting, 6:30 PM in Library

ALL After School Activities CANCELLED on Wednesday, Nov. 27

All after school clubs, athletics, and activities are cancelled on Wednesday, Nov. 27. There will be no activity bus. Please get home via your usual mode of transportation as soon as school releases at 3:30 PM.


Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 - No school for students and staff.

We are so thankful for our students, staff, families, and community!

Happy Thanksgiving, Bulldogs!


Holiday Gift Barn - Register by November 29

Each year Holiday Gift Barn serves children in the Issaquah School District. The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank turns Pickering Barn into a huge department store where parents choose gifts and stocking stuffers for each of their children. They also have a wrapping station and child care so gifts can stay a surprise until Christmas morning.

Register now through November 29! 

Families residing in the Issaquah School District can register online starting November 4th - November 29th. This year's shopping days are Wednesday and Thursday, December 4th and 5th, 2019. For those living outside the Issaquah School District, but within our clothing bank service area, holiday shopping will be available for parents at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank beginning Monday, December 9th.

*NEW THIS YEAR: All participants need to either be active, registered clients of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank or provide documentation of residency within our food bank service area (98027, 98029, 98075, 98059), OR documentation that their children attend an Issaquah School District school.

For more information and important program details, and to register for Holiday Gift Barn, please see our client registration toolkit!


Parking Lot Safety – Keep Crosswalks Clear

When picking up your child at the end of the day, please be mindful of our crosswalks. Please keep the crosswalks clear of vehicles at all times. If you are waiting in line to turn in to the school, do not ever block the crosswalk. Your cooperation will greatly assist our paraprofessionals to safely cross our students. We appreciate your attention to this important safety matter.

As a reminder, the front drop off loop is intended for quick student drop off and pick ups. You should never leave your vehicle unattended while in our front loop, as it is a fire lane.

In the back parking lot, please watch for, and yield to, our buses. They have the right of way.


Jamba Juice Fundraiser for FIRST Robotics

Date: Tuesday 12/10 during both lunches

Cost: $5 (Must preorder)

Flavor: Razzmatazz

Payments can be made online or at bookkeeper's window

Final day to preorder and pay is 12/5

To help support our FIRST Robotics club Jamba Juice will be coming to Beaver Lake on Tuesday December 10th during lunch.  To preorder your $5 Razzmatazz Jamba Juice, pay online under ASB or at the bookkeepers window by Thursday December 5th.  No payments can be taken after December 5th so don’t miss out. Order now!


A Note from our PBSES Coach – Nicole Perriella-Rehmke:

This week we taught our sixth lesson from our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, Second Step. These lessons are taught during Bulldog Bonus Time and after each lesson we will provide a short summary and a family question to help you continue the conversation at home. To learn more, click here.


Musical Auditions Update

Due to a staffing shortage at YouthTheatre, we will be moving the audition dates for this year’s musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Auditions will move to the week of January 6. Please see the updated dates below.

Auditions: January 6 & 7: 2:40 - 5:00 PM (*Please note - Students only need to sign up for one audition day.)

Callbacks: January 8: 3:35 - 5:20 PM, January 9: 2:40-5:00, or as arranged

Rehearsals will begin the week of January 13.

Activity Bus leaves at 4:20 on M, T, Th and 5:07 on Wednesdays. Please make alternate arrangements to get home after auditions and callbacks.


Trimester 2 Schedules

The first day of Trimester 2 is Thursday, December 5.  Schedules will not be handed out to students at school.  Log in to Family/Student Access on Wednesday evening, December 4, and print your student’s new schedule to bring to school on Thursday.  If your student has any questions about their schedule, please direct them to the Counseling Center.


Early Release Grading Day - Friday, December 6 

On Friday, December 6, we will start at our normal 8:10 AM, but release at 10:55 AM.

To see the full schedule for this day, please check our website.


Attention 6th Grade Parents:

To help celebrate the end of Trimester 1, WEB is putting on a FREE movie night.  On Friday, December 13, all sixth graders are invited to come to a movie night in the commons from 6:30pm to 9pm with their WEB leaders.  WEB leaders will be providing pizza! We will be watching the Disney animated movie, Frozen.

Students are encouraged to wear “comfy cozy” clothes to this PJ and Pillows movie night.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email WEB coordinators, Mrs. Sundt, Mrs. Tiemeyer, or Ms. Smith.

SundtS@issaquah.wednet.edu

TiemeyerM@Issaquah.wednet.edu

SmithA@issaquah.wednet.edu


Attendance

As we are heading into a busy holiday period, please remember we need to know before an absence, if your child will not be at school for any reason. 

If your student will miss 1 or 2 days of school, please email Attendance at blmsattendance@issaquah.wednet.edu with the following information:

  • Student name
  • Grade
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for absence

If you’re going to be gone for 3 or more schools days, please download this form. Blank hard copies are also available for pick up in the office. Your student will have every teacher initial the form and then turn it in to the office at least one week prior to the first day of the absence. Please check our website for more information about absences.


A Note from our Counselors

The Beaver Lake Counseling team would like to share information about this free event to those who may be experiencing grief and loss. Please click on the link to the event flyer below for more information:

Resiliency after Grief and Loss


Reminder - School Policy on Deliveries to Students

Forgotten Items:

If your student forgets their lunch or other important items including homework, parents may leave it at our Drop-Off Bookshelf in our office vestibule. Please label the item with your child’s name. If the item is valuable or anything you’re not comfortable leaving on the bookshelf, please place it in the trustworthy hands of our office staff.

It is the student’s responsibility to check the bookshelf during non-classroom hours (before or after school, passing time, or lunch time). To preserve valuable classroom time and minimize interruptions to instruction, the Main Office will not send notices to students, nor deliver items to them. This is a valuable “teachable moment” in the area of responsibility – students coming to school prepared, as well as students taking the initiative to check for their forgotten item during appropriate times.

Student Messages:

If your student’s after school transportation arrangements or activities have changed during the day, call the office as early as possible to inform us of the change and we will do our best to deliver the message to your student.


Winter 1 Sports Season Information + Wrestling Manager Needed

Some helpful information about after school athletics:

  • Practices on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2:45 - 4:00 PM
  • Practices on Wednesdays from 3:40 - 5:00 PM
  • No practices on Friday
  • Activity Bus Schedule (limited stops!)
  • If you are at school, but cannot make it to practice, please email your coach!
  • Check your sport's website for the game schedule and coaches' contact information: Wrestling and Basketball
  • Please direct all questions about practices, games, etc. to your coach

Wrestling Team Manager

Wrestling is still looking for a Team Manager (or two!) Team Managers are students who do not wrestle, but are available to help at matches and tournaments. You would assist with scorekeeping and time clock. If you are interested or have questions, please see Ms. Lee in the office.


Beaver Lake Middle School Twitter Account

BLMS_Bulldogs @BlmsBulldogs

We now have a Twitter account for our school.  Mrs. Cho is starting to tweet about our bulldogs and you are all encouraged to follow along.


Volunteer at Beaver Lake

All volunteers must complete the online registration and be approved each school year. 

If you were approved to volunteer last year, you will need to sign into the system, go to your check-off list and make sure all information is updated and current, then submit for approval for this new school year. New volunteers will need to complete the entire approval process before being able to volunteer.

Online volunteer registration applies to all parents and community members who are on campus before, during, or after school. High school students can get a volunteer form from our office.


School District News:

Thanksgiving Holiday – Preparing for Winter Weather

We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday! We have been watching the weather predictions and want to remind everyone to take precautions for winter weather coming throughout the season. Please make sure your family and child care givers are signed up for snow day closure and delay texts or emails from our Transportation Department through FlashAlert. (Only families with verified mobile numbers in Family Access will receive texts from the District.) The District and school websites will post information by 6:30 a.m. Please take a moment to locate your Emergency Transportation Bulletin (ETB) that was mailed out in October or access the ETB online. Also take a moment to use SNOW E-Link to find your emergency snow route and make sure you check the chart below to become familiar with program changes due to delays and closures. For further information on school delays and closures, please click here.

Middle School Social Studies Curriculum Adoption Survey

The Issaquah School District invites you to take part in the below surveys as it plans for the adoption of new curriculum for middle school social studies. The survey will take 5-10 minutes total and closes on Friday, December 13. We thank you in advance for your time and insight: https://issaquah.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bybE3H4ggTc8W5n

Middle School Online Learning Registration

Interested in taking a high school course online? ISD offers online learning courses to 7-12th grade students who attend ISD high schools and middle schools. We provide students with an opportunity to take high school level courses online. There are several reasons why online learning may be advantageous to a student: acceleration, credit deficiency, credit recovery, enrichment, grade improvement, graduation requirement, learning style and/or course is not offered at their school. Students have the option of participating in 1-2 semester long online learning course(s) during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Students who would like to complete a yearlong course will need to take the first and second semester of the course in separate terms (Fall/Spring or Spring/Summer). Registration for the spring term opens on October 31, 2019 and closes on January 29, 2020. Please visit the online learning website to learn more about Online Learning for middle school students!

The VOICE Mentor Program needs you! 

Volunteers of Issaquah Changing Education (VOICE) is an in-school, volunteer mentoring program that pairs caring community members with Issaquah School District students.  VOICE mentors work one-on-one with students throughout the school year.  Some students may need academic help; others may need emotional support or a friend and role model.  All benefit from a positive, supportive relationship with an adult role model.

VOICE currently has 200+ students on the wait list. We need mentors! Can you help?

Here's what’s involved:

  • Complete a screening process, including a mandatory, in-depth, pre-match training.
  • Time commitment of once/week (30–60 minutes) throughout the school year. Schedule and choice of school is flexible to accommodate mentor availability.
  • Optional supplemental trainings, plus support provided by your mentee’s school and the VOICE team.
  • Most importantly, develop a meaningful relationship with a young person and help them thrive.

“I have come to learn that I only need to be a caring human being who enjoys spending time with kids.  These are relationships that enrich my life as much or maybe more than my mentees’ lives” 

                                          ~ Recent quote from a long-time VOICE Mentor with 3 mentees

If you would like to become a VOICE mentor, please APPLY HERE 

To learn more:
Email VOICE@issaquah.wednet.edu
View our VOICE Website
Call us @ 425.827.7222


Issaquah Schools Foundation News:

Cultural Bridges Magazine
The new Cultural Bridges magazine is available and can be viewed here: http://isfdn.org/cultural-bridges-magazine/


City of Issaquah News:

Did you know that the Issaquah Community Center always has a basketball court reserved for middle schoolers every day after school? $4 daily drop-in fee. Call Issaquah Parks & Recreation at 425-837-3300 with questions.

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