Included in this E-News:

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Geography Bee
  • Gibson Ek High School Applications
  • BLMS Festival of Cultures
  • Preparing for Winter Weather
  • Winter 2 Sports Registration
  • IB Information Night at Skyline
  • Musical
  • BLMS Twitter Account
  • Volunteer at BLMS
  • School District News: Short video explains 2020 renewal levy; Paraprofessional Recruitment
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation News: February Dining for Kids at La Casita; Nourish Every Mind 2020
  • City of Issaquah News: Community Center Basketball Court


  • January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No school
  • January 24 - Diversity Assembly; AM Assembly schedule
  • January 24 - Deadline for Winter 2 Sports registration
  • January 27 - Teacher Work Day - No school for students
  • January 28 - Winter 2 Sports Season starts
  • January 29 - Mid Trimester 2
  • February 4 - Student Store during lunches
  • February 4 - Beaver Lake Festival of Cultures, 6:30 PM in Commons
  • February 6 - Spelling Bee after school in Library
  • February 17 - Presidents Day Holiday, No school
  • February 18-21 - Second Winter Break, No school

Geography Bee

Geo Bee Winners Reidar, Nikki, Spencer

Pictured from left: Reidar, Nikki, and Spencer

The 2020 Beaver Lake Geography Bee winners are:

1st place –Spencer Mundel  8th grade

2nd place – Nikki Jordan  7th grade

3rd place – Reidar Aageson – 8th grade

Gibson Ek High School Applications

Gibson Ek High School is now accepting applications from current 8th graders for the 2020-2021 school year. Gibson Ek is a project based, real world learning school where students personalize their learning through projects, design labs, and internships in a vibrant and supportive environment. Students in the Class of 2024 are invited to learn more about how Gibson Ek continues to reimagine education at our upcoming information sessions:

Jan. 13 and Feb. 10 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the GEHS Commons. 

Jan. 31 at the student-run Gibson Ek Fest from 5-8 p.m.

Applications are open now until Monday, February 24, 2020 followed by a lottery for admission on February 27th at 4:30 pm.

Learn more about Gibson Ek on the About Us page.

Apply on the Application page. 

BLMS Festival of Cultures

Tuesday, February  4th 2020

6:30-8:30 PM

BLMS Commons

At the Festival of Cultures, we will “go around the world” and learn more about the culture, food, music and traditions of the countries representing the rich diversity of our school.  This free event is a partnership between the school, PTSA, ASB, and Beaver Lake families for the whole community to enjoy.

We need your support!

  • Host a Table: Would you like to be a part of this multicultural event by representing your country or culture?  It is a fantastic way to meet new faces while sharing your culture through food samples, crafts and displays.
  • Perform a Talent: Would you like to perform on stage at the Festival?  We are looking for performers such as dancers, martial artists, traditional musicians and more.

If you would like to represent your culture at the Festival and/or would like to perform, please sign up here.

Deadline to sign up is Friday, January 24th, 2020.

For questions, please contact Stacy Cho:

Preparing for Winter Weather

With snowflakes in the 10-day forecast, 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 more information, including how programs such as field trips and athletics are affected during school closures, please click here.

Winter 2 Sports Online Registration Now Open!

Winter 2 Sports (Season 3) January 28 – March 26 - All teams are open to all grades
Girls Varsity and JV Soccer (tryout required)
Girls Intramural Soccer (non-cut)
Boys Varsity and JV Basketball (tryout required)
Boys Intramural Basketball (non-cut)

Key Dates:
January 14 - Online registration opened
January 24 - Registration deadline to guarantee clearance to start on 1/28
January 28 - First day of tryouts
*Intramural Girls Soccer and Intramural Boys Basketball - start date TBD

Coaching Positions
We would not be able to have these wonderful athletic programs without coaches! If you or someone you know would like to coach, please apply online.

Sports Physicals
An original, signed doctor physical form must be turned in to the office where it will be kept on file. Scanned, faxed, or photocopied physicals will not be accepted. If you have participated in a sport this school year, we have the original on file. Physicals should be dated on or after June 1, 2019.

Registration - Opened January 14
Similar to ISD high schools, registration for middle school sports will be completed online. The ISD Middle School Sports webpage contains a link to the Athletic Gateway Registration Portal to register for the current season of sports (located at the very bottom of the webpage). Athletic Gateway uses your Family Access login for Skyward. If you don't know your username or password, go to Family Access and click on "Forgot your Login/Password." You will receive an email with a link to reset your password from Family Access.  PLEASE NOTE: If you reset your password in Skyward, your new password will not work in Gateway until the next day.   

Once a parent has completely finished the online process he/she should see a “congratulations” message that allows them to print a “confirmation” form.  This confirmation page is one of the three hard copy documents required to be submitted to the Beaver Lake Office.

The three required hard copy documents include:

  • Online Registration Confirmation Form (Part of the online sports registration process - print hard copy)
  • Emergency Authorization Form (Part of the online sports registration process - print hard copy)
  • Original doctor-signed ISD sports physical evaluation form (Dated on or after June 1, 2019) 

The office can only accept forms for the current sports season.

Sports Fees
All athletes are required to purchase a $35 ASB membership (once per school year). Sport-specific fees for Soccer and Basketball are $50.00.  The fee for Intramural sports is $20.00.  All steps in the registration process must be completed the Friday before the start of the season to guarantee participation clearance for the first day of tryouts. Intramural sports will begin after the start of the season.

Payment for sports fees may be paid after notification of making a Varsity or JV team. Non-cut sports require paid sports fees to start practice.

Additional information about our Athletics program is provided on our website.

IB Information Night at Skyline

Dear 7th and 8th Grade Parents,

On Wednesday, January 22nd, Skyline High School will be hosting an IB (International Baccalaureate) Information night from 6:00 – 8:30pm. The first half hour will consist of a current IB Student Q&A followed by a two hour presentation with time for questions. If you are interested in learning more about the IB program when your student is in Skyline, this event is recommended. Please direct any questions regarding the event or program to Chris Wilder, IB Diploma Coordinator at Skyline High School.  

Chris Wilder -


Rehearsals will begin next week.

Musical Webpage

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:

Short video explains 2020 renewal levy
Next month, the Issaquah School District will ask voters to approve an Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy to replace a levy that will expire this year. For a quick overview of the proposed levy and some of the programs it would pay for, check out this brief video:
Vote in the Issaquah School District's 2020 levy renewal election February 11A quick animated explanation of the details of the levy, including information on how levies work, tax rates, and more. Less than two minutes long.
If approved, the EP&O renewal levy will provide continued funding for a wide range of programs and services throughout the district, including school-based mental health counselors, career and technical education, special education, school security staff, teacher professional development and much more.
For more information on the renewal levy, visit the district website. You can also see more videos explaining the levy and highlighting many of the programs and services it will fund on the ISD YouTube channel.

Paraprofessional Recruitment

Join our outstanding team of paraprofessional staff! Review our openings on our career site for more information. A flyer is attached at the bottom of this ENews.

Issaquah Schools Foundation News:

La Casita is the February Dining for Kids partner.  Join us Wednesday, February 5th and La Casita will donate a portion of your bill to Issaquah Schools Foundation. These funds go to programs and resources for Issaquah School District students, including food & snack support during the school day. More info:

Mark your calendars for Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser and Celebration: Nourish Every Mind 2020

Nourish Every Mind 2020:
Luncheon - Friday, May 8th, Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th
Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah
Online Auction – April 24-May 4, 2020
More info:

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.