Included in this E-News:

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Season 3 (Winter 2) Coaches Still Needed
  • Upcoming Schedule Change Alerts
  • Give Drive
  • A Note from our PBSES Coach
  • Bulldog Wrestling
  • Reflections Winners
  • Gibson Ek High School Applications
  • BLMS Festival of Cultures
  • Winter 2 Sports Registration
  • BLMS Twitter Account
  • Volunteer at BLMS
  • School District News: Levy ballots mailed this week; Snow make up days; Dyslexia Family Engagement; ELPA testing; Open enrollment; Summer school registration
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation News: February Dining for Kids at La Casita; Nourish Every Mind 2020
  • City of Issaquah News: Community Center Basketball Court

 CalendarMARK YOUR CALENDAR!

  • 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
  • January 29 - February 10 - ASB Give Drive
  • February 4 - Student Store during lunches
  • February 6 - Spelling Bee after school in Library
  • February 17 - Presidents Day Holiday, No school
  • February 18-21 - Second Winter Break, No school

Season 3 (Winter 2) Coaches Still Needed

This is an update regarding Season 3 (Winter 2) intramurals.  At this time, a coach has not been found for intramural boys basketball or intramural girls soccer.  We will hold off a little longer in hopes that someone will step forward to coach.  A final decision whether or not we will be able to field these teams will be made by Friday, January 31st and we will communicate to families who have signed up by that date.  Students who have signed up for intramurals also have the option of trying out for the varsity and junior varsity teams.  If you know anyone who is interested in coaching, please contact Ms. Bosshart bosshartm@issaquah.wednet.edu.  More details about the position and the online application can be found at https://issaquahjobs.hrmplus.net/JobOpenings.aspx


Upcoming Schedule Change Alerts

On Friday, January 24, we will be on AM Assembly schedule. We will have our Diversity Assembly in the morning.

On Monday, January 27, we have a Teacher Work Day. There is no school for students.


GIVE DRIVE, JANUARY 29TH – FEBRUARY 10TH

Tukwila Elementary School is a sister school of Beaver Lake. Many of the students attending Tukwila Elementary do not have all the essential needs, such as food and clothes met.  ASB would like to make sure that families get some of what they need for winter this year by hosting a “Give Drive”.  We are looking for donations of hats, gloves and socks that will be given directly to Tukwila students, while blankets, jackets and other winter wear items will be given to the school to distribute based on their needs.  

                6TH GRADE:  SOCKS OF VARIOUS ELEMENTARY KID SIZES

                7TH GRADE:  WINTER HATS/BEANIES

                8TH GRADE:  KID SIZE GLOVES OR MITTENS

The GIVE DRIVE is our culminating project leading up to Kindness Week, which will celebrate the joy and importance of kindness, caring, and giving.  Starting January 29th, Beaver Lake students can bring in their grade level designated item to be placed in the box in their BBT.  The class with the most (by points) donations will win a Doughnut Party!!!!!

The more we donate, the more Tukwila Elementary students and families will get what they need!  Let’s show empathy and love by donating as much as we can, for kindness is the best policy! Have a great rest of your week and go Bulldogs!


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

This week we taught our ninth 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.


Bulldog Wrestling

Bulldog Wrestling Team 2020

Pictured from left: Nolan Wang, Copeland Morgan, Sean Lee, Evan Lee, Coach Ricardo, Scott Barrett, Connor Beason, Coach Sean

Beaver Lake hosted the Wrestling Finals against all middle school teams on Saturday. Our Bulldogs had a great showing!

6th Grade placers: 

Eloise Pelham 4th place, Connor Beason 2nd place, Kaylen Brown 2nd place, and Stepan Varganov 4th place.

Varsity and JV Placers: 

100 pounds - Scott Barrett 2nd place
105 pounds - Evan Lee 1st place and Sean Lee 3rd place
120 pounds- Copeland Morgan 3rd place
164 pounds - Noah Schmid-Foust 3rd place
HW - Gavin Dorschel 2nd place

Congratulations, Bulldogs!


Reflections Winners

Congratulations to the following Bulldogs who represented Beaver Lake at the District Reflections Program:

Issaquah PTSA Council Finalists: Anjali Patel, Winter Chiu, and Charlotte Park

District Achievers: Shubham Garg (2), Jasmine Marwaha, Aaron Chang, Brian Kim, Maya Krishnan, Aishna Khanduri, Ahana Jain, and Noah Foxman 

Special thanks to Tanu Varshney, our dedicated PTSA Reflections Chair! Tanu gave her time, energy, and talent to make it possible for our students to express themselves and participate in this wonderful program!


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, March 31, 2020 (Please note date change)

6:30-8:30 PM

BLMS Commons

We wanted to let everyone know that we are going to postpone our Festival of Cultures because we would like a little more time to plan and promote and prepare. This winter storm has impacted our timeline a little bit.  Our ASB students voted and the new date will be March 31st. Thank you so much to everyone that already signed up to represent a culture or volunteered to perform! I will be reaching out to you Individually to make sure that you are aware of the new date and hopefully it still works for your family.  We are looking forward to celebrating our diversity and welcoming the entire community to Beaver Lake for our Festival of Cultures.

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. 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=8nAYNexOdUyAWk20-BGuoaBihoafM09HmWZE6L04kuNUQzBNWjZBUzFPUzFINTk2Wk1HSzhJVkVCNy4u

Deadline to sign up is Friday, March 20, 2020.

For questions, please contact Stacy Cho: chos@issaquah.wednet.edu


Winter 2 Sports Online Registration Now Open! - Deadline tomorrow 1/24!

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

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.


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:

Levy ballots mailed this week – Be sure you’re registered to vote

King County is mailing out ballots this week for the district’s EP&O renewal levy. Vote and return your ballot through Feb. 11. You can mail it back or put it in an election drop box.

It's not too late to register to vote! Register online or by mail through February 3 and in person until February 11.

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 many more. For more information on the renewal levy, visit the district website.
Snow Make Up Days - Last Day of School to be Announced in Spring
A reminder to our families that school closure make up days will be added to the end of the school year. Because we are still in the winter season, it is possible more snow or weather will come our way that may result in school closures or delays. We will announce that last day of school in E-News and on our website later this spring when we are past the possibility of snow and hazardous conditions on the roads or at our buildings. *Specific information for seniors will be communicated to students and families by their high schools.
Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum - February 6
Families interested in connecting with the Issaquah School District regarding support for students with dyslexia are invited to a community forum hosted at the Administration Building at 5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to facilitate two-way communication, collaboration, and shared learning related to supporting students with dyslexia. Two additional forums will be held on March 5 and May 21. Families are welcome to attend one, two, or all three meetings. The February 6 session will include active listening opportunities and time for families to share their stories, interests, and learnings with ISD staff.
ELPA Testing

The annual ELPA21 assessment is an online assessment given between February 3- March 27 to all students who qualify for English language development (ELD) services.The ELPA21 summative assessment measures students' English language proficiency  in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Results from this test determine which students are eligible to continue receiving ELD services.

Open Enrollment Begins February 1

Per ISD Regulation 3131 regarding In-District Student Transfers, students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) may apply to transfer to any District school other than their neighborhood school during open enrollment through the month of February for the following school year. For complete information on the open enrollment process, including applications, please click here.

Secondary Summer School Registration Opens February 3

Registration for Summer School 2020 opens February 3 at 8:00am. Additional information, including live registration links, will be available at that time. For more information about secondary summer course offerings, please visit the Secondary Summer School webpage.


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: http://isfdn.org/dining-for-kids/

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: http://isfdn.org/nourish-every-mind/


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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