Included in this E-News:

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Season 3 (Winter 2) Coaches Still Needed
  • Parents of students participating in winter sports
  • 8th Grade Panoramic Picture
  • Give Drive
  • Gibson Ek Fest
  • Gibson Ek High School Applications
  • Yearbooks
  • Parent Project Course
  • BLMS Festival of Cultures
  • BLMS Twitter Account
  • Volunteer at BLMS
  • 5th Grade Parents: 5th Grade Parent Night, 5th Grade Visit, Sports physicals
  • School District News: EP&O renewal levy would not increase total local school tax rates; Weather make up days and future school calendars; Issaquah City Council approves designation and zoning for schools at Providence Heights; Coronavirus, cold and flu season; Dyslexia Family Engagement; STEMPOSIUM; 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 29 - February 14 - 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
  • March 2-6 - Classified Appreciation Week
  • March 3 - Life Science Field Trip to Zoo
  • March 3 - Student Store during lunches
  • March 5 - Schedule Change Alert: AM Assembly Schedule
  • March 9 - 5th Grade Parent Night 6:30 PM
  • March 10 - PTSA General Membership Meeting, 9:30 AM in Library
  • March 11 - 5th Grade Orientation
  • March 12 - Band Concert, 7:00 PM in Commons

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


Parents of students participating in winter sports:

  • If your child has an Epi-pen or Inhaler and they participate in any after school activity, they are required to carry an Epi-pen or Inhaler with them from home. They cannot rely on the one in the Health Room.  This is because some students travel to away meets and/or the office may be closed.
  • We will give coaches a copy of your Child’s Health Care Plan or Medication Form.
  • Please be sure your child has the medication in their backpack and accessible for the first day of participation!  Thank you!

8th Grade Panoramic Picture - Online Ordering Available

Order Online and it will be shipped directly to your home!
• Go to www.yuenluischools.com
• Order Pictures > Find Your Organization
• On your school page - click on the Order button
• Click on View Gallery for your specific photo date
• Complete the online order process


GIVE DRIVE, JANUARY 29TH – FEBRUARY 14TH

 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 WINTER HATS/BEANIES, GLOVES/MITTENS AND SOCKS that will be given directly to Tukwila students, while blankets, jackets and other winter wear (NEW OR GENTLY USED) items will be given to the school to distribute based on their needs.  

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 donated items to be placed in the box in their BBT.  This is a competition so the top 3 classes with the most average points will win a Doughnut Party!!!!!

Hats/Beanies  20 points

Gloves/Mittens 20 points

Pair of Socks  15 points

Blankets/Scarves  10 points

Jackets/Sweater (new or gently used) 10 points

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!


Gibson Ek Fest

Please join Gibson Ek High School for a fun filled evening this Friday, January 31st from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  Ek Fest is a student-run concert and showcase of our school. We encourage current 8th graders and their families to come and learn more about Gibson Ek and all the school has to offer. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend this event. We’ll have tours, music, info sessions and more! A flyer is attached to the bottom of this enews.


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. 


Yearbooks

Beaver Lake Families – our yearbook purchase cut off is the end of the day on Friday February 14th. If you haven’t yet purchased a yearbook for your student either online or with the bookkeeper, now is the time. A list of students who have made the purchase will be available during lunch starting on Monday February 3rd.  Your student is welcome to check the list to verify purchase or as always feel free to reach out to the bookkeeper with any questions.  Yearbooks will be distributed in June and the cost is $28.


Parent Project Course

Are you a frustrated parent trying to get your child to complete their homework and/or chores? Is there a little too much "drama" in your home? The Issaquah Police Department is hosting a series of 10 Week Parent Project courses as a tool for parents to learn and practice specific prevention and intervention strategies. For information or to register, please visit the following site: http://issaquahwa.gov/2937/Parent-Project-Course. The next class begins Feb 27th.


BLMS Festival of Cultures

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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.

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


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.


Attention Parents of 5th Graders Transitioning to Middle School in 2020-21

March 9 - 5th Grade Parent Night at BLMS, 6:30 PM (parents and guardians only)

March 11 - 5th Grade Visit to BLMS, 10:30 AM (students only)

Do you have a 5th grader who will be attending Beaver Lake Middle School next school year? Information will be coming home from their elementary school soon about the 5th Grade Visit to BLMS and 5th Grade Parent Night.

We are thrilled to welcome all of our new families and share a little bit of what Beaver Lake Middle School is all about.

Summertime = Sports Physical Time

Will your student be participating in the sports programs offered at middle school? If so, mark your calendar and plan to get his/her sports physical during the summer. Students entering 6th and 9th grade are required to have a physical dated after June 1, 2020. A physical date in the summer is valid for the entire school year. If you normally schedule your child’s physical around his/her birthday, we suggest you postpone until summer. Fifth grade students getting their physical while in the 5th grade will be required to get a second physical dated after June 1 if they want to participate in middle school sports. For more information on middle school sports and the required physical form check out the ISD Middle School Sports webpage or call the middle school office. The office team will answer all your questions.


School District News:

EP&O renewal levy would not increase total local school tax rates

How would taxes be impacted by the ISD EP&O renewal levy? The District is asking voters to authorize a levy of $49.85 million in 2021 and $54 million in 2022. This is about $6.7 million less than we are legally authorized to collect. This will allow us to maintain our current programs while remaining fiscally responsible and sensitive to the overall tax rate. Because previous bond debt is ending and because we’ve planned conservatively, the estimated total local school tax rate will go down from $3.46 to $3.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value in the first year and to $3.30 in the second year.

Did you know that Washington state law provides property tax exemptions and deferrals for senior citizens and people who are disabled who meet income requirements? If you think you or someone you know might qualify, check out www.kingcounty.gov/depts/assessor/TaxRelief for more information and to apply. For more information on the renewal levy, visit the district website.

Weather Make Up Days and Future School Calendars
Our snow and ice event last week has resurfaced requests from the community to build weather make up days into our school calendars. In an effort to enable students, families, and staff to plan, we make every effort to post calendars three years in advance.  As a reminder, our school calendars are developed and adopted as part of the bargaining process with the Issaquah Education Association (IEA) who represent our certificated staff. As we shared with the community last spring, while the current 2019-2020 school year calendar was established in 2017, because of the weather experience last year and because calendars for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years were not established, the District would explore opportunities to build in more weather make up options for future calendars.
To that end, District staff members negotiate with IEA’s leadership and gather input from the other labor organizations regarding calendar refinements.  As part of negotiations, we shared with IEA the results of the community survey we conducted last spring asking for input on preferences. It is important to note that while 81.8% of survey respondents stated that they want built-in make up days, there was no clear majority favoring options to refine the calendar by starting the school year before Labor Day or making changes to winter, mid-winter, or spring break. While a majority of parent responders did favor taking time from teacher professional development and prep time on Wednesdays, it would take four Wednesdays to recoup one snow day. In order for us to insert weather make up days, we need to adjust one or several of those factors or extend the school year; all of which have competing desires. See survey here.
We do make every effort to use all options available to us, including application for waiving the school day if we have met the state minimum for instructional time. Meanwhile, calendar negotiations are in process now, and we expect to bring 2021-22 and 2022-23 calendar proposals to the school board for approval at the February 13, 2020 regular meeting. We will announce the approved future calendars through our usual communications channels, like E-News and websites, when the process is complete.

Issaquah City Council Approves Designation and Zoning for Schools at
Providence Heights

The Issaquah City Council voted 5-2 at its January 21, 2020 regular meeting to approve land designation and zoning at Providence Heights as Community Facilities CF-F. We are thankful to the City Council and look forward to working with our municipal partners, the residents of Providence Point, and other neighboring communities to mitigate the impact as much as possible as we build these much needed schools. For additional information, including next steps, please click here.

Coronavirus – Cold and Flu Season – When to Keep Your Child Home

You have likely seen in the news or on social media that Washington State has had one confirmed case of coronavirus. We know this kind of news is worrisome to families. The District has an emergency response plan and protocols in place for health risks that we will enact if needed. The Washington State Health Department is generally the lead agency in health crisis situations and they provide direction to school districts. While it is a serious illness, at this time the Washington State Health Department considers it a low risk to the public.

Cold and Flu season is here! We respectfully ask that if your child is sick, please keep them at home. If you're not sure whether or not to keep your child home, please check your child’s symptoms with this handy chart. Ways to protect yourself, your family, and others from colds and flu are to get a flu shot, wash hands thoroughly, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest, and stay home when ill. We have information in multiple languages about how to stop the spread of germs and the flu on our website.
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.

STEMPOSIUM: Save the Date

WHAT: Showcase of STEM learning hosted by teachers and students from the Issaquah School District. Teachers and students through interactive booths and demonstrations share how they learn STEM skills and knowledge through classroom projects, afterschool clubs, and student competitions. In addition to teacher/student booths, there will be various STEM related industries invited to share their work in the area of STEM.

WHEN: February 13, 2020 - 5:30-7:30 pm.

WHERE: Issaquah High School Commons – 700 2ndAvenue SE, Issaquah 98027

Everyone is welcome to attend! More information and event program can be found here.
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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