Included in this E-News:

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Geography Bee - today after school
  • Gibson Ek High School Applications
  • BLMS Festival of Cultures
  • A note from our PBSES Coach
  • Preparing for Winter Weather
  • Winter 2 Sports Registration
  • IB Information Night at Skyline
  • Electronics, Air Pods, and Earphones
  • Student Arrival and Dismissal Times
  • Musical
  • BLMS Twitter Account
  • Volunteer at BLMS
  • PTSA News: General Membership Meeting TONIGHT at 6:30 PM
  • School District News: Paraprofessional Recruitment
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation News: Cultural Bridges
  • City of Issaquah News: Community Center Basketball Court

 CalendarMARK YOUR CALENDAR!

  • January 9 - 8th Grade Panoramic Photo - During BBT
  • January 9 - Geography Bee after school in Library
  • January 9 - PTSA General Membership Meeting, 6:30 PM in Library
  • January 13 - First day of Musical rehearsals
  • January 14 - Winter 2 Sports online registration opens
  • 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

Geography Bee

The winners of the classroom bees will take part in the BLMS final National Geographic Bee after school on Thursday, January 9th.  This will take place in the Beaver Lake library and family and friends are welcome and encouraged to come. The school bee winner will take an online test to qualify for the Washington State National Geographic Bee, and the winner of that bee will represent the state of Washington in a nationally televised National Geographic Bee. This national bee is for middle school students in grades 6 through 8. Winners of the national bee win thousands of dollars in prizes.


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. 

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

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

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


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

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


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 Opens on January 14!

Winter 2 Sports (Season 3) January 28 – March 26
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 opens
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. We have openings posted for Assistant Coach - Boys JV Basketball, Intramural Girls Soccer Coach, and Intramural Boys Basketball Coach.

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 - Opens 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 - WilderC@issaquah.wednet.edu


Electronics, Air Pods, Earphones

Please think carefully about having your student bring air pods, ear phones and other electronics to school. The office gets asked daily about lost air pods. They are rarely, if ever turned in. Please have your students leave valuables at home or tell them to lock them in their locker. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Student Arrival and Dismissal Times

Our doors open at 7:40 AM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and at 9:50 AM on Wednesdays. Please do not drop off your student prior to these times. We do not have adult supervision available before these times so students will be waiting outside the building in the cold. If you or your student have a meeting with a staff member that starts before these times, please meet that staff member at their wing door. Only Music students should enter our music wing door for morning rehearsals and clubs. All other students should arrive at 7:40 or 9:50 when our Commons doors open.

We dismiss at 2:35 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and at 3:30 PM on Wednesdays. Students should head home immediately after school is dismissed. Only students with a supervised afternoon activity (clubs, athletics, !MPACT, arranged teacher meetings, etc.) should remain on campus after dismissal. The Activity Bus is available with limited stops for students participating in clubs and athletics.


Musical

Rehearsals will begin next week, starting on January 13.

Musical Webpage has been updated!


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.


PTSA News: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Plan to attend our next Beaver Lake PTSA General Membership Meeting: 

DATE: Thursday January 9, 2020

TIME: 6:30pm

LOCATION: BLMS Library

The ISD Replacement EP&O Levy has been approved for inclusion on the February 11, 2020 ballot.  Representatives from Volunteers for Issaquah Schools (VIS) will be on hand to share levy details and answer any questions you might have. Stay after the VIS presentation to hear what the PTSA is planning for the rest of the year at our General Membership meeting.


School District News:

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:

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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