Included in this E-News:

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Spelling Bee - rescheduled
  • Thank you, Beaver Lake PTSA!
  • Kindness Grams
  • Kindness Week
  • Give Drive
  • A Note from our PBSES Coach
  • Parents of students participating in winter sports
  • 8th Grade Panoramic Picture
  • 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: Remember to vote and return your ballot; National School Counseling Week; STEMposium; 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; ELPA testing; Open enrollment; Summer school registration
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation News: Spread the Love 2020; Dining for Kids: March; Nourish Every Mind 2020; ParentWiser
  • City of Issaquah News: Middle School Dance; Community Center Basketball Court


  • February 10 - Spelling Bee after school in Library (rescheduled from today)
  • February 12 - Last day to send a Kindness Gram
  • February 10-14 - Kindness Week
  • February 14 - Final day for GIVE Drive donations
  • 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 5 - Skyline High Incoming Freshman Welcome Night 6 - 8 PM
  • 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
  • March 16 - Spring Sports Online Registration Opens
  • March 16-19 - Musical Tech Week Rehearsals
  • March 17 - Trimester Buddy BARKS Celebration during lunches
  • March 18 - End of Trimester 2
  • March 20 - Schedule Change Alert: Half Day Grading, dismiss at 10:55 AM
  • March 20 - Musical Performance, 7:00 PM
  • March 21 - Musical Performance, 2:00 PM matinee
  • March 21 - Musical Performance, 7:00 PM

Spelling Bee - Monday, Feb. 10 after school in Library

Come one, come all

Door Prizes!

Rescheduled from today

Thank you, Beaver Lake PTSA!

We would like to recognize our amazing PTSA for organizing the delicious staff luncheon on Friday! We enjoyed every dish that was provided by our families and appreciate all that you do for us! Thank you!


ASB will be selling Kindness Grams starting next Wednesday, Feb 5-Feb 12 to help raise money for additional items that may need to be purchased to supplement our Give Drive.  Students can purchase a Kindness Gram for $1 during their lunch, which includes a Smencil (yummy smelling pencil made from recycled paper) for a friend (or themselves) at Beaver Lake, to be delivered on February 14th to the receiver’s BBT.  There is no limit to the number of Kindness Grams a student may purchase.

If a student would like to send a Kindness Gram to a friend, but does not want to spend money, they may write a Kindness Gram for free (does not include Smencil) which will also be delivered on February 14th.

Kindness Week - Feb 10-14

Monday: Smiley Monday, smile to make someone’s day brighter

Tuesday: Talk Tuesday, talk to someone new

Wednesday: RAK day, perform a random act of kindness

Thursday: Blue Thursday, wear blue to support bullying prevention

Friday: Valentine’s Colors Day - Wear red, pink, white, and/or purple


 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!

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

This week we taught our tenth 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.

Spirit Wear: Boys Basketball and Girls Soccer

Boys basketball and girls soccer spirit wear is now available online at  The store closes at midnight on February 11th and the items will be delivered to BLMS just after February break.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found jacket, shoe, ball

Is your student missing a lunch box, water bottle, or coat?

Lost and Found items will be displayed on the stage from

Monday, February 10th – Friday, February 14th.

Friday afternoon, all unclaimed clothing items will be donated to a local Charity.

All unclaimed water bottles and lunch boxes will be thrown away.

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
• 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

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:

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

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. 


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.  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: 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:

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 ISD sport programs offered at middle school?  If so, mark your calendar and schedule their sports physical during the summer after June 1.   Students entering 6th grade that plan to play sports are required to have a physical dated after June 1.   A physical date in June, July or August is valid for the entire school year.  

If you normally schedule your child’s physical around their birthday, we suggest you consider postponing until summer.  Fifth grade students planning to play ISD sports who get their physical prior to June 1 will be required to get a second physical at parent expense.   For more information on middle school sports and the required physical form check out the ISD Middle School Sports webpage at or call the middle school office.  The office team will answer all your questions.

School District News:

Remember to Vote and Return Your Ballot - ISD Levy Renewal

We’ve got just a few days left to vote in the 2020 levy election. Return your ballot by mail or in a ballot drop box by next Tuesday, February 11.

To see what’s funded by this levy, check out this short video that highlights some of the many important programs and services funded by levies, including mental health counselors, school security, extra-curricular activities and many more. While you’re at it, you can check out all of our videos about the important things funded by the levy.

National School Counseling Week is February 3-7!

National School Counseling Week is our opportunity to honor and celebrate the unique contribution of counselors in our schools! Counselors are integral members of our learning community who work with students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, post-secondary options, and social/emotional skills. They help students identify their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Counselors work in partnership with parents as they face the challenges of raising children in today’s world and collaborate with educators to create an environment in which students can realize their potential. During National School Counseling Week, our Counseling Specialists will be visiting schools and taking photos and videos that illustrate special themes for each day of the celebration, including Lend a Helping Hand, Offer Encouragement, Show Appreciation, and Be the Change in the World. You can follow the fun on social media with the hashtag #NSCW2020. Be sure to thank your school counselor for all they do to support our students, families, and staff every day!


Have you heard? STEMposium is coming February 13! Students and families throughout the district are invited to attend.

Sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation, STEMposium brings together students from across the district to share through interactive booths and demonstrations howthey learn STEM skills and knowledge during classroom projects, afterschool clubs, and student competitions. In addition to teacher/student booths, there will be various STEM related industries sharing their work in the area of STEM.

Please join us for the 3rd annual STEMposium.

February 13, 2020 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Issaquah High School Commons

More information and event program can be found here.
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 Update - Guidance from Public Health Seattle and King County

While the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States is still considered to be low, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all travelers from China, including school students, staff, and volunteers arriving in the U.S. AFTER February 2, 2020 at 2 pm stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days. If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel.

There is no recommendation for people showing no symptoms arriving before this time to restrict their activities. All travelers from China who arrived BEFORE February 2, 2020 at 2pm can continue to attend school.

The normal precautions during cold and flu season to prevent the spread of germs apply.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in trash, wash hands immediately
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces

You can find more about coronavirus at the links below or call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press the # key. 

Guidance for Travelers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

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:

Spread the Love 2020: Make a Contribution in Your Teacher's Name!
The Issaquah Schools Foundation loves to support our teachers! The Foundation began by providing grants to educators in the Issaquah School District, and because of YOUR donations we are able to continue this great work! This February, share the love by expressing our appreciation for the teachers of the Issaquah School District! Donate in honor of a teacher and what they give to us every day.  Make your contribution here ( )and include your teacher’s name and personal message. We will let them know of the gift you made in their honor.  You can view the list of all teachers honored here! ( love-2020/)

Dining for Kids: March
Next month's Dining for Kids partner is Big Fish Grill. Join us on Wednesday, March 4th from 11AM-10PM and Big Fish Grill 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:

Please Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation for Our Annual Fundraiser and Celebration!
Student success is personal.  The Issaquah Schools Foundation recognizes the unique needs of students and works in partnership with the Issaquah School District to offer a variety of programs that give opportunities to every student at every school.  From leading-edge STEM curriculum and arts programs to after-school tutoring and food for students in need, the funds you donate to the Foundation ensure( that kids of all abilities have the support they need to navigate their own unique path to success. More info:  

Nourish Every Mind 2020:
Luncheon - Friday, May 8th
Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th
Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah

ParentWiser, Parent Education Events

Plugged-In Parents: How to keep kids safe, happy and healthy in the digital age
When: Monday Feb 10th, 7-8:30pm 
Where: Issaquah High School

Even the most in-tune parents could use some extra tips for keeping up with the fast-changing media landscape. Local mental health therapist specializing in technology fixation and youth screen time use, Jocelyn Skillman, partners with nationally acclaimed Common Sense Media to deliver a comprehensive presentation addressing the biggest concerns parents of elementary and middle schoolers have: managing screen time, getting a cellphone, cyber bullying, social media, apps, and more.  In this thought-provoking discussion parents will learn how to use media in balance as a family, find quality content, set expectations around healthy use to prevent conflict, and raise kids to be media savvy consumers and creators. (For Parents of K-8)

Help! My Teen is Dating. Real Solutions to Tough Conversations.
When: Monday Feb 27th, 7-8:00 pm 
Where: Issaquah High School theater

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is providing funding for a parent education seminar around dating safety. Gain essential skills and strategies for addressing awkward and yet vitally important discussions with your child. 

This interactive seminar is changing the way parents and their children are approaching, discussing, and handling decision-making regarding dating, intimacy, parties, and safety. In one hour, parents will discover essential steps for helping their sons and daughters with making safer choices. (Parents Only)

City of Issaquah News:

The next District-Wide Middle School Dance is set for Friday, March 27, 7:00-10:00pm, at the Issaquah Community Center. $5 at the door. This is the place to be on a Friday night! All youth, grades 6-8, are welcome to attend this DJ’d dance provided they have a photo ID (ASB card works great!). $1 concessions are available. Parent volunteers are always needed! Please call 425-837-3300.

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.