Included in this E-News:

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Skyline incoming freshman night - TONIGHT
  • Registration for current 6th and 7th graders
  • Spelling Bee Regional Results
  • Geography Bee Update
  • Spring Musical Tickets on Sale
  • 8th grade baby pictures for yearbook - Due March 9
  • End of Trimester 2 - Updated date
  • BLMS Festival of Cultures
  • BLMS Twitter Account
  • Volunteer at BLMS
  • 5th Grade Parents: 5th Grade Parent Night, 5th Grade Visit, A message from our Nurse, Sports physicals
  • School District News: COVID-19 District Enews; 2020 Census
  • Issaquah Schools Foundation News: ParentWise; Nourish Every Mind 2020
  • City of Issaquah News: Middle School Dance; Community Center Basketball Court

 CalendarMARK YOUR CALENDAR!

  • 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, 10:30 AM
  • March 12 - Final day to complete online registration and turn in registration packets for current 6th and 7th graders
  • March 12 - Band Concert, 7:00 PM in Commons
  • March 16 - Skyline Incoming Freshman deadline for Skyward Student Access course registration
  • March 16 - Spring Sports Online Registration Opens
  • March 16-19 - Musical Tech Week Rehearsals
  • March 17 - Trimester Buddy BARKS Celebration during lunches
  • March 20 - End of Trimester 2 (updated date)
  • 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
  • March 24 - WEB Backpack Scavenger Hunt, after school
  • March 27 - Deadline for Spring Sports Registration
  • March 30 - Spring Sports Season Starts
  • March 31 - Issaquah Band Festival, during school day
  • March 31 - Festival of Cultures, 6:30 PM in Commons
  • April 2 - 8th Grade Language Arts Field Trip (does not include Advanced LA)

Skyline Incoming Freshman Welcome Night - March 5 TONIGHT

This night is intended to welcome Future Spartans and their parents.  An overview of the Course Request Process (CRP) will help expose parents to some of the excellent opportunities Skyline has available to students.  Attendees will have a chance to learn about extra-curricular options and be given the opportunity to meet with staff and school leaders.  Future students are encouraged to join us.  Skyline clubs and organizations will be on hand to share their enthusiasm about their groups and there will be a student run presentation to get future Spartans excited about becoming a part of our community.

A printer friendly PDF is attached at the bottom of this page. You can also download it from our website.


Registration for Current 6th and 7th Graders

The month of March is here, and it is time to start thinking about the Registration process for the next school year. Our current 6th and 7th grade students are receiving their Registration packets in school this week. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions about course and elective selection. It is important to carefully review all of the registration information that will come home to you. All 6th and 7th grade students will be able to make online course selections this year.  Students will have from March 5 to March 12 to enter online requests in their Student Access accounts. Please note all of your course and elective selections on the forms, sign the forms, and return them to the Counseling Office. 
If you have general curriculum questions, please remember to utilize the helpful information found on the Issaquah School District website:  https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics.
For any other questions, please feel free to reach out to our Counseling team or Diana Henneuse, our Registrar, at  henneused@issaquah.wednet.edu or 425-837-4160.
After entering requests online and completing the forms, please return all documents to the Counseling Center by Thursday, March 12.

Spelling Bee Regional Results

Our BLMS Spelling Bee winner, Anushka Shah (6th grade) placed third in the Regional Finals this past Saturday in Seattle! She competed against 110 other middle school students. Congratulations, Anushka!

Anushka Shah


Geography Bee Update

Results came in for the state competition qualifiers and our school winner, Spencer Mundel (8th grade), has qualified! He will go on to the State GeoBee, Friday, March 27th.  Congratulations to Spencer!


Spring Musical Tickets

Beaver Lake’s Spring musical, Beauty and The Beast, Jr. tickets are now on sale.  Tickets can be purchased at BLMS any time, or you can buy them on line by logging into your pay fees and fines access – choose ASB and then one or more of the three show times.  Tickets can then be picked up at the bookkeepers window at BLMS or at will call before your chosen show.  Ticket prices are $8 and show times are Friday, March 20th at 7:00 PM and Saturday, March 21st at 2:00 and 7:00 PM. 


8th Grade Baby Pictures for Yearbook - Due March 9

Attention parents of 8th graders,

Please submit your student’s baby picture by emailing Jaime Richards at richardsj@issaquah.wednet.edu  by March 9th.

Please do the following:

Subject: Baby Picture and First, Last Name

Attach picture- If you are scanning pictures, make sure to scan them at 300 dpi. There will be a setting in your scanner, and sometimes it defaults to 72 dpi. If you scan at 72 dpi, the photos won’t be a high enough quality to print nicely, and they won’t work.

Email Richards Example


End of Trimester 2 - March 20 (Updated Date)

Because of the missed school days in January due to snow, Trimester 2 will now end on Friday, March 20 (instead of March 18.) Friday, March 20 will still remain as the half day grading day - early release at 10:55 AM.


BLMS Festival of Cultures

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

6:30-8:30 PM

BLMS Commons

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)

Please join us at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 9 in the BLMS Gymnasium for a program designed to provide parents with information about the Beaver Lake Middle School program and transition activities to support our incoming 6th graders.  This evening event precedes the 5th grade student visit to BLMS that takes place during the school day on Wednesday, March 11th from 10:30-11:30 AM in our BLMS Gymnasium.  At the daytime visit for students, we will:

  • Share general information about BLMS.
  • ASB students will share tips for transitioning to middle school.
  • We will listen to our fabulous music students perform.
  • Talk with our guidance counselors about class registration.
  • Our Mascot, Buddy the Bulldog, will make an appearance.

We hope you can come to our evening program for parents on March 9 and we look forward to working with you to support your child in learning and connecting to BLMS.

Beginning at 6:00 pm on Monday, March 9 in Room number B2, the BLMS Special Education Team will have 5th Grade Special Education Parent Night. This event precedes the 5th Grade Parent Night and will include information about Special Education Services at BLMS.  If your child receives Special Education services in elementary school, please come to this parent meeting and then join the program in the gym.

Please mark your calendars.  We look forward to meeting you!

A Message from the Nurse for 5th Grade Parents

Please help make your student’s transition to middle school as smooth as possible.  There is a lot going on during the next few months, but completing the following “must haves” will allow your student to start school on time.

Immunizations

The Immunization update for Washington State starting August 1, 2020 has three major focuses:

  • It requires medically verified immunization records for school. 
  • It clarifies conditional status.  All students must have all of the immunizations they are eligible for in order to start school.  The only exception is the Tdap is moving up to 7th grade entry.
  • It changes the Tdap immunization requirement to 7th grade.  However once your child turns 10 they may receive a Tdap and provide documentation to the  school.   

Check out the new website for more details including frequently asked questions.

What are medically verified records?

Starting on August 1, 2020, the revised rule requires medically verified immunization records for school and child care entry. Medically verified record includes one or more of the following:

  • A Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) printed from the Immunization Information System (IIS)
  • A physical copy of the CIS form with a healthcare provider signature
  • A physical copy of the CIS with accompanying medical immunization records from a healthcare provider verified and signed by school staff
  • A CIS printed from MyIR.

If you have questions please consult your school nurse.

Health Care Plans

If your student has a health plan for a life-threatening health condition such as anaphylaxis, seizures or diabetes your school nurse will send care plans home in June so you can have them completed over the summer and signed by the doctor.  District-wide care plans, medications and all supplies are due to the nurse by Monday, August 17.  This allows the nurse time to process the critical information and have the plan in place for the first day of school.  Any health care plans and medications received after August 17 may mean your child will not be able to start school on the first day.  Please plan accordingly so that this very important work can be done.

If this is your first year in our district, and you need a health plan for your student, please contact the school nurse directly with any questions.  You can also visit the Beaver Lake school nurse's website. Thank you for your attention to these important requirements needed to start school.

Finally if you are looking for a great way to get involved in your new school and meet other parents and students, please consider volunteering for Vision and Hearing Screening in the fall.

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 https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/sports/MSsports or call the middle school office.  The office team will answer all your questions.

For more information about Bulldog Athletics, please check out our webpage!


School District News:

ISD Enews sent on March 4, 2020

Dear Issaquah School District Community,

We are aware that there are two patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 being treated at Swedish Hospital.

At this time, the guidance we are receiving from Public Health Seattle & King County and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding school operations has not changed.

Schools will remain open and all activities will operate as scheduled today. We will inform you if there are any changes.

Please be assured that as a parent or legal guardian, you have the right to excuse your student’s absence on any given day. If you decide to keep your child home as a precaution, please contact your school's attendance office.

Have Questions?
To help provide you with updates related to COVID-19, we have a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page on the District website to help make it easier to find the information that you need. The FAQ addresses many of the questions we have received from families and community members including information about our response plans.

Updates:
We will continue to send messages out via E-News when new or important information becomes available. Please refer to our web page for information that has previously been communicated and take a moment to read through our FAQ.

General COVID019 Information from Public Health:

King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center:

  • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, contact the King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center: 206-477-3977.
  • The call center will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
  • For general concerns and questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127

When to seek medical evaluation and advice:

  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your health care provider. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. 

How the public can help:

  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Here are tips on good handwashing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs6yH64cVVc&feature=youtu.be
  • Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
  • Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health’s website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID).

The 2020 Census:  It’s important. It’s easy. It’s safe. 

This spring you will be asked to perform an important task: Fill out the census. The Census:  It’s important. It’s easy. It’s safe. 

The U.S. Constitution requires a count of the United States’ population every 10 years. The goal is to count every resident. Collecting accurate information on everyone who lives in Washington is important to the future of our state, ensuring we receive our fair share of federal dollars for vital community programs. In 2016 alone, Washington received $16.7 billion in federal assistance, based on data collected during the 2010 census.

The census also determines the number of representatives each state has in Congress, which can make a difference when it comes to issues important to Washingtonians. Beginning in March 2020, all households will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau asking them to take the census online or by phone. Each household will be asked to provide details about people who reside in the household “most of the time” as of April 1, 2020, the official “Census Day.” 

What do you need to do? Complete the short and easy form online. If you don’t have a computer at home, you can use one at a library or at a location in your community clearly identified Census Questionnaire Assistance Center.

Also, we know that infants and young children are the most under counted people. Your kids count, so make sure to count them when you fill out the census form in Spring 2020!


Issaquah Schools Foundation News:

Parent Wiser,  Parent Education Events

The UPSTANDERS film about resilience, ending bullying and providing tools on March 25th at 7:00pm at Issaquah High School

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

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


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.

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