WELCOME NEW BISD TEACHERS 
new teachers
Top Row: Jennifer Garlinghouse - SPED/ILC Wilkes, Jennifer Rose: 1st grade Blakel. Adriana Vazquez Jaco: El Velero at Ordway; Middle Top Row: Melissa Mello, SPED/ILC Wilkes. Myleea Spencer, SPED/ILC Blakel, Courtney Fitzgerald, Speech & Language Pathologist at Sakai & District-wide, Lauren Melvin, 2nd grade Ordway; Middle Bottom Row, Kelly Warga, SPED/ILC BHS, Kate Ebenhoeh, 4th grade Ordway, Zoe Raines, Kindergarten at Wilkes, Lauren Ruocco, Counselor at Sakai and WMS; Bottom Row: Leslie Decina, 2nd grade Ordway; Not pictured: Lishu Rodriguez, art teacher at Ordway
SCHOOL NEWSLETTERS: HELPING YOU STAY INFORMED
With school just ten days away, a lot of valuable information is being pushed out. 

In order to make sure important emails haven't been lost in your inbox, here are links to the schools' most recent newsletters:
SOMETHINGS TO CHEW ON: NEWS FROM FOOD SERVICES

During at least the first nine-weeks of school (and all year for the students in 100% Online Learning), BISD is offering WEEKLY meal kits.


Orders are placed by Monday for the following week’s meals. Meal kit pick-up is on Fridays at Sakai from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It’s important to note that meal kits are ordered by the week; we cannot offer students the option of “picking and choosing” their days. 

The meal kits include breakfast and lunch. The following options are available:

  • Meat Meals (Meal Kit A)
  • Vegetarian Meals (Meal Kit B)
  • Gluten-Free Meat Meals (Meal Kit C)
  • Gluten-Free Vegetarian Meals (Meal Kit D)
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free with Meat Meals (Meal Kit E
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Vegetarian Meals (Meal Kit F)

    Click here to view the MENU for the first three weeks of school. Place your order by completing this Google Form.
DAILY PRICES - Includes breakfast and lunch 
(Example: a middle school student would pay $30.00 for five school days of breakfasts and lunches.)

GRADE
 DAILY PRICE
K-4 
$5.65/day 
5-6
$5.75/day
7-8
$6.00/day
9-12 
$6.50/day
Any K - 12 student who qualified for Free Meals
Free 
Any K-3 student who qualifies for Reduced Price Meals  
Free 
Any 4-12 student who qualifies for Reduced Price Meals 
$0.40/day 
Non-BISD student/Adult
$7/50/day

Applying for Free & Reduced Meals

Free and reduced-price lunches may be obtained by any student whose family income falls within the guidelines set by the US Department of Agriculture. We encourage everyone to apply — it’s quick and easy. In addition, students can apply at any time during the school year, and applications are reviewed as quickly as possible. 

If you qualified last year, eligibility carries forward for the first 30 days of the new school year. After 30 days, school meals revert to the full price unless a new qualifying application is submitted. Charges that accrue before a new application is approved are the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pay.

NEW! You can APPLY ONLINE through Skyward Family Access - click on the Food Service tab and then Applications to begin.

Questions: NutritionServices@bisd303.org

Pandemic EBT

If your student qualified for Free & Reduced Meals during the 2019-20 school year, your student may be eligible for up to $399.The deadline to apply for this one-time benefit is September 11, 2020. Learn more here: https://medium.com/@waOSPI/what-is-pandemic-ebt-a7a086fcaf94
NEW SCHOOL YEAR, NEW IMMUNIZATION RULES 

New immunization rules go into effect for the 2020-21 school year — even when students attend school in a remote/distance learning environment. 


These changes include:
  • Tdap vaccine will be required for entry into 7th grade instead of 6th grade
  • Immunization records turned in to schools are required to be medically verified
  • The definition of conditional status has been clarified

It is important to note that students may begin school if they have received all of the required immunizations they are due to receive and have submitted medically verified records on or before the first day of attendance. Students not in compliance with state immunization laws will not be allowed to attend.

Please see https://www.bisd303.org/Page/3439 for more information on immunization requirements and changes or visit the Washington State Dept of Health website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization.

PREPARING FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR: TECHNOLOGY

We are trying to get technology needs squared away before the start of school. If your student is:


  • New to BISD
  • Attended BISD last spring but opted out of using a BISD-issued device and now would like one
  • Is having trouble with their BISD-issued device
  • In grades 2nd, 7th (WMS-only), 10th (BHS-only) or 12th (BHS-only)

    Please click here for important information
     
HELP IDENTIFY WA-STATE GAPS IN HIGH-SPEED INTERNET
The Washington State Broadband Office is mapping our state to identify gaps in high-speed internet to advance the state's goal of having universal broadband access in Washington by 2024. Share your input by taking this one-minute access and speed survey.

Do you have spotty or no internet at your home? Check out these great troubleshooting tips from the BISD Technology Department
METRICS FOR DECIDING TO BRING STUDENTS BACK FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING

How will BISD decide when it is appropriate to bring students back to our campuses?


Students enrolled in the Hybrid Learning Model will begin their school year in a Continuous Learning (remote) environment for at least the first nine weeks of the school year. But what happens after that? 

This month, the Washington Department of Health released a decision tree  to help districts walk through the decision making process. In addition, Kitsap Public Health District provides Kitsap County Safe Start Report Cards to assist with interpreting the data. 
SETTING-UP STUDENTS’ HOME WORKSPACES
work space

As we head into a school year that looks different than in school years in the past, 

getting ready for school will be different too. Creating a learning space and routine at home is an important part of social-emotional learning. Here are a few suggestions for families to consider.

  • Find a dedicated space for learning. This will look different for each student. Some students prefer to have a quiet space in a corner in a room, while others prefer to be at a desk or table. The most important thing is letting your student have some choice over the space as long as they are able to engage in learning, the space is perfect. 

  • Student supplies will need to be easily accessible for students.  Maybe use a box to hold items while not in use.  Some students may prefer to keep supplies in their backpack so they can have flexibility in moving their learning space. Some students might enjoy decorating their supply boxes. Again, work with your student in deciding how they’d like to organize their supplies.

  • Students will need to have tools for keeping track of time. Knowing when to log on to a Zoom call or keeping track of break time will be a part of a student's daily routine this year.  Using a digital device to track time or even a kitchen timer will help students self-monitor.  
SAYING GOOD-BYE TO SHERYL BELT

Sheryl Belt, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, announces her retirement.  

Sheryl joined BISD in 2008 when she was hired as principal for Captain Charles Wilkes Elementary school. She has served in her current role for the past five years. Under her leadership, Sheryl has led the adoption of curriculum, fostered social-emotional learning structures, and co-facilitated the Multicultural Advisory Council — the district-level committee composed of interested staff and citizens who work to create an inclusive environment for all. Sheryl’s career in education spans 40 years and includes classroom teaching and administrative roles. 

Sheryl’s can-do attitude, sense of humor and tireless work ethic will be missed by all. Please join BISD in congratulating Sheryl on her long and successful career. 

To fill the vacancy brought on by Sheryl’s retirement, BISD has hired Jennifer Kniseley as the interim Director of Teaching and Learning. Jennifer’s experience includes serving as a principal for both Seattle Public Schools and Edmonds School District, serving as an instructional coach and researcher for local educational consulting firms, and has worked as both a technology and special education teacher. Jennifer will begin her assignment on September 1st. 
KEEPING WITH TRADITION
20-21 School Year

While the school year may not be beginning in a traditional way, that doesn't mean our traditions have to stop! In fact, it's more important than ever to maintain traditions when we are able to do so safely.


Calling all students and staff   here's a chance to connect with others by printing and completing this year's 2020-21 School Year sign and snapping a photo. Plesae send your photo to ebischoff@bisd303.org and we will compile a first-day-of-school slideshow.
TIPS:
  • Please write as large as possible
  • Unable to print off the sign? That's OK! Simply write what makes you happy on a piece of paper.
  • Please take the photo vertically (phone up and down, NOT side to side)

Special thanks to Lochlyn McCollum for sending in the first photo!
FAMILY HANDBOOK FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR 

Hot off the press — it's the annual Family Handbook!


Filled with essential information (such as the district's COVID-19 protocols) and key school district policies, this handbook serves as a helpful reference for families.
This year, because the situation surrounding COVID-19 seems to be constantly changing, we formatted the Family Handbook using a Google Doc. By doing so, we can update the handbook as the situation evolves. For future reference, please bookmark this link: https://bit.ly/33GwwQa
FAMILY HANDBOOK
COMMUNITY EVENTS

Raising Resilience is seeking your input on how we can best support parents during the upcoming school year. 


As parents and guardians, what are your most pressing concerns? Raising Resilience understands this is an unusual time, and it aims to shape programs that will help all families thrive - regardless of the different choices families have to make or the obstacles we collectively face. Raising Resilience strives to offer resources that meet the needs of our community. 
Your feedback is invaluable as Raising Resilience plans how best to serve local families in the most effective way. 
RAISING RESILIENCE SURVEY

CALENDAR


AUGUST
27: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98957313680
SEPTEMBER
2: First Day of School for Grades 1-12; Intake Conferences for Kindergarten students  
3-4: Intake Conferences for
Kindergarten students
7: Labor Day (No School)
8: First Day of School for Kindergarteners
10: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
24: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m. 
Kay Sakai Nakao
BISD IS SOCIAL!

Follow us on  Facebook and Instagram to stay-up-to date with BISD happenings like this post remembering Kay Sakai Nakao, a longtime friend of BISD. 
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ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

Nondiscrimination statement:

Bainbridge Island School District School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions, please contact Civil Rights Coordinator, Erin Murphy at emurphy@bisd303.org.