Dear Ordway Friends,

As we settle into our third week we are impressed with how well the children have assimilated to the full day of school - its routines plus its rigor. It is clear they are happy, industrious children who love their teachers and our school. Sincere appreciation to both parents and staff for all the thought and purposefulness that has gone into settling the children into this school year.

Since I wrote last week, I already have noticed an increased number of children bringing in their ‘just in case’ sweaters or sweatshirts as they are arriving at lunch with them tied around their waists. Usually they put them on while eating outside and then shed them, tying them back around their waists again as they run around at recess!  (Writing your child’s name in their outerwear helps enormously if they are displaced here at school.) As we continue to work on increasing the capacity to eat outdoors, we are predicting needing parent volunteers for added supervision - be sure to see below in this newsletter, ways in which you might be able to help us during our breakfast and lunch blocks.  We would welcome your help.

One necessary reminder that surfaced this week is to drop-off in the morning only in the back of Ordway and not in the bus lane in front of the school. We were concerned that a couple of parents’ cars were among the morning buses at arrival, probably without realizing schools routinely keep buses and cars entirely separate for safety reasons. Otherwise, thanks to your vigilance at arrival and dismissal, each procedure is going quickly and very smoothly.

Last, we are looking forward to our Parents’ Night events where you will learn helpful information about the year ahead. Tonight, Monday September 13th Grades 2 and 3 parents and teachers will be on Zoom from 5:45-6:45; and similarly tomorrow night, Tuesday September 14th, Grades K, 1, and 4 will be on from 5:45 to 6:45. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me as well.


Parent Nights:  Our Parent Nights will be accessed via Zoom (classroom teachers will send out individual links as the dates get closer) and will be a time for families to learn a bit more about your child’s teacher, the curricular areas of focus for the year, and the general routines, procedures and expectations of each classroom

Zoom meetings will be individually held by each teacher as follows:
Monday, September 13:  Grades 2 & 3 from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
Tuesday, September 14: Grades K , 1, & 4 from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.

We Love our Volunteers!

There will be an opportunity to volunteer at Ordway in the coming days and weeks for our breakfast and lunch blocks. If you want to be on the approved list you MUST complete the Volunteer process including the COVID Safety Training and sending in a copy of your vaccination card.  Please follow the instructions linked below.
Volunteer Information

When there are changes to your child's transportation plan, please follow these procedures

  • Notify the Main Office either by leaving a message on the transportation line at 206-780-7637 option 3 or via email ordbus@bisd303.org by 10 am each day. The transportation voicemail and email are checked regularly and are independent of any one single person in the school.
  • In your message, please tell us your child’s name, teacher, the date the change applies, and the plan.
  • If you have a significant, ongoing, change in plans please let us know and we can fill out a new transportation form for you.
Bus Routes

The student nomination period for the Highly Capable Program is open now through September 17, 2021 for all new BISD students in grades 1st-12th as well as current incoming 1st grade students who were not tested last spring.

  • Students currently qualified as highly capable with BISD do not need to be nominated or assessed again. 
  • Students new to the BISD with a current HC designation may not need to be rescreened and will instead be discussed as a part of our Multidisciplinary Team process.
  • Continuing BISD students will have the opportunity to be nominated and screened as a part of the typical Highly Capable assessment period in spring of 2022. 
  • Kindergarten nominations will open in early 2022.
Parents/guardians will be notified of the results of the testing and team decision regarding placement and services by the end of October 2022. 
Those nominating students must complete 1) a referral form and 2) a rating scale. Both forms are available from the BISD district main office located at 8489 Madison Avenue or on the Highly Capable webpage https://www.bisd303.org/Page/10084. The referral form and parent rating scale need to be completed and turned in to the student’s school office by 2:30 PM on September 17, 2021.
Questions? Please review our BISD Highly Capable FAQs webpage https://www.bisd303.org/Page/10088 or contact Amii Pratt, Executive Director, Elementary Teaching & Learning (K-12 Highly Capable Program Director) apratt@bisd303.org

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Office Manager:
Sarah Dunstan

21-22 Calendar

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.
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