NEWS FROM
BLAKELY ELEMENTARY
This Week at Blakely
9/14 - 9/18
FROM THE PRINCIPAL  / STUDENT MATERIALS PICK UP AND DROP OFF / FROM THE COUNSELOR  / HIGHLY CAPABLE NOMINATIONS / STUDENT DIRECTORY / PTO HAPPENINGS
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Hello Blakely Families,


Well, if 2020 has proven anything to us it is that we can continue to be resilient and persevere, even when things around us are constantly changing and well beyond our control. This weekend was a strange one, with forced inside time due to the smoke and unhealthy air quality. Sunday football did provide a bit of a respite and a feeling of some “normalcy” (a relative term) amidst the craziness of the world. My heart is going out to the many communities being directly impacted by fires in the Pacific Northwest right now. 


You may have read in Superintendent Bang-Knudsen’s BISD Community Newsletter last Friday that there may be a possibility of our K-4 students coming back for in-person learning in the Hybrid Learning Model sooner than our original 9 week timeframe. 

I realize that this news is likely welcomed with excitement by many, maybe a bit of trepidation, and probably a host of questions. Here are a few things for you to be aware of:


  • We had started our reopening planning in late June, and then pivoted to Continuous Learning planning when it became clear that we would not be able to start our year together with in-person learning. This means that we have much of the ground work done, and now just need to pick-up where we left off. 
  • Much of our reopening planning is logistical and involves thinking through scheduling needs, transportation and facilities planning. Stay tuned!
  • Student and staff safety is a top priority. We will continue to work in consultation with the Kitsap Health District to monitor the number of COVID cases, and will be closely analyzing our BISD safety and screening protocols to ensure that we are ready to reopen. 
  • There will be an update to the School Board on September 24th, where we should learn more about our potential of opening in mid-October. 


In the meantime, thank you for your continued support as we monitor and adjust our Continuous Learning model. This is new for all of us, and our staff are working tirelessly to make learning accessible, engaging and fun for all involved. We know that this is not an ideal scenario, and we are all doing the best we can. We appreciate your positive kudos and are grateful for our continued school/home partnership to meet the needs of our students. We truly could not do it without you! 

A reminder that Parent Nights this year will be held on September 16th (2nd/3rd grades) 5:15-6:15 and September 17th (K, 1st, 4th and online 3/4) 5:15-6:15. Our Parent Nights will be accessed via Zoom (classroom teachers will send out individual links) and will be a time for families to learn a bit more about their child’s teacher, classroom community, the curricular areas of focus for the year, and the general routines, procedures and expectations of each classroom.


Wishing you a healthy and happy week ahead,
Reese

STUDENT MATERIALS - PICK UP AND DROP OFF


September 18th

7:30am to 3:00pm

  • Pull up in the bus loop
  • Have a sign with student name and teacher name
  • Classroom teachers will advise you if you have a pick up or drop off.
  • If this timeframe doesn't work out please come on Monday, September 21st to pick up during the same hours.
FROM THE COUNSELOR
Dear Families,

The first couple of weeks of the most unusual school year are in the ‘rearview mirror’ and we are driving into the fall! This is a start to school that I know we will all remember. I invite you to think about the ways that you coped, were creative, and overcame many hurdles to help your children get to this point. We really thank you for your partnership, and are so grateful for your kindness, support and involvement. You did a great job! At this point, you may be finding that the newness is wearing off and perhaps some challenges are coming up. I will be sharing with you some tips, reminders and practices designed to support your ‘learners at home’.
 
This week in classrooms, students will be learning about a ‘core practice’ of getting still and taking some calm breaths. We will continue to build on our breathing practice as we learn more about how our brains respond to stressful situations, and what we can do to take care of ourselves when we are feeling overwhelmed. Look for videos and links from your teachers in Google Classroom or SeeSaw this week. Optional homework is to draw how you feel before taking a breathing break (core practice) and how you feel after. Grown-ups are welcome to join in, and are equally in need of care and support when we are stressed and overwhelmed.

We use the MindUp curriculum to learn about breathing, regulation and the brain. This page shares the steps, and offers ideas for how to support this practice at home:


I hope your family tries these practices, and that you find them helpful. As always, please reach out if there are any ways that I can support your child at school.

Warmly,
Krista
HIGHLY CAPABLE NOMINATION PROCESS

The student nomination period for the Highly Capable Program is open now through September 21, 2020 for all students in grades 1-12.


Students currently qualified as highly capable with BISD do not need to be nominated or assessed again. 
BISD's Highly Capable Program serves students who perform at advanced academic levels. Students who are identified as highly capable become part of our district-wide program which provides learning opportunities throughout the student's academic career.  
The nomination window for highly capable services for students in grades 1-12 is open now through September 21, 2020. Nominations for kindergarten students will be in January. 

Students who are nominated and have parent/guardian permission will have a cognitive assessment administered by a trained BISD staff member. A BISD team will review the student’s cumulative file, recent testing results and other standardized academic assessments. Parents/guardians will be notified of the results of the testing and team decision regarding placement and services. 

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 the end of the school day on September 21, 2020.

STUDENT DIRECTORY

Student Directory Information


Fostering community in our schools is important to the social and emotional development of our students. Giving parents and guardians the ability to contact each other is one way BISD helps to build connections between families!
Blakely student directory is available on Family Access
Tutorial on Family Access Student Directory
PTO HAPPENINGS


New family Zoom
If you’re new to Blakely, this meeting is for you! Join us at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 22, to meet other new families and ask questions. Zoom link to come.
 
Kindergarten Zoom
This year, we’re doing our traditional kindergarten welcome meeting virtually. If you’ve got a kindergartner, please join us at 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 24, for a chance to get to know other kindergarten families. Zoom link to come.
 
Device insurance
Whether your child has an iPad or a Chromebook, you can purchase optional insurance in case anything happens to the device. Here’s the link: https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/bisd303.
The deadline for signing up is October 4th.
 
Questions?
The PTO is an all-volunteer resource for every family with children at Blakely. If you have any questions, you can contact us at blakely.president@bainbridgeptos.org




CALENDAR
September:
16 - Parent Night 2nd and 3rd Grade 5:15-6:15pm via Zoom
17- Parent Night K, 1st, and 4th Grade 5:15-6:15pm via Zoom
18 - Materials Pick Up 7:30 am to 3:00pm

Blakely Numbers:
Main Office
(206) 842-4752
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager
206-780-2060
KHawkins@bisd303.org 
Attendance
(206) 780-2046
 
Nondiscrimination statementBainbridge 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.