This Week at Blakely
9/8 - 9/11

Hello Blakely Families,

Week one of the 2020-21 school year is officially in the books! I was able to “stop by” and visit our virtual classrooms and was so impressed, grateful and filled with joy by what I saw; computer screens full of connection, lots of smiles and giggles, and beginning of the school year excitement! It feels like we have been running at full speed since June 22nd in anticipation of the start of this school year, and while I acknowledge that it is probably not the start of the year that any of us had hoped for, it was still a really stellar first few days! 

Here are a few important updates for you to be aware of this week:

The first day of Kindergarten was today, Tuesday, September 8th. Welcome, to our Kindergarten students and families! Our Kindergarten students this year are in the class of 2033 (wow!) and it will be really crazy for our Kindergarten families and students to be able to some day look back on how they started their K-12 educational journey.

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 K) 5:15-6:15pm

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 their child’s teacher, the curricular areas of focus for the year, and the general routines, procedures and expectations of each classroom. School and family partnerships have never been as important as they are in our current Continuous Learning reality, and we look forward to spending this time together so that we can have a shared understanding of how to best support our Blakely students.

We will have our first Materials Pick-up this  Friday, September 11th between the hours and 8:30-1:00pm

Here is an overview of how it will work:

    • Please pull through our bus loop to where you see the big white tent. We will have staff (not individual classroom teachers) out for the duration of the time to help families pick-up (or return) materials. 
    • Families can come anytime between 8:30-1:00 on Friday, and can pick-up materials for all children in their family at once. For example, if you have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader, you can ask for both sets of materials at the same time. 
    • Materials will be alphabetized by classroom and grade-level. Please make a sign with your child(ren)’s first and last name written in large letters to be placed on your dashboard. You will be pulling through the materials distribution station and should not exit your vehicle. 
    • We are still establishing the frequency of these materials pick-up and drop-off days, and will you know as soon as possible when the next materials distribution is scheduled. They will likely be weekly or bi-weekly, and we will monitor and adjust as needed. 
    • Classroom teachers will correspond with their families directly about the need to either pick-up or return materials and/or student work. 
    • Our Librarian, Kathleen Pool will also be working with grade-levels and individual classrooms to create a plan for book distribution and collection. 
    • We will be quarantining any materials returned to school for 96 hours to ensure staff and student safety.
    • Please let your child’s classroom teacher know if this timeframe will absolutely not work for your family and we can work together to create a plan.
We are in the planning process of our first school-wide event, our annual Welcome Back Assembly which will be held via Zoom on Friday, September 18th. We are revisioning what this looks like during Continuous Learning and know that while in a different format, it will still be focused on community building, relationships and laughter! Stay tuned! Please tell your child(ren) that I am so very proud of their dedication and hard work this first week back. We are in this together, and truly, we’ve got this! 

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,


Earlier this week, the USDA extended waivers which allow Bainbridge Island School District to provide free school meals (breakfast and lunch) for all youth ages 18 and younger through December 18, 2020. The program is similar to what BISD provided last spring, but there are a few changes to be aware of:

  • Meal pick-up is weekly on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Sakai Intermediate School, 9343 Sportsman Club Road NE.
  • Meals must be ordered the Monday before Friday’s pick-up day. Meal Kits are offered in bundles for the following week. We are unable to accommodate individual daily orders.The order form is available on our website and here.
  • Students do not need to be present to pick up their meals but the designated individual picking up the meals must provide BISD with the student’s name and school.
  • Milk will be optional at pickup and soy milk will also be available.  
  • Meal storage and heating instructions are included with each meal kit.  
  • The first GRAB & GO MEALS — WITH A TWIST distribution date is Friday, Sept. 11.
Funds for this program and waivers to our regular school meal procedures are provided through the USDA due to the COVID Pandemic and this program is presently scheduled to end in December.

Highly Capable Nominations:

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. More Informaiton can be Found here:
A Reminder from our School nurses:
State laws and rules require compliance with immunization requirements for ALL students on or before the first day of attendance at school. The purpose of the state immunization requirement is to protect the health of the public and individuals against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Our schools will continue to work with families to ensure compliance with immunization requirements in state law no matter the student’s learning location. This means if a child participates in a school program, regardless of their location including online or remote learning, they must meet school immunization requirements per RCW 28A.210.080.  Please feel free to contact your building school nurse with any questions or concerns.Marci Collins at

Upcoming meetings

PTO happy hour meeting
Join us for the next PTO happy hour meeting. Bring your favorite beverage and questions for the PTO or Principal Reese Ande. The meeting is next Wednesday, September 9, at 5:00, and we’ll send out the Zoom link the day before.
New family Zoom
If you’re new to Blakely, this meeting is for you! Join us at 5:00 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 on Thursday, September 24, for a chance to get to know other kindergarten families. Zoom link to come.

2019-2020 Yearbooks
The 2019-2020 yearbooks are just being wrapped up and we should have them distributed within the next month. Thanks for your patience! 
The PTO is an all-volunteer resource for every family with children at Blakely. If you have any questions, you can contact us at

11 - Materials Pick Up 8:30am to 1:00pm
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
Blakely Numbers:
Main Office
(206) 842-4752
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager
(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