WHAT'S THE HARM? A PANEL DISCUSSION ON SUBSTANCE USE AND ABUSE
We've told you it's in the works... and now we are pleased to announce this important panel discussion on substance abuse and use.
Please mark your calendar and plan on attending! 
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m. 
WHERE: Bainbridge High School Commons
WHAT: What's the Harm? A Panel Discussion on Substance Use and Abuse will feature the following experts:
  • Matthew Hamner, Chief of Bainbridge Island Police Department
  • Jillian Worth, Family Physician at Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Kevin Haggerty, Prevention Expert from UW School of Social Work
  • Nicole Hayford, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Naval Base Kitsap and Intern Therapist at Bainbridge Youth Services
WHY ATTEND?: Knowledge is power! You'll leave with the correct language to use when discussing substance use with your child, and will be equipped with knowing what substances are in our community.  
Thank you Bainbridge Youth Services, Bainbridge Healthy Alliance,
Raising Resilience and Rotary for coordinating this event.
 
PARENTS: SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND CONCERNS
We want to hear from you!

The Bainbridge Healthy Youth Alliance, of which BISD is a partner, is asking for your help to identify community perceptions, values, behaviors and prevention strategies related to substance use.

We are interested in hearing from parents of students in grades 5-12. The information gathered will be used to inform the presentations by our upcoming panelists (see above). 

Please take 10 minutes and complete the following survey, regardless of whether you will be able to attend the panel discussion. If a question requires more nuance to answer than the options provided, please feel free to add comments in the comment box. 
Substance Use Survey
A SPECIAL ELECTION IS AROUND THE CORNER
A Special Election will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, and BISD has two measures on the ballot.  
To learn more about the measures, click here. The district is also holding a school funding information night on February 7, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Board Room. Please join us!
If you have not yet registered to vote in Kitsap County, you may do so online (deadline Jan. 16) or by mail (postmarked Jan. 17). For additional information, contact the Kitsap County Elections Office. 
REFERRAL WINDOW FOR HGHLY CAPABLE SERVICES FOR KINDERGARTENERS
The annual referral window for highly capable services for kindergartners opens on January 9 and closes January 31. 
Any currently enrolled kindergarten student may be referred for screening for highly capable services by a teacher, parent, or community member. All students referred will be given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) screener at their school between the dates of February 6-10.
As part of the screening process, district and state assessment results will also be reviewed by the Director of Assessment. Any student referred who has a score at or above the 95th percentile in any of those assessments will be considered for highly capable services by the district’s multidisciplinary team.
THINGS TO KNOW:
·  Referral forms and parent permission to test forms can be found on the District's website. You can also request the forms from your child's school.
·  The referral window is only for current kindergarten students. The referral window for grades 1-12 was open September 26-October 24, 2016. It will reopen next fall.  
·  For detailed information about BISD's highly capable program (including FAQs), please see the District's website

Speaking of kindergarten, spread the word! The all-district Kindergarten Round Up Parent Meeting for the 2017-18 School Year is on February 2, 2017 at 6 p.m. 
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS 
Looking for things to do? Check out what's going on in our community, including: 
A Special Screening of award-winning documentary 13th:
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the film begins at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bainbridge Island Public Library
ADMISSION: FREE 
This is a special presentation sponsored by BISD's Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC) and is the first event of several from its Salon Series. The documentary, 13th, explores race and the criminal justice system in the United States. Light refreshments and discussion to follow the screening. This event is not intended to be formal. Instead, it will be an open and honest forum where people of all ages can learn, question and share thoughts.
To watch the trailer for the film, click here 
Click below for a list of other activities and adventures: 
Community Events
CALENDAR 
JANUARY:
9: Referral window for highly capable students (kindergarten-age only)
12:  School Board Meeting @ 5:30 p.m. 
16:  MLK Holiday (no school)
25:
- Semester Finals (BHS and EHHS students)
- Early Release (Grades 5-8 only)
- No School (Grades K - 4 only)
26:
- Semester Finals (BHS and EHHS students)
- No School (Grades K - 8 only)
- Listening Tour Report @ School Board Meeting @ 5:30 p.m. 
27:
- Semester Finals (BHS and EHHS students)
- No School (Grades K - 8 only)
31: What's the Harm? A Panel Discussion @ 7 p.m. at BHS
FEBRUARY:
2:
- All-District Kindergarten Round Up Parent Meeting for 2017-18 School Year @ Ordway (doors open at 6 p.m., presentation @ 6:30 p.m.)
- El Velero (Spanish Immersion) Open House @ 7:15 p.m. at Ordway
7:  School Funding Informational Meeting @ 6 p.m. in the Board Room 
9: School Board Meeting @ 5:30 p.m.
14:  Election Day
16: School Board Special Study Session @ 5:30 p.m. 
20: Presidents Day Holiday (no school)
21 - 24: Mid-Winter Break 

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