NEWS FROM
BLAKELY ELEMENTARY
This Week at Blakely
10/19 - 10/23
FROM THE PRINCIPAL  / UNITY DAY - WEDNESDAY - WEAR ORANGE / CONFERENCES / PTO HAPPENINGS 
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Blakely Families,
Here we are—we have arrived at the start of another week on our long and winding journey that is the 2020-21 school year! 

This week I am grateful for fall sunshine, being able to see students and families around town, and watching football games as a family each Sunday. The combination of fall and Sunday football almost feels like some semblance of a “normal” fall routine. 

A decision was made today by the Bainbridge Island School District that our Developmental Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade students will return to school in the Hybrid Model on November 9th.

This decision was made in collaboration with local officials and aligns with neighboring school districts. As long as COVID-19 rates do not increase and BISD can maintain the proper levels of staffing (including substitute teachers), our tentative schedule is as follows:
  • Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Nov. 9
  • Grades 2-4: Nov. 23
  • Grades 5-6: Dec. 7
  • Grades 7-8: January or second semester
  • Grades 9-12: Second semester
As a district we have been working to develop plans for re-entry and will continue to do so in preparation for opening. Please know that there will be much more information shared at the building and district levels in the coming days and weeks. 

In the meantime, it is important that we spend time tending to our Continuous Learning, focusing on what is working, and ways in which we can continue to adjust and improve where needed. The difficulty is that what works really well for some students and families absolutely does not work for others. We recognize that some students and families thrive from a structured and consistent schedule reliant on continuous Zoom instruction, while others are needing more flexibility. 
 
As a staff, we are leaning into these complexities and working to find systems and strategies to meet our students and families where they are at. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher if your child is struggling to find success during this time. We want to work as a team to be creative in how we can best support each of our students. Our main goal continues to be for all students to feel safe, engaged, and happy during this time of so much uncertainty.

Take care and enjoy your week,
Reese
UNITY DAY - WEDNESDAY - WEAR ORANGE

Unity Day:

What it means to be an Upstander


On Unity Day, Wednesday, October 21st, we are asking the Blakely community to wear ORANGE.  On Unity Day, people come together — in schools, communities and online — to send one large ORANGE message of support, hope and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 
This year, a worldwide pandemic and a growing movement for racial equity and social justice have highlighted the need to unite communities for a better future.
The call to action is simple—wear and share the color orange—as a visible representation of the supportive, universal message that our society wants to prevent bullying.  The color orange provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity for bullying prevention. 
We send out a BIG thank you to our PTO who provided orange unity day bracelets to all of our students and funded and organized a performance by the taproot theater.
Join our virtual Unity Day Assembly on Wednesday, October 21st at 10:40am.
CONFERENCES
Conference Sign Ups
Conferences will be held October 28,29, & 30 virtually via Zoom.  Please remember there will be no school on these days.
 
You can sign up via Family Access.  If you need help signing up, please contact Kyanne Hawkins at (206) 780-2060 or KHawkins@bisd303.org or your student's teacher.
PTO HAPPENINGS


PTO Happy Hour
Please join us for this month's PTO Happy Hour this Wednesday, October 21 at 5:00pm.  Zoom link will be sent out on Wednesday morning..
Memory Book Distribution
Memory Books from last year will be distributed during Pick Up and Drop off this Friday between 7:30am to 3:00pm
Blakely Spirit Wear
Pick up your Blakely Spirit Wear(If you ordered)  Friday, October 30th during our Pick Up and Drop off between 7:30am and 3:00pm.  




CALENDAR
October:
21- Unity Day (Wear Orange) All School Virtual Assembly from 10:40am to 11:30am.
21 - PTO Virtual Meeting via Zoom (Link to come that day) 5:00pm
23- Materials Pick Up / Drop off 7:30am to 3:00pm and Memory Book Pick Up from Last Year
28-30 - Conferences/ No School
30 - Materials Pick Up / Drop Off 7:30am to 3:00pm along with Spirit Wear Orders
November:
13 - School Pictures (More to come)
Blakely Numbers:
Main Office
(206) 842-4752
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager
206-780-2060
KHawkins@bisd303.org 
Attendance
Robin Thomas
(206) 780-2046
 
Return to Learn Handbook 
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.