This Week at Blakely
5/4- 5/8

Good Afternoon Blakely Families,,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and you had an enjoyable weekend. It looks as if  70 degree weather might be in our future and with the opening of parks, fishing and golf I am hopeful a sense of normalcy is in our future. Golf and Fishing are two of my hobbies so it feels like a small victory, but honestly I am most anxious for life to simply go back to normal as soon as possible.

Last Thursday we hosted our first Zoom PTO meeting with over 35 participants. I fielded a variety of questions, some of which I could answer and others I could only speculate about. Blakely continues to work towards a distance learning model that meets the needs of all students, but given the fact that each family has very different circumstances I realize we are not meeting everyone's needs. Regardless, your feedback is appreciated and allows Blakely and the district  to plan for the remainder of the year as well as the fall. There continues to be much speculation about what the fall might look like and honestly I don’t have the answer at this point. I will say  though, the district will be surveying families, speaking with staff and planning for a variety of scenarios in an effort to be ready.

As a district we are currently working with staff to develop end of the year benchmarks and a report card that captures our current reality. I am hopeful that will be completed very soon and then communicated with families. We are also starting conversations about how to best support students when we return in the fall. There will be a need to be a robust intervention plan to mediate student learning. I struggle myself with all of the unknowns and am advocating strongly to provide as much clarity in a timely fashion. 

We are starting the placement process, so please follow the link provided and fill out the parent information form. As always this information assists in our effort to build classes that are balanced for academics and social and emotional health.  If you are a parent of a fourth grader rest assured that your child’s teacher will be speaking with Sakai and providing the necessary information for them to create classes. The process may be different, but the end result should be the same. 

I am happy to say that I have two jokes to share this week from Blakely students, both of which are hilarious. Hope you enjoy them!

Why is the car parked at the doctors office? Because it has the car-rona virus!
Thank you Eloise for a very creative joke!

Why did the banana cross the road? Because it wasn’t peeling away!
Thank you Aidan, I hadn't heard that one before:)

Due to technical difficulties I will be unable to make a video this week, but stay tuned until next week!
Reese Ande

Dear Blakely Families,

You and your student(s) are INVITED!  Join Us for an All School Read 

WHAT:    A delightful novel for children of all ages: "8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel divided by 1 Dog = Chaos"
WHEN:   May 8th - May 22nd
WHO:     Any student, family, classroom or staff member can read (or listen to) the book.  Chapters read by various Blakely Staff will be shared daily.
WHY:     The  Joy of Reading!  (And building Community during this difficult time that separates us :)

DETAILS are shared in this video:  

Check back this Friday on our website for Chapter 1 :  "TWITCH (school yard squirrel)"  Read by......???


The time of year has come for us to begin next year's placement process.  Although many things about the fall are still unknown, we must continue to prepare for the start of school. 
If you have information about your child that would be helpful for us in making classroom assignments, we would like to hear from you.  Please know, this form is OPTIONAL.  

Your input will be considered in the placement decision and shared with the new classroom teacher.  There are many factors that impact placement decisions including balance of boys and girls, balance of students with specific learning needs, and class size.

Requests for individual teachers will not be accepted. However, input regarding your child's learning style, preferred learning environment, social context or other factors the school may not be familiar with can be helpful to the placement team. 

We realize that access and returning a physical form would be challenging this year.  So we have created a form that can be completed electronically. 

Input form must be submitted no later than MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020. 
If you have any questions or need any help, please contact Krista Sodt at
I hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend. The unexpected hail was a delight for me and my children. I was thinking of your family, and hoping that you were doing well, and found the sudden weather joyful, too. 

This week our focus is calming down stress, starting with deep breathing. The body’s natural response to anger, frustration, stress, etc. often includes a faster heartbeat, faster breathing, and tighter muscles. Deep breathing is used to slow down our bodies and help us feel calmer. Breathing strategies can be done preventatively to prepare for upcoming activities and to maintain a calmer state. Breathing can also be used in the moment, when feeling stressed. Short videos will be posted on my website, following the plan above.  I aim to keep the videos 5 minutes or less.  The link is here:

Throughout this time away from school, we realize that you have been given A LOT of school-related materials. Please know that the health and safety of you and your family is the priority.  The daily videos I post to my website are meant to be a resource and a way to stay connected during this difficult time. Use these resources to meet the needs of you and your family and  know that the well-being of your family is the priority. Please reach out if you need anything from any member of your child’s school team. We are all in this together!

Krista Sodt, MSW
School Social Work
Blakely Elementary
Office: 206.780.2076 Text: 360.525.3594 Email:

Materials adopted from:  Courageous Children, Daily Skills to build resilience


We want to hear from you! Please take a moment and complete a survey regarding the current Continuous Learning experience at BISD. 

Your insight, input and ideas are encouraged and will help us as we move forward with Continuous Learning.  


It’s time to begin planning for the 2020-21 school year.
Parents, please complete the Annual Back-to-School Check-In (ABC) process for your student(s).
This allows us to collect information about students returning to the district for the next school year. Having an accurate understanding of the number of returning students helps us determine staffing, class size and building capacity to better serve the needs of our students. 

All current BISD parents: Access the ABC process on your computer through Skyward, or on your mobile device by choosing "Desktop" access in the Skyward mobile app. 

Parents of new students to the district for the 2020-21 School Year (kindergarteners, transfer students): Access the ABC process after July 25, 2020. (That's when new students are added to our system.)

The ABC process also allows the district to fulfill annual notification requirements for public schools in Washington State in an efficient manner.
IMPORTANT: The ABC process must be completed and submitted to the district in order to access your student's class placement for next year. Class placements and schedules will be available in late August. 

If your student is not returning next year, please let Kyanne Hawkins know at

We Appreciate Our Teachers

Happy Staff Appreciation Week! Most years, we come together as a parent community to provide food, drinks, and other treats for our teachers during this week. Although almost everything is different this year, one thing hasn't changed: We can't begin to express our admiration, empathy, and, above all, gratitude for all the work Blakely teachers have done to help children (and parents) adapt to the new reality. We miss seeing everyone and we look forward to reconvening at Blakely sometime in the not-too-distant future!

Send Us Your Home School Photos for the Memory Book

Thanks to everyone who's submitted photos of school activities for the 2020 Blakely Memory Book—keep those coming! 

We'd also love to include photos from the brave new world of Blakely home schooling... so if you have pictures of your kiddos working (or playing) hard at home, please send them along to our wonderful Memory Book chairs Matt & Lindsay Trego, via The pics don’t need to be cropped or touched up (Matt & Lindsay can handle that part); we just want to see a variety of kids in action.
*The PTO is pleased to be able to offer all Memory Books free of charge this year, so no need to worry about placing an order.  
Amy Friedman
Krista Friedman

Get to know our Blakely Staff....

Welcome to a new feature in our weekly email.  We thought it would be fun for families to get to know some of the incredible Blakely Staff.  This week meet Amy Friedman and Krista Friedman
Name: Amy Friedman
Position:  Developmental Pre School Teacher
What is something families might not know about you?  
I like musicals and sing when I’m in the car.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
What do you love about working at Blakely?
The staff are so inviting and friendly. I feel very connected and happy with my new family.

Name: Krista Friedman
Position:  Pre-School Paraeducator
What is something families might not know about you?
grew up in Michigan and Minnesota and I went to college in Colorado at CU Boulder. I’ve lived in the Seattle area for 30 years (12 of those on Bainbridge). My husband and I have two sons, ages 14 and 16.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
 I love to garden, ski, read and travel.
What do you love about working at Blakely?
The warmth and inclusivity of the staff. My kids went to Blakely so we have that history here and it really feels like family.


If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or email:
Reese Ande
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager
(206) 780-2060

If you need a chromebook or an ipad please contact Kyanne Hawkins via email.

Monday - Thursday
Ordway Elementary
11am to 12;30pm

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