This Week at Blakely
10/5 - 10/9

Hello Blakely Families,

It’s hard to believe that October is here and fall is in the air. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and allow all of us to spend as much time outdoors as possible. I do enjoy the winter and snow, but am not quite ready for it yet:)

With all things these days, change seems to be a consistent thread. In past years we have had conferences in the middle of October, but with the potential for a K-1 re-entry into school we felt it appropriate to move conference dates to October 28-30. These conferences will be via Zoom and lasting approximately 25 minutes.

We have also been thinking about the transition back to school for our Kindergarten students who have never been at Blakely or transitioned into school from the bus or drop off loop.In an effort to mediate stress and anxiety we will be creating a video that highlights a day in the life of a Kindergarten student. I wish we could be in person and provide a tour, but unfortunately this is our best option at this point in time.

This Thursday, October 8th at 5:15, the BISD School Board will be discussing and making a decision on how and when to return to school. It is important to note that BISD continues to approach the potential of reopening with a comprehensive three part checklist: 1)  COVID 19 Activity Level, 2) Ability to Implement Health & Safety Measures and 3) School & Heath System Ready to Monitor and Respond. We are working on (and closely monitoring) all three of these areas, and will continue to provide updates to our community every step of the way. 

An additional update that I would like for you to be aware of is that our School Board recently adopted a new five year District Improvement Plan (link) , with a heavy focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work. As a part of this work we are participating in an all staff read using Ijeoma Oluo’s book, So You Want to Talk About Race. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work needs to become a part of the fabric of BISD, and not just a passing initiative. We will continue to keep this work on the forefront and will be intentional by looking through DEI lenses in all that we do. 

Lastly, please know that we are continuing to monitor and adjust our Continuous Learning plan. Our staff are getting to know their students, their class needs and the best overall flow for instructional delivery via Zoom. We are spending a great deal of time reflecting on the social emotional health of our students throughout all of this. It is highly important to us that our students feel safe, cared for, and feel excited and happy about “going” to school each day. We will continue to make changes as needed, and above all will strive for positive, caring connections with our students!

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Abby Hoag - 1st Grade Teacher

We are thrilled to welcome back Abby Hoag as a 1st Grade Teacher at Blakely.  
What is something families might not know about you?
I grew up on Bainbridge and I have been an Ordway Otter, a Wilkes Whale, and a Blakely Bulldog!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working...hobbies, interests, etc...
Playing with my 2 and 4 year olds, reading, taking walks, drinking coffee, and traveling when I can!
What do you love about working at Blakely so far? 
Blakely is a magical place! The staff are so supportive of each other, the families are so warm and welcoming, and the kids are amazing! I feel so lucky!
Blakely Spirit Wear

There's still time to show off your Blakely pride by picking up some spirit wear (including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and masks!) at
You can place orders through October 7th. For shipping options, please choose "Pick up at Blakely" and we will distribute your gear at a Friday pickup. Bonus: shipping is free this way! If you're having trouble deciding, the spirit wear website will be up all year, and you can have your items shipped directly to your home.
Bulldog Pride

We'd love to see more photos of you and your kids with your Blakely yard signs. Email your photos to us at us at—you just might show up in the next newsletter, on the Blakely PTO social media pages, or in the pages of the yearbook!

PTO Happy Hour
We hope you'll join us for the next edition of the PTO Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:00. Special guest BISD School Board Vice President Christina Hulet will give us an update on the District Improvement Plan, which shapes the priorities for the district. We'll send out a Zoom link a day or two before the meeting.

What's Device Insurance?

Just as you insure your home or car to protect you from accidental damages, families  may purchase insurance for BISD's “take home devices” (Chromebooks, iPads, etc.)

This insurance is optional but highly recommended, as the cost of replacing an uninsured BISD device is approximately $428 compared to the annual insurance price of $35. The insurance policy is between the parent/guardian and the Worth Ave. Group.
The deadline to purchase insurance for the 20-21 school year is 9 p.m. (PST) on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. To access device and insurance documents, please login to Family Access and complete the Online form. 
If the $35 annual insurance fee is a hardship for your family, please complete a Scholarship Request Form.
For more information,  please reference this list of FAQs. 
Insurance Scholarship Request

9 - Materials Pick Up / Drop off 7:30 am to 3:00pm
14 - PTO Zoom Meeting 5:00pm (link to come)
16 - Materials Pick Up / Drop off 7:30am to 3:00pm
19- Device Insurance Deadline
23- Materials Pick Up / Drop off 7:30am to 3:00pm
28-30 - Conferences/ No School
Blakely Numbers:
Main Office
(206) 842-4752
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager
(206) 780-2046
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