NEWS FROM
BLAKELY ELEMENTARY
This Week at Blakely
11/16 - 11/20
FROM THE PRINCIPAL  /  PTO FOOD DRIVE / CHROMEBOOK TECH TIPS / BISD STRONG AWARD NOMINATIONS
FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Blakely Families,


It is hard to believe that we are approaching our twelfth week of this school year. I have been thinking back to the start of our school year, and the combination of trepidation and wonder about what Continuous Learning would look like for our students. It seems that we are now in a space where the pattern of Continuous Learning has become somewhat predictable, and the trepidation and wonder is now held for what the Hybrid Model might look like for our students when they return to in-person learning in January. Interwoven into all of this is the continual roller coaster ride of COVID numbers going up and down, and trying to find calm and peace in what very little we can control right now. 

Regardless of whether we are in Continuous Learning or the Hybrid Model, it is extremely important that our students feel as safe and supported (and hopefully happy!) as possible. We are working with families to make modifications on an individual basis if/when we know that something is not quite working in Continuous Learning. We are also actively planning for our January Hybrid Model reopening in order to make it the very best possible experience for our students. 

An additional way that we can understand how our students and families are feeling is by administering a Social Emotional Screening Survey. We have partnered with the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in order to gather this important data that will help us with short and long term planning as we strive to meet the needs of our students and families

Here is the link to the family survey. Please note that this survey is confidential and anonymous, and is formative and not evaluative in any way. The information provided will provide us with valuable information about what is needed for students and families to be successful in our current learning environment, and if any changes need to be made. 

Additionally, we are having each of our students complete a survey as well. These surveys are not anonymous, as each student will receive their own unique survey link in their Frogrock email account. Classroom teachers will provide a window of time (30 minutes) for this survey to be completed by the student with the help of a parent or caregiver if needed. The survey will be used by district and school administrators to better support all students (looking at large trends) and by classroom teachers and support staff (building administrators and counselors) to address individual student needs as appropriate. Please note that this survey is compliant with the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act. 

I know things might feel especially overwhelming right now as we enter into our eighth month of the pandemic, shorter days and an uncertain or different holiday season. It’s important and okay to acknowledge that this is hard. It is hard for students, for families and for staff. I continue to focus on the mantra that we are all just doing the best we can right now, and it gives me hope to think about our students, and our community. I know that we are here working through this side-by-side and I could not be more grateful for all of you!

Wishing you a week of hope and health,
Reese
PTO HAPPENINGS - NOVEMBER FOOD DRIVE
PTO November Food Drive - Keep it Coming
 
Thank you to the Blakley community for donating 2,100 pounds of food last week to Helpline House!! Can we double it this week?!? 

This is the last week of our food drive and Helpline House needs our donations more than ever.

Blakely staff will graciously accept your donations on Friday at pick up or anytime throughout the week if you swing by.

Thank you for your support!

Upcoming PTO Meeting - Wednesday, November 18 at 5pm

Save the date for our next PTO Happy Hour this Wednesday. Christina Hulet will be joining to chat about the district improvement plan. Zoom link to be sent out the morning of the 18th.
CHROMEBOOK TECHNOLOGY TIPS

Chromebook Help


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Chromebook Tech Tips
BISD STRONG AWARD


Now, more than ever, it's important to celebrate the joy and kindness across our district.

BISD is filled with amazing students and staff and now is your opportunity to recognize the many individuals who make our district strong — with their strong minds, their strong hearts and their strong sense of community.  
The sky is the limit on how many people you can nominate. We just ask that the individual be a member of the BISD community and that you do not nominate your family members.
Take a look around — who do you know that should be honored as BISD STRONG?  For inspiration, view a list of last spring's BISD STRONG winners here. 
BISD STRONG AWARD NOMINATION




CALENDAR
November: 
18 - PTO Meeting 5:00pm via Zoom
20 - Student Materials  Pick Up and Drop Off 7:30am to 3:00pm
20 - Last Day of PTO Food Drive
27-28 - Thanksgiving Break / No School
December:
9 - Picture Retakes at Sakai (More details to come)

Blakely Numbers:
Main Office
(206) 842-4752
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager
KHawkins@bisd303.org 
Attendance
Robin Thomas
(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 emurphy@bisd303.org.