IMPORTANT REMINDER FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

Bus ridership is limited to those who signed-up for the service.


Guardians of students enrolled in the Hybrid Learning Model were recently sent a Return to Learn Confirmation Form. On the form, guardians could indicate if their student would be accessing BISD Transportation. 

It is important to note that BISD will only transport the students who identified needing transportation on the confirmation form. Transportation routes are being created based on the data we received and buses will be unable to accommodate extra riders. Students who signed-up for transportation will scan their BISD-issued bus cards when boarding the bus and will be assigned a seat. 

If you did not indicate the need for transportation, please do not send your child to the bus stop. Unidentified riders will not be permitted to board. 

Accommodating all the students who requested transportation has been an undertaking. Thank you for understanding why we aren't able to add additional riders for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. 
IT'S OK TO NOT BE OK 

During this time of unprecedented stress, many of us are experiencing normal reactions to a highly abnormal situation. 

Never before have we experienced an ongoing pandemic (we are in our ninth month now), economic insecurities, racial and equity experiences/awareness of historic and ongoing injustices, political division and much more. The experiences of ongoing stress and trauma affecting our brain, our body and our functioning can result in the following symptoms:
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression, fatigue and lack of motivation
  • Workplace burnout and lack of purpose
  • Memory problems: Difficulty concentrating, organizing,  planning and recalling
  • Heighten emotions and reactions

A great tool for managing these symptoms and building healthy coping habits is the Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families created by the Washington State Department of Health. Practicing self-care and healthy mental health practices are more important than ever. If you are experiencing any of these warning signs or need extra help getting through these challenging times, please visit our website for counseling & crisis resources.
SPECIAL GUESTS AT THURSDAY'S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

A SPECIAL PRESENTATION AT THURSDAY'S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING


WHAT: Ryan Hartford and Julia Lowe, technical advisors for the Washington State Department of Health, will present some of the findings from the report, Testing the waters: is it time to go back to school?, as well as some potential models for conducting routine test-based screening for employees as an additional protective factor for reopening our schools.

This presentation should be an excellent opportunity to hear from experts in the field about best practices for reopening schools for in-person learning. 
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 10 at 5:45 p.m.
WHERE: Via Zoom (Zoom link can be found on the School Board Agenda)
Unable to listen on Thursday? A recording of the meeting will be posted on Friday to the district's website. 
SUBMIT YOUR BISD STRONG NOMINATIONS BEFORE DECEMBER 11, 2020
BISD STRONG Winner Max Simon
Max Simon was one of the Spring 2020 BISD STRONG Winners 

Spreading joy & appreciation is as simple as nominating BISD staff and students for the BISD STRONG Award. 


BISD STRONG celebrates and honors individuals in our school district who have STRONG MINDS, STRONG HEARTS and a STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

Nominations for the Fall 2020 award close on Dec. 11, 2020. Submit your nomination(s) by visiting https://www.bisd303.org/BISDStrong.

"...is endlessly optimistic and always striving to make everyone feel included and appreciated."
"... has worked to find ways to help my child feel more connected to classmates."
"...is always a champion of students and fosters their strengths.:
The quotes above are from a few of the many nominations BISD has received this fall, and there is always room for more!
Reminder: All nominees receive a certificate and a letter outlining highlights from the nomination. Winners will be announced in early January.
UPCOMING LEVIES

UPCOMING LEVIES IN THE FEBRUARY 2021 ELECTION

The February 2021 Special Election will include two BISD renewal ballot measures which would replace two expiring levies.
Click on the levies to read the FAQs:
BISD will share additional information about the levies over the next couple of months. Questions? Contact Erin Bischoff at ebischoff@bisd303.org. 
OPPORTUNITY TO EARN HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT FOR WORLD LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Can your 7th-12th grade student fluently read, write, speak and listen in a language other than English?


if so, your student could earn high school credit by successfully passing district-approved assessments and demonstrating language proficiency. 
Assessments are available in nearly 50 languages. The exam includes listening, reading, speaking, and writing; all four are required elements. The tests are rigorous and are meant for students who are already fluent in a language other than English, and not meant for students who are currently learning a language.
The testing date hasn't been set yet but it is historically administered on the first Saturday of February. The cost (paid by the family) varies by exam but is generally $30-$50. Scholarships are available. 
In order for BISD to plan accordingly and order the correct tests, preregistration is required. Please complete this form if you are interested in having your student participate. Registration closes on Jan.10, 2021.
MLK JR. VIRTUAL WALK 
Virtual Walk

Please join the Multicultural Advisory Council of BISD to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in the 2021 Virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Walk

DATE: Anytime between January 16 - 18, 2021

DISTANCE: A mile (or any distance you wish!) in your neighborhood or any safe walking path or trail

REGISTER: The event is free but registration is requested 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO:
  • Follow COVID-19 safety protocols (maintain six-feet of distance, wear a mask, etc.)
  • Follow pedestrian laws (use sidewalks when they are available, obey traffic signals, etc.) For a complete list of laws visit: https://bit.ly/2JDEEs
  • Print out the MLK Jr. Virtual Walk sign, answer the question and carry it with you on your walk:

    In the steps of Martin Luther King Jr. I will ...

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

RAISING RESILIENCE CONNECTIONS CAFE: REDUCE THE PHYSICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF SCREEN TIME


On Tuesday, Dec. 15 at noon, join Raising Resilience and Delaney Ruston, MD, the award-winning filmmaker of SCREENAGERS (and mental health advocate and author) for a special Q&A session.
Dr. Ruston will discuss her new book and offer guidance on how to have a compassionate conversation about screen time with your family during the pandemic and beyond.
In addition, the following panelists will offer advice: 
  • Lucia P. Lara, OTR/L, will help us recognize the signs of visual stress in our children and ourselves, and offer practical tips for how to mitigate it.
  • Mariann Tonder, OD will address the impact of screens on our eyesight. 
This event is FREE but requires registration. Dr. Ruston's appearance will not be recorded, so we encourage you to tune into this session live.
ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
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CALENDAR


DECEMBER
10: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
21: Winter Break Begins (No school through Jan. 3)

JANUARY
4: School resumes 
14: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
18: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)
21-22: Conferences via Zoom for Grades K-6 (No school for those students)
25: Tentative day to welcome back hybrid students in grades preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 5th and 6th for in-person learning
27: Tentative day to welcome back hybrid students in grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for in-person learning
28: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
FEBRUARY
1: Tentative day to welcome back hybrid students in grades 7th-12th for in-person learning
11: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.
15: Presidents Day Holiday (No School)
16-19: Mid-Winter Break (No School)
25: School Board Meeting @ 5:45 p.m.

Making masks!
BISD IS SOCIAL!

Follow us on  Facebook and Instagram to stay-up-to date with BISD happenings like this post highlighting Meloni Courtway (right) WMS Family & Consumer Science teacher receiving donated sewing supplies at Esther's Fabrics in Winslow. WMS students will use the materials to make hand-made masks. 
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return to learn
RETURN TO LEARN HANDBOOK
In preparation for bringing Hybrid students to school, BISD has created a 
Return to Learn Handbook.

The handbook includes a high-level overview of the many ways BISD has modified operational practices to keep students and staff as safe as possible during in-person learning. 

become a substitute
BECOME A SUBSTITUTE & HELP LAUNCH OUR SCHOOLS
In order to safely operate our schools, BISD needs additional substitute teachers and support staff.

Nondiscrimination statement:

Bainbridge 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.