This Week at Blakely
9/28 - 10/2

Hello Blakely Families,

I hope that you were able to get out and enjoy the sunshine yesterday! My family enjoyed some time outside after being inside the last few weeks due to the smoke and stormy weather. If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s to appreciate and find joy in the little things! It is hard to believe that we are entering our last week of September, but at the same time, it feels like we have been in a place of Continuous Learning and sorting out our new realities of school for months and months!

You may have had an opportunity to virtually attend the School Board meeting last Thursday, where Superintendent Bang-Knudsen provided an update on our Reopening Plan. For those that were unable to attend, the highlights include a possible return to the Hybrid Model around (but not before) November 2nd, with a potential slow roll-in by having our youngest (Kindergarten and 1st grade) students accessing in-person learning first. Please access the Board Presentation (link) and/or the recording of the Board Meeting (link) if you would like additional information. 

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. Please be sure to tune in to our October 8th School Board meeting for the next update regarding reopening. 

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. Our goal is that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work becomes 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,

Dear Families,

This week in our social emotional learning lessons we will continue learning and sharing about respect, empathy and attention. We are thinking about what each of these ideas mean and what they look like in our lives at home and school. One important message the children will practice is the idea of paying attention to the ways that we talk to ourselves in our own minds (self-talk). We are learning about showing ourselves care and respect in our own minds. Below are 6 tips for helping your child to handle negative self-talk:

  • Show empathy. Accept and acknowledge that they are having a difficult time, and share that you will work together to get through the challenges.
  • Correct them. Teach them to challenge their negative thought with something that is more helpful and more true. Sometimes we confuse a thought with a fact, it’s helpful to teach the difference.
  • Connect. Tell about a time that you believed negative thoughts, and how you challenged them and coped. Share stories of similar experiences that you have overcome.
  • Model. Think out loud, sharing your negative thought and modeling more positive, helpful and optimistic thoughts to challenge the automatic negative ones.
  • The power of YET. Adding YET to the end of a negative thought (such as ‘I can’t do this’) changes powerlessness to a growth mindset.
  • Focus on strengths. Remind your child of times that they have overcome challenges and difficulties. Ask them what they did to help them get through those times. How can they use those same strengths to get through the current situation?
As you reflect on your child’s strengths, take a moment to reflect on your own as well. How have you been creative, resourceful and resilient during these past 6 months? What strengths have you used to help navigate these times? Your strengths, resilience and character have made a difference. We are grateful for your hard work and partnership.

Jennifer Rose - 1st Grade Teacher

We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Rose as a 1st Grade Teacher at Blakely.  
What is something families might not know about you?
My family and I are recent Bainbridge Island transplants. We love living close to nature. Goodbye, big city life!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working...hobbies, interests, etc...
I read the newspaper a lot and love reading books set in far away places. I enjoy cooking, gardening, travel, and relaxing with my friends and family.
What do you love about working at Blakely so far? 
This staff is amazing. The generosity and spirit of professionalism in this building has blown me away since my first day. I am happy and thankful to be part of this team. It's special!
Blakely Spirit Wear
Pick up some fresh 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 some photos of you and your kids with your Blakely yard signs. Email them to us at us at—you just might show up on the Blakely PTO social media pages or in the pages of the yearbook!  If you didn't get your yard sign yet, stop by and pick up any day between 7:30am to 3:00pm.

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. 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. 
Families who can’t afford the $35 annual insurance fee should contact their school’s front office to inquire about possible scholarship funding. A list of all school front office contact information can be found on this webpage: NOTE: BHS families should apply by using the online YES Scholarship Form.
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2 - Materials Pick Up / Drop off 7:30 am to 3:00pm
14 - PTO Zoom Meeting 5:00pm (link to come)

Blakely Numbers:
Main Office
(206) 842-4752
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager
(206) 780-2046
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