Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
August 24, 2020

Dear Blakely Families,

I hope that you were able to enjoy the sunshine this weekend! I was able to spend time on the water with my family and appreciated every single minute. In the midst of so much uncertainty and craziness, I am trying to be intentional about continuing to find joy in big and small ways, whenever and wherever possible!

I know that there are many, many (hundreds?) of questions related to what school will look like this upcoming year. Some of these questions are big picture questions, while others are more granular and detailed. Rest assured, we are likely wrestling with each of these questions, and from a project management perspective we are triaging things that need to be clarified in order to welcome students back to school (remotely) on September 2nd and then will continue to sort out additional details as the school year progresses. I will try to update you each week with relevant information that will help you understand how to best support your child(ren) as we work in partnership during this time of Continuous Learning, and eventually the Hybrid Learning model. 

A few key updates for you this week:

Greet and Go: We typically have a Meet and Greet the day before school each year in order for students to see their classroom, meet their teacher and bring in necessary supplies. This year, we are putting a new, COVID safe spin on this and calling it a Greet and Go! Our Greet and Go will be a drive through format, where students will be able to meet their teacher from the safety of their car, and will receive necessary materials and supplies to get the school year up and running!

Beep and Go Schedule, Tuesday, September 1st, 2020:

9:00-9:30 Friedman
9:30-10:00 Berg/Keller
10:00-10:30 Sheehan/ Rose
10:30-11:00 Claiborne/Hoag
11:00-11:30 McCassey/Ball
11:30-12:00 Holloway/ Claesson
12:00-12:30 Ketcheside/Olsen
12:30-1:00 Reuling/Cameron
1:00-1:30 Ledbetter/Meyers

Kindergarten Start Date: The official start date for our Kindergarten students is Tuesday, September 8th. Washington State mandates that we transition Kindergarten students into their first formal year of school by holding a WaKIDS (Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills) conference. Typically, students and families come to our school building in person, which allows the teacher, student and family to make connections and begin building their school and family partnership. In addition, teachers typically use this time to get to know a bit more about each child; their individual skills and strengths so that they can best meet individual student needs. The overall intent of these conferences remains the same, but this year they will be held via Zoom. Kindergarten teachers will schedule a conference time with each family on either September 2nd, 3rd or 4th. 

I know that I have said it before, but I honestly feel like I can’t say it enough...we are in this together! You are not alone in trying to navigate a new school situation for your child(ren). We could not have predicted what these last 5 months would look like, and it is hard to know how the 2020-21 school year will unfold. It will undoubtedly be one that we will always remember, hopefully with some fondness, more highs than lows, and as a time when we came together as a community to ensure our children felt supported, connected and full of joy!

Wishing you a wonderful week,

School Supply Lists and Items to Gather for this School Year:

We have put together a list by grade level of items to have for your student for Back to School.  Also please note the items to gather from around your house that are not required and don't need to purchase and items from our specialists to have on hand.
20-21 School Supply List

Class Placement

This Thursday, Class Placement will be available via Family Access at 4pm.  If you need help with your username or password, please email Kyanne Hawkins at

We are trying to get technology needs squared away before the start of school. If your student is:

* New to BISD
*  Attended BISD last spring but opted out of using a BISD-issued device and now would like one
*  Is having trouble with their BISD-issued device
*  In 2nd grade

Hot off the press — it's the annual Family Handbook!

Filled with essential information (such as the district's COVID-19 protocols) and key school district policies, this handbook serves as a helpful reference for families.
This year, because the situation surrounding COVID-19 seems to be constantly changing, we formatted the Family Handbook using a Google Doc. By doing so, we can update the handbook as the situation evolves. For future reference, please bookmark this link: 

27 - 4:00pm Placement Available via Skyward/Family Access
 27 - 5:00pm Virtual PTO Meeting (Zoom Link sent out by PTO and by Blakely the day of)
1 - Beep and Go  (Refer to Schedule)
2  - First Day of School (1st-4th)
2-4  Kindergarten Intake Conferences (No School)
7- Labor Day/No School
8 - First Day of School for Kindergarten
Blakely Numbers:
Main Office
(206) 842-4752
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager

While the school year may not be beginning in a traditional way, that doesn't mean our traditions have to stop! In fact, it's more important than ever to maintain traditions when we are able to do so safely.

Calling all students and staff  − here's a chance to connect with others by printing and completing this year's 2020-21 School Year sign and snapping a photo. Plesae send your photo to and we will compile a first-day-of-school slideshow.
  • Please write as large as possible
  • Unable to print off the sign? That's OK! Simply write what makes you happy on a piece of paper.
  • Please take the photo vertically (phone up and down, NOT side to side)

Special thanks to Lochlyn McCollum for sending in the first photo! 

During at least the first nine-weeks of school (and all year for the students in 100% Online Learning), BISD is offering WEEKLY meal kits.

Orders are placed by Monday for the following week’s meals. Meal kit pick-up is on Fridays at Sakai from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It’s important to note that meal kits are ordered by the week; we cannot offer students the option of “picking and choosing” their days. 

The meal kits include breakfast and lunch. The following options are available:

  • Meat Meals (Meal Kit A)
  • Vegetarian Meals (Meal Kit B)
  • Gluten-Free Meat Meals (Meal Kit C)
  • Gluten-Free Vegetarian Meals (Meal Kit D)
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free with Meat Meals (Meal Kit E
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Vegetarian Meals (Meal Kit F)

    Click here to view the MENU for the first three weeks of school. Place your order by completing this Google Form.
DAILY PRICES - Includes breakfast and lunch 
(Example: a middle school student would pay $30.00 for five school days of breakfasts and lunches.)
Any K - 12 student who qualified for Free Meals
Any K-3 student who qualifies for Reduced Price Meals  
Any 4-12 student who qualifies for Reduced Price Meals 
Non-BISD student/Adult

Applying for Free & Reduced Meals

Free and reduced-price lunches may be obtained by any student whose family income falls within the guidelines set by the US Department of Agriculture. We encourage everyone to apply — it’s quick and easy. In addition, students can apply at any time during the school year, and applications are reviewed as quickly as possible. 

If you qualified last year, eligibility carries forward for the first 30 days of the new school year. After 30 days, school meals revert to the full price unless a new qualifying application is submitted. Charges that accrue before a new application is approved are the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pay.

NEW! You can APPLY ONLINE through Skyward Family Access - click on the Food Service tab and then Applications to begin.

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