NEWS FROM
BLAKELY ELEMENTARY
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
August 31, 2020
FROM THE PRINCIPAL / BEEP AND GO - MEET YOUR TEACHER / TECHNOLOGY HELPLINE /  KEEPING WITH TRADITION
FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Blakely Families,

Happy Monday and hope you enjoyed your weekend. So much continues to happen at a rapid pace, but this is a very big week. Wednesday is the first day of Continuous Learning and hopefully with each day we get closer to coming back in person. Until that wonderful day happens we will continue to strive for excellence and support families in the Blakely way. Compassion and gratitude are two words that we continue to focus on as we are navigating through these unknown times. I truly believe that any problem can be solved if we work together, communicate and treat each other with compassion and gratitude. Thank you in advance for your support!

A few key updates for you this week and beyond:

Beep 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 Beep and Go! Our Beep 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 (Pre-K)
9:30-10:00 Berg/Keller (K)
10:00-10:30 Sheehan/ Rose (1st)
10:30-11:00 Claiborne/Hoag (1st)
11:00-11:30 McCassey/Ball (2nd)
11:30-12:00 Holloway/ Claesson (2nd)
12:00-12:30 Ketcheside/Olsen (3rd)
12:30-1:00 Reuling- Cameron (3rd/4th)
1:00-1:30 Ledbetter- Meyers (4th)

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. 

School Website:  We are providing regular updates, videos and information to our website on a daily basis, please utilize this resource to help you navigate the first few days of school. Once you receive your child’s frogrock account information on Tuesday at Beep and Go we will have a Blakely hotline to assist with questions or difficulties you may be having when logging in. CHECK THE WEBSITE!!!

Parent Nights:  We will still be holding Parent Nights, but in a Zoom format. This is an important tradition that allows parents to learn about the curriculum and ask questions. Please plan to attend.
  • 2nd/3rd will be from 5:15-6:15 on Wednesday, September 16th
  • K/1/4 and the ¾ Online will be from 5:15-6:15 on Thursday, September 17th
Never has a strong community and school culture been more important than right now. We can do this together and we can do it well. I believe in our staff, students and families. We will look back on this year and be so thankful it is over, but proud of the way in which we stuck together and put our students above all else.

Proud to be a Blakely Bulldog!!!!
Reese
TECHNOLOGY HELP LINE
Blakely staff are here to help.  AFTER you receive your child's frogrock.org account information in their bag on Tuesday, if you have any difficulty with your login or device, let's TALK! 
Call the Blakely Parent Hotline for technical assistance on...
Tuesday September 1 from 1:00 - 3:00  
Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 8:00 - 2:00
 

Call - 206-780-2060

KEEPING WITH TRADITION - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL


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. Please send your photo to ebischoff@bisd303.org and we will compile a first-day-of-school slideshow.
TIPS:
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.




CALENDAR
September:
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
16 - Parent Night 2nd and 3rd Grade 5:15-6:15pm
17- Parent Night K, 1st, and 4th Grade 5:15-6:15pm

Blakely Numbers:
Main Office
(206) 842-4752
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager
206-780-2060
KHawkins@bisd303.org 
Attendance
(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.