Back to School

Welcome Back to School

The Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) Board met to kick off the 2019-2020 year. A big Thank You to last year’s President, John Seethoff, for his leadership and dedication.

This year, Board President Arthur Emery, owner and co-founder of the Learning Professionals, is on a mission to champion suicide prevention and mental-health programs. The Foundation is partnering with the Bellevue School District (BSD) to raise $450,000 over 5 years, for a school-wide, evidence-based suicide prevention program that consists of curriculum and evaluation tools. More than 40 staff will be trained to assess and support students’ mental health.

The BSF has long supported the Districts’ efforts to improve student well-being. Your gifts help us to continue to lead the way in ensuring our students have the resources they need to thrive-in school and in life.

We’re looking forward to another amazing year and hope that you’ll continue to be part of it.

Our Kids Need You

The BSF Fall fundraising campaign is underway! Our goal is to raise $300,000 this Fall from parents like YOU. Public funding is not enough to fund the exceptional programming that makes Bellevue Schools the best in the Nation. Your gift helps to fund the following programs in our schools:

Training for 40+ additional counselors to address student stress, anxiety and depression;
Training for teachers to integrate cutting-edge Computer Science curriculum in every classroom;
Libraries in our classrooms with characters and narratives that reflect our District’s global culture;
Mentoring programs that provide one-on-one support for students in need;
And more!

Find out more information or donate today

Education Connections

Don’t Miss Our First program of the year…
The Community Engagement committee (a joint venture of BSF, Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and BSD) is excited to announce our first Education Connection of the 2019-2020 school year. Hear our resident expert, Melissa deVita, Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Operations of the Bellevue School District, discuss state funding, the impact on the Bellevue School District, and your property taxes.

Two sessions are available for this special program. Join us Thursday, October 10th, from 11:30am-1:00pm or Monday, October 14th from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Both sessions are in the Rainier Room at WISC. A lite lunch is offered October 10th, at 11:30 and the program is from 12pm-1pm. To register go to https://tinyurl.com/y3b87kum. To register for the October 14th program, go to https://tinyurl.com/y3h3bast.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity.

Sponsor Shout Out

Honor Roll Realtors are ALL in for Kids
Our Honor Roll Realtors & Lenders invest their money, time, and energy supporting BSF programs. In fact, many of our Realtor & Lender partners have children in Bellevue public schools and they serve as Foundation Trustees, Ambassadors, and Committee members. We are proud and grateful to count them among our family of Foundation supporters.

Check out the newly renewed Honor Roll Realtor & Lender partners on our website now, and whenever you or someone you know is ready to buy or sell a home in Bellevue. Our Honor Roll Realtors & Lenders invest their money, time, and energy supporting BSF programs.

For more info on our Honor Roll Realtor or Lenders, contact Carmen at 425-456-4075 or Carmen@BSFDN.org.

Classroom & Music Grants

Calling all BSD Teachers
The Bellevue Schools Foundation offers Arts, Enrichment & Innovation Grants to teachers and schools, on a competitive basis, to support innovative projects or activities that enrich student learning. Last year, nearly 100 grants were awarded to support projects and activities in our schools such as author visits, field trips, theater performances, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), music, and more. This year, the Foundation is investing more than $85,000 in school-based grants.

The grant guidelines and grant application are available on our website. Application deadlines are:

·    Elementary schools – Application date is closed.
·    Secondary schools – Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 5:00 pm.

Grants will be awarded in early November by Veteran’s Day. This is the only opportunity for teachers to apply for Arts, Enrichment & Innovation grants this school year.

For more info and the grant application go to AE&I Application

Serve as a 2019-20 Foundation Ambassador!

Thank you to our BSF Ambassadors for all the time and effort you put into making the TCOB and Curriculum nights so successful. BSF Ambassadors are the passionate voice of the Foundation in our school communities. They play a crucial role in our communication with the schools and PTA. The Foundation relies on many volunteers throughout the year, and we so appreciate the time and dedication our Ambassadors give on behalf of the Foundation.

If you are interested in becoming a Foundation Ambassador, please call Carmen at 425-456-4075 or Carmen@BSFDN.org.

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador for a school not listed, please ask Carmen about serving as a co-ambassador!

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