Education Connections

A series featuring community voices on education

Thank you for your interest in our Education Connection events.

About Education Connections

  • Unless otherwise noted, events are held from 12-1 p.m. in the Rainier Room at the Wilburton Instructional Service Center (directions here).
  • Complimentary lunch will be provided by the Foundation
  • Advance registration is requested

Don’t-Miss-Documentary ‘Like’ to be Shown at Sammamish High School

Get your tickets! The Foundation is proud to partner with ParentMapto bring the first Eastside screenings of the documentary “Like” on Monday, October 22 at Sammamish High School at 6 p.m. 

Get your tickets here, or use use the promotional code ‘BSF’ for our limited number of free tickets.


Supporting Kids Through Tough Times: Trauma Informed Care & Restorative Practices

Wednesday, May 2, from 6:30-8 p.m.
WISC Rainier Room, 12241 Main Street, Bldg. 1, Bellevue
(light refreshments provided)


Saturday, June 2, from 10-11:30 a.m.
Highland Middle School, 15027 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue
(light refreshments provided, childcare available)

*These informational sessions explored topics that affect our youth. Some of these topics are: Social Media challenges, racism, traumas, reduced support at school and home, as well as the impact of national tragedies. Parents and community members who attended this event learned about ways to better support children through our current challenging times, and how to reduce their stress by teaching their caregivers and support systems tools to help them through these issues.

This session was provided for all parents and community members of the youth in our Bellevue School District, and was funded by King County’s Best Starts for Kids grant.

CJ Ellsworth, MA, LMFT, CMHS will lead the information session and discussion; Mrs. Ellsworth is a Program Manager and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Supervisor, in Child & Family Behavioral Health program at Sea Mar Community Health Center. Her clinical training and focus is on evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents, as she specializes in Child Mental Health services, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), with a strong emphasis on delivering mental health services to marginalized and unique populations.

View the presentation!

Angst Double Feature & Panel Discussion

This exclusive film looks at anxiety, its causes and effects and what we can do about it. “Angst” features interviews with kids and young adults who have experienced anxiety and what they’ve learned, including Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps.

The film also includes insight from experts who help people manage their anxiety and presents their research on its causes and sociological effects.
Hear about anxiety from a peer-to-peer standpoint that is intimate, honest and accessible.

Bellevue Schools Foundation and Bellevue PTSA Council 2.3 have a limited number of tickets available as part of our Education Connections community engagement program, presented in partnership with ParentMap. Following the film, a panelist of local experts will lead an engaging Q&A with the audience.

Teens and tweens are welcome to attend; recommended for ages 12 and up.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
5 p.m. & 7 p.m
Q & A to follow each screening
Sammamish High School Performing Arts Center, Bellevue

Reserve your free ticket here.  or find the event and enter the code BSF to unlock your free tickets.
Limit of 4 tickets per family; if you can’t make the show please be sure to cancel your reservation in advance so others may attend.


Healthy Minds, Successful Lives: Mental health, Academic Success, and Your Student

Thursday, March 8
6-8 p.m.
Wilburton Instructional Service Center Bldg 1

Join Bellevue Schools Foundation, the nationally recognized JED Foundation, and Forefront in the Schools to learn how mental health impacts student success in high school and college.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration required. 

Lunch & Learn: Technology in the Classroom.

Review the slides from our discussion of technology in our schools and the importance of the levy funding that pays for it here.

Co-hosted by Bellevue Schools Foundation and  Bellevue Quality Schools

Most Likely to Succeed Screening and Panel Discussion

Are conventional education methods still working in today’s innovative world? As part of its Education Connections series, the Foundation is proud to partner with Big Picture Bellevue, and the PTSA Council to present Most Likely to Succeed. This thought provoking documentary explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it. Panel discussion follows the screening.

Let’s ignite the conversation: Join us to learn from Panelists and from the Bellevue Big Picture Middle and High Schools on how you can activate change now.

Date: January 10, 2018


Who Pays for Public School Education in Bellevue?

Taxes, Bonds & Levies, Bellevue Schools Foundation & Our PTSAs

Join us for a special presentation and learn about the ins and outs of funding education in Bellevue from Melissa deVita, District Deputy Superintendent Financial Services & Operations.

Melissa will break down the roles played by the state and local taxes such as levies & bonds, as well as where support organizations such as Bellevue Schools Foundation and Bellevue’s PTSAs fit into the funding puzzle and how this is changing in light of the recent legislative actions.

Join us for this event, co-hosted by Bellevue PTSA Council. Please register here. The event is free and open to the public, and there are four sessions to choose from:.

  • Nov.13, Sammamish High School, 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 14, WISC Rainier Room, 12-1 p.m., lunch provided by Newport Knives Culinary students
  • Nov. 16, Bellevue High School, 6:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 20, Newport High School, 7 p.m.

Need a recap or couldn’t make the event?  View Melissa’s slides here.