Giving Thanks for You

Happy Thanksgiving

We are filled with gratitude for the support of the Bellevue community. The collective action you take every day to affirm your commitment to high quality education for every student is the heartbeat of the Foundation. It’s a joy for us to share that mission with you. Thank you for giving generously of your time, talents, and resources.

Education Connection – Screenagers: Next Chapter

December 13th, 6:30-8:30pm at Sammamish High School Performing Arts Center

Bellevue Schools Foundation and the Sammamish High School PTSA invite you to join us December 13th at 6:30pm, for a special screening of the new documentary Screenagers: Next chapter.

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience – a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety and depression in the digital age.

Admission is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.

Thank you for going All in for Kids during Clickathon!

Clickathon was a huge success thanks to the 455 families who clicked for kids on October 22nd and 23rd. Over the course of 2-days, we raised more than $127,730!

Because of these generous families, our students will continue to get the best possible education so they can succeed in school and life. Thank you so much to all who participated.

We are in awe of the power of our community.  Thank you so much for going All in for Kids!

Arts, Enrichment & Innovation Grants awarded

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019-20 Arts, Enrichment & Innovation Grants!

The Foundation received 151 grant applications with requests totaling more than $209,384. In all, 120 awards were made, totaling $91,269.12, for programs that will touch every school in the District.

Arts, Enrichment & Innovation Grants will bring authors, artists, musicians, STEM, and theater to students across the Bellevue School District.

A “shout out” to our volunteer Arts, Enrichment & Innovation Grants committee members: Deb Grover, Ashwin Parthasarathy, Bob Riley, Carl Clausen, Greg Lowder, Jessica Rossman, Jill McLeod, Kathryn Pizzo, Lily Yan, Malinda Elien, Mei Chen Leininger, Parul Shah, Peter Jordan and Christy Minteer for their generous commitment of time and talent to to the application process.

They agonized over the decisions, as all of the projects were worthy of funding. Thank you!

And special appreciation to the donors who make Arts, Enrichment and Innovation grant awards possible.

Education Connection – Signs of Suicide

Deborah Kraft, the Director of K-12 counseling for the Bellevue School District, led a discussion on the District’s new Signs of Suicide (SOS) program partially funded by our generous donors.

This suicide prevention program is being implemented in all of Bellevue’s public secondary schools and the Foundation is raising $360,000 over the next 5 years to contribute to the work being done in the district to support and screen secondary students for mental health issues.

Deborah was joined by a panel that included program staff and Middle and High School counselors.  They discussed how the program works, how staff are trained to implement it and how it fits into the existing mental health unit.  The discussion was followed by a question and answer period.

Almost 150 people turned out to hear about this important program.

Ambassador Shout Out 

Our ambassadors are the BEST! In addition to serving as ambassador to Big Picture School this year and Cherry Crest Elementary last year, Gina Davis has been volunteering in our office several days a week to help with grants. Her enthusiasm and dedication to our district and the students and staff in it is so inspiring!

Thank you for all of your time and attention on our behalf.  You are making a difference everyday!