On behalf of the entire staff here at Briarwood Elementary School, WELCOME! Seeing students on campus, we know they are excited about learning and we hope that each family finds a way to connect with the school to continue this excitement throughout the year.
I know that everyone is busy these days, so I just wanted to take a brief moment to share some family involvement opportunities you may want to note on your calendars:
- Meet the Teacher, 8/29
- First Day of School, 8/30
- First Day of ECE and Kindergarten, 9/2
- Parent Teacher Conferences, 11/30-12/1
Finally, I just want to thank you for being a participant in your child’s education. We appreciate your support and encourage you to go to our website to find district and site-specific information throughout the year. Additionally, families are encouraged to sign up for the weekly bulletin to receive communication from school. Please feel free to contact the school if you have questions that you can’t answer through information on our site at 425- 837-5000.
Yours in learning,
Equitable Conduct Expectations
The Issaquah School District values equity, diversity and inclusion. The district is committed to building and sustaining a welcoming school community. Our district and community are made up of people of different backgrounds, needs and perspectives. Our learning community includes people of varying races, ethnic backgrounds, abilities/disabilities, religions, ages, languages, socioeconomic status, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender expressions or identities.
Student expectations include:
- Respect each individual, even if that person’s identity is different from your own.
- Seek to understand your impact on others while seeking to understand other’s intent.
- Communicate respectfully with others in person, on social media and in any other form.
- Use what you are learning to use good judgment and make ethical and informed decisions.
- Take responsibility for your words and actions.
We all have a responsibility to report behavior that interferes with having an equitable and inclusive learning environment that honors and respects people of all identities. If you become aware of any actions that violate the expectations above, we encourage you to speak up through one or more of the following ways:
- Tell a teacher, staff member or other trusted adult immediately.
- If you are comfortable and safe doing so, speak up in the moment to encourage more equitable and inclusive talk or action, and/or support those being hurt.
- Report it anonymously via Safety Concern. Be sure to include details such as names of people, time, location and building.
At Briarwood we provide a safe, supportive environment, which promotes respectful, responsible behavior and challenges students, staff and parents to reach their potential as learners.
- The new Briarwood building was built in 2011 with state of the art technology in mind (wireless capability, interactive projectors, document cameras, and sound systems in each room, a 30 station computer lab and additional mini lab in the library) balanced with a green design (an increased emphasis on day lighting and natural ventilation strategies to reduce energy consumption and use of clean and renewable products.) We received the King County Level Il Green School Awards for student and staff involvement in environmental stewardship, including food and paper recycling and the Certificate of Excellence in 2011’s Zero Waste Challenge. We are a Sustaining Green School.
- Briarwood offers several special programs for students. They include Special Education pull-out/drop-in programs with certificated and classified staff, Title 1 intervention services in reading and math to support developing readers and mathematicians, English Language Learner (ELL) support for students learning English, SAGE (Special Approach to Gifted Education) for qualifying 3-5th grade students, the V.O.I.C.E. (Volunteers Of Issaquah Supporting Education) mentorship program and a Science/Technology Magnet Program for students in grades 4 & 5.
- Briarwood has been awarded several Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF) grants. Over the last five years we have had over 15 programs funded through ISF including a K-5 guided reading leveled book room, art supplies, new keyboards and technology for the music program and our After School Assistance Program. We are currently the highest receiving school of ISF grants.
- Music and the arts are very important at Briarwood and each grade level performs an evening concert. In addition to the regular music classroom where students learn how to play marimbas, keyboards and recorders, third, fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to participate in the Briarwood Bear Chorus. This is the largest club on campus with over 100 participants! Our PTA sponsors a strong art docent program and provides art enrichment for each grade level as well.
- 5th grade students participate in a three day/two night environmental education program at Camp Colman in Longbranch, WA.
- Students may participate in school sponsored activities such as Safety Patrol, Student Council, Go Green Team, Running Club, Homework Club and After School Assistance Program (ASAP). Other after school programs include Chess and Art.
- Bear Club, a branch of the District’s on-site school age care programs, offers a fun, safe environment for children before and after school.
- Briarwood enjoys a very strong PTA partnership. Family fun activities include our science fair, Read At Home, Math At Home, Pumpkin Carving Night, Pizza BINGO, Variety Show, Young Author's Assembly, Multicultural/Art Night, art docent program, Reflections art program, Jog-a-Thon, a school carnival and the most recent addition, a movie night.
Title 1 Schools and Parent Rights
In compliance with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Issaquah School District and your school is required to inform parents of Title I, Part A students that they may request, and the school will provide, certain information on the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals providing services to the child.
If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s and instructional paraprofessional’s qualification, please contact your school’s principal. Templates for information request can be found here and are available in multiple languages.
I acknowledge that I am on the Indigenous Land of Coast Salish people who have reserved treaty rights to this land, specifically the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (sdukʷalbixʷ) and Duwamish (dxʷdəwʔabš). I thank these caretakers of this land who have lived and continue to live here since time immemorial.