The November PABS meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled. Instead, we are planning a social event at the end of the month. Be on the lookout for an email by the end of the week, and additional information to follow regarding the December and January meetings. Thank you for your patience and please let us know if you have any questions.

Hello PABS parents,

If your scholar is a 5th, 8th or 12th grader, you received an email invite to our second annual Rites of Passage Ceremony last week. The ceremony honoring our rising 6th and 9th graders and graduating seniors will be held on Friday, May 12 at the Sammamish High School Performing Arts Center. If you are the parent of a 5th, 8th or 12th grader who is interested in attending, we are asking that you PLEASE REGISTER for this FREE event by visiting the link included in your email. If you wish to attend and did not receive the email, please contact the PABS Rites of Passage Committee at The registration link will not be posted on this public page.
Thank you.


Attention: Parents of high schoolers

This story was on the news today. A mom in Sammamish got a call from a very nice rep from SAT/ACT Scholastic Achievements. She was told that her son had requested their free SAT prep DVDs through his guidance counselor. They needed a credit card number on file to bill her $99 if her son decided to keep the DVDs after the free 30 day period. It sounded legit, so she went along with it. The DVDs came in the mail. However, the retu...rn address was not valid when she tried to return the DVDs, her card has been billed for way more than $99, and she can't reach the company. They have a very poor rating and multiple similar complaints on the BBB page.

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Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

When she graduated in 1864, Dr. Crumpler was the first African American woman in the United States to earn an M.D. degree, and the only African American woman to graduate from the New England Female Medical College, which closed in 1873. Dr. Crumpler's 'Book of Medical Discourses,' published in 1883, is one of the very first medical publications by an African American.

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Rebecca Lee Crumpler challenged the prejudice that prevented African Americans from pursuing careers in medicine to became the first African American woman in the United States to earn an M.D. degree, a distinction formerly credited to Rebecca Cole. Although little has survived to tell the story of…

Happy New Year!

The first PABS general body meeting of 2017 is coming up on Tuesday, January 17th.

If you're interested in applying for a board position, please note that the application deadline is January 10, 2017. Emails were sent last month with the application form and descriptions of the board positions. Please let us know if you need that information forwarded to you.


Meeting Agenda
6:00 – 6:10 pm: Welcome
6:10 – 6:20 pm: Board Candidate Speeches
6:20 – 6:30 pm: Voting
6:30 – 7:45 pm: Committee working session
7:45 – 8:00 pm: Committee status updates

Please note that this is a business/working meeting and childcare will not be provided. Please let us know if you have any questions.

See you there!

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Tue 6:00 PM PSTESC, Room 200 | 12111 NE 1st St. | Bellevue, WA 98005

We have several plans that you’ll want to be a part of; including our special guest, Patty Siegwarth, who will speak to us about the district’s discipline policy. Please see agenda below:

6:00 Welcome
6:10 Patty Siegwarth, Executive Director of Schools...
6:40 Q&A with Patty
6:55 2016-2017 Proposed Committees & Objectives
7:00 Vote on Committees
7:10 Committee Working Sessions
7:50 Committee Debriefs
8:00 Adjourn Meeting

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Tue 6:00 PM PSTESC, Room 200 | 12111 NE 1st St. | Bellevue, WA 98005
1 person went

You're invited to nibble, drink, chat, mingle, laugh, and celebrate with PABS. We look forward to the fellowship.
Cost: $0 | Cash bar will be available
Please RSVP to so we have an accurate count for food and drinks.

Fri 6:00 PM PSTTam O’Shanter Golf and Country Club | 1313 183rd Ave NE | Bellevue, WA 98008
1 person went

2016 AAMC Minority Student Medical Career Fair

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is holding its 2016 minority medical career at the Washington State Convention Center on Saturday, November 12th from 8 am - 4pm. This FREE event is open to college and high school students, parents, pre-health advisors, school administrators and any other interested individuals.

This event consists of workshops focused on topics such as medical school admissions and the Medica...l College Admission Test® (MCAT®) along with a career fair featuring over 75 medical schools from across the country. Representatives from other health professions also attend. Enjoy interactive discussions with current medical students to find out about their medical school experience, and participate in hands-on activities to test your skills!

See the link below for registration information.…/2016-aamc-minority-s…/

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The Parent Alliance for Black Scholars (PABS) is holding a general body meeting and would love for you to attend. Please join us and other parents of Black Scholars and learn more about upcoming events.

Date: October 25th
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: Bellevue Public Library Room 1...
Address: 1111 110th Ave NE Bellevue WA 98004

-HR Guest Speaker (Tentative)
-Strategic Initiative for 2016-2017
-Committee breakouts
-Strategic Initiative
-Black History Month
-Rites of Passage
-Family Retreat

This is a business/working meeting and child care will not be provided.

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Applications for gifted testing are now available and are due on October 31st. This is earlier than in previous years when applications were due in mid-November. This program is open to any student in the BSD attendance area in grades 1 - 11. You will need a copy of your student's June 2016 report card. Private and home-schooled students will also need proof of residency.

Please see the link below for the application and for more information about the gifted program.…/gifted-testing-applications-now-av…/

September 1, 2016 Linda CoulterGifted7 All Bellevue School District students and private school students who live within the Bellevue School attendance area in grades 1-11 are able to test for possible inclusion in gifted services. Applications for winter testing are now available. The application d...
Apply now for these Scholarships for Blacks for 2017, including scholarships for African American women.

College Savings: What is a 529 Plan?

See the links below about the 529 plan- a tax-advantaged savings plan that can be used to set aside money for future college costs. Earnings in 529 plans are not subject to federal tax, and in most cases, state tax, so long as you use withdrawals for eligible college expenses, such as tuition and room and board. Your choice of school and state of residence have no impact on the state your 529 plan is from. What does that mean for you and y...our child? Options! You can be a Washington state resident, invest the a Utah plan, and send your child to college in Arizona.

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Eastside Pathways 101 – Tuesday, April 19, 3-4:30, Bellevue City Hall (Rm E-108)

This gathering will provide an overview of the Eastside Pathways organization and the work that it does. The mission of Eastside Pathways is to mobilize our entire community to support every child step by step, from cradle to career. Families, providers, schools, and cities unite around common goals, measurements, and strategies to maximize each child’s opportunity for a productive, fulfilling li...fe.

This event is targeted at organizations and individuals that want to learn about the collective impact approach and the effort being done in Bellevue. It is also a good chance for Eastside Pathways partner organizations’ board members and staff to gain a deeper understanding or to refresh what they have heard before. For more information and to register, please go to:

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If you are new to Eastside Pathways and collective impact, join us to learn more about who Eastside Pathways is, what we do and how we do it.

The first ever Bellevue Neighborhoods Conference will be held on Saturday, May 21, 8am – 4pm at City Hall. The day will kick off with keynote speaker, Becky Henchman, author of local blog, “Eat, Play, Thaw,” and includes 20 workshop choices in 4 major tracks:

Building Community in my Neighborhood
The World in my Neighborhood...
Staying Safe in my Neighborhood
Navigating the City for my Neighborhood

Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with other Bellevue residents and participate in workshops that will touch on cross cultural communication, language barriers, immigration stories and City demographics.

Early registration is now open.
Please see the post in our Facebook group for the conference brochure.

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The group will allow for more dialogue amongst members of the PABS community.

Thanks to everyone who attended our kick-off event this evening! We look forward to working with you to build a strong community to support our scholars.

Please join our inaugural event to meet other parents of Black
students and learn more about our mission and upcoming events.

Thu 6:30 PM PST12111 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005, ESC Building , Room 200
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Welcome to the Bellevue Parent Alliance for Black Scholars! We are parents in the Bellevue School district who are committed to the successful development of Black scholars in preparation for college, career and life. We will serve the Bellevue community through the following:

Collect & distribute information on the success of Black scholars, serve as a liaison between families and the Bellevue School District and ensure broad awareness of issues impacting Black sch...olars.

Connect families in the community, create alliances with partner organizations and together develop programs & forums in support of Black achievement.

Organize parents and advocates to take action around issues impacting the success of Black students in the Bellevue School District.

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