Tiger Tales

Newsletter #32 - April 24, 2023

Dear Medina Families and Community,

Thank you for a delicious and abundant food last Wednesday. We are grateful for your thoughtfulness and for our full stomachs! We have an exciting week ahead with STE(A)M night coming up on Friday with robotics, egg drop, and science demos! On Tuesday, we're kicking off the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge program, and we encourage every student and family to register online and learn Hands-Only CPR as a family through FINN’S MISSION. Register today on the FREE Kids Heart Challenge App or at http://www2.heart.org/goto/medina . The goal is to motivate students to learn about heart healthy activities and support the community.

We hope you have a smooth week ahead.

- Kati & Betty

Upcoming Events

April 28: STEAM Family Night, 5pm

May 8-12: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

May 11: Joint Clyde Hill & Medina Family University Night, 5:30-7pm, @ Medina

May 17: Volunteer Appreciation Lunch, 12:30-1pm

Smarter Balanced Testing

May starts our testing season where students in grades 3-5 are required to complete the Smarter Balanced Assessment for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics online per WA State law requirements for public schools. 5th grade students are required to also take the Washington State Assessment for Science.

Here are some tips to help your student have a successful testing experience:

  • Make sure they get plenty of sleep the night before and eat a nutritious breakfast.
  • If they bring their school computer at home, please make sure they charge it at night and bring their computer back to school for testing.
  • If available, please have them bring wired headphones. If they have Apple watches or other personal electronic devices, please keep those devices at home since they will not be allowed to wear those while taking the test.

Additional Resources:

Family and Student SBA Supports

Test Anxiety

Below is our finalized testing schedule this spring. Please avoid scheduling vacations or time away from school during these important assessment windows.

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Spring School Pool

We are one of 16 schools that are participating in the Spring 2023 SchoolPool Challenge during the week of May 1-5!

Bellevue SchoolPool is a program that encourages families and students to explore sustainable transportation options for their commute to and from school and alleviate congestion at drop-off and pickup times and locations. During the Challenge students and families are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus to and/or from school.

This year, students are encouraged to participate in the SchoolPool Challenge Art Contest. Students may draw a picture of their trip to or from school in an art contest brochure that will be provided. Students may return their drawings to the school office with parent/guardian signature. The Bellevue SchoolPool team may select a drawing for future posters, signs or web postings.

SchoolPool also provides students with fun items such as pens, erasers and lenticular stickers, and participating helps raise money for our school.

Clyde Hill and Medina Presents Family University Night

We are excited to host our first Family University Night, in partnership with PTA and our district MHAT (Mental Health Assistance Team) counselors. Dr. Aramaki, our incoming superintendent, will be here to kick off the event! Our MHAT experts will discuss the social-emotional lessons and resources available to students in our district as well as connect a SEL focus to academic and future success of our students. Specifically. we will have breakout sessions to learn more about addressing anxiety, negative self-talk, and big emotions.

Date: May 11th Thursday

Time: 5:30-7pm

Where: Medina Elementary, Cafeteria

Due to the sensitive topics, we ask that students stay at home. Thank you for your help!

Run for the Bellevue School District Board of Directors!

Are you interested in student, staff and community well-being? Consider a candidacy for becoming a school board director.

The Bellevue School Board of Directors is made up of five community members, one from each geographic region of the district. Districts 1,2 and 4 are open for election in 2023.

Candidates who are interested in running for a school board position must file a Declaration of Candidacy with the King County Elections office during the filing period. The filing period begins the Monday two weeks before Memorial Day and ends the following Friday. There is no filing fee for school board positions. For step-by-step instructions, please refer to King County’s Candidate Manual.

IMPORTANT: The State of Washington requires all candidates and elected officials to a file a financial disclosure statement and report all campaign finances to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC).

Qualifications and additional resources can be found on the district’s Become a Board Member webpage.

Hear from Board President, Sima Sarrafan.

Educator Appreciation Week is just around the corner, May 8-12!

Help us celebrate our amazing BSD educators by submitting shout outs, which will be shared on BSD social media — look for the #ThankATeacher and #BSDTeachers hashtags. Shout outs may be submitted until Monday, May 1, 2023 using the Thank A Teacher Form.

Virtual Pastries with Principals

Thank you to those who attended the virtual Pastries with Principals with James Luke, Director of BSD's Cyber Security. Please refer to the following websites that were mentioned or download the powerpoint below.

Student Device Monitoring for Parents


Common Sense Media

Family Digital Wellness Guide

Internet Matters