Tiger Tales

Newsletter #29 - March 27, 2023

Dear Medina Families and Community,

Two weeks until spring break means busyness ahead and lots of work planning for the sprint after spring break. In about a week, we plan to send a survey to families in grades K-4 to find out your intent to return to Medina for the 2023-2024 school year. Along with this information, we ask information about your child as a learner to help build classes for the upcoming year. The survey will be sent to you by our office manager, Tina Tran, in April. We appreciate your prompt reply to help us plan accurately for the year ahead.

With this week, we have just a few more days to go until our Auction! We recognize all the hard work our auction volunteers have devoted to plan and prepare for this event, and we thank everyone who has contributed to making this happen. We look forward to being in community with you through this experience!

In anticipation,

Kati & Betty

Upcoming Events

March 31: Medina PTA Auction "Swing for the Stars" at Overlake Golf & Country Club

April 1: Bellevue Schools Foundation, Spring for Schools at Meydenbauer Center, 5-7pm

April 10-14: School Closed for Spring Break

April 18: Pastries with Principals (virtual coming soon to accommodate the evening time), 5-6:30pm, Topic: Digital Safety & Screen time

Smarter Balanced Assessment Information

This spring, students in grades 3-5 will be taking the online Smarter Balanced Assessment for English Language Arts and Math. 5th graders will also test in science. While Smarter Balanced Testing is only one measure of a student’s progress, as a school, we use this data as “big picture” information about our achievement measured against state standards. This academic data is published on district and state websites and informs our school improvement plan.

To learn more about the assessment, the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program website contains test-related resources for parents and students: https://wa.portal.cambiumast.com/summative-smarter-balanced.html. You can also try out a Smarter Balanced practice or training test at home!

As you plan your family’s spring schedule, know that we will spend a majority of May for Smarter Balanced testing. Below is a draft of our testing schedule. Please try to avoid scheduling vacations or time away from school during the assessment window. If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Principal Weiland (weilandk@bsd405.org) or Mr. Saltz (saltzm@bsd405.org), our ITCL, who supports with test coordination.

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Share Your Feedback: New BSD Websites

The district recently announced that in 2024, all BSD websites will move to a new platform, Finalsite. The “Listen and Learn” phase of the new website project is underway. This phase offers opportunities for BSD staff, students, families and community members to continue to share their feedback on what they need and expect from BSD’s websites.

Website User Survey

Complete the Website User Survey by April 10, 2023, to share your perspectives on BSD’s district and school websites. The information gathered will help Finalsite begin the first phase of the website redesign process.

Focus Groups

Focus groups will be held on April 5, 6 and 19, 2023, to allow BSD and Finalsite to gain a deeper understanding of the wants and needs of website users. Participants will have the option to attend virtually or in person.

Express your interest in participating by completing a Focus Group Interest Survey.

Learn more about this project and the upcoming opportunities to get involved.

Community Opportunities

Community partners including ICHS, Youthlink, Hopelink, JubileeReach and Camp Kindness Counts all have opportunities for students and families to take part in a host of activities and events taking place over the next month. We invite our learning community to join with our community partners for these upcoming events.

Y.E.S. Success Mentoring Program

Youth Eastside Services operates the Success Mentoring Program. Success Mentoring is seeking additional adult mentors — specifically male, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ mentors. Mentors must be 21 years or older, but do not need any prior experience working with youth. Training is provided by Youth Eastside Services. Interested community members are welcome to learn more about the Success Mentoring Program.

International Community Health Services at Highland Middle School

The Bellevue School District offers a school-based health center at Highland Middle School. Any district student can receive comprehensive health care at the Highland Health Center (HHC). Services include immunizations, annual physical exams, chronic disease management and mental health screening and counseling. In order to become a patient, a registration packet must be completed. Email highlandsbhc@ichs.com for more information. The Highland Health Center is funded by King County Best Starts for Kids and operated by the International Community Health Services and Youth Eastside Services.

Parent Sessions at Bellevue Family Hub

The Bellevue Family Hub, located at Highland Middle School, invites families to attend free parent sessions in March and April. The March session will support adults on the topic of job interview skills with the help of professional employment coaches. The April session will help both parents and high school students understand financial credit and how to build a strong financial future. Both sessions are free and will be offered in English and in Spanish. Sessions are offered in partnership with Hopelink. Sign up today by visiting the Bellevue LifeSpring website.

Opportunities for Service

Join Camp Kindness Counts to take part in service projects every month. Visit Camp Kindness Counts to learn more.