Newsletter #10 - October 24, 2022
Dear Medina Families and Community,
Last week was pretty busy with conferences, Unity Day, indoor recess, and Friday Photo fun all packed in one week! Thank you for partnering with us during parent teacher conferences and volunteering your time to help Picture Day run smoothly! Please check out the pictures below of all the student fun happening. We also want to extend a Happy Diwali to our families who are celebrating this festival of happiness with friends and loved ones.
We look forward to seeing many of you during the Harvest Festival on Friday!
Kati & Betty
Pictures from Unity Day!
October 28: PTA Harvest Festival, 4:30 - 6:30pm
November 9: Family Listening Circle, details coming soon!
November 11: Veteran's Day - No School
November 24 - 25: Thanksgiving - No School
November 28: Monday Chat with Principals, stay tuned for a survey to gather ideas for topics
December 19 - January 2: Winter break - No School
A Spotlight on Diwali
Diwali (also called Divali or Deepavali) is a “festival of lights” that celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil, and the blessings of victory, freedom, and enlightenment. The name comes from Sanksrit dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” On the night of Diwali, celebrants light dozens of candles and clay lamps (called diyas), placing them throughout their homes and in the streets to light up the dark night. Diwali traditionally takes place over the span of five days, and celebrations include family gatherings, lighting clay lamps, displaying floral décor and rangoli, feasting and sharing sweets, and offering worship to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune.
Registration for Afterschool Care Now Open
Thank you for your patience as the District has been working with Bellevue Boys and Girls Club to provide options to families at sites where Right At School is no longer offered. If your family was part of RAS aftercare at Medina, you should have been contacted to register for aftercare through Bellevue Boys and Girls Club. District transportation will be available to necessary locations starting Tuesday, October 25. In the interim, Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue will provide the necessary transportation. For more information, please contact Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue (425) 454-6162 or the Bellevue School District (425) 456-4000.
Families can register using the following link: Project Learn Afterschool Program - Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue (bgcbellevue.org)
Veterans in our Community
We will be celebrating and honoring veterans at our annual Veterans Day/ Gratitude Assembly in early November. Students will be singing songs, and we would like to recognize our veterans past and present via a slide show. Please send us your name, photo, your service branch, connection to our school community and any other pertinent information about your service. We will update you on the date and time of the assembly soon! Pictures may be sent to Betty Nhan at email@example.com
Connection to school:
Awards or other info:
Please attach photo
Family Resources to Support Student Well-being
Provides resources for parents in order to raise awareness about the importance of MESH (Mindsets, Essential Skills & Habits), and translate key research findings to further parents’ understanding of this quickly evolving field.
Digital Citizen Lessons
A website with ready-to-go lesson plans and resources for helping students become positive and productive global citizens. Available in Spanish: Some resources.
This site has resources along the left-hand side for students and families.
Greater Good Science Center
Based at UC Berkeley, Greater Good reports on groundbreaking research into the roots of compassion, happiness, and altruism.
Repeat Information from Previous Newsletters
Spooktacular Fall Fundraiser is on Friday October 28th 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
The Halloween Festival is our first fundraiser of the year. We need each and every one of you to make this event a success! Medina PTA spends $800 per child annually, to make our school the extraordinary place it is!
Look out for the donation form that your child brought home, and be sure to return it by Wednesday, Oct 26th.
Fall Celebration Information
Please verify with your classroom teacher or room parent on the day and time of the celebration. We respectfully request that you follow these guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all:
If costumes will be a part of the classroom celebration, please keep in mind the following:
- Please do not have anything that looks like blood or gore
- No weapons or plastic toys that look like weapons
- Full face masks or full face paint is not allowed
- Please refrain from using face paint or other material to mimic the skin color of another person, or use the dress of another culture as costume
- Students must put on their costumes over their clothes and be able to take them off before leaving school
There will be no food during the celebrations, including any packaged food to be consumed later. This is to ensure that there is no consumption of food that may cause a health risk to unsuspecting students.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and support of an inclusive school climate and culture.