Tiger Tales

Newsletter #28 - March 20, 2023

Dear Medina Families and Community,

We hope you had a chance to enjoy the spring-like weather this weekend! Thank you for the delicious staff lunch on Wednesday with bagel sandwiches, soup, and decadent desserts! Staff look forward to these lunches, and we deeply appreciate all of the organization, time, money, and efforts spent on these monthly events.

By now, you probably have heard about the Board's difficult vote to consolidate 2 of our elementary schools. While this decision concludes the multiple board and community meetings on this topic, this is the start of tough changes for our neighbors and colleagues. The pain and emotions extend beyond Wilburton and Eastgate as we too will feel the impact in different ways. Please care for one another and look for the moments where we can cultivate joy. While the future may be uncertain, what is certain is that we are united in community together for our kids.

In partnership,

Kati & Betty

Upcoming Events

March 20: West Zone Band Concert @ Chinook MS 7 PM (Students arrive at 6:30 PM)

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

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Cultural Celebrations

March 20 marks the start of Persian New Year which is a time of renewal and celebration of spring. It is a national holiday celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, and parts of Iraq, Turkey, Syria and throughout Central Asia. Many observe Nowruz with deep cleaning and setting a space for a haft-seen, in other words, a collection of items that symbolize a different hope for the new year. There are typically 7 items that serve as the foundation of a haft-seen: Sabzeh (sprout), Senjed (dried fruit), Sib (apples), Seer (garlic), Samanu (sweet pudding), Serkeh (vinegar), and Sumac (Persian spice).

For more information, check out these resources:

National Geographic article

Disney Junior Video

Seven Special Somethings Read Aloud

For those who celebrate, we wish you and your loved ones a very happy Nowruz. May the new year bring success and happiness!

Ramadan is expected to begin on Wednesday, March 22nd, depending on the sighting of the new moon, and will end on April 21 with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr starting on April 22nd or 23rd. Muslims observe Ramadan through fasting, reflection, charity, and prayer.

Here are a few resources about Ramadan to share with your family, as some students may observe classmates fasting during lunchtime.

Video about Ramadan from PBS Learning Media

Book list for Ramadan

Lailah’s Lunchbox Read Aloud

If you observe Ramadan and your student plans to fast, please let us know how we can support with the lunchtime plan or any other needs they may have. Have a happy Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr ahead!

Mental Health Resources for Families

The BSD website includes a Mental Health Services section, which provides a variety of mental health resources for students and families. School administrators worked in partnership with support staff to strategize, align and provide access to this information in a user-friendly manner.

Students and families are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the content to better understand mental health topics including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and suicide prevention. Please reach out to school counselors and MHAT counselors for additional mental health support.

Learn about mental health topics and access support resources.

Is Your Child Overdue for a Well-Child Visit?

Bellevue School District partners with the Washington State Department of Healthto monitor and support student immunizations. Now is the time to catch up on immunizations!

Many children are due for well-child visits because of challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talk with your health care provider to find out which vaccines your child needs. Use yearly checkups and other visits, such as sports physicals, to make sure your children have all the immunizations they need.

Request a copy of your child's immunization record from your health care provider so you can keep track of their immunization history. Or sign up for MyIR Mobile, which gives you online access to your own and your family’s immunization records.

Children under 19 years of age in Washington are provided with all recommended vaccines at no or low cost at one of Washington state’s Childhood Vaccine Programproviders. Health care providers may charge an office visit fee and a fee to give the vaccine, called an administration fee. If you can’t afford the administration fee, you may ask for it to be waived.

Free COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits for BSD Students, Staff and Families

BSD will be distributing free COVID-19 at-home rapid test kits to students, staff, and their families ahead of Spring Break. COVID-19 testing allows people to take precautions in a timely manner to help prevent the virus from spreading. Tests are voluntary and will be distributed from ESC West, Room 100at the following times:

  • Monday, 4/3: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 4/4: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, 4/5: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 4/6: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 4/7: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Please email covidtesting@bsd405.org to learn more.

City of Bellevue Connections Program and Activities

Whether you're looking for a day camp or swim lessons for your child, fitness or art classes for yourself, or skateboard lessons for your grandchildren — or anything in between — Bellevue Parks & Community Services has hundreds of opportunities to help you lead a healthy life.

Learn more about Connections and its program offerings.

Register for classes and activities online.

Bellevue Parks & Community Services also offers financial assistance to Bellevue residents meeting certain income guidelines. Visit the financial assistance pageto learn how to get financial assistance so your child can attend a program, camp or activity.