Newsletter #16 - December 5, 2022
Dear Medina Families and Community,
What an exciting past week to close off November and launch December! With the first snow of the school year, our students did a fantastic job focusing in class and saving the excitement for recess. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigated unpredictable weather patterns causing snow days and cancellation of after school activities. Our 2nd graders also had the Toymaker Rick Hartman and our fabulous parent volunteers lead them in a Solids and Liquids workshop where they built rubber band boats! Thank you for your generous donation of time and money to make this event possible for our students.
Here's to a hopefully smooth and calm weather week! We look forward to seeing many of you Wednesday night during Read Aloud with Principals as part of our Family Book Fair event.
Kati & Betty
December 5-9th: Scholastic Book Fair
December 7: Book Fair Family Night & Reflections Art Show, 5pm
December 8: School Photo Retake Day
December 19 - January 2: Winter break - No School
January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
January 30: Make up Day for 12/1 Snow Closure
Februrary 20 - 24: Mid-winter break - No School
Updates to our Medina Staff
Kimberly Nishikawa for 3rd Grade Support
Beatriz Martinez for 4th Grade Support
In addition, Mr. Vic Joven, our special education teacher, will be moving on to another elementary school starting January. We thank him for his service and wish him best of luck! We are excited to welcome Meghan Letter as our special education teacher who joins our team officially on 12/16. Please help us in welcoming Kimberly, Beatriz, and Meghan!
Book Fair is Here: December 5-9!
Just a quick reminder that Medina’s Annual Scholastic Bookfair is this week! The PTA runs this fair each year as a fundraiser- a portion of every dollar you spend at the fair will go towards new books for our classroom and school library!
During your child's library class, they will visit the bookfair to browse, find books to recommend for the school library, and shop. If you would like to provide funds for your child to shop you can set up an e-wallet here. This is an electronic account that they can spend at the bookfair. If you choose to send cash, please put it in a plastic zip top bag, labeled with your student’s name, teacher’s name, and amount.
- Family Shopping Night is Wednesday, December 7 from 5 - 7pm. Join us for Read-Alouds with Principals during this time as well!
For those students who are currently receiving Free and Reduced Meals, PTA has allocated Scholastic Bucks for each student to be able to purchase a book. This is not an automatic process, so please contact Betty Nhan, Kati Weiland, or our Family Engagement Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want this available for your child. This information will be kept confidential. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Principal or Assistant Principal.
Computer Science Education Week
The first week of December in schools across the United States is Computer Science Education Week. The focus of this week is to provide students with exposure to computer science. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Computer Science Education Week, aka “Hour of Code.” Our tech specialists, Ms. Darani and Ms. Greenberg will be working with students during tech time on Hour of Code activities. Below is a list of family menu of activities in English, Spanish, and Chinese, if you would like to engage in these with your child(ren) at home. Some activities do require students to know their BSD login and password. If you are unsure of your child(ren)’s login and password, please reach out to their classroom teacher.
Open Transfer and Choice School Lottery Opens December 5!
Both the Open Transfer and Choice School/Program application periods are: December 5, 2022 through January 13, 2023.
- All applicants must be residents of the Bellevue School District at the time of application. Residency documents will be requested at the time of enrollment. (The children of eligible BSD employees may apply.)
- Siblings of current students are not guaranteed enrollment and must apply.
- For more information, please visit:
- Open Transfer https://bsd405.org/departments/student-placement/open-transfer/
- Choice Schools/Program https://bsd405.org/schools/choice/
Inclement Weather and Potential Closure Reminders
Unpredictable winter weather is already here, which may sometimes impact school schedules. BSD encourages families to take the time to revisit the district’s emergency closure schedule protocols and our emergency closure decision-making process. During instances of inclement weather or severe conditions that could result in a delayed or canceled school day, BSD will communicate any schedule changes to families through direct messages, including email, text message, phone call, social media, FlashAlert, local media and posts to bsd405.org.
Read the Inclement Weather and Potential Closure Reminders news post for more information on processes and procedures related to closures and potential impacts to families.
Don't forget January 30 is now a regular school day, as a make up for the school closure for snow on 12/1.
Black History Beyond February Series
The Equity and Family Engagement Team is proud to announce the next in our Black History Beyond February series with a presentation titled: "Understanding the intersectionality of the 14th Amendment and what the clauses mean for our everyday life." ALL are welcome to join this presentation taking place on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.on Microsoft Teams.
Proudly sponsored by: BSD Equity & Family Engagement with generous support the from Bellevue Schools Foundation
ALL are welcome: Students, Family, Community, and Educators
Tuesday, December 13th, 2022, 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Gifts for Staff
Every year when the holidays approach, we have thoughtful parents and community members who want to find ways to express their appreciation to our teachers and other employees for their work by giving gifts. While Board Policy 5255 does not prohibit all gifts, gifts should still be of a nominal value. Often parents are not aware that such gifts to publicly-paid employees are not permitted. In the past we have advised that gifts be no more than $25 of value. Although heartfelt, gifts of significant monetary value or cash place the employee in a position of conflict of interest and may be in violation of our Conflicts of Interest Policy 5251 and will be graciously declined or returned.