Newsletter #20 - January 17, 2023
We hope you had the opportunity to rest this long weekend. As a school we have been reading books and having discussions about Dr. King's work and why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is more than just a day off of school. We look forward to these continued discussions and to the MLK assembly this week, featuring student speakers from our SOAR club.
As a community, it is an important time for us to reflect on how Dr. King’s vision is still relevant today and how we have the responsibility to work toward the dream of inclusion, love, and justice for our children. Our Medina agreements of Be Kind, Be Safe, Do Your Best, and Help the Rest, guide our daily actions in Dr. King's vision. As we remind our students, we do these things, not because others are watching but because it is the right thing to do.
Also, next Sunday 1/22 marks Lunar New Year which is observed by many in our community. In this Year of the Rabbit, we wish those who celebrate this holiday good fortune and auspicious beginnings.
Thank you for partnering with us to build a future dreamed by Dr. King for all of our children.
With love and determination,
Kati & Betty
Toymaker Visits 1st Grade!
January 18: Tillicum Middle School Open House, 6pm-8:30pm
January 25: *Date and Time Change Pastries with Principals, 8:15-9:30am
January 30: School is in session; Make up Day for 12/1 Snow Closure
February 10: World Culture Night, 5pm
February 20 - 24: Mid-winter break - No School
Your Participation is Requested: Annual Family Engagement Survey
The Bellevue School District’s Department of Family Engagement is hosting its annual Family Engagement Survey from January 17 to February 14, 2023. Please look for an email from Panorama Education on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, with a survey link and instructions. If a family has multiple students in one school, the link will be specific to the experience of the oldest student at that school.
The purpose of the survey is to gather feedback from you, our families, around how our school informs, supports, and empowers you to contribute to your student’s success. Your valuable feedback is essential to the continuous improvement and advancement of the family engagement practices in our school community, and we thank you in advance for your participation.
For more information, please visit: Family Engagement Survey
Tu Participación es Requerida: Encuesta de Participación Familiar
El departamento de participación familiar del Distrito Escolar de Bellevue estará llevando acabo su encuesta anual de Participación Familiar desde 17 de enero hasta el 14 de febrero, 2023. Por favor busca un correo electrónico de Panorama Education del día martes 17 de enero, 2023 con un enlace a la encuesta y las instrucciones. Si una familia tiene varios estudiantes en una escuela, el enlace será específico para la experiencia del estudiante más viejo en esa escuela.
El propósito de la encuesta es recopilar sus comentarios, lo de nuestras familias en torno a si se siente informado, apoyado y empoderado por su escuela para contribuir al éxito de sus estudiantes. Sus invaluables comentarios son esenciales para nuestro continuo crecimiento en las practicas de participación familiar que ofrecemos en nuestra comunidad educativa. De ante mano le agradecemos su participación.
Para más información por favor visite en siguiente enlace: Family Engagement Survey
貝爾維尤學區 (Bellevue School District) 家庭參與部門將於 2023 年 1 月 17 日至 2 月 14 日舉辦年度家庭參與調查。 請查看由 Panorama Education 於 2023 年 1 月 17 日星期二發送的電子郵件，其中包含調查連結和說明。 如果一个家庭在一所学校有多个学生，则该链接将特定于该学校年龄最大的学生的经历。
Monthly Safety Drill Practice
Washington state law and Bellevue School District policy require all schools to hold at least one drill per calendar month while school is in session. This week, we will be conducting a shelter-in-place drill and practicing what to do in the event of a hazardous materials release near our school.
During a shelter-in-place drill, classes will be evacuating to another location inside the school, typically the cafeteria and gym. Once there, students sit quietly while staff simulate sealing the room to limit outside air exchange. Shelter-in-place procedures would only be used if officials determine there is not enough time to safely evacuate people out of the danger zone.
Please talk with your student about preparing for emergencies and disasters. Encourage them to talk about their concerns and express their feelings. Emphasize that even though sometimes things happen that we may not expect, there are lots of things we can do to help us stay safe.
For more information on shelter-in-place, you might want to visit the Washington Department of Health website at
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/BePreparedBeSafe/SevereWeatherandNaturalDisasters/ShelterInPlace or the Washington Emergency Management Division at https://mil.wa.gov/hazardous-material.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Traffic Safety Reminders
- The car loop lane is for drop off and pick up of students who are able to get in and out of the car by themselves. If you find that you need to get out of your car to assist them, please park your car first in our parking spots. If you need assistance from your parked spot, please let one of our staff know and we will come and help you.
- The car loop lane is only for cars who can quickly move through the lane, not for parking. Please do not exit your car and especially do not leave it unattended. The line of cars builds up very quickly and can cause major traffic congestion starting from the roundabout, even before you get near the school!
- If walking, please cross at the crosswalk and not between cars in the drop off loop. There have been instances where cars speed up as they are exiting the lot or suddenly need to brake when a person unexpectedly runs out in front of the car.
- Please treat our staff and each other with kindness and respect. Our staff care about your safety and that of our kids which is why we kindly ask that you follow their directions to ensure a smooth and efficient arrival and dismissal. Your kids and our students are watching us and learning from our example.
For our 5th Grade Families
Since open enrollment is an option for TIllicum Middle School, we are sharing their information night if you are interested.
Tillicum will be hosting their Open House on Wednesday, January 18th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Families can find more information on our website at https://bsd405.org/tillicum/ .
Information about WIDA Testing for our Multi-Lingual Learners
We have many students at our school who speak multiple languages and are learning English as an additional language. We celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of our students and families. Our multilingual students take an annual English language development test called WIDA ACCESS each year. This year, MLL students will be tested between January 30th-March 24th under the guidance of the MLL Department.
- The test provides information about students’ English language abilities in school.
- Educators use this information to make instructional decisions about students’ education.
- ACCESS measures what students know and can do in English in the domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
- Students do not need to study for the test, but rather, focus on demonstrating their language abilities.
K-2 Early Literacy Screening Window Now Open
Hello families, parents, and guardians, Please see the important information regarding kindergarten, first grade and second grade literacy testing: Parent Letter PRE-Literacy Screening.
Hola familias, padres y tutores, Consulte la información importante sobre las pruebas de alfabetización de jardín de infantes, primer grado y segundo grado: https://bsd405.org/2023/01/parent-letter-pre-literacy-screening.
您好家人，父母和监护人， 请参阅有关幼儿园、一年级和二年级识字测试的重要信息: https://bsd405.org/2023/01/parent-letter-pre-literacy-screening
Pastries with Principals
Our original intent was to offer our next Pastries with Principals in the evening for families who are not able to make it during the day. However, we are fortunate to have a special guest - Randi Peterson - who is the Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Developer for elementary schools so we will postpone the evening option for the February Pastries with Principals. Randi will join us for the January session, which is currently on Wednesday, January 25th from 8:15-9:30am. The session will be in person in Room 155. Topic details coming soon!
Girls on the Run Activity Club
This spring, Girls on the Run is returning to Medina! 3rd to 5th Grade Girls are invited to join this 10 week program that will build community, self-confidence, and their physical fitness. They train girls for a 5K in May. They will be practicing on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:45-4:15. This year’s coaches are Ms. Dengel (firstname.lastname@example.org) , Mrs. Arnold (email@example.com) , and Mr. Saltz (firstname.lastname@example.org) . Learn more by contacting the coaches or register at www.gotrpugetsound.org.
Winter Teaching and Learning Newsletter
Welcome to our Winter Teaching and Learning newsletter! We have exciting news to share and hope you enjoy learning about the latest parent resources, exciting student projects, and curriculum updates.
Families/guardians can use the language access setting of the BSD browser to specify their preference language.
Addressing School Meal Debt Through Sunshine Fund Donations
The Bellevue School District’s Sunshine Fund helps pay negative meal balances for students in need. Since the beginning of the 2022-23 school year when the federal waivers for free meals expired (in part, because of COVID-19), student meal debt is on an alarming rise. Families are asked to review their individual accounts and assist the Sunshine Fund through donations, to potentially decrease food insecurity and support our students.