Newsletter #12 - November 7, 2022
Dear Medina Families and Community,
We hope you were able to enjoy an extra hour of sleep yesterday as we set clocks back. If you have young kids who have no concept of Daylight Savings Time, you were probably up at 5am Sunday morning playing with them. We see you and hope they adjust soon!
This week is a shortened one as there is no school on Friday in observance of Veteran's Day. We thank our Veterans for their service and sacrifice. Our Veterans and their families are also welcome to join us in Veteran's Day Assembly on Nov. 10, from 1:25 - 1:55pm.
It's going to be a few cold days so please make sure your child comes to school with a warm jacket. Thank you for helping us make it a smooth week!
Kati & Betty
November 9: Family Listening Circle, 5-6pm
November 11: Veteran's Day - No School
November 24 - 25: Thanksgiving - No School
November 28: Pastries with Principals, please see information on survey below
December 8: School Photo Retake Day
December 19 - January 2: Winter break - No School
Traffic Safety Reminders
In continuation of traffic safety information from last week, we want to remind drivers to please stay in your car if you are choosing to drop off or pick up your child(ren) from the main car loop. If you need to get out of your car to unbuckle/buckle or assist your child in any way, please park your car in the parking lot. Even though it seems to take only a few minutes, this holds up cars waiting to turn into the parking lot and subsequently creates traffic congestion around our neighborhoods. Thank you for following school guidelines.
Learning about Native American Heritage Month
Here are some ways to learn about the diversity of Native American Heritage:
- Take a virtual tour through the Sitka Totem Trail located in Sitka, Alaska. Each totem pole is highlighted with multiple close-up photos of various elements, descriptions, and information about the artists and their own tribal identities.
- View what territories, languages, and treaties are and were present in the land we live on today: Native Land Digital
During our Next Time Together...
Based on initial feedback, we will have our Family Listening Circle in person on Wednesday 11/9 from 5-6pm in the library. The purpose of the Listening Circle is to gather your feedback regarding your hopes for child(ren) and ways to support them.
On November 28, Monday from 8:10-9:10 Mrs. Nhan and Mrs. Weiland will be hosting a Pastries with Principals. The topics will be Social Emotional Strategies to support your child and Ways to Communicate with them.
If you haven't done so already, please fill out this survey to help us plan for future Pastries for Principals and to indicate interest in the next Family Circle. https://forms.office.com/r/dj4rRmgFXM
Participate in Superintendent Search Stakeholder Interview Panels
As the search for the next superintendent enters the selection phase, the Board of Directors will convene several stakeholder panels (students, staff, community) to assist in vetting and interviewing superintendent candidates. Interviews are scheduled for January 2023. Please consider participating in this critical phase of the search by expressing your interest in being a panelist.
Individuals who need language access support (including interpretation and translation services) to participate in the Superintendent Search process can contact Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Compliance Coordinator Nancy Pham at (425) 456-4040 and firstname.lastname@example.org or Section 504/ADA Coordinator Heather Edlund, (425) 456-4156 and email@example.com.
Express Your Interest to Participate in a Stakeholder Interview Panel
The form must be completed and submitted no later than December 1, 2022.
Breaktime-Mealtime and More
In addition, our school receives limited funds to provide breakfast snacks. While our school does not serve breakfast, our counselor Elise Geck, has access to snacks if your child is in need of breakfast. If Breaktime-Mealtime or breakfast is something that would help, please reach out to our counselor Elise Geck (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Principals. Communication and information you share will be confidential. Families can also reach out to our Family Engagement Specialist, Israel Perez Zamora (email@example.com) for support. You can also sign up directly for Breaktime-Mealtime by submitting your request here: Family Connection (bsd405.org).
For additional information on available resources, please check out: https://www.bellevuelifespring.org/community-resources/.
Reporting Safety Concerns
Bullying and safety concerns can always be reported to any staff member at school. The Elementary Level Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Incident Reporting Form is available to all families in the office. Finally, Bellevue School District also utilizes an anonymous reporting tool called SafeSchools Alert through which anyone can make a verbal or written report of harassment, intimidation or bullying. Information on how to submit a report via any of these methods is available on the district website at www.bsd405.org/help/report.