Tiger Tales

Newsletter #5 - September 19, 2022

Dear Medina Families and Community,

We had a busy and successful start to September! For those who celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival a little more than a week ago, we hope you enjoyed time with family and friends over delicious food and traditions. Last week, our students did a great job showing us what "Be Safe" and "Do Your Best" looked like during a smooth fire drill on Tuesday. In addition, it was standing room only during the Principals' Presentation for Curriculum Night, and many of you came back for PTA's Ice Cream Social on Thursday!

As we mentioned on Curriculum Night, we would love to engage you with our important work this year. Please provide your input in our survey link here: https://forms.office.com/r/Hdamv4QGiH. We look forward to hearing from you!

Kati & Betty

Upcoming Events

September 19: Hearing Screening

October 14: No School for Students, Professional Development Day for Teachers

October 17-19: Early Release Conference Days

October 21: School Picture Day (please note the changed date!)

Thank You Ms. Veronica!

We wanted to share that Veronica Sanchez, our Head Day Custodian, has taken a new role as Head Day Custodian at Interlake High School. Ms. Sanchez has served Medina for the past 15 years and has been an integral part of our community. Students had the opportunity to say goodbye to her last Friday. She will be missed, and we wish her the very best on this next step in her journey. We are in the process of identifying and selecting our Head Day Custodian.
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Curriculum Night Information

On Wednesday, September 14th, Medina welcomed families to our annual Curriculum Night. We were excited to see so many families in person in the cafeteria and classrooms. However, we know that there will never be a perfect night where every family will be able to attend. If you were unable to attend, please reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s) for an electronic version of their presentation or class information. Please access this link for the slides and recording to the Principals' Presentation https://bsd405.org/medina/2022/09/curriculum-night-at-medina-9-14-22/

Cultural Celebrations!

September kicks off the celebrations of our 2022-23 Cultural Calendar. These are some of the celebrations this month:

  • 9/10/2022 – Mid-Autumn Festival
  • 9/16/2022 – Mexican Independence Day
  • 9/21/2022 – International Day of Peace
  • 9/26 -9/27/2022 – Rosh Hashanah – Starts at sunset on Sept. 25
  • 9/26/2022 – Sharad Navratri

In addition, Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 – October 15th.

The administration, teachers, and staff of the Bellevue School District are conscious of providing age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate lessons and activities that meet all our students where they are when addressing equity and inclusion. As a district, during the month of September, and every month, we affirm members of our school community who may identify as members of the Hispanic, LatinX and/or Chicano communities. Our goal is to work together as one community. We encourage students and families to reach out to us throughout the year if you have any questions or would like further information as we support all members of our community.

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Help King County Improve Equity, Affordable Housing, Climate Resilience

King County is updating its Comprehensive Plan, a 20-year plan that guides land use in unincorporated areas (places outside of city limits). This update will focus on actions to address social equity, affordable housing and climate change in our region. There will be many opportunities for the public to provide input during this year-long planning process, starting with two surveys in September.

These short (6 and 7 question) surveys will ask for your thoughts on how King County should address affordable housing and climate change. The county would like to know:

  • What types of housing make sense for our growing neighborhoods?
  • How can we help residents stay in our communities as costs rise?
  • How can King County help you stay cool in extreme heat?
  • How can we help residents use less gasoline in their day-to-day lives?

Learn more in the September 13 King County bulletin.

Take the survey.

Fun Fact!

Equinox comes from the Latin words for 'equal' and 'night'? Meaning that on the equinox, the day and night is roughly equal in length. This year, Fall Equinox is on Thursday, 9/22.

OSPI Office of Education Ombuds: Resources for Families

The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) wants families to know about new resources explaining how the Office of Education Ombuds (OEO)can help families and WA public K-12 schools to have successful family-school partnerships throughout the new school year.

Learn more OEO and access resources for families, including flyers translated in 18 languages.