Tiger Tales

Newsletter #26 - March 6, 2023

Dear Medina Families and Community,

Thank you for your help as our students transitioned back to school after mid-winter break. Some kids (and families) had an even busier week with auditions and daily rehearsals for Missoula Children's Theater and performances of The Jungle Book on Saturday. It was so wonderful to see students from all grades work together to sing, dance, and remember their lines! Of course this couldn't have been possible without your support to get our actors ready daily. A big thanks go to Christin Zhang, Nicole Nie and all of our PTA volunteers who make this experience possible.

Whether you spent your weekend at the performances, games, or language school, we hope you all had the opportunity to take care of yourselves. As always, please let us know how we can support you in turn.


Kati & Betty

Upcoming Events

March 6-10: Classified School Employees Appreciation week

March 8: Pastries with Principals, 8:15-9:30am, Room 155 (virtual: Click here to join the meeting)

March 12: Daylight Saving Time (Turn clocks ahead 1 hour)

March 17: District Professional Development Day, no school for students

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

Classified School Employees Week

This week is dedicated to our amazing classified staff! This includes the following:

  • Front Office
  • General School Assistants
  • Custodians
  • Nutrition
  • Tech Specialists
  • Paraeducators
  • Bus Drivers

Please join us in thanking them for their dedication to our students and for their daily work in ensuring our students are nourished, safe, and set up for success! We appreciate you!

Counselor Update

While our interim counselor, Ms. Oreshnikova, was expecting to be at Medina until March 16, she is now needed back at Bellevue High School to fill in for a counselor going on maternity leave. The BHS counselor was expected to give birth in 2 weeks, but as we all know, babies don't follow our timelines! While we wait for Ms. Geck's hopeful return from medical leave in a few weeks, we will have Ms. Danuta Sztuka support us on Mondays and Tuesdays. Ms. Sztuka is currently serving Highland Middle School as a part-time MHAT counselor.

We thank Ms. O for her dedication and care to our students while she was here. If you or your student wishes to send her a note, you can email her at oreshnikovam@bsd405.org.

It is time to enroll new students

New student enrollment (including incoming kindergarteners) for the 2022-2023 school year is now open at https://bsd405.org/schools/enrollment/ While you may enroll your students later, enrolling now helps the District ensure we have the correct staffing to support your students with the smallest classes possible.

If your student is already enrolled in a BSD school, you do not need to submit a new enrollment. They will automatically move up to the next grade.

Thank you.

Es hora de escribir nuevos estudiantes.

La inscripción para nuevos estudiantes (incluidos los que ingresan al jardín de infantes) para el año escolar 2022-2023 ya está abierta en https://bsd405.org/schools/enrollment/ Aunque puede inscribir a sus estudiantes más tarde, la inscripción ahora ayuda al Distrito a garantizar que tengamos suficiente personal para apoyar a sus estudiantes con el menor tamaño de clase posible.

Si su estudiante ya está inscrito en una escuela BSD, no necesita enviar una nueva inscripción. Ellos avanzarán automáticamente al próximo grado.



2022-2023学年的新学生入学(包括即将在9月入学的幼儿园学生)现在已可以在 https://bsd405.org/schools/enrollment/ 进行注册。 虽然可以晚些注册,但是现在办理有助于学区对于教学人员的配置并且为学生提供支持。



March is Women's History Month

This month honors the significant contributions of women in the United States throughout our country's history. Women's History month offers opportunities to teach children about the role of women in furthering our society in the arts, sciences, education, and other fields.

Here are some ideas to celebrate Women’s History Month at home with your family:

Winter and Spring Rains

With the unpredictable weather last week, we want to make sure our students are prepared for all types of weather. That means dressing in layers, especially with jackets that have hoods to help provide additional warmth for students. We play outside regardless of weather (unless there is thunder and lightning or hail). We do not have an adequate supply of dry clothes to accommodate the need on rainy days, so if you have a child who gets wet on rainy days, please send a change of clothes for them to keep in their cubby. We do have alternate activities in the under cover area, so please remind students to participate in those if you do not want them playing in the rain.

Medina Auction

As you probably have noticed from the big sign at our front entrance, Swing for the Stars is coming up. This is the PTA spring fundraiser on 3/31 at Overlake Golf & Country Club. We are grateful to the fundraising efforts that enable us to have additional General School Assistants and Tech Specialists! Here is the link to register. We will both be at the Auction and hope to see you!
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Management and Treatment

There are various medications available to help treat seasonal allergies and control symptoms. Many are available over-the-counter (without a prescription). If your student experiences seasonal allergies, now is a good time to talk to their healthcare provider about the best way for them to manage their symptoms. If necessary, get a medication authorization signed for allergy medications so they don’t miss out on valuable class time.

In addition to medication, there are various steps you can take to help reduce exposure to allergens:

¨ Pay attention to daily pollen levels and avoid outdoor activities as much as possible when counts are high. The Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center publishes local pollen counts here. Check out the American Academy of Allergy Asthmas & Immunology for pollen counts across the country.

¨ Keep windows and doors shut at home and in the car during allergy season

¨ Take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes after working or playing outdoors

¨ Avoid lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening activities that stir up allergens, or consider wearing a face mask when doing these activities

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Brain Awareness Month & Concussions

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Each year, the Brain Injury Association of America hosts a campaign to raise awareness and share stories from members of the brain injury community. Check out #MoreThanMyBrainInjury on social media and visit their website to learn more about Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury that affects how the brain works. TBIs are caused by an external force such as a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating injury to the head. Common causes of TBIs include falls, motor vehicle accidents, physical violence, and sports injuries.

TBIs affect children differently than adults. An injury to a child’s developing brain may disrupt their development and/or limit their ability to participate in school and other activities. Most children recover well, but because their brains are still developing they are at greater risk for long-term effects after a TBI.

There are 3 main types of TBI:

· Mild TBI or concussionModerate TBISevere TBI

Concussion or mild TBI: Concussions or mild TBIs are the most common type of TBI. While it is referred to as “mild” because it is usually not life-threatening, concussions and their effects are serious. Children and teens with concussions need to be seen by a medical provider. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a concussion so you can seek proper care and support for your student.

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion: Signs and symptoms usually show up shortly after injury, however, some may not show up for hours or days. It’s important to continue to check for signs and symptoms of a concussion for a few days after the injury. If signs or symptoms get worse, you should take your student to the emergency department right away (see Concussion Danger Signs for more information).

Importance of Reporting: Recognizing and responding to a concussion promptly can help prevent further injury and aid in recovery. Suspected concussions should be reported to an adult, nurse, coach, or trainer. If a concussion occurs during sports, it’s important that the student does not return to play until they have been evaluated and cleared by a medical provider. Schools are also required to report concussions sustained during athletics and other school activities.

Recovering from a concussion can be hard on students. In addition to dealing with physical symptoms, they may feel frustrated, sad, or angry that they cannot participate in school, sports, and social activities like normal. Supporting a student in their recovery requires a collaborative approach among school staff, medical providers, and family.


CDC: Heads Up CDC: TBI & Concussion Sports Concussion Program at Harborview

Safe Kids Washington WADOH: Traumatic Brain Injuries Seattle Children’s: Concussions

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