Tiger Tales

Newsletter #7 - October 3, 2022

Dear Medina Families and Community,

Happy October! This past week was pretty exciting - after school clubs started on Monday, a student's family commissioned and donated a beautiful painting of a tiger to our school, and our very own student sang the National Anthem at the Mariners game on Sunday. In addition, in the coming weeks 10/3-10/13, we will have a Writer In Residence, Steve Peha, working with students and teachers to teach about narrative writing and enhance our teacher professional learning around writing. This work is being sponsored through prior PTA funds. We are grateful to this community of supportive families who nurture our children's' talents and provide opportunities that enrich our student experiences and school environment.

While it's been warm during the afternoons, we are starting to experience fall-like mornings with some drizzle and cooler weather. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather and brings a coat/jacket in case it rains or becomes cold. Recess will generally be outside, even when it gets cold or rainy. The excitement continues into this busy month. Please check out the details below!

With anticipation,

Kati & Betty

Important Events

October 12: Walk and Roll to School

October 12: Family Listening Circle, 8:15-9:30am

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

October 17-19: Early Release Conference Days

October 19: Unity Day

October 20: Great ShakeOut

October 21: School Picture Day

Walk and Roll to School Day

2022 Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 12th!

Let's walk to school together on the National Walk to School Day! Join other families at 7:40AM on Wed, October 12th by the playground in Medina park. We will walk south through the park, and then along the 80th Ave until we reach the school. Our walk to school event is supported by the City of Bellevue. If you cannot make it, we hope you will still embrace the day and walk or bike safely to school!

Thank you to our parent Xueliang Huo for helping to organize this at our school.

Listening Circle for New to Medina Families

Our first in a series of Listening Circles will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 8:15-9:30am. The goal is to engage families to share ideas around the vision for their child's learning and experience at Medina. This is an opportunity to hear from each other and for us to gather your stories to bring back to our Leadership Teams.

We invite Families who are new to Medina to this first Listening Circle. Please let us know you are coming by using this Forms link (https://forms.office.com/r/xrvVT34HzV) so that we can plan for the appropriate space and structure.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Spotlight on our Families

From last week's newsletter: If you are a family who identifies under one of these umbrellas of Latinidad; Afro-Latino Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx, or Latine as a school we would love to highlight your family in the next newsletter. Please continue to send pictures and/or stories to nhanb@bsd405.org. This picture can be one highlighting a family tradition or just a simple picture that captures the beauty of who you are as a family.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful families with us.

One Family's Story:

I moved here from Venezuela (South America) almost 20 years ago when I got married, Maria Isabella and Adrian have learned Spanish at home and they live every day embracing Venezuelan traditions and culture in the middle of beautiful Bellevue.

If you stop by our place in the morning you might enjoy some “arepas” or some “patacones”! Our favorite movie is “Up from Disney” because it showcases the highest waterfall in the world located in Venezuela.

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Contacting your Child During the School Day

We know that there are times you may need to contact your child during the school day. Please send any messages by calling the front office at 425-456-5400. Please do not call or text your child on their cell phone or Apple watch during school hours. It is distracting to their learning as they try to read or listen to the message and respond back to you.

If you have any changes to their afterschool transportation, please let the front office know as soon as possible so we can send the message to the student and teacher. It gets incredibly busy about 15 minutes before dismissal time.

Student Safety & Supervision

Like many places all over our region, we are short-staffed. We appreciate all of our staff and volunteers who are helping out to make sure the school is a positive and safe environment. We need your help in particular during our arrival/dismissal times, lunch and recess.

  • For the drop off lane: Please pull all the way forward before stopping to let your child off or into your car. Please tell your students to meet all the way around the curve and to wait for the car to stop before approaching you.
  • Please stay off of your phones - the parking lot has lots of moving cars and people. You may suddenly need to stop or be asked by one of our staff who will direct you to move forward or to stop. We want to make sure students, staff, and you are safe.

We will be sending out a sign up form later this week through Talking Points text to ask for volunteers to help during lunch and recess. Thank you in advance!

Health & Safety

With a month of school completed, we have already seen illnesses in our classrooms and health clinic. Below are symptoms that require students and staff to stay home:

❑ Fever (≥100.4°F) or chills

❑ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or runny nose

❑ Muscle or body aches

❑ New loss of taste or smell

❑ Cough (new, changed, or worsening)

❑ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

❑ Fatigue

❑ Sore throat

❑ Congestion

Please use the flowchart linked below to know your next steps if your child(ren) have any of the symptoms above. If you are in need of clarification on whether your child(ren) can attend school, please reach out to the front office at 425-456-5400.

Fall 2022 Symptom Exposure Flowchart K-12 Schools and ChildCare

Newsletter from Bellevue School District Nurses

Benefits Planning Info Session

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will be hosting a Zoom info session for BSD Parents/Guardians on Tuesday, October 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join the Zoom Meeting.

The session is geared toward families and caregivers who are interested in learning about:

  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Student exclusive work incentives
  • How and when to apply
  • Any family who is already receiving Social Security benefits