Tiger Tales

Newsletter #18 - January 3, 2023

Starting 2023 Strong

Dear Medina Families and Community,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a restful and fun-filled end to 2022. If you traveled during this break, we hope the joy that comes from your family and friend reunions outweighed any weather and travel-related challenges. I had the happiness to meet with former students of mine and to run into some of you during this break. These occasions remind me that connection goes beyond the physical walls of our school, and that connection shapes who we are in obvious and subtle ways.

With any new year that presents opportunities to pause, reflect, and set goals, we invite you to share with us any goals or resolutions you have set with your family. For myself, instead of New Year resolutions, I chose a word - imagination - to represent my focus for this year. For Mrs. Weiland, her word for this year is strength. Here is a link to provide some information about the word of the year: https://wildsimplejoy.com/personal-word-of-the-year-ideas/. We will be exploring how those words lead to our learning and action in the coming year. Please feel free to text or email us with your word or goals (nhanb@bsd405.org or weilandk@bsd405.org) so we can inspire and learn together.

Welcome back; we look forward to writing this new chapter with you and our families.

In partnership,

Kati & Betty

Upcoming Events

January 4: Big Picture School Information Night @6:30pm

January 5: International School Information Night @6:30pm

January 10: Odle MS Information Night @6pm

January 11: Chinook MS Information Night @6pm

January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

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

For our 5th Grade Families

Information Nights for middle schools are coming up soon! Included in the list of upcoming events above are the specific school nights, and don't forget to include in your calendar for the schools that apply to your student. Please check out more details here: https://bsd405.org/2022/12/2023-24-school-year-family-information-nights/

Introducing Our Interim Counselor

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, our counselor Elise Geck, is recovering from a running injury and will be out of the office for a few weeks. We are lucky to have Ms. Maria (Masha) Oreshnikova who will be our interim counselor starting on 1/4 for the month of January. Recently she completed an assignment at Bellevue High School so she is familiar with our community and some of our families. Please see below for her introductory letter.


Hi amazing Medina Community!

My name is Masha Oreshnikova, and I am thrilled to be (temporarily) joining your school! I am originally from Moscow, Russia, and in my Russian life, I used to be a teacher of English as a second language to adults. We moved to Washington in 2015 for my husband's job. Since early 2018, I have been a Bellevue School District employee, first working as a Site Supervisor for the District's Early Learning Program and currently providing services to students, parents, school staff, and community as an Interim School Counselor. At the moment, I’m also a senior school counseling graduate student at Seattle Pacific University, and I have less than half a year of grad school left, yay!

I earned my degree in teaching English as a second language from Moscow State Pedagogical University (Russia), and after that, I earned my M.S. in mental health counseling from Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia, AR.). So, technically, the degree I am working on right now is my third one (yes, I call myself a nerd every now and again😊).

In my free time… although, do I even have one? I have a 6-year-old daughter, grad school, and a job. I also love hiking, traveling, cross-country skiing, baking, spending time with my friends, and going on solo walks in Bellevue Botanical Garden with a cup of coffee in my hands.

I look forward to working with your students and getting to know them better!

School Options for 2023-2024 School Year

  • Both the Open Transfer and Choice School/Program application periods are: December 5, 2022 through January 20, 2023.
  • Siblings of current students are not guaranteed enrollment and must apply.
  • The Arabic Language Program and Puesta del Sol Spanish Immersion Program will accept nonresident entry level applications. The applicants will be placed on a nonresident waitlist for consideration after all resident students have been placed.
  • Nonresident students who wish to enroll in BSD’s comprehensive schools may now also submit waitlist applications. Learn more on the Inter District Transfer webpage.
  • For more information, please visit:


Opciones escolares para el año escolar 2023-24.

  • Los períodos de solicitud de transferencia abierta y de elección de escuela / programa son: del 5 de diciembre de 2022 al 20 de enero de 2023.
  • Los hermanos de los estudiantes que estan inscrito al momento no tienen garantizada la inscripción pero deben de aplicar.
  • El Programa de Idioma Árabe y el Programa de Inmersión en Español de Puesta del Sol aceptarán solicitudes de nivel de entrada para no residentes. Los solicitantes serán colocados en una lista de espera de no residentes para su consideración después de que todos los estudiantes residentes hayan sido colocados.
  • Los estudiantes no residentes que deseen inscribirse en las escuelas integrales de BSD ahora también pueden presentar solicitudes de lista de espera. Obtenga más información en la página web de Transferencia entre distritos.

Para mas información por favor visite:

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  • 今年,公开转学(以前称为公开招生)和精选学校/课程的申请期都會在同一时间段接受申請。-2022年12月5 日至2023年1月20日。
  • 阿拉伯语课程和太阳门西班牙语沉浸式课程将接受非居民入门级申请。在所有居民学生被安置后,申请人将被列入非居民候补名单以供考虑。
  • 欲入读 BSD 综合学校的非居民学生现亦可提交候补名单申请。了解有关
  • 现有学生的兄弟姐妹不能保证入学,必须申请。Inter District Transfer 网页
  • 欲了解更多信息,请点進下列網站:
Making New Year's Resolutions that Stick

Here are a series of engaging 12-minute stories with actionable tips for keeping true to our New Year's resolutions.

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