THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #4 - September 13, 2019

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Presidents' Message
 

Hello Medina Community,

We hope your kiddos had a wonderful week and are getting to know their teachers, classmates, and our school. Welcome to our Kindergarten families. 

This week we had Curriculum Night and our first General Assembly PTA meeting. We would like to thank our fabulous administrators for being so supportive of our PTA community. We enjoyed perfect weather and even greater company at our annual ice cream social. Many new families attended and we hope you were able to meet them.

Registration has started for our popular after school programming this year. Openings are limited, so hurry on over to our website to learn more and register. 

Looking ahead, these are the dates to watch for: Dad's Night Out with an updated date of October 5th, Mom's Night Out September 28th. Save the date for World Culture Night on October 4th, 5-7pm. There is still time to check out getting tickets to the Sounders Game on October 6th (here)!

Thank you for your many contributions to our school community. Please feel free to reach out to us with questions at info@medinapta.org.

Warmly,
Marti Enke and Yan Guo
 
 
Grade Meet Ups For Parents

Meet up for brunch or drinks with fellow parents that have children in the same grade!
Your room parent will be contacting you with more details.

These events are FREE, but please RSVP here!

  Date Time Location
Kindergarten Brunch Tue, Sept 17th 9:30-11:30am Kirstine Residence
1st Grade Brunch Thur, Sept 19th 9:30-11:30am Yee/Don Residence
2nd Grade Happy Hour Fri, Sept 27th 6-8pm Franck Residence
3rd Grade Happy Hour Tue, Oct 1st  6-8:30pm  Denzel Residence 
4th Grade Brunch Thur, Sept 26th 9:30-11:30am   Gomez Alzaga/Hardoy Residence
5th Grade Cocktails      

 

What's New This Week

Dad's Night Out has been rescheduled!


The new date is Saturday, October 5th. 

Purchase your ticket here. Stay tuned for more details.


 


Library Volunteers

Welcome to our 2019-2020 school year! We are grateful to have the returning library volunteers who stepped in to help the first two weeks of school. We are looking forward to meeting the new parents who signed up in the curriculum night. Mrs. McClelland will host a new volunteer meeting on 9/18 ( Wed.) at 8:10 - 8:50am. New volunteers are required to attend a training before volunteering in the library. Returning volunteers are welcome to come if you would like a refresher. Conflicts? No problem. Simply contact Mrs. McClelland (mcclellandk@bsd405.org) or our library chair, Agnes Chen (angeletchen@hotmail.com) to set up an individual training session.


Chess Club Update

KINDERGARTENERS: we still have room for you in Chess Club!! If you are interested in having your Kindergartner join Chess Club, please email us at chessclub@medinapta.org. All other Chess levels are wait-listed. We may be able to release extra spots over the next few weeks if we have availability. The 2019-2020 Chess Club starts this year on Wednesday, 10/02, and runs for 28 sessions through May. For more information, please check the PTA Chess Club webpage.


After School Programs Update

Thank you to all who signed up for our PTA-partnered afterschool programs! There are a limited number of spots available in some of our programs. If you are looking for an activity for your child, there are a few openings remaining in our brand new art class, designed exclusively for Medina Elementary students:

Art By Early Masters 

Featured on Seattle Business Magazine! Read the article here.

Children will learn about artist’s lives, their visions, and techniques through an engaging and hands-on program. Founder Shelley Thomas crafts each workshop specifically to students and balances theoretical exploration with hands on painting practice. All children paint on canvas with high quality paints and brushes. 

Details: Grades 3-5. Offered Mondays and Thursdays 2:45-4:15pm, 6 weeks 12 classes from 9/30-11/18. This is an in depth class, so students must attend both days per week!

Space is limited, so do not wait to register! Register here.


Yearbook

Order your 2019/20 Yearbook today! Don’t wait until the last minute - order your yearbook now and cross it off your to do list. Ordering is simple! Just go to this link and follow the instructions.

This year’s theme is Dream Big. We are accepting entries for the annual cover art contest from now until December 13th.  All details for the contest can be found here.

 Questions about the contest or want to be a class photographer?  Email yearbook@medinapta.org

PTA Pulse

Join the PTA or renew your membership!

Cost: Family membership $27, Individual $14, and sponsor a staff $10. If you only have one child, you can still purchase Family Membership. Join or renew here or by completing the TCOB form here.

With a PTA membership, you receive a Medina Elementary School directory, can sign your children up for PTA supported programs, and much more!

Our goal is to have 100% participation through our parent community! Volunteering is NOT required to join!

What does the PTA do?

1. Help build a feeling of community at Medina Elementary (through family social events, field trips, assemblies, after school clubs, etc.).

2. Provide programs, activities, and personnel that help enhance our children’s education (including instructional aides for teachers and support our Technology Program).

3. Raise funds to pay for #1 and #2 (through our Auction, Capital Campaign, and other fundraisers).

Learn more here.

 

Join in our School Events

Mom's Night Out – Saturday, September 28, 6-9pm

Have you bought your ticket to Mom’s Night Out yet? WHAT?! You haven’t??   Well, get on it! Come join us for a night of fun with other moms on Saturday, September 28, while supporting the PTA at the same time! The ticket is a $100 PTA donation; get your ticket here.


Runners Club 

Update: We had a great kick off on Thursday with 100 laps run! Great job everyone! 

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:25 AM to 8 AM. No need to sign up! Just show up and start running or walking. Feel free to drop off your kids or stay and run with them! All grades are welcome. We track the laps that the children run and give them small foot tokens for every five miles run.

This activity is weather dependent. We do not run in the rain. Please check our website or Facebook page at 7am each morning to confirm whether Runners Club will go on as scheduled. You do not need a Facebook account to view our Facebook posts. 

Questions? Contact Maxine Lee at runners@medinapta.org


Sounders Family Day

Join your Medina friends and families at the last regular season Sounders match! Watch 2016 MLS Cup Champions Seattle Sounders FC take on the Minnesota United at CenturyLink Field! It's a crucial match for Sounders to advance to the postseason and gain a better seed position for the next playoff match. The match is on Sunday 10/6 at 1pm. Come cheer for the Sounders and mingle with friends and families in Medina!

Ticket price is $25 per ticket. For each ticket you purchase, $3 will go back to Medina PTA! So the more you purchase, the more you are helping our Medina Elementary community! Tickets can be purchased online at http://medinapta.org/Packet/FamilyDaySounders


Have you had a chance to fill out our survey related to the upcoming PTA auction? If not, please take a few minutes to do so! Our dedicated auction team really appreciates your feedback!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MedinaElementaryAuctionSurvey

  • Interested in being a part of the auction planning committee?
  • Have items to donate (think airline miles, hotel reward points, vacation weeks through timeshares, sports experiences, concerts, hosting a dinner or a cocktail party, or treating your fellow parents to a ride on your boat)? Have questions/ suggestions about the upcoming auction?

Please contact Svetlana Gershman at auction@medinapta.org

 
Engage in After School Activities

Destination Imagination

We are Brandon Wang and Tracy Qin, this year's Medina Destination Imagination ("DI") co-chairs! We would like to welcome you to the Medina DI 2019-2020 season.

Medina DI is a self-funded program that provides a framework with parents and DI alumni in empowering Medina kids in a 4-month long journey that builds creativity, presentation, negotiation and team work skills.

For those of you who already have a DI team set up, the 2019-2020 Team Challenge is open for Preview : please check out https://www.destinationimagination.org/challenge-program/2019-20-challenge-previews/

The Regional DI Tournament Date this season is March 7th, 2020.

Learn more and register here. Registration begins on Monday, September 16 at 9am.

Still have questions? Please contact DI@medinapta.org or our parent coordinator for each grade:

Thank you!

Brandon & Tracy


Ski Bus

Ski Bus registration is just around the corner. Registration will begin Tuesday, October 22 at 9am. More information to come in the next couple weeks, or learn more here. Ski bus dates and pricing are still to be determined. Keep yourself informed and read the BYTE.

IMPORTANT
I am looking for someone to co-chair Ski Bus this year, as this will be my last year at Medina. This person needs to be able to commit to at least 2 years of being the Ski Bus Chair. Although work is involved with Ski Bus, it is a really fun program once all of the initial paperwork, contracts, and information are sent out. It is super fun to be up on the mountain and a great way to spend a winter Wednesday afternoon. Please reach out to me if you are interested, and we can talk in greater detail.
 
Looking forward to another great ski bus season.
 
Questions? Mette Naness at skibus@medinapta.org

Missoula Children's Theater 

We are excited to welcome Missoula Children's Theater back. This year’s performance will be the unique interpretation of the treasured children’s classic, Peter And Wendy

The week starts off with audition at 2:35-5pm on Monday 12/9, culminating in performances on 12/14 at 3pm and 5:30pm. Rehearsals are every day during the week of 12/9 from right after school to 7pm. Once your child is cast, please commit to have your child present at rehearsals EVERY DAY.

To register and sign the permission slip for the audition, please click HERE.

For those of you who are new to our school, the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) is the Nation’s largest touring children’s theatre. You may find more information about this program at MCT page on PTA website.

Calendar

 September / October

Sun Mon Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Sept 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

 

9am- DI Registration Opens

9:30am - Kindergarten Brunch

8:10am - New Library volunteers meeting

9:30am- First Grade Brunch 

 

 
22 23 24
25  26 27
28
         9:30am - Fourth Grade Brunch 6pm - Second Grade Happy Hour 6pm- Mom's Night Out
29 30  Oct 1  2  3  4 5
    6pm - Third Grade Happy Hour     5pm - World Culture Night Dad's Night Out
6 7 8 9 10 11 12

1pm- Sounders Family Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 District Calendars 

You can find the monthly Bellevue School District calendar HERE on the district website. There is also the entire calendar for the 2019-20 school year. 

Tune in to Community Events

For local area activities, events, sports, and information, visit our PTA website.

  • Update: BHS's Bellevue Jr. Cheer Clinic is Fri, Oct 4 at 4:30pm. Here is the flyer.
  • Play Fall Ball with Bellevue Boys Lacrosse Club
  • Play fall soccer with Bellevue United FC
  • Cub Scouts Pack 435

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