THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #11 - November 1, 2019

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Presidents' Message
 
Dear Medina Community!
 
Happy November! Watching our community rally together these past few weeks to keep our foundation strong has been amazing. We cannot thank you enough for prioritizing a donation to the Capital Campaign! It matters and makes the difference at our school and we hope to see the support continue. If you still plan to donate the Capital Campaign online donation option is available on our website. 
 
We look forward to upcoming fall semester events like Missoula Children's Theater and Bookfair, both in early December! Also, join us on November 22nd for our General Assembly PTA meeting in the Cafeteria at 8:10 a.m. 
 
Looking ahead to the second half of our school year remember to SAVE THE DATE for our annual School Auction on March 7th 2020! The theme this year is Believe Leap Achieve! Our next planning meeting for the upcoming auction is scheduled for November 14th and will be held in room 206 at Medina Elementary from noon to 1pm. Please come and share your ideas about how to make this important fundraiser a success! Learn more HERE, including how to volunteer! Tickets will be available for purchase soon. This is an event you do not want to miss.
 
Thank you again for your meaningful support. A huge shout out to our room parents and classroom volunteers who planned some really amazing Fall Festivals this week. Classroom parties are a special time for the kids that they really look forward to.
 
Warm Regards,
Yan Guo and Marti Enke
PTA Co-Presidents 2019-2020
 
What's New This Week

Medina Veterans Day Assembly

Friday, November 8th
8:10-8:50am

Send in your photos for our Veterans Tribute

 

Dear Families-

K-4 music classes and Choir members are preparing songs for our upcoming Veterans Day Assembly. Families are welcome to attend.

There will be special Reserved Seating for Veterans and their families up front! Email Stephanie Hazen (Hazens@bsd405.org) to RSVP so we know how many chairs to set up.

Would you like a loved one to be included in our slide show tribute? Send in a photo of a family member or friend who is a Veteran or current service member.

Email the following information to Rochelle Wright wrightr@bsd405.org by November 3rd.

        1. Veterans name and picture
        2. Which branch of service
        3. Name and relationship to Medina Student

(Ex: Mark Hazen, Coast Guard, Charlie Hazen’s Grandpa.)

*If you sent in a name and picture last year that you would like to be used again, please email to let us know.


Would you like to help us plan the upcoming Medina Elementary PTA Auction? We are having our next planning meeting on November 14th from noon to 1pm in room 206 at Medina Elementary. Come with ideas and help us make this important fundraising event a huge success!

PTA General Assembly Meeting

Mark your calendars! We have rescheduled our PTA General Assembly meeting to Friday, November 22nd at 8:10AM in the school cafeteria. The agenda will be posted on the PTA website as the date draws nearer. Stay tuned!

Join in Our School Events

Reflections Art Competition

The Reflections program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition providing an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. It calls for your entries!

Spark your imagination and creativity, show your talent on Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, or Film Production. Follow this year’s Reflections Program theme - “Look Within”, and express yourself through your own original works. Everyone of preschool–5th grade is welcome to participate. More information and participation guidelines can be found here. The Student Entry Form can be picked up in the school office or download it here. 

Deadline for entries is Friday, November 8th at the school office! 

For questions please contact Su Su or Yi Jin at reflections@medinapta.org.


READ-A-THON

Our first Reading Challenge starts NOW and ends November 27th!

Choose your books from our BOOK LIST of reputable, age appropriate books!

Our special Read-A-Thon bookmarks are being ordered now! Bookmarks will be distributed soon to those who have signed up for Read-A-Thon. Registration will remain open all school year here.

Please make sure your child submits an online book report for every book that he/she reads from the Book List. This is the only way we will know how many and which books your child read! Book reports are due November 27th. After this time, a new Book List will be released for the months of December and January.

To learn more about Read-A-Thon, please visit the Read-A-Thon page. Happy reading!


Thank you to those who have stepped up to volunteer for Academic Challenge! We are looking for just a few more volunteers interested in helping shape this brand new Medina program! 

Academic Challenge is an extracurricular academic program that encourages students to expand their learning beyond what is taught in the classroom. Students complete challenges in seven (7) distinct categories: the artscultureliteraturescience & technologymathwellness, and community service. This allows students to dive further into their favorite topics as well as to explore projects outside of their comfort zone.

We need your support to make this program a success! Each parent volunteer will lead one category and will review all of the submissions from students in that category. Students can submit reports for a wide variety of projects, activities, or extracurricular classes (including PTA programs, self-studied topics, or projects of their own design). Thus, this is an opportunity for you to witness the creativity and breadth of activities/interests from students across the Medina Elementary community.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ailin Zhang and Fenghua Shen at academicchallenge@medinapta.org.

PTA Pulse

Join the Medina PTA. Membership dues are $14 for individuals or $27 for families. With a PTA membership, you'll receive a Medina Elementary School directory and you can sign your children up for PTA supported programs (plus much more!).

Our goal is to have 100% participation through our parent community. We are at 97% participation so far this year! Thank you to those who have joined/renewed. Volunteering is NOT required to join.

Update Your Account

We need up-to-date information for many of our families! Please sign into your account and double check that your family's information is correct, including your child's current grade and teacher. 

Engage in Before/After School Activities

Runners Club

The tentative last day of Runners Club for the fall is Thursday, November 14th. See you on Tuesday and Thursday mornings: come anytime between 7:25am and the first bell at 7:55am. It is getting cold, so please remember to dress appropriately. Our biggest complaint from kids is cold hands, so wear gloves

Questions? Contact Maxine Lee at runners@medinapta.org


Missoula Children's Theatre

Thank you to all the families who have signed up for Missoula Children's Theatre. We have a fast growing list of actors! We'll be sending out more details about the event in the coming weeks to those who have signed up. Please stay tuned!

For those who would like to participate but haven't registered yet, please promptly sign up here to ensure your child has a spot in the audition.

The audition is from 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. Click here for more information about Missoula Children's Theatre.

We are also calling for host families for the two touring directors from 12/8 afternoon to 12/15 morning. It's a great opportunity for your child to have an artistic and cultural exchange with the directors and launch lasting friendships. Plus your child is guaranteed a role in the play and waived participation fee. We sincerely appreciate your help in pulling this event off! If you are interested in being a host or have questions, please email programs@medinapta.org
 
Calendar

November

Sun Mon Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat
          Nov 1  2

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Re-Take Day 

 

3 4 5 6 7 8  9

 

 

 

 

 

Veteran's Day Assembly

Reflections deadline

 

10 11 12 13 14 15  16

 

VETERAN'S DAY: NO SCHOOL

2:40PM- AMC 8 Math Competition

 

Last Day of Runners Club

 

 

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

 

 

 

 

 

8:10am- General Assembly Meeting

 

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

 

 

 

Read-A-Thon: Last Day of First Challenge

THANKSGIVING: NO SCHOOL

THANKSGIVING: NO SCHOOL

 

 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.

  • Little Wolverines Girls Basketball for Gr. K-4, 11am-12:30pm on most Saturdays from 11/23 to 1/18. At BHS, led by BHS Girls Basketball Players and Coaches.
  • Wise Camps is hosting a STEM day camp at Newport High School on Veteran's Day
  • Cub Scouts Pack 435

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