THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #15 - December 1, 2019

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Presidents' Message
 

Hello Medina Community!

We hope you are all having a safe return home if you've been away, or are enjoying the remainder of your Thanksgiving break! We are filled we gratitude for this school community and all the contributions we see around us. If you missed our Community Service Project stay tuned for another. It was a wonderful success of team work and service in action. Thank you to those who attended. Check out our reminder below to learn more about how the Amazon smile program is working for Medina Elementary! Keep it in mind as you snag your online gifts!

This week we look forward to our Scholastic Bookfair, thank you to our Bookfair chairs who have worked so hard to prepare! Next week we will welcome Missoula Children's Theater and we cannot wait, each year it is one of our favorite moments as performance time approaches and the kids shine on stage!

Please read on below to find out how you can order Medina Spirit Wear! We are so excited to have this link live and hope many of you can get in on this awesome Medina swag to show pride in our school community! 

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! Learn more HERE, including how to volunteer! Tickets will be available for purchase soon, so stand by! 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 other classroom/library volunteers who spend countless hours putting forth service to our school and kids. 

Warm Regards,
Yan Guo and Marti Enke
PTA Co-Presidents 2019-2020
 
Spirit Wear

 

For three weeks only! Order your Medina Spirit Wear!

Show your school pride with a Medina t-shirt or hoodie! Order your Medina Elementary spirit wear from now through Friday December 20th!! Both youth and adult sizes are available. All orders will be distributed to your child's classroom in mid-January. Place your order here: https://medinaelementary19.itemorder.com

Scholastic Book Fair

Book Fair is THIS WEEK! PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS INFO AS IT IS SPECIFIC TO VOLUNTEERING, FAIR HOURS AND THE RULES OF SHOPPING AT BOOK FAIR

We still have a need for volunteers. We need two shopping assistants on Family Night and one more person on Friday for tear down. Please use this link to sign up. https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/U3wGFr9T0  We absolutely need your help! 

We suggest you set up an eWallet for your student instead of sending them to school with cash!!  eWallet is new this year, and there is no charge to set it up. Simply create an account and authorize a spending limit on your credit card. You must set up an account for each student. Additional funds can be added at any time and purchases can be tracked. You are only charged for what is purchased (up to the spending limit). Visit our webpage https://www.scholastic.com/bf/medina and select the “get started” button to sign up. 

Book Fair Shopping Hours

Tuesday 12/3: 7:50 am to 2:50 pm
Wednesday 12/5: 7:50 am to 12:40 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm (Family Night)
Thursday 12/5: 7:50 am to 2:50 pm

To help the event run smoothly, we kindly ask that you note the following:

- Please discuss with your child that there is NO borrowing or sharing of money.

- Once an item is purchased, there are NO refunds. If there is a serious issue that requires a refund, please reach out to your book fair co-chairs (bookfair@medinapta.org) or the cashiers immediately.

- If you send your child to school with money, please place it in a zip-top bag or envelope labeled with the child’s name and teacher.

- You may send a pre-written check with your student. It should be made out to the Medina PTA with the amount they may spend filled out as well. Change will be given if necessary.

- Please DO NOT send credit cards with your child. We will not accept them without a parent present to sign for the purchase. We suggest you set up an eWallet account (as noted above) instead.

- Students should shop for items at the Book Fair during their regular class time. Students will also have access during specified recess times for their grade/class, depending on the day. However, recess time is chaotic, and the best time for students to shop is during their regular class library time or after school.

  • For the first day of the Book Fair, only books will be sold. Trinkets and posters will be available on Family Night and on Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Most teachers will have Wish Lists of titles they would like to add to their classroom libraries.
  • Parents are welcome to shop at the Book Fair throughout the day. All proceeds from the Book Fair directly benefit our school library, as we use the funds raised to purchase library materials throughout the year.

Our deepest thanks to our volunteers for staffing the Book Fair. This well-loved annual event would not happen without your dedication and support.

Mrs. McClelland and Mrs. Mitchell, your librarians, along with Rebecca Johnston and Shari Kauls, your Book Fair Chairpersons

Engage in After School Activities

 
After School Programs
Winter Registration Begins TOMORROW, 12/2 at 9AM

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Basketball
Grades 2-5

Badminton
Grades K-5

Chess Club FULL
waitlist available
Grades K-5

Gymnastics
Grades K-5

Sewing
Grades 1-5

Math Club FULL
waitlist available
Grades 4-5

Ski Bus FULL
waitlist available
Grades 1-5

Public Speaking
(Level 2)
Grades 1-5

Coding (Scratch 1 & 2)
Grades 2-5

Sewing
Grades 1-5

 

Drama
Grades K-5

 

Sculpture
Grades K-5

   

The winter schedule for after school programs has been finalized! Please see the table above for the official schedule. Registration for all programs (except math club, chess club, and ski bus) opens tomorrow, December 2nd at 9AM. For details on each program, their specific dates, and registration links, please visit our after school programs page at: http://medinapta.org/Page/StudentPrograms/Programs%202019-2020%20Schedule


Missoula Children's Theatre

Thank you to all the families who have signed up for Missoula Children's Theatre. We have more than 80 kids signed up for the audition! Please note MCT auditions are for grade 1 and above. 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. Due to the limited number of roles available, please also prepare your child that not everyone will get a role. 

The audition is from 2:35-5pm on Monday 12/9. There will be limited number of volunteers at the audition and childcare won't be provided. If your child is in 1st grade, please have a parent/guardian present at the audition. All other parents need to arrive at the cafeteria by 4:45 p.m for pick up or further instructions if their children have been cast. For some roles (usually the older kids), the first rehearsal starts 20 minutes after the audition. Rehearsals are every day 12/10-12/13 from right after school to approximately 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.

VP Programs
Liang Sun and Li-Tan Hsu


Math Club

Registration for Math is Cool and WSMC Blaine opens today, December 1st. Please visit the math club page at http://medinapta.org/Page/StudentPrograms/mathclub for the registration link.

Math is Cool will be competing at 4th grade and 5th grade levels. WSMC Blaine will be at the 5th grade level. Lower grades can still participate, but must compete at the available levels. Both are off site competitions, and parents are responsible for transportation. Please mark your calendar after registration. Please follow the links on the math club page to their website for additional information.

What's New This Week

READ-A-THON

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first reading challenge! Congratulations to our winners! Each of our winners gets to choose a book at the Book Fair for their classroom library:

  • Kindergarten: James R. (Ms.Wright)
  • 1st Grade: Alexander S. (Ms. Ptak)
  • 2nd Grade: Nathaniel K. (Ms. Arnold)
  • 3rd Grade: Brendon W. (Ms. Coombs)
  • 4th Grade: Zoe M. (Ms. O'Hagan)
  • 5th Grade: Alexander L. (Ms. Renner)

Our second reading challenge begins NOW with the release of our brand new Book List. This list includes more advanced and challenging books for higher reading levels, books from different ethnic backgrounds, as well as holiday-related books to ring in the season! All of these books are available in either the school library or the Bellevue Public Library.

To complete the challenge, Read-A-Thon participants are asked to read at least three books (or as many as they can!) from the Book List by January 31st. 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 has read! 

If your child would like to participate in the second reading challenge (and didn't sign up for the first challenge), please register here. Registration will remain open all year, and we encourage you to sign up anytime!

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


Please think of us when you shop online for the holidays! When you shop Black Friday deals at smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1328998, AmazonSmile donates to our PTA!



 

Thank you to everyone who joined us last Friday, November 22 for our first community service event of the year! We had such a great turnout of over 100+ people, and we were amazed by everyone's generous donations to Hopelink and by the creativity and quality of the placemats made for Meals on Wheels. We will post pictures of the event soon!

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, and we hope to host more community service events in the Spring. 

Join in Our School Events

YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST

The yearbook cover contest is on! Showcase your artistic skills focused on our 2019/2020 theme “Dream Big”. Be sure to follow all of the instructions so that your submission is eligible (see below). On December 5th and 9th we will have tables outside the multipurpose room set up with paper and art supplies. But please work on these at home also! All submissions need to be turned into the front desk by December 13th.

Here are the DETAILS:

  • The theme for this year’s cover is – DREAM BIG
  • Use 8 x 11 WHITE COPY PAPER from home or your classroom.
  • The drawing must be VERTICAL.
  • Use a lot of COLOR! Fill the PAGE! Have FUN!
  • CRAYONS, COLORED MARKERS, or COLORED PENCILS are OK! (No highlighters, please.)
  • Make sure you have MEDINA ELEMENTARY (spelled correctly) and 2019-20 somewhere on your cover pictures.
  • Include YOUR NAME and GRADE on the back of your artwork and put it in the Yearbook Cover Contest bin in the school office.
  • You may ENTER more than once. The DEADLINE for your entry is Friday, December 13th.

 

Medina Elementary School’s CO Team = Committee Outreach Team is continuing our year-long Campaign for Compassion, Unity and Kindness! 

Starting this week through December, your child can fill out a little form that tells about something they or a fellow school mate did to show kindness! You can print out a card from these files: 1) pdf electronic format http://medinapta.org/Doc/CommunityOutreach/PledgeCard.pdf, 2) jpg picture format https://medina.ourschoolpages.com/Image/ImagesforByte2019/PledgeCard.jpg). Or they can fill out cards that have been distributed to classrooms and by the two drop off boxes. One box will be at the entrance to the school and the other box will be in the Gallery.

Each week, Principal Harvey and AP Kardos will be drawing names from both boxes, and recognizing and giving prizes to the submitter and the person demonstrating kindness! Our Unity Day Assembly was part 1 of our Kindness Campaign. We are excited about this next piece, part 2, in our school-wide Kindness Campaign. Watch for even MORE fun and creative ideas in the coming months!

Your Community Outreach Team
(Dr. Harvey, Ms. Elise Geck, Mrs. Maria Barros, Ms. Evonne Lai, Mrs. Roy and Miss Muller)
 
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. 

Calendar

December

Sun Mon Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Dec 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

 

9AM- Registration Opens for Winter After School Programs 

7:50am-2:50pm Book Fair

7:50am-12:40pm Book Fair

6-8PM Book Fair Family Night 

7:50am-2:50pm Book Fair

 

 

8 9 10 11 12 13 14

 

2:35-5pm MCT Auditions 

5-7pm MCT Rehearsals

2:35-7pm MCT Rehearsals

2:35-7pm MCT Rehearsals

 

2:35-7pm MCT Rehearsals

2:35-7pm MCT Rehearsals 

3pm- MCT Performance

5:30pm- MCT Performance

15 16 17 18 19 20 21

 

   

 

 

 

 

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

 

NO SCHOOL: WINTER BREAK  

NO SCHOOL: WINTER BREAK

NO SCHOOL: WINTER BREAK

NO SCHOOL: WINTER BREAK

NO SCHOOL: WINTER BREAK

 

29 30 31        

 

NO SCHOOL: WINTER BREAK

NO SCHOOL: WINTER BREAK

 

 

 

 

 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. 

In Other News

The Bellevue Association for Educational Office Professionals (BAEOP) is holding a Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair on December 5th from 3-7 PM in the Rainier and Baker Rooms at the WISC (12241 Main Street, Bellevue).  The event is free and open to everyone.  Come take a look at the lovely holiday gifts, grab some refreshments and start your holiday shopping! 

We have room for more vendors and would love to see the handicrafts and other items our BSD families have to offer! Contact Lori Hanson (hansonlo@bsd405.org) if you would like to reserve a table or if you have any questions.  

Tune in to Community Events

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

  • Update: Registration for Bellevue Wolverines Girls Lacrosse spring season (March-May) is now open. Teams for 3rd-8th grade available, for all skill levels. Please register at http://bellevuegirlslax.com/.
  • A 7th grade DI team (with a Medina Elementary alumnus!), the Dinamos, is hosting a Children's Holiday Party to raise awareness for foster children. The event will be held at Bellevue Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 14 from 10am to 12 noon. Click here to see their flier. 
  • Cub Scouts Pack 435

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