THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #22 - January 24, 2020

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Presidents' Message
 
Dear Medina Community!
 
Can you believe February is right around the corner? The days are staying lighter longer and spring planning is in motion! We hope you all have some excited local activities or travel planned in the coming months. 
 
Approaching February means our annual auction is just over one month away! The Medina Elementary Auction is on March 7th 2020, calendar this wonderful event now AND get your tickets HERE! The theme this year is Believe Leap Achieve! We look forward to this night each year, you don't want to miss it. Please spread the word and invite your friends to join us as we join together to support our school!
 
Thank you to all of our program chairs who have been hard at work keeping our programs running. Good luck to our Chess and DI kids who have tournaments coming up!
 
Please reach out to us if you have any questions, or would like to get involved with PTA. As we look to all that lies ahead in 2020 and 2021 we would love to hear from you! 
 
Warm regards,
Yan Guo & Marti Enke
PTA Co-Presidents 2019-2020
 
Key Dates

Upcoming:

  • Jan 21-31: Kindness Club's Kindness Drive for the Needy
  • Jan 28-31: Cooks and Custodians Appreciation Week (New!)
  • Mon, Jan 27: NO SCHOOL (Non-Student Day)
  • Tue, Jan 28: Mental Health and Wellness in Elementary School session, 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Sat, Feb 1: Medina All-City Chess Tournament 
  • Tue, Feb 4: Kindergarten Parent Information Night at 6pm
  • Thu, Feb 13: PTA General Assembly Meeting at 6pm (New date!)
  • Feb 17-21: NO SCHOOL (Mid-Winter Break)
  • Sat, March 7: Auction

 

Looking Ahead:

  • Fri, March 20: First Snow Makeup Day (Just announced!)
  • April 13-17: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
  • Wed, April 29: STEM Night
  • Fri, May 15: Talent Show
  • Wed, June 17: Field Day
  • Mon, Jun 22: Second Snow Makeup Day (Just announced!)
What's New This Week
 
Afterschool Programs
 
Winter afterschool programs will start next Thursday, January 30. Please refer to the PTA after-school programs page for the dates of each program. There are a few more spots in Drama, Basketball, and Public speaking. If you would like to sign up, please find the registration links in the description of each program on the PTA afterschool page.
 

Medina Elementary Cooks and Custodians Appreciation Week

It’s time to celebrate, honor and APPRECIATE our Cooks and Custodians! Please see below for our schedule next week. We have two cooks; Mrs. Chung and Mr. Li (who prepare over 300 meals a day for our school). We have a Head Custodian, Ms. Veronica, our K-2 Custodian Mr. Jackson, and our 3rd-5th grade Custodian Mr. Osman. Here is what we are hoping Parents, Students and Teachers will do next week, January 28th-31st:

Tuesday – Wall of Fame – see Gallery @ school

Wednesday – Bring a small treat (see below)

Thursday – Bring a written note of appreciation

Friday – Bring a small gift or gift card

We teachers are asked for our Fun Facts – so we asked these incredibly valuable staff members to fill out a Fun Fact too! Here’s what they enjoy:

Mrs. Chung

Diet Coke
All Music
Color Blue
Flowers
Nordstrom
Hard Candy
Chocolate

Mr. Li

Coffee
Piano/Orchestra
Color Blue
ForgetMeNots
Goodwill
QuiteCandy
Chocolate

Ms. Veronica

Mocha Coffee
Romantic Mexican
Pink & Purple
Roses
Bellevue Square
White Chocolate
Vanilla

Mr. Jackson

Ginger Ale
Folk Music
Color Blue
Lilies
Bellevue Square
Chocolate
Chocolate

Mr. Osman

Gatorade
Salsa Music
Color Blue
Roses
Bellevue Square
Gum
Vanilla 


 

Do you know of a family who is NEW to our neighborhood and/or has a child who will join Medina in Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 School Year?  If so, please let them know about our KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT!

When:  February 4th, 2020

Time:  6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Medina Elementary School Library

Childcare will not be available during this event. 

Support Our PTA

 

Can you believe that next week is the last week of January? Our auction is coming up fast!

Did you purchase your ticket for our upcoming auction yet?

Tickets are now available for sale here.

Medina Elementary PTA Auction is one of the two main avenues that our PTA uses to raise funds. Here is what we are raising funds for…

…..and we need YOUR help!

Please visit our auction’s website to learn more about the event here.

Auction Volunteers Needed!

We partnered with Woodridge Elementary, Eastgate Elementary and Cherry Crest Elementary to swap volunteers for our upcoming auction evening. Swapping volunteers with these schools means that we will commit ~5 people from Medina Elementary to volunteer at their auctions in exchange for these schools sending volunteers our way. Volunteering at other schools’ auctions can be a great experience and a chance to network with local community, outside of Medina Elementary. Here are the evenings we are looking to fill for these schools:

  • Woodridge Elementary school auction volunteers are needed for the evening of February 8th, 2020. The auction is held at Bellevue Arts Museum 
  • Eastgate Elementary school auction volunteers are needed for the evening of March 21st, 2020. The auction is held at Courtyard Marriott in Bellevue 
  • Cherry Crest Elementary school auction volunteers are needed for the evening of April 25th, 2020. The auction is held at Bellevue Hilton 

Please contact auction@medinapta.org if you would like more details on getting involved or any auction related questions and suggestions.

 

Join in Our School Events


READ-A-THON

This is the last week of our current Read-A-Thon Challenge! Book reports are due NEXT FRIDAY, January 31st. Please click HERE to submit a book report. Your child should submit a book report for every book he or she reads from the December/January Book List. Everyone who submits at least three book reports will receive a tassel to add to their special Read-A-Thon bookmark.

Do you want to learn more about Read-A-Thon? You can view the December/January Book List here, register your child for Read-A-Thon here, or visit the Read-A-Thon website here. Happy reading! 


  

COMPASSION and KINDNESS DRIVE for the NEEDY

Our Medina Kindness Club is hosting a donation drive for the needy, the weeks of January 21st-January 31st. Here is what we would like donated: 

  • Kindergarteners = Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • 1st Graders = Chapstick or Small Lotion
  • 2nd Graders = Small Shampoo/Conditioner (or Dry Shampoo)
  • 3rd Graders = Socks
  • 4th Graders = Gloves or Hats
  • 5th Graders = Hand & Feet Warmers

ALL school and staff can donate gently used CLEAN coats along with new coats. There is a donation bin in each wing.  We will collect everything and then have an evening event for families to come and volunteer to put these kits together. (date and time to come) Thank you!

Your Kindness Club (4th and 5th Graders)

 

 

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. 

In Other News

Bellevue Honor Choir

For: 4th-8th grade students in BSD
What: 2 day choir “camp” on January 26th and 27th
Where: Bellevue High School
Cost: $65
 
This is an optional opportunity for 4th-8th graders in BSD:
 
Come and join Bellevue High School in hosting this year's Bellevue Honor Choir! This year, we have award winning composer, arranger, conductor, and music educator Victor Johnson who teaches at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and is in his twelfth year as the director of the Children’s Choir of Texas. More info at https://www.bellevuehighschoolchoir.org/honor-choir

All music is learned during the 2 full days, and the 2nd day ends with a performance. 


The Community Engagement Committee would like to offer a lite lunch and program to educate parents about the different programs as well as the differences between programs that are available for Bellevue School District middle and high school students. This is a great opportunity to get all the information you need about the following programs in one place:

  • AP (Advanced Placement),
  • IB (International Baccalaureate), 
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination),
  • CTE (Career and Technical Education),
  • WANIC (Washington Network for Innovative Careers),
  • Running Start, and
  • College in the High School

Representatives from these programs will be available after the program to help with any questions you might have.

January 28, 11:30-1:00pm Rainier Room at WISC.

To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/urolwjl.


In case you missed our last showing, the Bellevue Schools Foundation and the Chinook Middle School PTSA, Enatai Elementary PTSA & International School PTSA invite you to join us February 6th at 5:15pm, for a special screening of the new documentary Screenagers: Next Chapter.  The film will be shown at Chinook Middle School Commons. After the film, there will be a brief panel discussion.

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.

Admission is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested. Register at https://tinyurl.com/yxywynsx.

 

Engage in After School Activities

Chess Club

Don’t forget to register for the Medina Elementary All-City Chess Tournament on Saturday, February 1! Come play against your schoolmates and other schools to demonstrate your chess skills. This tournament counts towards qualification for State. You can register at https://chessreg.com/allcity. Registration is open to all students at Medina Elementary.

Tune in to Community Events

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

  • UPDATE: Wizards & Magic Boys & Girls Camp on Monday, January 27. Read the flyer.
  • UPDATE: Bellevue West Little League is open for registration at www.bwll.org. Questions? Email info@bwll.org.
  • Registration for Bellevue Boys Lacrosse Club is open for spring season (February/March-May). Learn more and register at http://www.bellevuelacrosse.com.
  • 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/.
  • Cub Scouts Pack 435
Calendar

January/February

Sun Mon Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat
19 20 21 22 23  24  25 

 

NO SCHOOL: MLK DAY

Kindness Drive for the Needy begins

 

 

Kindness Campaign - Phase TWO ends

 

26 27 28 29 30  31   Feb 1

 

NO SCHOOL: NON-STUDENT DAY

Cooks and Custodians Appreciation Week

6:30pm- Mental Health Conference 

Cooks and Custodians Appreciation Week

Cooks and Custodians Appreciation Week 

Cooks and Custodians Appreciation Week

Kindness Drive for the Needy ends

 

2 3 4 5 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 10 11 12 13  14  15 

 

 

 

 

6pm- PTA General Assembly Meeting

 

 

16 17 18 19 20  21  22 

 

NO SCHOOL: MID-WINTER BREAK

NO SCHOOL: MID-WINTER BREAK

NO SCHOOL: MID-WINTER BREAK

NO SCHOOL: MID-WINTER BREAK 

NO SCHOOL: MID-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. 

Quick Links

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Coorporate Match Donations: If you or your spouse’s employer matches donations made to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, your donation could be doubled or even tripled! Simply go to your company’s internal website and complete the necessary information. For more information, see HERE.

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