THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #38 - May 20, 2020

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Presidents' Message
 

Hello Medina Community!

What a wonderful week and Auction we had!! Truly, we had so many of you step-up and support the school, and we celebrate you and this moment of coming together! Thank you, thank you for showing up! Once again, thank you to the absolutely wonderful auction chair and committee this year. It was not an easy task to transition the auction online and this group did it flawlessly! Bravo!
 
We have two important items this week:
  • Our Raise the Paddle campaign remains OPEN. Your donations will be matched until this Friday night, May 22 at 11:45pm.
  • Our virtual PTA General Assembly meeting is this Friday, May 22 at 12 noon. 
See below for more details on both of these important items.
 
We hope you are staying healthy and safe and enjoy the spring and incoming summer weather. We miss you and so look forward to time in-person down the road.
 
Cheers Medina,
Yan and Marti
 
Support Our PTA

 

Huge thanks to everyone, who participated in our online auction and tuned in to our Virtual Gala on Saturday. While we are still working on finalizing auction results, I can already see that our community really came together to support us in this fundraising goal!

Everyone will receive their receipts by email. We will be working on finalizing results, emailing receipts, and contacting auction winners to schedule/ arrange item delivery in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Our Raise the Paddle and sign-ups for Moms Night Out and Dad’s Night Out are still open at our auction website. Please read more below about our Raise the Paddle matching challenge!

Thank you and please don’t hesitate to reach out to auction@medinapta.org.

Your 2020 Auction Chair,
Svetlana

RAISE YOUR PADDLE
Matching Challenge

We are SO CLOSE to hitting our $100,000 fundraising goal!

To help us reach our goal, our generous matching donors have increased their matching commitment. Now, all donations up to $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar! Our matching campaign closes this Friday, May 22 at 11:45pm.

 

Where to donate:

1. Our Auction Website (best for auction participants)

2. Medina PTA Website (best for Medina Elementary parents)

3. Medina PTA Website as a Guest (best for friends and extended family)

 

We have raised 

$16,300

toward our Raise the Paddle Campaign. All donations up to $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Help us reach our goal today! 

 

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS!

 

PTA General Assembly Meeting

Please join us at our virtual PTA General Assembly Meeting this Friday, May 22, 12:00pm. We will be teleconferencing this meeting using the Zoom platform. You can find the agenda HERE.

Click this link to join the meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87052921900?pwd=VFZITVpGU2xocVRZbnh6QXBaTXlnZz09
Meeting password: 102593

If you have never used Zoom before, the meeting link will first direct you to download the Zoom client/app. 

Alternatively, once you have the zoom client, you can sign onto the meeting using this ID and password:
Meeting ID: 870 5292 1900
Password: 102593

Online and Community Resources
  • Read the latest news from the Bellevue School District here: https://bsd405.org/corona-virus-covid-19/
  • The City of Bellevue COVID-19 Community Resources website can be found here, or click here for the new King County COVID-19 Community Resource Guide.
  • WA State PTA recommends this collection: Online Resources for Parents and Students During COVID-19 Closures, assembled by the European PTA. There's is a wealth of information and links categorized in sections, such as "Family Activities to do at Home," "STEM Resources," and "Free Subscriptions and Services."
  • BSD partners with local nonprofits that help students and their families access services when school is not in session. If you would like information on how to support these community partners, please see our Helping Hands section below.
Join in Our School Events

READ-A-THON 

We are in the FINAL MONTH of our final challenge of the year! CLICK HERE to check out our fourth Book List! This Book List provides suggested reading material only. We understand that it more difficult to access books right now, so we are no longer requiring students to choose their books from the Book List. Students may choose any good, age appropriate book for this challenge (parents, please help your children with this!). For each book you read, please submit your online book report by May 31st.

Here are some e-book and audiobook resources:

Want to view our previous Book Lists? Please click here to check out our Master Book List!

To learn more about Read-A-Thon, please visit the Read-A-Thon page. Questions? Contact readathon@medinapta.org. Happy reading! 

 

Key Dates

  • Fri, May 22: PTA General Assembly meeting at 12pm (NEW!)
  • Fri, May 22: Raise the Paddle Campaign closes at 11:45pm
  • Fri, Jun 19: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony and Last Day of School

 

Helping Hands

Bellevue Schools Foundation

Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for all those that have contributed so selflessly during this COVID-19 crisis.  Your donations have made it possible for us to divert funding to the most at-risk families in the area, providing some desperately needed food security and childcare in this time of massive uncertainty.  
  • $40,000 went directly to purchasing Safeway vouchers, providing food to 3500 families
  • $10,000 went directly to the District to support staff caring for children of first responders & health care workers
YOUR generosity has made it possible for the BSF to be nimble, responsive and supportive to those in crisis in our community.  THANK YOU! 
 
If you haven't donated yet, there are still many opportunities to make a huge difference.  As you know, the Spring for Schools luncheon is not happening the way we anticipated this year. We are still seeking donations to help fully fund our current emergency  programs, as well as supporting initiatives for the 2020/2021 school year. 
 
To see your funding in action, check out this video: Bellevue Schools Foundation: Safeguarding The Mental Health of Our Students
 
Please visit the Bellevue Schools Foundation website for more information!
 
If you or your family is experiencing challenges related to our current economic/health environment, the BSF is here to help.  Please feel free to reach out to me, or to the BSF directly so we can get you the support you need! 
 
In wellness,
Allison Frey, BSF Ambassador to Medina, BSF Trustee
 

Bellevue LifeSpring

Bellevue LifeSpring is providing emergency food, pantry, and eviction-prevention assistance to BSD families.

To learn more or donate, please visit their website HERE or their Amazon wishlist HERE.

 

Medina PTA is Growing
 
The Medina Elementary PTA has a long history of excellence and achievement -that begins with our wonderful and talented team of volunteers. Looking ahead to next year we need people who are passionate about partnering with us to advocate for our kids, school, and community. We hope to provide more programs, opportunities for service projects, and meaningful community building experiences and events for the families at our school. 
 
If you have knowledge of, a background in, or experience with finance, running programs, or talents in other areas- we want to hear from you! Please email us at: info@medinapta.org and we will provide more details! Thank you for considering a commitment to volunteerism within our organization!
 
Area Activities

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

  • FIRST LEGO League Alliance of Bellevue is a group of parents who are willing to mentor small teams of students in LEGO robotics. View their flyer here.
  • University of Washington summer camps are now open for registration. For more information, visit http://www.summer-camp.uw.edu/.
  • Wise Camps is offering summer camps this July 2020 for students entering grades 1-11 in math, chemistry, engineering, cooking, baking, finance, rocketry, medicine, art, marine science, programming, forensic science, Model UN & pre-SAT. Camps are held at Newport High School. Sign up at www.wisecamps.org
  • Cub Scouts Pack 435

Quick Links

Amazon Smile: You can raise money for Medina Elementary when shopping at Amazon! Make your purchases via our Amazon Smile page, and 0.5% of your purchase will go to our school.

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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