THE BYTE

Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #04 - September 17, 2017
 
Meet Other  Parents
 

Medina Elementary has a wonderful tradition of having grade level brunches at the beginning of the school year. The brunches provide parents with an opportunity to reconnect after the summer break and also for new and existing parents to connect in an informal setting. These events are a great way to build community. These events are FREE, but we do ask that you RSVP. You will get the Host’s address when you RSVP. Looking forward to seeing you there! 
 

1st Grade: September 28th at 5:30pm. Hosted by Amy Bacon, Liz Quinn, Michelle Razore & Stephanie Thaut at Thaut Home. RSVP here.  
4th Grade: September 29th from 10am -12pm. Hosted by the Zhangs & Lyn Jenkins at Liming & Ruipin Zhang home. RSVP here

Join in our School Events

 Dance-A-Thon

SAVE THE DATE FOR

MEDINA'S SECOND ANNUALDANCE-A-THON:  Friday, 10/20/17

All you’ll want to do is DANCE, DANCE, DANCE…and here’s your chance! Our Dance-a- thon team is gearing up to bring our Medina Community tons of fun at our 2nd annual Dance-a- thon fundraiser which our school will be kicking off on Friday, September 29th . We will have three weeks to reach our goal of $50,000 to help fund Instructional Aides, Technology Resources, Curriculum Enhancements and so much more for our school.
We have so much fun planned for the kids during the event this year. During the week of October 16th , we will have a DJ coming to school to teach the kids some fancy dance moves which they will be showcasing for all on the evening of Friday, October 20th at Dance-a- thon Family Night. Also, that night, in keeping with our Brighter Future theme, not only will our kids be glowing, but so will everything else, including glowing games, face painting, shirts and décor. Gift baskets will be awarded that night, as well as, a pair of Seahawks tickets. There will be food trucks on the premises to purchase food, so no need to cook or clean that night.
Volunteers for the week will be needed and appreciated. If you are interested in helping
out or would like more information, please contact Ian Olsen at danceathon@medinapta.org


MOM'S NIGHT OUT 

Medina Mom’s Night Out – Sip & Paint.  Join us at the spacious Newport Yacht Club (81 Skagit Key, Bellevue) Friday, October 6, 2017 6:00-9:00PM, conveniently located in South Bellevue.  This fun event includes 3 hours with professional artist, Kate Wang of Yuan Yuan Studios as well as art supplies, appetizers and beverages.  Be inspired to design a model portrait or create a masterpiece of your own.  Celebrate the new school year by catching up with old friends and meeting new ones while you paint, sip, socialize and enjoy the scenic views of Lake Washington.  Register HERE – don’t miss out!

What's New This Week

Library Volunteers

Library volunteers are still needed for the following classes:  Lee, McClelland/Johnson, Muller, Lavaris, Seery, Morgan, Tenace, Ptak, McQuade and Wright.  If your child is in one of these classes and you’d like to help in the library, please email Carrie Browne and Rebecca Johnston (your library co-chairs) at library@medinapta.org.  There are times available during your child’s library time, or in the morning, helping to check in and shelve books.  Some classes need more than others, so if we respond that your class is full, please consider the non-class specific, morning check-in role.  Thank you! 

To help in the library, training is required and is handled by the library co-chairs.  Those who sign up to volunteer will be contacted about the date and time of the training.


Yearbook Class Photographers & Contributors 

Calling all photographers! There are a lot of events to start the school year so we would like to encourage early sign-ups for yearbook classroom photographers. Each class needs 1-2 photographers to take photos for the yearbook. Capture fun moments in the classroom and at recess and special events. Contributors are also welcome to submit photos of students, staff, and teachers in everyday moments and during activities throughout the school year. More info and detailed descriptions are available on the yearbook page. Contact Linda Corets, Yearbook Chair, at yearbook@medinapta.org to sign up. Please include your child’s grade and teacher in the email.

Calendar

  September

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
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11 12 13 14 15
18 19 20 21 22
    6pm Chess Club Family Night    
25 26 27 28 29
   

12:15pm First Day of Chess Club

5:30pm First Grade Get Together

10:00am Forth Grade Get Brunch

 District Calendars 

 You can find the monthly Bellevue School District calendar HERE on the district website. There is also the entire calendar for the 2017-18 school year. 

Participate in the PTA

Taking Care Of Business

Back to school means Taking Care of Business(TCOB)! Use the QR Reader on your mobile

device and scan here to purchase your PTA Membership, sign up for Back to School brunches, and preorder yearbooks, or you can go to the TCOB page on the PTA website or you can access as a PDF file, which you can print out and turn in to the school office.

 

PTA Membership

Join the Medina PTA. Membership dues are $14 or $26 for families AND you’ll receive a free directory with each membership. Our goal is to have 100% participation through our parent community!

PTA Volunteering

We have key PTA volunteer roles that need to be filled so that we can continue to offer our great programs and events. Check out our Medina PTA Volunteer Opportunities webpage for more information and to access the volunteer form.

Engage in After School Activities

 

Save the Date: 

Wednesday, 9/20: Join us in the gym from 6 pm - 7:30 pm or Chess Club Family Night. Meet the coaches, learn about the program, and play some chess. 
Wednesday, 9/27: FIRST DAY OF CHESS CLUB.
 

Math Club

Medina 2017-2018 Math Club registration is open! Due to the large number of interested students last year, we are expanding the math club. We have a totally redesigned club and the rules are quite different. Please review the math club webpage at http://medinapta.org/Page/StudentPrograms/mathclub for details. Be sure to read the webpage and attached documents before registering. The information and assessment session will be on Tuesday, Sept 19, from 2:40 pm to 4 pm, at Medina Gym. All interested students are required to take the assessment test, and all interested parents are required to attend the information meeting at the same time. If you do not find an answer to your question online or in the documents, please direct them to mathclub@medinapta.org. 


 

Ski Bus Winter 2018!

We are super excited to get Ski Bus going!

We are working on getting ski bus to an online registration format.  Registration will be sometime mid to late October. Ski bus dates are  Jan 10,17,24,31 and Feb.7,14.We leave from school at 1pm. We are also in the process of updating our information on MedinaPTA website-  it is a good place to look if you would like more information.  Please stay tuned, more information to follow.  We are excited for another great ski bus season, your chairs Manda Ederer and Mette Naness.
 
Think SNOW!!!! 

Come to our first meeting on Thursday, September 21st from 8:15am-10:15am in the school’s Multi Purpose Room to find out.

I-Connect is an award-winning PTA program that connects new and existing parents at our school to help build relationships, foster participation, and strengthen our school community. 

Our new principal, Dr. Laurie Harvey, along with Vice Principal, Hunter Sissom, will join us to speak about what’s happening at Medina Elementary this coming year. Our PTA Co-presidents, Tracy Mayclin and Anita Bagga, will also be sharing with us their agenda for the year ahead.

We will have coffee and treats, get to know one another, and share insights on settling in to the new school year. 

Visit the Medina I-Connect webpage for more information. If you have any questions about I-Connect, please email the organizers at i-connect@medinapta.org.

I-Connect Organizers for 2017-18:

Alicia Alibhai, Eileen Foley, Lyn Jenkins, Evonne Lai and Denise Stolte

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!


 Welcome to Medina DI 2017-2018 season. DI is a team-based problem-solving competition which teaches and encourages students to be creative, to think outside of the box and to collaborate in a variety of unique challenges.  Medina PTA Destination Imagination is a program wholly run by parent volunteers. To organize a team, simply reach out to interested friends, fill out the Registration Interest form and online. Medina PTA DI club is here to provide new team manager training, Instant Challenge Workshop, Appraiser Training, registration, T-shirt ordering and more. 

2017-2018 team challenge preview is ready https://www.destinationimagination.org/blog/the-2017-18-team-challenges-are-now-available/

We will host a Q & A meeting about What is DI on  Monday September 18, 2017 19:30-20:30 at Starbucks at 10214 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 (next See's Candy). See you there.

DI Team Registration is open on September 18, 2017.  Please note this is only for DI kid that has team formed . Team manager is waived for $150 registration fee. If your kid is interested in DI and not have a team formed, please email di@medinapta.org, we will try our best to connect you with a team.  


The Medina PTA Drama is an after school program working in conjunction with Studio East! The classes will take place on Mondays (2:45pm-4:15pm), 9/25/17 to 10/30/17 at Medina Elementary. Class sizes are limited to 30 students per class. Registration will open Tuesday 9/12 and close midnight Wednesday, 9/20. It will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Class fee is $85 total, for all 6 classes.

Register for the classes HERE.

PTA membership is required before the student can sign up this Medina PTA sponsored club. If you have not joined yet, click HERE to do so now.  

Tune in to Community Events
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