THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #03 September 10, 2017

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Presidents' Welcome Message

 

This week, school is in full swing!


Curriculum Night is on Wednesday, September 13th from 5:30 pm-7:00pm. See below for details.
Don't forget, Picture Day is on Friday, September 15th.
Also, you can purchase a Yearbook for your child on the Medina PTA website. These are offered at the pre-order rate of $18 for just a bit longer. Once the order is placed, there will only be limited additional copies available.

 

Have a great week!

 

Tracy and Anita 

 

CURRICULUM NIGHT

This year, Curriculum Night will be held on Wednesday, September 13th from 5:30-7:00 pm.
5:15-6:00 pm    Open Cafeteria for Nutrition Program Information with Stephanie Chung, Head Cook.
5:30-5:55 pm    K, 1st, 2nd Grade Classrooms with Teachers.
6:00-6:30 pm   Gym with Medina Administrators, Specialists (Music, Art, PE, Library),PTA.
6:35-7:00 pm   3rd, 4th, 5th Grade Classrooms with Teachers.

Get Ready for School Calendars
 SCHOOL PICTURE ORDERS

School Picture Day is Friday September 15, 2017. Pre-orders for picture packages may be placed directly through  MyLifetouch website.
1. Go to MyLifetouch.com.
2. Enter your Picture Day ID, which is LS117071Q0

Don't forget to purchase a Yearbook for your child! Click here to purchase. 

2017-18 School Supplies

School supply lists can be found on the school website. You can get a hard copy of the school supply list or access a direct link to Amazon to purchase the supplies. Furthermore, if you buy your supplies via our Amazon Smile page, 0.5% of your purchase will go to our 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 2017-18 school year.

September

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
                                               Sept 1     
4 5 6 7 8           
No
School
8:10am
PTA General Assembly
Chess
Club Registration Opens
6:30pm   
Ice Cream Social 

Kindergarten
Brunch

11 12 13 14 15
 

 7:25am Running Club Start

11:00am 2nd Grade Brunch

6:30pm Curriculum Night

7:25am Running Club Start 

Picture Day
5th Grade Cocktails

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

Dad's Night Out

Join in our School Events
PTA Pulse

Dance-A-Thon

Building Community for a Brighter Future!

 SAVE THE DATE FOR MEDINA'S SECOND ANNUAL

DANCE-A-THON: Friday, 10/20/17.

We are so excited to announce that we have already had 37 families donate $7520 to our Dance-A-thon Fundraiser!  Wow!  And this number is current after only two days of school.  We are sure by this time next week that number will be at least double!

It takes COMMUNITY EFFORT to put on an event like Danceathon. In addition to our goal of raising $50,000, our efforts are focused on the coming together of families new to the area and those who are longtime Medina Tiger parents.   If you are interesting in helping out in any capacity or have ideas on how you might help, please reach out to  danceathon@medinapta.org. We’ll have roles both big and small that can fit your schedule.

Donations are now being accepted on the TCOB form on the Medina PTA website.    Family  members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles  and even friends outside of Medina are welcome to donate as well, so please pass the link on to them. Our goal is $100 per student, but any amount is welcome and APPRECIATED.  Also DOUBLE YOUR DONATION by taking a moment to find out if your employer supports corporate matching.

RUNNERS' CLUB KICK OFF

Starting this Tuesday and Thursday at 7:25am,  we will be having our morning Runners club.   Please feel free to drop your children off or join them for some morning exercise.  You do not need to sign up ahead of time.  All grades are welcome and children can walk or run.    We will track your child's performance, and give them small foot tokens for every 5 miles they run.  Please meet at the new field, we look forward to a wonderful kick off this week! 

5th GRADE COCKTAIL PARTY

Friday September 15 @ 7pm

Attention all Parents with 5th graders, please join us as we raise our glasses to our children's last year at Medina Elementary School.   This years party will be held by Renee Hawke (Kellie), Jodi Lipon (Riley) and Carrie Montague (Izzy).  The PTA, will be sponsoring the event and it is open to all parents with a 5th grader.   Please sign up on the PTA website by Wednesday so we know how many parents will be joining us.

MOM'S NIGHT OUT

Newport Yacht Club

(81 Skagit Key, Bellevue)

Friday, October 6, 2017

 6:00-9:00PM

Medina Mom’s Night Out – Sip & Paint.  Join us at the spacious Newport Yacht Club, 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!

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.

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.

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.  

 Library Volunteers

Calling all library volunteers! If you were a library volunteer last year and would like to help again this year, please email library@medinapta.org, and we will add your name to our list. For the first few weeks of school, we will only be asking previously trained volunteers to assist during class library time. If you have not volunteered in the past and are interested in helping this year, please contact us, and include your student’s teacher. Once we have a schedule for each classroom's library time and we know the number of volunteers needed, we will reach out with available training dates and volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Browne and Rebecca Johnston, Library Co-Chairs, at library@medinapta.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  
2nd Grade: September 12th from 11am-1pm. Hosted by Rebecca Johnston at the Johnston residence.  RSVP here
3rd Grade: September 15th from 10am -12pm. Hosted by Shanna Case at the Case residence. RSVP here
4th Grade: TBD
5th Grade :  September 15th at 7pm, Hosted by Carrie Montague, Renee Hawkes and Jodi Lipon at the Montague residence. RSVP here

Engage in After School Activities

Wondering what to do on Wednesdays after school? Chess Club starts September 27th. Don't miss this opportunity to give your child the gift of chess scholarship-right at school. We welcome students from all grades and of all experience levels. The 2017-18 season has 28 sessions and runs from September to May.


REGISTRATION OPENS ONLINE at www.medinapta.org on Wednesday, September 6th. You can drop off a registration form and check at the school office starting the 6th if you do not want to register online. Forms are on the PTA website and in the office. Space for the Kindergarten class is limited and is first come, first served.?? Please check Chess Club website at http://medinapta.org/Page/StudentPrograms/ChessClub for more information.


Please save September 20th for Family Chess Night (6-7:30pm) at Medina Elementary.

 

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.

Tune in to Community Events

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

Latest Activities:

  • Bellevue School District Gifted Programs Office is now accepting applications for testing. See details here.
  • Sponge Classes. See details here.
  • The Bellevue High School Cheer squad is holding their annual Jr Cheer clinic on Friday October 13 from 10-2. See details here.
  • Free green cleaning workshops in Bellevue.See details here.

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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