THE BYTE

Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #05 - September 24, 2017
 
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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! 

The remaining brunches are:
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 ANNUAL DANCE-A-THON:  Friday, 10/20/17

YOU SHOULD BE DANCING, YEAH!  And you soon will be! 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 during the lunch periods and 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!


  Walk to School Day 10/4 

The Mayor will be proclaiming October 4th as Walk to School Day in Bellevue. We look forward to participating in this city wide event. Next week you will start seeing signs to get ready for the big day!

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  Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri
                               Sept 1     
4   6 7 8           
11   13 14 15
18   20 21 22
25   27 28 29
   

12:15pm

First Day of Chess Club

5:30pm

First Grade Get Together

10:00am 4th Grade Brunch

6:00pm Dad's Night Out at Colin Hawkes' Residence.

 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, 9/27: FIRST DAY OF CHESS CLUB.
 

Medina Elementary Family Day with Sounders Flyer Oct 22nd , 2017

Join your Medina friends and families at a Sounders FC Match!
Watch 2016 MLS Cup Champions Seattle Sounders FC take on the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field!
Ticket price is $24 per ticket. For each ticket you purchase, $5 will go back to Medina PTA! So the more you purchase, the more you are helping our Medina Elementary community!
To secure your tickets, please purchase by Friday October 6th !
Go to http://medinapta.org/Packet/FamilyDaySounders to purchase the tickets.
Checks and cash are accepted as well. Checks should be payable to Medina PTA.
Please purchase tickets as a group if you like to sit together.
Tickets are expected to be distributed to students during the week of October 16th.
Contact programs@medinapta.org if you have any questions. 


 

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!!!! 

 

 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/

DI team Registration opened on September 18, 2017. The $150 registration fee is waived for team managers of teams that have already been formed. If your child is interested in DI but does not have a team formed, please email di@medinapta.org and we will try our best to connect you with a team.


This semester we will be launching our all new 10-week Super Hero curriculum,

which integrates project based learning into a
cumulative problem-solving final project,
where your children will come up with
innovative solutions and designs
to solve challenges our community faces! 

Before that we will complete
school kindness projects,
community service projects,
learn about mindfulness of our 5 senses and feelings,
and do tons of team-building games and projects!

 This fall's session runs September 27 - December 6, with no class November 22 (for break).
Class will be held Wednesdays (early dismissal day) after school at Medina until 1:20.

More info and registration at: www.campkindnesscounts.org/afterschool

Tune in to Community Events
For local area activities, events, sports, and information, visit our PTA website.

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