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Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #08 - October 15, 2017

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Dance-A-Thon

Building Blocks for a Brighter Future!

MEDINA'S SECOND ANNUAL

DANCE-A-THON: Friday, 10/20/17 from 5:30pm-8pm

EVERYBODY SPREAD THE WORD. WE’RE GONNA HAVE A CELEBRATION…and it’s Dance-a-thon Family Night on Friday, October 20th from 5:30pm-8pm! .  So far, as of October 6th, we have raised $16,906.   At this point, we have one week left  to reach our goal of $55,000 to help fund Instructional Aides, Technology Resources, Curriculum Enhancements and so much more for our school.  We hope with everyone’s help and support, we will be able to achieve this figure, as we have done so in the past.

Parents and guests may donate online via the following links:

Donation link for parents registered on our website:  http://medinapta.org/Packet/Danceathon

Donation link for guests:  http://medinapta.org/Packet/DanceathonGuest

Please Don’t forget about corporate matching if you’re able to do so!

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.  In keeping with our Brighter Future theme, not only will our kids be glowing that night, but so will everything else, including glowing games, face painting, shirts and décor. 
You might also be the lucky winner of a Gift basket and/or a pair of Seahawks tickets!

There will be food trucks on the premises to purchase food, so no need to cook.

Volunteers for the week will be needed and appreciated.  Thank you to all those who have already graciously signed up to volunteer.  Volunteer spots are filling up fast, so if you are interested in helping out, please check out the following SignUp Genius link for volunteer opportunities.  There is a volunteer schedule for parent dance instructors on this link as well.
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F044CA5AF2FAAFB6-danceathon

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Ian Olsen at danceathon@medinapta.org


Disaster Relief Donations

In light of the numerous natural disasters that have occurred in the last month or so, many in our generous community have asked how Medina can help. While we cannot necessarily collect and send supplies at this time, we can offer a way to donate to the organizations that can help. The American Red Cross has assisted in humanitarian disaster relief across the globe and are working to find ways to assist in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas as those areas begin to rebuild and recover. We have included their link and organization description below.
The American Red Cross, also known as the American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education in the United States. It is the designated US affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. See HERE for more information and how to donate.

What's New This Week

Looking For A Creative Volunteer 

We are hoping to find someone who is creative and good with visual projects.  The school would like to create a wall, for our community to see and reference, of all of our full staff, pictures, names, and jobs.  We have an interested staff member who will be a point person as well and would love to find a parent volunteer who has an interest in this. Please contact president@medinapta.org if you are interested.


Spirit/Dance-a-thon Week is next week!  

Monday – Medina Tiger T-Shirt Day 

Tuesday – Pajama Day!!! (bring sneakers for PE) 

Wednesday – Crazy Sock Day 

Thursday – Wear Neon colors 

                                                                  Friday – Crazy Hair Day, wear your Tiger T-shirt

Calendar

  October

Mon  Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri
Oct 2   3  4 6
     

 Walk to School Day

6:00pm Mom's Night Out

Paint and Sip 

9  10 11 12 13      
        

 No School

16  17 18 19 20

Dance-A-Thon

Medina Tiger  T-Shirt Day 

 Dance-A-Thon

Pajama Day!!! (bring sneakers for PE)

Dance-A-Thon

Crazy Sock Day     

Dance-A-Thon

Crazy Hair Day, wear your Tiger T-shirt

Dance-A-Thon

Family Dance

23  24 25 26 27
       

 Movie Night  @6:30pm

Despicable Me 3

30  31      
   

 

 

 

 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!

 

Engage in After School Activities

 

Are you ready to get creative through your own original work such as: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production?  This year’s Reflections Program theme is "Within Reach"
Get your creative juices flowing and come up with your artwork today. Everyone is welcome to participate. See more information and participation guidelines in the link provided below. Entry forms can be found HERE.

Submission Deadline:  Friday, November 3rd 2017 in the School office
For More Info:  http://medinapta.org/Page/StudentPrograms/Reflections
Email:  reflections@medinapta.org


Miss Muller and Mr. Pennewell are excited to meet all the 4th and 5th graders that have signed up!  We are looking forward to a year full of kindness activities and challenges.  Remember to come up the back stairs by the Preschool playground and we meet on Thursday and Friday mornings from 7:40-8:00AM.  You do not have to come to every meeting but we are hoping to have everyone there the first two weeks as we have a big project to launch immediately!  We’ll see you soon!


 

Ski Bus Winter 2018!

Ski bus registration will begin online on Tuesday October 17 at 7:45 am, yep no more waiting in line!!!

Please read the info below and go to the links , we do still need signed waiver- can be turned in at front office, the link to register for ski bus will be active starting on October 17.  You can click on forms for lots of information and please get the waiver signed and turned into to office.

General Information:

Ski Bus runs after school on Wednesdays, with the bus departing at 1:00 pm to give students a chance to change and get ready. We return to school at around 5:30 pm. The program dates are 1/10,1/17,1/24,1/31, 2/7 and 2/14.

The lesson program is open to all Medina Elementary students (K-5). However, transportation on the Ski Bus is available only for students in grades 1-5 (sorry, but there is no bus for kindies). This is a PTA-sponsored activity, and for insurance purposes,you must be a current PTA member to sign up your child for this program.  There are different options available, but at the minimum, you will need to purchase the Summit L-T-D Pass. You can learn more and order your season pass on the Summit at Snoqualmie website.

We look forward to another great and hopefully very snowy ski season!

Registration Information:

**Ski Bus online registration will begin Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 7:45 am. YOU WILL STILL NEED TO TURN IN SIGNED FORM TO OFFICE.  You can find the forms here. Please read through all paperwork and forms.   If your child will be taking lessons but not riding on the bus, then you can submit your forms to the front office. We will be sending out an email by 11/6 with instructions on how to sign up for ski lessons and purchase your season pass.

Click Here or the green button below to start your registration.

Please note that for insurance purposes, you must be a current PTA member to register your child for this activity. We will have two buses going up to Alpental, and we can take up to 92 students on the buses. Parents also have the option of driving their students to the lessons. If you plan to drive rather than have your child ride the bus, then you do not have to sign up for ski bus.  Please send us an email, if you are driving your child- not taking bus- we will send you information on signing up for lessons and purchasing a season pass.- you do need to still sign waiver and  turn into office.


 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.


Save the Date – November 18th, 2017

Well, it’s that time of the year again where we are super excited to welcome Missoula Children’s Theatre to Medina Elementary.  This year’s performance will be the unique interpretation of the treasured children’s classic, Gulliver’s Travels!  For those of you who are new to our school, the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), the Nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for several years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team arrives at Medina Elementary on November 13th, 2017 with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play...except the cast. That’s where our talented, young students come in.  An MCT tour team will hold open auditions for Gulliver’s Travels after school starting Monday, 11/13. The audition/rehearsal time will start at 2:45 pm in the cafeteria. There will be after school rehearsals every day the week of November 13th, followed by two performances on Saturday, 11/18, at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm. There is no charge to attend the performances.

Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through the participation in this unique, educational project.  MCT's mission is to develop life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.  Be sure to mark your calendar and join in the fun!

Click HERE for audition information.

*** MCT play is open to a limited number of actors. Should your child not receive a role this time, click HERE to learn how to help kids deal with disappointment   If your child does not deal well with disappointment, this activity may not be for them at this time.

*** We are looking for two families who would like to host the two MCT Tour Actor/Directors. The host families will provide the housing for the MCT Tour Actor/Directors for 7 nights, from Sunday Nov 12th afternoon to Sunday 19th morning. The Tour Actor/Directors and the host families often have wonderful memories and may launch new friendships. This is a wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange for the team and the host families. Acceptance is guaranteed if a host family's child wants to be in the show. First come, first serve.

Questions about MCT?  Want to host?
Please contact Dongqin Feng or Julia Zhu at programs@medinapta.org or 425-394-9437. 


 

Family Movie Night!!!  Featuring Despicable Me 3

Please join us on Friday, 10/27 at 6:30 pm for Family Movie Night at Medina Elementary in the Multi-Purpose Room !  The feature presentation will be Despicable Me 3! Free admission! Free popcorn!
Feel free to bring your picnic blankets, fluffies and pillows! Kids are welcomed to wear their Halloween costumes if they choose to! But please make sure they do NOT wear masks or bring toy weapons.
Parents are required to stay for the event. No drop-offs please.
This is a PTA-sponsored event. For more information, please contact Julia Zhu or Dongqin Feng at programs@medinapta.org.

Synopsis
Gru meet his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. Come for minions. ??
Hope to see you all there!

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