Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #12 - November 12, 2017

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Presidents' Message

Missoula Children’s Theater is here this week. Auditions are being held on Monday for this year’s production of Gulliver’s Travels. There will be two shows on Saturday, 11/18 at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm.

Check out our new fundraiser for Medina Elementary: the Medina Wine Club! A donation to the Medina Elementary PTA will be made for every membership. See below for details.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants of this year’s Reflections Art Competition!

Have a great week!
Tracy and Anita

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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 or 425-394-9437. 



Thanks to everyone who stopped by at the Reflection Art Show and cast their vote for their favorite piece of work. We had an amazing collection of visual art, music composition and literature work on display!

The winners of the popular vote were:

 1st place: Eva Chen, Ms Morgan’s class, 3rd grade

 2nd place: Jonathan Xie, Ms Arnold’s class, 2nd grade

 3rd place: Kari Koleva, Ms Muller’s class, 3rd grade

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who participated in this year’s Reflection Art Competition! It is so inspiring tosee all this talent at our school. Parents will receive an email regarding advancement to the Bellevue School District level.

 For questions please email: 


Medina Wine Club

Are you a wine lover who enjoys discovering rarer wines from the NW? Would you like Medina Elementary PTA to receive a donation when you purchase something you already enjoy?

Medina Wine is offering Medina families either a 4 or 6 bottle monthly wine club. The wine selection is curated from exclusive releases not available in stores. They have committed to making a sizable donation per wine club membership. While you can purchase this as a gift as well, all deliveries must be in the Medina/downtown Bellevue areas. Thanks to Medina Wine for this commitment to their community. Please fill in Wine Club Medina Order From to submit your order ! 

What's New This Week

Dear Medina families,
Every year Jubilee Reach provides Thanksgiving Baskets to hard working families who may need some extra assistance.  If you would like to receive a basket, please complete the Thanksgiving Food Drive form and return it to the Medina Elementary School office in a confidential envelope addressed to me.  (Don’t worry about the date deadline but please try to return as soon as possible.)  Pick-up will be at Jubilee Reach and not at the school.  Please email me at or call me at 425-456-5410 if you have any questions. 

Thank you,

Elise Geck

School Counselor/Psychologist 


Families Helping Families Sent You A Card

Dear friends,
Thank you for your ongoing support for the Thanksgiving Food Drive. Because of your generosity, we have fed over 25,000 people in less than 10 years. 

In the spirit of gratitude and community, we'd like to invite you to participate in this year's 10th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Together, we can make sure that our neighbors in need have a Thanksgiving of happy memories and full bellies. Join us in our mission to leave a legacy of love through serving our community. 

We're trotting into Thanksgiving! Lots of you have reached out asking how you can help with this year's food drive efforts. Please feel free to send this information to all your friends and family so we can all serve and celebrate together!

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Donate food items:
Northup or Bellevue Village QFC on November 10th, 11th, and 12th.

Wishing you and yours a joyous and bountiful Thanksgiving,

The Families Helping Families Team

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 if you are interested.



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 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. 

Engage in After School Activities

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!

Math Kangaroo Competition

Where: Medina Elementary School
When:  3/15/18 (Thursday)
Time:  2:45 - 4 pm
Who: 3rd - 5th graders at Medina

Math Kangaroo is an international math competition consisting of a 75 min. multiple choice test completed individually.  It is open to all Medina students from 3rd grade through 5th grade. Registration is open until 15 December 2017. Fee is $20 per student. If you would like to register your student, please follow this LINK

[Medina is not listed in the site drop-down menu because we are hosting Medina students only.  Please use the following private session access code to select Medina as your location:  WAMEDIN0001328] 


Invitation to Math Challenge Tournament Fall 2017

Math Challenge Tournament is a National Math Tournament for grade 2 to 5 students. This tournament enables students to showcase both their math fundamental and problem-solving skills.  It is open for all students from 2nd grade through 5th grade.

Where: Medina Elementary School
When: November, 28th 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:45 - 4 pm 

Registration is extended until November 17 2017. Fee is $20 per student. If you would like to register your student, please follow this LINK. Please do review the general information about this math competition on their website, and the sample tests as well. 

If you have, any questions please email 

Tune in to Community Events

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