Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #18 - December 31, 2017

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Presidents' Message

Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope your holiday break was a great one whether you travelled or stayed in town. 2018 promises to be a full year with many activities for us and our children. First off, we have our first evening PTA meeting this coming Friday 1/5/18. We will be providing pizza and childcare in the form of a movie night with parent volunteers to watch our kids. We ask that you please plan on attending as we have a couple important financial votes we need to have and we need enough people to attend to make that happen. We will also be learning about the upcoming levies for our schools that will be on the February ballot. We promise that the meeting will take less time than the movie! It is also a good chance to find out what our committees have been up to. We are excited to talk more about the upcoming March auction, as well as the winter activities that will be available for our children.

Thank you for all you do for our Medina community and school. It couldn't be done without you!

Tracy and Anita (Co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA)

PTA General Assembly Meeting

While your child(ren) are enjoying the movie in the Multipurpose Room, please join us for the General Assembly Meeting in the school Library
Pizza will be available at 6:00pm and the movie will start at 6:30pm. 
The General Assembly meeting will also start at 6:30 pm in the Library. 
Join in our School Events

Family Movie Night!!!  Featuring Spider-man: Homecoming

Please join us on Friday, 1/5 at 6:30 pm for Family Movie Night at Medina Elementary in the Multi-Purpose Room!  The feature presentation will be Spider-man:Homecoming! Free admissions! Free popcorn! And Free pizza! We will vote some important items, so please come.

Please Feel free to bring your picnic blankets, fluffies and pillows! 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


Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.

Hope to see you there! 

 Wrap-up your holiday shopping at 

and Amazon donates to Medina Parent Teacher Association.



Let's go ice skating!!  Enjoy this fun winter activity at the south end of Downtown Park in Downtown Bellevue, just south of Bellevue Square and help Medina!!  Mention you are from Medina Elementary when you purchase your tickets and they will make a donation to our PTA for our school!!
The ice rink is a temporary structure at the Bellevue Downtown Park in Downtown Bellevue, just south of Bellevue Square. It features the region’s largest covered open-air ice (real frozen water) skating experience, a tent covers the rink surface for those days when it is raining. In addition, there is a heated tent adjacent to the rink for those who would like to visit without skating can enjoy watching while keeping warm. A concession stand offers hot chocolate, along with other treats, to keep your hands warm.

Admission to the rink is $14/person (includes skate rental), $10/person for ages eight and under.

Interested in learning how to skate? Visit the ice arena December 12-14, January 2-4 and 9-11 between 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. courtesy of Overlake Medical Center, to learn how to skate from the pros! Skating instructors will be on-site to give complimentary skating lessons. Normal admission rates apply for each skater.
The rink is open from now until December 15, 2017 and again from January 2-15, 2018.

November 24-December 15, 2017 & January 2-15, 2018
More information about the Bellevue Magic Season can be found here.


 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 !  

 New Laptop or iPad for the Holidays?

Please consider donating your old working laptop, iPad or tablet to our school's tech program! It will be wiped clean of everything but the operating system. If interested in making this generous donation, please contact Shafiqa Darani at

Visual Arts: American Artists See flyer.

This exploratory art course enables students to work with a wide variety of art materials, develop art skills, and learn art historical content. We will explore art from a variety of American artists while creating both 2d and 3d works of art.

Mondays, 1/8-3/26

No class: 1/15, 1/29, 2/19 & 3/19

Time: 2:35pm-3:50pm

Room: TBD

Grades: K-5

Price: $176 ($22/class - 8 classes)



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Back to School      



PTA General Assembly meeting @6:30pm Library

Movie Night:

Spider Man: Homecoming!

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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



The 12th Annual All-City Chess Tournament will be on Saturday, 1/20/2018, at Medina Elementary. Check-in for the tournament is between 8:00 to 8:30 am, and games begin at 9:00 am. We welcome all players in grades K-6, including students who are not in the Chess Club this year. If your child plays in only one tournament this year, let this be the one!?It is a wonderful learning experience, and the students have a great time. All participants must register in advance. No exceptions. You can register for the tournament HERE. Please note that Medina Chess Club members are NOT automatically registered for this tournament. If your child wants to participate, you must register for the tournament. For more information, visit the Chess Club webpage ( or contact Chess Club Co-Chairs, Gulin Goktepe and Yu Liu, at

Chess Club Information

Medina Chess Club meets every Wednesday after school from 12:15 - 1:25 (1:50 for our Advanced class). The 2017-2018 season begins WEDNESDAY ......


More competition registration open, deadline is 1/15/2018

 Math is Cool:

 Mount Rainier High School, 22450 19th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198

 5th grade: Friday, 3/9/2018, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 4th grade: Friday, 3/16/2018, 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 registration link:



 Newport High School, 4333 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

Saturday, 3/17/2018, 2:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 registration link:


WSMC Blaine:

 Blaine High School, 1055 H St, Blaine, WA 98230

 Saturday, 3/24/2018, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

 registration link:


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] 

Tune in to Community Events

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

New Update:

Registration for the 2018 Bellevue Girls Lacrosse spring season for grades 3rd-8th is now open!

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