Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #20 - January 14, 2018

Presidents' Message

Welcome back from our long weekend! It is amazing that we are already halfway through January. We are excited to be hosting the All-City chess tournament this Saturday the 20th. We want to thank Gulin and Yu, our chess chairs, and all the volunteers who are going to make this event possible.

We want to thank everyone who was able to attend our PTA meeting on Friday 1/5. We were able to listen to an update on our upcoming auction in March, hear from our chairs on their various programs and take a couple of important votes to support education in our Bellevue School District. The kids seemed to have a fun time at movie night as well and we look forward to combining events like this in the future.

Have a terrific week!

Thank you,

Tracy and Anita
Co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA 

Yes ! Bellevue School District Levies

To continue a high-quality public education for our students, VOTE YES three times for the Bellevue School District levies on the February ballot!

The Bellevue School District has more than 20,000 students, and every one of them benefits from the levies. From art, music, band and orchestra for elementary students, to 7th period classes and tutorial for all middle and high school students; from nurses, counselors and technology staff to smartboards, projectors and printers; from shared and individual laptops to major building repairs and buses; from language immersion to gifted and special ed programs – ALL of our students benefit. What’s more, a strong public school system attracts families and businesses creating a strong community and a thriving local economy. We hope you will VOTE YES three times!

To learn more, like Bellevue Quality Schools on Facebook, or visit:

Voter Registration Session

VOTER REGISTRATION FOR THE 2/13/18 Special Election. 

The last day to register to vote for the February special election where our school levies will be on the ballot is January 15. If you are eligible to vote but not yet registered, please follow the link below to register to vote in this very important election.

While you can vote online in this election, you would still need to return your paper ballot. Paper ballot is recommended as the most efficient method of voting in the state of Washington.

Registering to vote in Washington is a simple process and you have several options. You can register:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • In person.

NOTE: Washington residents vote by mail. To receive your ballot, you must be registered to vote and be sure that your address is correctIf you want to vote in person, contact your county elections department BEFORE you complete your voter registration.

Online Voter Registration

To register to vote online, you must have:

Simply complete the registration process on the Secretary of State MyVote website. You will just need to answer a few qualifying questions and provide some information about yourself.

Register In Person or By Mail

You can register to vote in person at the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL).

Alternatively, you can:

Join in our School Events

 Community Outreach Survey

The community outreach team developed a survey to gather some information from families about which areas of the CASEL competencies and Internet Safety they want more information on.  Could you please include the link below in your weekly newsletter.  Let parents know it will only take about five minutes to fill out the survey.

Thanks for your help

    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) 

Middle School Parent Information Night

5th Grade Chinook Parent Information Night Thursday 1/18/2018

5th grade families with students considering attending Chinook Middle School next fall are invited to our Parent Information Night on Thursday, January 18. Due to the revised timeline for Open Enrollment in the Bellevue School District this year, this event has been moved up to provide families who are considering alternatives to their neighborhood school the opportunity to learn more about Chinook and the opportunities offered at this school.
The presentation starts at 6:30 PM and will conclude at 8:00. Come learn about the curriculum, different school programs, and amazing electives offered at Chinook. This is not a required event for students who are planning on attending Chinook next year but all are invited to get a brief look into the unique elective programs that are offered. Students are welcome to join families if they would like.
The agenda for the evening is:
6:00 – 6:30          Music performances in the Commons while families arrive
6:30 – 6:45          Principal introduction
Elective rotations for families to learn about various programs in Art & Drama, Music, Career and Technical Education, PE, and World Languages.
6:50 – 7:00          Rotation 1
7:05 – 7:15          Rotation 2
7:20 – 7:30          Rotation 3
7:35 – 7:45          Rotation 4
7:50 – 8:00          Rotation 5
This evening will not contain information about registering for specific classes. Once the Open Enrollment period ends and families have determined which middle school they will attend next year, the registration process will begin March 12for 5th grade students. Information will be sent out at that time. 

 5th Grade Odle Parent Information Night Thursday 1/25/2018

Attention 5th grade families with students who will be attending Odle Middle School next fall. We are excited to invite you to Odle Information Night on Thursday, January 25th. The evening starts at 6:00 PM in the school commons. Come learn about the curriculum, different school programs, and amazing electives offered at Odle. First, we will have an informational fair, featuring our core academic programs and community partners. At 6:25, Mr. Miller, our principal, will welcome families and present an overview of the school. Then, families will have the opportunity to visit classrooms as teachers share information about 6th grade elective courses. We look forward to meeting you and your child soon!
Please note – Parking is limited, additional parking is available at Lake Sammamish Four Square Church.

Medina Job Opening

 Kitchen Assistant 

1.75 hour/day M, T, Th, F 10:45-12:30 pm

Wed 10:00-11:45 am 

$15.30/hour; $16.50 after probation period 

Interested applicants may contact Kathy Dumas or Wendy Weyer with Nutrition Services at 425-456-4507.



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Back to School 



PTA General   Assembly meeting @6:30pm Library

Movie Night:

Spider Man: Homecoming!


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Last day to register to vote in levy election








Medina All-City Chess Tournament

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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:

Tune in to Community Events

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

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