THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #22 - January 28, 2018

Presidents' Message

There are a lot of fun activities in the weeks ahead! The Toy Maker will be at school this week and many students enjoyed a visit from author Oliver Chin on Friday.

Be sure to fill out the Community Outreach Survey. It is a survey to find out what topics families at Medina would like more information about. The link is in this week's Byte.

Also, the Wine Club sign up period will be closing 1/31/2018. Please take the time to fill out the application form to participate in the Wine Club and raise money for our school.

The Medina Elementary Auction will take place March 10th this year. It is the primary fundraiser for the various PTA sponsored programs and support at Medina Elementary.  Please join the Auction Team on the evening of February 7th for the Auction Preview Night.

We are starting to build our PTA team for the next school year. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at president@medinapta.org to find out more information.

Remember, there is no school on Monday, January 29th!

Have a great week!

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:

http://www.bsd405.org/2017/12/levies/

http://bellevuequalityschools.org/why-vote-yes/

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

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YR9P5BV


    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 !  Deadline: 1/31/18!


We are happy to announce the results from the BSD art judges. They received 317 entries from the 23 participating schools, and the judges enjoyed reviewing them. Below are the awards for our Medina students – congratulations to all our participating students for their beautiful work and their participation!! And we have three students whose work will move on to State level this year - special congrats to Aliya Alibhai, Vansea Barnett and Trinity Lee! All the other artwork will be returned in the week of Feb 5th and will be available for parents or kids to pick up in the school office. I will send out a reminder that week.

Here is the explanation of the initials of the awards:

OI - Outstanding Interpretation (which went to state)

AE - Award of Excellence

AM - Award of Merit

Medina PTSA 2.3.57

OI

Music Composition

Sagrada Familia

Aliya Alibhai

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)

OI

Music Composition

Dancing Dolphins

Vansea Barnett

Primary (Pre-K through Grade 2)

OI

Visual Arts

Within Reach

Trinity Lee

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)

AE

Visual Arts

My Magic

Grayson Pak

Primary (Pre-K through Grade 2)

AM

Visual Arts

Tethered Together

Carina Wu

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)

AM

Visual Arts

Within Reach of Every Hand

Raymon Zhang

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)

AM

Visual Arts

Spatial Dreams

Yasmine Lo Presti

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)

AM

Visual Arts

Make More Green

Vansea Barnett

Primary (Pre-K through Grade 2)

AM

Visual Arts

Within Reach

Jonathan Xie

Primary (Pre-K through Grade 2)


 

As we enter the second half of the year, we are already looking towards next year's PTA board. We need a nominating committee to find the dedicated individuals who will serve on next year's Executive Committee and Board of Directors. If you are interested in either being on the Nominating Committee or being involved on the Board or in a Committee Chair position, please contact president@medinapta.org.
The programs and events can't be done without you all! We need people driven to making our school a better place for our children to get involved!  

Lunch & Learn: Technology in the Classroom

Come join us for lunch and to learn more about the District’s approach to technology at elementary, middle and high school and how it is incorporated differently at each level. Gain a deeper understanding of what the technology levy funds in our schools. Several of the Technology Curriculum experts will be presenting – bring your questions!

When: Monday, Feb. 5, from 12-1 p.m.
Where: Wilburton Instructional Service Center, Rainier Room

A light lunch will be provided;  Please register here. The event is free and open to the public.

Co-hosted by Bellevue Schools Foundation and Bellevue Quality Schools.

Calendar

 February

 Sun                Mon  Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat 
 Jan 28 29           30  31                1 2                  3                        
  No School    

 

  

                    

 

 

4  5 6 7 8 9  10

 

 

 

Kindergarten     Staff Appreciation Lunch

Action Preview Night

   

  

 

11 12 13 14 15 16   17

 

 

Levy Election

 

 

 

Math Adventures

 

 

 

 18 19 20 21 22 23  24

 

No School Mid Winter Break

No School Mid Winter Break

No School Mid Winter Break

No School Mid Winter Break 

No School Mid Winter Break

 

 25 26 27 28      

 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

 

 

Calling all Medina female chess players!  Queen's Quest, the largest ALL-GIRL'S elementary chess tournament in the nation, will be held on Saturday, 3/24th, at 8:00 am at Medina Elementary. You can register for the tournament HERE.

The tournament is free to all Medina students. Please remember to choose Medina Elementary for your kid's school, when registering.  It's how registration doesn't ask for a payment.

We hope to see you at Queen's Quest!


  Tigers Before and After Classes

  This winter we will be offering a new afterschool program for Kindergarten and Grade 1 :  Lego Engineering Club K/1. Students can observe and investigate simple machines. Discover mechanical principles by exploring, investigating, and solving tasks related to mechanical principles as well as learn about energy, balance, buoyancy, and much more. Please click link here to register.
 

Robotics will be starting soon at the end January and if you are interested you will need to register as soon as possible by clicking the link below. Priority will be given to those who were rejected in the fall session. We will be using Lego WEDO to build strong foundations in LEGO robotics.  Our robotics club is designed to allow students space to create, innovate, inquire, and learn while having fun. Please click link here to register.

Tune in to Community Events

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

New Update : The Fifth Annual Bellevue High School Swing Dance will be held on Saturday, February 10, from 7-10 pm in the BHS commons

Quick Links

Amazon Smile: You can raise money for Medina Elementary when shopping at Amazon! Make your purchases via our Amazon Smile page, and 0.5% of your purchase will go to our school.

Coorporate Match Donations: If you or your spouse’s employer matches donations made to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, your donation could be doubled or even tripled! Simply go to your company’s internal website and complete the necessary information. For more information, see HERE.

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