Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #23 - February 4, 2018

Presidents' Message

Hello Medina Community!

It is hard to believe that we are already more than halfway through the year. With so many events and programs, it definitely goes quickly!

First, if you are registered to vote in the Bellevue area you should have received your ballot in the mail for the mid term election being held 2/13/18 (a week from Tuesday).  Please be sure to complete it with Yes Yes Yes for the 3 Bellevue School District levies. They are the only items on our ballot and, as you have read here before, directly impact the education funding for our children. Please talk to your friends and neighbors about the issue and encourage them to vote. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to have them contact us at

Second, we would like to issue a correction. The Auction Preview date has been changed to Wednesday, 2/28/18. More information will be forthcoming, but this is a great opportunity to find out about what the auction is, how it raises money for the PTA activities that we sponsor for our children as well as the Instructional Aides, classroom enhancements such as field trips and the Toy Maker and our Technology program. They will also be showing off some of what will be auctioned off, so come get a sneak peak! We should all have a Roaring Good Time at the auction and raise some significant funds for our children's success.
Lastly, we wanted to bring up a program that has been at Medina for a few years now and is coming back again! Please see more information on Math Adventure Night below. It is a fun, crazy theatrical night full of math puzzles and skits that takes place all around the school. It is coming up fast on Thursday, 2/15/18 at 5:30. Get together your team of 4 kids that are at the same (or near the same) math level. They will work on math problems and solve A Creamy, Cold Case as a team of detectives.  If you need help getting a team together, we can assign teams as individuals sign up. Each team needs two parent volunteers, one to be a coach and the other to be an actor/admin. If you want to help at this event, please let us know! It is sneaking up on us quickly.
Enjoy the 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:

Join in our School Events

2018 Medina Elementary PTA Auction 
Saturday, March 10, 2018  
6 o'clock at El Gaucho in downtown Bellevue 

We are looking for volunteers to find DONORS to procure auction items as well as SPONSORS for our 2018 auction!  This annual event raises money for the crucial support of our instructional aides, technology personnel and resources, curriculum enhancements, student and parent programs, staff professional development and teacher and student grants.  Did you know it costs over $500 annually in PTA funds for each student at Medina to have the extra education enhancements beyond the basic state funding? And we have over 500 students!  To sustain the level of education we offer each and every student at Medina Elementary, we need your help!  If you or someone you know is interested in being a Sponsor or Donor for the auction, please contact Jaclyn Schwartz ( or Britta Bacon (

Items to consider for procurement (our wish list!): airline miles or tickets, restaurant gift certificates, hotel gift certificates, entertainment gift certificates (movies, bowling, arcade, etc), kid's items including toys, birthday party packages, experiences), sports experiences and memorabilia (Seahawks, Sounders, Mariners, Storm - or any general memorabilia), wine - white, red and champagne (contact us for where to drop it!), trips, group dinners, concert tickets, family photo packages and spa packages - just to name a few!

THANK YOU! to everyone who is helping make this great event happen! We couldn't do it without your help and support! -  Britta + Jaclyn


Do your kids have what it takes to defeat the bad guys and save the day? Math Adventure is returning to Medina Elementary on Thursday, 2/15/2018 and the theme is A Cold, Creamy Crime. Math Adventure events are non-competitive, team-based math nights that uniquely blend math puzzles, theater, and rewards – making math fun. Kids collaborate to solve puzzles, revealing clues that lead to adventures and more puzzles.

Register by 2/12/2018, here at

**Please note if your child has any dairy allergies. (spoiler alert: there will be a dairy treat at the end of the adventure, but we will have a non dairy alternative).

We need two parent volunteers at the adventure for each team of four students, working either as coaches/chaperones, or as actors. As teams are formed, we will follow up to confirm roles.

We will be having a prep night on Monday 2/12/18 at school for an hour as we prepare for Math Adventure that Thursday. We're asking all parent volunteers to join us. Coaches will benefit from seeing and practicing the puzzles. Actors will be assigned roles and meet your station leads. Please do not bring students so we don't spoil any surprises for the main adventure.

If you already have a team, please list the name of the team (be unique!) so that all registrants on that team can be counted together. If you are looking for a team, please indicate that. We will follow up with you regarding your team as we have more students at your math level and can create a team.

For the evening of the event - Thursday 2/15/2018


·         Coaches and teams: arrive at 5:30pm and come to the gym. See check-in below.
·         Volunteers: arrive by 5:30pm and come to the gym. See check-in below.
·         Puzzle packets will be passed out close to 6:00pm - but don't open them till after the opening skit!
·         Start: The event itself will begin at 6:00pm.
·         End: The event usually ends by 8:15pm. Most teams will finish sooner.

How to Check In

·         Coaches and teams: When you arrive, look for team lists that will be posted on the walls outside the cafeteria. The lists will have team names and table numbers. Find your team name, then go find your table number. That's all you have to do.
·         Volunteers: Find the volunteer check-in table. We will help you find your station from there.

What to Bring

·         Math tools: Bring pencils, erasers, scissors, tape, scratch paper, and a ruler.
·         Food and drink: It's dinnertime, so please bring food! You'll be in the cafeteria, which is allowing food for this event, so we encourage you to bring dinner or snacks and drinks for your team.
·         Don't forget to clean up. Please leave your team's table and area as clean as it was when you arrived.

What to Expect

·         Kids will do math puzzles that reveal phrases or clues that are then used at the adventure stations around the school.
·         Once they complete each station, they get an item to keep, and a new puzzle. Those puzzles are completed at their tables back in the gym.
·         All puzzle packets have four pages. For more information on how teams of 3 or 5 can navigate the puzzle packets, talk to a volunteer.
·         This event is non-competitive, so the focus is on having a great time.
·         If your team is struggling, tell us! We can help them find a math level that works better for them.

 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

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


Music Composition

Sagrada Familia

Aliya Alibhai

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)


Music Composition

Dancing Dolphins

Vansea Barnett

Primary (Pre-K through Grade 2)


Visual Arts

Within Reach

Trinity Lee

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)


Visual Arts

My Magic

Grayson Pak

Primary (Pre-K through Grade 2)


Visual Arts

Tethered Together

Carina Wu

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)


Visual Arts

Within Reach of Every Hand

Raymon Zhang

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)


Visual Arts

Spatial Dreams

Yasmine Lo Presti

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)


Visual Arts

Make More Green

Vansea Barnett

Primary (Pre-K through Grade 2)


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
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!  

Incoming Kindergarten Info Night

Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30-7:30PM
Location: Medina Library

Don’t forget, we will be having an information night for incoming Kindergarten and new families.
If you have a child, or know of one in the Medina neighborhood, who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2018, please let them know.
There will be a presentation geared toward Kindergarten. Kindergarten enrollment begins March 1st for the 2018-19 school year.
For additional information about Kindergarten registration, please visit the district website

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.



 Sun                Mon  Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat 
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Incoming Kindergarten Info Night


Kindergarten     Staff Appreciation Lunch




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Levy Election




Math Adventures




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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


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      Auction Preview Night      

 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


WSMC Math Olympiad Registration Info

Competition Date: Saturday, 4/28/2018

Location: TBD, should be around Seattle area

Medina Registration Open, deadline 2/14/2018

Registration Link:

Fees: Free for Math Club students, $10 /person for non-club students

Additional Info about the competition:

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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