Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #25- February 18, 2018

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Presidents' Message

Hello Medina Elementary!

We hope that everyone enjoys their mid-winter break whether you head out to somewhere exotic or have a fun staycation.
For those celebrating the lunar new year and our entry into the Year of the Dog, Happy New Year! We wish for you a healthy and happy year.

Thank you to all the volunteers for Math Adventure which was held on Thursday. It quite literally could not have been done without you. We had 36 teams participate with anywhere from 3-6 students on each team. Each team required a volunteer parent coach and a volunteer to help with the theatrical scenes around the school. The kids had a great time with the puzzles, treats and scenes put on by the parents. And thanks to our very own Principal, Dr. Harvey, who participated as our Absent Minded Scientist to kick off the evening! It truly brings our community together when families participate so fully in events like these.

As we head into March and April, we can look forward to our auction, STEM week and World Culture Night!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Tracy and Anita
Co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA 

Join in our School Events

Buy your tickets here!!
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!  


Please come check for your child’s items.

All items will be  


On Friday

March 16, 2018

 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


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!  

WPD Lobby Day 

Dear Education Advocate,

Do you envision a future where basic education is amply and equitably funded and every child can succeed? Do you want every child to attend a school that is safe, not overcrowded, and seismically sound? Do you want schools to have nurses, librarians, art, music, and other important classes and services? Do you want the Legislature to invest the needed additional $1 billion funding in public schools by the September 1, 2018 deadline?

Please join us for Washington's Paramount Duty's Lobby Day!

What: WPD Lobby Day. Meet with your legislator and fellow WPD members! Children welcome and encouraged.
When: February 19, Presidents' Day, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Capitol Campus, Olympia
Why: You can make a difference by lobbying for WPD's priorities this legislative session!

Tentative Agenda:

8:30 a.m.--Coffee meeting for introductions and to review WPD agenda, Capitol Grill, Pritchard Building (address) at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia
9:00-11:30 a.m.--Meetings with your legislators
11:30-1 p.m.--Lunch at Wagner's Bakery & Cafe (address)
1:30-3 p.m.--Continue meetings with your legislators

Please RSVP if you're able to attend and please be sure to provide your legislative district. Also, let us know if you're interested in carpooling. Children are welcome.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on February 19!

Sarah Reyneveld
Washington’s Paramount Duty Board Member   



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Incoming Kindergarten Info Night


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Levy Election




Math Adventures




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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


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!  

Tune in to Community Events

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

New For This Week: Chinook Musical "Seusical Jr." held on Fri, March 9, & Sat, March 10, at Bellevue High School at 7pm.

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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