THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #28- March 11, 2018

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Presidents' Message

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who came out for this year's Medina Elementary Auction at El Gaucho for a Roaring Good Time! Your efforts help support all the programs and resources that make Medina Elementary such an amazing place for our students. Thank you to Britta Bacon and Jaclyn Schwartz for organizing the event!

We would like to congratulate all the talented teams that competed in last weekend's Destination Imagination Tournament. It was a great experience for all those who participated.

Be sure to sign up for the Medina Elementary Queen's Quest chess tournament. It will be held on March 24th. It is the largest all-girl chess tournament in the western United States.

Don't forget! There is NO SCHOOL on March 16 and March 19.

Have a great week!

Tracy and Anita
Co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA 


A good time was had by all at Saturday night's 20th anniversary Medina Auction "A Roaring Good Time!". A special thank you to Britta Bacon and Jaclyn Schwartz for planning this amazing night of community and fundraising. This event is budgeted to bring in over 2/3 of the funds needed to provide all of the enhancements we provide for our children. The Medina PTA spends approximately $675 per student to provide the programs, events and clubs that our PTA sponsors.
 
If you were unable to attend the auction or wish to make a donation, please click the button below. And thank you for your support. We would not be able to reach our goals without your generosity and volunteer hours.
 

Now is a great opportunity to list some of the many offerings of our Medina PTA.
 
Perhaps our greatest contributions to our children's education, however, are the four main grants that we provide to Medina Elementary. These include: Curriculum Enhancements including bringing in the Toymaker, author visits, field trips and in class software programs, our Integrated Technology Program that provides integrated tech in the classroom as well as free before and after school classes for all grades, Professional Staff Development to assist our staff in becoming board certified and learning what they need to in order to become the best in their fields and lastly, though certainly not least, almost twice as many hours for our Instructional Aides, so that our children have the benefit of lower staff to student ratios for a safer, more fulfilling educational experience.
 
We have various clubs/classes such as math club, drama classes, Destination Imagination as well as the largest elementary aged chess club in the state. We run free to the Medina community programs that include summer playdates, beginning of the year parent grade brunches, World Culture Night (April), STEM Week (April), the ice cream social, auction info carnival night, iConnect and other parent education meetings and speakers, movie nights, field day (June), mother/son sports day (May), talent show (May) and two largely attended chess tournaments a year that are open to the greater community. We also sponsor self funded programs such as bringing in the Missoula Children's Theatre experience, the father/daughter dance, Mariners and Sounders Family nights, Math Adventure night, Mom's/Dad's Night Out and our Dance-a-thon fundraiser. We have a healthy staff appreciation program to let our staff know that we appreciate the hard work they do with our children every single day and our volunteers manage a highly successful Book Fair each year to provide funds for the library.
 
All this, and the coming together of community and being a part of something bigger, is what sets the Medina PTA apart. And we in turn, in collaboration with the school administration, help make Medina Elementary the enhanced educational experience that it is for our children.
 
Thank you,
Tracy and Anita
co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA

Join in our School Events

Please come check for your child’s items.

All items will be  

Donated 

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

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


 

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!  


Dear Education Advocate,

There is still a lot of work to do in order to fully and amply fund our public schools, as you well know. Right now legislators are about to vote on a budget that will help get us toward that goal, and they need to hear from you before they vote!

The Supreme Court was clear: legislators must add an extra $1 billion for our schools this year, in 2018. Saying 'no' to the Court is not an option.

The State House and State Senate both propose to deliver that funding, thanks in part to your calls and emails! But their remaining budgets still aren't aligned.

Their plans are like two pieces of bread -- one with peanut butter and one with jelly. Legislators should simply put them together and pass a capital gains tax that raises enough revenue to provide the additional $1 billion in funding for our schools ordered by the Supreme Court. If we don't find new, progressive revenue, then we risk seeing the new funding vanish if there's a recession.

The two budgets are going to be voted on by the House and Senate in the next few days! Washington's Paramount Duty is asking you to please email or call call your legislators, and  spread the word to others.

1.     EMAIL Your State Legislators

Send the below email to your State Senator, your two State Representatives (firstname.lastname@leg.wa.gov), as well as important leaders: the State House Speaker, House Majority Leader, House Budget Chair, Senate Majority Leader, and Senate Budget Chair. Their emails are provided below.

SUBJECT LINE:  $1 Billion Needed in Education Funding; New & Fair Revenue from Capital Gains Now!

BODY OF YOUR EMAIL: The Supreme Court of Washington ruled in November that legislators needed to come up with an extra $1 billion in funding for educator salaries in our public schools. Our students desperately need the teachers, programs, and materials that this funding will make possible.

I am emailing to ask you to support legislation that uses new and progressive revenue, including a capital gains tax, to raise that $1 billion to amply fund all public schools for every child. Thank you for your service to our district and state.

SIGNATURE: Your name, your title and/or affiliation (if applicable), and your address
 
WA State House and Senate Democratic caucus and budget leads emails:
frank.chopp@leg.wa.gov 
pat.sullivan@leg.wa.gov
June.Robinson@leg.wa.gov
sharon.nelson@leg.wa.gov
Christine.Rolfes@leg.wa.gov

2.    CALL your state legislators

The legislative session is almost over. That means now is the time to call your legislators and ask them to amply fund Washington’s public schools with new progressive revenue from the proposed capital gains tax. You can click this link to call your legislators directly!
http://paramountduty.org/call-your-legislators/

Please call each of your 3 state legislators at their Olympia offices either using their direct line or this toll-free legislative hotline (open during working hours and the service sends an electronic message to legislators): 1-800-562-6000. Here is the message legislators need to hear:

The Supreme Court of Washington ruled in November that legislators needed to come up with an extra $1 billion in funding for our public schools. Our students desperately need the teachers, programs, and materials that this funding will make possible.

I am calling to ask you to support legislation that uses new and progressive revenue, including a capital gains tax, to raise that $1 billion to amply fund all public schools for every child. Thank you for your service to our district and state.

Thank you for your advocacy on behalf of Washington's 1.1 million public school students.

Summer Stinson
Board President
Washington's Paramount Duty

Bellevue Schools Foundation

What is Bellevue Schools Foundation and how does it help Medina kids?

Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) is an independent nonprofit that supports the educational mission of Bellevue School District. BSF funds specific projects for individual schools, including Medina, and also works district-wide to develop new curricula that meaningfully improve the education our kids receive throughout their time in Bellevue schools. Among other projects, BSF is currently working on creating integrated K–12 computer science/computational thinking curricula—an effort that would make Bellevue among the first in the nation to have a unified computer science teaching plan that builds knowledge in this important field as students progress through their education. BSF is also directly funding special Medina Elementary experiences this year, such as: visits with acclaimed authors (Oliver Chinn for grades K-2; Dan Gemeinhart for grades 3-5); unique theatrical performances about immigration (grade 3), the 19th century gold rush (grade 4), and the American Revolution (grade 5); and for our upper grade art classes, a chance to learn directly from a glass artist and then create their own glass-fused tiles. To learn more about BSF or its current projects, or to get involved in supporting BSF and its mission, please contact Jessica Rossman (BSF@medinapta.org). 

Calendar

 March

Sun Mon Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Feb 25 26 27 28 Mar 1 2 3
                                                                                            
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
      2nd Grade Staff Appreciation Lunch     AUCTION for Medina Elementary
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
         

 NO SCHOOL

 
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
 

 NO SCHOOL

        Queen’s Quest Chess Tournament
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
             

 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

 

 

Image with Fashion: See Flyer

Explore the creative world of Fashion Illustration! Students will receive a sketchbook to use daily while learning how to draw clothing illustrations from head to toe. Please click the flyer for details.

Thursday, 4/5-5/30

No class: 4/12

Time: 2:35pm-3:50pm

Room: TBD

Grades: 1-5

Price: $192

Registration Online at : go.smartiwthart.net/medina


 

 

Titans FC is the #1 youth soccer club on the Greater Eastside, providing top quality coaching to over 1,000 players and prioritizing player development at all levels. The Medina After School Titans program is an excellent way for players at Medina Elementary to learn about the game we love, as well as get a feeling for our program in a fun, safe, and engaging environment. Our coaches will run a game based sessions that will ensure players of all levels will have a great experience.

Our coaches are looking to provide a fun, engaging, beginner soccer class for all students, but are in need of a few more female players so that we can host a female-specific group during training sessions! Please be sure to spread the word about this fantastic soccer program, and don't hesitate to invite any interested students to register.

Please text 'Medina' to 345345 to receive a registration link, and contact Keenan@npsatitans.com for any questions. Medina families will receive a 10% discount. Use code "Titans10" at Checkout to receive the discount. We hope to see you out on the field, and Go Titans! 


 

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: http://medinapta.org/Packet/MathClubMathOlympiad

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

Additional Info about the competition: http://www.wsmc.net/math-olympiad/


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:

  • Summer 2018 Theater Camps at Bellevue High School for All Ages. For more information and to register, please see the website:  theaterworksinbellevue.com

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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