THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #30- March 25, 2018

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Presidents' Message

Hello Medina Community!

Congratulations to all who participated in the Queen's Quest Chess Tournament this past Saturday. 150 girls played 5 rounds of chess! A heartfelt thank you to our Chess Club chairs Gulin Goktepe and Yu Liu. It could not have been accomplished without your efforts and those of your team of volunteers. Thanks to all the parents who helped with set up, clean up, concessions, registration, judging or any of the many details needed to create this great event.

We are excited to present our online store for Medina Spiritwear!! The link below will take you to the site. We have a variety of shirts, sweatshirts and shorts for children and adults to show their Medina spirit! The store will only be open until the Friday before Spring Break. We will then have all items sent to school and distributed in the classroom. Please contact pta@medinapta.org with any questions.

Lastly, we are starting to register for our spring classes including drama and lego robotics. Please be sure to sign up if your children are interested.

Thank you and have a great week!

Tracy and Anita
Co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA 

Join in our School Events

  Medina Spirit wear!

(for a limited time only)

 

Come visit the online store for Medina Spirit wear!! The link below will take you to the site. We have a variety of shirts, sweatshirts and shorts for children and adults to show their Medina spirit! The store will only be open until the Friday before Spring Break. We will then have all items sent to school and distributed in the classroom. Please contact pta@medinapta.org with any questions.

 

https://medinaelementary18.itemorder.com


Hello Medina Parents

On March 4, 2018, we had 11 Medina DI teams participated Central Sound regional DI completion.  It was a great journey for both Median DI kids and DI parents that we worked together over past 4 months and showed case our awesome work. Thank you all!  I am also very thrilled to share the following great DI results with Medina Elementary school community.  Thank you again for all your support!

1st place that qualified for state DI tournament

Engineering Challenge – Awesome Einstein (3rd grade Wang, Shao): Oliver C., Sophia C., Zoey C., Aelita R., Justin W. & Emily Z.

Improvisational Challenge – Imaginators (4th grade, Zhang, Pekker): Ariel K., Linden L., Leo T., Miles X., Yajing Y., & Tim Y.

Service Learning Challenge – Ice Cream Trees (5th grade, Teh, Chang): coach under Wendy via independent registration


3rd place for regional DI tournament

Engineering Challenge – S.O.S (4th grade, Ching, Duan): Aiden T., Alice Z., Jeremy C., Sophia L.&  Sophia X.

Scientific Challenge – Seven delicious happy sushi girl (3rd grade, Ning, Tian): Eva C., Alexis J., Avery L., Avril L.,  Melanie Q., Eileen W. & Linda Z.

Technical Challenge – A-maze-ing Robotic Potatoes (4th grade, Jenkins): Jack J., Ethan L., Yueqi Y. & Travis Z.

Honorable mention

Scientific Challenge – Scitraction (3rd grade, Jin)

Scientific Challenge – Bananana (3rd grade, Sun, Zhu)

Engineering Challenge – Five Alive (3rd  grade, Lee, Ah Lim)

Rising Star Challenge – The World (K&1st grade: Suthar, Li)

Rising Star Challenge – Medina Kitty Tigers (K, Truitt)

Rising Star Challenge – The Joyful Tigers (K&1st grade: Krishnan)


 

The Spring session drama classes will take place on Mondays (2:45pm-4:15pm), 4/16/18 to 6/11/18 at Medina Elementary. Class sizes are limited to 12 students per class. Registration will open Tuesday 3/20 and close midnight Wednesday, 4/4. It will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Class fee is $120 total, for all 8 classes.

Here are the new drama class descriptions. We limited the class size to reach the best result!

Once Upon a Time (K-2nd Grade)
Jump into the story! Students will explore classic fairy and folk tales through dramatic play and crafts. Each week we will read a different book, acting it out and discovering new ways to tell the story. We'll change characters if it suits us, and question why the story ends the way it does. Towards the end of the session, we'll choose our favorite story to perform for family and friends on the final day of  class.

Musical Theater Showcase (3-5 Grade)
Musical Theater Showcase A musical theater extravaganza! Students will sing songs, act out scenes and learn choreography from great Broadway musicals. This class will focus on building a character, stage presence, and acting a song. We will end the class with a fabulous musical revue!

Please click here to register the class.


 

SAVE THE DATE!

WORLD CULTURE NIGHT!

APRIL 18th  5-7PM

Click here for More Information


 Medina Elementary cordially invites you to view a free screening of the documentary “Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age”

https://www.screenagersmovie.com/

 When: Monday April 23rd

 Time: 5:45-7:15 (film will start promptly at 6PM)

 Where: Medina Elementary School Gym

 Who is invited: Medina and Clyde Hill Parents and Staff

This is the second in a series of three events, from the Community Outreach Committee and PTA. This is a parent/adult ONLY event. We will not be offering childcare for this event so please plan accordingly. We have invited the Clyde Hill Elementary school to join in so parking could be tight. You may want to walk or carpool.

We look forward to seeing you there!


 

 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!  


WSPTA Leaders Advocate for Children in Washington D.C. This Week

The children of Washington state were represented by WSPTA leaders in Washington, D.C. this week during their visit to Capitol Hill as part of National PTA's Annual Legislative Conference. Pictured are WSPTA Legislative Director Nancy Chamberlain, Senator Patty Murray, and WSPTA President Michelle Nims. Thank you to Senator Murray's office for holding this "Constituent Coffee" to listen to PTA's priority issues.

Bellevue Schools Foundation

BSF Spring for Schools on April 27th

Bellevue Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization that funds programs to enhance the education of every student in every Bellevue public school. Founded in 1979 by parents and members of the community, BSF was one of the first schools foundations in the country and has served as a model for other communities seeking to improve their public schools. BSF’s current investments include development of an integrated STEM curricula for grades K-12, support of teacher training through the rigorous National Board Certification program, tuition-free preschool for low income residents, and funding of arts, enrichment and innovation grants for each and every Bellevue school. 
Please join other Medina parents in support of BSF at their annual luncheon on April 27th.  Contact bsf@medinapta.org for details.

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


A Star-Wars Themed Mariners Medina Family Night 2018

Location: Safeco Field
Date and Time: Friday, May 4th, 2018, 7:10pm
Discounted Ticket Price: $13 for View-level seats
Ticket Order Deadline: Friday April 13, 2018


Bring out your family and friends and join Medina Families at Safeco Field! Watch the exciting Major League Baseball action Angles vs. Mariners! It's a Star-Wars-Themed night! Come and dress in dress in STAR WARS™ attire as you will. First 20,000 fans receive a Han Seago Booblehead! Watch for our school’s name on the video board in the 4th inning for Mariners special welcome to Safeco Field.

Click here to purchase the tickets

Please book the tickets in a group if you would like to sit together. Please be aware that any props resembling real firearms or weapons will be confiscated. Fans dressing up should keep in mind the comfort and view of fans around them as well.


Tigers Before and After Classes 

 

This spring class 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.

 

Lego Robotics club will be starting this spring on April 19th 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 have not attended the club before. 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.


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


 

 On the Math is Cool 5th Grade Seattle Championships on March 9, Medina students achieved a total of three trophies out the 15 awarded to top performers. Owen Z. got the 2nd place trophy, immediately followed by Yifan W. with the 3rd place trophy. Raymon Z. brought back the third individual trophy at the 11th place. Congratulations!

Tune in to Community Events

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

New For This Week:

  • Bring your basket and hop on over to the Medina Park Board’s annual Easter egg hunt Saturday March 31st  @ 10 am Medina Park
  • BHS Girls Soccer team, in partnership with the Bellevue Boys & Girls Club, is hosting a girls summer soccer camp in July 16-20, 2018
  • SUPPORT BELLEVUE HIGH BAND - BUY CINNABONS! Order Online:https://www.bellevuehighband.com/cinnabon

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