THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #31 - April 1, 2018

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Presidents' Message

Hello Medina Community!

Please mark your calendar for our next GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING on April 20th, 2018 at 6pm. It will coincide with our next PTA sponsored Movie Night. While the kids are watching another fun movie, join us to hear updates from the year to date and how to get involved as we finish off this year and start planning for the next.

If you are interested in having a role in the PTA next school year, please contact president@medinapta.org.  We would love to talk with you about the various options.

The Medina Elementary Spirit Wear store is now open online! It is open only for a limited time so be sure to order soon. The store will close April 6th (the Friday before break). The items will be distributed to your student's classroom.

Don't forget to sign up for the Drama Class. Registration closes 4/4 at midnight. Lego Robotics registration is also open.

Thank you and have a great week!

Tracy and Anita
Co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA 

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Medina Community,

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us last week for our Parent Safety Forum with Doug James, Director of Security, BSD.  It was a productive and informative discussion. 

I look forward to the month of April as there are a number of events that will be fun and engaging for our students and families:  World Cultures Night, 4/18 and STEM Night, 4/23.  I look forward to seeing all of you at both of these great events.

On Thursday, March 29th, students and staff attended our Virtues Assembly focused on Kindness.  Our Medina Kindness Club members took the lead in inspiring kindness and compassion in others through promoting recent club endeavors, including the upcoming Drive for the Homeless, as well as a Kindness Rocks project.  In addition, our wonderful GSA (General School Assistants) presented Kindness Awards to two students from each grade level.  

Warmly,

Laurie Harvey 

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


Please join us to Spring for Schools!

Bellevue Schools Foundation’s annual fundraising luncheon is coming up on April 27th!  Will you join us in supporting this great nonprofit?  For more information or to register, please contact bsf@medinapta.org.  Alternatively, you can check it out at http://www.bellevueschoolsfoundation.org/  If you register through the BSF website and you’d like to be seated with other Medina parents, please feel free to select Jessica Rossman or Tracy Mayclin under “Table Seating Selection.”  In addition to supporting a great cause, it’s an opportunity to get together and meet more of our wonderful school community!

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. BSF also funds ongoing teacher training through the National Board certification; many of Medina’s teachers have been through that program.  And BSF works to provide crucial resources for less fortunate students in our Bellevue community, including by providing tuition-free preschool to students who will benefit from a great start to their educational lives.


 

357 girls from 34 schools participated in Queen's Quest Chess Tournament at Medina Elementary, including 33 of our own Medina Tigers. The tournament is organized and run by Medina parents. It takes a village to run this tournament and many parents worked tirelessly during the tournament.

Our Medina chess scholars had a great day and took FIFTH place in the 1st-3rd grade section and THIRD place in the 4th-6th grade section. GOOD JOB! The following students placed in their grade level or section. Way to go, chess scholars!

We had a special guest Megan Lee at the tournament. Megan Lee is  former National Girls Youth Champion and current member of  Seattle Sluggers, and has played against/with some of the worlds best! Megan gave an inspirational speech to the girls and played chess with them briefly.

Chess4Girls foundation by Shifa Somji also sponsored Amazon gift cards to the top finishers of overall sections.


 

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

 


 

STEM Week (April 23-27) is coming to Medina! Students will have opportunities to participate in exciting STEM related activities during the school day. STEM Family Night will be on Wednesday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Medina Elementary. Bring the whole family to see students' science projects along with advances in 3D printing, robotics, VR and AR! Come and participate in the always popular, annual Egg Drop Competition. It will be an amazing night of hands-on learning and fun with STEM related shows and activities for all ages. If your child would like to work on a science project at home to share at school and win a prize during STEM Family Night, please see the science project guidelines and instructions. This event would not be successful without you help. Please click the link here and sign up to help out. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Ye and Su Su at stemweek@medinapta.org.

Important Dates

Wednesday 4/18: Science Project Slip for Poster Registration Due
Monday 4/23: Tri-Fold Poster Due at office
April 23-27: STEM Week
Wednesday 4/25: STEM Family Night


 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!


 

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!  

Calendar

 April

Sun Mon Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Apr 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
                                                                  

1st Grade Staff Appreciation Lunch

                                                    
8 9 10 11 12 13 14

 

 NO SCHOOL

NO SCHOOL

NO SCHOOL

NO SCHOOL

 NO SCHOOL

 

              

15 16 17 18 19 20 21
     

World Culture Night

 

5:30pm PTA Assembly Meeting/Movie Night

 
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
 

 STEM WEEK

STEM WEEK 

 STEM WEEK

 STEM WEEK

 STEM WEEK

 
29 30 May 1
2
3
4
5
         6:30pm Anxiety in our Children parent ed  7:10pm Mariners Star Wars Bobblehead 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

Engineering For Kids" brings the fun of science, technology, engineering, and math education to kids, ages 4 to 14, through exciting after-school activities, parties, classes, camps, and more. Our young engineers have the opportunity to design, build, test, and refine their own creations in a safe and fun environment.

Now they provide the interesting after school program called "Apprentice Engineering Club" to Medina elementary school. During the 7 weeks session, students will explore projects in engineering fields such as Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering as well as Robotics. Students will be introduced to new concepts, conduct open discussion, and build hands-on projects to reinforce and to further explore ideas.

The class Starts from May.1st through June 12th on Every Tuesday. The class duration is 2:45pm-3:45pm, and opens to 2nd-5th grades. The session fee will be $161 for all total 7 classes.

Registration: please register at website www.engineeringforkids.com/kingcounty and click on the "register for classes" link at the top of the homepage.


 


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.


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Registration Online at : go.smartiwthart.net/medina

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