Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #34 - April 22, 2018

 FOLLOW Medina Elementary PTA on Facebook
View newsletter in: Chinese (), Spanish (Español), Korean (), Other Languages

Presidents' Message

Hello Medina Community!

World Culture Night was a success! There were over 600 people attending. It is amazing to see the diversity and cohesiveness among us as we bring together these various cultures that create our community. What a wonderful celebration!  A special thank you to Eileen Foley, Susan Muller, iConnect and their team for organizing this fun and yummy event as well as all the parent and student volunteers who cooked, created booths and performed!

Thank you to all who attended our general assembly PTA meeting on Friday night along side movie night. Many topics were discussed and voted on. Minutes will be posted soon.

Congratulations to our 36 students who went to the state chess tournament this past weekend! We can’t wait to hear all about it!

STEM week activities are happening all this week during school and STEM night is on Wednesday. More details are below.
Also, on Monday, there is a parent education event screening the film Screenagers, about parenting our children in this very digital age.

Have a great week!

Tracy and Anita
Co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA 

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Medina Community,

Thank you Pre-school parents for your partnership in ensuring your students get to and from their pre-school classes in the safest manner.  The 10 minutes offset on our start and ending times are set up intentionally so you are able to miss our morning traffic for K-5 drop off and pick up.  We appreciate your adherence to not parking in bus zones as well as on school grounds in the back of the school.  We have several deliveries each day that need this area to remain unobstructed.  Thank you again. 

We had a very full week this week some of which included our amazing World Cultures Night on Wednesday and our PTA General Assembly.  Thank you to all for your participation in our World Cultures event.  The tables, displays, food, art, clothing AND performances were simply gorgeous.  I learned a great deal throughout the evening as well as ate some pretty delicious foods along the way.  I even got to have my hand adorned in a lovely henna design.  We can’t thank Susan Muller, Eileen Foley, staff who participated and supported this event, and all of the families who came to share the beauty of their cultures with all of us.  A fun filled and community full evening.  J

Next week proves to be another full and informative week with a showing of Screenagers on Monday, and STEM Night on Wednesday.  Both should be highly informative, and loads of learning and fun.  I’ll see you all there. 

Throughout the coming week ask your students about the very cool glass art project they are working on with their art teacher Mrs. Bena.  Through a partial Bellevue School Foundation grant and support from our amazing PTA Mrs. Bena is able to bring this glass art project to Medina every other year.  We’ll share photos of some finished work next week. 

A quick reminder to parents and students:  School policy – cell phones are to remain out of sight/in backpacks from the start of the day until the end.  We enforce this policy to ensure that students are better able to focus on their role as active collaborator and learning throughout their day.  Should we see a cell phone out and being used, it will be kept safely in the office for parents to pick up when they are able to do so.  Thank you for your understanding and support. 

Safety:  Li, Ashely Kardos, our Asst. Principal, will send you something to include for this piece. 

Thank you.  Here’s to a lovely weekend.

Laurie Harvey 

Join in our School Events

Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age

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

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!


Medina STEM Week (April 23-27) is right around the corner and STEM Family Night will be held on Wednesday April 25th! Students will have opportunities to participate in exciting STEM related assemblies during the school day. The highlight of the week is STEM Family Night (5:30-7:30pm, Wednesday, April 25) with more than 20 exhibitors, our students’ science projects and egg drop challenge. It will be an amazing night of hands-on learning and fun with STEM related shows and activities for all ages, robotics, VR, AR, 3D printing, engineering projects, programming, math games, and much more!

Doors will open at 5:30 PM. All children must be chaperoned by an adult. There will be no supervision provided at the event or outside the gym.

Bring the whole family to see students' Science Projects and vote for your favorites. Join us for the always popular annual Egg Drop Challenge. Check out the Details of STEM Night Activities as you will not want to miss any of them!

(Reminder: Science Project Tri-Fold Poster due at office on Monday 4/23. Egg Drop Challenge Signup Sheet is at school hallway outside library)

Raffle Tickets to win One Free Week of Camp ($500 value) sponsored by Steve and Kate’s Camp and iD Tech!

Pizza, Snacks, and Drink will be sold in the Patio Covered Area.

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

We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday night to explore the STEM world together!


 THANK YOU MEDINA COMMUNITY for a marvelous World Culture Night!

We had over 25 countries represented along with such lovely Medina student performances on stage!

This has been a passion of ours for the last few years and we are already working on next year’s event which will be in the Fall!  We will be looking for more volunteers to join our committee as we truly want to grow, learn and share even MORE cultures, all year long.  Take a look at some of the pictures from our event and thank you AGAIN for all of your efforts and support!

Miss Muller and Mrs. Eileen Foley


Medina Kindness Club needs YOUR HELP!

Our 4th and 5th graders in Kindness Club are joining the Bellevue Kindness Challenge 2018

At Medina Elementary, our PTA along with the Kindness Club is organizing the 2nd Annual Kindness Kits Drive. We are collecting items for the homeless. We will assemble Kindness Kits with essential items including new toothbrushes and UNUSED travel-size shampoo, soap, toothpaste, Q-tips, Kleenex tissues, and wipes.   Also needed are earplugs (individually packaged), NEW adult gloves and socks, hand warmers, and granola bars.  Please send donated items in gallon-size Ziplock bags by 4/30.  There are collection bins at the school entrance. If you have any questions, please email at Manda Ederer at, Susan Muller at or Matthew Pennewell at


With only two months of this school year left after spring break, we are actively looking to create 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

Our 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! 

 Make a Big Impact this Year at Spring for Schools!
We need you…show your support for high quality public education at Spring for Schools.

You can make a difference by joining Bellevue Schools Foundation for its 30th Annual Spring for Schools Benefit Luncheon at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency on Friday, April 27. When you do, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch, an inspiring program, and a unique opportunity to learn more about how you can contribute to help us make dreams come true for students in Bellevue.
Together, we create a better future for our children and our community! Founded in 1979, Bellevue Schools Foundation brings together parents, teachers, businesses, and community leaders to develop, promote, and fund the best possible learning opportunities for all students in Bellevue’s public schools. Did you know there’s still a significant gap between the basic funding provided by the state and what our students need and deserve? Together, we can bridge that gap. Each year, the Foundation family funds more than $1 million in programming, ensuring our children have access to high quality education.
Please register at the Medina Elementary table (Jessica Rossman and Tracy Mayclin/Anita Bagga are the table captains) and join us on April 27 as we celebrate 30 years of our signature event with Honorary Chair Robbie Bach and Emcee Joyce Taylor.

Visit to make a donation today.

  Supporting Kids Through Tough Times

Trauma Informed Care & Restorative Practices

How do we help our kids deal with the stress of modern challenges—from the isolation of social media and the impact of national tragedies, to racism, personal trauma, and more? Join Bellevue Schools Foundation and CJ Ellsworth of Sea Mar Community Health Center for a discussion of what we can do as parents and community members who care about our youth.

Wednesday, May 2, from 6:30-8 p.m.
WISC Rainier Room, 12241 Main Street, Bldg. 1, Bellevue
(light refreshments provided)


Saturday, June 2, from 10-11:30 a.m.
Highland Middle School, 15027 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue
(light refreshments provided, childcare available)

Parents and community members who attend this event will learn about ways to better support children through our current challenging times, and how to reduce their stress by teaching their caregivers and support systems tools to help them through these issues.

This event is free and open to the public;  please register at this link.

CJ Ellsworth, MA, LMFT, CMHS will lead the information session and discussion; Mrs. Ellsworth is a Program Manager and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Supervisor, in Child & Family Behavioral Health program at Sea Mar Community Health Center. This session is funded by King County’s Best Starts for Kids grant.



Please help us celebrate our wonderful teachers and staff the week of May 7th - 11th!!  Following is the schedule for the week

Monday, May 7th -- Bring 2 flowers to school -- 1 for your teacher and another for a staff member.  The staff appreciation committee will collect them at the front doors of the building and create flower arrangements for the staff.

Tuesday, May 8th — Bring a small treat for your teacher today.

Wednesday, May 9th -- Lunch will be provided by the PTA.  Wear your teacher’s favorite color!

Thursday, May 10th -- Students are asked to bring in a card or note for their teacher(s) to thank them for all they have done throughout the year.  They are also encouraged to bring in cards and notes for specialists and other staff as well.

Friday, May 11th -- Class gifts (purchased by room parents using class funds) will be presented to the teachers from the classes. Treat/gift given to all staff from the PTA.

Thank you for helping to make this week a special one for all of our staff members!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Gayte ( or Karyn O'Hara (



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









15 16 17 18 19 20 21

World Culture Night


5:30pm PTA Assembly Meeting/Movie Night

22 23 24 25 26 27 28


Screenagers, Growing Up in the Digital Age @6pm



@5:30pm -7:30pm



29 30 May 1
     Runners Club Starts @7:30am    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

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 and click on the "register for classes" link at the top of the homepage.

Runners Club

Runners Club starts up again starting Tuesday May 1st at 7:30am.


Manners and Etiquette Workshop by Grasshopper

Register Now through 5/11

Kids today are immersed in social media, cell phones and a very fast paced and inpatient world. It seems like a different era… but is it?  Manners and etiquette are still the KEY to opening doors of opportunity and learning to respect and honor others.  In addition to table manners, students will learn valuable life tools including how to meet and greet, effectively engage in conversation, use written communication, be a good host and guest, and develop proper and safe phone and social media skills.  To make this class fun and engaging for the students, we have centered the curriculum around "planning a party". The students will each get to invite a guest to attend their party on the final day. This can be a parent, grandparent, nanny, etc. The party summarizes the skills they have learned throughout the program. The students will be receive a workbook on the first day which can later be used as a handy reference tool. Please click Flyer for details.


Tune in to Community Events

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

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.

Change Language: You can change this newsletter display language to your preferred language through the select language drop-down button at the top of your browser.

Byte Submissions: Publication of the Byte will be on Sundays. To publish in the Byte, please submit your information by 5:00 PM ON TUESDAYS. The deadline is firm, and submissions are subject to PTA approval. Send your information in plain text, with an image or icon if possible. You can also include a link to further information or registration forms. Questions and submissions should go to

Unsubscribe: You can unsubscribe from the Byte newsletter by following the instructions HERE.


Questions about the Medina PTA website? send email to webmaster at