Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #35 - April 29, 2018

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Presidents' Message

We hope everyone had a fun time at STEM night this past week! What an amazing event! We have another busy week ahead.
Medina is hosting a talk about Anxiety in Children this Thursday evening starting at 6:30pm for parents. See below for details.
Tryouts for Medina's Talent Show: Medina's Got Talent is this week! Runner's Club also begins!

Please see below how you can help support Medina's very own Destination Imagination team Awesome Einsteins as they head to Knoxville, Tennessee for the DI Global Finals. Congratulations to this team of 3rd and 4th graders!

Congratulations to the Medina Chess Team who took 1st place out of 159 schools in the Grades 1-3 division at the Washington State Chess Championship for the second year in a row!

Be sure to save your BoxTops. Collection will be May 14-18.

Staff Appreciation Week is the following week. See below for the schedule of events!

Have a great week!

Tracy and Anita
Co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA 

Principal's Message

Hello Medina Families,

Another amazing week of events that celebrate all of the wonderful things going on at Medina Elementary: 

STEM Week:  a viewing of the movie – Screenager;    a fun 3-5th grade assembly from the Museum of Flight and a K-2nd grade assembly with The Reptile Man; Art Glass Fusing Workshop all grades; 1st grade field trip to the Botanical Gardens; STEM Night – with an endless array of science and engineering experiences;  1st grade science walk to the Medina Park to plant a tree, at invitation from our Medina Police; and the Bellevue School Foundation Spring for Schools Luncheon on Friday. 

Safety and Security:  We have a celebration to share – This summer the district will install a new glass wall in our main hall, near the office door.  This will allow us, after 8:05, to funnel all visitors through the front office prior to being passed on to the rest of the school.  An architect is working on a proposal and work will begin after June 22nd, our last day of school.  This is very exciting news and we are very grateful to the district for recognizing the need to create a better system for monitoring entry of the building.  More information on this will come as we learn more. 

In our effort to further increase our school security and student and staff safety we will continue to seek your partnership.  It only takes one propped open door to give way to an intruder.  We must all be diligent to ensure our campus stays secure 100% of the time.  Thank you all for your immediate attention to this matter.  In partnership, we ask:

A)      Please leave doors closed at all times (do not prop doors open).  Ensure you are with a member of staff who has a badge and can re-enter the building, or do not leave the building

B)      During school hours only enter through the main office, get an orange Visitor Pass and/or sign in if you’re picking your child up during school hours

C)      If you are picking up a student from an afterschool club, wait outside for your student for pickup

D)     If you are inside the building with a Visitor Pass, please direct anyone looking to come inside to the front entrance/Main Office.  If the Main Office is closed, please remind the visitor of our safety measures and remind them that they must wait outside if they do not have a Visitor Pass.

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA):  In the next week teachers in grade 3rd, 4th and 5th will email parents, through their newsletters or an email, information regarding testing dates for our annual state SBA.   They will also provide information about how to help prepare your student, at school and home, for optimal testing (plenty of sleep, full breakfast, practice time, etc.).  You and your student can look over past SBA tests and questions at home as well through this link:     More information to come, from your teachers, in May regarding this state testing. 

Thank you !

Laurie Harvey 

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Congratulations to the Medina Elementary Chess Team!

Medina Chess Team won FIRST PLACE (out of 159 schools) in Grades 1-3 Division of Washington State Chess Championship on Saturday 4/21/2018.  Second year in a row. There were total of 1241 chess players at the event.

The following players had 4 or more wins:
Kindergarten: Yuntao L. (4.0), Ethan Z. (4.0)
First Grade: Michelle Z. (4.0), Hanbin W. (4.5), Jack L. (4.5)
Second Grade: Manu K. (4.0), Jinue K. (4.0)
Third Grade: Christopher P. (4.0), Derin G. (4.5), Ryan M. (5.0).  Ryan M. became Washington State Chess Champion of 3rd grade with perfect 5 points.
Fifth Grade: Inue K. (4.0)
Congratulations to all our participants! Well done!



We had two big assemblies during the week and an amazing STEM Night with 22 exhibitors’ fun activities and show, wonderful student science project, and supper exciting Egg Drop Contest. Unbelievable turnout! We would like to extend our heart-felt thanks to all the Medina volunteers who put on tireless efforts and contributed time to make our STEM Night a great success! Thank you Bei Li, Loretta Liu, Jessica Shao, Ying Ning, Maggie Bai, Stephanie Han, Junhua Wang, Amber Gao, Jill Yang, Lucky Lin, Rea Zhang, Ping Liu, Victoria Liu, Jing Chang, Yi Jin, Qi Zhang, Ying Li, Yulan Peng, just to name a few. We also want to extend our gratitude to our great PTA co-president Tracy Mayclin’s guidance and Shafiqa Darani who provided technical support to make our event go so smoothly. Thanks again for all of your efforts and support to make this happen!
Sara Ye and Su Su




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! 

 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 (



BOX TOP COLLECTION WEEK IS  May 14th – May 18th        

-This is a great competition to raise funds for our school just by looking at products you already purchase! Bring in the box tops of those participating products you already use (e.g. Ziploc Bags, Progressive Soup, Motts Apple Juice, Kleenex tissues, several cereal brands, etc)
-Bags will be distributed to the teachers
-Each child should bring their Boxtops to their classroom.  Or they can drop them off in the Boxtops collection box in the office.
-Please trim the Boxtops and place them in a baggie, noting the teachers name.
-The class collecting the most Boxtops in each grade level will win a prize!

For more information or questions please contact Tracy Mayclin at or click on the Box Top for Education link




Dear Families and Friends,

Greetings from the Awesome Einstein team! We are a group of amazing 3rd and 4th grade students from Medina Elementary. Our names are Justin, Emily, Oliver, Sophia, Zoey and Aelita.

We recently participated in Destination Imagination (DI) tournaments and won first place both at the Regional and State Tournament for Elementary Level Engineering Challenge. We are super excited that we will be representing Medina and the State of Washington to compete in DI Global Finals in May in Knoxville, Tennessee!
DI is a team competition about creativity, teamwork, and having fun. There are 7 different types of challenges, and we chose the Engineering Challenge: Drop Zone. We created a structure as light as possible with materials allowed, and it withstood 150 pounds being dropped onto it. We also wrote our own scripts, designed and created our own props and costumes and put together a very fun performance.

As first-time participants in DI, and probably the youngest group to go to DI Global Finals, we’ve come a long way to get where we are, and we’re extremely proud of our achievements. However, attending the Globals is very costly, and we are therefore reaching out to our families and friends for any kind of support and donations.

You can support us in any of the following ways:

1. Paypal your donation directly to
2. Come and support us at our fundraising table during Stem Night on Wednesday April 25 at Medina. We will be selling more than a dozen super fun and cool STEM toys.
3. Join us at Applebee’s Flapjack fundraising breakfast event from 9:30-11:00am on Saturday May 5. Tickets are $10 per person, and each ticket is good for one Flapjack breakfast at Applebee’s that includes pancake, syrup, butter, scrambled eggs, bacon, juice and coffee! And the most fun part is that the Awesome Einstein team will be your waiters and waitresses! It will be a fun fundraising/celebration event, and we’ll be happy to share more about our DI experience with you if you are interested in joining next year.
4. Look out for pop-up booth in the under-covered area at Medina Elementary in the next 4 weeks. We will be selling cookies, drinks and more!

We appreciate you being a part of our DI journey. No donations are too small… or too big!
Thanks a lot for your support and generosity!

Awesome Einstein



Sun Mon Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat
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Runners Club Starts @7:30am      


6:30pm Anxiety in our Children parent ed           

7:10pm Mariners Star Wars Bobblehead Night       

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Bring 2 flowers to school

Bring a small treat for your teacher

Lunch will be provided by the PTA

Bring in a card or note for their teacher(s)

Class gifts



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Last Day of Chess Club - Ice Cream Party


Talent Show

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Mother/Son Sports Day



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   NO SCHOOL Memorial Day          

 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.

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.

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