THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #39 - May 27, 2018

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Presidents' Message

We hope everyone is having a relaxing long weekend. We cannot believe that we are heading into June already! Please read the Principal's Message below for some important information.

Music Concerts will be held the week of June 5th. Please see below for when your child's class will be performing.

The SuperHero Family Dance Night will be held June 9th from 5:30-8:30 pm. See below for details on how to purchase tickets online for $25/Family by June 6th.

Be sure to mark your calendar for June 13th from 7:30-8:00am for the Community Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Medina Staff.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday. We will be continuing our ABC Countdown to Summer with the letter H for Crazy Hair Day

Tracy and Anita
Co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA 

Principal's Message

Crosswalk Safety:  A quick reminder from our wonderful Bus driver crew for students to use the cross walks when walking or riding their bikes to school.  There have been some reports of our students crossing the street at random spots in front of cars and the school busses.  Please discuss this safety reminder with your students.  We value their well-being. 

Suicide Awareness & Resources:

 ·        See resources within the attached letter.

 ·        Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’:  With the recent and tragic shooting in Texas today, sad news within our own district, and the release of the second season of 13 Reasons Why, which will premiere on Netflix tonight,  Friday, May 18th, I feel compelled to share the attached letter and information about this Netflix series.  If you are not familiar with the series, the first season centered on a student’s suicide, chronicling her stated reasons why she had taken her life. The second season follows the aftermath and deals with issues of suicide, sexual assault, guilt, and revenge.  The attached letter includes some brief information on the series and provides resources for parents to use, should they choose, when discussing difficult topics with their students.  I’m sharing this letter with all of you, even though the show is targeted at high school students, because middle school and upper elementary school students may watch the show as well.

Kindness Club Chalk Walk:  What beautiful way to start our day today – with inspiring words from our children.  Our Kindness Club students spent some time yesterday writing heartfelt words, phrases and messages to their peers, the staff and our community at large, to read as we entered school today.  These simple sentiment are a quick and friendly way to remind us of all that we have to be grateful for in a day shared at Medina, through our shared teaching, learning and play.  If you have a moment, take the time to stop, read, and enjoy their work.  See the attached picture of our entry stairs. 

Have a beautiful weekend. 

Laurie Harvey 

Join in our School Events

Spring Yearbook Sale

Have you ordered your yearbook yet? Now is the time! Be sure to order by June 1st to guarantee your copy! This is your last chance to order your Medina Elementary Yearbook for $18. Click HERE to place an order now!

Not sure if you have purchased a yearbook? You can check by signing in on the Medina PTA website and looking under "My Account.” If there is not an order shown for "Yearbook" then you have not purchased a copy.

If you have any questions, contact Linda Corets at Yearbook@medinapta.org.  


Medina Chess Club is privileged to host Grandmaster Hou Yifan for an afternoon of chess lecture and interaction on June 2nd Saturday between 2pm-3:30pm.

The session will consist of a Q/A session and a lecture by GM Hou Yifan. Questions to GM Hou Yifan must be submitted in advance. GM Hou Yifan will also sign autographs and take photographs with the students, as time permits. Space is limited to 100 Medina students and their families. 

Please register at: http://medinapta.org/Packet/ChessClubSpecial2018


 


SUPERHERO FAMILY DANCE NIGHT

When: Saturday, June 9th (5:30pm-8:30pm)

Where: Medina Elementary School

Tickets: $25/Family Online by Wed June 6th

http://medinapta.org/Packet/FamilyDanceNight

$35/Family at the Door on Sat June 9th

 

ALL MEDINA FAMILIES ARE INVITED!

BE A DC OR MARVEL SUPERHERO FOR THE NIGHT!

NO MASKS, PLEASE!

Opportunities for COOL instant camera Superhero photos!

 

 

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

 Events like this wouldn’t be possible without your support!

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084cafac2da0ff2-medina1/68226447

 THANK YOU!!! 


 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.

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.


Music Concert 

 Please mark your calendars for our June Music Concerts!

 K/1 Music Concert: Tuesday June 5th 6:00pm

 2nd Grade Concert: Tuesday June 5th 7:00pm

 3rd Grade Concert: Wednesday June 6th 6:00

 4th Grade “Beatles” Concert: Wednesday June 6th 7:00

 Students and families should arrive 5-10 minutes before their concert time, and go directly to the gym and be seated. Please email me with any questions, or let me know if you would like to volunteer to help with any of the concerts.


With only two months of this school year left, we are actively looking to create next year's PTA board. Please let us know if you are interested in taking a position as one of the dedicated individuals who will serve on next year's Executive Committee and Board of Directors. If you are interested in either being involved on the Board or in a Committee Chair position, please contact president@medinapta.org.

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!


 

The Bellevue Christian School 7th graders are having a bike drive on Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 am to 3:00pm. It will be at the BCS main campus in the lower parking lot.

We are looking for 20-inch wheel BMX style bikes, 24-26 inch wheel mountain bikes, road bikes of any size, but especially smaller size. 

We are asking people to donate a bike and $5 to help with the cost of processing.  The bike drive is to benefit Bike Works whose mission is to promote the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities.

We appreciate your support by letting students know about this opportunity to donate bikes and help other kids.


 

2018 Summer Kids Fun Run

Sunday, August 26th @ Seward Park, Seattle

Kids will run in a fun dash following our 5k and 10k races that morning. Kids will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and finisher souvenir.

This is great opportunity for kids to get excited about the Kids Marathon in the fall, a great incentive to stay active in the summer and a fun dog-friendly, family event.

$25 entry fee.

Complete details here: http://www.seattlemarathon.org/hero/

2018 Seattle Kids Marathon

Saturday, November 24th @ Memorial Stadium, Seattle

In the weeks prior to the Kids Marathon, students will independently log 25 miles run/walked, independent reading books, healthy meals and acts of service. Then on Kids Marathon day, they will join with teammates and supporting adults to run the last 1.2 miles together before enjoying the full amenities of the Victory Recovery Area--the same amenities that the full marathoners will be enjoying the next day at our 2018 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. Kids will receive a shirt, goody bag, program incentives and finisher souvenir. The Seattle Kids Marathon is a great culminating event for the program that promotes active, healthy habits for your students.

$25 entry fee with specials for schools that register as a group. Most participating schools introduce the program in the fall to correspond with the new school year. Complete details here: http://www.seattlemarathon.org/kids-marathon/

Calendar

 Our ABC countdown continues with C, D, E, F and G this week!

Starting this coming Thursday, May 17th, there are 26 more days of school. Let's start the countdown!
Thursday, May 17, is for the letter A. Bring a stuffed animal to school.

May

Sun Mon Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Apr 29 30 May 1 2 3 4 5
                                          

                      

                                                
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
       

                    

   
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
     

7:30 am Runners Club

Last Day of Chess Club - Ice Cream Party

A

Bring your favorite small stuffed ANIMAL

B

Have a play date with a BUDDY

7:30 am Runners Club

Talent Show

 
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
 

C

Wear a pair of CRAZY socks.

D

We'll play music and DANCE!

E

Show off your EPIC Dance Moves!

7:30 am Runners Club

F

Let's turn off the lights and read by FLASHLIGHT.

G

Wear GREEN and recycle something.

7:30 am Runners Club

 
27 28 29
30
 31 June 1
2
 

NO SCHOOL Memorial Day

H

What's your style? Crazy HAIR day!

I

Wear your clothes INSIDE OUT.

7:30am Runners Club

J

Tell your favorite JOKE today. Ha Ha Ha.

K

Do KIND deeds all day today. Thank you!

7:30am Runners Club 

 

 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

Runners Club

Attentions all runners club runners or walkers
Effective immediately we have changed runners club to Wednesday and Friday mornings starting at 7:30am.   
This club is open to all students and a great way for children to say hi to there friends before school starts

Tune in to Community Events

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

NEW UPDATES:

  • Bellevue Boys & Girls club Volleyball Camp July 23- July 27
  • BELLEVUE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA’S JUNE CONCERT @7pm, Tuesday, June 5th.
  • Bellevue High School Piano Recital @ 7:30pm Tuesday, June 12th, 2018.
  • Titans FC is starting another program on Saturday morning for the youngest soccer players in our community, you can read more about the program using the link.
    https://www.medinatitans.com/page/show/4069374-soccer-saturdays

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