Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #41- June 10, 2018

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Presidents' Message

It was a busy week and weekend!! We would like to thank all of you who came out to the final PTA General Assembly meeting. Congratulations to next year's PTA Board which were elected and installed.

2018-2019 Medina Elementary Board of Directors

Co-Presidents - Andrew Klein and Jessica Shao

Co-President-Elects - Yan Guo (with one position remaining open)

Co-VP Programs - Liang Sun (with one position remaining open)

VP Fundraising - position remaining open

VP Finance - Nancy Tseng

Treasurer - Julie Franck

Self-Funding Treasurer - Evonne Lai

Secretary - Marti Enke

We also want to thank our 2017-2018 Board. With over 30 events and over 8 ongoing programs, we had a very busy year. This could not have been done without the hard work of our current board.
Dongqin Feng, Julia Zhu, Cindy Roberts, Jessica Rossman, Michael Zhang, Evonne Lai, Andrea Perry, Andrew Klein, Rebecca Johnston, Yi Jin and Denise Stolte-Reinisch. Thanks also to the Chairs of our various events and programs.

We were also excited to honor some outgoing 5th grade parents who have done so much for our school and the PTA over the years with the PTA Golden Acorn award. These were presented to Lauren Ridgeway, Laura Weingaertner, Lucille Tam, Wendy Teh, Cindy Roberts, Carrie Browne, Carrie Ruckhaber, Olivia Chang, Linda Corets and Renee Hawkes.

We also approved next year's budget at the meeting. This will be reviewed and voted on again at the first meeting of next year under the direction of the new board.

On Saturday, the Family Dance Night was a fun evening for all those superheroes who attended. With good food, games, music and photos, a good time was had by all. Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers, especially Dongqin Feng and Jessica Shao!

This coming week, the teachers and staff are hosting a Community Appreciation Breakfast from 7:30 am to 8:00 am in the Library on Wednesday. Field Day is also on Wednesday. We are heading into the last two weeks of the ABC countdown to Summer!

We hope you all have a great week!

Tracy and Anita
Co-presidents, Medina Elementary PTA 

Principal's Message

Lockdown Drill:

We had a very successful school drill today – it was our first time this year to conduct a Lock Down Drill with an Internal Intruder and Possible Evacuation.   Students were well prepared due to classroom and home discussions around the importance of practicing all forms of drills, so that in the event of a possible real situation, our students and staff are as well prepared as possible.  Thank you for your part in discussing this with your students and aiding their preparation.  It takes the full community so often, on behalf of our shared students.   

The following information is for current 5th grade students who are moving on to one of our BSD middle schools:

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that we are in the final stretch of fifth grade!  As you take a moment (and maybe a few deep breaths) to think about your child and the upcoming transition to middle school, I want to make you aware of an important, required SUMMER READING EXPERIENCE.  Research shows that students who continue to read over the summer months are better prepared to engage in learning at the beginning of the school year and will avoid “summer slide” where some students demonstrate a decline in reading achievement which can impact readiness for continued learning in the fall. In Bellevue School District, beginning in fifth grade and continuing through high school, students are expected to participate in a summer reading experience.

Here is what you need to know:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is the newly adopted summer reading book that is assigned to all incoming sixth graders across the district. The poetic novel is a heartwarming story about family, love, and loss.  The main character is an African American boy in middle school. The story is written from his point of view and includes his feelings about the loss of his father.  As one student communicated while providing feedback about the novel, “I thought it was sad and inspiring and funny – all at the same time!”  A few other common themes of feedback from students in our district that helped in the selection of The Crossover:

“This is the best book I have ever read!"

“Incoming 6th graders will face challenges in Middle School that The Crossover explains"

“Heartwarming story”

“I enjoyed the expressive poetic diction”

Students will be provided the novel and accompanying materials before the end of the school year.  It might be beneficial to help your child create a summer reading schedule and check in on progress throughout the summer.  The accompanying materials should be filled out to capture your child’s thinking along the way.  The summer reading experience will be used as a launching point for sixth grade language arts in their first unit of study.  It is important that students read the book as we want everyone to feel included in the classroom discussions about the novel and the story is very engaging!

If you have any questions now or over the summer about The Crossover or the summer reading experience, please do not hesitate to reach out to Liz Ritz, Director of Curriculum and Instruction ( 

Have a beautiful weekend. 

Laurie Harvey 

Join in our School Events


5th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony

@ 8:30 am June 22nd


 For 5th Grade Parents - Chinook PTA

 Hello 5th Grade Families!

 We at Chinook PTSA want to welcome all of you who will have a 6th grader at Chinook Middle School in 2018-2019.  We want you to feel connected in as soon as possible as Chinook begins orientations in mid-August.  To help better connect with us, you can go on our website at:    We have a weekly (during the school year) email newsletter which we will also send out in July to help you get prepared for the school year.  To subscribe to that newsletter (you can always unsubscribe at any time), go to our website above and look for the blue bar in the upper right section of the webpage which says, “Sign up for Kodiak Korner Newsletter”. (click on that to sign up)

We, your PTSA, look forward to connecting with and supporting you through your transition to Chinook!

Warmly,  Nancy

Nancy Huenefeld Gese   Chinook PTSA President

 Chinook Walkabout Program

Hello incoming Chinook 6th grade parents!

My name is Annie Roth.  I am a current (for a few more weeks) Chinook parent and I am writing to inform you of a couple of volunteer opportunities at Chinook.

 For those who are sending your first child to Chinook this fall, I want to let you know about Chinook’s Walkabout Program.  I started the latest version of this program four years ago when the new building first opened.  Through the Walkabout Program teams of parents and other interested community members come to Chinook during the lunches to hang out and be a friendly, positive adult presence at school.  The goal is to make a positive impact on the school culture at Chinook.  As an added benefit, volunteers also get to see firsthand the dynamics of middle school life.

 For those of you who will be looking for ways to be involved at Chinook in the fall, please consider becoming a Walkabout Volunteer.  The time commitment does not have to be large.  Volunteering for just one lunch a week or every other week is a great way to go.  A weekly or biweekly time slot allows for consistency with the students without being overly taxing on busy schedules.  For those who can do more, great!  And for those who can volunteer only once a month, no problem!

 If you have questions about the Walkabout Program or if you already know that you would like to sign up to be a volunteer, please contact me at

On another note, as I mentioned above, I am a current Chinook parent for only a few more weeks; my youngest child is an 8th grader this year and will be heading to BHS in the fall.  As a result, I am looking for a new coordinator.  This role is not highly time consuming.  There is the on-going work of updating the schedule and sending out weekly reminders which isn’t very demanding.  There is a bit more work at the start of the school year getting the program going and recruiting new volunteers, but this is very doable and can be adjusted as needed.  This role can definitely be split.  Co-coordinators could work well and would lighten the load.  I will be around in the fall and would be most happy to help a new coordinator/s get the program started for next year. 

I have really enjoyed my family’s time at Chinook and the Walkabout Program has been a big part of that.  I believe that I have felt much more connected to the life of Chinook because of the opportunity to be at school so consistently both as a Walkabout Volunteer and the Walkabout Coordinator.

 I am eager to see the program continue after I leave!  I hope there is a parent/s in the Chinook community who will be interested in taking over as the Walkabout Coordinator/s next year. 
If anyone is interested in learning more about this role, please let me know!  I would love to chat with you!  Again, I am at  
Thank you! 

  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:

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:


 Our ABC countdown continues with Q, R, S, T and U this week!

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Who? When? Where? Why? What is your QUESTION of the day?


Bring your favorite book to READ and share.

Field Day


The sun is bright! Wear your SHADES!



Ask a friend to dress like TWINS.


5th Grade Party (RSVP Required)


Go USA! Wear red, white and blue.


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Try a new healthy food on VEGGIE Day!



Take a WALK around the field.



eXchange autographs.



Grab a pen and sign YEARBOOKS.


5th Grade Graduation

 Last Day of School



ZIP up and ZOOM out!


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 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. 

Tune in to Community Events

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


  • Sammamish HS Youth Soccer Camp (Boosters)
  • Bellevue Girls Basketball Camp

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