Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #42 - May 12 2018

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Presidents' Message

Hello Medina Community!

Thank you for showing your appreciation of our teachers and staff by bringing cards, flowers, treats, as well as volunteering this past week to help celebrate our amazing teachers and staff during Staff Appreciation Week. Thank you Cindy Gayte and Karyn O'Hara for coordinating all these events!

Math Adventure last Friday was a huge success, thanks to the hard work by Tracy Mayclin and all the volunteers. Our kids had a super fun night!

Nominations for the Golden Acorn award is due by this Friday, May 24th.

Have a great week!

Jessica Shao
President, Medina Elementary PTA  

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Golden Acorn Award Nomination

The Golden Acorn Award is presented by local PTAs to volunteers in recognition of their exemplary and outstanding service. The Medina Elementary PTA awards this honor to volunteers who are “graduating” from Medina Elementary with their 5th grade students. Recognizing individuals who go above and beyond in supporting our children is a great way to acknowledge how much their service matters. If you would like to nominate a volunteer for his or her dedicated service in support of students, send your nomination to by Friday, 5/24. Please be sure to include a brief summary of why you believe the volunteer should be recognized and any PTA positions they may have held. 



Our Medina Chess Club have exciting news to share about the 2019 Washington State Chess Championship tournament that took place this past Saturday in Tacoma, WA.

Our Medina Team has more than 40 players who worked hard throughout the year to qualify for the state championship tournament. After a grueling 5 rounds of chess playing,  Medina Team claimed the FIRST place in the Grade 1-3 Team Division (a 3-peat) and SECOND place in the Grade 4-6 Team Division. In addition,  our 1st grader Ethan Z, 2nd grader Hanbin W and 4th grader Derin G scored a perfect 5.0 to become co-champions of their grade divisions. We are proud to have such a talented and competitive young team and are looking forward to great results from this team for years to come.  

 BGA Spring Event

Save the Date

Aisha Simon of Axiom Learning will be giving a seminar “Secrets to Success in the Gifted Program”

Geared toward elementary families

June 3, 6:30-8:00

Wilburton Instructional Service Center

12241 Main St., Bellevue

Rainier Room

Aisha is the Chief Learning Officer at Axiom Learning, a research-based education company dedicated to catalyzing the transformation of education delivery globally, including projects in partnership with the Gates Foundation and Harvard, among others.  Aisha led the development of Axiom’s flagship program, LEAP 3.0, which is now the world’s most effective intervention for addressing the highest incidence learning challenges (ADHD, Dyslexia, Executive Function, Anxiety and Autism).  Axiom has ten offices across Massachusetts, California, New York, Seattle and Malaysia as well as pro bono operations helping Rohingya refugees in Malaysia and supporting some of the poorest students in America.  In recognition of her work, Ernst & Young named her 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year.  Previously, Aisha was heavily focused on medical humanitarian relief, which took her to, among others, Bosnia, the Middle East, Central America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia.  Aisha was a founding member of the humanitarian relief organization, Doctors Worldwide.  She also founded a free clinic in Richmond, Virginia, drove anti-tobacco and refugee education efforts in elementary schools and led civil rights work in Richmond and DC.  She received her MPH from Harvard, her MD from the Medical College of Virginia, and a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from the University of Washington.  Aisha is happily married with three amazing children. 


Do you have any gently used items that your child no longer fits in?

Medina school nurses are happy to take them away for you. 

We are in need of children’s clothing, primarily pants/leggings between size 5T-8 (XS-M)

Please drop them at the Medina front office.    

Thank You!-  Nurse Sarah and Deb



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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 

Math Adventure 



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Last Day of Chess Club - Ice Cream Party


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Gold Acorn Award Nomination deadline

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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 2018-19 school year. 

Tune in to Community Events

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

Update : 

--- Language Immersion summer camp

--- The Bellevue Girls Basketball Team, along with Coach Nick Crossan and his coaching staff, will be running a basketball program at Bellevue High School for girls in grades 3rd-8th to learn basketball skills through drills and scrimmages. 

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