THE BYTE
Medina Elementary PTA Newsletter
Issue #12 - November 8, 2019

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Presidents' Message
 
Hello Medina Community!
 
What a wonderful time we had celebrating our Veterans today at the school-wide assembly. Thank you to those who submitted photos for the slide show and Rochelle Wright for making it so special. As a friendly reminder please submit your corporate matching forms for the capital campaign -if your company offers a matching program! If you aren’t sure if they do let us know, and we can help answer any questions!
 
We look forward to upcoming fall semester events like Missoula Children's Theater and Bookfair, both in early December! Also, join us on November 22nd for our General Assembly PTA meeting in the Cafeteria at 8:10 a.m. 
 
Looking ahead to the second half of our school year remember to SAVE THE DATE for our annual School Auction on March 7th 2020! The theme this year is Believe Leap Achieve! Our next planning meeting for the upcoming auction is scheduled for November 14th and will be held in room 206 at Medina Elementary from noon to 1pm. Please come and share your ideas about how to make this important fundraiser a success! Learn more HERE, including how to volunteer! Tickets will be available for purchase soon. This is an event you do not want to miss.
 
Thank you again for your meaningful support. A huge shout out to our room parents and classroom volunteers who spent countless hours making our classrooms run so smoothly. 
 
Warm Regards,
Marti Enke and Yan Guo
PTA Co-Presidents 2019-2020
 
What's New This Week

I-Connect

I-Connect's first event is planned for Friday November 8th, 2019 (TODAY!). It will be at Reeves' residency from 5:30-8 pm. The sole purpose is to get together, have a good time and connect. Please stop by and bring something, either to eat or drink. Let's get closer and stronger as a community! Please RSVP at you earliest convenience to iconnect@medinapta.org. Location will be provided upon RSVP.


Scholastic Book Fair

Book Fair is coming! Please mark your calendar for this year’s Scholastic Book Fair, December 3-5. The fair will be open each day during school, briefly before and after school and also on Wednesday, December 4, in the evening for Family Night.  

Not only is the Scholastic Book Fair a great opportunity to encourage your student’s love of reading, but it is our sole library specific fundraiser for the year. Through book fair sales, we earn money and books for our library, supplementing the district budget and making our library the amazing one that it is. Your student’s teacher may also have wish list items for you to select for purchase to enhance the class library. 

Please watch the next Byte for volunteer sign ups. We will need help with set up on Monday, December 2, as well as during the school hours that Book Fair is open, Family Night, and tear-down on Friday, December 6. Most shifts are about 2 hours. This is a very popular school event and a great volunteer opportunity! If you are interested in signing up NOW, please email your Book Fair Chairs, Rebecca Johnston and Shari Kauls, at bookfair@medinapta.org.

Join in Our School Events

Would you like to help us plan the upcoming Medina Elementary PTA Auction? We are having our next planning meeting on November 14th from noon to 1pm in room 206 at Medina Elementary. Come with ideas and help us make this important fundraising event a huge success!


READ-A-THON

Our first Reading Challenge starts NOW and ends November 27th!

Choose your books from our BOOK LIST of reputable, age appropriate books!

Sign up now for Read-A-Thon! Registration will remain open all school year here. Your child will receive a special Read-A-Thon bookmark just for registering.

Read-A-Thon will run a series of reading challenges. To complete the first challenge, Read-A-Thon participants are asked to read at least three books (or as many as they can!) from the Book List by November 27th. Each Book List is carefully compiled by dedicated parents and approved by our school librarian, so parents of Read-A-Thon participants can be assured that their children are reading quality material.

Please make sure your child submits an online book report for every book that he/she reads from the Book List. This is the only way we will know how many and which books your child has read! 

To learn more about Read-A-Thon, please visit the Read-A-Thon page. Happy reading!

PTA Pulse

Join the Medina PTA. Membership dues are $14 for individuals or $27 for families. With a PTA membership, you'll receive a Medina Elementary School directory and you can sign your children up for PTA supported programs (plus much more!).

Our goal is to have 100% participation through our parent community. We are at 97% participation so far this year! Thank you to those who have joined/renewed. Volunteering is NOT required to join.

Update Your Account

We need up-to-date information for many of our families! Please sign into your account and double check that your family's information is correct, including your child's current grade and teacher. 

Engage in Before/After School Activities

Runners Club

The last day of Runners Club is this coming Thursday, November 14th. Please join us on Tuesday and Thursday anytime between 7:25am and 7:50am for our last two Runners Club sessions! 

Questions? Contact Maxine Lee at runners@medinapta.org


Missoula Children's Theatre

Thank you to all the families who have signed up for Missoula Children's Theatre. We have a fast growing list of actors! We'll be sending out more details about the event in the coming weeks to those who have signed up. Please stay tuned!

Please note MCT auditions are for grade 1 and above. For those who would like to participate but haven't registered yet, please promptly sign up here to ensure your child has a spot in the audition.

The audition is from 2:35-5pm on Monday 12/9, culminating in performances on 12/14 at 3pm and 5:30pm. Rehearsals are every day during the week of 12/9 from right after school to 7pm. Once your child is cast, please commit to have your child present at rehearsals EVERY DAY. Click here for more information about Missoula Children's Theatre.

We are also calling for host families for the two touring directors from 12/8 afternoon to 12/15 morning. It's a great opportunity for your child to have an artistic and cultural exchange with the directors and launch lasting friendships. Plus your child is guaranteed a role in the play and waived participation fee. We sincerely appreciate your help in pulling this event off! If you are interested in being a host or have questions, please email programs@medinapta.org
 
Calendar

November

Sun Mon Tuesday Wed Thurs Fri Sat
3 4 5 6 7 8  9

 

 

 

 

 

Veteran's Day Assembly

Reflections deadline

5:30pm- I-Connect

 

10 11 12 13 14 15  16

 

VETERANS DAY: NO SCHOOL

2:40PM- AMC 8 Math Competition

 

7:25am- Last Day of Runners Club

12pm- Auction planning meeting

 

 

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

 

 

 

 

 

8:10am- General Assembly Meeting

 

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

 

 

 

Read-A-Thon: Last Day of First Challenge

THANKSGIVING: NO SCHOOL

THANKSGIVING: NO SCHOOL

 

 District Calendars 

You can find the monthly Bellevue School District calendar HERE on the district website. There is also the entire calendar for the 2019-20 school year. 

Bellevue PTSA Council

Bellevue Gifted Alliance Events

Gifted Graduates on College Student Panel
Current college students and graduates of BSD's Gifted High School Program (now Advanced Learning) discuss how to choose a college.  This is a POPULAR event and Free to BSD students and staff with BSD Card. $5 for parents and $10 for non-Bellevue residents.

The panel will be joined by:

*Tina Neville, Yale graduate and CEO of Transcend Academy, on college entrance success factors
*Dr. Richard Repass, Psychiatrist and expert on student mental health and stress management.
*Moderated by Melissa Lloyd, Bellevue Gifted Alliance

December 19, 2019, 6:30-8:00 PM
Bellevue High School Performing Arts Center
10416 SE Wolverine Way
 
High School Student Panel
High school students who attended BSD's Advanced Learning (previously the gifted) program discuss how to choose a high school.
January 8, 2020
6:30-8:00 PM
Sammamish High School Performing Arts Center
100 140th Ave SE
 
Tune in to Community Events

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

  • Little Wolverines Girls Basketball for Gr. K-4, 11am-12:30pm on most Saturdays from 11/23 to 1/18. At BHS, led by BHS Girls Basketball Players and Coaches.
  • Wise Camps is hosting a STEM day camp at Newport High School on Veteran's Day
  • Cub Scouts Pack 435

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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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