Volume 5 | September 30, 2018
Key Dates

  • Friday, October 5: Dad's Night Out

  • Friday, October 5: BHS Junior Cheer Clinic

  • Wednesday, October 10: Walk to School Day

  • Thursday, October 11: Second Grade Parents' Night Out


  • October 15-October 19: Box Top Collection Week

  • Tuesday, October 16: Ski Bus Registration Opens

  • Friday, October 19: Mom's Night Out

  • Friday, November 2: Picture Re-Take Day

  • Saturday, January 12: Medina All City Chess Tournament

  • Saturday, March 2: Regional Destination Imagination Tournament

  • Saturday, March 9: Queen's Quest All-Girls Chess Tournament

  • Wednesday, April 24: STEM Night
Second Grade Parents' Night Out
Flatstick Pub
15 Lake Street #100, Kirkland
Thursday, October 11, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Party area and putting course reserved for this fun night out!

Both parents are encouraged to attend. Snacks provided, but individuals are responsible for their own beverage purchase .
Box Top Collection Week is October 15-October 19th
- 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 (mailboxes). 

-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 an extra recess!
For more information or questions please contact Tracy Mayclin at  tracy@mayclingroup.com  or click on the Box Top for Education link  http://www.boxtops4education.com
STEM Week 2019 Survey
Dear Parents,

We had an exciting STEM WEEK in April this year at Medina Elementary. I hope everyone had a great time. As Fall is here, we start planning next year's STEM WEEK. Your input is needed to help us make it a fun event again.

The STEM exhibitors we had at the past STEM WEEK are listed below. If you know any other STEM related organizations that you wish us to invite to demonstrate at next year's STEM WEEK please let us know by sending an email to stemweek@medinapta.org . We will make sure they are on the invite list.

STEM exhibitors we had before

  • Windows Mixed Reality
  • Flight Museum
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
  • Reptile Man
  • Bug Safari
  • Innovorigins
  • Play-Well TEKnologies
  • Blaze Education
  • Singapore Math Club
  • Camp Invention
  • Coding with Kids
  • Interactive Math Academy
  • TechKnowHow
  • The Coder School
  • DigiPen
  • Vex Robotics
  • FTC Robotics

Click here if you would like to sign up to volunteer for STEM night: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054aadae2ba2fc1-20191

Thank you,

Hui Han and Yan Shen

STEM Week Cochairs
Automatic Bus Notifications
To sign up for automatic Bus Notifications and receive information regarding your child’s bus, please visit the website   Parents - Bus Bulletin . Click on the yellow bar with the text “Click Here To Register”. You will need to know your child’s bus number. You have the choice to receive text messages, e-mails, or voice notifications on your cell or home phone.
Walk to School Day
Protect the environment and show your school spirit by waking to school on Walk to School Day, October 10!
Film & Panel: LIKE
Thursday, November 15 | 7:30 pm | $15
Stroum JCC 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island | FREE parking

Technology is here to stay. By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives, and on our civilization we can learn how to navigate it more safely together.

This film, by the producers of SCREENAGERS and ANGST, strives to inspire people of all ages to self-regulate their technology use, especially kids. It doesn’t focus on blame, but rather it encourages people to look in the mirror and feel empowered to create balance in their lives and learn to be there for each other. Includes post-film panel of experts, followed by Q&A. Rec: 11+.
After School Basketball
There was an error with LocalHoops sign up last week that placed everyone signing up for Thursday session on waitlist. They've corrected the issue. There are still spots available if you are interested.
Locahoops is an elite basketball training academy, specializing in skills development for young athletes. LocalHoops is hosting basketball sessions on Thursdays from 2:45-3:35pm in the gym, from 10/4-12/13(no class on 11/26). It's open to grade 2-5. 
The goal for this 10 week program is to teach the fundamentals of basketball through a structured learning environment. Athletes will be trained on ball handling, proper shooting technique, footwork into a right hand & left hand layup, initiating contact offensively and defensively, and general basketball IQ. Our Academy emphasizes respect, discipline and hard work. We ask that all athletes come ready to listen and learn, we will handle the rest!
Players are expected to bring their own basketballs every Thursday!
Library Volunteers
The School Library is looking for volunteers! Sign up here if interested: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XraSq430Ngnz3kzVr-JJmgYP2o0ROG7_hApsgasIBdg/edit?usp=sharing
Girls Basketball - Bellevue High School
Mom's Night Out
Medina Mom's Night Out will take place on October 19 from 6:30pm-9:30pm at Lauren Ashton Cellars. We hope you can come join other Medina moms at the event!

Dad's Night Out
The Medina Men’s Malt March (original name for Dad’s Night Out) will be held October 5 th at the homes of (in order)
Ian and Julie Olsen – 5pm to 7:30pm
1308 98 th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
John and Julie Franck - 7:30pm to 9pm
92 nd
Clyde Hill, WA 98004
Colin (the Godfather) Hawkes – 9pm until Tuesday
8637 NE 17 th
Clyde Hill, WA 98004

Tickets are available at this link:

Bellevue High School Junior Cheer Clinic
Registration form can be found here:   http://www.bellevuecheer.com/Jr-Cheer-Clinic.html
Runners' Club
Please join us every Wednesday and Friday morning from 7:30-8:00am. You do not need to sign up please just show up before school and walk or run. Many studies show that children who regularly exercise score higher on tests and have lower signs of ADHD. We track the laps the children run and give them small foot tokens for every 5 miles run.  

Runners' Club will start September 12 and we will try to run until early November. PLEASE NOTE: We do not run in the rain.   

If you have any questions please email me at   cjmonty72@gmail.com
Missoula Children's Theatre
Save the Date for Missoula Children's Theater -- December 1st, 2018 and Call for host families!

We are excited to welcome Missoula Children's Theater  back. This year’s performance will be the unique interpretation of the treasured children’s classic, The Secret Garden

The week starts off with auditions at 2:35-5pm on Monday 11/26, culminating in performances on 12/1 at 3pm and 5:30pm. Rehearsals are every day during the week from right after school to 7pm. Once your child is cast, please commit to have your child present at rehearsals every day.
This year Missoula Children's Theater Audition is on the Monday right after Thanksgiving, which poses special challenges for planning. We'd really appreciate it if you could  pre-register for the audition . It will greatly help us plan for the audition and rehearsals.
We are also calling for two host families for the touring directors from 11/25 afternoon to 12/2 . It's a great opportunity for your child to have artistic and cultural exchange with the directors, plus your child is guaranteed a part in the play and waived participation fee. We need your help to pull this event off! If you have any questions or if you are interested in being a host please contact Liang Sun at  programs@medinapta.org
MCT is sponsored by the Medina PTA, and you must be a PTA member to enroll your child in this activity. For those of you who are new to our school, the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) is the Nation’s largest touring children’s theatre. You may find more information at MCT page  on PTA website.
Snow Sports
S ki bus registration will open Tuesday, October 16 at 8:00 am. Registration will be online. We are looking forward to another great season! Ski Bus dates are Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 and Feb 6 and 13

Please click on the following link for ski bus information.  http://medinapta.org/Page/StudentPrograms/SkiBus

Your ski bus chairs,

Manda, Paul and Mette 

NOTE: We are looking for a chaperone parent of a child in 1st or 2nd grade . Ideally a parent that may consider taking on ski bus chair in the next couple years. As a thank you for chaperoning, your child rides free on the bus! Chaperone responsibilities include roll call, helping kids learn how to carry skis, zipping up a jacket, tightening a ski boot, etc., keeping a fun and safe environment on the bus, etc. (and we do have fun on the bus!). You will also have the opportunity to ski for about an hour at Alpental. Please contact Mette if interested at  skibus@medinapta.org  
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