Volume 6 | October 7, 2018
Key Dates

  • 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
Snow Sports
Ski 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  
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 .
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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
Walk to School Day
Wednesday October 10 , is National Walk to School Day. We are hoping that most students can walk or bike to school. If it’s too far you can join us at the playground in  Medina park  to complete your walk to school  at 7:45 . We will walk through the back of the park to 80th ave, then cross at the school. We will ask the Medina police, along with someone from the Mayors office to join us on our walk.  

RUNNERS CLUB. We will be canceling Runners club  on Wednesday Oct. 10th  due to National Walk to school day. Please join us at the park and complete your walk to school. 
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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+.
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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
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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!


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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.
BYTE Submissions
Publication of the Byte will be on Sundays. To publish in the Byte, you must submit your information by  5:00 PM ON THURSDAYS . This deadline is firm, and submissions are subject to PTA approval. Send your information in plain text, with an image or icon if possible. You can also include a link to further information or registration forms. Questions and submissions should go to   Byte@medinapta.org .
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