Volume 1 | September 2, 2018
Presidents' Message
Dear Medina Elementary School Parents,

Welcome back to school! My name is Andrew Klein, and I and my co-president, Jessica Shao, are thrilled to be serving as your PTA presidents this year. Our major goals for the PTA this year are as follows:

   1. Facilitate academic enhancements for our children

   2. Connect our community and build friendships on and off campus

   3. Have fun (or rather, help our kids have fun)

With these goals in mind, we are hoping to have 100% parent participation in the PTA this year, so please get involved!  More information is to come on where, how, and why we are encouraging this involvement. If you have any questions or would like to know how you can help in the short term, please contact us at presidents@medinapta.org

All the best,

Andrew & Jessica
Key Dates
  • Wednesday, September 5 at 8:10am: Online registration opens for Chess Club

  • Monday, September 10: Hearing & Vision Screenings

  • Tuesday, September 11: General Assembly Meeting at 8:30am in the cafeteria

  • Wednesday, September 12: Registration closes for Chess Club & payments due

  • Thursday, September 13: Ice Cream Social (Volunteers needed!)

  • Friday, September 14: Picture Day

  • Wednesday, September 19: Chess Club Family Night from 6:00-7:30pm in the Gym.

  • Wednesday, September 26: First day of Chess Club. Students go to Chess Club directly after school.

  • Thursday, September 27: Back to School Night


  • Tuesday, October 16: Ski Bus Registration Opens

  • Saturday, January 12: Medina All City Chess Tournament

  • Saturday, March 9: Queen's Quest All-Girls Chess Tournament
Call for Volunteers
Hearing and vision screenings are taking place here at Medina on Sept 10 th. Sarah Kim, our school nurse, has requested 10+ volunteers to assist with the testing and bringing students to and from. If you would like to help out, please e-mail Sarah at kims@bsd405.org
Tiger Tough Relay Race and Obstacle Course
Dear Medina Families,
As many of you may remember, we had a wonderfully successful fundraiser in the Dance-A-Thon last year, with hundreds of people in attendance for the party on that Friday evening. I was thrilled to see so many of you involved on the night of the party as well as during the week. There must have been at least a few dozen parent volunteers helping to make this such a huge success, raising over $60,000.00.
This year, our goal is bigger, better, and muddier !!! Over the past few months we have been planning an event to challenge all washing machines and basin sinks. We would like to proudly introduce the first ever Tiger Tough Relay Race and Obstacle Course. We have been working with the city of Medina and the Parks Department to incorporate Medina park into our plans. Like last year, the kids and staff will be creating projects supporting our event. Also like last year, we will have a DJ, food trucks, and prizes. We are also fortunate to have luxury home builder Todd Lozier, of Lochwood Lozier Construction, in charge of constructing many of the obstacles.
There will be additional details to follow, but the most important message I would like to convey is the importance of having you parents involved in any way shape or form. It could be running the race alongside your child, helping with set up, encouraging kids to work together, and finding whatever way you can to support our kids, school, and community.
There will be more details to follow, along with sponsorship opportunities and ways to donate (both time and money).
Lastly, if you have any questions, or suggestions of ways you can help add to this event, please send us an email atian.olsen@rate.com or cjmonty72@gmail.com
Looking forward to another fantastic school year!
Ian Olsen and Carrie Montigue.
Chess Club
We have an amazing Chess Club at Medina Elementary. Chess Club starts this year on Wednesday, 9/26. We welcome students from all grades and of all experience levels. The 2018-19 season will run from September to May with 26 sessions through the school year. Classes are after school on Wednesdays. Registration for year 2018-2019 will open at 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday 9/5. All registration and payment must be received by Wednesday 9/12. No late registration will be accepted. Space is limited and registration will be on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please check the   PTA Chess Club webpage .  If you have any questions about Chess Club, please contact  chessclub@medinapta.org .

Start time is 12:15 pm. Pick up time is 1:25 pm. Advanced Chess ends at 1:50 pm .
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
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.

Much more information is to follow in the coming weeks!

Your ski bus chairs,

Manda, Paul and Mette 
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 .
Quick Links
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