Volume 2 | September 9, 2018
Presidents' Message
Dear Medina Elementary School Parents,

It was a great first week back at school, and we are thrilled for what the year has in store for our children in the weeks to come! Be sure to check out the Key Dates below for lots of great upcoming events which we hope to see you at, and some new programs as well, including Cheer Camp, Destination Imagination, and Cub Scouts! As a reminder, we are hoping to have 100% parent participation in the PTA this year, so please get involved now!  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

  • 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!)

  • Thursday, September 13: Medina Destination Imagination Information Night (After the Ice Cream Social)

  • Friday, September 14: Picture Day

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

  • Thursday, September 20: Cub Scout Informational Meeting at 6:30 in the Cafeteria

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

  • Thursday, September 27: Back to School Night

  • Friday, October 5: Dad's Night Out

  • Friday, October 5: BHS Junior Cheer Clinic


  • Tuesday, October 16: Ski Bus Registration Opens

  • 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
Destination Imagination
I am Emily Ching, and along with Brandon Wang and Qi Zhang, we are this year's Medina DI co-chairs! We would like to welcome you to the Medina DI 2018-2019 season (DI Info Night is scheduled at 9/13 7-8pm @ Medina Café) and introduce DI at high level .

DI stands for Destination Imagination . Medina DI is a self-funded program that provides a framework with parents and DI alumni in empowering Medina kids in a 4 months long journey that build kids ‘creativity, presentation, negotiation and team work skills.
We are hosting a Medina DI Information Night on 9/13/18 7-8pm at Medina Cafeteria (yah, right after the ice-cream social). Please drop by and learn more about DI. 
Lastly, we would like to communicate some information w.r.t 2018-2019 DI if you already have a DI team set up. The  2018-2019 Team Challenge is open for Preview : please check out https://www.destinationimagination.org/challenge-program/2018-19-challenge-previews/

The Regional DI Date is March 2, 2019

Thank you!

Emily, Qi & Brandon
Join Cub Scouts!
All kids grade K-5 and their parents are invited to an informational meeting and fun activity on Thursday, September 20th at 6:30pm at Medina Elementary School cafeteria. Email John Franck at johnf123@gmail.com for more information or questions.  www.pack435.org
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
Picture Day on September 14
This year’s picture day is Friday, September 14th  — please save this date and remember to dress your best and bring your brightest smiles! 

Picture packet order forms have been distributed. Families can choose to order their photos online or bring the form and a check made payable to Lifetouch Photography on picture day. If you have any questions please email Karyn O’Hara at  karyn.ohara@me.com

Online Orders-
Medina Elementary Code - LS118058Q0

Picture RETAKE DAY will be Friday, November 2nd.
Bellevue High School Junior Cheer Clinic
Registration for the Bellevue High School Junior Cheer Clinic begins at 4pm on Friday, October 5, and the clinic will end after halftime of the Football game that night.  Yes! Actually cheering with the squad at the game that night. 
For more information on the event you can visit  www.Bellevuecheer.com  and click on the  Jr cheer clinic button.
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 is open. 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 
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