19 Thu College Student Panel - BHS (6:30-8:00)
Dec. 23 Mon - Jan. 3 Fri No School: Winter Break
10th Tue PTSA Board Meeting 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
17th Tue General PTSA Meeting 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
30th Mon Principal's Coffee 8:15 to 9:15 a.m.ool: Winter Break
Visit our CALENDAR PAGE for the complete Chinook School & PTSA calendar.
Our Fourth Annual Staff Cookie Blizzard is storming it's way to town this month. Please join us on December 18th and show your appreciation for our hardworking staff and teachers!! We are asking for donations of homemade cookie delights!!!! Please click on the link for more details and we would love some volunteers to assist in wrapping and preparing for the day too. Thank you!!!!!!
Cookie Blizzard December 2019
Directory App is now UPDATED
We are excited to announce that Chinook Middle School Directory App is now UPDATED! The service is available to all our members. If you didn't get a chance to signup to our Chinook PTSA yet, please do so at your first convenience and get connected with our community. Please note the membership needs to be renewed ANNUALLY. This is the link to register as a new member or renew your membership.
All our members have been set up as a user for DirectorySpot and can now download it for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web.
For Smartphone Users:
1. Download the DirectorySpot app by going to your app store and searching "DirectorySpot" or by clicking on the appropriate link here: iPhone - http://goo.gl/5U2Tzq or Android - http://goo.gl/iBK9lY
2. Launch DirectorySpot, enter your email address as your Username, and click on "Reset Password."
3. Click on the link in your email to set your password, relaunch the DirectorySpot app, and login with your username and password.
For Tablet, Mac, or PC Users:
1. Go to directoryspot.net and click on "Login" in the upper right hand corner.
2. Enter your email address as your Username, and click on "Reset Password." An email will be sent to you with a link to set your password.
3. Click on the link in your email to set your password and login.
Note – if downloading to an iPad, just search for “iPhone apps” and you will find DirectorySpot.
Make sure to check out all the features, such as the auto dial when you click on a phone number, or the auto launching of maps when you click on an address. If you hold down the cell phone number, you will get an option to send a text or call the number (iPhone only). DirectorySpot will even create an email if you click on someone's email address.
If you have any data changes throughout the year, please contact email@example.com and we will update it on the App.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Directory Co-chairs: Jun Zhang & Mei Zhou
Join Chinook PTSA
The Chinook PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) welcomes the entire Chinook community to the upcoming school year and invites you to join the PTSA!
Supporting Chinook PTSA makes these programs possible:
After School Homework Club
Teacher Grants for Classroom Improvements
Faculty & Staff Appreciation
Students, Parents and Family Events
Classroom Emergency Preparedness Supplies
Field Trips &
8th Grade End of Year Party
Arts and Music Program Support
As a PTSA Member You Receive
PTSA Students Directory
Automatic subscription to the PTSA Kodiak Korner Newsletter to keep you up to date on all activities and volunteer opportunities.
Enjoy great PTSA Member discounts at Selected organizations
Please click the LINK to join. You also can fill in the Membership Form in English or Spanish, and submit to the main office.
Please note that this PTSA membership is annually applied, which means even you were the membership last year (2018-2919), you still need to apply for the new school year of 2019-2020.
Please contact Feng Hong @ firstname.lastname@example.org
or Sunny Shen at email@example.com.
2019-20 Chinook Reflections Winners
Thanks to each and every one of our Chinook artists who
submitted wonderfully creative and imaginative art pieces to this year’s Reflections contest, “Look Within”. Our review panel thoroughly enjoyed each interpretation and were impressed with the quality of every piece. We would like to announce the below awards for our school-level competition. Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit will advance to the District review in mid-January for a chance to compete at the Washington State level later in 2020. Congratulations to the following artists:
Chinook 2019-20 Reflections Awards
Award of Excellence: Look Within the Pollution, Helen W.
Award of Excellence: Unborn Potential, Elaine S.
Award of Merit: Look Within the Various Beauty, ZiHui M.
Award of Merit: Respect Us, Justin L.
Honorable Mention: Perspective, Catherine J.
All Chinook submissions will be showcased in the Chinook Library after the District review in late January for all to enjoy. All those who submitted pieces should be very proud of your effort and we hope that you will continue to express your ideas and visions through your art for years to come!
College Readiness Through AVID
Seeking Classroom Volunteer
• College graduate or current college student
• Tuesdays from 7:30-8:40 AM throughout the school year; additional hours if desired
What is AVID?
• College Readiness through AVID is a year-long elective offered to 7th-12th graders in our district and worldwide. The mission of the AVID organization is to prepare all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID targets students in the “academic middle,” especially first generation college-goers, and seeks to close the opportunity gap. Students in AVID class experience a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, peer study groups, motivational activities, and academic success lessons that aim to increase their performance in all classes.
What are Peer Study Groups (PSGs)?
• Students participate weekly in PSGs during AVID class to help them with their points of confusion in other classes. Students work in groups of 7 and take turns presenting their question from Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, or another class. The group asks questions to help them come to a better understanding.
What is the role of a PSG tutor?
• Each tutor will work with a group of students under the supervision of a teacher in an AVID classroom. Tutors serve as guides and facilitators of students’ learning through questioning, writing, thinking, and discussing. Teachers will help train tutors in the PSG process and tutor role.
For more information, contact Chinook’s AVID site coordinator: Molly Mazur, firstname.lastname@example.org
Film + Panel on Bullying -
7:00pm, Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020
It seems that we have all been a bully at one time or another. When we look in the mirror we sometimes say things to ourselves we would never say to someone else. When we treat ourselves well we model for others how we want to be treated and how others should treat themselves. It has to start with us.
The Upstanders explores cyber-bullying, bullying amongst friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. The film highlights new laws and programs already reducing bullying in schools and shows us how we can learn to make a difference together. As with all of our films, The Upstanders will provide resources, tools, and hope as well as access to well established anti-bullying school programs already making a difference.
The film will be appropriate for ages 10 and up. You can buy the tickets HERE.
Late Bus Notification
Would you like to know when your student’s bus is going to be late? Bellevue School District Transportation is using the Bus Bulletin notification system to notify parents and students if there are bus delays. For more information, or to sign-up and start receiving notifications, please visit: www.BusBulletin.com/parents
We Need Your Cleats!
Soccer is beloved by people around the world. Unfortunately, many kids around the world cannot afford the soccer gear such as cleats. You can help! When you donate your used cleats to Kleats for Kids, you are giving the gift of soccer to kids who love the sport but cannot afford to buy cleats. Kleats for Kids is a club at Bellevue High School that collects used cleats and donates them to children in Peru. We are working with the Peru consulate to help the kids in need. Last year, we collected about 100 cleats with your help! We will be delivering our first batch of cleats in February, and we hope that we can collect even more soccer gear this year. There will be a box in front of the Chinook main office. Please put your used cleats and soccer gear to a good use. Rather than throwing it into a trash can, throw it into our bin! Thank you!
Reminders from Chinook Counselors and Family Connections Specialist
Jubilee Elves Holiday Program: Jubilee Elves is a Christmas holiday program that provides assistance to the Bellevue School District families during Christmas. Jubilee REACH matches families with community sponsors to provide Christmas gifts. Families may sign up to receive holiday assistance or sponsor a family this holiday season. If you are interested to sign up and your student qualifies for the free and reduce lunch program, are experiencing economic hardship, and you do not participate in other holiday program like: Life Spring, Hopelink, Salvation Army , etc., you are welcome to participate in Jubilee Elves Program. Contact Chinook’s Family Services Coordinator, Vanessa Sanchez, at 425.456.6688 to apply and for additional information.
Jubilee Elves: Si sus hijos califican para el programa de almuerzo gratis o reducido o si esta pasando por una necesidad economica, y no esta participando en otro programa de Navidad, usted puede ser elegible para participar del programa de Jubilee Elves de regalos para las fiestas de Diciembre. Por favor cheque la informacion que viene con este email. Llame a Vanessa Sanchez a 425.456.6688 si quiere participar.
FREE Garden d’Lights Tickets: Bellevue Botanical Garden, operated in partnership between Bellevue Parks & Community Services and Bellevue Botanical Garden Society, hosts the Garden d’Lights holiday lights exhibit. This year the event runs from November 30 - December 31. They are transitioning from “free nights” to providing free tickets, for use any night, to those who may not otherwise have the option to attend. We still have some free tickets available for families. Please come to the Main Office at Chinook to pick up tickets or reserve tickets through Anne Marie Jones by email at email@example.com.
A few important details to note:
• Garden d’Lights is always free for children 10 and under - tickets are needed for those 11+ years of age.
• Parking is $5 per car and is not included in the ticket. Free parking is available at Wilburton Hill Park.
Free tickets will not be available at the event.
Bellevue School Fundation
Buzz Bowl is a buzzer game of multiple choice and short answer questions for 5th-8th graders. Teams challenge each other to buzz faster and answer the questions. Whether your child is a beginner, intermediate, or a whiz, it offers fun and a challenge to everyone. Buzz Bowl will be held at Odle Middle School on January 25, 2020 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm.
Bellevue Wolverines Girls Lacrosse
Registration for the 2020 Bellevue Girls Lacrosse spring season is now open! We offer teams for 3rd-8th grades, the season runs March - May and all skill levels welcome! Please register via our website at http://bellevuegirlslax.com/.
New to lacrosse? Check out these free clinics hosted by our sister club NSI Lacrosse: http://www.nsilacrosse.org/
Little Wolverines Girls Basketball
EVERYONE PLAYS! EVERYONE HAS FUN! The Bellevue Girls Basketball Team, along with Coach Nick Crossan and his coaching staff, will be running a basketball program at Bellevue High School for girls in grades K-4 to learn basketball skills through fun drills and play. The goal is to HAVE FUN while learning basketball.
Saturdays, November 23rd and 30th
Saturdays, December 7th, 14th, and 28th
Saturdays, January 4th, 11th, and 18th
Bellevue Girls Basketball Little Wolverines Registration Form
Please send payment made out to BGBB with completed form:
Bellevue Girls Basketball Boosters PO Box 171 Medina, WA 98039
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
PTSA Volunteers for 2019-2020
Dear parents of Chinook,
For years Chinook PTSA has played a very important role in many aspects of Chinook Middle School. Thanks for these parents who have great passion to help in PTSA. While we are very happy to see new parents coming, we still have some open positions in PTSA.
If you are willing to involve in any way or want to know more about the positions please feel free to contact our Presidents:
Matt Millen and Leslie Feller firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much!
Chinook Middle School PTSA
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Bellevue Ski School
Registration is now OPEN
To sign up your student please start at the website for this year’s information (www.bellevueskischool.com).
Remember that you will need; a digital photo, the name of your student’s medical insurer, and a credit card (or Paypal account) to start this process.
Here are some useful links:
JOIN CHINOOK PTSA
See the many benefits of joining the PTSA.
Chinook Middle School PTSA * 2001 98th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue, WA 98004 * Contact Us