Happy 6th Grade Camp Eve… (sort of)
We hope those of you with soon-to-be happy campers have a great week with your kids off for a Science adventure at Camp Orkila! Looks like a big shift from the wind and rain experienced last year. (still make sure to send your kids with plenty of warm clothes. it’s cold there in the mornings and at night!) Know that you can always come by and be a part of a PTSA Board meeting. Our next meeting is tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference room at Chinook. Thanks to Melissa Rohde who hosted a new family coffee last week in her home. If you are a new-to-the-area parent/family and want to connect in better at Chinook, please email Melissa at email@example.com.
Please vote this year! Your opinion counts. Whatever your political beliefs; it matters that you vote and your views are counted.
If you don’t know what Reflections is, please check out the information in this newsletter! It is amazing what our kids have done for Reflection entries. This is a chance for your child to think about the Heroes in their life and create something to represent that. It is a way to risk, be creative, have an experience going for something, personal expression. We want these safe risks for our kids to have to grow through.
We are still looking for a parent/grandparent/family member who has some experience videoing, filming or wants to learn. Coordinating with teachers, we are going to do a series of videos for parents and families to better understand things about the community, Chinook, and academic issues. Please join us in doing this. Please think about that uncle or relative who would “be perfect” for this kind of role.
Hope you are enjoying this amazing weather!
Rebecca Johnston and Nancy Huenefeld Gese
15 Mon PTSA Board Meeting (8:00-9:30am)
16 Tue - 19 Fri 6th Graders at Camp Orkila
22 Mon - 26 Fri Unity Week
26 Fri Black and Orange Social and Haunted House (6:30pm)
1 Thu I-Connect (8:30-10:00am)
9 Fri - 12 Mon No School
14 Wed Chinook Jazz Night with BHS
14 Wed Japan Trip Meeting (6:30-7:30)
16 Fri Principal's Coffee
19 Tue PTSA Board Meeting (8-9:30am)
22 Thu - 23 Fri No School - Thanksgiving
3 Mon Multi-Language Principal's Coffee
Visit our CALENDAR PAGE for the complete Chinook School & PTSA calendar.
Black and Orange Social and Haunted House
October 26, 2018
The Black and Orange Social will occur on Friday, October 26th. It will have a DJ, snacks, games, basketball and a Haunted house. It is an incredibly fun event, and the haunted house, a new addition last year, is expected to be much improved this year. Permission slips for students are available outside the main office. To make this event happen, however, we need some help. We need chaperones, we need snacks and we need help with the haunted house.
To sign up to Chaperone (we have about 75% of the necessary number, 50% of ideal fulfilled so far): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EA8AE2CA1FF2-orange2
To let us know you will drop off some snacks:
Haunted House: The Haunted House will be open to all students who attend the social. Our Associated Student Body will take care of the general design of the Haunted house and all the building materials for walls, etc. We need help in a couple areas.
PTSA RUNS BEST WITH VOLUNTEERS
FIND YOUR PERFECT PTSA ROLE HERET’S
If you’d like to sign up or would like more information about volunteering, email our Co-Presidents: Nancy Huenefeld Gese or
How you can help:
Come Spark a Fire for Learning
Oct 19 2018 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Resonance at SOMA Towers
Spark! will raise funds to support Bellevue Schools Foundation's Arts, Enrichment & Innovation grants which are awarded to teachers in every one of Bellevue's 29 public schools. Enrichment and experiential learning, including music, art, culture and science makes school more challenging, meaningful and enjoyable for students. Support for the arts and innovative classroom projects helps spark a love of learning.
The evening will include appetizers catered by Saffron Grill, drinks, entertainment and a silent and live auction—lots of fun, and most importantly, you will be supporting a great cause—enriching our children's education!
You can register here, and of course, please spread the word!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Chinook December 3-7
This is a fabulous opportunity that supports and enhances our Chinook library while bringing new books to our students. A large percentage of all sales are donated directly to our library to support the annual budget. For this event to be successful, we’ll need a PTSA Book Fair Chair. This volunteer opportunity can be co-chaired. Reach out to Rebecca Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in leading this year's book fair. Doing so involves working with the librarian to arrange the schedule and helping to coordinate volunteers and count funds brought in. There will be no family night this year, so this is a daytime commitment only.
HEROES AROUND ME
It's the 50th Anniversary of the PTA's Reflections Art Program, the perfect occasion for our students to stretch their artistic muscles and challenge themselves to participate in this art contest! Students will use this year's theme, Heroes Around Me, to get inspired to create original works in the categories of Visual Arts, Literature, Photography, Dance Choreography, Music Composition, and Film, and gain recognition from the Chinook PTA, and potentially the State and National PTA's, as well! Entries are due by Friday, November 16th. Entry forms and rules for participation can be found below, and on our website: http://www.chinookptsa.org/reflections.html.
Entry forms can be picked up at school office. Or download at:
Student Entry Form Download
Official Rules Download
Dance Choreography Rules Download
Film Production Rules Download
Literature Rules Download
Music Composition Rules Download
Photography Rules Download
Special Artist Rules Download
Visual Arts Rules Download
See our Reflections at a Glance flyer to learn more about Reflections.
UNITY WEEK – Wear Orange
Wednesday, October 24th is National Bullying Prevention Day. To recognize this, we will have a series of activities throughout the week that are designed to inspire reflection and hopefully action in students around creating a unified community. On October 24th, we encourage all students to WEAR ORANGE as a symbol of Unity and Bullying Prevention.
Chinook’s Family Services Specialist
Vanessa Sanchez is Chinook’s Family Services Specialist. If your family has a need for community resources such as support with food, clothing, housing, or other community programs please contact Vanessa at (425) 456-6688 or email@example.com. She is at Chinook each Tuesday afternoon and is also available via phone or email throughout the week. Vanessa helps to coordinate many of the community programs at Chinook, and she is a wonderful resource for Chinook families!
Student Services Survey – Is Money Tight? We Can Help!
Please ask your student about the salmon-colored “Student Services Survey” that was sent home with all students last week. Chinook Middle School has programs available if your family would benefit from assistance with paying for lunch at school, food boxes over school breaks, food for the weekends, and/or assistance with school supplies. If you are interested in any of these programs please fill out and return the survey to the main office by October 17th. The survey is also available online at:
Student Services Survey: Click Here for the English version
Encuesta de Servicios Estudiantiles de Chinook: Click Here for the Spanish version
Grab and Go Breakfast
Does your child eat breakfast in the morning before school? If your family is eligible for free or reduced priced lunch, your child is eligible to pick up a Grab and Go Breakfast in the office each morning. Please contact your child’s school counselor or indicate on the Student Services Survey if you would like your child to participate in this program.
LifeSpring Breaktime Mealtime Applications Due October 17th
The Breaktime Mealtime application was sent home with the “Student Services Survey” early last week. The Breaktime Mealtime program provides ready to prepare breakfast and lunch items during Winter, Mid-Winter, Spring, and Summer Breaks. If you family is enrolled in Head Start or qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you are eligible to participate in the program. Applications are due by October 17th to Chinook’s main office. Need another copy? Download a copy here.
Meals to Go for Kids
Does your family need extra food over the weekends? Meals to Go for Kids provides easy to prepare bags of food for students each weekend. Students pick up each Friday afternoon at school. Please indicate on the Student Services Survey or contact your school counselor if you would like your child to participate.
The PTSA generously donated 2 Keurig machines last year for our staff room. Donations of coffee pods would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Technology Teaching & Learning Family Night
The Bellevue School District is hosting four Technology, Teaching and Learning Family events at the following location from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the following locations and dates:
• Chinook on Monday, October 15
• Sammamish on Wednesday, October 17
• Odle on Monday, October 22
• Tyee on Wednesday, 24
These events are designed to support families who have students in middle and/or high school, however all families are welcome to attend. There will be a general Welcome Session and breakout sessions including:
• Digital Applications: Class Policy, OneNote, and Synergy (This information is probably most useful for people who are new to the district, new to Chinook (like 6th grade parents) or want a good overview of OneNote.)
• Digital Literacy and Citizenship: King County Library and Common
• Sense Media
• Digital Content: Discovery Math (This section is to help their student navigate the new digital online curriculum. Chinook uses this for Algebra and Geometry.)
Feel free to attend any of the events.
Seattle's Second Annual Boarding School Educational Fair
Hamlin Robinson School is hosting Seattle’s second annual Boarding School Educational Fair on Monday, October 15th. This is an excellent opportunity for 8th grade families considering boarding school for high school to learn more about boarding school options for their child. Please click the link HERE to find more details.
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Bellevue Ski School
Who Is Eligible?
Bellevue School District
Middle School Students
6th thru 8th grade
Programs for Everyone!
• Recreational Skiing
• Recreational Snowboarding
• Park and Pipe Program
• Ski Racing
Ready for the 2019 season?
Registration is now OPEN!
Here are some useful links:
JOIN CHINOOK PTSA
See the many benefits of joining the PTSA.
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