26 Fri 8th Grade UW Engineering Field Trip (8am)
"Stardust” Chinook Talent Show (7pm)
02 Thu Orchestra Chamber Concert (5:15 pm)
03 Fri Spring for Schools Benefit Luncheon (12-1:15 p.m.)
06 Mon - 10 Fri Staff Appreciation Week
06 Mon Principal’s Coffee (8:15am)
08 Wed Band Chamber Concert (5:15 pm)
20 Mon Multi-language Coffee (8:15 am)
PTSA Board Meeting (8:15-9:45am)
27 Mon No School - Memorial Day
Visit our CALENDAR PAGE for the complete Chinook School & PTSA calendar.
Chinook Middle School Presents
A Night of Talent
Friday, April 26 - 7pm
Tickets go on sale April 22 before school and during lunches.
Proceeds support next year’s musical!
Road Construction - Alert
Be prepared for possible traffic delays
Clyde Hill NE 24th Street Overlay Project
Start date: Monday, April 22- May 17th (approx.)
Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Location: 84th Ave NE to 92nd Ave NE
92nd Ave NE to 96th Ave NE
Construction is taking place in phases along NE 24th St. At times, traffic might go down to a single lane.
2019-20 WEB Leader Applications!
Information about WEB Leaders:
WEB stands for Where Everybody Belongs, and the WEB leaders lead the 6th grade orientation as well as provide support to students as they transition to middle school.
Potential WEB Leaders…We are looking for current 7th graders who are:
We will be holding an informational meeting soon, please encourage your student to attend the following meeting:
At the informational meeting, students will receive an application if they want to apply to the program. Applications will also be available in the main office, or in Rooms 1404 and 1406. Applications will be due on Friday, May 3rd at 3:00 in the main office. No late applications will be accepted.We will be accepting approximately 70 students into the program. Letters of acceptance and regret will be distributed at the end of May.
Please email Camille Dadural (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cathy Cari (email@example.com)
Nominations for Educator Award and Golden Acorn
To all students, parents and staff. It is time to honor those special individuals who have contributed so much to the Chinook Middle School community with either the Educator Award for teachers or the Golden Acorn Award for volunteers.
1.The form can be downloaded on here and the paper forms are located in the main office.
2: Please complete the form (same form used for both awards).
3: You may nominate more than one person but must use a new form for each nomination.
4: Nomination Deadline is May 10th.
5: Forms can be delivered via email to the firstname.lastname@example.org or send the hardcopy to the main office.
Spring for Schools is Around the Corner!
Join us for the Spring for Schools Benefit Luncheon.
Friday, May 3, 2019
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Education Showcase: 10:15-11:50 a.m.
Lunch: 12-1:15 p.m.
Join your friends, neighbors and a host of community members forSpring for Schools, our largest annual fundraiser and most memorable event. Start the morning at the Education Showcasefor hands-on demonstrations of District programs supported by donor funds. At noon, sit down to lunch and learn how parent, resident and business donors have transformed education and supported every Bellevue public school student for 40 years.
This year we proudly welcome Honorary Spring for Schools Chair John Stanton. John is a Newport High School alumni, Managing Partner for Seattle Mariners and Chairman of Trilogy Partnerships.
We have an amazing program and showcase lined up to highlight the programs that spark YOUR passion for education. We promise you'll leave inspired and with a deeper understanding of the role you play in ensuring an exceptional education for every student.
Also, we are looking forward to an appearance by the Mariner Moose! You are not going to want to miss this!
We hope you'll join us!
Suggested donation of $250 or $21 a month. Learn more and register below.
University of Washington
Engineering Discovery Days
On Friday, April 26th, we will be taking the 8th graders to the University of Washington to participate in their annual Engineering Discovery Days. At Engineering Discovery Days, students and faculty from all UW engineering departments share their work with students, teachers, families and the community. The days feature hands-on activities that demonstrate the exciting work of engineers.
The Chinook PTSA is contributing $6000 for this trip. This cost includes buses, substitutes, and the fee for each 8th grade student attending. Thank you Chinook PTSA!
Information regarding exhibits and presentations will be updated regularly on the Discovery Days website.
Preparing For College - Four Workshops
Bellevue PTSA Council, Bellevue Gifted Alliance, and Transcend Academy present a series of four exciting NEW workshops geared toward students in grades 8 to 11. Workshops will be led by Transcend Academy CEO Tina Tran Neville and BSD Counselors.
FREE to any BSD student with student ID CARD
$20 for BSD adults
$40 for out of district attendees
I. Top 10 Things Colleges Look for in Admissions and How to Get There
II. Rocking Standardized Tests
* General SAT, ACT, and Standardized Test Taking Tips
* Timing Strategies for Students
* Practicing Strategies in Session
* Tips for the Week of and Day of the Test
Wilburton Instructional Service Center
12241 Main St., Bellevue
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
III. How to Write an Unforgettable Essay
* Uncovering an Authentic Story for Each Student
* Reflect on Events, Accomplishments, and Goals
* Working with Friends and Family to Get Feedback
* Using Words to Paint a Beautiful Story
Newport High School
4333 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
IV. How to Find Your Passion
* Life is a Journey. Appreciate the Journey.
* Who You Are Will Change Through High School and College
* Craft a Personal Resume that Works for You
* How Joining Activities Can Help You Find Your Passion
Wilburton Instructional Service Center
12241 Main St., Bellevue
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Summer Youth Programs at the University of Washington
All Programs (Grades 1-12) Take a look at everything we have to offer this summer. Filter by grade, start week, half day or full day, and availability to find what you're looking for.
Seattle and Bellevue
Coding Workshop for Middle School Girls
She Codes Art is a Bellevue-based nonprofit that was founded by students from the greater Seattle area last year to combat the lack of diversity in tech fields by increasing interest in computer science. Our upcoming workshop, a Website Design & Art Workshop in the She Codes Art workshop series, targets girls from grades 6th-8th. Girls will learn about website design by coding their own websites in HTML/CSS regarding art-related themes and needs, and will then present their final websites. No prior coding experience is necessary!
The Website Design & Art Workshop will take place on April 13th at Microsoft Building 30, and students can register at https://shecodesartworkshop.eventbrite.com. Also see our flyer for more information.
Congregations for Kids Good Start Back to School Program to Provide Backpacks and School Supplies for Students
Due Date for Applications is May 17th!
Do you have children attending Chinook or Bellevue High next school year who will need school supplies at the beginning of next school year? If you qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch, you may be eligible to receive these free supplies. Congregations for Kids, a group of Bellevue congregations and area organizations, are donating these supplies.
To apply, please fill out the form and return it to Chinook’s main office by May 17th. Only one form is needed for all of the children in your family attending Bellevue Public Schools. Backpacks and school supplies will be picked up at the school where each child will attend in September 2019. No backpacks will be given to continuing BSD students in September if you do not submit an application. You must submit an application now. Families will not be able to request supplies in August.
Click for the application and the flyer
Summer School Registration is Now Open!
The Bellevue School District offers several summer learning opportunities for students. If students are interested in learning more about these program please see the summer school website for details at http://www.bsd405.org/programs/summer-programs/. You can register and pay online or download the paper registration form and submit payment to the summer school office. Please note that Chinook cannot process your summer school payment. We recommend paying online. You can also mail or take your payment directly to the summer school office. Payment plans are only available for those families signing up for the High School Summer School Program or the Middle School Accelerated Math Program. Payment plan forms can be found on the BSD Summer Programs website.
Accelerated Math Summer Program: July 8th—August 2nd at Sammamish High School
Current 5th and 6th grade students who are interested in accelerating a year in math have the opportunity to take an intensive accelerated math course this summer. The accelerated courses are intended for students who already have a strong foundation and knowledge in the course. Please note that in the Bellevue School District, all students are already accelerated in math by one year due to compacting 6th-8thmath standards into 6th and 7th grade, resulting in all students being prepared for Algebra 1 in 8th grade. By following the typical BSD math progression, all students will be prepared for AP Calculus or AP Statistics in their senior year of high school. However, some students may want even further acceleration. To determine if this option is right for your student, we recommend that you consult with your student’s current math teacher and counselor. Due to the popularity of IMT1 and IMT2 accelerated math courses, there will be a lottery to determine who is enrolled in the classes. The lottery opens on March 27th and closes on April 16th. Be sure to sign up for the lottery soon if you are interested. For more information, please follow this link: http://www.bsd405.org/programs/summer-programs/accelerated-math-summer-program/. Questions? Email email@example.com. If you would like more detailed information about math acceleration options, please see the attached document
High School Summer Program: July 9th—August 2nd at Sammamish High School
8th grade students enrolled in Algebra 1 who did not earn a satisfactory grade are eligible to enroll in Algebra 1 through the BSD High School Summer School program. Summer school for high school level classes is broken down by 1st semester and 2nd semester, so you can sign up for either semester (or both), depending on the grades that your student has earned. Please note: 8th grade students cannot enroll in BSD summer school to earn original credit. This opportunity is only for students who need to retake a class due to a low or failing grade. Scholarships are available for high school classes only. To download the registration form and the scholarship form, please follow this link:http://www.bsd405.org/programs/summer-programs/high-school-summer-program/.
Operation Ideation: Summer Program for BSD students entering grades 6—8 next fall. July 8th—July 25th at Sammamish High School
Operation Ideation is a new summer program for students who will be entering grades 6-8 next fall. Students will learn and practice the process of Design Thinking then apply their learning to solve authentic, relevant problems. Design Thinking is a problem-based learning framework that guides and encourages creative and unconventional thinking for solving the problems of today and tomorrow. For more information and to download the registration form, please follow this link: http://www.bsd405.org/programs/summer-programs/operation-ideation/. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
College Bound Scholarship
Established by the Washington Legislature in 2007, the College Bound Scholarship program provides financial assistance to low-income students who want to achieve the dream of a college education. This early promise of financial aid is intended to alleviate the financial barriers that prevent low-income students from considering higher education as a possibility. The scholarship is available to 7th and 8th grade students whose family income meets the guidelines or who are in foster care. Students must apply for the scholarship by the end of their 8th grade year. If you think your child may qualify for the scholarship, please apply at the following website: http://readysetgrad.org/college/college-bound-scholarship-program. This is an amazing scholarship opportunity for students and their families so don’t delay!
PTSA RUNS BEST WITH VOLUNTEERS
FIND YOUR PERFECT PTSA ROLE HERE!
PTSA is the Parent, Teacher, Student Association. We are a community who work together to support each other and make student lives better. We are filling in the PTSA volunteer roles for next year. Chinook’s PTSA is set up to have many Co-leader roles. That means, you help out while a part of a team…meaning it is not too much work for anyone. We have many returning leaders and still need people to fill in the final roles. We currently have Co-President, Co-Vice President of Membership, Co-Vice President of Communications, Co-Vice President of Fundraising, and Co-Volunteer Coordinator positions open.
Please consider joining the team, you can find the details about the positions on the Chinook PTSA website and/or contact Nancy Huenefeld Gese at email@example.com to connect to talk about the positions. You can also find the emails for people currently in those positions and talk to a current leader about their role. We hope you’ll join us!
By walking around and providing additional adult presence during the lunches, Walkabout Volunteers make a tangible impact on the school culture at Chinook. They also get to see firsthand the dynamics of middle school life.
For those who are looking for ways to be involved at Chinook, please consider becoming a Walkabout Volunteer. The time commitment does not have to be large. Volunteering for just one lunch a week or every other week is a great way to go. A weekly or biweekly time slot allows for consistency with the students without being over taxing on a busy schedule. For those who can do more, great! And for those who can only get away once a month, we can make that work too!
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/FaTVkHh
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Call to Action - Support Strategic Investments to Improve Student Outcomes
Take Action Here
Dear Washington State PTA member,
WSPTA recognizes that students deserve to learn in modern, safe school facilities. Most school districts do not have sufficient building capacity to meet the needs of state-mandated reduced class sizes and high school requirements, and often use portables lacking adequate bathroom and lunchroom facilities. Current funding is insufficient for districts to build permanent structures to provide the appropriate environment. Without local funds, districts cannot access the matching funds in the state School Construction Assistance Program.
We are asking you to contact your legislators with the following message to support legislation to address these issues, which we encourage you to customize to add your personal story. Thank you for advocating for the 1.1 million students of Washington to have the best opportunity to reach their highest potential.
Visit our website for more information on WSPTA’s legislative priorities or click here for more information specific to this issue.
Washington State PTA Advocacy Director
Please contact PTAadvocacydir@wastatepta.org with questions.
REGISTER NOW FOR BBLC SUMMER LAX CAMPS!
Dates have been set for the 2019 Summer Camps! Sessions run Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. All sessions are open to players starting K-8th grade in Fall 2019:
Share with your friends! Summer camps do NOT have school/residence eligibility constraints and are open to age appropriate players from ALL areas.
Summer camps are designed to improve individual skills and they are a fun way to meet more lacrosse players. The camps are specifically geared toward fundamental individual skills and the introduction to team concepts. Our outstanding staff will focus on teaching the skills each player needs. If your player is learning the game for the first time or looking to take his game to the next level, this is a great camp for your player.
Learn more here...
Computer Science Competition
Computing For All is very pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Washington State Middle School Computer Science Competition will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Microsoft West Campus in Redmond, Washington. This competition is for 5th thru 8th graders.Please save the date and spread the word. Registration is now open. We are organizing several workshops in Seattle and the Eastside to help students prepare for the competition.
The competition includes timed team and individual challenges and students can demo their projects in our Original Design Project category. Projects will be judged on creativity, technical merit and programming style. All this followed by pizza, awards, and a fun 'jeopardy round” of computing trivia!
For more details about the competition please visit our website http://www.computingforall.org/2019-year/
For latest updates on the 2019 competition info and logistics please join our FB group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/399582783932422/?source_id
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