23 Mon Multi-Language Principal's Coffee (9-10:30am, Library)
27 Fri ASB Orange & Black Social (6:30-8:30pm, Commons)
03 Fri I-Connect Meeting (8:30am-10am, Chinook Stage)
03 Fri Suma Gakuen Visit to Chinook from Japan
09 Thu No School - Professional Development Day
10 Fri No School - Veterans Day Observed
20 Mon Principal's Coffee & Multi-Language Principal's Coffee (time TBD)
23 Thu No School - Thanksgiving
24 Fri No School - Thanksgiving
06 Wed Band Concert (evening)
07 Thu Choir Concert (evening)
18 Mon - Jan 1 Mon - Winter Break
Visit our CALENDAR PAGE for the complete Chinook School & PTSA calendar.
October Message from PTSA President
As our kids get back from Camp Orkila, pick out costumes for later this month, or just plan to hang out at the Black and Orange ASB Social on the 27th, I hope you are staying healthy.
As a professor, I’m always looking at new things to learn. A thought crossed my mind this month and I investigated. What if my kid was accused of being a bully- what would I do? As a psychologist, I have learned to not judge others and that we are all doing the best that we can. But contemplating that our kids could bully another kid? Most of us wouldn’t want to consider it.
Okay, are you still reading? Here are four websites that I found useful. They share what we can do if we are in that situation; say the school calls and says that your child was bullying a kid at school. Even if you don’t think it’ll ever happen to you.. I invite you to be curious and read these articles…
We are so lucky to have great teachers at Chinook. One way PTSA supports teachers, is we give them some money towards their classrooms each year. Each teacher can apply for up to $100 to fund supplies and other classroom tools. Also, we have Fall and Spring Grants for teachers. We just approved Fall grants (spearheaded by Allison Frey and her team.. Betsy Baur, Joi Scalzo, Rebecca Johnston, Julie Seltz, Stephanie Haque, and Kathy Green-Wilson). Fourteen teachers and our librarian got a total of $9982.97 in PTSA grants to improve the lives of our kids. Thank you wonderful teachers and our awesome librarian for your applications and dedication.
Finally, if you aren’t a PTSA member yet, please sign up to be a member. It is through our collective team of families that we provide support and role-modeling for our children.
Warmly, Nancy Huenefeld Gese PTSA President
ORANGE AND BLACK SOCIAL (Information AND Help Wanted)
Friday, October 27th, 6:30-8:30pm
This Friday, October 27th from 6:30-8:30, Chinook will host a Social for all Chinook students. To participate, students must turn in a permission slip and pay for a ticket by Thursday, October 26th. This can be done at the main office before school or during lunch.
Volunteers Still Needed!
We are still looking for parent/family support inputting on the social. We still need 5 volunteers for 6:30-7:30pm and 3 from 7:30 – 8:30pm to ensure that we have adequate supervision.
Sign ups can be found here: http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4EA8AE2CA1FF2-orange . Thank you so much to those who have already signed up!!
Snacks Still Needed!
We also need snacks (lemonade, oreos, chips/crackers, candy, etc.). For that, please check out this sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ea8ae2ca1ff2-orange1. They can be dropped off at the main office.
Also, we would love any large pieces of cardboard to help with some items in the haunted house.
Haunted House - Meeting
Finally, ANY STUDENTS interested in being PART OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE should e-mail Mr. Moe-Lobeda firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to the meeting Monday from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Listen for an announcement during tutorial for location.
7th GRADE VISION SCREENING HELP
Please help our nurse conduct a successful vision screening for our 7th grade students on Monday, October 30th from 7:45 am - 11:00 am! Duties include directing flow, scribe, etc.
We need 6 volunteers to work these shifts:
Sign up at this link to help out: Vision Screening Help
The week of October 23rd is Unity week. Each day, students will participate in activities meant to develop a sense of community, engender kindness and build empathy. On Wednesday, October 25th, students are invited to WEAR ORANGE, in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Day.
Regular schedule, however there will be a 5 minute activity assigned to each period throughout the day.
Period 1 Introduction of UNITY WEEK
Period 2-6 teach and practice a Character Strong Challenge for each day of the week.
Period 7 Do step 1 of a collage project that will be completed Thursday.
Adjusted schedule: Each class will be 45 minutes long, allowing for the inclusion of a 35 minute activity added to a class period. The activity will align with October as Disability Awareness month.
National Bullying Prevention Day – WEAR ORANGE. Normal Wednesday schedule.
Adjusted schedule: Each class will be 45 minutes long, allowing for the inclusion of a 35 minute activity added to a class period.
The activity will include a student made video, follow up discussion and creation of a class collage.
Adjusted schedule: Each class will be 43-44 minutes long, allowing for the inclusion of a 42-49 minute extension to 6th period to provide time for students to take the Panorama survey.
Multi-Language Principal's Coffee - Special Edition
Monday, October 23rd - 9 - 10:30am, Chinook Library
You are invited to a special edition of Chinook’s “Multi-Language Principal Coffee.”
This special edition of the Multi-Language Principal Coffee will be held in the Chinook Library on Monday, October 23 from 9:00 – 10:30. This session will include representatives from Microsoft who will be filming the session as we continue to utilize Microsoft Translator as a tool to provide access for parents and students.
The topic of this session will be our new technology tools being utilized for this year: OneNote for curriculum delivery and Synergy for student progress information.
We do hope that you would be willing to be part of this partnership we have with Microsoft. If you have not already done so, you are encouraged to download the Microsoft Translator application to your smartphone. If you are willing to be part of the filming, Microsoft representatives will have release forms for you to sign to give permission for you to be in the filming. If you choose not to participate in the filming, you are still invited to attend.
Click Here to read this invitation in other languages
Why Should You Join the PTSA?
Last year, we parents and students at Chinook helped create a strong community with:
Family commitment to Chinook is an integral part of enriching our children's academic and social development. Your participation is critical to our success. Join us to continue our goal to create a strong Chinook community.
The Chinook PTSA has had a wonderful tradition of showing appreciation for our amazing teachers and staff members throughout the school year. Our themed luncheons are a way to treat our Chinook staff a special meal. What a great way to show them how much we value their dedication to our students!
Please do consider helping us to recognize our amazing stuff at Chinook by taking the responsibility to plan and organize one of the lunches planned for this school year. Please click on the following link for more details and to sign-up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B48AFA623A4F49-staff3
We appreciate your help! Thank you for volunteering and supporting our Chinook staff!
Staff Appreciation Co-Chairs:
Linda Matsudaira email@example.com
Gina Datillo firstname.lastname@example.org
Reflections Arts Program: Within Reach
Entries Due Friday, November 17, 2017
Stretch your artistic muscles and participate in the National PTA's REFLECTIONS program!! This year's theme is "Within Reach." Entries are due by Friday, November 17th.
PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2017-2018 theme: Within Reach.
The 6 art areas for entry are:
See the video below or visit our website to learn more: http://www.chinookptsa.org/reflections.html
Friday, Nov 3, 2017 8:30am-10am, Chinook Stage
Topic: The Latest on Social Media, Texting, and the Impact on Our Kids
Guest Speaker: Ms. Kathy Myers, Assistant Principal
The battle to manage balancing social media, texting, and online content for our children rages on.
Chinook I-Connect organizes monthly meetings for parents/guardians to share information and discuss topics that are of interest to our middle school families. We hope that by sharing our thoughts and experiences with each other, we foster parent engagement and strengthen our Chinook “village.” Please view our webpage for the meeting schedule and past meeting notes (http://www.chinookptsa.org/i-connect.html).
Here are some useful links:
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