Hello Kodiaks and Happy Fall! We are almost a full month into the school and hope your students are now settled into a routine and enjoying their classes. We have a great community event coming up on Thursday evening – our Second Annual Family Potluck! All are welcome - please come and have a great dinner with other Chinook families. See below for food assignments.
Also on Thursday, there are picture retakes for students who weren’t able to have their photo taken on Back to School Day or weren’t happy with their original photo. Chinook staff is asking for parent help – there are two shifts available at 7:15 and one at 10:30. If you have a couple of hours to spare that morning, please see the sign up link in this newsletter.
Have a fabulous week!
Nancy Huenefeld Gese and Rebecca Johnston, PTSA Co-Presidents
27 Thu PTSA 2nd Annual Family Fun Potluck (6:30-8pm, Commons)
4 Thu I-Connect meeting (8:30-10:00am, Stage behind the Commons)
8 Mon General PTSA Meeting/Principal’s Coffee (8:15-9:45am, Library)
12 Fri No School Professional Development Day
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)
Visit our CALENDAR PAGE for the complete Chinook School & PTSA calendar.
Chinook PTSA 2nd Annual Family Potluck
Thursday, September 27th - 6:30-7:55 p.m.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Please bring the food item if your last name starts with:
A through D - please bring dessert for 8 to 10 people
E through L - please bring an appetizer, vegetables, or fruit for 8 to 10 people
M through Z - please bring a main dish or entree for 6 to 8 people
We will have a fun game and a raffle for prizes!
The raffle is free..you have to earn raffle tickets by playing the game.
Picture Retake Volunteers Needed
September 27, 2018
On Thursday, September 27th, during morning classes, our photographers will be at Chinook for Picture Retake Day.
If you would like a new image, do not miss out on ordering pictures for your student. Pre-orders for picture packages may be placed online now at https://ios.mydorian.com using your school's access key provided here FYZT3RP9. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after retake day.
We are asking for 2 volunteers to help with each session. If you are able to help on this event, please follow the link below.
Thank you for your time!
First I-Connect Meeting
October 4, 2018
I-Connect is a PTSA program that connects new and existing parents/guardians to build relationships, foster participation, and strengthen our school community. It is social networking for parents.
The first I-Connect meeting will be held:
Date: Thursday, October 4
Place: On the stage at Chinook
Agenda: After a short introduction, an expert on the topic will give a talk. Parents will then have an opportunity to chat amongst themselves afterwards.
Please contact Nancy Chan (email@example.com) if you would like more information about the meeting.
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. Make sure you mark your calendars and students listen for announcements starting in mid-October about admission and permission slips. 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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EA8AE2CA1FF2-orange2
To let us know you will drop off some snacks: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EA8AE2CA1FF2-orange3
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 2 areas.
Communicating with the Chinook Counseling Team
We are excited to welcome Molly Mazur to the Chinook Counseling Team this school year! Molly was at Chinook last year for a few months as a long-term counseling sub, and we are lucky enough to have her back full-time this year. Molly is originally from the Chicago area and enjoys eating pizza, running, and backpacking in her spare time. Outside of counseling, Molly is also on our planning committee for Camp Orkila, and is one of our site coordinators for the AVID program.
As many of you know, the counseling staff at Chinook supports students with social and emotional issues as well as academic and school-related matters. Some parents reach out to us when their son or daughter has had an adverse life experience that may be impacting them (death in family, difficult divorce, depression, etc.), and we’re able to provide support to these students. Often it’s just an occasional check-in or even a one-time meeting with the student (so they rarely miss class time), but through this they know that they have a safe, confidential, and caring support person here at school. If you would like to talk with your son or daughter’s counselor to explore this, please contact us via email or phone to set up a time to talk. Please note that we have adjusted our caseload distribution slightly this school year.
Kaitlyn Bradley, Last Names A-G, firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly Mazur, Last Names H-O, email@example.com
Jamie Johnson, Last Names P-Z, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
• VP of Fundraising: Our annual capital campaign funds the majority of the PTSA budget for the coming year. This person (or a team of two) directs this online/direct mail effort. The majority of the work is completed by the end of January. (This is a Board of Directors position).
• Staff Appreciation Chairperson: Help coordinate the Staff Appreciation events such as lunches, coffees or treats.
• I-Connect Committee Members: Connect is a PTSA program that connects new and existing parents/guardians to build relationships, foster participation, and strengthen our school community. Meetings are approximately monthly on Thursday from 8.30-10.00am at school. Please contact Nancy Chan for more information about I-Connect.
How you can help:
Fall After School Sports
Volunteer Coaches Needed!
Fall Sports Volunteers Needed!
Cross Country volunteer responsibilities
Soccer volunteer responsibilities
Asya Lee, Site Coach
JCC's Teen Volunteer Program
September 30, 2018
SixThirTeens is a community service group for 6th-12th graders in the Seattle area. Their goal is to have fun while performing mitzvot (good deeds).
They have a lot of fun upcoming volunteer opportunities for the year. The next SixThirTeens volunteer event coming up on Sunday, September 30 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm. Throughout the month of September, the Jewish Family Services is hosting a community-wide food drive. At the end of the of the month volunteers from Puget Sound area will come together to sort the goods. Come help sort tons of food and toiletries on Sunday, September 30 in SoDo (in Seattle)! In order to attend, you must bring 1 bag of groceries to donate to the food drive. Here is a list of items you can bring:
• canned goods
• grains and pastas
• proteins (tuna and peanut butter)
• diapers (sizes 3-5)
If your child is interested in volunteering with the SixThirTeens for this event, please sign up HERE. After you RSVP, you will be given the address of where the food sort will take place. Please do not bring glass containers, opened packages, or expired foods. You must sign up by Sunday, September 23 to volunteer at the food sort!
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
Please save the Important Date
Registration opens October 1!
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