17 Mon PTSA Board Meeting on (8:15am-9:45am)
20 Thu 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony (12:30pm)
8th Grade Party (7pm)
21 Fri Last Day of School
Visit our CALENDAR PAGE for the complete Chinook School & PTSA calendar.
A Message From Our Librarian, Ms. Kawaguchi
What a fantastic year of volunteerism and grants has this been!
My appreciation for the confidence from the Grants Committee in approving two grants, one for $3,000 for books and $1,000 to purchase Ozobots and 3D pens. Chinook students LOVE to use both of these during lunch at the library!
In regards the Book Fair, this was a highlight as well with over $1,700 coming into our library. Thanks to Dana Kaefer, Book Fair Chair, and her team of tiredless volunteers!
Finally, many thanks for the countless hours of volunteering from a group of wonderful ladies organized by Keiko Hutson, which includes Carrie Ruckhaber, Dana Kaefer, Reiko Yamakawa, Tomoyo Shimukura, Kayo Yamaji, Michiko Motchori, Yoko Omori, Eri Yamaguchi, Kuniko Yamamoto, Megumi Kasuga, Masako Tanaka, Ryoko Yomamoto.
If you would like to volunteer at the library in the 2019-20 school year, just send me a message and I will get back to you after summer break.
Have a wonderful summer,
Save the Date!
Jubilee Service Day is an annual event in August which brings together people in the eastside community to serve at local public schools and homes. Started in 2005 with one church serving at one school, this day has grown to involve over 3,000 volunteers, 22 schools and at least 25 homes in 2019.
Volunteers come from all over the community, primarily from local churches, organizations, businesses and people already partnering with Jubilee REACH.
Please register HERE https://www.jubileereach.org/serviceday
Questions? Contact Ken Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinook PTSA Outstanding Educator Award
This year there are 2 recipients of the 2018/2019 PTSA Outstanding Educator Award. Nominations were submitted by students, parents, and staff. Please join us in congratulating the winners of this award: Kathy Myers and Kevin Johnson Vindiola!
In addition, we'd like to recognize the following staff for receiving accolades and nominations for the Outstanding Educator Award:
James Van Stralen
All of the nominations consistently highlighted how all of you are an asset to Chinook and especially to its students. You all make a positive difference in students’ academic experience and in many cases, you also positively impact your students’ personal lives. There were adjectives used to describe each of you such as “dedicated, supportive, fun, caring, detailed, respectful, engaging, patient etc...”. Thank you for all that you do and congratulations to all of you for being an Outstanding Educator!
Chinook PTSA Golden Acorn Award
The Golden Acorn Award is a very prestigious Washington State PTA award that is given out for exemplary and outstanding volunteerism and service to PTA, the school, and the community.
Congratulations to this year’s Golden Acorn recipient: Qiuya Rachel Li!
Rachel currently serves on the Chinook PTSA Board of Directors as Treasurer. During her time at Chinook, Rachel has been an integral part of our success and shown initiative and dedication beyond her roles to benefit the students, the school, and our surrounding community. Thank you, Rachel!
BSF Spring Campaign
The school year is almost over and the Bellevue Schools Foundation still needs to raise $40,000 to support technology curriculum and teacher training. Donations will support innovative programs such as Rocketry, Robotics and Maker Spaces in our schools. Every gift made before the end of the school year will be matched by The Dean Witter Foundation, up to $10,000. The kids would love your support, please donate here http://www.bellevueschoolsfoundation.org/donate/
Emergency Bag Check Volunteers
Emergency Bag Check -July 16 and 17
We are asking for 10 volunteers to help check and replenish necessary items in the Classroom Emergency Bags. This is also a great opportunity for community service credits. If you’re able to help with this task, please do follow the link below and sign-up. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B48AFA623A4F49-emergency
Students who are needing volunteer hours may contact Mrs. Harter at school this summer. There are a variety of things that you can help with. Former Chinookians are welcome.
If you have any questions, please contact Linda Harter, Chinook Office Manager at email@example.com or (425) 456-6300
Fall Ice Cream Social
For our first gathering at Chinook, we are planning a Fall Ice Cream Social. At this time, it is scheduled for Thursday, September 5th from 6:30-7:30. To make this sweet event successful, we will need at least 16 volunteers to help with set-upm, scoop/serve ice cream and clean-up.
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign-up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b48afa623a4f49-fall Thank you!
Nancy and Ksenia
7th Grade Naviance Lessons
Last week, the Chinook Counselors taught classroom lessons to all 7th grade students in their science classes using the college and career readiness tool, Naviance. Counselors have already taught Naviance lessons to all 6th and 8th grade students earlier this school year.
Naviance is a web based career and college exploration tool that students will use throughout middle and high school to explore their strengths, career interests, and colleges that may be a good fit. Last week, 7th grade students completed a multiple intelligences inventory called MI Advantage to help students identify areas of strength and challenges. Students also received suggestions for how to develop all their intelligences and explored related career pathways. Ask your child to show you their Naviance account so you can talk more about their results and explore Naviance!
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...
Might your child want to start a Bridge Club at Chinook? There is a group of expert bridge players who want to help start a club at Chinook. Strategy, tactics, teamwork, and fun. Bridge is a game played by all ages, an excellent social sport, and all the tools needed fit in your pocket making it even more portable than chess or cribbage. Build the basic skills now and continue to hone them with a lifetime of play and relationship building. If so, please contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate to Chinook with AmazonSmile - It's Free and Easy to Setup
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All you need to do is:
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