11 Tue Fall Orchestra Concert (7:00pm)
12 Wed Fall Band Concert (7:00pm)
13 Thu Fall Choir concert (7:00pm)
17 Mon PTSA Board Meeting (8:15-9:45am)
19 Wed Cookie Blizzard event for the Chinook Staff
24 Mon - Jan 4 Fri Winter Break
Visit our CALENDAR PAGE for the complete Chinook School & PTSA calendar.
(Note: If paying online, please check the box to give permission to pass your mailing address so we can mail you your donation receipt and thank you note.
Shine on Chinook PTSA Fundraiser - Update
Dear Chinook Families,
As a result of Principle White’s eloquent email about Shine on Chinook, we’re getting even closer to our goal of $65,000. We raised another $2,000 following his message. Now we’re only short $11,000.
While reviewing last year’s fundraising statistics, we found that over $7k was raised January - June 2018. If that’s the case, let’s make it easy - our goal is to raise another $3,000 by the end of this year. That’s much easier to achieve, right? We understand some families may have already spent their donation budget for 2018; we don’t mind patiently waiting until 2019. It’s not that far away – and then you can begin the new year with a giving spirit!
To showcase why we keep asking $$$, we’d like to share some insights on how we spend the money from “Shine on Chinook”:
• Classroom resources (Budgeted $4500 for 2018-2019): Each teacher can be reimbursed up to $100 for classroom supplies purchases. Examples include: bean bags to comfort students, class prizes, color paper/folders and books for AVID, etc.
• Library books - $3000 ($6000 requested to update our aging books)
• Overhead microphones for Music/Choir - $250
• Rocket kits - $600
• Piano - $6500 – half has already been funded by the PTSA; but if you donate more, we will likely fully fund this request. WOW!!
• Smell kit for Science Dept - $250
• Students’ social parties - $1000 (Black and Orange Social and Spring Social)
• 8th grade graduation party - $3500.
(Take a look at this amazing chart made by our former Co-VP of membership, Arsenia Walters, who moved to California a few weeks ago.)
We’re grateful to be part of Chinook Community; and we believe we can make it greater, with your support.
Donors will be listed weekly in the Kodiak Korner and on the Donor Honor Roll page of the PTSA website.
Don’t forget to apply with your employer’s corporate matching program.
If questions, please contact Joanne Yin Yin Wong & Lily Yuhong Li at email@example.com.
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On Wednesday, December 19th, we are hosting our 3rd annual "Cookie Blizzard" event for our wonderful Chinook teachers and staff members. It is our way to say "thank you" to all who work with our children at this time of year.
We are asking parents to contribute at least three (3) dozen homemade cookies, but the more the merrier! Baked goods are always a treat, however, store bought items are also welcome. Please do follow the link below to sign-up to donate cookies and/or with your time. You will find and sign up by following the link below:
Cookies may be dropped off at Chinook on Tuesday, December 18th from 2:00-2:45 or on Wednesday, December 19th from 7:45-11:00. At both times, a parent will be there to collect the cookies. Cookies can also be brought to the Chinook Office at other times.
Cookies should be packaged in a disposable container/bag that will not be returned. Please label the cookies with the following information:
*Name of parent(s) who provided the cookies
*Name or type of cookie
*Please note if there are nuts in the cookies.
Please do consider baking some cookies for this special appreciation event. Also, please do join us for this festive event with your time.
Thank you for your generosity!
Linda Matsudaira and Becky Ryals, Cookie Blizzard Committee
Staff Appreciation Committee
PTSA RUNS BEST WITH VOLUNTEERS
FIND YOUR PERFECT PTSA ROLE HERET’S
Are you outgoing with lots of connections within the Chinook community? Are you good at asking people to help? Is a PTSA role that allows you to volunteer on your own schedule ideal?
Chinook PTSA is looking for three PTSA members to form our Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee’s job is to identify, recruit and then nominate qualified candidates for the 2019-2020 school year. for the following elected positions: President(s), VP(s) of Fundraising, Secretary, Treasurer and Legislative Chair. Elected officers should represent the Chinook PTSA member community and be the voice for our students.
If you are interested in the position or know of anyone who is the perfect fit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Scholastic Book Fair Success!
The Scholastic Book Fair wrapped up today at Chinook with a profit of over $1,850 for our library! Thank you students, families, and Chinook staff for your generous support of our once-a-year fundraiser!
Fundraisers can only happen with the gift of time and talent from a committed group of parents. A huge Thank you goes to our Book Fair Chair, Dana Kaefer, for taking on this challenge with lots of positive energy while taking care of the details, and for working at the Book Fair every single day. Special Thank Yous to an amazing team of parent volunteers who worked alongside Dana: Denise Snowden, Debbie Kalpakidis, Keiko Hutson, Carrie Ruckhaber, and Carrie Browne. Please, thank them for helping enrich the lives of our students and of those to come!
Happy Holidays and thanks for your support!
The Boom Experience – December 11th
The Boom Experience is a day of learning on December 11th at Bellevue Community College designed for 7th-12th grade male students that racially identify as African, Black, Hispanic, LatinX, Native American, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, or a mix of any, in the Bellevue School District.
In order to attend, students need to turn in a permission form (available in the main office) and register online: bit.ly/bsdboom2018.
For more information, please go to the following website: https://bsd405.org/departments/equity/
Interlake High School Open House – December 18th
Do you have an 8th grade student who is interested in attending Interlake High School next year? If so, the Interlake staff would like to extend a personal invitation to your family to visit Interlake High School on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. They look forward to meeting you and sharing information about our academic programs and activities. If you need information about Open Enrollment, please see the Interlake website, www.bsd405.org/interlake. For more information see the flyer HERE.
Crossroads Community Center’s Annual Youth Holiday Party
On Tuesday, December 18th, Crossroads Community Center will be hosting their annual Youth Holiday Party from 4:30-7PM. This is a free event for families in need that includes holiday entertainment, refreshments, and gifts. Please see the FLYER for more information.
Help Volunteer to make the Holidays brigther for Families
At Hopelink, they believe every family and child should enjoy a happy holiday season. Hopelink’s holiday gift rooms can help you do just that. Every December, their food banks are transformed into holiday wonderlands that are filled with a variety of gifts and stocking stuffers – enabling parents and grandparents to shop, at no cost, for their children or grandchildren. Hopelink gift rooms help parents who may not otherwise be able to provide presents during the holidays.
If you want to volunteer for this at Hopelink.. Here is a link to the volunteer page: https://www.hopelink.org/take-action/volunteer
Here is the link to the specific activities mentioned above: http://signup.com/go/mqyfzmU
We asked about ages and here is what we found.
The food bank supervisor said 12-16 years old (middle schoolers) must be accompanied by adult and can’t be ‘personal shoppers’ which means they can’t interact with clients and help them choose gifts, they can only sort and restock. High schoolers no need to be accompanied by adult and I believe they can help clients. Looks like 7 year olds can volunteer too, which is great :)
Backpack Meals for Kids
Childhood hunger is a fact of life in Bellevue. One in five students in the Bellevue School District qualifies for free and reduced price meals at school. For some of these kids, school meals represent the bulk of their weekly nutrition.
On weekends, they used to go hungry.
Since March of 2012, Backpack Meals for Kids has been working to eliminate the tragedy of weekend hunger. We started in two schools, providing weekend meals for 20-30 students weekly. Today, we serve 28 schools, all grades, and provided 72,654 meals in the 2017-2018 school year. The Muslim Community Resource Center now provides for Sherwood Forest Elementary School exclusively, packing food for 2 months and funding the rest of the school year, a value of approximately $10,000.
Learn More: http://backpackmeals.org/
Private School Applications
Every year at this time, several Chinook families launch the private school application process for the following school year. This process generally asks for input from the Registrar, a Counselor, and/or teacher(s). We have developed some simple guidelines to help families request this input from Chinook staff. The key point is to ask for our assistance well in advance of the private school deadlines. You can find the guidelines here.
Student Date Verification
Starting in early August, parents were asked to verify their student’s data on the Synergy parent portal – ParentVUE. The ability to update data is available throughout the year. You will see the link at the top of the ParentVUE home page:
Use this tool to change phone numbers, email address, emergency contacts, privacy settings, etc. If you move, you may enter the new address but will still need to complete a Change of Address form and re-establish residency in the Chinook attendance area.
Bellevue Garden D'Lights
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005
EVENT FREE NIGHTS: November 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29
The event is free for all on Free Nights and tickets are not required. Usually all can be accommodated on free nights, but event staff will be present to control the flow of entrants so everyone can have an enjoyable experience. There could be a wait.
For more information visit the Website @ bellevuebotanical.org/garden-dlights
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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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!
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