25 Mon PTSA Board Meeting (8:15-9:45am)
26 Tue Japan Trip Meeting (6:30-7:30pm), Classroom 2511
28 Thu Chinook All-Heritage Night (6pm)
1 Mon Principal's Coffee (8:15am)
General PTSA Meeting (6-7:30pm)
5 Fri End of 3rd quarter
8 Mon - 12 Fri No school - Spring Break
15 Mon PTSA Board Meeting (8:15-9:45am)
26 Fri 8th Grade UW Engineering Field Trip (8am)
"Stardust” Chinook Talent Show (7pm)
Visit our CALENDAR PAGE for the complete Chinook School & PTSA calendar.
CHINOOK ALL-HERITAGE COMMUNITY NIGHT
(Formerly the Multi-Cultural Night)
Thursday, March 28th we invite all our families to join us in the Chinook Commons from 6PM – 8PM to share and experience family food, crafts, dance, arts and games.
The event will be a potluck, so we ask that everyone bring food to share. If you have a family or heritage based recipe, feel free to bring that.
We also invite families or community groups to bring posters, games or other items that can create a station to celebrate their heritage. While there is not a need to sign up, if you are considering doing, so please let Mr. Moe-Lobeda know, so we can plan to have enough tables set up.
Finally, part way through the night, there will be a series of performances celebrating different heritages. If you would like to take part in a performance, or are aware of a local group or individual who would be good to include as a performer, please contact Mr. Moe-Lobeda.
Some might wonder what we mean by Heritage. Heritage could be a country of origin, a country or region that your ancestors inhabited, or a region of the US that you connect to. However, identifying with as specific heritage is not required to attend. This is meant as a community event for all students and their families.
See flyer for more information.
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.
BSF Education Connections
On March 26, 2019, the Community Engagement committee (a joint venture of the Bellevue Schools Foundation, PTSA, and Bellevue School District) would like to offer a lite lunch and program to educate parents about the different programs, as well as the difference between programs, that are available for Bellevue School District Students. The following programs will be discussed: Advanced Learning, AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate), AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), CTE (Career and Technical Education) and WANIC (Washington Network for Innovative Careers), Dual Language—Spanish, Dual Language—Mandarin and the International Spanish Academy. This is a great opportunity to get all the information you need in one place and make sense of it all. Lite lunch provided on March 26th at 11:30 and program from 12:00-1:00. Sign up today here. The event will be held in the Rainier Room at WISC, 12241 Main Street, Bellevue WA.
BHS Theatre Presents MammaMia!
With LIVE BAND featuring the music of ABBA
April 18th - 20th @ 7:00pm
Special Free Preview April 17th @ 7:00PM
Saturday Matinee April 20th @ 2:00pm
Order and Reserve Your Mamma Mia Tickets Today!
All tickets purchased through Brown Paper Tickets are $15.00 each.
Please Note: Per District rules, discounted tickets for Children and ASB card holders are not available to purchase online. To ensure that all persons sit together (children sitting with adults) – please purchase all your tickets online for $15.00. Refunds of $5 per ticket for children and ASB cardholders can be given at the Box Office upon request.
Day-of Tickets sold at the Box Office on first-come-first-serve basis.
Adults (12 and above) $15.00
Children ages (0 - 11 ) $10.00
Students 12 and older with ASB card $10.00 (must present card to receive discount)
Students 12 and older without ASB card $15.00
Flowers, Concessions and now introducing... KUDO-GRAMS for your favorite performers!
New Classes Added! -
The UW Summer Youth Program
The Summer Youth Program has made some calendar changes as a result of the February snow days and subsequent school closures. No camps and classes will run June 24 through July 5.
The good news is that we were able to reschedule many of the classes affected by the extended school year PLUS we added a few new sections of popular classes.
Listed below are the camps and classes currently open for enrollment.
Dates and details are online at: www.summer-camp.uw.edu.
The online registration window for the 2019-2020 school year has now closed. However, we are still trying to track down any missing paper registration forms. If you happen to notice any stray forms in your home, please make sure to get those turned into the Main Office as soon as possible.
Last Call for Office Assistant and Peer Tutor Applications
If your current 7th grade student is interested in being an office assistant or a peer tutor next school, applications are due Monday, March 25th, to the office. Under the direction of a certified staff member, students serving as a peer tutor will be an in-class peer tutor-coaches to individuals with disabilities. Office assistants help in the office with duties such as delivering passes to classes, helping with projects around the office, giving school tours, and helping check students in and out of school. Serving as an office assistant or a peer tutor will take the place of a semester long elective course during the school day.
Summer School Registration Opens March 27th!
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-8th math 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 this course, there will be a lottery to determine who is enrolled into the class. 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 document here.
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.
School Board Listening Session
Dear Bellevue School District Community,
The Bellevue School Board invites students and families to hear your thoughts on issues of importance to you. Information gathered will help inform future board work. Each board member will host a table where participants can meet and discuss in an informal setting.
Interpreters provided in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. For additional interpretation services, send requests to email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Strtegic 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.
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