Evergreen Eagle Express

Week of September 20, 2015 - Issue 7


EVERGREEN MIDDLE SCHOOL  6900 208th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98053 | (425) 936-2320  


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Principal             Robert Johnson

Assistant Principal   Anne Balicki 

Assistant Principal Katy Rudolph    

Office Manager        Beth Waters

Secretary to the Assistant Principal
                            Kathleen Nilsen
Counselor (A-G)     Sarah Parnell 

Counselor (H-N) Christina Walter

Counselor (O-Z)      Denise Ozeri
Counseling Secretary/Registrar
                                   Traci Baird
Athletic Director       Zac Dowling
Main Phone Line    425.936.2320

Attendance Line     425.936.2321

Counseling Office   425.936.2326
Hello Evergreen Families!  

It was fantastic to see so many of you at Curriculum Night this past Tuesday.  Thank you for all the kind accolades and gratitude for our staff; many of you came up to me throughout the night passing along your thanks and well wishes.  It is heartening to know how much you appreciate the effort and hard work of our staff and what they contribute every day.  We were also very proud to share our state and national assessment results with you.  Your student will be receiving their Individual Score Report this Thursday so please be looking for that later in the week. We recognize that these assessment results are a combination of hard work, good instruction, and perseverance on the part of everyone involved.  At Evergreen, we operate with a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset.  For brief illustrative purposes, a fixed mindset is focused on the final result and in some cases being done; learning all that can be learned; whereas a growth mindset focuses on the journey and always striving toward.  We have fantastic achievement results at Evergreen but we are forever working toward and striving for improvement.  With this growth mindset we know we can always improve, always learn more, always grow, and because of this growth mindset and learning attitude, it has allowed us to achieve prominence and greatness.  We are happy with our achievement results, but please know that we will continue to strive for improvement and excellence in everything we do.  We look forward to growing and learning every day and we're excited to partner with you in this journey.
As a segue from academics and into the social/emotional side of school, we hosted our first assembly this past Friday.  A big shout out to Trish Miller and our ASB Leadership students for planning and executing a fun-filled Welcome Back Assembly.  There were more than 1000 of us in the Fieldhouse on Friday and the entire gymnasium was filled with great energy.  Ms. Miller reminded students of three key elements our ASB is focusing on this year: Show Up; Be Brave; and Be Kind.  We will be working with these themes throughout the year and will challenge students to grow as young people, not just academically, but also in their social, emotional, and behavioral skills as well.  One of the key events ASB promoted at the assembly was our upcoming Fun Run.  Your student will be learning more about the Fun Run this week during a Homeroom presentation.  In lieu of a magazine drive this year, we are hosting the 1st Annual EMS Fun Run to help build community and to promote health and wellness with our students.  We look forward to dress up days and fun running, rain or shine, on Friday, October 9th.  More information will be coming home with your student as well as extra explanations and announcements through the Eagle Express.
Athletic competitions begin this week and we are excited to see students perform well on the court and fields with the same excellence they're contributing in the classroom.  Thanks to everyone who has encouraged their student to turn out for a fall sport.  We are excited about the number of student athletes participating, knowing that athletics can help build on different skills not always taught in the classroom.
Two other announcements for this week, both occurring on Thursday: in addition to receiving the Individual Score Report for your student's SBA results, they will also receive their school pictures.  Some students already received their pictures, and in most cases these pictures are for students who had theirs taken in September.  Remember that re-takes will occur in October.  In addition, if your family has not yet completed or updated the online emergency card information, your student will be bringing home a hard copy on Thursday for you to complete and return to us.  This is important information for us to have in cases of emergency when we need to get a hold of you.  If you have not completed and updated the form online, please know that one will be coming home with your student on Thursday.  Thanks in advance for your prompt attention to this.
Lastly, we are excited to announce that Rebekah Westra has been selected to serve as Anne Balicki's replacement as Associate Principal during her leave of absence.  Anne is due in early October and will remain on leave through October, November, and December.  Anne will return to Evergreen after the Winter Break.  Rebekah comes to Evergreen after having most recently served as Principal of Lakeview Elementary School.  In addition to serving as Principal of Lakeview, Rebekah has also served as Associate Principal at Redmond High School and has also been an ASB Coordinator, Associate Principal, ELL teacher, and English teacher in Utah prior to moving to Washington.  We are excited for Rebekah to join the Evergreen family, even if it is only for a few short months.
September is more than half over and school is very much up and running.  Students are learning and working hard in classrooms every day; staff are diligently preparing lessons and differentiating to meet the various learning needs; and Eagles are growing every day: academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.  We are excited to see this maturation and growth occurring before our eyes and we are excited to partner with you in this journey.
Please feel free to reach out if there are ways we can better support your student and help them grow in these capacities.
Thanks and take care and have a great week.
All my best,

Robert Johnson

Evergreen Middle School


"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."

9/25 - EMS Apparel Order Deadline
9/28 - LWSD Long-Term Facilities Planning Redmond Region Meeting; 6:30-8:30pm at Redmond High School

9/30 - LWSD Long-Term Facilities Planning Eastlake Region Meeting; 6:30-8:30pm at Eastlake High School

10/1, 10/6, 10/8 - Collection of "Fun Run" donations
10/2 - EMS Dance; 2:45-4:45pm in Gym

10/7 - LWSD Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force Town Hall Meeting; 6-8:30pm at Rose Hill Middle School

10/9 - ASB "Fun Run"

10/12 - Picture Retake Day


Still haven't ordered your Evergreen Spirit Wear?  We have the EMS Apparel Order Form here.  The order deadline is Fri., 9/25.  Please make checks payable to EMS and return with the form to the cashier's window.
The first dance of the school year is coming up on Friday, Oct. 2 from 2:45-4:45pm in the gym.  (Note: shoes are removed and socks must be worn.)  The cost is $5 per student and everyone must have an ASB membership to participate.  Wristbands to get into the dance can be purchased on the days before the dance either before school or during lunch at the cashier's window.  Wristbands will be given out on Fri., Oct. 2 during lunch.  If you would like to volunteer to help with the dance, that would be greatly appreciated!

The Long-Term Facilities Task Force has developed a set of draft recommendations to help the district with the issues of overcrowding and aging facilities. They are asking for feedback from the community. The recommendations address classroom capacity issues, cost reduction, efficient use of space and other issues. They also recommend specific projects to be undertaken in the future. They have launched an online survey to gather input on the recommendations. A district-wide Town Hall meeting on these recommendations is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. October 7 at Rose Hill Middle School.

ASB "FUN RUN" *updated*
Instead of the Magazine Drive this year, the ASB (Associated Student Body) will be doing a "Fun Run" on Friday, 10/9. 
The ASB coordinator and Leadership teacher, Trish Miller, is looking for two key people to join her in this:  one is a "point person" who would help with organization, ideas, and logistics; the other is a "data person" who is great with Excel and would help with data collection and entry.  Please email her at [email protected], if interested.  More volunteers will be needed to help with donations on 10/1, 10/6 and 10/8 and to supervise the "Fun Run" on 10/9.  Please see the signup for further details or to volunteer. 

If you had a picture taken at Back to Business Days but have not picked up your badge yet, you can get it in the school office during the week.  If you did not have your picture taken, you will have the opportunity to do so on picture retake day, Oct. 12, from 8-10am.  Badges are completely optional (they can be worn instead of the temporary yellow name tags). Even if you have a badge you still MUST sign in when you come to school.  If you do plan on volunteering at school this year, please make sure that you have an approved background check prior to working with the kids - badges do not mean you are approved.  All volunteers working with kids in any capacity are background checked before each event that you sign up for.

Do you need to update or check on your LWSD volunteer approval?  Perhaps you have never applied to volunteer in our school district before?  Please click here for more information from the LWSD website. 

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Practices will run every day after school except on Wednesdays.  Matches/meets are listed below:


Once again, we've had a successful week at Evergreen due in part to our wonderful volunteers who helped with Laptop Distribution on Mon., 9/14 and with Staff Appreciation on Tues., 9/15.  Thank you so much to the following parent volunteers:
Laptop Distribution
Kara Bond
Ruby Kumari

Diana Brown
Kelli Landers

Jeanette Cadman
Sorcha Murphy

Sara Carroll
Tammy Orton

Cherene Dodge
Gayathri Ramadoss

Tina Heath
Vithyaa Ramasubramanian Raghavan

Patricia Holcomb
Sabrina Schriner

Lisa Huycke
Lisa Seeley

Andrea Jones
Shital Shende

Ujjwala Kale
Lana Stein

Traci Klein
Brenda Swanson

Staff Appreciation
Diana Brown
Kathleen Palik

Jasmina Cernak
Sujatha Parthasarathy

Allyson Cohen
Fernanda Pelka

Judy Cui
Shanon Reedy

Cherene Dodge
Stephanie Ritz James

Elizabeth Farley
Sabrina Schriner

Allison Ferch
Lisa Seeley

Sheri Gazitt
Shital Shende

Rebecca Grandmont
Kristin Sigel

Kari Hall
Monica Spillers

Patricia Holcomb
Gabi Statkus

Deb Knaus
Tamar Vered

Wendy Koessler
Becky Vonderhaar

Michele Miller
Betty Wong

Sorcha Murphy

A huge "THANK YOU" to those who have already donated to our 2015-16 EMS PTSA Pass the Hat campaign!   We have raised $17,061 of our $25,000 goal this year, not including money from affinity programs and matching donations!  Our goal is to have Pass the Hat as our primary fundraiser each year.

Money donated ensures that wonderful programs supporting Evergreen students and staff can be continued.  We are fortunate that many companies will match your donation ... please check with yours to see if they have a matching program.   

If you weren't able to give earlier, you can send in a donation to the front office with your student using the PTSA All-In-One Form
Thank you to those families who have paid the yearly $5 per student fee to replenish our EPrep supplies.  We are currently about $1000 short of our goal this year.  If you haven't had a chance to pay yet, please fill out that section in our PTSA All-In-One Form and return it with your check.  For more info. on EPrep at EMS, please click here.
There seems to be a point of confusion about the difference between the ASB and the PTSA. The ASB's "Fun Run" is earning $ for the ASB, which is a student organization that pays for any non-academic expenses like sports, fun activities at lunch, dances, etc. It is definitely a good organization to support! Please volunteer and donate to them! However, the $ is not going to the same place as the PTSA's "Pass the Hat." The PTSA helps fund academic efforts such as science kits, books for the library and language arts classes, and teacher grants. Each academic department receives funding each year from the PTSA. The PTSA also provides volunteers and services to help the school; it is the parents' connection to the school. Evergreen needs you to donate to the PTSA!

The brand new Evergreen Middle School PTSA website is up and running!  For the latest news on EMS happenings, please visit http://evergreenptsa.org.

EMS PTSA invites you to join our discussion on Facebook.  Click here for up-to-date notices about school activities and communicate with other Evergreen families.

The EMS PTSA is able to provide so many things for our school and kids each year.  In addition, here are just a couple of the bonus benefits to you for signing up!

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Washington State Fair
Save up to 49% on tickets to the Washington State Fair, September 11-27 and #PARTYBIGWA with tons of free entertainment, concerts, fabulous fair food, animals, and much more!  Click here for more information and promotion code.

Fred Meyer shoppers can now support the Evergreen PTSA through their community rewards program! Link your Fred Meyer rewards card to EMS PTSA and they will donate a percentage of your purchase to the PTSA. Go to Fred Meyer - My Account, Add Evergreen PTSA as your charitable organization or 87519 to select Evergreen PTSA.
Please use Amazon Smiles when doing your online shopping!
Amazon gives 0.5% of your purchases to the charity of your choice ... so choose the Evergreen PTSA!   Use http://smile.amazon.com as the URL to get to Amazon.com. When you "Select Charity", choose "Evergreen Middle School PTSA" (Tacoma, WA) and it will remember us as your selected charity for next time.  It's easy to earn money for Evergreen by shopping with Amazon Smiles!

Buying party supplies? If you shop at Everything Party in Redmond, Everything Party will donate 10% of your purchase price to the PTSA general fund. Please tell the cashier at the beginning of your transaction to ring it up under Evergreen Middle School. What an easy way to help us raise money to support the staff and students at Evergreen!

Follow the JV Mustangs to Woodinville on Monday, September 21 to take on the Falcons for a 6pm game.  Wednesday night, September 23, Redmond's "C" team will be playing Woodinville at home at 6pm. The grand finale will be Friday night's Homecoming Game at 7pm when the Redmond High School Varsity plays Bellarmine Prep. GO STANGS!!!

Thursday, Sept. 24, 7pm at the Redmond Library
Enjoy a captivating hour with Ginny Gilder, author of Course Correction and 1984 Olympic Silver Medalist in rowing.  She is also co-owner of The Seattle Storm and majority owner of Force 10. Learn how to overcome physical and psychological barriers to reach the goals that you've set for yourself. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Oct. 10, 2015, 9am-5:30pm in Bellevue
Plant for the Planet Academy in Bellevue is offering a free one day workshop for kids 9-14 to learn about climate change causes, impacts, and solutions. For more information or to sign up, click here.
The annual Redmond Drama Booster Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 8am - 3pm in the RHS school cafeteria. This is a huge, multi-family sale that supports the drama program at Redmond High. All proceeds directly benefit Redmond Drama students by defraying production costs, providing funds for drama trips, scholarships and much more. We would love to help clear your clutter by accepting donations the day before the big sale on Friday, October 2, 2:30pm - 8pm. Drama students and other volunteers will be there to help you unload your car! Please view the attached flyer to see garage sale details and a list of items to donate. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please contact event organizer, Sharon Drazkowski at [email protected]. See you there!

Join the Redmond High School Varsity Cheer team for a half day of cheer instruction where you'll learn cheer basics such as jumps and motions, plus sideline cheers and a half-game dance routine.  Then, come perform alongside the cheer team at a Friday night football game, and perform with the cheerleaders at half-time!
Date: Saturday, Oct. 3rd from 9AM-12PM in the RHS Gym for the clinic
          Friday, Oct. 9th at 6:45PM at the RHS stadium for the performance
Who:  Ages 5-15 are welcome
Cost:  $45 includes a performance shirt!
To register:  Complete the form in this link and return with your payment by Sept. 25, 2015.


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The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Director of Human Resources
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond Washington, 98052
(425) 936-1266
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