Evergreen Eagle Express

Week of September 27, 2015 - Issue 8

  

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

 

 
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IMPORTANT DATES
SCHOOL NEWS
EXTRACURRICULAR
NON DISCRIMINATION POLICY
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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
 
Hello Evergreen Families!  

September comes to a close later this week and it has been a very fulfilling and rewarding first month of school.  Students and staff are assimilating well into the year and it is exciting to see all their enthusiasm for teaching and learning. Last week, I wrote briefly about Carol Dweck's Mindset and moving away from a fixed mindset of intelligence and moving toward a growth mindset, recognizing there is more to learn, and how to overcome feelings of inadequacy and frustration when a student doesn't know everything when first asked.  I think one of the greatest joys of being a life-long learner is the realization that I don't know everything and there is more to learn on a daily basis.  Over time, people have taught me how to ask deep and analytical questions, how to develop critical thinking skills, how to persevere through obstacles, and how to press on when at first I might feel like giving up.  Over time, I have developed grit.  It certainly hasn't been easy but it has been worth it.    
 
Sometimes students get frustrated when they don't know the answer to a question or problem initially.  That's understandable but it's how they persevere through not knowing; the grit and tenacity they demonstrate as they work through the problem, that helps them become a more resilient learner.  We will challenge students this year and they won't always know the answer when first asked.  And that's OK.  But we will also teach them critical thinking and analytical skills so they can solve complex and difficult problems. We will help develop their grit and perseverance, teaching them academic skills while also building on the social, emotional, and behavioral skills in school to help them as they continue in their educational journey.  If your student comes home frustrated about how to complete a problem, please help them develop grit and encourage them to press on.  Help them talk through the problem, developing their analytical skills, and looking at the situation from all angles.  It's their perseverance and tenacity that will help them most when they continue to encounter harder, more challenging, longer and more complex problems as they advance in their educational journey.
 
On a separate but connected note, we also build on the social/emotional components of school and this week affords us an opportunity to dance and socialize after school on Friday, October 2nd.  We will host our first Dance of the year this Friday in the Fieldhouse from 2:30pm-4:30pm.   Students can also play games like basketball, soccer, and jump rope if they choose not to dance.   Students can purchase tickets before school and during lunch for $5 Monday through Thursday this week.  There are no ticket sales on Friday.  Concessions will also available for purchase at the dance.
 
September has been a great start to the year and we look forward to all that October has in store.  Please let us know how to best support you and your student.
 
Warmly,

Robert Johnson

Principal
Evergreen Middle School

425.936.2320


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

IMPORTANT DATES
Mon., 9/28 - LWSD Long-Term Facilities Planning Redmond Region Meeting; 6:30-8:30pm at Redmond High School
 
Tues., 9/29 - LWSD Middle School Quest Info. Night; 7pm at Lake Washington High School

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

Thurs.,10/1 - Collection of ASB "Fun Run" Donations Day #1 
 
Fri., 10/2 - EMS Dance; 2:30-4:30pm in Gym

Tues., 10/6 - Collection of ASB "Fun Run" Donations Day #2

Tues., 10/6 - PTSA Menchie's Fundraiser; 12-9pm

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

Thurs., 10/8 - Collection of ASB "Fun Run" Donations Day #3

Fri., 10/9 - ASB "Fun Run"; 1:30pm

Mon., 10/12 - Picture Retake Day

SCHOOL NEWS
MIDDLE SCHOOL QUEST INFORMATION NIGHT COMING SOON *new*
Parents interested in learning more about programs for highly capable students and the application process are strongly encouraged to attend the appropriate Parent Information Night.

Middle School Quest Parent/Student Information Night, Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Lake Washington High School, 12033 N.E. 80th St., Kirkland.
*Please note: Parent attendance is not required to apply.
  
Applications will be available on the district website on Thursday, October 1 at 8 a.m. Applications are due on Friday, October 30 at 4 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information, go to http://www.lwsd.org/Parents/Accelerated-Programs/MS-HCP/Pages/Middle-School-Student-Selection.aspx


PARENT NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY *new*
You are invited by EMS counselors to offer your valuable opinion and feedback in our Parent Needs Assessment Survey.  This survey will be available starting Monday, October 5 and will be available to complete for two weeks ending on Monday, October 19.   Your feedback will help influence the services and experiences you and your child receive at EMS, by allowing counselors to design programming to meet those needs.
 
Additionally, students will also have the opportunity to give their feedback in our student-version of the survey.  Students will take the Student Needs Assessment Survey on their laptops during Homeroom on Monday, October 5.
 
Surveys are anonymous unless you choose to indicate your name.  Data received from the surveys will only be viewed by EMS Counselors.
 
Please look for this survey in your email inbox; we'd appreciate you taking a few moments to respond to the survey and completing it by Monday, October 19.  We value your participation and look forward to working with you to best support your student.
 
Sincerely,
~EMS Counseling Team
Sarah Parnell (A-G); Christy Walter (H-N); Denise Ozeri (O-Z)


ADDITIONAL HEALTH ROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED *new*
Volunteers are needed to support office staff by assisting students in the Health Room.  No experience is necessary, although you must be cleared by the district as a volunteer.  Please call the school office at 425-936-2620 or contact our Health Room Coordinator, Mary Haynes ([email protected]).  Thanks so much! 


COMMUNITY SERVICE & PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE AWARDS *new*
Many middle school students are becoming more involved in their communities by volunteering their time and talents to support local organization.  The EMS Community Service Facebook page helps students and parents find those opportunities.  EMS also recognizes students who will serve more than 50 hours between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.  These students are eligible to receive a Presidential Service Award to be presented at a school assembly at the end of the year.  Information about earning an award can be found on the Facebook page or in the attached document.  Please contact Deb Zimmerman if you have any questions regarding the Presidential Service Award. 


EMS 1st DANCE OF THE YEAR *updated*
The first dance of the school year is coming up on Friday, Oct. 2.  Please note that it is slightly earlier this time, from 2:30-4:30pm in the gym.  (Also 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 this Monday through Thursday 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!

 
ASB "FUN RUN"
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.  See the flyer for more info. Please see the signup to volunteer.

 
SCHOOL FACILITIES TASK FORCE DEVELOPS RECOMMENDATIONS, ASKS FOR INPUT
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.


VOLUNTEER BADGES
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.
 

LWSD VOLUNTEER APPROVAL
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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EVERGREEN ATHLETICS
1ST SEASON SPORTS *updated*
Matches/meets for this week are listed below:

BOYS' TENNIS



PTSA
MENCHIE'S FUNDRAISER *new*
Come enjoy some Frozen Yogurt while you support the EMS PTSA!
Join us on October 6th anytime between 12-9pm at the Menchie's on Redmond Way.
Enjoy some Froyo during your lunch break or take the whole family after school!
Just mention that you are there to support the EMS PTSA at checkout and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the Evergreen PTSA.
Menchie's offers nonfat, low crab, no sugar added non-dairy sorbets, gluten free, vegan and kosher options. There is something for everyone!
Such an easy and delicious way to support our school.
Hope to see you there! 

 
PASS THE HAT FUNDRAISER *updated*
A huge "THANK YOU" to those who have already donated to our 2015-16 EMS PTSA Pass the Hat campaign!   We have raised $18,046 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.
 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FUNDS NEEDED
*updated*
Thank you to those families who have paid the yearly $5 per student fee to replenish our EPrep supplies.  We are still just under $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.

PTSA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS *updated* 
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!

Great Wolf Lodge
PTA members can save up to 20% on available rates now - December 31! Upon check in, please provide your valid PTA member card. Click here for more information  or call (866) 925-WOLF (9653).  Promo code: WSPTA984A

KeyArena/McCaw Hall
Get priority access to some of the best sports and entertainment in Seattle!  From discounted tickets to a family event or a private suite for your friends, Key Arena/McCaw Hall has what you're looking for!  Visit the WSPTA designated ticket page for more information.
 
ASB & PTSA -- WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
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!

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


JOIN THE EMS PTSA FACEBOOK PAGE
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.

ATTENTION FRED MEYER SHOPPERS!
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.
 
 
SHOPPING WITH AMAZON SMILES BENEFITS EVERGREEN
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!
 

EVERYTHING PARTY 
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!


EXTRACURRICULAR
RHS GARAGE SALE
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!


MIDDLE SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE *new*
October 10th, 2015 1:00 - 4:00 PM Sammamish Teen Center
825 228th Ave NE Sammamish, WA  98074
Parenting workshop on safety,  sexuality,  internet use,  drugs, alcohol  and communication.  See the flyer for more info.
Questions? [email protected] 
What is the cost? $50/single   $90/double 
$0 for Microsoft employees using benefits

NON DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The Lake Washington School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, gender, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran, military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  

 

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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