Evergreen Eagle Express
Week of November 1, 2015 - Issue 13

 

EVERGREEN MIDDLE SCHOOL 

6900 208th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98053 | 425.936.2320 

 

 
IN THIS ISSUE
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
IMPORTANT DATES
SCHOOL NEWS
EVERGREEN ATHLETICS
PTSA
EXTRACURRICULAR
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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
 
Hello Evergreen Families - 

We hope you enjoyed the extra hour of sleep this past weekend and today's edition of the Eagle Express finds you well rested, refreshed, and ready to tackle November.  Based on last week's events with Spirit Week and our assembly on Friday, we definitely needed the extra hour of sleep.  Friday was a fantastic culmination to an outstanding week of school spirit and students amazed us with their outfits, costumes and enthusiasm.  My personal favorite was Cozy/Comfy Day so I infused that theme throughout the week by wearing pajamas nearly every day including football fleece pajamas and a Superman onesie for my Halloween costume.  Our whole staff was just as spirited and it was fun for students to see us in a different light as well as it gave us an opportunity to high-5 students throughout the week.  We also had an amazing Spirit Assembly on Friday and announced our Fun Run total.  We are so grateful to you for all your generosity and support for EMS.  Because of your contributions and generosity, we were able to raise more than $32,000; this does not yet include matching funds from companies like Microsoft so we look forward to getting those matching dollars as well and seeing what our true total is.  Not only is $32,000 an increase of our total fundraising amount, but we get to keep 100% of the profits rather than giving away nearly half to a company for running the event.  We are ecstatic that this money remains at Evergreen to support students in clubs, activities, athletics and other ASB endeavors.  Thank you again for your contributions.
 
We are hosting a different assembly on Monday with guest speaker Stefanie Thomas coming to Evergreen.  Ms. Thomas is a Detective with the Seattle Police Department and will be talking with students about Cyber Safety and their online profile.  She will share ways students can be safer online and remind them that what they post on the internet stays forever so to "pause before you post."  We encourage you to discuss these talking points with your student after Monday's assembly and to review their online presence including their Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, Vine and/or other online profiles.  What students are willing to share with total strangers is very eye opening and we encourage you to talk with your student about what they post online.
 
Lastly, the 1st Quarter ends on Wednesday, November 4 and teachers are busily preparing and scoring student assessments.  The quarter grades give a good indication of student progress as we have now completed nine weeks of the school year.  We encourage you to log on to Skyward and review your student's grades with them.  If students need extra help, they are always welcome to come before and after school as well as during Homeroom time if there are questions or concerns about how to complete their school work.  Students also fill out their agendas daily and teachers post assignments and upcoming due dates on Haiku, so we encourage you to review those resources as well to help keep track of upcoming tests and projects.
 
We have a fantastic teaching staff dedicated to student success.  We were able to participate in the lighter side of school this past week with dress up days and a spirit assembly; and one of the things I appreciate most about this staff and school is there was no letdown in terms of rigor, work load, or academic expectations this past week just because our clothes changed.  Our staff, first and foremost, is committed to helping students achieve at high levels and supporting them reaching their academic goals.  We thank you for your partnership in these endeavors.
 
As always, please reach out if you have questions about any of the themes in this week's Eagle Express or in how to best support your student and their learning at EMS.  We appreciate your continued support and are grateful to partner with you.

Sincerely,

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

 

Wed., 11/4 - End of 1st Quarter Grading Period

 

Fri., 11/6 - 2nd Season Sports Paperwork Due


Fri., 11/6 - Last Day to Submit Veterans Day Pictures

Wed., 11/11 - NO SCHOOL: Veterans Day

Thurs., 11/12 - Applications for School/Home Communications Task Force Due

Thurs., 11/12 - 2nd Season Sports Start

SCHOOL NEWS
PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES AND ATTENDANCE POLICIES *new*
If you know in advance your student will be missing school, please call our Attendance Office at 425-936-2321 to pre-arrange the absence.  Then we can enter the event into Skyward as an excused absence and you will not receive a phone call indicating your student was absent. 
Also, please note we can only excuse absences for the following reasons:
         illness
         medical appointments
         family emergencies
         religious holidays
         school-related field trips
         suspensions and absences created by the school
         other planned absences
All other absences will be considered unexcused, and students who accumulate too many unexcused absences will be subject to the Becca Bill and the King County Juvenile Court System.
Please see the Attendance Policies on p. 20-21 in the EMS Student Handbook for further explanation.

OUR FIRST EVER ASB EAGLE FUN RUN WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! *new*
On Friday, October 30th, we held our Fall Spirit Assembly. Part of the assembly was dedicated to celebrating our Fun Run accomplishments!  We were so excited to share the following results with our students.

Thanks to all the students, parents, and community members who participated and made donations, we surpassed our goal of raising $25,000 with a grand total of $33,188!! (*All totals are before matching)

The 6th grade class had 71% of their students participating, and they brought in a total of $9,358.
The 7th grade class had 73% of their students participate, for a total of $6,487.
And the 8th grade class had 74% of the students participate, bringing in a total of $7,343.
We also had one family make a very large donation AND submit it for matching through Microsoft, which helped is reach our $33,188 total!  Thank you!!!

Four Homeroom classes reached the goal of 100% participation, with all students returning their envelopes. The four Homeroom classes who will be receiving a 100% Participation Homeroom Party are:
Ms. Buffa's class
Ms. McIntyre's class
Ms. McNaughton's class and
Ms. Stroud's class

The Homeroom classes with the highest total donations were:
    1. Ms. Kasper's class
    2. Ms. Jackson's class
    3. Ms. Pomerinke's class
    4. Mr. Beise's class
    5. Ms. Downs' class

Our Top 10 Individual Fundraisers Were:
10. Smera Venkateswar
9. Benjamin Hartman
8. Olivia Clark
7. Jack Hilbun
6. Erin Hamilton
5. Jordan McCannon
4. Eveline Shambaugh
3. Julie Hamilton
2. Hunter Petit
1. Mor Vered
The top 3 will contacted this week about individual prizes.

Homeroom Classes Winning Ribbons (and bragging rights) for their Homeroom Theme were:
100% Participation in the Theme:
Ms. Sparks' Blackout  & Ms. Benoliel's Flags of Spanish Speaking Countries
 
Out of the Box:
Ms. Kesler's Awareness theme
 
Most Visually Appealing:
Ms. Kasper's Unicorns and Ms. King's Blue Squad
 
Judges' Award:
Mr. Christman's Injured Students and Ms. Beckett's Pirates and Parrots
 
In addition, there were 70 students who have earned a trip to the donut truck later this month, by raising $100 in donations (before matching).  Those students will be notified in the coming weeks.

Overall, the event was a huge success!  The students did an amazing job of collecting donations, but more than that, the Fun Run ended up being an amazing bonding experience for our entire student body and staff.  The level of participation in the Homeroom theme dress-up and the Fun Run itself, was truly exciting.  Many students and staff commented on how much fun it was to see the whole school focused and working together for a common goal; and we all had a blast in the process.  This is will absolutely become an annual event for EMS, and we look forward to making it even better next year!  Thanks again to all who donated, encouraged, and supported our students in this endeavor.
  
PICTURES NEEDED FOR VETERAN'S DAY ASSEMBLY! *updated*
We are looking for photos of family members and friends who are currently serving or have served in the armed forces but have only received a handful of pictures for Veterans Day so far.  We would really like to put them in a slide show for the assembly, but cannot do so if there are not enough.

The deadline for submitting Veterans Day pictures is Friday, November 6th
Pictures should be sent to Evergreen ASB via email at [email protected].
It would be helpful if the picture file was labeled as the person's name in the digital photo. 
Within the email, please include:
  • The Veteran's full name
  • What branch of the armed forces and the years of service
  • The name of the EMS student who the person in the photo is related to (or friends with)
Thanks!

SCHOOL/HOME COMMUNICATION TASK FORCE SEEKS MEMBERS *new*
Good communication can help parents engage in school activities and support their students' learning. The School/Home Communication Task Force will develop recommendations for consistent use of specific communications tools by schools in the district, including websites, newsletters, calendars, etc. This work will include clarifying the roles of school communications and PTSA communications.
Parents, teachers and office staff members are being recruited to serve on the committee. The group will meet monthly on a Thursday beginning December 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Resource Center. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please click on this School/Home Task Force sign-up link. Applications are due by November 12.

YEARBOOK *updated*
Evergreen Eagles: We will have our last Yearbook sell date starting November 1st, 2015 running through December 18th, 2015. The cost for Yearbooks are $30.00. They can be purchased online starting November 1st, 2015 or at the cashier window. Don't miss out on the opportunity to purchase this great keepsake! 


HOW TO CHECK YOUR STUDENT'S GRADES IN SKYWARD
Attached are PDFs outlining the steps parents need to take so they can access their student's grades in Skyward.  Also included is a PDF if you would like to receive email notifications about missing assignments.
 
EMS passed out these instructions at Curriculum Night and we wanted you to have an electronic copy of them for your files.
 

EVERGREEN ATHLETICS

INTRAMURAL SPORTS
Intramural soccer started on 10/29 and runs through 11/10.  It is after school from 2:45 - 4:00pm every day except Wednesdays.  Please see Ms. Nilsen or Mr. Dowling if you have any questions. 
2ND SEASON SPORTS
2nd Season sports (Boys' basketball - 7th & 8th and Girls' basketball - 6th, 7th & 8th) start on November 12th.  All paperwork must be filled out and submitted to Kathleen Nilsen by Friday, November 6th.  Any athlete whose paperwork is not submitted by this date will be ineligible for the first practice. The last day paperwork will be accepted to participate in 2nd season sports will be November 19th.  After this date sign-ups will be closed.


PTSA
2015-2016 PTSA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS 
Member benefits are available to all WSPTA members. 
Have your electronic member card available when taking advantage of benefits.
 
Great Wolf Lodge
PTA members can save up to 20% on available rates now-December 30!  Upon check in, please provide your valid PTA member card.  Click here for more information or call (866) 925-WOLF (9653).  Promo code:  WSPTA984A
 
Key Arena/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.
 
FedEx
Local PTAs and individual members can receive B&W copies at 4 each (single sided), color copies at 39 each (single sided), and 15% off all other production services. Members can use these special rates for all printing needs.  Click here for other FedEx discounts through the month of October.



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!

 
EVERGREEN PTSA WEBSITE
The 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.

EXTRACURRICULAR
REDMOND HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL *updated*
It's the last week to catch some Redmond High School Football action!  There will be two games this week.
  
The JV Mustangs will take on the Issaquah Eagles at 6pm Monday, November 2.  It's the final HOME football game at RHS this season.  
 
On Wednesday, November 4, the C Team will finish out their season with with a game at Issaquah at 6pm.  Thanks for all of your support! 
 
Please check the Kingco website for any schedule changes.
 
 
EASTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL'S 22ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR *new*
Sat., Nov. 7,   9am-3pm,  Inside Eastlake High School 
400 228th Ave. NE, Sammamish, WA 98074
Over 70 Artisans and Crafters in one place to get all of your holiday shopping done!  Something for everyone. 
Raffle prizes ~ Bake Sale ~ Food Trucks ~ Music and more! 
 
 
GIRLS UNLIMITED: STEM & PROFESSIONAL CAREER FOCUS
Sat., Nov. 7, 10am-2:30pm @ Redmond City Hall
For more information, or to register, call 425-556-2320 or email [email protected].


INSIGHTS TO ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NIGHT
Wed., Nov. 18,  6:30-8:30pm @ Lake Washington High School
Learn about courses and opportunities at LWSD Middle & High Schools.  Talk with industry professionals.

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


Eagle Express is published by parent volunteers of Evergreen Middle School.  Click here to contact us about the newsletter.  For more information about the PTSA you can visit the Evergreen Middle School PTSA website at http://evergreenptsa.org.