EVERGREEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
6900 208th Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98053 | 425.936.2320
Secretary to the Assistant Principal
Main Phone Line
Hello Evergreen Families -
We wanted to extend a pre-Thanksgiving note of appreciation to say how grateful we are for our EMS community. Over the past two weeks, our National Junior Honor Society hosted their annual Food Drive and they collected more food this year than any previous year. Thank you for your generosity during this Thanksgiving season. HopeLink was in awe when they saw the mountains of food and it took two full trucks to transport all of the food from EMS to their facilities. We are so grateful to you for your generosity and speaking on behalf of the families who receive it as well, thank you.
We hope you, too, have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends.
A few quick EMS announcements:
Report Cards went home with students on Friday; these grades were as of the 1st Quarter (November 4) and give an indication of how your student has progressed through the mid-point of the first semester. You can also access your student's most current grades online through Skyward as teachers have continued to add and update student's progress. If there is a question about your student's grades, we always encourage students to talk with their teachers first, then have parents ask if the student is unable to articulate the response.
Homework and Haiku
Teachers continue to update Haiku weekly and in some cases daily with assignments and homework. If your student misses school, please check Haiku to keep up on the missing work.
We spent this past Wednesday learning about accommodations and modifications we can apply in our classes to best support student learning. Thank you to our Special Education Department Chairs Arahka Swinburne and Laura McIntyre for presenting this learning to our staff. We learned great strategies as well as practical and applicable tools we can use in classrooms to best support all learners. Thank you also to our community for supporting this professional development and the early release on Wednesdays.
We survived Wind Storm 2015 relatively unscathed and did not lose power. We know some schools in the LWSD did not have power and thus missed out on learning opportunities last Wednesday. The upcoming forecast shows a potential for snowflakes this next week so please be sure to monitor social media and the news outlets for any potential closures or delays. You can also check the LWSD website at www.lwsd.org
The upcoming week is very short: two full days and an early release at 11:00am on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving Break. We hope you have a restful and relaxing time with family and friends and please know how thankful we are to partner with you in your child's education.
Wishing you all our best,
Evergreen Middle School
"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."
Wed., 11/25 - HALF-DAY: Thanksgiving Break
Thurs., 11/26 - NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Day
Fri., 11/27 - NO SCHOOL: Thanksgiving Break
Mon., 11/30 - LWSD HIV/AIDS Curriculum Presentation for Parents; 6:30-7:30pm at LWSD Resource Center
Fri., 12/18 - Last Day to Order an EMS Yearbook
LOST & FOUND ITEMS *new*
Please remind your student to check out the lost and found corner in the Commons. There are several clothing items as well as lunch boxes and water bottles. Any unclaimed items will be donated to the Hope Festival in mid-December.
HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS BOOKLET AVAILABLE *new*
Parents of 8th grade students should watch their mailboxes for the High School Options
booklet, which will be mailed out this week. It outlines opportunities for incoming 9-12th graders, including information about neighborhood schools and choice schools. This booklet is also available on the district website
LWSD HIV/AIDS CURRICULUM PRESENTATION FOR PARENTS *new*
When: Mon., Nov. 30th, from 6:30-7:30pm.
Where: Lake Washington Resource Center (Located in the Redmond Town Center), 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
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 at the cashier window with cash or check made out to "EMS." (The online option is currently not up and running. EMS Staff is working to fix the problem.) Don't miss out on the opportunity to purchase this great keepsake!
OFFICE STAFF REQUESTS FOR PARENTS
The school year is off to a great start and as we close out the first quarter we have some requests for parents to help our students grow in their
independence and reduce the amount of deliveries being made each day.
We are happy to deliver items left at home to your student; however, we ask that you limit your drop-offs to only those items necessary for the school day (lunch or laptops). Consequences from forgetting homework are a natural consequence and learning opportunity for our students and may decrease the number of times it happens in the future.
We want your students to ask us for help! Rather than
you calling to find out if your student has everything they need for sports, lunch accounts or clubs, have your students ask the questions about what is needed for sports, clubs, etc.. We understand they don't always come home with all of the information, but this is a skill we would like them to work on through middle school so they have practice before high school.
PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES AND ATTENDANCE POLICIES
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:
· 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.
2ND SEASON SPORTS
2nd Season sports (Boys' basketball - 7th & 8th and Girls' basketball - 6th, 7th & 8th) started on November 12th and goes through January 15th.
PLEASE NOTE: On the days a team has late practice they will be in the library until their practice starts.
REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM UPDATE *new*
The PTSA Reflections Arts Program is happy to share that the following categories/students have advanced to the district level:
Visual Arts: Deveshi Thakur, Layasri Ranjith, Navtej Kathuria, Gauri Srikumar and Vanshika Singh
Literature: Esther Wang and Megan Brunelle
Film Production: Abel Dagne
Music Composition: Parth Shriram, Sahana Deepak
Congratulations to the winners! All are welcome to see the entries at the LWSD Resource Center Open House on January 8th, 6-8pm
16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond WA 98052
HOLIDAY SHOPPING WITH AMAZON? DON'T FORGET TO CHOOSE EMS PTSA! *updated*
Please use Amazon Smiles when doing ALL your online shopping! Amazon gives 0.5% of your purchases to the charity of your choice... so choose the Evergreen PTSA! Use
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!
VOLUNTEER BADGES *updated*
If you took a picture for a volunteer badge this school year but have not received it yet, they should be available in the EMS office. Questions? Please email EMS PTSA Co-VP Services, Allyson Cohen [email protected]
Back in the "olden days" membership fees pretty much covered the yearly PTSA budget, The more members you had the more money you made. These days PTSA's have much bigger budgets and membership fees alone will not cover all that we do. However, membership fees and having a large number of PTSA members are still important. It gives us a more of a say on legislative issues that affect children, families, and schools, as well as alerts that give you an opportunity to weigh in on a key federal policy issues with your members of Congress. Thank you to those 600 plus EMS parents that have become EMS PTSA members and remember it is not to late to become a member. Just follow the link,
complete your form, and turn it into the EMS office with your check.
Click here if you are interested to see where your WA State PTA membership fees go.
Congratulations to Evergreen Middle School for enrolling 50% of the previous year's final paid membership by October 25, 2015!
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.
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.
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.
REDMOND NORTH LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION 2016 *new*
Registration open to all students ages 4 - 14 attending or living near these schools: Alcott Elementary, Dickinson Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, Wilder Elementary, Evergreen Middle School, Bear Creek School and The Overlake School
Registration Dates: November 22, 2015 - January 16, 2016 (AAA, Coast, Majors, Intermediate, Junior) November 22, 2015 - February 12, 2016 (T-Ball & Instructional Baseball - A, AA)
REGISTER BY DECEMBER 16, 2015 TO RECEIVE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OF $25 PER PLAYER
TOYS FOR TOTS *new*
Sat., December 12th, 11am-2 pm, Bella Bottega Shopping Center
Drop off: Coldwell Banker Bain
Bella Bottega Shopping Center
8862 161st Ave NE, Suite 103 * Redmond
REDMOND MUSTANGS JR. DANCE CAMP
Dec., 9th, 10th, and 11th @ Redmond High School
For dancers in 1st through 8th grades.
Dancers will learn basic dance technique and a performance routine choreographed by RHS Dance Team Officers. No previous dance training is required! Dancers will perform the routine they learn with the RHS Dance Team during half time at Boys Varsity Basketball Game on December 11th.
Cost for the camp is $75 and includes a custom designed t-shirt and pizza dinner with the RHS dance team before the basketball game. There is also the option to purchase a photo of your child with the Dance Team for $10. Payment due in cash or check made out to RHS Dance Team on the first day of camp, Dec 9th.
1ST EVER MUSTANG HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Sat., Dec. 12, 10am-4pm @ Redmond High School
Looking for vendors to sell craft and gift items at Redmond High School's 1st Mustang Holiday Bazaar to be held at RHS on Saturday December 12 from 10am to 4pm.
Cost per booth is $35. Booth size is approx. 8ft x 5ft - Tables measuring 8ft x 3ft are available if required. Money raised from renting booth space will be used to support RHS ASB events.
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
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