EVERGREEN EAGLE EXPRESS
Week of February 7, 2016 - Issue 25


 
EVERGREEN MIDDLE SCHOOL  ǀ  6900 208TH Ave. NE, Redmond, WA 98053  ǀ  425-936-2320 

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE A
Hello Evergreen Families -

We hope this edition of the Eagle Express finds you well and enjoying your weekend with family and friends.  Perhaps you're a participant with the more than 1 billion people watching the Super Bowl today. And I'm sure security both at the Super Bowl and at EMS/all LWSD schools was a topic of conversation.  School ran very smoothly on Friday and students and staff were focused on learning.  School Resource Officer and King County Sherriff Tim McDonald and EMS Campus Security Monitor Dan Oda were out in front of the school most of the day.  While we didn't receive any threats such as those associated with Juanita High School and Redmond High School, we wanted parents, community, students, and staff to be aware we take EMS campus security very seriously and are vigilant in ensuring we have a safe learning environment for all stakeholders.  As a precautionary measure, we practice monthly safety drills to ensure we are ready if something were to occur.  Originally, we were scheduled to have a Fire Drill on Friday, February 5 but in light of the recent events, we chose to move that drill to Tuesday, February 10.  The weather forecast calls for warm and dry conditions and we feel this would be better received when people's anxiety around the events at Juanita HS and Redmond HS are not as heightened.   Thanks to everyone who sent positive well wishes for our vigilance and approach to your student's safety.
 
We know these events can raise questions or concerns for you or your student.  We encourage your student to talk with their counselor and you are always welcome to call or email our administrative team if you have questions.  We appreciate partnering with you and we are grateful to have a supportive, caring, and safe community in which to work and learn.
 
Thanks and take care and have a great day.
 
~Robert Johnson, Anne Balicki, and Katy Rudolph

The Evergreen Middle School Administrative Team
 
 

IMPORTANT DATES B

                      

Thurs., 2/11 - NO SCHOOL: Mid-Winter Break
 
Fri., 2/12 - NO SCHOOL: Mid-Winter Break
 
Mon., 2/15 - NO SCHOOL: President's Day
 
Thurs., 2/18 - EMS PTSA Board of Director's Meeting @ 9:30am

COUNSELING CORNER - FEBRUARYCC
HOW TO REVIEW 1ST SEMESTER REPORT CARDS WITH YOUR STUDENT *new*
Welcome to second semester! As many of you already know, 1st semester report cards will be mailed out during the week of February 8th.  For those of you who have been monitoring your student's grades through Skyward Parent Access, you may already know what grades they have received for first semester.   Some grades may lead you to feel excitement and pride, while others may result in disappointment or concern.  During this month's Counseling Corner we wanted to share some helpful suggestions for interpreting and discussing these grades with your student.
 
For those of you who are concerned about the grades that your student received for first semester, remember to begin the conversation with understanding and support.  Some great questions to ask might include:
  • What do you think you did well this semester?
  • What were your biggest challenges this semester?
  • What do you need to get back on track?
  • What can you do differently this semester to earn a higher grade?
  • How can I support you at home to help make this change possible?
When beginning this discussion with your student, stay calm and rational.  Remember, your student has done some good work this semester! It is so important to praise what they have done well in addition to noting what they need to improve.  Once you can pinpoint where they need more support, brainstorm some ideas about how they can improve this area during second semester.  For example, if they struggle with homework completion, you might implement a checklist system at home.  When you have come up with an idea you must commit to the change along with your student.  Modeling this commitment will help your student understand the importance of goal setting, deadlines and accountability.  Lastly, remember to celebrate all achievements, even the small ones!
 
Some additional supports that we offer at Evergreen Middle School include:
 
  • Homework Lunch (HOWL)
  • Homeroom
  • Meeting with teachers before/after school
If you have not logged onto Parent Access please follow the instructions on our website:
PARENT ACCESS
 
If you have any further questions or concerns you can always contact your student's counselor.
 
Thank you!
 
Sarah Parnell (A-G)
Christy Walter (H-N)
Denise Ozeri (O-Z)
 
(425) 936-2326
SCHOOL NEWS C
CONGRATULATIONS EVERGREEN! -- BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL COMPETITION WINNERS *new*
Team Members:
 
Team 1: Arpit Ranasaria (8th Grade), Mahathi Mangipudi (7th Grade), Maneesh Rajagopal (8th Grade), Sathvik Kakanuru (8th Grade), Vedantha Venkatapathy (8th Grade)
 
Team 2: Anish Pal (6th Grade), Rohan Iyer (6th Grade), Sai Vangala (8th Grade), Sanjay Burugapalli (8th Grade) & Suraj Dhulipalla (8th Grade)

 
Team #1 played well and were un-defeated champions at the regional championship event. The team will advance to compete at the National Championship event (Apr 28th - May 2nd ) in Washington, DC (http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/). The team won a trophy, individual awards and 'NSB 2016 Regional Champion' banner for the school.
 
Team #2 tied for the 5th place.
 
The teams worked hard through the winter break and continued their NSB prep along with school work, semester tests & other extracurricular activities. Amazing team work by both teams!

NSB is  a very prestigious National Level Science competition, with winners from regional competition winning a fully paid trip to Washington DC to participate in the National Competition. You can see pictures and read more about this competition below from the OregonLive.com website article: 
READ MORE

ONLINE PAYMENTS AT EMS
Need to make a payment for class fees, athletics, ASB membership or replacement card?  Rather than having your student stand in line during class or at lunch, you can pay the fees online via Parent Access.
  • Log onto www.LWSD.org or EMS school website
  • Click on "For Parents" on the Top of the Webpage
  • Log into "Parent Access" on the Right
  • Click on "Online Payments" on the upper right side of the page
  • Students' names will be listed. Click on each of your Students to see their account.
Please note, there is a $1.95 convenience fee for online transactions. 
LWSD HIGH SCHOOL GUIDE
Unable to make one of the high school parent info. nights?  Just want more information?
Click on the link below to visit the LWSD website.  Here you will find information to help your student prepare for high school, succeed in and graduate from high school, and ensure readiness for life after graduation.
                                                             

EVERGREEN ATHLETICS D


3RD SEASON SPORTS *updated*
 
February 1 - March 25
   VOLLEYBALL - 7th and 8th Grade Girls  
   WRESTLING - Boys and Girls

Sign ups for 3rd Season Sports are now closed.  Dates for volleyball meets and wresting matches against other middle schools will be posted soon.
                                                      

PTSA E
EMS MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
LUCKY LEAP YEAR:
GO FOR 29
BY FEBRUARY 29

Leap Year only happens once every four years. It's a rare opportunity with an extra day to do something exciting - like increase our PTA's membership! It's not too late to become an Evergreen Middle School PTSA Member. Just follow the link below and return the Membership form with your check to the Evergreen MS office.
 
Contact EMS PTSA Membership Chair, Deb Knaus with any questions [email protected]
EXTRACURRICULAR F
SUMMER COMPUTER PROGRAMMING COURSES *new*
Learn with Coding<4>Youth.  Early registration discount of 25% off by March 13, 2016 (for summer courses only)
Courses:
Level 1 (grades K-6) $195 -- Scratch, Minecraft, Mobile Apps, Web Design
Level 2 (grades 6-12) $375 -- Game Design with HTML, Intro to Java, Mobile Apps
Level 3 (grades 8-12) $750 -- AP Java Review, C++, Python
WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT EASTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL?
Join us in helping make EHS the best school in the district for our students. Our Nominating Committee is working on filling PTSA Board positions for next year. This is a great way to get involved, see what your kid(s) are up to, and contribute to our Eastlake community. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Sarah Frankum or Megan Bigbee.

Open Elected Positions:

Co-President

VP Ways and Means (one or two positions)

VP Membership (one or two positions)


Open Appointed Positions:

Graduation Programs

Holiday Bazaar

Community Liaison Co-chair

Website (we'd like to have this person begin shadowing this position as soon as possible)
 

LEARN TO CODE
Wed. Feb. 10, 17, and 24th, 2-3:30pm @ Redmond Library
Presented by DigiPen, this 3-week workshop for grades 1-8 will teach the basics of how to build a video game using Kodu. 
Registration is limited and begins January 23.

Please be available to attend all 3 Wednesday sessions.

 

Questions?  Contact Stephanie Zero, Teen Services Librarian or Jenn Carter, Children's Librarian. 



REDMOND LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Redmond Library offers many programs throughout the year that may be of interest to your family.  Click on any title below for more information.

Harry Potter Reading Club (One Wed. a month at 4pm); next meeting on Feb. 10

Teen Book Club (2nd Thurs. of each month from 4-5pm); next meeting on Feb. 11

Young Author's Club (3rd Thurs. of each month from 4-5:30pm); next meeting on Feb. 18

Community Discovery Day (1st Wed. of each month from 3-5pm); next meeting on Mar. 2

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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