EVERGREEN EAGLE EXPRESS
Week of February 21, 2016 - Issue 27

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

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGEA
Hello Evergreen Families -

We have had an amazing February and we look forward to the last full week as well.  We strive to create a warm, welcoming, caring and conducive learning environment at Evergreen and last week was no exception.  To highlight a few key events that give a glimpse into how we help shape climate and culture, we hosted a spirit week, and it was fantastic to see so many students and staff dressed up as tacky tourists or in comfy cozy clothes.  In addition, counselors and administrators frequently form a high-5 line during passing periods and students come down the row high-5ing each one of us.  We also hosted a lunch jam on Friday and had music playing at all three lunches.  Students were all smiles as they sang along to some of their favorite songs and a few even engaged in some light dancing.  Another way we focus on building connections to Evergreen is through our student clubs.  To give a glimpse in to a few of our clubs, our Multicultural Club created a display of prominent African Americans who have shaped our history in celebration of Black History Month.  Our Science Club is learning physics and building trebuchets while also competing in regional and national competitions.  And our Environmental Club is busily composting lunch waste to reduce the impact on our landfills.
 
All of these activities and others give students an opportunity to feel connected to Evergreen and make a positive impact in our school.  Although smiles can be a quantifiable data point on which we could collect data in the future, we are qualitatively collecting data and we see smiles all around us.  Disneyland may claim to be the "Happiest Place on Earth" but I would contend that Evergreen is. Evergreen is focused on building a positive culture and climate for our students and staff, and these were just a few highlights this past week that focused on how we create a positive climate and culture.
 
We appreciate all your support and we look forward to the remaining four months of the school year.  As always, please let us know how we can best support your student academically, socially, emotionally, or behaviorally.

Wishing you all our best for a great week ahead,

Robert Johnson

Principal
Evergreen Middle School
425.936.2320

IMPORTANT DATESB
                      
Thurs., 2/25 - LWSD Middle School Math Adoption Parent & Community Information Night @ 6pm in FHMS Commons
 
Mon., 2/29 - LWSD Middle School Math Adoption Parent & Community Information Night @ 6pm in IMS Commons

Tues., 3/1 - LWSD Middle School Math Adoption Parent & Community Information Night @ 6pm in RHMS Commons

Wed., 3/2 - LWSD Middle School Math Adoption Parent & Community Information Night @ 6pm in RMS Commons
 
Fri., 3/11 - NO SCHOOL:  LEAP Day

SCHOOL NEWSC
ARE YOU SIGNED UP TO GET TEXT MESSAGES IN AN EMERGENCY? *new*
In a true emergency, such as a fire or earthquake, the district or school may need to get to parents quickly.  Check out FlashAlert.net for more information or to sign up.
LWSD MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH ADOPTION PARENT & COMMUNITY INFO NIGHTS *new*
Four middle school math programs being considered for adoption will be shared. Parents and community members will have an opportunity to provide feedback on each.


All of the meetings are scheduled for 6-7pm in the Commons of the following schools:

Thurs., 2/25 - Finn Hill Middle School
Mon., 2/29 - Inglewood Middle School
Tues., 3/1 - Rose Hill Middle School
Wed., 3/2 - Redmond Middle School 
LWSD 2016 BOND MEASURE
The April 26 bond measure will address the district's most urgent needs concerning overcrowding and aging facilities. Learn more in the new bond section of the LWSD website.  There, you will also find the "Let's Talk" section where you can type in your questions or comments and expect to hear back from a LWSD employee.
EVERGREEN ATHLETICSD


3RD SEASON SPORTS *revised*
 
February 1 - March 25
   VOLLEYBALL - 7th and 8th Grade Girls  
   WRESTLING - Boys and Girls
PTSAE
EMS PTSA MEMBERSHIP REACHES GOLD! *new*
Congratulations to our EMS PTSA for a 10% increase of the previous year's final paid membership number enrolled by January 25th!

If you haven't joined already, consider partnering with us.  A 20% increase of last year's membership by March 30th will give us a platinum award! 
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]
EXTRACURRICULARF
COSPLAY @ REDMOND LIBRARY *new*
Saturday, Feb. 27, 1-3pm for grades 6-12

Get ready for Sakura-Con in March! Hang out with fellow cosplay peeps, dress in cosplay, watch anime, and do fun stuff!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Redmond Library.
 
Questions? Contact Stephanie Zero, Teen Services Librarian, Redmond Library, [email protected].

WASHINGTON AUTISM ALLIANCE & ADVOCACY:  GIFT OF TIME -- RESPITE & RECREATION
Saturday, March 12; 11am-3pm @ Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland -- Must RSVP by 3/1/16
 
The Gift of Time respite program strengthens families with teens & tweens, age 11 - 18 with autism by giving the parents or caregivers a much needed break and youth a fun day of recreation and socialization.  Click below to learn more.
IDEA: BLUEPRINT TO SPECIAL EDUCATION *new*
Also at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church on 3/12 from 9:30am-3:30pm, there will be a full day workshop that explains special education law and the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, presented by prominent local special education attorneys.  To register, visit www.WashingtonAutismAdvocacy.org.
SUMMER COMPUTER PROGRAMMING COURSES
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
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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