Week of March 13, 2016 - Issue 30

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

Anne Balicki
Hello Evergreen Families -

It is at this point in the school year, after student registration is completed, that we start our planning for the next school year. 
It is our goal, as an administrative team with our Building Leadership Team, to continue to monitor and adjust to provide your students with the greatest middle school experience. We would like to include your feedback as part of this process so that the most important issues are addressed and that program adjustments are considered.
Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Rudolph and I highly value feedback from Evergreen parents. We know you have an insightful lens from the home front on your child's academic and social experiences. Below are possible areas of feedback to consider:
  • Is your child accessing extended learning opportunities for added rigor and challenge?
  • If your child has special learning needs, is your child able to access appropriate accommodations in the classroom setting?
  • Does your child feel we have a culture of kindness and inclusion?
  • Does your child feel safe while at school?
  • Does your child feel connected to Evergreen outside of the academic environment?
Any feedback you'd like to share can be e-mailed to me at: [email protected]. On behalf of Evergreen, thank you for your partnership. We are so appreciative of our exceptional parent community and look forward to continuing to work with you on your child's middle school experience.
Anne Balicki
Associate Principal | Evergreen Middle School
425.936.2320 | [email protected]
Student safety is our number one priority.  The drop off and pick up location at Dickinson Elementary was not safe for EMS students, so we made the decision to eliminate that as an option.
We recognize there are more cars concentrated in a smaller space and we ask parents to exercise patience and good judgment when dropping off or picking up your student at EMS.  To help alleviate some of the congestion,  we recommend you drop off 5-10 minutes earlier and pick up your student 5-10 minutes later.  Just these small adjustments in time will help alleviate much of the congestion.  We are working with the LWSD Facilities and Transportation Departments to identify additional remedies and solutions to our traffic congestion.  Please know we are solution-oriented and are looking for ways to remedy the situation.  We appreciate your patience as we work through these traffic challenges.

Student Expectations
As a result of our enrollment and growth, it is even more important for us to remind students about safety procedures and expectations.  Our hallways have more bodies in them than ever before and as a result, it is important for students to follow all of the Evergreen Expectations as written in our Student Handbook.  Students cannot wear hats or hoods when inside school for safety reason so we can identify students.  It is also a classroom expectation to create a conducive learning environment.  We do not allow bags or backpacks in the hallways or classrooms because of space.  With more bodies in the hallways, we need to create a safe flow for students to get between classes. 
We reviewed all of our policies and procedures with students in the Fall and there have been reminders throughout the school year as well.  Recently, we hosted grade-level presentations to remind all students about these expectations.
As a staff, we agreed to give students one additional week of reminders.  If your students wears a hat, hood, backpack, string bag, shoulder bag, etc., we will politely ask them to return to their locker and place it in there and only bring the necessary materials for that class.  
Starting on Monday, March 21, we will assign a behavioral consequence based on our progressive discipline policies.  As stated above, we have reviewed these policies recently with your student and we ask that you review the policies with them as well.  We want to maintain a safe environment for all our students throughout the year and it is important for us to maintain these expectations with your students.  Please let us know if you have any questions about these policies or procedures.
Robert Johnson
Evergreen Middle School

Tues., 3/15 - LWSD Middle School Orchestra Festival; 9am-1pm @ Redmond High Performing Arts Center
Wed., 3/16 - Redmond Region Band Concert, Part 1: 7-9pm @ Redmond High Performing Arts Center
Fri., 3/18 - EMS Play "Once Upon a Mattress" @ 7pm; Old Redmond Schoolhouse Auditorium
Sat., 3/19 - EMS Play "Once Upon a Mattress" @ 2pm & 7pm; Old Redmond Schoolhouse Auditorium

Hello from your counselors at Evergreen Middle School!  We hope that you are having a great second semester.  In this month's Counseling Corner we will discuss the idea of resilience and provide some tips for managing stress in a healthy way.

Because of the academic, social and developmental challenges that come along with adolescence, we all know that some stress is inevitable.  The key to thriving, rather than just surviving, during these tough times is learning to manage stress with healthy coping skills.  By building the strength to face adversity, our students become resilient and confident when facing obstacles.  To help build resilience, it is important to identify and develop internal and external supports.  Internal supports may include: a strong sense of self, self-confidence, and the belief that 'I can do this.'  External supports may include:  Family support, positive peer relationships, a strong sense of community, access to academic support, and access to emotional support when needed.  Once developed, these external and internal supports will help students persevere when challenges arise.  

Below are some techniques to help your student build both internal and external sources of support.
  • Encourage positive connections within your family and friends 
  • Focus on your student's daily accomplishments, focus on what they did well today!  
  • Help your student identify healthy coping skills (ex: listening to music or journaling) 
  • Talk about struggles as learning opportunities rather than failures 
  • Encourage your student to talk to their teachers and counselor about challenges in school 
  • No one is perfect! Let your student know that some stress is normal but you are there to support them during tough times. 
As your student moves through middle school and then onto high school, academic and social stress may increase.  It is a great time to start teaching and practicing healthy coping skills for stress with your student.  Here are some ideas for activities to try to help your student cope with stress.  
  • Help your student stay on top of their assignments by checking Haiku and Skyward 
  • Check your student's agenda and encourage them to write in it each day 
  • Check-in with your student each day about the highs and lows of their day 
  • Use a 1 to 10 scale to talk about their stress level, for example: 'I heard you say your stress level is at a 6 today, how can we move it to a 3?' 
  • Go for a walk or do an activity while you talk about their stress rather than sitting down. 
  • Help your student identify their own coping skills, everyone is different!  
For additional resources, please visit the Evergreen Counseling Haiku page or contact your student's counselor.  Thank you!
Sarah Parnell A-G
Christy Walter H-N
Denise Ozeri O-Z

The Princess and The Pea," you say...you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know that in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans.
46 EMS student have rehearsed for six weeks and are ready put on a fabulous show!
Friday, March 18 at 7pm, and Saturday, March 19, at 2 pm and 7 pm! Tickets are $9
Tickets can be purchased before and after school at the Cashier's window on Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18, for $9 each
The location of the show is The Old Redmond Schoolhouse, 16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, 98052
Looking forward to seeing you there!
The 2016 edition of the Evergreen Middle School Battle of the Books on Wednesday, March 2nd was another huge success.

The top two teams were the Page Turners and the Tome Raiders, and the members were...
Aditi Ekbote
Alice Hofsetz
Tejasree Kandibanda
Melena Orton
Neha Ramanath
Ishan Bansal
Siddanth Chari
Anish Pal
Anton Petushkov
Aaditya Prasad*
*This article has been corrected from last week to show that Aaditya Prasad was part of the Tome Raiders team.

February 1 - March 25
   VOLLEYBALL - 7th and 8th Grade Girls  
   WRESTLING - Boys and Girls
Please click on the links below for the current schedules.
The week of March 14-18 is Classified Staff Appreciation Week.  This honors all the staff that work with our kids (who are not the main teachers), including IA's, office staff, kitchen and maintenance workers and bus drivers.  We will be doing different things throughout the week.  

On Thursday, March 17, we will be inviting them to the Staff Appreciation Lunch so we are asking for help providing food for over 100 people.  We are also collecting donations to be able to give them each a small thank you gift. Please sign up to make a donation of food, time and/or money through the link below.

As always, thank you to everyone for your support of our wonderful Evergreen Staff. If you have any questions, please contact Allyson Cohen or Becky Vonderhaar.

Interested in joining the Evergreen Middle School PTSA Board of Directors next school year?  Below are the board positions, any of which can be done solo or with a partner.  If interested, please email Sabrina Schriner, Christie Denholm, and Allyson Cohen. Thanks!


VP Services
VP Ways and Means*
VP Communications

*Especially looking for VP Ways and Means (fundraising)
It's that time of year.....RHS Cheer tryouts are scheduled for the week of April 11th-15th after school!

If your son or daughter is interested - there is a mandatory parent meeting Tuesday, March 29th at 6:00pm in the RHS Library- you be given an overview of the cheer program and have the opportunity to get to ask any questions that you may have! At least one parent must attend. Tryout packets are available in the RHS Athletic Office.
If you have any questions before the meeting, please reach out Coach Cyndi via email at [email protected].
March 24
Parents of players, and especially parents of our incoming 9th grade players, are all invited to drop in to meet coaches, other parents, and learn about the upcoming season.
Drop in between 6:00 and 9:00 pm.
Rogers Residence
181 241st Place SE, Sammamish
Wolves Football Association (WFA)  704 - 228th Avenue NE, PMB 432 Sammamish, WA  98074
www.wolvesfootball.com | Twitter @wolvesfb.com | Instagram:  gowolvesfb

For current 8th grade students:
March 14th - RHS Auxiliary Gym - 7pm

Coach Rimkus will start the evening with information on the 2016 Redmond High School Football season followed by an open house for all parents to get current year questions answered
Topics of interest include:
  • Spring Football June dates, paperwork, and expectations
  • Summer Camp - the ultimate experience and best memory for almost all graduating players
  • Practice uniforms/Spirit gear
  • Booster Membership
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Team Dinners
  • Script (a way to raise money for your player to pay for football camp)
  • Texas Hold 'Em Dinner and Silent Auction
All families are expected to check in.
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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