Week of April 10, 2016 - Issue 33

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

Hello Evergreen Families, 

We hope you had a restful and relaxing Spring Break and were able to unplug yet recharge. April is nearly half over and the school year is now three quarters complete.  When we think about the growth,  maturation,  knowledge, and skills your student has acquired,  it's amazing to see their growth since September. As we visit classrooms and talk with students throughout the day and at lunch, we see competent and articulate students, growing in stature and confidence.

We look forward to the remaining nine weeks of school and celebrating all the successes your student has achieved.  We will be celebrating many of those successes and sharing about the wonderful things going on at Evergreen with the LWSD School Board next Monday, April 18 at 7:00pm in the Board Room.  We know students have grown academically,  behaviorally, socially,  and emotionally and we will be showcasing how we support students and individualizing the learning experience for all our Eagles. All are welcome to join us.

There will be many more learning experiences during these remaining nine weeks and we look forward to all of the opportunities ahead of us.  As always, please let us know how we can best support your student as they grow and mature as Eagles.

Wishing you all our best for a great finish ahead,

Robert Johnson
Evergreen Middle School

Thurs., 4/14 - EMS PTSA General Membership Meeting; 9:30am @ EMS
Mon., 4/18 - 1st Day of 4th Season Sports
Mon., 4/18 - LWSD Board Meeting; 7pm @ LWSD Resource Center (Redmond Town Center)
Wed., 4/20 - Last Day 4th Season Sports Paperwork Accepted

Hello Evergreen Families! 

Welcome to our last quarter of the school year!  We hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing spring break.  This month's counseling corner will focus on understanding stress and learning healthy ways to manage it.  Based on our school wide needs survey from the beginning of the year, we know that stress and grades are two of the things that our students worry about the most.  To help students learn about managing stress, the counselors will be visiting all 6th and 7th grade science classrooms and discussing the definition of stress, the positive and negatives aspects of stress, healthy coping skills, and how to identify a support system.  We encourage you to discuss this topic with your student and we have provided some questions and ideas for some coping skills below. 
To begin a conversation about stress and anxiety with your student try asking some of the following questions:

* What does stress mean to you?
* What are the things that cause you stress? (homework, friends, grades, tests)
* What can be good about stress? (It helps motivate you)
* What can be bad about stress? (It can worsen your performance or cause health issues)
* What does stress feel like?
After identifying the feeling, discussing the effects of stress, and labeling some of the triggers for your student's stress, try to help them identify some healthy coping skills.  Some great ideas that we heard in our classroom discussions include:

* Listening to music
* Making a 'To-Do' list 
* Taking a break and going outside
* Having a snack
* Taking a nap

In addition to these coping skills, the counselors practiced some relaxation and breathing exercises with the students during these presentations.  One of the exercises is called 'Square Breathing' and the directions are listed below.

'Sit comfortably and close your eyes.  Breathe in through your nose for a count of four and hold your breath without straining.  Continue holding your breath for a count of four and then slowly exhale through your mouth for four counts.  Hold the air out for a count of four and repeat the pattern four times or as many as needed.'

For other relaxation exercises and more information about supporting your student please visit the Evergreen Counseling Haiku page.  If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to reach out to your student's counselor.  Thank you!
Sarah Parnell A-G
Christy Walter H-N
Denise Ozeri O-Z
LWSD 2016 BOND MEASURE *updated*
The April 26 bond measure will address the district's most urgent needs concerning overcrowding and aging facilities. Learn more about the district's Bond to Reduce Overcrowding and Enhance Student Learning Environments.
New on the LWSD site: the Bond Blog, answering questions about the bond measure. 
You can also get more information on the specific projects the bonds would fund by clicking on the link below.

April 18 - June 3



Boys & Girls






6th Grade Boys



6th Grade Girls

4th season sports run April 18th - June 3rd.  To be eligible for the first practice, which is Monday April 18th, students must be cleared by Thursday April 14th. Paperwork and registration will not be accepted after Wednesday, April 20th.
*Important note: Even if a student has played a sport earlier this school year, they still need to check in with Ms. Nilsen and let her know they intend on participating in 4th season sports. Doing this allows Ms. Nilsen to compile an accurate roster for coaches.

The next General Board Meeting for the EMS PTSA is on Thursday, April 14, 2016.  Please join us at 9:30am at EMS as we vote in next year's board members and also on whether or not, as a PTSA, to support the LWSD 2016 Bond measure.

4 Saturdays (4/16, 4/23, 5/14, 5/21) from 9:30am-2pm @ Nikola Tesla STEM High School; for middle school girls
STEMReach invites middle school girls to be mentored by LWSD High School girls.  Older students will pass on their experiences and sense of discovery and flexibility to younger students. Hands-on projects and team-building activities will foster this sense of fun and learning.
Dates and topics:
* 4/16 micro:bit
* 4/23 Arduino
* 5/14 Minecraft
* 5/21 Python programming with a culminating celebration on 5/21 for families.

Sessions start at 9:30am and go until 2pm. Students should bring their own lunch.
Please go to STEM PTSA website to register your middle school girl.
Tuesdays (4/19, 5/24, 5/31); 7pm @ Kirkland Library
Presented by Milan, a Tesla High student and volunteer with the Gates Foundation.  Please register @ www.stemforfun.org.

Physics of Fun: Roller Coasters
Tuesday, April 19, 7pm (Ages 8 to 14)
Design and create a roller coaster using simple physics to create a hair-raising experience!

CSI Seattle
Tuesday, May 24, 7pm (Ages 10 to 14)
Investigate a crime scene using forensic science, DNA sampling, and fingerprint analysis!

Grossology: The science of gross things
Tuesday, May 31, 7pm (Ages 8 to 14)
We've rounded up our favorite gross science experiments!
Get fascinated with Icky, Creepy, and Just Plain Gross experiments.

Thursday, April 28; 7pm @ Redmond Library
Don't be caught unprepared if an emergency happens. Learn what essential items you should have and where they should be stored.  Presented in collaboration with EvergreenHealth.

Sat., April 16; 10:30am-5pm @ Mobius Hall UW Bothell/Cascadia College
This free event is for girls and women in middle school, high school, college and beyond.  Career Day features high-profile keynote speakers, interactive workshops and career development activities that will help you set and meet goals for your future!
See the flyer or click on the link below to learn more and register.
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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