Week of June 12, 2016 - Issue 42

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

Hello Evergreen Families -

This is the last Eagle Express of the year and it is with many mixed emotions that we say goodbye to beloved EMS staff members.  After faithfully serving our school and community, some for many years and others for just a short stint, there will be some significant staffing changes at Evergreen next year.  We are changing Associate Principals, our Office Manager, core teachers, and an elective teacher.  All of them have had a significant impact and contribution to the culture and community at Evergreen Middle School.  We are extremely grateful to them for the impact they've made on our school and the impression they've made on students' academic careers.  We remind staff that they have the opportunity to positively change a student's trajectory and each of them have made a significant difference in the lives of many young people.  
As a former English teacher, I love extended metaphors and one that we gave to all staff at the start of the year was the Ripple Effect.  Each one of us on any given day have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of young people around us, thus creating a Ripple Effect.  We gave each staff member a small rock as a token and to signify that at any moment they could make a positive difference in a young person's life.  There have been many ripples made at Evergreen over the years and in some cases they act more like waves and tsunamis than small ripples.  But nonetheless, the ripple extends outward and sometimes we never know how impactful our actions can be.  We are grateful to all our staff, those who are leaving and those who are returning, for the positive impact they have made in students' lives.  They have effected a positive Ripple that will extend beyond Evergreen's walls and will change students' trajectories forever.
Thank you for all your support this year as we partnered in your student's growth and maturation.  They had a wonderful year and we are proud of all they accomplished.  We are excited to celebrate it with them on Tuesday afternoon with our Yearbook Signing and Wednesday during our All-School Assembly.  Your students have come so far in so many ways and they are ready for the next step in their academic journey.  We encourage you to celebrate their year with them during the coming days and weeks.  And we wish you many days of rest and relaxation before we start again next year.  We look forward to the summer and all that it will bring, and we look forward to the fall with eager anticipation and excitement when we get to take the next steps with your student.  For those of you moving on to high school or other schools, thank you for an amazing journey with your student.  For those of you returning to EMS in the fall, we look forward to seeing you again in a few short months.
Thank you again for everything you do for our school.  We sincerely appreciate all of your efforts.
Wishing you all our best for a restful and relaxing summer vacation,

Robert Johnson
Evergreen Middle School

Mon., 6/13 - Locker Clean-Out
Tues., 6/14 - Yearbook Signing; 1:00-2:30pm
Wed., 6/15 - Half-Day: Last Day of School; Morning End-of-Year Recognition Assembly
Thurs., 8/25 - 6th Grade Orientation; 9-11am
Mon., 9/5 - NO SCHOOL: Labor Day
Tues., 9/6 - First Day of School


Community meetings are scheduled concerning the two new elementary schools and one new middle school in the Redmond area.
A meeting on the new middle and elementary schools in Redmond Ridge will take place at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Monday, June 13, from 6-8 p.m.
A meeting on the new elementary school in North Redmond will take place at Redmond High School on Tuesday, June 14 from 6-8 p.m.
Click below for more information.
The school year is almost over, so it is the time for the 1st ever Evergreen USED School Supply Drive to benefit Issaquah Food Bank, Hopelink and Sister Schools Charity*.  Boxes will be out in front of the library from June 13-15.  We will be collecting USED and NEW pencils, markers, notebooks, binder paper, binders, pencil pouches, rulers, lunchboxes and backpacks. ANYTHING you use in the classroom can be re-used!!   It is always helpful to put your donations in a ziploc bags, preferably sorted.  New pencils/pens and used markers go to Issaquah Food bank/Hopelink.  The remaining items will go to Uganda, Africa. 
Please consider donating- IT IS SUPER EASY!  Feel free to bring in any extra supplies you may have at home.  Questions?  Please contact Suzanne Lynch, [email protected]
*SistersSchools.org.  Sister Schools partners schools in Western Washington with schools and orphanages in Uganda, East Africa to provide school supplies to poor children.


Lost and Found is brimming with a variety of items. Please remind your student to check the lost and found cabinet in the corner of the commons. Items not claimed will be donated to the Hope Festival the end of June.

4th season sports ended on Friday, June 3rd. 
Have a wonderful summer break
and remember to stay active!


Attention all parents who are looking for a way to get involved and make a difference... The EMS PTSA has numerous openings for Committee Chair positions for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. All these openings do NOT require you to attend monthly PTSA Board Meetings (although you are always welcomed to attend). And most of these positions allow you to work at home at your convenience.
PTA Reflections Program - Without a chair this program will not be offered to EMS students. We need someone to attend a September Reflections Orientation Meeting where you'll learn what is required and what resources are available. Some of this chair's responsibilities will be to establish a timeline, promote the program, communicate with school/students/parents, collect and submit applications and entries, arrange for judging and keep records. Please contact Kelley Kwoka ([email protected]) if you are interested.
For the following Committees please contact Cherene Dodge ([email protected]) or Patricia Holcomb ([email protected])  if you are interested.
ASB Fundraiser
Health Room
Office Copy Room Volunteers
Social Events Chair
Vision/Hearing Screening


Another big "THANK YOU" to all of our parent volunteers who helped with SBA testing, laptop check-in, or have signed up to help with yearbook handout on Tuesday.  Our school is fortunate to have had so many wonderful volunteers this year.  We appreciate all of you so much!!
 SBA Volunteers:
Allyson Cohen
Michele Boal
Branda Andrade
Norain Jawad
Chitra Srikumar
Pushpa Sihania
Cindy Deffe
Sara Carroll
Dganit Zangi
Shalini Kaistha
Jeanette Cadman
Shanthi Balakrishnan
Kara Bond
Sindu S.
Lise Folting
Surekha Burugapalli
Laptop Check-In Volunteers:
Branda Andrade
Michele Boal
Cherene Dodge
Monica Spillers
Cindy Deffe
Robyn Ashton
Diana Brown
Sara Carroll
Heather Snow
Sindhu S.
Jeanne Krumperman
Sunanda Aturi
Jenay Hanson
Suzanne Lynch
Jerry Ann Deddo
Tina Heath
Marcia Stann


Yearbook Handout Volunteers:


Beth Fazio
Kari Perry
Cherene Dodge
Kelli Landers
Claire Guest
Kendra Valentine
Deb Zimmerman
Lisa Stillwell
Deepti Pandey
Marcia Stann
Geetika Sheokand
Michele Boal
Heather Snow
Norain Jawad
Jerry Ann Deddo
Tina Heath
Kara Bond


Just a reminder to match those PTSA donations and volunteer hours if your employer participates in such a program.  Microsoft Corp. does their matching through Benevity.  For other companies, please inquire at your place of employment. 
Please put down Evergreen Middle School PTSA in Redmond, WA (there are other EMS PTSA's out there!) as the organization you wish to receive these matching benefits.  Thank you!


The EMS PTSA has put your donations to good use in many ways over the school year.  Below are just a few of the items that the PTSA has agreed to contribute to from our last meeting:
  • New sound system for the gym (coming this summer!)
  • New presentation station and table in the library
  • Assemblies
  • Espresso machine for the Special Education department to teach students how to handle money as well as learn an employable skill
  • Lord of the Flies books for 8th grade
  • Pizza for the after school tutoring program
  • Food and supplies for the Home Economics classes
  • Extra "Battle of the Books" books for the library
2016-2017 EMS PTSA
At our General Membership meeting on Thursday, June 9, the following people were voted to be on the EMS PTSA Board for the 2016-2017 school year.

Stephanie Hajicek
Wei Tao
Irene Dong
Heather Snow
Co-VP Services
Patricia Holcomb
Cherene Dodge
Co-VP Enrichment
Sabrina Schriner
Kelley Kwoka
VP Ways and Means
Heather Sarmast
VP Communications
Diana Brown
VP Legislation
Gregory Kovsky

Evergreen Middle School received the 2015-2016 WSPTA Seedling Award.  Recipients are those local PTA's whose reported membership total equals 50-74% of student enrollment.  For others in WA State who received this award, click below.
Middle and high school students are invited to make international friends and build their cross-cultural communication and leadership skills on the UW campus this summer! This program is coordinated by FIUTS (Foundation for International Understanding Through Students) and is open to local and international participants.
The FIUTS Seattle Language and Culture Institute welcomes middle and high school students from the U.S. and around the world to Seattle. Participants from the Seattle area spend each morning in workshops focused on cultural competency and global leadership; international students spend the morning in an English language class. In the afternoons, FIUTS staff lead the whole group on guided trips to locations around the Seattle area for fun and educational excursions.
2016 Seattle Language and Culture Institute Dates:
Seattle-area Participants: July 11, 2016 - July 29, 2016 (Day Camp)

Contact [email protected] with questions.
Additional details and registration forms are available at www.fiuts.org/slci or click below.

Click on the titles of the programs below for more information.

June 1-Aug. 31

Wednesdays, 2-3:30pm
June 22, 29, July 6, 13, & 20

Saturdays, 10-11:30am
July 23 & 30

Sundays, 2-3:30pm
Aug. 6 & 13
Sat., June 25; 1-4pm

Thurs., June 30; 1-5pm

Redmond West Little League is now registering boys and girls ages 4-13 for the summer.  No previous experience necessary.
Register now through July 12th.
Season runs July 18th-Aug. 19th.
Weeknight practice followed by games 5:30-8:00pm.
Go to RedWestLL.org or click below for more information.


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Director of Human Resources
16250 NE 74th Street
Redmond, Washington, 98052
(425) 936-1266


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