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EVERGREEN EAGLE EXPRESS
Week of August 28, 2016 - Issue 3

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

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGEA
Hello Evergreen Families -

It was great to see so many smiling faces last Thursday during our Student Orientation.  I get more and more excited each day I see students in the building because that means school is just around the corner. We were excited to share with you all of the information you and your student can anticipate on the first day of school as well as some things to anticipate throughout the year.  We were also excited to showcase our new sound system and appreciate all of our parent support in helping us fundraise and purchase the sound system.  If you did not attend last Thursday's presentation, you can find it on our school website under the Announcements tab and also under the For Parents tab.
 
This is a big week for our staff as we welcome everyone back on Monday morning to share the vision, direction, and work for the year.  We will showcase more of the vision and work to parents during our Curriculum Night presentation on Tuesday, September 20 but we wanted to share with you some of the quick highlights and themes for the year.  Our school and district's vision and mission is to be future ready and it is our job to prepare them for the next step in their academic journey.  We look at the whole child and how we can support them behaviorally, academically, socially, and emotionally.  We collaborate on Professional Learning Community teams and answer four critical questions: 1. What do we want students to know and be able to do? 2. How will we know when they've learned it? 3. What will we do if they don't learn it? And 4. What will we do if they already know it?  We know that every student learns in their own unique way which is why we differentiate the learning to meet their individual needs.  We also know that school takes a lot of hard work, grit, determination, and perseverance.  We talk with students about grit and growth mindset and the importance of persevering through difficult challenges.  We like to use the work yet with students and let them know they're not supposed to know everything already.  If/when they say, "I don't know this/I can't do this" we just add on the word yet and share with them that it's our job as educators, parents, and community to support them in their learning.  We will help them learning everything they need to know to be future ready and prepare them for the next step in their academic journey.
 
We are excited to embark on another year of learning with your students, and our staff is eagerly anticipating the first day of school.
 
As always, please reach out to administrators, counselors, teachers, and staff to let us know how we can best support your student in their learning this year.
 
Thanks and take care and we will see you on Tuesday, September 6.
 
Sincerely,


Robert Johnson
 
Principal
Evergreen Middle School

IMPORTANT DATESB
                         
Mon., 9/5 - NO SCHOOL: Labor Day
 
Tues., 9/6 - First Day of School; 8am-2:30pm for 6th graders; 10:30am-2:30pm for 7th & 8th graders
 
Wed., 9/7 - Full Day of School; 8am-2:30pm
 
Fri., 9/9 - EMS Picture Day
 
Fri., 9/9 - 1st Season Sports Forms & Fees Due
 
Mon., 9/12 - 1st Season Sports Begin
 
Tues., 9/13 - Laptop Check-Out
 
Wed., 9/14 - 1.5 Hour Wed. Early Release Schedule Begins (out @ 1pm)
 
Thurs., 9/15 - Welcome Back Tea 9:30am in the EMS Library; EMS PTSA General Membership meeting to follow from 10:30am-noon
 
Tues., 9/20 - EMS Curriculum Night @ 6:35pm in the Fieldhouse (gym), 7:05pm in the classrooms

SCHOOL NEWSC
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY *new*

Lifetouch Photography will be at EMS for School Picture Day on Friday, Sept. 9th.  You may pre-order your photos by going to www.mylifetouch.com and putting in our Picture Day ID #: LS116706Q0

Even if you choose not to buy photos, your student's picture will still be taken for the yearbook and ASB/ID card.
 
Your pre-ordered photos will arrive 2-3 weeks after Picture Day.  If you do not pre-order, proof sheets will also arrive at that time and you can choose to order then.
STUDENT ASB/ID CARDS *new*

Student ASB/ID cards will be given out during the second week of school for those who take a picture on Picture Day.  Temporary paper ID cards will be given out before that.

*Please note: If you pay for your ASB membership before Picture Day, the ASB seal will be printed on your student's ID card rather than put on with a sticker later.  ASB membership is required to participate in school sports or clubs and can be paid for online through Parent Access. 
 
VOLUNTEER BADGES *new*

For parents and others who plan to volunteer at EMS, free volunteer badges will be made if you come to the EMS Library between 7:45am and 2pm on Picture Day (Friday, Sept. 9th) and have your picture taken.  Your badges will be available that same day.  With a volunteer badge, you must still sign in at the office every time you come to the school to help out.  The volunteer badge simply replaces the visitor sticker you wear.
ARE YOU AN APPROVED LWSD VOLUNTEER?
*new*
For all volunteer opportunities, please make sure you are an approved LWSD volunteer before signing up.  You can check on your volunteer status by signing into Parent Access, checking under "Volunteer Application" and seeing when you were last approved.  (Volunteer approvals are good for 2 years.)  For further help and information, please click below.
RIDING THE BUS? *new*
On Thursday (8/25), LWSD's transportation department mailed out postcards to all families whose student(s) will ride the school bus. Watch for them in your mailbox soon.
 
The buses will run at the regular time to pick up 6th graders on the first day of school and 2 1/2 hours later for 7th and 8th graders who will start at 10:30am on that day only.  Everyone will come home at the regular time. 
 
Questions about buses? Contact the transportation department at 425-936-1120 or view the bus route schedules below through the district website.

HAVE YOU BOUGHT THESE ITEMS YET? *new* 

The following school items can be paid online with a credit card through Parent Access:
  • ASB Membership - $25 Current school year membership only. Membership is required for sports and clubs.
  • 1st Season Athletics Fee - $75  Girls badminton, boys tennis, or boys and girls cross country
  • Eagle Pride Dance Pass - $10  New this year, the dance pass is the way to get your name on the dance lists without having to wait in line!  Just pick up your wristband at lunch on dance days.  Good for up to all 3 dances.
  • Math Club - $25 Yearly membership fee for this after school club.
  • Science Club - $25 Yearly membership fee for this after school club.
  • Yearbook - $30  Will be available the last week of school but the deadline for ordering is usually in December.
*Coming Soon*: P.E./Fitness Shirts - $6  At least one per student is required for use in all P.E. classes.
 
The items above can also be paid with cash or check during cashier hours at EMS.  If paying through Parent Access, please click the Online Payments link on the right once you login.
ONLINE STUDENT INFORMATION VERIFICATION
 
To ensure accurate information for your student, please review, update, and verify student and emergency information before school begins on September 6. To do this, login to Parent Access and click on Skyward Family Access under "For All Parents" on the right. Then click on the Online Student Information Verification button. 
 MAKE SURE YOU CAN BE REACHED IN AN EMERGENCY: COMPLETE THE SKYLERT
 PROCESS 
Through Skylert, you control how we contact you for emergencies, attendance calls, food service balance notifications, and other communications. Login to Parent Access and click on Skyward Family Access under "For All Parents" on the right, then click on the Skylert button to see the phone numbers, email addresses, and text message numbers on file for your family. Select the different check boxes to indicate how you want to be contacted for each message type.  

EVERGREEN ATHLETICSD
INTERMURAL SPORTS AT EMS *updated*
Season 1 Sports: Sept. 12 - Oct. 27

Girls Badminton
Boys & Girls Cross Country
Boys Tennis

* New This Year! *  
Students will not be able to participate or attend practice until they present a clearance card to the coach. Students are given a clearance card when the following items have been received by the school:

- Sports Physical Form

- Emergency Contact Form

- Sports Payment Fee

- Purchase of ASB Card

***In order to participate in first season sports, all forms and fees must be submitted by September 9th.***

COME OUT FOR CROSS COUNTRY! *new*

 
Cross Country IS a TEAM where the INDIVIDUAL scores count.
Cross Country IS an INDIVIDUAL sport with strong TEAM support!
Come and be a part of our growing success! 
We RUN 2 miles through dirt, grass, woods, and RARELY on pavement.
All you need are some good Running Shoes...and Guts.
 
Click button below for more information.

Questions? See Coach Peterson ([email protected]/Music) or Coach Gibson ([email protected]/room 130
)
 
PTSAE
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - PICTURE DAY *new*

In order to get all 1100+ students and staff pictures taken in just one day, we need lots of help!  Please join us on Friday, Sept. 9th if you can help from either 7:45-11:15am or 11:15am-2:45pm

For other current volunteer opportunities, please visit our EMS PTSA website.  Click on "PTSA" on the left and then "Volunteers".

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS! *new*

Thank you to the following volunteers who spent a couple of hours after student orientation on Thursday, August 25th, putting together and stapling the back-to-school packets that will go home with your students the first week of school:

Allyson Cohen
Heather Snow
Cindy Deffe
Irene Dong
Deb Knaus
Stephanie Hajicek
Diana Brown
Wei Tao
Heather Sarmast

2016-2017 MEMBER BENEFITS & DISCOUNTS FOR JOINING THE PTSA *new*


By becoming a Washington State PTA member, you are entitled to discounts from the following places:

Barnes & Noble
Silverwood Theme Park
Birch Bay Waterslides
Seattle Storm Nights
FedEx Office
Ticket Monster Perks
Great Wolf Lodge
Washington State Fair - Puyallup
KeyArena/McCaw Hall
Wild Waves
LeMay-AMERICA'S CAR MUSEUMŽ
Xfinity Arena at Everett 
Orlando Employee Discounts


The resources on this page are available exclusively for Washington State PTA members.      
 
Click here for member benefits and discount codes:
PAY FOR PTSA MEMBERSHIP, EPREP, AND DONATIONS ONLINE

You can now pay all of your PTSA items online at www.evergreenptsa.org with no transaction fees!  These include:

(Click on the title of each item above to learn more.  All payment links on the website are now working so you can pay with a credit card.  If you tried earlier and it said to send in a check, please try again.  Thanks!)

 

Evergreen MS PTSA is your link between parents, administration, students, and our community at Evergreen. We support our staff and students through Grants, Educational Programs, and Staff support. Please join, donate, and volunteer to support us!
JOIN THE EMS PTSA FACEBOOK PAGE

 
EMS PTSA invites you to join our discussion on Facebook.  Click below for up-to-date notices about school activities and communicate with other Evergreen families.

EXTRACURRICULARF
REDMOND SELECT BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS *new*
 
Sept. 20th & 25th
Redmond High School Gym
4th through 8th grade boys welcome
90 min. tryout per grade level
Players should attend both sessions
Pre-registration required

Learn more and register today

CODING <4> YOUTH *new*

Online, instructor-led computer programming courses. Must have internet access.  Any modern computer with a webcam and headphone would work (Windows/Mac).  Students to instructor ratio is 2:1.

All classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays during afternoons and evenings.  Click on flyer link below for exact times, prices and how to register.
  
Level 1: Grade K-8th
-Animation Design with Scratch
-Minecraft Game Design
-Web Design
-Mobile Apps Design

Level 2: Grade 5-12th
-Web Game Design with JavaScript
-Intro. to Java Game Programming
-Intermediate Java Game Project

Level 3: Grade 8-12th
-Advanced Java
-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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