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The Eagle Express: Brought to You by EMS PTSA. Every child. One voice.
May 22, 2022
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NO SCHOOL for students
this Friday, May 27
and next Monday, May 30
* EMS Open House Update
* Volunteer Appreciation Event
* 8th Grade T-Shirt Orders Due NOW



Mark Your Calendars for Our Open House!

EMS & EMS PTSA OPEN HOUSE: Tuesday, June 7 from 6:30 to 8:40 PM. Evergreen Music Student Performances: Ensemble mini-concerts every 20 minutes starting at 7 pm and small groups playing throughout campus. PTSA Clubs Showcase: Robotics demos, chess matches, and Math, Science & Coding Club Highlights. EMS Electives Showcase: Art & wood shop exhibits and musical instrument demos. Food Trucks: Philly This (Cheesesteak), El Gran Taco (Mexican), and dessert. Join us for this celebration of our Evergreen Middle School community! Current & incoming EMS families welcome!

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RSVP for Our Volunteer Appreciation Event

Evergreen PTSA would like to say, "Thank you, Volunteers!" Volunteers, please join us for coffee and doughnuts on Tuesday, June 14 immediately after drop-off, so we can thank you in person for your contributions to our school community! TUESDAY, JUNE 14, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM, outside the main entrance to the school. RSVP at or click this image to go to the RSVP page.

Congratulations, Evergreen Robotics!

VEX Robotics World Championship 2022We are so incredibly proud of all of our EMS PTSA Robotics students who competed May 8–10 at the 2022 VEX IQ World Championship in Dallas, Texas. Every competing team brought home at least one award! As is tradition, when one team wins the Excellence Award at VEX World, the entire organization is recognized as the recipient. This year, EMS PTSA Robotics Club was immensely honored to receive this, the highest award given in the VEX Robotics Middle School program!

47C (Brooke Lin, Winston Chou, Maddie Tsai, Grace Zheng): Excellence Award, Teamwork Division 2nd Place Award; 47D (Alex Chen, Gary Fu, Leo Wang): Teamwork Division 2nd Place Award; 47J (Anika Bhadra, Akshara Kundojjala, Siyona Kane, Sushruth Kanumuri): Amaze Award; 47R (Ananya Akurathi, Emily He, Medhya Padmanabhuni): Build Award; 47T (Ishaan Agarwal, Aaptha Bhat, Madhav Ganapathy, Karthik Nanduri): Amaze Award; 47X (Sam Ezhilarasan, Gaurav Godse, Hartej Singh, Andy Wang): Teamwork Division 3rd Place Award

Congratulations to all of our hard-working, talented and inspirational competitors! Watch our students being honored with the Excellence Award:

Seeking PTSA Club Chairs for '22–'23

EMS PTSA Now Seeking 2022-2023 EMS Club Chairs. Contact us at  Theater Producer(s): Oversees all program activities, which includes chaperoning rehearsals, handling costumes & props, ticket sales, cast parties, etc. Reflections Program. Creative Writing Club: In production. Debate & Public Speech Club: In production. We need your help to lead our children. Don't hesitate to join our team and start a new club if the clubs or programs above do not align with your interests. Please feel free to contact us. Together, we can achieve so much more.
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May '22 General Membership Meeting Recap

On May 12, at our final general meeting of the school year, our members elected our 2022-2023 EMS PTSA board of directors:

Manda Mangrai, President; Katy Tonkin, Secretary; Jennifer Downing, Co-Treasurer; Hongyu Zhan, Co-Treasurer; Liying Cai, VP of Enrichment; Elena Luican, VP of Activities & FACE; Molly Hepkin, VP of Fundraising; Swati Das, VP of Membership; Vera Choi, VP of Communications; and VP of Advocacy is currently open

Welcome, and thank you for volunteering to serve our school community! In addition to electing our board, our members also approved our amended standing rules, enrichment policy and '22–'23 budget (to be posted soon).



8th Grade T-Shirt Orders Due TODAY

T-shirt design mock-up showing front image and back image. Front image depicts an eagle soaring over a mountain range with evergreen treeline, with "Evergreen Middle School" printed beneath. The back is printed with "Class of 2026" and a list of all 8th grade students' namesEighth grade parents, please view these detailed instructions to order your student's T-shirt. Today (Sunday, May 22) is your final day to order!

Even if you don't buy a shirt, please make sure your child responds to the survey sent to their school email, so their name is spelled correctly. All 8th graders' names will be printed on the back of the shirt.

Submit Photos for Slideshow

Also, don't forget to work with your 8th grader to upload their baby photo and current photo for the celebration slideshow. [detailed instructions here] Photo submissions are due this Friday, May 27. This is a firm deadline.

Questions? Email Evergreen ASB at


Smarter Balanced Assessments State Testing

EMS students are taking state tests this week. Please do not schedule appointments during school hours on these days, and make sure your student arrives on time. [see special daily test schedule]

May 23–24: Grades 6–8 English/Language Arts SBA
May 26, May 31, June 1–3: Make-up dates


Free Film Screening: Like

Film poster for LIKE, with a blue "thumbs up" symbol and illustrations of several people gazing into screensLake Washington Schools Foundation (LWSF) presents a free at-home film screening of Like, a short documentary exploring our relationship with social media. This film is appropriate for ages 10+. [more about Like]

WHEN: Anytime May 19–26
WHERE: Online; register here

Parent Ed Event: Birds & Bees for Parents of Tweens

At this virtual event for parents of kids of age 9–12, discover what tweens need to know about sexuality, how to talk so they will listen, and tips to carry them into middle school.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom; register here

This talk is sponsored by Lake Washington PTSA Council and LWSD. Email LWPTSA Parent Education Chair Amy Bodie with questions.

Parent Chat Webinar: Taming Screen Time

A child sits next to a large smartphone showing a lock symbol on the screen, as a mother stands to the other side holding a keyTune into the next LWSF Balance in Mind Parent Chat to find out how to talk to kids about screen time and help them learn how to manage it.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom; register here

United: In Celebration of Our AA/NH/PI Community

FIRST ANNUAL Asian American & Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander UNITED FESTIVAL: Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 12 to 6 pm at Downtown Redmond Park. Snack, shop and enjoy while supporting our Eastside neighbors.Come together to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the first United Festival, supported by Lake Washington School District. Shop local businesses, enjoy snacks and entertainment, and support our Eastside neighbors.

WHEN: Saturday, May 28 from noon to 6 pm
WHERE: Redmond Downtown Park

PDF flyers: English | 简体字 | 繁体字 | 한글 | Quốc ngữ

Summer Camp Ideas From Our Enrichment VP

Summer campSchool's almost out, and it's nearly time to smell the summer air! Are your kids ready for a change of scenery? Check out these summer camp ideas, shared by our VP of Enrichment, Liying Cai:

These programs are not endorsed or sponsored by the PTSA.

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Together for Mental Health: 1 in 6 youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health condition each year. for Mental Health: More than 51 million adults in the United States face the reality of managing a mental illness every day.


5/23–5/25: SBA Testing
5/27: LEAP Day (NO SCHOOL)
5/30: Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)
5/31: Full Day of School
6/7: EMS & EMS PTSA Open House (6:30–8:40 pm)
6/8: 8th Grade Virtual Celebration (6 pm)
6/14: Volunteer Appreciation Coffee (8:30–9:30 am)
6/15: 8th Grade Fun Day (11 am–1:20 pm)
6/17: Last Day of School (HALF-DAY)

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