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May 12, 2022



May 12 General Membership Meeting

General Membership MeetingPlease join us online tonight at 6:30 pm for our final EMS PTSA General Membership Meeting of the school year. We will elect our new board, approve our budget, and approve our standing rules for 2022-2023.

WHEN: TONIGHT, May 12 at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom


Last Chance to Submit Award Nominations!

Evergreen PTSA Awards
Has an Evergreen staff member made
a real difference for you or your student?
Do you know a PTSA volunteer
who goes above and beyond?
Let's recognize their dedication and hard work
by honoring them with an award!
Each year, Evergreen PTSA recognizes volunteers and educators who have given outstanding service to our children and school community. We invite you to participate in this special tradition by submitting a nomination. If you have questions or wish to email your nomination, please email Nominations are due TOMORROW, May 13.


Science Olympiad Club Logs a Stellar Season

Science Olympiad: Exploring the World of ScienceThe 2021-22 EMS PTSA Science Olympiad Club had 3 teams: EMS Alpha, EMS Beta and EMS Gamma. Students from grades 6 to 8 all participated together, competing in 23 events across different science categories. The teams participated in five invitationals, WA regionals, and WA state tournaments, winning several awards along the way. Read the full article (PDF) to see the teams' top 10 ranking highlights. Congratulations to the Science Olympiad students for a great season!


Chess Club Excels at State Competition

Chess pieces on a wooden chess boardSixteen students from Evergreen PTSA's Chess Club competed in the Washington State Chess Championships in Tacoma on April 30 and May 1. As a team, we placed 12th overall, with more than 200 teams competing at the event! We are really proud of our students' effort throughout the year. Congratulations, players!


Math Club Students Find Strength in Numbers

math symbolsThe 2021-22 school year has been a rewarding year for the EMS PTSA Math Club. We owe a huge thank you to our wonderful Math Club volunteers; without them, this would not have been possible. We are delighted and proud to congratulate the following students on their well-deserved success. [read full PDF article]


Staff Appreciation Week in Review

A photo collage of sandwich items, desserts and snacks that were provided for Staff Appreciation Week at EMSStaff Appreciation Week wrapped up last Friday, and everyone at EMS had a blast! Thank you to all our volunteers who made this happen.

On Monday, we offered our amazing staff a sandwich bar. Thank you: Yvonne Klaue, Liying Cai, Christina Parrish, Sara Carroll, Chelan Jenness, Sarah Crinklaw, Carol Lugtu, Cindy Lu, Swapna Ananth, Manda Mangrai, Elena Luican, Clara Ovalles, Molly Hepkin, Illya Cusanza, Loretta Coetzer, Julianne Zhu and Georgina Seabrook Bulkley.

On Tuesday, a coffee cart was waiting for the staff. The donuts were a tasty addition to the delicious coffee. Thank you, Loretta Coetzer, for your help.

Being a short day, on Wednesday a "grab & go" spread awaited the EMS staff.

On Thursday, the staff started the day with bagels. Thank you again, Loretta Coetzer, for your help.

On Friday we showered our staff with home-baked goods. Thank you: Vera Choi, Clara Ovalles, Candela Stranges, Lily Lee, Liying Cai, Yvonne Klaue, Manda Mangrai, Elena Luican and Georgina Seabrook Bulkley.

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PTSA would also like to give a special thank you to our incredible committee for coordinating these staff appreciation events: Elena Luican, Loretta Coetzer and Clara Ovallesyou are amazing!

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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Mark Your Calendars for an Exciting Event!

EMS & EMS PTSA Open House: Tuesday, June 7 from 6 to 8 pm. Evergreen music student performances, PTSA Clubs showcase, and food trucks! Current and incoming EMS families welcome! Additional info coming soon.

Come enjoy EMS Music Department performances, check out the outstanding work our PTSA clubs have done this year, and enjoy delicious meals from on-site food trucks. Spread the word and stay tuned for details!



EMS ASB Dance Reminders

The first dance in more than two years is coming up next week at EMS, and we are so excited for this fun evening with our Evergreen students! To help everyone prepare for the dance, here are some important things to know:

  • Make sure your student RSVPs if they plan to attend. The link was sent to their student email accounts, or they can use this link to RSVP (must be logged in to their student account).
  • Students should pick up a wristband at lunch on Friday, May 20 and wear the wristband that evening to the dance.
  • Have students eat dinner before the dance. The concession stand will be selling only water and snacks (no pizza this time).
  • Students should bring small bills for concessions (cash only)—$1 and $5 bills are preferred.
  • Drop off students at 7 pm and pick up at 9 pm. Please do not pick up your student early, unless cleared beforehand (See FAQ for more info.)

Please familiarize yourself with these answers to frequently asked questions about the dance. Still have questions? Contact Ms. Miller at


Next Two Weeks: State Testing

EMS students will be taking state tests over the next two weeks, starting Monday. Please do not schedule appointments during school hours on these days, and make sure your student arrives on time. Tests begin at 8:25.

May 16–17: Grade 8 Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (normal daily bell schedule)
May 19–20: Grades 6–8 SBA—Math
May 23–25: Grades 6–8 SBA—ELA
May 26, May 31, June 1–3: Make-up dates

Help this experience go smoothly for your students by ensuring that they:

  • Charge their laptop each night, and bring their charger to school.
  • Bring earbuds if they have them (school will supply them if needed).
  • Get enough sleep, and eat a good breakfast.
  • Arrive at school before the bell.


EMS 8th Grade Celebration 2022

A bunch of blue and green balloonsTo honor our excellent Evergreen 8th graders, we will hold a virtual celebration on Wednesday, June 8 at 6 pm via Teams. A link will be sent to 8th grade families as we near this date. We are excited to celebrate with you!

UPDATE: Next week we will have info about ordering class T-shirts, as well as details about 8th Grade Fun Day!

Submitting Baby & Current Photos for Slideshow

Students are invited to submit one baby photo (from birth—age 5) and one current/special interest photo to be included in the celebration slideshow.

  • To submit, you must be logged into your student's LWSD account.
  • Confirm with your child that the photos are OK to share in the slideshow.
  • Name each photo file as LAST NAME_FIRST NAME followed by 1 or 2 (example: Miller_Trisha1.jpg and Miller_Trisha2.jpg).
  • Submissions are due Friday, May 27. This is a firm deadline.
  • Upload photos here:

More info:
Questions? Email Evergreen ASB at



Kids Coming Together Events

Kids Coming Together powered by Lake Washington Schools FoundationKids Coming Together is a program that provides opportunities for local youth in grades 3–8 to make new friends and connect with their community through service events led by high school students. Register for upcoming events:

  • May 18: Why Are Bees Important?
  • May 25: Invasive Species Removal at Big Rock Park

Special Education Resource Fair—May 17

Save the Date: Lake Washington PTSA Council's Special Education Group's Annual Special Education Resource Fair. WHEN: Tuesday, May 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. WHERE: Zoom ( WHAT: Hear from local organizations who provide a wide range of services to kids in the LWSD community. QUESTIONS: Please reach out to the SEG co-chairs, Kaity Mason and Huma Zarif, at
Quick Links: Email Questions | Zoom Link | View Full-Sized Image


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) and Overlake Medical Center present 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

LWPTSA Council Parent EducationTweens are often uncomfortable and unwilling to talk about sexuality—just when they need to be learning about this important part of life. At this virtual event for parents of kids aged 9–12, discover what tweens need to know, 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. Please 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

In Celebration of Our Community's
Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders

MAY: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month


5/12: EMS PTSA General Membership Meeting (6:30–8 pm)
5/13: EMS PTSA Award Nominations Due
Week of 5/16–5/20: SBA Testing
5/20: EMS ASB Dance (7–9 pm)
Week of 5/23–5/27: SBA Testing
5/27: LEAP Day (NO SCHOOL)
5/30: Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)
5/31: Full Day of School
6/7: EMS & EMS Open House (6–8 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 pm)
6/17:Last Day of School (HALF-DAY)

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