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March 3, 2022



Robotics Teams Excel at State Competition

Next Stop: World Championship!

EMS Robotics Club: CONGRATULATIONS on your achievements at the Washington State Championship!

We are proud to recognize the following Evergreen Robotics Club teams who were honored with awards at last weekend's 2022 Washington VEX IQ Middle School State Championship:

47C WITH FIRE (Brooke Lin, Maddie Tsai, Grace Zheng & Winston Zhou)—Excellence Award; Teamwork 2nd Place Award; World Championship Qualification
47D OVER-FILLED JELLY DONUTS (Alex Chen, Gary Fu & Leo Wang)—Teamwork Champion Award; World Championship Qualification
47R AIM FOR THE STARS (Ananya Akurathi, Emily He & Medhya Padmanabhni)—Teamwork 5th Place Award; Create Award; World Championship Qualification
47S THUNDERBOLTS (Prasham Dhruva, Ishan Gupta, Sourya Pallavola & Adithya Visvanathan)—Judges' Award
47X CYBERGASH (Sam Ezhilarasan, Gaurav Godse, Hartej Singh & Andy Wang)—Teamwork 4th Place Award; World Championship Qualification

In addition, these two teams earned spots at the World Championship, based on their high skills rankings:

47J TECHNO WIZARDS (Anika Bhadra, Siyona Kane, Sushruth Kanumuri & Akshara Kundojjala)—World Championship Qualification
47T THE RAVIATORS (Ishaan Agarwal, Aaptha Bhat, Madhav Ganapathy & Karthik Nanduri)—World Championship Qualification

GOOD LUCK to the teams who qualify for the VEX Robotics World Championship!


February General Membership Meeting Recap

Illustration of a computer monitor showing a gallery view of four people on an online meeting. Surrounding the monitor on the desktop are potted plants, a coffee mug, a stack of books, a canister of pens and pencils, and a sleeping brown cat.Thank you to everyone who attended EMS PTSA's General Membership Meeting last Wednesday. We voted in our new secretary, Katy Tonkin; approved the findings of our mid-year financial review; and updated our standing rules.

Members can view the February 23, 2022 meeting minutes draft for a full recap.


Grazie for Another Fantastic Staff Luncheon!

Our Italian-themed appreciation luncheon on February 24th for our amazing EMS teachers and staff was a success. Thank you to all our volunteers who stepped up to make this event special for our staff!

Thank you, volunteers! Amy Bodie, Anna Disney, Anna Paola Ruffini, Carol Lugtu, Clara Ovalles, Elena Luican, Georgina Seabrook Bulkley, Hitomi Daniels, Illya Cusanza, Julieta Perez, Liying Cai, Lopamundra Pathak, Loretta Coetzer, Manda Mangrai, Michele Teske, Milenna D'Souza, Priya Jayapal, Sara Carroll, Sarah Crinklaw, Swati Das, Tsan Zheng Photo of a platter of caprese salad atop a table with a green tablecloth and a bouquet of daisies
A bright green plastic bowl of rotini pasta salad, a container of breadsticks, a bowl of parmesan cheese, and a bowl of croutons sit atop a table with a green tablecloth
Photo of a serving dish of minestrone soup and a dish of tomato soup with a sprig of basil on top Photo of two serving dishes of spaghetti with meatballs and marinara sauce Photo of two serving dishes of different kinds of pasta
A table with a red and white checkered tablecloth, set with trays of cookies and desserts


Wear Blue for Kindness Day—Wednesday, 3/9

Let's spread some kindness! On Wear Blue for Kindness (WB4K) Day, we are encouraging our community to:  Wear blue, a color of peace; Perform random acts of kindness; Look out for those who are lonely and reach out to make new friends. Together we can share kindness for all!

Wear Blue for Kindness (#WB4K) Day began in 2018 as a response to the growing acts of violence in schools. Our friends at McAuliffe Elementary PTSA, together with school staff, LWSD and Lake Washington PTSA Council, created this day to engage students in an age-appropriate way to help them learn and express empathy and kindness for all. We join in WB4K Day this year, on Wednesday, March 9. Show us your blue, and let's spread kindness!

Help Build Our '22-'23 PTSA Board

We Still Need You for This Year's Board!

A puzzle with one unplaced piece resting just outside its right edge. To the right are the words, "Could YOU be our missing piece?"

Our current PTSA Board still needs a VP of Advocacy. With less than half the school year remaining, this is a great way to dip your toes into serving our school community and to get involved in your student's educational enrichment! To learn more, email



IMPORTANT: Traffic Safety Info for Drop-Off & Pick-Up

Throughout the year, we've made several requests through principal updates, newsletters and social media for drivers to respectfully follow our school’s drop-off and pick-up procedures. Unfortunately, we continue to experience challenges. We need your support to keep students safe and on time, and to keep traffic flowing, especially now that we no longer have a school resource officer (SRO) or an instructional assistant (IA) dedicated to traffic safety. Please show kindness to our school community by following these expectations.

Drop-off instructions Pick-up instructions
An overhead satellite image of the Evergreen Middle School campus, with lines and arrows illustrating the expected traffic flow during student drop-off.
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Some key points to keep in mind, in addition to the instructions linked above:

Avoid the Crowds

  • Please have eligible students ride the bus. Buses are less crowded than they were earlier this year, now that they've added more.
  • Consider dropping off earlier, or picking up later. Traffic is much lighter before 8:10 am and after 3:05 pm.

Streamline the Process

  • Take advantage of the lower lot. There is usually no wait for drop-off! For a simple summary of drop-off options, view this quick video.
  • Narrow the gap between your vehicle and the one in front of yours to allow more cars to access the drop-off zones.
  • Make sure your student is prepared for a quick drop-off. Shoes should be tied already, jackets on, backpacks zipped and ready in hand.

Be Courteous

  • If students need assistance or more time—e.g., to access the trunk or unload/load several items—please park in a stall instead of blocking traffic.
  • Allow cars that need to back out of parking stalls to do so.
  • Southbound 208th: Allow vehicles exiting the school driveway to merge onto 208th. If they can't get out, cars can't get in!
  • Exiting from the upper lane: Also allow vehicles from the lower lot to merge into both driveway lanes.
  • Please use the same courtesy when entering the EMS driveway—take turns with cars waiting to enter from the opposite direction.

Be Safe

  • Avoid parking along 208th to pick up your student. It's dangerous for them to cross streets outside of the marked crosswalks.
  • Drive slowly and watch out for students in and out of crosswalks. Have your student use marked crosswalks only.

We appreciate your cooperation!



National PTA Podcast: Help Kids Understand Money

Illustration of a green and blue backpack, with sheets of note paper coming out. "Notes From the Backpack: A PTA Podcast."Notes From the Backpack is a National PTA podcast designed for parents and the young decision-makers they influence. In the latest episode, "Helping Kids Understand Money," a certified financial planner shares tips from her experience as a financial adviser and as a mom. Learn about how to discuss money with your kids and how you can help them become financially responsible.


LWSF Parent Chat Webinar: Well Body, Well Mind

Balance in Mind powered by Lake Washington Schools Foundation. A blue outline silhouette of a head gazes to the right. Inside the silhouette is the LWSF logo, a tree with multicolored leaves. In this logo, the top leaf is instead an orange heart.At the next Parent Chat, hosted by Lake Washington Schools Foundation's Balance in Mind program, learn our how thoughts, feelings and attitudes affect physical health, and how what we do for our bodies—sleep, nutrition, exercise—affects our minds. Guest speakers are naturopathic physician Sage Wheeler and integrative therapist Marrie Ketchum.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 9 at 7 pm

March Is Women's History Month

Illustration of many girls and women standing in an overlapping row. Many ethnicities, ages and abilities are represented. A white banner appears horizontally across the middle of the image, bearing the words, "Women's History Month."


3/9   — Wear Blue for Kindness Day
3/11 — LEAP Day (NO SCHOOL)
3/17 — Deadline for 2022-2023 PTSA Board Nominations

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