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The Eagle Express – Brought to You by EMS PTSA
September 11, 2022
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Welcome! About The Eagle Express Newsletter
WEDNESDAY EARLY RELEASE
STARTS THIS WEEK

Students are dismissed
at 1:25 pm on Wednesdays.
 
THIS ISSUE'S HIGHLIGHTS:
* Chess, Math & More Clubs
* Coffee With EMS Principals 9/19
* Volunteers Needed 9/20

* Curriculum Night 9/20

EMS PTSA NEWS & PROGRAMS

NEWIllustration of a to-go cup of coffee together with two frosted doughnuts

Drop By for Coffee With Our Principals

Monday, Sept. 19 @8:30 am

All parents are invited to join us Monday, September 19 at 8:30 am, immediately following drop-off, for coffee and a chat with EMS Principal Kristian Dahl and Associate Principal Angela Morrison. The event will take place in front of the main entrance.

This is your chance to hear about the upcoming school year directly from our principals, ask questions, and meet our PTSA leaders. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. We hope to see you then!

NEWStaff Appreciation Dinner Tuesday, Sept. 20. Drop off items by 9:30am.

Volunteers Needed!

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Our amazing EMS teachers are working hard to prepare for Curriculum Night (returning in person this year—read more below). Let's show them how much we appreciate what they are doing for us and our children by offering them a delicious dinner:

>> Sign up to donate or help out <<

Please drop off all items at the front office by 9:30 am on Tuesday, September 20. Questions? Email Elena Luican, our PTSA's Staff Appreciation Chair. As always, thank you for your help. This event wouldn't be possible without our wonderful volunteers!

Explore Our Many Enrichment Programs

EMS PTSA invites your student to participate in these enrichment clubs and programs, which are now open for registration or RSVP:

* More details featured below

NEWChess pieces hovering over a chess board

Join Chess Club!

Info Session: This Wednesday, Sept. 14 @5:30 pm

Chess Club registration is now open! Please check the details on EMS PTSA's Chess Club page.

Familiar with the game and want to improve your chess skills? New to chess? Even just want to give it a try? Parents and students: Come, join us for a 1-hour online intro session and a fun game to know your level. Meet our two experienced coaches, Brad Stensland and Tim Campbell, chess enthusiasts and amazing teachers who have been with the sport for more than a decade.

When: Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 pm
Where: Online via Zoom

All skills and levels are welcome! Questions? Email pavani@evergreenptsa.org.

NEWMath Club

Math Club Registration Is Open!

Sign Up SOON to Reserve Your Student's Spot

EMS PTSA's Math Club is ready for another year of fun math learning and competition. New and returning students are welcome to join the club. Due to the early registration cutoff date of AMC10 A&B, students who register after September 15 will be enrolled in AMC10 on a first come, first served basis if seats are available. Registration closes on Friday, September 23.

AMC competitions (AMC8 and AMC10A&B) are open to all EMS students. Register here: AMC8 | AMC10A&B Registration Only

Please read through all the information on the Math Club page first, then contact grace@evergreenptsa.org if you have any more questions.

Robotics Club Registration Is Filling Up Fast!

Closing Tuesday, Sept. 20

Evergreen Middle School PTSA's Robotics Club is gearing up for another fun and challenging year! EMS RoboticsNew and returning students are welcome to join this competitive program in which teams of 3-5 students learn about robotics concepts and build robots to compete in the VEX IQ Challenge.

Robotics Club is a team-based activity. Students must form teams before they register. Please read through all the information on the Robotics Club page first, then contact robotics@evergreenptsa.org if you have more questions.

Theater Is Coming Back!RSVP for Theater Club

Curtain up! Light the lights! EMS PTSA is thrilled to welcome our theater program back to Evergreen! Along with Studio East ArtReach, we are excited to bring the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast to the stage.

Exact program dates are TBD but expected to be early 2023. If you're interested, complete this RSVP form. When registration opens, you'll receive a notice to register and pay the fee.

We're also looking for volunteers who can help bring this show to life as theater producers! Email us to learn more.

A raised hand with a heart drawn in the palmGet Involved

Apply to be a volunteer at Evergreen Middle School, or renew your volunteer approval status today! Whether you plan to volunteer with EMS PTSA or as a general school volunteer, your approval in Lake Washington School District (LWSD) must be renewed every two years.

LWSD requires that all volunteers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (both doses of a two-dose series or one dose of a single-dose vaccine), or request exemption. Visit LWSD's website for more information.

Apply or renew

Will You Join EMS PTSA for Your Child?

Join Evergreen Middle School PTSA in providing support and enrichment to our students and staff. EMS PTSA — Click or scan QR code to joinBy joining as a member or renewing your annual membership, you give the PTSA a stronger voice in advocating for your child, and you help provide valuable support of our school and activities.

Becoming a member does not mean you need to volunteer or come to meetings. By being involved at your child’s school through membership, you'll be part of the solution, helping to make positive changes.

It is a fact that kids do better when families are engaged in their learning. Become a member, or renew your annual membership!

It's Time to Pass the HatIllustration of coins dropping into an upside-down black top hat

It's quick and easy to support your school—just click here to donate. Every dollar contributed to Pass the Hat, Evergreen PTSA's primary fundraiser, goes directly to support the services and programs offered by the PTSA.

Our suggested donation is $100 per student, but we are grateful to receive donations of any amount. Don't forget corporate matching, if your employer participates! Every dollar counts, and all contributions are greatly appreciated!

Your donations to Evergreen Middle School PTSA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are tax-deductible.

A circle of hands reach toward the centerWe Want You on Our Team!

Our PTSA board has open positions for this school year, and we'd love to have you join us! You'll be part of a welcoming and passionate group of volunteers who collaborate to enrich our students' experiences at EMS. Our open board roles are:

  • Executive Vice President
  • Vice President of Advocacy

We're also looking for volunteers to lend a hand on our financial review, awards and nominating committees, and as theater producers. Please reach out to Manda Mangrai, our PTSA president, to learn more about any of these roles. We can't wait to meet you!

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SCHOOL & DISTRICT NEWS

BACK IN PERSON!A blank calendar with a checkmark over a date

Curriculum Night at EMS

Tuesday, Sept. 20 — 6:30 (or 6:15) to 8:15 pm

Meet your child's teachers face to face at EMS Curriculum Night.

  • The event opens early at 6:15 pm in the Commons, where you can meet our EMS PTSA and learn more about the enrichment programs they host.
  • Beginning at 6:30 pm, you can cycle through your child's classes to meet their teachers.

Student schedules will be emailed to parents on September 19, or they may be accessed anytime on Skyward. Refer to Mr. Dahl's full message sent via ParentSquare on September 9 for details.

NOTE: Traffic and parking are always hectic at Curriculum Night. Carpool or walk if you are able, please yield to pedestrians, and avoid blocking other vehicles. Thank you for your cooperation.

TOMORROWIllustration of a photo ID badge

Student Make-Up Photo Day &
Photo ID Badges for Volunteers

Monday, Sept. 12 — 8:30 to 11 am

Students and staff who did not have their pictures taken by Dorian Studio on our Back 2 Business Days in August will be photographed tomorrow morning. Orders may be placed online. (Retakes are separate, for anyone who is not satisfied with their pictures, coming on October 25.)

Volunteers: Will you be volunteering on a regular basis at EMS this year? LWSD-approved volunteers who wish to have a free ID badge printed are welcome to also come be photographed tomorrow between 8:30 and 11 am.

A red speech bubble with a white exclamation point insideLAST WEEK TO ORDER …

Pre-Order Yearbooks by This Friday

Reserve your student's yearbook now for $45 before the order deadline: Friday, September 16. (Note: After logging in, select your child's name to place your order.)

Order EMS Spirit Wear Until Sunday

Calling all Eagles: Show your school spirit for Evergreen Middle School! New designs and styles are available this year to help your whole family refresh your wardrobes. The online store closes Sunday, September 18.

FYI

What Is LEAP Wednesday?

This week we begin our 1.5-hour-early release schedule on Wednesdays, also known in LWSD as LEAP Wednesdays, when EMS students are dismissed at 1:25 pm instead of 2:55. Throughout the school year, you will also find LEAP Days, which are days when students have no school, on the LWSD calendar.

LEAP stands for Learning Enhancement Academic Planning. This is curriculum planning and professional training time for our teachers and educators that is built into each academic year.

ParentSquare shows on a mobile device, with many options for modes of contactAre You Missing School Updates?

Make sure you're receiving all the latest updates and important school news directly from Principal Dahl and our Evergreen team, as well as LWSD, by setting up your ParentSquare account. You can receive messages in your preferred language via email, text or the ParentSquare app.

COMMUNITY & PARTNER NEWS

More Community OpportunitiesPeachjar: Click this image to view Evergreen's approved e-flyers for community opportunities

Find LWSD-approved events and opportunities for students and families via Peachjar. View Evergreen's e-flyers here.

"National Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month" is printed on a colorful background of circular papel picado designs

IMPORTANT DATES

9/12: Picture Make-Ups & Optional Volunteer Photos (8:30–11 am)
9/14: Early Release Wednesdays Begin (1:25 pm dismissal)
9/16: Last Day to Pre-Order Yearbooks
9/18: Last Day to Order EMS Spirit Wear
9/19: Coffee & Chat With the Principals (8:30 am)
9/20: Staff Appreciation Dinner (Drop off items by 9:30 am)
         EMS Curriculum Night (In person 6:15–8:15 pm)
         Robotics Club Registration Closes
9/23: Math Club Registration Closes (Preferred by 9/15)

Full EMS PTSA Calendar | EMS Calendar | LWSD Calendar

SCHOOL CONTACT INFO
EMS Website
EMS Staff Directory
Main Office: 425-936-2320
Attendance Line: 425-936-2321
Attendance Email: evergreenattendance@lwsd.org
LWSD Website
"When educating the minds of our youth,
we must not forget to educate their hearts."
— བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོ Dalai Lama་
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