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April 21, 2022



2022-2023 EMS PTSA Board Nominees

On April 12, 2022, our Nominating Committee submitted the following nominees for the '22–'23 EMS PTSA board. [view the signed report]

President       Manda Mangrai
Secretary       Katy Tonkin
Co-Treasurers       Jenn Downing & Hongyu Zhan
VP Communications       Vera Choi
VP Activities       Elena Luican
VP Membership       Swati Das
VP Enrichment       Liying Cai
VP Fundraising       OPEN
VP Advocacy       OPEN

EA simple graphic of a blank monthly calendar page with a checkmark in a circle placed over the bottom right-hand corner of the pagelection Set for May 12 Membership Meeting

Join us for our final EMS PTSA General Membership Meeting of the school year, on Thursday, May 12 (time TBD) via Zoom. We will be electing our board, approving our budget, and approving our standing rules for 2022-2023. The Zoom meeting link will be shared soon.


Volunteers Needed: Staff Appreciation Week

Hello, everyone! Staff Appreciation Week is coming up from May 2—6, and we have some wonderful things planned. The Staff Appreciation Committee budget will be providing some of the items, but we still need your help.

A side view of a long submarine sandwich with three layers of meat, red onion slices, cucumber slices, tomato slices and romaine lettuce on a French baguette. Superimposed over the sandwich are the words, "Sandwich Bar: Tuesday, May 3."

On Monday, May 2 (DATE CHANGE), we want to treat our amazing EMS staff to a sandwich bar, and on Friday, May 6, home-baked goods. Please sign up to help:

Drop off items at the front office by 10 am on the days of the events. Also, please consider donating your time for set-up and clean-up—it's always needed and appreciated. To do this, you must be an approved LWSD volunteer.

Overlaid on a photograph of a light brown wooden rolling pin are the words "Friday, May 6: Home-Baked Goods."

Thank you very much! This event wouldn't be possible without your help! If you have any questions, please contact Elena Luican at or 773-517-0382.


First School Dance in 2+ Years—Volunteer With Us!

EMS Dance: Friday, May 20 from 7 to 9 pm. Free for all students! Dance chaperons & concessions stand volunteers needed. A pile of colorful paper confetti rests in the foreground of this photograph, with colored lights beaming in the darkened background.

Breaking news: Dances are returning to EMS after more than two years! Evergreen's ASB is holding its first school dance this year on Friday, May 20 from 7–9 pm.

Volunteers, please join us for an exciting and entertaining night! No set-up or clean-up duty—just show up for quick instructions and rotate around the chaperone stations, or sign up to work the PTSA's concession stand. We also need volunteers during lunch to distribute wristbands to students who plan on attending the dance that evening.

Sign up here to help!

Volunteers must be approved by LWSD and vaccine-verified. Need more information? Contact Trish Miller at


EMS Students' Reflections Art Featured in School Exhibition and Online Galleries

I Will Change the World By ... 2021-22 EMS Reflections Program Exhibition: The exhibition takes place between April 21, 2022 and May 17, 2022 at the EMS Library. E-gallery: students' entries in the 2021-2022 Reflections contest are on exhibition in the EMS Library now through May 17. Also, check out these talented artists' pieces in our e-gallery.

Additionally, artwork by our four EMS student artists whose Reflections entries were honored at the Lake Washington PTSA Council level of judging is now available to enjoy in LWPTSA's online Reflections art gallery. You can find our Evergreen artists' work there as follows:

  • Ankita Datta's "Wonder World" in Film Production
  • Anika Bhadra's "Life in a Vase" in Photography
  • Maanya Ramanujan's "Inspire to Change" in Visual Arts
  • Devaki Sawant's "A Gift" in Visual Arts

Seeking Your 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 by presenting them with honors such as the Golden Acorn, Outstanding Advocate and Outstanding Educator awards. [read descriptions of the types of awards]

Being nominated by peers to receive an award is a huge testament to our volunteers' and educators' contributions, so we invite you to participate in this special tradition by submitting a nomination form.

If you have questions or wish to email your nomination, please contact Nominations are due by May 13.



Congratulations, EMS Junior All-State Band Members!

In February, seven Evergreen band students had the distinction of performing in the Junior All-State music concert at Yakima Convention Center. These talented musicians earned this top honor by auditioning for the opportunity, through the Washington Music Educators Association.

Seven EMS students stand in a row wearing matching white T-shirts with "WMEA All-State 2022" printed on them
Left to right: Abbas Shakir, clarinet; Kiera Merrigan, bassoon; Saransh Kumar, percussion; Emily Orton, tuba; Pranav Tripathi, trumpet; Rohit Venkatesan, percussion; Dylan Gautham, trombone
The WMEA Junior All-State concert also featured performances by orchestra and choir students from middle schools across Washington, including EMS. Watch this spot in future issues for more on these Evergreen musicians.

School Lunch Hero Day—May 6

A comic illustration of four nutrition services staff members standing in superhero poses. Overhead are the words, "School Lunch Hero Day," in bold yellow letters. A fifth "school lunch hero" is jumping in the air with a spoon raised above her head next to these words. At the bottom is the date, "May 6, 2022."Between preparing healthful food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating food allergies, and offering service with a smile, LWSD's nutrition professionals have a lot on their plates. To recognize School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May 6, LWSD invites you to take a moment to show our Nutrition Services team members how much they're appreciated! [more about School Lunch Hero Day]

Some ideas to help make this day special for Evergreen's lunch heroes:
  • Ask your student to personally tell their lunch heroes how much they appreciate them.
  • Write a thank you note, or make a card, poster or banner.
  • Download printable thank you cards. [English | Spanish]
  • Donate a book to your school library in their honor. [printable bookplate]
  • Promote School Lunch Hero Day on your social media. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for shareable images.



Event: ALICE Protocols in LWSD—April 26

Executive Functioning Skills Webinar—May 5

"Lake Washington Schools Foundation" is printed next to its logo, a simple illustration of a tree with multicolored leavesThe past two years have not been easy for students. Many have come out of remote learning with a loss of executive functioning skills: organization, planning, prioritization, time management, self-assessment, maintaining focus and study efficiency.

Lake Washington Schools Foundation invites middle and high school students and parents to a webinar to discuss strategies to improve these skills.

WHEN: Thursday, May 5 at 7 pm
WHERE: Online via Zoom; register here

Although this webinar is free, a suggested $10 donation can help support LWSF's programs that serve the LWSD community. Donations may be made during the registration process.

Don't Miss LWSF's Spring Benefit—April 28

Lake Washington Schools Foundation's Be the Bridge Spring Benefit: April 28, 2022 Livestream at Noon

Lake Washington Schools Foundation invites you to its annual Be the Bridge spring benefit at noon on April 28! Register for this livestream experience where you'll hear inspirational stories, laugh with entertaining speakers, and learn how your contributions make a difference to our community's students.

Tomorrow Is Earth Day

Calculate your plastic consumptionTake the climate and environmental literacy quizGrow an organic garden


Week of 5/2–5/6: Staff Appreciation Week
5/2: Staff Appreciation Event: Sandwich Bar
5/6: Staff Appreciation Event: Home-Baked Goods
5/6: School Lunch Hero Day
5/12: EMS PTSA General Membership Meeting (Time TBA)
5/13: EMS PTSA Award Nominations Due
Week of 5/16–5/20: SBA Testing
5/20: EMS 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

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