Enatai PTSA Newsletter
September 8, 2017

Current & past newsletters can always be found on our website

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Enatai PTSA Newsletter! 

Our newsletter is published on Fridays.  We try really hard to keep it short and sweet, and only give you NEW NEWS and not clog your inbox with repeated information (except these first few weeks when we'll be getting lots of new subscribers - bear with us).  If you miss something, articles are kept on the front page of our website until they are no longer applicable.  We also maintain a newsletter archive, which is kept on our Newsletter 101 Info Page.


Upcoming Events

Our full calendar can always be found on our website.  You can subscribe to our iCal calendar by using these directions.  iCal subscriptions are awesome and we encourage everyone to use them!  All PTSA Events & BSD calendar days are in our calendar, and will be added to YOUR calendar when you subscribe.  You can easily unsubscribe if you decide it's not for you.

Fri 9/8 --- Ice Cream Social 6-7:30pm @ Enatai Gym - TONIGHT!
Fri 9/8 --- General PTSA Membership Meeting @ Ice Cream Social 6pm - TONIGHT!
Sat 9/9 --- Back To School Fair @ BHS 10am-4pm
Mon 9/11 --- Hearing Screening Day
Thurs 9/14 --- 5th Grade Haunted House Planning Meeting 7pm @ Enatai Library
Fri 9/15 --- 3rd Grade Coffee Social Hour 8-9AM @ Dilettante Mocha Cafe
Fri 9/22 --- Passport Check Day 7:40 AM
Thurs 9/21 --- "Office Equipment 101" Training (Session 1) 8-9AM
Tues 9/26 --- Spirit Day - Wear your Enatai Spiritwear or Bellevue BLUE & GOLD
Thurs 9/28 --- "Office Equipment 101" Training (Session 2) 6-6:30PM
Thurs 9/28 --- Curriculum Night 6:30 PM
Fri 9/29 --- Picture Day


Volunteer Dashboard

Volunteer Opportunity Questions? Needed Progress
Hearing Screening Day - 9/11 Jesse Pacem 8 3
Passport Club Check - 9/22 Brenda Deng 32 3
Haunted House (5th Grade Families) Noelle Barnes Lots! 4
PTSA President (can be shared) Communications 1-2 0


Ice Cream Social & PTSA General Meeting TONIGHT!

The Annual Enatai PTSA Ice Cream Social is TONIGHT, 6:00-7:30pm in the Enatai Gym.  We will also be having our first General PTSA Meeting at the start of the Social.  This is the first of ONLY THREE meetings of the year!

Come and enjoy a cool treat while catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. If you are willing to help out at the social, sign up here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Hearing Screening Day -- Mon Sep 11, 2017

Hearing Screening Day will be this coming Monday.  We need two volunteers to escort each classroom of students to the screening room, one to queue students at the screening room, and one to record results. Several undergraduate audiology students administer the screening tests. 

If you would be willing to help usher students through this process, please sign up here.  Thank you!


Passport Club - Explore the world and learn the countries! 

Passport Club is available for registration through the Academic Adventure registration link.  Find out more about this program on our Academic Adventure info page.  The first Passport check will be  September 22 at 7:40 AM.  If you are willing to help check students' passports, please sign up here.  Thank you!


"Office Equipment 101" Training Sessions 

Be more efficient when you volunteer to help in your child's classroom by learning how to use the office equipment in the Work Room.  This training session is meant for any parent who would like to be able to save time in the long run and work independently. Learning how to use the equipment properly will help avoid costly repairs. Being able to use all the equipment will allow you to do more to help classroom teachers.

"Office Equipment 101" will be offered two times in the Main Office. Choose one session to attend:
- Session #1: Thursday, September 21 8-9AM
- Session #2: Thursday, September 28 6-6:30PM  NOTE: This session will be offered the half hour before Curriculum Night begins. This shorter condensed session will not have as much time for questions-and-answers. 

During the training, you'll have these questions answered:
- How do I use the photocopier? Laminator? Die-cut machines?
- What can I make with the paper-punch book binder?
- Where are the office supplies kept?
- How do I access the 2nd floor Work Room?

Office Equipment 101 is presented by Enatai parents Rae Okamoto and Sharon Pang.


5th Grade Haunted House Planning Meeting 9/14!

Fifth Grade Families:  Come to our first planning meeting to find out how you can help make this year’s Haunted House a huge fundraising success for our 5th graders.  We'll be meeting Thursday, Sept. 14, 7pm, Enatai Library.  We’ll tell you more about this year’s theme – the Enatai School of Screams – and how to get your kiddo a  Spectacularly Spooky role.  Families who volunteer get first dibs on roles for their 5th graders!  To add your name to our list of volunteers prior to the meeting use our SignUp.


Third Grade Parents' Back-To-School Social Hour 9/15

Parents of 3rd Graders are invited to attend a Back-to-School Social Hour on Friday, September 15, 8:00-9:00 a.m. at Dilettante Mocha Cafe in Bellevue. Come catch up with fellow parents, and meet some new ones, too! Dilettante is located at 1450 114th Avenue SE inside Bellefield Office Park, only one mile from Enatai Elementary School.  Hosted by: 3rd Grade parent Sharon Pang sharon.pang@comcast.net


Update Your Info @ enataiptsa.org

Please take a moment and log into your account at www.enataiptsa.org and update your information for the year.  To do this, click on the "My Account" gear icon in the left hand menu of our website, and select your students' grade and teachers.  (Kindy parents, we know you haven't been assigned yet - no worries!)

Also, in order to remain a member in good standing, PTSA memberships must be re-purchased every school year.  PTSA Memberships are now available for purchase.  Simply use this handy link or click the "Join PTSA" link on the left-hand side of our website.   There is more information about the benefits of PTSA Membership in our Membership 101 Info Page.


Drop-Off/Pick-Up 101

If you plan on using the drop-off/pickup lane, please remember:

- Do not get out of your car.  If you need to help your student enter/exit the car, find a spot in the lot or use street parking.
- Have your student enter/exit from the curb side of the car.
- It is ok to pull into/wait in the striped area of the pickup lane, as long as you stay in your car.
- Give hugs, pep talks, and say your long goodbyes in your driveway, before coming to school.
- Walkers & Park Parkers:  Do not jaywalk/cross directly from the park to the school; use the designated crosswalks.

There is more information about pickup and drop-off in our Pick-up/Drop-off 101 article.


Community Corner

Bellevue Cheer is holding their Jr. Cheer Clinic on Friday, October 13.  Learn the traditional Bellevue cheers and chants from the Bellevue Cheer Squad! Join them for a fun day that will include learning a dance, high school cheers, and the basics of cheer motions and technique! All participants will be invited to cheer on the field with the High School Cheerleaders the October 27th football game. Don’t miss out on the fun! Go Bellevue!  More information on their website.



- The City of Bellevue has created an informational website about the upcoming Enatai Inlet Station project.  If you have questions about this project, email Doug Lane.

- City of Bellevue Utilities Dept. is offering Green Cleaning Workshops between now and November 6.  Come for free, hands-on Green Cleaning Workshop presented by the City of Bellevue to learn how to choose and make green cleaners and how to avoid products that are harmful for the environment and our health.  Receive a free green cleaning kit and a certificate for completing the class! Adults and children over seven are welcome to attend.  Visit their website for dates and registration information.



Corporate Partner Update


Corporate Partner Brooke Michelsen Photography (mom of an Enatai 2nd grader) is holding a family photo mini-session afternoon just for Enatai families! Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Enatai PTSA. 
- 15 minutes photo mini-session with 5 digital images for $150
- Friday, September 22 from 3:30-5:30p in the Enatai neighborhood
- Session time slots are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.  Email Brooke for your time slot.

Need a longer session or more photos? Contact Brooke to set up your own photo session! For more information visit www.brookemichelsenphotography.com



Have you ever wondered what your child could do with the power of coding? Come find out at theCoderSchool's Open House! We'll be running free hour-long workshops so your kid can try out coding for themselves. Everyone who signs up for one of our programs at our event will receive 50% OFF their first MONTH! (Must be a first-time registration.) Don't forget to RSVP on our website for a chance to win additional discounts and prizes.

When: Saturday, September 9, 2-4pm
Where: theCoderSchool Bellevue (1101 106th Ave NE #15, near Panera)
Coder School's Website /  Facebook Event

Enatai Families:  Do you know of a business that would benefit by becoming an Enatai Partner In Education?  You can read more about the Corporate Partnership program in this PDF.   If you have any questions, please email Corporate Partner chair Julie Uyeda for more information!


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