Enatai PTSA Newsletter
March 9, 2018

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Upcoming Events

Our full calendar can always be found on our website.  You can subscribe to our iCal calendar on your smartphone by using these directions.

March 9 & 10 --- Chinook Middle School production of Seussical @ BHS 7:00pm - Tickets @ Door
March 13 --- Multi-Language Historical Slide Show with Mandarin & Japanese Translation, 10-11:30 AM in Library
March 16-19 --- Professional Days - NO SCHOOL
March 19 --- Multicultural Week Decorating Committee Meeting 12-3pm
March 23 --- Multicultural Games @ Recess 9-10am
March 23 --- International Taste of Enatai: Family Night 6-8pm
March 27 --- General PTSA Meeting Re: Budget - 6:30PM @ Library
March 30 --- Teacher Of The Day Auction Item Event
April 4 --- PTSA Board Meeting
April 6 --- Passport Day 7:40 AM


Volunteer Dashboard

Volunteer Opportunity Questions? Needed Progress
Passport Club Check - 3/9 Brenda Deng 32 9
Science Fair Chair  Amy Hart 1-3 0
Variety Show Chair Amy Hart 1-3 0
Carnival Chair Amy Hart 1-3 0
International Taste of Enatai Country Leads Needed:  Africa, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Russia, United States Rachel Li 6 0
Multi-Cultural Week Decorating Committee Rachel Li Some Few
Multi-Cultural Games @ Recess - 3/23 - 9-10AM (Email Rachel to sign up) Rachel Li 6 1
International Taste of Enatai Volunteers Needed: Food, Activities, Fashion Show, General Volunteers Rachel Li Lots Some
Curriculum Enhancement Committee 2018-2019 Sarah Bryan 6 0


Multi-Cultural Week Comes To Enatai!

March 20th to March 23rd is a time of cultural exploration for our students!  Multicultural Week at Enatai features morning greetings in different languages, lessons discussing community and diversity, decorations, and a special Friday recess for our students!

The Multicultural Week Decorating Committee will meet on March 19th from 12 to 3pm in the Lobby.  Volunteers will decorate the school with the student created Flag and Costume activity sheets and the Academic Adventure Travel Posters.  Volunteers may also bring decorations for the walls or small items for the display case representing their Country.  These decorations are for Multicultural Week and not just for the International Taste of Enatai.  Interested?  Sign up here: Multicultural Week Decorating Committee or email us for information.


Multi-Cultural Games @ Recess, Friday, March 23rd 9:00-10:00

When Multicultural Week started in 2008, the Family Night event was less important than Multicultural Week itself.  Each day of Multicultural Week was celebrated with recess entertainment and special activities for the students.  Many staff members have told us how much the students enjoyed this, so we are bringing it back!

We have planned a Multicultural Games Recess for Friday, March 23rd from 9:00 to 10:00am.  To do this, we need Volunteers to introduce our students to games or sports from their countries Volunteers should bring the equipment needed for their game.  We are looking for physical games that are appropriate for recess and enough equipment to allow several students to play at once.   Individual volunteers or team efforts from Country Groups are all welcome!  Email us to signup for Multi-Cultural Recess Games with the following information:
- Country
- Name of game
- Volunteer's name(s)
- How many students can play your game at the same time. 

Without the help of volunteers we cannot hold this special recess event.  Thank you!


YOU ARE INVITED to the International Taste of Enatai!

Enatai's Multi-Cultural Week (March 19-23) culminates in one of the most anticipated events of the year, the International Taste of Enatai, March 23rd from 6-8pm.  We will be sending a separate email later this weekend chock-full of details about this event, but until then, here are the highlights:

There will be FOOD - By sharing your favorite dish you are bringing your heritage to the Enatai Family table. Food can be homemade or bought from your favorite restaurant. Decorations for your country's food table and backdrop are also encouraged!  

There will be ACTIVITIES - Activities such as simple crafts or a game can be a great way to share your culture. Coloring pages or worksheets about your country are also easy and do not require a table monitor.  We will contact you regarding the space/time needs of your activity once you have signed up.  

There will be CULTURAL PERFORMANCES - A big part of a culture is in its expression in music and dance, or unique rituals and traditions. Enatai will offer a chance for students to share their cultural traditions by way of live cultural performance during our multi-cultural night.  Family and friends are welcome to help and perform together with students for this event.

There will be a FASHION SHOW - To participate in the fashion show, students should dress in traditional clothes either from a country of your heritage or of your choice.  Simply show up the at the Taste of Enatai and join the fashion parade when announced part way through the evening. You will be instructed that night on where to go and what to do.

More Ways to Participate:

- We need a few more Country Leads.  Please look at the list in the above Volunteer Dashboard, or this Google Doc, and let the committee know if you are willing to help by being a Country Lead.

- We also need help with Event Set-Up.

- We know that a few additional General Adult Volunteers would make the night run smoothly.

Can't wait for the event-specific email?  Co-chair Rae Okamoto has put together an amazing Volunteer Guide for this event.  Check it out!!


Enatai's Global Reading Challenge Team Wins 2nd Place!!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS and many high fives to Enatai’s Global Reading Challenge team, CHEDD STANLOK the Reading Eagle.  They earned second place in the all district semi-finals challenge on Wednesday.  We are so proud of their hard work!  Great job Olie Peterson, Triston Lin, Kenny Shin, Niah Pham, Laya Sternoff, Ava Sundaramani, and Sofia Wyzga.



Enatai Choir performs @ Retirement Home, DAR Luncheon, West Zone Concert!

February was a busy month for the Enatai Choir!  The choir went on a field trip to sing at the Evergreen retirement home and for the Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon.  They also represented Enatai by performing at Bellevue High School for the West Zone Concert.  Our choir sounded wonderful!  With over 70 choir members, we are proud of not only their singing, but how respectful they were for every event.  Go Eagles!


The Opera Came to Enatai!

On Monday, NOISE (Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc) presented the story of Hansel & Gretel in an assembly.  Hearing Opera performed by professional musicians and an amazing pianist was quite a treat!  Thank you to the PTSA for supporting our assembly.  Students learned about opera in music class as well.  We are continuing to prepare for our own music performances for K-4 at the end of March.





Historical Slide-Show with Translations - 3/13

If you would like to learn about the fascinating history of Enatai Elementary School, please come to the Enatai Historical Slide Show, happening of March 13, from 10-11:30 AM in the Enatai Library!  Enatai parent Sharon Pang will repeat a slide show on this topic, which she originally presented at CELEBRATE ENATAI AT 65.   Mandarin- and Japanese-speaking translators will be available.  Here are two translations on PDF of the event:

Japanese & Mandarin

 Thank you to chair Sharon Pang and translators Naomi Okubo & Jing Zhou for supporting this event!!


Movie Night Finale - "Incredible!"

A good time was had by all who attended the screening of The Incredibles, our final Movie Night of the school year last Friday. Thanks to these parents who volunteered to run our “theater” in the Multipurpose Room: Jack Castro, Cheryl Evanson, Wakana Hui, Rae Okamoto, Jesse Pacem, Claire Phillips, Jon Shoemaker, and Parastu Shubin. Thank you to Rachel Li for donating the movie theater gift card for the prize drawing. Thank you to Mrs. MacDonald and Mrs. Sameti for always attending and pitching in to clean up. Great appreciation goes to our “neighbor,” Seldens Designer Home Furnishings, for once again showing Enatai its kind support by supplying us with a deluxe Movie Night Sofa.

Congratulations to Emily (Mrs. Westmoreland’s class), Colin (Ms. Ward’s class), and Rain (Mr. Wulbert’s class)! They won the Parents vs. Kids Game Show, which was part of the pre-show entertainment. Thank you to their dads for being good sports!

By the way, the mysterious issue with the lights in the Multipurpose Room should be fixed by the next Movie Night in the fall. The Bellevue School District facilities staff arrived on the scene, and began troubleshooting while the movie was still in progress. Sorry to our moviegoers for the unfortunate inconvenience.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Sharon Pang (aka Edna Mode) for coordinating this year's movie nights!!  


Emergency Supply Closet Update!

At our board meeting on 3/7, Mrs. Sameti reported that the Emergency Closet Resupply is going really well but there are still items on the list that are needed.  

Please take a look at this Amazon Wish List and consider supplying an item for the closet. If you have questions or physical items to donate that would replace Amazon Wish List items, please contact Ali Sameti, Assistant Principal sametia@bsd405.org.  Donations are tax deductible!


Congratulations to Shih-Shun Chen, winner of last week's Starbucks Gift Card.  :) 


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