Enatai PTSA Newsletter
February 8, 2019

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Upcoming Events

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February 13 ------- Kindergarten Information Night
February 18-22 --- Midwinter Break: NO SCHOOL
February 25 ------- Transformation and Innovation at Enatai
February 28 ------- Principal and PTSA Coffee Hour
March 1 ----------- Passport Club Check
March 5 ----------- Multicultural Week + ITE info mtg
March 6 ----------- PTSA Board Meeting
March 7 ----------- Science Fair Night
March 9 ----------- Toast to Enatai!
March 14 ---------- Staff Appreciation Lunch 1st Grade
March 14 ---------- Wizard of Oz evening performance
March 15 ---------- Professional Day: NO SCHOOL
March 15 ---------- Wizard of Oz evening performance

Volunteer Dashboard 

Volunteer Dashboard
Volunteer Opportunity Questions? Needed Progress
Toast to Enatai Volunteers 3/9 Toast Chairs 48 8
Passport Club checkers 3/1 Passport Club Chair 24 3
5th Grade Events Chairs (see webpage) President Amy Hart 8+ 6
Read-a-thon Co-Chairs Readathon Chair 2 0

Last Chance to shop the Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to all the students, parents and staff who supported Enatai's abbreviated Scholastic Book Fair this week.  The books have been packed up to go back to the warehouse, but you can still order books through our Enatai Scholastic ONLINE Book Fair.
 Deadline to order online is Sunday, February 10th
Books purchased online will ship to Enatai Elementary at no charge and likely will arrive after students return from mid-winter break.  
Thank you for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair! 

Toast to Enatai Update

It’s just ONE MONTH until the biggest Fundraising Gala of the year.  Put on your party shoes, and come connect with your school community.  You can purchase tickets here.  We also have some teachers who would love to go to the event, but need sponsorship.  You can elect to sponsor a teacher on the website as well.  
Questions or interested in volunteering?  Reach out to toast@enataiptsa.org

Transformation and Innovation at Enatai

You are invited to an evening of conversation and appetizers...

Amy MacDonald, Principal of Enatai Elementary School, is the featured guest at this informal discussion at the home of Enatai parent, Kathy Green Wilson.  Come and hear the latest on what's happening at Enatai and learn how Bellevue School Foundation helps your student to succeed in school and in life.  Guests are encouraged to come with questions and ideas about how BSF can continue to support all students and innovate to help kids be ready for 21st century skills.  This is not a fundraising event.

When: February 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
RSVP:  Please email Colleen Turner to RSVP and receive more information


Box Tops for Education

Enatai Eagles? collecting BoxTops!
It is Box Tops for Education collection time.  Did you know back in October our Enatai Eagles collected $217 worth of box tops?  This money went toward purchasing recess equipment.  

Please take a look around your house for box tops (ziploc bags, cereals, tissues, paper supplies, etc).  Here's a list of participating products.  Each box top earns 10 cents for the school.  Send box tops in an envelope to have your student give to their teacher or drop your box top collection off at the front office by Feb 28th.  

Ask your friends, family and neighbors.  This is an easy way to help support your Enatai students!  Thanks for your help!

Reflections District Awards and Spring Adventures

Congratulations to the following artists whose works were recognized at the District level. Entries earning Outstanding Interpretation will be moving on to State. Other entries will be returned to Enatai before Mid-Winter Break.

For all artists who contributed an interpretation of Heroes Around Me, thank you for sharing your vision. We hope to see you back next year!

Reflection District Awards
Grade Award First Last Division Category Title
1 Outstanding Interpretation Mia Franze Primary Photo Miss Peggy, My Hero
1 Award of Excellence Viola Hui Primary Visual Arts The Team of Rescue Dragons
2 Award of Merit Hiro Mitchell-Lu Primary Film Hiros Around Us
3 Award of Excellence Gavin Kang Intermediate Photo My mom is my hero
3 Award of Merit Sydney Uyeda Intermediate Photo Beauty of the Valley
4 Outstanding Interpretation Jason Gu Intermediate Literature Retired Flags
4 Outstanding Interpretation Saya Toth Intermediate Literature My Hero
5 Award of Merit Desmond Wan Intermediate Literature The Locomotive Surprise
5 Outstanding Interpretation Niah Pham Intermediate Photo The Oyster and Its Hero
Get Ready for These Spring Adventures!
- BrainPower self adventure packets available here. Do this adventure on your own. Due by May 3.
- Math logs available here. Do this Adventure on your own and turn in by May 3. Have a favorite math program that other families may find useful? Email us and we'll be glad to share!
Literacy self adventure packet available here. Do this Adventure on your own and turn in by May 3. Having trouble getting started with a service project? Email us and we'll be glad to talk over ideas with you.
Science Fair packets available here. Mark your calendar for March 7!
Multi-Cultural Poster instructions available here. Mark your calendars to turn in the poster by March 11 so that it can help decorate the school for Multicultural Week on March 25-29th.
Reflections Art Contest and the Spring adventures are a part of the Academic Adventure Program available to all Enatai Students.  It's not too late to take part!   Read more about Academic Adventure and register your student here: Academic Adventure webpage.  As always, let us know if you have any questions.  Happy adventuring!


Multicultural Week is coming!  3/25-3/29

Multicultural Week is coming to Enatai!  March 25 through March 29th is Multicultural Week, a celebration of the diversity of Enatai's community.  With multicultural decorations and displays of student submitted work, this week is a special time at Enatai.  

Our family night, the International Taste of Enatai on Friday, March 29th features our Enatai families sharing food, crafts, and games from their cultural heritage and includes a "Fashion Show" of traditional regional clothing worn by children (and adults) on the Enatai Stage!  This celebration of our community is not to be missed!

Interested in seeing more information about this Event?  See past year's information and photos here:  Multicultural Week + International Taste of Enatai webpage.  Questions?  Come to our information meeting on March 5th at 8-9am in the STEM room, or email us: multicultural@enataiptsa.org.  Opportunities to contribute to our family night, the International Taste of Enatai, are coming after Mid-Winter Break!



  • Thank you to the wonderful parent volunteers who helped make Movie Night possible last Friday: Kibby Aslakson, Jack Castro, Lara Hedin, Tamryn Smith Kobayashi, and Rae Okamoto.
Thank you to Mrs. MacDonald for hosting, and for operating Enatai's first live DanceCam for the pre-show entertainment.

Thank you to our generous community supporter, Seldens Designer Home Furnishings, for lending the sumptuous Movie Night Sofa. Pre-schooler Valerie Chen, little sister of 1st grader Vera Chen, was the lucky winner of the Sofa.

Thank you to 5th grader Adya Akhouri, 1st place finisher in Enatai's National Geographic Geo Bee, who shared her experience with the audience. 

Curriculum Enhancement Round-up


Toymaker Rick Hartman came to Enatai twice in the last two weeks to make cool wooden toys with the 4th graders (on January 24th) and the Kindergarteners (on February 1st). The 4th graders tapped into their science learning about energy forces to make a top with a homemade motor. Kindergarteners used their budding science knowledge about wood and pushes and pulls to make a slide toy. Thanks to the PTSA for funding the Toymaker's visits and for the many parent volunteers for helping this popular in-school "field trip" run smoothly!

Author Kathryn Otoshi gave an inspiring interactive slide show presentation to the whole school using her books OneZero, and Beautiful Hands as a platform to talk about individuality, standing up to bullies, and kindness. Thanks to Bellevue Schools Foundation, and additional funding from Enatai PTSA, and our librarian Charleen Lee's help for making this author visit happen!

Third Grade students attended the Fossett Captains program at the Museum of Flight last Thursday and Friday. During the program, students got a hands-on understanding of balance, pushes and pulls, and the fours forces of flight. The students also got a chance to explore the many different exhibits at the museum in small groups. Thanks to the Enatai PTSA and parent volunteers for making this trip possible!

Experiences like these are supported by the Enatai PTSA thanks to Parent/Student participation in our fundraisers. The next chance for Families and Community members to help support experiences like these for ALL our students is by attending the Toast to Enatai Fundraising Gala on March 9thYou can also make a direct donation on our website: www.enataiptsa.org

Washington State PTA Recognizes Enatai with Gold Membership Growth Award

Enatai PTSA has recently been recognized by Washington State PTA as a Gold Membership Growth Award recipient! PTAs are presented with this award for enrolling members equaling at least 110% of their previous year’s total membership. That means our PTA is growing! Thank you to everyone who has become a member so far this year: YOU are the reason our PTA achieved this award! If you haven’t yet signed up for a 2018-2019 PTA membership, please consider joining today! By doing so, you are demonstrating your support for our PTA and all if does for Enatai. 

Join Enatai PTSA and support our 30+ Programs and Events today! 



Community Corner 2/8

See new listings below.  Find the full list of Community Corner offerings on our website.

The BHS Swing Dance, originally scheduled for this Saturday, February 9, has been postponed, due to the weather.
Watch this space for an announcement of the new date, later in the spring.

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