Enatai PTSA Newsletter
October 11, 2019

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Upcoming Events

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October 11 ------ Professional Day:  NO SCHOOL
October 13 ------ Toast to Enatai Planning Meeting- Azteca, 6:30pm
October 14-16 -- Conference Days:  EARLY RELEASE
October 15 ------ PTSA Members: Order deadline for directory
October 18 ------ Passport Club check - all grades
October 25 ------ Fall Festival and Haunted House!
November 6 ----- PTSA Board Meeting 6:30pm
November 11 --- Veterans Day: NO SCHOOL
November 14 --- Reflections Art Walk
November 15 --- Passport Club check
                         Movie Night!
November 28-29 Thanksgiving Holiday: NO SCHOOL

Volunteer Dashboard

Volunteer Opportunity Questions? Needed Progress
Potato Story Book Character Project 10/7-10/15 Librarian Ms. Lee 30 11
Fall Festival and Haunted House 10/25 Fall Festival & Haunted House 191 110
Passport Club Checkers 10/18  Passport Club Chairs 18 16
Art is Awesome!  Classroom Art Docent Art Docent Chair 21 10
PTSA Room Parent Coordinator Volunteer Coordinator 1+ 0
Academic Adventure Co-Chair Volunteer Coordinator 1+ 0
PTSA Staff Appreciation shadow Staff Appreciation Chair 1+ 0
Geo Bee shadow Passport Club/Geo Bee Chairs 1+ 0
Field Day Chair Volunteer Coordinator 1+ 0
Variety Show Chair Volunteer Coordinator 1+ 0
Carnival shadow Volunteer Coordinator 1+ 0
 *What is a shadow?  Shadows are future Chairs that learn by observing the current Chair



Fall Festival and Haunted House 10/25

October 25th is our Fall Festival and 5th Grade Haunted House!

Q: What makes this year's Fall Festival different?
A: This year we are providing pizza for purchase instead of spaghetti.  For many students pizza is a treat and has the benefit of being quick to eat and economical.  We have also introduced the Water Bottle Challenge to promote a more ecologically friendly gathering.  Extra effort has gone to atmosphere and decorations for the free games and activities to make this evening a special experience! 

Q:  What is behind the theme of this year's Haunted House: The Cryptid Zoo?
A:  We wanted to do a Haunted House that did not use the gross-out horror found in Haunted Houses for older students and adults.  Many people find the idea of Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster fascinating, but Cryptids also include creatures widely called "monsters".  How dangerous can these hidden monsters be?  What would it be like if they were brought to Enatai?

Pre-order tickets and get more information at our
Fall Festival and Haunted House webpage
online sales begin 10/4 and ends 10/23 -scholarships available-
Questions?  Email Fall Festival or Haunted House for answers.

Donations, loaned equipment, and volunteers are still needed for the Fall Festival and Haunted House!   See what's needed here: 
Fall Festival and Haunted House Requests and Volunteers


Culturally Responsive Books

Last year, our PTSA Staff Representatives and our Principal came to the Enatai PTSA Board requesting funding to help teachers purchase culturally responsive books to add to their classroom libraries.

Why are culturally responsive books so important? Classroom books and other materials should represent the interests of the students and reflect the diversity of students within the classroom. However, until the recent past, it was not uncommon to find classrooms completely void of reading materials that either were written by African American, Latino, or Asian authors or which prominently featured the lively and rich histories of the diverse cultures represented in the school. Thanks to donations from parents and our community, Enatai PTSA was able to provide $15,000 of funding for grade level appropriate books for each classroom.

Did you know that this year's Enatai Eagles Academic Adventure includes a Literacy Adventure? The Literacy adventure stickers were sent home in backpacks with the Enatai Eagle Academic Adventure Album. If your student hasn't read a book to earn this sticker, you can download a list of culturally responsive books that Enatai teachers were able to purchase through the combined efforts of the school and the PTSA.   Contact academicadventure@enataiptsa.org if you have questions regarding the Enatai Eagles Academic Adventure programs.

Parents, do you have a favorite childhood book you would like to recommend for Enatai's collection of culturally responsive books?  Contact your teacher if there is a title you would like to share with your child's class.

Look for these books in classrooms:
Culturally Responsive Books by Grade

Pre-Order your Enatai Elementary Yearbook Online

The Enatai Elementary Yearbook is now available for preorder online.   Enatai's yearbook will have individual and classroom photos as well as images that capture all the activities of the school year!  New this year is an option to purchase a hardcover yearbook. Yearbooks will be delivered to your student around mid June.
Order your LifeTouch Yearbook HERE!
Enatai Elementary School        Yearbook ID: 5871020

The Yearbook team is also looking for more grade level photographers for ALL grades.  If you capture any classroom or event photos during Fall classroom parties or at Fall Festival & Haunted House, please email yearbook@enataiptsa.org


Book Fair Wrap Up

Thanks to the many volunteers, parents, teachers, staff, and students who helped make our Fall Scholastic Book Fair a BIG success! We sold $10,064 in books from our in-school and online fair.   Enatai's book fair makes 55% back in Scholastic dollars.  With some of our scholastic dollars, Enatai PTSA was able to purchase:
- Scholastic News (weekly subscription) for ALL students K-5
- Storyworks for all students in Grade 4 & 5
- $600 of books for students that may not have otherwise been able to purchase a book at the fair
- $100 of new books from the teacher's wish list book boxes
- $1000+ for the library to purchase a CoverOne Book Repair Machine and supply kit

What was the secret to our success? We had a wonderful team of parent volunteers to help each day. All of our teachers allowed for special classroom visit times. Our parents were very generous with their purchases from the teacher wish boxes. Our parent/student/teacher community come to our Family Reading Night to shop and listen to our teachers read. Finally, thank you to all the parents who signed up for eWallet! We had over $2000 of sales via this payment method.

Thank you for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair.  See you again for the next book fair in February!


Congratulations to Toast to Enatai's Sign winners


Last year's TOAST TO ENATAI featured special auction items, including the right to name the Playground, Circle Drive, and Soccer Field for one year with the name of their choice!  Winning bids were made by Tyler and Tiffany Rourke, Sharon Sangha and Tyler Nathe, and Sharon Pang and Jack Castro.   Their combined bids brought in over $7,000 to benefit our school community!  Congratulations and thank you for supporting our school community!


Corporate Partner in Education Update 

We are pleased to welcome back Allegro Pediatrics at the Silver Eagle Level this year! Allegro Pediatrics is committed to partnering with our local communities to enrich and improve the health and safety of children. We are proud to support Enatai Elementary School!

 Enatai Families:  Do you know of a business that would benefit by becoming a 2019-20 Enatai Corporate Partner In Education?  Join by Oct 15th to get your business in an ad in our student directory!  You can read more about the Corporate Partnership program in this PDF.  If you have questions, please contact corporatepartners@enataiptsa.org for more details.

2018-19 Corporate Partners in Education List


Corporate Matching: Microsoft

Calling all Microsoft Families!  Microsoft helps its employees deepen their impact by empowering inspiring organizations through its matching benefit. Personal donations of money, Microsoft product, or stock to eligible organizations can be matched dollar-for-dollar, and volunteer hours can be matched at $25 per hour, up to $15,000 each calendar year.  The Enatai PTA Unit (commonly known as Enatai PTSA), a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization, is an eligible organization so please register all donations and volunteer time!  Employees/donors can submit their matching gift requests or log volunteer hours/submit volunteer grant requests electronically at https://microsoft.benevity.org/

Information about Microsoft's Corporate Matching program and other local company's policies can be seen on our Corporate Matching webpage or at your company website!


Bellevue Schools Foundation Clickathon

The Bellevue Schools Foundation’s Annual Clickathon event will be held October 22nd and 23rd. All donations over $100 made on these two days will be matched 1:1. Our goal is to raise $300,000 from parents like YOU. Public funding is not enough to fund the exceptional programming that makes Bellevue Schools the best in the Nation. Donate here or at BellevueSchoolsFoundation.org to fund the following programs in our schools:

- Training for 40+ additional counselors to address student stress, anxiety and depression;
- Training for teachers to integrate cutting-edge Computer Science curriculum in every classroom;
-Libraries in our classrooms with characters and narratives that reflect our District’s global culture;
- Mentoring programs that provide one-on-one support for students in need;
- And more!



TOAST TO ENATAI Meeting 10/13
TOAST TO ENATAI's first meeting will be held at Azteca Restaurant on Sunday, October 13th at 6:30pm. 
Meet the crew and have a great time planning Enatai's biggest party!

Enatai PTSA Printed Directory orders due 10/15
If you haven't ordered this yet you can do so through the Join PTSA link.  Members can add the directory into their online shopping cart and check out with a credit card.  Not a PTSA member?  Add a membership to your cart in addition to the directory!    Join PTSA and Order a Directory


Community Corner 10/4

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

In support of National Fire Prevention Week, the Bellevue Fire Department will host its annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.   All nine fire stations will serve free cookies and other refreshments, give tours, and answer questions. There will be cool giveaways, plenty of safety information and everything you wanted to know about the Fire Service!

Fire Station One – 766 Bellevue Way SE (Downtown/West Bellevue) has supported our Enatai School Carnival
Station Seven – 11900 SE Eighth St. (Wilburton/Woodridge) helped with this year's Egg Drop Challenge.


BHS Theater Arts
October 24th & 25th
6-6:55 pm Haunted Halls - 7:00 pm Show Starts
Join the BHS Theater Arts program as they put a fresh spin on an old classic. AND...the Haunted Halls are back by popular demand! The Haunted Halls are appropriate for all ages. They will be in group tours and each tour will have either an Angel tour guide for children 10 and under or a Demon tour guide for tours 10 and above. Walk through multiple spooky rooms for a fright and a delight!  Stay up to date with our brand-new website www.bhsdramaboosters.org

Concessions Available for Purchase (cash) at each show
FREE SHOWS!- Donations Welcome (suggested donation $5-10 per person)

Bellevue Gifted Alliance Events
College Student Panel
College students from BSD's Advanced Learning (previously the gifted) program discuss how to choose a college. Tina Neville will speak about the “Essay Dos and Don’ts”
December 19, 2019  6:30-8:00 PM
Bellevue High School Performing Arts Center  10416 SE Wolverine Way

High School Student Panel
High school students who attended BSD's Advanced Learning (previously the gifted) program discuss how to choose a high school.
January 8, 2020  6:30-8:00 PM
Wilburten Instructional Services Center (WISC), Rainier Room
12111 Main St.


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