Stevenson PTA E-News – April 28, 2010
May 3 – May 7 Stevens on Teacher / Staff Appreciation Week is May 3 – May 7
Please help make our wonderful teachers and staff feel special by participating in some or all of
the following days:
Monday, May 3 Make a card for your teacher using the template from your Friday
Tuesday, May 4 Bring a flower for your teacher. (A flower from your garden is fine!)
Wednesday, May 5 Draw a picture or write a poem for your teacher.
Thursday, May 6 Make a craft or bring a "treat" for your teacher.
& Friday, May 7 (Example of treats: her favorite nutrient bar, a token bag of cookies,
Parents and Guardians may show their appreciation as well:
Please consider contributing classroom materials (paper, glue sticks, books, etc.) instead of
knickknacks. Ask your teacher for specific needs.
Teachers also appreciate gift certificates of nominal value of all kinds – some may help them
purchase the little extras needed in their classrooms.
If you have questions, please contact Wendy Ong or Debbie Patel.
Wednesday, May 5 Teacher/Staff Appreciation Celebration Lunch
12:30 pm Teachers and Staff are cordially invited to a lunch hosted by the PTA on behalf of Stevenson
Staff Room families on Wednesday, 5 th May 2010, at 12:30pm in the staff room.
Monday, May 10 PRISM Mom’s Night Out
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm PRISM mom's night out May 10 th, Monday at Crossroads Meeting Room 6:30pm-8:30pm. PRISM
Crossroads Mall - moms are welcome to join us for this mom's social night out. Please bring your own dinner or
Meeting Room purchase dinner at the food court, then meet other PRISM moms for a casual dinner gathering.
Please RSVP to Yunbo Cassady.
May 13 – May 20 Measurement of Student Progress (MSP): The MSP is the new WASL. Below are the specific da ys
each grade level will be testing. If your child is sick on one of the test days, we will work to
administer the test to them upon their return if time permits. Please ensure your child is
present, well rested and has had a good breakfast during this time. Student performance on this
assessment not only helps us determine areas of success and growth of students, but also provides
us feedback on the delivery of our instruction. The scores are also tied to our standing with the
state and federal governm ents. If you are interested in seeing what the new test looks like please
Stevens on’s 2010 MSP Testing Schedule:
Date Grade Test
May 13 Thursday 4 Writing
May 14 Friday 4 Reading
May 14 Friday 5 Science
May 17 Monday 5 Reading
May 18 Tuesday 3 Reading
May 18 Tuesday 4 Writing
May 19 Wednesday 4 Math
May 19 Wednesday 5 Math
May 20 Thursday 3 Math
Thursday, May 20 PTA Meeting
6:30 pm Please come to the next meeting on May 20 th at 6:30pm in the Stevenson library. Everyone is
Stevenson Library welcome to attend, especially those who are interested in helping at school or with the PTA next
year. For more information, please contact Sara Zhong or Shirley Lim.
Thursday, May 27 Bellevue Schools Foundation - Spring For Schools Thursday, May 27, 2010
11:00 am Spring for Schools is a benefit luncheon held annually at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Over
Meydenbauer Center 1,000 business and community leaders gather to demonstrate their support of Bellevue schools
and students. All donations given at Spring for Schools support programs that benefit every
student, every classroom - every day. Click on the link for more information:
Support a great cause, have lunch and get to know other Stevenson parents.
RSVP with Rita Frost.
Monday, May 31 No school – Memorial Day
Wednesday, June 2 For those of you joining the Spiritridge community next year -
6:30 pm June 2 nd, 2010: “Adventures at Bellewood” evening. 6:30 PM. You have the opportunity to visit
Bellewood Campus the Bellewood campus and meet other Spiritridge families. Bring your family to learn more about
the move. There will also be an informational session for PRISM families following. More
Wednesday, June 9 information to come.
Spiritridge Gym June 9 th , 6:30 PM: Spiritridge’s 40th Farewell Anniversary Party in the gym
Sunday, June 6 PRISM Picnic Potluck
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Sunday, June 6th, from 4 – 6pm at the Dome picnic shelter of the Grass Lawn Park in Redmond.
Grass Lawn Park We’ll bid farewell to our 5th graders and welcom e our new PRISM families.
Questions? Contact Susan Hainze or Carolyn Watson.
Friday, June 11 25th Anniversary of PRISM Celebration/Farewell to Stevenson Event
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm This celebration will be held in the Stevenson Café on Friday, June 11 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Stevenson Café All current and former PRISM teachers, students and families, as well as the Stevenson staff,
specialists and school community are invited to attend this retrospective and dessert potluck.
PTA Volunteers If you would like to join the Stevenson PTA or help with multicultural activities n ext year,
Needed for Next Year please contact Adam Dibba. With the absence of the PRISM program next year, we will be in need
of many new parents to help keep the PTA running.
PTA & School News
Student Data As you are probably aware, all public school districts are required to r eport studen t data by
ethnicity and race categories to the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI),
according to state and federal rules. Recently, the federal government and OSPI expanded the
number of reporting categories for student ethnic and race data. This additional information may
help school districts to provide more state- and federally-funded services for students. As a
result, you will soon receive a letter asking you to supply new information for your child, by
answering a two-part question:
· First, identify your child as Hispanic/Latino or not Hispanic/Latino;
· Then, identify your child by one or more racial groups. Washington state now has 58 racial
categories from which to choose.
Letters will be mailed by the end of A pril. Please return completed forms to the school office.
Using the Internet Last week the 4 th and 5th graders were part of a pr esentation from the Seattle P olice
Safely Department r egarding Internet safety. Here are a few keys points we want all parents to be
No one under age 13 should have a social networking site such as Facebook or
MySpace. (You must be 13 to have an account s o students are providing false information
to sign up for an account.)
Playing games on-line can open the door to predators even if you use fake names, change
ages or genders. Others can still find you.
Always give passwords to parents but never to anyone else.
Always report cyber bullying to an adult
She showed them how easily someone can find them, their address, school etc. even though they
have not published any such information on their own pages, but through their “friends”
pages. We strongly encourage you to talk with your children about their Internet usage and the
type of information they are posting or submitting.
Green Week Success!! Our efforts to reduce waste in the Café wer e quite successful! Check out the information
We collected a pproximately 120 gallons of recyclable material that would have been
previously thrown away! For just one week, that adds up to 600 gallons of material!
Even more impressive is that we were able to reduce your garbage by 70% or 380 gallons
per day by stacking trays and recycling. That’s about 2 cubic yards per week!
About 6 gallons of milk was collected – this was measured to try to encourage students to
drink more of their milk in the future, or not to take a milk if they are not going to drink
it, so it doesn’t end up wasted and poured into buckets.
Thanks to the support of the Green Team we will continue our success and reduce the size of our
dumpster and safe the district money while helping the environment!
Clip Box Tops for Box Tops for Education
Education Coupons Look for "box tops for education" coupons on boxes and cans that can be cut out and redeemed for
cash for our school. Each box top is only worth 10¢, but could be worth hundreds of dollars to
Submit by Stevenson when combined! Please submit all "box tops for education" coupons, Campbell
Friday, May 28 soup education, etc. to the purple box top collection box in the office by Friday May 28, 2010.
Please put all coupons in an envelope with your teacher's name. The class that collects the most
coupons will have a party on Friday June 4, 2010. Look for the "box tops" coupon on General
Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Hamburger Helper, Old El Paso, Progresso, Lloyd's
Barbecue, Nature Valley, and other products. More information on participating products will be
posted at school.
If you have any questions, please contact Amelia Kwok.
Superstar Winners for Superstar Winners for the week of April 19-23:
the Week We completed our first week of Superstar A wards for Saftey, Respect and Responsibility. There
were MANY awards to draw from last Friday for $5 gift cards to Half Price Books. The winners
First Grade: Edmund
We’ll continue to draw one Superstar from each grade level each Friday until the end of the year!
Outstanding We are accepting nominations for the S tevenson Outs tanding Educator and Golden Ac orn
Educator and Awards for 2009-2010.
Golden A corn The Outstanding Educator Award is offered by the Washington State PTA to recognize individuals
Award who go beyond the normal expectations of their jobs to make the learning environment fun,
Nominations beneficial, and challenging. An outstanding educator could be a teacher, assistant, custodian,
bus driver, administrator or community member.
Friday, April 30 The Gold en Acorn Award is offered by the Washington State PTA for recognition of a volunteer
who has given outstanding service to all children in the school community… not just an individual
who has donated time to help in his/her child’s class or a staff member who is doing a good job. It
is to recognize volunteer’s service “above and beyond” a particular job description. Anyone may
receive a Golden A corn; however, this is a PTA award honoring volunteers who work for children
and youth beyond the scope or responsibilities of a job.
Each recipient will receive a gold pin and a special certificate. The Stevenson PTA also
contributes $65.00 in the person’s name to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Foundation.
Please email your nomination to email@example.com or drop off a nomination form that will
be distributed in Friday packets to the Stevenson office by Friday, A pril 30, 2009. Please include
the following information:
Reasons for nomination:
If you have questions, please contact Debbie Patel .
Bellevue School District News
FAC Ranks Potential FAC Ranks Potential Budget Reductions
Budget Reductions The Fiscal Advisory Committee has completed its task of prioritizing $4 million (based on a revised
estimate of the latest state numbers) in potential budget reductions and new revenue sources.
Next steps: The Superintendent will take the FAC recommendations (list of priority items to
reduce and revenue enhancements, and lists of items the FAC excluded from its budget cutting
recommendations) into account as she puts together a preliminary budget recommendation for
the School Board. The Superintendent will present her budget recommendations to the School
Board on April 20, 2010, at a Special Board Meeting.
To view additional information and documents related to our budget process, visit our 2010-11
Budget website and Forms, Meeting Materials & Budget Documents page.
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