The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin November 3, 2014

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School Monday, November 3, 2014




Monday, Nov 3

  • Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today
  • PTA Board Meeting,7 pm in theLibrary

Tuesday, Nov 4

  • Walktober Celebration on N.Playground from 9-9:25 am (Bring tracking calendar for prizes)
  • InstrumentalMusic students,remember your instruments!
  • Election Day – VOTE!

Wednesday, Nov 5

  • Reflections Art Celebration,6:30 pm in the Cafeteria
  • EARLY deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight.Submit to: [email protected]

Thursday, Nov 6

Friday, Nov 7

Upcoming Events

  • Nov11–NO SCHOOL,VeteransDayHoliday
  • Nov 13 – School Picture Retake Day from 9:15 – 11 on the Stage
  • Nov 15 – Save the Date for ALO Testing for nominated students in Grades 2-5 (see article on page 2)
  • Nov 20–Teawith Talbot,Principal’s monthly chat –9:40in theLibrary
  • Nov 24-26 – Parent-Teacher Conferences and NO SCHOOL for students
  • Nov27-28–NO SCHOOL,ThanksgivingBreak

Walktober 2014

Come to the Walktober Celebration on Tuesday morning,Nov.4from 9 to 9:25 am on the North Playground. Bring your completed Walktober tracking calendar and redeem your prizes! Congratulations to everyone who increased their walking, bicycling, and bussing to school this month!

Reflections Art Contest

Time to celebrate!Join us this Wednesday,November 5th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. We will enjoy our kids’ fabulous art, present award certifi­cates, take pictures for the yearbook, and enjoy a treat! Questions? Contact Jeanne Ryanat [email protected] or AnnBuratto at [email protected]

Thank You for Helping Our Direct Give Campaign Finish Strong!

Our participants during the final week, plus our generous matching families, helped us achieve and exceed our goal! Your support benefits every child in our school through art and music programs, our tutors, science and technology programs and equipment, and much more. Don’t forget to check whether your employer will match your donation! The Laurelhurst PTA is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization, and our Tax ID number is 911093520.

Thanks! Janiel &Meghan

NOTE: DirectThankstoour2014-15DirectGiveChairs, Janiel Eggleston & Meghan Amrofell, for leading this important campaign for our kids! Worm races, pizza parties, the FLASH, popsicles, red envelopes, Candy Corn Family drawing…these women filled our month with creativity while reminding us of the many enriching programs and services currently funded by the PTA. Thank you to Janiel &Meghan and all the many generous families who contributed to Direct Give.

School Pictures Coming Home Soon!

We have received our school pictures. Teachers now have the photo envelopes if you ordered them for your child(ren), but we do not want to send them home with the children on a rainy day! If you are in their classroom and wish to pick them up, please check with their teacher. Otherwise,we have asked teachers to wait until a day when it isn’t pouring down rain at dismissal time. Please remind your child know that you want them to be careful with their picture envelope and not damage it or leave it on the playground. All children will receive a class photo, regardless of whether you ordered a portrait package. If there is a problem with their photos, if they were absent or if they are new since photo day, retake day is on Thursday, November 13th. All students need to be photographed for student records, whether or not you choose to order a portrait package. There are enve­lopes in the office to order portrait packages on retake day, or if it’s a retake, leave everything in the package (keep the class photo) and return the package envelope clearly marked ‘ RETAKE”to their teacher right away. For questions about your photos, contact Dorian Studio at: 1-800-826-3535 or go online to

Announcing the kick-off of…

Laurelhurst PTA Auction

Friday, March 20, 2015 Club Husky, Husky Stadium We need your help – our first general meeting is Wednesday, November 12; 7:00 pm at Tisha Patt’s house! Contact Mimi Sternberg ([email protected] or 206-261-6464)

Participate, save the date, wear your school colors, and help support our team!

Scrip News

SCRIP It Up for the Holidays! That’s right – order your Scrip cards by Friday 11/14 to receive them in time for all your gift giving needs. Who on your holiday list wouldn’t enjoy a gift card to Amazon, Zappos or American Eagle? (just to name a few…) The PTA earns a percentage of these sales and YOU get the full gift card value for your dollar. Take a moment and order your cards TODAY -you will be so glad you did when the days get even busier.Anddon’tforgettheGivingWreathoutsidetheschoolofficeinDecember!Questions?AskMinoriorLiz at [email protected] To set up a free account and start shopping:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Register”in the upper right corner
  3. Choose to “Join a Scrip Program”
  4. Enter DAA59E9E7111 as the Enrollment Code, then click “Register”
  5. Enter a username, password, account info, email address, security questions &answers and click “Register”
  6. Shop! Complete your order by Friday 11/14. Cards will be distributed 12/9.

Yearbook Pictures Needed!

Are you a parent that loves taking pictures of all the fun activities at school? The yearbook committee would like to use your pictures in this year’s book! We are looking for fun candids from every classroom. We would love to see Halloween pictures from every class!

We have a dedicated email where you can send your pictures: [email protected] Please label your email with the room number, grade and event.

Questions? Contact Jincey Goggin [email protected] or Melanie Johnston [email protected]

PE News and Information

Our famous Unicycle unit continues THIS WEEK, through Friday,November 7.

Bring your helmets (that are properly fitting) on PE days. Check the eyes, ears and mouth/chin for a snug fit. We will be doing several units with helmets this year so plan for it. Please let me know if you are without a helmet and we can make other arrangements. I would love to have a few parent volunteers during your rider’s PE class period.

I will continue to offer morning unicycle riding time on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:05-9:25am. Please email me with questions. Thanks, Brent Roberts, PE Specialist, [email protected]

Save the Date for ALO Testing for Grades 2-5! Note New Location!

Please read if you nominated your child(ren) for ALO testing this fall. The Office of Advanced Learning has changed their testing for this year. The part that we do know is that students in Grades 2-5 will be tested at the John Stanford Center (school district offices) at 2445 3rd Ave South, on Sat­urday, November 15. Students testing that day will come from Laurelhurst, Stevens, Montlake, Alki, Lafayette &Schmitz Park. I don’t know about the time yet, I just know the date and want you to mark your calendars to save that date.

We don’t yet have information for families of kids in grades K-1, so stay tuned!

Nurse’s Office Volunteers Needed – Monday or Wednesday from 12-12:45

We have a nurse and wonderful volunteers who help manage our busy nurse’s office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We find ourselves in need of Monday and Wednesday volunteers. If interested, please let me know. Thanks! Susan Lundh 252-5402 or [email protected]

Remember to Sign In At the Office

When you come to school, you should always stop in the office to sign in, whether you are visiting or volunteering. We need to keep tabs on people in our building. This is for safety purposes. Please wear a visitor or volunteer badge when you are here. Then return it to sign out when you leave. THANKS!

Volunteer Help in Lunchroom

Kim in our kitchen is often in need of assistance between 11:30-12:45. If you are available or find yourself here with a bit of free time, stop in to see if she could use your help that day, or email her at [email protected]

Do You Have A Child Headed to Middle School Next Year?

Eckstein Middle School will host an Open House for prospective 6th graders for the 2015-2016 school year and their parents/guardians on Thursday, February 26,2015,from 8:00pm. This is ONLY time there will be a tour of the school. Please mark your calendars now.

Annual GLTB Dinner


The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at NOVA/Seattle World School (300 20th Ave. E). Members of the school board will attend to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All district families and staff are wel­come to attend! This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office and the Office of School Family Partnerships. Dinner and entertainment will be provided through community donations. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Intervention Office at 252-0982 or [email protected]

SPS is seeking community volunteers for Special Education Advisory & Advocacy Council (SEAAC)

Seattle Public Schools is seeking unpaid volunteers from our ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse communities to serve on the Special Edu­cation Advisory &Advocacy Council (SEAAC), forterms ofone year.

The council advises Seattle Public Schools leadership and staff on Special Education issues and is comprised of up to 30 members. A minimum of two-thirds of the members must be parents of children with disabilities currently enrolled in a Special Education Program in Seattle public Schools. SPS students, families, community members, staff, community based organizations and representatives of higher learning institutions are encour­aged to apply.

Nominations/applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14. More information about the council, the nomination process and a nomination form are available through the Special Education homepage.

Learn more about Seattle Public Schools task forces and committees.

Reminder: Student Emergency Comfort Packs For Each Student

The Laurelhurst Safety Committee has asked each student to bring in an Emergency Comfort Kit. Please make every effort to provide this for your child as soon as possible. We are filling orange emergency buckets for each class for possible emergency situations here at school. If you haven’t yet, please bring their classroom teacher the following: A gallon sized plastic bag (Ziploc type) filled with:

  • A family photo
  • A comforting note from parent(s)
  • A juice pouch or juice box
  • A couple of nutritious snack bars
  • A fold-up poncho that comes in a little pouch (usually found in sporting goods sections and mini-marts)
  • A pair of socks

Box Top$ For Education Did you know our school earned a chunk of money this past year from clipping these Box Top$ from participating products and turning them in at school? Not only is it an easy money maker, it’s a great way for ANYONE to support our school. (Think friends, relatives, out-of-town grandparents…) Please pass on the word – we want Box Top$! To make it easier for you, we put a handy collection bag in your First Day Packet, so you could tape it inside a cupboard door. Simply collect and submit a couple times each year (they do expire!). Questions? Liz at [email protected]


LASER Childcare

Camp day on November 11th at Sand Point-Sign-up now at LASER! Space limited!


LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)

Leaps classes have begun. Enrollment forms and class guides are still available at school, LASER, or you can download them from our LASER website First come, first served Registration is not complete until we have received a). Registration Con­tract, b). Emergency Card, and c). Full payment. Please return these to LASER or the school office.

Fall Leaps sessions run through December 15th. We will accept late registrations, but there are no prorates in the first 2 weeks, except for cancelled classes.

Rising Stars Pre-K (Preschool)

  • Pre-K Open Registration – we are still accepting applications for our Rising Stars Pre-K Kindergarten Readiness Program serving 4-5 year olds. Download registration materials online at , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials. There is no deadline, but space is limited.


LASER clubs have started and are centered on Common Core and Habits of Mind that give our kids a chance to dig deeper into topics of interest. Clubs are not a given, they are an opportunity. The clubs are taking part during programming time from 4:45pm-5:30pm. These clubs are in addition to an art/creative activity and group game options. Our clubs this fall include:

  • Monday-Science club with Harper. Harper will be doing experiments about boats and buoyancy this Monday.
  • Tuesday-Fine Art Club with Tara. On Tuesday the kids will be learning about painting impressions.
  • Wednesday-Community Service with Doug. The club is getting ready for Veteran’s Day and will help design cards honoring our Veterans to be delivered at the VA hospital.
  • Thursday-Cooking with David. The cooking project will be making tamales.
  • Friday-Spanish with Sebastian. Sebastian will begin teaching basic greetings and talking about the current weather.


Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!

Veterans Day One-Day Basketball Camp @ Roosevelt High School

Tuesday,November 11th,2014from 9am-Noon

Boys and Girls Grades 2nd -8th

Coach Chase Young and his staff will be leading the camp Register at

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