The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Laurelhurst Elementary School
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, Jan 19
• NO SCOOL, Martin Luther King Day Holiday
Tuesday, Jan 20
• Instrumental music students, remember your instruments!
• Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today
Wednesday, Jan 21
• Art Explorer Night, 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the cafeteria
Thursday, Jan 22
• Twin/Multiples Day (See Theme Day article below)
• Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight. Submit to: [email protected]
Friday, Jan 23
• Martin Luther King Assembly, 2:40 pm in the cafeteria
Upcoming Events
• Jan 29 – Opposite Day (See Theme Day article below)
• Jan 29 – Tea with Talbot, Principal’s monthly chat, 9:40 in the Library
• Jan 30 – Day Between Semesters (Possible Snow Make-Up Day), otherwise no school
• Feb 5 – School Tour, 9:30 – 11:00 am, Starts in the Library, ends in Cafeteria
• Feb 6 – All-School Dance, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, in the Cafeteria
• Feb 9 – PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm in the Library
• Feb 10 – Instrumental Music Concert Assembly, 2:50 in the Cafeteria (Grades 4 & 5 performing)
• Feb 12 – General PTA Meeting in the Cafeteria at 9:30 am **NOTE change in date and time
• Feb 16-17 – NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day & Mid-Winter Break Day
• Feb 25 – Literacy Night, 6-8 pm in the Cafeteria
• Feb 26 – Principal’s Monthly Chat “Tea With Talbot”, 9:40 am – Library

PE News & Information
Helmets are needed in P.E. from Tuesday 1/20 through Friday 2/6
Laurelhurst’s bike unit will start TODAY, January 20h and last through February 6th. We partner with Cascade Bicycle
Club and borrow their BMX bicycles for our unit. Cascade’s bicycles are usually a good match for students in 2-
5th grades. I have balance bikes (without pedals) for students that will be working to learn to ride. I also have some smaller bikes for new/younger
riders. If you have a rider in K-2 and they have a bike they like to ride and you can get it to school feel free to bring it on their P.E. days. Students in
3rd -5th do not need to bring a bike. We could use volunteers for the K-1 classes for the first week to help with adjusting helmets!
Please have a properly fitting helmet at school for your student to wear on PE days.
Cascade provides some helmets, but students need to wear hair nets as a precaution for lice.

New Art Event This Wednesday January 21st, 6- 7:30 pm
ART EXPLORERS NIGHT! Come and experience art with your family and with the Masters! There will be 4 stations where you will be able to create
Hokusai block prints, Wan Qingli Chinese brush and ink paintings, Gaudi with the STEAM team and an all school Basquiat painting. Don’t miss the
end of the night- Red Painted Chicken Feet walk. It will be a night to remember! Donations accepted, but not required.

We need your help to support our team!
We are in the 4th Quarter!!!! Our procurement deadline is quickly approaching!
Thank you parents who have sent in your procurement form or sent in cash donations. We are excited by the
amazing trips, parties, sports memorabilia and much, much more coming in. We still have a long way to go! Now is the time we need your help!

Can’t think of anything to donate? We accept cash donations to help complete gift packages! Forms for cash donations are going home in kid mail
today! Please do your part to support our team! Thank you! For additional information contact Jenny Burkle at [email protected]

Theme Days Coming Up!
The 5th grade student leadership activity committee would like to liven up January a bit with some “Spirit Days.”
Thursday, January 22nd will be Twin/Multiples Day. They can pair up, dress up as a group, or even have a class theme such as everyone in room
__ are wearing blue shirts. We have revised the theme to Twin/Multiples Day.
Thursday, January 29th will be Opposite Day. Do something that’s opposite such as:
• Wear one ponytail up and one down.
• If you usually dress very casually, come in formal attire.
• Dress the opposite as someone else: they wear red top/blue bottom; you wear red bottom/blue top.
• Mismatch seems to also fit the theme, such as:
o Color hair different colors
o Switch one shoe with another person
o Wear mismatched socks or shoes
o Wear mismatched top and bottom
o Etc.
There’s a lot of creativity for this day. As long as it’s appropriate and you consider it opposite, then it’ll work.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Roos at [email protected]

Instrumental Music Mini Performance on Feb 10th
The 4th and 5th grade Instrumental Music students have been working hard to learn to play their instruments. Please attend our “mini-performance”
on February 10 at 2:50 pm to see what we’ve learned so far this year!

New Auditorium Chairs!
Thanks to generous grants from Intermec Corporation and FOLF (Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation), we are thrilled to announce the arrival of
200 new stacking chairs and rolling storage carts. This investment in our school will positively impact generations to come. A HUGE THANK YOU!
Science Fair 2015 is on Wednesday, April 9th From 6-8 pm
The 2015 Aki Kurose Laurelhurst Science Fair is happening in April. This year’s theme is TRANSFORMATIONS IN SCIENCE. Students will build
and display experiments which have utilized the Scientific Method! Stay tuned. Registration packets will be out next month!

Jump Around! All-School DANCE!
Friday, February 6th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the Laurelhurst cafeteria. Hip Hop instruction, DJ, Concessions, Dance Showcase & Fun with Friends!
Not content to just dance in a crowd? Show off your moves! Register for the Dance Showcase, solo or with your posse. Return all Dance Showcase
registration forms to the office no later than January 30th. Dance Admission: $5.00. Questions? Contact Tonya Clegg, [email protected]

Math In Focus Parent Night
6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at two Seattle elementary schools.
Stevens Elementary in Capitol Hill and Olympic View Elementary in Maple Leaf will host the hour-long sessions, open to all parents, relatives and
friends who support district students at home. Spanish and possibly Somali and Amharic translators will be present, but child care will not be provided.
A trainer representing the Math in Focus publisher will provide insight on the “bar modeling” concept — a basic component of the Singapore
method-based Math in Focus texts, adopted by Seattle Public Schools in June 2014. The trainer also will review tips for helping students with homework
and will walk parents through the concrete-pictorial-abstract progression concept within the texts.

February is Literacy Month – “It’s Never Too Soon To Love Shakespeare”
William Shakespeare has had a great influence on our language and culture. Ever seen the “Lion King” – Shakespeare’s fingerprints are all over it.
This year we will be devoting Literacy Month as an opportunity to let our young ones know that Shakespeare is fun, fantastic, accessible and actionpacked!
Mr. Brown will be introducing various elements during each classes Library Period leading up to Literacy Night, scheduled for Wednesday
February 25. The evening will be highlighted by a 40 minute production of “Twelfth Night” by Greenstage followed by a Question and Answer session.
The evening would not be complete without the family favorite “Book Swap”. More details to follow! We will also be adding a Book Drive Contest. On
arrival at literacy night, students can turn in a NEW book and receive a raffle ticket for each book donated. Prizes will be drawn at the end of the
evening. All books will be donated to an educational non-profit for children. If you are shopping for books this holiday season, it might be good to
grab a few extra (preferred reading level third to fifth grade) while there are bargains to be had!
If you are interested in helping with literacy month, please contact Beth Cogan at [email protected] or 206-250-9559.

Classic Books Sign-Up Deadline is FRIDAY!
Attention all book lovers! Classic book participation forms are due on Friday, January 23rd. If your child wants to participate in this fun and educational
book club, please turn your participation form into the office or to your teacher by Friday, January 23! If you need a participation form, you can
find one in the office, or download them from the Laurelhurst website. Please note that each grade reads a different set of books, so make sure that
you have the appropriate list of books for your third, fourth, or fifth grader!
Also, if you plan on your child participating please let the organizers know if your child has food allergies. Please email this to Deanna Irwin-Sires at
[email protected]

SPS Open Enrollment is February 23 – March 6
The Open Enrollment period is your best opportunity to request a different school or program for your student. You must first register your student for
school, and then you can submit your Choice request between Feb. 23 and Mar. 6.
You can choose to apply for another attendance area school including K-8 schools; an option school; or programs such as Montessori, Spectrum,
and Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP).
• School Choice Enrollment Process
• School Choice Application Instructions
• School Choice application forms will be posted Feb. 23, 2015

Do You Have A Child Headed to Middle School Next Year?
JAMS – Jane Addams Middle School New Family Information Night
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30-8:00 PM
Come and learn about all that Jane Addams Middle School has to offer. We will begin at 6:30, with a short presentation in the auditorium and then
have several breakout sessions by subject area, allowing new students and parents to meet teachers, learn more, and see our newly remodeled
areas. Later in the spring, we will invite students back for scheduling of classes and community building.
If you’re thinking about middle schools for your child, please consider Hazel Wolf K-8. We are Seattle’s first E-STEM (environmentally-focused
science, technology, engineering, math) school, offering electives such as MESA, art, drama, music, choir, PE, and foreign language, all in a creative
and dynamic environment. Come join us for an open house tour — we’ll be showing off our new, temporary location near Greenlake, and talking all
about our groundbreaking E-STEM program. All families and students are welcome. See you there!
2015 Open House & Tour Schedule:
Morning Tours: 9:30-11:30am on Wednesday, January 21, Tuesday, February 3, Wednesday, February 18 and Monday, March 2
Evening Tours: 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday, January 27 and Thursday, February 26
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 6:00p.m. to 8:00pm. This is ONLY time there will be a tour of the school. Please mark your calendars now.

LASER Childcare
• No LASER Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
• Friday, January 23rd, Back to the Future Parent Night Out at Sandpoint Elementary, 6-11pm, $25 per child, $15 per sibling. Food, games,
movie, and fun!
• Friday, January 30th- Super Bowl Camp day at Sandpoint Elementary. 7am-6pm. Sign up at Laurelhurst. $45 per child. For more info
contact Shawn at [email protected]
LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)
• Winter Leaps Session will begin the week of February 2nd. Sign-ups began January 5th, 2015. You can pick up a class list and sign up
form in the LASER portable or the LEAPS bulletin board in the Laurelhurst main entrance.
Rising Stars Pre-K (Preschool)
Day of discovery! Pre-K camp day Friday, January 30th from 9:00am-4:00pm Cost $40/day
Location: Pre-K classroom – includes field trip to Everett Children’s Museum
Any child can sign-up from ages 4-6 (doesn’t have to be a part of LASER program)
Can sign-up in LASER Pre-K classroom by January 28th at 6pm.
Questions can email [email protected]
• Pre- registration for next year (2015-2016) started January 2nd. If you sign up between January 2nd- 31st, you will get $100 off
your first month tuition in September. 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.

Clubs have started 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-No club.
• Tuesday-Cooking around the World with David. The kids will create snacks they can take to a Super Bowl Party.
• Wednesday-Masters of Painting with Sara. The students will continue their still life drawings.
• Thursday-Multicultural Exploration with Sebastian. They will be picking individual country projects.
• Friday-Comic book club with Travis
Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!

Positive Parenting of School Age Children
Join Anita Garcia Morales for this free, fun class for parents/caregivers who want to foster respectful and joyful relationships with children aged 5-12.
During this six week class there will be discussions about effective discipline (how to be kind and firm at the same time), understanding your child’s
behavior, and creating an environment of mutual caring and respect.
You will explore parenting styles and work on creating some tools for both self care and for building strong foundations for a positive lifelong relationship
with your child. Limited, free childcare is available for children 5-12 years old
Registration is required
To register for class and childcare call 206-694-6727
When: Wednesdays Feb 25, Mar 4, (no class on Mar 11), Mar 18, 25, April 1, 8
From: 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: at FamilyWorks 1501 N 45th St Seattle, 98103
This class is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
School Day Off Hoops Camps!
Presented by One on One Basketball
Space is limited…register today!
January 30th & February 17th from 9AM – 3PM
Boys and Girls ages 6-12
Only $60 per day

Little League® Baseball and Softball
Register now for Northeast Seattle Little League
Join the more than 1,000 boys and girls from your neighborhood who play tee ball, coach-pitch baseball, machine-pitch softball, and competitive
levels of baseball and softball.
Registration deadlines: Baseball – January 24th and Softball – January 31st
Please register only at Online registration does not require online payment. You may register online but send your registration
fee by postal mail.

Northeast Seattle Little League is your neighborhood little league – serving families who live in the area bounded by the ship canal, NE 110th Street,
Lake Washington, and 25th Avenue NE/Lake City Way. *BOUNDARIES Little League has amended its residency requirements to allow children to
play in the local league whose boundaries include where the school they attend is located. So, if a child’s school is located within the NESLL boundaries,
that child can now play with their school friends in NESLL!!
Kids aged 5-7 play tee ball. Kids 7-8 play farm league (either coach-pitch baseball or machine-pitch softball). Older age groups play in kid-pitch
leagues, and teams are assembled after player assessment. See the NESLL website for further details.
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