Laurelhurst Newsletter week of – October 17th


Laurelhurst PTA News

October 16, 2016

Upcoming Events

  • 10/18 – 20, Usbourne Book Fair, Library
  • 10/19, Wed – PTA All-School Spaghetti Dinner & Bingo, 6-8 p.m., Cafeteria
  • 10/25, Tues – Watch D.O.G.S. Dads & Kids Pizza Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cafeteria
  • 10/26, Wed – 1:45 p.m. EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development
  • 10/27, Thurs – Principal’s Monthly Chat, and Parent University, 9:40 a.m., Library
  • 10/28, Fri – Kids’ Carnival, 5-8 p.m., Gym and Cafeteria
  • 10/28, Fri – Deadline for Reflections Art Submissions
  • 10/31, Mon – Halloween Parade and classroom parties, 2:40 p.m.
  • 11/9, Wed – STEAM Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cafeteria
  • 11/10, Thur – Picture Retakes

News from around the PTA

Join us this Wednesday for the annual PTA Spaghetti Dinner!

School Directory Opt-In Due!  Deadline extended to Wed 10/19

If you are new to the school (Kindergarten or otherwise) and have not yet submitted the Directory Opt-In Form that was provided in the first week packets, note the deadline for Opt-In is 10/19.

The School Directory — available in both hard copy and smartphone app forms — lists students by classroom, together with any additional information you’d like to provide (such as emails, phone numbers, addresses, and/or guardian names).  The Directory is a terrific tool for setting up carpools, arranging playdates, sending party invitations, etc.  If you have not yet submitted the Opt-In form but would like your child included in the School Directory, please email [email protected] no later than Wednesday 10/19.


New spirit gear items are now on display in the main hall case. Pink and Green neon tees, hoody sweatshirts, and *new* this year: FLANNEL PJ PANTS! Hooray! All items are available in youth and adult sizes. Please look for an order form to come home in kid mail. Additional forms will be available outside the office, and also attached here for printing at home.
Order forms are DUE OCTOBER 19th.

Please contact Katie Watts with any questions, [email protected]

Art Explores: Monet in the Spot Light

Art Explorers are kicking off this month with the children learning about the famous French artist, Claude Monet.  Parents from your child’s classroom will be coming in to present a power point and an art project into your child’s classroom. Watch the hallways come alive with water lilies inspired by the French artist Claude Monet.  If you would like to help in your child’s classroom, please let us know.  Thank you!
Laura Wright – [email protected]
Summer Carlton – [email protected]

October is Walk to School Month, aka. “Walktober”

We are halfway through –  hope you are recording all of your un-motorized trips to school!

A tracking calendar was sent home and extra copies can be picked up at school.

Parents needed: Are you interested in serving on a hiring committee?  

The PTA and Dr. Talbot are compiling a list of names of all parents who have had the required training thru SPS, and are ready to participate in interview teams.

If you have had training completed, please email Laurelhurst PTA secretary – Kathy Thomas: [email protected] with your name and your contact information – email and phone number.

This information will be forwarded to Dr. Talbot, with the goal of having 2 parents on each staff interview team, and a list of parents ready to participate in the process.

If you are interested in serving on an upcoming interview team, but have not yet been trained, please plan to attend one of the Site-Based Interview training sessions. (Please be aware that ALL persons involved in the sitebased interviewing and screening must have attended this training.)

Next Training:  Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Auditorium at John Standford Center

For more information click here 

 News from the Auction

Donate an Auction Item = Be Entered to Win a KANO Computer Kit!!!

Get your auction donations in!
We will be raffling off 2015 KANO Computer Kits these next three (3) weeks to all families that have donated an item to the auction fundraiser.  One entry per item donated; one win per entry.  To be included in the raffle, be sure that your item has been submitted via paper form or using the online form located here.

About KANO Computers

We will be drawing on these days:

  • Monday, 10/17 – First drawing (for submissions in by Friday, 10/14)
  • Monday, 10/24 – Second drawing (for submissions in by Friday, 10/21)
  • Monday, 11/1 – Third drawing (for submissions in by Friday, 10/28*)

[*Items donated after 10/28 are still welcome, but will not be included in auction catalog.]

*Gratitude* to all of our fabulous Donors! And, check out these incredible donations!

  • Sounders Club Seat Tickets for 4 – submitted by Amanda and Cal McAllister
  • Arts & Crafts Class for 4-6 Kids—submitted by Lynne Hubbard
  • Tapas Party for 40 –submitted by Robin Tarte and friends
  • Lunch with your Legislator – submitted by Timothy and Jessyn Farrell

Items still needed on our Wish List:

  • Sports paraphernalia
  • Airline miles
  • Vacation cabin getaways
  • Husky football tickets
  • Gene Juarez gift certificate

Or, check the Wish List wall outside the office for more ideas and to pick up a procurement form!

Questions?  Contact our team!

Narelle Glynn: [email protected] & Beth Joffe: [email protected]
Co-chairs:  Lisa Coulter: [email protected] & Alyssa Grundmeyer:[email protected]

News from the Teachers and Administration

Visit the Usborne Book Fair  THIS WEEK!

Your child will have the opportunity to visit the fair before school, during their library time, during recess, and after school.

The reason we have the book fair is two fold.

#1, it provides 50% of my annual budget in cash and books along with the budget the PTA provides. Unfortunately the school is unable to provide a library budget so this money is crucial for my program.

#2, the book fair provides hundreds of dollars in books for the teachers and for scholarship students who would not otherwise be able to afford books.

We encourage students to fill out wish lists for books they may want to purchase. These lists go home and parents can decide what if any books will be purchased.

Thank you for your time and please let me know if you have any questions about the book fair.

Tom Brown


[email protected]

More ways to Support the Laurelhurst Library!

Does your child have an upcoming birthday? Is there an upcoming graduation from elementary school? Are there Grandparents that would like to donate?  Please consider supporting the Laurelhurst Library anytime this year by donating a book in your child’s honor.  All you have to do is fill out the form (they are located on the table outside of the office and in the library) and send in $17.  Mr. Brown will purchase a book for your child OR you may purchase the book yourself and bring it in to the library.  A special nameplate will be placed in the book with your child’s name on it and they’ll have the first opportunity to check it out!  Questions? Contact Summer Carlton, [email protected].

Invitation to Share YOUR Musical Expertise with the Laurelhurst Elementary School Community

The Vocal Music Program at Laurelhurst Elementary School is looking for individuals with musical training and/or expertise in various musical traditions who are willing to share their abilities with the students at Laurelhurst Elementary.  Possible opportunities include planning a lesson demonstration (in coordination with the vocal music teacher) to share with one of our music classes or aiding in accompanying a grade level ensembles in one of our school-wide musical performances.  Of particular interest are individuals with expertise or experience with musical styles or traditions that may be less common to our community, though individuals with all manner of experience are desired.  This is a wonderful way to connect to our students and community in a unique, powerful and positive way.

If you are interested, please contact our vocal music teacher Bethany Grant-Rodriguez at[email protected].

Did you know about these online student resources?
Click here for more info on Raz kids, Reflex Math and Typing Agent. Scroll down to see your class login info.

News from the Community

8th Annual MONSTER BASH – Fabulous Halloween Fun for the Whole Family!

RAIN or SHINE …Grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly by for a spook-tacular celebration presented by Susannah White’s THREE FEET of SUNSHINE. Come in costume for a hair-raising haunted house, pony rides and pumpkin decorating.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy Dracula’s dance-off, ghoulish games and prizes, creepy crafts, the Phantom Photo Booth, and a crazy costume contest and parade. Plus, don’t miss the Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk, and of course, delicious Halloween Trophy Cupcakes! In celebration of our 8th annual Monster Bash, this year will feature two LIVE performances by Recess Monkey (4pm & 5pm)!  All proceeds from this fun event benefit Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team. Great fun for a great cause!  Bring a new, unused costume for a Seattle Children’s Hospital patient and receive an extra special trick-or-treat!

Date: Saturday, October 29th, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
Location: On the grounds of St. Stephen’s – 4805 NE 45th Street – Seattle, WA 98105 – behind Seattle Children’s Hospital (across from Laurelhurst Park)
Cost: Only a $13 “Fright Fee” for all this FUN!
Contact: or [email protected] or (206) 304-9339
For more information visit THREE FEET of SUNSHINE or check us out on FACEBOOK  or view the Seattle Children’s Website

Squirrelly Workshop Holiday Gift Making Classes @ Wunderkind
Starting Tuesday, October 18th, Squirrelly Workshop will host Holiday Gift Making classes for elementary and middle-school students at Wunderkind on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.  Choose one of four fabulous 4-week sessions where your child will be introduced to new art forms and materials, exploring traditions from France to Japan, and mediums from clay to textile to watercolor and more.  Visit for more details and to register.

The Power and Gifts of ADHD; Edward Hallowell Visits Seattle       
Monday, October 17th & 18th! 
Lecture and FREE Resource Fair, 7 to 9pm
The Husky Union Building @ UW

Event Sponsored by Parent Map
Click Here For Lecture Tickets

See below (or click here) for information about “Hallowell Groups” for parents, kids & teens @ the Hallowell Todaro Center in Seattle


Roosevelt Area Select Basketball Tryouts
Boys and Girls 3rd-8th Grade
Oct. 22nd-23rd (Saturday and Sunday)
Register at

For more info contact Chase Young
206-930-7975 / [email protected]

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

One on One Instructional Basketball League (Grades K-2nd)
Meadowbrook CC (Saturday Mornings) begins November 5th!
– learn to play the One on One way!  weekly fundamental skills stations & scrimmages
– keep your Fall soccer team together for basketball season
– recruit a team of up to 10 players from your school

Space is limited…check the schedule of classes below and register today!

Do you have news to share?

Submissions for the next PTA newsletter due by Fridays at Noon. Email submissions to [email protected]. Please email submissions as you would like to see printed in the body of the email.

PTA Newsletter Team

Mindy Iwen, Judy Findley, Karina Kunins, & Nella Synge

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