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Bear Bulletin – 10/6

Calendar

Monday, Oct 6

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

Tuesday, Oct 7

Wednesday, Oct 8

  • PTA All-School Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Event 6-8 pm, Cafeteria
  • EARLY Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight tonight. Submit to: [email protected]

Thursday, Oct 9

  • School Picture Day: Individual & Class Pictures for all Students and Staff

Friday, Oct 10

  • NO SCHOOL, Staff Professional Development Day

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 13-17 – Usborne Book Fair, in the Library, (Ends at 11 am Friday)
  • Oct 14 – Pizza With Dads, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Cafeteria
  • Oct 15 – STEM Night, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Cafeteria
  • Oct 23 – Principal’s Monthly Chat “Tea with Talbot”, 9:40 am, Library
  • Oct 24 – Kids Carnival, 5-8 pm, Laurelhurst Gym
  • Oct 29 – 1:40 EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development
  • Oct 31 – Halloween Parade at 2:40 & classroom parties

All-School Spaghetti Dinner & BINGO Night – October 8th!

You are all invited to enjoy an evening of family fun and a delicious dinner! This Wednesday, October 8th, from 6-8 pm, the school cafeteria will be the happening place! Dinner of Spaghetti, bread, salad and dessert starts at 6 pm, followed by BINGO at 7 pm. Dinner is sponsored by the PTA, but donations are welcome.

A Note From Your PTA Co-Presidents

It’s here! We’re excited to launch the new Laurelhurst PTA website at http://www.laurelhurstpta.com.

We hope this will be a great resource for the latest news on school events, volunteer opportunities and more. MANY THANKS to Geoff Harrison, Ross Rosen and Devlin Donnelly for bringing us this great new tool!

 

On another note – we know many of you have questions, thoughts and ideas on all that’s happening at Laurelhurst. You may not know us personally, but along with the PTA Board, we’re working hard on behalf of this community, and we need to hear from you! Please reach out to us any time.

 

Amy Barss and Linda Chou , [email protected]

STEM News – Come and Join Us For Game Night on Wednesday, October 15th From 6:30 – 7:30 pm

We invite you to our first STEM event of the academic year -“Game Night” on Wednesday, October 15th 2014. Open to all families and featuring some of the coolest games in Blue Highway’s exciting game collection!  Students from kindergarten to fifth grade will be learning important reasoning skills, and improving their problem solving abilities by playing games that will be exciting, challenging and also a lot of fun.

 

Blue Highway will be taking orders for games the evening of Game Night, with 20% of game sales going to Laurelhurst Elementary!

 

We are also seeking Game Night parent volunteers (volunteer orientation takes place prior to the event on October 15th) with training from the game gurus at Blue Highway games.

 

The PTA and the STEM Night team – thank you for supporting STEM at Laurelhurst!  

 

Please respond to the email that went through the room parent network or contact STEM Night Coordinators Bobby Shashidhar ([email protected]) or Jincey Goggin ([email protected]) for more information on becoming a Game Night volunteer.

 

Attendance or Late Arrival Notification

Please remember that if your child will be late or out of school for the day, notify the office by 9:30 daily at either [email protected] or our 24-hour attendance voice mail at 206.252.5404. Remember to clearly state your child’s name, their teacher and the reason for their absence or late arrival.

Pre-Planned Absences

If your child will be out of school for a pre-planned reason for more than one day (family trip or whatever), please work with their child’s teacher to make sure that this isn’t scheduled during a testing period and that you make a plan to make up missed work. There is a form to use for Pre-planned Absences on our office counter or on our website on the New & Events page under Resources.

Play Dates or Changes in After School Routines or Care Givers

If your child won’t be picked up or walk home, ride a bus or attend LASER as usual, please send an email to their teacher AND copy the office at either [email protected] so that we are aware and can help problem solve in the event of confusion during the day or after school. If your child(ren) will be in the care of someone else while you are away, please leave emergency contact information with us and let us know the duration of this alternate caregiver status.

PE News And Information

Fitness testing has started for 3rd – 5th graders. Please make sure students are wearing running footwear and appropriate clothes for fitness. Students in grades K-2 will be going through most of the same process, but their focus will be on the rotations of the stations or circuits. They have also been working a lot on their soccer skills. Intermediate fitness testing includes Cardio Endurance (PACER), Muscular Strength (push-ups), Muscular Endurance (curl-ups), and Flexibility (sit and reach). We have had some impressive numbers on our PACER test. The PACER is a running test that is 20 meters in length. Students start of slow and gradually increase their speed as the test progresses. We have a student that has run an incredible 80 plus laps. We have being doing this for about 3 years and the results show a steady increase in the number of laps students run.

 

Exciting news for our unicycle riders, starting October 14th I will be offering a morning unicycle riding period. It will start at 9:05 and is for unicycle riders. I will be offering this on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 9:05-9:25 am. This “zero” hour period is great because it will give students a chance to exercise before school and allow them to be in a positive mindset for school and learning. There is no cost for this unicycle period.

 

Parent email is required for participation! This allows me to know how many to expect and who to email in case I am out sick on a given day. Please email me by the end of Monday October 13 if your child plans to participate.

 

The school’s schedule has changed from last year. This new time, before school is the best option at this time. So, next week we will be starting on Tuesday October 14th, at 9:05, in the gym. Helmets are required. Whether we have a unicycle performance team this year will depend on how many riders participate and their riding abilities. Happy riding! Parent volunteers are encouraged and welcome as well.

 

One last thing, if you are upgrading your child’s bicycle and would like to donate their smaller bike to school, I would be happy to take the donation. Over the past four years, I have carefully cleared out many bikes that are unsafe for students. I am now working on building the fleet with high quality used bikes. Thanks for considering your donation.

 

Brent Roberts, PE Specialist

[email protected]

Usborn Book Fair Is Next Week

October 13th through the 17th the Usborne Book Fair will be coming to the Laurelhurst Library. 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 twofold.

  • One, 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.
  • Two, 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, Librarian [email protected]

Buy Kids’ Carnival Tickets Now!

The kids’ carnival is quickly approaching, but you don’t have to wait until the night of the carnival to buy tickets. Instead, you can buy them now and get right to the FUN on October 24th. Come enjoy the event of the fall season with a night of crafts, games, Valarmos pizza dinner, and more! We promise FUN for the entire family. Check TODAY’s Kid Mail for your opportunity to pre-purchase tickets. Also, don’t forget to sign up to work at your classroom booth. If you’re in need of scholarship tickets, please contact Susan in the office.  See you on the 24th!

 

Scrip is Back! Place your first orders by Friday, October 10th !

Order Online by Friday 10/10 – Pay (10/14) & Pickup (10/28) at our Scrip Table

What is Scrip? “Scrip” refers to gift cards purchased by the PTA and bought by you for face value. Laurelhurst PTA receives between 2%-20% of each card’s value from the retailer and YOU get the full value of the card. Safeway, Whole Foods, Texaco, Chevron, iTunes, Amazon, Zappos, Macy’s, Gap, and American Girl are just some of the cards available online. Met Market & PCC cards are available for sale directly at our Scrip Table 10/14 and 10/28.

How do I order cards? Set up a free account just once and start shopping:

  • Go to https://www.shopwithscrip.com/Login/Enroll
  • Enter DAA59E9E7111 as the Enrollment Code, then click “Register.”
  • Enter a username, password, account info, email address, security questions & answers and click “Register” at the bottom of the page
  • Shop! Complete your order by Friday, Oct 10th.

How do I pay for the cards? Bring a check payable to “Laurelhurst PTA” to our Scrip Table in the hallway before school (9:10-9:40am) or afterschool (3:20-3:50pm) on Tuesday, Oct 14th.

How do I receive my cards? Stop back to our Scrip Table before or afterschool on Tuesday, Oct 28th.

Questions? Please email Minori and Liz at [email protected]

 

Math In Focus – Parent University

Seattle Public Schools is excited to announce a terrific opportunity for busy families to learn more about our new elementary math program. Families who wish to support students in their math work or who are simply looking for more insight into Math in Focus are invited to attend “Parent University.” Math in Focus trainers will share the framework for the Singapore approach to math, the basis for the Math in Focus program. They also will provide strategies families may use at home to support students in their learning.
When: Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: 5 locations around the district.

  • Eckstein Middle School Auditorium
  • Washington Middle School Lunchroom
  • West Seattle High School Auditorium
  • Whitman Middle School Auditorium
  • Van Asselt Elementary School Auditorium

Flu Shots Available Districtwide!

Seattle Public Schools has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide flu shot clinics for our district. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best way to protect you and your family from influenza is to receive a “flu shot” each year. The CDC recommends that EVERYONE, over six months of age, should be vaccinated against the flu. There is no cost to anyone who presents current insurance information. Clinics will be open to all SPS students (four years of age and older), staff, and their families.

Flu Shot Clinics will be held at our high school locations:

  • Franklin High School – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 2:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Chief Sealth High School – Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 4:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Cleveland High School – Monday, October 13, 2014 from 3:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Rainier Beach High School – Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm
  • West Seattle High School – Monday, October 20, 2014 from 2:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Nathan Hale High School – Monday, October 20, 2014 from 3:30pm – 7:00pm

Please note that students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. Patient Consent Forms will be available at the clinic site or you can find them here. (http://bit.ly/parentconsent2014 )  

2014-15 Reflections Student Art Program – Calling All Creative Kids!

The Reflections art contest is in full swing! Just a few reminders:

  • Be sure to turn in your completed artwork by Friday October 24th in the library. To keep the competition fair, anything turned in after that date will not be eligible for judging.
  • Be sure to write your name, grade, and teacher on the back of your artwork or on the labels provided for CDs/DVDs, depending upon which category you’re entering. We want to make sure we can match artwork to the correct artist statement card if they become separated.
  • Save the date! We’ll celebrate on Wednesday Nov. 5th at 6:30 in the cafeteria!
  • Remember, if you’re a first grader who’s doing a project at home in addition to the art in your classroom, you’ll need to indicate which one you’re submitting for judging.

 

Questions? Contact Jeanne Ryan at [email protected] or Ann Buratto at [email protected]

School Directory – Keep Those Directory Forms Coming In

Feel free to update or add info. to the Laurelhurst Directory App AT ANY TIME. It is SUPER easy to do.  Just email Christi Nagle ([email protected]) and she will quickly add spouses, phone numbers, update emails or provide access for sad, not yet included parents.  Keep those updates coming all the way through the year.       Questions?  Revisions?  Updates?  Christi Nagle.  [email protected]

Art Explorer News

Art Explorers are kicking off October by introducing the Catalonian artist, Antoni Gaudi.  A few parents from each classroom are leading a presentation and a mosaic art project inspired by this amazing artist. Check out the Art Explorers art board near the cafeteria.  The hallways will soon be decorated by the children with mosaics and large posters.  We will be studying 5 artists throughout the year.  If you are interested to help your art docent in your classroom or would like more information about this program, please contact Laura Wright- [email protected] or Cecilia Villasenior – [email protected]

Help Wanted!

The 2014-15 Auction Team has leadership opportunities available. It’s a great way to connect to our school & community, support our largest fundraiser of the year, AND make instant friends! Please lend your skills (or learn new ones!) and email Auction Chair Bev Kelleher for more information [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 6:00p.m. to 8:00pm. This is ONLY time there will be a tour of the school. Please mark your calendars now.

Support Our School Library

Does your child have an upcoming birthday? Upcoming graduation from elementary school? 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 orange form recently received in Kid Mail and also available outside the main office all year long, 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 Julia Diefendorf, j[email protected]

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 moneymaker, 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]

Have YOU Joined Our PTA Yet?

The Laurelhurst PTA is beginning its annual membership drive. The cost is only $12 per INDIVIDUAL or $24 for both adults in your household. It’s easy to join!

By joining the PTA, you will show your support for schools and children, and express a belief that collectively, we can make a difference. The PTA speaks for the interests of all children and their health, welfare, safety, and education.
A portion of your membership dues and all donations to the Laurelhurst PTA help fund the librarian, math and Sound Partner reading tutors, the general music program, the artist-in-residence program, science enrichment and the Science Fair, Family Math Night, and a variety of assemblies, as well as the purchase of books, computer and PE equipment, and classroom supplies. As you can see how vital a strong and active PTA membership is to our school.  This year we will be distributing membership cards that entitle members to discounts at a variety of businesses. More information will follow regarding the member cards.
Please join the Laurelhurst PTA and be a part of this community. Enrollment information was provided in the First Day Packet and is also available outside the school office. You may contact Gretchen Swapp (PTA Membership Chairman) [email protected]

Healthfest October 24-25

During the same weekend, the first ever HealthFest at Seattle Center will offer a broad range of free information and services for individuals and their families to achieve healthier lives, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 – 26, in Seattle Center Armory.

 

The two-day resource fair welcomes the whole community to connect with local health, human, and social service providers – over 40 exhibitors and presenters in all. HealthFest offers free flu shots, health screenings and emergency preparedness tips. Participants may find help in navigating health insurance, collect valuable nutritional and fitness ideas, and join in discussions on health and wellness.

Northwest Boychoir Auditions

The Northwest Bouchoir is serious fun! Travel on national tours, sing with the Seattle Symphony, appear on local TV and radio, record in professional recording studios, perform in Seattle’s premier concert halls! Boys ages 6-9 are invited to audition! To schedule an audition on Saturday, Nov 1 for January enrollment, nwboychoir.org or 206.524.3234.

 

LASER NEWS

LASER Childcare

  • Day Camp, October 10th from 7am-6pm. Remlinger Farms and pumpkin patch! Sign-up at LASER, $45 per child, 5-12 years of age only. Limited spots so sign up ASAP! Day Camp will be held at our Sand Point location
  • 2-hour Early Release-Wednesday, October 29th…we are open to our currently enrolled children only.
  • As many of you have heard, Margie Walsh, our Site Director at Laurelhurst LASER will be leaving at the end of October. We are pleased to welcome the new Site Director Shawn Newkirk, who is starting on October 1st.

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 laserchildcare.org 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 laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Check out our website www.laserchildcare.com to stay updated on LASER happenings!

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

School Day Off Hoops Camp @ Meadowbrook CC

October 10th / 9AM-3PM / Boys and Girls K-6th Grade
Cost: $60

 

Instructional Basketball League for Grades K/1st/2nd
(Great introduction to team play while learning fundamentals – organize a team from your school!)  We provide the coaches to teach YOU how to play the game.

Location: Meadowbrook CC, Begins: Saturday, November 1st!

 

Pre-Season Tune-Up Ages 8-13 (perfect for Rec League Teams to train before games begin in January)

Locations:  Ravenna CC
Begins: Saturday November 15th.

 

Space is limited…register today! http://seattle-washington.1on1basketball.com/

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to:
lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly deadline of midnight this Thursday.

Please note that email addresses in this document have been modified so they do not contain @ symbols and dots. This measure helps reduce spam, and is necessary because this Bulletin is published to the general public on our School website. Please substitute the @ symbol for (at) and a period for (dot) to send email.

Bear Bulletin – 9/29

Calendar

Monday, Sept 29

  • Walktober Kick-Off! International Walk To School Month kicks off! Tracking calendars in kid-mail
  • PTA Annual Direct Give Campaign forms go home
  • LASER Leaps Enrichment Classes Begin This Week!
  • Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today

Tuesday, Sept 30

Wednesday, Oct 1

  • Spirit Gear Order Deadline
  • PTA Direct Give Campaign begins
  • Fifth Graders to Camp Orkila – Busses leave at 8 am sharp!

Thursday, Oct 2

  • Deadline for Advanced Learning testing nomination forms
  • Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight tonight. Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, Oct 3

  • Fifth Graders return from Camp Orklia (approximately noon)

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 6 – PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm, Library
  • Oct 8 – PTA All-School Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Event 6-8 pm, Cafeteria
  • Oct 9 – School Picture Day: Individual & Class Pictures for all Students and Staff
  • Oct 10 – NO SCHOOL, Staff Professional Development Day
  • Oct 13-17 – Usborne Book Fair, in the Library, (Ends at 11 am Friday)
  • Oct 14 – Pizza With Dads, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Cafeteria
  • Oct 15 – STEM Night, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Cafeteria
  • Oct 23 – Principal’s Monthly Chat “Tea with Talbot”, 9:40 am, Library
  • Oct 24 – Kids Carnival, 5-8 pm, Laurelhurst Gym
  • Oct 29 – 1:40 EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development
  • Oct 31 – Halloween Parade at 2:40 & classroom parties

Flu Shots Available Districtwide!

Seattle Public Schools has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide flu shot clinics for our district. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best way to protect you and your family from influenza is to receive a “flu shot” each year. The CDC recommends that EVERYONE, over six months of age, should be vaccinated against the flu. There is no cost to anyone who presents current insurance information. Clinics will be open to all SPS students (four years of age and older), staff, and their families.

Flu Shot Clinics will be held at our high school locations:

  • Ballard High School – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 2:00pm –6:00pm
  • Ingraham High School – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 2:30pm –6:30pm
  • Garfield High School – Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 2:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Roosevelt High School – Friday, October 3, 2014 from 2:15pm – 6:30pm
  • Franklin High School – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 2:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Chief Sealth High School – Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 4:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Cleveland High School – Monday, October 13, 2014 from 3:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Rainier Beach High School – Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm
  • West Seattle High School – Monday, October 20, 2014 from 2:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Nathan Hale High School – Monday, October 20, 2014 from 3:30pm – 7:00pm

Please note that students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. Patient Consent Forms will be available at the clinic site or you can find them here. (http://bit.ly/parentconsent2014 )        

Small Sized Clothes Needed

As you are sorting through your kids’ clothing for the change in seasons and sizes, consider donating smaller sized clothing to our school nurse’s office. We are in need of smaller sized clothing, sizes 6 – 8 in particular. The most helpful clothing items are leggings/elastic waist pants that are more versatile for fit. We can use underwear and socks, even shoes as well. Just drop by the office with your donations anytime.

Work Party To Make Art Sketch Books For the Whole School

Our wonderful artist-in-residence, Kim Newall, will begin work with our students next week. In preparation for her lessons, we need to create Art Sketch Books for each of our students. A work party to make sketch books will be held in the cafeteria this Thursday, Oct 2 from 9:30 to 11:15 in the lunchroom.  We will be making sketchbooks for all the children in all grades to use.  Please come by for some coffee and some help in making the sketch books!

Direct Give Campaign Underway, Oct 1-31 – Look in Today’s Kid Mail For More Information

Direct Give Campaign underway October 1-31 Help us raise 15% of our annual PTA budget through the Direct Give Campaign. It’s simple, efficient and direct. No proceeds go to vendors for sales of wreaths, books or wrapping paper. Your donations are 100% tax deductible and fund art, music, tutors, library, science, technology, and more! Donate online at www.tinyurl.com/givetolaurelhurst<http://www.tinyurl.com/givetolaurelhurst> or check kidmail for the red envelope and paper donation form on Monday. Questions? Email Janiel Eggleston and Meghan Amrofell at [email protected].

Advanced Learning Nomination Forms DUE BY THURSDAY!

Parents who feel that their children may be academically advanced and would benefit from accelerated learning opportunities are invited to explore the Advanced Learning pages on the Seattle Public Schools website: www.seattleschools.org/advlearning. Referral forms are available for download there. Applications for 2015-16 eligibility testing are due by THIS Thursday, Oct. 2.

 

Please submit your Parent/Guardian Nomination forms to the school office.

NOTE: The teacher page is best completed by their teacher from last year, who knows them better.

Math In Focus – Parent University

Seattle Public Schools is excited to announce a terrific opportunity for busy families to learn more about our new elementary math program. Families who wish to support students in their math work or who are simply looking for more insight into Math in Focus are invited to attend “Parent University.” Math in Focus trainers will share the framework for the Singapore approach to math, the basis for the Math in Focus program. They also will provide strategies families may use at home to support students in their learning.
When: Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: 5 locations around the district.

  • Eckstein Middle School Auditorium
  • Washington Middle School Lunchroom
  • West Seattle High School Auditorium
  • Whitman Middle School Auditorium
  • Van Asselt Elementary School Auditorium

Spirit Gear Orders Due Wednesday!

Please use the attached order form (or the one that came home last week in kid mail) to select your sizes and place your order!  Please turn into the office with cash or check made payable to Laurelhurst PTA by October 1st. Samples of styles and colors available at school.  Email Katie Watts ( [email protected]) with any questions.

 

There are a few umbrellas left from last year for $20 each (navy and white panels), and several tee shirts in adult and youth sizes, short and long sleeved for $10 each.

Get Ready For Walktober/International Walk To School Month!

It’s almost here! Join us for the Walktober Kick-off Event, Monday September 29th at 2;20 on the south playground for a walk in Laurelhurst Park.

 

If you are new to the school or have not participated, this is your chance to get on board, have fun and make a difference. Walktober is a month long campaign where students commit to walking, biking, scootering, unicycling or riding the bus to school. Any non-motorized, active commute to school counts. Your small actions can make a difference. You will help reduce traffic around the school, making us all safer. Research shows that kids who walk to school are more focused in class and do better in school. For every mile you walk or bike, a pound of pollution is reduced.

 

Join us for the Walktober Kick-off Event, Monday September 29th at 2:20 meeting on the south playground to walk at Laurelhurst Park. We will be taking this community walk to celebrate the onset of Walktober. Students will receive their tracking calendars in Monday kid mail. Remember, there are great prizes for participating in Walktober.

–Your Safe and Active Routes to School Committee, Steve Clark [email protected] and Tracy Bradly [email protected]

Kids’ Carnival Is Almost Here!

It’s that time of year again! Mark your calendars for the Kids’ Carnival, Friday, October 24th from 5-8pm. Come enjoy a delicious pizza dinner, games, crafts and more! There will be lots of fun activities for the entire family!  Check Monday’s Kid Mail for your family’s invitation. Be sure to have your little artists color the pumpkin in Kid Mail and return it to the school office; we’ll use the pictures to decorate the halls! Also, please don’t forget to volunteer for your class booth! Your room parent can tell you how to sign up online.

 

See you on October 24th!

 

All-School Spaghetti Dinner & BINGO Night – October 8th!

You are all invited to enjoy an evening of family fun and a delicious dinner! Wednesday, October 8th, from 6-8 pm, the school cafeteria will be the happening place! Dinner of Spaghetti, bread, salad and dessert starts at 6 pm, followed by BINGO at 7 pm. Dinner is sponsored by the PTA, but donations are welcome.

2014-15 Reflections Student Art Program – Calling All Creative Kids!

We encourage all students to explore their creativity and submit an entry in support of the theme

 

‘The World Would Be a Better Place if…’

 

Materials packets went home last week! If your student didn’t bring one home, and plans to compete in the Reflections contest, please let us know. We still have materials packets left so if you have a student who wants to join the fun, contact us ASAP.

 

The next step is to get started on your preliminary art. If your student has brainstormed ideas and chosen one to work on, this is the time to try stuff out—be it a sketch, a storyboard, a dance routine, or a first draft. You may want to remind your child that part of making art is experimenting with what doesn’t work, to figure out what does.

 

Completed submissions are due in the library on October 24th.

 

Celebration! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30pm. We’ll display all the entries, announce those artworks that’ll be moving on to the next level, and enjoy some snacks. If you remember last year’s gala—where the cafeteria seemed to explode with art, you know you don’t want to miss this year’s!

 

Questions? Contact Jeanne Ryan at [email protected] or Ann Buratto at [email protected]

Art Explorer News

Art Explorers are kicking off October by introducing the Catalonian artist, Antoni Gaudi.  A few parents from each classroom will be leading a presentation and a mosaic art project inspired by this amazing artist. Check out the Art Explorers art board near the cafeteria.  The hallways will soon be decorated by the children with mosaics and large posters.  We will be studying 5 artists throughout the year.  If you are interested to help your art docent in your classroom or would like more information about this program, please contact Laura Wright- [email protected] or Cecilia Villasenior – [email protected]

Scrip is Back! Place your first orders by Friday, October 10th !

Order Online by Friday 10/10 – Pay (10/14) & Pickup (10/28) at our Scrip Table

What is Scrip? “Scrip” refers to gift cards purchased by the PTA and bought by you for face value. Laurelhurst PTA receives between 2%-20% of each card’s value from the retailer and YOU get the full value of the card. Safeway, Whole Foods, Texaco, Chevron, iTunes, Amazon, Zappos, Macy’s, Gap, and American Girl are just some of the cards available online. Met Market & PCC cards are available for sale directly at our Scrip Table 10/14 and 10/28.

How do I order cards? Set up a free account just once and start shopping:

  • Go to https://www.shopwithscrip.com/Login/Enroll
  • Enter DAA59E9E7111 as the Enrollment Code, then click “Register.”
  • Enter a username, password, account info, email address, security questions & answers and click “Register” at the bottom of the page
  • Shop! Complete your order by Friday, Oct 10th.

How do I pay for the cards? Bring a check payable to “Laurelhurst PTA” to our Scrip Table in the hallway before school (9:10-9:40am) or afterschool (3:20-3:50pm) on Tuesday, Oct 14th.

How do I receive my cards? Stop back to our Scrip Table before or afterschool on Tuesday, Oct 28th.

Questions? Please email Minori and Liz at [email protected]

School Directory – Keep Those Directory Forms Coming In

Feel free to update or add info. to the Laurelhurst Directory App AT ANY TIME. It is SUPER easy to do.  Just email Christi Nagle ([email protected]) and she will quickly add spouses, phone numbers, update emails or provide access for sad, not yet included parents.  Keep those updates coming all the way through the year.

 

Questions?  Revisions?  Updates?  Christi Nagle.  [email protected]

Help Wanted!

The 2014-15 Auction Team has leadership opportunities available. It’s a great way to connect to our school & community, support our largest fundraiser of the year, AND make instant friends! Please lend your skills (or learn new ones!) and email Auction Chair Bev Kelleher for more information [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 6:00p.m. to 8:00pm. This is ONLY time there will be a tour of the school. Please mark your calendars now.

Support Our School Library

Does your child have an upcoming birthday? Upcoming graduation from elementary school? 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 coming home in Kid Mail and also available outside the main office all year long, 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 Julia Diefendorf, j[email protected]

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 moneymaker, 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]

 

It Is Time For The Annual PTA Membership Drive!

The Laurelhurst PTA is beginning its annual membership drive. The cost is only $12 per INDIVIDUAL or $24 for both adults in your household. It’s easy to join!

By joining the PTA, you will show your support for schools and children, and express a belief that collectively, we can make a difference. The PTA speaks for the interests of all children and their health, welfare, safety, and education.
A portion of your membership dues and all donations to the Laurelhurst PTA help fund the librarian, math and Sound Partner reading tutors, the general music program, the artist-in-residence program, science enrichment and the Science Fair, Family Math Night, and a variety of assemblies, as well as the purchase of books, computer and PE equipment, and classroom supplies. As you can see how vital a strong and active PTA membership is to our school.  This year we will be distributing membership cards that entitle members to discounts at a variety of businesses. More information will follow regarding the member cards.
Please join the Laurelhurst PTA and be a part of this community. Enrollment information was provided in the First Day Packet and is also available outside the school office. You may contact Gretchen Swapp (PTA Membership Chairman) [email protected]

LASER NEWS

LASER Childcare

  • Day Camp, October 10th from 7am-6pm. Remlinger Farms and pumpkin patch! Sign-up at LASER, $45 per child, 5-12 years of age only. Limited spots so sign up ASAP! Day Camp will be held at our Sand Point location.
  • Leaps classes begin September 29th. Enrollment forms and class guides are available at your school, LASER, or you can download them from our LASER website laserchildcare.org First come, first served. Enrollment forms must be filled out completely and signed and payment received in order to secure a spot.

LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)

  • Sign up now! Laser Leaps Class guide and registration contracts are available at LASER, the School Office, the LEAPS bulletin board and online at laserchildcare.org .
  • Fall Leaps Sessions begin this week and run through December 15th. We will accept registrations after this date, but there are no prorates in the first 2 weeks, except for cancelled classes.
  • 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.
  • All classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis and are subject to a minimum enrollment.

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 laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Check out our website www.laserchildcare.com to stay updated on LASER happenings!

Healthfest October 24-25

During the same weekend, the first ever HealthFest at Seattle Center will offer a broad range of free information and services for individuals and their families to achieve healthier lives, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 – 26, in Seattle Center Armory.

 

The two-day resource fair welcomes the whole community to connect with local health, human, and social service providers – over 40 exhibitors and presenters in all. HealthFest offers free flu shots, health screenings and emergency preparedness tips. Participants may find help in navigating health insurance, collect valuable nutritional and fitness ideas, and join in discussions on health and wellness.

Northwest Boychoir Auditions

The Northwest Bouchoir is serious fun! Travel on national tours, sing with the Seattle Symphony, appear on local TV and radio, record in professional recording studios, perform in Seattle’s premier concert halls! Boys ages 6-9 are invited to audition! To schedule an audition, nwboychoir.org or 206.524.3234.

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to:
lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly deadline of midnight this Thursday.

Please note that email addresses in this document have been modified so they do not contain @ symbols and dots. This measure helps reduce spam, and is necessary because this Bulletin is published to the general public on our School website. Please substitute the @ symbol for (at) and a period for (dot) to send email.

Laurelhurst PTA September News

Welcome!

It’s been a busy and fun start to the school year! We’re excited to see so many new families and staff in the building. If you dropped by the Welcome Coffee on the first day of school, you hopefully met some of our enthusiastic volunteers and learned about the many great programs you can get involved with here at Laurelhurst. A big thanks to Kim Sahlin and Tiffany Jay for organizing. If you missed it, don’t worry! Watch for details in the Bear Bulletin on events and ways to connect, or see below for a PTA open house later this month.

Coming Up this Month…

General PTA Meeting and Parent University, Sept. 17th

Join us for our first General PTA meeting of the year on September 17th at 6:30. We’ll do a quick overview of what’s new, then introduce Principal Sarah Talbot who’ll start off Parent University! This was a great night last year with lots of pearls of wisdom from our savvy teachers on ways you can help your children succeed at school.  You’re guaranteed to come away smarter!

Fall Grounds Clean-up Day, Sept. 20th

Join us on Saturday, September 20th from 8-11 for our Fall grounds clean-up party! Bring gloves and tools if you have them, we’ll have the coffee and donuts. The more the merrier – bring the whole family.

PTA Open House/Tea with Talbot in the Library, Sept. 25th

Another chance to ask questions, put “faces with names” and learn a little more about the fun ways you can get involved. Thursday, Sept. 25th, 9:40am in the library.

Thank you!

We are grateful for this involved and caring community who make a difference here at Laurelhurst Elementary in so many ways. Like every year, there are changes, and there are some things that remain the same – your steadfast support of our students, teachers and school is one of those.

 

Warmly,

Amy Barss and Linda Chou

PTA Co-Presidents

Bear Bulletin – 9/22

PDF Version:  Monday Bulletin, 9.22

Calendar

Monday, Sept 22

  • Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today

Tuesday, Sept 23

Wednesday, Sept 24

  • 1:40 EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development

Thursday, Sept 25

  • Principal’s Monthly Chat “Tea with Talbot” and PTA Open House, 9:40 am, in the Library
  • Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight tonight. Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, Sept 26

Upcoming Events

  • October – PTA Annual Direct Give Campaign
  • October – International Walk To School Month
  • Oct 1-3 – Fifth Grade Camp (Camp Orkila on Orcas Island)
  • Oct 2 – Due date for Advanced Learning Nomination forms – to school office
  • Oct 6 – PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm, Library
  • Oct 8 – PTA All-School Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Event 6-8 pm, Cafeteria
  • Oct 9 – School Picture Day: Individual & Class Pictures for all Students and Staff
  • Oct 10 – NO SCHOOL, Staff Professional Development Day
  • Oct 13-17 – Usborne Book Fair, in the Library, (Ends at 11 am Friday)
  • Oct 14 – Pizza With Dads, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Cafeteria
  • Oct 15 – STEM Night, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Cafeteria
  • Oct 23 – Principal’s Monthly Chat “Tea with Talbot”, 9:40 am, Library
  • Oct 24 – Kids Carnival, 5-8 pm, Laurelhurst Gym
  • Oct 29 – 1:40 EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development
  • Oct 31 – Halloween Parade at 2:40 & classroom parties

Flu Shots Available Districtwide!

Seattle Public Schools has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide flu shot clinics for our district. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best way to protect you and your family from influenza is to receive a “flu shot” each year. The CDC recommends that EVERYONE, over six months of age, should be vaccinated against the flu. There is no cost to anyone who presents current insurance information. Clinics will be open to all SPS students (four years of age and older), staff, and their families.

Flu Shot Clinics will be held at our high school locations:

  • Ballard High School – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 2:00pm –6:00pm
  • Ingraham High School – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 2:30pm –6:30pm
  • Garfield High School – Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 2:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Roosevelt High School – Friday, October 3, 2014 from 2:15pm – 6:30pm
  • Franklin High School – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 2:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Chief Sealth High School – Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 4:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Cleveland High School – Monday, October 13, 2014 from 3:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Rainier Beach High School – Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm
  • West Seattle High School – Monday, October 20, 2014 from 2:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Nathan Hale High School – Monday, October 20, 2014 from 3:30pm – 7:00pm

Please note that students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. Patient Consent Forms will be available at the clinic site or you can find them here. (http://bit.ly/parentconsent2014 )        

Thank you for helping us keep our school and school district healthy this winter!

Parking Reminder

Out of respect for our school neighbors we ask that you please not block in/in front of driveways around the school. Most of our neighbors are understanding about our parking issues, but become very frustrated when they are unable to leave when they need to.

 

Spirit Gear Time is Here!

Please use the attached order form (there will be a form coming home in kid mail too) to select your sizes and place your order!  Please turn into the office with cash or check made payable to Laurelhurst PTA by October 1st.   Samples at school of available styles and colors.  Email Katie Watts ( [email protected]) with any questions.

 

There are a few umbrellas left from last year for $20 each (navy and white panels), and several tee shirts in adult and youth sizes, short and long sleeved for $10 each.

School Grounds Clean-Up Work Party HUGE THANK YOU!

The Saturday Grounds Clean-Up Work Party was well attended and the volunteers were extremely productive! Thank you so much to Paul Hanson, David Kinney, Steve Clark and all of your volunteers! Besides weeding, mulching, blowing/sweeping wood chips back into play areas, the bus zone area was cleaned up and repainted bright yellow. The paint is to help remind folks that it is NOT a load/unload zone, except for school busses per signage during specified hours on the posted signs. THANK YOU hard working volunteers who restored our grounds to a condition that shows that this is a well-loved part of the Laurelhurst community!

2014-15 Reflections Student Art Program – Calling All Creative Kids!

We encourage all students to explore their creativity and submit an entry in support of the theme

 

‘The World Would Be a Better Place if…’

 

Creating a Reflections entry is as easy as 1….2….3!

 

Step 1:  The Reflections Bulletin Board – ON DISPLAY NOW!!!

Check it out in the Main Hallway!  This will be the hub of Reflections information, to inspire and motivate our kids as they think about what “The World Would be a Better Place If…” means to them!

 

Step 2:  Library Exploration

Last week, students brainstormed about our theme “The World Would be a Better Place If…” with Mr. Brown during their classroom Library time. The kids came up with some wildly creative answers both as a group, and then individually for those who opted to keep on brainstorming.

 

Step 3:  Materials Packets

Materials packets are coming home this week! Students who returned sign-up forms will receive their materials packets during their library time this week. (Except first-graders, see below.) If you haven’t turned in a sign-up form yet, don’t fret! Just bring it to the library and we’ll get you signed up. No student who’s interested in participating will be turned away. Order forms are available at the Reflections bulletin board. Simply select the medium you would like to work in, write your name, grade and teacher/rm # and turn it in to the LIBRARY.  Completed artwork is due in the library on October 24th.

 

NEW this year, sculpture! Although the national PTA Reflections contest doesn’t include sculpture, we’re test-driving a special category for it at Laurelhurst this year, with the following caveats: 1) It won’t go on to the city level competition and above, and 2) We won’t provide supplies beyond the artist statement card. Since this is a category we’re doing on our own, we don’t have the benefit of detailed guidelines, so please bear with us as we try to create a fun venue for including our 3D artists. (If you already signed up for a different category and want to switch to sculpture, just let us know.)

 

NOTE for First-Grade Students: The first-grade teachers have signed up their entire classes to participate in the visual arts category. (Yay!) So, if your child wants to compete in that category, they’re all set and will work on their projects in class. If your child wants to create an artwork in another category, they can sign up for a materials packet in that category; however, they will have to choose one piece (either the visual art they make in class or the other art category they make at home) for the competition.

 

Questions? Contact Jeanne Ryan at [email protected] or Ann Buratto at [email protected]

School Directory – App is Now Live…

…IF you turned in your Directory Sign Up form!  We are excited by the positive feedback we have received so far about the new Laurelhurst PTA Directory App which launched last Wednesday.  If you would like to have access, and/or have your information included, simply turn in your Directory Sign Up form to the office!  You will receive a personal email once your account has been activated. Keep those directory sign-up sheets coming!

 

Remember to NOT rely on class lists on the Directoryspot app for all-class events. Every class has some families that have opted not to post their information in this format.

 

Questions?  Revisions?  Updates?  Christi Nagle.  [email protected]

 

 

Advanced Learning Nomination Time Is Now – It Only Happens Once a Year!

Parents who feel that their children may be academically advanced and would benefit from accelerated learning opportunities are invited to explore the Advanced Learning pages on the Seattle Public Schools website: www.seattleschools.org/advlearning. Referral forms are available for download there. Applications for 2015-16 eligibility testing are due by Thursday, Oct. 2.

 

Please submit your Parent/Guardian Nomination forms to the school office.

NOTE: The teacher page is best completed by their teacher from last year, who knows them better.

Help Wanted!

The 2014-15 Auction Team has leadership opportunities available. It’s a great way to connect to our school & community, support our largest fundraiser of the year, AND make instant friends! Please lend your skills (or learn new ones!) and email Auction Chair Bev Kelleher for more information [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 6:00p.m. to 8:00pm. This is ONLY time there will be a tour of the school. Please mark your calendars now.

Meeting Tuesday Night With SPS Regarding Eckstein’s Building Condition

Seattle Public Schools is inviting Eckstein Middle School’s families and staff to attend a conversational meeting regarding the school’s building condition on Tuesday, September 23 from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. in the Eckstein auditorium. Attendees will hear about work that has been done in the past, as well as this summer and what is scheduled for the summer of 2015. Attendees will be able ask questions and provide input and feedback to the District’s Capital Projects and Planning staff.

 

Support Our School Library

Does your child has an upcoming birthday? Upcoming graduation from elementary school? 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 coming home in Kid Mail and also available outside the main office all year long, 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 Julia Diefendorf, j[email protected]

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 moneymaker, 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]

 

It Is Time For The Annual PTA Membership Drive!

The Laurelhurst PTA is beginning its annual membership drive. The cost is only $12 per INDIVIDUAL or $24 for both adults in your household. It’s easy to join!

By joining the PTA, you will show your support for schools and children, and express a belief that collectively, we can make a difference. The PTA speaks for the interests of all children and their health, welfare, safety, and education.
A portion of your membership dues and all donations to the Laurelhurst PTA help fund the librarian, math and Sound Partner reading tutors, the general music program, the artist-in-residence program, science enrichment and the Science Fair, Family Math Night, and a variety of assemblies, as well as the purchase of books, computer and PE equipment, and classroom supplies. As you can see how vital a strong and active PTA membership is to our school.  This year we will be distributing membership cards that entitle members to discounts at a variety of businesses. More information will follow regarding the member cards.
Please join the Laurelhurst PTA and be a part of this community. Enrollment information was provided in the First Day Packet and is also available outside the school office. You may contact Gretchen Swapp (PTA Membership Chairman) [email protected]

Annual Asbestos Notification

The EPA requires annual notification regarding the availability of the district’s Asbestos Management Plan and asbestos related activities conducted by the district. Follow this link to read the notification: http://bit.ly/AbestosNotification2014Troy White, Environmental Health and Safety.

 

LASER NEWS

LASER Childcare

  • 2 hour Early Release-Wednesday, Sept. 24th…we are open to our currently enrolled children only.
  • Parent Night Out, Friday, Sept. 26th from 6:15pm-11pm. Game tournaments!! Dinner, snack, group games, arts & crafts, and a movie!! Sign-up at LASER beginning Friday, Sept. 12th. For more info contact Margie at [email protected]
  • Day Camp, October 10th from 7am-6pm. Remlinger Farms and pumpkin patch! Sign-up at LASER, $45 per child, 5-12 years of age only. Limited spots so sign up ASAP! Day Camp will be held at our Sand Point location.

LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)

  • Sign up now! Laser Leaps Class guide and registration contracts are available at LASER, outside the School Office, the LEAPS bulletin board and online at laserchildcare.org .
  • Fall Leaps Session begins the week of September 29th and runs through December 15th. The deadline to register is Friday, September 26th. We will accept registration after this date, but there are no prorates in the first 2 weeks, except for cancelled classes.
  • 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.
  • All classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis and are subject to a minimum enrollment.

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 laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Check out our website www.laserchildcare.com to stay updated on LASER happenings!

Cub Scout Information Session Tonight

Does your son like outdoor activities, like hiking and camping? Do you want to teach him new skills and to give back to the community?  Consider joining Cub Scouts! Seattle Cub Scout Pack 177 is recruiting boys in Grades 1-5 to be new scouts! Come visit an information session and meeting September 22nd, and participate in the Rain Gutter Regatta! Email us at [email protected] or check out http://SeattlePack177.com for more info. Join now and attend our first camp October 11th at YMCA Camp Coleman!

Rain City Water Polo

Does your child love the water AND team sports? Then water polo may be the perfect fit. Rain City Water Polo has programs for boys and girls age five and up in north Seattle, west Seattle and Bellevue. We even offer Splashball – a fun form of water polo for those age 5-9. Check out our website for more info at www.raincitypolo.com or contact Coach Thor Tyson at [email protected] or at 206-999-5686.

Car Seat Drive on Sunday, September 28th

For Re-use and Recycling

Have a car seat you don’t need? Want to share it with a family in need or make sure that it gets recycled? Meet CoolMom and Zero Waste Washington at the Sustainable Ballard Festival on Sunday September 28th between 11 am and 6 pm. We will collect your seat and get it to the right place. $5 optional donation towards our recycling program, but no seats turned away! Max.10 per vehicle please.

 

Car seats will be collected in the AmericanWest Bank (Ballard Branch) parking lot. Please enter from NW 56th Street to drop off your seat. The street address is 2237 NW 57th St. 98107, but during the festival, the streets bordering Ballard Commons Park will be closed to through traffic.

 

Questions? Please email [email protected]

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to:
lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly deadline of midnight this Thursday.

Please note that email addresses in this document have been modified so they do not contain @ symbols and dots. This measure helps reduce spam, and is necessary because this Bulletin is published to the general public on our School website. Please substitute the @ symbol for (at) and a period for (dot) to send email.

Bear Bulletin – 9/15

PDF Version:  Monday Bulletin, 9.15

Calendar

Monday, Sept 15

  • Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today

Tuesday, Sept 16

Wednesday, Sept 17

  • Parent University and PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm

Thursday, Sept 18

  • Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight tonight. Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, Sept 19

Saturday, Sept 20

  • Grounds Clean-up Work Party, 8 am – noon

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 241:40 EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development
  • Sept 25 – Principal’s Monthly Chat and PTA Open House, 9:40 am
  • October – International Walk To School Month

 

Join us for PARENT University Night! This Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm

Back by popular demand, we have a full slate of teachers and community experts sharing their wisdom on topics like Fostering Independence, Mathematical Thinking, Positive Behavior Interventions and the New Testing Environment. You are guaranteed to come away enlightened, informed and ready to help your students this year! See the attachment below for the full schedule of sessions to choose from.

 

The PTA will start off the night with a short General Meeting in the lunchroom. Learn about what’s new and coming up, hear from Principal Talbot and then head off to breakout sessions throughout the building.

 

New this year! FREE childcare for the first 30 kids who register with our partners at LASER! We want to see a great turnout and are pleased to offer childcare for up to 30 kids (ages 5-12yrs only). Don’t delay!  Email LASER at [email protected]. See the LASER NEWS section below for more details.

School Grounds Clean-Up Work Party Saturday Morning from 8 am – Noon

We are hoping for a good group of volunteers this Saturday morning! There will be fun, fellowship and FOOD for the volunteers…and plenty of projects! Tools provided. Young helpers are welcome, too. Work alongside friends, and make some new ones while helping get the grounds spruced up for the long winter months. Even if you can’t stay all morning, please help out for an hour or two!

Enterovirus Has Arrived in Our Area

As you may have heard on the news, there are reports that the Enterovirus that is causing illness in children across the Northwest has come to the Seattle area. Below is information from King County Public Health about this virus:

  • The virus does not have a cure, and this year’s flu shot does not include vaccination against it.
  • The virus usually causes cold-like symptoms, but sometimes comes with severe respiratory symptoms like coughing and difficulty breathing.
  • Children with asthma and respiratory issues are at the most risk for any complications.
  • Children don’t need to see a doctor unless they have severe and worsening cold symptoms or difficulty breathing.

Staff and children can help protect themselves from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
  • Catch your cough in your sleeve to reduce spread
  • Prevent respiratory illness by getting your flu shot.

2014-15 Reflections Student Art Program – Calling All Creative Kids!
Happy Arts in Education Week!

 

We encourage all students to explore their creativity and submit an entry in support of the theme

 

‘The World Would Be a Better Place if…’

 

Creating a Reflections entry is as easy as 1….2….3! Please see the below tools that are being provided to make Reflections easy and fun!

 

Step 1:  The Reflections Bulletin Board

Check it out in the Main Hallway!  This will be the hub of Reflections information to inspire and motivate our kids as they think about what “The World Would Be a Better Place If” means to them. Our first step is BRAINSTORMING. There are no right or wrong “answers” in art, so let’s inspire our kids to let their imagination run wild!

 

Step 2:  Library Exploration

Our kick-off library discussion will be this week! Students will have the opportunity to explore ideas about this year’s theme, ‘The World Would Be a Better Place if,’ with the one and only Mr. Brown during their classroom Library time. Our wonderful Reflections volunteers will also provide students with an optional worksheet in library to support them in developing that ‘big idea’ and explore ways they might express themselves. (If you would like to assist your child’s class during this brainstorming please contact us at the emails below.)

 

Step 3:  Material Packets and due dates

Just like last year, we will pre-assemble some basic material packets at no cost to families. Sign-up forms are going home in kidmail this week. In order to help us prepare enough pre-assembled kits, please return the sign-up form to your child’s teacher or the Reflections box in the main office by this Friday, Sept. 19th. Simply select the medium your entry will be in (visual arts, literary, dance choreography, film, photography, or music composition) and fill out your child’s name, grade, teacher/room #. Materials will then be delivered to your child during their regularly scheduled library time next week (Sept. 22nd-26th) and final artwork is due October 24th in the library.

 

Questions? Contact Jeanne Ryan at [email protected] or Ann Buratto at [email protected].

Love To Learn Slips

You may have noticed a new addition to our systems for positive feedback at Laurelhurst this year. We’re giving students “Love to Learn” slips when they demonstrate our school values. The values are:

Be a Learner

Everyone’s included

Always do your best

Respect others

Safety first

According to cognitive behavioral theory, when you’re trying to help someone change a behavior, intermittent positive reinforcements are the most powerful kinds of feedback you can use. We use these slips of paper to let students know they’re doing great! We could not possibly give them a slip every time they’re doing great, because they do great most of the time. The unpredictable nature of when a student might get a Love to Learn Slip is what makes them “intermittent”. That makes them more reinforcing, and more likely to positively influence the behavior of the student who received the slip and those around who didn’t.

The slips have no inherent value. They are being stapled to a bulletin board so that we can see as a school how many we’re collecting. As a collection, they act as a reminder of the many, many times we do enact our values. Once a week, I’ll draw a name from each grade level in a random drawing and provide some small prize to a small group of students. During our first week, I drew names and took the students’ picture for the school website. During our second week, Mr. Roos drew names and those students announced their first name and room on the school-wide intercom.

Schools so often use negative feedback and reminders (“don’t run in the halls!”) in an attempt to get students to change habits that detract from a safe and orderly learning environment. We hope that the Love to Learn slips are a more effective, positive reminder of all the things we do right every day.

If your student comes home with a Love to Learn slip, feel free to put it on the refrigerator with a magnet as a reminder of the way that most (or maybe all!) of the time, your student does behave really well at school and at least this once, an adult wanted to let your child know that someone noticed.

Calendar Correction

It was brought to my attention (by an organized parent who was entering all of our school calendar information on their planning calendar) that the 2-hour early dismissal times in March and June from your first day packet and family handbook were incorrect. They should be corrected to 1:40 pm.

Advanced Learning Nomination Time Is Now – It Only Happens Once a Year!

Parents who feel that their children may be academically advanced and would benefit from accelerated learning opportunities are invited to explore the Advanced Learning pages on the Seattle Public Schools website: www.seattleschools.org/advlearning. Referral forms are available for download there. Applications for 2015-16 eligibility testing are due by Thursday, Oct. 2.

 

Please submit your Parent/Guardian Nomination forms to the school office.

NOTE: The teacher page is best completed by their teacher from last year, who knows them better.

Volunteer / Visitor Protocol at Laurelhurst

All volunteers must complete the background check document from the first day packet and present photo ID in the school office each year. You can attach a clear photocopy of your driver’s license if you are unable to come in person. NEW: Per the volunteer packet, volunteers must also complete the online components as well, reading the volunteer handbook and completing the adult sexual misconduct training. All volunteers must sign in and out at the office. While you are in here, you should be wearing a Volunteer or Visitor badge. Please return badges each time as you sign out. You may not use student restrooms. Adult restrooms are located on each floor (2nd floor mid-hallway west side, 1st floor in Nurse’s office and south of the lunchroom). Thank you for your cooperation. We love our volunteers!

Instrumental Music for 4th & 5th Graders (Please see attachments to this newsletter for details)

Dear Families of 4th and 5th graders,

 

It is time to kick off our instrumental music program for the year!  Classes are offered once a week during the regular school day with a daytime concert on February 10 and an evening concert on June 2.  Instrumental music is great fun but also a significant commitment.  So, please pay careful attention to the details below if your child wants to participate.

 

Expectations of Students in the Program: Students participating in instrumental music are expected to bring their instrument and supplies to school each week on class day, and to practice five or more times per week at home.  Students will have charts on which to record practicing assignments each week, which are collected when complete.  Students are expected to participate in the winter and spring concerts listed above.  Instrumental Music progress is reflected on the students’ progress reports.  Please note that students who are regularly unprepared for class may be removed from the program, since progress and learning cannot take place without instrument in hand.

 

Enrollment: Enrollment is ONLINE and will open at 4:00 pm on September 8!  Registration must be complete by 9:00 AM on Monday, September 15.  The first 80 students who register within the open registration window will be able to participate, with priority given to fifth graders signing up within the registration window.  If your family does not have internet access, please call me at 252-0444 x90056 for assistance.  Late registration will not be accepted.  Go online and register right away!

Register Online at: http://tinyurl.com/LaurelhurstInstrumentalMusic

 

Instrument Choice for Beginners:Beginners may choose to play flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, or cello.

 

Instruments and Supplies: It is the policy of Seattle Public Schools to lend instruments to students enrolled in the free and reduced price lunch program (please indicate need on the registration form).  All other families are responsible for providing an instrument for their child.  Information about rental/purchase of an instrument as well as books and required supplies will be sent home when your child’s instrument assignment is confirmed.  Please do not rent or purchase an instrument until I have contacted you regarding choice of instrument.

 

Concerts: Students participating in instrumental music are expected to perform in our concerts scheduled for February 10 (daytime) and June 2 (evening).  Please mark these dates on your calendar!

 

More Questions? Feel free to contact me ([email protected]) regarding additional questions you may have.  In any communication, please indicate what school your student attends, as I teach at multiple locations and situations do vary amongst them!  You can generally expect a response to email within two school days.

 

I look forward to working with your student in instrumental music this year.  Learning an instrument is an incredible journey, and with your support, we have a great year ahead of us!

 

Sincerely, Elizabeth J. Knighton    ejknighton (at) seattleschools (dot) org

Help Us to Help You! Avoid Needless Lost Belongings

Please remember to mark your child’s name in their loose and removable items, like backpacks, lunchboxes, coats, sweatshirts, hats, etc. There is a 95% chance that lost items will be returned, if lost at school, by simply having identification in them. Take a minute when you are at school to check the found items collection areas for anything that may be lost that perhaps you’re not even aware of yet! There is a wooden lost and found cupboard at the south end of the hallway, a hanging rack for clothing around the corner from there, and a small drawer in the office for really small items.

School Directory

As most of you saw in your first day packets, the PTA is excited to announce the launch of an app directory tool for Laurelhurst this year.  The new app will allow all approved directory information to be available at your fingertips via smartphones.  Voila!   (Don’t worry though…the traditional printed directory will also be produced as usual.)

 

The PTA is busily inputting all of the data on directory forms turned in thus far.  In another week or two, we will send out an announcement that the app is up and running, and you will be able to log in using email addresses that are included on your approved form.  Only email addresses turned in on the approved forms may gain access to the app.  So for now, please sit back and wait for further instructions within a couple weeks.

 

If you have any directory questions let me know!   Christi Nagle.  [email protected]

Support Our School Library

Does your child has an upcoming birthday? Upcoming graduation from elementary school? 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 coming home in Kid Mail and also available outside the main office all year long, 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 Julia Diefendorf, j[email protected]

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 moneymaker, 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]

 

It Is Time For The Annual PTA Membership Drive!

The Laurelhurst PTA is beginning its annual membership drive. The cost is only $12 per INDIVIDUAL or $24 for both adults in your household. It’s easy to join!

By joining the PTA, you will show your support for schools and children, and express a belief that collectively, we can make a difference. The PTA speaks for the interests of all children and their health, welfare, safety, and education.
A portion of your membership dues and all donations to the Laurelhurst PTA help fund the librarian, math and Sound Partner reading tutors, the general music program, the artist-in-residence program, science enrichment and the Science Fair, Family Math Night, and a variety of assemblies, as well as the purchase of books, computer and PE equipment, and classroom supplies. As you can see how vital a strong and active PTA membership is to our school.  This year we will be distributing membership cards that entitle members to discounts at a variety of businesses. More information will follow regarding the member cards.
Please join the Laurelhurst PTA and be a part of this community. Enrollment information was provided in the First Day Packet and is also available outside the school office. You may contact Gretchen Swapp (PTA Membership Chairman) [email protected]

LASER NEWS

LASER Childcare

  • LASER is offering childcare for Parent University Night (w/PTA General Mtg) next Wed, 9/17 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  The PTA is sponsoring the first 30 kids (no cost for the first 30 kids to sign up)!  First come, first serve. Please contact LASER at [email protected] sign up.
  • 2 hr Early Release-Wednesday, Sept. 24th…we are open to our currently enrolled children only.
  • Parent Night Out, Friday, Sept. 26th from 6:15pm-11pm. Game tournaments!! Dinner, snack, group games, arts & crafts, and a movie!! Sign-up at LASER beginning Friday, Sept. 12th. For more info contact Margie at [email protected]
  • Registration is open for before and after school childcare for K to 6th We provide care from 7:00 to 9:25 a.m. and 3:40 to 6:15 p.m. Rates, registration contracts, and required forms are available at the LASER portables and online at www.laserchildcare.org . There is no deadline, but space is limited.
  • Signups and information for day camps will be available 2 weeks prior to the camp day.

LASER Leaps

  • Sign up now! Laser Leaps Class guide and registration contracts are available at LASER, outside the School Office, the LEAPS bulletin board and online at laserchildcare.org .
  • Fall Leaps Session begins the week of September 29th and runs through December 15th. The deadline to register is Friday, September 26th. We will accept registration after this date, but there are no prorates in the first 2 weeks, except for cancelled classes.
  • 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.
  • All classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis and are subject to a minimum enrollment.

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 laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Check out our website www.laserchildcare.com to stay updated on LASER happenings!

Cub Scout Information Session Next Week

Does your son like outdoor activities, like hiking and camping? Do you want to teach him new skills and to give back to the community?  Consider joining Cub Scouts! Seattle Cub Scout Pack 177 is recruiting boys in Grades 1-5 to be new scouts! Come visit an information session and meeting September 22nd, and participate in the Raingutter Regatta! Email us at [email protected] or check out http://SeattlePack177.com for more info. Join now and attend our first camp October 11th at YMCA Camp Coleman!

Rain City Water Polo

Does your child love the water AND team sports? Then water polo may be the perfect fit. Rain City Water Polo has programs for boys and girls age five and up in north Seattle, west Seattle and Bellevue. We even offer Splashball – a fun form of water polo for those age 5-9. Check out our website for more info at www.raincitypolo.com or contact Coach Thor Tyson at [email protected] or at 206-999-5686.

One on One Basketball Fall Pre-Season Basketball Programs

Player Development Programs Ages 6-15 (6 progressive color levels)

Locations:  Ravenna CC, Queen Anne CC, Laurelhurst CC
Begins: Week of September 21st! Check schedule at www.1on1basketball.com

 

Instructional Basketball League Ages 6, 7 & 8
(Great introduction to team play while learning fundamentals – organize a team from your school!)

Location: Meadowbrook CC, Begins: Saturday, November 1st!

 

Pre-Season Tune-Up Ages 8-13 (perfect for Rec League Teams to train before games begin in January)

Locations:  Ravenna CC
Begins: Saturday November 15th.

 

Space is limited…register today! Information: http://seattle-washington.1on1basketball.com/

Roosevelt Area Select Basketball Winter Tryouts!

Boys and Girls Teams 2nd-8th Grade

We are proud to announce the Roosevelt-Area Select Basketball Program! It is a community-based program with the goal of bringing together players, coaches and parents in the Roosevelt area to promote competitive basketball that reflects the values of the Roosevelt High School basketball program: Effort, Attitude and Teamwork.  Find us on Facebook under Roosevelt Area Select Basketball www.facebook.com/groups/rooseveltbasketball/ or call coach Chase Young at 206-930-7975
Oct. 4th (Saturday) Calvary Christian Assembly Gym 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA. 98115

10-11am 8th Grade Boys / 11-12pm 7th Grade Boys / 12-1pm 6th Grade Boys / 1-2pm 5th Grade Boys / 2-3pm 2nd-4th Grade Boys
3-4pm 7th-8th Grade Girls / 4-5pm 4th-6th Grade Girls

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to:
lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly deadline of midnight this Thursday.

Please note that email addresses in this document have been modified so they do not contain @ symbols and dots. This measure helps reduce spam, and is necessary because this Bulletin is published to the general public on our School website. Please substitute the @ symbol for (at) and a period for (dot) to send email.

Bear Bulletin – 9/8

PDF Version: Monday Bulletin, 9.8

Calendar

Monday, Sept 8

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

Tuesday, Sept 9

  • Curriculum Night for Grades K-2 – See last page for schedule.

Parents bring calendars to sign up for your November Parent-Teacher Conference across from the office

Wednesday, Sept 10

  • Curriculum Night for Grades 3-5 – See last page for schedule.

Parents bring calendars to sign up for your November Parent-Teacher Conference across from the office

Thursday, Sept 11

  • Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight tonight. Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, Sept 12

  • Deadline for forms to be returned from first day packets

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 17 – Parent University 6:30 pm, Look for details in next week’s bulletin!
  • Sept 20 – Grounds Clean-up Work Party, 8 am – noon
  • Sept 241:40 EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development
  • Sept 25 – Principal’s Monthly Chat and PTA Open House, 9:40 am

Please Welcome Our New Staff Members!

We are pleased to welcome some new faces to our staff:

PrincipalDr. Sarah Talbot is our new school principal

Head Teacher – Ed Roos joins us as our head teacher

NurseKaren Johnston is our new school nurse. She works at Laurelhurst on Fridays and alternating Tuesdays.

Resource CenterCharlie Hill and Stephanie Stratton are new teachers in our Resource Center

Reading Specialist – Ellen Reid is our interim Reading Specialist

Instructional AssistantsAliah Lynn, Bridget Stone, Kara Girard and Nina Anderson are new support staff

Tutors – Julia Diefendorf, Megan Bales and Shivani Sood have joined our reading & math tutor team

favorite weeding tools (mark your name on them!). Refreshments provided for workers.

Volunteer / Visitor Protocol at Laurelhurst

All volunteers must complete the background check document from the first day packet and present photo ID in the school office each year. You can attach a clear photocopy of your driver’s license if you are unable to come in person. NEW: Per the volunteer packet, volunteers must also complete the online components as well, reading the volunteer handbook and completing the adult sexual misconduct training. All volunteers must sign in and out at the office. While you are in here, you should be wearing a Volunteer or Visitor badge. Please return badges each time as you sign out. You may not use student restrooms. Adult restrooms are located on each floor (2nd floor mid-hallway west side, 1st floor in Nurse’s office and south of the lunchroom). Thank you for your cooperation. We love our volunteers!

Please Return Your Packets! The completed forms in your first day packets (parent homework) are due this Friday! Thank you!

 

Advanced Learning Nomination Time Is Now – It Only Happens Once a Year!

Parents who feel that their children may be academically advanced and needing accelerated learning opportunities are invited to explore the Advanced Learning pages on the Seattle Public Schools website: www.seattleschools.org/advlearning. Referral forms are available for download there. Applications for 2015-16 eligibility testing are due by Thursday, Oct. 2.

NOTE: The teacher page is best completed by their teacher from last year, who knows them better.

 

2014-15 Reflections Student Art Program – Calling All Creative Kids!

After last year’s spectacular participation of 142 students, Reflections is coming again this fall to Laurelhurst!  The theme this year is….

‘The World Would Be a Better Place if…’

 

Once again, we’ll provide the following tools to help make participation in this National PTA Cultural Arts Competition fun and easy for students and parents alike.

 

Reflections Bulletin Board:

Check it out in the main hallway, south of the office!  This will be the hub of Reflections information, with a changing display to inspire and motivate our kids as they think about what “The world would be a better place if…’ means to them!

 

Material Packets:

We will preassemble basic material packets to go home with your kids. Look for an introduction flyer/sign-up form coming home next week via Kidmail.

 

Creative Workshop:

Creative Workshops will be held during library time next week to help kids explore the theme, and launch them forward with their own works of art.

 

As always, you will find weekly reminders and updates here in the Weekly Bulletin, so stay tuned!

 

NOTE: This year’s theme is a fantastic topic to discuss on your way to/from school, on the ride to soccer practice/music lessons/karate, or around the dinner table. So start that brainstorming! Let’s get creative and make some amazing artwork!

 

Questions? Contact Jeanne Ryan at [email protected] or Ann Buratto at [email protected]

Instrumental Music for 4th & 5th Graders (Please see attachments to this newsletter for details)

Dear Families of 4th and 5th graders,

 

It is time to kick off our instrumental music program for the year!  Classes are offered once a week during the regular school day with a daytime concert on February 10 and an evening concert on June 2.  Instrumental music is great fun but also a significant commitment.  So, please pay careful attention to the details below if your child wants to participate.

 

Expectations of Students in the Program: Students participating in instrumental music are expected to bring their instrument and supplies to school each week on class day, and to practice five or more times per week at home.  Students will have charts on which to record practicing assignments each week, which are collected when complete.  Students are expected to participate in the winter and spring concerts listed above.  Instrumental Music progress is reflected on the students’ progress reports.  Please note that students who are regularly unprepared for class may be removed from the program, since progress and learning cannot take place without instrument in hand.

 

Enrollment: Enrollment is ONLINE and will open at 4:00 pm on September 8!  Registration must be complete by 9:00 AM on Monday, September 15.  The first 80 students who register within the open registration window will be able to participate, with priority given to fifth graders signing up within the registration window.  If your family does not have internet access, please call me at 252-0444 x90056 for assistance.  Late registration will not be accepted.  Go online and register right away!

Register Online at:

http://tinyurl.com/LaurelhurstInstrumentalMusic

 

Instrument Choice for Beginners:Beginners may choose to play flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, or cello.

 

Instruments and Supplies: It is the policy of Seattle Public Schools to lend instruments to students enrolled in the free and reduced price lunch program (please indicate need on the registration form).  All other families are responsible for providing an instrument for their child.  Information about rental/purchase of an instrument as well as books and required supplies will be sent home when your child’s instrument assignment is confirmed.  Please do not rent or purchase an instrument until I have contacted you regarding choice of instrument.

 

Concerts: Students participating in instrumental music are expected to perform in our concerts scheduled for February 10 (daytime) and June 2 (evening).  Please mark these dates on your calendar!

 

More Questions? Feel free to contact me ([email protected]) regarding additional questions you may have.  In any communication, please indicate what school your student attends, as I teach at multiple locations and situations do vary amongst them!  You can generally expect a response to email within two school days.

 

I look forward to working with your student in instrumental music this year.  Learning an instrument is an incredible journey, and with your support, we have a great year ahead of us!

 

Sincerely,

Elizabeth J. Knighton    ejknighton (at) seattleschools (dot) org

School Directory

School Directory sign-up sheets were provided in every first day packet. Each year we create a school directory that provides contact information to help families contact each other and the school. If you haven’t done so already, PLEASE fill out a form for EACH child at Laurelhurst (or you may opt out on that form). There are phone numbers and email addresses which are conveniently formatted to simplify your communication needs. The directory is not to be used for business or solicitation purposes, simply for Laurelhurst families and staff to get in touch with each other. We can’t finalize it until we get forms for every student, whether opting in or out. NEW this year: a smart phone school directory app! See form for details. Thanks!

Weekly News – Get it Quicker Via Email!

This week at a glance bulletin will be in your email inbox by Sunday evening or early Monday mornings if you sign up for the Email school news. We hope to have EVERYONE on email. The email addresses will not be shared. At times, some reminders and last minute communication is only sent via email. Don’t miss out. It can stay in your email for easy reference, and be deleted when you get the next edition. Sign up today! You can find the bright green sign up form in your first day packet.

Help Us to Help You! Avoid Needless Lost Belongings

Please remember to mark your child’s name in their loose and removable items, like backpacks, lunchboxes, coats, sweatshirts, hats, etc. There is a 95% chance that lost items will be returned, if lost at school, by simply having identification in them. Take a minute when you are at school to check the found items collection areas for anything that may be lost that perhaps you’re not even aware of yet! There is a wooden lost and found cupboard at the south end of the hallway, a hanging rack for clothing around the corner from there, and a small drawer in the office for really small items.

Medications At School

Please note that any medication, prescription or over the counter, (even cough drops) cannot be brought to school without permission. There is a medication authorization form (see first day packet) to be completed by their doctor that must be completed and signed by both parent and physician prior to medication being at school. Students cannot carry medication on their person, in backpacks or lunch boxes. Please contact the office for assistance with all medication matters at 252-5400. Fax number for doctors to return forms is: 252-5401

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 moneymaker, 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]

 

It Is Time For The Annual PTA Membership Drive!

The Laurelhurst PTA is beginning its annual membership drive. The cost is only $12 per INDIVIDUAL or $24 for both adults in your household. It’s easy to join!

By joining the PTA, you will show your support for schools and children, and express a belief that collectively, we can make a difference. The PTA speaks for the interests of all children and their health, welfare, safety, and education.
A portion of your membership dues and all donations to the Laurelhurst PTA help fund the librarian, math and Sound Partner reading tutors, the general music program, the artist-in-residence program, science enrichment and the Science Fair, Family Math Night, and a variety of assemblies, as well as the purchase of books, computer and PE equipment, and classroom supplies. As you can see how vital a strong and active PTA membership is to our school.  This year we will be distributing membership cards that entitle members to discounts at a variety of businesses. More information will follow regarding the member cards.
Please join the Laurelhurst PTA and be a part of this community. Enrollment information was provided in the First Day Packet and is also available outside the school office. You may contact Gretchen Swapp (PTA Membership Chairman) [email protected]

 

 

LASER NEWS

LASER Childcare

  • Curriculum Night Child Care! This Tuesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm and Wednesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Sign-up at LASER or email Sequoia at [email protected]. Fee is: $10 per child. For children 5yrs-12yrs only! A light snack will be provided, please feel free to bring your child/ren with their supper.
  • 2 hr Early Release-Wednesday, Sept. 26th…we are open to our currently enrolled children only.

LASER Leaps

  • Registration forms for LASER Leaps enrichment classes (before and after school enrichment classes). Forms went home in first day packets and are available outside the school office. Check them out soon. Some classes fill very quickly.

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 laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Check out our website www.laserchildcare.com to stay updated on LASER happenings!

Roosevelt Area Select Basketball Winter Tryouts!

Boys and Girls Teams 2nd-8th Grade

We are proud to announce the Roosevelt-Area Select Basketball Program! It is a community-based program with the goal of bringing together players, coaches and parents in the Roosevelt area to promote competitive basketball that reflects the values of the Roosevelt High School basketball program: Effort, Attitude and Teamwork.  Find us on Facebook under Roosevelt Area Select Basketball www.facebook.com/groups/rooseveltbasketball/ or call coach Chase Young at 206-930-7975
Oct. 4th (Saturday) Calvary Christian Assembly Gym 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA. 98115

10-11am 8th Grade Boys
11-12pm 7th Grade Boys
12-1pm 6th Grade Boys
1-2pm 5th Grade Boys
2-3pm 2nd-4th Grade Boys
3-4pm 7th-8th Grade Girls
4-5pm 4th-6th Grade Girls

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to:
lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly deadline of midnight this Thursday.

Please note that email addresses in this document have been modified so they do not contain @ symbols and dots. This measure helps reduce spam, and is necessary because this Bulletin is published to the general public on our School website. Please substitute the @ symbol for (at) and a period for (dot) to send email.

SEE NEXT SECTION FOR CURRICULUM NIGHT SCHEDULE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Night & Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling

 

Please make your child care arrangements now. This is an adult-only event that follows the schedule below.

Bring your calendars along—there will be a sign-up sheet near the office to schedule your parent-teacher conference appointment(s). This is the best time to coordinate scheduling, especially if you have multiple students.

 

September 9   (Grades K-2)

 

6:00 – 6:30   School Overview – Lunchroom

  • With Principal Dr. Sarah Talbot and Specialist Teachers in the Lunchroom

6:30-7:15   Computer Lab and Library Open

 

6:40 – 7:15   Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten: Room 1 – Ms. Jen Anderson; Room 6 – Ms. Liz Grant ; Room 7 – Ms. Bethany Lara

7:15- 7:50   Grades 1 & 2

  • First Grade: Room 3 – Ms. Dena Bonn; Room 4 – Ms. Louise Thomas; Portable 1 – Ms. Meredith Sullivan
  • Second Grade:   Portable 4 – Ms. Carroll; Room 5 – Ms. Shannon Isaacson; Room 8 – Ms. Kathy Blair;

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Wednesday, September 10   (Grades 3-5)

 

6:00 – 6:30   School Overview – Lunchroom

  • With Principal Dr. Sarah Talbot

6:30- 7:10   Grades 3 & 4

  • Grade 3: Room 10 – Mr. Bryce Anderson; Room 11 – Ms. Laura Tutt
  • Grade 3 / 4: Room 14 – Ms. Debby Halperin
  • Grade 4: Room 18 – Mr. Greg Pittman; Room 19 – Ms. Sue Backenstose

6:30- 7:15 Office: Washington State Mandated 5th grade HIV/AIDS curriculum available for review

 

7:15-8:00   Grade 5

  • Grade 5: Room 12 – Ms. Grace Dublin; Room 13- Mr. Pat Howard

 

Contact LASER if you need childcare. Email Margie at: [email protected]