Bear Bulletin 10/13

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School

Monday, October 13, 2014



Monday, Oct 13

  • Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today
  • Usborne Book Fair, In the library all week. Ends at 11 am Friday – See article

Tuesday, Oct 14

  • Pizza With Dads, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Cafeteria

Wednesday, Oct 15

  • STEM Night, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Cafeteria
  • Thursday, Oct 16
  • Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight tonight. Submit to [email protected]

Upcoming Events

  • 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


Wanted: A Few Good Men and Women — Wednesday

Come on over to our school cafeteria this Wednesday Night for Game Night!

Are you ready for a great night of fun and learning for our school community? As we count down to a fun Wednesday evening for Game Night, please consider
volunteering this Wednesday, October 15. This easy, fun, one-time volunteer gig starts is from 5:45pm until 7:30pm.

STEM’s Game Night is a Game Expo, co-hosted by Blue Highway Games, where families will play together and learn new games and math skills in the process.
Our Volunteer orientation takes place at 5:45 pm, on October 15, immediately prior to the event. The orientation will quickly get you up to speed and responsibilities
are simple & fun! Sign up at .

If you cannot volunteer, please do attend with your family! The Laurelhurst Game Night starts this Wednesday at 6:30 pm and is open to all!

This event promises to be a great family night of learning and fun. Here, you can test out some of the best Math Games at each grade level that help reinforce
student math concepts & learning and even buy a few games (20% of sales go to our school) to play at home.
We will be serving fresh popped movie popcorn!

On behalf of the Laurelhurst PTA and the STEM Night team- thank you for building up STEM power at Laurelhurst!
Bobby Shashidhar ([email protected]) or Jincey Goggin ([email protected]), STEM Night Co-Chairs


Usborne Book Fair Is Next Week

The Usborne Book Fair will be taking place in the library this week, starting Monday, October 13. The fair will be open from 9 in the morning until 4:20 in the
afternoon every day except Wednedsday and Friday. Wednesday we will be open until 8 in the evening and Friday we will close at 11. Come buy books and help
support the library.

Tom Brown ([email protected]), Librarian

Pizza with Dads!

REMEMBER – Pizza Party for Students and Dads Tuesday, 10/14 from 6:30 – 7:30 in the Cafeteria. Enjoy FREE pizza and learn about the 2014-15 Watch DOGS
program for dads. Please RSVP so there is enough pizza.

Direct Give Campaign Continues Through October 31st
Be sure to turn in your red envelope to help us fund art, music, math and sound partners tutors, library, science, technology and more! We are 10 days in and at
approximately 25% of our goal. The grade level with the highest participation will win a pizza party and extra recess! As of now, the First Graders are in the lead!
Donations can be made online at or via the red envelope! Questions? Email Janiel Eggleston and Meghan Amrofell at [email protected]

PE News And Information

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 today 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 ([email protected]), PE Specialist

 The Kids’ Carnival is just around the corner! October 24th, 5-8pm

The Kids’ Carnival is getting closer! Have you purchased your tickets yet? Avoid the lines on the night of the carnival by purchasing your tickets now! Then you
can get right to the FUN on October 24th. If you’ve misplaced your order form, pick one up from the table outside the school office. We also plan to sell tickets
on the north playground before and after school on Wednesday October 22nd. Check Monday’s Kid Mail for an opportunity to help support this year’s Caramel
Apple Walk. Scholarship tickets for the carnival are available through Susan in the school office.

Counselor’s Corner

For families that I haven’t met yet I am Laurelhurst School Counselor Mrs. Manor, this is my 2nd year here at Laurelhurst. I am at Laurelhurst part time every
Tuesday & Friday’s and every other Wednesday. As the School Counselor I am involved in several things around the school. At times throughout the year I will
teach lessons in the classrooms on Friendship Skills, supporting each other by being an Upstander, lead lessons on Steps to Respect an Anti- Bullying Program,
as well as often being on the playground to help with problem solving. I am a resource for families that need additional resources in the community, as well as
connect families to outside agencies. I provide an open door policy where students can sign up to meet with me if they are having a difficult day, friendship
challenges, school work is overwhelming, family dynamics have changed, grief support, or just need to talk to someone about whatever is difficult so they are
able to focus on their academics.

I lead several Small Grade Level Groups at different times throughout the year. These groups consist of 4-6 students one time a week for 30 minutes. The groups
are an opportunity where students can learn and practice friendship skill, communication skills, problem solving, etc. Students need parent permission to be
part of the groups. If you feel your child would benefit from one of these groups please call or email me.

I am excited to be working with all the classrooms on the RULER Program a Social Emotional Skill Development Program. This will give the whole school community
common language, develop understanding of feelings/emotions, greater social competence, strategies and improve academic success.

Please contact me if you have any questions or want your student to be part of a small group. My phone: 206 252-5435, email address below.
Cheryl Manor ([email protected]), Laurelhurst School Counselor

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: Ekstein MS, Washington MS, West Seattle HS, Whitman MS and Van Asselt Elementary

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 ([email protected])

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:
  • 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

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 at


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.
  • Include 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. 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.
  • Save the date! We’ll celebrate on Wednesday Nov. 5th at 6:30 in the cafeteria!
  • 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: Just email Christi Nagle ([email protected]) and she will
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.


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]


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 6:00pm – 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, [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, 10am – 5pm on Saturday October 25 and Sunday October 26 at the 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: November 1, By Appointment

The Northwest Boychoir 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, or 206 524-3234.



LASER Childcare

  • 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.

New at LASER

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

  • Monday-Science club with Harper
  • Tuesday-Fine Art Club with Tara
  • Wednesday-Community Service with Doug

LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)

  • Leaps classes have begun. Enrollment forms and class guides are still available at school, LASER, or you can download them from our LASER website First come, first served Registration is not complete until we have received a). Registration Contract, b). Emergency Card,
    and c). Full payment. Please return these to LASER or the school office.
  • Fall Leaps sessions run through December 15th. We will accept late registrations, but there are no prorates in the first 2 weeks, except for cancelled classes.

Rising Stars Pre-K (Preschool)

Pre-K Open Registration – we are still accepting applications for our Rising Stars Pre-K Kindergarten Readiness Program serving 4-5 year olds. Download
registration materials online at, stop by the LASER portable, or call 206 523-3123 for more info and materials. There is
no deadline, but space is limited.

Check out our website 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!


The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to: [email protected] by the weekly deadline
of midnight this Thursday.