Bear Bulletin 10/20/2014

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Monday, October 20, 2014


Monday, Oct 20

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

Tuesday, Oct 21

  • Instrumental Music students, remember your instruments!

Wednesday, Oct 22

Thursday, Oct 23

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

Friday, Oct 24

  • Art Reflections entries due TODAY! Bring to Library
  • Kids Carnival, 5-8 pm, Laurelhurst Gym

Upcoming Events

  • Oct 29 – 1:40 EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development
  • Oct 31 – Halloween Parade at 2:40 & classroom parties
  • Nov 3 – PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm in the Library
  • Nov 4 – End of Walktober Celebration on North Playground 9-9:25 am – Bring Tracking Calendar for Prizes!
  • Nov 4 – Election Day – VOTE!
  • Nov 5 – Reflections Art Celebration, 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria
  • Nov 11 – NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day Holiday
  • Nov 13 – School Picture Retake Day from 9:15 – 11 on the Stage
  • Nov 20 – Tea with Talbot, Principal’s monthly chat – 9:40 in the Library
  • Nov 24-26 – Parent-Teacher Conferences and NO SCHOOL for students
  • Nov 27-28 – NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break



Kids’ Carnival is Friday Night!

There are only five more days until the Kids’ Carnival! Make sure to be there this Friday night for non-stop fun from 5pm to 8pm.  You will not want to miss the games, crafts, pizza dinner, and more! Simply return the pre-order form to the school office by Tuesday, October 21st.  Or, look for the spooky witches on the north playground after school on Wednesday and Thursday from 3-4pm to buy your tickets in person. Scholarship tickets for the carnival are available through Susan in the school office.


See you Friday night!


Reflections Student Art Program – Calling All Creative Kids!

Art entries are due in 5 days!  


Please bring your art to the library by this Friday, October 24th. We’ve already seen some masterpieces rolling in…Remember to include your name on the back of your artwork and to turn in your artist statement card with your artwork!



Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. We will celebrate our kids’ fabulous art, present award certificates, take pictures for the yearbook and enjoy a treat!


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


Direct Give 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!  The grade level with the highest participation will win a pizza party and extra recess! Stay tuned this week to find out which grade is in the lead!   Donations can be made online at or via the red envelope! Questions? Email Janiel Eggleston & Meghan Amrofell at [email protected].


Halloween at Laurelhurst

Halloween is coming right up! As most of you know, the staff and students at Laurelhurst have a lot of fun with Halloween. We have an all-school parade of costumes, followed by class parties. Students do not come to school in their costumes, they bring them and change during the 2:00-2:15 recess break. Please remember as you are planning your kids’ costumes this year, we don’t want to frighten the younger and more sensitive kids. To assure that it remains fun, please help your child follow these simple guidelines.

  • Costumes must not be frightening. Remember what is not frightening to a 5th grader might really be frightening to a Kindergartner.
  • No blood, wounds, disfigurements, or severed limbs.
  • No sharp objects or weapons of any kind. This includes “play” swords, plastic guns, whips, chains, etc.


If your child is in need of a loaner costume, please have them come to the office on Thursday, (the day before or when they get to school on Friday), to find a costume to borrow. We have an assortment of donated costumes that they can choose from. As you go through your past costumes at home, either before or after Halloween, the school can use your donations for this purpose.


PE News and Information  

Our famous Unicycle unit is coming next week, October 27th-November 7. We will celebrate the end of Walktober by working on our unicycle skills!


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


I will continue to offer morning unicycle riding time on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:05-9:25am. We had 20 riders each day last week!

Please email me with questions.

Thanks, Brent Roberts, PE Specialist

[email protected]


Walktober 2014

Hey all you Walktober fans, keep up the great work of improving your physical health, thinking better in school and saving our planet by walking, riding your bicycle, or taking the bus to school! If you haven’t already started, it’s not too late. This event is going all month. Remember to track your trips on the Walktober Calendar and bring this with you to redeem prizes on Nov. 4. Remember, you get a prize just for participating and if you do at least 8 days, you receive an extra cool prize!


The Walktober Tracking Calendar is attached if you need an extra copy. We are also looking for volunteers to help out at the fun celebration of Walktober that will occur on the North Playground on Nov. 4, prior to the start of the school day.

Please contact Steve Clark at [email protected] or Tracy Bradley at [email protected] if you want to participate.


When To Keep Your Child Home

Please remember that your child should not return to school until 24 hours after a fever, vomiting or diarrhea. That means from the time of the last symptoms, you should keep them home for another 24 hours. Remind your children to keep their hands away from their faces and to wash their hands often. This helps to prevent the spread of germs, both spreading them and catching them.

Please don’t give them pain/fever reliever that masks the symptoms and send them to school when they are unwell.


Reminder: Student Emergency Comfort Packs For Each Student

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

A gallon sized plastic bag (Ziploc type) filled with:

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


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 TONIGHT (Oct 20th) About Twice Exceptional Kids

All About 504s and IEPs for Twice Exceptional Kids Monday, October 20 at 7:00pm at Lincoln HS library in Wallingford

If you’ve ever wondered:

            What is a 504? What is an IEP? What’s the difference?

            Does my child need a 504 or IEP? Where do I start, and what can I ask for?

            How can schools support a child who is bright, but also has disabilities?

… then this Support Group meeting is for you!


We will be joined by:

  • Roger Daniels, Advanced Learning Consulting Teacher
  • Carole Rusimovic, 504 Program Coordinator for SPS, and
  • Sherry Studley, Special Ed Consulting Teacher, Supervisor

who will talk about 504s and IEPs with respect to the needs of students in advanced learning programs.


If you have questions and want to learn more about the support a 504 plan or IEP could provide, whether your student currently has a plan or whether you are considering one, please join us.


Game Night Was a Night of Fun, Learning and Excitement!

Over three hundred members of our school community turned out for the first STEM Event of the year sponsored by the PTA. Families and students had a blast playing some of the coolest math learning games in the Blue Highway game vault, and eating freshly popped popcorn .


The game expo and sale was a BIG success! Our partners Blue Highway Games said it was one of the most successful of their game nights, with 20% of the evening’s game sales going directly to our school. A huge thank you to all the Laurelhurst families, parent volunteers and staff who came out to support this learning event and made the night such a great success. We hope you enjoyed it with us!


We hope to see you at our next STEM Night on December 10th, when the Pacific Science Center will be putting on a cool nighttime science show.


Hats off to our school community for turning out in support of STEM learning at Laurelhurst! — The STEM Night team


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]


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, or 206.524.3234.


Thanksgiving Weekend Football Opportunity

Get moving over the holidays! The Emerald City Football Club is hosting the 15th annual Turkey Shoot jamboree over the Thanksgiving weekend. We invite all local soccer players, regardless of club or rec affiliation, to join! This fun event is a great way to get your kids out and release some energy over the long holiday weekend. Hope to see you and your kids at Magnuson Park (Field 6 & 7) on November 29th, check-in starts at 9am. Open to kids U8 – U14. For more information, go to:



LASER Childcare

  • 2 hr Early Release-Wednesday, October 29th…we are open to our currently enrolled children only.
  • Margie’s Halloween themed Good-bye Potluck party, Thursday, Oct. 30th, from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Please bring your favorite dish to share. Dance party and costume contest. Please bring your favorite memory of Margie to share with all! See you there!

LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)

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

Rising Stars Pre-K (Preschool)

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


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 are taking part during programming time from 4:45pm-5:30pm. These clubs are in addition to an art/creative activity and group game options. Our clubs this fall include:

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

Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!


Join a Girl Scouts Daisy Troop (Grades K and 1)

Girl Scouts helps girls develop their full individual potential all while having fun and experiencing friendship!

We are starting up a new Girl Scouts troop for Kindergarten and 1st grade girls. The troop meeting times and frequency of meetings have yet to be determined, so let me know if you have a preference! If you are interested, contact Winchee Lin at [email protected] or 925-818-5270.


One On One Basketball Seattle Presents…

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 improve individual skills 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:
lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly deadline of midnight this Thursday.