Bear Bulletin 10/27/2014


The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School Monday, October 27, 2014


Monday, Oct 27

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

Tuesday, Oct 28

  • InstrumentalMusic students,remember your instruments!

Wednesday, Oct 29

  • 1:40 EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development

Thursday, Oct 30

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

Friday, Oct 31

  • Halloween Parade at 2:40 & classroom parties

Upcoming Events

  • Nov3–PTA BoardMeeting,7pmintheLibrary
  • 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,6:30pmin theCafeteria
  • Nov11–NO SCHOOL,VeteransDayHoliday
  • Nov 13 – School Picture Retake Day from 9:15 – 11 on the Stage
  • Nov 20–Teawith Talbot,Principal’s monthly chat –9:40in theLibrary
  • Nov 24-26 – Parent-Teacher Conferences and NO SCHOOL for students
  • Nov27-28–NO SCHOOL,ThanksgivingBreak



Direct Give – Give to Make A Difference!

With one week left, Ithink the first graders really want the pizza party! They are in the lead for the “Race to the Big Apple” with44%participation. Good news is, the rest of you have one more week to turn in your RED envelopes and win that PIZZA PARTY for your grade!

Direct Give is the most efficient way we raise the money needed to fund those programs that enrich your child’s educational experience, including reading and math tutors, art and music programs, the reading specialist as well as buying books and supplies for teacher’s classrooms, providing professional development for teachers, technology in the classroom, and support for advanced learning and field trips, just to name a few.

Please return the red envelope to the office by October 31, or give online at Anything you give can make a differ­ence. To sweeten the deal for the final week of the campaign, any donations made between Oct 24-31 will be MATCHED by 3 generous Laurelhurst families, so anything you give then will be doubled!

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 about 2:30ish. 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.

Parking and Loading Reminder to Parents/Guardians and Nannies!

Remember…to follow a clockwise traffic pattern around our block, off-load/pick-up only in designated areas on the curb side of your vehicle, do not exit/park your vehicle in load areas and do not block neighbors’ driveways. Do not stop/park too close to corners blocking student safety patrol’s visibility. We do all these things to keep everyone safe, keep traffic moving and to be good neighbors. Thanks for following the rules!


PE News and Information

Our famous Unicycle unit begins THIS WEEK, October 27th-November 7.

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]

Reflections Art Contest

The entries are in! Hooray and kudos to all of our young artists!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE REFLECTIONS CELEBRATION-ALL WELCOME! 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!

For kids seeking further creative opportunities, here are a couple more opportunities to consider:

  • The Mr. Yuk poster contest. Open for 6-12 year olds. The grand prize is $500, a trip to the WA State Capitol with Mr. Yuk, having their art­work displayed all over the state, and the teacher / club leader gets $100 to help their classroom or club. Poster entries must be post­marked between September 26, 2014 and January 9, 2015. For more info, see:­contest/
  • Brainstorm themes for the Reflections 2016-17 contest. The winning theme will win $100. Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 14th andentry forms can be found at: (Note, these two contests are not run by Laurelhurst, so you’ll need to consult with contest organizers for entry rules.)

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

Scrip Tuesday!

It’s Scrip Tuesday! Please stop by our Scrip table to pickup your pre-ordered Scrip cards, to buy PCC or Met Market Cards*(no pre-orders need­ed), or to just get the scoop on Scrip and how it works! Did you know Laurelhurst PTA made $219 just this month selling Scrip cards? We’d love to answer your questions and show you how easy it is to participate outside the school office before school (9:10-9:40am) or afterschool (3:20­3:50)onScripTuesday10/28th. *Exactcashorchecksmadepayableto“LaurelhurstPTA”forPCC&MetMarketcards,please.

Kids’ Carnival Thank You!

A big Kids Carnival Kudos to Lisa Hanna, Christine Bagley, and Anna Kinney who made all the magic happen for our school last Friday night. It was a great night of community, candy, fun, candy, games, and…of course, candy! So many smiles thanks to these Chairs who planned and organized this spook-tacular event and to the many, many parents who ran the booths and fed the hungry goblins. The PTA is grateful for all your support.

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 yourbicycle, ortaking the bus to school!Ifyou haven’talready started, it’s nottoo late. This eventis going all month. Rememberto 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

Nurse’s Office Volunteers Needed – Monday or Wednesday from 12-12:45

We have a nurse and wonderful volunteers who help manage our busy nurse’s office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We find ourselves in need ofMonday and Wednesday volunteers. Ifinterested, please letme know. Thanks!Susan Lundh 252-5402 or [email protected]

Volunteer Help in Lunchroom

Kim in our kitchen is often in need of assistance between 11:30-12:45. If you are available or find yourself here with a bit of free time, stop in to see if she could use your help that day, or email her at [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 8:00pm. This is ONLY time there will be a tour of the school. Please mark your calendars now.

Library Book Fair Thank You

Dear Laurelhurst Community, I wanted to thank the parents, students, and anyone else that came to the Usborne book fair. Because of you we were able to get $1200 dollars in free books that went to the library, to teachers, and to a number of scholarship students who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to afford books. The library also received $1600 in cash to be used to buy books at the local bookstores. Thank you again for your support to the library and this school.

–Tom Brown, Library Resource Specialist

Annual GLTB Dinner


The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at NOVA/Seattle World School (300 20th Ave. E). Members of the school board will attend to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All district families and staff are wel­come to attend! This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office and the Office of School Family Partnerships. Dinner and entertainment will be provided through community donations. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Intervention Office at 252-0982 or [email protected]

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


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? Notonlyisitaneasymoneymaker,it’sagreatwayforANYONEtosupportourschool. (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]

Northwest Boychoir Auditions

TheNorthwestBouchoirisseriousfun!Travelonnationaltours,singwiththeSeattle 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 November29th, check-in starts at9am. Open to kids U8 -U14. For more information, go to:


LASER Childcare

2 hour 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. Activities include dance party and costume contest. Please bring your favorite memory of Margie to share with all!! See you there!

Camp day on November 11th at Sand Point-Sign-up now at LASER! Space limited!

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.



LASER clubs have started and are 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 tamales.

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!

Classes at Squirrelly

There is a local nonprofit cleverly named 501(c)akes makes custom birthday cakes for children in need. Their website is:

On Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10am -12noon, Mary Reeder from 501 (c)akes will teach a cupcake decorating class at Squirrelly. The fee is $20 to make 4 cupcakes. All proceeds will benefit her organization, 501(c)akes! You can learn about and register for the event online at Squirrelly is also offering two classes on the early release day on Wednesday? At 2pm and again at 4pm, there is a 1.5 hour class called Trick or

Treat Art. Kids will make Candy Mosaics with Laura Wright (much like the Gaudi mosaic art they have been making in the Art Explorers program this month at school, but with CANDY tiles!) -and they will be creating blocks and block printing on tote bags to use for trick or treating. This is art education, and early release fun!

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 letme knowifyou have a preference!Ifyou are interested, contactWinchee Lin at [email protected] or925-818-5270.

Veterans Day One-Day Basketball Camp @ Roosevelt High School

Tuesday,November 11th,2014from 9am-Noon

Boys and Girls Grades 2nd -8th

Coach Chase Young and his staff will be leading the camp Register at

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