Bear Bulletin – 10/6


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

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
  • 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. ( )  

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, or 206.524.3234.



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 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.

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!

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