Bear Bulletin – 9/22

PDF Version:  Monday Bulletin, 9.22


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. ( )        

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: 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: White, Environmental Health and Safety.



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 .
  • 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 , 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!

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 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 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]

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