Bear Bulletin – 9/29


Monday, Sept 29

  • Walktober Kick-Off! International Walk To School Month kicks off! Tracking calendars in kid-mail
  • PTA Annual Direct Give Campaign forms go home
  • LASER Leaps Enrichment Classes Begin This Week!
  • Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today

Tuesday, Sept 30

Wednesday, Oct 1

  • Spirit Gear Order Deadline
  • PTA Direct Give Campaign begins
  • Fifth Graders to Camp Orkila – Busses leave at 8 am sharp!

Thursday, Oct 2

  • Deadline for Advanced Learning testing nomination forms
  • Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight tonight. Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, Oct 3

  • Fifth Graders return from Camp Orklia (approximately noon)

Upcoming Events

  • 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. ( )        

Small Sized Clothes Needed

As you are sorting through your kids’ clothing for the change in seasons and sizes, consider donating smaller sized clothing to our school nurse’s office. We are in need of smaller sized clothing, sizes 6 – 8 in particular. The most helpful clothing items are leggings/elastic waist pants that are more versatile for fit. We can use underwear and socks, even shoes as well. Just drop by the office with your donations anytime.

Work Party To Make Art Sketch Books For the Whole School

Our wonderful artist-in-residence, Kim Newall, will begin work with our students next week. In preparation for her lessons, we need to create Art Sketch Books for each of our students. A work party to make sketch books will be held in the cafeteria this Thursday, Oct 2 from 9:30 to 11:15 in the lunchroom.  We will be making sketchbooks for all the children in all grades to use.  Please come by for some coffee and some help in making the sketch books!

Direct Give Campaign Underway, Oct 1-31 – Look in Today’s Kid Mail For More Information

Direct Give Campaign underway October 1-31 Help us raise 15% of our annual PTA budget through the Direct Give Campaign. It’s simple, efficient and direct. No proceeds go to vendors for sales of wreaths, books or wrapping paper. Your donations are 100% tax deductible and fund art, music, tutors, library, science, technology, and more! Donate online at<> or check kidmail for the red envelope and paper donation form on Monday. Questions? Email Janiel Eggleston and Meghan Amrofell at [email protected].

Advanced Learning Nomination Forms DUE BY THURSDAY!

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 THIS 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.

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

Spirit Gear Orders Due Wednesday!

Please use the attached order form (or the one that came home last week in kid mail) 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 of styles and colors available at school.  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.

Get Ready For Walktober/International Walk To School Month!

It’s almost here! Join us for the Walktober Kick-off Event, Monday September 29th at 2;20 on the south playground for a walk in Laurelhurst Park.


If you are new to the school or have not participated, this is your chance to get on board, have fun and make a difference. Walktober is a month long campaign where students commit to walking, biking, scootering, unicycling or riding the bus to school. Any non-motorized, active commute to school counts. Your small actions can make a difference. You will help reduce traffic around the school, making us all safer. Research shows that kids who walk to school are more focused in class and do better in school. For every mile you walk or bike, a pound of pollution is reduced.


Join us for the Walktober Kick-off Event, Monday September 29th at 2:20 meeting on the south playground to walk at Laurelhurst Park. We will be taking this community walk to celebrate the onset of Walktober. Students will receive their tracking calendars in Monday kid mail. Remember, there are great prizes for participating in Walktober.

–Your Safe and Active Routes to School Committee, Steve Clark [email protected] and Tracy Bradly [email protected]

Kids’ Carnival Is Almost Here!

It’s that time of year again! Mark your calendars for the Kids’ Carnival, Friday, October 24th from 5-8pm. Come enjoy a delicious pizza dinner, games, crafts and more! There will be lots of fun activities for the entire family!  Check Monday’s Kid Mail for your family’s invitation. Be sure to have your little artists color the pumpkin in Kid Mail and return it to the school office; we’ll use the pictures to decorate the halls! Also, please don’t forget to volunteer for your class booth! Your room parent can tell you how to sign up online.


See you on October 24th!


All-School Spaghetti Dinner & BINGO Night – October 8th!

You are all invited to enjoy an evening of family fun and a delicious dinner! 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.

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…’


Materials packets went home last week! If your student didn’t bring one home, and plans to compete in the Reflections contest, please let us know. We still have materials packets left so if you have a student who wants to join the fun, contact us ASAP.


The next step is to get started on your preliminary art. If your student has brainstormed ideas and chosen one to work on, this is the time to try stuff out—be it a sketch, a storyboard, a dance routine, or a first draft. You may want to remind your child that part of making art is experimenting with what doesn’t work, to figure out what does.


Completed submissions are due in the library on October 24th.


Celebration! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30pm. We’ll display all the entries, announce those artworks that’ll be moving on to the next level, and enjoy some snacks. If you remember last year’s gala—where the cafeteria seemed to explode with art, you know you don’t want to miss this year’s!


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

Art Explorer News

Art Explorers are kicking off October by introducing the Catalonian artist, Antoni Gaudi.  A few parents from each classroom will be 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]

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]

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]

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 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]


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.
  • Leaps classes begin September 29th. Enrollment forms and class guides are available at your school, LASER, or you can download them from our LASER website First come, first served. Enrollment forms must be filled out completely and signed and payment received in order to secure a spot.

LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)

  • Sign up now! Laser Leaps Class guide and registration contracts are available at LASER, the School Office, the LEAPS bulletin board and online at .
  • Fall Leaps Sessions begin this week and run through December 15th. We will accept registrations 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!

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, or 206.524.3234.

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