Bear Bulletin – 9/8

PDF Version: Monday Bulletin, 9.8


Monday, Sept 8

  • Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today
  • PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm in the Library

Tuesday, Sept 9

  • Curriculum Night for Grades K-2 – See last page for schedule.

Parents bring calendars to sign up for your November Parent-Teacher Conference across from the office

Wednesday, Sept 10

  • Curriculum Night for Grades 3-5 – See last page for schedule.

Parents bring calendars to sign up for your November Parent-Teacher Conference across from the office

Thursday, Sept 11

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

Friday, Sept 12

  • Deadline for forms to be returned from first day packets

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 17 – Parent University 6:30 pm, Look for details in next week’s bulletin!
  • Sept 20 – Grounds Clean-up Work Party, 8 am – noon
  • Sept 241:40 EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development
  • Sept 25 – Principal’s Monthly Chat and PTA Open House, 9:40 am

Please Welcome Our New Staff Members!

We are pleased to welcome some new faces to our staff:

PrincipalDr. Sarah Talbot is our new school principal

Head Teacher – Ed Roos joins us as our head teacher

NurseKaren Johnston is our new school nurse. She works at Laurelhurst on Fridays and alternating Tuesdays.

Resource CenterCharlie Hill and Stephanie Stratton are new teachers in our Resource Center

Reading Specialist – Ellen Reid is our interim Reading Specialist

Instructional AssistantsAliah Lynn, Bridget Stone, Kara Girard and Nina Anderson are new support staff

Tutors – Julia Diefendorf, Megan Bales and Shivani Sood have joined our reading & math tutor team

favorite weeding tools (mark your name on them!). Refreshments provided for workers.

Volunteer / Visitor Protocol at Laurelhurst

All volunteers must complete the background check document from the first day packet and present photo ID in the school office each year. You can attach a clear photocopy of your driver’s license if you are unable to come in person. NEW: Per the volunteer packet, volunteers must also complete the online components as well, reading the volunteer handbook and completing the adult sexual misconduct training. All volunteers must sign in and out at the office. While you are in here, you should be wearing a Volunteer or Visitor badge. Please return badges each time as you sign out. You may not use student restrooms. Adult restrooms are located on each floor (2nd floor mid-hallway west side, 1st floor in Nurse’s office and south of the lunchroom). Thank you for your cooperation. We love our volunteers!

Please Return Your Packets! The completed forms in your first day packets (parent homework) are due this Friday! Thank you!


Advanced Learning Nomination Time Is Now – It Only Happens Once a Year!

Parents who feel that their children may be academically advanced and needing 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.

NOTE: The teacher page is best completed by their teacher from last year, who knows them better.


2014-15 Reflections Student Art Program – Calling All Creative Kids!

After last year’s spectacular participation of 142 students, Reflections is coming again this fall to Laurelhurst!  The theme this year is….

‘The World Would Be a Better Place if…’


Once again, we’ll provide the following tools to help make participation in this National PTA Cultural Arts Competition fun and easy for students and parents alike.


Reflections Bulletin Board:

Check it out in the main hallway, south of the office!  This will be the hub of Reflections information, with a changing display to inspire and motivate our kids as they think about what “The world would be a better place if…’ means to them!


Material Packets:

We will preassemble basic material packets to go home with your kids. Look for an introduction flyer/sign-up form coming home next week via Kidmail.


Creative Workshop:

Creative Workshops will be held during library time next week to help kids explore the theme, and launch them forward with their own works of art.


As always, you will find weekly reminders and updates here in the Weekly Bulletin, so stay tuned!


NOTE: This year’s theme is a fantastic topic to discuss on your way to/from school, on the ride to soccer practice/music lessons/karate, or around the dinner table. So start that brainstorming! Let’s get creative and make some amazing artwork!


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

Instrumental Music for 4th & 5th Graders (Please see attachments to this newsletter for details)

Dear Families of 4th and 5th graders,


It is time to kick off our instrumental music program for the year!  Classes are offered once a week during the regular school day with a daytime concert on February 10 and an evening concert on June 2.  Instrumental music is great fun but also a significant commitment.  So, please pay careful attention to the details below if your child wants to participate.


Expectations of Students in the Program: Students participating in instrumental music are expected to bring their instrument and supplies to school each week on class day, and to practice five or more times per week at home.  Students will have charts on which to record practicing assignments each week, which are collected when complete.  Students are expected to participate in the winter and spring concerts listed above.  Instrumental Music progress is reflected on the students’ progress reports.  Please note that students who are regularly unprepared for class may be removed from the program, since progress and learning cannot take place without instrument in hand.


Enrollment: Enrollment is ONLINE and will open at 4:00 pm on September 8!  Registration must be complete by 9:00 AM on Monday, September 15.  The first 80 students who register within the open registration window will be able to participate, with priority given to fifth graders signing up within the registration window.  If your family does not have internet access, please call me at 252-0444 x90056 for assistance.  Late registration will not be accepted.  Go online and register right away!

Register Online at:


Instrument Choice for Beginners:Beginners may choose to play flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, or cello.


Instruments and Supplies: It is the policy of Seattle Public Schools to lend instruments to students enrolled in the free and reduced price lunch program (please indicate need on the registration form).  All other families are responsible for providing an instrument for their child.  Information about rental/purchase of an instrument as well as books and required supplies will be sent home when your child’s instrument assignment is confirmed.  Please do not rent or purchase an instrument until I have contacted you regarding choice of instrument.


Concerts: Students participating in instrumental music are expected to perform in our concerts scheduled for February 10 (daytime) and June 2 (evening).  Please mark these dates on your calendar!


More Questions? Feel free to contact me ([email protected]) regarding additional questions you may have.  In any communication, please indicate what school your student attends, as I teach at multiple locations and situations do vary amongst them!  You can generally expect a response to email within two school days.


I look forward to working with your student in instrumental music this year.  Learning an instrument is an incredible journey, and with your support, we have a great year ahead of us!



Elizabeth J. Knighton    ejknighton (at) seattleschools (dot) org

School Directory

School Directory sign-up sheets were provided in every first day packet. Each year we create a school directory that provides contact information to help families contact each other and the school. If you haven’t done so already, PLEASE fill out a form for EACH child at Laurelhurst (or you may opt out on that form). There are phone numbers and email addresses which are conveniently formatted to simplify your communication needs. The directory is not to be used for business or solicitation purposes, simply for Laurelhurst families and staff to get in touch with each other. We can’t finalize it until we get forms for every student, whether opting in or out. NEW this year: a smart phone school directory app! See form for details. Thanks!

Weekly News – Get it Quicker Via Email!

This week at a glance bulletin will be in your email inbox by Sunday evening or early Monday mornings if you sign up for the Email school news. We hope to have EVERYONE on email. The email addresses will not be shared. At times, some reminders and last minute communication is only sent via email. Don’t miss out. It can stay in your email for easy reference, and be deleted when you get the next edition. Sign up today! You can find the bright green sign up form in your first day packet.

Help Us to Help You! Avoid Needless Lost Belongings

Please remember to mark your child’s name in their loose and removable items, like backpacks, lunchboxes, coats, sweatshirts, hats, etc. There is a 95% chance that lost items will be returned, if lost at school, by simply having identification in them. Take a minute when you are at school to check the found items collection areas for anything that may be lost that perhaps you’re not even aware of yet! There is a wooden lost and found cupboard at the south end of the hallway, a hanging rack for clothing around the corner from there, and a small drawer in the office for really small items.

Medications At School

Please note that any medication, prescription or over the counter, (even cough drops) cannot be brought to school without permission. There is a medication authorization form (see first day packet) to be completed by their doctor that must be completed and signed by both parent and physician prior to medication being at school. Students cannot carry medication on their person, in backpacks or lunch boxes. Please contact the office for assistance with all medication matters at 252-5400. Fax number for doctors to return forms is: 252-5401

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

  • Curriculum Night Child Care! This Tuesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm and Wednesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Sign-up at LASER or email Sequoia at [email protected]. Fee is: $10 per child. For children 5yrs-12yrs only! A light snack will be provided, please feel free to bring your child/ren with their supper.
  • 2 hr Early Release-Wednesday, Sept. 26th…we are open to our currently enrolled children only.


  • Registration forms for LASER Leaps enrichment classes (before and after school enrichment classes). Forms went home in first day packets and are available outside the school office. Check them out soon. Some classes fill very quickly.

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!

Roosevelt Area Select Basketball Winter Tryouts!

Boys and Girls Teams 2nd-8th Grade

We are proud to announce the Roosevelt-Area Select Basketball Program! It is a community-based program with the goal of bringing together players, coaches and parents in the Roosevelt area to promote competitive basketball that reflects the values of the Roosevelt High School basketball program: Effort, Attitude and Teamwork.  Find us on Facebook under Roosevelt Area Select Basketball or call coach Chase Young at 206-930-7975
Oct. 4th (Saturday) Calvary Christian Assembly Gym 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA. 98115

10-11am 8th Grade Boys
11-12pm 7th Grade Boys
12-1pm 6th Grade Boys
1-2pm 5th Grade Boys
2-3pm 2nd-4th Grade Boys
3-4pm 7th-8th Grade Girls
4-5pm 4th-6th Grade Girls

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

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

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Curriculum Night & Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling


Please make your child care arrangements now. This is an adult-only event that follows the schedule below.

Bring your calendars along—there will be a sign-up sheet near the office to schedule your parent-teacher conference appointment(s). This is the best time to coordinate scheduling, especially if you have multiple students.


September 9   (Grades K-2)


6:00 – 6:30   School Overview – Lunchroom

  • With Principal Dr. Sarah Talbot and Specialist Teachers in the Lunchroom

6:30-7:15   Computer Lab and Library Open


6:40 – 7:15   Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten: Room 1 – Ms. Jen Anderson; Room 6 – Ms. Liz Grant ; Room 7 – Ms. Bethany Lara

7:15- 7:50   Grades 1 & 2

  • First Grade: Room 3 – Ms. Dena Bonn; Room 4 – Ms. Louise Thomas; Portable 1 – Ms. Meredith Sullivan
  • Second Grade:   Portable 4 – Ms. Carroll; Room 5 – Ms. Shannon Isaacson; Room 8 – Ms. Kathy Blair;


Wednesday, September 10   (Grades 3-5)


6:00 – 6:30   School Overview – Lunchroom

  • With Principal Dr. Sarah Talbot

6:30- 7:10   Grades 3 & 4

  • Grade 3: Room 10 – Mr. Bryce Anderson; Room 11 – Ms. Laura Tutt
  • Grade 3 / 4: Room 14 – Ms. Debby Halperin
  • Grade 4: Room 18 – Mr. Greg Pittman; Room 19 – Ms. Sue Backenstose

6:30- 7:15 Office: Washington State Mandated 5th grade HIV/AIDS curriculum available for review


7:15-8:00   Grade 5

  • Grade 5: Room 12 – Ms. Grace Dublin; Room 13- Mr. Pat Howard


Contact LASER if you need childcare. Email Margie at: [email protected]