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Laurelhurst ENewsletter – September 10th, 2017

Laurelhurst PTA News

September 10, 2017

Upcoming Events

  • 9/11, Mon – 1st Day of Kindergarten
  • 9/13, Wed – School ends at 1:10 p.m. (every Wednesday)
  • 9/18, Mon – PTA General Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Library
  • 9/18, Mon – PTA Reflections Art Projects Begin
  • 9/26, Tues – Curriculum Night 6 p.m.
  • October – Walk to School Month

News from the PTA

Welcome Kindergartners!
Kindergarten starts tomorrow – Monday, Sept. 11th!
Hope you have an amazing year!


Mark your calendars for Curriculum Night!  – Tuesday, September 26th at 6 p.m.
Please note this is a parents/caregivers only event – please make childcare arraments.


New Start and End Times

Our School year will be a little different this year, please note the new start and end times – 7:55 a.m. (line-up by 7:50 a.m.) – 2:25 p.m. Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri; and every Wednesday, school ends at 1:10 p.m. Please make after school arrangements for your child(ren), and help them understand the new school schedule.


Join us for the 26th annual PTA Auction on Friday, Dec. 8th.
Buy your Early Bird Tickets Now!

Tickets $70 with the early bird discount, now through September 30th.
Buy your tickets here

   
When: Friday, December 8th, 2017
Where: The Mountaineers Center at Magnuson Park

Don’t forget to submit your donation(s) to the PTA Auction by filling out the Laurelhurst PTA Auction Procurement form

100% of all profits raised go directly towards enrichment programs that round out your child’s education at Laurelhurst.

Questions?  Contact your auction chairs Alyssa Grundmeyer at [email protected] or Christine Bagley at [email protected]

News from Staff & Administration

Reading & Math Tutor positions available at Laurelhurst! 

Join the dedicated and enthusiastic tutoring staff who work individually, or in small groups, advancing student’s skills.  Recess duty is also part of the job. We are looking for people interested in working at the school two to five days a week.
Reading tutors hours are 8:50 am-12:50 pm
Math tutors hours are 11 am – 2:15 pm

A minimum of two day commitment required for either. Please contact Sarah Talbot through Kristina Cerise [email protected]


Got Chargers? Laurelhurst Elementary received 400 refurbished Kindles to be used in our classrooms. This generous gift did not come with chargers. Since the Kindle is compatible with Android phone chargers, we are requesting anyone +who has extra chargers (maybe tangled in your junk drawer) to consider dropping them by the school. The more chargers… the more access for our kids. Additional chargers will be purchased as needed!


Recess monitors needed- Our fantastic tutors, who also serve as recess monitors, do not start their work until a few weeks into school. We will need volunteers to help during lunch recess, 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM, to help get our students oriented and safe. If you are available, please contact Kristina Cerise at [email protected].


Equity/Tolerance Discussion Resources – From time to time, our teachers will need to speak about the educational aspects of inequity. These discussion happen on different levels based on grade levels. It may be as simple as addressing why do some people get to eat breakfast in the classroom. Fairness is a concern to our young students and it can be hard to understand why someone gets extra support. Our newsletters we will include a resource to help parents discuss equity and tolerance at home at a developmentally appropriate level. The Teaching Tolerance website also offers many resources.  https://www.tolerance.org/

Gloria and Rosa Make Beautiful Music   by (K-2)    Two friends who attend different schools in the same community learn that one of their schools has no instruments for their music program, while the other has multiple different kinds. They use their friendship and musical abilities to confront this inequity and try to bring about change.

(Text can be found at https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2014/gloria-and-rosa-make-beautiful-music)

 

Rose Blanche  by Christopher Gallaz (3-5)

During World War II, a young German girl, Rose Blanche, inadvertently discovers a concentration camp not far from her town. She travels there frequently, taking food to the children on the other side of the barbed wire and meets a haunted fate the day she discovers the camp is gone.

(Available at on-line book stores)

News from LASER

LEAPS REGISTRATION: Registration for the fall session of the LEAPs (Laurelhurst Enrichment After-school Programs) begins on Friday, September 1st at 8 am.   Due to the earlier bell times, there will only be after-school classes. The fall session will run from September 18th to December 15th.
Please visit www.laserchildcare.org/LEAPs.html to register. For more questions contact Robby at [email protected] or (206)523-3123.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT: Friday, September 22nd: Parent Night Out at LASER @ Bryant. Dinner, group games, arts & crafts, snack and movie. 6:30 pm to 11 pm. Use this site to register: bryantlaserpno.eventbrite.com/

For more info contact Robby at
[email protected]  or (206) 523-3123

News From the Community

One on One Basketball

Pre-Season Player Development Programs (Ages 6-15) – starts next week!
Ravenna CC, Queen Anne CC, Meadowbrook CC, Magnuson CC, Northgate CC
– our nationally renown progressive basketball individual skills class
– shooting technique, efficient ball-handling, effective passing, smart defense

One on One Instructional Basketball League (Grades K-2nd)
Meadowbrook CC (Saturday Mornings) begins November 4th!
– learn to play the One on One way!  weekly fundamental skills stations & scrimmages
– recruit a team of up to 10 from your school or register individually and be drafted!

Fall Pure Stroke Shooting Clinic – starts next week!
Ravenna CC, Meadowbrook CC
– learn all about proper shooting mechanics and how to fix your own shot
– This 8-week clinic is guaranteed to make you a better shooter!

School Day Off Hoops Camp
Meadowbrook CC (Friday, October 13th)
– On your day off from school, don’t stay home bored, come get BETTER!

Space is limited…check the schedule of classes below and register today!

http://seattle-washington.1on1basketball.com/

Questions?  Call or email Coach Michie at 206-715-3443 or [email protected]

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Fall & Winter Art Classes at Wunderkind

Squirrelly Workshop has put together an incredible line-up of arts & crafts classes every Wednesday & Thursday throughout the fall and winter at Wunderkind.  Wunderkind also offers after-class care if you need additional coverage after class. Check out the details on their website and register soon as classes start next week, Wednesday, September 13th just in time for the first early release day for Seattle Public Schools: https://www.squirrellyworkshop.com/big-kids-classes

Do you have news to share?

Submissions for the next PTA newsletter due by Fridays at Noon. Email submissions to [email protected]. Please email submissions as you would like to see printed in the body of the email.

PTA Newsletter Team

Karina Kunins, Nella Synge & Gayle Christensen

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Weekly Newsletter – January 9th – 13, 2017

Laurelhurst PTA News

January 8, 2017

Upcoming Events

  • 1/9, Mon – General PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m., at the Duchess Tavern (SEE NOTE BELOW!)
  • 1/13, Fri – Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly, 2:40 p.m., cafeteria
  • 1/16, Mon – No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
  • 1/23, Mon – School Tour
  • 1/26, Thurs – Principal’s Monthly Chat, evening
  • 2/1, Wed – No School – Day Between Semesters

News from the PTA

General PTA Meeting Monday, January 9th at the Duchess! 

Happy New Year!!!! We hope your student’s first few days back to school have been smooth!

A General PTA meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9th.  Please join the PTA Board at The Duchess Tavern-  2827 NE 55th Street – between 7:00pm and 8:30pm to ring in the new year, and celebrate our hard work and dedication to our kids and school. The PTA Board members will be there to chat, answer questions, listen to your suggestions, or just find out who we are!

Come for a few minutes or stay the whole time!  We have no agenda, no business to discuss, simply a great opportunity to socialize with the PTA Board and engage with other Laurelhurst parents after a long winter break! Hope to see you there!

Aimee Horn and Liza Luboff
PTA Co-Presidents

Author/Illustrator Paul Owen Lewis to Visit
Art Explorers and Mr. Brown, our librarian, have been busy getting ready for February Literacy Month! Monday, February 6th, NW native, Paul Owen Lewis will be visiting our school.  He wrote the children’s book Davy’s DreamFrog Girl and Storm Boy. More information at paulowenlewis.com. Your child will have the opportunity to buy one or more of his books and he will sign them. We will slowly turn our main hallway into an Orca pod swimming, sailboat gliding water way. Keep your eyes peeled for a very LARGE Orca whale that may enter the library soon!! Thank you supportive PTA, Art Explorers and Mr. Brown for helping fund this Author/Illustrator event!!

Math Challenge
Thank you to all our students and families who have participated in Laurelhurst Math Challenge. We had fabulous participation and our students continue to do fantastic work! We have completed 5 Math Challenges and are a third of the way through. This time at our prize distribution we also acknowledged all the students who participated in each of challenges 1-5. We will start fresh for 6-10 and students who participate in all 5 challenges will also be acknowledged with a prize at the prize distribution for challenge 10.
Challenge 6 is underway and is due Monday, January 9th. Prizes will be distributed on Wednesday, January 11th. Challenge 7 will be available on Friday, January 13th at the website Current Math Challenge. Students may also check detailed solutions of all previous challenges at this site as well if they are curious about answers to tricky problems. 

Math Challenge #5
Grade Leaders
K Andrew Jeon
1 Leo Zhang
2 Perrie Ausk (School Leader perfect score!)
3 Ben Frischer and Christopher Blackburne
4 Emerson Gouk and Sadie Howard
5 Devon Harrison

Challenge 5 Participation Winners
1st Grader Toren Dodge; 2nd Grader Jack Farrall; and 5th Grader Haylee Londergun

Challenge 1-5 Participation Acknowledgement!
1st Grade     Alison Cogan, Emily Cogan, Leo Zhang
2nd Grade    Arya Atashi, Perrie Ausk, Anahita Atashi
3rd Grade    Eric Donnelly, Thor Shearer, Greg Williams
4th Grade    Charlotte Swapp
5th Grade    Steiger Dodge

Any student who wants help with Math Challenge can meet in the library on Mondays at 2nd recess.

Looking for a Way to Volunteer? 
Consider joining the interview team at LES by attending the special training provided by Seattle Public Schools. If you have already completed the training thru SPS please email contact information to PTA secretary [email protected] to ensure our list for LES administrators is complete.

Do You Speak Another Language Fluently?
Would you be willing to interpret  for new or existing families for a one time, or on an as-needed basis for school events and classroom events? Or would you be willing to translate documents for the PTA to better communicate with our families who are have English as a second language, or are English language learners? If this sounds like a good use of your skill set, please email contact information, and language spoken to PTA secretary [email protected]. Information will be kept for PTA and administration use.

News from Staff and Administration

News from the Head Teacher, Mr. Benson
We are planning a morning assembly near the beginning of each month through the remainder of the year.  Our goal is to highlight things that students are doing really well, focus on specific positive behavior expectations,  and introduce any upcoming spirit days.  My intention is to maintain a positive and upbeat feeling and help build a stronger sense of shared community as a school, all within a short 15 minute timeframe.  The tentative schedule for morning assemblies is as follows:

Thu, 1/5
Mon, 2/6
Mon, 3/6
Mon, 4/3
Mon, 5/8
Mon, 6/5

News from LASER

Spring LEECS Classes — Register Now
Spring classes begin the week of January 9, including Spanish (new vendor), tennis, drama, chess, art, coding, and more. To register online, click here: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LASERChildcare.
Questions: Contact Laurel Gross at [email protected]

News from the Community

Cooktails and Conversation: Fully Funding Education, Saturday, January 28, 3-5 PM
Representative Jessyn Farrell will be hosting a gathering in her home so members of our community can learn more about ​this upcoming legislative session, the fight to fully fund our state’s public schools, and the importance of the parent voice in Olympia and Washington’s Paramount Duty’s work. Washington’s Paramount Duty (WPD) is a  grassroots effort, which seeks to compel our state to fulfill its constitutional obligation to amply fund public schools. K-12 public education has been underfunded for decades.

Washington’s Paramount Duty is a statewide, parent-led effort aimed at building a broad base of grassroots support for closing the gap and fully funding basic education. Many have advocated for Washington’s students and our public schools, but for the first time parents are organizing a statewide effort for our children. As an untapped resource, parents bring great potential and unique credibility to this effort. They and their children’s lives are touched by all consequences of the funding gap and their agenda is the well-being and education of all children enrolled in our public schools. Check out their website at paramountduty.org.

Please come to my house, have a glass of wine and learn about what WPD have done so far and what is yet to come. This will also be an opportunity for you to make a contribution to their effort. Thank you in advance for your support!”  Address will be provided upon rsvp. Please rsvp to Tali Rauch at [email protected].

Kids Night Out @ Wunderkind – Friday, January 13 from 5:30-9:00pm
Squirrelly Workshop has put together a fun evening for the kids involving sewing, pizza and movies so that parents can get out and enjoy an evening out as well. First they’ll do a little sewing, and make super adorable stuffed animal buddies out of (new) colorful socks. Then they’ll enjoy pizza, popcorn, and the movie Lilo & Stitch to keep in theme with the evening. Hey parents, let’s see who has more fun! $65 per person, or $120 for two. Register at http://www.squirrellyworkshop.com/big-kids-classes

Northeast Seattle Little League Registration is Open for the 2017 Season
Spring is just around the corner so it’s time for kids to gear up for baseball, softball, and tee ball with Northeast Seattle Little League (NESLL)! For kids 5-6 years old, NESLL’s tee ball program is a great way to introduce the game. NESLL’s softball program is a great way to get young girls involved in athletics and be a part of championship teams. NESLL’s baseball program is for boys and girls ages 6-16 and a great opportunity to learn about teamwork and the fundamentals of the game. For parents, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities within the league and with your child’s team.

Please go to www.NESLL.net to start the registration process. For baseball and tee ball questions contact [email protected]. For softball questions contact Scott Rossick at [email protected].

UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars
Registration opens January 5th for Winter session. The Robinson Center for Young Scholars offers fun, engaging and exiting Saturday Enrichment classes for students in grades K-8. Classes are meant to be fun and stimulating. There is no homework or extra work outside of classes. Classes are open to all students. Classes are also free to any student receiving free or reduced lunch. More information at:
https://robinsoncenter.uw.edu/programs/enrichment/saturday/curriculum/

Red Ochre Art Studio Classes for Children
Red Ochre Children’s Art Program, Winter 2017 Classes begin January 9. Ceramics, Mosaic and Pastel Drawing: Inspired by the Arts of Latin America. This season, give your child the gift of time for art and creativity with a fun class at Red Ochre Art Studio. For more information and to register, visit www.redochreartstudio.com. Questions: Contact Sandy Miller at [email protected].

Do you have news to share?

Submissions for the next PTA newsletter due by Fridays at Noon. Email submissions to [email protected]. Please email submissions as you would like to see printed in the body of the email.

PTA Newsletter Team

Mindy Iwen, Judy Findley, Karina Kunins, & Nella Synge

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Weekly Newsletter – Dec. 11th – 16th, 2016

LaurelhurstPTA News

December 11, 2016

Upcoming Events

  • 12/15, Thur – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 a.m., Library
  • 12/16, Fri – One Hour Early Dismissal for Winter Break, 2:45 p.m.
  • 12/19 – 1/2 – No School – Winter Break
  • 1/3,Tues – School resumes – Welcome Back!
  • 1/9, Mon – General PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Library

News from the PTA Auction

Auction Items are Still Available
-Kindergarten and 5th Grade portraits are on display in the front hall, $35.
Laurelhurst Bear Beanies, $25.
-Sign up Parties — only a few spots left in many parties:
  • Bingo Karaoke Night (Only 3 spots left!)
  • Pickles and Pinots Summer (Only 1 spot left!)
  • 1st Grade parent Party (Only 1 spot left!)
  • Kid’s Zumba Party and Brunch with Athleta (First party already sold out!)
  • Class of 2017 5th Grade Parent Party
  • 2nd Grade Kickball Party
  • Espresso Martini Night
  • Robotics Coding Breakfast (First party already sold out!)
  • Margaritas for the Senoritas (Only 5 Spots!)
Purchase any of the items above through the school office.  Please make checks payable to the Laurelhurst Elementary PTA. Receipts from your auction night purchases will be mailed out early this week. And, don’t forget to request employer matching. 
Thank you, again, from the entire Laurelhurst Elementary PTA Board. With your generosity, we are able to make incredible contributions to your children’s educational experience.  

News from the PTA

Laurelhurst Elementary Giving Wreath
Don’t forget to take a tag from the Giving Wreath and purchase a gift for a Laurelhurst family in need. Our 2016 Giving Wreath is outside the school office in the main hallway. New tags are added every day. Please return gifts before winter break. It is all strictly confidential.We are also collecting $25 grocery store gift cards for our Laurelhurst families in need. Please drop them off with Lynne in the school office.
Questions: Contact Laura Tutt, [email protected], Sue Backenstose, [email protected], or Jen Anderson, [email protected].


PTA-Sponsored Math Circle
Thank you for enrolling in the Prime Factor Math Circle. Math Circles will begin Tuesday, January 10 for the 4/5 class in Ms Bonn’s room and Wednesday, January 11 for the 3/4 class in Mrs. Tutt’s room. We will be contacting enrolled families this week with welcome information.
Questions: Contact Judy Findley, co-VP Supportive Ed, at [email protected]


Math Club
Math Club will be returning in 2017! Please click on the grade level link to sign up to volunteer for Math Club every week, or any week:

Kindergarten (Library): Monday, January 23, 30 and February 6, 13
1st grade (Room 8): Tuesday, February 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4
2nd grade (Room 13): Thursday, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25
3rd grade (Library): Monday, Feb 27, March 6, 13 20, 27, April 3
4th/5th grade (Library): Monday, April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

Student sign-ups will follow as we establish enough supervision — we must have parent volunteers to run the club. If we have more sign-ups than slots available, priority will be given to participants who have a parent volunteering.
Questions: Contact Beth Cogan at 206-250-9559 or [email protected]


2016/17 Laurelhurst Directory App Now Available!     
If you were a DirectorySpot user last year, then you don’t need to do anything: just log in (same username and password) and you will see the new data. If you’re a NEW user, you have been set up and can download DirectorySpot for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web. Make sure to check out all the DirectorySpot features (auto dial when touch phone number or auto text when “hold” on phone number, auto map when touch address, auto email when touch email address).
Questions: Contact Molly Black at [email protected]


Attention 2nd Grade Families! Backpack Brigade Needs Food and Cash Donations
December is 2nd Grade’s month for contributing to Backpack Brigade. Drop off your food donations in the bin located near the school office, cash or checks can be given to Lynne at the school office. Make checks payable to “Backpack Brigade”. Remember just $25 can provide 5 backpacks full of healthy meals and snacks! Many thanks to all of our families who have contributed so far!
Questions: Contact Karina Kunins at [email protected].

News from the Administration

Plastic Bags Needed in School Office
If you have extra plastic bags (like the old-school-out-of-Seattle-city-limits-style bags), please donate them to the school office. They are used for soiled clothes and they have run out of bags.

Questions: Contact Kristina Cerise at [email protected]

News from LASER

General PTA Meeting Childcare:

  • Monday, January 9, 6:30-9:15 p.m.
  • Monday, March 6, 6:30-9:15 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8, 6:30-9:15 p.m.

The cost is $10 per child. LASER requests a minimum of 10 children signed up for the childcare to happen. Please make your reservation as soon as possible, so all families can benefit. Register online:  https://laurelhurstptacare.eventbrite.com

News from the District

Seattle Council PTSA Meetings about $74 Million Shortfall for 2017-18 School Year
Seattle Public Schools faces a significant budget shortfall for next school year–a projected $74 million.

The SCPTSA is hosting community budget gap meetings where Seattle Schools staff will explain the budget numbers, and PTA members and the community can collaborate on actions we can take together to motivate the Legislature to act. The meetings are, as follows:
  • Tuesday, Dec 13, Ballard High School, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec 15, South Shore PreK-8 School, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • TuesdayJan 3, Franklin High School, 6:30-8 p.m.

You can find more information about the budget shortfall from Seattle Public schools at:  https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=16682292#action

Learn more about PTA advocacy at: http://scptsa.org/advocacy/

News from the Community

Red Ochre Art Studio Classes for Children
Red Ochre Children’s Art Program, Winter 2017 Classes begin January 9. Ceramics, Mosaic and Pastel Drawing: Inspired by the Arts of Latin America. This season, give your child the gift of time for Art and Creativity with a fun class at Red Ochre Art Studio. For more information and to register, visit www.redochreartstudio.com.

Questions: Contact Sandy Miller at [email protected]

A Story about Giving
For the past three birthdays, 11-year-old Marcel hasn’t asked for presents. Instead, he’s using his birthday as a chance to help other children with the gift of a wish to Make-A-Wish. “It’s important to help ill kids,” said Marcel. “They‘re going through treatment. They need something to take their mind off of it, to make them feel better.”

“What inspired me is seeing kids with illnesses, and knowing that Make-A-Wish needs money to grant their wishes,” said Marcel. Each year, Marcel collects donations for Make-A-Wish instead of birthday gifts. Now, Marcel has made a yearly tradition of foregoing birthday gifts in favor of donations, though his friends occasionally give him gifts and beautiful homemade cards in addition to donations. He hand-delivers the money to the Make-A-Wish office in Seattle each year. “You feel proud; you realize your kids become your teachers in ways you never imagined,” said Gina, Marcel’s mom, of her son’s donations.

Do you have news to share?

Submissions for the next PTA newsletter due by Fridays at Noon. Email submissions to laurelhurstpta[email protected]. Please email submissions as you would like to see printed in the body of the email.

PTA Newsletter Team

Mindy Iwen, Judy Findley, Karina Kunins, & Nella Synge

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The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin Monday, June 15, 2015

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School www.laurelhurstes.seattleschools.org Monday, June 15, 2015

Calendar NOTE: One hour early dismissal Tuesday at 2:40 pm Monday, June 15

  • KidMailday.Check thosebackpacks!

Tuesday, June 16

  • June16–IceCreamManFundraiser,NorthPlaygroundafterschool,Allitems $3(exactchangeispreferred) *June 16 -Revised last student day (with a 2:40 pm EARLY DISMISSAL)*

Upcoming Events

  • Aug 17-21 – Jump Start Kindergarten from 9-noon
  • Sept2–Pick upyourteacherassignmentletter,southplaygroundentryway8:00–10:00am
  • Sept 8 – New Students in grades 1-5 visit from 3-4 pm
  • Sept 8 – New Kindergarten families visit classrooms from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Sept 9–First Day of School,9:25 bell,9:30 tardy bell
  • Sept 9–WelcomeCoffee Hour,9:30–10:30amin thegym
  • Sept9–FirstDay All-SchoolAssembly,10:00aminthecafeteria
  • Sept 16 – Curriculum Night for all grades from 6-8 pm

 

Ice Cream Man Fundraiser on Tuesday!

Ice Creamis making the news again this week!The Ice CreamMan is coming to the North Playground atthe end ofthe school day* on Tuesday! Come celebrate the end of the school year in a delicious way. Price is $3 per treat,exact change appreciated. Did youknowthatParis,ourneighborhoodIceCreamMan,donates100%ofhissalesbacktothePTA? NowTHAT’satreatforALL!!!

Thank you, Paris, for supporting our school in such a fun way.

*The bus riders will dismiss at 2:20 so those students can also participate and still get to their busses on time.

The remainder of the school may go at the 2:40 early dismissal bell.

Attention Fourth Grade Parents, Especially Moms of Girls

– Chaperones Needed for Fifth Grade Camp In Fall

As most of you know, our 5th grade students attend outdoor education camp in the fall. Camp dates willbeSept 30-Oct 2,2015 (mark your calendars). We will need parents to attend as chaperones. Everyone rides up to the ferry dock on busses, and then ferry across toCampOrkila onOrcas Island.Amemorable andfuntime is hadbyall!Alottery systemwilldetermine whichvolunteersgetto go. Priority is given to moms of girls and dads of boys. Please send me an email if you would like to volunteer so we can enter you in thechaperonelottery.Weneed to let chaperones know! [email protected]

Web Site News

If you’ve been to SeattleSchools.org lately, you may have noticed that the site looks different. The district switched to a new web provider on June 1, and staff members are working on restoring broken links and other issues. Thank you for your patience as the district works toward a better user experience all around for the Seattle Public Schools community.

Field Day is a Wrap!

Thank you Mr. Roberts, and your mighty crew of volunteers (including Mrs. Dublin’s 5th graders), who helped put on another fantastic field day in the park. .The popsicles are always a hit afterward • A fun day was had by all!

Expect State Test Scores in September

The timing of the state assessment score reports has changed from June to September. These are the score sheets from your student’s spring Smarter Balanced tests in reading, writing and math that were finalized and submitted earlier this week. Last month, the district told families that the score reports would likely be sent home with final report cards.. Due to unanticipated delays at the state level, the district will now send score reports home in September. Scores also will be posted online to the Source in September.

September is the typical timing for state assessment score reports, but the district had initially anticipated they would be ready earlier. Thank you for your patience as we work with this new assessment system. To learn more, please see the Smarter Balanced web page.

Auction 2016 Committee Forming

Please join the spring 2016 Auction Team! No experience necessary -just a willingness to be a part of something special, connect with other dedi­cated parents, and experience the pride in a job well done. OurPTA’s largestfundraiserfunds the many art, music, literacy, math &science pro­gramsourLaurelhurstElemchildrenlove–butwecan’tdoitwithoutYOU! Procurement&DataManagementarejusttwoofthemanyareasweare staffing now. Training provided. Please contact returning Chair Bev Kelleher [email protected] for more information.

Box Top$ For Education

We did it! We raised $434 for the PTA simply by clipping out BoxTop$ this school year. Thank you to EVERYONE who participated. It’s a great way to support our kids’ programs and services without spending an extra dime. Warning: The BoxTop$ box by the office will be very hungry in the Fall.

Please Clip & Save those BoxTop$ all summer long! Got scissors?

Serving On An Interview Team For SPS Hiring

Anyone who wishes to be on an interview team (now or in the future) needs to take this training one time. Site-based interview training is held from 4-5 pm at the Stanford Center (school district HQ at 2445 3rd Ave S) monthly. To register or to verify previous training, call SEA at 283-8443. The training calendar has one remaining date: June 23 – Auditorium

2015-16 Key Calendar Date

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015: First day of school for students
  • Sept 30-Oct 2, 2015 – Fifth Grade Camp (Camp Orkila on Orcas Island)
  • 11, 2015: Veterans Day
  • Nov 23-25, 2015 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School)
  • 26 – 27, 2015: Thanksgiving holiday
  • 21, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016: Winter break
  • 18, 2016: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 15 -19, 2016: President’s Day and mid-winter break
  • April 11-15, 2016: Spring Break
  • May 30, 2016: Memorial Day
  • June 23, 2016: TENTATIVE last day of school for students

 

  • June 24, 27, 2016: Snow makeup days (if needed) Click HERE to access the school calendar for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

Sign Up For Summer Meals

Eligible families looking for meal support in the summer have options. The City of Seattle’s Summer Food Service Program is offers meals for teens and kids. Read more. Also available is the Washington State Summer Food Service Program. The program feeds kids 18 and under at parks, com­munity centers and other sites. Read more.

LASER NEWS

LASER Upcoming Events

LASER NEWS (continued)

Rising Stars Pre-K News

The Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER program is for children who are 3 1/2 to 5 years of age who will be entering Kindergarten within the next 2 years. Classes are offered 5 days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:20am-1:20pm (start time coinciding with Laurelhurst Elementary start time). The class is limited to 16 children. We provide a 1:8 teacher/child ratio.

New next year! Extended day enrichment classes from 1:30pm-3:30pm, Monday through Friday in coordination with the Laurelhurst Community Center!! Classes include Zumba, dance, drama, cooking, tumbling, and art!! Call Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358!!

Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER provides a highly nurturing learning environment in which children develop academic, social and emotional readiness for Kindergarten. Our activities are planned each week and introduce language arts,pre-literacy,math concepts,science, and geography in a fun learning environment. Our program has a diversified curriculum that also incorporates:

  • Creative movement/dance 2x monthly w/American Dance
  • Yoga 2x monthly w/private instructor
  • Spanish language instruction 2x per week with The Spanish Language School
  • Library time at the Elementary School weekly with the school librarian
  • Lunch every Friday with the Elementary School Kindergarteners in the School cafeteria
  • 1st/2nd grade buddies once per month at the Elementary School

 

We also have 3 field trips into the community each school year, these happen quarterly. These include the pumpkin patch,the Children’s Thea­tre,and theAquarium.

Download registration materials online at www.laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials (206) 240-5358. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Watts Basketball Summer Skills Camps

If you came to the Ice Cream Social you will remember meeting the fantastic team from WATTS BASKETBALL! Be a part of something FUN and EXCITING right in your neighborhood! Summer Camp with Watts Basketball! We offer a variety of Skills Camps for grades K-5th! There is still time toregistersograbafriendandjoininonthefun! Wewillhavecampt-shirts,drills&skills,prizes&give-a-waysforfuncontests,andsomuch more! Friendships will be created and memories made! Most camps will be at Villa Academy with others at select locations. We look forward to seeing you soon! This link will take you directly to our website! http://wattsbasketball.com/summer-break-camps/

Do You Have Game?

Roosevelt High School Girls Basketball Coaches Jasen Thomas, Sara Wilcox and Terrance King and the returning Roughrider players invite girls entering 4th through 9th grade to join them at basketball camp this summer. Hoop camp runs Monday June 22 through Thursday June 25 from 9-3 each day. For more information see http://rooseveltgirlsbasketball.org/camp.php or email the camp coordinator [email protected]

Baseball/Softball Grand Slam Camp

Grand Slam Camp willholditsbaseball&softballcampatLowerWoodlandParkJune29-July2. Thisisthe23rdyearforGrandSlam. Thecamp is run by school teachers who oversee a staff also comprised of current college players. The emphasis of Grand Slam is to teach the love of the game, fundamentals and incorporate life lessons -an extension of the classroom. You can find out more information at www.grandslamsports.org.

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Summer Hoops and Dual-Sport Camps (9AM-3PM) Meadowbrook CC, Queen Anne CC Half-Day Sports Camps (9AM-12PM) Laurelhurst CC, Ravenna CC, Magnuson CC

Space is limited…register today! http://seattle-washington.1on1basketball.com/

Summer Football Camp for Middle Schoolers

Afun, non-contactfootball camp is being held atRooseveltHigh School on July 6,7,8 &9. The camp is designed to teach incoming 5th -8th graders about Roughrider football, drills and fundamentals. It is taught by current varsity football coaches and players. More information can be found at www.roughridersfb.org.

Summer Camps At Villa Academy

Designed for children ages 4-14, Villa Ventures weeklong morning and afternoon camps with an emphasis on enriching the whole child. All camps take place on our beautiful, wooded campus in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood. Choices include visual and performing arts, sports, science, as well as special interest topics such as animation and cooking. See all course offering and register at www.thevilla.org/summer. Summer at Villa is an unforgettable adventure where campers explore their interests, discover their passions, make friends, build self-confidence, and have fun!

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to: lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly bulletin submission deadline -midnight this Thursday.

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin 6/8/2015

 

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School

www.laurelhurstes.seattleschools.org

Monday, June 8, 2015

Calendar

Monday, June 8

  • KidMailday.Check thosebackpacks! Tuesday, June 9 Wednesday, June 10
  • Fifth GradeMusic Performance,All-schoolassembly at 9:40 amin theCafeteria
  • Fifth GradeMusic Performanceand Graduation,6:30in theCafeteria

 

Thursday, June 11

  • Volunteer Tea,8:45– 9:15am,in theLibrary,ALL volunteers welcome!
  • FieldDay,LaurelhurstPark.Grades3-5from10-11:30am&Grades K-2from1:30-3:00pm

 

Friday, June 12

  • End of YearAssembly,9:45am–Cafeteria

Upcoming Events

Attention Fourth Grade Parents – Chaperones Needed for Fifth Grade Camp In Fall

As most of you know, our 5th grade students attend outdoor education camp in the fall. Camp dates willbeSept 30-Oct 2,2015 (mark your calendars). We will need parents to attend as chaperones. Everyone rides up to the ferry dock on busses, and then a ferry across toCampOrkila onOrcas Island.Amemorable andfuntime is hadbyall!Alottery systemwilldetermine whichvolunteersgetto go. Priority is given to moms of girls and dads of boys. Please send me an email if you would like to volunteer so we can enter you in the chaperone lottery. [email protected]

Web Site News

If you’ve been to SeattleSchools.org lately, you may have noticed that the site looks different. The district switched to a new web provider on June 1, and staff members are working on restoring broken links and other issues. Thank you for your patience as the district works toward a better user experience all around for the Seattle Public Schools community.

Expect State Test Scores in September

The timing of the state assessment score reports has changed from June to September. These are the score sheets from your student’s spring Smarter Balanced tests in reading, writing and math that were finalized and submitted earlier this week. Last month, the district told families that the score reports would likely be sent home with final report cards.. Due to unanticipated delays at the state level, the district will now send score reports home in September. Scores also will be posted online to the Source in September.

September is the typical timing for state assessment score reports, but the district had initially anticipated they would be ready earlier. Thank you for your patience as we work with this new assessment system. To learn more, please see the Smarter Balanced web page.

New s & Information for PE

Hoops for Heart Fundraiser raised over $9,300 for the American Heart Association. Thank you for your support of this worthy cause. Thank you gifts will be coming soon. I will work to get them sent out as soon as they arrive.

Field Day Volunteers are still needed. Intermediate (Grades 3-5) volunteers, please arrive at Laurelhurst Park at 9:30 am for set up and to select what station you can help with. The intermediate session runs from 10:00-11:30 AM. Primary (Grades K-2) volunteers, please arrive at 1:00 PM for the afternoon session that runs from 1:30 until 3:00 PM. Thank you for volunteering your time to help with this special day. Please email me if you

have any questions. Our last unicycle morning session will be this Friday, June 12th, before school. Also, thanks to Emily Huff for organizing our third annual unicycle ride around Greenlake, over the weekend. It was a hot day

with dedicated riders. –Mr. Roberts

Auction 2016 Committee Forming

Please join the Spring 2016 Auction Team! No experience necessary -just a willingness to be a part of something special, connect with other dedi­cated parents, and experience the pride in a job well done. OurPTA’s largestfundraiserfunds the many art, music, literacy, math &science pro­gramsourLaurelhurstElemchildrenlove–butwecan’tdoitwithoutYOU. Procurement&DataManagementarejusttwoofthemanyareasweare staffing now. Training provided. Please contact returning Chair Bev Kelleher [email protected] for more information. Get in on the ground floor!

Ice Cream Social Thanks! Ice Cream never tasted so delicious as it did at the 2015 Ice Cream Social! Sweet thank yous to the ICS Chairs who made all the goodnesshappen: DonnaVerretto,AimeeHorn,GayleChristensen,KarinaKunins&KealyBoychuk. Theseparentvolunteers worked for weeks preparing an end of year celebration for everyone to enjoy…and, with your help, raised important funds for PTA programs and services. (Now that’s what we call the cherry on top!) Thank yous extend to all who took shifts, brought the family, and supported our school in such a fun way. It’s community like ours, and Chairs like these, that make Laurelhurst Elementary great! Not to mention the ice cream…

Box Top$ For Education

We did it! We raised $434 for the PTA simply by clipping out BoxTop$ this school year. Thank you to EVERYONE who participated. It’s a great way to support our kids’ programs and services without spending an extra dime. Warning: The BoxTop$ box by the office will be very hungry in the Fall. Please Clip & Save those BoxTop$ all summer long! Got scissors?

Looking For Some Tutors For Next Year

As you look forward to your summer, consider returning in the fall as a tutor for the wonderful students at Laurelhurst Elementary school. Work with a fun and supportive community of tutors as you help strengthen reading/math skills, and take on supervision duties as needed. If interested in be­ing a tutor next year, send an email to Ed Roos at [email protected]

Serving On An Interview Team For SPS Hiring

Anyone who wishes to be on an interview team (now or in the future) needs to take this training one time. Site-based interview training is held from 4-5 pm at the Stanford Center (school district HQ at 2445 3rd Ave S) monthly. To register or to verify previous training, call SEA at 283-8443. The training calendar is as follows: June 9 – Room 2700 June 23 – Auditorium

2015-16 Key Calendar Date

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015: First day of school for students
  • Sept 30-Oct 2, 2015 – Fifth Grade Camp (Camp Orkila on Orcas Island)
  • 11, 2015: Veterans Day
  • Nov 23-25, 2015 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School)
  • 26 – 27, 2015: Thanksgiving holiday
  • 21, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016: Winter break
  • 18, 2016: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 15 -19, 2016: President’s Day and mid-winter break
  • April 11-15, 2016: Spring Break
  • May 30, 2016: Memorial Day
  • June 23, 2016: TENTATIVE last day of school for students

 

  • June 24, 27, 2016: Snow makeup days (if needed) Click HERE to access the school calendar for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

As for the current school year, please remember that Monday, June 15, will now be a full school day, and the last day of school will be Tuesday, June 16, with a one-hour early dismissal.

Sign Up For Summer Meals

Eligible families looking for meal support in the summer have options. The City of Seattle’s Summer Food Service Program is offers meals for teens and kids. Read more. Also available is the Washington State Summer Food Service Program. The program feeds kids 18 and under at parks, com­munity centers and other sites. Read more.

LASER NEWS

LASER Upcoming Events

  • Summer Camp sign-ups continue! Sign-up forms and theme calendars are available at the sign in/out table in the portable. Email Robby at [email protected] for more information.

LASER NEWS (continued)

Rising Stars Pre-K News

The Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER program is for children who are 3 1/2 to 5 years of age who will be entering Kindergarten within the next 2 years. Classes are offered 5 days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:20am-1:20pm (start time coinciding with Laurelhurst Elementary start time). The class is limited to 16 children. We provide a 1:8 teacher/child ratio.

New next year! Extended day enrichment classes from 1:30pm-3:30pm, Monday through Friday in coordination with the Laurelhurst Community Center!! Classes include Zumba, dance, drama, cooking, tumbling, and art!! Call Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358!!

Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER provides a highly nurturing learning environment in which children develop academic, social and emotional readiness for Kindergarten. Our activities are planned each week and introduce language arts,pre-literacy,math concepts,science, and geography in a fun learning environment. Our program has a diversified curriculum that also incorporates:

  • Creative movement/dance 2x monthly w/American Dance
  • Yoga 2x monthly w/private instructor
  • Spanish language instruction 2x per week with The Spanish Language School
  • Library time at the Elementary School weekly with the school librarian
  • Lunch every Friday with the Elementary School Kindergarteners in the School cafeteria
  • 1st/2nd grade buddies once per month at the Elementary School

 

We also have 3 field trips into the community each school year, these happen quarterly. These include the pumpkin patch,the Children’s Thea­tre,and theAquarium.

Download registration materials online at www.laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials (206) 240-5358. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Do You Have Game?

Roosevelt High School Girls Basketball Coaches Jasen Thomas, Sara Wilcox and Terrance King and the returning Roughrider players invite girls entering 4th through 9th grade to join them at basketball camp this summer. Hoop camp runs Monday June 22 through Thursday June 25 from 9-3 each day. For more information see http://rooseveltgirlsbasketball.org/camp.php or email the camp coordinator [email protected]

Baseball/Softball Grand Slam Camp

Grand Slam Camp willholditsbaseball&softballcampatLowerWoodlandParkJune29-July2. Thisisthe23rdyearforGrandSlam. Thecamp is run by school teachers who oversee a staff also comprised of current college players. The emphasis of Grand Slam is to teach the love of the game, fundamentals and incorporate life lessons -an extension of the classroom. You can find out more information at www.grandslamsports.org.

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Summer Hoops and Dual-Sport Camps (9AM-3PM) Meadowbrook CC, Queen Anne CC Half-Day Sports Camps (9AM-12PM) Laurelhurst CC, Ravenna CC, Magnuson CC

Space is limited…register today! http://seattle-washington.1on1basketball.com/

Summer Football Camp for Middle Schoolers

Afun, non-contactfootball camp is being held atRooseveltHigh School on July 6,7,8 &9. The camp is designed to teach incoming 5th -8th graders about Roughrider football, drills and fundamentals. It is taught by current varsity football coaches and players. More information can be found at www.roughridersfb.org.

Summer Camps At Villa Academy

Designed for children ages 4-14, Villa Ventures weeklong morning and afternoon camps with an emphasis on enriching the whole child. All camps take place on our beautiful, wooded campus in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood. Choices include visual and performing arts, sports, science, as well as special interest topics such as animation and cooking. See all course offering and register at www.thevilla.org/summer. Summer at Villa is an unforgettable adventure where campers explore their interests, discover their passions, make friends, build self-confidence, and have fun!

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to: lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly bulletin submission deadline -midnight this Thursday.

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin, May 11, 2015

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School

 Monday, May 11, 2015

Calendar

Monday, May 11

  • Check thosebackpacks!
  • PTA Board Meeting,7pm–Library

 

Tuesday, May 12

  • InstrumentalMusic Students,remember your instruments!

Wednesday, May 13

  • Spring Concert and MulticulturalPotluck Dinner,6pmin thecafeteria

Thursday, May 14

  • Deadlinefor submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight.Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, May 15

  • Deadline to submit Golden Acorn nomination form to the PTA Presidents’ or put in their office mail slot

Saturday, May 16

  • Grounds Clean-Up Work Party from 8 am – Noon

Upcoming Events

  • May19–NO SCHOOL,UnionWalk-outDay,SchoolClosed*MakeUpDayis June16th
  • May 20– New Kindergarten Families WelcomePicnic,6-7pm,Cafeteria
  • May 21– Staff vs.Student BasketballGame,2:15pmin theGym
  • May25–NO SCHOOL,MemorialDayHoliday
  • May 27– DueDate for WillYour Child BeReturning Form,to theOfficefromALL K-4th graders
  • May 28 – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 am – Library
  • June2–InstrumentalMusic Concert 2:45pmassembly,and 7:00 pmperformance
  • June 3 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:40 PM for Staff Professional Development
  • June5–IceCreamSocial,5-8pm,Playgrounds,Play Court and Cafeteria
  • June10–Fifth GradeMusic Performance,All-schoolassembly at 9:40amin theCafeteria
  • June10–Fifth GradeMusic Performanceand Graduation,6:30in theCafeteria
  • June11–Volunteer Tea,8:30–9:15am,in theLibrary,ALL volunteers invited!
  • June11–Field Day,Laurelhurst Park
  • June12–End of Year Assembly,9:45am– Cafeteria *June 16 -Revised last student day (with a 2:40 pm EARLY DISMISSAL)*

 

Spring Multicultural Potluck Dinner and Music Concert!

Wednesday,May 13 from 6-8 PM – Everyone is invited!Come for a great evening of fun,food and delightfulMUSIC!

  • With the help of our Vocal Music Instructor, Bethany Grant-Rodriguez, students have been working hard preparing to take the stage. All grade levels will perform, so come and enjoy the music!
  • Please bring a potluck dish: one that celebrates your family’s heritage or is a family favorite: dish for 10-12 people.
  • We will also have a short General PTA meeting before the concert.

 

Warm Weather Protocol

Theweatherisheatingup!Some daysarecoolerinthemorning,andreallyheatup.Somedaysare warminthemorningandgetreallyhotinthe afternoon. Unfortunately, our building doesn’t have a climate control system. We often need to dress in layers during the change-over period, so PLEASE remember to mark names in removable clothing. Other days, like now, are quite warm and we are seeing kids coming into the nurse’s office because they are dehydrated. Please remember to send them with a water bottle (that doesn’t leak/spill, marked with their name), and encourage them to keep sipping from it and refilling as necessary. Regular hydration will really help. Remember,spaghettistraps,short shorts and flip flops are against school policy. Modest coverage and supportive shoes help kids be able to participate in class/PE/recesses without distractions and to be safe.

Thank You For All The Love and Appreciation! Laurelhurst Staff is Now Stuffed & Driving Shiny Cars!

We feltit!We still feel it!The summerdiets startin earnestthis week!Thanks forChrisi Nagle, Molly Black and RobinTarte fororganizing and recruit­ing helpers to pull ofan amazing week ofStaffAppreciation!Sneaking in lastweekend to redo the stafflounge was genius!The amazing food, bev­erages (hot and cold), the baked goods, flowers, notes, gift cards and car washes, you outdid yourselves!

—Thank you all so much from the Laurelhurst Staff!

Art Explorers News

Georgia O’Keeffe atthe Tacoma ArtMusuem!22 ofherSWinspired works are there. Meet Tuesday,May 19 @ 9:30am at the North Playground or meet us at the Tacoma Art Musuem at 10:30am. Adults are $14, Kids $12, kids 5 and under are free.

Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico

And The Nomination Goes To…

The 2015 PTA Nominating Committee nominates the following people to fill vacant PTA Board positions for the 2015-16 school year. Nominees will be voted in to office at the Multi-Cultural Dinner/General Membership meeting on Wednesday, May 13. Thank you to our nominees for your commit­ment to our families, students, teachers and school.

  • Co-President: Aimee Horn
  • Treasurer: Kristen Sanders
  • VP School Services: Catherine Montgomery
  • VP Building &Grounds: MattCouch
  • VP Supportive Education: Judy Findley
  • VP Ways and Means: Becky Aronchick and Christine Bagley
  • School Board Liaison: Beth Joffe

 

PE News & Information

Mark your calendars for our 5th Grade vs. Staff Basketball Game. It is May 21st with doors opening at 2:10pm. Unicycle riders will also perform throughout the game.

This event will also be our celebration for our first ever Hoops for Heart for the American Heart Association. We will be raising funds for the American Heart Association. More information will be coming home TODAY in kid mail with each student. If you choose to donate, it is easiest to do it online. Again, look for a flyer with directions about this process. Final collection will be Friday, May 22nd, the day after the Staff/Student Basketball Game.

Unicycle News: I will be offering morning unicycle riding again on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9:05 until the first bell at 9:25. Morning riding will start this week on Tuesday, May 5th. If you are interested in riding unicycles during the Staff/Student basketball game please join the fun and plan on attending.

Questions or comments please email me. [email protected]

3rd Annual Unicycle Ride Around Greenlake

When: Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Where: Meet at Greenlake in front of the stadium near the crew house. Contact: Emily Huff at 318-497-0311 or [email protected]

Ice Cream Social News

The Ice Cream Social will take place on June 5th from 5-8 p.m. Look for the coloring page and the Donut donation forms coming home today in kid mail! If participating, please return to the school office.

The Ice CreamSocial is once again going “green”this yearby soliciting donations ofsmall toys and favors forthe grab bags and prizes. Instead of spending PTAmoney on the purchase ofgiveaway toys we wanted to try to “recycle”those leftoveritems thatcome frombirthday parties and grab bags.Itemsfortheprizesshouldbein“likenew”condition,small, notposeachokinghazardandcanrangefrombubblestopartyfavors,bouncy balls, new pencils etc. Please drop off any donations in the office by May 20th. Contact Kealy Boychuk at [email protected] with questions.

Looking For Some Tutors For Next Year As you look forward to your summer, consider returning in the fall as a tutor for the wonderful students at Laurelhurst Elementary school. Work with a fun and supportive community of tutors as you help strengthen reading/math skills, and take on supervision duties as needed. If interested in be­ing a tutor next year, send an email to Ed Roos at [email protected]

Robotics Expo a Big Success!

STEAMNight this year culminated in a well-attended and engaging Robotics Expo on Wednesday,May 6th . Engaged students, parents and even staff turned out in huge numbers to tinker and learn with some great community partners. Students built LEGOS with Fun Assembly Required, connected circuits, raced hex bugs and they were also able to see and operate real-life robots alongside student-invented competition robots, .

This event concludes a great year of STEAM programming at Laurelhurst, capping a successful year of fun learning for our students. This year, our program officially became STEAM from STEM -incorporating the “A”-forART and creativity. For those who volunteered this year for our STEAM Events–thank you! We could not have put on this engaging program without your support and participation.

Thank you again for making this a great year of STEAM learning at Laurelhurst. –The STEAM Team (Bobby Shashidhar and Jincey Goggin)

 

Serving On An Interview Team For SPS Hiring

Anyone who wishes to be on an interview team (now or in the future) needs to take this training one time. Site-based interview training is held from 4-5 pm at the Stanford Center (school district HQ at 2445 3rd Ave S) monthly. To register or to verify previous training, call SEA at 283-8443. The training calendar is as follows: May 14 – Auditorium June 9 – Room 2700 June 23 – Auditorium

2015-16 Key Calendar Dates

Aug 17-21: Jump Start Kindergarten 9am-noon Sept. 9: Start of school Dec. 21-Jan 4: Winter break Feb. 15-19: Mid-winter break April 11-15: Spring break June 23: *Last day of school (tentative)

*Note that the last day of school is always tentative, due to potential inclement weather or other make up days

Summer School News

The Summer Staircase program will run from June 22 to July 3, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. The mission of this program is to elimi­nate opportunity and achievement gaps by serving current K-4 students that are below grade level as determined by classroom assessments, MAP, Amplify, and the SBA. Breakfast and lunch will be served and transportation will be provided for students living outside the one mile walk zone of each participating school. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., followed by math and literacy interventions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and lunch will be offered from 12:00 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.

To better serve the students of Seattle, we are offering the Summer Staircase program at the following schools throughout the city: Sand Point, John Rogers, Viewlands, BF Day, Leschi, Hawthorne, Martin Luther King Jr., Van Asselt, Emerson, Highland Park, and West Seattle Elementary. Registra­tionfortheSummerStaircaseprogramwillbeopenfromApril3throughMay15. Ifyouhaveanyquestions,pleaseemailJohnHughes,Summer Program Coordinator, Phone: 252-0064 or at [email protected]

LASER NEWS

Registration for 2015-16 School Year May11,2015 OPENENROLLMENTatallthreeLASERCHILDCARESITES

Paperwork and deposits accepted at 7am @ each site.

LASER Upcoming Events

  • Summer Camp sign ups have begun! Sign up forms and theme calendars are available at the sign in/out table in the portable. Email Robby at [email protected] for more information.

Rising Stars Pre-K News

Pre-K Readiness Program Open Registration – The Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER program is for children who are 3 1/2 to 5 years of age who will be entering Kindergarten within the next 2 years. Classes are offered 5 days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:20am-1:20pm (start time coinciding with Laurelhurst Elementary start time). The class is limited to 16 children. We provide a 1:8 teacher/child ratio.

New next year! Extended day enrichment classes from 1:30pm-3:30pm, Monday through Friday in coordination with the Laurelhurst Community Center!! Classes include Zumba, dance, drama, cooking, tumbling, and art!! Call Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358!!

Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER provides a highly nurturing learning environment in which children develop academic, social and emotional readiness for Kindergarten. Our activities are planned each week and introduce language arts,pre-literacy,math concepts,science, and geography in a fun learning environment. Our program has a diversified curriculum that also incorporates:

  • Creative movement/dance 2x monthly w/American Dance
  • Yoga 2x monthly w/private instructor
  • Spanish language instruction 2x per week with The Spanish Language School
  • Library time at the Elementary School weekly with the school librarian
  • Lunch every Friday with the Elementary School Kindergarteners in the School cafeteria
  • 1st/2nd grade buddies once per month at the Elementary School

 

We also have 3 field trips into the community each school year, these happen quarterly. These include the pumpkin patch,the Children’s Thea­tre,and theAquarium.

Download registration materials online at www.laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials (206) 240-5358. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Nathan Hale High School’s Spring Musical “Young Frankenstein”

Nathan Hale does Young Frankenstein! It’s alive! Mel Brook’s comedy classic film, Young Frankenstein, comes to life as a knee-slapping, toe-tapping musical. Frederick Frankenstein inherits his grandfather’s Transylvania estate, though he is reluctant to take on the family business of creat­ing monsters. But with the help of a collection of eccentric characters, he will bring the dead back to life and find his true destiny. This monstrously funnymusicalrunsMay14,15&16performingat7:30pmatNathanHaleHighSchool’sPerformingArtsCenter. Reservedticketsareavailable online for $15/adult $10/students plus a minimal service charge at BrownPaperTickets.org. Just search for Young Frankenstein or follow this link http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1428747 Or buy general admission tickets at the door on show night for $10 students/$15 adults. Don’t miss this romping good fun!

Eckstein Middle School’s Summer Music Program News

If you have a student headed to middle school at Eckstein next September, please read this!

Every 5th grader headed to Eckstein for 6th grade is encouraged to attend the 2015 Eckstein Middle School Summer Music Program: Concert Band/Jazz Band, Choir &Orchestra for incoming 6th graders will take place from 9:00 -noon at Roosevelt High School on the following dates:

Band &Orchestra: June 22-July 10. Choir: August 10-13 and 17-20.

Fee is only $30./week. Students are encouraged to participate in the full program. No class on July 4. Applications are available in the main office at Eckstein or by emailing one of the teachers below. Application deadline is June 10, 2015. Instruments and supplies are available to loan. Please email if in need.

Mr.Escobedo-ConcertBand&Jazz Band [email protected] Mr. Smith – Orchestra [email protected] Dr. Kent – Choir [email protected]

Eckstein Middle School’s Spring Musical “Seussical”

Eckstein Middle School is putting on Seussical (the musical) this spring. Come see Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and the magic of Dr. Seuss in this quirky musical tale. This show for all ages promises big laughs, fun dancing and great singing. There are three performances: Friday, May 15th, at 7:30pm, and two on Saturday, May 16th at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 in advance sold at the school or $10 the night of. A fun night out for the family…come for the show and dessert!

Northwest Boychoir Auditions

The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions on May 30th, by appointment, for September enrollment. Boys entering 1st to 4th grades in the fall are invited to audition on May 30, or at a time that is convenient for you. NW Boychoir is celebrating 40 years of helping young people discover the joy of singing!Contact: (206)524-3234 ornwboychoir.org.

Emerald City Football (Soccer)

Love soccer? Interested in playing on a premier club team with stellar coaches? Emerald City Football Club is holding tryouts for the upcoming 2015­2016 season. . Girls and boys U14-15 will be May 5-6, and girls U16-18 will be May 12-13. All players, including returning ECFC members, must sign up prior to tryouts. An updated 2015-2016 age group chart can be found here. Registration and details for the upcoming tryouts can be com­pleted here. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to: lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly bulletin submission deadline -midnight this Thursday.

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin, 5.4.2015

 

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School www.laurelhurstes.seattleschools.org Monday, May 4, 2015

Calendar

Monday, May 4

  • Staff Appreciation week
  • Check thosebackpacks!

 

Tuesday, May 5

  • InstrumentalMusic Students,remember your instruments!

Wednesday, May 6

  • STEAM Night Robotics Expo! From 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 7

  • Deadlinefor submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight.Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, May 8

  • Deadline to submit Golden Acorn nomination form to the PTA Presidents’ or put in their office mail slot

Upcoming Events

  • May11–PTA BoardMeeting,7pm–Library **Note change in date
  • May 13 – PTA All-School Multicultural Dinner & Spring Concert – Cafeteria
  • May 16 – Grounds Clean-Up Work Party from 8 am – Noon
  • May 20– New Kindergarten Families WelcomePicnic,6-7pm,Cafeteria
  • May 21– Staff vs.Student BasketballGame,2:15pmin theGym
  • May25–NO SCHOOL,MemorialDayHoliday
  • May 28 – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 am – Library
  • June2–InstrumentalMusic Concert 2:45pmassembly,and 7:00 pmperformance
  • June 3 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:40 PM for Staff Professional Development
  • June5–IceCreamSocial,5-8pm,Playgrounds,Play Court and Cafeteria
  • June10–Fifth GradeMusic Performance,All-schoolassembly at 9:40amin theCafeteria
  • June10–Fifth GradeMusic Performanceand Graduation,6:30in theCafeteria
  • June11–Volunteer Tea,8:30–9:15am,in theLibrary,ALL volunteers invited!
  • June11–Field Day,Laurelhurst Park
  • June12–End of Year Assembly,9:45am– Cafeteria *June 15 – Tentative last student day (with a 2:40 pm EARLY DISMISSAL) *Last day may extend to June 16

 

Robotics and Engineering Expo At Laurelhurst Wednesday Night

Don’t Miss the Robotics Expo this Wednesday,May 6th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

We invite you to our final night of STEAM programming this academic year with our “Robotics and Engineering Expo”event on Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, in the Laurelhurst Cafeteria.

Open to all families featuring hands-on tinkering with some great community partners, students will learn about pre-engineering with LEGO blocks, andbuildingrobotsusingLEGO Mindstorms,bothforfunandforcompetition!Comeseewhatolderstudentsaredoingwithroboticsandengineering and see if it’s for you.

The following innovative community partners will join in this learning event:

  • Fun Assembly Required demonstrates the fun and excitement of pre-engineering learning with LEGO Bricks
  • The Cascade Foundation gives hands-on training on programming robots
  • Our local LEGO Robotics Team talks about and demonstrates their robotic creation
  • Other local LEGO Robotics Teams (middle school and High School) demonstrate their robots

 

We are actively recruiting a select group of parent volunteers for this event. Please consider volunteering your time towards the worthwhile goal of helping students learn more about robotics and engineering. Look for an email or contact Bobby Shashidhar @ [email protected] or Jincey Goggin @ [email protected] for more information on volunteering on Wednesday evening.

Come out and join in the fun for the final STEAM event of this academic year. Thanks again for your strong support of STEAM learning at Lau­relhurst! –The STEAM TEAM

Spring Multicultural Potluck Dinner and Music Concert!

Wednesday,May 13 from 6-8 PM – Everyone is invited!Come for a great evening of fun,food and delightfulMUSIC!

  • With the help of our Vocal Music Instructor, Bethany Grant-Rodriguez, students have been working hard preparing to take the stage. All grade levels will perform, so come and enjoy the music!
  • Please bring a potluck dish: one that celebrates your family’s heritage or is a family favorite: dish for 10-12 people.
  • We will also have a short General PTA meeting before the concert.

 

PE News & Information

Mark your calendars for our 5th Grade vs. Staff Basketball Game. It is May 21st with doors opening at 2:10pm. Unicycle riders will also perform throughout the game.

This event will also be our celebration for our first ever Hoops for Heart for the American Heart Association. We will be raising funds for the American Heart Association. More information will be coming home on Monday, May 11th. If you choose to donate it is easiest to do it online. Again, look for a flyer with directions about this process. Final collection will be Friday, May 22nd, the day after the Staff/Student Basketball Game.

Unicycle News: I will be offering morning unicycle riding again on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9:05 until the first bell at 9:25. Morning riding will start this week on Tuesday, May 5th. If you are interested in riding unicycles during the Staff/Student basketball game please join the fun and plan on attending.

Questions or comments please email me. [email protected]

3rd Annual Unicycle Ride Around Greenlake

When: Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Where: Meet at Greenlake in front of the stadium near the crew house. Contact: Emily Huff at 318-497-0311 or [email protected]

Accepting Nominations For The Golden Acorn Award Through Friday

Each year the PTA Board honors one or more of its many outstanding school volunteers, and we need your input! This award goes to an individual who has given continued, dedicated and outstanding service to the school, and whose volunteer commitment is above and beyond the norm. The winner receives a gold pin in the shape of an acorn, a certificate, and a donation is made in that person’s name to a Washington State PTA program which provides college scholarships. If you know someone who deserves to be honored in this special way, please fill out the attached nomination form and either email it to Amy Barss ([email protected]) or Linda Chou ([email protected]) or print it out and put in the PTA President’s box in the school office. Please have all nominations in by Monday May 8th.

Ice Cream Social Seeking Reusable Like New/New Small Trinkets & Toys

The Ice CreamSocial is once again going “green”this yearby soliciting donations ofsmall toys and favors forthe grab bags and prizes. Instead of spending PTAmoney on the purchase ofgiveaway toys, we wanted to try to “recycle”those leftoveritems thatcome frombirthday parties and grab bags.Itemsfortheprizesshouldbein“likenew”condition,small, notposeachokinghazardandcanrangefrombubblestopartyfavors,bouncy balls, new pencils etc…Please drop off any donations in the office or contact Kealy Boychuk at [email protected] for questions.

Proper Dress For School – Label Removable Outerwear

As the weather warms up, please remember: no flip-flops, tank tops or short shorts is the school rule. Also, remember to mark names in jackets and sweatshirts,sincethe childrenshedlayerslaterinthedayandwhentheiractivitylevelincreasesandthelost&foundwillbefullofUFOs!

What Do You Think About Changing Bell Times? Give Your Input at a Community Meeting

The School District is holding the following community gatherings to receive input on changing school start bell times.

  • For more information, see the Pros and Cons of each option and an FAQ sheet on sleep and school start times.
  • As part of Seattle Public Schools Bell Time Analysis, a survey is now available at HERE for all staff, parents and members of the communi­ty to provide their input on possible bell time changes. The district NEEDS your input. A change in the start and end times of a school day has the potential to affect the entire community.
  • The survey is available in ten languages and will remain open until May 10. The survey has three primary audiences – parents, community members and staff. Two different surveys will be available: 1) Parent/Community Members and 2) Staff. For a staff member who is also a parent of a current Seattle Public Schools student, we are encouraging taking both the staff and parent survey.
  • The data collected from these surveys will be invaluable in determining the potential impacts a change could have on the community. We are requesting everyone complete the appropriate survey(s).
  • More information can be found on the Bell Time Analysis website belltimes.www.seattleschools.org.

 

For questions about the meetings, email [email protected] You can also find more information and the below video in other languages on the Neighbor to Neighborweb page

Summer School News

The Summer Staircase program will run from June 22 to July 3, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. The mission of this program is to elimi­nate opportunity and achievement gaps by serving current K-4 students that are below grade level as determined by classroom assessments, MAP, Amplify, and the SBA. Breakfast and lunch will be served and transportation will be provided for students living outside the one mile walk zone of each participating school. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., followed by math and literacy interventions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and lunch will be offered from 12:00 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.

To better serve the students of Seattle, we are offering the Summer Staircase program at the following schools throughout the city: Sand Point, John Rogers, Viewlands, BF Day, Leschi, Hawthorne, Martin Luther King Jr., Van Asselt, Emerson, Highland Park, and West Seattle Elementary. Registra­tionfortheSummerStaircaseprogramwillbeopenfromApril3throughMay15. Ifyouhaveanyquestions,pleaseemailJohnHughes,Summer Program Coordinator, Phone: 252-0064 or at [email protected]

Fifth Grade Students’ Have A Request

Dear Laurelhurst Parents, We need more balls! The kids of Laurelhurst have been complaining about the lack of balls. We are asking if you could donate some basketballs, kick balls, bouncy balls, soccer balls, yoga balls, etc.? Give them to Mr. Roos and he’ll distribute them as needed.

Thank you so very much, Stella T and Naomi S

Eckstein Middle School’s Summer Music Program News

If you have a student headed to middle school at Eckstein next September, please read this!

Every 5th grader headed to Eckstein for 6th grade is encouraged to attend the 2015 Eckstein Middle School Summer Music Program: Concert Band/Jazz Band, Choir &Orchestra for incoming 6th graders will take place from 9:00 -noon at Roosevelt High School on the following dates:

Band &Orchestra: June 22-July 10. Choir: August 10-13 and 17-20.

Fee is only $30./week. Students are encouraged to participate in the full program. No class on July 4. Applications are available in the main office at Eckstein or by emailing one of the teachers below. Application deadline is June 10, 2015. Instruments and supplies are available to loan. Please email if in need.

Mr.Escobedo-ConcertBand&Jazz Band

[email protected]

Mr. Smith -Orchestra

[email protected]

Dr. Kent -Choir

[email protected]

Help A Laurelhurst Girl Scout Brownie Troop To Help The Seattle Humane Society

Laurelhurst Girl Scout Brownie Troop 40250 asks for your help in their efforts to collect donations for the Seattle Humane Society. The collection is part of their community service project and will run until May 1st. They have set up collection boxes with information in the front entrance of the school. *Only accepting items, no checks or cash please.

The Humane Society’s wish list includes donations for cat or dog toys, treats, New Balance canned dog food, Friskies canned cat food, among other things. Please see their website for more information www.seattlehumane.org

Please help support Brownie Troop 40250 in their effort to help these animals in need. If you have any questions please contact Cecilia Villaseñor [email protected] or Laura Wright [email protected]

Serving On An Interview Team For SPS Hiring

Anyone who wishes to be on an interview team (now or in the future) needs to take this training one time. Site-based interview training is held from 4-5 pm at the Stanford Center (school district HQ at 2445 3rd Ave S) monthly. To register or to verify previous training, call SEA at 283-8443. The training calendar is as follows: May 14 – Auditorium June 9 – Room 2700 June 23 – Auditorium

Friends Of Laurelhurst Foundation (FOLF) News

Don’t miss the bus!

Come celebrate spring at the beautiful JM Cellars for the Friends of Laurelhurst’s annual donor appreciation event. May 8th, the 545 club has a char­tered bus from Laurelhurst to JM Cellars. Come enjoy a fantastic evening of excellent food, great company and delicious drink. To attend the event be sure to make your $500 payment contribution to Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation. Donate today FriendsOfLaurelhurstFoundation.org

It’s a great investment in the students of Laurelhurst today and an excellent way to sustain the school and neighborhood in the future.

LASER NEWS

Registration for 2015-16 School Year May11,2015 OPENENROLLMENTatallthreeLASERCHILDCARESITES

Paperwork and deposits accepted at 7am @ each site.

LASER Upcoming Events

  • Summer Camp sign ups have begun! Sign up forms and theme calendars are available at the sign in/out table in the portable. Email Robby at [email protected] for more information.

Rising Stars Pre-K News

Pre-K Readiness Program Open Registration – The Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER program is for children who are 3 1/2 to 5 years of age who will be entering Kindergarten within the next 2 years. Classes are offered 5 days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:20am-1:20pm (start time coinciding with Laurelhurst Elementary start time). The class is limited to 16 children. We provide a 1:8 teacher/child ratio.

New next year! Extended day enrichment classes from 1:30pm-3:30pm, Monday through Friday in coordination with the Laurelhurst Community Center!! Classes include Zumba, dance, drama, cooking, tumbling, and art!! Call Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358!!

Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER provides a highly nurturing learning environment in which children develop academic, social and emotional readiness for Kindergarten. Our activities are planned each week and introduce language arts,pre-literacy,math concepts,science, and geography in a fun learning environment. Our program has a diversified curriculum that also incorporates:

  • Creative movement/dance 2x monthly w/American Dance
  • Yoga 2x monthly w/private instructor
  • Spanish language instruction 2x per week with The Spanish Language School
  • Library time at the Elementary School weekly with the school librarian
  • Lunch every Friday with the Elementary School Kindergarteners in the School cafeteria
  • 1st/2nd grade buddies once per month at the Elementary School

 

We also have 3 field trips into the community each school year, these happen quarterly. These include the pumpkin patch,the Children’s Thea­tre,and theAquarium.

Download registration materials online at www.laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials (206) 240-5358. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Nathan Hale High School’s Spring Musical “Young Frankenstein”

Nathan Hale does Young Frankenstein! It’s alive! Mel Brook’s comedy classic film, Young Frankenstein, comes to life as a knee-slapping, toe-tapping musical. Frederick Frankenstein inherits his grandfather’s Transylvania estate, though he is reluctant to take on the family business of creat­ing monsters. But with the help of a collection of eccentric characters, he will bring the dead back to life and find his true destiny. This monstrously funnymusicalrunsMay7,8,9,14,15&16performingat7:30pmatNathanHaleHighSchool’sPerformingArtsCenter. Reservedticketsareavail­able online for $15/adult $10/students plus a minimal service charge at BrownPaperTickets.org. Just search for Young Frankenstein or follow this link http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1428747 Or buy general admission tickets at the door on show night for $10 students/$15 adults. Don’t miss this romping good fun!

Eckstein Middle School’s Spring Musical “Seussical”

Eckstein Middle School is putting on Seussical (the musical) this spring. Come see Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and the magic of Dr. Seuss in this quirky musical tale. This show for all ages promises big laughs, fun dancing and great singing. There are three performances: Friday, May 15th, at 7:30pm, and two on Saturday, May 16th at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 in advance sold at the school or $10 the night of. A fun night out for the family…come for the show and dessert!

Northwest Boychoir Auditions

The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions on May 30th, by appointment, for September enrollment. Boys entering 1st to 4th grades in the fall are invited to audition on May 30, or at a time that is convenient for you. NW Boychoir is celebrating 40 years of helping young people discover the joy of singing!Contact: (206)524-3234 ornwboychoir.org.

Emerald City Football (Soccer)

Love soccer? Interested in playing on a premier club team with stellar coaches? Emerald City Football Club is holding tryouts for the upcoming 2015­2016 season. . Girls and boys U14-15 will be May 5-6, and girls U16-18 will be May 12-13. All players, including returning ECFC members, must sign up prior to tryouts. An updated 2015-2016 age group chart can be found here. Registration and details for the upcoming tryouts can be com­pleted here. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to: lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly bulletin submission deadline -midnight this Thursday.

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin, 3/9/15

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Laurelhurst Elementary School
www.laurelhurstes.seattleschools.org
Monday, March 9, 2015
Calendar
Monday, Mar 9
• Kid Mail day. Check those backpacks! Detailed Auction flyer coming home with your family messenger today!
• PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm – Library
Tuesday, Mar 10
• Instrumental Music Students, remember your instruments!
Wednesday, Mar 11
Thursday, Mar 12
• Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight. Submit to: [email protected]
Friday, Mar 13
Upcoming Events
• Mar 17 – Laurelhurst Departure Committee Public Meeting, 6:30 pm in Cafeteria *see information on last page
• Mar 20 – Adult Evening Auction, Husky Stadium
• Mar 25 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:20 pm for Staff Professional Development
• Mar 26 – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 am – Library


Auction Update! Buy your auction tickets NOW! Continue to support our team through the Online Auction!
Only a few more days to bid! The Online Auction ends March 12!
There are still lots of amazing items to bid! Don’t miss out on teacher experiences, 5th Grade party for
next year, a fun all school adult party, a summer BBQ, and so much more!
Check out the great items: https://www.biddingforgood.com/Laurelhurst
With your bid, not only do you have the chance of winning some great items, but you are also helping
Laurelhurst Elementary School to continue to provide so many opportunities that make Laurelhurst so
great.
BID BIG! BID FOR THE KIDS!
Buy your tickets NOW! We need a final headcount by March 13th!!!!
Purchase your tickets to the Auction, and pre-auction Tailgate, for what promises to be a fun night!
Tickets are $80 per/person, with a $20 per/person tailgate before the game. You can buy tickets at www.laurelhurstpta.com.
Childcare available through LASER 206/240-5358 — sign up now!


PE News and Information
This week in P.E. (March 9-13th) we will be doing Archery with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Listening and following directions will be essential to the
success of this unit. I will be clear with students that if they don’t follow directions they will not be doing archery for the class period. My goal is to
create the safest environment possible where students can build skills and strength while using archery gear correctly.
The National Championships in Speed Stacking are in Auburn, Washington this year. It is exciting that the fastest stackers will be in Auburn on March
14 and 15th. I have included the link if you are interested in registering your stacker. There are individual stacking events, and partner and team
events. As the host state, they have encouraged stackers from Washington to participate. It would also be fun to watch their blazing fast hands stack
as well. I am going to try and make it on the 14th. If you are going down send me an email so we can try to meet up. This is the link for registering.
http://www.thewssa.com/tournaments/us_nationals/2015/
As always, if you can help during their class period, let me know. Thanks, Brent Roberts [email protected]


 

Art Explorer News
Art Explorers finished up an amazing month in the classrooms studying the life and works of Maurice Sendak. He’s well known as the author/
illustrator of, “Where the wild things are”. The children drew and water colored their very own monster. We glued their monsters on a boat and
created each teacher as Max, the King of ALL wild things! Great job! In March, we’ll study the amazing works of Georgia O’Keeffe. You too, will want
to stop and smell the flowers once you see the children’s creations gracing the hallways.


 

Supervision Before and After School Reminders!
Please be reminded that playground supervision begins at 9:10 am. Students (unless attending a before school class, safety patrol or eating school
breakfast) are not to enter the building prior to the 9:25 bell. There is NO supervision of students after school. Students should either ride their school
bus, be met by their parent/caregiver, picked up promptly or walk/ride home when the 3:40 dismissal bell rings. Safety is our number one priority!


Thank You For The Record Turnout of Student Scientists at STEM Night!
We had record attendance of our Laurelhurst scientists on Wednesday night “Countdown to Science Fair” STEM Event. Students from kindergarten
to fifth grade came out with their parents to enjoy and engage in a night of STEM learning. It was a night of cool and interesting experiments, star
and planet gazing under a clear night sky (thanks to the weather spirits!) and exploring microscopic mysteries. It reinforced the scientific concepts
that Laurelhurst students had discussed and experimented with all week leading up to the event during library time. In the library, student scientists
had been learning about the scientific method to help them prepare for the science fair in April.
A huge thank you to the crew of parent, 5th grade student and teacher volunteers who conducted the experiments at the event, the staff for supporting
this event in their classrooms, and our partners at the Cascade Science Foundation and Seattle Astronomical Society.
Thank you again for helping to build STEM power at Laurelhurst! -The STEM Night Team


 

NEW THIS YEAR! NO ASSIGNMENT LETTERS BEING MAILED OUT!
The district has created a new assignment tool and is NOT sending assignment letters.
The district has created an easy-to-use Assignment Look-Up Tool on the Seattle Public Schools Admissions website
(http://enrollment.www.seattleschools.org) allowing families greater ease in identifying their student’s assigned school both this year and the next
school year.
Families will no longer be mailed a next-year assignment letter for each student.
For questions about admissions, contact Enrollment Services at (206) 252-0760.


Scrip News!
Gift Cards on Sale! (“SCRIP”) : Place your next (or first!) SCRIP order online by Friday, March 6th at https://www.shopwithscrip.com/ . What is
SCRIP? You buy gift cards online, the PTA orders those cards, collects your check, and hands you the cards on 3/24. You receive the FULL value
of the cards and the retailer gives Laurelhurst PTA a percentage of their value. You support the kids without spending an extra dime! More info at
http://www.laurelhurstpta.com/scrip-2/
The PTA loves PCC Cards! PCC gift cards ($50 value) are on sale now for immediate receipt. Why do we especially love PCC Scrip?
You purchase this card from the PTA for $50 by check and the PTA receives 5% of its value. Here’s the exciting part: you can recharge your
gift card right at the PCC register using any means of payment (even credit card!) and 5% continues to go straight to the PTA. Effortless!
To purchase email [email protected]


 

Candids, Candids, and MORE Candids Needed!
The deadline for submitting pictures to the yearbook is April 12, 2015. We would love pictures from field trips, children in their Seahawks gear, pajama
days, parties, recess, school assemblies…ANY picture that you would like to share. If you have pictures that you would like to share, please
email them to [email protected] Please include your child’s class/teacher with the photos.
Questions: Jincey Goggin [email protected]

 


Laurelhurst Bears Spring Ultimate
We need 3rd & 4th Grade Girls and Boys!
Spring Ultimate Frisbee starts this week, and it’s not too late to register! This sport is available for third through fifth graders, and our team(s) will be
organized through DiscNW again this year. We will have the same great coaches as last year, Sam and Xander, two Northwest High School students.
Practices are Thursdays and Fridays, 3:40-5:00pm after school at Laurelhurst Park. Games on Saturdays starting March 14!
We have two teams: one 5th grade team and one 3rd-4th grade team, and they will all practice together Registration is $40 for the season.
If your son or daughter is interested in playing, please email Tiffany Jay at [email protected] by this Thursday, March 5, and come to practice
this week! Team size will be limited to ensure playing time for all – first come, first served. (Find more info about the league here:
https://www.discnw.org/events/SpringElementary/)


 

LASER NEWS
LASER Childcare
• Friday, March 20th, Auction Night Childcare at Laurelhurst! $10 per child, .4:30pm-11pm. Email Shawn at [email protected] for
more information.
• Wednesday, March 25th, 1:40pm Early Dismissal. LASER will be open for their regularly scheduled children.
• Friday, March 27th, Parent Night Out at Bryant! $25 per child, $15 per sibling. 6pm-11pm. Email Shawn at [email protected]
for more information.
• Summer Camp sign ups have begun! Sign up forms and theme calendars are available at the sign in/out table in the portable. Email
Shawn at [email protected] for more information.
Rising Stars Pre-K (Preschool)
Pre-K Readiness Program Open Registration – we are accepting application for our 2015-2016 school year. Our program follows Laurelhurst Elementary
School schedule. The program is Monday through Friday, 9:20am-1:20pm. Spanish, yoga, creative movement, library time at the school,
lunch every Friday with the school kindergarteners, field trips, 1st/2nd grade buddies included!!
Download registration materials online at www.laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials. There is no deadline,
but space is limited.
New this year: Day Camp during school breaks and 4 weeks of Summer Camp from June 22nd through July 17th! Field trips and fun activities!! Call
Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358. In addition we have begun monthly Parent Night Outs!! Please see www.laserchildcare.org for dates and
times!
New next year: extended day enrichment classes from 1:30pm-3:30pm, Monday through Friday in coordination with the Laurelhurst Community
Center!! Classes include Zumba, dance, drama, cooking, tumbling, and art!! Call Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358!!
*You do not need to be enrolled in our Pre-K to take part in Day Camp, Summer Camp, or Parent Night Outs!
New At LASER
Clubs have started 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.




Girls Cheer Leader Camp
Come have some fun with the Roosevelt High School cheerleaders and learn some chants, cheers, and a dance routine. RHS Cheer will be hosting
a cheer camp on March 14th (this Saturday) at RHS from 9am-2pm for girls age 5-14. The cost is $25.00. If you are interested, please e-mail [email protected]
comcast.net for a registration form.


Computer Camps Available
“No School, No problem!” Creative Coding 4 Kids All-day Coding Jam Camps – March 20, April 6 – 17
Creative Coding 4 Kids teaches kids the joy of coding computers by helping them write their own customized computer games! At our All-Day
Camps, kids are divided into groups according to ability, and each group gets its own teacher. Total beginners learn the wonders of coding, while
veterans of our other classes increase their mad skills. Everyone has a BLAST making and playing each other’s games. It’s a total coding Jam.
*Each day has its own theme and is unique.* Sign up for one or more days.
We have two locations (Magnuson Park and Wallingford) which combine to cover March 20, April 6 – 10, and April 13 – 17.
For more info and to register, visit our website at CreativeCoding4Kids.com


 

Girls Softball Clinic
The Ingraham High School Softball Program is hosting a pre-season softball skills clinic for girls in grades 3-8, from 9am to noon on Saturday
March 7th, at the Ingraham High School softball fields. Come get the rust out and learn skills – basic to advanced – in all areas of the game! Registration
Form and Informational Flyer can be found (HERE). Sign up by March 5th; all proceeds benefit Ingraham Softball. To register or ask questions,
email Coach Lawler at [email protected]


 

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline
To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to:
lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly bulletin submission deadline – midnight this Thursday

 

 

 

 

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin – March 2, 2015

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Laurelhurst Elementary School
www.laurelhurstes.seattleschools.org
Monday, March 2, 2015


Calendar
Monday, Mar 2
• Kid Mail day. Check those backpacks! Detailed Auction flyer coming home with your family messenger today!
Tuesday, Mar 3
• Instrumental Music Students, remember your instruments!
Wednesday, Mar 4
• Prospective Parent Information Night, 6-7 pm – Library
• STEM Night “Countdown to Science Fair”, 7-8 pm – Cafeteria
Thursday, Mar 5
• Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight. Submit to: [email protected]
Friday, Mar 6
Upcoming Events
• Mar 9 – PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm – Library
• Mar 17 – Laurelhurst Departure Committee Public Meeting, 6:30 pm in Cafeteria *see information on last page
• Mar 20 – Adult Evening Auction, Husky Stadium
• Mar 25 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:20 pm for Staff Professional Development
• Mar 26 – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 am – Library


 

STEM News
Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 to 7:30 PM, in the Laurelhurst Cafeteria
Join us for a parents and students led Experiments night at STEM Night!
Open to all families featuring hands-on experimentation alongside great community partners and fantastic parent volunteers, our students put the
scientific method to practice by doing what kids do best: using their curious minds.
We are actively seeking a core group of parent volunteers to donate 1.5 hours of their time, on Wednesday, March 4, 2014. This is an easy, fun,
and interactive one-time volunteer gig! This does not require a scientific background! It does ensure that you will inspire Laurelhurst students to
think like scientists. To sign up, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054aaea62aab9-stem2
STEM’s Countdown to Science Fair is one-hour event dedicated to supporting Laurelhurst students in thinking like a scientists, as we countdown to
our beloved Laurelhurst Science Fair. We look forward to seeing you on March 4th. Together we will build STEM power at Laurelhurst as we “Countdown
to Science Fair!” – The STEM Night Team
Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact Jincey Goggin ([email protected]) or Shashidhar ([email protected])

 


 

PE News and Information
Last week in P.E. (Feb 23rd -27th) we worked on Speed Stacking again. I have yet to see an activity that has such high levels of engagement and
concentration. I have noticed students’ improved eye-hand coordination and dexterity with right and left hands all while giving their brain a kick start
for learning. Pretty cool.
Our second journey with Speed Stacks was intentional because the National Championships in Speed Stacking are in Auburn, Washington this year.
It is exciting that the fastest stackers will be in Auburn on March 14 and 15th. I have included the link if you are interested in registering your stacker.
There are individual stacking events, and partner and team events. As the host state, they have encouraged stackers from Washington to participate.
It would also be fun to watch their blazing fast hands stack as well. I am going to try and make it on the 14th. If you are going down send me an email
so we can try to meet up. This is the link for registering. http://www.thewssa.com/tournaments/us_nationals/2015/
This week in P.E. (March 2-13th) I will be doing Archery in the School program with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Listening and following directions
will be essential to the success of this unit. I will be clear with students that if they don’t follow directions they will not be doing archery for the class
period. My goal is to create the safest environment possible where students can build skills and strength while using archery gear correctly.
As always, if you can help during their class period, let me know. Thanks, Brent Roberts [email protected]


Auction Update! Online Auction Begins TODAY!
Online auction!
The Online Auction begins today, Monday, March 2 and runs through March 12! Don’t miss out on all the exciting bidding fun! What can you bid on? Find out at: https://www.biddingforgood.com/Laurelhurst
Here is just a taste of the over 200 amazing items available for bids online:
• Trips to Mexico, Seabrook, Snowbird, Whistler, and Vashon Island
• Sports Memorabilia, included autographed Russell Wilson, Dwayne Wade, and Reggie Bush jerseys
• Gift certificates for tons of great local restaurants
• Teacher Experiences and sign up parties
• Get in shape with lots of gym memberships & personal trainers
• Tickets to popular (and sold out) sports & entertainments events
With your bid, not only do you have the chance of winning some great items, but you are also helping Laurelhurst Elementary School to
continue to provide so many opportunities that make Laurelhurst so great.
BID BIG! BID FOR THE KIDS!
More information to follow in Kid Mail on Monday!
Ticket sales for the Laurelhurst PTA Auction continue! We are excited to celebrate and raise money as a team for our amazing school.
Ticket prices are $80 per/person with a $20 per/person tailgate before the game. You can buy tickets at www.laurelhurstpta.com.
Childcare available through LASER – (206) 240-5358 — sign up now!


 

 

WANTED! New PTA Board Members for 2015-16
Are you passionate about our school and looking to become more involved? If so, we have a job for you! The Laurelhurst PTA Nominating Committee
is looking for new PTA board members to fill the following positions:
o Co-President (1)
o Treasurer (1)
o VP Building & Grounds (1)
o VP Supportive Education (1)
o VP School Services (1)
o School Board Liaison (1)
o VP Ways and Means (2)
Board members are elected to serve a two-year term . To learn more about the available positions, or to express interest in filling one of them, please
contact any Nominating Committee Member. Christine Bagley (Chair) at [email protected], Becky Aronchick at [email protected]
gmail.com, Janine Dodge at [email protected], Deanna Dukes at [email protected] or Bobbi Shashidar at [email protected]
gmail.com. Please submit your interest or suggestions by March 6th. Step right up!


 

Suggestion Box
We are two students on the 5th grade leadership team. We thought a suggestion box would be a good idea for the school to figure out more ideas of
things that would help the school. The suggestion is for any ideas you have about the school. Students, staff or families are all welcome to leave
suggestions in the box. The 5th grade student leadership team will check the box every Wednesday morning. All serious suggestions will be considered
by the leadership team. Remember, the suggestion box is for serious suggestions only and will be located in the lobby by the front door.
Ayden and Vasyl – 5th graders


 

Scrip News!
Gift Cards on Sale! (“SCRIP”) : Place your next (or first!) SCRIP order online by Friday, March 6th at https://www.shopwithscrip.com/ . What is
SCRIP? You buy gift cards online, the PTA orders those cards, collects your check, and hands you the cards on 3/24. You receive the FULL value
of the cards and the retailer gives Laurelhurst PTA a percentage of their value. You support the kids without spending an extra dime! More info at
http://www.laurelhurstpta.com/scrip-2/
The PTA loves PCC Cards! PCC gift cards ($50 value) are on sale now for immediate receipt. Why do we especially love PCC Scrip?
You purchase this card from the PTA for $50 by check and the PTA receives 5% of its value. Here’s the exciting part: you can recharge your
gift card right at the PCC register using any means of payment (even credit card!) and 5% continues to go straight to the PTA. Effortless!
To purchase email [email protected]


 

SPS Open Enrollment Continues through March 6
The Open Enrollment period is your best opportunity to request a different school or program for your student. You must first register your student for
school, and then you can submit your Choice requestYou can choose to apply for another attendance area school including K-8 schools; an option school; or programs such as Montessori, Spectrum,
and Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP).
• School Choice Enrollment Process
• School Choice Application Instructions
• School Choice application forms will be posted Feb. 23, 2015


NEW THIS YEAR! NO ASSIGNMENT LETTERS BEING MAILED OUT!
The district has created a new assignment tool and is NOT sending assignment letters.
The district has created an easy-to-use Assignment Look-Up Tool on the Seattle Public Schools Admissions website
(http://enrollment.www.seattleschools.org) allowing families greater ease in identifying their student’s assigned school both this year and the next
school year. The tool will be available Feb. 23.
Families will no longer be mailed a next-year assignment letter for each student in mid-February. In the past, we took this extra step to help families
transition to our New Student Assignment Plan as enrollment growth boundaries changed and while we established attendance area schools and
choice assignments. HERE is the letter that will be sent to families informing them of this change.
Those wishing to change their current or assigned school can do so during Open Enrollment, Feb. 23 – March 6. Full instructions on how to participate
in Open Enrollment and choose a different school can be found on the Admissions website at http://bit.ly/Apply-OpenEnrollment or by contacting
the Admissions office at (206) 252-0760.


Do You Have A Child Headed to Middle School Next Year?
If you’re thinking about middle schools for your child, please consider Hazel Wolf K-8. We are Seattle’s first E-STEM (environmentally-focused
science, technology, engineering, math) school, offering electives such as MESA, art, drama, music, choir, PE, and foreign language, all in a creative
and dynamic environment. Come join us for an open house tour — we’ll be showing off our new, temporary location near Greenlake, and talking all
about our groundbreaking E-STEM program. All families and students are welcome. See you there!
2015 Open House & Tour Schedule:
Morning Tour: 9:30-11:30am on Monday, March 2


Science Fair Update
Calling all budding scientists! The science fair is approaching and we want to encourage your student to participate in this fun event. This year’s
theme is Transformations in Science focusing on why things are changing form or appearance. Three important dates: before Friday, February
27th, please return the registration form (the first page on the packet that was sent home in kid mail) this will only include the project’s scientific
question your child has chosen to explore; and then the project must be completed by Tuesday, April 7th, when you bring your child’s project to the
school gym between 2:30 and 4:30. We look forward to seeing everyone on the night of the Science Fair, Wednesday, April 8th from 6-8pm.
Have fun with Science!


 

Candids, Candids, and MORE Candids Needed!
The deadline for submitting pictures to the yearbook is April 12, 2015. We would love pictures from field trips, children in their Seahawks gear, pajama
days, parties, recess, school assemblies…ANY picture that you would like to share. If you have pictures that you would like to share, please
email them to [email protected] Please include your child’s class/teacher with the photos.
Questions: Jincey Goggin [email protected]


 

Small Sized Pants Needed
We find ourselves in need of smaller sized pants again, for both boys and girls (grades K-2). Leggings and elastic-waist pants work best, as they fit a
broader size range. If you have pants you are sorting through that your child has outgrown, we could sure use some donations.


 

Roosevelt High School presents Disney’s Little Mermaid!
Join RHS Drama students at The Little Mermaid. Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess, is dissatisfied with life under the sea & curious about the
human world. Come along with Ariel and her fish friends as they brave adventures together learning new lessons while sharing their own wisdom.
Showtimes:
Wed. March 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. March 5 – *3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Fri. March 6 – *3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sat. March 7 – 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at ShowTix4U.com: http://bit.ly/1E1PsCZ
* After school matinees added!

 


 

LASER NEWS
LASER Childcare
Friday, March 20th, Auction Night Childcare at Laurelhurst! $10 per child, .4:30pm-11pm. Email Shawn at [email protected] for more
information.
LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)
Winter Leaps Session began the week of February 2nd. You can pick up a class list and sign up form in the LASER portable or the LEAPS bulletin
board in the Laurelhurst main entry hall. Note: Lego class is full.
Rising Stars Pre-K (Preschool)
Pre-K Readiness Program Open Registration – we are accepting applications for our 2015-2016 school year. Our program follows Laurelhurst Elementary
School schedule. The program is Monday through Friday, 9:20am-1:20pm. Spanish, yoga, creative movement, library time at the school,
lunch every Friday with the school kindergarteners, field trips, 1st/2nd grade buddies included!
Download registration materials online at www.laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials. There is no deadline,
but space is limited.
New this year: Pre-K Day Camp during school breaks and 4 weeks of Summer Camp from June 22nd through July 17th! Field trips and fun activities!!
Call Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358. In addition we have begun monthly Parent Night Outs!! Please see www.laserchildcare.org for
dates and times!
New next year: Extended day enrichment classes from 1:30pm-3:30pm, Monday through Friday in coordination with the Laurelhurst Community
Center! Classes include Zumba, dance, drama, cooking, tumbling, and art! Call Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358!
*You do not need to be enrolled in our Pre-K to take part in Day Camp, Summer Camp, or Parent Night Outs!!
Check out our website www.laserchildcare.org to stay updated on LASER happenings!

 


 

Laurelhurst Bears Spring Ultimate
We need 3rd & 4th Grade Girls and Boys!
Spring Ultimate Frisbee starts this week, and it’s not too late to register! This sport is available for third through fifth graders, and our team(s) will be
organized through DiscNW again this year. We will have the same great coaches as last year, Sam and Xander, two Northwest High School students.
Practices are Thursdays and Fridays, 3:40-5:00pm after school at Laurelhurst Park. Games on Saturdays starting March 14!
We have two teams: one 5th grade team and one 3rd-4th grade team, and they will all practice together Registration is $40 for the season.
If your son or daughter is interested in playing, please email Tiffany Jay at [email protected] by this Thursday, March 5, and come to practice
this week! Team size will be limited to ensure playing time for all – first come, first served. (Find more info about the league here:
https://www.discnw.org/events/SpringElementary/)


 

Rain City Water Polo
Does your child love the water and team sports? Then water polo is perfect. We specialize in introducing kids to the sport and have programs to suit
all ages. Boys and girls age five and older are welcome to join us. We have programs in north Seattle, west Seattle and on Mercer Island. A Free
Trial is always available.
Check out our offerings at www.raincitypolo.com or get in touch by emailing [email protected] or by calling 206-999-5686.

 


The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline
To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to:
lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly bulletin submission deadline – midnight this Thursday.

 

 

 

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Laurelhurst Elementary School
www.laurelhurstes.seattleschools.org
Wednesday, February 18, 2015


 

Calendar
Monday, Feb 16
• No School, Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, Feb 17
• No School, Mid-Winter Break
Wednesday, Feb 18

Thursday, Feb 19
• Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight. Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, Feb 20
• Book Swap book donations due


 
Upcoming Events

• Feb 25 – Literacy Night & Book Swap, 6-8 pm in the Cafeteria

• Feb 26 – Principal’s Monthly Chat “Tea With Talbot”, 9:40 am – Library

• Feb 26 – Kindergarten Tour, from 2-3:00 pm – Room 6

• Mar 4 – Prospective Parent Information Night, 6-7 pm – Library

• Mar 4 – STEM Night “Countdown to Science Fair”, 7-8 pm – Cafeteria

• Mar 9 – PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm – Library

• Mar 20 – Adult Evening Auction, Husky Stadium

• Mar 25 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:20 pm for Staff Professional Development

• Mar 26 – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 am – Library


 

Literacy Night is Wednesday, February 25th!
The Book Swap deadline is Friday, February 20th!

We hope your students are enjoying Literacy Month so far. Mr. Brown’s Shakespeare lessons in the library are fascinating and we can see the beau-
tiful Art Explorer’s Sendak work of the classes on bulletin boards throughout the school.

The big night is coming on Wednesday February 25th for Literacy Night, 6 PM -8 PM in the cafeteria. We will start with the book swap, a fan fa vorite. To have a successful swap, we need books. Be sure to look through your closets, shelves, under beds for gently worn books and have them dropped off in their classrooms by Friday February 20th. To assure credit, please mark the student’s full name on the donation bag.. We are keeping track of how many books each student donates and they will be able to take that many the night of the swap. Even if you and your student are unable to come on Literacy Night, we invite you to donate to the swap. Any leftover books will be donated to charity! Students who have made donations will get first choice of books. After the GreenStage performance, anyone who did not get to participate may take a book!

New this year – New Book Collection! We have added a new book collection for the evening of the performance. These books will go to help homeless and low income children. Students will receive a drawing ticket for each new book they turn in on Literacy Night. We have received generous donations from local bookstores (Half Price Books, Third Place Books, University Book Store, Elliott Bay Book Company, Queen Anne Books and ABC Books) that will be given as prizes. Any prizes that are not picked up the evening of the Swap will be distributed the next day in class.

Have your students been talking about Viola or Orsino around the dinner table? Mr. Brown has been getting them ready for the performance of

Twelfth Night by GreenStage. The abridged version will start at 7 PM, last about 40 minutes and be followed by a question and answer period.

Two classes will receive workshops from GreenStage based on participation in the Book Swap and Reading Logs! It will be a great opportunity to explore the play more and keep their love of Shakespeare growing!

If you are interested in helping with Literacy Night, please contact Beth Cogan at [email protected] / 206-250-9559.


 
Small Sized Pants Needed

We find ourselves in need of smaller sized pants again, for both boys and girls (grades K-2). Leggings and elastic-waist pants work best, as they fit a broader size range. If you have pants you are sorting through that your child has outgrown, we could sure use some donations.


Auction Update!

Countdown to the Big Game! Laurelhurst PTA Auction 2015!

The auction team is busy working on game plays to make our event extra special!!! We have a tailgate, an online auction, an after party, and amazing items to purchase. Laser childcare will be available for this event. Mark your calendars for Friday March 20th; this is an evening not to miss!

We are looking for volunteers to help during the day and night of the auction. Contact Bev Kelleher at [email protected]


 
STEM News

Countdown to Science Fair – An Evening of Cool Experiments at STEM Night on March 4, 2015

Let’s begin our countdown to the Science Fair at STEM Night on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 PM. Open to all families featuring hands-on experimentation alongside great community partners and fantastic parent and 5th grade student volunteers, our students put the scientific method to practice by using their curious minds and asking questions.

STEM’s Countdown to Science Fair is one-hour event dedicated to supporting Laurelhurst students in thinking like a scientists. Come and help our young scientists prepare for the April science fair and have fun learning first-hand that science is less about having all the right answers, than it is about learning to ask the right questions.

We are actively recruiting parent volunteers to donate 1.5 hours of their time on Wednesday, March 4th 2015. This is an easy, fun, and interactive one-time volunteer gig! This does not require a scientific background! It will inspire Laurelhurst students to think like scientists.

To sign up to volunteer, go to:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E054AAEA62AAB9-stem2/

From the PTA and the STEM Night Team – we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday March 4th at 6:30 pm for a fun night of learning.

Thank you for helping to build STEM power here at Laurelhurst!
Bobby and Jincey/The STEM Night Team


 
Science Fair Update

Calling all budding scientists! The science fair is approaching and we want to encourage your student to participate in this fun event. This year’s

theme is Transformations in Science focusing on why things are changing form or appearance. Three important dates: before Friday, February

27th, please return the registration form (the first page on the packet that was sent home in kid mail) this will only include the project’s scientific

question your child has chosen to explore; and then the project must be completed by Tuesday, April 7th, when you bring your child’s project to the

school gym between 2:30 and 4:30. We look forward to seeing everyone on the night of the Science Fair, Wednesday, April 8th from 6-8pm.

Have fun with Science!

Art Explorer News

In support of Literacy Month, during February we’re learning about Maurice Sendak, American born author and illustrator, most famous for his book

Where The Wild Things Are. Sendak is widely recognized for depicting the emotional characteristics of childhood and received the Caldecott Med-
al and the Hans Christian Anderson Award for his work. Each classroom will make a special project together so look for this in our hallways and ask your “little artist” about it! Check out Sendak’s biography on the Art Explorer’s bulletin Board near the Staff Lounge!

Also, we are excited to have some actual set items and props from the just-retired “Nutcracker” ballet compliments of Pacific Northwest Ballet. Sen-
dak designed this Nutcracker version with Kent Stowell in 1983 and the items we will have at school have been used for 32 years, 45 times a year.

These special things will be on display in the school’s front hall cabinet for just a few weeks so please make an effort to see it with your children!

questions: [email protected] or [email protected]


Candids, Candids, and MORE Candids Needed!

The deadline for submitting pictures to the yearbook is April 12, 2015. We would love pictures from field trips, children in their Seahawks gear, pa-
jama days, parties, recess, school assemblies…ANY picture that you would like to share. If you have pictures that you would like to share, please

email them to [email protected] Please include your child’s class/teacher with the photos.

Questions: Jincey Goggin [email protected]


 
Scrip News

The PTA loves PCC Cards! PCC gift cards ($50 value) are on sale now for immediate receipt. Why do we especially love PCC Scrip?

You purchase this card from the PTA for $50 by check and the PTA receives 5% of its value. Here’s the exciting part: you can recharge your gift card right at the PCC register using any means of payment (even credit card!) and 5% continues to go straight to the PTA. Effortless!

To purchase email [email protected]


 
SPS Open Enrollment is February 23 – March 6

The Open Enrollment period is your best opportunity to request a different school or program for your student. You must first register your student for school, and then you can submit your Choice request between Feb. 23 and Mar. 6.

You can choose to apply for another attendance area school including K-8 schools; an option school; or programs such as Montessori, Spectrum, and Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP).

• School Choice Enrollment Process

• School Choice Application Instructions

• School Choice application forms will be posted Feb. 23, 2015

NEW THIS YEAR! NO ASSIGNMENT LETTERS BEING MAILED OUT!

The district has created a new assignment tool and is NOT sending assignment letters.

The district has created an easy-to-use Assignment Look-Up Tool on the Seattle Public Schools Admissions website

(http://enrollment.www.seattleschools.org) allowing families greater ease in identifying their student’s assigned school both this year and the next school year. The tool will be available Feb. 23.

Families will no longer be mailed a next-year assignment letter for each student in mid-February. In the past, we took this extra step to help families

transition to our New Student Assignment Plan as enrollment growth boundaries changed and while we established attendance area schools and choice assignments. HERE is the letter that will be sent to families informing them of this change.

Those wishing to change their current or assigned school can do so during Open Enrollment, Feb. 23 – March 6. Full instructions on how to participate in Open Enrollment and choose a different school can be found on the Admissions website at http://bit.ly/Apply-OpenEnrollment or by contacting the Admissions office at (206) 252-0760.


Do You Have A Child Headed to Middle School Next Year?

If you’re thinking about middle schools for your child, please consider Hazel Wolf K-8. We are Seattle’s first E-STEM (environmentally-focused

science, technology, engineering, math) school, offering electives such as MESA, art, drama, music, choir, PE, and foreign language, all in a creative

and dynamic environment. Come join us for an open house tour — we’ll be showing off our new, temporary location near Greenlake, and talking all

about our groundbreaking E-STEM program. All families and students are welcome. See you there!

2015 Open House & Tour Schedule:

Morning Tours: 9:30-11:30am on Wednesday, February 18 and Monday, March 2

Evening Tours: 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, February 26

Eckstein Middle School OPEN HOUSE FOR INCOMING STUDENTS

Thursday, February 26, 6:00-8:00pm, Eckstein Auditorium. Incoming or interested students and their families are invited to learn more about the school at our evening open house on Feb 26th. The evening’s agenda will include an informational presentation in the auditorium and an opportunity to tour the school. No reservations necessary. Please note that Eckstein DOES NOT arrange student visits, tours or shadowing during the school day.


 
Fifth Grade Leadership Teams

This year Ms. Dublin, Mr. Howard and Mr. Roos have started 5th grade leadership teams. Every 5th grader participates and has been divided into 3

committees: The Green Team, The Student Activity Committee and the School Climate Committee.

The Student Activity Committee is responsible for coming up with ideas or activities to enrich the student experience. So far they have planned:

crazy hair day, twin/multiples day, opposite/mismatch day, PJ day, and the recess ambassador program. Currently they are working on getting a

school-wide suggestion box, recess time at the park, school spirit day (though we’re not certain what our school colors are), establishing school colors, incorporating a talent show during lunchtime, and 5th grade movie night.

The School Climate Team has been working hard to foster an environment of community and respect at Laurelhurst Elementary. Our 5th graders

have planned a campaign to encourage each student to participate in the theme of the month. The theme for December was, “Put on a Smile” and

January’s theme is, “Make a New Friend.” Look for signs around the school that will publicize each month’s theme.

The purpose of the 5th grade leadership Green Team is to find ways to increase sustainability measures at school. The green team has spearhead-
ed the placement and maintenance of compost bins within classrooms. Also, we are in the planning phases of a school-wide Earth Day celebra-
tion/activity.

This is a highly independent, motivated, driven group of students and we’re very excited to see what they’ll accomplish next.


 
LASER NEWS

LASER Childcare

Friday, February 20th, Parent Night Out at Laurelhurst! $25 per child, $15 per sibling. 6pm-11pm. Email Shawn at [email protected] for

more information.

LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)

Winter Leaps Session began the week of February 2nd. You can pick up a class list and sign up form in the LASER portable or the LEAPS bulletin

board in the Laurelhurst main entry hall. Note: Lego class is full.

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 www.laserchildcare.org , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials. There is no dead-
line, but space is limited. Questions? Email [email protected]

New At LASER

Clubs have started 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 spring include:

• Monday-No club. President’s Day

• Tuesday-No club. Camp day at Sandpoint.

• Wednesday-Outdoor Education with Eric.

• Thursday-Comic book club with Travis

Check out our website www.laserchildcare.org to stay updated on LASER happenings!


 
The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to:

lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly bulletin submission deadline – midnight this Thursday.