Make sure not to miss the Multicultural Dinner and Spring Concert coming up on Wednesday May 18th at 6pm! (Remember it’s a POTLUCK so bring along a dish from your culture to share.)
Spring Concert with amazing vocal performances by all grade levels (yes, YOUR kid is performing!), accompanied by the UW Steel Drum Ensemble – conducted by our fabulous music teacher Bethany Grant-Rodriguez.
Schedule for the evening is as follows:
6:00: Doors open for potluck.
6:45pm: PTA Golden Acorn Award announcement.
6:50pm: Begin kids’ Spring Concert.
7:45pm: PTA Meeting.
ACORN award winners will be announced at the PTA meeting. And the nominees are…
Elizabeth Fletcher, Erin Day, Ann Burrato, Wendy Harper, Laura Wright, Cecilia Villasenor, Chrisi Nagle, & Liz Becker
Thanks you, nominees, for all your contributions!
Agenda for 5/18 PTA General Meeting @ 7:30pm in Cafeteria
Summary of PTA parent survey results
~ For survey results, email [email protected] or [email protected]
~ Laurelhurst Learning Task Force on 5/24 6-8pm in cafeteria (mediated session between SPS and parents regarding Laurelhurst learning issues)
~Cohesive community–Theater of Possibility workshop 6/7 6:30-8:30pm
Review and approve 2016-17 budget
~ For a preliminary look at the proposed 2016-17 budget, please email [email protected] or [email protected]
~ Our 2016-17 budget is ~$70,000 less than the current 2015-16 budget
– largely due to earlier budget review date, surplus amount has not been finalized and SPS cannot confirm amount, if any, Laurelhurst credit
Major changes from 2015-16 budget listed below:
~ Major reduction in auction budget
~ Smaller reductions throughout STEAM, Literacy Night, Bike/Walk to School Months, Watch Dogs, Science Fair, Reflections, Art Explorers, etc.
~ PTA no longer subsidizing costs for Instrumental Music for 4th/5th graders, 5th Grade Orkila Overnight, or Unicycling
~ All requests for PTA funds can be submitted after surplus has been finalized in late Summer 2016
Review and approve NEW 2016-17 PTA Board members
SAVE THE DATE!
Learning Challenges at Laurelhurst Elementary
May 24th, 2016: 6 – 8 PM in the Cafeteria
Please join us for a moderated discussion and solutions session regarding the learning challenges facing all our students at Laurelhurst Elementary. Featuring:
Wyeth Jesse, Director of Special Education
Jill Geary, School Board Member
Kim Whitworth, Education Director for the Northeast Region
Sarah Talbot, Principal at Laurelhurst Elementary
The format/content of this evening was determined by a taskforce of LES general and special education parents and teachers. We look forward to a productive gathering!
The PTA wants to remind all families that they should complete the school-district (Seattle Public Schools) survey. We cannot provide the personalized link but you should have received an email on Thursday, April 21, that was sent directly from “Seattle Public Schools”. Please take a minute to search your inbox for this email and click to complete the survey. Results from this survey are used to guide improvements at the school and district level. All responses are confidential. Family feedback directly to the district is so important to success at our school. Please note that this is separate from our internal school survey sent from the PTA last month.
If you have any questions, feel free to email [email protected]org. For answers to frequently asked questions about the Family Survey, please visit our Family Survey FAQ page. For results of the 2015 Family, Staff, and Student Surveys, please visit our School Climate Surveys webpage.
Graduation – Calling all 4th Grade Parents…Pay it Forward!
We are rapidly approaching the end of the school year. Before you know it, it will be this time next year and your 5th grader will be in their final days at Laurelhurst Elementary and Graduating! Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about volunteering to help out on this important day?
We are asking for 4th grade parents to volunteer to facilitate 5th Grade Graduation this year. The ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 8th from 6:30-8:00pm in the Laurelhurst Cafeteria. We need volunteers to help with setting up, passing out programs, serving refreshments and cleaning up.
Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ea8ae2fa75-calling
Let Lisa Matthies know if you have any questions at [email protected].
Ice Cream Social News-We Need Your Help
The Ice Cream Social will take place on June 10th from 5-8 p.m.
Please sign up to volunteer here:
Also please turn in the coloring page that went out last week and keep an eye out for the Donut donation forms that will come out this week. Every donation helps make this event possible.
Backpack Brigade Needs More Donations
Please consider donating some food items to our food collection bin (near front entrance) or writing a check (envelope in office) today. No one, especially children, should have to worry about having enough food on the weekends.
Please note: we deliver to the food bank every Wednesday and our backpacks get delivered back to our school for students to take home every Friday.
The food items in most need are:
- pop-top cans of soup, stew, beans, tuna, beefaroni, spaghetti-os
- just add water individual mac&cheese, soup, ramen
- shelf stable individual milks, or 100% fruit juice
Remember it just takes $25 to provide 4 students with backpacks, so please consider helping. Checks can be made out to “backpack brigade” and please note: “laurelhurst backpacks” on your donation.
A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated!