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.

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


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 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:

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!

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:

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PTA Newsletter Team

Karina Kunins, Nella Synge & Gayle Christensen

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