Laurelhurst Newsletter – week of Nov. 6th

Laurelhurst PTA News

November 6, 2016

Upcoming Events

  • 11/9, Wed – STEAM Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cafeteria
  • 11/10, Thur – Picture Retakes
  • 11/11, Fri – NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day Holiday
  • 11/14, Mon – PTA General Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Library
  • 11/16, Wed – Early Dismissal, Staff Professional Development, 1:45 p.m.
  • 11/17, Thur – Art Reflections Celebration, 6:30 p.m.
  • 11/21 – 23 – NO SCHOOL, Parent Teacher Conferences By Appointment – All Parents Participate
  • 11/24 – 25 – NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2, Fri – PTA Auction, at the Mountaineers, 6 p.m.

News from the PTA

Important Reminder:

NO SCHOOL – THIS FRIDAY, November 11th!
It’s Veteren’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11th. Please make your childcare arrangements if you haven’t already done so.

First S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
Night of the Year!

Please join us Wednesday, November 9th from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the cafeteria for our first STEAM event this year! Get ready to play creative computer games coded by students! ‘Creative Coding 4 Kids’ will join us to answer questions about supporting your child’s interest in computer coding. And of course we will have plenty of math board games. So come for a fun evening of coding and games.

Attention 3rd Grade Families! Backpack Brigade Needs Food and Cash Donations!

November is 3rd Grade’s Month for contiubuting to our Backpack Brigade weekly program providing much needed weekend food to our own Laurelhurst student community in-need! Drop-off your food donations in the bin located near the front office, cash or checks can be given to Lynne at the front office (make checks out to “Backpack Brigade”).

*Remeber 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]

Thank you! Kids’ Carnival Team!

A huge “Thank you!” goes out to our Kids Carnival team! Under the leadership of Sara Wietholter, Desiree Jordaan and Jen Lindsey our kids were treated to a fun night full of games, treats, prizes and BUNNIES!  Thank you to all of the parent volunteers that helped them pull it off.   Another successful carnival is in the books!

General PTA Meeting – Next Monday

Please join us at the following General PTA Meeting, all are invited and welcome:

  • Monday, November 14th from 6:30 – 9:15pm, Library 
LASER childcare is available (please see LASER info below)

Speak-up For Better Start and End Times Next Year

Dear All,

NOW IS THE TIME TO HELP PUSH for a Two Tier bus system, and thus better start and end times — No kids going to school in the dark and no kids getting out of school after dark.  As most everyone likely knows, with the additional 20 minutes/day next year, the current 3 Tier bus system will result in later and/or earlier start and end times.  Moreover, If the end times are even later next year, our kids’ ability to participate in after school extra curricular activities will be very limited.

My understanding is that Pegi McEvoy, Assistant Superintendent of Operations (and also oversees Transportatioin), has been supporting a push for two tiers and is diligently looking for efficiencies.

Here are the things you can do:

1) LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD ON THIS.  What resonates the most is safety issues, and hindrances from getting to specialized services like occupational therapy, add’l special ed support, tutoring, speech therapy, etc. before the end of the business day.  Send this message to other families in your school community.

There are lots of individual reasons but it also needs to be something that hits at the school boards’ priorities/mission for them to allocate funds.

2) Attend the Wednesday, 11/16 School Board meeting.  I believe this is the night of the final vote. You can sign up to give public testimony.   People need to come out in droves.  IF YOU CAN’T SPEAK, BRING SIGNS! The way you sign up is: at 8am (on the dot!) the Monday prior, e-mail
[email protected] or call (206) 252-0040.  You must include your legal name, telephone number, e-mail address, and the topic you would like to address.  Meeting location: John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134. Meeting time – 4:15-8pm.

3) Send an email to the following address with your additional comments: [email protected]
And/or email all school board members:
[email protected]
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4) Attend any school board member’s upcoming community meeting:

  • Jill Geary-Sat.11/12 from 10-12 @ NE Seattle Library Branch
  • Stephen Blanford- Sat. 11/12 10am-12pm @ Douglass-Truth Library
  • Scott Pinkham – Sat. 11/19 3:45-5:15 Northgate Branch Seattle public Library.

5) Create a petition for two tiers (write a letter that is sent to all the above email addresses and Larry Nyland) in the new context of the 20 minute add-on to the school day and the 1 hour reduction once a week and circulate it on this thread, facebook, for revitalized support.
Last Fall not many knew about the two tier push and it was diluted by the priority of getting the flipped bell time schedule voted through for middle schoolers and high schoolers.

Thank you for reading!

Beth Golub Joffe
[email protected]

News from the Auction

COUNTDOWN! The Laurelhurst Auction is Friday, Dec 2nd “Apres SkiBuy Your Tickets and Reserve a Table NOW! 

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

Picture a school without music or art instruction, without math or reading specialists, without STEAM nights or school assemblies… It is a bleak picture. We need YOU to help make our fundraising goals! So, get your friends onboard, buy your tickets and get ready for a night of great fun!
Dine Out For Laurelhurst at Mioposto! All day Tuesday, November 15th, 50% of all the proceeds will go directly to the Laurelhurst PTA! 

Questions?  Contact our team:  Procurement:  Narelle Glynn: [email protected] & Beth Joffe: [email protected]; Co-chairs:  Lisa Coulter: [email protected] & Alyssa
Grundmeyer: [email protected]

News from the Teachers and Administration

Colds and Flu Season Reminders

Happy Fall! We are two months into the school year and already seeing cold symptoms here at school. The health of our students, staff and families depends on every one minimizing the spread of germs. Here are some tips on how to do your part to keep our students healthy and ready to learn:

  • Get the flu shot!!! This is the best protection from influenza.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes; teach children to use a tissue or their elbow.
  • Remind each other to wash hands frequently.
  • Help your family drink lots of water, eat well and get plenty of rest.
  • Keep your student home and away from others if they:
    • Have a fever (100.4+)
    • Are sneezing, coughing, and have a drippy nose. Frequent coughing spells disrupt teaching lessons, the concentration of others in the classroom, and is exhausting to your child. Recovering in the comfort of home is the best for kids.
    • Are otherwise and obviously not feeling well.
  • Have a plan for who will take care for your sick child if you cannot stay home, as we do not have staff or space to take care of sick students at school.

It’s time for Hearing and Vision Screening and Nurse Darci needs Volunteers!!

In an effort to be efficient and have the kids out of class as little as possible, I need the help of some wonderful volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, e-mail Nurse Darci at: [email protected]
(please include which days you would be available)

News from LASER

LASER Family Game Night, Thursday, November 10th 6:30 pm-8 pm
Please join us for LASER Family Game Night!  Play board games and group games with LASER families and staff.  This will be a low-key, fun-filled evening.  Non-LASER siblings and family are welcome!
Games will be provided, but please bring a nut-free snack to share.

For questions and to R.S.V.P please email Robby at [email protected].org.

Day Camp, Friday, November 11th, 7 am to 6 pm
LASER @ Bryant location
$50 per child
Field trip to Lynnwood Bowl & Skate

To sign up, please register online at:

We will also be providing care during the upcoming General PTA meetings on:

  • Monday, November 14th from 6:30 – 9:15pm
  • Monday, January 9th from 6:30 – 9:15pm
  • Monday, March 6th from 6:30 – 9:15pm
  • Monday, May 8th from 6:30 – 9:15pm

The cost is $10 per child.

If you’d like to sign up for care on any of those dates, please register online at:

Early Dismissal, Wednesday, November 16th
LASER will open two hours early on Wednesday afternoon at school dismissal time.  Closing time will still be 6:30 pm.  If you are already signed up for care on Wednesday afternoons, you do not need to sign up for care on these early dismissal days.

Parent Night Out, Friday, November 18th, 6:30 pm to 11 pm
LASER @ Bryant location
$25 per child, $15 for each additional sibling.
Dinner, movie, snack, group game and craft provided.
Minibus transportation is available from Laurelhurst.

To sign up, please register online at:

Thanksgiving Break Day Camp, Monday, November 21st – Wednesday November 23rd, 7 am to 6 pm
LASER @ Bryant location
$50 per child per day
Field trips to Family Fun Center, Mountlake Terrace Pool & Woodland Park Zoo

To sign up, please register online at:

Questions? please email [email protected] or call (206) 523-3123

Have a wonderful day!

LASER Childcare
LASER is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

News from the Community

Thanksgiving Break Art Classes @ Wunderkind

Squirrelly Workshop will be hosting surprise holiday gift making classes over the Thanksgiving break at Wunderkind.  Morning, afternoon, or full-day sessions will be offered between 10 AM and 3:30 PM on Monday, 11/21 and Tuesday, 11/22.  Each of these gift making classes will be unique, so children may attend just one class, or all four!  Kids will create at least two or three special gifts in each session, wrapped and ready to give.  From drawing and painting to textile arts and block printing, we will get messy, explore multiple art forms, build self-esteem, and experience the joy of holiday gift giving.  Each class is $60, or bring lunch and stay for the full day for $110.  

Visit to register.

JazzED Introductory Ensemble

Is your child new to school band? Have they dabbled in church music, piano lessons or drumming?  Your child can start their musical future with a solid foundation in the award-winning JazzED Introductory Ensemble! As you know, music equips students with 21st century skills for lifelong success. But most importantly…it’s fun! After-school rehearsals and small group lessons, November-May 2017. Scholarships are easy to get. Payment plans available to every family. Get info and registration link at or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).  Seattle JazzED Intro Ensemble – enrolling grades 4 & 5 now!

Creative Coding for Kids Camps

At our All-Day Camps, beginner and advanced students increase their coding and problem solving skills by creating games and animations while having a bunch of fun with old and new friends. Your students will love being able to spend the day building and creating, and our all-day program will give you peace of mind knowing your children are in a safe, enriching environment on their days off from school.

Dates:  Thanksgiving Break – November 21, 22, 23
Winter Break – December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Sign up for one day or as many as you’d like!

Times: Drop-off: 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Pick-up: 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
(Class itself runs from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Two Locations:
Seattle Mountaineers Club in Magnuson Park:
7700 Sand Point Way NE  Seattle, WA 98115

The Good Shepherd Center at Meridian Park in Wallingford:
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N   Seattle, WA 98103

Cost: EARLY BIRD PRICING – $135 per day

** Extended Care is available for $20 a hour with 3 days notice.**

For more details and to register your child, please visit our website at  Then forward the link to your kids’ friends so they can get in on the fun!

Roosevelt Area Select Veterans Day Basketball Camp FRIDAY, NOV. 11th

Come join the Roosevelt Area Select staff in a 1-day skills and scrimmage camp, Nov. 11th from 9:30am-2:30pm at Calvary Christian Church.  The camp is open for boys and girls 3rd-8th grade.  Camp fee is $100 and you can register at .   For more info or questions regarding the camp, please contact Chase Young at 206-930-7975 or [email protected]

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PTA Newsletter Team

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

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