Laurelhurst Newsletter – week of October 24th

Laurelhurst PTA News

October 23, 2016

Upcoming Events

  • 10/25, Tues – Watch D.O.G.S. Dads & Kids Pizza Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cafeteria
  • 10/26, Wed – 1:45 p.m. EARLY DISMISSAL, Staff Professional Development
  • 10/27, Thurs – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 a.m., Library
  • 10/27, Thurs – Parent University, 6-8 p.m.
  • 10/28, Fri – Kids’ Carnival, 5-8 p.m., Gym and Cafeteria
  • 10/28, Fri – Deadline for Reflections Art Submissions
  • 10/31, Mon – Halloween Parade and classroom parties, 2:40 p.m.
  • 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

Important Reminder:

  • 2 hour Early Dismissal – Wednesday, October 26th at 1:45 p.m.

October 27th, from 6 to 8 p.m. we will be offering Parent University

This is an opportunity to learn about many topics that might be of interest to Laurelhurst parents, including:

  • Dr. Stephanie King talking about special education
  • Peter Klein describing the SBA test, including showing parents sample tests and questions and helping parents sign up for schoology pages
  • Cheryl Manor discussing Charters and how to make them in a family
  • Lisa Busalacchi talking about Math games families can play at home
  • Annika Shore presenting information about sex education and strategies for talking to children in age-appropriate ways about sex
  • Megan Reinmann presenting information about executive functioning and the way children’s brains develop
  • Ellen Reid discussing reading development and the way children develop reading skills
  • Reema Ziadeh helping families prepare for the transition to middle school

Please join us! We hope to see you there!

Don’t Miss the Spook-tacular FUN!
Kids’ Carnival is this Friday, October 28th from 5-8 p.m. 

In order for Kids’ Carnival to be a success, we need many parent volunteers! If you’re planning to attend the carnival anyway, please consider helping out and signing up for a time-slot. (Scroll down to find our booth)

Thanks again for helping to make this a success!

Some highlights:
– Make sure to check out our new exciting booth this year (in room 9), Pet-a-Bunny, with live bunnies that the children can hold and pet
– wax hands and frisbee paint
– carnival games

Contact Sara Weitholter ([email protected]), Desiree Jordaan ([email protected]), or Jennifer Lindsey ([email protected]) with any questions.

Math Challenge Update: Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Math Challenge. We had fabulous participation and our students did fantastic work!

Congratulations to our winners of the first Math Challenge! All of our winners received prizes thanks to the generousity of the Laurelhurst PTA and local business Math N Stuff,

Grade Leaders
K Axel Deng-Ling
1 Leo Zhang
2 Perrie Ausk
3 Anna Zommers
4 Sirada Thepaksorn **School Leader
5 Steiger Dodge

Particpation Winner
K-1 Ella Wobbrock
2-3 Alice Aronchick
4-5 Charlotte Swapp

Here is the link to the Laurelhurst Elementary Math Challenge Page…  

Math Challenge 2 Papers are due tomorrow October 24th and the third Math Challenge will be posted on the above website on October 28th In order for students to be considered for prizes, their papers will need to be turned into the red box by the front office by 4 PM on the deadline date. Prizes will be distributed at lunch on the Wed following the deadline.

If there are any questions, please let me know! [email protected]

Art Explores: Monet in the Spot Light

Art Explorers are kicking off this month with the children learning about the famous French artist, Claude Monet.  Parents from your child’s classroom will be coming in to present a power point and an art project into your child’s classroom. Watch the hallways come alive with water lilies inspired by the French artist Claude Monet.  If you would like to help in your child’s classroom, please let us know.  Thank you!
Laura Wright – [email protected]
Summer Carlton – [email protected]

October is Walk to School Month, aka. “Walktober”

One more week till the end of October! Get your calendars ready to turn in!

A tracking calendar was sent home and extra copies can be picked up at school.

Parents needed: Are you interested in serving on a hiring committee?  

The PTA and Dr. Talbot are compiling a list of names of all parents who have had the required training thru SPS, and are ready to participate in interview teams.

If you have had training completed, please email Laurelhurst PTA secretary – Kathy Thomas: [email protected] with your name and your contact information – email and phone number.

This information will be forwarded to Dr. Talbot, with the goal of having 2 parents on each staff interview team, and a list of parents ready to participate in the process.

If you are interested in serving on an upcoming interview team, but have not yet been trained, please plan to attend one of the Site-Based Interview training sessions. (Please be aware that ALL persons involved in the sitebased interviewing and screening must have attended this training.)

Next Training:  Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Auditorium at John Standford Center

For more information click here 

 News from the Auction


Congratulations to Mindy Iwen and Ben Steele, winners of this week’s KANO Computer Kit raffle!

We are raffling off 2015 KANO Computer Kits for two more weeks to all families that have donated an item(s) to the auction.  To be included in the raffle, submit your donation item via paper form or online: Click here
One entry per item donated; one win per entry.

About KANO Computers
Remaining drawings:

  • Monday, 10/24 – Second drawing (for submissions in by Friday, 10/21)
  • Monday, 11/1 – Third drawing (for submissions in by Friday, 10/28*)

[*Items donated after 10/28 are still welcome, but will not be included in auction catalog.]Thank you for these outstanding donations received this week: 

  • Woodinville wine tour – Julie Church
  • Thrive Art School – one month of free classes
  • 3 nights at Whistler – Natasha and Bill Davis
  • Australian Christmas in July – Narelle and Andrew Glynn

Don’t wait – Buy your tickets today! 

Questions?  Contact our team!

Narelle Glynn: [email protected] & Beth Joffe: [email protected]
Co-chairs:  Lisa Coulter: [email protected] & Alyssa Grundmeyer:[email protected]

News from the Teachers and Administration

More ways to Support the Laurelhurst Library!

Does your child have an upcoming birthday? Is there an upcoming graduation from elementary school? Are there Grandparents that would like to donate?  Please consider supporting the Laurelhurst Library anytime this year by donating a book in your child’s honor.  All you have to do is fill out the form (they are located on the table outside of the office and in the library) and send in $17.  Mr. Brown will purchase a book for your child OR you may purchase the book yourself and bring it in to the library.  A special nameplate will be placed in the book with your child’s name on it and they’ll have the first opportunity to check it out!  Questions? Contact Summer Carlton, [email protected].

Invitation to Share YOUR Musical Expertise with the Laurelhurst Elementary School Community

The Vocal Music Program at Laurelhurst Elementary School is looking for individuals with musical training and/or expertise in various musical traditions who are willing to share their abilities with the students at Laurelhurst Elementary.  Possible opportunities include planning a lesson demonstration (in coordination with the vocal music teacher) to share with one of our music classes or aiding in accompanying a grade level ensembles in one of our school-wide musical performances.  Of particular interest are individuals with expertise or experience with musical styles or traditions that may be less common to our community, though individuals with all manner of experience are desired.  This is a wonderful way to connect to our students and community in a unique, powerful and positive way.

If you are interested, please contact our vocal music teacher Bethany Grant-Rodriguez at[email protected].

Did you know about these online student resources?
Click here for more info on Raz kids, Reflex Math and Typing Agent. Scroll down to see your class login info.

News from LASER

Wednesday, October 26th Early Dismissal
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.

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.

Friday, November 11th Day Camp
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

LASER @ Bryant location
$50 per child
Field trip to Lynnwood Bowl & Skate

To sign up, please register online at:

News from the Community

ATTN: Kindergarten and 1st Grade Parents. There are still spots in the Daisy Girl Scout Troop #40196. We will meet one Friday a month from 4:15-515 PM in Room 9 at Laurelhurst Elementary on the following dates: Oct 28, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 3, Mar 31, May 5, and June 2. There will be supervision in room 9 beginning at 3:45 but official Daisy activities will not begin until 4:15 so girls from other schools can arrive safely!
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Beth Cogan for more information at [email protected] or 206-250-9559 or visit the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Website. You may register directly at the Girl Scouts website .

Dolci Baci Bakery
Artisan Baked Goods by Lisa Busalacchi

The holiday season is right around the corner!  Let us help you take away some of the stress of planning what to bring to family dinners or friendly get-togethers.  We would be happy to provide delicious artisan baked good for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
Look us up on Facebook to see our menu options.

Contact us at [email protected]

8th Annual MONSTER BASH – Fabulous Halloween Fun for the Whole Family!

RAIN or SHINE …Grab your little ghosts and goblins and fly by for a spook-tacular celebration presented by Susannah White’s THREE FEET of SUNSHINE. Come in costume for a hair-raising haunted house, pony rides and pumpkin decorating.  Kids and adults alike will enjoy Dracula’s dance-off, ghoulish games and prizes, creepy crafts, the Phantom Photo Booth, and a crazy costume contest and parade. Plus, don’t miss the Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk, and of course, delicious Halloween Trophy Cupcakes! In celebration of our 8th annual Monster Bash, this year will feature two LIVE performances by Recess Monkey (4pm & 5pm)!  All proceeds from this fun event benefit Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team. Great fun for a great cause!  Bring a new, unused costume for a Seattle Children’s Hospital patient and receive an extra special trick-or-treat!

Date: Saturday, October 29th, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
Location: On the grounds of St. Stephen’s – 4805 NE 45th Street – Seattle, WA 98105 – behind Seattle Children’s Hospital (across from Laurelhurst Park)
Cost: Only a $13 “Fright Fee” for all this FUN!
Contact: or [email protected] or (206) 304-9339
For more information visit THREE FEET of SUNSHINE or check us out on FACEBOOK  or view the Seattle Children’s Website

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

One on One Instructional Basketball League (Grades K-2nd)
Meadowbrook CC (Saturday Mornings) begins November 5th!
– learn to play the One on One way!  weekly fundamental skills stations & scrimmages
– keep your Fall soccer team together for basketball season
– recruit a team of up to 10 players from your school

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

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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