Laurelhurst Newsletter- week of October 9th

Laurelhurst PTA News

October 9, 2016

Upcoming Events

  • 10/14, Fri – NO SCHOOL – Teacher Professional Development
  • 10/18 – 20, Usbourne Book Fair, Library
  • 10/19, Wed – PTA All-School Spaghetti Dinner & Bingo, 6-8 p.m., Cafeteria
  • 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, and Parent University, 9:40 a.m., Library
  • 10/28, Fri – Kid’s Carnival, 5-8 p.m., Gym and Cafeteria
  • 10/28, Fri – Deadline for Reflections Art Submissions

News from around the PTA

To all celebrating, have an easy fast this Yom Kippur.Important Reminders:

This Friday, October 14th, is NO SCHOOL Teacher Professional Development. Please note that this date is not listed and should have been in our published school calendar.

New spirit gear items are now on display in the main hall case. Pink and Green neon tees, hoody sweatshirts, and *new* this year: FLANNEL PJ PANTS! Hooray! All items are available in youth and adult sizes. Please look for an order form to come home in kid mail. Additional forms will be available outside the office, and also attached here for printing at home.
Order forms are DUE OCTOBER 19th.

Please contact Katie Watts with any questions, [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”

Walktober is a month long campaign where students commit to walking, biking, scootering, unicycling or riding the bus to school. Any non motorized, active commute to school count. For every mile you walk or bike a pound of pollution is reduced.
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?  

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. Sessions are open to all administrators, certificated and classified employees, as well as parents, students and community representatives. If you know staff or community members who might be interested, please alert them.

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

For more information click here 

Calling All 4th Grade Families! October is your month to donate to our school Backpack Brigade program!

Our donations have been very low this year, we need to pick it up, so please donate. All food and money goes directly back to our own Laurelhurst Community.

Donations bin and information near the front office.

Thank you to everyone who’s donated so far!

For more info click:
For questions, or how you can help, email: [email protected]

In need? For confidential assistance contact: Cheryl Manor at:[email protected]

2016-17 Reflections

Be part of the PTA’s Reflections Program! Entries from all grades and all abilities welcome.

The theme this year is….

 ‘What Is Your Story?’

Deadline for Submissions – October 28
Celebration – November 17

You can also find reminders and updates on the PTA website.

Questions? Contact Ann Buratto at [email protected].

 News from the Auction

Donate, Donate, Donate!

By a wide margin, the most successful auction items come from individual family donations.  As children graduate from Laurelhurst, their families take the auction traditions they’ve instilled along with them.  We are seeking to rejuvenate family donations by gathering items from new entering families and families who’ve not previously donated!

Many great items come from experiences that take advantage of our beautiful environment.

  • Do you own/have access to a boat; could you host a day out on Lake Washington?
  • Do you own/have access to a vacation home?
  • Are you a team ticket holder? Know someone who is?
  • Do you own a house in which you like to host parties, dinners? (Many families join forces to host dinners or parties together.)

Still not sure what to donate?  Stop by the Wish List wall outside the office!

1) Take an item

2) Fill out the form on reverse

3) And drop your form in the blue box on the wall.

Please help us make some new traditions by donating a unique item from your family.

Click here for the Procurement web form

Purchase tickets here

Narelle (206.890.2996) or Beth (773.383.2272)
with any questions

Narelle Glynn & Beth Joffe
PTA Auction Procurement Chairs

News from the Teachers and Administration

Help! We need more pants for boys and t-shirts for girls in the Nurse’s Office – all sizes!

Visit the Usborne Book Fair Next Week, October 18th  20th, Library 

Your child will have the opportunity to visit the fair before school, during their library time, during recess, and after school.

The reason we have the book fair is two fold.

#1, it provides 50% of my annual budget in cash and books along with the budget the PTA provides. Unfortunately the school is unable to provide a library budget so this money is crucial for my program.

#2, the book fair provides hundreds of dollars in books for the teachers and for scholarship students who would not otherwise be able to afford books.

We encourage students to fill out wish lists for books they may want to purchase. These lists go home and parents can decide what if any books will be purchased.

Thank you for your time and please let me know if you have any questions about the book fair.

Tom Brown


[email protected]

Last Thursday Teachers, Parents & Students Demonstrated Support by Wearing RED For Teachers!
Thanks to everyone for showing their support!


Sign up is now available for LASER day camp on Friday, October 14th.  Day Camp will be held at our Bryant location from 7am to 6pm.  We will be going to the pumpkin patch at The Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish.  The cost is $50 per child (which includes the cost of the field trip and transportation).

You do not need to be in the LASER program to sign up, but a child must be between the ages of 5 to 12 years old to attend.  If your child does not attend LASER, there is additional paperwork that must be completed and received before your child may attend camp.

Please drop off children by 10:00 am.  Children should bring a nut-free, non-perishable bag lunch and weather-appropriate clothing.

The deadline to register for camp is Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30 pm. For any desired sign ups after this time, you will need to contact us directly at[email protected].  If space is available, you will be charged $60 per day for camp.  You must cancel by Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30pm or you will be charged for camp.  LASER does not provide refunds for sickness or non-attendance.

If you’d like to sign up, please sign up online at:

News from the Community

Squirrelly Workshop Holiday Gift Making Classes @ Wunderkind
Starting Tuesday, October 18th, Squirrelly Workshop will host Holiday Gift Making classes for elementary and middle-school students at Wunderkind on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30 PM.  Choose one of four fabulous 4-week sessions where your child will be introduced to new art forms and materials, exploring traditions from France to Japan, and mediums from clay to textile to watercolor and more.  Visit for more details and to register.

The Power and Gifts of ADHD; Edward Hallowell Visits Seattle       
Monday, October 17th & 18th! 
Lecture and FREE Resource Fair, 7 to 9pm
The Husky Union Building @ UW

Event Sponsored by Parent Map
Click Here For Lecture Tickets

See below (or click here) for information about “Hallowell Groups” for parents, kids & teens @ the Hallowell Todaro Center in Seattle

The University of Washington Women’s Gymnastics team is having a free Purple and Gold Intrasquad meet on December 5th at 11:00 am for all Seattle public elementary schools!
We would love to have your school at our intrasquad for a fun morning of events! The intrasquad is an opportunity for our gymnasts to prepare for season by showcasing their routines on each event. After their routines, our Gymdawgs will talk about the importance of academics, hand out posters and sign autographs!

The event is free and we will provide free bus and event parking!

Please RSVP your school by October 14th. If you have any further questions please respond to this email or contact head coach, Elise Ray at 443-803-9133.

Go Dawgs!

Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington
The Saturday Program is offered to students who are currently in grades 2-8. These classes are intended to provide students with challenge, inspiration, and fun, in a collaborative, supportive learning environment. During the fall quarter courses will be available in creative writing, poetry, philosophy, biology and astronomy. Registration is now open. Classes begin on Saturday, October 15th and end on December 10th. This program is FREE to any child who receives free or reduced lunch!

Interested families can learn more at our website:

Roosevelt Area Select Basketball Tryouts
Boys and Girls 3rd-8th Grade
Oct. 22nd-23rd (Saturday and Sunday)
Register at

For more info contact Chase Young
206-930-7975 / [email protected]

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

School Day Off Basketball Camp (10/14) @ Meadowbrook CC
Don’t get bored on your day off….GET BETTER
Boys and Girls Ages 6-12, 9AM-3PM, Cost:$60

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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