Laurelhurst PTA News February 28, 2016

Laurelhurst PTA News

February 28, 2016

Important Dates

  • 3/1 Tues – 9:40am –  Principal’s Monthly Chat (in library)
  • 3/2 Wed – 6:00-7:00pm – Prospective Parent Night (in library)
  • 3/8 Tues – 2:40pm – rescheduled Winter Music Concert (in cafeteria)
  • 3/9 Wed – 6:30-7:30pm – STEAM Night (in cafeteria)
  • 3/18 Fri – 6:00pm –  SCHOOL AUCTION at Club Husky
  • 3/22 – 6:00 – 7:00pm  – Social and Emotional Services at Laurelhurst Elementary
  • 3/23 Wed – 1:40pm – EARLY DISMISSAL Staff Professional Development
  • 3/29 Tues – Principal’s Monthly Chat (in library)
  • 4/6 Wed – 6:00-8:00pm – Aki Kurose Science Fair – Gym
  • 4/11-4/15 – NO SCHOOL – Spring Break

News from around the PTA

Tuesday, March 8 – 2:40
Please join us for the music assembly on March 8 to see student musical performances, as well as dance routines from the All School Dance in February. If you have questions about the dance portion of the assembly, please contact Lisa Matthies at [email protected]

Wednesday, March 9 – 6:30 pm – Building LEGO/Robotics

Learn to solve problems and to build robots with LEGOS! Play Well TEKnologies will help facility this fun night of learning about robotics; while playing with everyone’s favorite toy! This exciting night is sponsored by LASER.

Play Well TEKnologie help kids explore, solve problems, and express themselves through LEGO. Their curriculum is designed by engineers and refined by teachers, but the kids just think it’s fun!

Important Yearbook Information

It is time to order your yearbooks! Do not miss out on the opportunity to buy this year’s book! The children absolutely love them and they are great keepsakes! The cost is only $17 and you can order ONLINE!

Please go to and click Shop Your School. Follow the instructions to place your order. It is as easy as that! No checks to get lost or misplaced forms!
We have a ton of space for candids this year, so please start submitting your photos! We are looking for photos from field trips, assemblies, class parties, playground, special events.
2 New & EASY ways to share your photos with the yearbook staff!!

  1. We now have access to an app that you can get on your phone that will allow you to instantly upload your phone pictures directly to our yearbook. The app is called PICTAVO COMMUNITY and is available through the App Store and Google play.
  2. For the pictures that are stored on your computer, please go to to upload to the yearbook.
**For Both the app and computer, you will have to create an account and provide our school ID.
Our school ID is 58285
Once you are logged in you will see a list of folders. Please choose the folder that matches your picture. For example; You have field trip pictures from Ms. Bonn’s class. Just locate the Bonn folder and upload your pictures. If the picture includes children from the other First Grade classes as well, choose the first grade folder. There are also other categories listed: Halloween, Safety Patrol, Watch Dogs etc… Please limit your uploads to your best and favorite pictures.
Any questions please email Jincey at [email protected] or Melanie at [email protected]m

A huge thank you to Beth Cogan for organizing a great literacy month and literacy night  book swap.

Join our Laurelhurst CSA – And Earn Money for our PTA!   

If you hadn’t had the chance to order from Farmigo (our school’s online marketplace) yet, you have to try it out and take advantage of the generous coupon they have for first time orders — 30% OFF your first order!!!

Remember that not only are you supporting local farms and producers, 10% of all sales also go back to the school as a fundraiser! Since it’s inception in December we’ve raised over $175 for our PTA.

Just click on our school marketplace here: sign-up for a free account, shop the marketplace and use the coupon code Lovelocal at check-out to get 30% off your first order.   Then just stop by the gym anytime between 3:15-4:15 on Wednesdays to pick up your delicious farm fresh food.

News from the Auction!

Get your tickets for the 2016 Laurelhurst PTA Auction!

Purchase tickets for Homecoming, A Night to Remember at

Tickets are $80/person and don’t forget to join us at the pre-game pep rally too! Tickets for the pep rally are $20/person. Child care will be available through LASER 206/240-5358.

Online auction goes LIVE!

Don’t miss the online auction when it opens March 1st at Tons of great stuff!

Wondering what to wear?
Join us on March 13th for an evening with your friends sipping wine and shopping for that perfect auction night dress! Chose from a wonderful selection of dresses, all sizes and decades. Sign up for this party and check out all the sign-up parties at If you have a dress to donate to the fun, please contact Becky Aronchick*All dresses will be cleaned and returned after the auction.

Thank you to Abby Baker at Redfin for the generous donation of the auction bouquets and to NWG Real Estate and Zeeks Pizza for sponsoring the Pep Rally.Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for the 2016 Laurelhurst PTA Auction!

News from LASER

Wednesday, March 9th–  STEAM Night @ Laurelhurst. 6:30pm-7:30pm. LASER is hosting STEAM night. Join us for a fun evening learning about Lego robotics!

Thursday, March 10th– FAMILY CRAFT NIGHT! 6:00pm-7:30pm. Come and join us for snacks plus a wonderful chance to explore fun and exciting arts and crafts with LASER staff!

2 Hour Early Release March 23rd– Early Release at 1:40pm on Wednesday, March 23rd. If you are regularly signed up for LASER we will see you at 1:40pm.

Friday, March 25h– Parent’s Night Out @ Bryant. 6pm-11pm. St. Patrick’s Day Party! Dinner, a movie, group games, and arts and crafts! Sign up at                        

News from the Teachers & Administration

Social and Emotional Services at Laurelhurst Elementary

Please join us for a panel discussion on the Social and Emotional Services at Laurelhurst Elementary (the Special Education program formerly known as SM3 or EBD).

March 22, 2016: 6 – 7 PM in the Cafeteria

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

And Special Guests will be joining us to present information about mental health, disability, and the services we provide at Laurelhurst Elementary.

Submit your questions by March 20th to [email protected]

Wednesday, March 2nd“Dress As Your Favorite Literature Character” Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America. Think of all the possibilities: Junie B. Jones, Harry Potter, Cat in The Hat, The Lorax, Roal Dahl Characters, Oz, , etc. For more ideas, check out ideas on Pinterest. Enjoy!

News from the District

Eckstein 2016 Summer Music Program Registration: Forms are now available for incoming 6th graders.  This program is run by Eckstein’s Band and Orchestra teachers, but because of summer construction, the program will again be held at the Roosevelt High School building at 1410 NE 66th St. 98115.

Registration deadline is June 1. Registration forms are available at

Advanced Learning Update
The Advanced Learning office will notify families (who referred a child by the Oct. 8 deadline) via email about a child’s eligibility as scores are received and processed, late January through February. Families who haven’t received an eligibility email by Feb. 29 should contact Advanced Learning at [email protected] with the subject line “Eligibility Letter.

Enrollment: Families who would like their child to participate in Advanced Learning programs or services in a school other than the attendance-area school should enroll the child during Open Enrollment, Feb. 17 to March 1. Families should submit a School Choice Form during this window even if they have NOT received eligibility results by this time.

Ineligible Students and Appeals: Families who wish to appeal must provide all appeals documents no later than THREE WEEKS from the date of the eligibility email. (We have tightened the appeals window in order to accommodate budget and staffing timelines.)
Eligible Students and Enrollment

o   Highly Capable-eligible students: HC services are guaranteed, either at the attendance-area school or through self-contained classes in the pathway Highly Capable Cohort school. To join the cohort, families should submit a School Choice form during Open Enrollment.

o   Advanced Learning-eligible students: Students may receive advanced work at the attendance-area school or through self-contained or cluster-grouped Spectrum classes, available at designated sites on a space-available basis. Families may submit a School Choice form during Open Enrollment, but a seat is not guaranteed.

K-8 testing continues at least through January, but all families who referred by the Oct. 8 deadline should have received a testing appointment date by now. Those who have not should email [email protected] with the subject line “Winter Testing.”

For details about all of these issues, please see our Advanced Learning Enrollment page and our Advanced Learning Appeals pageStephen Martin, Advanced Learning Supervisor Phone: 252-0882

News from the Community
Seattle Children’s Shave for the Brave:
Will you help raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research? 

In case this is the first you’ve heard of us, Rhys is a 1st grader in Mrs. Bonn’s class. Last year he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) just before spring break. He had not been feeling well for a few months but we never imagined it could be anything as serious as cancer! Since then it’s been like our family has been living in a parallel universe. We never knew that kids could get so many kinds of cancer or that treatment was so intensely miserable. Since Rhys’ diagnosis we’ve heard of about half a dozen kids in our local who have passed away and several others who are now in hospice care. It’s a very sad universe to dwell in. Rhys had to stop school in April to begin intense chemo treatments and just came back this January. He’s now in the maintenance phase, which is a lot less difficult, but still has several years to go before we maybe sigh in relief.
Did you know that only 4% of national cancer funding is dedicated to pediatric cancers? In celebration of Rhys surviving a year of treatment, our family was planning to fundraise for St. Baldricks, an organization dedicated solely to funding pediatric cancer research. Conveniently, Seattle Children’s Hospital is hosting its 2nd annual St. Baldricks Shave for the Brave on Wed, March 16th, from 4-7pm at the Ocean cafeteria (7th floor). They are bringing in professional barbers to do the honors. Do you have what it takes to go bald for kids cancer research?
Rhys has gone bald twice in the past year of treatment but this is his first chance to CHOOSE to go bald. His brother, Kailen, who is in Mr. Pittman’s 4th grade class, shaved last May in a virtual event that raised over $1500! You may have noticed a kid with spiky black hair with an orange ribbon running through it. That’s Kailen’s leukemia awareness ribbon that he wears everyday. He’s said he’ll keep shaving until Rhys is all done with treatment, June 2018!
We’ve got 5 members of our family planning to go bald and raise $1000 each. We’d love for the Laurelhurst school community to join us. Childrens Hospital is right in our backyard and it’s important for our community to be aware of the desperate issues in childhood cancer treatment. There are several ways you can get involved and help us spread the word.
A) Join our team and shave in solidarity. We’ve created a team called Goldmanlocks and Laurelhurst Bears, but it’s no fun with no Laurelhurst Bears. See the link below. Kids and parents are all welcome. No fundraising goal is too small. Just think if we got 50 people to raise just $50 each that would be $2500! Let’s show the medical community what an amazing bunch of kids and families we have in Laurelhurst!
B) Donate if you can’t join us and have spare change. You can find any of us on the team page: Rhys G, Gloria G, Oliver G, Rowan G, and Kailen G.
C) Come out on the day of the event. Our family is planning on arriving around 5pm and we’ll be shaving toward the end–after 6:15pm. Rhys may be helping some other participants go bald. It would really help us to have some familiar and supportive faces around because I have a feeling I’ll be bawling the whole time. It’s been a pretty emotional rollercoaster–just living it everyday and hearing about the hardships of all the other kids and families we know. It would mean so much to us to have our community surrounding us with love.
D) Volunteer for the event. Details can be found at the link below.
We really hope to see you there. Rhys and the Goldmanlocks.
Gloria Tzuang, 206-607-9202, [email protected]. Please contact me with any questions, especially if you need help registering yourself or your child. I’m happy to help.
To find out more, join our team, donate please visit our team web site:

Do you or your kids love swimming or just being wet?  Do they throw balls around your home?  Give water polo a try!  To find out more, please visit There are many options for playing in the greater Seattle area.  Questions?  Contact Sue Schoolcraft at 206-409-9277 or [email protected]

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