Laurelhurst PTA News for September 28, 2015

Laurelhurst PTA News
September 28, 2015
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Calendar & School Day Changes/Updates
GRADES 3-5 BRING HELMETS for PE this week!
Curriculum Night Agenda
6:30-6:40 principal speaks (cafeteria)
6:45-7:20 classrooms for teacher presentations*
7:25-8:00 classrooms for teacher presentations*
*All teachers will present twice so you can choose which session to attend.
Be ready to sign up for parent teacher conferences (Thanksgiving week).
Principal’s Monthly Chat – 9/28 cancelled, new date Tues 9/29
PTA Board Meeting – 9/29 cancelled
SCHOOL STRIKE MAKE UP DAYS – there WILL be school on these days
(LASER care as normal)
– Professional Development Day Oct 9
– Snow Day Jan 29 & Jun 24
– Mid-Winter Break Days Feb 17 thru Feb 19

Upcoming Events
9/28, Mon – 6:30pm to 8:30pm, CURRICULUM NIGHT (no kids)
9/29, Tues – 9:40am, Principal’s Monthly Chat (in library)
9/29, Tues – 6:30pm, SPS Levies 2016 Community Meeting (Roosevelt HS)
9/30, Wed – 8am departure, 5th Grade Camp
10/1, Thurs – Walk to School Month begins
10/1, Thurs – PTA Direct Give Campaign begins
10/1, Thurs – 6:30pm to 7:15pm, SPS Boundaries &
Student Assignment Plan Updates Meeting (Thornton Creek Elem)
10/2, Fri – Reflections Art Contest Sign Ups Due
Packet Pick-up – Oct 5 to 9
Deadline for Submissions – Oct 30
Celebration – Nov 17
10/2, Fri – 3:40pm, Give, Get, Groove Bake Sale (north playground)
10/5, Mon – 6:30pm to 7:30pm, SPS Bell Times Analysis Meeting
(Jane Addams Middle School)
10/6, Tues – 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Parent University (begin in cafeteria)
10/13, Tues – 6pm to 7:30pm, Watch DOGS Dads & Kids* Pizza Night
*special presentation for kids (begins in cafeteria)
10/14, Wed – 6pm to 8pm, PTA All-School Spaghetti Dinner & Bingo Event*
*PTA board meeting
10/22, Thurs – School Picture Day
10/23, Fri – 5pm to 8pm, Kids Carnival
10/27, Tues – 9:40am, Principal’s Monthly Chat (in library)
10/27, Tues – 6:30pm, PTA Board Meeting (in library)
10/28, Wed – 1:40 Early Dismissal, Staff Professional Development
10/30, Fri – 2:40pm, Halloween Parade & classroom parties

Cafeteria Calendar

Parents Needed

Parent Volunteers for Lunch and Recess
We really need help with playground and lunchroom supervision. If you can volunteer, please contact Head Teacher Ed Roos, [email protected], or your Room Parent.
Lunch Periods:
K & 5th 12:00-12:20
3rd & 4th 12:20-12:40
1st & 2nd 12:40-1:00

Volunteers for Walktober and Bike to School Month
Volunteers needed to work with Steve Clark and Tracy Bradley and join the Safe and Active Routes team for Walktober and Bike to School Month and as leaders of these popular events next school year. Please contact Steve, [email protected]

Parents needed for interviewing new teachers for our school
Dr. Talbot is currently searching for new teachers. The next teacher interview is scheduled for Wed, Oct 7, 4:30-7:30. If you are trained to be on the interview team, please contact Dr. Talbot at [email protected] If you are not trained, but would like to be, the next training sessions are listed here. Please go to to find out what you need to do.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – Auditorium
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Room 2700
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 – Room 2700
Thursday, January 7, 2016 – Auditorium

Tutors (paid!)
Laurelhurst Elementary needs tutors! This is a paid position and has very flexible hours anywhere from 9-19 hours per week, depending on personal schedule. You don’t need to have prior experience. If you are interested, please contact Ed Roos, [email protected]

Reflections Student Art Contest during Creative Workshop
Students will have the opportunity to explore ideas about this year’s program theme, ‘Let Your Imagination Fly’ with the one and only Mr. Brown during their classroom Library time. There will be a worksheet available for their use to support them in organizing their thoughts and exploring ways they might express themselves. If you would like to assist in your child’s class during this library time please contact Ann Buratto at [email protected]
Volunteers for Various PTA events
If you’d like to volunteer, we are sure to have something for you. Please email us at [email protected]
News from around the PTA
DIRECT GIVE starts Thursday, October 1st
Get Ready, Get Set… Go! Look for the Direct Give packet coming home in your child’s backpack on Wednesday, September 30. The Direct Give is Laurelhurst PTA’s simple, fast, efficient fall fundraiser where 100% of the money raised goes directly to the PTA for the benefit of our students. The funds make possible enrichment programs such as Art Explorers, Kim Newall art, instrumental & vocal music, field trips, tutors, Classic Books, supplies and so much more!

Look for these Direct Give highlights:
** Kick Off bake sale event on North Playground after school this Friday, 10/2. Give, Get, Groove! If you Give us your red envelope, you Get a free treat and we can all Groove to party tunes. No red envelope is fine too, you simply pay $1.00 for your treat.
** Once again, the grade with the most red donation envelopes returned by the last day, wins a Pizza Party and extra recess!
** Drawing for Candy Corn Family at Kid Carnival from all envelopes returned by Friday, October 9th.
** Matching Mondays! Thanks to generous Laurelhurst families, you can double your donation by giving online on Monday, 10/5 and Monday, 10/12.
** New “Grandparent Day” and “Neighbor Day” when you will receive email blasts that can easily be forwarded to these special people who care about Laurelhurst!

Direct Give is ONLY TWO WEEKS this year: October 1st-16th. Let’s all rally and show support for our students and school. Your donation – big or small – will allow the PTA to continue exciting enrichment programs at Laurelhurst.

2016 PTA Auction Date
The PTA Auction will be Friday, March 18th at Husky Stadium, Club Husky

Unclaimed Auction Items
If you have not claimed an item or if you are hosting a party and have not yet been contacted to arrange it, please contact Mimi Sternberg at [email protected] She will help you navigate the next steps.

Thank you once again for supporting our team. Looking forward to another amazing auction in March!


Laurelhurst Elementary Enrichment Classes (LEECs)
This year classes in the Fall include yoga, sewing, basketball, tennis, golf, legos, languages, etc. Classes will start October 5th and run until December 18th. Click here ( for the full class guide.

To register for a class, please complete both pages of the Registration Form and turn it in along with payment (checks or cash only) to LASER or the Laurelhurst School Office. Sign up is on first-come, first-serve basis and you will receive a confirmation email once your registration has been processed!

2015-16 Reflections

Be part of the PTA’s Reflections Program! Entries from all grades and all abilities welcome.
The theme this year is…

‘Let Your Imagination Fly’
The PTA provides the tools to help make participation in this National PTA and WSPTA Cultural Arts Competition fun and easy for students and parents alike.

Sign-up forms should be returned to the library, packets will be available to be picked up from the library and final artwork will be submitted to the library.

If you have any other questions please contact Ann Buratto at [email protected]
News from the PTA Legislative Chair

Take the 2015 Legislative Issues Survey: The Washington State PTA advocates in Olympia for the well-being and education of all children. The WSPTA wants to hear from you to assist voting delegates who attend Legislative Assembly in Olympia October 24, 2015 in setting the 2015-2016 Legislative Platform. Learn about WSPTA’s top five priority issues. Complete the issues survey. The survey closes October 1, 2015.
Attend the Seattle Council PTSA and the League of Women Voters Seattle School Board Candidate Forum. The details: Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at Seattle First Baptist, 1111 Harvard Avenue. We encourage carpooling. Click here to register, but registration is not required.
Join a new group called Washington’s Paramount Duty (, a grassroots group of concerned citizens and organizations who believe our children have waited long enough for an adequately funded basic education. You can join the group on Facebook, and we are hoping to develop a web page soon for all those non-Facebook fans.

News from SPS

Advanced Learning
Advanced Learning referrals are now available online at The forms can be filled out and submitted online.

Seattle Public Schools to host five community meetings
on the February 2016 Operations Levy and BTA IV Capital Levy
Seattle Public Schools is hosting five community meetings to share information about our upcoming Operations Levy and our Buildings, Technology, Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy which will be submitted to Seattle voters in February 2016. Staff members will present information, ask for comments and answer questions. Please see for more information.

Seattle Public Schools Bell Times Analysis
Seattle Public Schools is hosting five community meetings September 29 to October 5 to share information about the Superintendent’s Final Draft Recommendation on Bell Time Changes. Staff members will present information, answer questions and collect feedback.

At each meeting, the Superintendent’s Final Draft Recommendation will be presented to attendees, after which questions will be taken and feedback collected.

Seattle Public Schools Boundaries & Student Assignment Plan Meeting
The boundary changes being implemented next year are all in West Seattle near Arbor Heights Elementary, which will open in a new building in fall 2016. Boundary and geo-zone changes for the other schools opening in 2016 have already been adjusted.

Additionally, the district is proposing minor revisions to the Student Assignment Plan to streamline and clarify questions that have been raised over the past several years. Revisions include elimination of the distance tiebreaker and other conflicting statements. Once adopted, this will be the final implementation of the Student Assignment Plan. At the meetings, staff members will present information, ask for comments and answer questions.
News from the Teachers / Staff

Instrumental Music
Instrumental music enrollment forms are due back the morning of September 29th. For questions, please email Peter Fleming at [email protected]

Bus Zones
Reminder: Please do not load/unload in the bus zone on 47th. Even if it appears clear, buses come quickly and need that space clear. They are instructed to honk if cars are in their space and there’s been a lot of honking this year. Please follow our load/unload plan as outlined in the first day packet.

Lost and Found
Warm weather always brings lots of additions to the lost and found. The lost and found is located just inside the South Playground doors. We always check for names on items but 90% of the items have no names on them and get donated at the end of each month. The students have a Lost and Found fashion show during lunch as an attempt to get the items back to the rightful owners. BTW, currently we have a very nice skateboard in L&F. If you’re missing a skateboard, please see Mr. Roos.
News from the Community

Roosevelt Area Select Basketball tryouts Oct. 9th and 16th
This basketball feeder program is for 2nd-8th Grade Boys and Girls. For more information and to pre-register visit

After School Art Classes
Red Ochre Art Studio in nearby Magnuson Park offers classes for children in Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Fused Glass, Mosaic and more. Participants enjoy small classes with personal attention in a beautiful new studio. Learn about master artists, develop confidence and practice art techniques with a professional art instructor with over 25 years of experience.
Sandy Bricel Miller

Writing Class at LCC
The Young Writers’ Academy, an after-school enrichment program, teaches creative writing. This fall, we are offering two classes in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation at the Laurelhurst Community Center. We will teach our Scary Stories and Mystery Writing classes on Mondays from October 5 to December 14. Our classes run from 4-6:15pm. For more information, please visit our website, or contact Erin Fried, Executive Director of Old Growth Northwest, [email protected]

News from LASER

Friday, October 16th, Parent Night Out at Bryant! $25 per child, $15 per sibling from 6pm-11pm. Theme: Monster Mash. Arts & crafts, group games, movie, dinner and a costume contest! Sign-up now at any LASER site. Email Robby at [email protected] or call (206)523-3123 for more information.
CANCELLED! Day Camp, Oct. 9th, 7am-6pm. $45 day.

Do you have news to share?
Submissions for the next PTA newsletter due by 10/8/15. 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, Gayle Christensen, Judy Findley, Karina Kunins, & Nella Synge.

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Questions for your PTA Leaders?
Send questions and comments to [email protected]