Laurelhurst PTA News January 3, 2016

Laurelhurst PTA News

January 3, 2016

Important Dates

  • 1/4 Mon – SCHOOL RESUMES
  • 1/12 Tues – 6:30pm PTA Board Meeting (in library; open to the public)
  • 1/13 Wed – 1:40pm EARLY DISMISSAL
  • 1/15 Fri – 2:40pm Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly (in cafeteria)
  • 1/18 Mon – NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 1/20 Wed – 6:30-7:30pm – STEAM Night
  • 1/26 Thurs – 9:40am – Principal’s Monthly Chat (in library)
  • 2/2 Tues – 10:00-11:15am – School Tour
  • 2/3 Wed – 6:30-9:00pm – All School Dance (in cafeteria)
  • 2/9 Tues – 2:30pm – Winter Music Concert Assembly
  • 2/15-2/16 – NO SCHOOL – President’s Day & Mid-Winter Break Day
  • 2/23 Tues – 6:30pm – PTA General Meeting (in library)
  • 2/25 Thurs – 6:00-8:00pm – Literacy Night (in cafeteria)

News from around the PTA

Reflections 2015-16 “Let Your Imagination Fly”

Here is what you’ve all been waiting for —the results of the Seattle Council PTSA Reflections contest!

The Seattle Council PTSA selected 37 pieces (“Finalists”) that will be advancing to state and 43 additional pieces that are honored with an “Honorable Mention” but do not advance to state. The awards ceremony was held Sunday, January 3 at the Seattle Center Armory, honoring all participants and highlighting honorable mention and finalist recipients. Of our 18 submittals, 6 are finalists and 7 received honorable mention and 2 received very positive comments from the judges. Our kids are AMAZING!!!

All Laurelhurst art that was not pick up by families will be distributed to your child’s classroom and sent home with your child this week. So keep your eyes open!

Questions?  Contact Ann Buratto at [email protected]

Lily E. D., 4th grade, Intermediate
Patrick T., 2nd grade, Primary

Steiger D., 4th grade, Intermediate

Devan H., 4th grade, Intermediate – Judge’s Comment:  Gorgeous photo!
Caroline B., 3rd grade, Intermediate – Judge’s Comment:  Softness adds imaginative feel.
Graham F., 1st grade, Primary – Judge’s Comment:  Striking image! Love the yellow line!

Honorable Mention
Isabel K., 2nd grade, Primary
Eli S., 1st grade, Primary
Wyatt K., 2nd grade, Primary

Marcus G., 1st grade, Primary – Judges Comment:  Nice haiku.

Lux S., 5th grade, Intermediate

Dell G., 1st grade, Primary

Gregory W., 2nd, Primary

Positive Judges Comments
Ava B., 4th grade, Intermediate – Judges Comment:  Good use of sound in this poem.

Josie P., 4th grade, Intermediate – Judges Comment:  I loved your piece, it was very strong conceptually.  Keep up the avant-garde thinking!

February is Literacy Month!
February is a wonderful time for reading at Laurelhurst Elementary! There are many activities throughout the month. The highlight will be our Literacy Night Book Swap and Presentation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Thursday, February 25th, 2016. This delightful comedy is accessible to young and old alike and will be performed by GreenStage. More details to follow. If you are interested in helping with Literacy Month, please contact Beth Cogan at [email protected] or 206-250-9559.

BEX Levy Committee
Laurelhurst Elementary’s population is growing and we need the building to grow too! Ann Buratto and Beth Cogan are leading a committee to help advocate for funds from an upcoming BEX Levy to be applied to a remodel and expansion of Laurelhurst Elementary School. Actually work on our building would begin years from now, but in order for it to happen, we need to petition now! If you would like to join this committee, please contact Beth Cogan at [email protected] or 206-250-9559.


PTA Backpack Brigade – Beginning January 2016
Do you know that there are over 3,000 homeless students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools this year? Those students who are homeless will likely come to school Monday morning feeling tired and hungry because they haven’t had enough food to eat over the weekend.

The Laurelhurst PTA is teaming up with the Backpack Brigade to help students in our own school community as well as adopting a sister school, Dunlap, which has 57 homeless students this year.

In partnership with the Backpack Brigade and the YWCA Central District, we will help provide 25 backpacks for students to take home on the weekends. There will be 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, snacks and 2 dinners in each backpack. To accomplish this, we will host a food drive every week, per grade level at Laurelhurst. More info to come…

Some of the items that we are looking for are as follows (items need to be “pop tops”, or easy to open).

“Main” meals, such as:
mac and cheese cups
tuna fish packs

Breakfasts, such as:
instant oatmeal
individual cereal cups

Snacks, such as:
granola bars
fruit cups
fruit snacks

Drinks, such as:
shelf-stable milk

Contact Karina Kunins, [email protected], for more info, or if you’d like to help out.

Two 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, if you have field trip pictures from Ms. Bonn’s class. Just locate the Bonn folder and upload your pictures. If the picture also includes children from the other first grade classes, choose the First Grade folder. Examples of other folders include Halloween, Safety Patrol, Watch Dogs, etc. Please limit your uploads to your best and favorite pictures.

Also new this year is ONLINE ORDERING! You can order your yearbook directly through the app or the web. More information on this to come.
Any questions please email Jincey at [email protected] or Melanie at [email protected].

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 available here or outside the main office all year long, 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].

PTA Auction

Please consider grabbing a friend to host a party or donate tickets to a sporting event or cultural center. Have a nice bottle of wine? Donate to our special wine package. Own a business? Donate services or a gift card. Do your part to bring home a big win for the home team! DONATE HERE

News from Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation

Join Friends of Laurelhurst – Make a Lasting Difference For Your Kids and THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

The Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation is a nonprofit community group dedicated to the establishment of a $1 million endowment for the benefit of Laurelhurst Elementary School children. Our 545 Campaign challenges families to contribute $500 annually for 5 years to enable the Foundation to achieve this goal. To date we have raised $850,000 and distributed $150,000 to the school. We hold several social events and every spring, the Foundation celebrates its 545 Donors with a special evening of complimentary wine tasting and dinner at the charming and delightful JM Cellars in Woodinville.

We are looking to expand membership and to fill several important leadership positions. Please contact Jessica Curtis at or (206) 930-5750

News from the Teachers

Donate Your “Gently Used” Books to Laurelhurst

Laurelhurst Teachers would like to expand their student libraries.  Are you looking for a place to donate books your children have outgrown?  We are looking for high quality books that have been “gently used” to supplement leveled libraries.  Also, Sound Partners still needs sets of Bob Books.  If your children are finished with them, consider giving them to us!

Please NO preK books.  Also, we do not need Captain Underpants, scary books, or generally inappropriate books.  Please do send early elementary or chapter books. If you want to send them, please bring them in a bag, or box, to Reading Teacher Ellen Reid’s room 12.5 (near the elevator, upstairs) who will level and distribute them.  Thanks!Questions?  Call or email Ellen Reid 206-252-5420 or [email protected]

News from the District

Inclement Weather
From time to time, our normal operating hours or transportation services may be adjusted due to ice or snow. If inclement weather makes a schedule change necessary, the decision will be communicated through the following methods:
Seattle Public Schools’ district and school websites
• Automated phone calls or email messages from the district to parents or guardians
The district’s Twitter page
• Local media outlets

Options for Schedule Changes
–Full-day school cancellation/closing
: Students should not report to school. No preschool or head start classes.
–Early dismissal: If the decision is made to dismiss schools early, the district will notify parents or guardians of the early release using School Messenger automated calls.
–Delayed school opening with regular bus routes: Two-hour late start with buses operating on regular routes. No door-to-door transportation service. No preschool or head start classes.
As an example, if your student has a scheduled pick-up time of 7 a.m., you can expect the bus to arrive at approximately 9 a.m.
–Delayed school opening with snow route service: Two-hour late start with buses operating on snow routes*. No preschool or head start classes.
*When buses operate on snow routes, SPS buses travel exclusively on roads that are maintained by the City of Seattle and receive snow removal. The stop location and time differs from normal bus assignment.
For those students who use King County’s Metro bus service for school transportation, please visit the Metro online guide for their emergency ice and snow schedule.

Family Preparation for Inclement Weather
It is the responsibility of each family to have an inclement weather plan in place that can be put into action on short notice. We ask that you make sure your children have an alternate place to stay if you must be at work on a day when school has been delayed or canceled.
Please ensure that a neighbor, family member or center is able to care for or receive students, and please instruct students to report directly home or to their established care center immediately on arrival in the evening.

Winter Safety Tips for Students Walking to School or ​Bus Stop
–Students should allow extra time to get to their school or bus stop in the morning. Arrival at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled pickup time is recommended.
–Bright clothing will make students more visible for bus drivers and other motorists, especially in the early morning and late evening. Warm clothing is also recommended as transportation delays may occur.
–Please walk with young children to their school or bus stop; older children should walk in groups. The location of a student’s bus stop may be different from their normal stop location if the district is operating on snow routes.
–Pedestrian travel should be done on sidewalks or a safe walking path.
–When there is no sidewalk and you have to walk on the road, be sure to walk facing traffic.
–Walk across a street at corners, use crosswalks whenever possible.
–When crossing a street, look left, right and left.
–Listen for the sound of car motors, sirens, horns or emergency announcements before stepping into the street. For more information, visit our Inclement Weather Transportation Plan webpage.

News from the Community

Laurelhurst Community Center Pee Wee Basketball (ages 4-7)
The Laurelhurst Community Center is proud to announce that, after many requests from the community to expand our basketball program to younger kids, we are now offering a new PEE WEE Basketball League for ages 4-7 years. This league is a great way to introduce young players to basketball in a non-competitive atmosphere where playing, learning and having fun are most important!

Participants are divided into teams according to age groups. Volunteer coaches encourage the basics of the sport and team work. Each participant receives a team t-shirt. Practice and game times vary and are played back to back on Saturdays at Laurelhurst Elementary School gym. Practice will be 30 minutes, followed by a 30 minute game. Specific practice and game time TBD.  Season runs 1/9-2/27.

Volunteer Coaches Needed! If you are interested in coaching, please contact the community center front desk at 206-684-7529 or email [email protected].

To Register: Call 206-684-7529 or come into Laurelhurst Community Center at 4554 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105. You can also register online at Use barcodes  #142928 4-5 years and #142929 6-7 year olds.

Advanced LEGO Building Course @ Wunderkind
Lucas Bonnema (A.K.A. “LEGO Lucas”) from Fun Assembly Required is starting a new 6-week Advanced LEGO Building Course at Wunderkind on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00pm for ages 7 and up.  The course includes 6 classes that start Wednesday, January 6th and end Wednesday, February 10th. Registration is $72 per student which is due at the time of registration. Email [email protected] to register or request additional information.

Soccer Camp for Girls Ages 4-8
Some seniors from Nathan Hale High School are teaching young girls (ages 4-8) new soccer skills while incorporating confidence building skills as part of their senior project. Hosts: Elizabeth Han and Paige Curtis. Sessions will be every Thursday in January, starting 1/7/16. 4:30-5:30pm. Magnuson Arena Sports. Meet in the lobby at 4:20pm. Email with your interest: [email protected]

Do You Have News to Share?

Submissions for the next PTA newsletter due Friday at Noon. Email submissions to [email protected]

PTA Newsletter Team

Mindy Iwen, Gayle Christensen, Judy Findley, Karina Kunins, & Nella Synge.

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