Laurelhurst PTA News March 6, 2016

Laurelhurst PTA News

March 6, 2016

Important Dates

  • 3/8 Tues – 2:40pm – rescheduled Winter Music Concert (in cafeteria)
  • 3/9 Wed – 6:30-7:30pm – STEAM Night (in cafeteria)
  • 3/15 Tues – 9:30am –  Tea with Talbot (in library)
  • 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 Gigantic Thank You to all students, educators, staff and families who participated in Literacy Month Activities.

Congratulations to Mrs. Grant’s class with the most participation in reading logs, to Jake Otake in Ms Carroll’s class for contributing the most swap books, and to Sirada Thepaksorn in Ms. Tutt’s class with the most pages read. Each of these classes celebrated with a cupcake party on Wednesday March 2, Dr. Seuss’s  birthday.

This year we had our first  “Dress as your favorite Literary Character” Day. To name a few, we had several Harry Potters and Hermione Grangers, a Princess in Black, a few Cat in the Hats, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Captain Hook, Long John Silver, Fancy Nancy, Fern and Wilbur, Princess Cimorene, Max the King of the Wild Things, Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion.

A special thank you to the following Iocal merchants who contributed items for raffle and achievement prizes: Safeway, Paint the Town, Elemental Pizza, Chipotle, Third Place Books, Half Price Books, Microsoft a Elliott Bay Books.

If you are interested in co-chairing Literacy Month , please contact Beth Cogan at [email protected].

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.

Time to Purchase your tickets for the Auction!

Online auction closes this week! BID BIG!
Don’t miss the online auction at Tons of great stuff!

Get your tickets for the 2016 Laurelhurst PTA Auction!
The auction is Friday, March 18that Club Husky. 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.

Volunteers needed! The auction team could use a few more parents or staff members to donate a small amount of time at the event to help things run smoothly. Please contact Christine Bagley if you are able to help.

Shop U-Village and support our school!
All day on Thursday, March 10th mention Laurelhurst Elementary and 10-15% of sales go back to the school when you shop at Glassybaby, Evereve & Calypso St Barths. Stop by from 6-8 pm for champagne with neighbors and friends.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 is LIVE!
The online auction is running until March 10th! Don’t miss out on all the great stuff at Get your bids in!

Volunteers needed
Coming to the auction on March 18th (you better be!)?  The auction team could use a few more parents or staff members to donate a small amount of time at the event to help things run smoothly.  Please contact Christine Bagley at [email protected] if you are able to help.

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]

Parents please note that hallways are like a classroom at times because tutoring takes place there. Please move conversations to the entryway or outside.

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

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:

Come see Peter Pan on Friday, March 11th at 7pm and Saturday, March 12th at 2pm and 7pm for the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy some time in Neverland and come support Green Lake Elementary School’s school play, Peter Pan. Performances are at Lincoln Auditorium (4400 Interlake Ave. Wallingford) tickets are by donation at the door ($10 suggested donation). Proceeds go to pay for the production and anything extra goes directly to the general PTA fund for Green Lake Elementary. Come fly away and let your imagination soar at this not to be missed event.

March 23rd Early Release Activity: Fun at the Park!
Calling all Girls! Come join Laurelhurst’s Junior Girl Scout Troop 42762 for a fun, activity filled afternoon.  There will be art projects, crafts, games, and so much more!
When- March 23 from 1:40-4pm
Who– All Girls 2nd-4th grade (space limited to 30 participants)
Where-Laurelhurst Park
Cost- Suggested donation of $25. Your donations will help this troop reach their goal and be able to travel to San Francisco for their special bridging ceremony.

Sign up before March 15th. Questions? Please email Cecilia Villasenor at [email protected] to register for the event and for more information. Thanks for supporting the Girl Scouts!

Buy 1, Get 1 50% off* at Satsuma Kids Shop in Wedgwood AND save 15% off your next birthday party. Visit mention your school.
* 2nd item equal or lesser value.
Satsuma | 8511 35th Ave NE  |

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