Laurelhurst PTA News May 15, 2016

Laurelhurst PTA News

May 15, 2016

Important Dates

  • 5/1-5/31 – Bike to School Month
  • 5/18 Wed – 6 pm – Multi-cultural Dinner (in cafeteria) with Acorn Awards at 7:30 pm and PTA meeting to follow
  • 5/21 Sat – 8 am-noon – Grounds Clean Up Work Day
  • 5/30 Mon – Memorial Day (No School)
  • 6/1 Wed – Early Dismissal (1:40 pm)
  • 6/8 Wed – 11am-12 pm 5th grade View Ridge pool party
  • 6/8 Wed – 6:30-8 pm 5th grade graduation
  • 6/10 Fri – 5-8 pm – Ice Cream Social (in cafeteria and South playground)
  • 6/14 Tues – 2:45 pm Spring band and orchestra concert at school assembly (in cafeteria)
  • 6/14 Tues – 7 pm – Spring band and orchestra concert (in the cafeteria)
  • 6/24 Fri – Last Day of School

TBD: Incoming kindergarten picnic (to be rescheduled from 6/1 date)!

News from around the PTA
Multicultural Dinner – May 18th

Make sure not to miss the Multicultural Dinner and Spring Concert coming up on Wednesday May 18th at 6pm! (Remember it’s a POTLUCK so bring along a dish from your culture to share.)

Spring Concert with amazing vocal performances by all grade levels (yes, YOUR kid is performing!), accompanied by the UW Steel Drum Ensemble – conducted by our fabulous music teacher Bethany Grant-Rodriguez.

Schedule for the evening is as follows:

6:00: Doors open for potluck.
6:45pm: PTA Golden Acorn Award announcement.
6:50pm: Begin kids’ Spring Concert.
7:45pm: PTA Meeting.

ACORN award winners will be announced at the PTA meeting. And the nominees are…
Elizabeth Fletcher, Erin Day, Ann Burrato, Wendy Harper, Laura Wright, Cecilia Villasenor, Chrisi Nagle, & Liz Becker

Thanks you, nominees, for all your contributions!

Agenda for 5/18 PTA General Meeting @ 7:30pm in Cafeteria

Summary of PTA parent survey results
~ For survey results, email [email protected] or [email protected]
~ Laurelhurst Learning Task Force on 5/24 6-8pm in cafeteria (mediated session between SPS and parents regarding Laurelhurst learning issues)
~Cohesive community–Theater of Possibility workshop 6/7 6:30-8:30pm

Review and approve 2016-17 budget 
~ For a preliminary look at the proposed 2016-17 budget, please email [email protected] or [email protected]
~ Our 2016-17 budget is  ~$70,000 less than the current 2015-16 budget
– largely due to earlier budget review date, surplus amount has not been finalized and SPS cannot confirm amount, if any, Laurelhurst credit
Major changes from 2015-16 budget listed below:
~ Major reduction in auction budget
~ Smaller reductions throughout STEAM, Literacy Night, Bike/Walk to School Months, Watch Dogs, Science Fair, Reflections, Art Explorers, etc.
~ PTA no longer subsidizing costs for Instrumental Music for 4th/5th graders, 5th Grade Orkila Overnight, or Unicycling
~ All requests for PTA funds can be submitted after surplus has been finalized in late Summer 2016

Review and approve NEW 2016-17 PTA Board members

Learning Challenges at Laurelhurst Elementary
May 24th, 2016: 6 – 8 PM in the Cafeteria

Please join us for a moderated discussion and solutions session regarding the learning challenges facing all our students at Laurelhurst Elementary. Featuring:

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

The format/content of this evening was determined by a taskforce of LES general and special education parents and teachers. We look forward to a productive gathering!

SPS Survey

The PTA wants to remind all families that they should complete the school-district (Seattle Public Schools) survey. We cannot provide the personalized link but you should have received an email on Thursday, April 21, that was sent directly from “Seattle Public Schools”.  Please take a minute to search your inbox for this email and click to complete the survey. Results from this survey are used to guide improvements at the school and district level. All responses are confidential. Family feedback directly to the district is so important to success at our school. Please note that this is separate from our internal school survey sent from the PTA last month.

If you have any questions, feel free to email [email protected]org. For answers to frequently asked questions about the Family Survey, please visit our Family Survey FAQ page. For results of the 2015 Family, Staff, and Student Surveys, please visit our School Climate Surveys webpage.

Graduation – Calling all 4th Grade Parents…Pay it Forward!

We are rapidly approaching the end of the school year.    Before you know it, it will be this time next year and your 5th grader will be in their final days at Laurelhurst Elementary and Graduating!   Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about volunteering to help out on this important day?

We are asking for 4th grade parents to volunteer to facilitate 5th Grade Graduation this year.  The ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 8th from 6:30-8:00pm in the Laurelhurst Cafeteria. We need volunteers to help with setting up, passing out programs, serving refreshments and cleaning up.

Sign up here:

Let Lisa Matthies know if you have any questions at [email protected].

Ice Cream Social News-We Need Your Help

The Ice Cream Social will take place on June 10th from 5-8 p.m.

Please  sign up to volunteer here:

Also please turn in the coloring page that went out last week and keep an eye out for the Donut donation forms that will come out this week. Every donation helps make this event possible.

Backpack Brigade Needs More Donations

Please consider donating some food items to our food collection bin (near front entrance) or writing a check (envelope in office) today. No one, especially children, should have to worry about having enough food on the weekends.

Please note: we deliver to the food bank every Wednesday and our backpacks get delivered back to our school for students to take home every Friday.

The food items in most need are:

  • pop-top cans of soup, stew, beans, tuna, beefaroni, spaghetti-os
  • just add water individual mac&cheese, soup, ramen
  • shelf stable individual milks, or 100% fruit juice

Remember it just takes $25 to provide 4 students with backpacks, so please consider helping. Checks can be made out to “backpack brigade” and please note: “laurelhurst backpacks” on your donation.

A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated!

News from the Teachers & Administration

Recess Help Needed

We need some help with recess supervision from June 10th through June 24th. Our wonderful tutors cover many duties but are done  June 10th. If you are available to help out 10:45-11:00, 12:00-1:00 and/or 2:25-2:35, please contact Ed Roos at [email protected].

Will Your Child Be Returning to Laurelhurst Next Year?

In your Monday Kid-Mail, you will be receiving a pink form asking for you to let us know whether your K-4th grade child(ren) will be returning to Laurelhurst next year. This helps us with our enrollment planning and class placement for next year. Please return the forms as soon as possible, and for sure by the deadline (May 24th). If you have questions, please contact Susan Lundh at 252-5402 or [email protected]

Reminder About Dress Code

Please remember it is against the school dress code for students to wear flip-flops, short-shorts, spaghetti straps or tank tops. We realize that the weather is warm, but we’d appreciate it if you’d make sure they are wearing supportive footwear and are “decently covered” for school.  Thank you for your support!

News and Information from Physical Education:

We are one week into our Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser for the American Heart Association. We have raised over $500 already. The final money collection date is Friday, May 27th. Information went home last Monday. We have set a high goal of $10,000. Last year we raised almost $9500. I had one student give rave reviews for how easy it was to raise money online. It makes the process easier for me to manage as well. All donations will be accepted.

Third through fifth grade have finished up fitness testing for the year. Many students increased their levels of fitness. I will send home parent reports with the final report cards in June.

Calendar planning details:

June 17 at 2:20PM: Staff vs. Student basketball and Unicycle team performance.
Please join us in this fun tradition. The unicycle riders have dedicated a year or more to this performance.

June 23: Field Day and we need Volunteers.
Grades 3-5 will be from 10-11:30am. Primary will be from 1:45-3:15.

I will need at least 2 volunteers from each classroom to help with set up, take down and running field day stations. Thanks for considering helping with the day. Please email me or your student’s teacher and let them know. Parents really do help make this day successful for students.

Thanks and keep jumping!
Mr. Roberts
[email protected]

Spring Band & Orchestra Concert

You are invited to the Laurelhurst Elementary Spring concert! This June, you will have two opportunities to hear the Laurelhurst bands and orchestras show off all of the hard work they have done this year. On June 14th, students will be performing at a school assembly at 2:45, as well as an evening concert at 7:00, both in the Laurelhurst elementary cafeteria. This year’s concert will feature student solos, an original piece by the beginning orchestra, and seventy young musicians in four different ensembles. Thank you for all you do to support the students, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Spring Testing Windows

Our students have been working hard all year and it’s time for them to show what they know. While we may all have our own opinions about these assessments, it’s important that we encourage the students, make sure they get a good night’s sleep, eat well and are here on time during their classroom’s testing schedule. Here are our testing windows for this spring:
·         SBAC for 3rd-5th grades: May 2nd – June 3rd
·         MAP for K-2nd grades: May 11th – June 12th
Please talk to your student or teacher about the exact dates for their class.

News from LASER

Parents Night Out – May 20th 
Friday, May 20th Parent’s Night Out @ Bryant. 6pm-11pm.  Theme: Mad Scientist. Dinner, a movie, group games, and arts and crafts! Sign up at

News from around the District

Key 2016-17 School Calendar Dates

Sept. 7 Start of school
Sept. 28 2-hr early dismissal
Oct. 14 State in-service day (no school)
Oct. 26 2-hr early dismissal
Nov. 11 Veterans Day (no school)
Nov. 16 2-hr early dismissal
Nov. 21-23 Elementary and K-8 parent-teacher conferences (varies by school)
Nov. 24-25 Thanksgiving (no school)
Dec. 19-Dec. 30 Winter break (no school)
Jan. 2 New Year’s Day (no school)
Jan. 3 Back to school after winter break
Jan. 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)
Feb. 1 Day between semesters (no school)
Feb. 20 Presidents’ Day (no school)
Feb. 21-24 Mid-winter break (no school)
Mar. 22 2-hr early dismissal
April 10-14 Spring break (no school)
May 10 2-hr early dismissal
May 29 Memorial Day (no school)
June 23 Last day of school

English Language Arts K-5 Adoption 2016
Upcoming opportunities to review materials to be considered in the K-5 ELA Materials Adoption process:
Seattle Public Schools invites all families, staff and community members to review the instructional materials under consideration for use in K-5 English language arts. This will be the first of two rounds of review. The input provided will help the K-5 ELA Adoption Committee narrow the choice of materials for the second review round and the classroom field test.
Materials may be viewed between May 2 and May 20 by:

  1. Visiting the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence during normal business hours to view the materials in person and fill out a feedback form.
  2.  Accessing and evaluating the materials online. Online access codes and feedback forms will be available on the SPS ELA K-5 Adoption webpage starting May 2.

Kathleen Vasquez, Literacy & Social Studies Program Manager, 252-0234

News from the Community

Northwest Boy Choir

The Northwest Boy Choir is serious fun! Boys entering first through fourth grades in the fall are invited to audition on June 11, or at a time that is convenient for you. The choir celebrates more than 40 years of helping young people discover the joy of singing. Contact 206.524.3234 to schedule your child’s appointment for September enrollment.

Screenagers – June 1st at Eckstein

June 1st at 7pm – Did you know that American teenagers spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on cell phones, computers and other electronic devices? Directed by Dr. Delaney Ruston, a Seattle physician and mother of two, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age delves deep into the science behind screen time to understand how it affects young people’s minds and development, exploring how much screen time is too much and how screen time can affect the self-image and self-control of teenagers. The Eckstein PTSA invites all parents and students (accompanied by an adult) to join us for a FREE showing of this provocative film in the Eckstein Auditorium. The movie is approximately 70 minutes in length.

One on One Seattle Presents…

Summer Camp Series with One on One!
Join us this summer for some excellent camp experiences at your local community center!  One on One has been at the forefront of youth athletic development since 1992.  Our programs focus on teaching the essential motor-skills of sports in the proper progression in a positive and fun environment. We guarantee your child will learn, sweat and HAVE FUN!

We have camps running this summer at the following Community Centers: Meadowbrook, Queen Anne, Laurelhurst, Ravenna, Magnuson

Basketball Camps, Dual-Sport Camps, Soccer Camps, Flag-Football Camps, and Ultimate Frisbee Camp!  Click the link below to check out our entire summer schedule!

LVR Soccer – Fall 2016 Season Registration – May 1st

LVR soccer is a youth recreational soccer club serving Northeast Seattle. Registration for the upcoming fall season begins May 1. Our House League program is specifically designed for kids typically in grades 1-3 and all games are played against other teams in the Club at Eckstein Middle School. Starting in 4th grade at the U10 level, LVR teams participate in the City League program where they compete against other teams from recreational neighborhood clubs around Seattle. To register your son or daughter or learn about coaching or volunteer opportunities, please visit Questions?  Contact Jon Carver at [email protected] or the City League Registrar at [email protected].

Roosevelt Select Basketball Summer Camp!!!

Aug 22nd-25th 9:30am-2:30pm $225/player Register at
Youth Boys and Girls 2nd-8th Grade

TCSP Tennis Camps 

Tennis Center Sand Point is offering tennis camps at two locations to better “serve” you; TCSP & Kellogg Middle School. Our camps focus on tennis skills, athletic skills, and life skills.  All in a fun, positive, upbeat atmosphere. We gladly cater to all ages and ability levels.  Take advantage or our full and half day options to best fit your schedule. Now the ball is in your court…so click the link below and get ready to rally for an awesome Summer!

WISE Camps

WISE camps offer exciting chemistry and math courses in the morning & afternoon in August for students entering grades 3-9 at Newport High School in Bellevue. The science camps are designed to give students hands-on experience with lab equipment and learn basic chemistry (students will learn the chemistry behind fire, tie-dye, color-changing reactions and so much more!!!). The math camps are designed to excite students about advanced topics with tons of hands-on activities! Cost of the camp includes a t-shirt for tie-dying and lunch on campus for those who choose to do full day. Questions?  Contact Mrs. Baker or Mr. Nonis at [email protected].  Register at:

Roosevelt High School Girls Basketball Camp

Join Coaches Jasen and Sara Thomas and Terrance King and the Roughrider Basketball Team for four days of instruction, competition, and camaraderie at the 2016 Roosevelt High School Basketball Camp June 27th- 30th! For girls entering 3-9th grades. Cost: $175 if registered before June 24th.

Attitude, hard work  and teamwork are the core of the Roosevelt Basketball philosophy and the heart of the game.

For more info and to register click here. If you have any questions email: [email protected] 

Roosevelt High School Youth Football Camp

Join RHS head football coach Matt Nelsen, RHS assistant coaches and current RHS players for an exciting week of football. Players will learn strength and conditioning techniques, develop/improve football skills and have fun in a positive, NON-CONTACT environment. This camp will be held at RHS on July 18, 19, 20 & 21 from 10 am – 1 pm. There is no fee to attend, but a suggested donation of $100. Visit OR email [email protected] for more details. This camp is open to grades 3 – 8 (as of 2016/17 school year)

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