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. Information from the last meeting available on the PTA website. We look forward to a productive gathering!
Ice Cream Social – Volunteers Needed
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.
Congratulations to the new PTA Board members!
voted in at the 5/18/16 meeting
Co-President – Liza Luboff
VP Communications / Newsletter – Karina Kunins
VP Communications / Secretary – Kathy Thomas
VP Treasurer – Nicole Dresser
VP Buildings & Grounds – Mary Louis & Nickole Newell
VP School Services – Mondie Peterson
VP Supportive Education – Elizabeth Fletcher (bravo – 3rd year!)
VP Ways & Means – Jacque Klug
Staff Representatives – Laura Tutt & Lynne Carroll
LASER Liaison – Gayle Christensen
Legislative Liaison – Kris Faucett (bravo – 3rd year!)
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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4ea8ae2fa75-calling
Let Lisa Matthies know if you have any questions at [email protected].
Be Part of Building a more Cohesive Community-June 7th 6:30-8:30pm
Theatre of Possibility Workshop for ALL parents in our Laurelhurst Community
Our school is facing challenging issues regarding capacity and successful integration of different student populations within the school. Concerns have been raised from some parents about fairness in discipline and secondary trauma resulting from behavioral issues, while concerns have been raised from other parents about feeling unwelcome.
The Theatre of Possibility (TOP) workshop for parents aims to provide a safe, compassionate format where everyone feels empowered to share their truths without fear of judgment or criticism. The workshop will follow a planned structure, including ice breaker activities, small group imaging exercises, and role play/problem solving activities, using applied theater techniques.
The purpose of the workshop is to stimulate, in a fun and interactive manner, healthy exploration and visioning of what it takes to become one community. These techniques, adapted from Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, have been used around the world for conflict resolution and community building. The application of these theater techniques allows us to move beyond mere dialogue and debate to building compassion and mutual understanding. By fostering connections and novel thinking, this process can be a valuable precursor to pragmatic problem-solving.
While participation is strongly encouraged, we can accommodate those who are unable to join in physical exercises or prefer to just observe. Please email Aimee Horn at [email protected] to reserve your spot.
Please return your instrumental music commitment form + $150 payment to the office by June 10. The instruments are viola, violin, bass, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone. If you are a current 4th or 5th grade instrumental music program student, please make sure the current program fee ($100) is also paid before the June 10 deadline. You will not be able to participate in instrumental music next year if you have not paid this year. For questions or scholarship requests, contact Judy Findley, [email protected]com.
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!