Laurelhurst PTA News May 22, 2016

Laurelhurst PTA News

May 22, 2016

Important Dates

  • 5/1-5/31 – Bike to School Month
  • 5/30 Mon – Memorial Day (No School)
  • 6/1 Wed – Early Dismissal (1:40 pm)
  • 6/1 Wed – 6-7 pmIncoming kindergarden picnic
  • 6/7 Tues – 6:30-8:30 pm Theater of Possibility (TOP) Workshop
  • 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)
  • 6/20 Mon – 6:30 PTA Board meeting
  • 6/24 Fri – Last Day of School
News from around the PTA
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:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4babac2aabfa7-2016

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.


Instrumental Music

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!

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]


Attention 4th Grade Parents – 5th Grade Fall Camp Chaperones Needed

As most of you know, our 5th grade students attend outdoor education camp in the fall. Camp dates will be Sept 28 – 30, 2015 (mark your calendars). We will need parents to attend as chaperones. Everyone rides up to the ferry dock on busses, and then a ferry across to Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. A memorable and fun time is had by all! A lottery system will determine which volunteers get to go. Priority is given to moms of girls and dads of boys. Please send me an email if you would like to volunteer so we can enter you in the chaperone lottery. [email protected]seattleschools.org


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

Summer Camp Registration 
Registration is open!  To sign up for summer camp, please turn in a completed contract (below) with a payment for the deposit. Sign up soon as many weeks are already full!

If you are interested in Summer Camp at Sand Point, please clickHERE

If you are interested in Summer Camp at Bryant, please clickHERE.

There are also hard copies of the contract available at LASER.

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

News from the Community

Did You Hit and Run/Witness It?

There was a hit and run to a black Honda CRV out in front of the school last Wednesday, May 18th. Was it you, or were you a witness? Please contact Susan in the office ([email protected]) if you have any information. Thank you.


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. http://www.screenagersmovie.com/

Do You Have News to Share?

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

PTA Newsletter Team

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

Important Links

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Questions for Your PTA Leaders?

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