Laurelhurst PTA News November 1, 2015

Laurelhurst PTA News

November 1, 2015

Important Dates

  • 11/11, Weds – Veteran’s Day – No School
  • 11/17, Tues9:40 am Tea with Talbot
  • 11/17, Tues6:30 to 8 pm, Art Reflections Celebration (in cafeteria)
  • 11/18, Weds – 4:15 Seattle Public Schools Board Meeting
  • 11/23 – 11/27 – Thanksgiving Break, No School 
  • 11/23 – 11/25 – Parent-Teacher conferences
  • 12/1, Tues6:30 PTA Board Meeting (in library) – OPEN TO PUBLIC
  • 12/3, Thurs10-11:15 AM School Tour (meet in library)
  • 12/15, Tues – 9:40 AM Tea with Talbot
  • 12/18, Friday1:45 PM Winter Sing-Along Assembly (in cafeteria)
  • 12/18, Friday2:40 PM EARLY DISMISSAL
  • 12/21-1/1 NO SCHOOL, Winter Break.

News from around the PTA

    New school sweatshirts and tees are here!  Samples are hanging now in the main display case or see picture below.  Order forms came home in Kid Mail on Monday, and will also be available outside of the office.  Additional samples are in the office to compare sizes. Please include cash or check (payable to Laurelhurst Elementary PTA) with your  form. Email Katie Watts with any questions: [email protected]com
  • Attention Committee Chairs! If you would like your group or event featured in the 2015-2016 yearbook, please email Jincey Goggin to reserve your spot. Melanie Johnston and I are starting the process of laying out this year’s book and if you would like your group in the book you must email us no later then November 13th. Also, you are welcome to take your own pictures and submit to the yearbook (more information on that to come) or you can schedule to have a yearbook photographer at your event by emailing [email protected].com or [email protected]m
  • 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]com.
  • Art Explorer News: During November, we’ll learn about Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) who is considered one of the most famous wood block artists of all time.  Born in Tokyo, Japan, Hokusai pushed creative boundaries and inspired the French Impressionist painters with his prints of everyday life. Hokusai is well-known for his series of the 36 Views of Mount Fuji in which he shows his appreciation for nature, playfulness with everyday living and simplicity of lines and color.  This month the kids will make their own “wood-block prints” of Mount Rainier using Styrofoam, rollers and black ink. Please check out the hallway bulletin boards with your children to see the fun results!
  • Newsletter Subscription Reminder: This year, your PTA news will come through this newsletter. Please take a moment to subscribe by clicking HERE, or by emailing [email protected] with your preferred email address as well as first and last name.

PTA Auction

The auction needs YOUR support! Please donate an item or volunteer your time.
Did you know the auction is our biggest fundraiser, bringing in about 70% of the PTA’s operating budget?
We are now looking for Online, Silent and Live Auction items. Do you or someone you know own a business? How about a restaurant, winery or vacation rental? Here’s what we’re looking for…
Great experiences. Winery tours and tastings, trips and vacations, restaurant dinners, neighborhood dinners, kid parties, parent parties, sporting events, cooking classes and spa packages are sure wins. Get creative! These fun experiences are a great way to support our school!
Other big winners. Consider contributing professional services, gift cards, theater or movie tickets, artwork, jewelry or wine. How about a unique talent that you have? Please share it with our community.
Help bring home a big win for our school and our team! DONATE HERE.

It takes a village. Volunteers needed! We need everyone’s help to support the school’s largest fundraiser of the year. Being involved in the auction not only supports our kids, but it’s also a fun way to meet new friends and lend your time and talent to a great cause.
Specific volunteer opportunities are available by clicking here. Go team!

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 [email protected] or (206) 930-5750

School News

School Calendar Updated – MANY Changes!
Our school calendar has had MANY updates since it was printed in August for the school packets. Due to the teacher strike, there are changes to school days that were previously non-school days, and the school year has been lengthened by one day. Also, there have been changes to many other dates throughout the year. Please discard any old calendars and use this revised calendar for accurate dates for events, meetings and school days.

A hard copy (blue) is coming home in kid-mail this week with all students. It is also available on the school website.

School Picture Retake Day, December 10th
School Picture Retake Day will be Thursday, December 10th first thing in the morning on the stage. If your child’s photos need retakes, if they are new or were absent on the original picture day in October, starting at9:30 for until morning recess time will be the time to have their photo taken. All students and staff are photographed regardless of whether you wish to order a portrait package.

We have not yet received the photos to send home. We try to send them home only when it is not raining at dismissal time and will send an announcement out so parents will know to check backpacks right away. If there is an issue with their photos requiring retakes, please keep their class photo, leave the rest of the photos in their picture envelope, write RETAKE in large letters on the package envelope and return it to school. Teachers/office will keep the envelopes together so that on retake day, we know who needs photographing. If you need a picture order envelope, please contact the school office ([email protected]).

School Tours Scheduled For Prospective Parents

We have scheduled the following dates for parents to visit, tour our school and have a Q & A session afterward. It is not just for parents of incoming 2016-17 kindergarteners, it covers all grades. If you have friends and neighbors that might be interested, please tell them about our tours. No reservations necessary.  Adults only, please.
Dec 3 (Wednesday), 10:00 -11:15 a.m.  (Tour #1) – Library
Feb 3 (Wednesday), 10:00 -11:15 a.m.  (Tour #2) – Library

News from around the District

  • Advanced Learning (ALO) Testing News – Save the Date of Saturday, November 14th (if you nominated your child to be tested!). If you submitted referral forms during the September 8-October 8 application period, your Laurelhurst Elementary child will be scheduled for testing by appointment on  Saturday, November 14th at: Cascadia at Lincoln School in Wallingford. Please mark this date on your calendar and save the day for Advanced Learning testing. You will receive a testing appointment time for that day as soon as the scheduling can be accomplished. Please make every effort to keep this appointment, as no rescheduling will be possible until well into the new year. We expect over 5000 applications this year, and there is LIMITED flexibility in scheduling.  Other arrangements will be made for students having an IEP or 504 Plan (as reported on the referral form) requiring accommodations.
  • SPS Upcoming LGBT Dinner
    Seattle Public Schools’ Health Education Office, Office of School Family Partnerships, and Department of Equity and Race invite you to join lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families and friends for dinner and conversation at the Seattle World School the evening of Thursday, Nov. 19.  Dinner and activities are complimentary.

    WHAT: LGBT Dinner
    WHO:  All SPS students, staff and families are welcome
    WHEN: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19
    WHERE: Seattle World School (the old Meany Middle School) lunchroom

    DETAILS: Dinner will be provided.  Craft tables will be available for younger attendees.  Members of the School Board and other district staff will welcome attendees.

    R.S.V.P: This will be a well-attended event, so reserve a space for you and your family today. Please reply to Lisa Love at [email protected] or 206-252-0982 with the number of people in your party by Nov. 18.

News from the Community

  • Seattle University is currently administering the citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Chinese, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
  • Veterans Day Hoop Camp!!! Register today for the Roosevelt Select Veterans Day Basketball Camp from 9:30am-3pm Nov. 11th at Calvary Christian Assembly Church.  Only $65 and space is limited so register today at .  For questions please contact Chase Young at [email protected].
  • Seattle Vikings Rugby Club Open House is November 21 10:30 AM-12 PM, Magnuson Park, Brig. Bldg., garden room. Looking for a great new sport? Try rugby! The Seattle Vikings Rugby Club, Seattle’s largest club, runs youth rugby programs for 8-19 year old boys. The spring season runs February-May and the club practices and plays in nearby Magnuson Park. Rugby is a fast-paced game that focuses on fitness, teamwork and respect for all that participate. The Vikings staff work together with players to provide them with a fun and unique way to learn new skills and keep fit. No experience necessary. Interested kids and players and parents should visit us at E-mail us at [email protected] with any questions.

News from LASER

  • Our LASER Clubs are off to a great start. This year’s clubs include:
    • Tuesday: Art Club with Tara
    • Wednesday: STEM Club with Jacqueline and Phillip
    • Thursday: Community Service and Leadership Club with Anahi
    • Friday: Cooking Club with David
  • Veterans Day Camp. Registration is now open for Day Camp on Wednesday, November 11th at LASER @ Sand Point.   Day Camp hours are 7 am to 6 pm and is open to all children ages 5 to 12.  The cost for camp is $45 per child. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; so register soon as space is limited. To sign up for Camp, please register online at When creating your tickets, please enter your child’s information when prompted.  You must reserve a ticket for each child that plans to attend camp; if you have more than one child, you can adjust the quantity on the order form. Once registration is complete, you should receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any other questions, please email [email protected] [email protected], or call him at (206) 523-3123.
  • Friday, November 13th, Parent Night Out at Bryant!  $25 per child, $15 per sibling. 6pm-11pm.  Theme: Fall Fun. Arts & crafts, group games, dinner and a movie! Sign-up now at any LASER site.  Email Robby at [email protected] or call (206)523-3123 for more information.
  • Multi-Cultural Potluck Dinner! Thursday, November 19th. Bring your favorite family dish and get to know your fellow LASER families and LASER Staff! 6:00pm-7:30pm

Do you have news to share?

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

PTA Newsletter Team

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

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