Laurelhurst PTA News November 29, 2015

Laurelhurst PTA News

November 29, 2015

Important Dates

  • 12/15 Tues – 9:40 AM Tea with Talbot
  • 12/18 Fri – 1:45 PM Winter Sing-Along Assembly (in cafeteria)
  • 12/18 Fri – 2:40 PM EARLY DISMISSAL
  • 12/21-1/1 Winter Break, No School
  • 1/3 Sun – 2-3 PM Reflections Awards Ceremony (Seattle Center Armory)
  • 1/4 Mon – SCHOOL RESUMES
  • 1/12 Tues – 6:30 PM PTA Board Meeting (in library) – OPEN TO PUBLIC
  • 1/13 Wed – 1:40 PM EARLY DISMISSAL
  • 1/18 Mon – Martin Luther King Day, No School


Laurelhurst Elementary Annual All-School Sing
Friday, December 18
1:45pm, in the cafeteria
Featuring all students, all grade levels!
Come join with our school community in this annual school-wide musical gathering.

Early Release Day: Friday, Dec. 18th at 2:40 pm 

News from around the PTA

Backpack Brigade – Beginning January 2016 at Laurelhurst
Do you know that there are over 3K homeless students enrolled in Seattle Public Schools this year? And those students who are homeless will come to school Monday morning feeling tired and hungry because they haven’t had enough food to eat all weekend??

The Laurelhurst PTA has decided to team up with the Backpack Brigade to help students in our own school community as well as adopting a sister school, Dunlap, who has 57 homeless students this year!

At Laurelhurst, we are partnering with the Backpack Brigade and  the YWCA central district to help provide 25 backpacks for students to take home on the weekends. There will be 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, snacks and 2 dinners in each backpack. To accomplish this, we will host a food drive every week, per grade level at Laurelhurst. More info to come…

Some of the items that we are looking for: (items need to be “pop tops”, or easy to open)

We supply 5 “main” meals, such as:

mac and cheese cups
tuna fish packs

We supply 2 breakfasts, such as:

instant oatmeal
individual cereal cups

We supply 2 snacks, such as:

granola bars
fruit cups
fruit snacks


Shelf stable milk

Contact Karina Kunins [email protected], for more info, or if you’d like to help out.



Two 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, if you have field trip pictures from Ms. Bonn’s class. Just locate the Bonn folder and upload your pictures. If the picture also includes children from the other first grade classes, choose the First Grade folder. Examples of other folders include Halloween, Safety Patrol, Watch Dogs, etc. Please limit your uploads to your best and favorite pictures.

Also new this year is ONLINE ORDERING! You can order your yearbook directly through the app or the web. More information on this to come.
Any questions please email Jincey at [email protected] or Melanie at [email protected].


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].
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PTA Auction

Party around the Punch Bowl
Please join us at the home of Claire Andrews on Tuesday, December 15th, for a fun and festive gathering. We’ll toast the holidays and brainstorm some new items for the auction. From football gatherings to margarita mom fiestas, we’re looking for ideas that appeal to guys, gals, couples and families. Bring a friend and your best ideas!
WHEN: Tuesday, December 15th @ 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Claire Andrews’ Home, 4411 43rd Ave NE, 98105
WHY: To toast the season and brainstorm fun auction items.
Please consider grabbing a friend to host a party or donate tickets to a sporting event or cultural center. Have a nice bottle of wine? Donate to our special wine package. Own a business? Donate services or a gift card. Do your part to bring home a big win for the home team! DONATE HERE

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 or (206) 930-5750

News from the School

Giving Wreath
Thank you to everyone who took tags from our Giving Wreath to support some families in our school. The wrapped gifts were due last Friday, December 11th If you haven’t returned yours, please bring it in today, or contact me ASAP so we can problem-solve so we don’t leave a child without a gift.

If the tags were all gone but you wish to support these families, we are still collecting grocery gift cards. QFC/Fred Meyer or Safeway are preferred, as they are in most neighborhoods.

Your participation and support is very much appreciated by these families. Thanks for your generosity!
–Susan Lundh [email protected]org


News from the Teachers

Donate Your “Gently Used” Books to Laurelhurst

Laurelhurst Teachers would like to expand their student libraries.  Are you looking for a place to donate books your children have outgrown?  We are looking for high quality books that have been “gently used” to supplement leveled libraries.  Also, Sound Partners still needs sets of Bob Books.  If your children are finished with them, consider giving them to us!

Please NO preK books.  Also, we do not need Captain Underpants, scary books, or generally inappropriate books.  Please do send early elementary or chapter books. If you want to send them, please bring them in a bag, or box, to Reading Teacher Ellen Reid’s room 12.5 (near the elevator, upstairs) who will level and distribute them.  Thanks!Questions?  Call or email Ellen Reid 206-252-5420 or [email protected]

Counselor’s Corner

Laurelhurst are learning to be UPSTANDER’S. The 5th Grader’s and I led an all-school assembly on what an UPSTANDER is. We taught the school what an Upstander is and what they can do to be an Upstander.
Upstander is: Someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right. Upstander’s stand up for what is right and do their best to help support someone who is being hurt or left out.
Each month we will focus on a quality of an Upstander. For the month of December we will focus on: KINDNESS. How we can as an Upstander be kind to one another.
I encourage you to talk about ways to be an Upstander and share ways that they have been an Upstander!
If you have questions or you would like to help with ways our school community can be Upstanders, please contact me.

Thank you for your support,
Cheryl Manor
Laurelhurst Counselor
[email protected] (206) 252-5435

News from LASER

Winter Break Day Camp – Sign Up Deadline 12/17
Registration is now open for day camp at LASER @ Bryant during Winter Break from Monday, December 21st to Thursday, December 31st.   We will only be having camp at our Bryant location (Sand Point and Laurelhurst will be closed during the break).  Please see the flyer below for the field trip schedule.

To sign up for camp, please register online at
You must cancel by Thursday, December 17th at 6pm or you will be charged for camp.  LASER does not provide refunds for sickness or non-attendance.

News from the District

Roosevelt Unified Robotics Competition
Roosevelt High School Project Unified, and Kings High School Robotics, have partnered for a 6 week Robotics workshop, specifically designed for students with learning exceptionalities.

You are invited to attend Roosevelt’s first annual  Unified Robotics competition on December 16th at 6:30 pm at Roosevelt High School
(1410 NE 66th St., Seattle, WA) Entrance is on the 12th Ave side of the building, next to the parking lot.

Questions? Tom Ledcke, Unified Sports and Drama [email protected]org

Open Houses:
JAMS School Open House/Tour Info

Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) Open House/Tour date for prospective students and parents will be Thursday, February 11th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The school address is: 11051 34th Avenue NE.
For questions, contact Karen Putnam at 252-4500

Eckstein Incoming 6th Grade Information Night – Thursday, February 4th from 6 – 8pm

Parents, guardians, and students of incoming 6th graders are welcome to come to Eckstein to hear about our school, meet staff, tour the building, and learn about activities

Inclement Weather

From time to time, our normal operating hours or transportation services may be adjusted due to ice or snow. If inclement weather makes a schedule change necessary, the decision will be communicated through the following methods:
Seattle Public Schools’ district and school websites
• Automated phone calls or email messages from the district to parents or guardians
The district’s Twitter page
• Local media outlets

Options for Schedule Changes
Full-day school cancellation/closing
: Students should not report to school. No preschool or head start classes.
Early dismissal: If the decision is made to dismiss schools early, the district will notify parents or guardians of the early release using School Messenger automated calls.
Delayed school opening with regular bus routes: Two-hour late start with buses operating on regular routes. No door-to-door transportation service. No preschool or head start classes.
As an example, if your student has a scheduled pick-up time of 7 a.m., you can expect the bus to arrive at approximately 9 a.m.
Delayed school opening with snow route service: Two-hour late start with buses operating on snow routes*. No preschool or head start classes.
*When buses operate on snow routes, SPS buses travel exclusively on roads that are maintained by the City of Seattle and receive snow removal. The stop location and time differs from normal bus assignment.
For those students who use King County’s Metro bus service for school transportation, please visit the Metro online guide for their emergency ice and snow schedule.
Family Preparation for Inclement Weather
It is the responsibility of each family to have an inclement weather plan in place that can be put into action on short notice. We ask that you make sure your children have an alternate place to stay if you must be at work on a day when school has been delayed or canceled.
Please ensure that a neighbor, family member or center is able to care for or receive students, and please instruct students to report directly home or to their established care center immediately on arrival in the evening.
Winter Safety Tips for Students Walking to School or ​Bus Stop
Students should allow extra time to get to their school or bus stop in the morning. Arrival at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled pickup time is recommended.
Bright clothing will make students more visible for bus drivers and other motorists, especially in the early morning and late evening. Warm clothing is also recommended as transportation delays may occur.
Please walk with young children to their school or bus stop; older children should walk in groups. The location of a student’s bus stop may be different from their normal stop location if the district is operating on snow routes.
Pedestrian travel should be done on sidewalks or a safe walking path.

  • When there is no sidewalk and you have to walk on the road, be sure to walk facing traffic.
  • Walk across a street at corners, use crosswalks whenever possible.
  • When crossing a street, look left, right and left.
  • Listen for the sound of car motors, sirens, horns or emergency announcements before stepping into the street.

For more information, visit our Inclement Weather Transportation Plan webpage.

News from the Community

Girls Soccer Camp, Thursdays in January
When: Every Thursday in January starting the 7th, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Magnuson Arena Sports
Ages: 4-8
Meet in the lobby at 4:20 p.m.
Contact: [email protected]

Advanced LEGO Building Course @ Wunderkind, January 2016

Lucas Bonnema (A.K.A. “LEGO Lucas”) from Fun Assembly Required is starting a new 6-week Advanced LEGO Building Course at Wunderkind on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 7 PM for ages 7 and up.  The course includes 6 classes that start Wednesday, January 6th and end Wednesday, February 10th.   Registration is $72 per student which is due at the time of registration.  Email [email protected]com to register or request additional information.


Roosevelt Select Holiday Hoop Camp Dec. 21st-23rd 9am-1pm @ Calvary Christian Assembly Church $100/player for all 3 days.  For 3rd-8th grade boys beginner or advanced.  Join us for some fundamental training and fun drills and competitions.  Prorated prices for 1 or 2 days are available.  To register, please contact Chase Young at [email protected] or visit 



Give your child “The Gift of Time for Creativity”


Red Ochre Art Studio in nearby Magnuson Park offers classes for children in Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Fused Glass, Mosaic and more.  Participants enjoy small classes with personal attention in a beautiful new studio.  Learn about master artists, develop confidence and practice art techniques with a professional art instructor with over 25 years of experience.


For more info please contact:

[email protected] 206.498.9089


One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

4th Annual Holiday Hoops Camp at Meadowbrook Community Center!
Boys and Girls Ages 6-12
9AM – 3PM Daily (half-days available by calling Meadowbrook (206) 684-7522
Cost: $50 per day
This Winter Break, don’t get bored…..GET BETTER!
One on One Basketball Holiday Hoops Camps are a great opportunity to progress your individual skills and game knowledge going into basketball season.
Shooting – Ball handling – Passing – Footwork – Finishing – FUN!
DATES: 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/28, 12/29
Many families will be traveling in and out of town during Holiday Break.  We have 5 days of basketball madness lined up during break that you can fit to your holiday schedule.


TZ Athletics: Before-School Sports Program
If you are interested in playing flag football, but can’t find time after school, TZA is now offering flag football before school to elementary students at Arena Sports Magnuson.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays in January and February, kids can sign up to learn the fundamentals of football in a fun, exciting format.  For more information, please visit


Rain City Water Polo
Looking for a way for your kids to be wet while you stay dry and warm this winter? Looking for a fun new activity? Look no further – Rain City Water Polo! A new session starts on Jan 3. There are options to play at 3 different pools in the greater seattle area. Visit to find out more. Questions? Contact Sue Schoolcraft at 206-409-9277 or [email protected].


Northwest Girlchoir
Know a girl who loves to sing? Since 1972, Northwest Girlchoir has offered outstanding music education and a welcoming community where girls can learn, grow and be themselves. We’re proud to serve over 250 girls in grades 1-12 from across the greater Puget Sound region.
Prep Choir (Grades 1-2): Openings available to start singing with Prep Choir this January – no audition needed! Girls in Prep Choir learn the fundamentals of music while building confidence and performing in mainstage concerts. Rehearsals are Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
Auditioned Choirs (Grades 3-12): Spots are also filling up fast for the auditioned level choirs, grades 3-12. Contact Northwest Girlchoir to learn more and to set up an audition.
Generous scholarships are available!
Contact:  or (206) 527-2900

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