Laurelhurst PTA News November 29, 2015

Laurelhurst PTA News

November 29, 2015

Important Dates

  • 12/1 Tues – 6:30 PM PTA Board Meeting (in library) – OPEN TO PUBLIC
  • 12/3 Thurs – 10-11:15 AM School Tour (meet in library)
  • 12/6 Sun – 2-3 PM Reflections Opening Reception (Sea Center Armory)
  • 12/10 Thurs – 9:30 AM Picture Retakes
  • 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

News from around the PTA

Reflections: “Let Your Imagination Fly”. We had 94 kids participate in the PTA Reflections program this year, and our community enjoyed some amazing art at our celebration on November 17. Now, we’re excited to send eighteen entrants to the Seattle school district level of the competition! Please remember, honorable mention is a Laurelhurst Elementary-only honor.
Visual Art:  primary, Isabel Ko, Eli Shaw, Wyatt Kell, Hao-Ran Hsu and intermediate, Josie Pottier, Samantha Wright (Honorable Mention, Hank Ascani)
Photography:  primary, Graham Frischer (Honorable Mention, Davis Walsh) and intermediate, Caroline Becker, Lux Sidari, Devan Harrison (Honorable Mention, Finley Goggin)
Literature:  primary, Marcus Grundmeyer and intermediate, Ave Bender
Film Production:  primary, Gregory Williams and intermediate, Steiger Dodge and Noah Becker
Dance Choreography:  primary, Dell Geyer and intermediate, Sophie Mansfield (Honorable Mention, Ruthie Morrison)
Music Composition:  primary, Patrick Taplin (Honorable Mention, Rainier Moe) and intermediate, Lily Elliott Doll (Honorable Mention, Charlot Born and Lucas Bagley, Carson Kelley, Quinn Federking)
Sculpture (Laurelhurst Elementary only):  primary, Yuna Kong (Honorable Mention, Madeleine Moe and Rylan Harrison)

New this year, there will be two receptions held at the Seattle Center Armory:
“Opening Celebration” will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2-3 pm.  This is to celebrate all the artists whose work has advanced to the city level.
“Awards Ceremony” will be held on Sunday, January 3, 2-3 pm.  Seattle schools superintendent Larry Nyland will speak and will be announcing and honoring those artists whose work will be moving onto the state level.
Student work will be on public display at the Armory December 5 through January 3!

A BIG thank you to all the parents, teachers, and staff who helped our kids participate and make the celebration a huge success.

Artwork not moving onto the city level will be returned this week, so keep your eyes open!

Questions? Contact Ann Buratto at [email protected]

Farmigo. We are very excited to announce that Farmigo is coming to our school!  Farmigo is an online farmers market and certified Benefit Company, which delivers fresh, seasonal produce sourced from local farms once a week.

We have decided to partner with Farmigo because they will deliver fantastic produce, meats, dairy, cheese, eggs and artisanal goods to the Laurelhurst community, making it easier than ever to make sure our kids are eating right. The food is all harvested to order, so it’s super fresh – and buying from small farms supports sustainable practices and the local economy. Even better, with enough orders, 10% of the sales will be donated to Laurelhurst Elementary to fund initiatives at the school.

Ordering couldn’t be easier – just click this link: to sign up and start adding items to your basket. You have every week until Sunday, at midnight, to place your order. The next day, the farmers and producers harvest and pack your items, to be delivered every Wednesday.  You can order whatever you want from week-to-week, skip a week or even place weekly standing orders.   There are no commitments, order minimums, or delivery fees.

If you’re interested, our first delivery will be Wednesday, December 9,  and you can pick up your order from 3:15-4:15 PM right at the school. You can place an order anytime and change it right up until the order deadline which is Sunday, December 6 at midnight.

You can use coupon code LOCAL20 to get 20% off your first order!  Please contact Karina at [email protected] with any questions.

Yearbook. 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].

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

News from the School

School Pictures
Retake day for school pictures is on Thursday, December 10 at 9:30 am on the stage.

Giving Wreath
Laurelhurst School has a program in November/December called The Giving Wreath. We have some families in our school that can use some extra help during the holidays. Our Giving Wreath is up outside the school office. (If there are no tags on it, try again later. The requests keep coming in!)
On the wreath you will find tags for clothing or toy/book items for children who attend our school (and their siblings).

You are encouraged to take a tag, shop for the item, wrap it and gently tape the tag to the bottom of the gift or wire it on to the ribbon (so we can identify it) and return it to the school office. The due date for gifts is on the tag, earlier is better, if possible. It is all confidential. For questions about this program, contact Susan in the office [email protected]. Thank you for your participation and support of our families.

This year we will also be collecting grocery gift cards for some of the families as well. There are no tags for the grocery gift cards, but if you would like to donate one, please bring it to Susan in the office.

NOTE: If you take a gift tag and are unable to fulfill it, please notify Susan (or bring the tag back to the wreath) as soon as possible, so we can problem solve and not leave a child without a gift. PLEASE DO NOT LOSE YOUR TAG.

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 (Thursday), 10:00 -11:15 am  (Tour #1) – Library
Feb 3 (Wednesday), 10:00 -11:15 am  (Tour #2) – Library

News from the District

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

Seattle Middle/High School Choices: Parent Panel Q+A
Thursday Dec 3rd, 6:30-8:30 pm at The Meridian School
If you’re preparing for the move to middle school, come and hear parents talk about their child/family’s experiences. Schools represented: Hamilton International MS, Lakeside, Seattle Academy, Billings, Bush, Northwest, Evergreen, Seattle Girls’ School, Eastside Prep, Holy Names and Roosevelt HS.
Hosted by The Meridian School, The Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford.
Reserve your seat here. More info:

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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