PTA Newsletter – Sept 17, 2017

Laurelhurst PTA News

September 17, 2017

Upcoming Events

  • 9/18, Mon – PTA General Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Library (All Are Welcome!)
  • 9/18, Mon – PTA Reflections Art Projects Begin
  • 9/26, Tues – Curriculum Night 6 p.m. (All Grades)
  • 9/27- 9/29 – 5th Grade Camp
  • October – Walk to School Month
  • 10/5, Thur – Principal’s Chat, 8 am, Library
  • 10/7, Sat – Ground’s Clean-up
  • 10/11, Wed – Multi-Cultural Dinner Potluck, Library

News from the PTA

Mark your calendars for Curriculum Night!  – Tuesday, September 26th at 6 p.m.
Please note this is a parents/caregivers only event – please make childcare arrangements.
(Let LASER watch your kiddos. Please see LASER info below for sign-ups.)

Don’t delay, there is still time to get your Early Bird Tickets for the 26th Annual PTA Auction!

Tickets are just $70 with the early bird discount, now through September 30th.
Buy your tickets here

When: Friday, December 8th, 2017
Where: The Mountaineers Center at Magnuson Park

Don’t forget to submit your donation(s) to the PTA Auction by filling out the Laurelhurst PTA Auction Procurement form

100% of all profits raised go directly towards enrichment programs that round out your child’s education at Laurelhurst.

Questions?  Contact your auction chairs Alyssa Grundmeyer at [email protected] or Christine Bagley at [email protected]

Popsicle Pick-up? Thursday, Sept 20th

We need a volunteer to pick up popsicles from the U-village QFC to deliver to school on Thursday, September 21st (no later than 1pm) for our Pinwheels for Peace celebration. Email Ellen Reid ([email protected]) to volunteer.

Backpack Brigade is Back!

Laurelhurst Elementary is a participating in Backpack Brigade again this year. Would it surprise you to know that subsidized school lunches are the main source of nutrition for thousands of Seattle Public School Students? Do you wonder what the weekend might look like for a child with no reliable food source? Backpack Brigade is committed to sending these kids home with a backpack full of healthy, convenient food every weekend.

Each month we are asking each grade to participate in the effort. Fliers went home this week with the schedule. Fifth Graders are up to the plate in September. Families can write a check…$25 fills 4 packs for the weekend (fill the check out to: “Backpack Brigade”) or bring in a specific food item to school and fill our Backpack Brigade bin, located on the first floor by the Showcase.

We need to fill @ 25 backpacks each week with easy to open, no cook, single serve items. Examples:  Ravioli & Spaghetti (pop-top cans), Chili, Stew, Soups (pop-top cans), Tuna & Chicken (easy serve), Mac & Cheese (individual cups), Vegetables (low sodium), Breakfast Shakes, Oatmeal, Fruit Cups, Shelf-Stable Milk & 100% Fruit Juice, Granola Bars & Healthy Snacks

More information about Backpack Brigade can be found at

Are you in need? For confidential assistance: [email protected]

Are you Ready for the MATH CHALLENGE??

The PTA is sponsoring Math Challenge again for the 2017-18 school year. Math Challenge is a series of math worksheets published every other week on the Math in Action website ( We are excited about the program and hoping many students and their families will enjoy it.

There will be 15 math challenges throughout the school year. The first Math Challenge will be available to view and print at
this Friday, September 22, 2017. Copies will also be distributed to teachers and some available in the front hallway if you are unable to print from home. Solutions are due Monday October 2, no later than 3 PM in a basket set up on the information table in the first floor hallway.   

Students from grade K to grade 5 are invited to participate. Please remember this is a voluntary program, is meant to be fun, and not a competition. We will offer participation prizes after every five challenges. Also, students who complete at least 12 sets out of the 15 sets of math challenges will be honored at the award assembly in June 2018. All participants will be acknowledged on the Math Stars Board. Classes will be recognized for participation in our newsletters!

There’s no sign up for this program. We hope students and their families enjoy mathematics problem solving through these math challenges. The program covers strategies for problem solving including working backward, draw a picture/diagram, make an organize list, guess and check, and use logical reasoning.  If you have any questions, please contact Beth Cogan at [email protected] or 206-250-9559.

Thank you!
Math Challenge Team”

News from Staff & Administration

A Friendly Reminder…
Please DO NOT park in the Handicap Parking, Load Zones or within 30 feet of Stop Signs

Hi Everyone,

Please remember to obey the traffic rules around our school to ensure the safety of our students as well as drivers.
Consider this a warning, violators will be towed!


All K-8 referrals (applications) are due by September 22, 2017 to determine eligibility for the 2018-2019 school year.  These are the applications that were made available mid-May last school year. Remember:  Only parents and guardians can refer their child for testing.

Referrals in English are made online, using a parent/guardian Source account.  For instruction on submitting (or to find forms in nine other languages), click here:

At the end of the referral, before it is complete, you will get to choose the day/date/location for your test. You may change the scheduled test date up to three days prior to the test date by logging into the Source and recording your change.

Reading & Math Tutor positions available at Laurelhurst! 

Join the dedicated and enthusiastic tutoring staff who work individually, or in small groups, advancing student’s skills.  Recess duty is also part of the job. We are looking for people interested in working at the school two to five days a week.
Reading tutors hours are 8:50 am-12:50 pm
Math tutors hours are 11 am – 2:15 pm

A minimum of two day commitment required for either. Please contact Sarah Talbot through Kristina Cerise [email protected]

Got Chargers? Laurelhurst Elementary received 400 refurbished Kindles to be used in our classrooms. This generous gift did not come with chargers. Since the Kindle is compatible with Android phone chargers, we are requesting anyone +who has extra chargers (maybe tangled in your junk drawer) to consider dropping them by the school. The more chargers… the more access for our kids. Additional chargers will be purchased as needed!

Recess monitors needed- Our fantastic tutors, who also serve as recess monitors, do not start their work until a few weeks into school. We will need volunteers to help during lunch recess, 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM, to help get our students oriented and safe. If you are available, please contact Kristina Cerise at [email protected].

Equity/Tolerance Discussion Resources –

Equity and Tolerance discussions can start at home, often through the literature we choose to read or recommend to our children. In the most recent issue of Parent Map, there is an article called “5 Books About the Refugee Crisis That Your Kid Can Read“.

The Journey (1st-4th Grade) by Francesca Sanna
With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war.

The Red Pencil (4th Grade and up) by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Life in Amira’s peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when Janjaweed attackers arrive, unleashing unspeakable horrors. After losing nearly everything, Amira needs to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp. She begins to lose hope, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind — and all kinds of possibilities.

Parent Map also has an article published this July entitled “Social Justice Stories: Kids’ Books About Standing Up for What’s Right

Ron’s Big Mission (Grade 1-3) by Rose Blue
Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron’s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage, it is a young man’s first courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair’s life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.

These three books are available at on-line bookstores.

News from LASER\

Parents Night Out
Parents Night Out! September 22nd at LASER at Bryant Elementary. 6:30pm-11pm. Minibus transportation available. The theme is Power Rangers. Dinner, group game, art project, movie and snack provided. $25.00 per child, $15 per sibling. Sign up at Contact Robby at [email protected] to arrange transportation from Laurelhurst to Bryant.

Curriculum Night Child Care
LASER Childcare is offering a care for the Curriculum Night at Laurelhurst Elementary on Tuesday, September 26th from 5:45pm to 8:15pm. The cost is $15 per child. Pizza, group game and art project will be provided. Children must be between the ages of 5-12 years old in order to attend. We need a minimum of 10 students signed up for this event. Please sign up at

LEAPS REGISTRATION: (It’s not too late!) Registration for the fall session of the LEAPs (Laurelhurst Enrichment After-school Programs) begins on Friday, September 1st at 8 am.   Due to the earlier bell times, there will only be after-school classes. The fall session will run from September 18th to December 15th.
Please visit to register. For more questions contact Robby at [email protected] or (206)523-3123.

For more info contact Robby at
[email protected]  or (206) 523-3123

News From the Community

One on One Basketball

Pre-Season Player Development Programs (Ages 6-15) – starts next week!
Ravenna CC, Queen Anne CC, Meadowbrook CC, Magnuson CC, Northgate CC
– our nationally renown progressive basketball individual skills class
– shooting technique, efficient ball-handling, effective passing, smart defense

One on One Instructional Basketball League (Grades K-2nd)
Meadowbrook CC (Saturday Mornings) begins November 4th!
– learn to play the One on One way!  weekly fundamental skills stations & scrimmages
– recruit a team of up to 10 from your school or register individually and be drafted!

Fall Pure Stroke Shooting Clinic – starts next week!
Ravenna CC, Meadowbrook CC
– learn all about proper shooting mechanics and how to fix your own shot
– This 8-week clinic is guaranteed to make you a better shooter!

School Day Off Hoops Camp
Meadowbrook CC (Friday, October 13th)
– On your day off from school, don’t stay home bored, come get BETTER!

Space is limited…check the schedule of classes below and register today!

Questions?  Call or email Coach Michie at 206-715-3443 or [email protected]

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Fall & Winter Art Classes at Wunderkind

Squirrelly Workshop has put together an incredible line-up of arts & crafts classes every Wednesday & Thursday throughout the fall and winter at Wunderkind.  Wunderkind also offers after-class care if you need additional coverage after class. Check out the details on their website and register soon as classes start next week, Wednesday, September 13th just in time for the first early release day for Seattle Public Schools:

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PTA Newsletter Team

Karina Kunins, Nella Synge & Gayle Christensen

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