The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin, 5.4.2015


The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School Monday, May 4, 2015


Monday, May 4

  • Staff Appreciation week
  • Check thosebackpacks!


Tuesday, May 5

  • InstrumentalMusic Students,remember your instruments!

Wednesday, May 6

  • STEAM Night Robotics Expo! From 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, May 7

  • Deadlinefor submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight.Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, May 8

  • Deadline to submit Golden Acorn nomination form to the PTA Presidents’ or put in their office mail slot

Upcoming Events

  • May11–PTA BoardMeeting,7pm–Library **Note change in date
  • May 13 – PTA All-School Multicultural Dinner & Spring Concert – Cafeteria
  • May 16 – Grounds Clean-Up Work Party from 8 am – Noon
  • May 20– New Kindergarten Families WelcomePicnic,6-7pm,Cafeteria
  • May 21– Staff vs.Student BasketballGame,2:15pmin theGym
  • May25–NO SCHOOL,MemorialDayHoliday
  • May 28 – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 am – Library
  • June2–InstrumentalMusic Concert 2:45pmassembly,and 7:00 pmperformance
  • June 3 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:40 PM for Staff Professional Development
  • June5–IceCreamSocial,5-8pm,Playgrounds,Play Court and Cafeteria
  • June10–Fifth GradeMusic Performance,All-schoolassembly at 9:40amin theCafeteria
  • June10–Fifth GradeMusic Performanceand Graduation,6:30in theCafeteria
  • June11–Volunteer Tea,8:30–9:15am,in theLibrary,ALL volunteers invited!
  • June11–Field Day,Laurelhurst Park
  • June12–End of Year Assembly,9:45am– Cafeteria *June 15 – Tentative last student day (with a 2:40 pm EARLY DISMISSAL) *Last day may extend to June 16


Robotics and Engineering Expo At Laurelhurst Wednesday Night

Don’t Miss the Robotics Expo this Wednesday,May 6th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

We invite you to our final night of STEAM programming this academic year with our “Robotics and Engineering Expo”event on Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, in the Laurelhurst Cafeteria.

Open to all families featuring hands-on tinkering with some great community partners, students will learn about pre-engineering with LEGO blocks, andbuildingrobotsusingLEGO Mindstorms,bothforfunandforcompetition!Comeseewhatolderstudentsaredoingwithroboticsandengineering and see if it’s for you.

The following innovative community partners will join in this learning event:

  • Fun Assembly Required demonstrates the fun and excitement of pre-engineering learning with LEGO Bricks
  • The Cascade Foundation gives hands-on training on programming robots
  • Our local LEGO Robotics Team talks about and demonstrates their robotic creation
  • Other local LEGO Robotics Teams (middle school and High School) demonstrate their robots


We are actively recruiting a select group of parent volunteers for this event. Please consider volunteering your time towards the worthwhile goal of helping students learn more about robotics and engineering. Look for an email or contact Bobby Shashidhar @ [email protected] or Jincey Goggin @ [email protected] for more information on volunteering on Wednesday evening.

Come out and join in the fun for the final STEAM event of this academic year. Thanks again for your strong support of STEAM learning at Lau­relhurst! –The STEAM TEAM

Spring Multicultural Potluck Dinner and Music Concert!

Wednesday,May 13 from 6-8 PM – Everyone is invited!Come for a great evening of fun,food and delightfulMUSIC!

  • With the help of our Vocal Music Instructor, Bethany Grant-Rodriguez, students have been working hard preparing to take the stage. All grade levels will perform, so come and enjoy the music!
  • Please bring a potluck dish: one that celebrates your family’s heritage or is a family favorite: dish for 10-12 people.
  • We will also have a short General PTA meeting before the concert.


PE News & Information

Mark your calendars for our 5th Grade vs. Staff Basketball Game. It is May 21st with doors opening at 2:10pm. Unicycle riders will also perform throughout the game.

This event will also be our celebration for our first ever Hoops for Heart for the American Heart Association. We will be raising funds for the American Heart Association. More information will be coming home on Monday, May 11th. If you choose to donate it is easiest to do it online. Again, look for a flyer with directions about this process. Final collection will be Friday, May 22nd, the day after the Staff/Student Basketball Game.

Unicycle News: I will be offering morning unicycle riding again on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9:05 until the first bell at 9:25. Morning riding will start this week on Tuesday, May 5th. If you are interested in riding unicycles during the Staff/Student basketball game please join the fun and plan on attending.

Questions or comments please email me. [email protected]

3rd Annual Unicycle Ride Around Greenlake

When: Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Where: Meet at Greenlake in front of the stadium near the crew house. Contact: Emily Huff at 318-497-0311 or [email protected]

Accepting Nominations For The Golden Acorn Award Through Friday

Each year the PTA Board honors one or more of its many outstanding school volunteers, and we need your input! This award goes to an individual who has given continued, dedicated and outstanding service to the school, and whose volunteer commitment is above and beyond the norm. The winner receives a gold pin in the shape of an acorn, a certificate, and a donation is made in that person’s name to a Washington State PTA program which provides college scholarships. If you know someone who deserves to be honored in this special way, please fill out the attached nomination form and either email it to Amy Barss ([email protected]) or Linda Chou ([email protected]) or print it out and put in the PTA President’s box in the school office. Please have all nominations in by Monday May 8th.

Ice Cream Social Seeking Reusable Like New/New Small Trinkets & Toys

The Ice CreamSocial is once again going “green”this yearby soliciting donations ofsmall toys and favors forthe grab bags and prizes. Instead of spending PTAmoney on the purchase ofgiveaway toys, we wanted to try to “recycle”those leftoveritems thatcome frombirthday parties and grab bags.Itemsfortheprizesshouldbein“likenew”condition,small, notposeachokinghazardandcanrangefrombubblestopartyfavors,bouncy balls, new pencils etc…Please drop off any donations in the office or contact Kealy Boychuk at [email protected] for questions.

Proper Dress For School – Label Removable Outerwear

As the weather warms up, please remember: no flip-flops, tank tops or short shorts is the school rule. Also, remember to mark names in jackets and sweatshirts,sincethe childrenshedlayerslaterinthedayandwhentheiractivitylevelincreasesandthelost&foundwillbefullofUFOs!

What Do You Think About Changing Bell Times? Give Your Input at a Community Meeting

The School District is holding the following community gatherings to receive input on changing school start bell times.

  • For more information, see the Pros and Cons of each option and an FAQ sheet on sleep and school start times.
  • As part of Seattle Public Schools Bell Time Analysis, a survey is now available at HERE for all staff, parents and members of the communi­ty to provide their input on possible bell time changes. The district NEEDS your input. A change in the start and end times of a school day has the potential to affect the entire community.
  • The survey is available in ten languages and will remain open until May 10. The survey has three primary audiences – parents, community members and staff. Two different surveys will be available: 1) Parent/Community Members and 2) Staff. For a staff member who is also a parent of a current Seattle Public Schools student, we are encouraging taking both the staff and parent survey.
  • The data collected from these surveys will be invaluable in determining the potential impacts a change could have on the community. We are requesting everyone complete the appropriate survey(s).
  • More information can be found on the Bell Time Analysis website


For questions about the meetings, email [email protected] You can also find more information and the below video in other languages on the Neighbor to Neighborweb page

Summer School News

The Summer Staircase program will run from June 22 to July 3, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. The mission of this program is to elimi­nate opportunity and achievement gaps by serving current K-4 students that are below grade level as determined by classroom assessments, MAP, Amplify, and the SBA. Breakfast and lunch will be served and transportation will be provided for students living outside the one mile walk zone of each participating school. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., followed by math and literacy interventions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and lunch will be offered from 12:00 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.

To better serve the students of Seattle, we are offering the Summer Staircase program at the following schools throughout the city: Sand Point, John Rogers, Viewlands, BF Day, Leschi, Hawthorne, Martin Luther King Jr., Van Asselt, Emerson, Highland Park, and West Seattle Elementary. Registra­tionfortheSummerStaircaseprogramwillbeopenfromApril3throughMay15. Ifyouhaveanyquestions,pleaseemailJohnHughes,Summer Program Coordinator, Phone: 252-0064 or at [email protected]

Fifth Grade Students’ Have A Request

Dear Laurelhurst Parents, We need more balls! The kids of Laurelhurst have been complaining about the lack of balls. We are asking if you could donate some basketballs, kick balls, bouncy balls, soccer balls, yoga balls, etc.? Give them to Mr. Roos and he’ll distribute them as needed.

Thank you so very much, Stella T and Naomi S

Eckstein Middle School’s Summer Music Program News

If you have a student headed to middle school at Eckstein next September, please read this!

Every 5th grader headed to Eckstein for 6th grade is encouraged to attend the 2015 Eckstein Middle School Summer Music Program: Concert Band/Jazz Band, Choir &Orchestra for incoming 6th graders will take place from 9:00 -noon at Roosevelt High School on the following dates:

Band &Orchestra: June 22-July 10. Choir: August 10-13 and 17-20.

Fee is only $30./week. Students are encouraged to participate in the full program. No class on July 4. Applications are available in the main office at Eckstein or by emailing one of the teachers below. Application deadline is June 10, 2015. Instruments and supplies are available to loan. Please email if in need.

Mr.Escobedo-ConcertBand&Jazz Band

[email protected]

Mr. Smith -Orchestra

[email protected]

Dr. Kent -Choir

[email protected]

Help A Laurelhurst Girl Scout Brownie Troop To Help The Seattle Humane Society

Laurelhurst Girl Scout Brownie Troop 40250 asks for your help in their efforts to collect donations for the Seattle Humane Society. The collection is part of their community service project and will run until May 1st. They have set up collection boxes with information in the front entrance of the school. *Only accepting items, no checks or cash please.

The Humane Society’s wish list includes donations for cat or dog toys, treats, New Balance canned dog food, Friskies canned cat food, among other things. Please see their website for more information

Please help support Brownie Troop 40250 in their effort to help these animals in need. If you have any questions please contact Cecilia Villaseñor [email protected] or Laura Wright [email protected]

Serving On An Interview Team For SPS Hiring

Anyone who wishes to be on an interview team (now or in the future) needs to take this training one time. Site-based interview training is held from 4-5 pm at the Stanford Center (school district HQ at 2445 3rd Ave S) monthly. To register or to verify previous training, call SEA at 283-8443. The training calendar is as follows: May 14 – Auditorium June 9 – Room 2700 June 23 – Auditorium

Friends Of Laurelhurst Foundation (FOLF) News

Don’t miss the bus!

Come celebrate spring at the beautiful JM Cellars for the Friends of Laurelhurst’s annual donor appreciation event. May 8th, the 545 club has a char­tered bus from Laurelhurst to JM Cellars. Come enjoy a fantastic evening of excellent food, great company and delicious drink. To attend the event be sure to make your $500 payment contribution to Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation. Donate today

It’s a great investment in the students of Laurelhurst today and an excellent way to sustain the school and neighborhood in the future.


Registration for 2015-16 School Year May11,2015 OPENENROLLMENTatallthreeLASERCHILDCARESITES

Paperwork and deposits accepted at 7am @ each site.

LASER Upcoming Events

  • Summer Camp sign ups have begun! Sign up forms and theme calendars are available at the sign in/out table in the portable. Email Robby at [email protected] for more information.

Rising Stars Pre-K News

Pre-K Readiness Program Open Registration – The Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER program is for children who are 3 1/2 to 5 years of age who will be entering Kindergarten within the next 2 years. Classes are offered 5 days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:20am-1:20pm (start time coinciding with Laurelhurst Elementary start time). The class is limited to 16 children. We provide a 1:8 teacher/child ratio.

New next year! Extended day enrichment classes from 1:30pm-3:30pm, Monday through Friday in coordination with the Laurelhurst Community Center!! Classes include Zumba, dance, drama, cooking, tumbling, and art!! Call Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358!!

Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER provides a highly nurturing learning environment in which children develop academic, social and emotional readiness for Kindergarten. Our activities are planned each week and introduce language arts,pre-literacy,math concepts,science, and geography in a fun learning environment. Our program has a diversified curriculum that also incorporates:

  • Creative movement/dance 2x monthly w/American Dance
  • Yoga 2x monthly w/private instructor
  • Spanish language instruction 2x per week with The Spanish Language School
  • Library time at the Elementary School weekly with the school librarian
  • Lunch every Friday with the Elementary School Kindergarteners in the School cafeteria
  • 1st/2nd grade buddies once per month at the Elementary School


We also have 3 field trips into the community each school year, these happen quarterly. These include the pumpkin patch,the Children’s Thea­tre,and theAquarium.

Download registration materials online at , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials (206) 240-5358. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Nathan Hale High School’s Spring Musical “Young Frankenstein”

Nathan Hale does Young Frankenstein! It’s alive! Mel Brook’s comedy classic film, Young Frankenstein, comes to life as a knee-slapping, toe-tapping musical. Frederick Frankenstein inherits his grandfather’s Transylvania estate, though he is reluctant to take on the family business of creat­ing monsters. But with the help of a collection of eccentric characters, he will bring the dead back to life and find his true destiny. This monstrously funnymusicalrunsMay7,8,9,14,15&16performingat7:30pmatNathanHaleHighSchool’sPerformingArtsCenter. Reservedticketsareavail­able online for $15/adult $10/students plus a minimal service charge at Just search for Young Frankenstein or follow this link Or buy general admission tickets at the door on show night for $10 students/$15 adults. Don’t miss this romping good fun!

Eckstein Middle School’s Spring Musical “Seussical”

Eckstein Middle School is putting on Seussical (the musical) this spring. Come see Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and the magic of Dr. Seuss in this quirky musical tale. This show for all ages promises big laughs, fun dancing and great singing. There are three performances: Friday, May 15th, at 7:30pm, and two on Saturday, May 16th at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 in advance sold at the school or $10 the night of. A fun night out for the family…come for the show and dessert!

Northwest Boychoir Auditions

The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions on May 30th, by appointment, for September enrollment. Boys entering 1st to 4th grades in the fall are invited to audition on May 30, or at a time that is convenient for you. NW Boychoir is celebrating 40 years of helping young people discover the joy of singing!Contact: (206)524-3234

Emerald City Football (Soccer)

Love soccer? Interested in playing on a premier club team with stellar coaches? Emerald City Football Club is holding tryouts for the upcoming 2015­2016 season. . Girls and boys U14-15 will be May 5-6, and girls U16-18 will be May 12-13. All players, including returning ECFC members, must sign up prior to tryouts. An updated 2015-2016 age group chart can be found here. Registration and details for the upcoming tryouts can be com­pleted here. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

To submit news for the next edition of this publication, please send your electronic information to: lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly bulletin submission deadline -midnight this Thursday.