The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin 6/8/2015


The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School

Monday, June 8, 2015


Monday, June 8

  • KidMailday.Check thosebackpacks! Tuesday, June 9 Wednesday, June 10
  • Fifth GradeMusic Performance,All-schoolassembly at 9:40 amin theCafeteria
  • Fifth GradeMusic Performanceand Graduation,6:30in theCafeteria


Thursday, June 11

  • Volunteer Tea,8:45– 9:15am,in theLibrary,ALL volunteers welcome!
  • FieldDay,LaurelhurstPark.Grades3-5from10-11:30am&Grades K-2from1:30-3:00pm


Friday, June 12

  • End of YearAssembly,9:45am–Cafeteria

Upcoming Events

Attention Fourth Grade Parents – Chaperones Needed for Fifth Grade Camp In Fall

As most of you know, our 5th grade students attend outdoor education camp in the fall. Camp dates willbeSept 30-Oct 2,2015 (mark your calendars). We will need parents to attend as chaperones. Everyone rides up to the ferry dock on busses, and then a ferry across toCampOrkila onOrcas Island.Amemorable andfuntime is hadbyall!Alottery systemwilldetermine whichvolunteersgetto go. Priority is given to moms of girls and dads of boys. Please send me an email if you would like to volunteer so we can enter you in the chaperone lottery. [email protected]

Web Site News

If you’ve been to lately, you may have noticed that the site looks different. The district switched to a new web provider on June 1, and staff members are working on restoring broken links and other issues. Thank you for your patience as the district works toward a better user experience all around for the Seattle Public Schools community.

Expect State Test Scores in September

The timing of the state assessment score reports has changed from June to September. These are the score sheets from your student’s spring Smarter Balanced tests in reading, writing and math that were finalized and submitted earlier this week. Last month, the district told families that the score reports would likely be sent home with final report cards.. Due to unanticipated delays at the state level, the district will now send score reports home in September. Scores also will be posted online to the Source in September.

September is the typical timing for state assessment score reports, but the district had initially anticipated they would be ready earlier. Thank you for your patience as we work with this new assessment system. To learn more, please see the Smarter Balanced web page.

New s & Information for PE

Hoops for Heart Fundraiser raised over $9,300 for the American Heart Association. Thank you for your support of this worthy cause. Thank you gifts will be coming soon. I will work to get them sent out as soon as they arrive.

Field Day Volunteers are still needed. Intermediate (Grades 3-5) volunteers, please arrive at Laurelhurst Park at 9:30 am for set up and to select what station you can help with. The intermediate session runs from 10:00-11:30 AM. Primary (Grades K-2) volunteers, please arrive at 1:00 PM for the afternoon session that runs from 1:30 until 3:00 PM. Thank you for volunteering your time to help with this special day. Please email me if you

have any questions. Our last unicycle morning session will be this Friday, June 12th, before school. Also, thanks to Emily Huff for organizing our third annual unicycle ride around Greenlake, over the weekend. It was a hot day

with dedicated riders. –Mr. Roberts

Auction 2016 Committee Forming

Please join the Spring 2016 Auction Team! No experience necessary -just a willingness to be a part of something special, connect with other dedi­cated parents, and experience the pride in a job well done. OurPTA’s largestfundraiserfunds the many art, music, literacy, math &science pro­gramsourLaurelhurstElemchildrenlove–butwecan’tdoitwithoutYOU. Procurement&DataManagementarejusttwoofthemanyareasweare staffing now. Training provided. Please contact returning Chair Bev Kelleher [email protected] for more information. Get in on the ground floor!

Ice Cream Social Thanks! Ice Cream never tasted so delicious as it did at the 2015 Ice Cream Social! Sweet thank yous to the ICS Chairs who made all the goodnesshappen: DonnaVerretto,AimeeHorn,GayleChristensen,KarinaKunins&KealyBoychuk. Theseparentvolunteers worked for weeks preparing an end of year celebration for everyone to enjoy…and, with your help, raised important funds for PTA programs and services. (Now that’s what we call the cherry on top!) Thank yous extend to all who took shifts, brought the family, and supported our school in such a fun way. It’s community like ours, and Chairs like these, that make Laurelhurst Elementary great! Not to mention the ice cream…

Box Top$ For Education

We did it! We raised $434 for the PTA simply by clipping out BoxTop$ this school year. Thank you to EVERYONE who participated. It’s a great way to support our kids’ programs and services without spending an extra dime. Warning: The BoxTop$ box by the office will be very hungry in the Fall. Please Clip & Save those BoxTop$ all summer long! Got scissors?

Looking For Some Tutors For Next Year

As you look forward to your summer, consider returning in the fall as a tutor for the wonderful students at Laurelhurst Elementary school. Work with a fun and supportive community of tutors as you help strengthen reading/math skills, and take on supervision duties as needed. If interested in be­ing a tutor next year, send an email to Ed Roos at [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: June 9 – Room 2700 June 23 – Auditorium

2015-16 Key Calendar Date

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015: First day of school for students
  • Sept 30-Oct 2, 2015 – Fifth Grade Camp (Camp Orkila on Orcas Island)
  • 11, 2015: Veterans Day
  • Nov 23-25, 2015 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School)
  • 26 – 27, 2015: Thanksgiving holiday
  • 21, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016: Winter break
  • 18, 2016: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 15 -19, 2016: President’s Day and mid-winter break
  • April 11-15, 2016: Spring Break
  • May 30, 2016: Memorial Day
  • June 23, 2016: TENTATIVE last day of school for students


  • June 24, 27, 2016: Snow makeup days (if needed) Click HERE to access the school calendar for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

As for the current school year, please remember that Monday, June 15, will now be a full school day, and the last day of school will be Tuesday, June 16, with a one-hour early dismissal.

Sign Up For Summer Meals

Eligible families looking for meal support in the summer have options. The City of Seattle’s Summer Food Service Program is offers meals for teens and kids. Read more. Also available is the Washington State Summer Food Service Program. The program feeds kids 18 and under at parks, com­munity centers and other sites. Read more.


LASER Upcoming Events

  • Summer Camp sign-ups continue! 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.

LASER NEWS (continued)

Rising Stars Pre-K News

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.

Do You Have Game?

Roosevelt High School Girls Basketball Coaches Jasen Thomas, Sara Wilcox and Terrance King and the returning Roughrider players invite girls entering 4th through 9th grade to join them at basketball camp this summer. Hoop camp runs Monday June 22 through Thursday June 25 from 9-3 each day. For more information see or email the camp coordinator [email protected]

Baseball/Softball Grand Slam Camp

Grand Slam Camp willholditsbaseball&softballcampatLowerWoodlandParkJune29-July2. Thisisthe23rdyearforGrandSlam. Thecamp is run by school teachers who oversee a staff also comprised of current college players. The emphasis of Grand Slam is to teach the love of the game, fundamentals and incorporate life lessons -an extension of the classroom. You can find out more information at

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Summer Hoops and Dual-Sport Camps (9AM-3PM) Meadowbrook CC, Queen Anne CC Half-Day Sports Camps (9AM-12PM) Laurelhurst CC, Ravenna CC, Magnuson CC

Space is limited…register today!

Summer Football Camp for Middle Schoolers

Afun, non-contactfootball camp is being held atRooseveltHigh School on July 6,7,8 &9. The camp is designed to teach incoming 5th -8th graders about Roughrider football, drills and fundamentals. It is taught by current varsity football coaches and players. More information can be found at

Summer Camps At Villa Academy

Designed for children ages 4-14, Villa Ventures weeklong morning and afternoon camps with an emphasis on enriching the whole child. All camps take place on our beautiful, wooded campus in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood. Choices include visual and performing arts, sports, science, as well as special interest topics such as animation and cooking. See all course offering and register at Summer at Villa is an unforgettable adventure where campers explore their interests, discover their passions, make friends, build self-confidence, and have fun!

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