The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin December 1, 2014

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Laurelhurst Elementary School
Monday, December 1, 2014



Monday, Dec 1

  • Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today
  • New student enrollment begins for 2014-16 (Incoming Kindergarten parents, please note)

Tuesday, Dec 2

  • Instrumental music students, remember your instruments!

Wednesday, Dec 3

Thursday, Dec 4

  • School Tour, 9:30 – 11:00 am, starts in the Library, ends in Cafeteria
  • Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight. Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, Dec 5

Upcoming Events

  • Dec 10 – STEM Night, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, in the Cafeteria
  • Dec 12 – Winter Sing-Along Assembly, 2:15 in the cafeteria
  • Dec 19 – 2:40 pm EARLY DISMISSAL for Winter Break
  • Dec 22-Jan 2 – NO SCHOOL, Winter Break
  • Jan 5 – School Resumes


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]

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 Directories
The school directories are out! Many of you have already activated the school directory app on your phones, but the hard copy of the school directories
are being sent home today with your family messenger. The cover is hot pink this year and should be easier to keep track of. Thanks to
the hard work of Christi Nagle and Peter Klein for getting these done!
If you want an additional copies for work, car, nanny or your kids, extra copies of the directory are available in the school office for $2.00 each. Exact
change, please!
Remember, the Online Directory and App – sign up! If you missed getting logged onto the Online school directory and/or App it’s never too late!
Email Christi Nagle ([email protected]) to get set up so you can find contact info from anywhere. App/website name: DirectorySpot (no
spaces) Download today!


Loading and Parking Problems Again
We have had many complaints from parents, staff and neighbors about the way that some people are choosing to short circuit our load and unload policy, and disobey the parking/loading signs. People are blocking neighbors’ driveways, parking and loading on the wrong side of the street, parking too close to the stop signs, loading in the bus load only area and parking vehicles in load only areas. Consider parking and walking a block, or circling the block if your child isn’t out and ready to load yet. Stopping and blocking the flow of people actively loading and unloading bottlenecks the everyone else. Pulling over too near the stop signs blocks the visibility that our student safety patrols have of oncoming traffic.

The easiest way to have a smooth morning is to pack lunches and backpacks, and lay out their clothes the night before. It will speed you up getting out the door on time in the morning. Please try to have your conversations about the day and changes in plans/reminders on your way to school, so that your children are ready when you get to school to just say a quick goodbye and offload at the curb (on the curb side of the vehicle only).


Bikes and Scooters on the Playground!
No riding is allowed on the playground during school hours, or the occupied times before and after school. This is for safety. Please dismount and walk!


All-School Sing on Friday, December 12th at 2:15 pm in the Cafeteria
Parents, grandparents, guardians and friends, mark your calender for Friday, December 12th at 2:15 for our annual All School Sing. We welcome our new Vocal Musical Instructor, Ms Bethany Grant-Rodriguez this year and she has quite a special performance planned! All grades will perform along with The Zimbabwean Music Club. This will be an interactive, participatory event, so come prepared to sing, dance, and enjoy a slice of Zimbabwean music with the Laurelhurst community!

The Zimbabwean Music Club is a performance ensemble inspired by the Zimbabwean music which has been a dynamic musical presence on the UW campus and surrounding community for nearly half a century. The ensemble currently features Zimbabwean marimbas, mbira, hosho, singing and dancing styles primarily from the Shona culture of Zimbabwe. “Zim club” was started in Autumn 2012 by Jocelyn Moon, graduate student of ethnomusicology, and her husband Zack Moon. The club mixes UW students with community members of different levels of experience playing and teaching marimbas with the intent of introducing Zimbabwean music to students, faculty, and staff of the UW community.

We hope you can join us! Doors open at 2pm for seating. If you are able to help set up, please contact Kristin at [email protected]


Changes of Clothes
If your child has borrowed clothing from school when they have needed a change, please wash and return the borrowed items as soon as you can. If you know that your child may or sometimes needs a change of clothing at school, it is even better if you can pack them a bag with a change of clothing in their backpack, so that we can do this quickly with the right size of clothes. We have a very limited supply of changes of clothing here, so rely on your child having their own or returning what they borrow. Thank you.

Reflections Art Contest
All finalist work from Seattle School District schools that participated in Reflections this year will be on display from December 14th-January 4th at Seattle Center Armory on the 3rd Floor. The Closing Ceremony will be on January 4th at 2:00-3:00 p.m. This is where they’ll announce which artwork will be moving on to the next level of the competition. Good luck to our entrants!

Questions? Contact Jeanne Ryan at [email protected] or Ann Buratto at [email protected]


Winter Weather, Snow and Ice, Oh My!
We never know when a cold snap may sock us in with snow and ice. Seattle Dept. of Transportation (SDOT) has again printed up their annual brochures (coming home in kid mail today) to help you plan. You should be aware of your safe driving, Metro bus and school bus routes for getting around safely. These brochures have a lot of information for assisting you with keeping up with conditions and resources.

Yearbook Pictures Needed!
Are you a parent that loves taking pictures of all the fun activities at school? The yearbook committee would like to use your pictures in this year’s book! We are looking for fun candids from every classroom. We would love to see Halloween pictures from every class!

We have a dedicated email where you can send your pictures: [email protected] Please label your email with the room number, grade and event. — Questions? Contact Jincey Goggin [email protected] or Melanie Johnston [email protected]


Free Ski/Snowboard Helmet Fitting and Giveaway this Saturday
This Saturday, December 6th from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, at the Children’s Hospital, there will be a free ski and snowboard helmet fitting and giveaway for kids ages 4-18. The wearer must be present to be fitted. Supplies are limited. Brought to you by Kohl’s Helmet Safety Program at Seattle Children’s. More info at:


Do You Have A Child Headed to Middle School Next Year?
Eckstein Middle School will host an Open House for prospective 6th graders for the 2015-2016 school year and their parents/guardians on Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00pm. This is ONLY time there will be a tour of the school. Please mark your calendars now.

Do You Care About Preschool?
Join a community conversation about Seattle Preschool.
Teacher Pathways to Certification
Tue, Dec. 2, 2014 – 6pm to 8:30pm
New Holly (7054 32nd Ave S, Seattle)
Teacher Training & Coaching
Sat, Dec. 6, 2014 – 2pm to 4:30pm
Youngstown (4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle)
Sat, Dec. 6, 2014 – 10am to 12:30pm
Youngstown (4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle)
Provider Contracting & Enrollment
Wed, Dec. 10, 2014 – 3pm to 5:30pm
Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle)
FREE: Food • Childcare • Interpretation
RSVP: Rachel Schulkin – [email protected] – 206-684-3942 Please let us know if you need childcare or interpretation


Jazz Nutcracker at Roosevelt High School
You too can hear Duke Ellington’s inspired interpretation of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic! Performances are Saturday, December 6th at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 7th at 2:00pm. Tickets are available now at:



LASER Childcare

  • Friday, December 12th, Parents Night Out at Laurelhurst from 6pm-11pm. $25 per child, $15 per sibling. Sign-ups begin Monday, Dec. 1st. Dinner, movie, arts & crafts, group games, snack provided! Please contact Shawn at [email protected] for more info. We hope we see you there!!
  • Monday – Wednesday, December 22nd-January 3rd – Winter break. Please see flyers for daily scheduled field trip. 7am-6pm, $45 per child. Sign-ups begin Monday, Dec. 1st. For more info contact Shawn at [email protected]

LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)

  • Fall Leaps Session began the week of September 29th and runs through December 15th.

Rising Stars Pre-K (Preschool)

  • Pre-K Open Registration – we are still accepting applications for our Rising Stars Pre-K Kindergarten Readiness Program serving 4-5 year olds. Download registration materials online at , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Clubs have started centered on Common Core and Habits of Mind that give our kids a chance to dig deeper into topics of interest. Clubs are not a
given, they are an opportunity. The clubs are taking part during programming time from 4:45pm-5:30pm. These clubs are in addition to an
art/creative activity and group game options. Our clubs this fall include:

  • Monday-Masters of Painting with Tara. They are finishing their portraits.
  • Tuesday-Cooking around the World with David. The club will be studying Vietnam.
  • Wednesday-Community Service with Doug. The kids will be working with senior center.
  • Thursday-Spanish with Sebastian. Introduction to all Spanish speaking countries.

Star students for the month of November are Hasan Abid-Turbo Troops, Madeline Robinson: Rad Rascals, and Elliot Siddall: Super Swarm. Great job!

Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!


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. Next weekly newsletter publication date is December 1.