The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin, December 15

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Laurelhurst Elementary School
Monday, December 15, 2014


Monday, Dec 15

  • Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today

Tuesday, Dec 16

  • Instrumental music students, remember your instruments!

Wednesday, Dec 17

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

Thursday, Dec 18

Friday, Dec 19

  • Crazy Hair Day!
  • 2:40 pm EARLY DISMISSAL for Winter Break

Upcoming Events

  • Dec 22-Jan 2 – NO SCHOOL, Winter Break
  • Jan 5 – School Resumes
  • Jan 12 – PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm in the Library
  • Jan 14 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:40 pm, for Staff Professional Development
  • Jan 16 – Martin Luther King Assembly, 2:40 pm in the cafeteria
  • Jan 19 – NO SCOOL, Martin Luther King Day Holiday
  • Jan 29 – Tea with Talbot, Principal’s monthly chat, 9:40 in the Library
  • Jan 30 – Day Between Semesters (Possible Snow Make-Up Day), otherwise no school

Lost And Found

Claim it now or it’s gone! Any unclaimed Lost & Found items will be donated during Winter Break, so make sure you and your kids have perused the bounty of items that has accumulated during the first trimester of this year. As always, we recommend marking their name in/on removable and loose items, like lunchboxes, coats, sweatshirts and sweaters. As the seasons change and they get new clothing, please take a moment to mark them.


Tutors Needed

We are in need of additional paid part-time hourly tutors for both math and reading. These jobs include playground supervision duty. The maximum amount of hours would be less than 19 hours per week. If interested, please reply to this email with your contact information and availability.

End of the Year…Starting a New Calendar?
Friends and Families! Please think about recycling your 2014 calendars by donating them to our school. They can be used for all kinds of different
instruction! There will be a collection box outside the office. –Thank you, Ms. Isaacson

Do you shop on
Have you heard of AmazonSmile? It’s a simple and automatic way for you to support our PTA every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile
is exactly the same as Amazon (including use of your Prime Membership), except that every time you shop at Amazon using AmazonSmile, Amazon
will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Laurelhurst PTA! All you need to do is use this link when shopping at Amazon: Just sign in with your regular Amazon user name and password and start your holiday shopping!

We need your help to support our team!

Procurement is Laurelhurst Auction Logounderway! Thank you families who have procured items for the auction. We need to reach
$100,000 worth of items by the end of January. As of now, we are at $30,000. Keep thinking of restaurants, event
tickets, professional services, neighborhood dinners, and vacation stays. The PTA auction is the largest fundraiser.
It supports our art and music programs, Sound Partner Tutors and much, much more.
Remember, our Laurelhurst Auction on March 20, 2015, at Husky Stadium. Procurement forms can be found on the auction bulletin board at school
or on the PTA auction Web site: Please help support our team! For additional information contact Jenny
Burkle at [email protected]


Friday is Crazy Hair Day!

I have had some bad hair days but have you tried going to school with bad hair? Crazy hair day is a day where you can make the
craziest hair you can think of. It could be quadruple ponytails, Pippi Longstocking style, Afro wig and more! Crazy hair day will be on
December 19, 2014. You can put on any wig or any style in the morning and just have fun, but remember if you don’t want to do
crazy hair day that is totally okay, too! If you see somebody without crazy hair, don’t tease them just because you have crazy hair
and they don’t. Please don’t brag that you have better hair then somebody else. Just have fun! –Stella T, 5th grade


Giving Wreath – Thank You!

Thank you to all of you who supported our school families this year. Many beautifully wrapped gifts were donated and given to families who were
very grateful for the assistance. Thank you for sharing the Laurelhurst spirit! (If you haven’t turned in your wrapped gift, please reply to this email and
let me know which tag/item and the status.)

February is Literacy Month – “It’s Never Too Soon To Love Shakespeare”

William Shakespeare has had a great influence on our language and culture. Ever seen the “Lion King” – Shakespeare’s fingerprints are all over it.
This year we will be devoting Literacy Month as an opportunity to let our young ones know that Shakespeare is fun, fantastic, accessible and action packed!
Mr. Brown will be introducing various elements during each classes Library Period leading up to Literacy Night, scheduled for Wednesday
February 25. The evening will be highlighted by a 40 minute production of “Twelfth Night” by Greenstage followed by a Question and Answer session.

The evening would not be complete without the family favorite “Book Swap”. More details to follow! We will also be adding a Book Drive Contest. On
arrival at literacy night, students can turn in a NEW book and receive a raffle ticket for each book donated. Prizes will be drawn at the end of the
evening. All books will be donated to an educational non-profit for children. If you are shopping for books this holiday season, it might be good to
grab a few extra (preferred reading level third to fifth grade) while there are bargains to be had!
If you are interested in helping with literacy month, please contact Beth Cogan at [email protected] / 206-250-9559.

Record Turn Out of Student Scientists at STEM Night!
We had record attendance of pajama wearing scientists at our December 10th “Radical Reactions” STEM Event. This STEM event was open to all
Laurelhurst families and featured the Pacific Science Center’s Radical Reactions Show.

Students from kindergarten to fifth grade came out with their parents, in their PJs and slippers, to enjoy milk and cookies and engage in a night of
STEM learning. The forty-minute show presented by teacher/scientists at the Pacific Science Center, reinforced scientific concepts that Laurelhurst
students had discussed and experimented with all week leading up to the event during library time. In the library, student scientists learned about
physical and chemical change and how to create chemical reactions. During the STEM show, these concepts were reinforced, as chemistry burst
onto cafeteria stage in fiery colors and reactions.

Thank you to the crew of parent volunteers who staffed the event, the staff for supporting this event in their classrooms, and our partners at the Pacific
Science Center.

Thank you again for helping to build STEM power at Laurelhurst!

Classic Books Is Coming In February/March for Grades 3-5

The 2015 Classic Book Program is just around the corner! Please look for a flyer that your 3rd, 4th or 5th grader will be bringing home in kid mail
detailing the book choices for each grade, as well as dates that the book clubs will meet. If you are a parent who would like to help lead book club
discussions, please contact Deanna Irwin-Sires at [email protected]

Briefly, the Classic Book Program is a popular enrichment program that takes place in February and March, after school every other week on
Wednesday afternoons for an hour. The students that choose to participate will read four books selected for their grade levels and will then meet to
discuss the books with volunteer facilitators. It is a wonderful opportunity to practice and develop reading and critical thinking skills, as well as to
practice sharing opinions, listening and responding to the comments of other kids. The books can be read by the kids, or can be read out loud by a
family member, or both.

Winter break could be a great opportunity to obtain the selected books, they’d make great holiday gifts! Please see the Laurelhurst website if a flyer
doesn’t make it home to you. The dates are February 4th and 18th, and March 4th and 18th, 3:45-4:45. Kids attending Laser are welcome!
Please contact Deanna Irwin-Sires at [email protected] with questions or to volunteer as a book club facilitator.


School Directories
By now you should have received your copy of this year’s school directory. If you want 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!



LASER Childcare
• Monday – Wednesday, December 22nd-January 3rd – Winter break Day Camp. Please see flyers for daily scheduled field trip. 7am-6pm
(Except December 24th. Hours are 7am-3pm and will be at Bryant LASER), $45 per child. Sign-ups began Monday, Dec. 1st. For more info
contact Shawn at [email protected]
LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)
• Winter Leaps Session will begin the week of February 2nd. Sign-ups will begin January 5th, 2015.
Rising Stars Pre-K (Preschool)
• Pre- registration for next year (2015-2016) starts January 2nd. If you sign up between January 2nd- 31st, you will get $100 off
your first month tuition in September. 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.
Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!


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]

SPS Registration Open For New Students For 2015-16 School Year

Parents of next year’s kindergartners, and other students who will be new to the district next year, can register your children to start school in fall
2015 anytime between now and September.
You can register in person or by mail using the forms and instructions on the Enrollment webpages, or you can attend one of the kindergarten
enrollment events for information and assistance. Children must be age 5 on or before August 31, 2015, to enter kindergarten in September 2015.


New event in 2015 – Mark Your Calendars for January 21st, 6- 7:30 pm

ART EXPLORERS NIGHT! Come and experience art with your family and with the Masters! There will be 4 stations where you will be able to create
Hokusai block prints, Wan Qingli Chinese brush and ink paintings, Gaudi with the STEAM team and an all school Basquiat painting. Don’t miss the
end of the night- Red Painted Chicken Feet walk. It will be a night to remember! Donations accepted, but not required.


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.


Winter Break Hoops Camps (Roosevelt Select)
2nd – 8th Grade Boys and Girls
Session 1: Dec. 22nd and 23th 9am-12pm and Session 2: Dec. 29th and 30th 9am-12pm
One Session: $80 * Both Sessions: $140 * One Day: $55
Speed and Agility Exercises, Ball Handling and Passing, Shooting and Scoring, Defense and Rebounding Games, Comps, and Scrimmage
Camp Location: Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA.
Space is limited! To register please contact Chase Young at [email protected] or call 206-930-7975

4th Annual Holiday Hoops Camp at Meadowbrook Community Center!
December 22 & 23 from 9AM – 3PM for Boys and Girls ages 6-12 Only $45 per day! Space is limited…register today!


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