The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin – February 2, 2015

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Laurelhurst Elementary School
Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday, Feb 2
• Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today
Tuesday, Feb 3
• Instrumental music students, remember your instruments!
Wednesday, Feb 4
Thursday, Feb 5
• 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, Feb 6
• All-School Dance, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, in the Cafeteria
Upcoming Events
• Feb 9 – PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm in the Library
• Feb 10 – Instrumental Music Concert Assembly, 2:50 in the Cafeteria (Grades 4 & 5 performing)
• Feb 12 – General PTA Meeting in the Cafeteria at 9:30 am **NOTE change in date and time
• Feb 16-17 – NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day & Mid-Winter Break Day
• Feb 25 – Literacy Night, 6-8 pm in the Cafeteria
• Feb 26 – Principal’s Monthly Chat “Tea With Talbot”, 9:40 am – Library


PE News & Information
Helmets are needed in P.E. through Friday, February 6th
Laurelhurst’s bike unit continues through this Friday, February 6th. We partner with Cascade Bicycle Club and borrow their BMX bicycles for our unit. If you have a rider in K-2 and they have a bike they like to ride and you can get it to school, feel free to bring it on their P.E. days. Students in 3rd -5th do not need to bring a bike.

All-School Dance! This Friday!

All-School Dance is this Friday, February 6th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the Laurelhurst cafeteria. Hip Hop instruction, DJ, Concessions, Dance Showcase & Fun with Friends! Not content to just dance in a crowd? Show off your moves! Register for the Dance Showcase, solo or with your posse. Return all Dance Showcase registration forms to the office no later than January 30th. Dance Admission: $5.00.

Questions? Contact Tonya Clegg, [email protected]

Literacy Month is Here!

Reading Log Calendars are going home today in Kid Mail. We have attached information for parents about upcoming activities to the reading logs.

Our featured author is William Shakespeare and the featured illustrator is Maurice Sendak. Mr Brown will be having library lessons on Shakespeare and our amazing Art Explorers will be introducing Sendak.

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday February 25th for Literacy Night, 6 PM -8 PM in the cafeteria. The performance of Twelfth Night by GreenStage will start at 7 PM. Let the wild reading rumpus start!

If you are interested in helping with literacy month, please contact Beth Cogan at [email protected]om / 206-250-9559.

Instrumental Music Mini Performance on Feb 10th

The 4th and 5th grade Instrumental Music students have been working hard to learn to play their instruments. Please attend our “mini-performance” on February 10 at 2:50 pm to see what we’ve learned so far this year!

Annual PTA Survey – Please take a minute to respond!

We want to hear from you! Every year the PTA sends out a general survey to help us gauge family interests and plan programs and funding commitments. Please click on the link and take this quick survey today:

Lost and Found
Any items that are left in the lost and found for more than 30 days will be donated on the first of every month. A lot of these items are items left on our playground over the weekend. Please check the lost and found frequently.

We need your help to support our team!

Procurement has been extended!!!!

The Auction Committee is very grateful for everything that has come in, but we still need everyone’s help! The procurement deadline has been extended to Friday, February 6th!
Please considering grabbing a friend and host a party, donate tickets to a sporting event or cultural center. Have a nice bottle of wine? Donate to our special wine package. Own a business? Donate services or a gift card. If you don’t have something to donate — please consider a cash donation! The money will be used to purchase items to complete gift packages. Please do your part to help our auction be a success. Procurement forms are being sent home in kid mail and can be found on the auction bulletin board at school or on the PTA auction web site:

For additional information contact Jenny Burkle at [email protected]

Art Explorer News

In support of Literacy Month, during February we’ll be learning about Maurice Sendak, American born author and illustrator, most famous for his book Where The Wild Things Are. Sendak is widely recognized for depicting the emotional characteristics of childhood and received the Caldecott Medal and the Hans Christian Anderson Award for his work. Each classroom will make a special project together so look for this in our hallways and ask your “little artist” about it! Check out Sendak’s biography on the Art Explorer’s bulletin Board near the Staff Lounge!

Also, we are excited to have some actual set items and props from the just-retired “Nutcracker” ballet compliments of Pacific Northwest Ballet. Sendak designed this Nutcracker version with Kent Stowell in 1983 and the items we will have at school have been used for 32 years, 45 times a year. These special things will be on display in the school’s front hall cabinet for just a few weeks so please make an effort to see it with your children! questions: [email protected] or [email protected]

Math Is Cool Club 2015 for 5th Graders

I am hoping to coach a limited number of 5th graders to prepare for participation in the 2015 Math is Cool competition which will be on Friday, March 20 at Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines. We would meet Mondays after school for about six weeks beginning February 2 and ending on March 16 (exact time and location TBD) to learn about the competition and practice our math skills.

If there are any 5th graders interested in participating please let me know via the email address below and I will get more information to you. The website for this competition with information and past tests is: Thanks, Phil Pettis [email protected]

Advanced Learning Office Sends a Status Update

For families who nominated their child for Advanced Learning Testing during the annual fall nomination period. We are writing to update you on our Advanced Learning testing process at Seattle Public Schools. This year, we are processing more than 5,400 applications and are continuing to test students through the end of February.

If your child has not yet been tested, he or she will be scheduled during the coming weeks and we will contact you at that point. Additionally, testing results and eligibility letters will be sent by early March. Thank you for your patience during this long testing process.

Please visit our website for the answers to most Advanced Learning questions


Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation
We were thrilled to see many friendly faces come by the FOLF table to enjoy a cup of cocoa with us at the Laurelhurst Christmas ship event.
Over the holidays we also had a very warm reception to a pre-holiday mailing we sent to past donors to FOLF. We updated them on the Foundation’s
great progress, $820,000, toward the goal of a million dollars. We also invited them to get involved with the Foundation again.
We had 13 lapsed donors return, Including several who gave at the $500 level, whiich garners an invitation to join us for the JM Cellars event, on
May 8th.
You can come too, just make a $500 donation to FOLF, to support our kids and school NOW – and invest in the long term success of our neighborhood

Scrip News
Gift Cards on Sale! (“SCRIP”) : Place your next (or first!) SCRIP order online by Friday, February 6th at
What is SCRIP? You buy gift cards online, the PTA orders those cards, collects your check, and hands you the cards on 2/24. You receive the
FULL value of the cards and the retailer gives Laurelhurst PTA a percentage of their value. You support the kids without spending an extra dime!
More info at
The PTA loves PCC Cards! PCC gift cards ($50 value) are on sale now for immediate receipt. Why do we especially love PCC Scrip?
You purchase this card from the PTA for $50 by check and the PTA receives 5% of its value. Here’s the exciting part: you can recharge your
gift card right at the PCC register using any means of payment (even credit card!) and 5% continues to go straight to the PTA. Effortless!
To purchase email [email protected]

Candids, Candids, and MORE Candids Needed!
The deadline for submitting pictures to the yearbook is April 12, 2015. We would love pictures from field trips, children in their Seahawks gear, pajama
days, parties, recess, school assemblies…ANY picture that you would like to share. If you have pictures that you would like to share, please
email them to [email protected] Please include your child’s class/teacher with the photos.
Questions: Jincey Goggin [email protected]

SPS Open Enrollment is February 23 – March 6
The Open Enrollment period is your best opportunity to request a different school or program for your student. You must first register your student for
school, and then you can submit your Choice request between Feb. 23 and Mar. 6.
You can choose to apply for another attendance area school including K-8 schools; an option school; or programs such as Montessori, Spectrum,
and Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP).
• School Choice Enrollment Process
• School Choice Application Instructions
• School Choice application forms will be posted Feb. 23, 2015

Do You Have A Child Headed to Middle School Next Year?
If you’re thinking about middle schools for your child, please consider Hazel Wolf K-8. We are Seattle’s first E-STEM (environmentally-focused
science, technology, engineering, math) school, offering electives such as MESA, art, drama, music, choir, PE, and foreign language, all in a creative
and dynamic environment. Come join us for an open house tour — we’ll be showing off our new, temporary location near Greenlake, and talking all
about our groundbreaking E-STEM program. All families and students are welcome. See you there!
2015 Open House & Tour Schedule:
Morning Tours: 9:30-11:30am on Tuesday, February 3, Wednesday, February 18 and Monday, March 2
Evening Tours: 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, February 26

New Auditorium Chairs!
Thanks to generous grants from Intermec Corporation and FOLF (Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation), we are thrilled to announce the arrival of 200 new stacking chairs and rolling storage carts. This investment in our school will positively impact generations to come. A HUGE THANK YOU!

Science Fair 2015 is on Wednesday, April 8th From 6-8 pm
The 2015 Aki Kurose Laurelhurst Science Fair is happening on April 8th. This year’s theme is TRANSFORMATIONS IN SCIENCE. Students will
build and display experiments which have utilized the Scientific Method! Stay tuned. Registration packets will be out next month!

Positive Parenting of School Age Children
Join Anita Garcia Morales for this free, fun class for parents/caregivers who want to foster respectful and joyful relationships with children aged 5-12.
During this six week class there will be discussions about effective discipline (how to be kind and firm at the same time), understanding your child’s
behavior, and creating an environment of mutual caring and respect.
You will explore parenting styles and work on creating some tools for both self care and for building strong foundations for a positive lifelong relationship
with your child. Limited, free childcare is available for children 5-12 years old
Registration is required
To register for class and childcare call 206-694-6727
When: Wednesdays Feb 25, Mar 4, (no class on Mar 11), Mar 18, 25, April 1, 8
From: 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: at FamilyWorks 1501 N 45th St Seattle, 98103
This class is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

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.

LASER Childcare
• Monday, February 16th, No Laser, President’s Day
• Tuesday, February 17th, Camp Day at Sandpoint Elementary. 7am-6pm. Sign up will be out 1st week of February. $45 per child.
LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)
• Winter Leaps Session will begin the week of February 2nd. Sign-ups began January 5th, 2015. You can pick up a class list and sign up
form in the LASER portable or the LEAPS bulletin board in the Laurelhurst main entry hall. Note: Lego class is full.
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. If you sign up by January 31st you will receive a $100 credit towards the first month’s tuition in
the fall. Questions can email [email protected]
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 currently include:
• Monday-Masters of Painting with Tara.
• Tuesday-Cooking around the World with David.
• Wednesday-Outdoor Education with Eric.
• Thursday-Multicultural Exploration with Sebastian. They will be picking individual country projects.
• Friday-Comic book club with Travis
Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!

Laurelhurst Bears Spring Ultimate for 3rd through 5th Grade Girls and Boys
Spring Ultimate Frisbee is just around the corner! This sport is available for third through fifth graders, and our team(s) will be organized through
DiscNW again this year. We will have the same great coaches as last year, Sam and Xander, two Northwest High School students. Practices will be
on Fridays after school at Laurelhurst Park, about 3:45-5:15pm, starting in early March. Games will be on Saturdays starting at the end of April
through mid-June. To form a team, we need at least 5 girls and 5 boys (co-ed sports are great for all!) – and about 15 kids total. We will likely have
two teams: one 4th-5th grade team and one 3rd-4th grade team, and they will all practice together. If your son or daughter is interested in playing,
please email Tiffany Jay at [email protected] by February 11. Team size will be limited to ensure playing time for all – first come, first served.
(Find more info about the league here:

All-City Tutoring Training
February 7th from 8:30-1:30 p.m. at Cleveland High School | 5511 15th Ave. S.
The All-City Tutoring Coalition offers free trainings to new and experienced tutors. Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect, help students become
better writers with practical tips, elementary math, 21st Century Science Standards and back by popular demand, Race and Equity in Public
Schools. This is a great line up and we hope to see you there! Space is limited so please register early!
Event Registration:
Our email address is: [email protected]

Mid-Winter Break Basketball Camp
Mid-Winter Break 1-day Basketball Camp Feb. 17th 9am-3pm @ Concordia Lutheran Church in Wedgwood. This camp will be open for youth
boys and girls 2nd-8th grade and will be lead by coach Chase Young through Hoopaholics. To register please visit and click
on the CAMPS page and look for the Feb. 17th 1-day camp at Concordia. For any questions or group registrations please contact Chase Young at
[email protected]

School Day Off Hoops Camps!
Presented by One on One Basketball
Space is limited…register today!
February 17th from 9AM – 3PM
Boys and Girls ages 6-12
Only $60 per day

NE Seattle Baseball
North Seattle Baseball registration is now open! Get outdoors this spring and join our baseball community which serves boys/girls ages 4-18 and
their families. Our younger divisions play “buddy baseball” where you can request your preferred team/coach/teammates/schoolmates. Our older
divisions are competitive and prepare athletes for high school baseball with advanced Pony rules. Practices start in March, games go through the
end of the school year and take place in NE Seattle Meadowbrook/Wedgewood area fields. Teams will be formed in late January/early February so
sign up soon. You can register and find more information at