The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin for November 17, 2014

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School

Monday, November 17, 2014


Monday, Nov 17

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

Tuesday, Nov 18

  • NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day Holiday

Wednesday, Nov 19

Thursday, Nov 20

  • Tea with Talbot, Principal’s monthly chat – 9:40 in the Library
  • Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight. Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, Nov 21

Upcoming Events

  • Nov 24-26 – Parent-Teacher Conferences and NO SCHOOL for students
  • Nov 27-28 – NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 1 – New student enrollment begins for 2014-16 (Incoming Kindergarten parents, please note)
  • Dec 4 – School Tour, 9:30 – 11:00 am, starts in the Library, ends in Cafeteria
  • 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

Scrip News

Deadline Extended! Jamba Juice, American Girl, Starbucks, iTunes… SCRIP It Up for the Holidays! That’s right – order your Scrip cards by Thursday 11/20 to receive them in time for all your gift giving needs. You are shopping anyway, so why not use or give Gift Cards through our Scrip program? The PTA earns a percentage of these sales and YOU get the full gift card value for your dollar. Take a moment and order your cards TODAY and cross off some holiday to-dos. You can even be ready for the Giving Wreath outside the school office in December! Questions? Ask Minori or Liz at [email protected]

To set up a free account and start shopping:

1) Go to

2) Click “Register” in the upper right corner

3) Choose to “Join a Scrip Program”

4) Enter DAA59E9E7111 as the Enrollment Code, then click “Register”

5) Enter a username, password, account info, email address, security questions & answers and click “Register”

6) Shop! Complete your order by Thursday 11/20. Cards will be distributed 12/9.

It’s Scrip Tuesday!   Please stop by our Scrip table to drop off your checks for your pre-ordered Scrip cards, to buy PCC or Met Market Cards* (no pre-orders needed), or to just get the scoop on Scrip and how it works!  Did you know Laurelhurst PTA made $219 just last month selling Scrip cards?  We’d love to answer your questions and show you how easy it is to participate outside the school office before school (9:10-9:40am) or afterschool (3:20-3:50) on Scrip Tuesday 11/18th.  *Exact cash or checks made payable to “Laurelhurst PTA” for PCC & Met Market cards, please.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Next Week!

Remember we have no school next week for students, as teacher will be busy meeting with all of you! Check in with your child(ren)s teacher(s) if you need a reminder of date/time of your appointment(s) or to schedule, if you have not scheduled you conference(es). Even if you cannot come in person, please arrange with their teacher(s) for a telephone conference. Our goal is 100% participation.

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 (and their siblings) who attend our school. 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]. THE WREATH WILL GO UP ON FRIDAY. You can grab a tag or two during conferences next week.

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.

Lost and Found

While you are in the building for your child(ren)s conference(s), please take a peek through our Lost and found items, both in the wooden cupboard and on the hanging rack. To help keep track of their loose and removable items, please mark their names in/on them with a Sharpie. About 95% will be returned to them if we can identify them as owner!

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]

PE News & Information

Morning Unicycle Riding Continues!

I have been offering a morning unicycle riding period. It starts at 9:05 and is for unicycle riders. This has been happening on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 9:05-9:25 am. This “zero” hour period is great because it will give students a chance to exercise before school and allow them to be in a positive mindset for school and learning. There is no cost for this unicycle period. Thank you to the parents that have been supporting their riders and others during this time.


This week we continue with cup stacking! Speed stacking is great because it develops hand-eye coordination, brain activation, fitness, teamwork, speed and personal bests with their own stacking time. It also helps their ability to focus and improve their reaction time.


More information can be found at As always, feel free to email with questions. — Brent Roberts [email protected]

Walktober News

Thank you Super Jock n’ Jill (by Greenlake), for your incredibly generous donation of 200 pairs of athletic socks for our Walktober prizes. We encourage you to support this local business as they have supported us for the past 6 years. Thank you also to Café Javasti for supplying hot chocolate for our celebration.

If you have not received your Walktober prizes, they will be delivered to you this week!

Calling walking and biking enthusiast parents: To keep Walktober and Bike to School Month a tradition and strong part of our community we need volunteers to help organize and promote these events. The kids love it! Please consider being a PTA representative for the program or an event volunteer.


Questions or ready to volunteer contact: Steve Clark at [email protected] or Tracy Bradley at [email protected]

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.


LASER Childcare

  • November 20th, Multicultural Potluck Dinner! 5:30-7:00pm. Come meet your LASER staff and other LASER families! We will also be showcasing our clubs! Feel free to bring a dish from your culture. Please contact Shawn at [email protected] for more info. We hope we see you there!!
  • November 24th-26th, Thanksgiving Break Day Camp at Sand Point. Sign-ups are happening now. Daily field trips provided. 7am-6pm, $45 per child. 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-Science club with David.
  • Tuesday-Fine Art Club with Tara. On Tuesday the kids will learn about Van Gogh and start portraits.
  • Wednesday-Community Service with Doug.
  • Thursday-Spanish with Sebastian.

Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!

Jazz Nutcracker at Roosevelt High School

The 4th and 5th graders are attending Roosevelt Jazz Band’s weekday outreach performance of Jazz Nutcracker, but don’t miss out on the fun!   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:

Soccer On Thanksgiving Weekend

Gobble, Gobble, GOAL! The Emerald City Football Club is hosting the 15th annual Turkey Shoot jamboree over the Thanksgiving weekend. We invite all local soccer players, regardless of club or rec affiliation, to join! This fun way to get your teams moving. Hope to see you and your kids at Magnuson park (Field 6 & 7) on November 29th, check-in starts at 9am. Open to kids U8 – U14. For more information, go to:

Thanksgiving Break Camps

Looking for something for your kids to do the week of Thanksgiving? Tennis Center Sand Point and TGA of Greater Seattle are partnering for a combined golf and tennis camp November 24-26. Each session will include a mix of golf and tennis instruction. Sessions will run from 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-3:30 each day. Cost is $59 per session. Register at

Questions? Contact Lisa Moholt, [email protected] or Brad Kirkpatrick, [email protected].

The Bear Essentials Bulletin Deadline

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Next weekly newsletter publication date is December 1.