The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin, Jan 26, 2015

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin


Monday, Jan 26
• Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today
Tuesday, Jan 27
• Instrumental music students, remember your instruments!
Wednesday, Jan 28
• Opposite Day – Dress like the opposite of your norm or of a friend…see article below (Note date change!)
• EARLY Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight. Submit to: [email protected]
Thursday, Jan 29
• Blue Thursday – Wear your Blue or Seahawks gear to support the Seahawks! (see article below) GO HAWKS!
• Tea with Talbot, Principal’s monthly chat, 9:40 in the Library
Friday, Jan 30
• NO SCHOOL, Day Between Semesters
Upcoming Events
• Feb 5 – School Tour, 9:30 – 11:00 am, Starts in the Library, ends in Cafeteria
• Feb 6 – All-School Dance, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, in the Cafeteria
• 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. from Tuesday 1/20 through Friday 2/6
Laurelhurst’s bike unit continues through February 6th. We partner with Cascade Bicycle Club and borrow their BMX bicycles
for our unit. Cascade’s bicycles are usually a good match for students in 2-5th grades. I have balance bikes (without
pedals) for students that will be working to learn to ride. I also have some smaller bikes for new/younger riders. 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. We could use volunteers for the K-1 classes for the first week to help with adjusting



We need your help to support our team!
Our procurement deadline is quickly approaching!
Go team! We are at 60% of our $100,000 procurement goal, but still have a LONG WAY TO GO! With only 1 Laurelhurst_auctionlogo_200
week left we need everyone involved. Grab a friend and host a party, donate tickets to a sporting event or cultural
center. 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]


Theme Days This Week! NOTE: Changes Have Been Made
Wednesday, January 28th will be Opposite Day.
Ideas for Opposite are: Wear one ponytail up and one down, if you usually dress very casually, come in formal attire, dress the opposite as someone
else, they wear red top/blue bottom; you wear red bottom/blue top.
Mismatch seems to also fit the theme Ideas are: Color hair different colors, switch one shoe with another person, Wear mismatched socks or
shoes, wear mismatched top and bottom, etc. There’s a lot of creativity for this day. As long as it’s appropriate and you consider it opposite, then it’ll
work. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Roos at [email protected]
Thursday, January 29th will be Seahawks Blue Thursday!
Support our Super Bowl bound Seattle Seahawks by wearing Seahawk gear or just by wearing blue! Go Hawks!


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:

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


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]

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!

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

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]

Jump Around! All-School DANCE!
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]

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 actionpacked!
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] or 206-250-9559.

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?
JAMS – Jane Addams Middle School New Family Information Night
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30-8:00 PM
Come and learn about all that Jane Addams Middle School has to offer. We will begin at 6:30, with a short presentation in the auditorium and then
have several breakout sessions by subject area, allowing new students and parents to meet teachers, learn more, and see our newly remodeled
areas. Later in the spring, we will invite students back for scheduling of classes and community building.
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 Wednesday, January 21, Tuesday, February 3, Wednesday, February 18 and Monday, March 2
Evening Tours: 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday, January 27 and Thursday, February 26
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.

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 9th From 6-8 pm
The 2015 Aki Kurose Laurelhurst Science Fair is happening in April. 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!

LASER Childcare
• Friday, January 30th- Super Bowl Camp day at Sandpoint Elementary. 7am-6pm. Sign up at Laurelhurst. $45 per child. For more info
contact Shawn at [email protected]
• 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)
Day of discovery! Pre-K camp day Friday, January 30th from 9:00am-4:00pm Cost $40/day
Location: Pre-K classroom – includes field trip to Everett Children’s Museum
Any child can sign-up from ages 4-6 (doesn’t have to be a part of LASER program)
Can sign-up in LASER Pre-K classroom by January 28th at 6pm.
Questions can email [email protected]
• 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.
Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!

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.

School Day Off Hoops Camps!
Presented by One on One Basketball
Space is limited…register today!
January 30th & 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

Little League® Baseball and Softball
Register now for Northeast Seattle Little League. Join the more than 1,000 boys and girls from your neighborhood who play tee ball, coach-pitch
baseball, machine-pitch softball, and competitive levels of baseball and softball.
Registration deadlines: Baseball – January 24th and Softball – January 31st
Please register only at Online registration does not require online payment. You may register online but send your registration
fee by postal mail.
Northeast Seattle Little League is your neighborhood little league – serving families who live in the area bounded by the ship canal, NE 110th Street,
Lake Washington, and 25th Avenue NE/Lake City Way. *BOUNDARIES Little League has amended its residency requirements to allow children to
play in the local league whose boundaries include where the school they attend is located. So, if a child’s school is located within the NESLL boundaries,
that child can now play with their school friends in NESLL!!
Kids aged 5-7 play tee ball. Kids 7-8 play farm league (either coach-pitch baseball or machine-pitch softball). Older age groups play in kid-pitch
leagues, and teams are assembled after player assessment. See the NESLL website for further details.

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.