The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin, January 1, 2015

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Laurelhurst Elementary School
Monday, January 5, 2015



Monday, Jan 5

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

Tuesday, Jan 6

  • Instrumental music students, remember your instruments!

Wednesday, Jan 7

Thursday, Jan 8

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

Friday, Jan 9

Upcoming Events

  • 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 21 – Art Explorer Night, 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the cafeteria
  • 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


New Year… 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


We need your help to support our team!

Laurelhurst_auctionlogo_200The crowd is starting to cheer! The auction is coming March 20. We want to get the kids excited and help support
our team. Going home in Kid Mail today is a coloring sheet for kids and a parent Q&A. Please have the kids color
the pennant and bring it back to school to fill our halls with team spirit.

We are excited about the many different items we have procured so far, but still have a long way to reach our goal!
With only 4 weeks left we want to get everyone involved. Please do your part to help our auction be a success.
Procurement forms 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].

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.


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.


Scrip News

January is Auction Procurement month! Why not donate SCRIP cards to the Auction? Order Scrip by Friday, January 9th and your cards can be
picked up on Tuesday, January 27th – just in time to help the PTA’s Auction efforts. You could surely use some gift cards too (who couldn’t?) so don’t
forget to order some for yourself from hundreds of retailers ( Don’t know how to order? Take a flyer on the PTA
Bulletin Board by the main office or visit the PTA website


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

The 2015 Classic Book Program is just around the corner! Flyers went home in December with 3rd, 4th or 5th graders 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.

Please see the Laurelhurst website if the flyer didn’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.

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. Read more.

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

  • Wednesday, January 14th-Early dismissal (1:40pm)-care at Laurelhurst
  • Friday, January 30th-No school (Unless snow make up day)-Camp day at Sandpoint. Sign ups will be out the second week of January.
  • 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 begin today, January 5th.

Rising Stars Pre-K (Preschool)

  • Pre- registration for next year (2015-2016) started 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.

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 will be working with Savador Dali paintings.
  • Tuesday-Cooking around the World with David.
  • Wednesday-Community Service with Doug.
  • Thursday-Spanish with Sebastian. They will be studying different Spanish speaking countries.

Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!

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

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.

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lrl_schoolnews (at) seattleschools (dot) org by the weekly bulletin submission deadline – midnight this Thursday.