The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin – March 2, 2015

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

Monday, Mar 2
• Kid Mail day. Check those backpacks! Detailed Auction flyer coming home with your family messenger today!
Tuesday, Mar 3
• Instrumental Music Students, remember your instruments!
Wednesday, Mar 4
• Prospective Parent Information Night, 6-7 pm – Library
• STEM Night “Countdown to Science Fair”, 7-8 pm – Cafeteria
Thursday, Mar 5
• Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight. Submit to: [email protected]
Friday, Mar 6
Upcoming Events
• Mar 9 – PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm – Library
• Mar 17 – Laurelhurst Departure Committee Public Meeting, 6:30 pm in Cafeteria *see information on last page
• Mar 20 – Adult Evening Auction, Husky Stadium
• Mar 25 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:20 pm for Staff Professional Development
• Mar 26 – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 am – Library


Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 to 7:30 PM, in the Laurelhurst Cafeteria
Join us for a parents and students led Experiments night at STEM Night!
Open to all families featuring hands-on experimentation alongside great community partners and fantastic parent volunteers, our students put the
scientific method to practice by doing what kids do best: using their curious minds.
We are actively seeking a core group of parent volunteers to donate 1.5 hours of their time, on Wednesday, March 4, 2014. This is an easy, fun,
and interactive one-time volunteer gig! This does not require a scientific background! It does ensure that you will inspire Laurelhurst students to
think like scientists. To sign up, go to:
STEM’s Countdown to Science Fair is one-hour event dedicated to supporting Laurelhurst students in thinking like a scientists, as we countdown to
our beloved Laurelhurst Science Fair. We look forward to seeing you on March 4th. Together we will build STEM power at Laurelhurst as we “Countdown
to Science Fair!” – The STEM Night Team
Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact Jincey Goggin ([email protected]) or Shashidhar ([email protected])



PE News and Information
Last week in P.E. (Feb 23rd -27th) we worked on Speed Stacking again. I have yet to see an activity that has such high levels of engagement and
concentration. I have noticed students’ improved eye-hand coordination and dexterity with right and left hands all while giving their brain a kick start
for learning. Pretty cool.
Our second journey with Speed Stacks was intentional because the National Championships in Speed Stacking are in Auburn, Washington this year.
It is exciting that the fastest stackers will be in Auburn on March 14 and 15th. I have included the link if you are interested in registering your stacker.
There are individual stacking events, and partner and team events. As the host state, they have encouraged stackers from Washington to participate.
It would also be fun to watch their blazing fast hands stack as well. I am going to try and make it on the 14th. If you are going down send me an email
so we can try to meet up. This is the link for registering.
This week in P.E. (March 2-13th) I will be doing Archery in the School program with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Listening and following directions
will be essential to the success of this unit. I will be clear with students that if they don’t follow directions they will not be doing archery for the class
period. My goal is to create the safest environment possible where students can build skills and strength while using archery gear correctly.
As always, if you can help during their class period, let me know. Thanks, Brent Roberts [email protected]

Auction Update! Online Auction Begins TODAY!
Online auction!
The Online Auction begins today, Monday, March 2 and runs through March 12! Don’t miss out on all the exciting bidding fun! What can you bid on? Find out at:
Here is just a taste of the over 200 amazing items available for bids online:
• Trips to Mexico, Seabrook, Snowbird, Whistler, and Vashon Island
• Sports Memorabilia, included autographed Russell Wilson, Dwayne Wade, and Reggie Bush jerseys
• Gift certificates for tons of great local restaurants
• Teacher Experiences and sign up parties
• Get in shape with lots of gym memberships & personal trainers
• Tickets to popular (and sold out) sports & entertainments events
With your bid, not only do you have the chance of winning some great items, but you are also helping Laurelhurst Elementary School to
continue to provide so many opportunities that make Laurelhurst so great.
More information to follow in Kid Mail on Monday!
Ticket sales for the Laurelhurst PTA Auction continue! We are excited to celebrate and raise money as a team for our amazing school.
Ticket prices are $80 per/person with a $20 per/person tailgate before the game. You can buy tickets at
Childcare available through LASER – (206) 240-5358 — sign up now!



WANTED! New PTA Board Members for 2015-16
Are you passionate about our school and looking to become more involved? If so, we have a job for you! The Laurelhurst PTA Nominating Committee
is looking for new PTA board members to fill the following positions:
o Co-President (1)
o Treasurer (1)
o VP Building & Grounds (1)
o VP Supportive Education (1)
o VP School Services (1)
o School Board Liaison (1)
o VP Ways and Means (2)
Board members are elected to serve a two-year term . To learn more about the available positions, or to express interest in filling one of them, please
contact any Nominating Committee Member. Christine Bagley (Chair) at [email protected], Becky Aronchick at [email protected], Janine Dodge at [email protected], Deanna Dukes at [email protected] or Bobbi Shashidar at [email protected] Please submit your interest or suggestions by March 6th. Step right up!


Suggestion Box
We are two students on the 5th grade leadership team. We thought a suggestion box would be a good idea for the school to figure out more ideas of
things that would help the school. The suggestion is for any ideas you have about the school. Students, staff or families are all welcome to leave
suggestions in the box. The 5th grade student leadership team will check the box every Wednesday morning. All serious suggestions will be considered
by the leadership team. Remember, the suggestion box is for serious suggestions only and will be located in the lobby by the front door.
Ayden and Vasyl – 5th graders


Scrip News!
Gift Cards on Sale! (“SCRIP”) : Place your next (or first!) SCRIP order online by Friday, March 6th at . What is
SCRIP? You buy gift cards online, the PTA orders those cards, collects your check, and hands you the cards on 3/24. 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]


SPS Open Enrollment Continues through 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 requestYou 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

The district has created a new assignment tool and is NOT sending assignment letters.
The district has created an easy-to-use Assignment Look-Up Tool on the Seattle Public Schools Admissions website
( allowing families greater ease in identifying their student’s assigned school both this year and the next
school year. The tool will be available Feb. 23.
Families will no longer be mailed a next-year assignment letter for each student in mid-February. In the past, we took this extra step to help families
transition to our New Student Assignment Plan as enrollment growth boundaries changed and while we established attendance area schools and
choice assignments. HERE is the letter that will be sent to families informing them of this change.
Those wishing to change their current or assigned school can do so during Open Enrollment, Feb. 23 – March 6. Full instructions on how to participate
in Open Enrollment and choose a different school can be found on the Admissions website at or by contacting
the Admissions office at (206) 252-0760.

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 Tour: 9:30-11:30am on Monday, March 2

Science Fair Update
Calling all budding scientists! The science fair is approaching and we want to encourage your student to participate in this fun event. This year’s
theme is Transformations in Science focusing on why things are changing form or appearance. Three important dates: before Friday, February
27th, please return the registration form (the first page on the packet that was sent home in kid mail) this will only include the project’s scientific
question your child has chosen to explore; and then the project must be completed by Tuesday, April 7th, when you bring your child’s project to the
school gym between 2:30 and 4:30. We look forward to seeing everyone on the night of the Science Fair, Wednesday, April 8th from 6-8pm.
Have fun with Science!


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]


Small Sized Pants Needed
We find ourselves in need of smaller sized pants again, for both boys and girls (grades K-2). Leggings and elastic-waist pants work best, as they fit a
broader size range. If you have pants you are sorting through that your child has outgrown, we could sure use some donations.


Roosevelt High School presents Disney’s Little Mermaid!
Join RHS Drama students at The Little Mermaid. Ariel, a sixteen-year-old mermaid princess, is dissatisfied with life under the sea & curious about the
human world. Come along with Ariel and her fish friends as they brave adventures together learning new lessons while sharing their own wisdom.
Wed. March 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. March 5 – *3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Fri. March 6 – *3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sat. March 7 – 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at
* After school matinees added!



LASER Childcare
Friday, March 20th, Auction Night Childcare at Laurelhurst! $10 per child, .4:30pm-11pm. Email Shawn at [email protected] for more
LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)
Winter Leaps Session began the week of February 2nd. 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 Readiness Program Open Registration – we are accepting applications for our 2015-2016 school year. Our program follows Laurelhurst Elementary
School schedule. The program is Monday through Friday, 9:20am-1:20pm. Spanish, yoga, creative movement, library time at the school,
lunch every Friday with the school kindergarteners, field trips, 1st/2nd grade buddies included!
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.
New this year: Pre-K Day Camp during school breaks and 4 weeks of Summer Camp from June 22nd through July 17th! Field trips and fun activities!!
Call Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358. In addition we have begun monthly Parent Night Outs!! Please see for
dates and times!
New next year: Extended day enrichment classes from 1:30pm-3:30pm, Monday through Friday in coordination with the Laurelhurst Community
Center! Classes include Zumba, dance, drama, cooking, tumbling, and art! Call Sequoia for more info at 206-240-5358!
*You do not need to be enrolled in our Pre-K to take part in Day Camp, Summer Camp, or Parent Night Outs!!
Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!



Laurelhurst Bears Spring Ultimate
We need 3rd & 4th Grade Girls and Boys!
Spring Ultimate Frisbee starts this week, and it’s not too late to register! 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 are Thursdays and Fridays, 3:40-5:00pm after school at Laurelhurst Park. Games on Saturdays starting March 14!
We have two teams: one 5th grade team and one 3rd-4th grade team, and they will all practice together Registration is $40 for the season.
If your son or daughter is interested in playing, please email Tiffany Jay at [email protected] by this Thursday, March 5, and come to practice
this week! Team size will be limited to ensure playing time for all – first come, first served. (Find more info about the league here:


Rain City Water Polo
Does your child love the water and team sports? Then water polo is perfect. We specialize in introducing kids to the sport and have programs to suit
all ages. Boys and girls age five and older are welcome to join us. We have programs in north Seattle, west Seattle and on Mercer Island. A Free
Trial is always available.
Check out our offerings at or get in touch by emailing [email protected] or by calling 206-999-5686.


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