The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin, May 11, 2015

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School

 Monday, May 11, 2015


Monday, May 11

  • Check thosebackpacks!
  • PTA Board Meeting,7pm–Library


Tuesday, May 12

  • InstrumentalMusic Students,remember your instruments!

Wednesday, May 13

  • Spring Concert and MulticulturalPotluck Dinner,6pmin thecafeteria

Thursday, May 14

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

Friday, May 15

  • Deadline to submit Golden Acorn nomination form to the PTA Presidents’ or put in their office mail slot

Saturday, May 16

  • Grounds Clean-Up Work Party from 8 am – Noon

Upcoming Events

  • May19–NO SCHOOL,UnionWalk-outDay,SchoolClosed*MakeUpDayis June16th
  • May 20– New Kindergarten Families WelcomePicnic,6-7pm,Cafeteria
  • May 21– Staff vs.Student BasketballGame,2:15pmin theGym
  • May25–NO SCHOOL,MemorialDayHoliday
  • May 27– DueDate for WillYour Child BeReturning Form,to theOfficefromALL K-4th graders
  • May 28 – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 am – Library
  • June2–InstrumentalMusic Concert 2:45pmassembly,and 7:00 pmperformance
  • June 3 – EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:40 PM for Staff Professional Development
  • June5–IceCreamSocial,5-8pm,Playgrounds,Play Court and Cafeteria
  • June10–Fifth GradeMusic Performance,All-schoolassembly at 9:40amin theCafeteria
  • June10–Fifth GradeMusic Performanceand Graduation,6:30in theCafeteria
  • June11–Volunteer Tea,8:30–9:15am,in theLibrary,ALL volunteers invited!
  • June11–Field Day,Laurelhurst Park
  • June12–End of Year Assembly,9:45am– Cafeteria *June 16 -Revised last student day (with a 2:40 pm EARLY DISMISSAL)*


Spring Multicultural Potluck Dinner and Music Concert!

Wednesday,May 13 from 6-8 PM – Everyone is invited!Come for a great evening of fun,food and delightfulMUSIC!

  • With the help of our Vocal Music Instructor, Bethany Grant-Rodriguez, students have been working hard preparing to take the stage. All grade levels will perform, so come and enjoy the music!
  • Please bring a potluck dish: one that celebrates your family’s heritage or is a family favorite: dish for 10-12 people.
  • We will also have a short General PTA meeting before the concert.


Warm Weather Protocol

Theweatherisheatingup!Some daysarecoolerinthemorning,andreallyheatup.Somedaysare warminthemorningandgetreallyhotinthe afternoon. Unfortunately, our building doesn’t have a climate control system. We often need to dress in layers during the change-over period, so PLEASE remember to mark names in removable clothing. Other days, like now, are quite warm and we are seeing kids coming into the nurse’s office because they are dehydrated. Please remember to send them with a water bottle (that doesn’t leak/spill, marked with their name), and encourage them to keep sipping from it and refilling as necessary. Regular hydration will really help. Remember,spaghettistraps,short shorts and flip flops are against school policy. Modest coverage and supportive shoes help kids be able to participate in class/PE/recesses without distractions and to be safe.

Thank You For All The Love and Appreciation! Laurelhurst Staff is Now Stuffed & Driving Shiny Cars!

We feltit!We still feel it!The summerdiets startin earnestthis week!Thanks forChrisi Nagle, Molly Black and RobinTarte fororganizing and recruit­ing helpers to pull ofan amazing week ofStaffAppreciation!Sneaking in lastweekend to redo the stafflounge was genius!The amazing food, bev­erages (hot and cold), the baked goods, flowers, notes, gift cards and car washes, you outdid yourselves!

—Thank you all so much from the Laurelhurst Staff!

Art Explorers News

Georgia O’Keeffe atthe Tacoma ArtMusuem!22 ofherSWinspired works are there. Meet Tuesday,May 19 @ 9:30am at the North Playground or meet us at the Tacoma Art Musuem at 10:30am. Adults are $14, Kids $12, kids 5 and under are free.

Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico

And The Nomination Goes To…

The 2015 PTA Nominating Committee nominates the following people to fill vacant PTA Board positions for the 2015-16 school year. Nominees will be voted in to office at the Multi-Cultural Dinner/General Membership meeting on Wednesday, May 13. Thank you to our nominees for your commit­ment to our families, students, teachers and school.

  • Co-President: Aimee Horn
  • Treasurer: Kristen Sanders
  • VP School Services: Catherine Montgomery
  • VP Building &Grounds: MattCouch
  • VP Supportive Education: Judy Findley
  • VP Ways and Means: Becky Aronchick and Christine Bagley
  • School Board Liaison: Beth Joffe


PE News & Information

Mark your calendars for our 5th Grade vs. Staff Basketball Game. It is May 21st with doors opening at 2:10pm. Unicycle riders will also perform throughout the game.

This event will also be our celebration for our first ever Hoops for Heart for the American Heart Association. We will be raising funds for the American Heart Association. More information will be coming home TODAY in kid mail with each student. If you choose to donate, it is easiest to do it online. Again, look for a flyer with directions about this process. Final collection will be Friday, May 22nd, the day after the Staff/Student Basketball Game.

Unicycle News: I will be offering morning unicycle riding again on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9:05 until the first bell at 9:25. Morning riding will start this week on Tuesday, May 5th. If you are interested in riding unicycles during the Staff/Student basketball game please join the fun and plan on attending.

Questions or comments please email me. [email protected]

3rd Annual Unicycle Ride Around Greenlake

When: Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Where: Meet at Greenlake in front of the stadium near the crew house. Contact: Emily Huff at 318-497-0311 or [email protected]

Ice Cream Social News

The Ice Cream Social will take place on June 5th from 5-8 p.m. Look for the coloring page and the Donut donation forms coming home today in kid mail! If participating, please return to the school office.

The Ice CreamSocial is once again going “green”this yearby soliciting donations ofsmall toys and favors forthe grab bags and prizes. Instead of spending PTAmoney on the purchase ofgiveaway toys we wanted to try to “recycle”those leftoveritems thatcome frombirthday parties and grab bags.Itemsfortheprizesshouldbein“likenew”condition,small, notposeachokinghazardandcanrangefrombubblestopartyfavors,bouncy balls, new pencils etc. Please drop off any donations in the office by May 20th. Contact Kealy Boychuk at [email protected] with questions.

Looking For Some Tutors For Next Year As you look forward to your summer, consider returning in the fall as a tutor for the wonderful students at Laurelhurst Elementary school. Work with a fun and supportive community of tutors as you help strengthen reading/math skills, and take on supervision duties as needed. If interested in be­ing a tutor next year, send an email to Ed Roos at [email protected]

Robotics Expo a Big Success!

STEAMNight this year culminated in a well-attended and engaging Robotics Expo on Wednesday,May 6th . Engaged students, parents and even staff turned out in huge numbers to tinker and learn with some great community partners. Students built LEGOS with Fun Assembly Required, connected circuits, raced hex bugs and they were also able to see and operate real-life robots alongside student-invented competition robots, .

This event concludes a great year of STEAM programming at Laurelhurst, capping a successful year of fun learning for our students. This year, our program officially became STEAM from STEM -incorporating the “A”-forART and creativity. For those who volunteered this year for our STEAM Events–thank you! We could not have put on this engaging program without your support and participation.

Thank you again for making this a great year of STEAM learning at Laurelhurst. –The STEAM Team (Bobby Shashidhar and Jincey Goggin)


Serving On An Interview Team For SPS Hiring

Anyone who wishes to be on an interview team (now or in the future) needs to take this training one time. Site-based interview training is held from 4-5 pm at the Stanford Center (school district HQ at 2445 3rd Ave S) monthly. To register or to verify previous training, call SEA at 283-8443. The training calendar is as follows: May 14 – Auditorium June 9 – Room 2700 June 23 – Auditorium

2015-16 Key Calendar Dates

Aug 17-21: Jump Start Kindergarten 9am-noon Sept. 9: Start of school Dec. 21-Jan 4: Winter break Feb. 15-19: Mid-winter break April 11-15: Spring break June 23: *Last day of school (tentative)

*Note that the last day of school is always tentative, due to potential inclement weather or other make up days

Summer School News

The Summer Staircase program will run from June 22 to July 3, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. The mission of this program is to elimi­nate opportunity and achievement gaps by serving current K-4 students that are below grade level as determined by classroom assessments, MAP, Amplify, and the SBA. Breakfast and lunch will be served and transportation will be provided for students living outside the one mile walk zone of each participating school. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., followed by math and literacy interventions from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and lunch will be offered from 12:00 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.

To better serve the students of Seattle, we are offering the Summer Staircase program at the following schools throughout the city: Sand Point, John Rogers, Viewlands, BF Day, Leschi, Hawthorne, Martin Luther King Jr., Van Asselt, Emerson, Highland Park, and West Seattle Elementary. Registra­tionfortheSummerStaircaseprogramwillbeopenfromApril3throughMay15. Ifyouhaveanyquestions,pleaseemailJohnHughes,Summer Program Coordinator, Phone: 252-0064 or at [email protected]


Registration for 2015-16 School Year May11,2015 OPENENROLLMENTatallthreeLASERCHILDCARESITES

Paperwork and deposits accepted at 7am @ each site.

LASER Upcoming Events

  • Summer Camp sign ups have begun! Sign up forms and theme calendars are available at the sign in/out table in the portable. Email Robby at [email protected] for more information.

Rising Stars Pre-K News

Pre-K Readiness Program Open Registration – The Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER program is for children who are 3 1/2 to 5 years of age who will be entering Kindergarten within the next 2 years. Classes are offered 5 days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:20am-1:20pm (start time coinciding with Laurelhurst Elementary start time). The class is limited to 16 children. We provide a 1:8 teacher/child ratio.

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!!

Rising Stars Pre-K at LASER provides a highly nurturing learning environment in which children develop academic, social and emotional readiness for Kindergarten. Our activities are planned each week and introduce language arts,pre-literacy,math concepts,science, and geography in a fun learning environment. Our program has a diversified curriculum that also incorporates:

  • Creative movement/dance 2x monthly w/American Dance
  • Yoga 2x monthly w/private instructor
  • Spanish language instruction 2x per week with The Spanish Language School
  • Library time at the Elementary School weekly with the school librarian
  • Lunch every Friday with the Elementary School Kindergarteners in the School cafeteria
  • 1st/2nd grade buddies once per month at the Elementary School


We also have 3 field trips into the community each school year, these happen quarterly. These include the pumpkin patch,the Children’s Thea­tre,and theAquarium.

Download registration materials online at , stop by the LASER portable or call for more info and materials (206) 240-5358. There is no deadline, but space is limited.

Nathan Hale High School’s Spring Musical “Young Frankenstein”

Nathan Hale does Young Frankenstein! It’s alive! Mel Brook’s comedy classic film, Young Frankenstein, comes to life as a knee-slapping, toe-tapping musical. Frederick Frankenstein inherits his grandfather’s Transylvania estate, though he is reluctant to take on the family business of creat­ing monsters. But with the help of a collection of eccentric characters, he will bring the dead back to life and find his true destiny. This monstrously funnymusicalrunsMay14,15&16performingat7:30pmatNathanHaleHighSchool’sPerformingArtsCenter. Reservedticketsareavailable online for $15/adult $10/students plus a minimal service charge at Just search for Young Frankenstein or follow this link Or buy general admission tickets at the door on show night for $10 students/$15 adults. Don’t miss this romping good fun!

Eckstein Middle School’s Summer Music Program News

If you have a student headed to middle school at Eckstein next September, please read this!

Every 5th grader headed to Eckstein for 6th grade is encouraged to attend the 2015 Eckstein Middle School Summer Music Program: Concert Band/Jazz Band, Choir &Orchestra for incoming 6th graders will take place from 9:00 -noon at Roosevelt High School on the following dates:

Band &Orchestra: June 22-July 10. Choir: August 10-13 and 17-20.

Fee is only $30./week. Students are encouraged to participate in the full program. No class on July 4. Applications are available in the main office at Eckstein or by emailing one of the teachers below. Application deadline is June 10, 2015. Instruments and supplies are available to loan. Please email if in need.

Mr.Escobedo-ConcertBand&Jazz Band [email protected] Mr. Smith – Orchestra [email protected] Dr. Kent – Choir [email protected]

Eckstein Middle School’s Spring Musical “Seussical”

Eckstein Middle School is putting on Seussical (the musical) this spring. Come see Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and the magic of Dr. Seuss in this quirky musical tale. This show for all ages promises big laughs, fun dancing and great singing. There are three performances: Friday, May 15th, at 7:30pm, and two on Saturday, May 16th at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 in advance sold at the school or $10 the night of. A fun night out for the family…come for the show and dessert!

Northwest Boychoir Auditions

The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions on May 30th, by appointment, for September enrollment. Boys entering 1st to 4th grades in the fall are invited to audition on May 30, or at a time that is convenient for you. NW Boychoir is celebrating 40 years of helping young people discover the joy of singing!Contact: (206)524-3234

Emerald City Football (Soccer)

Love soccer? Interested in playing on a premier club team with stellar coaches? Emerald City Football Club is holding tryouts for the upcoming 2015­2016 season. . Girls and boys U14-15 will be May 5-6, and girls U16-18 will be May 12-13. All players, including returning ECFC members, must sign up prior to tryouts. An updated 2015-2016 age group chart can be found here. Registration and details for the upcoming tryouts can be com­pleted here. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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.