The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin Monday, June 15, 2015

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin

Laurelhurst Elementary School Monday, June 15, 2015

Calendar NOTE: One hour early dismissal Tuesday at 2:40 pm Monday, June 15

  • KidMailday.Check thosebackpacks!

Tuesday, June 16

  • June16–IceCreamManFundraiser,NorthPlaygroundafterschool,Allitems $3(exactchangeispreferred) *June 16 -Revised last student day (with a 2:40 pm EARLY DISMISSAL)*

Upcoming Events

  • Aug 17-21 – Jump Start Kindergarten from 9-noon
  • Sept2–Pick upyourteacherassignmentletter,southplaygroundentryway8:00–10:00am
  • Sept 8 – New Students in grades 1-5 visit from 3-4 pm
  • Sept 8 – New Kindergarten families visit classrooms from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Sept 9–First Day of School,9:25 bell,9:30 tardy bell
  • Sept 9–WelcomeCoffee Hour,9:30–10:30amin thegym
  • Sept9–FirstDay All-SchoolAssembly,10:00aminthecafeteria
  • Sept 16 – Curriculum Night for all grades from 6-8 pm


Ice Cream Man Fundraiser on Tuesday!

Ice Creamis making the news again this week!The Ice CreamMan is coming to the North Playground atthe end ofthe school day* on Tuesday! Come celebrate the end of the school year in a delicious way. Price is $3 per treat,exact change appreciated. Did youknowthatParis,ourneighborhoodIceCreamMan,donates100%ofhissalesbacktothePTA? NowTHAT’satreatforALL!!!

Thank you, Paris, for supporting our school in such a fun way.

*The bus riders will dismiss at 2:20 so those students can also participate and still get to their busses on time.

The remainder of the school may go at the 2:40 early dismissal bell.

Attention Fourth Grade Parents, Especially Moms of Girls

– Chaperones Needed for Fifth Grade Camp In Fall

As most of you know, our 5th grade students attend outdoor education camp in the fall. Camp dates willbeSept 30-Oct 2,2015 (mark your calendars). We will need parents to attend as chaperones. Everyone rides up to the ferry dock on busses, and then ferry across toCampOrkila onOrcas Island.Amemorable andfuntime is hadbyall!Alottery systemwilldetermine whichvolunteersgetto go. Priority is given to moms of girls and dads of boys. Please send me an email if you would like to volunteer so we can enter you in thechaperonelottery.Weneed to let chaperones know! [email protected]

Web Site News

If you’ve been to lately, you may have noticed that the site looks different. The district switched to a new web provider on June 1, and staff members are working on restoring broken links and other issues. Thank you for your patience as the district works toward a better user experience all around for the Seattle Public Schools community.

Field Day is a Wrap!

Thank you Mr. Roberts, and your mighty crew of volunteers (including Mrs. Dublin’s 5th graders), who helped put on another fantastic field day in the park. .The popsicles are always a hit afterward • A fun day was had by all!

Expect State Test Scores in September

The timing of the state assessment score reports has changed from June to September. These are the score sheets from your student’s spring Smarter Balanced tests in reading, writing and math that were finalized and submitted earlier this week. Last month, the district told families that the score reports would likely be sent home with final report cards.. Due to unanticipated delays at the state level, the district will now send score reports home in September. Scores also will be posted online to the Source in September.

September is the typical timing for state assessment score reports, but the district had initially anticipated they would be ready earlier. Thank you for your patience as we work with this new assessment system. To learn more, please see the Smarter Balanced web page.

Auction 2016 Committee Forming

Please join the spring 2016 Auction Team! No experience necessary -just a willingness to be a part of something special, connect with other dedi­cated parents, and experience the pride in a job well done. OurPTA’s largestfundraiserfunds the many art, music, literacy, math &science pro­gramsourLaurelhurstElemchildrenlove–butwecan’tdoitwithoutYOU! Procurement&DataManagementarejusttwoofthemanyareasweare staffing now. Training provided. Please contact returning Chair Bev Kelleher [email protected] for more information.

Box Top$ For Education

We did it! We raised $434 for the PTA simply by clipping out BoxTop$ this school year. Thank you to EVERYONE who participated. It’s a great way to support our kids’ programs and services without spending an extra dime. Warning: The BoxTop$ box by the office will be very hungry in the Fall.

Please Clip & Save those BoxTop$ all summer long! Got scissors?

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 has one remaining date: June 23 – Auditorium

2015-16 Key Calendar Date

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015: First day of school for students
  • Sept 30-Oct 2, 2015 – Fifth Grade Camp (Camp Orkila on Orcas Island)
  • 11, 2015: Veterans Day
  • Nov 23-25, 2015 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School)
  • 26 – 27, 2015: Thanksgiving holiday
  • 21, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016: Winter break
  • 18, 2016: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 15 -19, 2016: President’s Day and mid-winter break
  • April 11-15, 2016: Spring Break
  • May 30, 2016: Memorial Day
  • June 23, 2016: TENTATIVE last day of school for students


  • June 24, 27, 2016: Snow makeup days (if needed) Click HERE to access the school calendar for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

Sign Up For Summer Meals

Eligible families looking for meal support in the summer have options. The City of Seattle’s Summer Food Service Program is offers meals for teens and kids. Read more. Also available is the Washington State Summer Food Service Program. The program feeds kids 18 and under at parks, com­munity centers and other sites. Read more.


LASER Upcoming Events

LASER NEWS (continued)

Rising Stars Pre-K News

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.

Watts Basketball Summer Skills Camps

If you came to the Ice Cream Social you will remember meeting the fantastic team from WATTS BASKETBALL! Be a part of something FUN and EXCITING right in your neighborhood! Summer Camp with Watts Basketball! We offer a variety of Skills Camps for grades K-5th! There is still time toregistersograbafriendandjoininonthefun! Wewillhavecampt-shirts,drills&skills,prizes&give-a-waysforfuncontests,andsomuch more! Friendships will be created and memories made! Most camps will be at Villa Academy with others at select locations. We look forward to seeing you soon! This link will take you directly to our website!

Do You Have Game?

Roosevelt High School Girls Basketball Coaches Jasen Thomas, Sara Wilcox and Terrance King and the returning Roughrider players invite girls entering 4th through 9th grade to join them at basketball camp this summer. Hoop camp runs Monday June 22 through Thursday June 25 from 9-3 each day. For more information see or email the camp coordinator [email protected]

Baseball/Softball Grand Slam Camp

Grand Slam Camp willholditsbaseball&softballcampatLowerWoodlandParkJune29-July2. Thisisthe23rdyearforGrandSlam. Thecamp is run by school teachers who oversee a staff also comprised of current college players. The emphasis of Grand Slam is to teach the love of the game, fundamentals and incorporate life lessons -an extension of the classroom. You can find out more information at

One on One Basketball Seattle Presents…

Summer Hoops and Dual-Sport Camps (9AM-3PM) Meadowbrook CC, Queen Anne CC Half-Day Sports Camps (9AM-12PM) Laurelhurst CC, Ravenna CC, Magnuson CC

Space is limited…register today!

Summer Football Camp for Middle Schoolers

Afun, non-contactfootball camp is being held atRooseveltHigh School on July 6,7,8 &9. The camp is designed to teach incoming 5th -8th graders about Roughrider football, drills and fundamentals. It is taught by current varsity football coaches and players. More information can be found at

Summer Camps At Villa Academy

Designed for children ages 4-14, Villa Ventures weeklong morning and afternoon camps with an emphasis on enriching the whole child. All camps take place on our beautiful, wooded campus in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood. Choices include visual and performing arts, sports, science, as well as special interest topics such as animation and cooking. See all course offering and register at Summer at Villa is an unforgettable adventure where campers explore their interests, discover their passions, make friends, build self-confidence, and have fun!

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