The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin – Monday, November 10, 2014

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Laurelhurst Elementary School
Monday, November 10, 2014


Monday, Nov 10
• Kid Mail Day – Look for mail coming home with your children today
Tuesday, Nov 11
• NO SCHOOL, Veterans Day Holiday
Wednesday, Nov 12
Thursday, Nov 13
• School Picture Retake Day from 9:15 – 11 on the Stage
• Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight. Submit to: [email protected]
Friday, Nov 14
Upcoming Events
• Nov 15 – Save the Date for ALO Testing for nominated students in Grades 2-5 (see article on page 2)
• Nov 20 – Tea with Talbot, Principal’s monthly chat – 9:40 in the Library
• Nov 24-26 – Parent-Teacher Conferences and NO SCHOOL for students
• Nov 27-28 – NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
Help us kick off the 2015 Laurelhurst PTA Auction on Wednesday, November 12, 2014at 7 PM at the home of Tisha & Darren Patt,
3663 50th Ave NE. We need everyone’s help to support the school’s largest fundraiser of the year. The auction raises 70% of the school’s PTA
budget, and it takes each and every one of us to raise these funds. Being involved in the auction not only supports our kids, but it’s a fun way to
meet new friends.
Can’t attend the meeting, but want to be involved? You can help procure experiences, goods, services and gift certificates! Look for procurement
forms in kid mail, in the office, and on the auction bulletin board in the school’s front entry.
Thank you very much for your participation. For questions please contact Mimi Sternberg, ([email protected])

Scrip News
Jamba Juice, American Girl, Starbucks, iTunes… SCRIP It Up for the Holidays! That’s right – order your Scrip cards by Friday 11/14 to receive
them in time for all your gift giving needs. You are shopping anyway, so why not use or give Gift Cards through our Scrip program? The PTA
earns a percentage of these sales and YOU get the full gift card value for your dollar. Take a moment and order your cards TODAY and cross off
some holiday to-dos. You can even be ready for the Giving Wreath outside the school office in December! Questions? Ask Minori or Liz at
[email protected]
To set up a free account and start shopping:
1) Go to
2) Click “Register” in the upper right corner
3) Choose to “Join a Scrip Program”
4) Enter DAA59E9E7111 as the Enrollment Code, then click “Register”
5) Enter a username, password, account info, email address, security questions & answers and click “Register”
6) Shop! Complete your order by Friday 11/14. Cards will be distributed 12/9.

Lost and Found
Lost and found items are piling up in the wooden cupboard and on the hanging rack. Please take a minute when you are at school to look for your
kids’ lost items. Remember, if you mark their names in loose and removable items, 95% will be returned to you!


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]

PE News & Information
Morning Unicycle Riding Continues!
I have been offering a morning unicycle riding period. It starts at 9:05 and is for unicycle riders. This has been happening on Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday mornings from 9:05-9:25 am. This “zero” hour period is great because it will give students a chance to exercise before school and allow them
to be in a positive mindset for school and learning. There is no cost for this unicycle period.
Thank you to the parents that have been supporting their riders and others during this time.
This week we are getting in to cup stacking! Speed stacking is great because it develops hand-eye coordination, brain activation, fitness, teamwork,
speed and personal bests with their own stacking time. It also helps their ability to focus and improve their reaction time.
We will again participate in the Guinness World Records Day which will be Thursday, November 9th. If your son or daughter has P.E. on that day feel
free to stop by for the Stack Up! 2014.
More information can be found at
As always, feel free to email with questions. — Brent Roberts [email protected]

Walktober – Safe and Active Routes to School News
AMAZING!!! Great news!!! A record 190 students and staff participated in Walktober and collected their prizes last Tuesday. The school is thrilled,
but unfortunately we did not anticipate such large numbers and apologize for running out of prizes. No worries though your prizes will be delivered to
your classroom within the next two weeks.
The Safe and Active Routes to School program has been running for over ten years, and we take great pride in being a school that chooses alternatives
to driving. Our kids are getting exercise, waking up their bodies to be ready to learn, making our roads safer with less traffic and of course reducing
CO2 emissions.
To keep Walktober and Bike to School Month a tradition and strong part of our community we need volunteers to help organize and promote
these events. The kids love it! Please consider being a PTA representative for the program or an event volunteer.
Great job Laurelhurst School community for such a successful 2014 Walktober.
Questions or ready to volunteer contact: Steve Clark at [email protected] or Tracy Bradley at [email protected]

Reflections Art Contest
We had 150 kids participate in the Reflections contest this year, and our community enjoyed some amazing art last Wednesday at our celebration!
Now, we’re excited to send twelve entrants to the Seattle school district level of the competition! They are:
• Visual Art: Isabel Ko, Elijah Petree, Abe Cooley, Maya Villasenor, and Vasyl Drozhzhyn
• Photography: Isabella Villasenor and Taylor Huff (Honorable mention: Finley Goggin)
• Literature: Marley Rosen
• Film: Adam Barss (Honorable mention: Adam Bloom)
• Dance: Nico Pollock
• Music composition: Ellie Geyer and Anna Pettis (Honorable mention: Abby Mena)
If your child is moving on to the next level, you’ll need to fill out an official registration form, which we’ll send home in this week’s kid mail. Please let
us know ASAP if you haven’t received it. Details will be coming soon on the display and reception to be held for the district competition.
Thanks to all the parents, teachers, and staff who helped our kids participate and make the celebration a huge success! [A special thank you goes
out to our 2014 Reflections Co-chairs Jeanne Ryan and Ann Buratto. This program would not have been such a wonderful success without
creative and dedicated parents like them.]
Much appreciation from your Reflections co-chairs, –Ann Buratto and Jeanne Ryan
P.S. If you’re interested in submitting a theme idea for the Reflections 2016-17 contest, entries must be postmarked by Nov. 14th and entry forms
can be found at:

Save the Date for ALO Testing for Grades 2-5! Note New Location!
Please read if you nominated your child(ren) for ALO testing this fall. The Office of Advanced Learning has changed their testing for this year. The
part that we do know is that students in Grades 2-5 will be tested at the John Stanford Center (school district offices) at 2445 3rd Ave South, on Saturday,
November 15. Students testing that day will come from Laurelhurst, Stevens, Montlake, Alki, Lafayette & Schmitz Park. I don’t know about the
time yet, I just know the date and want you to mark your calendars to save that date.
We don’t yet have information for families of kids in grades K-1, so stay tuned!

Nurse’s Office Volunteers Needed – Monday or Wednesday from 12-12:45
We have a nurse and wonderful volunteers who help manage our busy nurse’s office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We find ourselves in
need of Monday and Wednesday volunteers. If interested, please let me know. Thanks! Susan Lundh 252-5402 or [email protected]

Remember to Sign In At the Office
When you come to school, you should always stop in the office to sign in, whether you are visiting or volunteering. We need to keep tabs on people
in our building. This is for safety purposes. Please wear a visitor or volunteer badge when you are here. Then return it to sign out when you leave.

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.

Annual GLTB Dinner
The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at NOVA/Seattle World
School (300 20th Ave. E). Members of the school board will attend to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All district families and staff are welcome
to attend! This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office and the Office of School Family Partnerships. Dinner
and entertainment will be provided through community donations. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in
your party to Lisa Love in the Health Intervention Office at 252-0982 or [email protected]

SPS is seeking community volunteers for Special Education Advisory & Advocacy Council (SEAAC)
Seattle Public Schools is seeking unpaid volunteers from our ethnically, linguistically and culturally diverse communities to serve on the Special Education
Advisory & Advocacy Council (SEAAC), for terms of one year.
The council advises Seattle Public Schools leadership and staff on Special Education issues and is comprised of up to 30 members. A minimum of
two-thirds of the members must be parents of children with disabilities currently enrolled in a Special Education Program in Seattle public Schools.
SPS students, families, community members, staff, community based organizations and representatives of higher learning institutions are encouraged
to apply.
Nominations/applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14. More information about the council, the nomination process and a nomination form are
available through the Special Education homepage.
Learn more about Seattle Public Schools task forces and committees.

Box Top$ For Education
Did you know our school earned a chunk of money this past year from clipping these Box Top$ from participating products
and turning them in at school? Not only is it an easy moneymaker, it’s a great way for ANYONE to support our school.
(Think friends, relatives, out-of-town grandparents…) Please pass on the word – we want Box Top$! To make it easier for
you, we put a handy collection bag in your First Day Packet, so you could tape it inside a cupboard door. Simply collect and
submit a couple times each year (they do expire!). Questions? Liz at [email protected]

LASER Childcare
• November 14th, Multicultural Potluck Dinner! 5:30-7:00pm. Sign-up available now to bring a dish! We are showcasing our clubs!
• November 20th, Parent’s Night Out at Laurelhurst from 6:30pm to 11:00pm. Movie, arts and crafts, group games, dinner, and snack provided.
$25 per child/$15 sibling. 5-12yrs only. Sign up happening now!
• November 24th-26th, Thanksgiving Break Day Camp at Sand Point. Sign-ups are happening now. Daily field trips provided. 7am-6pm, $45
per child. For more info contact Shawn at [email protected]
LASER Leaps (Before/After School Enrichment Classes)
• Fall Leaps Session began the week of September 29th and runs through December 15th.
Rising Stars Pre-K (Preschool)
• 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.
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-Science club with Harper. Harper will finish experiments about boats and buoyancy this Monday.
• Tuesday-Fine Art Club with Tara. On Tuesday the kids will learn about Van Gogh and start portraits.
• Wednesday-Community Service with Doug. They are continuing working on the boxes for the food drive and the Veterans poster will be
delivered to the VA hospital on Nov 10th.
• Thursday-Cooking with David. The kids will be making dishes from Ethiopia.
• Friday-Explorers. Sebastian is expanding on Spanish and is including geography and cultures from around the world.
Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!


Soccer On Thanksgiving Weekend
Gobble, Gobble, GOAL! The Emerald City Football Club is hosting the 15th annual Turkey Shoot jamboree over the Thanksgiving weekend. We
invite all local soccer players, regardless of club or rec affiliation, to join! This fun way to get your teams moving. Hope to see you and your kids at
Magnuson park (Field 6 & 7) on November 29th, check-in starts at 9am. Open to kids U8 – U14. For more information, go to:

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