The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Bear Essentials Weekly Bulletin
Laurelhurst Elementary School
Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Monday, Feb 16
• No School, Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, Feb 17
• No School, Mid-Winter Break
Wednesday, Feb 18

Thursday, Feb 19
• Deadline for submissions to this weekly newsletter is Midnight Tonight. Submit to: [email protected]

Friday, Feb 20
• Book Swap book donations due

Upcoming Events

• Feb 25 – Literacy Night & Book Swap, 6-8 pm in the Cafeteria

• Feb 26 – Principal’s Monthly Chat “Tea With Talbot”, 9:40 am – Library

• Feb 26 – Kindergarten Tour, from 2-3:00 pm – Room 6

• Mar 4 – Prospective Parent Information Night, 6-7 pm – Library

• Mar 4 – STEM Night “Countdown to Science Fair”, 7-8 pm – Cafeteria

• Mar 9 – PTA Board Meeting, 7 pm – Library

• 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


Literacy Night is Wednesday, February 25th!
The Book Swap deadline is Friday, February 20th!

We hope your students are enjoying Literacy Month so far. Mr. Brown’s Shakespeare lessons in the library are fascinating and we can see the beau-
tiful Art Explorer’s Sendak work of the classes on bulletin boards throughout the school.

The big night is coming on Wednesday February 25th for Literacy Night, 6 PM -8 PM in the cafeteria. We will start with the book swap, a fan fa vorite. To have a successful swap, we need books. Be sure to look through your closets, shelves, under beds for gently worn books and have them dropped off in their classrooms by Friday February 20th. To assure credit, please mark the student’s full name on the donation bag.. We are keeping track of how many books each student donates and they will be able to take that many the night of the swap. Even if you and your student are unable to come on Literacy Night, we invite you to donate to the swap. Any leftover books will be donated to charity! Students who have made donations will get first choice of books. After the GreenStage performance, anyone who did not get to participate may take a book!

New this year – New Book Collection! We have added a new book collection for the evening of the performance. These books will go to help homeless and low income children. Students will receive a drawing ticket for each new book they turn in on Literacy Night. We have received generous donations from local bookstores (Half Price Books, Third Place Books, University Book Store, Elliott Bay Book Company, Queen Anne Books and ABC Books) that will be given as prizes. Any prizes that are not picked up the evening of the Swap will be distributed the next day in class.

Have your students been talking about Viola or Orsino around the dinner table? Mr. Brown has been getting them ready for the performance of

Twelfth Night by GreenStage. The abridged version will start at 7 PM, last about 40 minutes and be followed by a question and answer period.

Two classes will receive workshops from GreenStage based on participation in the Book Swap and Reading Logs! It will be a great opportunity to explore the play more and keep their love of Shakespeare growing!

If you are interested in helping with Literacy Night, please contact Beth Cogan at [email protected] / 206-250-9559.

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.

Auction Update!

Countdown to the Big Game! Laurelhurst PTA Auction 2015!

The auction team is busy working on game plays to make our event extra special!!! We have a tailgate, an online auction, an after party, and amazing items to purchase. Laser childcare will be available for this event. Mark your calendars for Friday March 20th; this is an evening not to miss!

We are looking for volunteers to help during the day and night of the auction. Contact Bev Kelleher at [email protected]


Countdown to Science Fair – An Evening of Cool Experiments at STEM Night on March 4, 2015

Let’s begin our countdown to the Science Fair at STEM Night on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 PM. Open to all families featuring hands-on experimentation alongside great community partners and fantastic parent and 5th grade student volunteers, our students put the scientific method to practice by using their curious minds and asking questions.

STEM’s Countdown to Science Fair is one-hour event dedicated to supporting Laurelhurst students in thinking like a scientists. Come and help our young scientists prepare for the April science fair and have fun learning first-hand that science is less about having all the right answers, than it is about learning to ask the right questions.

We are actively recruiting parent volunteers to donate 1.5 hours of their time on Wednesday, March 4th 2015. This is an easy, fun, and interactive one-time volunteer gig! This does not require a scientific background! It will inspire Laurelhurst students to think like scientists.

To sign up to volunteer, go to:

From the PTA and the STEM Night Team – we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday March 4th at 6:30 pm for a fun night of learning.

Thank you for helping to build STEM power here at Laurelhurst!
Bobby and Jincey/The STEM Night Team

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!

Art Explorer News

In support of Literacy Month, during February we’re learning about Maurice Sendak, American born author and illustrator, most famous for his book

Where The Wild Things Are. Sendak is widely recognized for depicting the emotional characteristics of childhood and received the Caldecott Med-
al and the Hans Christian Anderson Award for his work. Each classroom will make a special project together so look for this in our hallways and ask your “little artist” about it! Check out Sendak’s biography on the Art Explorer’s bulletin Board near the Staff Lounge!

Also, we are excited to have some actual set items and props from the just-retired “Nutcracker” ballet compliments of Pacific Northwest Ballet. Sen-
dak designed this Nutcracker version with Kent Stowell in 1983 and the items we will have at school have been used for 32 years, 45 times a year.

These special things will be on display in the school’s front hall cabinet for just a few weeks so please make an effort to see it with your children!

questions: [email protected] or [email protected]

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, pa-
jama 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]

Scrip News

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 is February 23 – 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 request between Feb. 23 and Mar. 6.

You 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 Tours: 9:30-11:30am on Wednesday, February 18 and Monday, March 2

Evening Tours: 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday, February 26


Thursday, February 26, 6:00-8:00pm, Eckstein Auditorium. Incoming or interested students and their families are invited to learn more about the school at our evening open house on Feb 26th. The evening’s agenda will include an informational presentation in the auditorium and an opportunity to tour the school. No reservations necessary. Please note that Eckstein DOES NOT arrange student visits, tours or shadowing during the school day.

Fifth Grade Leadership Teams

This year Ms. Dublin, Mr. Howard and Mr. Roos have started 5th grade leadership teams. Every 5th grader participates and has been divided into 3

committees: The Green Team, The Student Activity Committee and the School Climate Committee.

The Student Activity Committee is responsible for coming up with ideas or activities to enrich the student experience. So far they have planned:

crazy hair day, twin/multiples day, opposite/mismatch day, PJ day, and the recess ambassador program. Currently they are working on getting a

school-wide suggestion box, recess time at the park, school spirit day (though we’re not certain what our school colors are), establishing school colors, incorporating a talent show during lunchtime, and 5th grade movie night.

The School Climate Team has been working hard to foster an environment of community and respect at Laurelhurst Elementary. Our 5th graders

have planned a campaign to encourage each student to participate in the theme of the month. The theme for December was, “Put on a Smile” and

January’s theme is, “Make a New Friend.” Look for signs around the school that will publicize each month’s theme.

The purpose of the 5th grade leadership Green Team is to find ways to increase sustainability measures at school. The green team has spearhead-
ed the placement and maintenance of compost bins within classrooms. Also, we are in the planning phases of a school-wide Earth Day celebra-

This is a highly independent, motivated, driven group of students and we’re very excited to see what they’ll accomplish next.


LASER Childcare

Friday, February 20th, Parent Night Out at Laurelhurst! $25 per child, $15 per sibling. 6pm-11pm. Email Shawn at [email protected] for

more information.

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 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 dead-
line, but space is limited. Questions? Email [email protected]


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 spring include:

• Monday-No club. President’s Day

• Tuesday-No club. Camp day at Sandpoint.

• Wednesday-Outdoor Education with Eric.

• Thursday-Comic book club with Travis

Check out our website to stay updated on LASER happenings!

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.