Weekly Newsletter – Dec. 11th – 16th, 2016

LaurelhurstPTA News

December 11, 2016

Upcoming Events

  • 12/15, Thur – Principal’s Monthly Chat, 9:40 a.m., Library
  • 12/16, Fri – One Hour Early Dismissal for Winter Break, 2:45 p.m.
  • 12/19 – 1/2 – No School – Winter Break
  • 1/3,Tues – School resumes – Welcome Back!
  • 1/9, Mon – General PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Library

News from the PTA Auction

Auction Items are Still Available
-Kindergarten and 5th Grade portraits are on display in the front hall, $35.
Laurelhurst Bear Beanies, $25.
-Sign up Parties — only a few spots left in many parties:
  • Bingo Karaoke Night (Only 3 spots left!)
  • Pickles and Pinots Summer (Only 1 spot left!)
  • 1st Grade parent Party (Only 1 spot left!)
  • Kid’s Zumba Party and Brunch with Athleta (First party already sold out!)
  • Class of 2017 5th Grade Parent Party
  • 2nd Grade Kickball Party
  • Espresso Martini Night
  • Robotics Coding Breakfast (First party already sold out!)
  • Margaritas for the Senoritas (Only 5 Spots!)
Purchase any of the items above through the school office.  Please make checks payable to the Laurelhurst Elementary PTA. Receipts from your auction night purchases will be mailed out early this week. And, don’t forget to request employer matching. 
Thank you, again, from the entire Laurelhurst Elementary PTA Board. With your generosity, we are able to make incredible contributions to your children’s educational experience.  

News from the PTA

Laurelhurst Elementary Giving Wreath
Don’t forget to take a tag from the Giving Wreath and purchase a gift for a Laurelhurst family in need. Our 2016 Giving Wreath is outside the school office in the main hallway. New tags are added every day. Please return gifts before winter break. It is all strictly confidential.We are also collecting $25 grocery store gift cards for our Laurelhurst families in need. Please drop them off with Lynne in the school office.
Questions: Contact Laura Tutt, [email protected], Sue Backenstose, [email protected], or Jen Anderson, [email protected].

PTA-Sponsored Math Circle
Thank you for enrolling in the Prime Factor Math Circle. Math Circles will begin Tuesday, January 10 for the 4/5 class in Ms Bonn’s room and Wednesday, January 11 for the 3/4 class in Mrs. Tutt’s room. We will be contacting enrolled families this week with welcome information.
Questions: Contact Judy Findley, co-VP Supportive Ed, at [email protected]

Math Club
Math Club will be returning in 2017! Please click on the grade level link to sign up to volunteer for Math Club every week, or any week:

Kindergarten (Library): Monday, January 23, 30 and February 6, 13
1st grade (Room 8): Tuesday, February 28, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4
2nd grade (Room 13): Thursday, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25
3rd grade (Library): Monday, Feb 27, March 6, 13 20, 27, April 3
4th/5th grade (Library): Monday, April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22

Student sign-ups will follow as we establish enough supervision — we must have parent volunteers to run the club. If we have more sign-ups than slots available, priority will be given to participants who have a parent volunteering.
Questions: Contact Beth Cogan at 206-250-9559 or [email protected]

2016/17 Laurelhurst Directory App Now Available!     
If you were a DirectorySpot user last year, then you don’t need to do anything: just log in (same username and password) and you will see the new data. If you’re a NEW user, you have been set up and can download DirectorySpot for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web. Make sure to check out all the DirectorySpot features (auto dial when touch phone number or auto text when “hold” on phone number, auto map when touch address, auto email when touch email address).
Questions: Contact Molly Black at [email protected]

Attention 2nd Grade Families! Backpack Brigade Needs Food and Cash Donations
December is 2nd Grade’s month for contributing to Backpack Brigade. Drop off your food donations in the bin located near the school office, cash or checks can be given to Lynne at the school office. Make checks payable to “Backpack Brigade”. Remember just $25 can provide 5 backpacks full of healthy meals and snacks! Many thanks to all of our families who have contributed so far!
Questions: Contact Karina Kunins at [email protected].

News from the Administration

Plastic Bags Needed in School Office
If you have extra plastic bags (like the old-school-out-of-Seattle-city-limits-style bags), please donate them to the school office. They are used for soiled clothes and they have run out of bags.

Questions: Contact Kristina Cerise at [email protected]

News from LASER

General PTA Meeting Childcare:

  • Monday, January 9, 6:30-9:15 p.m.
  • Monday, March 6, 6:30-9:15 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8, 6:30-9:15 p.m.

The cost is $10 per child. LASER requests a minimum of 10 children signed up for the childcare to happen. Please make your reservation as soon as possible, so all families can benefit. Register online:  https://laurelhurstptacare.eventbrite.com

News from the District

Seattle Council PTSA Meetings about $74 Million Shortfall for 2017-18 School Year
Seattle Public Schools faces a significant budget shortfall for next school year–a projected $74 million.

The SCPTSA is hosting community budget gap meetings where Seattle Schools staff will explain the budget numbers, and PTA members and the community can collaborate on actions we can take together to motivate the Legislature to act. The meetings are, as follows:
  • Tuesday, Dec 13, Ballard High School, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec 15, South Shore PreK-8 School, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • TuesdayJan 3, Franklin High School, 6:30-8 p.m.

You can find more information about the budget shortfall from Seattle Public schools at:  https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=16682292#action

Learn more about PTA advocacy at: http://scptsa.org/advocacy/

News from the Community

Red Ochre Art Studio Classes for Children
Red Ochre Children’s Art Program, Winter 2017 Classes begin January 9. Ceramics, Mosaic and Pastel Drawing: Inspired by the Arts of Latin America. This season, give your child the gift of time for Art and Creativity with a fun class at Red Ochre Art Studio. For more information and to register, visit www.redochreartstudio.com.

Questions: Contact Sandy Miller at [email protected]

A Story about Giving
For the past three birthdays, 11-year-old Marcel hasn’t asked for presents. Instead, he’s using his birthday as a chance to help other children with the gift of a wish to Make-A-Wish. “It’s important to help ill kids,” said Marcel. “They‘re going through treatment. They need something to take their mind off of it, to make them feel better.”

“What inspired me is seeing kids with illnesses, and knowing that Make-A-Wish needs money to grant their wishes,” said Marcel. Each year, Marcel collects donations for Make-A-Wish instead of birthday gifts. Now, Marcel has made a yearly tradition of foregoing birthday gifts in favor of donations, though his friends occasionally give him gifts and beautiful homemade cards in addition to donations. He hand-delivers the money to the Make-A-Wish office in Seattle each year. “You feel proud; you realize your kids become your teachers in ways you never imagined,” said Gina, Marcel’s mom, of her son’s donations.

Do you have news to share?

Submissions for the next PTA newsletter due by Fridays at Noon. Email submissions to laurelhurstpta[email protected]. Please email submissions as you would like to see printed in the body of the email.

PTA Newsletter Team

Mindy Iwen, Judy Findley, Karina Kunins, & Nella Synge

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