Weekly Newsletter – January 9th – 13, 2017

Laurelhurst PTA News

January 8, 2017

Upcoming Events

  • 1/9, Mon – General PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m., at the Duchess Tavern (SEE NOTE BELOW!)
  • 1/13, Fri – Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly, 2:40 p.m., cafeteria
  • 1/16, Mon – No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
  • 1/23, Mon – School Tour
  • 1/26, Thurs – Principal’s Monthly Chat, evening
  • 2/1, Wed – No School – Day Between Semesters

News from the PTA

General PTA Meeting Monday, January 9th at the Duchess! 

Happy New Year!!!! We hope your student’s first few days back to school have been smooth!

A General PTA meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9th.  Please join the PTA Board at The Duchess Tavern-  2827 NE 55th Street – between 7:00pm and 8:30pm to ring in the new year, and celebrate our hard work and dedication to our kids and school. The PTA Board members will be there to chat, answer questions, listen to your suggestions, or just find out who we are!

Come for a few minutes or stay the whole time!  We have no agenda, no business to discuss, simply a great opportunity to socialize with the PTA Board and engage with other Laurelhurst parents after a long winter break! Hope to see you there!

Aimee Horn and Liza Luboff
PTA Co-Presidents

Author/Illustrator Paul Owen Lewis to Visit
Art Explorers and Mr. Brown, our librarian, have been busy getting ready for February Literacy Month! Monday, February 6th, NW native, Paul Owen Lewis will be visiting our school.  He wrote the children’s book Davy’s DreamFrog Girl and Storm Boy. More information at paulowenlewis.com. Your child will have the opportunity to buy one or more of his books and he will sign them. We will slowly turn our main hallway into an Orca pod swimming, sailboat gliding water way. Keep your eyes peeled for a very LARGE Orca whale that may enter the library soon!! Thank you supportive PTA, Art Explorers and Mr. Brown for helping fund this Author/Illustrator event!!

Math Challenge
Thank you to all our students and families who have participated in Laurelhurst Math Challenge. We had fabulous participation and our students continue to do fantastic work! We have completed 5 Math Challenges and are a third of the way through. This time at our prize distribution we also acknowledged all the students who participated in each of challenges 1-5. We will start fresh for 6-10 and students who participate in all 5 challenges will also be acknowledged with a prize at the prize distribution for challenge 10.
Challenge 6 is underway and is due Monday, January 9th. Prizes will be distributed on Wednesday, January 11th. Challenge 7 will be available on Friday, January 13th at the website Current Math Challenge. Students may also check detailed solutions of all previous challenges at this site as well if they are curious about answers to tricky problems. 

Math Challenge #5
Grade Leaders
K Andrew Jeon
1 Leo Zhang
2 Perrie Ausk (School Leader perfect score!)
3 Ben Frischer and Christopher Blackburne
4 Emerson Gouk and Sadie Howard
5 Devon Harrison

Challenge 5 Participation Winners
1st Grader Toren Dodge; 2nd Grader Jack Farrall; and 5th Grader Haylee Londergun

Challenge 1-5 Participation Acknowledgement!
1st Grade     Alison Cogan, Emily Cogan, Leo Zhang
2nd Grade    Arya Atashi, Perrie Ausk, Anahita Atashi
3rd Grade    Eric Donnelly, Thor Shearer, Greg Williams
4th Grade    Charlotte Swapp
5th Grade    Steiger Dodge

Any student who wants help with Math Challenge can meet in the library on Mondays at 2nd recess.

Looking for a Way to Volunteer? 
Consider joining the interview team at LES by attending the special training provided by Seattle Public Schools. If you have already completed the training thru SPS please email contact information to PTA secretary [email protected] to ensure our list for LES administrators is complete.

Do You Speak Another Language Fluently?
Would you be willing to interpret  for new or existing families for a one time, or on an as-needed basis for school events and classroom events? Or would you be willing to translate documents for the PTA to better communicate with our families who are have English as a second language, or are English language learners? If this sounds like a good use of your skill set, please email contact information, and language spoken to PTA secretary [email protected]. Information will be kept for PTA and administration use.

News from Staff and Administration

News from the Head Teacher, Mr. Benson
We are planning a morning assembly near the beginning of each month through the remainder of the year.  Our goal is to highlight things that students are doing really well, focus on specific positive behavior expectations,  and introduce any upcoming spirit days.  My intention is to maintain a positive and upbeat feeling and help build a stronger sense of shared community as a school, all within a short 15 minute timeframe.  The tentative schedule for morning assemblies is as follows:

Thu, 1/5
Mon, 2/6
Mon, 3/6
Mon, 4/3
Mon, 5/8
Mon, 6/5

News from LASER

Spring LEECS Classes — Register Now
Spring classes begin the week of January 9, including Spanish (new vendor), tennis, drama, chess, art, coding, and more. To register online, click here: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/LASERChildcare.
Questions: Contact Laurel Gross at [email protected]

News from the Community

Cooktails and Conversation: Fully Funding Education, Saturday, January 28, 3-5 PM
Representative Jessyn Farrell will be hosting a gathering in her home so members of our community can learn more about ​this upcoming legislative session, the fight to fully fund our state’s public schools, and the importance of the parent voice in Olympia and Washington’s Paramount Duty’s work. Washington’s Paramount Duty (WPD) is a  grassroots effort, which seeks to compel our state to fulfill its constitutional obligation to amply fund public schools. K-12 public education has been underfunded for decades.

Washington’s Paramount Duty is a statewide, parent-led effort aimed at building a broad base of grassroots support for closing the gap and fully funding basic education. Many have advocated for Washington’s students and our public schools, but for the first time parents are organizing a statewide effort for our children. As an untapped resource, parents bring great potential and unique credibility to this effort. They and their children’s lives are touched by all consequences of the funding gap and their agenda is the well-being and education of all children enrolled in our public schools. Check out their website at paramountduty.org.

Please come to my house, have a glass of wine and learn about what WPD have done so far and what is yet to come. This will also be an opportunity for you to make a contribution to their effort. Thank you in advance for your support!”  Address will be provided upon rsvp. Please rsvp to Tali Rauch at [email protected].

Kids Night Out @ Wunderkind – Friday, January 13 from 5:30-9:00pm
Squirrelly Workshop has put together a fun evening for the kids involving sewing, pizza and movies so that parents can get out and enjoy an evening out as well. First they’ll do a little sewing, and make super adorable stuffed animal buddies out of (new) colorful socks. Then they’ll enjoy pizza, popcorn, and the movie Lilo & Stitch to keep in theme with the evening. Hey parents, let’s see who has more fun! $65 per person, or $120 for two. Register at http://www.squirrellyworkshop.com/big-kids-classes

Northeast Seattle Little League Registration is Open for the 2017 Season
Spring is just around the corner so it’s time for kids to gear up for baseball, softball, and tee ball with Northeast Seattle Little League (NESLL)! For kids 5-6 years old, NESLL’s tee ball program is a great way to introduce the game. NESLL’s softball program is a great way to get young girls involved in athletics and be a part of championship teams. NESLL’s baseball program is for boys and girls ages 6-16 and a great opportunity to learn about teamwork and the fundamentals of the game. For parents, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities within the league and with your child’s team.

Please go to www.NESLL.net to start the registration process. For baseball and tee ball questions contact [email protected]. For softball questions contact Scott Rossick at [email protected].

UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars
Registration opens January 5th for Winter session. The Robinson Center for Young Scholars offers fun, engaging and exiting Saturday Enrichment classes for students in grades K-8. Classes are meant to be fun and stimulating. There is no homework or extra work outside of classes. Classes are open to all students. Classes are also free to any student receiving free or reduced lunch. More information at:

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].

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PTA Newsletter Team

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

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