Laurelhurst offers a variety of programs aimed to enrich students' experiences
Art Explorers combines an Art History Lesson with an Art Project. This program is led by parent volunteers, called Art Docents. Each lesson focuses on a specific artist, examining their life and work at an age appropriate level. Discussion is followed by a hands-on art project, where students create art in the style or genre specific to the featured artist. An emphasis will be placed on studying art from a diverse range of cultures, artists and time periods.
This program seeks to promote a love for reading through a series of school-wide literary activities. Examples of activities include: bookmark contests, teacher-guided reading lists and student book report displays. Literacy month is scheduled in March.
The Laurelhurst PTA is proud to partner with the University of Washington’s School of Music to provide music curriculum for our students in grades K – 5. The program includes listening, singing, rhythmic chanting, moving, dancing, and playing instruments to help students learn and understand the elements of music. Music from other cultures is introduced, in addition to traditional American children's music games and songs. Each class has music instruction once per week. Instruction is grade-level appropriate and follows a standards-based curriculum.
Science Enrichment activities are planned throughout the school year to enrich the science program at Laurelhurst. The Aki Kurose Science Fair is an annual non-competitive event held each spring. Students of all grade levels are encouraged to do a science project at home and present it at the fair. It is a special evening for families to explore science together.
Math Challenge is a program that challenges all students, K-5, to a biweekly, non-competitive worksheet challenge. Students are offered participation prizes throughout the year with special prizes and recognition at the end of the school year for students who complete at least 12 out of 15 challenges.
Laurelhurst also has an Instrumental Music program available to 4th and 5th grade students on a space-available basis.
The PTA organizes STEM-themed assemblies throughout the year to further enrich student's STEM education. Assemblies are currently being held virtually.
After school enrichment
Unfortunately, due to current health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, our after-school extracurricular program is currently on hold. Stayed tuned for future info regarding 2022-23 programing!
Reflections Art Contest
The Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts. Each year, students create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This program is led by the National PTA and takes place at Laurelhurst in the fall.