Sept 28 (Wednesday)
Art Start Meeting
9:30 am; Portable 4
Sept 29 (Thursday)
LWSD - Middle School Quest Parent Information Night
7:00 pm; Lake Washington High Performing Arts Center
October 6 (Thursday)
LWSD - K-2HC Parent Information Night
4:30 pm or 7:00 pm
Lake Washington High Performing Arts Center
October 7 (Friday)
October 17 - 18
(Monday - Tuesday)
Half Day Elementary Conferences
October 20 (Thursday)
Half Day Elementary Conferences
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Art Start Meeting Wednesday September 28
Every fall the Art Start Team holds an orientation meeting for our new and returning volunteers to review program features, strategies for the classroom and what to expect from teachers and students. Don't miss this important meeting to get you off to a great start volunteering in the classroom with art!
Wednesday September 28, 9:30 - 10:30 am in Portable 4
We will discuss classroom stipends, supplies, art room procedures and tips to get you off to a great start. Don't miss a tour of our art room, kiln and clay supply room and tasty treats provided by our gracious Art Start Team. Art Start is once a month, offers a means to get involved with your child's education, and be present in the classroom in a fun and creative way. Can't make the meeting and have questions? Contact Mandy our VP of Art.
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Scholastic Book Fair
Encourage a love for reading with great books at a great price! Our school is looking for volunteers to help out with this reader inspiring event! Help out with setup (10/14), sales (10/17-10/20), or take down (10/20). See what is in store for our young readers during setup. What are the trending books these days? Find out during sales. Can't make the dates for sales or setup? Consider helping out with take down. Check out the sign up genius for volunteer times and dates.
Get Ready for the Run!
The Challenger Chase Fun Run is McAuliffe PTSA's BIGGEST and ONLY fundraiser of the year! Every single dollar raised for the Fun Run stays at our school and helps support the many PTSA programs that benefit our kids, such as Accelerated Reading, 5th Grade Outdoor Education, Art Start, campus and safety enhancements and so many more. Please enable your student to request donations from family, friends, and community members to support our school.
Watch for "the big white envelope," arriving home in your student's payload packet Friday, September 23rd. This envelope will have details on the event, company-matching funds, and prize levels.
For more info on the Fun Run click here.
Introducing McAuliffe Math Challenge!
Would you like an opportunity to make math fun and exciting for your child? Or do you need a means to make math more interesting? Give the new McAuliffe Math Challenge a try!
Math Challenge is a free school wide math enrichment program for elementary students consisting of a series of challenging and interesting math problems. The program provides 15 sets of challenges throughout the school year; each set is published every other week starting in late September and ending in May.
No sign-up is necessary. To participate students need to print out the current Math Challenge from mathinaction.org, solve as many problems as they can, and submit their solutions to the school office by the due date posted on the site (typically Thursdays by 3:30 PM). Students can then check their work online when the solution is available 2 weeks after the math challenge is posted.
McAuliffe Math Challenge organizers will keep track of students submissions and at the end of the school year, students who complete at least 12 sets of challenges will be recognized. Weekly winners will also be announced in the Newsclik and on our PTSA website!
The first McAuliffe Math Challenge will be available on 9/30/2016 with a due date of 10/6/2016.
Have fun with this challenge McAuliffe Challengers!
Your Vote Matters for Washington and Your Community. Learn where the candidates stand and how they will advocate for our area’s 45,000 kids.
Join us for a community forum to meet the candidates and learn about their views on education issues.
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Place: Redmond High School - Performing Arts Center 17272 NE 104th St. Redmond, WA 98052
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm
Moderated by: Jane Dulski, Region 2 Director, Washington State PTA
Meet the Candidates
45th Legislative District Position 1: Rep. Roger Goodman, Ramiro Valderrama
Position 2: Rep. Larry Springer
48th Legislative District Position 1: Rep. Joan McBride
Position 2: Rep. Patty Kuderer, Michelle Darnell
Sign Up for McAuliffe Enrichment Programs
Want amazing activities for your students but not the crazy, driving run around town? You got it! McAuliffe's Enrichment programs offer a fantastic array of activities to keep your kids active, challenged and thriving. These programs occur at McAuliffe before or after school. Convenient!! From coding to crafting, astronomy to gymnastics the lineup is as diverse as it is fun. Don't delay in signing up your child for one of these excellent programs. See the full schedule of offerings here.
Already signed up? Don't forget to choose your day to chaperone a class. Registrations are handled by vendors on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so don't delay!
Earn a FREE seat for your child in any enrichment class!
The McAuliffe PTSA offers us the opportunity for regular chaperones to be rewarded with a scholarship for their child. Be there to see your child learning and having fun and get free enrollment too!
The PTSA, our program sponsor, has policies and procedures for Before & After School Programs, including pick-up procedures, student behavior and chaperone responsibilities. Find out more about free enrollment and read up on the policies here.
Questions? Contact Sarah, our Enrichment Programs chair.
Sounders Family Fun Day!
Join family and friends for the Lake Washington PTSA Council Sounders Family Fun Day! Watch the Seattle Sounders take on Real Salt Lake on Sunday, October 23, 1:00 p.m. at Century Link Field. Tickets are $22 each ($30 value). A portion of each ticket purchase will go to fund important Council programs. You can purchase tickets at the "Buy Now" button in this Sounders flyer. Be sure to enter promotional code LWSD2016 to get the discount. DEADLINE for buying tickets is Friday, October 21.
Help Washington State PTA Take a Stand For Kids
Every year Washington State PTA takes legislative priorities focusing on the well-being and education of all children to Olympia for the Legislative Assembly in October. You can help decide what priorities will be presented!
Below is the link to the 2016-2017 legislative issues survey. This information helps voting delegates set the WSPTA legislative platform for the year. This short survey is an opportunity to advocate for our kids!
Legislative Issues Survey
LWSD accelerated programs application, eligibility changes
The application process for highly capable services during 2016-17 has changed from previous years. The new eligibility and identification criteria for services in kindergarten through middle school are explained on the district website.
For more details on the changes and application process, attend one of the following parent information nights:
PTSA Membership has its benefits!
When you join McAuliffe PTSA you also become a member of Washington State PTSA, Washington State's largest volunteer child advocacy organization.
Membership gives you access to resources and year-round savings from benefits and discounts arranged by WSPTA. You can find them here. You also have access to National PTA benefits found here.
Not a McAuliffe PTSA member? Please support our school by joining our PTSA! Read up on our goals and our accomplishments and fill out the form below. Send your form and check to school with your student for collection by their teacher. Thank you for supporting McAuliffe Elementary!
McAuliffe PTSA Family Membership Form
The purpose of the Christa McAuliffe PTSA is to be a strong voice for children and a resource for our families, school and community. The PTSA does this by providing volunteer and financial support for programs and activities that enhance our children’s education. As a PTSA, we do our utmost to engage and empower our children, families, educators and community through communication, advocacy and collaboration.
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