December 18 (Friday)
Holiday Sing Along
9:25 am; Commons
December 21 (Monday) -
January 1 (Friday)
No School Winter Break
Be informed on school safety, emergency communications, and inclement weather procedures.
Check out our Emergency and Inclement Weather Information Page!
Looking for latest school closure and delay information? Click here.
Check out the McAuliffe Calendar Page
Do you rely on your calendar to keep you organized? Does your calendar remind you of the events you are committed to and awesome plans you have made? Introducing an easy way to keep that all-important-calendar updated with school events!
Navigate through the entire school year to see school events, meetings, and holidays all in one place. Download these events to your local calendar with one click. Check out our new McAuliffe Calendar!
Articles, Announcements & Events
Ready to shop for the holiday season?
Shop with AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases are donated to our school through McAuliffe PTSA!
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service! To get setup, click the Black Friday logo above, sign in with your Amazon log in and shop in comfort.
Not a member? Click the Black Friday logo above, Create an account, and you're in!
Make sure to shop from smile.amazon.com rather than amazon.com on future purchases.
Thanks for smiling with us!
McAuliffe annual Giving Tree
For the past 13 years, McAuliffe students, families and staff have come together to generously buy holiday gifts to help McAuliffe families in need as well as helping children at Rose Hill Elementary have coats and shoes. Please consider taking a star from our Giving Tree and buying a gift to brighten the season of another family!
How can you contribute to the Giving Tree? Sign out a star on the sheet next to the tree in the school lobby, buy the requested gift, tape the star to the gift, and place the unwrapped gift in the box by the tree by December 10th.
We would also appreciate any donations of wrapping paper and tape to pass along to the families.
If you would like to contribute a gift card, please leave the gift card with Lisa Lovin in the office.
Questions? Please contact Susie Decaire, Mandy Brunner, Anne McKenzie or Nicole Gorman.
Winter enrichment programs are here!
Don't miss the new winter line-up of Before & After School Programs. The schedule is packed with amazing programs that will get your kids moving, thinking, exploring, creating, building and having fun. Remember, when you sign your child up for an enrichment program, you are committing to volunteer to chaperone one of the classes. See the full schedule of offerings here. 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 PTSA has updated its policies and procedures for Before & After School Programs this year, including pick-up procedures, student behavior and chaperone responsibilities. One change we are thrilled to announce is the opportunity for regular chaperones to be rewarded with a scholarship for their child. Find out how and read up on the updated policies here.
Do you have fond memories of gliding to favorite tunes at the roller rink?
Previous employees of the Skate King Roller Rink are seeking support to open a new skating rink on the Eastside. The first step is to show investors large amounts of interest from the community. Project organizers are hoping to demonstrate this support by getting a large number of 'likes' gathered on a Facebook page created for the project. If you would like to support this project, clickhere to 'like' the addition of a roller rink to our community!
Donate and shop at thredUP and support our school
thredUP for Schools is a program that donates 5% of every purchase you make at thredUP to a school of your choice. McAuliffe mom, Nicky Beaty has setup Christa McAuliffe Elementary on thredUP, one of the largest consignment and thrift stores online. Browse over 250,000 brands and thousands of high-quality items for women and kids at up to 90% off retail.
Not only will our school benefit when you shop at thredUP, McAuliffe will earn 100% of the payout earned from donated items! Yes, 100%! Clean out those overloaded closets, pick up a Clean Out Bag from the school lobby and send those gently used items to thredUP. Shipping is paid for!
When looking at all those clothes, think, "Does it spark joy? If not, sell it to thredUP!"
Here is a way to raise money for our school doing something you need to do anyway!
Questions? Check out ThredUP.
Need a Clean Out Bag? Pick one up in the school lobby.
Just want to drop off some clothes? Contact Nicky Beaty.
Decorating for the holidays?
Did you know that Everything Party in Redmond will donate 10% of their purchase to the McAuliffe PTSA? Simply mention the McAuliffe PTSA at the checkout counter, before the cashier rings you up!
Thanks for all you do for our school!
Check out the latest PTSA 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.
Check out some of the current exciting offers to WSPTA members.
Select tickets to events at Key Arena and McCaw Hall.
Discount prices to Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic.
Discount tickets to Harlem Globetrotters, February 14
Great Wolf Lodge 20% off best available rates through Dec. 30
Wild Waves Holiday with Lights
In December, Wild Waves Theme Park transforms into a shimmering nighttime wonderland of rides, lights, and holiday fun! Your admission ticket into Holiday with Lights includes over ONE MILLION dazzling lights and astounding light displays. Purchase Holiday with Lights tickets here.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
The Washington State PTA has collaborated with the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) to offer WSPTA members a 10% discount off all performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™! Purchase The Nutcracker tickets here.
MyForce Never Walk Alone ™
WSPTA has joined with MyForce to offer special WSPTA member pricing. MyForce is a complete personal security system used through your smartphone. MyForce provides you the ability to instantly notify a live response team member by the touch of a button. Visit the WSPTA designated webpage for details.
Not a member of McAuliffe PTSA? Find out how to join here.
The Lake Washington Schools Foundation was established to help our community directly and efficiently invest in classroom learning. The State funds basic education, but our District sets a higher bar for its students and the Foundation supports those higher standards.
Since 2004 the Foundation has raised over $2.0 million funding district-wide programs
that prepare each of our district’s 27,000+ students for school and for life. Programs like robotics, online math support, classroom grants, mentoring and tutoring programs, STEM-focused initiatives, college preparedness programs, new teacher support, emergency scholarships and more. These programs would not exist without the generosity and support of our community. This fall, with matching dollars, our generous school community has donated over $20,000 to support students in the Lake Washington School District.
There is still time to help! Please give to the Foundation during our Fall Campaign and consider donating during your fall workplace giving campaign. Interested in learning how your donation impacts students, teachers and schools? Please visit www.lwsf.org/programs to see the investments the Foundation is making in schools this year. Because of your generosity, the Foundation funded $300,700 to our schools for the 2015-2016 school year, a 30% increase over last year! Finally, the 2016-17 Reaching for Success grant information and guidelines are now available on our website, please visit http://www.lwsf.org/teachers.html for more information.
Thank you for your support!
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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