Sep
04

Warm Welcome from the PTA President!

Hello, my name is Cristin McClellan and I am your 2018-2019 PTA President! This is also my 9th year as a Ben Rush Elementary mom so it is my pleasure to welcome you parent-to-parent or parent-to-family/care givers to this wonderful community!

The PTA is many things but first and foremost it is the largest and oldest volunteer organization dedicated to working exclusively on behalf of children. The primary purpose of the PTA is to engage and empower families and communities to advocate for ALL children at school. That commitment is well represented in the motto: “every child, one voice”.

That sentiment is no different here at Ben Rush. Our PTA is committed to providing academic enrichment for students via our Nature Vision science classes, our weekly math challenge, monthly Passport geography program and annual science fair, community and culture building with various family fun nights and our wildly popular International night. We source and provide a robust afterschool class program that this year includes several engineering and coding courses as well as drawing, music and sports, some of those will be taught by our own teachers. We directly support our teachers and staff with honorariums (or dedicated amounts of money) to be used to purchase much-needed classroom supplies.

None of these things would be possible without the support of our wonderful community-both through volunteering your most precious commodity-your time and through your generous donations during our annual fundraiser. This year we are excited to introduce a new fundraiser for our students and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have the support of all the teachers and staff at school to make this year’s campaign a huge success! More information about our fundraiser will be coming home at the end of September but I can tell you the teachers, staff and PTA Board are all super excited to dive in! Stay tuned 😊

Please keep a look out for important communications from the PTA throughout the year via our weekly Cheetah Chat newsletter and on our Facebook page-Ben Rush PTA. I highly encourage each and every one of you to support the PTA by becoming a member this year! Membership ensures your voice is heard here at school and gives you voting rights on everything from our budget and future Board members to bigger state-level initiatives. Your membership also provides you great discounts with lots of national retailers. Keep a look out for your membership form coming home in a packet (the form is bright orange) or sign up online at http://benrushpta.org/join-the-pta/

If you have any questions about the PTA and how you can get involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Here’s to an amazing school year ahead and GO CHEETAHS!

-Cristin in partnership with the PTA Board

back to school. color pencils

Jun
06

Thank You Passport Club Volunteers!

Huge thank you to Ipsita Das and all the amazing volunteers for another successful year supporting our Passport Club geography enrichment program! We are thrilled to continue this program next school year and, with your support, many years to come.

Jun
06

Yearbook Update

Yearbooks will arrive soon! For those who pre-ordered, yearbooks will be distributed to classrooms and sent home with students. Yearbooks will be available to purchase for $17 (cash or check only) after school week of June 11th. If you are unable to make it up to school, payment can be left in the PTA box in the office. Please be sure to include your student’s name and teacher’s name so we can get your yearbook delivered.

May
28

Math Game Night Is This Thursday

Please join us next Thursday evening for Math Game Night. Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade can bring the math games that were sent home this year to play with friends and staff. We will also have other math games for students to play together. Students and families from all grades are welcome!

When: Thursday, May 31st
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. (in the Ben Rush Commons)

May
28

Save The Date For The Next PTA General Meeting

PTA General Meeting – Thursday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m.

All parents, teachers, PTA members and non members are welcome at our next PTA General Meeting. This is the last PTA General Meeting planned for the 2017-2018 school year. Please consider attending!

May
22

Passport Check Day Is This Friday

The Passport Club is a volunteer run geography program to help students learn the world’s countries, over the course of the school year. Each month, students are assigned to learn to locate several countries on the world map. On “Check Day”, around the end of each month, a group of parents volunteer to quiz the students.

The next Passport Check Day is Friday, May 25, in the school commons. Students should study the itinerary on their May maps. Recheck of previous months is also available.

If you’re interested in volunteering to check student itineraries, please sign up at
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45aeaf2aa3fa7-passport8
(If your company matches volunteer hours, don’t forget to submit your time as a donation to Ben Rush PTA. Details at http://benrushpta.org/fundraising/corporate-match-program/)

May
22

Thank You For Your Teacher and Staff Appreciation Donations!

A huge thank you to everyone who donated food and their time during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. You helped us show our thanks and gratitude to all our amazing Ben Rush teachers and staff.

May
17

Math Enrichment Update

Winners from MC 15
Kindergarten: Olivia Henaire
1st grade: Dhanya Peshkar
2nd grade: Malcolm Rahlf
3rd grade: Daisha
4th grade: Ashutosh Subudhi
5th grade: Enzo Mensah

Great work by the following students who completed all 4 Math Challenges. Look out for your Math Challenge certificate and awards next week!!

Kindergarten: Juhita Duvvuru, Olivia Henaire, Sritan Mankala
1st grade: Akshaya Narayanan, Avyuktha Gella, Raunak Dinesh, Ritisha Srivastava, Skanda Prasad, Soumya Kannan, Srikanth Chokshi, Srinidhi Anand
4th grade: Niha Dinesh, Shweta Kannan, Sanjana Medikurthi

May
17

Field Day Volunteers Needed

Field Day is on June 13th from 8:45-10:50am (Wednesday). We are very excited to have some fun in the sun, but this event can only happen with the help of our wonderful volunteers! If you would like to help with this fun event or if you have any questions, then please email Mr. Johnson (bjohnson@lwsd.org) to let me know that you are interested. Remember, you must be on the approved volunteer list if you want to help. Thank you so much!

May
17

Seeking Golden Acorn Nominations

There are many people in our school who go above and beyond for our children at Ben Rush. We would like to recognize those individuals for ongoing and outstanding volunteerism with the Golden Acorn. This award is presented yearly to volunteers who have given exemplary volunteer service to our school community. It is to recognize volunteer service “above and beyond” a particular job description. This award is given to honor PTA members for their contributions by celebrating the difference they make at Ben Rush. Please send your nomination to Patti Cook at pcook@lwsd.org.

May
07

It’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!

Teachers provide so much to our students –inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 7-11, 2018, the PTA would like to show our thanks and gratitude by treating them like a V.I.T. — VERY IMPORTANT TEACHER. There is NO expectation that kids need to bring individual gifts that week; however they are more than welcome to, if desired. The only personal gift from kids we are suggesting is a card and or flower. We will have a few extra flowers out in front of the school on flower day too.

Monday, May 7: Breakfast. Please sign up to bring a dish or help.  https://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E45A5A722A6FD0-breakfast2

Tuesday, May 8: Flower Day. Send your child to school with a flower for their teacher. The PTA will have extra flowers on hand. Sign up to help   https://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E45A5A722A6FD0-flower2

Wednesday, May 9: Teachers and Staff will be treated to treats by the PTA.

Thursday, May 10: Lunch. Please sign up to donate a dish or help.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e45a5a722a6fd0-lunch2

Friday, May 11: Card Day. Send your child to school with a card for their teachers

Thanks for all your support!

May
07

Volunteers Needed For Passport Check Day

The Passport Club is a volunteer run geography program to help students learn the world’s countries, over the course of the school year. Each month, students are assigned to learn to locate several countries on the world map. On “Check Day”, around the end of each month, a group of parents volunteer to quiz the students.

The next Passport Check Day is Friday, May 25. If you’re interested in volunteering to check student itineraries, please sign up at
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45aeaf2aa3fa7-passport8

(If your company matches volunteer hours, don’t forget to submit your time as a donation to Ben Rush PTA. Details at http://benrushpta.org/fundraising/corporate-match-program/)

May
07

Participate In The Kite STEM Challenge

Did you know that Google is giving away $40,000 to LWSD schools?! The Lake Washington Schools Foundation is teaming up with Google and Kirkland Parks Foundation to encourage students to use their STEM skills outside of the classroom by answering STEM questions via an iOS or Android app. Not only can you win money for your school, but you can also win a prize for yourself. If you visit a Kirkland park, you get triple entries for a final competition drawing! So what are you waiting for? Download the app, have some fun outdoors while winning prizes for your school and yourself! But hurry, competition ends May 13! To learn more, click here.

May
07

Become a FAN of Summer School Scholarships

Lake Washington Schools Foundation wants to ensure that ALL students have an equal opportunity for academic and personal enrichment. That’s why we’re sponsoring need-based scholarships for LWSD’s newly expanded core summer school programming. With courses and camps ranging from STEM, drama, art and animation to music and more….there’s something for everyone. But unfortunately, not every kid can afford to go and we’re coming to you for help.

$25 sponsors one student for a day
$100 sponsors a student for an entire week
$400 sponsors a student for a whole course

Summer school is for every kid. Let’s make sure every kid can go.

To learn more or to make a contribution, click here.

May
02

YOU Are Invited To The PTA General Meeting This Thursday

PTA General Meeting – Thursday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m.

All parents, teachers, PTA members and non members are welcome to our next PTA General Meeting, where we will be voting in our 2018/2019 Executive Board Nominees!

This is the second of three PTA General Meetings planned for the 2017-2018 school year. Please consider attending!

May
02

Math Enrichment Update

The final math challenge for this school year, MC15, is now available and is due back Thursday, May 3. For more info and details, visit http://www.mathinaction.org/ben-rush.html

Congratulations to the winners of MC14!
Kindergarten: Sritan Mankala
1st grade: Srikant Chokshi
2nd grade: Samprita Mittur
3rd grade: Karen Zhen
5th grade: Bhuvan Banala

May
02

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Is May 7-11

Teachers provide so much to our students –inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 7-11, 2018, the PTA would like to show our thanks and gratitude by treating them like a V.I.T. — VERY IMPORTANT TEACHER. There is NO expectation that kids need to bring individual gifts that week; however they are more than welcome to, if desired. The only personal gift from kids we are suggesting is a card and or flower. We will have a few extra flowers out in front of the school on flower day too.

Monday, May 7: Breakfast. Please sign up to bring a dish or help.   https://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E45A5A722A6FD0-breakfast2

Tuesday, May 8: Flower Day. Send your child to school with a flower for their teacher. The PTA will have extra flowers on hand. Sign up to help   https://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E45A5A722A6FD0-flower2

Wednesday, May 9: Teachers and Staff will be treated to treats by the PTA.

Thursday, May 10: Lunch. Please sign up to donate a dish or help. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e45a5a722a6fd0-lunch2

Friday, May 11: Card Day. Send your child to school with a card for their teachers

Thanks for all your support!

May
02

Sign Up Now For Art Night II! May 10th

We will be having another Art Night with Cookies and Canvas joining us for a guided painting on Thursday, May 10th in the Ben Rush Commons. Just in time for Mother’s Day, these paintings will make a great gift for Mom or Grandma, or just a fun family activity. Parents as well as kids can sign up, and we’ll have coloring sheets for younger siblings (note: kids will need adult supervision).

Cost is $15 per painter. Scholarships available, please see Ms. Branagh for information. There are two times, both with limited availability; 6:30-7:00, or 7:30-8:00. Preregistration guarantees your place, spaces may fill up before the event.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of your session, you must be checked in and seated by 5 minutes before instruction begins. Late starts will not be permitted.

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May
02

Great Turnout For International Night!

Thank you to everyone who came out for International Night. We had 30 performers, over 13 countries represented at the Table Displays, and a large table of food to choose from. The night would not have been a success without our great Ben Rush community; volunteers, performers, audience, teachers, staff, and especially our planning committee led by our awesome Special Events Coordinator Amanda Howell — we couldn’t have done it without you!

If you have pictures from International Night that you’d like to share on our PTA Facebook page; please e-mail them to spirit@benrushpta.org

Apr
24

International Night Is This Thursday

6:45 – Children’s Parade of Flags
7:00 – Performances begin on Main Stage and Pods Stage. Display Tables and Food open.
8:30 – Close

April 26th is International Night at Ben Rush. There will be over 30 performances plus display tables and food representing 12 different countries. There will also be a world knowledge game for students to play (all the questions can be answered from information at the display tables).

This year in addition to the performances on the Main Stage in the Commons, we will also be having a few longer performances on the Pods Stage.

The parade of flags will start at 6:45 pm in the Commons. Everyone is invited to pick up a flag and parade! The display area and performances on both stages will start right after the parade.

We still have space for table displays. If you are interested, please contact our International Night team at specialevents@benrushpta.org by Tuesday night. (All regions are welcome, including the US. You can also sign up to just bring a dish of food to share from your culture).

As with all of our events, we couldn’t have them without our great volunteers. Thank you! If you’d like to sign up to help out, please email specialevents@benrushpta.org

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