Nov
13

BRAG (Ben Rush Annual Giving)

Week 2 Update (3 weeks to go!)

We have raised $7.9K (16% of $50K goal) with less than 90 participants so far…
Daily participant prizes were really excited about their “Stikbots” & the next prizes will be on the last week of November. Donate now to be in the drawings.

Our goal to raise $50,000 means an average donation of $125 per student.
However we strive for 100% participation, and don’t forget to use Company Matching (if you have it) to double our donation!

Don’t Wait, Donate NOW!

“BRAG Board” is at the school lobby where Parents, Students, Teachers & Staff can brag on what they love about Ben Rush, their classes, enrichment activities, teachers/staff & your kids.
Here are some love from the kids in week 2. Please participate: How LOUD will you BRAG?

More Information? http://benrushpta.org/fundraising

Nov
13

This Week! Usborne Books & More Fall Book Fair

Monday, November 12th – Friday, November 17th

With over 1,500 titles Usborne Books & More has something for every age & interest! Covering such topics as science, nature, music, arts & crafts, puzzle adventure stories, classic tales & much more! We have the books that make both reading & learning FUN!

Family Night – Thursday, Nov. 16 – 5:30-7:30 PM
Or Visit our Book Fair Online Sale anytime this week at:
www.UsborneBooksRFun.com
(Choose “Ben Rush Book Fair” as your event!)

Nov
08

BRAG (Ben Rush Annual Giving) Has kicked off 1st November.

Daily participant prizes will be announced daily this coming week!
We have raised $2.6K (5% of $50K goal) with only 24 participants so far…
We need all YOUR help us reach our $50K goal so we can help our school.
Don’t Wait, Donate!

“BRAG Board” is at the school lobby
where Parents, Students, Teachers & Staff can brag on what they love about Ben Rush, their classes, enrichment activities, teachers/staff & your kids.

Here are some pictures of Week 1. Please participate: How LOUD will you BRAG?

More Information? http://benrushpta.org/fundraising

Nov
08

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.

This month’s Passport Check Day is coming up on Friday, November 17. If you’re interested in volunteering to check student itineraries, please sign up at
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F45AEAF2AA3FA7-november

Nov
06

YOU Are Invited to the Next PTA General Meeting

PTA General Meeting – Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m.

All parents, teachers, PTA members and non members are welcome to our next PTA General Meeting. In addition to voting on our PTA budget and standing rules, the school resource officer (SRO) from Rose Hill Middle School will speak to us about ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). Our teachers and students learn ALICE concepts to use in the event of an active shooter situation.

The full agenda for the meeting is available here.

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

Oct
31

BRAG (Ben Rush Annual Giving)

Ben Rush Annual Giving, also known as BRAG, is the PTA’s primary fundraiser for the school year in November.
This is fundraising simplified: Donate once & participate all year.

For Details on Incentive/Prizes & Cash/Check only Donation Form: click here for the Printable Documents
Online Donations preferred: click here to donate online now

“BRAG Board”
In this November Thanksgiving Month we are asking you to give back: Be generous with your comments (“brag”) and money (donate).

There will be a “BRAG Board” at the school lobby where Parents, Students, Teachers & Staff can brag on what they love about Ben Rush, their classes, enrichment activities, teachers/staff and your kids.
Please participate: How LOUD will you BRAG?

In December we will share some highlights through Cheetah Chat for parents and with the kids during the Spirit Assembly.

More Information? http://benrushpta.org/fundraising

Oct
31

Reflections Submission Deadline EXTENDED to November 1st

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and WSPTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

The submission deadline has been extended to this Wednesday, November 1st.

You must fill out this form and include it with your submission: https://www.wastatepta.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-18-Student-Entry-Form-WA-Fillable.pdf

For General Participation Rules and detailed category rules please visit https://www.wastatepta.org/events-programs/reflections/

If you have questions please contact reflections@benrushpta.org

Oct
31

Coming Soon! Usborne Books & More Fall Book Fair

Monday, November 12th – Friday, November 17th

With over 1,500 titles Usborne Books & More has something for every age & interest! Covering such topics as science, nature, music, arts & crafts, puzzle adventure stories, classic tales & much more! We have the books that make both reading & learning FUN!

Family Night – Thursday, Nov. 16 – 5:30-7:30 PM

Oct
25

Ben Rush Annual Giving (BRAG) Kicks Off!

Why BRAG?

Ben Rush Annual Giving (BRAG) is Ben Rush PTA’s major fundraising effort for 2017.
This is fundraising simplified: Donate once & participate all year.
The PTA serves to enrich our school programs through classroom support & enrichment activities. You also brag about things you’re really proud of & we are really proud to be part of our great school!
In this November Thanksgiving Month we are asking you to give back: Be generous with your comments (“brag”) and money (donate)! Our goal is to raise $50,000, which averages $125 per student.

How LOUD will you BRAG?

For more information or to donate online, please visit http://benrushpta.org/fundraising/

Oct
25

YOU Are Invited to the PTA General Meeting This Thursday

PTA General Meeting – Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m.

All parents, teachers, PTA members and non members are welcome to our next PTA General Meeting. Our guest speaker will be Ben Rush principal Lucy Davies, who will discuss the upcoming LWSD bond and levy. We will also vote on our PTA budget and standing rules.

The full agenda for the meeting is available here.

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

Oct
25

Passport Club 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, October 27, in the school commons. Students should study the itinerary on their October maps. Recheck of the September itinerary is also available.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help check student itineraries, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45aeaf2aa3fa7-passport5

Oct
25

Reflections

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and WSPTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.
For General Participation Rules and detailed category rules please visit www.wastatepta.org/programs/reflections

If you have questions please contact reflections@benrushpta.org

Oct
25

PTA Hospitality’s Conference Week Lunch

Thank you to Ben Rush PTA Hospitality for putting together an amazing conference week lunch for our teachers and staff!

Oct
25

Ice Cream Social A Huge Success

We served almost 1,000 bowls of ice cream this year! A big thank you to our awesome teachers for serving toppings and greeting families, to the Ben Rush PTA for providing the ice cream and toppings, and to all the families who came out to enjoy the evening together.
Visit Ben Rush PTA’s Facebook page for more pictures.

Oct
25

Save the Date for the Veteran’s Day Assembly

Everyone is invited to our Veteran’s Day Assembly on Wednesday, November 8th, from 8:35-9:10am. All grade levels will be singing. We would especially like to honor Veterans so please invite neighbors, grandparents, anyone you know who is a Veteran (or on behalf of someone who is a deceased member of our Armed Forces).

Oct
25

Lake Washington Schools Foundation October News

We dreamed. We planned. But in the end? It was up to you. And how compassionately you responded! Through hundreds of individual donations, thousands of dollars through workplace giving, and our resoundingly successful 5% day at Whole FoodsRedmond, our community rallied to raise over $70,000 during our fall campaign to benefit Pantry Packs.
Thank you for your generosity. Together, we can give every child in our district an equal chance at success.
What’s next?

– Join a Pantry Packs packing party, host a food drive, or create Pantry Packs at home! Visit lwsf.org/pantrypacks for details.
– Like LWSF on Facebook @LakeWashingtonSchoolsFoundation to hear about other Foundation programs and events like college application essay workshops, AVID tutoring, music scholarships, and more.

Oct
16

YOU Are Invited to the PTA General Meeting Next Thursday

PTA General Meeting – Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m.

All parents, teachers, PTA members and non members are welcome to our next PTA General Meeting. Our guest speaker will be Ben Rush principal Lucy Davies, who will discuss the upcoming LWSD bond and levy. We will also vote on our PTA budget and standing rules.

The full agenda for the meeting is available here.

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

Oct
16

New and International Families Welcome Events on Oct 23 and Oct 28

Have you just moved to the United States? Are you new to the Pacific Northwest or to the Lake Washington School District? LWPTSA Council, in partnership with the LWSD, welcomes you to the community!

Parents please join us and learn about: navigating the LWSD school system, resources and support available from the district, PTSA and how you can be involved, supporting your child through transition, extracurricular activities in the area, relocation tips, as well as ‘America 101 for International Families’.

Also hear Teen Wise speakers, Sheri Gazitt and Jennifer Kennett talk about “Supporting your Child through Transition.”

Two identical sessions will be offered: Monday, October 23 from 6:30-9pm, and Saturday, October 28 from 9:30a-12pm. The full agenda is available here.

Oct
09

Join the Ben Rush PTA Today

The Ben Rush Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) supports a variety of activities not funded by state and district budgets, including Science Fair, Art Docents, Passport Club, Nature Vision, Young Author’s Day, Physical Education Equipment, Emergency Preparedness, Staff Appreciation, Ice Cream Socials, Family Fun Nights, and much more.

Your tax-deductible membership in the PTA does not require any particular action on your part. For example, you don’t have to attend meetings or provide volunteer assistance for PTA-sponsored activities — although we hope you’ll choose to do so! However, membership does have many impacts and benefits, including community building, reputation building, legislative impact, and voting rights at PTA meetings.

It’s quick and easy to sign up online at http://benrushpta.org/join-the-pta. Join us today!

Oct
02

After School Classes Start This Week

Most after school enrichment classes begin this week! If you have a question about the schedule or location of your student’s enrichment class, please consult the PTA website http://benrushpta.org/pta-programs/after-school-classes-and-clubs/

Please note: Peacebuilders Club is CANCELLED. Students enrolled in Peacebuilders should go home after school. Refunds will be issued.

If your student is signed up for an afternoon enrichment class, please remember to pack them an extra snack. They will have time to eat something at the beginning of class.

Also, please inform your student’s teacher that they are enrolled in afterschool enrichment so that they can remind your student (especially the younger students!).

It’s not too late. . . there is still space in the Spanish, yoga, and choir and registration is still open for those three classes. All other classes are closed and not accepting additional students.

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