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Welcome to the 2016-2017 School year

Dear Ben Rush Families,
It’s hard to believe that fall has already officially arrived and another school year has begun. As your returning president of the Ben Rush PTA, I am thrilled to welcome all new and returning Ben Rush students and families!  Your Ben Rush PTA has been busy planning for the new school year, and we are excited to work together with you to make this year fun, memorable and successful for all of our precious students.  We hope you will take advantage of the wide variety of programs, classes, events, and activities the PTA offers.  It’s the support of all the families that helps make our Ben Rush community so special and unique, so thank you!  Here’s how you can help this school year:
1. JOIN the PTA – Your membership benefits your child and also helps our school.
Please fill out the membership form in your child’s first-day packet and return by Sept. 29 or register securely online.  You can also securely enter information online for our Student Directory.
2. SHOP! Be a Smart Shopper.
When you visit Amazon, Target and Everything Party, a portion of your purchase comes back to Ben Rush and helps support our school. Visit our website for details.
3. PARTICIPATE with the PTA – You’ll have fun, make friends, and make your kids proud.
Volunteer opportunities are plenty, and range from once-a-year small opportunities to board positions. We’d love to have you contact our co-vice presidents, Erin O’Connell and Cristin McClellan at for more information.  You can also look for opportunities to be listed throughout the year in Cheetah Chat. Also attend PTA-sponsored events. Mark your calendar for the socials, family fun nights, and after-school enrichment classes that we arrange.
What we provide:
Your tax deductible donations are what make possible activities and programs that the district and state budgets can’t provide. Below are just a few of the social, educational and health related programs the Ben Rush PTA organizes and funds each year.  With your support these programs and more will continue:
Health Screenings * Passport Club * Science Fair * Robotics Club * International Night * Pottery Night * Teacher Appreciation Functions * Yearbook * Nature Vision * Technology Club* Running Club * Young Author’s Day * Art Programs * IXL Math * Classroom Materials * Transportation For Field Trips * Classroom Representatives * Library Volunteers * Memorial Courtyard Bricks * Complimentary Student Directory * Ice Cream Social *PTA donations also paid for much of the playground play equipment behind the school
Thanks so much in advance for your continued support. Please e-mail me at if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Jennifer Grimes
Ben Rush PTA President


Registration Is Now Open For After-School Classes

Signups are now open for the fall session of after-school classes! We have a great lineup for your kids, including Coding With Kids: Game Development, Intermediate Choir, Rock ‘n More Beginning Guitar, Badminton Club, and more.
You can see all the options and sign up at:
Registration will close on Sunday, September 25. Many classes will fill up sooner, so don’t delay, sign up today!


Save the Date: Ice Cream Social on September 22

Ben Rush PTA is sponsoring an ice cream social on Thursday, September 22, from 6:30-7:30pm. Come on out to reconnect with old friends or meet new ones, while enjoying some tasty ice cream. All Ben Rush students and their families are welcome to attend.


Talent Show 2016 Video Now Available

We have the videographer produced video of the 2016 Talent Show! It is now available for download.

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Ben Rush Recognized With Two Washington Achievement Awards

congratulationsThe Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education (SBE) have recognized Ben Rush Elementary with two Washington Achievement Awards for 2015:

Overall Excellence: Schools qualify for recognition if their Composite Achievement Index rating places them among the top 5% of schools statewide. The Composite Achievement Index rating is based on both proficiency and growth on statewide assessments.

Math Growth: Schools qualify for recognition if they are in the top 5% of the 3-year average Median Student Growth Percentiles (MSGPs) in math.

Congratulations to our Ben Rush students for these amazing achievements, and thank you to all our wonderful Ben Rush teachers and staff for making it possible!


It’s Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!

TeacherAppreciationWeekLogoThe week of May 2 to May 6 is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. During this week we will show appreciation for all the hard work of the teachers and staff at Ben Rush. Here is what we have planned:

Monday: Breakfast. Please sign up to bring a dish or help.
Tuesday: Card Day. Send your child to school with a card for their teachers.
Wednesday: 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
Thursday: Massage Day. Teachers and Staff will be treated to a mini massage and treats.
Friday: Lunch. Please sign up to donate a dish or help.


Pull Out Your Helmets, Grease Up Your Chains… Bike To School Day Is This Wednesday


May is National Bike Month! Ben Rush is partnering with Redmond SchoolPool to celebrate Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 4. SchoolPool staff will be onsite with give-a-ways for students and safety information.

Redmond SchoolPool encourages students to reduce drive-alone trips to school throughout the month of May. Students will receive paper calendars to record their trips to school. Ben Rush PTA will receive $10 for each student who turns in a paper calendar recording at least one walk, bike, bus, or carpool trip per week! It’s an easy way to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather while earning money for our school.


Spirit Day Is This Wednesday

spirit daySpirit Day is this Wednesday, May 4th.  Put on your green and gold and show your Cheetah Pride!

The spirit cart will be set up for purchases of spirit items.


Volunteers Needed For International Night

International flagsInternational Night will be May 26th. Deadline to register will be May 12th.

Link to register:

International Night is a Ben Rush favorite event, and it runs on the strength of our volunteers. We ask families of participants to sign up to volunteer. Please click on the signup genius link below to choose an assignment:


Earn Money For Ben Rush PTA By Shopping At Amazon

Amazon logoShopping for Mothers Day? Get great gift ideas at Amazon while supporting your Ben Rush PTA! Use the link below when shopping and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to Ben Rush PTA.


Passport Check Day Is This Friday

passportclubPassport check day is on Friday, March 25, in the school commons. Students should study the itinerary on their March map. Recheck is also available on regular check day.


Join Us For Coffee/Tea With Principal Davies

CoffeeWhen: Tuesday, March 29th
Time: 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Where: Art/Science Room

Principal Davies will provide information about the upcoming bond measure along with “what is happening around school.” There will an opportunity to ask questions. This is also a wonderful way to meet other parents. (Little ones are welcome too. Bring an activity for them)


Upcoming Community Meetings On LWSD’s April 26 Bond Measure

MeetingLake Washington School District is growing. The district has grown by over 3,200 students in the last five years. It has grown from the sixth largest district to the fourth largest district in the state in one year. To meet these growing needs for classroom space, the district’s board of directors voted to place a bond measure on the April 26 ballot. This measure, for $398 million in 20-year bonds, would fund the most immediate, high priority needs. The total tax rate will be maintained at the 2015 rate. Four upcoming community meetings are a chance to learn more about the bond measure and the projects it would fund. The four meetings will take place:

  • March 23, Redmond High School cafeteria, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • March 22, Juanita High School cafeteria, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • March 29, Lake Washington High School commons, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • April 13, Eastlake High School commons, 6:30-8:00 pm

The Lake Washington School District has released an informational video the describes enrollment growth and what’s in the April 2016 Bond measure to address it. You can find the video here:


Donate Your Old Clothes And Help 5th Graders Raise Money

SightConnectionThe 5th grade classes will be hosting a fundraiser clothing drive in April to raise money. Bins will be placed inside and outside the school. We will accept anything cloth – old clothing, shoes, drapes, sheets, towels, blankets, handbags, etc. All clothes will benefit the nonprofit SightConnection, and 5th graders will earn 20 cents for every pound of clothing collected. The average clothing drive brings in about 5,000 pounds — $1,000. It’s a great time to clean out your closets and help out our 5th graders!


Sweet as 3.14159265359…

PiHelp us celebrate this never-ending number with pi-related activities and fun math centers!

On Thursday, March 10th from 6:30pm-8:00pm, bring the family to Ben Rush and partake in fun hands-on activities, such as: Pi bracelets, Pi Skylines, solving math problems related to Pi, guessing games, and even a Pi memory contest! We need parent volunteers for this event! If you would like to help us, please contact Jackie and Margaret at


CPR Class for 4th & 5th Graders (or their parents!)

cprFrom CPR Seattle: “We are an authorized American Heart Association Training Center. We issue certification cards for all of our classes. We have a team of outstanding instructors that keep classes fun and relevant, and ensure that everyone is confident with their skills.”

CPR Seattle will offer a CPR class for 4th and 5th graders on Wednesday, March 16, from 1:45-4:45 PM. Additionally, we are opening this class up to parents of 4th and 5th graders who wish to take the class either with their son or daughter, or on their own. For more information or to sign up, please visit

NOTE: Due to low enrollment, we may open this class to all parents later this week.


Join The Ben Rush PTA Board!

VolunteerYour Ben Rush PTA is currently seeking people interested in serving on the PTA board for the 2016-2017 school year. It’s a fun way to get involved in the Ben Rush community and guide PTA programs such afterschool classes, Science Fair, International Night, Movie Nights and more that make our school a special place.

We are currently recruiting for the following executive board positions:

Vice president

In addition to these members, our Ben Rush PTA board also includes our directors of Fundraising, Membership, Communications, Education/Enrichment, Health & Welfare, Special Events and Hospitality.

Check out our PTA board job descriptions to find out how you can lend your talents to Ben Rush PTA. You can even share a job with a friend! Training will be provided.

To learn more, please contact Valarie Larsen at


Your Feedback Needed On After School Classes

SurveyWe’re looking for feedback from all parents on our after school classes. This feedback will be used to determine future after school offerings. Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey:


Sign Up Today For The Science Fair

WhScience Fairat’s YOUR big idea? Show it off at the Ben Rush science fair on Thursday, March 31. Registration is now open at the Ben Rush PTA website.

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