Sep
25

Come One, Come All to the Ice Cream Social

Calling all Ben Rush families! Come reconnect with old friends or meet new friends at the annual Back to School Ice Cream Social this Thursday, September 28, in the school commons. Recommended timing is 6:30-7:15pm for grades K-2, and 7:15-7:45pm for grades 3-5.

We need volunteers to help with setup, serving ice cream, and clean up. Please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084daeaf2aaafd0-icecream1

Sep
25

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 first Passport Check Day will be this Friday, September 29, 2017, in the school commons.  Students should study the itinerary on their September maps.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help check student itineraries, please sign up here:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F45AEAF2AA3FA7-passport4

Sep
25

Join the Ben Rush PTA Board!

Your Ben Rush PTA is currently seeking people interested in serving on the PTA board this 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 positions:

Co-President (Assist in the management of the Ben Rush PTA Board)
Vice-President (Find parents for Classroom Rep and Art Docent roles, schedule K-2 Socials, other projects)
Spirit Cart (once a month selling Spirit items) (ordering items, setting up monthly, monitoring selling by 5th graders, counting money)
Yearbook (editing and managing picture gathering, advertising, selling and handing out)
Assistant Treasurer (help Treasurer and make Deposits of cash and checks throughout the year at Wells Fargo – Bridle Trails)

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 president@benrushpta.org

Sep
25

Registration Continues For After School Classes

Signups for the fall session of after-school classes have been EXTENDED until noon on Friday, September 29. We have a great lineup for your kids, including Golf, Yoga, Spanish, and more.

You can see all the options and sign up at:

http://benrushpta.org/pta-programs/after-school-classes-and-clubs/

Sep
25

Picture Day Volunteers Needed

Picture Day is coming up on Tuesday, October 3, and we are looking for volunteers to help it run smoothly. There are four 1.5-hour shift options throughout the day to fit your schedule. Please sign up here:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084daeaf2aaafd0-benrush2

Sep
25

Coming Home This Week: Ben Rush PTA Membership Forms And More

Keep an eye out for Ben Rush PTA membership forms, PTA volunteer forms, and spirit wear order forms. They should come home with your student this week. Ben Rush PTA appreciates your support!

Sep
25

September 2017 Lake Washington Schools Foundation Ambassador News

Hunger doesn’t take the weekend off.

This fall, the Lake Washington Schools Foundation is supporting Pantry Packs, an all-volunteer organization that provides hand-packed bags of non-perishable, kid-friendly items to schools for discreet distribution to hundreds of students in need each Friday.

How can you help end weekend hunger in our neighborhoods?

– Donate now! Visit lwsf.org/pantrypacks or check your email for a message from Executive Director Larry Wright. A gift of $25 buys a student’s Pantry Packs for a month.

– Mark your calendar and get ready to shop! On Wednesday September 20, 5% of Whole Foods Market Redmond sales will benefit the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.

– Join a Pantry Packs packing party, host a food drive, or create Pantry Packs at home! Visit lwsf.org/pantrypacks for details.

Together, we can ensure that every child in our district has an equal chance at success.

Sep
25

Registration Is 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 Lego Robotics, Intermediate Choir, Beginning Guitar, Badminton Club, and more.

You can see all the options and sign up at: http://benrushpta.org/pta-programs/after-school-classes-and-clubs/

Registration will close on Sunday, September 24. Many classes will fill up sooner, so don’t delay, sign up today!

Sep
25

Library Helpers Wanted!

Library Helpers Wanted!

One of the most enjoyable volunteer opportunities at Ben Rush is being a library volunteer:

– It’s less than an hour a week (or every other week or even once a month)
– You get to know the faces and names of your child’s classmates
– You get to learn about your own child’s and their classmates’ interests
– You get to volunteer in the most beautiful space within the school

Library schedules for each class are still being finalized, but if you’re interested in volunteering at the library, please send a note to: Joanna.mckay@gmail.com. Please indicate your child’s teacher, how often you are able to volunteer, and what times during the day you are available.

 

Sep
25

Volunteers Needed For Passport Club 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 Club Check Day is coming up on Friday, September 29. If you’re interested in volunteering to help check student itineraries, please sign up here:

Sep
24

Letter From Your President

Dear Ben Rush Families,

It’s hard to believe that fall has already officially arrived and another school year has begun. As your president of the Ben Rush PTA and long-time Ben Rush parent, 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 coming   home on Wednesday September 13th   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 such as Vice President, Fundraising Chair and Special Events Coordinator; please contact me for more for more information.  You can also look for opportunities to be listed throughout the year in Cheetah Chat and the PTA website. 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 president@benrushpta.org if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Cristin McClellan
Ben Rush PTA President

Sep
24

Welcome Back to School from PTA Hospitality

A big thank you to our awesome PTA Hospitality team, who provided a delicious Welcome Back lunch to the teachers, as well as lemonade for students and parents at the Meet & Greet.

Apr
02

5th Grade Camp Fundraiser Clothing Drive

The 5th grade classes at Ben Rush will be hosting a fundraiser clothing drive April 10 to 29 to raise money for camp. Bins will be placed inside and outside the school. We will accept the following items:

  • Soft Goods: clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, undergarments, jewelry, accessories, bags, wallets, bedding, towels, curtains, tablecloths and other cloth materials. (20 cents/lb)
  • Hard Goods: toys, small household goods and appliances, CDs and DVDs (10 cents/lb). Books (2 cents/lb).

We Do Not Accept the following items: weapons, hazardous materials, construction materials, flammable products, automobile parts, damaged furniture, beds, bedding parts, televisions, computer monitors, infant car seats, cribs and other infant products restricted by law, swing sets, food, pets, large appliances, marine vessels, swimming pools, vehicles, cash and intangible property.

All items will benefit Value Village.

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!

Learn more and make your pledge today: https://fundrive.savers.com/e/5thgradecampfundraiserclothingdrive

Apr
02

Save the Date for the Kindergarten Musical

The Kindergarten Musical will be Tuesday, April 25th from 6:30 to 7:00 pm in the Ben Rush commons. Our theme will be “Bugs” and you will see a compilation of Music, artwork and scientific exploration by the Kindergarten students. Put it down in your calendars. All friends, family welcome!

Apr
02

Sign Up Now For Primary Choir

Primary Choir begins Tuesday April 11th and will run through June 20th. The last rehearsal will actually be a PIZZA PARTY!  The spring performance will be Thursday, June 15 from 6:30-7.  If your K-2 student has not yet enrolled and is interested in singing and having fun, registration is now open! Sign up here: https://cwsclients.wufoo.com/forms/z1283gkh1khmlhj/

Apr
02

Looking For A New Reader Board Updater

Ben Rush PTA is looking for a volunteer to update the reader board outside the school, which displays messages about upcoming events to the Ben Rush community. If you are interested in helping out, please contact president@benrushpta.org

Mar
06

Family Night Out At Wayback Burgers On Wednesday, March 8

Please join our Ben Rush 5th Graders for family night out at Wayback Burgers on Wednesday, March 8.

Wayback Burgers will donate 15% of the proceeds for in store dining or for store pick up via Waybackburgers.com and eat24.com. The money raised will help our 5th graders have a wonderful opportunity to attend outdoor camp. Please come support and show your Cheetah spirit!

Mar
06

Sign Up For The Science Fair!

All grades are invited to participate in our annual Science Fair Thursday March 30th!  If your student is interested in doing a science or engineering project and showing it at the Science Fair please register ASAP.  The PTA will provide a free display board (delivered to your child’s classroom teacher) for all students who register.

Science Fair will be held Thursday March 30th.  The schedule is as follows.

K, 1st and 2nd graders:

  • 5:45 PM – set up display boards
  • 6:00-7:00 PM – show off your projects

3rd, 4th and 5th graders:

  • 6:45 PM – set up display boards
  • 7:00 – 8:00 PM – show off your projects

As with all other PTA sponsored events, the Science Fair is put on by volunteers.  Please help support our students as they explore hands-on math, science and engineering skills by signing up to volunteer at the science fair.

Mar
06

Science Fair Resources

Still looking for the perfect Science Fair project?

Our Rush Library can help!  We have lots of books with science experiments for all ages and interests.  Just stop by any time during or right after school and browse!  Also, we can recommend the following websites for ideas, planning and helpful hints:

SCIENCE BUDDIES (www.sciencebuddies.org)

SCIENCE FAIR CENTRAL (http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/)

Happy Experimenting!

Mar
05

Join The Ben Rush PTA Board!

Your Ben Rush PTA is currently seeking people interested in serving on the PTA board for the 2017-2018 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 position:

President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer

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 Michelle Udasco at michelleudasco@hotmail.com

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