Dec
13

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 December 15, 2017, in the school commons. Students should study the itinerary on their December maps. Recheck is also available on check day.

If you’re interested in volunteering to check student itineraries, please sign up at
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45aeaf2aa3fa7-passport6

(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/)

Dec
13

Sign Up For The Holiday Cookie Party!

We are still looking for 75 parents who are willing to bake two dozen cookies or other sweet treats to bring to our 8th annual holiday cookie party for our wonderful staff. The cookies can be dropped off anytime between 8-11 AM this Wednesday, December 13 in the Preschool Room.

Please bring cookies on disposable plates and we will have cards to attach recipe/list of ingredients in case of allergies.

Please contact Erin Zipfel at hospitality@benrushpta.org or sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C49ABAC2BA64-8thannual if you’re able to bake cookies/treats for the cookie party.

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

Please help us continue this festive cookie party for the teachers. Thank you very much for your much needed support!!

Dec
13

Talent Show Signups

This year’s Ben Rush Talent Show will take place on Friday, March 2nd, 2018. Students in grades 2-5 are invited to participate. Yellow forms were sent home with interested students before Thanksgiving. These forms are due back to the main office by THIS Wednesday, December 13th @3:30pm– NO EXCEPTIONS! Your student may pick up extra informational packets in the main office as needed. Please contact Mrs. Andrews with any additional questions- amandrews@lwsd.org Thanks for your support!

Nov
29

PTA Fundraising: BRAG

BRAG (Ben Rush Annual Giving)
Last Week (4 more days to go!)

HELP US:  we stand to fall short of our budgeted goal since
we have only raised $15.3K (31% of our $50K goal).

This is our last week with 4 more days to go, so don’t forget to Donate NOW!

Some Incentives this week:
– donate this week to enter into the Daily Stikbot Prizes every morning this week
– the 7 highest donation this week will get your kid a gift card announced on Thursday morning.

Send the donation link to Grandparents and Family with your kid’s name and Teacher/Grade: http://benrushpta.org/fundraising/donate/
More Information? http://benrushpta.org/BRAG

Nov
22

BRAG (Ben Rush Annual Giving)

Week 3 Update (2 weeks to go!)

We have raised $9.7K (20% of $50K goal) so far…
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.

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

Nov
22

Save the Date for Cookies and Canvas Art Night

Thursday November 30th, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00

An artist from Cookies and Canvas will be coming to our school to instruct participants step-by-step to create an acrylic painting on a real stretched 8×10 canvas. All materials are supplied: paint, brushes, canvas, apron, and cookies; and you’ll go home with a finished piece. The paint is washable same day but we still recommend wearing clothes you don’t mind getting a little messy. Parents are welcome to sign up as well, and there will be coloring sheets and crayons for younger siblings. There are three thirty minute sessions starting at 6:30, 7:15, and 8:00. Cost is $11 per painter in advance, or $12 at the door. Space is limited for each session, so signing up in advance is strongly recommended.

Volunteers are needed to help set up for each session and cleanup at the end of the night.

Register at: https://cwsclients.wufoo.com/forms/mlfjt2319be66j/

Volunteer here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0548A8AF2EA4F49-cookies

Here is an example of what we will be painting:

Nov
22

PTA Special Session – Election of Nominating Committee

Please join us Thursday November 30th at 7pm in the Commons. The Nominating Committee members are integral to the PTA infrastructure and will work closely with the Executive Board to source candidates for any open roles on the PTA Board including executive and director level positions. If you have any questions about the Nominating Committee and how to get involved, please email our president Cristin McClellan at president@benrushpta.org

Nov
22

Sign Up For The Holiday Cookie Party!

We are still looking for 75 parents who are willing to bake two dozen cookies or other sweet treats to bring to our 8th annual holiday cookie party for our wonderful staff. The cookies can be dropped off anytime between 8-11 AM on Wednesday, December 13 in the Preschool Room.

Please bring cookies on disposable plates and we will have cards to attach recipe/list of ingredients in case of allergies.

Please contact Erin Zipfel at   hospitality@benrushpta.org or sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C49ABAC2BA64-8thannual if you’re able to bake cookies/treats for the cookie party.

Please help us continue this festive cookie party for the teachers. Thank you very much for your much needed support!!

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

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