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!


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.


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!


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.


Legislative Candidate Forum on October 11

You Hold the Power to Impact Education in Washington

CANDIDATE FORUM for the 45th Legislative District and LWSD School Board

Whether you’re a parent, a business leader, or a community member, the decisions our State Senators and School Board Members make regarding education issues in the coming years will have an impact on all of us. Help advocate for over 30,000 kids in a single evening.

· Where: Redmond HS Performing Arts Center (17272 NE 104th St.; Redmond, WA 98052)
· When: Wednesday, October 11, 2016; 7-8:30pm

Co-Sponsored by Lake Washington PTSA Council and Redmond High School PTSA

Any questions? Please contact: Melissa Stone, VP of Advocacy, LWPTSA Council (advocacy@lwptsa.net)


Neighborhood Conversation Meeting at Ben Rush This Thursday

The City of Redmond Mayor and City Council are hosting a Neighborhood Conversation townhall type event at Ben Rush this Thursday, Oct 5th from 6:15 – 8:00 p.m. It is an informal, family-friendly event and refreshments will be served. We would love for as many Ben Rush families to come as possible!


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


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:


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


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:



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:



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!


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.


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!


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.



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:


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


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.


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


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!

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