Nov
15

Ben Rush PTA Fundraising Opportunity at Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Ice SkatingVisit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena at Ashwood Park this holiday season, and earn money for Ben Rush! Mention that you are with Ben Rush at the admission counter, and a $3 donation will be made to Ben Rush PTA for each paid rink admission. This offer is good on the following dates: Nov 25-Dec 16, 2016, and Jan 3-8, 2017. See this flyer for more details.

Nov
06

Walk-A-Thon Update!

walkathonPrincipal of the days were announced on Wednesday at the Spirit Assembly. Congratulations to Ibrahim Karabay, Connor Grimes, Chloe Copley and Dylan McKay. We will be having co-Principals Ibrahim and Connor for a day and then Chloe and Dylan will be co-Principals on another day.

We will be extending the donation period to November 10th to be counted in the Grade and Class participation prizes.
Right now for the grade race, Kindergarten is in first place with 3rd in second and 2nd and 5th grade tied for third.
For the Class participation,  Z’s class and Cook are tied for first and Lee and Oh are tied for third. Not far behind are Goldblatt, Dompier, Gryder and Hughes. Keep the donations coming in to be counted.

Make sure to turn your donations into the PTA box in the office. You can use any envelope to donate money, please make sure the money is marked with Student’s name and Teacher name.

Nov
06

Usborne Books & More Fall Book Fair Starts This Week

book-fair-leavesTuesday, November 8th – Tuesday, November 15th

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. 10 – 5:30-7:30 PM

Nov
06

Veteran’s Day Assembly Is This Tuesday

veterans-dayEveryone is invited to the Veteran’s Day Assembly this Tuesday, November 8th (yes, Election Day!) from 2:15-2:45pm in the commons. We will have preferred seating for veterans.

Nov
06

URGENT Need For Afterschool Class Coordinator

volunteerBen Rush is desperately in need of a new afterschool class coordinator. These classes include running club, badminton, choir, programming, etc. Our current coordinator will not be able to set up classes for the next session, and we need someone new to step in to fill her role immediately. She will help train the new coordinator to help ease the transition.

This is a big job, with a fairly large time commitment. If two or three people would be willing to take on the role, it would make for a much smaller workload.

If we cannot find a new coordinator, it is possible that the PTA will not be able to continue offering these classes in the future.

Want to learn more about this role? Lake Washington PTA is holding a brown bag lunch on “Running Great After School Activities: The Do’s, The Don’ts, And Everything In Between.” It is on Thursday, November 17 from 12-1pm in the LWSD Resource Center. See this flyer for more details.

Please email volunteers@benrushpta.org if you are interested in helping!

Nov
06

YOU Are Invited To The PTA General Meeting

PTA Meeting 1PTA General Meeting – Thursday, November 17th at 7pm.

Come join us for our second of four General PTA meetings this year. Come help us vote for our Nominating Committee and find out how you can be more involved with the PTA. A draft agenda can be found here.

Oct
17

Ben Rush Walk-a-Thon Is Coming Soon

walkathonThe Ben Rush Walk-a-Thon is back this year! It will be held on October 28 and will be our only large PTA fundraiser for the year. Packets were sent home last week. Start asking for donations, win prizes, walk/run, and show off your school spirit! Prize drawings begin October 19th.

Oct
17

Volunteer as a Class Rep!

volunteerWe are still in need of class reps for the following teachers:

Burton, Hines, Robertson, Goldblatt, Allen, Wilson, Wingert

Details about the role:

-Assist teachers with planning 2-3 classroom parties throughout the year
-coordinate parent volunteers to help at party or ask for supplies from parents
-Coordinate teacher recognition
-collecting money from parents to purchase treats for the teacher (birthday & end-of-year gifts)
-Collect candid class photos from parents and submiting for yearbook
-K-2 Classes:  Plan grade level social with the other class reps for this grade level
-3rd & 4th Classes: Off the hook – no extra activities to support :)
-5th Grade Classes: Support 5th Grade Camp and Graduation Ceremony Plans

For more information, contact vicepresident@benrushpta.org

Oct
17

YOU Are Invited to the PTA General Meeting

PTA Meeting 1PTA General Meeting – Thursday, October 27th at 7pm.

Come join us for our first of four General PTA meetings this year. Come learn about our plans for the school year, help us vote as a membership on our Budget and Standing rules and find out how you can be more involved with the PTA. A draft agenda can be found here.

Oct
17

Join Us For Mini Pumpkin Decorating!

pumpkinsOn October 27, from 6 – 7 pm, the Ben Rush PTA will host a mini pumpkin decorating party. Bring a mini pumpkin and craft materials to decorate your pumpkin (we’ll also have decorating materials) and create a small pumpkin friend to take home with you. We will have a few mini pumpkins for purchase for $2, and some craft materials to share. Feel free to bring your own scissors, sharpies, and any other special decorations you’d like to use. We hope to see you there! This is a family event – all children must be accompanied by an adult.

To sign up to help volunteer, go to Signup Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084daeaf2aaafd0-pumpkin

Oct
17

Reflections

reflections

Calling all young artists, authors, musicians, photographers, film makers and dancers to participate in REFLECTIONS- A national arts competition

More details are available at: http://www.wastatepta.org/programs/reflections/program_details.html

Start working on your project today! The last date for submission of art work is 28th October 2016.

Questions? Contact reflections@benrushpta.org

Oct
17

Do You Know A Veteran?

veterans-dayWe are looking for a United States veteran to interview at our Veteran’s Day Assembly on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, from 2:15-2:45pm. Please contact Mrs. Andrews at amandrews@lwsd.org if you have someone in mind.

Oct
17

October’s Safety Tip of the Month

EmergencyPreparednessTIP #1: Emergency Items at Ben Rush Elementary
Over many years Ben Rush Elementary PTA Emergency Preparedness Committee has used PTA funds to purchase emergency supplies.  These include: water, tarps for shelter, mylar blankets for warmth, ponchos for rain, porta-potties, toilet paper, medical supplies, and search & rescue supplies. Your donations help us continue to purchase items to assure that our kids are provided for until we can pick them up.

SUGGESTION: Join the PTA and contribute to the PTA.  A recommended amount for emergency preparedness is $10 per student.

TIP #2: Earthquake Safety Ben Rush Elementary
In an earthquake, seconds count!  When the shaking starts you should DROP / COVER / HOLD ON.  For more information, including how to talk to your children about earthquake safety, visit: www.shakeout.org/washington/

SUGGESTION:  Practice Drop / Cover / Hold On with your family at home.

Ben Rush Elementary
PTA Emergency Preparedness Chairperson
Colette Moss eprep@benrushpta.org

Oct
03

Walk To School This Wednesday (And Every Day!) To Earn Money For Ben Rush

Schoolpool

 

 

 

October is Walk to School Month! Ben Rush is partnering with Redmond SchoolPool to celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5. 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 October. 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! In addition, students will receive a reward for turning in their completed calendar. It’s an easy way to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather while earning money for our school and rewards for your student.

Oct
03

Volunteers Needed For Picture Day

student-picture-dayBen Rush PTA is looking for a few volunteers to help make picture day a success on October 6th. Please click the link below to sign up!

 

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

Oct
03

Art Docent Information Meeting

artpalletteYou don’t have to be an artist to be an art docent at Ben Rush! Curious? Come to a kickoff meeting and informational session for current art docents and anyone interested in finding out more about the arts program at Ben Rush.

Ben Rush Art Room
Friday, October 7, 2016
8:45-9:45 AM

See you there!

If you have questions, contact Shilpa Dhananjayan, Art Coordinator (shilpa.dhananjayan@gmail.com), or Erin Lockhart O’Connell, PTA Vice President (vicepresident@benrushpta.org)

Oct
03

Help Out With Health And Vision Screening

health-vision-screeningPlease join us for our annual health and vision screening on Tuesday, October 11. We are looking for 20 volunteers to help out with our morning and afternoon sessions. Please click the link below to sign up!

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

Oct
03

Ben Rush Walk-a-Thon Is Coming Soon

Walk-a-thon logo cutThe Ben Rush Walk-a-Thon is back this year! It will be held in late October and will be our only large PTA fundraiser for the year. Get ready to ask for donations, win prizes, walk/run, and show off your school spirit! Look for more information later this week.

Oct
03

Ice Cream Social A Great Success

Thanks to Snoqualmie Ice Cream for donating the raspberry sorbet and to Safeway for donating the vanilla ice cream. We served close to 900 bowls of ice cream this year! Thanks to our awesome teachers for serving toppings and greeting families! And thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the evening together.

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Oct
03

Your Washington. Your Schools. Your Vote. Candidate Forum For The 45th and 48th Legislative Districts.

debateWednesday, October 5, 7:00-8:30pm, Redmond High School Performing Arts Center
(17272 NE 104th St.; Redmond, WA 98052)

Combined, Lake Washington School District and Bellevue School District serve over 45,000 students, and that number is growing every year. This November, the State Representatives in the 45th and 48th Legislative Districts are up for election. Lake Washington PTSA Council and Bellevue PTSA Council are co-sponsoring a candidate forum for our legislative districts so you can get to know our candidates better before the November elections.

Do you know your candidates? Do you know their goals for education in Washington? Whether you’re a parent, a business leader, or a community member, the decisions our State Representatives make regarding education funding and education issues in the coming years will have an impact on all of us.

Your Vote Matters for Washington, for Our Kids, and for Our Communities!

Learn where the candidates stand and how they will advocate for our area’s 45,000 kids.

Any questions? Please contact: Melissa Stone, Director of Advocacy, Peter Kirk Elementary PTSA (legislation@peterkirkptsa.org) or Erika Kapur, VP of Advocacy, LWPTSA Council (advocacy@lwptsa.net)

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