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

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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.

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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:

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

More details are available at:

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

Questions? Contact


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 if you have someone in mind.


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:

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

Ben Rush Elementary
PTA Emergency Preparedness Chairperson
Colette Moss


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





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.


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!


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 (, or Erin Lockhart O’Connell, PTA Vice President (


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!


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.


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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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 ( or Erika Kapur, VP of Advocacy, LWPTSA Council (


Represent Ben Rush PTA At The Legislative Assembly

voteEach year local PTAs have a chance to send representatives to cast their PTA’s vote at Legislative Assembly. This vote sets the association’s focus and direction with regard to our legislative priorities for the coming two years.

The 2016 Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly is coming up on October 21-22 in Olympia. Ben Rush PTA can send up to 6 delegates. Interested in representing Ben Rush PTA? Please email


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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.


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.