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/


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


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!


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.


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!


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:

Vice President

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


International Night is Thursday, February 23rd, from 6:30-8:30pm

Ben Rush celebrates International Night each year to honor the international and regional diversity of our school community. It’s a feast for the eyes, a journey around the world.  All families are invited to attend. It’s free.

If you would like to offer a performance, a display table, or if you plan to bring food, please use the form links below to register and request a space. Please note that all performances are limited to 2 minutes in order to accommodate as many students as possible. We encourage students and families to collaborate on performances and display tables as well!

The details:
You may participate actively by helping to organize this event (please email specialevents@benrushpta.org) or contribute a display, food or performance – please use the sign up links below. You are also welcome to just come by and enjoy the show.

  1. Display – We invite families to set up a table displaying items from their country (toys, books, food, clothes, posters, pictures, slide shows, art or crafts).  You may also offer food samples, craft activities or games. Your ideas spark the success of this event. Sign up here to request a display table space
  2. Food – If you don’t set up a cultural display, but you plan to bring a dish to share, we’ll have the food table set up where your dish can go. Sign up here to offer a food to share
  3. Performance – You are welcome to perform music or dance at this event. Please consider that the gym will be crowded. Limit performances to 2 minutes. Sign up here to request a performance slot.
  4. Activities – There’s a lot going on at international Ben Rush throughout the year. ELL students improve their English, the library is providing books from all around the world, in music the students learn songs from different countries and the PTA geography program broadens the horizon, to name just a few. Some of these groups will be present at International Night. We will also have a World Knowledge Passport Game to help guide students to the display tables.
  5. Kids Parade – This year we will have a kids parade for all children who wish to participate.  There will be a variety of flags available to carry in the parade.  Arrive a little early to secure your favorite country.


Passport Club Check Day is February 24

The next Passport Check Day will be on Friday, February 24, in the school commons. Students should study the itinerary on their January maps. Recheck of previous months is also available on regular check day.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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


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.


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




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


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.

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