Thank You For Participating In The Read-A-Thon

We’re pleased to announce that we met our $25,000 fall fundraising goal!

The final results will be published soon, and the class and individual prizes will be distributed in the next few weeks.

In order to allow everyone to participate we have decided to extend the deadline for donations until December for children to have the chance to earn prizes.

Until December, kids are still eligible for the Individual Fundraising Prizes. $100 will get you the max prizes per student.
Please register, donate and send pledges here:

If you have kids in these classes, help your class reach $500 to get the popsicle party:

Please Register, Donate and send Pledges here:
Depending on the outcome of this fall fundraiser we will plan further fundraisers to raise another $10K to meet total 2019 budget.

Donations are tax-deductible & don’t forget to ‘Double Your Donation’ via Company Matching!

If you have any questions, please email:

Thank You for supporting Ben Rush PTA!

Last Chance To Volunteer For Vision And Hearing Screenings

LWSD School nurses are coming to Ben Rush to help and train parents for our vision and hearing screening for students Tuesday, December 3rd from 9am – 3pm (approximately).

Our school needs 17 volunteers who will be operating the machine to test about 700 Ben Rush students. We ask volunteers to commit 3 hours of service (am shift or pm shift) or 6 hours (all day shift) through Sign Up Genius.

There will be 5 volunteers for vision screening, 7 volunteers for hearing screening, 4 volunteers for ushering and 1 volunteer runner.

Refreshments will be provided from the PTA during the sessions.

Join us to help our kids stay healthy, learn about the screenings and meet other parents. Or even just to see how great our kids are at taking the tests 🙂

Please sign up HERE by Wednesday, November 20th.

If you are a Microsoft employee, your volunteer time can contribute to a donation to the PTA. Contact us for more information at:

Please consider signing up and helping our test run smoothly. Thank you for your support!

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 parent volunteers to quiz the students.

Our Passport Check Day is on November 22nd, in the school commons. Students should study the itinerary on their November maps.

If you’re interested in volunteering to check student itineraries, please sign up at:

Save The Date For Movie Night

: Toy Story 4 movie night
Who: All Ben Rush students & families
Where: Ben Rush Lunch Room
When: Friday, December 6th
Doors open at 6:30pm, Movie begins at 7:00pm
Why: to gather with friends. All proceeds go towards 5th grade camp.

5th grade students are hosting a movie night for all Ben Rush families!

  • Admission is $5 per child (adults are free)
  • admission includes 1 bag of popcorn
  • Pizza dinner is $5/person (slice of pizza, fruit & bottle of water)
  • Treats can be purchased for $0.50 or $1.
  • Bring a blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, & wear your pajamas!
  • One adult must remain at the event to supervise all of the children you bring.

Mark your calendar & plan to join the fun! It is a great opportunity to see the movie & get together with other Ben Rush families!

All money raised will go towards 5th Grade Camp.

This movie is rated G

Math Challenge Update

Congratulations to the WINNERS of Math Challenge #3!

Reminder: MC#5 will be available this Friday, November 22nd, at


Winner Grade Teacher
Prithvi Rengarajan K Mrs. Wallace
Sharvesh Arul 1st Mr. Hines
Anna Gasperini 2nd Ms. Goldblatt
Aleksandra Sysoeva 2nd Ms. Brandow
Pragnya Jetti 3rd Mr. Lotz
Emily Dai 3rd Ms. Vacknitz
Sophia Martinez Concha 4th Ms. Oh
Bailey Michaelis 5th Mrs. Nation


Upcoming District PTA Events

Ben Rush PTA is proud to be a part of the Lake Washington School District PTSA (LWPTSA) Council.  We benefit from the events they put on and are often invited to participate in events at other schools in our district.  To stay up to date on these events follow the LWPTSA Facebook page.  Here are a couple of their upcoming events.

Mon 11/18 Parent Ed talk: Nurturing to Independence, 7-8:30pm Mark Twain Elementary
This presentation focuses on the importance of giving children responsibility from a young age. By giving children a sense of purpose and responsibility, they can increase self-mastery which, in turn, increases self-esteem.

Tue 11/19 PTSA Listening Session on Access and Inclusion, 6:30-8:30pm LWSD Resource Center
The discussion will center on ways to make local PTSA events and activities accessible for and inclusive of all students and their families.

Thu 11/21 Screening of Documentary film “Angst”, 6:30-8:30pm Peter Kirk Elementary
Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.