After School Enrichment Goes Virtual

School has gone virtual, and so has Ben Rush PTA’s after school enrichment program! We are collaborating with vendors to offer links and program descriptions for after school classes this year. Classes will not be held in person, but most of our vendors have agreed to offer a session for just Ben Rush students. Other vendors have supplied us with the information and links for their virtual programs. Registration for all programs will be directly through the vendors.

To view the complete list of offerings and to register online, go to

October Tea Time

Are you struggling with schooling your child at home? Are you wanting to feel more connected to others in the community? Join  “Tea Time” hosted by the Ben Rush PTA to connect with other parents, share experiences and receive support. The purpose of this virtual gathering is to provide a supportive environment for parents of Ben Rush students as we navigate this challenging time. Face to Face connections within the virtual world while sharing stories can be empowering and helpful. Feel free to join us with some tea, snacks or dinner.

Date: Tuesdays, October 13th, 20th & 27th
Time: 5 – 5:30 pm
Join us via Microsoft Teams Meeting

Questions/Contact: Pauline Osborne at

Calling All Mathletes!

This year, the Fall 2020 Math Challenge Tournament will be held online in early December 2020.

The Math Challenge Tournament is an annual National Mathematics tournament open to Grade 2 – 6 students.  Students in Grade 1 can participate, however, they will be competing at a grade 2 level. You can find more information about the Fall 2020 Math Challenge Tournament at

Student’s registration will open on Friday, Oct 30th 2020. During registration you will be asked about your school’s 3 digit code. We will announce that code as soon as we receive it.

Have more questions? Don’t hesitate to contact your PTA Math Enrichment team at

Green Tip

Green Tip #1
– Say “Goodbye” to dryer sheets.

Reasoning: Dryer sheets not only further pollute our landfills with plastics but also often use chemicals that contribute to indoor and outdoor air pollution. These chemicals hidden under the term “fragrance” can cause a variety of health issues including asthma attacks and migraines.

Alternatives: Wool balls, an old sweater, and/or hang drying clothes. These alternatives are not only healthier for the environment, but also save money. Wool balls or an old sweater can even cut down on drying time.

We’d love to hear your stories of implementing “Green Tips”. Contact Pauline at

Yearbooks Still Available!

Our yearbooks for the 2020-2021 school year are available for purchase! If you would like to order one, please utilize our online order form.  All orders placed by Saturday will be available to pick up from the bench at the school entrance on Monday morning.

We emailed all families directly who pre-ordered a yearbook before today, whether online through Lifetouch or over the summer through the PTA order form.  If you -pre-ordered a yearbook through Lifetouch and did not receive an email from the PTA, please email with the following details:

  • Parent Name and email
  • Student name
  • Student grade from the 2019-2020 school year
  • Package ordered
  • Lifetouch order number or email confirmation

Support Ben Rush PTA as a Member!

One way to support Ben Rush PTA is by joining as a member. Membership supports the structure of PTA as we receive valuable training and resources from the District, State, and National PTA to run our local non-profit PTA. All members are invited to vote at our membership meetings, particularly voting on our budget which guides our spending each year. This year we are introducing an option to sponsor a staff member or family in need with a Membership Scholarship.  If you would like to contribute to this fund there will be a line for you to indicate your support.

Donate to Ben Rush PTA

Many local companies have GIVING CAMPAINGS for October. Ben Rush PTA is qualified to receive those funds, corporate donation matching AND paid hours for volunteer programs! Your generosity of time and money fund programs such as: Math Challenge, Passport Club, Science Fair, International Night, Faculty Appreciation and so many more!

In school or distance learning, your Ben Rush PTA is here working for our Students!


Follow link below for more information!

It’s Time To Be All In For Kids!

With a new and very unique school year upon us, you may be feeling a little helpless right now. Many families are struggling and most of us would like to help. What can you do right now to make a difference?

Go ALL IN FOR KIDS with a donation to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation! We’ve been helping students, families, and schools in the Lake Washington School District for fifteen years with programs like Balance in Mind, LINKS Mentoring, Pantry Packs and Reach for Success grants. With your help, we can ensure that every student in our district has what they need to succeed this school year, no matter what form school takes.