Letter from the Presidents – Pauline & Garth Gillespie

ImageProxy (7)Dear Ben Rush Families,

Welcome new and returning Ben Rush students & families!  We are so excited to start another fantastic year at Ben Rush.  The PTA has been busy meeting with teachers and staff and each other to plan a year full of great partnerships, events and educational opportunities for our kids.

As we begin the new year, please note the following important dates:

  • First Day of School! Tuesday, September 2 – 8:30 AM
  • Curriculum Night, Thursday, September 11
    • 6:00-6:45 PM Grades 3rd -5th and  the 2nd /3rd split class
    • 6:50-7:10 PM Meeting with Principal Davies in the commons area
    • 7:15-8:00 PM Grades 1st and 2nd
  • Walkathon, Friday, October 3

If you haven’t already, please add the  Ben Rush Calendar to your Calendar Feeds.

And most importantly, please join the PTA! We need your support!

PTA is a grassroots association working exclusively to improve the education and well-being of all children and youth at home, school and in the community. PTA membership is as diverse as Washington State is in culture, education level, and parenting style. By joining the PTA, a member automatically becomes part of the largest child-advocacy association in the state-132,000 strong across Washington.  The number-one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school, but there are many more advantages.

Why should you join?

The reasons are many but 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 * Geography Program * Science Fair * Robotics Club * International Night * Pottery Night * New Playground Structure * 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 * Welcome Back Coffee * Ice Cream Social * Fundraising Walk-A-Thon * Afterschool Programs * Movie Night * Reflections Art Program * And Much More!

With your support these programs and more will continue.

Join Online Today!

We are thankful to be part of the Ben Rush Elementary community and honored to be part of your PTA leadership. If you have any questions or need additional information about the PTA, or to volunteer, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email at president@benrushpta.org. We look forward to meeting you all in person soon!

Here’s to a great year!

Pauline & Garth Gillespie

Ben Rush Executive Board & Board of Directors

Co-Presidents: Pauline and Garth Gillespie

Vice President:  Danielle Rood

Secretary: Jennifer Grimes

Co-Treasurers:  Marcy Chartier and Chip Smith

Fundraising Director: Joy Jernigan

Membership Director: Tatiana Teppoeva

Communications Director: Shanna Barr

Enrichment Director:  Shub Kanetkar

Special Event Directors: Jackie Lowdermilk & Margaret Rogers