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Syre Scratchings for April

Syre Scratchings

April 2017




  • April 3 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Work Day/Best Practices in Literacy Instruction
  • April 4 - Astronomy Night at Shorecrest 7-9 pm
  • April 6 - PTA Meeting 7pm
  • April 6 - LGBTQ Potluck 5:30-7:30pm
  • April 7 - Comedy Night, ALL families invited (6th Gr. Fundraiser) 7pm
  • April 7 - Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough Pick-up 3-4pm at Syre
  • April 13 - Volunteer Luncheon - 11:00 am
  • April 13 - Mrs. Shaw, Bickford and Stranka Grade Classroom Visits from Seattle Public Utilities in AM
  • April 17-21 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
  • April 24 - Talking to Kids About Race 6:30-8:30 Einstein M.S.
  • April 25 - Variety Show Applications released
  • April 27 - Guys & Kids Night 6pm
  • April 29 - Embrace Syre Grounds Clean-Up 9am -12 noon
  • May 2 - Family Engineering Night Syre 6:00-8:00pm- Pre-register
  • May 9 -June 1st-SBA State Testing window - Schedule Attached!
  • May 15 - Make-up Day for Snow Cancellation - School in Session!
  • May 16 -19  6th graders at Camp Orkila
  • May 20 - Shoreline STEM Festival
  • May 23 - Book-it Assembly for 3rd-6th Gr. 9:30 am
  • May 24 - Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator 7:00-8:30pm
  • May 25 - Kindergarten Musical Showcase 2:45 Assembly and 6:30 at Kindercreations
  • May 25 - Kindercreations 6pm 
  • May 26 - Variety Show 9:30 am
  • May 29 - NO SCHOOL Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 31 - 5th & 6th Grade Band and Orchestra Concert at Einstein 7pm



Toilet paper and paper towels rolls for Family Engineering Night (we have enough cardboard, thanks!)



Save the Date!  Comedy Court Coming to Syre for a Second Time, Friday, April 7, 7 p.m.

Comedy Court is a games-based short form improv show a la “whose Line Is It, Anyway?” and Comedy Sportz. Using a courtroom setting, the show pits the Plaintiffs against the Defendants in a battle for big comedy points. The audience (aka, "the jury!") decides who wins and who loses. There is a heavy emphasis on musical games.You'll laugh; you'll think. You’ll think and laugh simultaneously. This is a night not to miss!  Fun for the whole family.  Snacks available for purchase.

Featuring -

*Brian Muchinsky * Rachel Meyer * Peter Hannah * Bridget Laflin * Jason Laflin * Cheryl Meckley * Sean Meckley * Andy Casper

Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family, all proceeds go to help fund outdoor camp/education at Syre

**This evening is donated by Bridget and Jason Laflin, Former Syre Parents



Cougar Mountain Cookie Dough pick up will be on Friday, April 7 from 3-4pm?  Orders cannot be stored at the school and must be picked up on 4/7.  Thanks for supporting the 6th graders in going to camp Orkila!



Please join us Thursday, April 6 at 7PM in the library for our final PTA General Membership Meeting for the year. We will be finalizing the 2017-18 budget and voting for officers for next year!



Felicia has served on our PTA Executive Board as President, co-chair of Advocacy and Treasurer.  She has also coordinated our flu clinic and the Multicultural Night.  Over her 12 years at Syre, she has been actively involved in almost every aspect of our PTA! 

Kiersten is on our PTA Executive Board as co-chair of Fundraising and co-chairs the Family Fall Night as well as volunteering at most PTA events. She joined other Shoreline School District PTA members in Olympia for Focus Day to advocate for our kids. 


Colleen has served on our PTA Executive Board as President, co-chair of Community Services and co-chair of Fundraising. Colleen has been instrumental in our “Roots of Empathy” program, our annual food drive, Boxers and Bloomers drive, the Works.  Colleen has been active in our PTA for 9 years constantly giving of her time and talents to help others. 


Mrs. Hodgen takes the time to know each and every one of her students on a personal basis and is aware of their individual needs.  She also spends time outside of the classroom on school wide art projects, oversees our Safely Patrol and is on her 3rd year as the PTA Teacher rep.

Mrs. Zadow is praised as being able to provide a balanced, individualized education for each of her students.  She has mentored many staff members and hosts frequent family nights to showcase student strengths.

Please join us in celebrating all of our award recipients at the Golden Acorn Ceremony, May 24th at 7pm in the school cafeteria. 


LAST CALL FOR SPRING CHESS!  Looking for Math O Participants!

Congratulations to Winter Tournament winner, the *undefeated* Lucas White, and second place winner Matthew Fong.  Special shout-out to kindergartner Conor Beck, who won the Best Sportsmanship Award!

Math O parents, tired of sleeping in on Thursdays?  Are your kids in withdrawal from being awesome in academic competitions?  We have an activity perfect for you both!

Spring Chess continues Thursday April 6  in the cafeteria from 8-9 am.  New players welcome, all levels encouraged.  K-6 graders eligible.  Join fellow Syre students for lessons from Coaches Hope and Josh from Chess for Life, with plenty of tournament-style play.

Need not have been in Chess Club this winter, can start anytime!

March 30 to June 8
No class on 4/20
10 classes
$149 tuition
Scholarships available

Checks written to Syre PTA, given to Syre front office, please.

Contact Syre parent volunteer Ashlie Beach at, or 508-740-2128 to sign up, or for more info.

Special thanks to Kristina Hagemeier for volunteering this winter!


Discover the fun of engineering through hands-on activities with your whole family!  Register by April 12 at: to ensure we have enough materials.  See attached flyer for more details. Family Engineering Night Flyer 



Please see the attached flyer for important Variety Show dates and information. Applications will go out on Tuesday, April 25th & we will only take the first 30 applications. Please contact Dani VonGunten or with any questions. 



The Shoreline STEM Festival & Science Fair will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 atShoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, Shoreline.

Schedule of Events

10:00am - 11:30 am  Judging and viewing of science fair projects

12:00am - 1:30pm Participation and viewing of hands-on exhibits

1:30pm - 1:45pm  Science Fair award ceremony

Hands-on STEM fun, robotics demonstrations, and STEM Career expo. This year will be bigger than ever, with Boeing engineers, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Army Corps of Engineers and more - all on site and ready to share their passion for knowledge and inquiry! The festival is brought to our community with the generous support of Shoreline Community College, Shoreline School District, BECU, Prosetta Biosciences, BioLife, kdH Consultants, kolb & dotsch dentistry, Greenstone Architecture, Maker Lab NW, and Ray Koelling.

If you act quickly you can still submit a project proposal until April 14.

The deadline for festival t-shirt design submissions is April 2.

Details for everything can be found at: Parking and entrance to the festival are all completely FREE!



In order to attend kindergarten in the fall, a child must be five years old by August 31, 2017. To complete the registration process, parents should bring their child’s birth certificate, current immunizations, and proof of address to the Highland Terrace office when filling out the enrollment paperwork. NOTE: The District is closed to new K-6 students living outside of the Shoreline School District. Please share this information with your neighbors and friends who have incoming kindergartners. We are very excited to welcome our future kindergartners, the class of 2030!                


LGBTQ FAMILIES AND ALLIES POTLUCK: The Shoreline PTA Council is proud to partner with the Shoreline Public Schools for the 2nd annual LGBTQ Families and Allies Potluck Dinner on Thursday, April 6th from 5:30-7:30pm at Shoreline Center. Please join members of your Shoreline/LFP community in support of LGBTQ families as we share a meal and fun activities for all ages! Please bring an entree or side dish to share. For questions, please email Kim Darcy: or call 206-393-4217. RSVP for this free, fun event at



Thanks to generous grants from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation and Syre PTA, we will be starting Makerspace in the library  during lunch recess times in April.  Makerspace is a general term for a place (the library) where people gather to create things. A space where students can control their own learning and direct their own projects. In our library, we will have Makerspace stations where students will come during library time or recess to create and explore.

With Makerspace centers in the library students will enrich their experiences with Science, Technology, Engineering. Art and Math (STEAM Education).

Each month a new concept will be introduced during library lessons sparking interest in a variety of materials and resources, including art supplies as well as low tech and high tech items. This aligns with standards in English Language Arts, Math Practices, and Next Generation Science Standards and Practices.

In addition to the introduction during library lessons, students will be given opportunities to explore The Makerspace area during lunch recess.Teachers will give students passes to attend during recess.

Starting the first week of April  Makerspace will be open during the following times:

  • Mondays- Grade 1st and 4th Lunch Recess
  • Wednesdays- Grades 2nd and 3rd Lunch Recess
  • Fridays- Grades 5th and 6th Lunch Recess


A SURVEY WILL BE COMING TO YOU...                    

Our Teaching & Learning Dept. facilitates the 2020+ Strategic Planning Committee that is currently working to craft Shoreline Public Schools’ course moving forward into the next decade. Our District is committed to engaging our families in this very important process. You will soon receive a survey from this committee for that purpose. Please take time to complete and submit the survey so that Shoreline can understand your perspective and use this information in long-range planning.



Kids have a way of asking questions that are not always easy to answer. When you throw the topic of race in, it can get a bit dicey. Having conversations about race is not designed to be comfortable, but the need to engage with our youth is essential to having healthy conversations as they grow and as adults, we grow with them.  The Talking to Your Kids about Race workshop  will offer awareness, skills, and practice.



Calling All Volunteers!

You are invited to a luncheon in your honor! Please join us in the Syre library on Thursday, April 13th between 11:20-1:00. Your child’s teacher will be having lunch during their regularly scheduled lunch times for their grade level.

K, 5, 6       11:20 -12:05

1 & 4         11:50-12:30

2 & 3        12:15-12:55

* The Syre Singers will be performing.

Thank you for your dedication and service to Syre.    



Many thanks to the following students for generously donating books to the Syre Library in honor of their birthday:

Christina & Czarina Clark    “The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark”    Room 2

Czarina & Christina Clark    “Take Heart My Child”    Room 2

Daphne Goedde    “We Found A Hat”    Room 3

Hudson Leiser    “Good Night Yoga”     Room 4

Kellan Roberts    “Sniffer & Tinni”    Room 3

Andrew Mitchell    “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”    Room 22


We would also like to thank the following students for donating books.

Isabella Gioseffi    “Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Double Down”    Room 25

Julia Stevens    “Madlenka”, “ The Name Jar”, “Migrant”, “The Journey”, and “A Long Pitch Home”    Room 5


Heidi Alexander, Librarian