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Syre Happenings for the Week of April 15, 2019

Syre Happenings for the Week of April 15, 2019


April 16 - Appreciation Luncheon for Syre Volunteers 11:10-12:50

April 16 - First Grade Open House 6:00-6:30

April 16 - First Grade Musical Showcase 6:30 -7:00

April 17 - Early Release Wednesday 1:50 dismissal

April 19 - Parent Input Form for Class Placement due (attached below)


April 22 - 26 No School - Spring Break

May 1 - First day for 3rd Grade Math Olympiad 8:15am Syre Library

May 1 - Wednesday Early Dismissal 1:50

May 1 - Family Engineering Night 6:30 -8:00pm


Are you a Syre Volunteer?  We want to celebrate YOU!

Please come to our Annual Volunteer Salad Luncheon to thank our wonderful volunteers!

The luncheon will be on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in the Syre Library between 11:00 and 1:00.

11:20 to 12:00 - PTA  Presentation of Awards to this Year's Winners

Golden Acorn: Kristi Brueck

Outstanding Advocate: Michelle Harris

Outstanding Educator: Lori Hashimoto

12:15 - The Syre Honor Choir, led by Robyn Clapper, will be performing.

Your child’s teacher will join you during their regularly scheduled lunch times for their grade level.

Kindergarten   11:10 - 11:35

3rd & 4th 11:20 - 11:35

1st & 2nd 11:45 - 12:00

5th & 6th 12:10 - 12:25

Hope you can attend!  Thank you for all that you do for our school!

Golden Acorn Awards:

Congratulations to our Golden Acorn Award Recipient, Kristi Brueck!

Kristi has dedicated countless hours to serving our Syre community in several remarkable ways.  Over the past 6 years, Kristi has volunteered at almost every type of PTA event including our Wildcat Walk, the school dance, the food drive, staff appreciation meals, field day, room parent, photo day and our back to school social.  Kristi took on an extremely time consuming position of co-producing our PTA sponsored play and joined the nominating committee. We are truly thankful for Kristi!

Congratulations to our Outstanding Advocate Award Recipient, Michelle Harris!

Michelle has brought new ideas and energy to Syre PTA’s mission to be a voice for all children.  Michelle has attended a Bystander Intervention Training workshop, a Race and Equity meeting, a Natural Leader training course and the Washington State PTA Legislative meeting, as well as developed the Syre Ambassadors program.  She has been instrumental in making sure our events are more inclusive by having gluten and dairy-free options, as well as a quiet space for those looking for a break from the large group activities. Michelle’s goal is to make sure that we do a better job at making all families feel welcome at our events and programs.  Thank you Michelle!

Congratulations to our Outstanding Educator Award Recipient, Lori Hashimoto!

Mrs. Hashimoto has been a staple at Syre for years and is the ideal kindergarten teacher.  She is a professional and attends to every detail. She creates a loving and fun environment for her students and individualizes lessons and small groups to meet every child’s need.  Mrs. Hashimoto invests in each child and makes very specific plans and goal to bring out the best in each of her students. We are so fortunate to have her at Syre. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

Syre PTA needs you!

Syre PTA is seeking individuals to serve on our Board next year! We need someone to step up and serve as co-President with Kiersten Holm. We also need a Family Engagement VP, as our current Family Engagement VPs will end their terms at the same time. If we don't fill these positions, we simply won't be able to organize events or manage things like the grant program. If you are interested, our board members are happy to meet with you to discuss what serving on the PTA Board entails. Please email if you are thinking about joining the PTA board!


Search your 3rd grader's backpacks for the sign up sheet for Introduction to MathO that was sent home a bit ago!  This 4 week free course will introduce your 3rd grader to MathO while they work on mental math and team building. Wednesdays May 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd at 8:15 AM in the Library.  It's not too late to sign up.

Here is the link for a copy of the registration form:

Intro to Math Olympiad for 3rd graders 


Mark your calendars and join us on Wednesday, May 1st for Family Engineering Night.  The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 but you are welcome to arrive and leave when convenient for your family.  When you arrive you will receive a “passport” which will serve as your guide for the evening. You are free to rotate through the engineering stations and collect stamps upon completing the stations.  


This evening includes activities from several engineering fields.  As you engage in the activities with your student, you will be helping them to better understand engineering concepts and skills.  The evening is designed for parents to work alongside their student and ask them questions that will help them “do it themselves”.



Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) are the state student assessments in Washington State. All students in grades 3 - 6 will take the test in both Mathematics and English Language Arts/literacy. In addition, 5th grade students will take the Next Generation Science test.

The testing schedule and makeup dates are provided below.  Please limit out of school times, specifically on the dates your child is testing. All of the assessments will begin at 9:15 am and students will be provided the entire day if necessary.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming testing, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, or the school assessment coordinator, Heidi Alexander (

Thank you for your support and understanding, Syre Staff




Student placement is one of our most important spring tasks.  Teacher teams give careful consideration as they develop class lists for the coming school year.  While specific teacher requests will not be honored, you may use the form attached here to offer specific input to help our wonderful staff to balance classes.

Parent input for placement form