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Syre Happenings - Week of December 16, 2019

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 16-20 Student Craft Fair Sales at lunch recess-Camp Fundraiser

Dec. 18 - Early Release Wednesday 1:50 dismissal

Dec. 20 - Last day to register students for HiCap Testing Gr. 1,3,4,5,6

Dec. 23 to Jan. 3 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Holiday Craft Fair

The 5th and 6th graders have been busy making fun craft items that will be for sale during the week of Dec. 16-20.  The Craft Fair will be open before school from 8:20 to 9:00 and during lunch recess in the school lobby. Items will be priced from $1 to $4 and students are welcome to shop during their recess time..  Please send shopping money with your student in an envelope marked “Craft Fair” to avoid confusion. Thanks for supporting 5th and 6th grade Camp and Happy Shopping!

Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets

There are still a few Brown Bear Car Wash tickets left to sell.  Just $9 each. Looking for stocking stuffers or office gifts? These could be just the thing!

Remember: Popcorn Fridays!

5th graders are selling popcorn at second recess for 75 cents.  Enjoy a fun treat and support 5th and 6th graders going to camp in the spring. YUM!

Highly Capable Testing

Registration for Highly Capable Testing ends Dec. 20.

Shoreline is offering testing for HiCap eligibility to students in Grades 1-6 in January 2020 for any student not previously screened or tested during the 2019-2020 school year. Please note: All Shoreline Kindergarten and 2nd grade students are screened for highly capable program eligibility in the fall. These students DO NOT need to register for testing.  Registration will close on December 20, 2019 at 4pm. No late registrations will be accepted.

For more information or to register on-line, please visit You may also contact the HiCap program office at 206-393-4771. 

Syre Reads!

Syre Reads!  We are holding our very first read-a-thon at Syre Elementary School in January and it will run for three weeks, Sunday, January 12 through Saturday, February 1. Our goal is to raise $20,000.  All funds raised will benefit all students at Syre Elementary School. This year we have a very big task of sending all of our fifth and sixth grade students to camp. It is a huge undertaking and we are trying to reduce the amount it costs to make it more manageable for all of our families. Additional funds collected will support classrooms and specialists with enrichment materials, field trips/special guests and/or other supplies that are not provided for in the school’s budget.

There are 486 students at Syre.  If everyone participates and brings in a minimum of a $50 donation, we will surpass our goal! Let’s do better than that and let’s knock it out of the park as we READ, READ, READ! Please help your student(s) by reaching out to family members, neighbors, friends or co-workers to seek pledges and/or donations.  Pledges can be made based on minutes read or can be a flat donation. Read-a-thon funds raised might be eligible for many employer matching programs, so be sure to ask if your employer will match your raised pledges.

Read-a-thon information and donation envelopes will come home the first week of January. If you would like to help procure prizes (now through mid-January), distribute packets to classrooms (first week of January) or help count money/tally minutes (Feb 3-7), please contact Annalise Nye, Read-a-thon Chair. Email:

*If you have unused gift cards at home that you’d like to donate to our raffle prizes please send them to school in a sealed envelop with “Read-A-Thon Raffle prizes”, your name and the value of the gift card.  We are looking for gift cards children may enjoy such as those for yogurt or ice cream stores, iTunes, book stores, art stores, toy stores, movie tickets, Amazon, etc. Thank you for your consideration!

Helping Kids Balance Tech Time

Parents: Need help with balancing tech time for your kids? Common Sense Media is offering a 12-week program for a select group of parents who sign up for a text messaging program about balancing media and technology for kids ages 3-8.  Participants will be asked a series of pre- and post- survey questions relating to their experience receiving Tech Balance tips for parents and those that complete the program will receive a $10 gift card. Common Sense Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing trustworthy information and education for parents and educators in the 21st Century.  Information about signing up for the Tech Balance program is below. Even if you decide not to sign up, I encourage you to take a look at their website for movie reviews, website and application reviews, and information for parents to help with navigating technology with your kids.

If you have any questions or need further information, contact Jennifer Altena, Syre’s Teacher Librarian at  

Click here for: Common Sense Media Tech Balance Program