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Syre Scratchings for October

Syre Scratchings      

October 2017

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Oct. 4 - Room Parent Meeting 3:45-4:15 Library - NEW DATE

Oct. 6 - Wildcat Walk for the Future 1:30 pm

Oct. 10 - Chess Club begins 8am Library

Oct. 9-11 Early Release @ 11:45 Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct. 9-12 ArtWise Half Day Art Camp 11:45-3:30

Oct. 10 - Mrs. Hashimoto’s Class-Walk to the Fire Station

Oct. 11 - Miss Greathouse’s Class-Walk to the Fire Station

Oct. 11 - All Lost and Found items donated to The Works

Oct. 12 - Mrs. Martin’s Class- Walk to the Fire Station

Oct. 12- Early Release @11:45 for Staff Development

Oct. 13- NO SCHOOL Staff Development

Oct. 17 - District Preview of Sexual Health Curriculum 6:30-7:30 at the Shoreline Center

Oct. 17- PTA Skate Night 6-8 pm NEW DATE

Oct. 18 - PTA Grant Applications Due

Oct. 19-  Math Olympiad Kick-Off 8 am

Oct. 19- 6th Gr. Parent Mtg. for Camp Planning 6:30 pm

Oct. 20-  Last day to turn in Wildcat Walk fundraising envelopes

Oct. 25 - PTA General Mtg. Grant Approvals 7 pm

Oct. 26 - BLS Spooky Science and Art Night 5pm

Oct. 26 - Art Reflections Entries Due

Oct. 27 - Wildcat Walk for the Future Wrap-Up Assembly 2:45

Oct. 28 - RBCA Halloween Carnival @Syre 2-7 pm

Oct. 30 - 6th Gr. Fall Musical Showcase 

2:45 Assembly/7pm Evening Concert

Nov. 2 - Cross Country Fun Run at Hamlin Park 4pm

Nov. 8 - School Picture Retakes 9:15 am

Nov. 9 - NO SCHOOL Staff Work Day

Nov. 10 - NO SCHOOL Veteran’s Day Observed

Nov. 11 - Veteran’s Day

Nov. 13 - Veteran’s Day Showcase featuring 4th Gr.

          2:45 Assembly/7pm Concert

Nov. 14-17 Syre Book Fair

Nov. 15 - BLS Night: Family Traditions

Nov. 16 - Fall Family Night Open House 7pm

Nov. 22 - Early Release 11:45 Dismissal

Nov. 23-24 - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 27-Dec 8 - Holiday Baskets Food Drive  

Nov. 30 - “Tall Tales” Drama Assembly 2:30 pm

 

SCHOOL NEWS 

FAMILY ADVOCATE CORNER

A HUGE Wildcat congrats to Kristina Weidert, Syre’s Family Advocate, as she welcomes her baby boy Cole to their family!

While Kristina is on maternity leave, I will be serving as your Family Advocate and will be on site Tuesdays, Thursdays and Wednesday mornings until she returns in April.

For those of you that are not familiar with the role of the Family Advocate, we partner closely with families, students, and staff in order to provide support and resources to best meet the needs of our families.  Family Advocates can provide support in many different ways including but not limited to: providing community resources/referrals, short term consultation/support, assistance during a family crisis or transitions, and teaming with families and school stafff to help support students in reaching academic and behavioral goals.

Support: If you family could utilize assistance with school supplies, warm coats, school picture scholarships or during the upcoming holidays please don’t hesitate to let me know.

I look forward to meeting you and working together this year...if you are at school sometime please stop by and say hello! Syre is a wonderful community and I am so pleased to be here teaming alongside an amazing group of people! 

Julie Amundson, LMHC

Syre Family Advocate

julie.amundson@shorelineschools.org

206 393-1687

 

THE SYRE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Syre November 13-November 17th.  The fair will be open for shopping Nov. 14th -Nov. 17th with our traditional evening of sales along with the Family Fall Event/Dinner on Thursday, November 16th.  Don’t miss out!

Watch for opportunities to help out in the Scratchings and Syre Weekly Blasts.  This is a great way to help out teachers, your children and our Syre Library.

For more information contact:

Book Fair Chair: Tanya Green tmgreen19@hotmail.com

Syre Librarian: Heidi Alexander heidi.alexander@shorelineschools.org

 

DISTRICT PREVIEW OF SEXUAL HEALTH CURRICULUM 

Parents and guardians are invited to learn about the goals of the sexual health education program and preview the instructional materials during the following public review: Oct. 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Shoreline Room at the Shoreline Center. 

 

BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL

Breakfast is served daily from 8:45-9:05 am in the cafeteria. The cost is $1.75. There is no cost for students on the free/reduced lunch program. Lunch cards can be used for payment. Menus are available on-line. Come into the cafeteria as soon as you get off the bus if you want to eat breakfast with us! 

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SKATING PARTY - October 17 (new date!!) from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us for a Syre skating party at Lynnwood Bowl & Skate, 6210 200th St. SW, Lynnwood.  Admission is $7.50 which includes quad skate rental.  Pay an additional $3.25 for in line skates.  Parents are encouraged to participate.  No drop-offs allowed.  Feel free to bring your helmet!  Hope to see you there!

 

NEW ATTENDANCE RECORDING PROCEDURES

The Shoreline School District has changed the attendance recording practice. In recent years, Washington State has requested accurate data on chronic absenteeism. In the past, we have only reported absences and tardies (late arrivals, regardless of the time of arrival.) The school day is now broken into two parts - period 1 & 2. Students that arrive before 10:50 am will be considered tardy. Students that arrive at 10:51 am will be be considered absent for Period 1. This is a half-day absence.

For the afternoon, Period 2 - students who leave school before 1:55 pm will be considered absent for a half day. Students who leave after 1:56 pm will be recorded as an early dismissal. All early dismissals will be recorded on students report cards. 

 

LOST AND FOUND IS OVERFLOWING

There are lots of coats in our l looking for their owners!!  Please come in and check our lost and found for any items that may belong to your student(s).  We will take any items that are left to The Works on Weds. Oct. 11.  

Please label all items your student brings to school with their name.  We return all labeled items.

 

VISIT THE SHORELINE SCHOOL DISTRICT E-FLYERS WEBPAGE

Looking for educational and recreational opportunities and events in our area? Visit our e-Flyers webpage for a listing of electronic flyers submitted by local non-profit groups regarding upcoming events, activities or services.

 

OPT-OUT 

If you are not interested in your student being in the school yearbook, school newsletters, school videos, classroom webpages, social media, or local news, please stop by the school office and pick up a FERPA OPT-OUT Form. If you do not want your student to be in the PTA student directory and/or receive mailings regarding membership, meetings, events and school activities, please fill out the same form. The form is also available in Spanish. 

 

PTA NEWS

MEMBERSHIP 

Thanks to all new and renewing members of Syre’s PTA! We are excited to have a great year, and we couldn’t do it without your support! If you haven’t turned in your membership, please consider becoming a member today! Memberships need to be renewed annually and cost $14 for an individual or $25 for a couple. Membership envelopes can be found in the main office. Alternatively, *New* individual enrollment is now offered on-line at www.wastatepta.org. Scroll to the bottom of the page, under quick links, and click Join Your PTA. From there: choose Shoreline School District and Melvin G. Syre PTA. Please note, there is a $1.00 processing fee & you can only sign-up for individual membership. (You will not receive the couple membership price break). 

 

FUNDRAISING 

Wildcat Walk for the Future!!                

Please join us on the Syre playfield Friday, October 6th from 1:30-2:30 pm for the Wildcat Walk for the Future!  The Wildcat Walk is our exciting fundraising celebration event. All families are invited to join students and teachers as we walk laps around the playfield.  Each student will receive a jelly band for each lap they walk (up to 20 bands). Come join the fun! Go Wildcats!

 This fundraiser helps support numerous enrichment and social opportunities for all students in our school. To be successful, we need ALL families to go out and help raise funds. If each student raises a minimum of $75, we will meet our goal! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 Remember, to be eligible for prizes, students must turn in their donation envelopes by noon on Friday October 20th! Also, remember we are using the cool online donation site, 99Pledges, for those who signed up to do fundraising online - it’s super easy to do and a great way to reach out to more potential donors!

 Support our Wildcat Walk for the Future Sponsors!
We have an amazing community supporting Syre.  There are a number of costs associated with putting on the Wildcat Walk for the Future, and it would not be possible without the financial support of these companies and individuals!  Please show them your support and appreciation and get excited for our biggest fundraiser of the year - Go Wildcats!
Event Sponsors:

YMCA

Sundquist Homes

Windermere Edmonds

Partner Sponsors:

Falkin Associates

Keller Williams Real Estate, Karen Leitner

Peijs Family

TenGun Design

Friend Sponsors:

Eric Carlson, DDS

Han’s World

James Alan Salon & Spa

Shoreline Kids Dentistry

Tradewinds Capital Management

Spin Alley

Spiro’s Pizza & Pasta

Northlight Custom Builders

Booster Sponsors:

Grace Nails

James Haberman, DDS

 

ONGOING….

  • Please turn in Box Tops for Education- we collect them all year! 
  • Consider selecting Melvin G. Syre as your charitable organization at www.smile.amazon.com; we’ll receive a percent of every sale! Note: does NOT apply to mobile amazon orders. Please use the website and make sure you’re on www.smile.amazon.com.
  • Please “Like” the Syre Elementary PTA Facebook page for the most current information on events and volunteer opportunities!

 

CONFERENCE WEEK ART CAMP

The Syre PTA is partnering with ArtWise NW to offer a conference week art camp on October 9-12, 2017 for grades 1-6. This session’s theme is "Fire and Light”. The camp will run from 11:45-3:30PM in the gymnasium. Tuition for the camp is $35.00 per day, which includes the cost of art supplies. Students are encouraged to bring their own snacks and water to camp. Each session the students will create two unique art projects that they can take home at the end day to share with parents. Registration for the camp is online at www.artwisenw.com, and questions can be directed to the ArtWise NW staff at artwisenw@gmail.com. We will need 2 PTA parent volunteers for each day of the camp. Volunteers must be Syre PTA members, and have completed a WSP background form which is available from the office. One child per parent volunteer will receive free tuition for each day you work, so please consider helping out and share in the creative fun! Look for the orange camp flyer which will be coming home with your child soon.

 

MORNING CHESS CLUB AT SYRE 

The Syre PTA is partnering with Chess4Life to offer a Tuesday Morning Chess Club during the Fall Trimester. The class will run from 8:00-9:00AM in the Library, Tuesdays, from 10/10/17-12/12/17 (10 classes total). The club is open to students of all ages, and tuition is $149.00 for the 10-week session. Both basic, and advanced principles of chess will be covered for players of all levels. The curriculum used by Chess4Life instructors is developed by National Master Elliott Neff. Parents can register online at www.chess4life.com, and questions can be directed to the Chess4Life center at (425) 283-0549, or via e-mail at kids@chess4life.com. We will need a PTA parent volunteer for each day of the camp. Volunteers must be Syre PTA members, and have completed a WSP background form which is available from the office. One child per parent volunteer will receive free tuition for each session you work, so please consider helping out and share in  this exciting opportunity. Look for the green flyer which will be coming home with your child soon.

 

ROOM PARENT MEETING - 

Wednesday, October 4th 3:15-4:00 in the Syre library

A room parent is an important volunteer responsible for working with your student’s classroom teacher to plan celebrations and events, plan Teacher Appreciation Week as well as support the teacher in other activities.

If you are interested and/or will be signing up for this job at curriculum night, please come to the meeting to get more information.

 

DID YOU KNOW SHORELINE SCHOOLS HAS A SPECIAL NEEDS PTSA?

When you join the Shoreline Special Needs PTSA (Parent, Teacher, Student Association), you are joining a community of people who are working together to enrich the learning environment and provide support to students with special needs and their families. Our chapter covers the entire school district.

You will enjoy the camaraderie with other special needs families, professionals and advocates.

You will be a voice about student and family needs.

You will experience the general benefits of the state and national Parent-Teacher Association, including discounts to businesses such as Fed Ex/Kinko’s and the Great Wolf Lodge.

Membership dues and fundraising support our advocacy, information sharing, special education training and resources.

Anyone interested in this work is welcome to join.

Membership information here.

 

PTA GRANTS

Syre’s PTA is now accepting grant applications through October 18 at 3:30PM. We will be reviewing applications ON the 18th, so we will NOT be able to accept any late applications. Only 2 grant applications have been turned in so far! Please contact a PTA president if you need assistance. 

 

ART REFLECTIONS

Dear families - information regarding the PTA Art Reflections program will be coming home in kid mail Tuesday, October 3rd.  The theme for Reflections this year is "Within Reach".  Children are encouraged to create an original piece of art work based on this theme.  We would love to see as many kids participate as possible.  All entries are due to the Syre office by Thursday, October 26th.  Questions?  Please contact Anna Bley annabley@hotmail.com

 

CHINOOK BOOKS

Syre is again selling Chinook Books.  The Chinook book is a coupon book with money-saving coupons, Chinook Book is the leading coupon app for saving at the best local, sustainable merchants, including: restaurants, grocery stores, arts and cultural venues, coffee shops, bakeries, outdoor outfitters, bike shops, garden centers, yoga and fitness studios and more.  Our school keep half of the profits from each book or app sold.  

The Book now INCLUDES an digital app in each book and it sells for $25.00.  The digital app is $15.00 and we also get half of the profit.  

You can pick up a book or app in the front office starting Monday the 2nd of October. Or you can send in payment attached to the order form included and we will fill your order and get it to your child to be sent home with them. 

Chinook Book Order Form 

MATH O!

Syre Math Olympiad is back for all of our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students!  Classes will be on Thursday mornings, starting October 19th. Be on the lookout for registration packets going home next week.

We need coaches at the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade!!!  Please contact Lori Trull at loritrullwsu@gmail.com if you are interested!

 

THE SYRE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS COMING!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Syre November 13-November 17th.  The fair will be open for shopping Nov. 14th -Nov. 17th with our traditional evening of sales along with the Family Fall Event/Dinner on Thursday, November 16th.  Don’t miss out!

Watch for opportunities to help out in the Scratchings and Syre Weekly Blasts.  This is a great way to help out teachers, your children and our Syre Library.

For more information contact:

Book Fair Chair: Tanya Green tmgreen19@hotmail.com

Syre Librarian: Heidi Alexander heidi.alexander@shorelineschools.org