October 4, 2017



October is here! I don't know about you, but September seemed to fly by at record speed.  We kicked off a new school year, came together as a community for our first event (Back to School Picnic) and capped off the month with an amazing Fun Run! These were followed by even more running (Marathon) & walking (Walk to School Day)...are your kids tired yet?

Did you know:

  • We reached 100% PTSA Membership! That is incredible. Thank you so much for helping us show our teachers, the District, and our state that we are a community that is invested in making education great for our students!
  • We hit our annual Fun Run goal! Thank you so much for your generosity. These funds are directly applied to the many classroom grants, programs and events that the PTSA puts on throughout the year. Please remember to submit employer matching!
  • Over 50+ volunteers dedicated time to make our programs a success in the past month. THANK YOU so much! We can't do it without you! Want to get involved? We have a place for you! Check out the opportunities below.

As we run into October and think about all things pumpkin (pumpkin candles, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies...), check out the events highlighted in this issue:

It was fun seeing so many of you in the streets this morning for our Walk to School day! Did you get to decorate a foot too?

Walk to School 2017




A Few Spots Remain

Select your Date

A special thank you to Top Dog Coordinators, Geoff Lecovin and Steve Squillace, for organizing the Watch D.O.G.S. pizza night last week! We had over 60 dads/father-figures attend this fun evening, many with their kids, to learn about being a Watch D.O.G. and choosing a date to serve!

There are a few spots left for dads and other father-figures who would like to help out at school through this great program! Simply sign-up through MySchoolAnywhere, below. If you don't find a spot but still want to be considered, sign up to be on the "Waiting List". When a spot opens up, we will e-mail our waiting list to fill the opening.

Remember: please select only one date per child you have at Peter Kirk to start. You can always put your name on the waiting list if you have flexibility and want to add days. 

Thank you to all who attended and who are participating. To learn more about this valuable program, visit our website or e-mail Geoff and Steve with questions.



Eagle Marathon

October 2nd - November 17th

The Marathon has begun, and the kids are off running! A few pacesetters have logged 6 miles in just 2 days!

Our Committee Chair, Paisley Madison, has done a stellar job of bringing this program together quickly so our students can enjoy another year of running!

We need volunteers to come out during lunch to punch lap cards and assist the kids. Please sign up to help support this wonderful program for our kids .  

Students will be running during lunch recess from October 2nd through November 17th so there are many opportunities to help!

Learn More



Book Fair

October 16th - 19th

The annual Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon!

The Book Fair is a chance to buy wonderful books for all reading levels conveniently at the school library. All proceeds are used to buy books for our classrooms and the library – so don’t hold back, buy lots! 

The Book Fair will be held the week of parent/teacher conferences (October 16th-19th) --  so you can stop by before or after your conference.

Want to shop without your kid(s)? Come by Wednesday morning during school.  To learn more and see the full schedule click here.

If you can’t come in person, shop online starting on 10/8.

We need lots of volunteers to pull off this event. Please view the SignUp event on MySchoolAnywhere to volunteer.  Any questions, please email Wendy Alston.




Gather School Supplies to Donate!

October 11th  - 25th

Peter Kirk Student Council is sponsoring the Sister Schools Supply Drive this year. Sister Schools teaches compassion, service and social responsibility by partnering students in donor schools with children in need.

Terry McGill, the founder of Sister Schools, will visit Peter Kirk on October 10th to talk about our supply drive and how we can make a difference. 

Our supply drive starts October 11th, so start your donation bag today.

We are collecting new and used items such as: sports equipment, toys, books, clothes, and personal care products (e.g., toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap). Please no food items or stuffed animals. 

Learn More



New to LWSD?

New and International Families Welcome Event


October 23rd of 28th

Have you just moved to the United States? Are you new to the Northwest area or to Lake Washington School District (LWSD)? LWPTSA Council, in partnership with the LWSD, welcomes you to the community!

Come and learn about: navigating the LWSD school system, resources and support available from the District, PTSA and how you can be involved, extracurricular activities in the area and relocation tips, as well as “America 101 for International Families.”

Two sessions will be held at the LWSD Resource Center – the information presented will be the same at both sessions, so choose the one that works best for your schedule: 

  • Monday, Oct 23rd, 6:30-9pm
  • Saturday, Oct 28th, 9:30am-12:00pm 

Pre-registration is requested and will be required for childcare and interpretation services. Registration information can be found here!


Candidate Forum

October 11th

You hold the power to impact education in Washington! The decisions our State Senators and School Board Members make regarding education issues in the coming years will impact all of us.

Help advocate for over 30,000 kids in a single night!

  • Where: Redmond High School Performing Arts Center 17272 NE 104th St. Redmond, WA 98052
  • When: Wednesday, October 11, 2016 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

45th Legislative District: Manka Dhingra, Jinyoung Lee Englund
LWSD School Board:
District 3: Anita Damjanovic, Cassandra Sage
District 4: Mark W. Stuart (unopposed)

Co-Sponsored by Lake Washington PTSA Council and Redmond High School PTSA

Questions? Please contact Melissa Stone

Learn More



New Math Challenges for All Students

Kicks off October 6th

Math Challenge is a new FREE enrichment program, sponsored by the Peter Kirk PTSA, and is designed to entice, engage and challenge students to solve interesting math problems, while along the way, strengthen their math fundamentals, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and improve confidence in math. Students can involve families to help and engage in a fun discussion to solve math problems. All students K to grade 5 are invited to participate in the Math Challenge program.

There will be 14 sets of challenges every other week starting this week and ending in May. The first Math Challenge is available on Oct. 6th with responses due by e-mail no later than 3 p.m. Oct. 12th. Each challenge presents 10 to 18 problems by level of difficulty, which enables students from various grades to participate.

Prize winners are randomly selected from qualified submissions and announced the following week. We will give recognition at the year-end assembly to students who complete at least 12 sets of challenges. 

Schedules and problem-solving strategies are available here. To learn more, visit our website.

THANK YOU - We Can't Do it Without You!


Grounds Beautification


A very special THANKS to all the amazing parents/grandparents who came out to help with Grounds Beautification Day: Christine Bergstein, Andrew McAllister, Josh Reiss, Tyler Platte, Scott Brady, Bobbi Ostrum, Pam Elliott, Trace Kuhn, Stephanie Lecovin, Maria Gonzalez, Margo Wei and Maureen Crabtree.  

We weeded, removed lots of dead plants, installed new soccer nets, planted several gorgeous flower pots -- and involved many of the kids in the process!

Thank you all for making it a great success! 

And a very special thank you to Trace Kuhn, who will be leading the Grounds Beautification Team this year!



Peter Kirk Picnic


We had a wonderful “Back to School Picnic.”  Thank you to Megan Smiley for organizing this fun event and bringing so many families together!  

A special thanks to D.J. Jay for spinning tunes and to all of our volunteers who made this event a success: Paisley Madison, Debra McFadden, Stacy Chartrand, Andrew McAllister, Sarah Ellerbrock, Debra McFadden, Wendy Alston, Matt Bagnulo, Aline Galindo, Elysia Heller, Kyla Hoesley, Mariko Langan, Jessica Mackley, Megan Nandi, Burgess Peck, Mindy Platte, Winn Richardson, Margo Wei, Kharren Wilson, Mary Snodgrass, Delia Misselbrook, Jacqueline LePage, Mindy Platte, Peter Madison, Branislav Kuvac, Kristi Mallios, Kristyna Connop, Maureen Crabtree, Jessica Mackley, Sheryl Vincent, Margo Wei, Christy Anderson, Nikita Bijlani and  Jason Lux.



  • Watch D.O.G.S.: There are a about 25 days available for dads and other father-figures who would like to help out at school through this great program!
  • Eagle Marathon: Opportunities to help daily in each of the three recesses to cheer on our students and punch their cards. It is a fun way to volunteer and meet some other parents.
  • Book Fair: We need lots of volunteers to pull off this event. Help setting up, staffing the store throughout the fair and so much more.





  • Eagle Marathon
    • Oct 2-Nov 17
  • Math Challenge
    • Oct 6
  • Candidate Forum
    • Oct 11
  • Sister School Drive
    • Oct 11-25
  • Book Fair
    • Oct 16 - 19
    • Oct 20
  • WA PTSA Legislative Assembly
    • Oct 20, 21
  • Egg Drop
    • New Date Coming
  • Picture Retakes
    • Oct 30

Full Calendar


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