Setting Goals & Buying Books

October 18, 2017



Conference week is coming to a close. Our goals are set for the year and a few new books have been added to our library. Since we last spoke, you probably didn't know…

  • Eagles soaked in the sun and hit the streets while participating in Walk to School Day on October 4th. 
  • As of Monday, the students have run over 2,300 miles in just 8 days. In addition, three students have finished the marathon! That is right. Nic V., Ryan H. and Mateo G. ran 26.2 miles during lunch recess in less than 8 days. Inspiring! Keep encouraging your students to run as they still have four weeks to go!
  • We had several students finish their first math challenge! If you forgot, don’t worry, the next challenge is right around the vertex.
  • The Recycling Team conducted a waste audit on Monday in partnership with the King County Green Schools Program. The students are now putting together a presentation of their findings to share with our principal and the whole school!

It may feel like the countdown to Halloween has begun, but as you run through these last few weeks of October, take a look at all the happenings coming up at Peter Kirk: 

  • Book Fair is going on for only two more days! The physical store located in our library will be closing Thursday at 4 p.m. Let’s help stock our new school shelves with books as we stock our own libraries.
  • The Great Washington ShakeOut is happening tomorrow. Students will learn to “drop, cover and hold on” in this earthquake drill.
  • School will be closed this Friday (October 20th) for our teachers’ first Learning Enhancement and Academic Planning (LEAP) Day.
  • Sister School Supply Drive is going on for only one more week. Build a bag and bring it to school. 
  • New and International Families Information Night happens next week. If you are new to our school or District, we would encourage you to look below for more information.
  • Wear orange on October 25th to unite against bullying in our school and District.
  • Get an introduction to positive discipline at the Parenting with Kindness and Firmness workshop in the Peter Kirk library on October 25th
  • In the last week of October, our students will be able to participate in the Halloween Parade and then trade candy for cash on November 2nd and 3rd!

Don’t close this email before you check out our education corner this issue! About once a month we will feature learnings from Melanie Miller, our school counselor. In this issue, Melanie shares insight about positively parenting through the frustration. In addition, our Wellness Committee provides tips on how to make Halloween healthy and fun!



Parent Teacher Conferences - Last Day October 19th 

The first set of elementary conferences are almost complete. We hope you found the time valuable to come together with your teachers and talk about goals for the coming year.

Book Fair - Build Your Library to Build the School's (October 18th & 19th)

It is not too late to pick out your student’s favorite books and help build out our school’s book supply in the process. Come today to the Peter Kirk Library from 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. or this evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you can’t make it today, there will be one last opportunity to shop: Thursday, October 19th, from 11:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Last year we raised $6,057 to help stock the shelves of our classrooms and library.

Let’s see if we can beat that this year! Learn More.


Great Washington ShakeOut Happening Tomorrow! (October 19th)

Lake Washington School District will participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut on October 19 at 10:19 a.m. This is a state-wide earthquake drill. Students will be asked to “drop, cover and hold on,” then will practice evacuating the building in a safe and orderly manner.

Parents, this event is also a fantastic opportunity for you to assess your family readiness if an earthquake occurs. Is your District emergency contact information up-to-date? Do you know the latest guidance on what to do during an earthquake? Do you have an emergency kit at home? 

 If you said no to any of these questions, check out our website for resources and take our four-question emergency prep quiz for a chance to win a hand-powered radio/flashlight combo!

No School Friday! (October 20th)

This Friday is the teachers’ first Learning Enhancement and Academic Planning (LEAP) Day. That means no school for students so that teachers and staff members can focus on professional development


First Marathon Finishers: Congrats to Nic , Ryan and Mateo!

Marathon – They Keep Running (October 2nd – November 17th)

Students are busy earning their toe tokens during lunch recess! We have already had three students finish the marathon and a few more are expected to finish within days. Congrats to Nic V., Ryan H. and Mateo G. for your determination, and fast laps! We still have plenty of time for your students to reach that marathon milestone as well. Kudos to you for encouraging your kids to accomplish this awesome feat! Learn More.

This is an activity that takes a lot of volunteers! Signup in MySchoolAnywhere today to punch lap cards. It is a fun way to be involved!

Sister School Supply Drive – Fill Your Bag Today! (October 11th – 25th)

The Peter Kirk Student Council is still collecting new and used items for our sister school in Uganda. Give your students the opportunity to experience the joy of giving to those in need!

Start your bag today! Desired supply list can be found here.

Bags can be placed in the hall near the office.  Thanks for your generosity! Learn More.


Watch D.O.G.S. – Extending the Day

Thank you to the father figures who have already volunteered to be Watch D.O.G.S.. Your time is valued by the students and teachers alike!

One update: we have been asked to have the Watch D.O.G.S. stay until 1:30 p.m. to help cover the Kindergarten activity time. This is a new end time from our prior communication, so please update your calendars accordingly. Thank you!

If you are still looking for a date sign up on MySchoolAnywhere.

The Next Math Challenge Opens Friday (October 20th)

A new math challenge is right around the vertex. It will open on Friday, October 20th.

Math challenges are a FREE enrichment program, sponsored by the Peter Kirk PTSA. They are designed to entice, engage and challenge students to solve interesting math problems, while strengthening their math fundamentals, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Participants will be randomly selected to win a prize, announced the following week. We will give recognition at the end of year assembly to any student who completes at least 12 sets of challenges. Learn More.



New and International Families Information Night (October 23rd, 6:30 – 9 p.m. & October 28th, 9:30 a.m. - noon)

LWSD and the LWPTSA Council are hosting two welcome events for new and international families.

These events will be held at the LWSD Resource Center on Monday, October 23 from 6:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, October 28 from 9:30 a.m.—Noon.

These events will feature guidance for new and international families. Register Here. Learn More

Parent Workshop: Parenting with Kindness and Firmness (October 25th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.) 

Feeling challenged by your child’s whining, attitude, sibling conflict, morning or bedtime routines, homework battles or something else? Come to the school’s library and learn some positive parenting strategies to work through these challenges. Our very own Kirk School Counselor, Melanie Miller, will be doing an introductory Parent Workshop for Positive Discipline.  

Wear Orange to Unite Against Bullying (October 25th)

Make it ORANGE and make it end!

What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day, October 25th. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope and unity. Show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Read More.

Update Your Calendar: Egg Drop Moved to Spring 

Our beloved Egg Drop has been postponed. The Fire Department's ladder truck is out of service for repairs. We are looking for ways to bring this fun event back in the Spring. Please remove it from your calendar on October 27th and stay tuned!



Halloween Parade

October 31st, 2:45 pm

Come early on October 31st to watch Peter Kirk’s Halloween Parade! Join the fun and watch students walk by with their classmates in their costumes. The parade typically starts by 2:45 when students walk with their teachers through the halls and around the front of the school where parents wait to cheer and take photos. If you are arriving only for the parade (and not for a classroom party), we recommend going straight to the front of the school. No need to check in at the office. 



Trade Candy for CASH

November 2nd & 3rd

8:30 - 8:45am

You read that right – your students can trade their Halloween candy for cash. Come early to school on November 2nd and 3rd, where volunteers will weigh candy and pay your child(ren) for all they collected. It is a win-win in many households. There will also be donation boxes, so if students are so inclined, they can donate some of their new-found cash to different charitable organizations.

If you are able, please consider volunteering your time. It is a fast and straightforward way to help out! See the signup options below.




Halloween Wellness Tip  

Are you tired of handing out the same bag of candy each year? Me too!

Consider offering an organic (non-toxic) treat or non-candy alternatives to Trick-Or-Treaters this year. And when your kids come home with their pillow case filled with candy encourage them to trade candy for CASH at the PTSA Candy Buy-Back program (November 2nd and 3rd) at school.  Finally, if you are considering making homemade slime during your festivities, consider skipping borax and going for a less toxic version. Learn more by visiting our Wellness site.


Counselor Chat: Try a Little Kindness and Firmness

Ever feel like you’re doing the “Parenting Dance”?  The one where your kids push your buttons until you yell and send them to their rooms. Then, you feel bad about the yelling, so next time when they ask for a cookie before dinner, or they just don’t feel like doing their homework, you give in. Now, you feel resentful, your children aren’t eating their dinner and they’re playing video games while you’re feeling guilty about the undone homework. So, you yell, send them to their rooms and the dance continues. Guess who controls this dance?  Read More.

MySchoolAnywhere – Your One Stop App!

Have you downloaded the MySchoolAnywhere application to your phone?

This is your one stop place to connect with other families at Peter Kirk and volunteer for events! Download it today from your app store. If you don’t remember your login credentials, use your e-mail and select "forgot your password". A new password will be sent to your e-mail.

Reach out if you have questions



Eagles Walk to School 

On October 4th, Eagles hit the streets on National Walk to School Day. Students were greeted by the Fire Department, the Police Department, the Ped Bee and a fun craft to make a wall of feet! The students had a blast! Thank you so much to Cara Tyler for organizing a fabulous "Walk to School Day" and to all the helpers who came early and made it happen - Andrew McAllister, Mindy Platte, Shawna Hickey, Lena Livanes, Yvonne Holocek, and Don Lawrence. Thank you to all for getting up early and making this day special for our students!

Staff Luncheon Hosted by 1st Grade Parents 

Thank you to the 1st grade parents for hosting the October Staff Luncheon.

A ‘You are Souper’ lunch was provided.

Next-up, the 2nd Grade Parents will host a ‘We are Thankful for You’ luncheon on November 6th. Be on the lookout for sign ups the week of October 30th. 

Recycling Audit 


Thank you to everyone involved in the Recycling Audit on Monday! The kids worked on refining their skills with Kate and Claire from the King County Green Schools Program, then proceeded to put their skills to work by sorting the recycling they had collected from classrooms last Friday. Next step will be putting together a presentation of findings for Mrs. Garcia and our school. A huge thanks to Kate and Claire from KCGS, to the teachers (Morley Spencer, Peggy Lotz, Lizanne Matrecano and Christa Fagan) for their support, and to Cooper V.’s extraordinary grandma, Pam Elliott, for helping out! And finally, an enormous note of gratitude to Lead Custodian Paul Bowler, who goes above and beyond the call of duty each and every day to keep our school green, and teach all of our kids the importance of being responsible stewards of the earth (and responsible human beings)!


Volunteer of the Month: Paisley Madison

Have your kids come home talking about all the laps they have run? Paisley is the main person who made the Marathon happen this year! Without her stepping up to the plate, there would be no marathon. And if you’ve had the honor of watching our Eagles run their hearts out, you know how valuable this program is. Paisley, thank you for all the work behind the scenes and the time spent at school to cheer on the kids, punch lap cards, take care of the sad kid who forgot his card and coordinate with all the other volunteers who make this happen. High five to you, Paisley, for taking up the baton and running this year’s race!



Ski Bus – Assessing Interest to Coordinate Effort

We have heard several questions and interest around learning more about a Ski Bus. The Ski Bus has always been a third-party vendor and not a PTSA sponsored service. However, one of our goals as a PTSA is to help connect individuals in our community with similar interests. As such, a parent has volunteered to investigate options if the interest is there. The cost will be approxiametly $280 plus lift tickets for a 6 week program. Lesson date is to be determined. If you are interested in signing up your student(s) email Laura Harding



Check out the volunteer opportunities coming up!

  • Eagle Marathon (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays through November 17th): Opportunities to help during each of the three recesses cheering on our runners and punching lap cards. 
  • Candy Buy-Back (November 2nd & November 3rd): Come early and help weigh candy. This event is a fast and straightforward way to help!
  • Watch D.O.G.S: If dads and other father-figures are still interested in helping at school through this great program, sign up on the ‘Waiting List’. This list will be used if new dates open up for a Watch D.O.G. opportunity throughout the year.




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