Giving Thanks

November 15, 2017


Thank you for your donation! Peter Kirk students donated a truck full of
supplies headed to Uganda through Sister Schools.


We hope this newsletter finds you warm and well after the storm on Monday.

During November, our household is more intentionally thinking about and expressing our gratitude for the things and people in our lives. This should be no different at our school. As we reflect on the first three months of school, we are thankful for...

  • All the committed volunteers (parents and students) who help make this school and community a better place! 

  • Everyone who has been dedicated to the marathon over the last seven weeks. With only two more days to go, we have had 119 students finish the marathon. It is inspiring to see the dedication of those running and the comradeship as students finish!

  • The art program that is run through the PTSA, lead by an art docent and taught by parent volunteers. The exposure to a variety of art, the experience of creating and the creativity of the students is amazing to behold.

  • The breadth of events and opportunities within the school. Mathletes continue to take on challenges! The next challenge is coming in the square root of 4 days.

  • Our community that advocates and endorses legislation that will ensure our students and all those in our district receive the quality education they deserve.  See below for more information.

The list could go on for days! However, we also need to look ahead to what is around the corner. Mark your calendars!   

  • Watch D.O.G.S Night Out is happening this Thursday! Dads - leave your families at home and join us at Chainline Brewery. Hope to see you there!

  • Peter Kirk is building a team to run/jog/walk in the Hopelink Turkey Trot this weekend! Learn more below and join the team!

  • Thanksgiving week is next week. Don't forget students get out on Wednesday at 11:45am and are out of school Thursday and Friday.

  • Hearing and Vision Screening is coming up on November 28th. We are looking for 25 volunteers! Please sign up if you can help. 

 Finally, thank you to everyone that came to the General Meeting last week! If you missed it, you can get caught up by reviewing the meeting minutes and presentation


Giving thanks for all who give their time!  

At Peter Kirk we like to recognize students for their time and commitment in helping others, either at our school or in our community. As such, we have Eagles in Action! 

Eagles in Action is a program to encourage our students to volunteer in the community and at school. Students can volunteer at school in a variety of ways: (1) during school hours as active members of Green Team, Recycling Team, Tech Squad, Safety Patrol, Student Council or other groups; and (2) at school activities and events, such as the Carnival, Science Night, Art Walk and Grounds Beautification.

Students can volunteer in their community in countless ways: through Hopelink, food banks, clean up days in the City of Kirkland, church events and community events. Please note that this does not include time for volunteering in group activities like Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. 

Students log their hours and our recognized at the end of the year assembly. Learn more!


Thank you, Cooper V.! You are the Eagle of the Month! 

This month, we'd like to honor a student, a true Eagle in Action! Cooper V. has learned a thing or two from his mom, Sheryl, in how to give back and support our community. In addition to serving on Green Team, Recycling Team and Student Council, Cooper signed up on his own to work at the Halloween Candy Buy-Back. What a mature and remarkable young man! Thank you, Cooper, for stepping up and helping on a daily basis!


Volunteer Opportunities within the Community

In the sprit of the season, we wanted to highlight some opportunities in the community to help. Please check the the websites for more information. And don't forget to record your child's volunteer hours. To learn how go to Eagles in Action.

  • Christmas House: Spend time with the kids going through toys and books to donate to the Christmas house, an organization that allows less fortunate families to "shop" for gifts for the holidays for their loved ones.
  • Local Nursing Homes: Nursing homes rely on volunteers to interact with their residents and provide company. 
  • Hopelink: Contact your local Hopelink center to see if they need help with behind-the-scenes sorting of donations.
  • Blessing Bags: As we enter the colder months, something as simple as creating blessing bags and keeping them in the car to hand out is a wonderful way to help those in the community who have nothing to keep them warm. Fill the bags with socks, hats, scarves, mitts, gloves and hand and/or feet warmers. 
  • Merrell Gardens: In December, come in and help respond to the Santa letters that get dropped in the mailbox. 

Know of other volunteer opportunities? Email us


Parent Volunteers Needed within our School 

  • Hearing and Visions Screening (Tuesdays, November 28th, 9:00am to 3:00pm): We need your help to put on the Hearing and Vision Screening here at Peter Kirk. We need about 18 people to screen the students (don't worry there is training), 2 runners, and a few people to bring snacks to make this event happen. Check your schedule and then please sign up for a time block (or three!). 
  • Carnival Committee: Wanted: energetic and engaged volunteer(s) to join our stellar Carnival planning team! The Carnival committee is comprised of 8 roles shared by 5-6 volunteers. We are looking for a person or two to fill the role of Games & Prize Coordinator(s). We begin planning just after Mid-Winter Break, meeting once in March and April and then as needed in May. Come help us make this the best celebration of the year! 
  • School Play Committee: The Little Mermaid is just around the corner and we need YOU! Play week is April 10th-14th. Although it is auditioned, rehearsed and performed in 5 days, it takes a team of parents, working behind the scenes, to pull it off. We have several committee positions open and our first meeting will be in January. Learn more about the play.
  • Craft-a-holic: Help decorate the front glass display case one week or two! It is a fun way to let your creativity shine and make our school beautiful! Learn more.
  • Science Night Committee Chair (4/19): Fun event the entire school looks forward to! Contact Margo Wei for more information. 

To help out in any of these events or positions, use your personalized sign up link below!



Student Council: The candidates prepared and the votes were counted 

We had an amazing Student Council Election last month. The twenty-eight candidates worked hard to campaign for their office.  Each candidate wrote and videotaped their speeches, made posters, and handed out their own stickers.  All candidates that didn't win their office are considered senators now.  Here are the students that won their office.

  • President: Aidan M. and Jonah P.

  • Vice President: Amelia M. and Cooper V.

  • Secretary: Anna M. and Reese R.

  • Treasurer: Cooper B. and Mason S.

  • Historian: Malia D.

  • School Spirit Coordinator: Bowen P.

  • Playground Commissioner: Alex W.

  • Kelsey's Corner Supervisor: Ella N.

Congratulations to all our officers and senators!


Thanking our amazing teachers with lunch!

Thanks to the 2nd Grade Class for providing this month's Teacher Luncheon on Monday, November 6th. We had excellent participation and the teachers loved the sandwich theme! 

Up next, January 8th will be hosted by our 3rd grade families.  Look for an email to sign up in December


Thank you to all that donated to our Sister School

Thank you to all the families that donated supplies to our Sister Schools Supply Drive. We collected thousands of items that will be delivered to Uganda.  In the spring, Terry McGill will travel there to distribute them to students in schools and orphanages. Later in the year, he will return to Peter Kirk to show the difference we made in the lives of children across the world.  Your kindness is greatly appreciated!


The candy was weighed, collected and is gone!

Thank you so much for helping with our annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back last week! We collected a whopping 500 pounds of candy (yikes!), which was given to Operation: Nightwatch in Seattle and to the LWHS Beta Club, which is working with Treats for Troops. As a basis of comparison, we collected 430 pounds of candy last year.


The kids also donated $100 to our Sister School in Uganda! The school will be thrilled to receive that money so they can buy school supplies.


We could not have made this a successful event without your help. Thank you so much for volunteering: Caitlin Holmes, Lera Moore, Elysia Heller, Wendy Alston, Melissa Nouveau, Burgess Peck, Karrie Jenks and Stephanie Lecovin! A special shout-out also goes to all of the kids who helped: Cooper V., Zaden & Cade L., Will C., Carter R.!


Finally, thank you to our two local dentists, Kirkland Children's Dentistry and Growing Smiles Dentistry, that sponsored this event. In addition, Kirkland Children's Dentistry donated an electric toothbrush for a raffle. The winner is Enzo C. in Ms. Zervas' class! Congrats, Enzo!


Marathon, Only 2 days left


The 2017 Peter Kirk Eagle Marathon ends on Friday, November 17th.  That means our students only have two more days to finish. This has been an incredible year of personal bests.

119 students have finished the marathon! Some students have even finished two! As of last Tuesday the students have run 4524 miles all together! What an amazing accomplishment that the students have achieved. 

Encourage your students to keep running and finish strong. If you haven't made it out to see this event in action, we encourage you to sign up and volunteer! It is so wonderful to see support from all students as their classmates achieve that 26th mile!

Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers. Each day our Marathon Captains come out rain, shine or snow! Thank you: Paisley Madison, Adrienne Hunter, Ravit Aviram, Kristyna Connop, Jessica Conver, Christine Bergstein, Evelien Van De Garde. Also thank you to other support staff: Mira Marcus, Sheryl Vincent, Jane Moulynox, Brenda and Sheri in the office and all of the parents who collect the marathon boxes each week. We couldn't do this without all of you!



Join together to run/walk/stroll Hopelink's Annual Turkey Trot

Join your fellow Peter Kirk Eagles on Sunday, November 19th at 10am to run, walk, or stroll down Lake Street in this year's Turkey Trot! This is an important fundraiser for Hopelink. Stephanie Lecovin has set up a Peter Kirk Eagles team and is looking forward to you joining! Join the Team today!




Record Breaking Submissions!

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to our Reflections art competition! We appreciate your creativity and hard work. We had seventeen student entries, which is much more than last year. Let's keep the ball rolling for next year and break that record!



Art Docent Program

Provided by the PTSA



The Art Docent, Clay and Artist in Residence lessons have begun for the year! Your children have been having fun creating lots of exciting artwork!


Want to get involved and help out with the lessons? Contact your class Art Docent or Class Parent to find out how you can sign up and volunteer to assist a Docent! Help our students create drawings, paintings, clay sculptures, prints and so much more!


Here’s just a tiny sample of some of the creativity happening at Peter Kirk!



Guys' Night Out! Tomorrow, November, 16th @ 7pm, Chainline Brewer

Leave the family at home and come out to meet up with other Watch D.O.G.S. this Thursday, November 16th, 7pm at Chainline Brewer in Kirkland. We hope to see you there!

If you are still looking for a date, sign up on the waiting list on MySchoolAnywhere




Math Challenge #5 Opens Friday (November 17th)

Attention Mathletes! Check out the latest Peter Kirk math challenge (MC5) starting November 17th. 

All students are invited to participate and it's FREE! Three students will be drawn and win a prize from answer submissions turned in by November 30th. Learn More


We Voted YES!

The Peter Kirk PTSA voted to endorse and support the LWSD February 13th Bond and Level Measures. This means you will be seeing parents, staff and students alike from Peter Kirk holding signs or wearing buttons to garner support for these important measures. Keep reading below for more information


Bond and Levies Approved by the LWSD School Board

The LWSD school board voted to approve a bond and two replacement levies for the February 13, 2018 ballot.

  • The 2018 Bond will raise $288 million with no tax rate increase. The funds will be used to build projects that address growth and overcrowding in the district, as recommended by the Task Force.
  • The Capital Projects levy funds critical facility and technology needs not funded by the state. The 2018 levy replaces the expiring levy with no tax rate increase.
  • The Educational Programs & Operations levy funds program and operations needs not funded by the state. The 2018 levy replaces the expiring levy and decreases the tax rate.
  • Total LWSD tax rate - All 3 Measures: $2.93 per $1,000 of Assessed Value (decrease from $3.16 per $1,000 of Assessed Value).

For additional details, review the bond and levy overview handout from the district. LEARN MORE.

Recap: Legislation Assembly 2017

Peter Kirk sent a delegate, Melissa Stone, to Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Legislative Assembly to join delegates from across the state as Washington State PTA held its 39th annual Legislative Assembly on Oct. 20-21. They gathered for inspiration, advocacy education, networking, and to consider the addition of new positions to the policy platform. Check the WSPTA blog to read the highlights and titles of four new long-term resolutions and seven new short-term legislative issues. PTA is the largest grassroots child advocacy organization in the United States, and has been dedicated to advocating for the welfare of all children for over 100 years.



Membership Benefits


Did you know that your membership comes with access to some amazing discounts? With your PTSA Membership you can take advantage of offers from:

  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Car Rentals
  • Wild Waves
  • Sylvan
  • FedEx 

And so many more! The login information should have arrived in your Welcome email from Washington State PTSA. Contact Us if you have questions or would like more information. Learn More.


Give Back to the School While Shopping!

Don't forget there are many ways to continue to raise money for Peter Kirk throughout the year!

  • Use the Peter Kirk Amazon link when shopping to earn money for the school. Bookmark and use the link all year long!
  • If you want to increase your homes security buy the Ring Doorbell and get an exclusive Peter Kirk discount by typing 6peterkirk. Plus, Ring will give $25 back to Peter Kirk!
  • If you shop at PCC buy a scrip card and 5% goes back to the school (you can do this through our online store through MSA). 

More details at Reward Programs.


Thanksgiving is right around the corner

Wednesday: Students are dismissed at 11:45 am

Thursday and Friday: School is OFF

We hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving Break!

Upcoming Events

  • Hearing and Vision Screening: November 28th
  • Math Night: December 7th (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
  • After School Program Registration Opens for Winter: December 11th
  • After School Program Registration Closes: December 22nd
  • Winter Break: December 18th - 29th No School

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