Twin/Triplet Day!
March 21, 2018

FROM THE NEST 
 

Green Gala: What a success! Raised nearly $50,000 for our new school.

   

Parents and teachers came together on St. Patrick's Day to raise money for our new school and have a little fun!  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, sponsors and families, we raised nearly $50,000 to be set aside to fund special projects for our new school. Check the official photos from the talented Kerry Golden Sherhart @ Golden Eye Photography.

   

At the event, attendees were given the opportunity to vote on the top three projects they would like to see prioritized for funding. If you were unable to attend, you can still cast your vote and voice your opinion on which projects to fund.  Share your feedback with us today! We will combine all feedback, in addition to gathering student votes, to determine which projects to initially fund for our new school. Mark your calendars for the May 17th PTSA General Membership Meeting, where we will take an official membership vote. Have questions? Email Stipends, Auction & Grant Allocation (SAGA) Committee saga@peterkirkptsa.org.

 

There are so many people who helped to make this event a success. Thank you to everyone who donated an item, experience, wine or dessert, and all those who shared your time & talents with us. This event would not have been the success it was without the amazing talent, energy and dedication of our Green Gala Committee: Laura Harding, Erin Franklin and Natalie Hodges. Thank you for your vision, your attention to detail, and the countless hours/sleepless nights that we know went into this event. Cheers to you!

   
A very special thank you to all of our event sponsors – Silver Sponsors: RD Homes, Anonymous Donation; Bronze Sponsors: Tim Crabtree State Farm Insurance, Northwest Family Law, Don Sebastiani & Sons Wine, AIM Consulting, and Engel & Volkers Real Estate Brokerage; and our Patron Sponsors: The Heller Family, The Bowser Family, The Franklin Family, The Warrick Family, Biggs Eastside Rovers and Wingreen Properties. Finally a special thanks to the Woodmark Hotel, Date Night, Jason Dodson, Sky Hop, Monster Design, Four Leaf Spirits and Golden Eye Photography. Thank you for your generous support of our school and students. We appreciate you!
 
 
CURRENT HAPPENINGS
 

Spring chorus concert is tomorrow.

 

Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00pm our students will perform in the Spring Chorus Concert. Please come to the Peter Kirk Gym to hear the performance. Students need to arrive in the music room by 6:30pm and wear performance dress (white shirts or blouses, black or dark skirts/pants). The concert will last about 30 minutes. Look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

After-school program registration opens on Monday!

 

Our spring after-school program registration will open March 26th on 6crickets.com, and classes will begin the week of April 8th. You can visit the site today to get a preview of which programs might interest your student(s). From Forest Time, language classes and guitar lessons to game development, STEM Challenge and Zeno Math, there is sure to be something that would pique your student’s interest.  If you have questions about our after-school programs, visit our website or email Laura Harding at dir-basp@peterkirkptsa.org.

   

 

School play audition registration closes March 31st.

 

Register online for The Little Mermaid auditions today! Students can only audition on April 10th if they have been pre-registered within the next 10 days. Please read the Parent Information Packet for full details about this year’s program. This packet provides tips on how to prepare your student(s) for the audition process and what to expect for Play Week. For key dates, or to learn more, visit our School Play Site.

 

 

Peter Kirk ground breaking on March 30th.

 

The official groundbreaking celebration of the new Peter Kirk school will be held on Friday, March 30th at 11 am. All are welcome to attend. There will be an aerial commemorative picture taken of all the students outside of our current building.

Then get ready! Over Spring Break, the construction fence will be put into place and the “Up House" currently in front of the school will be removed to make space for staff parking. The remainder of the parking lot will remain the same, as will the drop-off and pick-up location and procedures.

In addition, upon returning from Spring Break, recess will shift to areas around the building.  A committee of staff members has been working diligently to build a recess plan that allows students to play safely.  You may begin to hear buzz about the new “playground” as prior to break, the school will have several dress rehearsals to prepare students and staff for the new arrangement and allow an opportunity to refine plans if needed.

 

 

Earth Week is right around the corner.

 

Peter Kirk will be celebrating Earth Week from April 16-20. We will have a textile drive, chalk art during recess, Trash-Free Tuesday, and Weeding Wednesday. Information will continue to be shared leading up to the week. This issue’s Earth Week spotlight is on Weeding Wednesday:

 
Spring is here and along with the budding of beautiful flowers come the dreaded weeds.  On Wednesday, April 18th, students are encouraged to join parent volunteers during lunch recess in weeding the area around the portables. Parents can also join their kids for one hour after school to help plant flowers and weed the front of school.  Kids can earn volunteer hours for Eagles in Action and take pride in helping to beautify our school!
   

 

Science Night is coming up!

 

Peter Kirk’s annual Science Night will be on April 19th.  Fourth and fifth graders will be getting their assignments from their teachers this month.  K-3 students are also welcome to pick a scientific question and create a display to put in the gym on Science Night.  Tri-fold boards will be available for pickup in classes during the last week of March.

 

All projects will be available for display during Science Night from 6-8pm on April 19th.  In addition, we’ll have interactive displays from a number of outside groups including robotics, rocketry, coding and medicine.

Science Night Flyer

Do you have an interactive exhibit that could inspire young minds?  If you have questions, or if you’d like to help volunteer, please contact josh.reiss@comcast.net.

   

 

Moms' Night Out is only 4 weeks away.

 

Come join your fellow Peter Kirk Moms on a wine tasting tour April 21st. We will leave from Peter Kirk at 4:30pm and return around 9:30pm. Tickets are $65 and include wine tasting and heavy appetizers. Come taste wine, eat and laugh!

Tickets will go on sale shortly. Look out for more information on how to reserve your seat.

 
 
EVENTS FROM LAST WEEK
 

Thank you for fostering a love of reading with us!

 

On March 1st, the teachers and staff put on an amazing Family Reading Night. Students were greeted with popcorn, a bookmark craft and a paper bag! This paper bag was special, it told you what reading adventure awaited your family. Families moved from room to room where a story was shared, questions asked about different aspects of the story, and a literacy gift was given to fill their bag. A huge thank you to Jen Danielson and Danielle Frost for recreating and organizing this year's Family Reading Night. In addition, thank you to all the amazing staff and teachers who stayed late that night to read and inspire a little longer.

   

 

Focusing on kindness.

 

The past week, students and staff of Peter Kirk practiced and celebrated kindness. Throughout the week, they engaged in activities that highlighted and acknowledged warm-hearted and inclusive acts that happen every day. Our counselor, Ms. Miller, will be teaching kindness lessons in classrooms and encouraging students to complete a kindness note. Just look at our kindness meter...our students really embraced this idea! Please continue to talk about and notice the ‘big hearted’ actions of each family member. Let’s keep our kindness meter growing!

Thank you, Peter Kirk community, for all of the kindness sent our way. Know that it is noticed and makes a difference!

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference” ~Winnie the Pooh

   

 

Standing for school safety.

 
 

Students at schools across the area (and the nation) walked out of their classrooms on Wednesday, March 14th at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 lives lost in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Peter Kirk parents and community members came together on this day to stand in front of the school as a tribute and sign of our desire for continued discussion and effort around school safety. After the tribute, many parents marched to Kirkland City Hall, joined by others from schools in the area to demonstrate their commitment to school safety. About 75 parents and community members were greeted by the mayor, City Council members, and police, fire and City of Kirkland staff, and were welcomed into Council Chambers for a robust discussion about what the city, state, school district and parents can do to protect our children.

   
Thank you to all the parents and community members who joined us last Wednesday to stand together in solidarity for school safety. Thanks also to Maureen Crabtree, Kristin Kalning and Jani Brown for organizing and coordinating this effort not only for our school, but across other schools as well!
   
Mark your calendar as more discussion will happen Wednesday, March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at a Community Safety Forum, which will be hosted by the LWSD and the City of Kirkland at Lake Washington High School in the school theater. All are welcome to attend.
   

 

PTSA General Membership Meeting: Elected new board and talked school safety.

 

Last Thursday, March 15th, we held our PTSA General Membership Meeting. In this meeting we voted and elected our new board for the 2018-2019 school year. Please join us in congratulating the following people:

  • President: Maureen Crabtree
  • Executive Vice President: Elysia Heller
  • VP-Community: Alison Small
  • VP-Enrichment: Josh Reiss
  • VP-Outreach: Kelly Radcliff & Laura Harding
  • Secretary: Wendy Alston
  • Treasurer (Reporting): Tom Schauer
  • Treasurer (Banking): Christina Schiefer
 

After the meeting was closed we had a great Parent Ed discussion around School Safety. Thank you to Scott Emry, LWSD Risk, Health & Safety Manager; Principal Garcia; Associate Principal Maver; Officer Hardesty, our School Resource Officer from KPD; and Shawn Nandi, PTSA Emergency Preparedness Chair, for coming to share how the District and Peter Kirk are keeping our kids safe. Thank you for listening to the feedback and concerns of our community! We appreciate all your thinking, planning, and effort to keep our kids safe.

   
To learn more about the District response and staff training around situations that involve harmful intruders, or to just educate yourselves on ALICE, visit: https://www.alicetraining.com/.
   

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND NEWS
 

Honoring and celebrating Down Syndrome Day, March 21st.

 

Today is the day people with Down Syndrome and those who care for and work with them throughout the world bring awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down Syndrome.

Our LWSD Special Needs Group shared this cute video to recognize just how alike we all are.

 
EAGLES IN ACTION
 

Volunteer at school or in the community and be recognized as an Eagle in Action.

 

Check out this short video to learn about the wonderful Eagles in Action program at Peter Kirk. This program is a way to recognize the time and effort your student is contributing to help our school or community. Does your student have a school job? Did they participate in the Making Sandwiches MoreLove Event in February? If so, go online and log their hours so they can be recognized.

 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 
 

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." Elizabeth Andrew

Below are just a few opportunities that currently need volunteers. Sign up today!

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Reflections Committee Co-Chair for 2018-19: We are in search of a few people to join our Reflections Art Program for the 2018-19 school year. Reflections is an art contest for kids who love the arts. There are 6 categories: photography, literature, music composition, file production, dance choregraphy, and visual art. Come help make this amazing opportunity for our kids be a great success! We need you to make it happen. Contact Trace Kuhn for more information. 

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

March 21st: School Spirit Day: Twin/Triplet Day

March 21st: LWSD + City of Kirkland Safety Forum, 7pm, LWHS Theater

March 22nd: Chorus Final Performance, 7pm, Peter Kirk Gym

March 22nd: Next Math Challenge Due

March 26th: After School Program Registration Opens

April 2-6: No School - Spring Break

April 4th: After-school Program Registration Closes

APril 8-12th: After-school Programs Begin

April 10-14th: School Play Week: The Little Mermaid

April 12th: Math Challenge Due

April 16-20th: Earth Week

Full List of Events

Peter Kirk PTSA Website


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