Mark Twain Elementary PTSA
October is Disability MonthMolly Honig10/11/201710/31/2017
October is Disability Month
In the month of October we celebrate people with disabilities. They are your classmates, your neighbors, your friends, your family, or you. Disabled people comprise the largest minority in the United States. The motto of the disability rights movement is “Nothing about us, without us,” and the goals of the movement are meaningful  inclusion, equity, and equal civil rights. Thank you for celebrating with us! *Poster courtesy of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities ... read full article
Mark Twain Book Fair is still ONLINE until OCTOBER 21st!Molly Honig9/16/201710/21/2017
Mark Twain Book Fair is still ONLINE until OCTOBER 21st!
  If you can’t make the Book Fair in person or your favorite book was sold out you can still shop online until Oct 21 st . Books will ship free to your student at Mark Twain. Visit this link to our Book Fair online at www.scholastic.com/bf/marktwainelementaryschool25 . Don’t miss your last chance to shop and help build our library and other reading programs at Mark Twain. This is a great time to buy books for your family, your child's classroom or as gifts for the holidays.  Any questions contact Cathy Schwartz ctschwartz@alumni.utexas.net or Heather Buchholz wausa1@gmail.com . ... read full article
Bidding is LIVE in the Silent AuctionMolly Honig9/16/20179/23/2017
Bidding is LIVE in the Silent Auction
Bidding is LIVE! Silent Auction Playground Fundraiser! Begins September 15th Ends: September 23rd Click here to bid in our silent auction. The Mark Twain PTSA will be hosting an online silent auctions, featuring some amazing one-of-a-kind items including: - Principal for the Day - Your Student Can Read the School Announcements for a Week - On-Air Visit for the winning child with Bender & Molly at KISS 106.1 Morning Radio Program  - Dinner/lunch cruise on a Private Yacht for six adults -  Your kid’s class gets to be the first class to use the playground on the first day it ... read full article
Order Your Twain Apparel Online!Molly Honig9/4/20179/28/2017
Order Your Twain Apparel Online!
The deadline to order is this Thursday, September 28th. Get your orders in now!   Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Own Mark Twain Spirit Wear: 5.  Bond with your buddies with matching Dri-Fit Hoodies! 4.  Be seen or "unseen" with our cool Camoflauge Tees!  3.  Express your sense of style with our awesome new Trucker Hats! 2.  Add some "sparkle" to your life with our popular Glitter Tees!   And the NUMBER ONE REASON TO OWN MARK TWAIN SPIRIT WEAR IS... 1.  Show off your Bobcat pride!!!    The deadline to order is September 28th!   Click here to ... read full article
STEM ResourcesMolly Honig1/27/20182/10/2018
STEM Resources
If your student is excited to try some more STEM activities, a Twain PTSA grant was used to purchase over 50 books for the school library in the fall ( see the list here ) and some favorite web sites are listed on the STEM for Fun and PTSA pages of the  STEM Night booklet (copies also available in the school office). ... read full article
Pirates of the Curry BeanMolly Honig1/20/20182/3/2018
Pirates of the Curry Bean
It’ s time to order you r tickets for Pirates of the Curry Bean which is sure to be a good ti me for the whole family! The show historically sells out, so make sure to get your tickets today. Order Tickets Here!     ... read full article
Registration is Now Open for After School Programs!Molly Honig1/10/20182/2/2018
Registration is Now Open for After School Programs!
Registration is now open for PTSA's winter After School Programs. After school programs begin the week of February 5, 2018. Please click here to sign up and for more information. We have the following offerenings Mondays: Drama Kids International Tuesdays: Chess 4 Life Thursdays: Lego Club with PlayWell Teknologies Fridays: Jump Rope Club with Hot Dog USA  ... read full article
Advertise in the Play Program!Molly Honig1/6/20181/19/2018
Advertise in the Play Program!
Twain Parents! Do you own your own business? Do you work at a local business? Would you like to support our students AND increase visibility in our community? We are offering advertising space in this year's school play! We average about 800 people over two nights that will see your ad. We have low rates for half and full page ads in our program.  Half page - $50, full page - $75 Deadline is January 19. Contact Miranda Crossley for more information. ... read full article
Family Fun Event!Molly Honig1/6/20181/25/2018
Family Fun Event!
Thursday 25th January, 5:30 – 7:30pm Free pizza dinner Join us for hands-on activities, demonstrations and challenges from vendors and the PTSA. Featured vendors: Robotics, Dungeon Crawl game, and stop-motion animation Build and launch a straw rocket Mental math challenges Estimation jars, math games, stacking cups, scientific method activity, and a photo booth. Battletracks and free-build station Demonstrations of elephants toothpaste (5:45 and 6:30pm) and instant snow (6:15 and 7pm), saliva testing, oobleck, and a blood model. To make the event run smoothly, help is needed in the activity areas and the cafeteria during the event as well as during ... read full article
Emergency Preparedness Event at Ben FranklinMolly Honig12/9/20171/11/2018
Emergency Preparedness Event at Ben Franklin
Are you prepared for an emergency? Mark your calendars for  January 11, 2018 at 6:30pm . A Kirkland CERT Coordinator is coming to Ben Franklin Elementary School to teach us about how to prepare our homes and families for an emergency. This presentation is open to our community, so please invite your neighbors and anyone you feel would benefit from this information.   ... read full article
Come to the Candyland Ball!Molly Honig12/9/20171/5/2018
Come to the Candyland Ball!
The Mark Twain PTSA presents the Annual School Dance   The Candy Land Ball Travel through the Peppermint Forest to the Lollipop Palace and dance the night away with your fellow Bobcats! Date: Friday, January 5th Time: 7–8:30pm, doors open at 6:45pm Cost: $3 per student • Trinkets/Favors will also be for sale. • Photo booth set-up so you can snap your own Candy Land themed photos! • Concessions will be sold by the 5th grade committee. Costumes are welcome, but not required! Twain students and younger siblings only, please. **Parental Supervision required, not a drop-off event** Please contact Miranda ... read full article
Power Up Membership Campaign!Molly Honig12/9/20171/31/2018
Power Up Membership Campaign!
The Washington State PTA is running a Membership Challenge. If we can be one of the first 300 participating PTSAs to reach 15 new members between December 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018, we will be entered to win a cash prize! Remember, PTSA membership is something that needs to be renewed EACH school year, so if you haven't joined yet, join now and help us reach our goal and earn money for our PTSA! Membership forms can be found in the main office or contact Tanya Scharpenberg for more information. ... read full article
Important: Upcoming Bond & Levy Vote! Molly Honig12/9/201712/23/2017
Important: Upcoming Bond & Levy Vote!
The Twain PTSA general membership voted to endorse and support the 2018 LWSD Bond, 2018 Capital Projects Levy, and 2018 Education Programs and Operations Levy. We encourage all Twain families and friends to vote YES for the three LWSD initiatives on February 13, 2018. For more information on the Bond and Levy, please explore the resources below: •Like the campaign Facebook page and invite your friends to like it:  www.facebook.com/ VoteForLakeWashingtonKids •Follow the committee on Twitter and retweet their tweets:  https://twitter.com/ YesForLWKids •Register to vote! Encourage your friends to register to vote!  It only takes five minutes and you can do it online:   www.vote.wa.gov . •Spread the word to ... read full article
Please support hungry students at Twain during the Pantry Packs Holiday Hunger Campaign!Molly Honig12/2/201712/16/2017
Please support hungry students at Twain during the Pantry Packs Holiday Hunger Campaign!
Donate online from December 4-17 at  www.feedwashington.org/ holidayhungercampaign Did you know there are a projected 36 students at Twain who are food-insecure and go hungry over the weekends?  The Pantry Packs program, powered by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, is a volunteer-run food assistance program that provides weekend food for our hungry students.  Over the years, it has grown to serve 43 schools in Lake Washington School District. As the district grows, so does the need. The Pantry Packs program is supported by local food drives and general fundraisers.  While immensely helpful, the need has grown so great that these will not be enough ... read full article
Parent Education Event: A Savvy Parents Safe Kids WorkshopMolly Honig12/2/20171/18/2018
Parent Education Event: A Savvy Parents Safe Kids Workshop
Mark your calendars! Thursday January 18th, 2018 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Mark Twain PTSA Presents A Savvy Parents Safe Kids Workshop This workshop is about child safety topics such as: • Questions you need to be asking before play dates or sleepovers • Cell phones for kids? • Talkative kids (blessing or a curse?) • Teaching your child about body safety • Out and about neighborhood safety • Safety conversation starters • Online safety tips • Red Flags and warning signs parents need to watch out for • The “Super 10” safety rules every kid should know We all ... read full article
Special PTSA General Membership MeetingMolly Honig11/24/201712/8/2017
Special PTSA General Membership Meeting
We will hold a special General Membership Meeting on Thursday, December 7 at 8:30AM in the library. We are meeting to discuss whether or not to endorse and support the upcoming LWSD Bond and Levies that will be on the ballot early next year. The bond and levies have a major impact on funding for schools in LWSD. Come and hear more about it at the meeting and weigh into the discussion about whether or not Mark Twain PTSA will support and endorse these measures. Click here to view the meeting agenda. ... read full article
Donate to Our Playground Fundraising Campaign!Molly Honig11/24/20171/26/2018
Donate to Our Playground Fundraising Campaign!
Mission Statement Play is an important part of childhood development, and the playground at Mark Twain has reached the end of its useful life. We are seeking donations to update our current playground and add another, larger play structure at Mark Twain Elementary, and we need YOUR help. This new playground will not only better serve our current students; it is critical to accommodate our ever-growing community. Importance of play Mark Twain Elementary provides a healthy, safe environment in which students learn and thrive both academically and emotionally. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the importance of play and its ... read full article
Labels for EducationMolly Honig11/4/201711/18/2017
Labels for Education
The Labels for Education program will close at the end of 2017. If you have any Labels for Education, please clip them and send them to school before Thanksgiving so that we can bank the points then redeem them to purchase classroom supplies and equipment for our school. If you have any questions, please contact Christine . ... read full article
Book Fair Wrap-UpMolly Honig10/28/201711/5/2017
Book Fair Wrap-Up
This year’s Book Fair was amazing earning thousands of dollars in books for our school!   These funds, combined with gifts from Twain families, will result in hundreds of new books coming into Mark Twain.  Thanks to everyone who donated to All For Books !! W e set a record again this year with over $1000 in giving and your generous contributions were used to purchase books for families in need in our Twain community.   This year, the PTSA was also able to donat e over 200 books to teachers and classrooms through generous donations and funds raised from ... read full article
Box Tops UpdateMolly Honig10/28/201711/11/2017
Box Tops Update
Thank you to everyone who sent in Box Tops this month. We earned $210, which is a great start for our goal of $1000 this school year. Please keep collecting Box Tops: we’ll have another collection drive later in the school year. If you like to use the collection sheets, there are some in the school office or you can download them at  btfe.com/collectionsheets .     ... read full article
Help Wanted: School Dance Team LeaderMolly Honig10/28/201711/11/2017
Help Wanted: School Dance Team Leader
  Are you a great party planner? Do you love the thrill of hundreds of elementary school students dancing the night away? Well, we need your help! We are looking for a team leader(s) for the always popular, school dance.  The date has been set and the DJ has been booked. Now we are looking for a team leader (or leaders) to plan the party and coordinate volunteers. The time requirement is 3-4 hours of prep work and the event the evening of January 5, 2018. If you're interested, please contact Tanya . ... read full article
Parent Education: Digital Safety & Parenting 101Molly Honig10/20/201711/4/2017
Parent Education: Digital Safety & Parenting 101
Free, No Registration, Open to All LWSD and LWPTSA Council are partnering together to host a couple of terrific Parent Education events this fall! DIGITAL SAFETY FOR YOUR CHILD  (Elementary age focused) Thursday, November 2, 6:30pm  at Blackwell Elementary  In today's digital world, our children are using devices that access the internet from a young age. Many parents skip the safety talk until cellphones come into play. Our younger kids, however, need some guidance. Elementary school parents are invited to join Sheri Gazitt of Teen Wise as she discusses how to create guidelines for your child to safely and responsibly use the internet. We'll also ... read full article
Hearing & Vision Screening DaMolly Honig10/20/201711/2/2017
Hearing & Vision Screening Da
  Date:  Thursday, November 2 nd Time:  8:20am-12:30pm Location: Twain Library RSVP to  troyandbeth@gmail.com   On Thursday, November 2 nd , we will be having our annual school wide Hearing & Vision Screenings (except for 4 th  grade per OSPI guidelines.)  We need 20 volunteers to help from  8:20am-12:30pm .   Please RSVP to Beth Burgess  if you can help! Thank you for your help in advance!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Beth Burgess  at  206-890-1699 . ... read full article
Twain PTSA Movie NightMolly Honig10/11/201710/27/2017
Twain PTSA Movie Night
Twain Movie Night Featuring: The Secret Life of Pets This is a family event, you must attend with your child(ren). Friday, October 27th Doors open at 6:00 • Movie starts at 6:15 Come enjoy a free night at the movies…in the Twain Cafeteria! Concessions will be available for purchase. You’re encouraged to bring a blanket, stuffed animal or pillow. The PTSA looks forward to “seeing you at the movies”. Have questions? Contact Jennifer Bryant ... read full article
Reflections Program - Entries Due November 2ndMolly Honig10/7/201711/2/2017
Reflections Program - Entries Due November 2nd
The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. Young artists get involved through their local PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of the six art areas, detailed below. Theme: Within Reach Deadline: Thursday, November 2 Criteria: Artwork must accompany a completed entry form (found in the school ... read full article
Star Wars NightMolly Honig9/24/201710/12/2017
Star Wars Night
STAR WARS NIGHT Thursday, October 12   5:45-8:30pm  at Mark Twain Elementary Gymnasium   Help us raise funds for the Fifth-Grade field trips while enjoying an evening of fun, galactic entertainment!  All additional funds will go towards other school related and grade level field trips and associated ASB costs.   5:45pm   -  Picture Opportunities  6:00pm  -  Performance by Jet City Saber Guild, a non-profit, volunteer organization which creates authentic Star Wars performances with their own choreography and authentic, handmade character costumes   6:15pm  - Photo ops with Star Wars characters (Full cast)   6:30pm-8:30pm - "The Phantom Menace” on the big screen!                       -Pizza and water available   ... read full article
Walk to School WeekMolly Honig9/24/201710/6/2017
Walk to School Week
  Walk to School week This year, Walk to School Week will be October 2nd-October 6th.  Now an international program, Walk to School Week encourages the practice of safe walking habits, daily exercise and limiting short car trips. Students and parents are encouraged to walk one or every day this week. As a reward, the PTSA will pass out a small gift to walkers and enter their name into a raffle. To pick up their gift and enter their name in the raffle, walkers should report to the tables under the covered play area or by the library entrance before school. Come early so you can ... read full article
It’s National Box Tops for Education Week!Molly Honig9/22/201710/6/2017
It’s National Box Tops for Education Week!
Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our PTSA to raise funds to support events and activities at Twain Elementary. Box Tops are worth 10¢ each and they quickly add up to real cash for our school. This school year, our goal is to earn $1000 from Box Tops. Look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school: include the name of your student’s teacher on the collection sheet or bag because the classes that bring in the most Box Tops will earn a reward. For more information on the Box ... read full article
Ice Cream Social & International Game NightMolly Honig9/16/20179/30/2017
Ice Cream Social & International Game Night
  The PTSA presents  Ice cream social and  Family International Game Night!   Join us with  all your family  for a taste of ICE CREAM and a fun journey of GAMES from all over the world! Date: Thursday, September 28 th Time: 6:00-6:30pm  Ice cream Social at the covered area            6:30-8:00pm  Family Game Night (Twain commons and sand field)   We are looking for volunteers to run the indoor and outdoor games. Please contact  Maya Chen  for more information or to volunteer.   ** Parental Supervision required, this is not a drop off event. ... read full article
PTSA Explore Art program is back!Molly Honig9/16/20179/30/2017
PTSA Explore Art program is back!
Explore Art program is a PTSA funded art program for kids. Its purpose is to teach the kids about the basics of color, gradient, surrealism and other art concepts in a fun and different way.  Parents volunteers (Docents) teach and guide the art projects during school hours once a month. At the end of the year students art projects will be displayed at a gallery night.   We need at least one volunteer for each class.  Please contact Imelda Cheng Akers  akerscheng.family@gmail.com  if you are interested in volunteering. There is NO need for previous art knowledge or experience. ... read full article
Reflections Program - We Need a Coordinator!Molly Honig9/16/20179/30/2017
Reflections Program - We Need a Coordinator!
Reflections is a National PTA arts program. Students have the opportunity to use their creative talents by  expressing themselves through their own original works  created around a theme. This year’s theme is “Within Reach”. Students can submit their  original  art project in any of 6 arts areas: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography and Film Production. We are in need of a coordinator that will lead the program this year . Please contact  Maya Chen  for more information or to volunteer. ... read full article
Fall 2017 After School ProgramsMolly Honig9/10/20179/24/2017
Fall 2017 After School Programs
After School Program Registration begins Wednesday, September 13, 2017   Click Here to Register   Drama Kids International Mark   Twain  PTSA is happy to announce  Drama Kids  is BACK for another awesome Fall session! Each child gets to be a STAR! Drama Kids helps kids gain confidence, vocal skills, teamwork, leadership, creative problem solving, and so many more key life skills! Returning students will find exciting, new challenges, and new students will learn the basics in a welcoming, team-oriented atmosphere. Don't miss this exciting and DRAMATIC class! Grades K-5 Meets: Mondays,  September 25, 2017 - November 28, 2017 No ... read full article
Poker Night Wish ListMolly Honig9/4/20179/18/2017
Poker Night Wish List
  Do you want to find a way to help out with the Twain Fundraising project, but don't have a lot of time? We are also seeking donations for our prize baskets and silent auction. Do you have any of these items to donate? Or, do you have an idea for a fun gift basket that you'd like to put together? Sporting event tickets Theater/concert/comedy tickets Spa or restaurant gift certificates Wine (single bottles or a case) or liquor Lessons (cooking, dancing, art) “Date Night” activities Weekend getaway accomodations Please contact Molly  to help out. ... read full article