Award Winners and 2018-2019 PTA Board Members

Thank you to everyone that attended last night’s PTA Meeting and Award’s Ceremony. It was such a special night and we loved seeing new and old Juanita faces. Additionally we are excited for next year’s board. With these people leading the way, the 2018-2019 school year is sure to be a great.

Award Winners:
**Outstanding Educator – Aurora Capone
**Golden Acorn – Allison Clevenger
**Bertha Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Service – Tom Kracht
**Top Dog – Juan Johnson
**Certificate of Appreciation – Rochelle Curry
**Honorary Lifetime Memberships – Julie Main, Allison Miles, Rachel Jones

Also, we were proud to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Juanita El. PTA Scholarship goes to Simone Marrujo.

Last but not least YOUR 2018-2019 PTA Board:

**Co-Presidents: Natalie Drennon and Laura Spencer
**Treasurer: Sue Carmouche
**Secretary: Chelsea Mann
**Communications: Heidi Davidson
**Ways and Means: Shannon Martin
**Membership: Deanne Dhara
**Volunteer Services: Ashley Brennan
**Hospitality: Lisa Brixel
**Advocacy: Natalie Trudell
**Enrichment: Sonia Dela Cruz

We still have an opening in our Programs position – so if you would like to join a great team and want to learn more please email [email protected]



Holiday Bazaar – Auction Baskets

In December our 4th Grade Class will be hosting Juanita’s 3rd annual Holiday Bazaar.   In order to make it a little fun they will be including a basket auction.   If you would like to make a donation (think business gift certificates, sports tickets, etc…) or have some new items that would fit these great themes, we would love to accept the donation.   Also, remember that your donations are tax-deductible and this event benefits Outdoor Education.  Questions email [email protected]

Here are some fun Basket Ideas:  Auction Flyer Ideas


School Pool

Did you know it’s Walk to School Week and Bike Month? Kirkland is supporting Juanita Elementary in encouraging students to walk, bike or carpool to school. The purpose of this is to help reduce the number of cars on the road in Kirkland and to promote exercise.

There will be prizes each day during bike to school week and a drawing towards the end of the month. Plus, have your child fill out one of the School Pool Calendars that went home last week or pick another one up outside of the school office, turn it in and the school will earn money.


‘You’re A Star’ – Staff Appreciation Week

Our staff and teachers are our Stars!  What a fun surprise walking through the halls and seeing all their personal stars on the Walk of Fame and their specialized posters. 🎥 Plus they started off the day right with a yummy parfait bar and later today will be treated to massages (thank you Meadows Massage). 🌟



Juanita Mariner’s Night

Our Seattle Mariners may have not won the game, but our Juanita El. Choir knocked it out of the park. Their singing of our National Anthem was beautiful and made our school community proud.

Special thanks to Mrs. Paige and Mrs. Kohlwes for making this event a reality. Also to all our chaperones and families that participated.


Child Internet Safety – Parent Education Night – FREE

Parents/Guardians…mark your calendars now for Thursday, June 7th at 7pm in the Juanita Commons. Our PTA is hosting a FREE Parent Education Night on Internet Safety. If you haven’t yet heard Stefanie Thomas speak, it is well worth your time.

With the increased trend of elementary age students having cell phones at younger ages, social media accounts, participating in online gaming, etc… comes issues like cyberbullying and phone addiction. We want to help by providing you with tools to help navigate this world that your kids are entering or will be entering soon.  Please spread the word about this important educational evening for adults.


Emoji Carnival Fun!

What a night! Tonight’s annual carnival was so much fun and will definitely go down as one of the best we’ve had to date.

Thank you to everyone that came and helped to make it possible including all our volunteers.  Also thank you to our principals and teachers for being willing to go into the dunk tank…. Mrs. Stairs, Mrs. Appelgate, Mrs. Kohlwes, Ms. Nappa and Mrs. Baker.  It wasn’t warm, but their school spirit impressed us all. With their help we raised quite a bit for Hopelink and Pantry Packs.


Jersey Mike’s for Outdoor Education

Simply show this digital coupon and $2 will be donated to our Outdoor Education Program!


Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!

Spring break is a GREAT time to do some spring cleaning. Our clothing and textile drive is back and is scheduled to start collecting donations on April 2nd. Our school goal is to have each student bring in 3 garbage bags full and help to reduce our nation’s growing landfills.

See the attached flyer and spread the word to your family and friends.


Families LOVE S.T.E.M.

Thank you to everyone who attended and our 3rd S.T.E.M. night and made it so successful.

Thank you to Just Frogs & Friends, Earth and Space Research, University of Washington Rockin’ Out Program, Bricks 4 Kidz, Farmer Frog, King County EcoConsumer Repair Events, Inglemoor High School Robotics Team, Wise Camps, 21 AcresEngineering for Kids of King CountyHidden Path EntertainmentCoding with KidsDigiPen Institute of Technology, Society of Women Engineers, Google, Send4Print, Bruce Kvam, Angie Michael O’GormanTeresa Todd BailieRussell Brennan, Ekaterina Nagornyak, and Cassandra Sage



March School Calendar

A lot is happening in March including S.T.E.M. Night next Thursday evening (6-8pm) and a newly added Coffee Talk with Principal Stairs on Wednesday, March 14th at 9am (topic is Safety and Security at our school). Print the calendar and add your own family commitments.



Reading Rebels – Global Reading Challenge

Congrats to all our 4th and 5th grade readers participating in this year’s Global Reading Challenge. From Juanita El. the ‘Reading Rebels’ group went on to the next level to compete with other local schools. They may have not won, but did great and demonstrated awesome teamwork.

Congrats to our friends at Helen Keller Elementary  They are moving onto the next level of competition and we’ll be cheering for you.


S.T.E.M. Night March 8th

We are excited that S.T.E.M. Night will be back at Juanita on Thursday, March 8th from 6-8pm. This is a FREE event to all our families thanks to local companies and community members that are donating their time, your PTA and Jennifer Nichols and her planning.

While we have some amazing companies hosting learning areas, we still need a handful of volunteers. A paper sign-up sheet went home with your kids last week. You can also sign up here for a specific job.…

Attending this evening: DigiPen, Inglemoor’s Robotics Team, Bricks 4 Kids, Hidden Path Entertainment (VR Games), King County Repair Cafe, King County Engineering for Kids, Girls Make Games, Frog Lady, UW Rockin’ Out Program, Earth and Space Research, Wise Camps, 3D Printer, Coding with Kids, Good Expeditions (Virtual Reality, Society of Women Engineers and more surprises!


Your Vote Matters

Getting better every day! While the bond won’t pass, the levies did.  Thank you for all you did to help this election.

Stay tuned on what’s next regarding the bond so we can get space built for our children. One thing is for sure, we will need your help! #yes4LWSDkids


The Big Clean-Out

It’s Mid-Winter Break (Thursday, Friday and Monday) and a great time to clean out those closets. Our 4th Grade Class will be hosting Juanita’s 4th annual Clothing and Textile Drive during Earth Week in April (April 16th-22nd).

So start filling those garbage bags now and talk to all your neighbors and friends. Their goal is to have EACH student bring in 3 filled garbage bags. Please remember that your donations are tax-deductible.

Questions email [email protected] or message Kim Giordano


Talented Kids

The verdict is in….everyone loved Who Dun It? and Juanita El. definitely has some talented kids.

A big shout out to all the family volunteers and Sarah and Chris of Adventure Children’s Theatre for helping to bring this show to life. Also, please make sure to thank our PTA play leads Ashley BrennanKristy Hansen Lloyd and Wendrika Brown. The amount of work that happens behind the scenes to bring the all school play to Juanita is significant. We appreciate these ladies stepping into a new role and volunteering their time.



Who Dun It?

Get your tickets NOW….

Tickets can be pre-purchased today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) by dropping off payment in school office (cash or check written to Juanita Elementary School PTA) and putting name and type of ticket they are buying on a note to go with payment!  Tickets will be sent out Thursday for kids in the play and saved at ticket booth for those who aren’t in the play.


Vote YES!

Did you get your ballot yet?   If so, make sure you take the time to vote YES!   

The LWSD has 1 bond and 2 levy measures on this ballot (front and back of the ballot).   We need everyone to take the time to vote and get it mailed in (or dropped off up at the Kingsgate Library ballot drop box) by February 13th. 

Even with the state now saying it will fund “basic education” through McCleary, there is so much that doesn’t cover.  The bond will help to build new school’s in the LWSD as we have grown from the 6th largest district to 3rd largest in just one year (adding 700 students a year).   The levy’s are replacement levy’s and the tax rate is actually decreasing from the old levy.   They will help to supplement our teacher’s salary’s (to make them competitive enough for teacher’s to stay with LWSD), support technology (not just computers for kids), special education program, security and safety, operations costs, other important programs (music, PE, safety net) and so much more.   Please vote Yes, Yes and Approved!


Memories to last a lifetime – YEARBOOKS!

Order your child’s yearbook now before you forget.




Who Dun It?

It’s back!   The All-School Play.   This year, our performers, will be entertaining us in Who Dun It?

50 spaces are available and registration paperwork is due by Friday, January 19th.   Also, mark you calendar for the mandatory parent meeting on Monday, January 22nd.  The paperwork should have come home with your child this week, however if you need another copy, click this link:

Who Dun It 2018 Registration Packet