4th Annual Art Walk & Book Fair Night & More!

Join us on Friday, May 16th from 6PM-8PM

Our Art Walk is back and bigger than ever, with over 2,500 pieces of art on display. Cruise the halls and see what your child has been learning in art class this year. Educational direction has been based on art from Rockwell, Picasso, Van Gogh and Dali, just to name a few. Our scavenger hunt will make trekking through the halls more fun, and there will also be two grand prize drawings—one for primary and one for secondary students—with winners announced the following week.

Don’t miss the Buy-One-Get-One-Free Scholastic Book Fair going on in the library. And in the gym is will be a Retirement Open House for Chris Banks, our beloved principle, with refreshments. Your family won’t want to miss this very special night! Continue reading

Silent Auction Procurement Starts Now!

The PTSA is planning a silent auction this year that will take place at the annual carnival on Friday, June 6th.  We are in the process of collecting items, gift baskets, gift certificates, etc. to be auctioned off. Please consider a donation or ask the businesses that you frequent if they would consider a donation!    Money raised helps fund so many important PTSA programs that make a huge difference in our children’s school experience.

Each class is also working toward creating an art project or gift basket to be auctioned.  Some teachers already have ideas in the works and just need volunteers to help get them completed. Please ask your teacher if there are ways you can help. The class art projects bring in big bucks and are a wonderful way to cherish your child’s elementary years.

Last year’s live/silent auction was a huge success — bringing in nearly $30,000.  In fact, if you supported the Fund-a-Dream last year, one of the new permanent walls has been built in the annex as a result of your support. The teachers and students are loving their new, quieter classrooms! Thank you for supporting that “dream”.

Let’s make this year’s auction a huge success too!

It’s Time to Get Ready for the Science Fair!

Lake Youngs PTSA hosts one of the best Science Fairs in Washington State. We offer learning and support in your favorite field of science. Students who have participated in our science fair find the science section of the MSP (Measurements of Student Progress) to be easier. And most-importantly, our science fair offers a whole lot of fun!

Participation is required for some classes, and highly encouraged for all students in all grades, K–6.

For those who are new to science fairs, or who would like a refresher, please plan to attend one of our Parent/Student Help Sessions. Meet science fair volunteers, and let us help you select a project. We have lots of hints for getting started and how to proceed. We will also answer questions you have about your specific project – from what to do next to what to do if something goes wrong. Display boards will be sold at these sessions for $5 each. These typically cost around $7 at the office supply stores.

Art Docent Program

The Interurban Art Docent Program, sponsored by the Green River Community College Foundation, provides everything a school needs to provide a quality visual arts program in their elementary school. The Center loans large Master and Ethnic prints, information packets for each print, workshops on how to present arts to children, how to successfully link the art concepts discussed to an in class art project produced by the children. Our projects are success oriented, adapted to the state Essential Academic Learning Requirements.

Our art docents are parent volunteers at Lake Youngs Elementary, and teach an artist in your child’s classroom every month. All kids K-6th participate in the program.

Parent volunteers, grandparents and community members have taken specific training from the Interurban Center for the Arts. The art docents have learned basic art concepts to teach the children. They have also learned how to present an art project that will reinforce what they have discussed with the children.

The school receives enough prints and researched packets to present up to eight classes throughout the school year by each art docent. Teachers are required to return a short questionnaire each year expressing their experience with the art docent in their classroom.

Note: Most of the description provided above came from the Interurban Center for the Arts web site.