This week…

Here’s What’s Happening for the Week of October 20, 2014 THIS WEEK AT SYRE ELEMENTARY   Oct. 20 – Wildcat Walk Wrap Up Assembly 2:45 Oct. 22 – Flu Shot Clinic Shorewood High School 3:00-7:00 Oct. 22 – 5th & … Continue reading

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Thank You!!

Illustrator Steve D’Amico Visited Syre First and Second Grade Students

Syre PTA brought /illustrator Steve D’Amico to Syre Library on October 8th and 9th.  Steve shared his endearing and beautiful Ella books with all first and second grade classrooms.  In addition to reading a story, Steve shared the life experiences which led him to become an illustrator, as well as his process for illustrating his books and creating stories with just two pictures!  Thank you PTA and Mr. D’Amico!

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6th Grade Health Survey

Every year 6th graders are asked by the State of Washington to take a health survey. The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Service’s Division of Behavioral and Health and Recovery, Family Policy Council, Department of Commerce, and Liquor Control Board.

The Healthy Youth Survey provides important survey results about the health of adolescents in Washington. County prevention coordinators, community mobilization coalitions, community public health and safety networks, and others use this information to guide policy and programs that serve youth.

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EVERY CHILD.  EVERY DAY.  EVERY OPPORTUNITY. Hello Syre Families-  Syre Wildcat Walk a HUGE Success, Friday Last Day for Fundraiser! Friday, October 3rd was a wonderful day for the Syre Wildcat Walk held during afternoon recess times!  MANY THANKS to all … Continue reading

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Syre Wildcat Walk- Thank you students and families!

Friday, October 3rd was a wonderful day for the  Syre Wildcat Walk held during afternoon recess times!  MANY THANKS to all of the parents, community members, Spunky McPaws and Superintendent Rebecca Miner who came to support our students and celebrate their walking.  This walk is Syre’s MAJOR fundraiser.  Don’t forget, all donation envelopes are due this Friday, October 10 to be eligible for prizes.  

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Dudes & Donuts a HUGE Success, September 26

Many thanks to Syre’s Top Dude, Brian Dunphy for pulling off our second Dudes & Donuts, September 26, 2014.  So GREAT to see so many positive male role models on the Syre Campus!

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Here’s What’s Happening for the Week of October 6, 2014 THIS WEEK AT SYRE ELEMENTARY   Oct. 8, 9, 10 – Parent Conferences 11:45 Dismissal OCT 8, 9, 10 – Art and LEGO Conference Camps   LOOKING AHEAD   Oct. … Continue reading

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Here’s What’s Happening for the Week of September 29, 2014


  • Sept. 29 – No School Staff Work Day
  • Sept. 29 – Last day to order Syre Gear
  • Sept. 30 – First Day of Auditions for Bad Apples Production
  • Oct. 3 – Wildcat Walk 1:30-2:30


  • Oct. 8, 9, 10 – Parent Conferences 11:45 Dismissal


Note that dismissal time on early release days has changed by 5 minutes this year.  Kids will be excused from their classrooms at 11:45 am on early release days.

LAST CHANCE! Syre Gear Sale Closes Monday

Just 4 days left to order your Syre gear!  Show your Syre pride with t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleece and so much more for the whole family. Don’t forget the new women’s cut t-shirts, too.  Sale ends Monday, 9/29 at midnight so don’t miss your chance to order! Visit and enter Sale Code: syreelem. Contact Corinne Pann at with questions.



Registration is still open and spots are still available for the conference week LEGO Camp. Please complete the attached form and return it to the main office with payment.

Robotics at Syre?

This year we hope to start offering after-school robotics club activities to all Syre students. Please answer the below survey questions to let us know if you are interested!

Please contact Deb Puetz at or Dani VonGunten at with any Enrichment questions.


Syre Bad Apples auditions start on Sept. 30 and continue on Oct. 1st  and 2nd for all students signed up for the play.

If you have not yet reviewed and returned the student update form sent home last week please do so as soon as possible.  We will be reprinting and sending home second requests to families who have not returned them next week.


Calling All 4th and 5th Graders!!

The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program for 4th and 5th graders. The program is sponsored by the King County Libraries in connection with local elementary schools. It is a great way to promote reading, have fun and foster teamwork among students of all levels. After reading books, children participate in semi-final and city final rounds of a “Quiz Bowl” game to determine a champion team.

KCLS will conduct  challenges in each participating school with the the top team proceeding to a district-wide challenge and then possible to a Regional and Grand Challenge.

Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Altena will facilitate the meetings at Syre. We will meet once a week at lunch recess. From Oct.- Dec. we will be checking out the books and reading independently while periodically asking the students questions pertaining to the books. In January, we will form teams and hold mock challenges.

If your child would like to participate, please fill out a form and return it to the library by October 3rd. Forms are available from your teacher or the Syre Library.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Alexander at  or 206-393-4161

Heidi Alexander and Jennifer Altena


Chinook Book is a family-friendly resource–a coupon book, directory, and source of ideas for living well and enjoying the best of what’s green and local in Seattle! We are selling them to raise money for our school, promote community wellness and to support a healthy local economy. It’s easy to earn your money back while enjoying fabulous businesses that are making a difference in our community.

There are 3 ways to buy: Book only $20.00, App only $15 and a Combo pack with both for $30.00.

Syre PTA gets to keep half of all proceeds.

Purchase your copy in the school office or contact Kirsten Merrill-Tipple at to make arrangements.  Please consider selling books to your contacts so we can generate income from outside the school too.


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Here’s What’s Happening for the Week of September 22, 2014   THIS WEEK AT SYRE ELEMENTARY   Sept. 22 – School Picture Day Sept. 23 – Curriculum Night and PTA Mtg.         5:45 – 6:25 K-3 grades       6:30 – 7:00 … Continue reading

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Hello Syre Families,

Don’t forget, tonight is curriculum night!  

5:45 – 6:25 K-3 grades

 6:30 – 7:00 PTA Welcome

7:05 – 8:30 4-6 grades

Character Traits- Safe, Respectful and Responsible

By now, your children have been introduced to our first trimester character traits multiple times with exposure in the classroom at our back to school assembly.  Students doing an excellent job demonstrating these character traits may be recognized by a staff member with a Syre Wildcat ROAR slip.  Students who receive these slips can enter their slip into their grade level’s ROAR slip box in the front office.  Each Friday morning, I pull multiple ROAR slips from each of the grade level boxes.  Students who have their names pulled come down to my office and select a book of their choice to take home and have their picture taken.  Weekly ROAR slip “winners” will have their photo displayed in the front office.

Courtyard #1 Ready for Students and Groups-

Thanks to parent Stacy Silva, Pat Medallion, and MANY volunteers, Syre Courtyard #1 is ready for student and group use.  ALL of the weeds are gone and in place are two shelters, four picnic tables, and two repurposed kindergarten tables ready for students to use!  Be sure to check it out when you are on campus.

Community Flu Clinic- 

Mark your calendars for our upcoming community Flu Clinic held at Shorewood High School on October 22, 3-7 p.m.

Spirit Days-

Every Friday is Syre Spirit Day!  Staff and students are welcome to wear their Syre spirit wear, college attire, or dress in Seahawk blue and green.  Throughout the year, we will also add specific spirit days that the student body selects.  These dates will be shared as they are determined.

Shoreline Special Needs PTA, Tomorrow Night-

Reminder, tomorrow night marks the first Special Needs PTA meeting of the 2014-15 school year.  This PTA is designed to bring community to those who have a child in the Shoreline School District that have an IEP (Individual Education Plan), a 504 (official accommodation plan), or a Health Care Plan.  Of course, anyone is welcome!  The meeting is held in the Alumni Room at the Shoreline Center starting at 7:00 with a 6:30 meet and greet social.  This is a meeting that I regularly attend so if you would like to join me, let me know or meet me there!  Unfortunately, I will miss this first meeting as I will be with my family celebrating my grandmother’s 93rd birthday but I will see you at the next meeting!  If you go and take minutes, please feel free to send them my way.

Shoreline Schools Foundation Fall Phonathon-

We are so fortunate in Shoreline to have a Schools Foundation that grants money to schools, classrooms, and community.  Last year, Syre was the recipient of several grants last year equating to thousands of dollars.  These include funds for our IXL Math online program for grades 4-6, additional building funds for IXL in grade 3, classroom enrichment in and out of the building, and much, much more!  The phonathon to fund these academic and enrichment grants is coming up on Sunday, October 19.  I would LOVE for 4-6 parents to join me in making calls on the eve of the 19th.  The calling is EASY and takes about an hour.  Together, you would be calling Syre families to support funds.  Please let me know if you can join me for this very worthwhile event!

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!  Michelle Carroll, Principal




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