October 31, 2018 | Issue #6
From The Counseling Center
National College Fair
Since 1972 the National College Fairs program has helped students to decide which postsecondary option is right for them. Free and open to the public, the fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions to discuss course offerings and majors, admission and financial aid requirements, college life in general. There are also many free informational workshops pertinent to the college selection process. For free registration, list of participating colleges and workshop info CLICK HERE or IN SPANISH. Mark your calendar to attend on Friday, November 2 from 9 am to noon or Saturday, November 3 from noon to 4 pm at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

Need Help Completing the FAFSA?
For graduating seniors planning to attend college, it is important to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible. Colleges enforce deadlines and need your financial information as early as possible in order to give your student the best package. If you missed our Oct 3 Financial Aid Night and experience difficulty when you fill out the FAFSA, we encourage you to call the financial aid offices at any of our local community colleges or universities. They will be more than happy to help answer your questions!

LWHS Counseling
All Grades
High School Winter Sports Begin Mon Nov 12

High School Winter Sports begin on Monday November 12th. Registration for winter sports is available now via Parent Access. Step by step instructions are available on the LWHS Athletics webpage https://lwhs.lwsd.org/athletics. Athletic Eligibility Clearance Cards (“Yellow Cards”) are available in the Athletic Office Monday October 29th – Thursday November 8th between 7:30 and 3:00pm. Please note that the Athletic Office will be closed Friday November 9th, due to the Fall Sport State Championships. All school offices will be closed Monday November 12th in observance of Veteran’s Day. Since students are not allowed to tryout or practice without a Yellow Card, please ensure that you and your student have completed all registration steps and obtained the Yellow Card before November 9th.
Reflections Entries Due: Today
Entries are due today by 2:00 pm in the LWHS office. A completed Student Entry Form must be attached to each entry.

LWHS PTSA Reflections Chair
Brand New! Adding Thursday After School Workshops!
We’re happy to announce the addition of Thursday afternoons to our line up! Beginning at the final bell, (2:50pm) volunteers will be available for editing support. We hope to see your student!

And why are we adding Thursdays?...

The clock is ticking if your student is applying to the University of Washington or a University of California school! …deadlines are 11/15 and 11/30 respectively.

Encourage your senior to drop by the College Application Workshop any Wednesday during ROO or after school and let us help with peace of mind. A fresh pair of eyes is helpful in brainstorming or when wrapping things up!

When: Wednesdays ROO (sign up via flexiSched) or drop in Wednesdays AND Thursdays after school
Where: College and Career Center
More Info: The program is offered at no cost to students, they are welcome to drop by as often as they’d like. We offer snacks and lunch and there is always chocolate.

And, don’t forget, we offer college admission interview practice EVERY Wednesday after school.

College Application Workshop Chair
Advocacy in Action: Election News 2018
What does your legislative candidate think about election issues? Candidates from the 45th, 48th and 1st Legislative Districts responded to questions on why they are running, school construction bonds, funding education, and closing the opportunity gap.

Read their responses as well as information about ballot issues relevant to LWSD students in the special-edition election newsletter.

Don't forget to vote by November 6!

LWHS Advocacy Chair
International Parent Coffee 
Friday, November 9th, 10 - 11 a.m. in the Career and Counseling Center at LWHS

All parents are invited and we are especially pleased to welcome LW parents with students from other countries. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea as well as some fun treats. Come meet other parents and learn about about the different clubs and organizations your student might want to join! Did you know there was a Culture Club, Latino College Prep Club, Model UN and Kind Club? Find out how your student can get more involved and make friends through the 30 plus clubs at LWHS.

"We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race." Kofi Annan

Chair, Family and Community Engagement (FACE), LWHS PTSA
Parent Ed Talk: Financial Aid - Don't Pay Full Price
LWPTSA Council in partnership with LWSD is pleased to sponsor a Parent Ed talk on The scoop on Financial Aid – Don’t pay the full price by Peg Keough, Way to the Quad. This talk will demystify the college funding process. You will learn how financial aid works, how colleges are discounting the cost for families and how you can receive these discounts. Up till now, you have probably saved FOR college. Now learn how to save ON college. This a free seminar and is open to all parents of LWSD.

Nov 13th , 6:30 to 8 pm
Lecture Hall, Redmond Community Center @ Marymoor Village

LWPTSA Council Parent Ed Chair
October Staff Appreciation Event
For our October event, the staff enjoyed apple slices and pretzels dipped in caramel and various fun toppings. Thank you to our generous families for donating: Esther Ames, Laura Bartoletti, Suzanne Bamberger, Kirsten Barstow, Karen Bell, Heather Buchholz, Linda Cheyne, Kristyna Connop, Brandi Comstock, Arti Dhokia, Andrea Gerth, Liz Hedreen, Aimee Kommini, Ali Moore, Irene Neumann, Jere Prusch, Kay Rajalingam, Nikki Rinehart, Tam Tran, Christine Woskett.

And special thanks to our committee members who helped with this event: Laura Bartoletti, Linda Cheyne, Alison McElroy, and Ali Moore

If you would like to be part of our committee and/or donate items, please email appreciation@lwhsptsa.org.

Staff Appreciation Co Chairs
WSPTA Game Development Competition
The WSPTA//Game Development Competition intent to submit deadline is January 15th, 2019 and projects need to be completed by March 1st, 2019. LWHS students in grades 9-12 may participate and share their knowledge of computer science based on an assigned theme. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students, either individually or in teams of up to six members, to use their creative talents and express themselves by developing a computer game. Students’ submissions are judged in the following areas: game of the year, arts and animation, game design, programming (code), and audio design. Prizes are awarded in each category. The theme for the 2018-2019 competition is Time. 

Athletes for Kids Mentoring Program
Athletes for Kids is a program focused upon building supportive, mentoring relationships between high school athletes and children who have disabilities and special needs of all kinds. Here is the story of one LWHS youth mentor:

"My name is Sophie Granston and I am a junior this year. I first joined Athletes for Kids at the beginning of my sophomore year. Athletes for Kids has changed my time in high school for the better. As I have started to grow a relationship with my buddy, I have learned a variety of things. My buddy has taught me a lot about her interests but also about myself.

Every weekend my buddy and I get together and do some sort of activity. Some things we have done include going to the dog park, making slime, bowling and going to lunch. AFK also hosts fun events that you and your buddy can go to such as going to the pumpkin patch during fall or a fun football event at Skyline.

I am so thankful that I was introduced to this amazing organization. Athletes for Kids is such a great experience and anyone who has the opportunity to be a part of it should definitely look into it!"

For information about how your student athlete could become an AFK Youth Mentor, please contact:

Program Director, Athletes for Kids
Halloween Humor
  • What did the skeleton order with his drink? A mop.
  • What did one ghost say to the other ghost? Do you believe in people?
  • What is a Mummie's favorite type of music? Wrap!!!!! 
  • What is a witch's favorite subject in school? Spelling.
  • What did the witch say to the skeleton when he was lying? I know you're lying because I can see right through you.
Last Day of First Quarter - Tue Nov 6
No School: Veterans Day - Mon Nov 12
Poetry Slam - Tue Nov 20 @6:30pm
Half Day - Wed Nov 21 Release @11:10am
No School: Thanksgiving - Thu Nov 22, Fri Nov 23
No School: Winter Break - Dec 24 - Jan 4
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