Help needed for Cookie Gifting event for Staff
Volunteer bakers needed!  The Staff Appreciation Committee is hosting a cookie gifting event for the Mark Twain staff on Thursday, December 5th. We are in need of folks to send in 2 dozen cookies (or other individual treats) so each staff member can bring home some sweets to share with his/her families. To sign up, please see the Sign up Genius ( here ) or email  TwainAppreciation@gmail.com .  Thank you!   ... read full article
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Bonnie Leung 
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11/22/2019-12/5/2019

Ice Skating Fundraiser
Go ice skating at Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink between November 29, 2019 - January 20, 2020, and part of your admission fee will be donated to Twain PTSA! Just mention to the rink staff upon arrival that you are with Mark Twain Elementary and a $3 donation will be made to our PTSA! Families can make it a night of holiday fun with a visit to Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection and stroll through Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Visit bellevueicerink.com for hours, admission pricing and special events ... read full article
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Bonnie Leung 
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11/22/2019-1/20/2020

Twain PTSA is on Social Media!
Did you know that Twain PTSA provides regular updates on our programs, upcoming events and latest news on Facebook and Instagram? Don't miss another update! Follow Twain PTSA on Facebook or twainptsa on Instagram. ... read full article
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Bonnie Leung 
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11/22/2019-12/6/2019

Meet Finn!
THE RESULTS ARE IN! We received 124 votes on International Night and the winning name for our little bobcat is Finn! He is so excited to have his new name. Thank you for helping us with this decision - it sure was a close call with 'Peaches' and 'Sawyer' also receiving lots of votes. Finn will be sharing his adventures with us on our Twain PTSA Facebook and Instagram pages, so make sure to follow us for updates! ... read full article
Author:
Bonnie Leung 
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11/22/2019-12/6/2019

Volunteers needed for our Craft Fair
Our annual Make It Take it Craft Fair is a fun family event that can only happen with the support of volunteers. Please consider volunteering at the fair! Sign up at  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BA9A729AAFB6-mark . You can sign up for a 1-hour shift to man a craft table, and spend the other hour making crafts with your kids! We will also need help with set up, clean up and someone to help with the ticket table. No experience necessary. Thank you for your support! ... read full article
Author:
Bonnie Leung 
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11/22/2019-12/6/2019
Help needed for Cookie Gifting event for StaffBonnie Leung11/22/201912/5/2019
Help needed for Cookie Gifting event for Staff
Volunteer bakers needed!  The Staff Appreciation Committee is hosting a cookie gifting event for the Mark Twain staff on Thursday, December 5th. We are in need of folks to send in 2 dozen cookies (or other individual treats) so each staff member can bring home some sweets to share with his/her families. To sign up, please see the Sign up Genius ( here ) or email  TwainAppreciation@gmail.com .  Thank you!   ... read full article
Ice Skating FundraiserBonnie Leung11/22/20191/20/2020
Ice Skating Fundraiser
Go ice skating at Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink between November 29, 2019 - January 20, 2020, and part of your admission fee will be donated to Twain PTSA! Just mention to the rink staff upon arrival that you are with Mark Twain Elementary and a $3 donation will be made to our PTSA! Families can make it a night of holiday fun with a visit to Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection and stroll through Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Visit bellevueicerink.com for hours, admission pricing and special events ... read full article
Twain PTSA is on Social Media!Bonnie Leung11/22/201912/6/2019
Twain PTSA is on Social Media!
Did you know that Twain PTSA provides regular updates on our programs, upcoming events and latest news on Facebook and Instagram? Don't miss another update! Follow Twain PTSA on Facebook or twainptsa on Instagram. ... read full article
Parent Ed Talk thank you and Online Access to PresentationBonnie Leung11/22/201911/30/2019
Parent Ed Talk thank you and Online Access to Presentation
Thank you Coach Sheri from Teen Wise for a very interesting and informative parent education talk last Monday, Nov 17. Thank you to Lake Washington PTSA Council and LWSD for providing the funding for this talk. Thank you to our school for providing the facility to host our presenter as well as parents from all over the district. If you missed the presentation, you can access a recording at: https://teenwiseseattle.podia. com/nurturing-to-independence ... read full article
Meet Finn!Bonnie Leung11/22/201912/6/2019
Meet Finn!
THE RESULTS ARE IN! We received 124 votes on International Night and the winning name for our little bobcat is Finn! He is so excited to have his new name. Thank you for helping us with this decision - it sure was a close call with 'Peaches' and 'Sawyer' also receiving lots of votes. Finn will be sharing his adventures with us on our Twain PTSA Facebook and Instagram pages, so make sure to follow us for updates! ... read full article
Volunteers needed for our Craft FairBonnie Leung11/22/201912/6/2019
Volunteers needed for our Craft Fair
Our annual Make It Take it Craft Fair is a fun family event that can only happen with the support of volunteers. Please consider volunteering at the fair! Sign up at  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BA9A729AAFB6-mark . You can sign up for a 1-hour shift to man a craft table, and spend the other hour making crafts with your kids! We will also need help with set up, clean up and someone to help with the ticket table. No experience necessary. Thank you for your support! ... read full article
Mark Twain Construction Remodel Open HouseBonnie Leung11/18/201911/21/2019
Mark Twain Construction Remodel Open House
Important message from the school : Thank you to our voters for passing a Capital Projects Levy last April. This levy provides funding for critical capacity needs due to our rapid enrollment growth and is also funding safety upgrades across the district. This levy includes a four-classroom addition at our school. Planning and design work have already begun. Under the proposed plan, construction would begin in summer 2020. Teachers and students would move into the new addition in fall 2021.  LWSD is hosting a  Community Information Night on Thursday, November 21 from 6-7 p.m. in the Mark Twain Elementary gym   for families ... read full article
Name our new Social Media Mascot!Bonnie Leung11/11/201911/14/2019
Name our new Social Media Mascot!
Introducing Huckleberry's sibling and the new social media mascot for Twain PTSA! We have narrowed its name choices to three, and they are: Finn Sawyer Peaches We now need your help to choose our mascot's name! Visit us at International Night this Thursday and cast your vote! Every vote will be entered into a draw - if you win, you can take home a bobcat plush of your every own! ... read full article
Eat at MOD Pizza to Benefit Twain PTSABonnie Leung11/11/201911/17/2019
Eat at MOD Pizza to Benefit Twain PTSA
This Sunday, November 17th, dine at  MOD Pizza  at 12530 Totem Lake Blvd NE #124, Kirkland. When you purchase your meal, be sure to  mention Twain PTSA at checkout  and 20% of your meal's price will be donated back to Mark Twain Elementary PTSA! Tell your neighbors, tell your friends - support both the local business and a local school! Also - we will be LIVE POSTING YOUR PHOTOS ALL DAY LONG ! Send us a photo of your group at MOD and we will post it on this page and give you a SHOUT-OUT and THANK YOU! You can private message ... read full article
Join the PTSA Nomination CommitteeBonnie Leung11/2/201911/16/2019
Join the PTSA Nomination Committee
We are looking for volunteers to serve on the PTSA Nomination Committee from January to April 2020. The nominating committee recognizes and recruits the most qualified people available for elected PTA positions- President, Treasurer, Secretary and Vice presidents.  Committee work includes holding confidential meetings, reviewing nominations, interviewing candidates, and searching for the best qualified candidates. Does it sound interesting to you? Do you have more questions? Please contact Maya Chen at Twainpresident@outlook.com for more information. ... read full article
Picture Retake Day - Nov 7, 2019Bonnie Leung11/2/201911/7/2019
Picture Retake Day - Nov 7, 2019
Picture retake day is Nov 7th. 8:30-8:55 is the time for volunteer badge pictures for those who still need them. ... read full article
Announcing This Year's School Play!Bonnie Leung10/28/201911/15/2019
Announcing This Year's School Play!
Calling all Twain 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders! We are happy to announce the title of this year's show:  Peter Pan in Neverland There will be a Play Info Meeting on November 7th at 7:00pm (Twain Library). Audition Forms will be available at the meeting! Application Packet Deadline: Friday, November 15, Noon .  This year's production "Peter Pan in Neverland" is open to 3rd ,4th and 5th grade students who wants to participate in this fun musical show. Studio East provides the director's, script, sets and costumes and Twain PTSA provides the kids with a willingness to learn and a positive attitude. We are only able ... read full article
Donate your Candy to Benefit Twain PTSABonnie Leung10/28/201911/4/2019
Donate your Candy to Benefit Twain PTSA
Want to get rid of all that unwanted candy from Halloween? Parents, bring in your Halloween candy to the front office on Nov 1 or Nov 4 between 8:30-9:15am. Twain PTSA receives $1 for every pound of candy donated! Please do not send the candy with your children. Questions? Contact Meghan Wright at  TwainFundraising@outlook.com . Sponsored by Neal Smiles Orthodontics. ... read full article
Volunteers needed for Vision & Hearing ScreeningBonnie Leung10/28/201911/12/2019
Volunteers needed for Vision & Hearing Screening
Can you help? On Tuesday, November 12th, we will be having our annual school wide Vision & Hearing Screening. We need 24 approved volunteers to help from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM, with the hopes of finishing early. If can help, please sign up at  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4bafae2aa2f49-twain Thank you for your time! If you have any questions please contact Sarah Oh at 425-362-2268. ... read full article
Mentor a Twain student in our new LINKS Lunch Buddy ProgramBonnie Leung10/19/201911/2/2019
Mentor a Twain student in our new LINKS Lunch Buddy Program
Would you like to be a mentor for a child in our own Twain community? Twain is starting a Lunch Buddy Program called LINKS and we are looking for volunteers. For one hour each week, you can positively impact the life of a child. Volunteers are matched with an elementary student. Mentors and students meet during lunchtime in a pre-assigned area to eat, play games, make arts and crafts, and do other agreed-upon activities. If you are interested in helping, we would love to have you! Please reach out to Victoria Goetze-Nelson at  vgoetzenelson@lwsd.org   or call 425-936-1410. You can ... read full article
Please donate to our No Hassle Fundraiser!Bonnie Leung10/18/201911/1/2019
Please donate to our No Hassle Fundraiser!
Please consider making a donation to the No Hassle Fundraiser , our most important fundraising effort each year! Twain PTSA sponsors numerous student events and school programs, but we can't do it without funding! You can participate in the No Hassle Fundraising campaign online , or complete the donation section of the  contribution form .   Learn more here .   ... read full article
No Idle Signs at TwainBonnie Leung10/18/201911/1/2019
No Idle Signs at Twain
You have probably noticed new signs installed near student pick-up areas. LWSD installed no-idle signs over the summer to help remind parents to turn off their engines while waiting for students. To help keep the air around our schools healthy, LWSD requests that parents and staff shut off engines when waiting more than 10 seconds. Thank you for helping to keep the air around our school clean. Read more information about idling and why it's harmful . ... read full article
EZ Grants - Fall deadline is Nov 1stBonnie Leung10/16/201911/1/2019
EZ Grants - Fall deadline is Nov 1st
This year, PTSA has $4,500 to award to support grant requests for our school. Past grants have been used to purchase new chairs and laptop desks for the library, playground equipment, wheeled lunch carts, class sets of headphones, camera equipment, books, the Bobcat mascot costume, and so much more! If you have an idea for a project, please download and complete an application here . You can also view a list of grants that were awarded last year . Even s tudents can submit a grant request for something that will benefit their learning environment! The Fall 2019 EZ Grant ... read full article
Meet Dog Man at the Twain Book FairBonnie Leung10/12/201910/15/2019
Meet Dog Man at the Twain Book Fair
Get ready for a special visit from DOG MAN! That's right! You can meet Dog Man at the book fair on Tuesday, October 15 from 4 - 5 pm in Twain Library! Plus, it'll be Families Helping Families Night between 4-6pm, so make a donation to help purchase books for Twain families in need. When make a donation, you can pick a puffin egg for a chance to win arctic plush animals, 3-D prints or $20 for your favorite teacher to spend on books! ... read full article
Enter our Book Fair giveaway!Bonnie Leung10/8/201910/12/2019
Enter our Book Fair giveaway!
Want to win some money to spend at the book fair next week? Head over to our  Twain PTSA Facebook page right now for a chance to win! Entering is super quick and easy. Good luck! ... read full article
Bobcat Membership Package - show your support!Bonnie Leung10/3/201910/17/2019
Bobcat Membership Package - show your support!
There's still time to purchase the Bobcat Membership Package! The package includes PTSA membership for 2 adults, a yearbook, member directory, and "no-hassle" donation to fund the PTSA's most important work. You will also receive a punch card to redeem free stuff at future events! Register online today .  ... read full article
Be a Game Changer for our EnvironmentBonnie Leung10/3/201910/17/2019
Be a Game Changer for our Environment
Are you passionate about the environment? Do you want to show your children how important it is to take action on something you believe in? Join the PTSA as our Sustainability Chair and work with our school and families to make a difference! This position can be performed by one individual or as part of a team. Contact Twainpresident@outlook.com if you are interested to learn more! ... read full article
Seeking Volunteers for the Book FairBonnie Leung10/2/201910/16/2019
Seeking Volunteers for the Book Fair
We are looking volunteers to help set-up, work during the sale, and pack up when it is all over. The commitment is small, with shifts lasting only two hours, and no prior experience necessary. Sign up for a shift here . ... read full article
Reflections Arts CompetitionBonnie Leung10/1/201910/24/2019
Reflections Arts Competition
Do you have a young writer or artist in your home? Or a child who enjoys music, dancing, taking photos or making videos? Reflections  is a  national arts completion  that allows children to express themselves in one of six arts categories: 1. Dance Choreography. 2. Film Production.  3. Literature.  4. Music Composition.  5. Photography.  6. Visual Arts. The theme this year is " Look Within ". The deadline are for entries is  Oct 24, 2019 . You can  find more information here .  Contact  Devry DelHoyo  with any questions. ... read full article
Volunteers needed for Walk or Bike to School DayBonnie Leung9/26/201910/2/2019
Volunteers needed for Walk or Bike to School Day
Can you give 30 minutes to an hour to help us next Wednesday morning before school starts? We need a few parents to help us for Walk or Bike to School Day on October 2nd. The is a great event that encourages children to be more conscious of their health, the environment, and the safe routes from their home to school. If you can help please sign up here . Thank you! ... read full article
Fall After School ProgramsBonnie Leung9/18/201910/4/2019
Fall After School Programs
Online Registration for our Fall After School Programs is now open! Tuesdays - Chess4Life (Grades K-5) Thursdays - LEGO Club (Grades K-2 and 3-5) Fridays - Jump Rope Club (Grades K-5) You will be able to  register here starting Sep 23. Please contact  Shelley Lish with your questions. ... read full article
Double Box Top points weekBonnie Leung9/18/20199/22/2019
Double Box Top points week
Box Tops is going digital. Download the Box Tops app today! This week is Double Box Top points. To earn money for our school, simply purchase qualifying products by 9/22/19 and scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase. ... read full article
Bobcat Membership PackageBonnie Leung8/29/201910/2/2019
Bobcat Membership Package
Show your support by purchasing a Bobcat Membership Package which includes PTSA membership, a yearbook, member directory, a "no-hassle" donation to the PTSA and a punch card to redeem free stuff at future events! Help us make this school year a GREAT one! Find out where your "no-hassle" donation goes . You can also purchase other membership levels. Register online at  www.twainptsa.org ... read full article
Buy your spirit wear!Bonnie Leung8/29/20199/27/2019
Buy your spirit wear!
Show your paw pride! Mark Twain Spirit Wear is available to purchase for a limited time only.  Make our order here . Sales close on September 27th for mid-late October delivery. ... read full article
Join us! Become a PTSA member today!Bonnie Leung8/23/20199/6/2019
Join us! Become a PTSA member today!
Support our kids by becoming a PTSA member! Twain PTSA is dedicated to improving the education and well-being of all children at home, school, and in the community. Please also consider making a No-Hassle donation, which is vital to our efforts to support our school, staff and families. Find out where your donations go .  Become a member today . Check out our Bobcat Package which is available until October 24th - it includes your membership, a yearbook, member directory, punch card with free stuff to redeem at future events, as well as a no-hassle donation which supports the PTSA's most ... read full article
A Change to Box TopsBonnie Leung8/14/20198/28/2019
A Change to Box Tops
Box Tops have gone digital!!! No more clipping!   Earn cash for Mark Twain via the app which can be downloaded on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Just scan your receipt and the Box Tops cash will be added to our school!   You can still clip any old Box Tops you find and drop them off at the school office.     ... read full article
Playground Donor Recognition Panels are up!Bonnie Leung8/12/20198/26/2019
Playground Donor Recognition Panels are up!
We're excited to share a photo of the playground donor recognition panels that have been installed near the front entrance of the school. THANK YOU again to all of our donors for your generous gift - your donations made it possible to build a beautiful playground that will be enjoyed by children in our community for many years to come. Together you made a difference! Also- special thanks goes to  Molly Kelleher Honig  all her time and effort in making this happen!   ... read full article
2019-2020 Calendar of EventsBonnie Leung8/7/20199/9/2019
2019-2020 Calendar of Events
Our PTSA 2019-2020 Calendar of Events are available here . There will be lots of fun and exciting events for the entire family. Mark those dates in your calendar now - We can't wait to see you there!   ... read full article
2019-2020 Reflections CompetitionMolly Honig6/15/20199/30/2019
2019-2020 Reflections Competition
The 2019-20 Reflections theme has been announced. Theme: “Look Within” Get a head start on your Reflections submission this summer. The six art categories are: 1. Dance Choreography. 2. Film Production.  3. Literature.  4. Music Composition.  5. Photography.  6. Visual Arts. For more information,  visit this webpage . Contact  Devry DelHoyo  with questions. ... read full article
Twain PTSA Board of Directors for 2019-2020Bonnie Leung7/19/20198/29/2019
Twain PTSA Board of Directors for 2019-2020
We are excited to announce our team of PTSA board members for the 2019-2020 year! Thank you for your enthusiasm and dedication to serving this community and we look forward to an amazing year ahead! ... read full article
End of Year Video SlideshowBonnie Leung7/19/20198/21/2019
End of Year Video Slideshow
 Thank you for an incredible year and for being part of our community.  Check out this video slideshow and relive some amazing memories as we look through photos from events throughout the year. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to creating new memories with you in September! ... read full article