Save the Date! Evening celebration at JM Cellars Friday, March 23rd.


2018 JM Cellars Event - Cropped

Celebrate with the Kindergarten Kickoff!

Kindergarten Parents:

Cheers to sending your little ones off on their lifelong adventure of learning! To celebrate, we invite you to join us this Saturday night, September 14, for a parents-only evening of good food, good drink and good cheer.

We’ll have a wood-fired pizza oven on site, plenty of beer and wine, and magnificent views of Mt Rainier, Lake Washington and the Cascades to enjoy. If you live close by, we encourage you to walk over and make the most of a balmy evening that promises to be one of the last gorgeous nights of summer. The event is complimentary and no RSVP is required.

Kindergarten parents Abigail Francis and Charles Frischer are hosting the party in their home on behalf of the Foundation. Their house is located at 4404 52nd Avenue NE. The party kicks off at 7 pm. See you there!

Spring 2012 Foundation Update

Hello Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation!

My name is Rick Myers, and I am the current “Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation” President, a foundation for our neighborhood school,
Laurelhurst Elementary. The Board and I wanted to send out a long overdue message to all of you who have faithfully supported the Friends of Laurelhurst Elementary Foundation over these past 12 years. We thought the New Year was the perfect time to share with you an update on the Foundation both past, current and future.

First of all a thank you. We appreciate each of you so much for your continued support, both your financial donations and your vocal support of our Foundation. As of today, due to your support, the value of our Foundation totals $570,000,which is more than half way to our goal of raising $1,000,000. Including last year, we have continued to average $20,000 in annual donations. This year we have stretched our goal to $25,000 and we can’t get to that amount without your support.

As you may know, the purpose of our Foundation is creating a savings account for the school with a goal in the future to give a fixed amount of this endowment back to the school annually, most likely 4-5%. We anticipate that when we hit $1M in the account, our disbursements from the endowment would be able to provide dependable annual funds of approximately $40,000 to $50,000 each year going back to the school. As the endowment grows, this annual contribution from the endowment can grow. In fact over the life of the foundation (13 years now), we have granted $130,000 back into the school. That includes items like Hi-Tech White Boards, major parts of a computer lab, books and 2 years ago we granted enough funds for 4 brand new Apple MacBooks. It is so much fun to move the funds back into the school in these ways, and to see the kids with the teachers having their education come to life.

Finally, we are in the midst of updating our website, but you can still come check us out at [2] If you have not had the chance to make your annual pledge payment, or if it has been a long time since you have donated, we would love your support. Open the donation form [HERE] and pay by credit card, or just send in a check.

Let us know if you have moved, or if you enjoy receiving these message once or twice a year, or maybe you are directing your support other places. In any case, please stay in touch with us – we appreciate each of our Friends of the school and want to hear from you.

Many Thanks and have a great 2012.

Rick Myers – President

Friends of Laurelhurst Elementary Foundation

2010 Kindergarten Parents Night Out

Kindergarten Parents Night Out

It was great to see everyone at the Kindergarten Parents Night Out at the Mountaineers club on Friday. We want to thank the kindergarten room parents for partnering up with the Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation and allowing us to say a few words during the party about how the foundation supports the school and what the 545 Program is. We hope everyone had a great time and if you have any questions feel free to contact us. If you are looking for a printable donation form you will find one here.

545 Program Registration Form Now Online

545 Club Registration–For New Families And Returning Members

The tradition for the parent party of the year continues, though the gala at the JM Winery will again be in the spring, Registration is every fall. The tradition of Five For Five/ 545 (pledging $500 for five years) is composed of parents, alumni, and community supporters who pledge $500 every year to the Friends Of Laurelhurst School Foundation (FOLF). The Foundation is over 10 years old now and we are well on our way to establishing a PERMANENT endowment for our school, but we still need your support to make it happen. All participants are treated (later in the year) to a spectacular feast and tasting at JM Cellars in Woodinville (the event itself is well worth the $500 pledge!). To register is easy: simply drop off your check (payable to FOLF), with your EMAIL ADDRESS attached to it, to the school secretary. Questions about the foundation or 545 Program Contact Us today.

Sign Up for Our 545 Program Today – Download the 2010 Registration Form

545 2010 Form

Welcome to the Friends of Laurelhurst Foundation Blog

Message from the President and Board

Hello Laurelhurst community, and welcome to our new website for the Laurelhurst Elementary Foundation. We are off to a fantastic start this year. Our board has a new President, new Vice President and a new treasurer. I want to thank Jeri Smith, Jill Wood and Jean Shearer for the long standing commitments to the Foundation, School and Community as they served as officers on the board for many, many years. Jeri and Jill will remain on the board for continuity and wisdom. Thanks again for their commitments!

We also have added three new board members in Greg Harper, Mary Craig, Geoffrey Sidari and Bob Maas. These guys are great and already having an impact on our foundation and breathed some new life into what we are trying to accomplish this year.

There are a number of initiatives under way this year that will continue to help push our endowment from $528,000 as of today, to up and over our goal of $1,000,000. We are sponsoring a Kindergarten Parent night on November 12th, we have added a facebook page, we are now really well connected with the PTA and there schedule and goals, and we plan on reaching out to the entire community through various efforts this year. And the really great news is we still have some grant money that we will donate back to the school this. Stay tuned for news on who that grant will go out to, we are excited about it.

Finally, please take a few minutes to move around the site and see the new content we have added, and remember the beginning of the year is a great time to catch up on your $500 annual pledge you may given to the foundation. Check out the Donate tab, and get that $500 in!