• A Handy Guide to SES Cougarisms

    Usually schools have a particular jargon unique to them, and SES is no exception. It is often difficult to get a handle on what each term means. In an effort to help you understand these Cougarisms, here is a simple glossary we've compiled just for you!

    Associated Student Body (ASB)

    The students at SES make up the Associated Student Body. Proceeds from Sahara Pizza, Night Popcorn Tuesday go directly to ASB funds, which are used to support certain school-wide student programs; incentives, for example. Two representatives from each 5th grade classroom are elected each year to serve on the ASB Student Council in order to help promote issues important to the ASB, to raise funds for determined projects, and to work collaboratively with the PTSA.

    Battle of the Books

    A district competition between intermediate students (4th and 5th grade).Independently, students read a selected list of 14 books. In teams of 5, students memorize story elements and factual details from each story and answer practice questions. One final team represents SES in the Spring at Battle of the Books based on demonstrated expertise on all 14 titles through previous school quiz sessions.

    Box Tops for Education

    A simple fundraiser for our school in which families clip and send in Box tops for Education labels from specially marked grocery items. Each label fetches about 10 cents when returned, which adds up to several hundred dollars over the course of a school year.

    Class of Distinction

    Awarded by the recess supervisors and school specialists (i.e. P.E., Music, and Library teachers) to two classrooms (one K-2, one 3-5 class) each month for their exemplary behavior and school citizenship outside of their regular classroom walls. Each Class of Distinction has their names published in the Cougar News and their picture posted in the school entry way.


    A form that SES staff fill out for 1st - 5th grade students in recognition of individual's positive behavior, school citizenship, and other good deeds noticed. All Cougar Gram recipients are entered into weekly drawings for prizes.

    Cougar News

    A monthly newsletter from SES that outlines upcoming events, outstanding students, a principal's message, and PTSA news.

    Donuts for Dad

    An opportunity for students to share a hot cup of coffee or cocoa and a sweet donut before school with a special man in their lives--great for dads, grandpas, uncles . . .


    By registering online at www.eScrip.com, families can earn 2-3% of their total purchases back to the school of their choice (SES!) at stores such as Safeway. Just by swiping your Club Cards each time you shop, your weekly grocery purchases earn money for our school!(Remember, keying in a phone number is NOT sufficient for eScrip--the card must actually be swiped.)

    Family Fun Night

    Fun, family events sponsored by the PTSA at little to no cost to you. Come to enjoy The Holiday Bazaar, an evening of Bingo, Art, Science Night, or The Sock Hop. These are enjoyable nights for the entire family!

    FEAST Day

    A monthly opportunity for family members to eat at school with their student during lunch. Watch for dates and menus in your Wednesday Packets.

    Friday E-News

    Yet another way for you to stay informed. Sign up for this Friday email list, and receive news electronically from school. Meant to complement other school mailings found in our Wednesday Packets.

    Homework Club

    An after-school program designed to support students with their classroom homework. Homework Club has SES staff members as facilitators. Students and parents must all sign a contract agreeing to actively and regularly participate in this bi-weekly homework support hour.

    Ink Cartridge and Plastic Grocery Bag Recycling

    Another easy fundraising system--simply return your empty, used ink cartridges (both laser and ink) to the marked box near the office. Some can earn up to $3 each! Cartridges are mailed in, and rebates are mailed directly to our school. We return bags of plastic grocery bags for money. Containers are located by the office.

    Intramural Sports

    Special classroom sports leagues coordinated by Mr. McEldowney. These recess activities for 4th-5th grade may include: flag football, volleyball, kickball, and basketball.

    Learning Improvement Team (L.I.T.)

    A collaborative group of staff (Principal, classroom teachers, and classified staff), representative elected parents, and a community member working together to improve learning for all students at SES.

    Mileage Club

    A new program (to begin at the Fall Walk-A-Thon) at SES that seeks to promote and reward healthy exercise. Students earn colorful charms on a special necklace for tallied laps around the field and mileage accumulated at afternoon recess.

    Muffins for Mom

    An opportunity for students share a hot cup of coffee or cocoa and a sweet muffin (they're really donuts !) before school with a special woman in their lives--great for moms, grandmas, aunts . . .

    Pizza Night (Sahara)

    Sponsored by Sahara Pizza in Snoqualmie, on a specified night each month, a portion of proceeds go directly back to SES ASB. Just clip the coupon from your Wednesday packet, order a delicious pizza (take out or pick up), present your coupon, and enjoy!

    Popcorn Tuesday and Popcorn Passes

    Each Tuesday after lunch, popcorn is available for 25 cents per bag. Money earned from these sales goes to support the ASB. Children caught by school staff doing something positively special may be awarded a Popcorn Pass, which they can present on Tuesday for a free bag of popcorn.


    YOU and your child(ren) are the SES Parent Teacher Student Association! We work closely with SES staff to determine needs in student support, involve students as active participants, raise money to fund programs and materials, and promote parent involvement in their children's education.

    Recognition Assemblies

    Each trimester, classrooms are invited to the gym to honor student accomplishment across the school in this fun assembly.

    Room Parent

    Classroom responsibilities vary from teacher to teacher. On a school level, a Room Parent provides the essential role of PTSA Contact Liaison, promoting classroom participation in school-wide events such as the Family Fun Nights, the auction, and Teacher Appreciation Week.

    Script Shopping Cards

    A new form of "shopping cart fundraising" for SES, producing revenue for SES through regular household purchase you would make anyway. First, you purchase a Script shopping card to some of your favorite retailers through your SES PTSA. Then use these prepaid shopping card just like cash, earning SES between 2%-12% of your total purchase.


    A special t-shirt or sweatshirt with our school's name, mascot, colors, and/or logo. Usually available for purchase in the Fall.

    Very Important Cougar

    Awarded each month to at least one student per classroom for their exemplary school citizenship, behavior, and/or academic progress. Children who are recognized as a VIC have their names published in the Cougar News and their picture posted in the school entry way. They also meet with the principal and receive a special award certificate and other prizes.

    Warm Beach

    An outdoor education program for 5th grade students in which children spend 2 nights and 3 days on the Hood Canal in Seabeck with their classmates, teachers, parent volunteers, and high school counselors.