Join us at Fountain Valley Skating Center from 4-6pm on 10/16 for a skate party! It’s $6.75 per person and it’s so fun! See you there!
Michelle Eklund, Assistant Executive Director
Brad Waller, Vice President for Communications
SACRAMENTO – Did you know that about 18 percent of the population of the United States has some of the symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words? This October, California State PTA is raising awareness about dyslexia in honor of National Dyslexia Awareness Month.
According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is a neurobiological learning disability that is characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition, poor spelling and poor decoding abilities. Because of these symptoms, people with dyslexia often experience problems in reading comprehension and have a reduced reading experience, which can impede growth of vocabulary.
Without proper remediation, most students who struggle to learn to read will continue to struggle with reading and face lasting consequences throughout their school career and life in general, including emotional or social problems as well as an increased risk of not earning a high school diploma and not attending or completing college.
“I know firsthand how important early detection of dyslexia is, as well as the importance improving education services for the students who are affected. I am dyslexic. I know that strong family support and school support is absolutely crucial.” said California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald.
California State PTA and its units, councils and districts recognize that dyslexia has significant educational implications that need to be better addressed by public schools and school districts. In 2016, California State PTA delegates adopted a comprehensive resolution supporting necessary training for educators and school staff to improve the understanding of dyslexia, as well as support early screening for signs and symptoms of dyslexia in kindergarten through third grade.
All month, California State PTA will be sharing resources, information and tools to inform and educate parents and families about supporting students with dyslexia. Do you know someone with dyslexia? Share your story with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Let’s raise awareness about dyslexia!
Pumpkin Patch is coming up on October 26th! This family fun fall festival event will be from 2:30-5pm at school. A packet of info was sent home this week…or is coming home soon (depending on when your teacher sends home their weekly folders.)
We need lots of volunteers to make this event a success! From food sales to loaning EZ Ups for the day , to set up, or clean up, we would love to have you help out!
Please sign up here:
Thank you for your help!
All of the important details are in your packet…and you can also access that here!
Letter: Pumpkin Patch is Coming
Wristband Presale Form: Pumpkin Patch Pre Sale
Vendor Form: PumpkinPatchVendorParents
Sponsor Form: Pumpkin Patch Event Sponsor 2018
If you’re new or haven’t participated in Pumpkin Patch before or want more info about what happens at the event, read on!
What happens at the event?
Food: At Pumpkin Patch, we’ll have some food vendors there for you to buy food (they take cash). We’ll also have baked goods, popcorn, cotton candy, and water available to purchase with tickets.
Games: We have many fun games with prizes and inflatables for the kids! These can be accessed with tickets or by purchasing a wristband ahead of time.
Pre-Sale Info: I strongly recommend sending in your presale sheet to avoid the lines! You can pre-purchase wristbands for the games, tickets for food and raffles (and for games if you aren’t buying wristbands), and vouchers for pumpkins to take home. This year, parents will be able to pick up your pre-sale items starting at 2pm on the 26th so that you’ll have everything you need for the event to start at 2:30.
Teacher Time: We’ll have a silent auction table with “Teacher Time” items to bid on like lunch with your teacher, donuts before school, etc. These teacher time experiences are donated by each teacher individually. Winners will be announced at the event and will need to pay before they leave. They’ll set up the date/time for the activity with their teacher. You can bid on any teacher’s silent auction items.
Teacher of the Day: NEW this year we will have a closed bid process for Teacher of the Day. Teacher of the Day will take place on November 8. This will be a school-wide event, and there will be a “staff meeting” with donuts and juice for the winners before school starts. Here’s how the closed bid process works: There will be a table set up with boxes labeled for each teacher/staff member participating. There will be bid slips at the table. This table will be set up starting on Monday, October 22 outside the office and will be there all during conference week. The table will move out to the field during the Pumpkin Patch event. You decide what you’d like to bid for your child to win teacher of the day. You place your bid inside the box. After the event, all of the bids will be read and the highest bidder in each box will be the winner. The winner will be contacted by Tuesday, October 30th and they will need to come into the office to pay by November 2nd. If payment isn’t received, the 2nd place winner will be notified. The amounts of the winning bids will remain private. PARENTS ONLY are allowed to place bids. Classroom teachers have requested that you only place bids on your own classroom teacher or other staff members (Principal of the Day, etc), so for example, a 5th grade student shouldn’t win for a Kinder class.
Class Pumpkin Raffle: We will have a FUN raffle of class baskets available. Each class chooses a theme and works to collect donations for that theme. You can purchase as many raffle tickets as you’d like and you can enter as many tickets as you’d like in each basket. Winners will be announced at Pumpkin Patch and will pay and take their class pumpin basket home that day.
Pumpkins: We’ll have pumpkins for sale for $6 that you can purchase to take home to decorate your front porch for Halloween. You can prepay for these with your pre-sale order form or purchase at the event (prepay is recommended to ensure you’ll get one!)
Ticket Sales: We will have tickets available to purchase during the event, but not wristbands. Wristbands are pre-sale only. You can also pre-purchase tickets. But, if you don’t or decide you need more, we’ll have them available at the event. At the event, we take cash, checks, and credit cards. Pre-sale is cash or check to Smith PTA only. You’ll need tickets for food concessions (popcorn, bake sale, cotton candy, water, etc.) as well as for the raffles and for games (if you don’t use wristbands).
Vendors: Parents are invited to showcase their businesses in our vendor area. We also invite our afterschool programs to come if they’d like the opportunity to share about their programs.
Sponsors: If you’d like to be a sponsor at our event, please be sure to send back that form! Thank you!
We look forward to seeing you all at our FUN event!
Playground Painting! It’s happening soon!
Last year, Smith PTA purchased a program called Peaceful Playgrounds. To make the program work, we need to paint the playground using stencils to provide the games and activities.
Can you help us paint? We’ll be there after school on Thursday, October 18, from 1:30-4. We rescheduled from a couple of weeks ago since we didn’t get enough volunteers. But, this time, I know we will! Right? 🙂 Please arrange for childcare while we paint…maybe send them home with a neighbor or friend or relative…hopefully you can understand that we can’t have lots of kids running around with wet paint!
Here’s the link to sign up to help:
This is what we did on the Kinder playground last year. Primary will look a little different, but you can get the idea of what we’re planning. We have stencils or chalk lines for everything, and we’ll provide all of the supplies.
It’s an incredible program and here’s the Peaceful Playgrounds mission statement: “The mission of the Peaceful Playgrounds Foundation is to create a safe play environment, support healthy active kids, and advocate for recess and free play. We believe the benefits of free play are best accomplished by enhancing the play environment and allowing children lots of choices.”
We also have lesson plans for teachers to incorporate Peaceful Playgroundsequipment and activities into their P.E. time. Over the summer, we painted part of the upper playground, so now we are eager to get the primary playgrounddone!
Thanks in advance for your help!
Each and every Friday, send your child to school proudly wearing our school color, navy blue! (White with it is okay too!) Better yet, have them wear their spirit wear shirts and gear! Starting in October, we will even have contests by grade level to see who has the most school spirit! The winner each Friday will get to display a school spirit flag outside of their classroom for the following week.
There are so many ways to get involved at Smith. 100% of the programs and events that the PTA offers are run by volunteers.
Want to help out? Fill out this form and we’ll contact you when help is needed! (This form is also in your First Day Packet.) Smith Volunteer
We also have a couple of open positions to be filled:
- Movie Nights Coordinator: Coordinate the movie screen rental and communications about movie night. Coordinate with snack bar and popcorn helpers.
- Movie Night Snack Bar: Coordinate snack purchase and set up, run the snack bar, and clean up.
- Step It Up Co-Chair: Help run our biggest and most fun fundraiser!
- Yearbook Grade Level Liaisons: K, 1, 3, 4, 5 Help take pictures and coordinate with Room Parents/Room Photographers to get photos for your grade. Help with page layout if you’d like.
- Grant Writer: Write grants for PTA on an as-needed basis.
Interested? Contact email@example.com for more details and to see if it would be a good fit for you!
For all the details, click here: 2018-2019Reflections_Info
Dress As Your Hero Day: Wednesday September 26th! All students are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favorite hero. It can be an everyday hero, a super hero, anyone they consider a hero. Staff is encouraged to dress up too!
Art Workshop: Thursday October 11. After school from 1:30-3pm in the MPR, come with a parent! We’ll provide a variety of art supplies…you provide your creative idea! Come to this free workshop to work on your art project.
We’ve had many Smith PTA volunteers busy beautifying our school! If you haven’t noticed already, our Kindergarten Garden has had a major makeover from one of our Smith moms, Lauren Smith and her small but dedicated group of helpers! Check out these before and after pics! Wow! The garden has been completely cleared of weeds, new plants have been planted, and she was able to get surfboards donated that she painted. Doesn’t it look great? Our Smith Surfer pride definitely shows over by Kindergarten now! Thank you!
And…in case you missed it, we also gave the Kindergarten playground a fresh new look too! Smith PTA purchased a program called Peaceful Playgrounds to provide more interactive and cooperative P.E. and recess activities for kids. We had many volunteers show up to help paint and it looks great! Our plan is to work on the other playgrounds over the summer. For now, we have new basketball nets and new recess equipment/balls for our students. Thanks to all of your support of Smith PTA so that we can make this happen! Donations to Smith PTA (like through our Step It Up fundraiser) are what make this possible.