Nominations and Elections
It is hard to believe that we need to think ahead to next year’s PTA board, but we do! According to PTA rules, we need to have our election in March. That means we need to know who is on the ballot in February. So that means we need a nominating committee to help us decide who should run for next year’s election. Would you like to be on the nominating committee? If so, please email our Parliamentarian Pam Mitchell by Friday, 12/7 to let her know so that you can be considered. She’s looking for 5 committee members and 2 alternates. The nominating committee will be elected at our December 14th PTA association meeting.
The next step is knowing who to vote for! Here’s how PTA elections work: Each office is a one-year term and officers can be re-elected one time, which makes for a total of two consecutive years that someone can serve in that position. So, even though we have some people who just might love to be re-elected, some are moving on from Smith and some might wish to take a different role, and every position is considered open until the election takes place. If you’d like to be considered for a board position, please fill out this form and drop it off at the office or email it to Pam Mitchell at email@example.com by 12/21/18.
THE SMITH 100 MILE CLUB STARTS ON MONDAY DECEMBER 10TH
We are thrilled to announce the beginning of the Smith 100 Mile Club! This PTA-sponsored program will give you and your kiddos the opportunity to run or walk 100 miles (or more) by the end of the school year.
The club will meet MONDAY through FRIDAY from 8:00 am to 8:18 am starting MONDAY 12/10 on the BLACKTOP in front of the office.
Membership costs $12 per participant, or $15 to help sponsor another child. This includes a lap tracking ID, as well as rewards for each key milestone: (1) a club T-Shirt at 25 miles, (2) a club golden pencil at 50 miles, (3) a club bracelet at 75 miles, and (4) a club medal at 100 miles. We take cash or checks to Smith PTA.
Interested in joining the Smith 100 Mile Club? It’s easy! Fill out the flyer sent home with students or click here: http://www.smithpta.org/files/2018/11/Smith100MileClub.pdf
and drop it off at school along with payment. We are hoping to get forms back by Friday, November 16th so we can get all of the names inputted into the tracking system over the break. But, we’ll take them as they come in! Keep them coming!
If you are interested in volunteering one morning a week (8-8:20 am), let us know! Any help would be appreciated. Email us at 100MileClub@smithpta.org.
Questions or comments: contact Freddie Evans at 100MileClub@smithpta.org
Thursday, November 8th we celebrated our Teacher of the Day winners! Winners came to the MPR along with teachers and staff for a brief “staff meeting” lead by our student Principal of the Day Jake Steiner. Students had juice and donuts while teachers/staff had coffee and then they went along to their classrooms. Some of the student teachers helped lead lessons, some lead the lines, others got to sit in the teacher’s chair…and the list goes on. Not only did teachers participate, but so did other staff…we got to have a Custodian of the day winner, an assistant principal, and even our lunch manager! Students and staff had a great time and we look forward to this event again next year. Thank you to all of the parents for your generous donations through closed bids to win these positions!
Jog-A-Thon is coming up on December 6th! (we’re checking the weather to see if we need to delay)
Get excited!! Jog-A-Thon is coming! This is not a fundraiser, it is a fit and fun run! Families are welcome to come out and cheer on their Smith students during the event.
Want to sign up to help set up? We need you! (and your mallets!) Please show up on the field at 7:45am ready to set up wood stakes and cones to mark the lap areas.
We need 10 volunteers!
Click here to help: http://signup.com/go/
And, you can have a special message shared to your child during the event for only $2! Typical messages are: Go Jack go! Run like the wind! or Run Sarah run! You’ve got this! (You get the idea…)
Just fill out this form:
A flyer was sent home last week/this week with the info, but here’s a recap:
Schedule and Class Colors:
8:30 to 8:55 – Kindergarten: Kettler (blue), Miner (yellow), Pappas (red), Samaniego (green)
9:05 to 9:30 – 1st: Collins (red), Dalton (yellow), Beyett (green), Krogstad (blue)
9:40 to 10:05 – 4th: Murray (yellow), Hiltbrand (green), Macy (red), Garland (blue), Combs (orange)
10:15 to 10:40 – 2nd: Schwitzgebel (green), Mullins (blue), Hiltz (red), Szcech (yellow)
10:50 to 11:15 – 3rd: McDermott (red), Sotello (green), Harris (yellow), Anderson (orange)
11:25 to 11:50 – 5th: Mitchell (red), Greyshock (yellow), Janssen (green), Spencer (blue), Jorgensen (orange)
The students will be marking their laps to set personal goals and have fun! Everyone will get a medal!
Students have a chance to come early before school and get moving!
The YMCA offers walking on the blacktop in the mornings from 8:00-8:15.
And, room parents are coordinating signs for their classes as well as water/snack donations.
Questions or Comments: Contact Andrea Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org
And, this past week, we had a FUN celebration for our amazing 9-way tie for first place classes with 100% membership! That is incredible in itself…by the end of the first full week of school, the following classes had 100% membership: Collins, Szcech, Mullins, Schwitzgebel, Samaniego, Dalton, Sotello, Garland, and Spencer! These classes all earned a shave ice party and a HUGE thank you to the fantastic Jenny Morphy for donating the shave ice parties for these classes and for making and serving them all, along with Starla Edwards, our VP of Membership. The students loved this reward!
Did you know your classes can still earn 100% membership rewards? Classes who continue to reach 100% by November 16 will earn an extra $150 for classroom supplies. Our goal is to have all 26 classes earn this! So, if you haven’t sent in your membership form yet, you still can! Or you can sponsor a membership.
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!
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.