Smith PTA Awards

Congratulations to our Smith PTA Awards recipients and thank you for all that you do for Smith! Here’s a slideshow version of the presentation:


Committee Chair Positions for 2020-2021

Hello Smith Surfers! It is time to think about committee chair positions for the 2020-2021 school year and we’d love to have you be a part of our incredible team of Smith PTA volunteers who help to make Smith Elementary so amazing!

If you’re interested in chairing a position or helping with a position or maybe you’d just like to find out more…take a look at this link. Filling out the information enables our President-Elect Fredde Evans to contact you so you can chat about the position further–it doesn’t mean you are signing your life away ūüôā

Committee Chair Information Link:

Yearbook Information

We will still have a 2019/2020 yearbook! We are working hard to make an awesome yearbook and include all the fun events we have had this year!

Here are some important updates:

#1- Your yearbook will be shipped to your home FOR FREE if you order by May 11th! (This includes those who have already ordered!)

#2 – There is a digital signature option so students can send digital messages to their friends!

#3 РWe are including distance learning photos! Send a screen shot of your Zoom meet ups or pictures of your students doing school work or other activities at home. Email your photos to, tag Smith PTA in your FB/Insta or add a #SmithSurfersSeparateButStrong tag!

#4 – Recognition Ads are available for purchase through the website and are a great way to celebrate your 5th grader (or any student)!

#5¬†–¬†With every order, you get two free custom pages just for your yearbook!

Not Yet Ordered the Yearbook: Please order your yearbook now and enter your address at checkout.

Already Ordered the Yearbook: After May 11th, we will send out an email reminder to update your address at Tree Ring.

If you have any questions email

Thank you,

Carlee Okerman, Yearbook Chair


Let’s all stay connected and share what we are up to at home! Each Wednesday, we’ll have a fun theme for you to share about. Post your pics on social media (Instagram and Facebook are both @smithpta) or if you aren’t on social media, you can email your pics to and I’ll put together a collage of pics to share here and in our weekly newsletter. This is just for fun and isn’t required in any way. Be sure to use #SmithSurfersSeparateButStrong when you post! Check back each week for new themes!

For 4/15: Share your spring break @ home pics! Send us a pic of something you are doing at home for spring break today!


Resources for Learning At Home

This will get added to on a regular basis, so be sure to check back for more resources!


A library of many resources across all content areas (math, science, reading, etc):

Orange County Department of Ed Resources:

5 Free Ways To Keep Your Kiddos Occupied When Working From Home (LinkedIn Article):


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100 Mile Club Tracker For At Home

Here’s a fun way to track your miles while we are out of school! All miles will be updated. Stay healthy and enjoy the fresh air!





Free meals for kids under 18 provided by HBCSD

Group/community events canceled for March at Smith

At our PTA meeting this morning we were advised to cancel/postpone all group events scheduled for March.  As we get more information, we will update you. This is a very fluid and quickly-changing situation. Stay tuned for more information.

School District Update:

“Our main priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community. As a district we have been on weekly calls with OC HCA, OCDE, and the OC Emergency Management Operational Area to stay informed on the current guidance on the novel coronavirus or COVID19.

Last night (3/11), Governor Newsom announced that California public health officials issued an updated policy on gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state’s public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March.

As a result of this announcement and with an abundance of caution events occurring across the district today have been cancelled including but not limited to: Community Connections Meeting at Peterson ES, the Grand Opening of the Dwyer Gym, and Roots of Rock concert.

HBCSD will continue to follow the guidance from the CA Department of Public Health, the OC Health Care Agency and the Orange County Department of Education as it relates to school operations. All schools are still in session and will operate normally while practicing continued prevention strategies that include: handwashing, covering of sneezes/coughs, and avoiding touching your face and mouth. The district will provide additional information to the community shortly.”


California Public Health Experts: Mass Gatherings Should be Postponed or Canceled Statewide to Slow the Spread of COVID-19:

HBCSD Board/District Information

There have been many recent school board and district decisions that will affect our community. Please take time to educate yourself and stay up to date. The school district has recently updated its website with a lot of valuable information.

Click here for FAQs:

District Finances:

School Closure Information:

Inter and Intra District Transfers:

School Consolidation Task Force Committee Info:

You can submit questions/comments to the district here:

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes:


District Art Show: March 20

Mark Your Calendars: Movie Night March 27th

Movie will start at 7pm. Come at 6:30 to get snacks and set up your chairs. All snacks are $1 each except popcorn is free!

Community Connections Meeting: Get Your School District Questions Answered

Meeting will include a State of the District presentation and recent Board decisions for 2020-21 school year. Two board members and two district staff will be there to answer questions. The meeting at Smith is from 9-10:30 but you are welcome to attend any of the meetings.

Dwyer Gym Grand Opening!

CHOC Speaker on Anxiety and Depression Monday, March 9 6pm

Join us on Monday, March 9 at 6pm for a fantastic speaker from CHOC on anxiety and depression in children. Children are facing more stress than ever and it is hard to know how to help. Dr. Morse will share some preventative measures, warning signs to look for, and ways to help your children.

If you can make it, please click here to RSVP:

More on Dr. Morse:
Dr. Amy Morse is a licensed child psychologist at CHOC Children’s Hospital where she provides individual and group therapy services to children and teens experiencing chronic medical conditions. She also participates in the supervision and training of externs and interns. Dr. Morse has experience treating youth across the spectrum of mental health care, from mild anxiety to chronic, debilitating depression. In addition, she has presented at national and international conferences on the importance of delivering high-quality services to young patients. Dr. Morse previously worked in the field of Child Life at hospitals on the east and west coast before pursuing a career in pediatric psychology. She is committed to the emotional well-being of youth and access to high-quality mental health care for the children and adolescents of Orange County.

Smith PTA Slate for 2020-2021

The following is the proposed slate of Executive Board officers for 2020-2021, as recommended by the Nominating Committee. Elections will be at the March 12 PTA Association meeting.

President: Frederique Evans

Executive Vice President: Starla Edwards

VIce President of Membership: Jenny Olson

Vice President of Fundraising: Susan Weisheit

Treasurer: Lori Kamola

Secretary: Jack Lawson

Financial Secretary: Melanie Wengert

Historian: Jenny Morphy

Auditor: Stephen Herman

Note: Parliamentarian is an appointed position and will be appointed after elections, by the President.

If someone is interested in running against one of these positions, they can nominate themselves or have someone else nominate them from the floor during elections.

Dine Out For Smith at Mamas on 39!

Smith Fun Run 2020 info!



8:45-9:45 2nd and 3rd Grade

10:10-11:10 Kinder and 1st Grade

11:10-12:10 4th and 5th Grade

Sign up to volunteer at the event! We need your help! You’ll either help pass out water or mark off obstacles. Both are easy and fun!

Sign up here:



Skate Party!

Barnes and Noble Book Donations

We received a donation from Barnes and Noble and voted at our association meeting in December to purchase books for our Resource classroom and that any other student can have access to if recommended by their classroom teacher. We were able to purchase many high interest books with a more accessible reading levels.

We were also able to purchase some parent education books that have been recommended by speakers we’ve had. These are available for any PTA member to check out (in the PTA room).