Apr
16

Spring Book Fair: Barnes and Noble @Bella Terra, Wednesday May 2!

Join us for an evening of fun at the Spring Book Fair at Bella Terra on Wednesday, May 2 from 5-8pm! A portion of sales will come right back to Smith PTA. Check the flyer posted here for all of the fun details! Crafts, scavenger hunt, prizes, and more!

Teacher story time schedule:
5:00-5:15 Spencer
5:15-5:30 Beyett
5:30-5:45 Mrs. Beck
5:45-6:00 Combs
6:00-6:15 Anderson
6:15-6:30 Harris
6:30-6:45 Schwitzgebel
6:45-7:00
7:00-7:15
7:15-7:30 Mrs. Ashton

If you can’t make it for the fun event, you can still shop in store and online from May 2-May 5 using code #12214284. Share the code with family and friends, too!

That same night, stop over at Islands starting at 5pm for dinner and support Smith PTA too! Valid for dine in and take out. Flyer is posted below.

BN Flyer color word

Islands

Apr
09

Wednesday April 11: Smith Dine Out Day! 11am-8pm at Zero Zero 39 Pizza!

Grab lunch or dinner (or both!) at Zero Zero 39 Pizza on Wednesday April 11 and support Smith PTA!

Mar
21

Step It Up Rain Out! New Date for Field Event is May 18!

Hello Smith Families,

We were SO looking forward to our big Step It Up Field Event this Friday but because of the rain storm headed our way, we have rescheduled the event for safety reasons. Even if it isn’t raining on Friday, the fields will be wet and muddy and that won’t be safe for our students to do all of the obstacle events. So…our new date is Friday, May 18! Spring testing will be done and there is a much less likely chance of rain that late in the year as well. Thank you for your understanding…we wish we could control the weather! Please share with your child(ren) that they can look forward to the new date. We’ll also work on getting the date(s) out for the In N Out trip scheduled for those who qualified for that too. Just to clarify, those who earned the In N Out Party Bus trip will go on a different day from our main Step It Up field event.

If you signed up to volunteer at our event on Friday, please check your calendar to make sure the new date works with your schedule. If it does, you don’t need to change anything on the sign up. If you have a conflict and aren’t able to help that day, you can remove your name from your sign up spot and open it up for another volunteer. If you weren’t able to help this Friday but you are able to help on May 18, be sure to check the link and see if there’s an open time slot that works for you. Thank you for volunteering your time to make our event a success. We are very grateful!

Sign Up Link:

http://signup.com/go/OWsmiUL

Mar
19

IMPORTANT!! *Annual Parent Survey*

Hi Smith Families!!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend.

If you missed the robo call from the district office last week, today is the first day of our district wide parent survey window. This is one of the BEST ways that we can help our district get a better understanding of our thoughts and concerns as parents. In the past this survey may have seemed long and time consuming, and I am happy to report that the questions have been wittled down to nearly half of what we have seen in previous parent surveys. Additionally there is a space to jot down any open ended concerns you might have. The district has done a really great job of making this easy and streamlined for the convienence of us. This is extremely important information that both the district and Mrs. Beck turn to when making decisions about the topics within it. Additionally, this is great data for us as a PTA to turn to when we are making plans for next years activities.

The parent survey is completely anonymous. All returned paper surveys are sent directly to the company who collects and compiles the information to present to the district and individual schools. These paper surveys can be returned in an envelope to the Smith office where they will be sent to the survey company at no charge to you. If you would like to skip the paper portion, there is information on how to fill this out online with the actually survey that came home with your student. Two extremely easy ways to participate in as little as 5-10 minutes of your day. I can not stress enough how important this parent survey is.

As a bit of incentive, if Smith proves to have the highest percentage of parent participation the students will receive an additional assembly and an added family fun night this school year. We would love to offer a hands on FREE family STEAM night at Smith! That just means they we need to acknowledge the importance of this data as parents. I know in years past this has been the compass for Mrs. Beck in the decision making process on campus. I have personally seen her make changes based on information collected here. We WANT your input. All surveys must be submitted by this Friday, March 23rd.

Thank you so much for your participation. Please reach out with any questions, and help our kids earn that extra assembly and family fun night!!

REMINDER

Tomorrow is our Skate Night at the Fountain Valley Skate Center. 4-6pm

Surfers Rule,
Jenny Morphy

Mar
16

Step It Up: Breaking News!

Our Step It Up event is 1 week away! Now is the time when our students really get involved! We have some important updates for you too. Please keep reading…

  1. We have raised $64,174 for Smith School! That is amazing! Thank you for all of your efforts to collect donations (and for your donations as well). The pledges you and your family/friends have made will make a huge difference in all of our students at Smith. This is the most profitable fundraiser we have ever been involved with and has made 2-3 times the amount that most fundraisers make.
  2. We need more volunteers for our event next Friday! We are short 13 volunteers and need help to make this big event a success. Most positions are just managing lines and cheering students on. The human hamster ball course requires holding the giant balls while students climb in and out. Some strong adults would be perfect for this one! Here’s the link to sign up: http://signup.com/go/OWsmiUL
  3. To clarify: ALL students get to participate in Step It Up. Even if they raised $0. We don’t want any student to ever feel excluded! For students who did raise money, they will get their prizes at the event, depending on the amount of money they raised. If they earned the party bus ride to In N Out, that will be scheduled later…stay tuned for that one! Students will be given color coded wristbands at the event and those wristbands let our Step It Up coordinators know which prize packages have been earned. Students will get their prizes in bags labeled with their names and will take them home in their backpacks.
  4. At the event, students will participate in a wide variety of athletic events. The obstacle course is based on the shows WipeOut and American Ninja Warrior. Students can choose to do all of the obstacles/events in any order they choose, and can repeat them as many times as they want (they of course just need to get back in line to wait their turn!) Students should dress comfortably in shorts or pants along with Smith shirts/navy blue. They will take their shoes off for the obstacles and need to wear socks. Send your child to school with a ziplock bag and an extra pair of socks so that after the event, they can change into clean socks and take the dirty ones home in the bag. Be sure your child is wearing sunscreen! We will have water at the event.
  5. How to have your child even more involved: We’ve heard some creative ideas already of students calling family and friends to ask for their donations, or making videos. They can also help out by thanking their donors! Students can write hand-written thank you notes, they can make a video thank you, they can call to thank people, and I heard one family is making cookies for every donor who donated $25 or more. What a sweet idea! And, please share with your child how the money they helped to raise is making a difference for our school.
  6. We’ve heard some great suggestions from parents to make this even better for next year, and we thank you for your ideas! We will definitely work to better communicate about the fundraiser ahead of time. But, we need our help. It is very expensive for us to print flyers/letters to send home. Please tell your friends to subscribe to this website (at www.smithpta.org) so we can have this digital format be our main communication channel–it saves us a lot of money that we can spend on student programs, and it saves trees! We also post information on our marquee, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@smithpta) and we have 3 display boards on campus. Thank you!!
  7. How do we spend our money? Read on…Because we have raised this money, we are able to pay for the remainder of the field trips (and buses for the field trips) that have been scheduled for this year. We spend about $15,000 on field trips each year. We are also able to get more library books, and we spend about $2,500 on new books each year. We are spending about $3,000 on disaster relief supplies to replenish expired water and food. We have more assemblies planned and spend about $3,500 on assemblies each year. Teacher appreciation week is coming up and we love to thank our hard-working teachers with a week of lunches! We also spend $8,000 on our Meet the Masters art program, bringing in art teachers to teach the lessons to our students. We spend $9,000 on our Accelerated Reader program as well. Each year we save about $20,000 for start up costs to pay for the beginning of the year expenses since we have our fundraiser in the spring. In the fall we spend $6000 on classroom supplies for teachers, we spend about $2500 on p.e./recess equipment, $6000 on technology for the school, and so much more. We have many other expenses as well (Red Ribbon Week, Reflections Program, Student of the Month, Garden Curriculum, Jog A Thon, etc), but we just wanted to give you an idea of some of the larger programs that we provide for our students at Smith. So again, thank you! Because of our fundraising efforts, we are able to provide these enriching opportunities. We wish we didn’t have to do any fundraising at all, but with government budget cuts and district budget cuts, we have to make up the difference to be able to provide these programs. Our goal is for ALL students at Smith to have a well-rounded, happy, and enriching experience. We are very grateful for our Smith community and the support of our PTA so that we can provide these programs.
  8. Questions? Please reach out to us! Feel free to contact our PTA president Jenny Morphy at president@smithpta.org and the Step It Up Coordinator Lori Kamola at vp@smithpta.org.

Mar
14

Free Art Night With Kyle Tiernan

Hey Smith Surfers!!

Just wanted to send out a reminder email about tonight’s FREE Art night with our favorite artiest Kyle Tiernan. Your children already had the chance to draw with Kyle today in our school wide assembly and the Smith PTA wanted to make sure that we made this a family event!

Tonight’s event will begin at 6:30 and we are asking families to be here and ready to draw by 6:15. Kyle will provide the pencils and papers necessary. All you need to do is show up! If you haven’t been to one of our art nights I encourage you to come! They are quite a bit of fun. Ask your kids all about it when you see them after school.

The PTA snack bar will also be open with treats, snack, and waters to purchase before and during the event. Everything is $1, cash only.

Looking forward to seeing you all tonight!

Mar
06

Step It Up $$ Collection Deadline Extended! Read for more info!

Thank you, thank you for all of your donations for Step It Up! We are SO close to our goal! We are extending the deadline and the absolute last day we can take donations, either online at www.StepItUpKids.com/Smith92648 or cash or checks to Smith PTA, is next Monday, March 12. After that, the website will be closed so that totals can be tallied for prizes and to get the event ready for March 23rd. Please, no coins…the bank won’t take them from us with our deposit!

Log on to your account at www.StepItUpKids.com/Smith92648 to check your donation totals for each child. Make sure they have enough to be at the prize level you want them to achieve.

It is through these generous donations that we are able to provide 100% paid field trips for ALL students (including transportation)! We also provide funding for our art program, our assemblies, technology upgrades for the classrooms, classroom supplies, our accelerated reader program, recess and p.e. equipment, and so much more. Thank you for all that you do to support Smith PTA so that we can make your child’s experience here at Smith the best it can be!

 

Mar
05

Step It Up Cash, Checks, and Pledge Sheets are due tomorrow, 3/6!

Prize sheet and Pledge Sheet:

Mar
05

Special PTA Meeting This Week!

We’ve got a special PTA meeting coming up on March 9th. We’ve invited a few special guests that we think you will not want to miss.

Brian aka “B. Money” from our Step It Up fundraiser will be here to answer any questions and fill you in on the big event. Brian is a wealth of information and always so willing to hear and answer our questions.

5th Grade Staff – We have got someone from the 5th grade staff coming to report about this years outdoor science school experience. If you’ve got a child who answers most “How was it” questions with “good”.. you can get all the details of the trip here!

Christa Glemboki  is the Principal at Dwyer elementary. She will be here to talk a bit about the transition from 5th grade to middle school and will have a few suggestions for us parents on how we can prepare our kids for the big move. She is new to Dwyer and has been such a great asset to the school. If you come to this PTA meeting for anything, it should be for her.

 

In other words, if you are a 5th grade parent you will not want to miss this meeting!

 

Finally, March means it’s election time! Each year our PTA officers are nominated and voted in and this happens in March. In years past we have taken nominations from the floor and I am happy to report that we did get a nominating committee together who have already done the hard work of finding willing and able people! Below you will find our slated officers for the 2018-2019 school year. Though these officers have been nominated, they still need to be voted in. Come and show your support for these new officers and let your vote be known (we do need to hit a quorum number for these votes to even count… so we really want you there).

Smith PTA 2018-2019

Executive Board Nominees

President: Lori Kamola

VP: Jenny Morphy

Secretary: Allison Scott

Treasurer: Melanie Wengert

Financial Secretary: Michelle Marcinec

Parliamentarian: Pam Bruemmer

Historian: Laura Crooks

Auditor: Carlee Okerman

Membership: Starla Edwards

VP of Ways and Means: Sian Shank

Election will take place at the PTA Meeting:

March 9th, 2018

8:30am

Multipurpose Room

All PTA members are welcome to come and vote.

Mar
04

Smith Dine Out Day Is Coming Up on Wednesday, March 7 at Luna Grill, Newland Center

Enjoy lunch or dinner at Luna Grill on Wednesday, March 7 from 11am-9pm and Smith PTA will get 20% back to support our school programs! Show this flyer for our school to get credit. Newland Center location only: 19720 Beach Blvd, Suite 101. Their food is amazing and we love how they want to support our school!

Mar
02

Kindergarten Garden and Playground Before and Afters!

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 surf boards 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.

Feb
28

Step It Up Sign Up is Ready! Volunteer to help at our big event on 3/23! And other updates…

Hello Smith Families! Want to help at our fun Step It Up event on 3/23? Click here: http://signup.com/go/OWsmiUL

Be sure to read all of the info in the description so that you sign up for the right time slot to see your kids! This is not a spectator event…the only parents that will be allowed on the field will be those who are registered to sign up and have their volunteer badges. Thank you for taking the time to help make our event a success!

And speaking of success! Thank you for your donations and for the donations of your friends and family! We have until 3/6 to collect donations, so please keep sending those emails and/or asking for donations. We are 65% of the way to our goal! You can register at www.StepItUpKids.com/Smith92648

And, while we have your attention…come out to the blacktop tonight at Smith for our Movie Night! We are showing the movie Wonder! Bring your jackets and blankets and come join the fun! Gates open at 5:30 and the movie starts at 6. Admission is free! Popcorn is free! All other snacks/drinks are $1 each. Bring your cash (no coins please–the bank won’t take them with our deposit!)

Feb
26

Movie Night is This Wednesday, 2/28! Come see Wonder!

We are SO excited for this upcoming Movie Night on Wednesday! We are showing the movie Wonder! If you haven’t seen it, you definitely should! And even if you have, come see it again! Come at 5:30 to set up and get your snacks…the movie starts at 6. Admission is free! Bring the whole family! It is a fun time and a great way to be a part of our Smith community.

Bring your blankets and warm jackets (it will be cold!) and your beach chairs. If you have a taller beach chair, please sit near the back so you don’t block anyone’s view.

We’ll have hot chocolate, cup o’ noodles, waters, and a variety of chips/snacks/candy for sale. Everything is $1. Cash only (no coins please…the bank won’t take them with our deposits!) Small bills are appreciated :)

We also have popcorn for everyone…it is free!

A huge thank you to Jeb Smith with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for being our movie night sponsor. We are so grateful for your support of Smith PTA and for helping to make our movie nights happen! And a huge thank you to Howard Wolk for helping to coordinate our movie night and for being our awesome popcorn guy! And, thank you to our fantastic volunteers who will be working in the snack bar!

Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/ngiK1gQKgK8

Wonder is also a book, too! It’s a great one to read aloud with your family. Buy it on Amazon with your Smith PTA amazon smile account or pick it up at the library or at your local book store. A huge theme in the book and movie is practicing kindness, and that is what we are all about at Smith! Choose Kind!

 

Feb
25

Step It Up…1/2 way to goal and we need your help!

Hello Smith Families!

Thank you for your support of our Step It Up fundraiser! We are halfway to goal and we need your help! So far we have raised $25,000 for our school which is amazing! However, we have so many programs that we want to support so let’s keep sending those emails and keep the donations coming in!

If you haven’t already, you can still register at www.StepItUpKids.com/Smith92648 and send your emails out. You can also post your link on social media (you’ll have access to that after you register).

We are eager to be able to pay for all of our incredible field trips, assemblies, art program, and more! We are also providing updated disaster relief supplies for our students, more library books, and we’ve already given technology funds to the school, paid for classroom supplies, p.e. equipment and painting of the kindergarten playground, the accelerated reader program, and then some!

We have until March 6 to collect donations. They can be given online or we can accept cash (no coins) and checks to Smith PTA on March 6. 

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning of this coming week we’ll have 3 winners each day for our Week of Wow prizes. We’ll randomly draw winners from the Golden Tickets that were turned in last week for some fun prizes. Congratulations to our winners of the mini fridge stuffed with cash and the iPad, too! All winners get announced over the loudspeaker at school.

Feb
22

Reminder: Box Tops Due Friday!

Just a friendly reminder to keep clipping those box tops and turn them in on Friday 2/23…that’s tomorrow!

Check the pantry and clip those box tops, find the ones you’ve already clipped and put in a drawer somewhere, and collect them together. Send them to school in a zip lock baggie with your student’s name and teacher’s name on them. Check expiration dates please!

Top earners will be recognized in our morning announcements at school and will win prizes!

 

Feb
21

Step It Up 24 hour Report! We are off to a great start! Extended: Turn in Golden Ticket Tomorrow for prizes! Last Day!

Great job Smith families! We are off to a great start! You can still register online and send your Golden Ticket in tomorrow! Prizes will be given out at lunch. Thanks for all you are doing for our Smith students!

Feb
20

Step It Up is here!!

It’s time to get excited for Step It Up!! We had our assembly kick off today!

Tonight, we are asking all parents to register their Smith students at www.StepItUpKids.com/Smith92648 

Send out 10+ emails and students will earn 2 prizes tomorrow (Wednesday Feb. 21) at lunch if they turn in their (signed by you) Golden Ticket. They will also be in a drawing to win an iPad!! Send 20+ emails and get entered to win a mini fridge stuffed with cash! Be sure to include your own email if you would like to make a donation as well. Everyone that turns in their first night Golden Ticket assignment will be entered to win daily drawings for a week of great prizes! Pledge sheets and online donations are due March 6th. And…mark your calendars for March 23 for our big event! More details and a sign up to help will come home soon for that.

We are so excited about this fundraising opportunity. It is simple and effective and raises lots of money to support our field trips, assemblies, technology, art program, science, and more! We can’t fund our programs at Smith without the success of this fundraiser so we greatly appreciate your help!

Missed the packet that went home today with your student? Here are the pages to download:

  1. Golden Ticket: goldenticket
  2. Steps For Success Instructions: 4stepstosuccessStepItUpinstructions
  3. Prize Sheet: prize sheet
  4. Pledge Sheet (for cash and checks only. Not needed for online): pledge sheet
  5. Obstacle Course for Event Day: stepitup obstacle course

Missed the letter from Mrs. Beck this morning in her newsletter? Here it is:

Hello Smith Families!
Our biggest fundraiser of the year starts today and we need your help! We know that parents and students are busy, and that is why we want to make the fundraiser as EASY and SUCCESSFUL as possible. Our entire STEP IT UP fundraiser can be completed in TEN MINUTES or less! Yes, really!!!!
The most important thing you can do to support our school is to help your child complete the first night “Golden Ticket” email campaign that they will bring home from the assembly today. To get our fundraiser off to a great start, we are asking each and every family to REGISTER and SEND OUT AT LEAST 10 EMAILS TONIGHT to friends and family, enlisting their support. Don’t forget to ADD YOURSELF so that you, too, can donate online!
All donations are processed via PayPal, so they are safe and secure, and the emails you send will only be used for this fundraiser (not saved for any other purpose). While you have until the end of our fundraiser to raise money and qualify for the various prizes and events, this First Night Golden Ticket Assignment will not only earn your child some fun BONUS PRIZES, but will help us get off to an amazing start!
We look forward to an incredible turn out, and thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students.
****
If you have questions about the Step It Up event, please direct them to: vp@smithpta.org
Thank you!

Feb
15

Eat at MOD Pizza today to support Smith!

Eat at MOD Pizza all day long and help support Smith PTA! A portion of your bill will be donated back to Smith. Stop by for lunch, an after school snack, before Open House, or after! See you there!

Seacliff Village – Huntington Beach, CA

Feb
14

Turn in Membership Forms Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, 2/15, is the last day to turn in Membership Forms to have them be eligible for our 100% membership award! If you haven’t yet become a member, please do! You can also sign up your spouse, kids, grandparents, etc. Everyone received a membership form this past week (sent home with students) and you can also click to download it here: SmithMembership100 

Why are we reminding you to turn in your membership form? Read on…

LET’S MAKE HISTORY! We are so grateful for all the support we have received to make this year so amazing. Our parent community has made a huge effort to get involved and because of that we’re motivated to take it to the next level.  This year we have incredible PTA enrollment and are very close to having 100% school membership.

Are you asking, “how can I help?”

  • If you haven’t already enrolled in membership you can do so now.
  • If you are a member already, you can donate to sponsor other memberships. ($10=1 membership)

Click Here: SmithMembership100 to download the membership form, fill it out, and return it to the office.

TOGETHER let’s make this a historical accomplishment, making this the FIRST YEAR EVER to have 100% enrollment at Smith Elementary.

Your membership gives you a voice at our school! The larger our PTA enrollment, the bigger our voice can be to advocate for our children at the state level too. And, your membership donation directly benefits all students at Smith. Membership and PTA funds pay for all field trips, technology improvements for the school, classroom supplies, playground equipment, library books, our art program, and so much more!

Feb
02

Come to PTA Cafe this morning by the flagpole…and a HUGE incentive for membership! YouTube Stars Meet and Greet!!!!

Hey Smith Surfers!!

The PTA is beyond grateful for all the support that you have shown so far in this school year. We have over 75% of our membership participation met. That is so exciting! But here is the deal. Smith has never been this close to hitting 100% participation. And we WANT IT BAD!

So the PTA has pulled a few strings and has some friends that want to help. If we can hit 100% membership between now and February 15th we have arranged for a few YouTube stars to come for a meet and greet with our students. We’ve got the Fisher Fam on board as well as some of their close YouTube allies.

In addition to the meet and greet any student that brings in a membership will be entered for a chance to win a special lunch with all of our visitors and be featured in a YouTube episode. We are so excited!

This morning join us for PTA cafe where we will have membership forms and be available to answer any questions. We are so so close to doing something that Smith has never done (At least in recent years. And by recent I mean in the last 15… maybe more)! We can do this!! Just to give you a little stat, we have almost doubled our membership numbers from last year where we had roughly 40% participation. This is huge!!

I came into this year with a goal to increase membership by a mere 10%. Something we did much easier than I anticipated, and it didn’t stop there. Now that we are this close I want us to go all the way! We need only 200 memberships to hit that goal. Now sure who to include in membership? How about your spouse? Your students grandparents? Other extended family? Coaches? You can even have your students join! And if you still can’t find someone in that big group, consider sponsoring a membership for another family at school that just can’t.

Surfers Rule, and I love this energy and support system we are building on campus. It’s amazing to see a community come together in support of the most important things we have. Our children. The next generation! See you at PTA cafe!

Surfers Rule,
Jenny Morphy

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