Don’t miss the 1st Annual Smith PTA Halloween Costume Swap!
Have your kiddos outgrown their costumes? Cleaning out closets? Donate your new or gently used costumes (children/youth) and/or accessories Monday 10/14 – Wednesday 10/16 in the morning from 8:00-8:20 a.m. by the flagpole. Come by and pick up a costume with a parent on Thursday 10/17 after school in the PTA room.
We are so excited about our Family Fun Fall Festival, Pumpkin Patch!
What is Pumpkin Patch?
It is a Smith Elementary family fun event and a fundraiser all in one! Students and their parents can attend our fall carnival with games, inflatables, food, vendors, raffles, silent auction, costume contest, face painting, dance party, and more! You don’t want to miss this! The entire event is on the back field at Smith. Mark your calendar and plan to bring the family! Students can wear their costumes if they want!
The success of our event helps many of our programs at Smith which benefit all students, including field trips, assemblies, our art program, and so much more!
Class Basket Raffles
Every class will participate in putting together a themed class pumpkin basket filled with goodies. Those class basket/pumpkins will be raffled off at the event. They are all so creative and filled with great stuff! You’ll get more details about this from your room parent.
Teacher/Staff For The Day Bids
We will have closed bids again this year for Teacher/Staff For The Day. Starting the week of 10/21 (conference week) parents can write down their bid for their child to win for each teacher/staff for the day and place it in a sealed container. The highest bid from each box is the winner! Look for the table by the office all during conference week and on the field at the Pumpkin Patch event. This will be open for bids all week through Pumpkin Patch and winners will be announced by 10/29. Payment will be due by 11/4 and if not received the 2nd place winner will be called. Teacher/Staff for the Day (which includes many more staff positions in addition to classroom teachers) will be held school-wide on December 5th. Student winners will plan their day in advance with their teacher (or other staff) and we’ll start the event day with a “Student Staff Meeting.”
Teachers will also have bid sheets for fun events like lunch with your teacher, and more. Be sure to check out the Teacher Time silent auction bid tables at the event!
Presale for Wristbands, Tickets, and Pumpkin Vouchers
Pre-order your tickets, unlimited game wristbands, and pumpkin vouchers! Avoid the lines! This is due 10/16 by 9am.
Click here to download the form:
Want to be a sponsor for the event? Click here:
Have a business you’d like to showcase at the event? Families are invited to do that using this form:
Need a donation letter to ask businesses to donate to our event?
A Special Shout Out to Our GOLD Sponsor:
McKenna Motors Huntington Beach, Inc
18801 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
A HUGE thank you to our Silver Sponsors:
McCloskey & Co Real Estate
Our Meet the Masters art series kicks off this week with a spotlight on Norman Rockwell. On Monday, the students will attend an assembly to learn about Norman Rockwell’s style and inspiration. Throughout the week, each classroom with receive a one-hour art lesson from a trained art instructor during which all students will create their own magazine cover in the style of Norman Rockwell. Watch for your child’s masterpiece to come home!
Have your child come join up in the MPR this Thursday at lunch time to work on their Reflections projects! This is a free workshop put on by the PTA.
Please remember that picture day is this Tuesday! Hopefully the kids have already picked out what they want to wear! If you misplaced your order form, stop into the office and grab another one or you can preorder online at http://www.PhotoHouseCa.com click on view galleries & order then click on Smith. We can’t wait to see all of those smiling faces!
Join us for a FUN movie night on Friday, September 27th! The movie and popcorn are free! All other snacks are $1 each. Snacks include cup o noodles, hot chocolate, candy, chips, waters, etc. Bring your picnic dinner and your beach chairs at 6:30pm. Set up on the blacktop by the office. The movie starts at 7pm. We’ll be seeing Secret Life of Pets 2!
Stop by Pick Up Stix on Thursday, September 19 and 20% will come back to Smith PTA! Be sure to mention Smith PTA and show them this flyer on your phone (or print it out or bring the hard copy that was sent home). This is at the Seacliff Village Center location. 11am-9pm…so go for lunch, or go for dinner, or both! This is also Back to School Night, so it’s a great chance to pick up some food to take home after you go to the PTA meeting and meet your child’s teacher!
Welcome incoming Kindergarten families! Smith PTA wants to welcome you to Smith and we’d love to meet you and give you the chance to meet other Kinder families at Smith! Please join us for coffee in the MPR (that’s the Multipurpose Room in the center of campus) at 8:20 after you say goodbye to your kiddos!
Smith Elementary School is hosting a Kindergarten Sneak Peek on September 3! If you’re an incoming Kindergarten family, welcome to Smith! This is your chance to meet your new teacher and see your classroom before school starts (for Kindergarten students only…grades 1-5 will meet their teachers on Sept. 5, the first day of school!)
Want to get involved with Smith PTA next year? We would love to have your help!
We are actively looking for people to fill the following positions:
Kindergarten Garden: water and weed the garden and plant new plants as needed. Coordinate with other volunteers to have them help with watering and weeding also.
Pumpkin Patch Baked Goods: organize the donation of store-bought baked goods for our Pumpkin Patch event on 10/25 and set up the baked goods display table. Help with sales at the event for the baked goods or find volunteers to do this.
Spirit Wear Organizer and Distributor: tally the order forms that come to school (printed forms only, not online orders) and when spirit wear orders are fulfilled, distribute to teachers’ boxes/classrooms.
Yearbook Helpers Grades 1, 4, 5: assist with taking photos at events for these grades. If interested, help with page layouts for these grades as well.
Interested in helping? Please contact PTA President Lori Kamola at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Ed: If you missed the powerful presentation on screen time and social media and their effects on our kids’ mental health, here are some of the resources shared during the presentation:
Resources from the presenters:
Recommended app and router for internet safety/monitoring:
And, it was discussed how our kids should all get 8 8-second hugs a day, and there’s a lot of research behind that! I missed the exact resource that was shared, but here are a few:
So, as soon as you’re done reading this, give your kiddos a great big hug! Have a wonderful day!
Thank you to Collin Kartchner and Katey McPherson for sharing your expertise and resource suggestions! And thank you to Jenny Morphy and HBCSD for setting this up for us!
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!
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!