4th/5th Grade Talent Show Info

Spirit Day hosted by Student Senate Coming up on 4/10!

Student Senate is planning a Spirit Day for this coming Wednesday! Let’s all show our Smith Surfer Spirit and wear the following colors:

5th Grade: Blue
4th Grade: Red
3rd Grade: Yellow
2nd Grade: Green
1st Grade: Orange
Kinder: Purple

Tile Art Is Back!

tile art order form

Art Assembly and Family Art Night Coming Up!

On May 1, your students will enjoy an art assembly during the day with drawing instruction. Then, come back in the evening for a FREE family art night, brought to you by Smith PTA!

Reflections Student Art Entries 2018-2019

In case you missed the student art showcase at open house, or maybe you’d like to check out the student art entries for inspiration for next year, here’s a link to a slideshow of the student work:


Dine Out for Smith at Miguel’s Jr! March 28 7am-9pm

Step It Up Fundraiser


We are kicking off our Step-It-Up fundraiser today, February 19! Students had an engaging and inspiring assembly today, and they should work with you to send out 10+ emails and complete the Golden Ticket from their packet and return it to school tomorrow at lunch.

Students who turn in their Golden Tickets at lunch (to the PTA table) will get 3 prizes! And they will be in the drawing for an iPad or Target Gift Card.  For those who send 20+ emails, there will be 4 drawings in the next week for mini fridges stuffed with cash!

If you have more than one child at Smith, you get a special savings for the In-N-Out Party Bus prize package! The total to raise is $600 per family (it is $400 per individual child). This is the only prize package with a family discount. That info wasn’t included on the prize flyer that went home today.

The Step It Up fitness event will be on March 22. All student will participate in this event, regardless of how much $$ has been raised. Students will receive varying prizes at the event depending on the prize level achieved through fundraising.

WANT TO HELP THE DAY OF THE EVENT? SIGN UP HERE: http://signup.com/go/qeFxSpa

Here are some ideas of how you can choose to help your children be involved in the fundraiser:

  • Talk to them about why we are doing this and what the money goes to
  • Brainstorm with them about who to reach out to and involve them in the reach out process
  • Make a short video of your kids asking for the donations and sharing what they are for and send that to your family and friends
  • Have your children write letters or email to your family and friends
  • Have your children write thank you notes or make video thank yous to those who donate
  • Have your child ask close family and friends in person or over the phone
  • Talk with your child about what prize level they want to earn and help them set the goal and make an action plan of how to earn that prize level (how many emails should they send or how many people should they ask to increase their chances of more donations

However much you choose to do or get your child involved is up to you! We truly appreciate your support with this fundraiser. ALL students will get to participate in the fun field day (focused on fitness and celebrating their efforts to support our school) regardless of how much they raise. But, the more we raise, the more programs we can continue to fund!

Here are just some of the major expenses that PTA pays/has paid for throughout the year:

Field Trips (including busses): $15,000, Meet The Masters Art Program: $8,500, Classroom Supplies: $7,200, P.E. Equipment: $2,500, Library Books: $2,500, Technology Gift (chrome books + cart) $12,000, STAR Literacy/Accelerated Reader: $10,000, plus many other expenses for Jog-A-Thon, Pumpkin Patch, Skate Parties, Movie Nights, 100 Mile Club, the gardens on campus, Red Ribbon Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, and much more!

Our goal is to make $55,000+ with this fundraiser!

For more details about the fundraiser, how to help, and to download forms, click here:


For more details about the Step It Up company, click here:


To register your child(ren) for the fundraiser click here:


Upcoming PTA Executive Board Election, March 8

Join us for our meeting and election on March 8 at 8:30 in Room F. The Nominating Committee has nominated the following people for the executive board for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • President: Lori Kamola
  • Vice President: Freddie Evans
  • Vice President of Membership: Starla Edwards
  • Vice President of Ways and Means: Sian Shank
  • Secretary: Laura Crooks
  • Financial Secretary: Allison Scott
  • Treasurer: Melanie Wengert
  • Historian: Jenny Morphy
  • Auditor: Carlee Okerman
  • Parliamentarian: this is an appointed position and will be appointed after the election.

Dine Out For Smith! Eat at BJs

Order Your Yearbook Today!

If you haven’t already, order your yearbook today!

Click here: http://www.jostens.com

And, February 15 is the deadline to personalize your yearbook and place ads!

You can fill out a form in the office or click here: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1004533/Smith-Elementary-School/

Social Media and Screen Time Resources

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 Books:


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:


Why does our brain needs at least 8 hugs a day?

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!

Kindergarten Registration Info

Registration packets are available in the Smith school office!

Parent Ed Night: How Social Media and Screen Time Is Damaging Kids’ Mental Health (and what to do about it)

Nominations and Elections

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 pkbruemmer@yahoo.com by 12/21/18.

Smith 100 Mile Club Is Starting 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

Teacher of the Day: A Sweet Success!

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 now April 25th

Jog-A-Thon is on April 25th! (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:https://signup.com/go/NmYtczE

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 angarcia09@aol.com

Congratulations to our classes with a 9-way tie for first place with 100% membership! Wow!

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.

Playground Painting Success! Thank you parent volunteers!

We are so happy with how the primary playground turned out! Thank you to our amazing parent volunteers!

October Is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Media Contacts:

Michelle Eklund, Assistant Executive Director
meklund@capta.org / (951) 314-3707

Brad Waller, Vice President for Communications
bwaller@capta.org / (951) 314-3707

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 FacebookTwitter or Instagram. Let’s raise awareness about dyslexia!