NEW Reflections Program for 2019-2020…Get Started This Summer!

Student Artwork from 2018-2019: https://youtu.be/blyAymjmafI

Check out this video to learn about the 2019-2020 Reflections program! https://youtu.be/XjoCIjwKzUo

How To Enter/Official Rules: ’19-’20 HowToEnter_OfficialRules

For more details, click here: 2019-2020themeannouncementFullPg

 

Help with PTA in 2019-2020 School Year…We Need You!

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 president@smithpta.org

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:

https://savethekids.us/

www.kateymcpherson.com

drrobynsilverman.com

Recommended Books:

https://smile.amazon.com/Glow-Kids-Screen-Addiction-Hijacking/dp/1250097991/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=glow+kids&qid=1548000817&sr=8-1

Recommended app and router for internet safety/monitoring:

https://www.bark.us/

www.eero.com

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:

https://rejuvmedicalsw.com/discover-reasons-hug-something-quick-better-health/

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!

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

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!

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Be sure to order your Smith yearbook for the 2018-2019 School Year! Your kids will treasure it forever!

Click here:

Jostens Link for Smith Yearbook

Looking For Ways to Get Involved?

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:

  1. Movie Nights Coordinator: Coordinate the movie screen rental and communications about movie night. Coordinate with snack bar and popcorn helpers.
  2. Movie Night Snack Bar: Coordinate snack purchase and set up, run the snack bar, and clean up.
  3. Step It Up Co-Chair: Help run our biggest and most fun fundraiser!
  4. 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.
  5. Grant Writer: Write grants for PTA on an as-needed basis.

Interested? Contact president@smithpta.org for more details and to see if it would be a good fit for you!

 

Reflections Art Contest for 2018-2019

 

 

 

For all the details, click here: 2018-2019Reflections_Info

Upcoming Events:

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.

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 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.