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!

Are you interested in helping with PTA in some capacity next year? We have so many ways to get involved and help out! If you’re interested, click this link:
https://forms.gle/voMPCga97A8PRWuW7
Important: Please put your name, email, and cell# on each committee/job you’re interested in. If you filled out the form already but didn’t list your name/contact info for each job, you can fill it out again. 🙂

And, putting your name down doesn’t mean your signing up to help. It just lets me know you’re interested in helping. I’ll follow up with you to chat and explain more to see if it’s a good fit.

Student Senate School Spirit Day: Wednesday, June 5

Dress up in any decade that inspires you, including the future! Show your Smith Spirit!

Student Senate Pet Needs Drive

Barnes and Noble Bella Terra Book Fair, Tuesday, May 14!

Join us at Barnes and Noble Bella Terra for a FUN Book Fair!

First, check in at the check in table upstairs. The class with the highest attendance gets a prize for their teacher!

Next, be sure to do the scavenger hunt and enter it into the raffle to win a prize!

Then, be sure to complete the other activities in store.

Also, be sure to check out the Smith Staff Read-Aloud Times and listen to some stories by our fantastic Smith staff!

5:00-5:15 Mrs. Spencer
5:15-5:30 Mrs. Dalton
5:30-5:45 Mrs. Miner
5:45-6:00 Mrs. Anderson
6:00-6:15 Mrs. Ashton
6:15-6:30 Mrs. Murray
6:30-6:45 Mr. Collins
6:45-7:00 Mrs. Combs

Finally, be sure to get some great books to help out our school! You can also shop online at http://BN.com/bookfairs between 5/14-5/19 and enter code 12416046 at checkout. Share the code with family and friends and help us get more $ to support our programs!

Dine Out At Islands on Tuesday, May 14!

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:

https://youtu.be/blyAymjmafI

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

Step It Up Fundraiser

UPDATE: NEW DATE FOR STEP IT UP FIELD DAY IS APRIL 26.

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:

http://www.smithpta.org/fundraising/

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

http://www.stepitupkids.com

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

www.stepitupkids.com/Smith92648

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:

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!

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.
http://www.smithpta.org/files/2018/12/PTA-slate-survey.pdf