Packet Stuffing Help Needed

Hopefully you’re having a wonderful summer! If you have some free time on Monday August 27th and want to help with our packet stuffing to get first day packets ready, sign up here! We’d love to have you help! We’ll be in the MPR at Smith from 8:30-10:30am.

Packet Stuffing Sign Up


Reflections Art Contest for 2018-2019

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


Last Day To Order Yearbooks: Friday June 8!

Be sure to order your Smith yearbook today if you haven’t already! Your kids will treasure it forever!

Click here:

Jostens Link for Smith Yearbook


Family Picnic Day is June 7!


Dine out at Ruby’s on the HB Pier on June 6 and support Smith!

Come dine at Ruby’s on the Huntington Beach Pier and 20% of all food and non-alcoholic beverage sales will be donated to Smith PTA! Dine in or to go! Print and bring this flyer or show on your phone. Wednesday, June 6, 4-9pm.

Share this link with your fellow Smith friends!



Smith PTA Parent Survey!

We want to know what you think of the programs we are providing at Smith! This week, parent surveys are coming home with your children. Please take a moment to fill it out (both sides) and send it back to the office by June 8.

You can also print the form here: Smith PTA Parent Survey



PTA Meeting Scheduled for June 14 with Board Member and Committee Chair Installation

Join us for our final PTA Association Meeting for the 2017-2018 year! We will go over final business items before we adjourn for summer and we’ll have a special installation ceremony for our Executive Board and Committee Chair Members. Please join us for this meeting in the MPR at 8:30am!

And, here’s our Executive Board and our Committee Chairs for next year:

President: Lori Kamola

Executive Vice President: Jenny Morphy

Vice President of Membership: Starla Edwards

Vice President of Ways and Means: Sian Shank

Secretary: Allison Scott

Treasurer: Melanie Wengert

Financial Secretary: Michelle Marciniec

Parliamentarian: Pam Mitchell

Historian: Laura Crooks

Auditor: Carlee Okerman

Book Fairs-Freddie Evans

Community Partners/Box Tops-Tricia Ivison

Dinner Nights-Nichole Cooper and Liz Kitchens

Directory-Pam Mitchell and Nichole Cooper

Garden-Lauren Smith

Hospitality-Jenny Olsen

Jog A Thon- Andrea Garcia and Anna DeMarco

Meet the Masters-Karen Bramblett

Movie Nights-  organizer-  open                 snack bar-      open              popcorn-Howard Wolk

Pumpkin Patch-Sian Shank and Cynthia Freund for games

Red Ribbon Week- Elena Spencer

Reflections-Christy Ogle

Room Parent-Laura Crooks

School Displays-Pam Mitchell

Skate Parties-Michelle Marciniec and Ty Perata

Social Media-Carlee Okerman

Spirit Day-Lydia Kulp

Spirit Wear-Julie Drake and (needs a helper)

Step It Up-Starla Edwards and (needs a helper)

Student of Trimester Photography-Angela Nichols

Teacher Appreciation-Jenny Morphy

Volunteer Coordinator-Stacy Miller

Yearbook-Carlee Okerman and needs 1 grade level assistant per grade level

Tile Art- Cynthia Freund


Open Committee Positions for Next Year

We have a few remaining open positions to fill for our committee chairs for next year! Would you like to get more involved at Smith and help out on one of these fun committees? Let us know! Interested? Be sure to email

Open Positions:

Movie Nights: Coordinate movie equipment rental and coordinate with snack bar and popcorn helpers. Two movie nights per year.

Movie Night Snack Bar: Coordinate purchase of snacks and drinks and help with snack bar sales during movie night.

Spirit Wear: Assist the coordinator. Check on orders that come to the office and get those to the coordinator. Help with distribution of spirit wear as orders come in. Help with Spirit Wear displays at a few events at school (Kinder meet and greet day, Back to School Night, etc.)

Yearbook Assistants: We are looking for 1 assistant for each grade level to help our yearbook coordinator. You’ll work with classroom volunteers to make sure we have photos from each class and that we have a balanced representation of photos from classes. Help with layouts if you’re willing to!

Step It Up: assist coordinator with flyer preparation, volunteer coordination, and prize distribution ahead of the event. Also help collect permission slips, etc. this is a behind-the-scenes position!


Box Tops Are Due 5/31 (deadline extended!)

Box Tops are due 5/31! Please send them in for our final collection date for the year. This is an easy way for our school to make some extra money! Thanks for participating!


Tile Art Day!

Join us in the MPR from 1:30-4:30 on Thursday, May 24th to paint a tile to add to our beautiful student art tile collection that lines the planters near the office! Pre-sale $35 or $45 at the door.

It’s simple! Purchase a tile, plan your artwork, and paint it! You will be able to paint after school in the MPR. You can also complete it at Hidden Talents at Harbour View Mall if you aren’t able to come after school to paint.


PTA Meeting and Awards Night, Thursday at 6pm

Join us for an evening PTA meeting and be treated to dinner as well! This is also our awards night where we present various staff and parent volunteer awards. We look forward to seeing you there!


In N Out Party Bus Reward Trip Info

May 15th and 16th are the In N Out Party bus dates for those who earned this reward from Step It Up! Permission slips are being sent home 5/8, due 5/9 in the office. Be sure to fill out the food order form and print neatly!

If you didn’t receive a permission slip and think your child has earned the field trip, please check the list in the office.

Students have been assigned to buses by class.

15th, 11:15-12:15
15th 12:20-1:20
16th 11:15-12:15
16th 12:20-1:20


Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11

Teacher Appreciation Week at Smith is from May 7-11! Here’s some general info about the week. Your room parent has likely given you this or similar info as well, along with anything else being organized for your class. PTA is sponsoring lunches for staff all week along with fun events surrounding our “There’s No Place Like Smith” theme! We are so grateful for the amazing staff at Smith and look forward to helping them feel extra special all week long!

Form to fill out:




Reminder: Spring Book Fair @Barnes and Noble Bella Terra 5/2 5-8pm and Dine at Islands!

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 Morphy
7:00-7:15 Franks
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.


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 Morphy
7:00-7:15 Franks
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



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!


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:


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!!


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

Surfers Rule,
Jenny Morphy


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:
  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 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 and the Step It Up Coordinator Lori Kamola at


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!

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