Mar
05

Step It Up Cash, Checks, and Pledge Sheets are due tomorrow, 3/6!

Prize sheet and Pledge Sheet:

Mar
05

Special PTA Meeting This Week!

We’ve got a special PTA meeting coming up on March 9th. We’ve invited a few special guests that we think you will not want to miss.

Brian aka “B. Money” from our Step It Up fundraiser will be here to answer any questions and fill you in on the big event. Brian is a wealth of information and always so willing to hear and answer our questions.

5th Grade Staff – We have got someone from the 5th grade staff coming to report about this years outdoor science school experience. If you’ve got a child who answers most “How was it” questions with “good”.. you can get all the details of the trip here!

Christa Glemboki  is the Principal at Dwyer elementary. She will be here to talk a bit about the transition from 5th grade to middle school and will have a few suggestions for us parents on how we can prepare our kids for the big move. She is new to Dwyer and has been such a great asset to the school. If you come to this PTA meeting for anything, it should be for her.

 

In other words, if you are a 5th grade parent you will not want to miss this meeting!

 

Finally, March means it’s election time! Each year our PTA officers are nominated and voted in and this happens in March. In years past we have taken nominations from the floor and I am happy to report that we did get a nominating committee together who have already done the hard work of finding willing and able people! Below you will find our slated officers for the 2018-2019 school year. Though these officers have been nominated, they still need to be voted in. Come and show your support for these new officers and let your vote be known (we do need to hit a quorum number for these votes to even count… so we really want you there).

Smith PTA 2018-2019

Executive Board Nominees

President: Lori Kamola

VP: Jenny Morphy

Secretary: Allison Scott

Treasurer: Melanie Wengert

Financial Secretary: Michelle Marcinec

Parliamentarian: Pam Bruemmer

Historian: Laura Crooks

Auditor: Carlee Okerman

Membership: Starla Edwards

VP of Ways and Means: Sian Shank

Election will take place at the PTA Meeting:

March 9th, 2018

8:30am

Multipurpose Room

All PTA members are welcome to come and vote.

Mar
04

Smith Dine Out Day Is Coming Up on Wednesday, March 7 at Luna Grill, Newland Center

Enjoy lunch or dinner at Luna Grill on Wednesday, March 7 from 11am-9pm and Smith PTA will get 20% back to support our school programs! Show this flyer for our school to get credit. Newland Center location only: 19720 Beach Blvd, Suite 101. Their food is amazing and we love how they want to support our school!

Mar
02

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 surf boards 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.

Feb
28

Step It Up Sign Up is Ready! Volunteer to help at our big event on 3/23! And other updates…

Hello Smith Families! Want to help at our fun Step It Up event on 3/23? Click here: http://signup.com/go/OWsmiUL

Be sure to read all of the info in the description so that you sign up for the right time slot to see your kids! This is not a spectator event…the only parents that will be allowed on the field will be those who are registered to sign up and have their volunteer badges. Thank you for taking the time to help make our event a success!

And speaking of success! Thank you for your donations and for the donations of your friends and family! We have until 3/6 to collect donations, so please keep sending those emails and/or asking for donations. We are 65% of the way to our goal! You can register at www.StepItUpKids.com/Smith92648

And, while we have your attention…come out to the blacktop tonight at Smith for our Movie Night! We are showing the movie Wonder! Bring your jackets and blankets and come join the fun! Gates open at 5:30 and the movie starts at 6. Admission is free! Popcorn is free! All other snacks/drinks are $1 each. Bring your cash (no coins please–the bank won’t take them with our deposit!)

Feb
26

Movie Night is This Wednesday, 2/28! Come see Wonder!

We are SO excited for this upcoming Movie Night on Wednesday! We are showing the movie Wonder! If you haven’t seen it, you definitely should! And even if you have, come see it again! Come at 5:30 to set up and get your snacks…the movie starts at 6. Admission is free! Bring the whole family! It is a fun time and a great way to be a part of our Smith community.

Bring your blankets and warm jackets (it will be cold!) and your beach chairs. If you have a taller beach chair, please sit near the back so you don’t block anyone’s view.

We’ll have hot chocolate, cup o’ noodles, waters, and a variety of chips/snacks/candy for sale. Everything is $1. Cash only (no coins please…the bank won’t take them with our deposits!) Small bills are appreciated :)

We also have popcorn for everyone…it is free!

A huge thank you to Jeb Smith with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for being our movie night sponsor. We are so grateful for your support of Smith PTA and for helping to make our movie nights happen! And a huge thank you to Howard Wolk for helping to coordinate our movie night and for being our awesome popcorn guy! And, thank you to our fantastic volunteers who will be working in the snack bar!

Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/ngiK1gQKgK8

Wonder is also a book, too! It’s a great one to read aloud with your family. Buy it on Amazon with your Smith PTA amazon smile account or pick it up at the library or at your local book store. A huge theme in the book and movie is practicing kindness, and that is what we are all about at Smith! Choose Kind!

 

Feb
25

Step It Up…1/2 way to goal and we need your help!

Hello Smith Families!

Thank you for your support of our Step It Up fundraiser! We are halfway to goal and we need your help! So far we have raised $25,000 for our school which is amazing! However, we have so many programs that we want to support so let’s keep sending those emails and keep the donations coming in!

If you haven’t already, you can still register at www.StepItUpKids.com/Smith92648 and send your emails out. You can also post your link on social media (you’ll have access to that after you register).

We are eager to be able to pay for all of our incredible field trips, assemblies, art program, and more! We are also providing updated disaster relief supplies for our students, more library books, and we’ve already given technology funds to the school, paid for classroom supplies, p.e. equipment and painting of the kindergarten playground, the accelerated reader program, and then some!

We have until March 6 to collect donations. They can be given online or we can accept cash (no coins) and checks to Smith PTA on March 6. 

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning of this coming week we’ll have 3 winners each day for our Week of Wow prizes. We’ll randomly draw winners from the Golden Tickets that were turned in last week for some fun prizes. Congratulations to our winners of the mini fridge stuffed with cash and the iPad, too! All winners get announced over the loudspeaker at school.

Feb
22

Reminder: Box Tops Due Friday!

Just a friendly reminder to keep clipping those box tops and turn them in on Friday 2/23…that’s tomorrow!

Check the pantry and clip those box tops, find the ones you’ve already clipped and put in a drawer somewhere, and collect them together. Send them to school in a zip lock baggie with your student’s name and teacher’s name on them. Check expiration dates please!

Top earners will be recognized in our morning announcements at school and will win prizes!

 

Feb
21

Step It Up 24 hour Report! We are off to a great start! Extended: Turn in Golden Ticket Tomorrow for prizes! Last Day!

Great job Smith families! We are off to a great start! You can still register online and send your Golden Ticket in tomorrow! Prizes will be given out at lunch. Thanks for all you are doing for our Smith students!

Feb
20

Step It Up is here!!

It’s time to get excited for Step It Up!! We had our assembly kick off today!

Tonight, we are asking all parents to register their Smith students at www.StepItUpKids.com/Smith92648 

Send out 10+ emails and students will earn 2 prizes tomorrow (Wednesday Feb. 21) at lunch if they turn in their (signed by you) Golden Ticket. They will also be in a drawing to win an iPad!! Send 20+ emails and get entered to win a mini fridge stuffed with cash! Be sure to include your own email if you would like to make a donation as well. Everyone that turns in their first night Golden Ticket assignment will be entered to win daily drawings for a week of great prizes! Pledge sheets and online donations are due March 6th. And…mark your calendars for March 23 for our big event! More details and a sign up to help will come home soon for that.

We are so excited about this fundraising opportunity. It is simple and effective and raises lots of money to support our field trips, assemblies, technology, art program, science, and more! We can’t fund our programs at Smith without the success of this fundraiser so we greatly appreciate your help!

Missed the packet that went home today with your student? Here are the pages to download:

  1. Golden Ticket: goldenticket
  2. Steps For Success Instructions: 4stepstosuccessStepItUpinstructions
  3. Prize Sheet: prize sheet
  4. Pledge Sheet (for cash and checks only. Not needed for online): pledge sheet
  5. Obstacle Course for Event Day: stepitup obstacle course

Missed the letter from Mrs. Beck this morning in her newsletter? Here it is:

Hello Smith Families!
Our biggest fundraiser of the year starts today and we need your help! We know that parents and students are busy, and that is why we want to make the fundraiser as EASY and SUCCESSFUL as possible. Our entire STEP IT UP fundraiser can be completed in TEN MINUTES or less! Yes, really!!!!
The most important thing you can do to support our school is to help your child complete the first night “Golden Ticket” email campaign that they will bring home from the assembly today. To get our fundraiser off to a great start, we are asking each and every family to REGISTER and SEND OUT AT LEAST 10 EMAILS TONIGHT to friends and family, enlisting their support. Don’t forget to ADD YOURSELF so that you, too, can donate online!
All donations are processed via PayPal, so they are safe and secure, and the emails you send will only be used for this fundraiser (not saved for any other purpose). While you have until the end of our fundraiser to raise money and qualify for the various prizes and events, this First Night Golden Ticket Assignment will not only earn your child some fun BONUS PRIZES, but will help us get off to an amazing start!
We look forward to an incredible turn out, and thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students.
****
If you have questions about the Step It Up event, please direct them to: vp@smithpta.org
Thank you!

Feb
15

Eat at MOD Pizza today to support Smith!

Eat at MOD Pizza all day long and help support Smith PTA! A portion of your bill will be donated back to Smith. Stop by for lunch, an after school snack, before Open House, or after! See you there!

Seacliff Village – Huntington Beach, CA

Feb
14

Turn in Membership Forms Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, 2/15, is the last day to turn in Membership Forms to have them be eligible for our 100% membership award! If you haven’t yet become a member, please do! You can also sign up your spouse, kids, grandparents, etc. Everyone received a membership form this past week (sent home with students) and you can also click to download it here: SmithMembership100 

Why are we reminding you to turn in your membership form? Read on…

LET’S MAKE HISTORY! We are so grateful for all the support we have received to make this year so amazing. Our parent community has made a huge effort to get involved and because of that we’re motivated to take it to the next level.  This year we have incredible PTA enrollment and are very close to having 100% school membership.

Are you asking, “how can I help?”

  • If you haven’t already enrolled in membership you can do so now.
  • If you are a member already, you can donate to sponsor other memberships. ($10=1 membership)

Click Here: SmithMembership100 to download the membership form, fill it out, and return it to the office.

TOGETHER let’s make this a historical accomplishment, making this the FIRST YEAR EVER to have 100% enrollment at Smith Elementary.

Your membership gives you a voice at our school! The larger our PTA enrollment, the bigger our voice can be to advocate for our children at the state level too. And, your membership donation directly benefits all students at Smith. Membership and PTA funds pay for all field trips, technology improvements for the school, classroom supplies, playground equipment, library books, our art program, and so much more!

Feb
02

Come to PTA Cafe this morning by the flagpole…and a HUGE incentive for membership! YouTube Stars Meet and Greet!!!!

Hey Smith Surfers!!

The PTA is beyond grateful for all the support that you have shown so far in this school year. We have over 75% of our membership participation met. That is so exciting! But here is the deal. Smith has never been this close to hitting 100% participation. And we WANT IT BAD!

So the PTA has pulled a few strings and has some friends that want to help. If we can hit 100% membership between now and February 15th we have arranged for a few YouTube stars to come for a meet and greet with our students. We’ve got the Fisher Fam on board as well as some of their close YouTube allies.

In addition to the meet and greet any student that brings in a membership will be entered for a chance to win a special lunch with all of our visitors and be featured in a YouTube episode. We are so excited!

This morning join us for PTA cafe where we will have membership forms and be available to answer any questions. We are so so close to doing something that Smith has never done (At least in recent years. And by recent I mean in the last 15… maybe more)! We can do this!! Just to give you a little stat, we have almost doubled our membership numbers from last year where we had roughly 40% participation. This is huge!!

I came into this year with a goal to increase membership by a mere 10%. Something we did much easier than I anticipated, and it didn’t stop there. Now that we are this close I want us to go all the way! We need only 200 memberships to hit that goal. Now sure who to include in membership? How about your spouse? Your students grandparents? Other extended family? Coaches? You can even have your students join! And if you still can’t find someone in that big group, consider sponsoring a membership for another family at school that just can’t.

Surfers Rule, and I love this energy and support system we are building on campus. It’s amazing to see a community come together in support of the most important things we have. Our children. The next generation! See you at PTA cafe!

Surfers Rule,
Jenny Morphy

Jan
30

Last Day for Yearbook Ads Is Tomorrow! Don’t Miss Out!

Wednesday 1/31 is the last day to submit ads for the yearbook! Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to celebrate your child at Smith! They’ll love seeing it for years to come! Let them know how proud you are of them and how special they are. You can also place an ad for a favorite teacher or two!

Click here to download the form:

YearbookAd

Jan
29

Let’s Make History!

LET’S MAKE HISTORY! We are so grateful for all the support we have received to make this year so amazing. Our parent community has made a huge effort to get involved and because of that we’re motivated to take it to the next level.  This year we have incredible PTA enrollment and are very close to having 100% school membership.

Are you asking, “how can I help?”

  • If you haven’t already enrolled in membership you can do so now.
  • If you are a member already, you can donate to sponsor other memberships. ($10=1 membership)

Click Here: SmithMembership100 to download the membership form, fill it out, and return it to the office.

TOGETHER let’s make this a historical accomplishment, making this the FIRST YEAR EVER to have 100% enrollment at Smith Elementary.

Your membership gives you a voice at our school! The larger our PTA enrollment, the bigger our voice can be to advocate for our children at the state level too. And, your membership donation directly benefits all students at Smith. Membership and PTA funds pay for all field trips, technology improvements for the school, classroom supplies, playground equipment, library books, our art program, and so much more!

Jan
19

Send In Your Box Tops to earn $$ for Smith!

Please turn in your Box Tops! Earn money for our school by clipping and submitting Box Tops to Smith School with your child’s name and teacher’s name attached. Please no expired Box Tops! The next counting day for Box Tops will be February 23rd. Top earners are recognized in the morning announcements and students who turn in over 100 throughout the year get recognized as well.  So, check your boxes in the pantry and clip those box tops! Start sending them in now…now need to wait until February 23rd.

 

Jan
18

Donate A Gently Used, Clean Coat Today!

Do you have an extra coat in your closet? Smith Student Senate is collecting clean, reusable coats!

The last day to donate is January 22, 2018. Check your closets and send your items to donate to the box in front of the office!

On behalf of www.onewarmcoat.org

 

Jan
15

Lost and Found Review…Come Claim Your Stuff! It will be on display in the MPR 1/16

Stop by the Multipurpose Room on Tuesday 1/16  and check out the many, many lost and found items at Smith! If you think your child may have misplaced a sweatshirt/sweater/jacket/lunch bag etc., come take a look at all of the lost and found items! They will be on display on the tables for the day and kids will be able to go take a look. You can stop by after school too.On Thursday, anything that is still at Smith will be boxed up and donated.

And…just a reminder to always label your child’s belongings so that they don’t get misplaced in the future! There is a huge amount of lost and found items right now, and we are hoping they will all get claimed and returned to you!

Jan
10

Help Paint the Smith Playground! We Need Volunteers!

We need more volunteers! Please come help for a few hours!

We have an exciting opportunity for you to help paint our school playgrounds! We have purchased stencils from a company called Peaceful Playgrounds so that we can enhance our P.E. curriculum as well as provide fun opportunities for children to play more creatively at recess. Everything we need to make our playgrounds beautiful has been provided (paint, stencils, equipment, etc.) but we could really use some volunteers to make it happen! We’ve set aside the morning of January 20 to work on this project and we’d love to have as many volunteers as possible. Here’s a link to sign up: Playground Painting

Please be sure to leave your children at h0me for this one! As always, thank you for your support of Smith School!

Jan
02

Help Paint the Smith School Playground!

Hello Smith Surfer Parents and Happy New Year!

We have an exciting opportunity for you to help paint our school playgrounds! We have purchased stencils from a company called Peaceful Playgrounds so that we can enhance our P.E. curriculum as well as provide fun opportunities for children to play more creatively at recess. Everything we need to make our playgrounds beautiful has been provided (paint, stencils, equipment, etc.) but we could really use some volunteers to make it happen! We’ve set aside the morning of January 20 to work on this project and we’d love to have as many volunteers as possible. Here’s a link to sign up: Playground Painting

Please be sure to leave your children at h0me for this one! As always, thank you for your support of Smith School!

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