5th Grade Celebration, June 20th at 10am
  [Click to enlarge] Note: Sign-ups are completed at this time – if you have Qs or still want to sign up, please directly contact: 5thgradecelebration@smithptsa. org (From 5th Grade Celebration Planning Committee.) Hello, Parents:   In June, our 5th Graders will officially have completed Elementary School.  What an exciting time for both students and families!  Their promotion from Elementary to Middle School will be celebrated on two days in June.  The 5th Grade Celebration events are planned and hosted by parents (Smith PTSA does not sponsor).  We therefore need your help to make these events a success for all of ... read full article
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5th Grade Celebration, June 20th at 10amMarcus Grinde6/15/20196/22/2019
5th Grade Celebration, June 20th at 10am
  [Click to enlarge] Note: Sign-ups are completed at this time – if you have Qs or still want to sign up, please directly contact: 5thgradecelebration@smithptsa. org (From 5th Grade Celebration Planning Committee.) Hello, Parents:   In June, our 5th Graders will officially have completed Elementary School.  What an exciting time for both students and families!  Their promotion from Elementary to Middle School will be celebrated on two days in June.  The 5th Grade Celebration events are planned and hosted by parents (Smith PTSA does not sponsor).  We therefore need your help to make these events a success for all of ... read full article
Please Submit PTSA Board NominationsMarcus Grinde3/6/20193/31/2019
Please Submit PTSA Board Nominations
  It's Nomination Time! Would you, or someone you know, like to take a more active role in representing and advocating for the students at Samantha Smith Elementary?   Now is the time to make a difference!   We've got several board members who have reached their term limit this year.  So, the Smith PTSA Nominating Committee is working extra hard putting together a proposed slate of officers to serve as the PTSA Executive Team for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please  contact us  if you might be interested in serving as:   Co-President Secretary Treasurer VP Communications Co-VP of Fundraising VP ... read full article
*Today* Eat at Chipotle, Earn $ for SmithMarcus Grinde2/23/20192/23/2019
*Today* Eat at Chipotle, Earn $ for Smith
Come support the playground at Chipotle! The Sammamish Chipotle (near Met Market) is helping Smith raise money for the Project Playground fund. 33% of proceeds will come back to us, but only if we generate at least $300 in sales .  So, please come show your support.   (This is our last specific fundraiser for the playground.)   When: Saturday, February 23rd from 4pm - 8pm Where:   22704 SE 4th St Ste 210, Sammamish, WA 98074 How: Must order in-person and mention Smith *NO ONLINE ORDERS PLEASE* ... read full article
Art Walk - Thursday Feb. 21st, 6-8 PMMarcus Grinde2/6/20192/28/2019
Art Walk - Thursday Feb. 21st, 6-8 PM
  What:   An Art Show featuring artwork by your student When:   Thursday, Feb. 21st, 6pm - 8pm Where:   The gyms at Smith Elementary Who:   All Smith families welcome How:   Just show up, and enjoy a self-guided tour of the art Why:   Admire student accomplishments and show support by "buying" their artwork*    ***New This Year***  Silent auction of artwork by Smith Teachers ! (Proceeds support Explore Art supplies.) Mark your calendars! Please join us for our annual Art Walk on Thursday, February 21st from 6pm until 8pm.  Come and see your student's artwork on display ... read full article
Jimmy John's Fundraiser SaturdayMarcus Grinde11/9/201812/1/2018
Jimmy John's Fundraiser Saturday
Eat at the Sammamish Jimmy John's on December 1st, raise money for the Smith Elementary Playground! Just mention the fundraiser when you order, or show this flier below.   Who:   Any and all What:   Eat at Jimmy John's, raise money for Smith Playground When:   Saturday, December 1st, 2018  11:00 am - 9:00 pm Where:    Jimmy John's (Sammamish, WA location only) How:   Mention fundraiser when ordering, or show flier below Why:    Help replace our aging play structures   ... read full article
Yearbook Cover Art Contest: Due Nov. 15Marcus Grinde10/23/201811/15/2018
Yearbook Cover Art Contest: Due Nov. 15
  This year’s Yearbook theme is 'IN OUR OWN WORDS'.  As in years past, the cover art will be designed by a student whose artwork is chosen from all the artwork submitted in the Yearbook Cover Art Contest. Who:   Contest open to all Smith Students When: Turn in entry by  Thursday Nov. 15, 2018 at 3:30pm Where: Create at home, turn in at school (teacher or front office) How:   [Click here for guidelines] ... read full article
PTSA Meeting: Mon. 10/22 6:30-8:30pmMarcus Grinde10/14/201810/22/2018
PTSA Meeting: Mon. 10/22 6:30-8:30pm
Meeting will be held in the Smith Elementary library. Agenda includes: Dolphin Dash updates (including hearing from you on where any extra dollars raised should be invested) re-approving this year’s budget Standing Rules Mission Statement Ms. Warner will also be giving us an update on the future of our playgrounds .  Please join us!  Childcare will be provided with an age appropriate movie in the gym-  though we are in need of one more volunteer (18 or older) to help hang out with the kids, please email  volunteers@smithptsa.org  if you are able to help ! We encourage all members to ... read full article
Time for DOLPHIN DASH!!!Marcus Grinde10/3/201810/4/2018
Time for DOLPHIN DASH!!!
[Get your pledges in]   [Event information] ... read full article
After School Programs: Register by 10/22Marcus Grinde10/9/201810/24/2018
After School Programs: Register by 10/22
In addition to the YMCA-run after school programs at Smith, local vendors are offering a selection of classes including: Animation Maker (from Coding with Kids) Arts & Logic Chess Club Fast Track Math Small Hands on Art   Please register by Monday, October 22.   [Registration form] ... read full article
International Night: Thursday, June 6, 6-8pmMarcus Grinde5/13/20196/9/2019
International Night: Thursday, June 6, 6-8pm
Please join us for an evening dedicated to 'Embracing Our Differences' by sharing the diversity represented at our school.  International Night at Smith is an evening for celebrating our different cultures, clothing, cuisine, customs and more.   New this year:  In addition to sharing international culture, we're inviting families with ties to other US states/regions to share their cultural differences too. So, anyone who has ties to another place is encouraged to come share their unique insights about that place.  Whether it's your favorite food (or maybe not so favorite, traditional food), clothing style, language, traditions, landscapes, common objects... almost anything you ... read full article
5th Grade Celebration Planning Mtg. April 18Marcus Grinde4/2/20194/18/2019
5th Grade Celebration Planning Mtg. April 18
    Preparations are underway for June events to celebrate our 5 th  grade students as they complete elementary school!   To learn more & contribute your ideas, please join us:   5 th  Grade Celebration event planning meeting #2 Thursday, April 18 th   /  @ 1:30pm  /  Smith library conference room   To RSVP or ask Qs, contact:  5thgradecelebration@smithptsa.org   Please check out this Sign-Up to volunteer for the 5 th  Grade Celebration events: [CLICK HERE] ... read full article
5th Grade Parents: Planning Meeting 3/15Marcus Grinde3/11/20193/15/2019
5th Grade Parents: Planning Meeting 3/15
Attention parents of 5 th  graders:   believe it or not, your child’s completion of elementary school is approaching!  Preparations are underway for an event to celebrate our 5 th  grade students at the end of school, in June.  There will be many volunteer needs;  to learn more & contribute your ideas, please join us: 5 th  Grade Celebration event planning meeting Friday, March 15 th   /  @ 2pm  /  Smith library conference room To RSVP or ask Qs, contact:   5thgradecelebration@smithptsa. org   Note: Although PTSA members may be involved in planning this event, it is not sponsored by the ... read full article
PTSA Meeting for all members: Fri. 1/25 9amMarcus Grinde1/15/20191/25/2019
PTSA Meeting for all members: Fri. 1/25 9am
Who:  All Smith PTSA Members encouraged to attend When:   Friday, January 25th, 9a-10:30a Where:   Sammamish YMCA   Meeting Room New! Virtual Attending Option :    Interested in attending, but can’t be there in person?  Contact  president@smithptsa. org  by 1/23 for a dial-in option *Childcare will be available through the YMCA Kids Club for those of you with Family Memberships.  If you do not have a Family Membership at the Y and need childcare, please contact  president@smithptsa. org  by 1/23 to secure one of our limited available guest passes*    Please join us to hear more details about Project Playground and to ... read full article
Evening of Childcare EventMarcus Grinde12/5/201812/14/2018
Evening of Childcare Event
NEED TO DO SOME HOLIDAY SHOPPING…ALONE? JUST NEED A BREAK FROM THE HOLIDAY STRESS? Smith teachers and parent volunteers are hosting an Evening of Childcare Event at Smith. All proceeds support the Project Playground fund.  Date:  Thursday, December 13 Time:  3:30p - 8:30p Where:  Smith Elementary Gym How:   Register by emailing  playground@smithptsa.org [More Details (PDF)] ... read full article
Note from PTSA President: THANK YOUMarcus Grinde10/9/201810/14/2018
Note from PTSA President: THANK YOU
  Hello Smith Families, What an incredible time kids had at the Dolphin Dash last week!  It would not have happened without the help of several parents who pitched in to volunteer handing out bands, water, monitoring the course etc. and in particular Ferrol McCartney who planned and organized all of the details of the day-  THANK YOU!  On behalf of all of the students and staff, Deshna Shah (our VP of Fundraising) and the rest of the board,  THANK YOU  for supporting your kids with your own donations as well as getting friends and family to sponsor kids in the ... read full article
Spiritwear Orders: OPEN NOW to Fri Sept 21Marcus Grinde9/3/20189/23/2018
Spiritwear Orders: OPEN NOW to Fri Sept 21
The Smith PTSA has arranged with a vendor to offer Smith Elementary Dolphins themed shirts and hoodies (similar to the one above) in child and adult sizes.   The ordering site is now open ! Click here to see what's available or to place an order:   [Spiritwear Sales portal]   Questions?: Email  secretary@smithptsa.org ... read full article
Staff Appreciation for June 2019Marcus Grinde6/10/20196/14/2019
Staff Appreciation for June 2019
[Click for more information] ... read full article
Artwalk Thank You letter & PhotosMarcus Grinde2/27/20193/14/2019
Artwalk Thank You letter & Photos
Artwalk Thanks... A huge thank you to everyone involved with the 2019 Artwalk, it was a great success raising almost $600 for the program and a big thank you to everyone who attended. The students work was an amazing sea of creativity right through all the grades, with color filling the whole room, well done to all the students....  [Continue reading here (event photos included)] Jo Richardson PTSA Explore Art Chair   ... read full article
After School Programs Session 4: Marcus Grinde2/20/20193/8/2019
After School Programs Session 4:
Classes run March 4th - May 3rd Registration Deadlines:   Online by: February 27th In-person at Y / forms by: March 8th   Vendor-run classes include 'Lego engineering and coding', Chess Club, Fast-Track Math, Art classes and Drama. [Registration form (PDF)]   Registration form for After School Programs, taught at Smith by YMCA (Kids U): [YMCA Classes form (PDF)]   (You may contact The YMCA Admin Office to check registration availability at:  425-644-8417              or   eastsidechildcare@seattleymca. org ) ... read full article
Online Auction in Support of Project PlaygroundMarcus Grinde12/5/201812/16/2018
Online Auction in Support of Project Playground
We have a variety of items from local sponsors (including Principal Warner!) up for auction. Many items would make great gift ideas (including a pair of Seahawks tickets!).  All proceeds support the Project Playground fund. [Go to the auction] ... read full article
Accents Et Cetera Shopping FundraiserMarcus Grinde11/17/201811/24/2018
Accents Et Cetera Shopping Fundraiser
Who:   Any and all What:   Shop at Accents Etc raise $ for Smith Playground When:   Saturday, November 24th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Where:   Accents Et Cetera  in person or online How:   Mention fundraiser when ordering so we get credit Why:    Help replace our aging play structures Accents Et Cetera is offering a spotlight shopping day (with food samples!) where 25% of sales are being donated to the Project Playground fund. Visit the store or shop online  Accentsetc.com (Be sure to mention our fundraiser so we get credit.)  There are some very cool and hidden gems ... read full article
Math Challenge #1 Due Wed., Oct. 3Marcus Grinde9/24/201810/3/2018
Math Challenge #1 Due Wed., Oct. 3
Math Challenge is back for 2018-19! There will be 15 math challenges throughout the school year. Every two weeks, there will be a new math challenge. We encourage students to participate in this program and discuss these math problems with their parents or siblings. Students who submit qualified answers to at least 12 math challenges will be recognized in June 2019.  Math  Challenge   #1 "Working Backwards"  is now available for  download from this  [LINK] Solutions are  due  on Wednesday , October 3, 2018   by  1:50  PM .   Students may turn in solutions to their  teacher or at the ... read full article
Student Directory StatusMarcus Grinde9/5/201810/6/2018
Student Directory Status
Note for our Smith PTSA Members:  One of the benefits of being a Smith PTSA Member is access to the searchable online student directory.  The Student Directory is now available, but incomplete*.   We can't fully update it until the school district processes all privacy requests during the month of September.  But, you can update your own student information and help everyone benefit from the directory sooner.  Let your classmates know how to get in touch with you by making sure your  account information is up-to-date now.   ( Thanks to the awesome parents who already took the time to ... read full article
Yearbook Information: Photos+OrderingMarcus Grinde3/1/20194/30/2019
Yearbook Information: Photos+Ordering
Learn how to order your 2018-2019 Smith Yearbook (or to confirm your existing order). Learn how to submit event photos for possible inclusion in the yearbook. ... read full article
Volunteer at Book Fair This Week 1/28-1/31Marcus Grinde1/27/20191/31/2019
Volunteer at Book Fair This Week 1/28-1/31
Volunteers Needed   Help With Smith Book Fair What:  Cashier or "Floor Helper" When: Various time slots 1/28-1/31 Who:  Smith Parents Where:  Smith Library How:   [Sign up here to help at book fair]    Why:  Help students buy books, raise money for Smith library. ... read full article
Playground Design ProposalsMarcus Grinde12/5/20182/28/2019
Playground Design Proposals
The Project Playground team has some preliminary design renderings to share.  Once we finalize a price and general design, we will be using the LWSD Playground Standards to offer the Smith Elementary students a choice in voting for their new playground! Stay tuned! [Project Playground Main Page] ... read full article
Do you Match?...Marcus Grinde11/28/201812/12/2018
Do you Match?...
Did you  donate your time or money the PTSA  this year? Maybe when you  joined , for  Dolphin Dash  or  Project Playground ?  If your company matches your charitable donations then please remember to submit a corporate matching request.  Some companies (like Microsoft) even make a donation for every hour employees spend volunteering.  A little bit of time submitting the paperwork can make a huge difference.   [More information]   ... read full article
Box Tops Fundraising: Due 10/29Marcus Grinde10/23/201811/2/2018
Box Tops Fundraising: Due 10/29
Submit Box Tops by Monday, October 29th to help raise money for our school and win an extra recess for your classroom. [More Information]   ... read full article
Message from Lake Washington Schools FoundationMarcus Grinde9/28/201810/8/2018
Message from Lake Washington Schools Foundation
Welcome Back to School from the staff and board of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation! And a warm welcome to our new Superintendent, Dr. Jane Stavem! All of us at LWSF are very excited about the upcoming school year and are already hard at work in continuing to fulfill our mission in Lake Washington School District to support academic excellence and the over-all health and well-being of every student in the district. Our Start Strong Fall Fundraising Campaign is in full swing!  This is one of our two major fundraisers for the year.  Please consider making a donation to LWSF ... read full article
Follow Smith PTSA on FacebookMarcus Grinde10/17/20186/30/2019
Follow Smith PTSA on Facebook
Hey are you on Facebook?     So are we!     Follow us at  https://www.facebook.com/ smithptsa/  and get notices about upcoming events and reminders for PTSA events, school events, school district updates and state PTSA notices. ... read full article