STEM Night Update:
STEM Night Update: While STEM Night has been postponed, the PTSA is investigating the possibility of conducting a partially or wholly online STEM Fair NO EARLIER THAN THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH, pending further direction from the school district and resource availability.   We have a great number of students sign up already but will be extending  registration  until March 27th to make sure everyone has an opportunity to participate.  Working on STEM projects might prove to be a great way to distract us all from the stresses of the virus outbreak.  So, please encourage students to sign up and to keep working on their ... read full article
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SCHOOL CLOSED MARCH 12-April 24Marcus Grinde3/11/20203/27/2020
SCHOOL CLOSED MARCH 12-April 24
LWSD schools closed through April 24, 2020. [Click here for more information] ... read full article
Dolphin Dash: Still Time Left to PledgeMarcus Grinde9/9/20199/25/2019
Dolphin Dash: Still Time Left to Pledge
There's still time left to make your pledges for Dolphin Dash.  Pledges turned in by Wednesday morning, September 25th, will still count toward prize calculations. [PLEDGE FORM]   [PARENTS PLEDGE HERE]   [FRIENDS FAMILY PLEDGE HERE] ... read full article
Food/Meal Resources & How to HelpMarcus Grinde3/15/20203/29/2020
Food/Meal Resources & How to Help
Our Smith Elementary school counselor has put together information on food and meal resources available to those who may be in a time of need... Food and Meal Resources Note: If you are in need of additional resources or  looking for a way to help , please reach out to our School Counselor, Katherine Epstein at  kepstein@lwsd.org . Thanks!   District Meal Resources LWSD has the following student meal programs in place: Currently, the district is able to prepare lunches for LWSD students throughout the extended closure starting on Monday, March 19 th . Meals must be ordered between 2:00pm ... read full article
After School Programs Enrollment Deadline Dec. 20Marcus Grinde12/14/20191/1/2020
After School Programs Enrollment Deadline Dec. 20
Enroll now for after school programs that take place January-February. Classes include Spanish, Chess, Art, Lego engineering/coding and drama (featuring 'Aladdin' this session). Note: These classes are separate from those offered by the YMCA. Enroll online by Friday, December 20th: [Enroll] ... read full article
Welcome 2019-2020 PTSA BoardMarcus Grinde7/8/20199/15/2019
Welcome 2019-2020 PTSA Board
Please welcome the incoming 2019-2020 Samantha Smith Elementary PTSA Board members:   Co-President: Gina Eason Co-President: Marcus Grinde Treasurer: Sam Kenna Secretary: Tiana Wright Co-VP of Fundraising: Annavie Arnesen Co-VP of Fundraising: Mei Zhang VP of Communications: Tanvi Srivastava VP of Expenditures: Kate Thibodeau Programs: Fiona Kotzenberg Membership: TBD Volunteer Coordinator: TBD     The board is just the tip-of-the-iceberg of what makes the PTSA a vibrant part of Samantha Smith Elementary. We depend on the gracious help and support of the Smith teachers, staff, students and especially the parents who volunteer their time and resources.  With their efforts, we will continue ... read full article
STEM Night Update:Marcus Grinde3/11/20204/16/2020
STEM Night Update:
STEM Night Update: While STEM Night has been postponed, the PTSA is investigating the possibility of conducting a partially or wholly online STEM Fair NO EARLIER THAN THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH, pending further direction from the school district and resource availability.   We have a great number of students sign up already but will be extending  registration  until March 27th to make sure everyone has an opportunity to participate.  Working on STEM projects might prove to be a great way to distract us all from the stresses of the virus outbreak.  So, please encourage students to sign up and to keep working on their ... read full article
STEM Night 2020 Tanvi Sharan2/19/20203/3/2020
STEM Night 2020
    STEM Night is now Monday, March 16th 6-8 pm. The annual Smith STEM Night is less than a month away! All students are invited to enter (individually or as a team) and display a STEM-based project in ONE of the following categories: Science : Physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science. Technology : Coding, video games, computers.  Engineering : Mechanical models, electric circuits, robotics.  Mathematics : Math concepts, invented games and puzzles. We will also have a food stand with vegetarian-friendly options for those who would like to purchase a meal. Hope to see you all there!   [More event information] ... read full article
January Staff Appreciation SignupMarcus Grinde1/23/20201/28/2020
January Staff Appreciation Signup
  Greetings Smith parents,   Each month, our dedicated  Smith PTSA Staff Appreciation  team helps show how much we care about our amazing Smith teachers and staff with some kind of food offering.  But, they can't do it alone...   This month, they're putting together a spread of snacks to help fuel teachers through the hectic pace of conference week (next week) and they need your help...   "This really simplifies the teachers' busy week and they appreciate being able to come in and quickly grab a healthy bite when they have a free moment."   Please check out the list ... read full article
Book Fair Jan 28-30Marcus Grinde1/12/20201/30/2020
Book Fair Jan 28-30
  Every year, Ms. Regan works tirelessly to organize and put on a book fair for all Smith students.  The book fair is a great place for kids to get their hands on a new favorite book... while helping provide Ms. Regan with a major funding source for the library.  [Flier] Book Fair Schedule: Monday January 27:  Training/Set up 1:30-5 Tuesday January 28: Book Fair: 11:50-4 Wednesday January 29: Book Fair:  1:50-4 Thursday January 30:  Book Fair: 11:50-4/5-7/Break down 7-8:30   [Volunteers needed]   ... read full article
Shopping on Amazon?Marcus Grinde11/27/201912/31/2019
Shopping on Amazon?
Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of your eligible Amazon purchases to Samantha Smith PTSA whenever you shop through the below link. Just sign up for  Amazon Smile .  Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service but at the same time you can support your school! [Amazon Smile for Samantha Smith Elementary] ... read full article
Staff Appreciation Signup for Nov.Marcus Grinde11/15/201911/21/2019
Staff Appreciation Signup for Nov.
Dear Smith Parents,   We need a few more volunteers to bring in items for the Staff Appreciation event this Thursday...   To honor our amazing Smith teachers and staff, and to celebrate  the Apple Cup , our PTSA Staff Appreciation team is putting together a  tailgate party  inspired luncheon, on Thursday, November 21st.   [More info and signup page] ... read full article
STEM Night 2020 Tanvi Sharan3/6/20203/10/2020
STEM Night 2020
  Smith Parents According to the recent guidelines from LWSD regarding measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes deferring of evening events at schools through March 18th, the Smith STEM Night has been postponed . We will continue to monitor and re-evaluate the situation, and work with the school to hopefully reschedule the event later in the academic year. We've had an enthusiastic response from students in terms of registration. A number of them must have already begun working hard on their projects. Please let them know we're still hoping to have STEM Night at some point ... read full article
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Winter Wonderland Event Dec. 5thMarcus Grinde11/20/201912/6/2019
Winter Wonderland Event Dec. 5th
Our annual celebration of the winter holiday season is coming to Smith on Thursday, December 5 th , 5:30-8:00 PM.  We will have the Holiday Bazaar, crafts and game stations, photo booth, food and much more. We will also have a wonderful Gingerbread House Contest for Smith students.   Click here to enter the gingerbread contest:   [Contest] Click here if you can help with the event (setup, cleanup, etc.): [Volunteer]     ... read full article
Watch D.O.G.S.Tanvi Sharan10/30/201911/30/2019
Watch D.O.G.S.
  Fathers, Grandfathers and Father figures, Do you want to help out at school, but you are not sure what you can do?  Sign up for Watch D.O.G.S. and we’ll set up a schedule for you to spend time in your student’s classroom, on the playground and more. Students love seeing you volunteer at school. If you need another reason to volunteer, there are studies that show when you do, students feel more engaged and do better at school. ... read full article
Math Challenge Tournament Tanvi Sharan10/29/201911/29/2019
Math Challenge Tournament
                      Attention Mathletes! Registration for Math Challenge Tournament   2019 is open to Grade 2-5 students. Seats are limited.  Location : Samantha Smith Elementary (Gym) Date : December 13, 2019 Time : 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Link  to  REGISTER  Cost : $20 per student, no refunds.                 Want to volunteer ? SIGN UP HERE All registered students will receive a certificate of participation and a keepsake. Further details for the day of tournament will be sent once you are registered. For more information, visit  Math Challenge Tournament Info .  If you ... read full article
Corporate MatchingTanvi Sharan10/9/201910/23/2019
Corporate Matching
Greetings Dolphin Dash Donors We can’t thank you enough for your generosity with your time and money, and how it helps us enhance our children’s educational experience. Did you know you can make a bigger impact without further loosening your purse strings, or spending more hours at volunteering? All you have to do is get in touch with your employer for corporate matching .  Many local employers will match your financial donations up to 100% and will make a donation for every hour you volunteer at Smith.  A big part of our annual budget depends on corporate matching, so please ... read full article
Yearbook 2019-2020Tanvi Sharan10/5/20193/31/2020
Yearbook 2019-2020
  A Yearbook is a compilation of snapshots of your child’s past year at school, so you could leaf through it at leisure and go back in time.  Each year, PTSA volunteers work tirelessly to commemorate and document the events of the school year into a Yearbook.  Save your memories of the year for posterity.  Buy your Yearbook now and own this priceless memory book for just $20! Enter code 7755620 for Smith Elementary School .  Want your school pictures published in the Yearbook?  Here are the details. ... read full article
Watch DOGS Kick-off 2019Tanvi Sharan10/2/201910/12/2019
Watch DOGS Kick-off 2019
  Dads/Grandfathers/Father figures   Enjoy an evening out with your young ones with the Reptile Man and pizza . Learn about the WATCH D.O.G.S. Program and  Sign UP .   When : 6-8 pm, Thursday, Oct 10th   Where :  The Big Gym   Learn more about Watch D.O.G.S. here .   ... read full article
After School Programs 2019Tanvi Sharan9/30/201910/28/2019
After School Programs 2019
Hello Parents/Guardians PTSA's After School Programs  with YMCA is all set to open for registration on October 1 .    This is for the session from  October 28 to December 20 .   Programs offered this session are : Tuesday : Arts And Logic Wednesday : Chess 4 Life Thursday : Lego Engineering and Coding Friday : Small Hands on Art: The Wizard of Oz   After school programs are from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, except Wednesdays (1:50-3:20 pm) at   Samantha Smith . Parents are responsible for picking up their child after class, unless they are attending YMCA KidsU . ... read full article
Explore Art 2019Tanvi Sharan9/26/201910/10/2019
Explore Art 2019
 Image courtesy Stephen Johnson Photography  Explore Art. Explore You.   We at   Explore Art   truly believe in freedom; the freedom to experience, to experiment, to break the box, to have the time of your life and, above all, the freedom to be you! We give our students the wings to soar in their creative quest and the stardust to whip up ‘their own magic’.   Explore Art   is Samantha Smith PTSA ’s program to encourage students to develop creativity and contrarian thinking. The main focus of   Explore Art   is to introduce a variety of art ... read full article