5th Grade Celebration evening PARTY!
[Click to enlarge] Thursday, June 20th 2019, from 7-9pm Sammamish Boys & Girls Club Teen Center 825 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA 98074 • Registered Smith 5th graders only    (& registered parent chaperones) • School-appropriate casual dress code • Light snacks & sweet treats provided    (please eat dinner beforehand) • A responsible parent must sign-in & sign-out students    (ok to carpool) • Photo booth pictures link will be sent to registered parents after the event    (permission for student to participate in photos must be given at sign-in) • Parent emergency contact phone # required for each ... read full article
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Thank You Volunteers
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Order School Supplies for 2019-2020:
  Each year, the Samantha Smith PTSA coordinates with EduKit and the teachers at Smith to make ordering school supplies convenient, efficient and economical.    Customized EduKits for Smith Elementary classes are ready for order now! Everything your student needs for the 2019-2020 school year comes packaged in one convenient box, customized to your teacher’s requests!  The kits are the same for all teachers within each grade so all you need to know before ordering is which grade your student will be entering next year (Quest or regular).   The boxes are delivered directly to the school and distributed to classrooms ... read full article
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5th Grade Celebration evening PARTY!Marcus Grinde6/15/20196/22/2019
5th Grade Celebration evening PARTY!
[Click to enlarge] Thursday, June 20th 2019, from 7-9pm Sammamish Boys & Girls Club Teen Center 825 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA 98074 • Registered Smith 5th graders only    (& registered parent chaperones) • School-appropriate casual dress code • Light snacks & sweet treats provided    (please eat dinner beforehand) • A responsible parent must sign-in & sign-out students    (ok to carpool) • Photo booth pictures link will be sent to registered parents after the event    (permission for student to participate in photos must be given at sign-in) • Parent emergency contact phone # required for each ... read full article
Thank You VolunteersMarcus Grinde6/5/20196/19/2019
Thank You Volunteers
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VOTE YES for Our Schools by April 23rdMarcus Grinde4/1/20194/23/2019
VOTE YES for Our Schools by April 23rd
  Ballots for the April special election should be arriving in your postal mail shortly and there's a very important levy that we'd like everyone to know about because it affects our kids.  It's called Prop. 1, or, the LWSD 2019 Capital Projects Levy.   The Smith PTSA unanimously voted to support and endorse the LWSD 2019 Capital Projects Levy. We encourage all of our members to vote YES. Smith will directly benefit by receiving security cameras to help protect our kids.   Background: Lake Washington School District is one of the fastest-growing districts in the state.  The 2019 Capital ... read full article
STEM Night Family Event THURSDAY!Marcus Grinde3/14/20193/31/2019
STEM Night Family Event THURSDAY!
What:   STEM Night: Science Fair & Demonstration Expo Who:   All family members may attend When:    Thur, March 28th, 6-8pm (Awards at 7pm) Where:    Smith Gyms and Library Why:   Support students and view projects/demos How:   Show up, view projects and demonstrations Food:  There will be at least one food vendor on-site, with vegetarian options. Please bring cash for food purchase.   [Click here to sign up to help with table setup, etc.] Hands-on Activity & Demonstration Information: Enjoy hands-on activities from...   East lake high school math society East lake Science honors society  TechVenture kids Inner Spark Robotics ... read full article
STEM Night 2019: Register by Mar 21stMarcus Grinde2/20/20193/22/2019
STEM Night 2019: Register by Mar 21st
  The Smith PTSA-Sponsored Science Fair   Now registering entrants online   One of the many events made possible by your time and donations to the  PTSA ...   ENTER a Project in the Competition: Who:  K-5 students may enter When  (Registration deadline) :  March 21st (Extended) When  (Project deadline) :  March 28th Where:  (Turn-in details will be assigned later) Why: Promote  STEM  education, of course!!! How:   [Register online]   For more information on competition rules and judging criteria please refer to the downloadable docs on  SignUpGenius .  If you're interested in helping with the event, you may use  SignUpGenius  for that as well.  Parents, ... read full article
CPR & First Aid Class: Feb. 28thMarcus Grinde2/20/20192/28/2019
CPR & First Aid Class: Feb. 28th
  *There is still one spot available* By popular demand, Smith PTSA are hosting a CPR class for Smith parents again this year. This is a combination First Aid and CPR class. Participants will get a certification from the American Heart Association that's valid for two years. When: 2/28/19, 5-9 pm at Smith’s Library Cost: $40 per participant Who: Parents & kids 10+ (With parents)  Cash, check or credit cards accepted (day of the course)  Maximum 16 participants Registration is required Register by emailing:  face@smithptsa.org ... read full article
Winter Wonderland Family EventMarcus Grinde11/17/201812/6/2018
Winter Wonderland Family Event
What:  Winter Wonderland Family Event Who:  All Smith Families Welcome Date: Thursday, December 6th Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Where:  Smith Elementary Gyms [Signup Information]     [Event Flier (PDF)] ... read full article
Math Challenge Tournament TonightMarcus Grinde10/16/201811/30/2018
Math Challenge Tournament Tonight
  The Math  Challenge  Tournament is back for 2018! Who:  Grade 2-5 students. (Seats are limited.)  Where : Samantha Smith Elementary (Gym) Date : November 30, 2018 Time : 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM How:  REGISTER HERE  by Nov 16th Cost : $20 per student   [More Information] ... read full article
Conference Week Release ScheduleMarcus Grinde10/14/201810/19/2018
Conference Week Release Schedule
Week of October 15-19 Parent/student-Teacher conferences are being held at Smith this week.  The release schedule is as follows: Monday 11:50 am Tuesday 11:50 am Wednesday 1:50 pm (normal schedule) Thursday 11:50 am Friday NO SCHOOL ... read full article
Curriculum Night InformationMarcus Grinde9/13/20189/16/2018
Curriculum Night Information
*Children do not attend. K-1 Thursday, August 30 th   6:00-7:00PM (Kinder parents start in the library and 1 st  grade families head to the classroom) Gr 2-5 Thursday, September 13 th   2 nd -3 rd  5:30-6:10PM 4 th - 5 th  6:35-7:15PM ... read full article
Important Dates In August/September:Marcus Grinde8/25/20189/12/2018
Important Dates In August/September:
Back to Business Night:   Wednesday, August 29 th  5:00-7:30 PM  (You will want to attend this night. You can get all of your back to school paperwork done and  this is where you are given your child’s classroom teacher assignment .) (Get a Back To Business FAST PASS by becoming a 2018-2019 PTSA member now .)   Meet and Greet:  *Children attend.  Thursday, August 30 th   K-2 nd  (includes 2/3 Quest) 2:00-2:30 Gr 3-5th (includes 4/5 Quest) 2:30-3:00 Come meet your child’s teacher and see the classroom.   Curriculum Night(s):   *Children do not attend. K-1 Thursday, August ... read full article
Dolphin Bash is Friday, Oct 12 6-8pmMarcus Grinde10/9/201810/13/2018
Dolphin Bash is Friday, Oct 12 6-8pm
It's time to Celebrate!!  Join us this Friday at the Dolphin Bash   Who:  All Smith Families! What: Dance party with “Dance Dude” from Dance Week Food trucks: Pizza, Hot Dog Lady & Bugsicle for dessert Bounce house Carnival games   Please sign up  [here]  to volunteer part of your evening to help make this a successful night-   we still need help with Set-up, Running Carnival Games, and Clean-up! When:  Friday, October 12 th , 6p-8p Where:  Smith Gyms Why:  to celebrate the accomplishments of the Dash, show off the dance skills learned this week, and have a great time ... read full article
Reflections Competition Reception: 11/13Marcus Grinde10/2/201811/10/2018
Reflections Competition Reception: 11/13
Welcome back to another exciting School Year at Smith, and the 50 th  Year of creating art through the Reflections Annual National Arts Competition.  The theme for 2018 is:  “Heroes Around Me” All students welcome to enter.  Entry Turn-in Day: Thursday, October 25 th , 8:35 AM- 9:00 AM Location:  SMITH Library Judging: Thursday, November 1st   Reflections Reception: Tuesday, November 13 th , 6-7 PM     [Event Info Page] ... read full article
PTSA Meeting June 5th 8:45 am at YMCAMarcus Grinde5/25/20196/5/2019
PTSA Meeting June 5th 8:45 am at YMCA
Smith PTSA Members, please join us for the final PTSA Meeting of the school year...   What:  PTSA Membership Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Who:  All PTSA members invited When:   Wednesday, June 5th Light Breakfast and Coffee  8:45-9:15 Meeting  9:15-11:15 Where:   YMCA Community Room Why:   [See agenda below] ***There will be food, awards and door prizes!***   Childcare:  Families with Y Memberships may use the KidsClub as part of their membership.  If you are not a member of the Y, we will have limited guest passes available to use for childcare- please email  president@smithptsa.org  by June 1 st ... read full article
ASP Session 3: Register by Dec. 31stMarcus Grinde12/13/20181/6/2019
ASP Session 3: Register by Dec. 31st
Session 3 Dates:   January 7 - March 1st, 2019 Registration Deadline:   December 31st   Register for After School Programs, taught at Smith by local vendors (UPDATED FORM): [Vendor run classes]      [More Info] ... read full article
Math Challenge #6 Due 12/19Marcus Grinde12/10/201812/20/2018
Math Challenge #6 Due 12/19
Math  Challenge   #6 "All Things Winter"  is now available for  download from this  [LINK] Solutions are  due  on Wednesday , December 19, 2018   by  1:50  PM .  Students may turn in solutions to their  teacher or at the front office . Have fun!   Thanks The Smith PTSA Math Challenge Committee mathchallenge@smithptsa.org    ... read full article
Staff Appreciation: December 13thMarcus Grinde12/5/201812/13/2018
Staff Appreciation: December 13th
For December, our Staff Appreciation team is planning a homemade holiday treat exchange for Smith's amazing teachers and staff.  We are searching for 40+ volunteers to bake 2-3 dozen homemade baked goods for the event. [Please Sign Up Here] ... read full article
Dolphin Dash is Thursday, Oct. 4thMarcus Grinde9/30/201810/9/2018
Dolphin Dash is Thursday, Oct. 4th
What:   Dolphin Dash Fun-Run Fundraiser Who:   All students participate, parents may come cheer When:   Thursday, October 4th, 2-3pm Grades K-1 :  2:40-3:00 pm Grades 2-3:   2:00-2:20 pm Grades 4-5:   2:20-2:40 pm Where:   Smith Elementary Sand field Why:   Raise funds to  support our school   [More Information] [Parents Donate Here] [Friends/family Donate Here] [Pledge form] [Help on Event Day...Sign Up Here ! ] ... read full article
After School Programs at SmithMarcus Grinde9/12/20189/20/2018
After School Programs at Smith
  Fall Session Dates:   September 24 - October 26 Registration Deadline:   September 20   Register for After School Programs, taught at Smith by local vendors: [Link to vendor run classes]   [More Information]   Register for After School Programs, taught at Smith by The YMCA: (Online registration is closed but you may contact The YMCA Admin Office to check registration availability at:  425-644-8417  or   eastsidechildcare@seattleymca. org ) ... read full article
Dads & Donuts Event Friday, 6/14 8amMarcus Grinde6/10/20196/14/2019
Dads & Donuts Event Friday, 6/14 8am
Who:  Dads, father figures, etc. Where:  Smith gym When:  Friday, June 14th from 8-8:35 am Why:  In support of our students [More info on Facebook Link] Hope to see you there! ... read full article
Smith 30th Anniversary Celebration May 30thMarcus Grinde5/27/20196/2/2019
Smith 30th Anniversary Celebration May 30th
You are all invited to join us May 30 th  at 5:00pm for our 30 th  Anniversary Celebration. There will be some guest speakers (past Smith Principals), some artifacts from the past and your chance to get your eyes on our new play structure. ... read full article
Order School Supplies for 2019-2020:Marcus Grinde5/14/20196/30/2019
Order School Supplies for 2019-2020:
  Each year, the Samantha Smith PTSA coordinates with EduKit and the teachers at Smith to make ordering school supplies convenient, efficient and economical.    Customized EduKits for Smith Elementary classes are ready for order now! Everything your student needs for the 2019-2020 school year comes packaged in one convenient box, customized to your teacher’s requests!  The kits are the same for all teachers within each grade so all you need to know before ordering is which grade your student will be entering next year (Quest or regular).   The boxes are delivered directly to the school and distributed to classrooms ... read full article
5th Grade Parents: Action Items & EventsMarcus Grinde5/6/20196/14/2019
5th Grade Parents: Action Items & Events
(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 our kids.     SAVE THESE DATES: Thurs 5/16:     Planning committee mtg.  @ Smith library (1:30p) Tues 6/18:    5th Grade School-Day Fun Time (12:20-2p) ... read full article
Nominate outstanding volunteers, teachers/educatorsMarcus Grinde4/29/20195/19/2019
Nominate outstanding volunteers, teachers/educators
Do you know a Smith teacher/educator or volunteer who consistently goes above and beyond to make our school great?  Want to recognize them for their hard work?  Then  nominate them for a PTSA Award .   Each year, the Smith PTSA accepts nominations for the ' Outstanding Educator Award ' (given to a teacher, staff or community member) and the ' Golden Acorn Award ' (given to a community volunteer).   Who can nominate someone?   Anyone affiliated with Smith may submit a nomination; parents, students, teachers, staff, etc.   How to nominate:   Fill out an electronic nomination form ... read full article
Coffee with the Board, Fri. 3/15Marcus Grinde3/6/20193/17/2019
Coffee with the Board, Fri. 3/15
  Meet the Smith PTSA board and learn more about what PTSA does while enjoying a hot cup of coffee. It's board nomination time and this is a great way to learn about the various positions.    When: Friday, March 15th, during drop-off Where: School front entry Why: Learn about PTSA and  board nominations ... read full article
Staff Appreciation Event: Feb 28Marcus Grinde2/25/20192/28/2019
Staff Appreciation Event: Feb 28
THANKS FOR THE GREAT RESPONSE!!!  ONLY 1 ITEM LEFT. We urgently need volunteers to help provide one or more of the items from the list below for the Smith Staff Appreciation event  this Thursday .  If you can help out by  making or buying one of these items  it would be greatly appreciated.    Thank you ! ... read full article
Attend Book Fair Tue 1/29 -Thur 1/31Marcus Grinde1/27/20192/5/2019
Attend Book Fair Tue 1/29 -Thur 1/31
Smith's annual book fair is this week ! After school... Tuesday January, 29th - Thursday January 31st Tues: 11:50 am - 4:00 pm Wed: 1:50 pm - 4:00 pm Thu: 11:50 am - 4:00 pm Family night: Thu: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm   All purchases benefit our school !   (If you're unable to attend in person, you can still participate online, from January 23rd - February 5th at scholastic.com/fair ) ... read full article
LWPTSA Council Scholarship Auction & RaffleMarcus Grinde11/30/201812/6/2018
LWPTSA Council Scholarship Auction & Raffle
Message from: Lake Washington PTSA Council 2.8   Join us for the close of the LWPTSA Council Scholarship Basket Auction and Raffle. All are welcome, open to the public. Invite a friend!   LWPTSA Council Scholarship Basket Auction & Raffle Date:  Thursday, December 6 2018 Time:  10am -- immediately after General Membership Meeting Location:  Lake Washington School District Resource Center   [Basket Auction Catalog] ... read full article
Yearbook Cover Contest Winner Announced:Marcus Grinde11/28/201812/31/2018
Yearbook Cover Contest Winner Announced:
  Thank you to the 68 students who entered the Yearbook Cover Contest this year, with a theme of In Our Own Words! A committee of six reviewers used criteria to score each submission, and though it was an extremely difficult decision, the winner of this year's contest is Finley Kenna, second grader in Mrs. Farley's class . All submissions will be featured in the yearbook, which will also celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Samantha Smith Elementary! Congratulations! Yearbook Committee If you haven't purchased your yearbook yet, you can buy one online:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com  and enter code: 7755619 ... read full article
Staff Appreciation November 15Marcus Grinde11/12/201811/14/2018
Staff Appreciation November 15
November Tailgate Luncheon It's almost Apple Cup time so we thought it might be fun to treat the staff to a tailgate luncheon.  Let us know if you can help! We are happily serving almost 60 staff members this year and they were so appreciative of all the goodies you sent in during conference week.  Please deliver your item(s) to the staff lounge by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 15th.  Also, if you are missing your crockpot, we have several that are left from last year.  Please send us an email if you think we might have yours! Thanks for supporting our amazing ... read full article
Project Playground InformationMarcus Grinde11/12/20181/26/2019
Project Playground Information
Dear Smith Families, The Samantha Smith playgrounds need replacement! The wooden structures are old as the school – 30 years! In celebration of Samantha Smith Elementary School’s 30 th  Anniversary, a special committee of the Smith PTSA (Project Playground Team) has been created to raise funds totalling roughly  $60,000  to replace the wooden play structure in the front of the school and the Kindergarten playground in the back of the school. We can’t do it without you! [READ MORE]     [FUNDRAISING]   ... read full article
Staff Appreciation October 12th, 9 amMarcus Grinde10/2/201810/13/2018
Staff Appreciation October 12th, 9 am
For October, we're excited to provide some healthy, easy to grab snacks for our staff during conference week. Please sign up here  if you can help provide snacks for our amazing staff at Smith. Snacks should be delivered by Friday, October 12th at 9 am Thanks !   Caroline Rausch and Elena Luican, The Smith PTSA Staff Appreciation Team ... read full article
PTSA Community Event for New Families 9/28Marcus Grinde9/21/20189/30/2018
PTSA Community Event for New Families 9/28
Our Smith PTSA Family And Community Engagement chair, Dr. Danit Erlich, will be holding a free open forum discussion designed for families who are new to the area and would like advice on adjusting to their new home. Topics of discussion include 'Culture Shock' and 'Adjusting to the Area' with questions and answers afterward. Who:   Parents who are new to the area What:   Open forum talk on adjusting to your move When:  Friday, September 28th, 10:00-11:30 am Where:   Sammamish YMCA Community Room How:   Register by emailing  face@smithptsa.org   [Event flier] ... read full article
Sammamish Community Event: 9/22Marcus Grinde9/18/20189/23/2018
Sammamish Community Event: 9/22
The City of Sammamish and the Sammamish Citizens Corp invite you to attend the annual Disaster Preparedness Fair.  Featuring the " Big Shaker !" mobile earthquake simulator that gives participants the opportunity to experience the shaking of a simulated 8.0 earthquake! When:   Saturday, September 22, 2018 Time:   9:00am – 3:00pm Where:   Sammamish City Hall [Original City of Sammamish website announcement]   [Vendor/Exhibitor list] Organized and sponsored by Sammamish Citizen Corps ... read full article
ASP Session 5: Register via form by 5/10Marcus Grinde4/24/20195/12/2019
ASP Session 5: Register via form by 5/10
ASP Session 5 runs from May 6th through June 14th with registration open online through April 28th and in person at YMCA or via form below through May10th . The vendor run offerings include 'Lego Engineering and Coding', 'Chess Club', 'Small Hands on Art' (Drama), 'Fast Track Math', and 'Arts & Logic'. YMCA run classes include things like Dodgeball, Jewelry Making, Rocket Science, Fantastic Fiction and more.   [Vendor Run Classes]        [YMCA Classes Form] ... read full article
MOD Pizza Fundraiser: Sunday, Jan. 13Marcus Grinde1/9/20191/13/2019
MOD Pizza Fundraiser: Sunday, Jan. 13
Eat at the  Sammamish MOD Pizza  (near Safeway) this  Sunday, January 13th  and MOD Pizza will donate 20% of your purchase to the Smith PTSA.  Just  show  [this flier]  when you order or mention Smith PTSA. ... read full article
Ice Skating = Donations for our SchoolMarcus Grinde1/8/20191/13/2019
Ice Skating = Donations for our School
The Bellevue Downtown Association is featuring the region’s largest covered open-air ice skating experience (with real frozen water!). They will donate $3 to our PTSA for every paying Smith Elementary visitor during the program dates.  Any visit from  January 1-13, 2019  qualifies.  Just  make sure to tell them you're from Samantha Smith Elementary  at the ticket counter.  Admission (including skate rental) is $15/person, $10/person for ages eight and under. [More information]     [Flyer for Smith] ... read full article
Math Challenge #2 Due Oct 17Marcus Grinde10/9/201810/21/2018
Math Challenge #2 Due Oct 17
Math  Challenge   #2 "Patterns"  is now available for  download from this  [LINK] Solutions are  due  on Wednesday , October 17, 2018   by  1:50  PM .   Students may turn in solutions to their  teacher or at the Smith front office . Have fun!  If you need more information please email Smith PTSA Math  Challenge  Committee:   mathchallenge@smithptsa.org ... read full article
Welcome from PTSA President 2018PTSA President8/24/201810/15/2018
Welcome from PTSA President 2018
August, 2018 Welcome Back Smith Families! We are excited to be celebrating the  30 th  Anniversary of Smith and the Smith PTSA this year !  The past few weeks, your PTSA Board has been bustling about getting ready for Back to Business night and lining up volunteers to head up key PTSA sponsored programs that benefit our kids all year.  If you have not yet renewed your annual membership for this year, please  join  today.  Not only does your membership help make the programs we sponsor and support possible, it also gets you access to the online directory, discounts from ... read full article
Want to get involved at our school?Marcus Grinde10/3/20181/6/2019
Want to get involved at our school?
Volunteer! ... read full article
Emergency Kit Info: 2018-2019Marcus Grinde8/23/201811/4/2018
Emergency Kit Info: 2018-2019
Emergency Preparedness committee update, August 2018 The PTSA Emergency Preparedness committee works with school leaders to help prepare for the event of an environmental disaster or campus lockdown during school hours.  With the support of the Smith PTSA, the goal is to  ensure that ALL students and staff have immediate access to necessary emergency supplies .  In previous years, students were asked to either buy a personal emergency supply kit or to build their own and bring it in to school.  These kits were then consolidated and stored in the classroom.  Since the items in the kits have a shelf-life ... read full article