Dolphin Day ROCKED!!!!!!   IBC

See Dolphin Day Link in sidebar menu for access to pictures from this year's event.  
Oct 26
Nov 1
12:00p Reflections: Deadline for Entry
Reflections: Deadline for Entry

Monday, October 27
Smith Office

Entries for Reflections are due by Monday, October 27 and should be turned in at the Smith Office.
7:00p LWSD - PTSA Special Needs Group Meeting
LWSD - PTSA Special Needs Group Meeting

Tuesday, October 28
7:00p - 8:30p
LWSD Resource Center

All parents welcome. For information about joining the Special Needs Group mailing list, visit http://lwptsa.n?et/special-need?s/
6:30p Candidate Forum on Education
Candidate Forum on Education

Wednesday, October 29
6:30p - 8:30p
Rosa Parks ES

Lake Washington PTSA and Rosa Parks ES PTSA will co-host a candidate forum on WEDNESDAY OCT 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rosa Parks ES. Candidates for the legislature in the 45th district and King County District Court, will answer questions.
The event will be moderated by Jane Dulski, Region 2 Director, WSPTSA
Questions? Contact Beth Sigall, VP, Advocacy, Lake Wash PTSA Council (
See the LWSD Flyer
8:30a Vision/Hearing Tests
Vision/Hearing Tests

Thursday, November 6
8:30a - 3:00p

9:30a LWPTSA Council Meeting
LWPTSA Council Meeting

Thursday, November 6
9:30a - 11:00a
LWSD Resource Center

All members are welcome to attend. Only assigned delegates may vote.
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Health Screening Volunteer Needed
Please signup to help with Health Screening here. Contact Annette Richards if you have any questions. Thank you.

Winter Wonderland -- Save the Date!
Don’t miss the Winter Wonderland Social & Holiday Bazaar - an annual Smith tradition! On December 5, the gym is transformed into a Winter Wonderland and Smith families have an opportunity to socialize and support local crafters and businesses. Students can do some secret holiday shopping with affordable gifts available while parents socialize.

Please see the Winter Wonderland page for more information and volunteer opportunities.

Introducing the Special Needs Group...
The Lake Washington PTSA Special Needs Group is made up of parents in Lake Washington School District whose children receive special services (IEPs) and accommodations (504s). The group also includes interested staff and students. The group meets every school month except for December and June. We hear from speakers, have an extensive lending library, learn about resources in the community, network with other parents and keep updated on district and PTSA issues affecting children with disabilities. Please click on this link for more information about upcoming meetings/speakers:

Committee Chair Training Now Online!!
Committee Chairs!! The new online Committee Chair Training is now available by clicking HERE. All committee chairs are required to complete the Committee Chair Training and the Committee Chair Guidelines and Sign-Off Form to acknowledge a few key policies and messages to ensure that we can retain our legal compliance, non-for-profit status, District policies and PTA best practices. I hope you find the process interesting, informative and efficient. Special thanks to Shay Toland, Allyson Wen and Jeannette Illsley for great work and collaboration on this new format. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Joel Freedman at

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Dolphin Day Wrap Up - from Oct 15 Dolphin Byte
Dolphin Day is over and now we have reached the end of the fundraising window. We have met and exceeded our budget and our goal!!! Our current count of money raised through Dolphin Day, including the BBQ tickets and the auction is $36,054!! The total including estimated matching is over $55,000!!!. Thank you all for your tremendous generosity and for making this level of fundraising achieved over the last two years appear to be sustainable and will allow the PTSA to invest more deeply to the school, districts and the kids!!   Raffle: All raffle tickets have been handed out for donations received by ... read full article

Boundary Change Process
Between now and February, Lake Washington School District is reviewing and making changes to the boundaries that determine which students attend which schools. We do not yet know how our school might be affected. However, there is an easy way to keep up with the activities of the committee that is working on these changes. The LWSD Reboundary Process page on the district website is where all the information on this process is being posted as it goes along. On the right hand side of the page, there is a link that says Sign up to receive boundary process email updates. Click on that link (or the ... read full article

Oct 15 Issue of Dolphin Byte
Click here for the latest Dolphin Byte.   ... read full article

Welcome back to school!
Dear Samantha Smith Elementary School Families, Welcome Back to School!! I hope everyone had a fantastic summer and is charged up for a great school year! The start of the new school year is an exciting, but often overwhelming time. I would like to take the opportunity to welcome back returning families and welcome all new families to the Smith community. This letter introduces you to our PTSA and explains how you can contribute to our strong Smith culture and learning environment.   The PTSA supports a variety of academic and enrichment programs like Accelerated Math/Reading, Nature Vision, field trips, ... read full article

Increase in resources for LWSD schools - SY 2014/2015
At our last council general membership meeting, Dr. Pierce spoke about changes we can expect to see in our schools in the 2014/2015 SY. She highlighted the same in a recent email newsletter.  Overall, we will see more supports in the form of additional counselors, facilitators and other staffing needs, as well as more class options.  This is the result of increased funding from the state legislature this past session.  Here is a brief summary of Dr. Pierce’s information, then a link to the entire newsletter.   “For the past several years, we have focused on making budget cuts. However, ... read full article

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