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King-Sno County Regional Spelling Bee
King-Sno County Regional Spelling Bee

Date:
Sunday, March 29
Where:
Seattle

For more information, click HERE.
6:30p Parent Ed - Internet Crimes Against Children
Parent Ed - Internet Crimes Against Children

Date:
Monday, March 30
Time:
6:30p - 7:30p
Where:
Rachel Carson Elementary

Topics include cyber-bullying, social networking, online gaming/virtual worlds, utilizing parental controls and other safety tips. RSVP to Lynn Freedman at lynn.freedman4@yahoo.com by Monday, March 23rd. Admission is funded by the Smith PTSA. PARENTS ONLY EVENT!

7:00p Choir Concert
Choir Concert

Date:
Monday, March 30
Time:
7:00p - 8:00p
7:00p PTSA Board Meeting
PTSA Board Meeting

Date:
Wednesday, April 1
Time:
7:00p - 9:00p
Where:
PTSA Portable
Yearbook orders due
Yearbook orders due

Date:
Friday, April 3

For more information, click HERE
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Spring Break
Spring Break

Date:
Mon 4/6 - Fri 4/10
Spring Break
Spring Break

Date:
Mon 4/6 - Fri 4/10
Spring Break
Spring Break

Date:
Mon 4/6 - Fri 4/10
Spring Break
Spring Break

Date:
Mon 4/6 - Fri 4/10
Spring Break
Spring Break

Date:
Mon 4/6 - Fri 4/10
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Important! Explore Art Chair Needed!
The Explore Art program is desperately seeking one or more dedicated art leads/helpers to take over the position of Explore Art Chair for the 2015-2016 school year. This program is vital: it is the only art instruction our children receive. We have lots of wonderful volunteers willing to teach Explore Art in the classroom, but they will be unable to do so without a leader. This does not have to be a one person job. Find a friend or two and do it together! Our current team of three is leaving, but we are here until June to train you, so please take advantage of committing to this position early so we can do everything we can to transition you smoothly and easily! If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Muddy Kinzer at muddykinzer@comcast.net. Thank you!

Parent Education Event - "Internet Crimes Against Children"
The Smith PTSA is partnering with Carson and McAuliffe Elementary schools and sponsoring
a presentation titled, “Internet Crimes against Children.” The presentation will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 from
6:30-7:30pm at Rachel Carson Elementary School. Stefanie Thomas, Victim Advocate with the Seattle Police Department,
Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, will be the featured speaker. Topics include cyber-bullying, social networking,
online gaming/virtual worlds, utilizing parental controls and other safety tips. If you have any questions, please email Lisa
Daniel, School Counselor at Carson and McAuliffe. You can also call either school to speak to her. Please RSVP to Lynn
Freedman at lynn.freedman4@yahoo.com by Monday, March 23rd if you will be attending this event. Admission is funded
by the Smith PTSA. PARENTS ONLY EVENT!

Two Choir Concerts This Month!
The first concert will be an in-school concert featuring both the K-2 and the 3-5 choirs on Monday, March 23rd at 2pm in the Big Gym. The second concert is Monday, March 30th at 7 pm in the Big Gym. This concert will feature both choirs and highlight many kids performing solos and/or instruments along with our choir songs as well as two songs that will combine both choirs. We hope you can join us!

Volunteers: Set up in the gym of the chairs, piano, and risers for the evening concert on March 30th will start at 4:00, directly after choir rehearsal. Any volunteer help during that time will be greatly appreciated.

Parents: Regular choir rehearsals will take place on both Mondays. Performers should arrive at the evening concert no later than 6:45 PM. Dress for the concert is nicely dressed, black and white (nice shirt and pants, preferably without any sayings or print on the shirts). The last day for winter choir rehearsal for K-2 is March 24th; the last day for winter choir rehearsal for 3-5 is March 30th.

Take me out to the ballgame...
The Seattle Mariners have reached out to the PTSA for interest in coordinating a Samantha Smith night at the ballgame. There are many potential dates available during this school year, and the plan would include discount tickets, mention at the game, and an opportunity for our school choir to sing the National Anthem (subject to qualification). We are looking for a baseball or choir loving parent to take on ownership of a potential event this school year, which we would estimate would be a fairly nominal time commitment (4-6 hours pre-game), with most of the heavy lifting being done by the Mariners organization. If you are interested in being the promoter, liaison and organizer of an event with the Mariners, please contact Joel Freedman and Leanne Brodzinski at president@smithptsa.org and secretary@smithptsa.org.

ORDER YOUR SMITH 2014-2015 YEARBOOK by April 3rd!
The Samantha Smith Elementary 2014-2015 Yearbook is available to be ordered online now directly through Lifetouch through Friday, April 3rd. The cost is $20. For more information, please see the flyer HERE. The yearbook is planned to include: All-color pages that vibrantly capture school memories, original student designed cover design that reflects our school spirit and uniqueness, sturdy soft cover, and a current events insert that captures the top news stories of the year. Only online orders directly through our vendor are accepted, the Yearbook Team or Smith cannot process or accept cash/checks for the yearbook. The Yearbook ID Code is 7755615, and you can order directly by clicking HERE. Note, you can check the status of your order by clicking on “Would you like an email confirmation of what you previously ordered?” and entering your email alias; the Yearbook Team cannot confirm order status. Thank you to our Yearbook co-chairs Ann Bauer and Michele Miller!!

GOOD FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Everyone is welcome to attend the LWPTSA Council’s new Brown Bag Lunch. These include short presentations and discussions on topics of interest to members. Bring your lunch from 12-1pm on the third Thursday of the month, and join us. The Brown Bag schedule is as follows:
March 19: Lunch with Dr. Traci Pierce
April 16: Parent Education (TBA)
May 21: Legislative Wrap-Up

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Volunteer Survey Results
At the beginning of the year, we offered the Samantha Smith community a chance to voice your opinions about Volunteering at our school.  We were looking for things that both motivate and hinder you when it comes to spending your time and energy in support of PTSA-sponsored programs.  Here is a summary of the results and the PTSA board's response to them.   RESULTS:   We received 28 responses in one month .  Only volunteers responded even though the survey was open to everyone in the community.   How do you find out when the PTSA needs volunteers? Please select ... read full article

Ongoing Incentive Program UPDATE
Box Tops: Thanks so much for sending in the box tops! The Individual contest winners are Noah Balinski from Mrs.Drake's class (K-2) and Greyson Penn from Mrs. Romano’s class (3-5) !!Congratulations winners and great job to each and every one of you who participated!! Please do continue collecting box tops we will have our class room contest in Spring. Labels for education update: There has been an important Labels for Education ® program change. e Labels for Education will be coming to an end on July 31st, 2015 . All purchases of Labels for Education participating products made using an eLabels ... read full article

Dolphin Byte Archive
       Here are links to the current and past Dolphin Bytes for your reference.   Mar 18 2015 Mar 11 2015 Mar 4 2015 Feb 25 2015 Feb 18 2015 Feb 11 2015 Feb 4 2015 Jan 28 2015 Jan 21 2015 Jan 14 2015 Jan 7 2015 Dec 17 2014 Dec 10 2014 Dec 3 2014 Nov 26 2014 Nov 19 2014 Nov 12 2014 Nov 5 2014 Oct 29 2014 Oct 22 2014 Oct 15 2014   Oct 8 2014 Oct 1 2014   ... read full article

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