Congrats to the new 2015-16 Board Members!  

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Important! The Future of Explore Art Program in YOUR hands
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!

SMITH INTERNATIONAL NIGHT
The second Smith International Night, "Explore Your World" is scheduled for May 28th, 6 pm - 8 pm. This event celebrates our diverse community and ties us together as we share regional and global heritage, experiences and culture with each other. We will transform the school into an international festival filled with incredible food, costume, music, art and culture. It will feature children's parade, country and art displays, arts and crafts, food and entertainment from around our country and our world.
If you would like to help organize this event or volunteer, please contact Sambhrama Mundkur.

The success of this event depends on the participation from our Smith families. Please send a mail to Sambhrama Mundkur if you are interested in participating in any of the following:
1. Children's Flag Parade - Sign up your child to represent an American state or a country in the parade.
2. Setup a country/culture booth - Share your knowledge about a country, state or even a city from around the
world.
3. Kid’s performance - Sign up for sharing a group performance from your culture or country.
4. Art and Craft booth - Sign up for sharing a special art or craft that is unique to your heritage or culture such as
calligraphy, henna etc.

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:
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

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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