There are LOTS of announcements this week -- 

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Have a safe and enjoyable winter break, everyone.  

See you in 2015!!

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Important! FINANCIAL REVIEW VOLUNTEER NEEDED:
Twice per year, we perform a financial review of the PTSA finances as an important control to ensure that we are following the law, PTA rules and policies, and our own standing rules. We need 1 more volunteer with some level of finance/accounting skill to commit 3-4 hours in January to be part of the mid-term financial review. We hope to keep the committee intact for the year-end review in July as well. If you are interested in taking on this volunteer commitment, please contact Joel Freedman at president@smithptsa.org or joel.freedman@live.com. Thank you to Ferrol McCartney and Cara Leitch for already volunteering for this important job.

Important! NOMINATING COMMITTEE NEEDED
Every year, the PTSA elections, nominations and communications are managed by a Nominating Committee. We are seeking volunteers, who are not Board Members, to be on the Nomination Committee. The nomination committee consists of 3 members and 2 alternates. If you are interested in guiding the future of our PTSA with a manageable time commitment, please sign up by contacting Joel Freedman.

Important! Amazon Smile and eScrip for Holiday Shopping!! :)
With the Holiday Season in full swing, now is a great time to make your everyday purchases and support the Smith PTSA at the same time.

Using Amazon Smile, you will experience the Amazon you already know, with the same products, prices and service. However, a percentage of the price of your eligible purchases will go directly to the Smith PTSA. Now, that is a reason to smile!!

Use the Group ID 8566392 at shopping.escrip.com to shop major retailers including Amazon, Apple, Nordstrom, Barnes and Noble and many, many more!!

Important! Need Key Committee Chairpersons!!!
We are still looking for volunteers for the following Committee Chair positions: Awards, Environmental Education, Legislation, Recognition, Safety Committee (Co), Shirt Sales (2015-16), Sparrow Club, Special Needs, 5th Grade Celebration. To learn more about each committee, click HERE. Please email Joel Freedman at president@smithptsa.org if you are interested in joining or have any questions.

BUDGET AMENDMENTS APPROVED AT SPECIAL GM MEETING
The following amendments to the PTSA budget were approved at the Special GM Meeting held on Tuesday, December 9:
* $200 to fund a new budget line item for the Math Challenge program.
* $350 to fund participation in a National Spelling Bee competition on a new budget line item.
* $5,000 to fund a new line item titled “Catered Events”, to cover the expenditures for catered events (i.e., Grandparent’s Luncheon, Dads and Donuts) where we sell tickets and obtain revenue to offset the costs.
* $2,040 to fund a second Nature Vision program for each class.
* $5,000 to add additional funds to the Spirit of Samantha Smith Fund.
Thank you to all who attended the meeting and provided your input!!

STUDENT DIRECTORY AVAILABLE!!!!
We are happy to announce the availability of the 2014-2015 Student Directory!! The directories were delivered to the teacher mailboxes early this week, and should be distributed through the classroom this week. For a long time, we did not have a committee chair for this big project. An ENORMOUS thank you to Mauli Desai and Doreen Butterklee for stepping up and taking it on!!!

Parent Education Resources and Thank you!!!
We had a great Parent Education session last Tuesday!! HUGE thank you to Lynn Freedman, Parent Education Committee Chair for putting together a great evening program!!!

Jennifer Watanabe sent this message, her presentation, and an additional resource brochure.

"It was so nice to meet you... It is always heartwarming for me to be with so many dedicated and concerned parents. As a follow-up to the talk I wanted to offer up 3 additional points:

· Go Slow – If a parent decides to make a change in the family that may not be well-received by a child (at the time), it is okay to go slow. Going too fast may increase the resistance the child may present.
· Overindulgence is just one component – There are so many considerations when parenting. Just like a Rubik’s cube has many components, overindulgence is just one consideration. Parents can add to their “parenting toolbox,” if you will, by taking into account child development, temperament, cultural environment, and more.
· Mental health issues – If a family is dealing with mental health issues or learning disabilities, parents will need to obtain professional guidance in these special circumstances.

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:
December 18: 45th District Legislative Panel – meet your legislators
January 22: Grant Writing by Lake Washington Schools Foundation – open to teachers, parents and staff
February 19: TBD
March 19: Lunch with Dr. Traci Pierce
May 21: Legislative Wrap-Up

Box Tops Deadline January 15
The deadline for individual collection of boxtops is approaching -- January 15 is less than a month away! Click HERE for complete details regarding submission and prizes. Click [[HEREto see all the products with Box tops. Every single box top counts, so be sure to send in however many you can. Please contact Sudha Balaji if you have any questions. Thank you so much for collecting box tops to raise money for Smith.


Don't forget to order your yearbook...
The Samantha Smith Elementary 2014-2015 Yearbook is available to be ordered online now directly through Lifetouch. The cost is $20 and the Yearbook ID Code is 7755615. You can see the flyer HERE. Note notification of order status can be arranged through the vendor site, not the PTSA!


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Ongoing Incentive Programs
We have a variety of ongoing incentives for fundraising. Get the most out of your dollar by getting great values, while the Smith PTSA receives a contribution from our partners. You can learn more about our full suite of incentives by clicking HERE . Please contact  Sudha Balaji  at rsailasudha@hotmail.com for any questions on these programs. Amazon Smile: Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Samantha Smith PTSA whenever you shop through this LINK . Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service, but at the same time it registers ... read full article

Dolphin Byte Archive
Here are links to the current and past Dolphin Bytes for your reference.   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

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 and follow ... read full article

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