RSVP for the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration by Friday!


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Mar 1
7:30p PTSA Board Meeting
PTSA Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 4
7:30p - 9:00p
Smith Library
RSVP for Volunteer Celebration
RSVP for Volunteer Celebration

Friday, March 6

RSVP to Kim Bansal.
6:30p Smith Spelling Bee
Smith Spelling Bee

Friday, March 6
6:30p - 9:30p
Big Gym

School oral round to determine school representative to the King-Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee. For more information, click HERE.
7:00p Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

Tuesday, March 10
7:00p - 9:00p
Sammamish Teen Center

A chance to acknowledge and thank all our wonderful volunteers with food, friends and fun! For more info, click HERE

Friday, March 13
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Important! Spelling Bee Update
The school spelling bee for grades 2-5 will be held on March 6th at 6:30pm to determine a school-wide winner to represent Smith at the King-Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee in Seattle on March 29th. The winner of the regional spelling bee goes on to continue in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Madalena McAllen. If you would like more general information click HERE.

Important! URGENT CALL for Photos for Yearbook by Feb 28!!!
There are some classes with ZERO photos uploaded!!! Please share your candid photos so we can consider them for inclusion in the Smith 2014-2015 Yearbook! To submit photos to the Yearbook Team please follow the below directions:

1. Go to:
2. Register with access code: TJJBBY
3. Once registered, you will receive an email from Lifetouch with an activation link. You must click the activation link before you can log into the Lifetouch Community Image Upload site.
4. You can upload 5 images at a time (10mb or smaller).
5. Enter a description for each image so the yearbook staff can easily identify what is happening in the photo and place them in the correct folders.
6. The Yearbook Team will then determine which images are used in the yearbook. Please see this flyer for more details.

Volunteer APPRECIATION Celebration March 10. RSVP by March 6.
The PTSA Board invites all Smith parents to join us at the Sammamish Teen Center on Tuesday, March 10th to honor our 2014-2015 Volunteers. The evening event (7-9pm) will be filled with gratitude, good food/drinks and great volunteers/friends. Please RSVP by March 6th to For additional information, click HERE.

Math is Cool Competition
Registration for this event started on Dec 1st. Click HERE for information.
Contact Shashi Singaravel for 4th Grade registration. Contact Suman Pal for 5th.

Nominations for 2015-16 PTSA Board taken until March 23
It’s the time of year to begin nominating next year’s Smith PTSA Board and we need your help. The PTSA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for Board of Officer positions for the 2015-16 school year. If you have the time and interest to serve as an officer, or know someone who does, please print and fill out the nomination form by March 23, 2015. To be eligible for election to any of the positions, candidates must have been a member of the PTSA at least 30 days prior to being elected. The election will be held at the April 17 PTSA General Membership Meeting. Officers will assume their duties on July 1, 2015.

If you have any questions please contact any of the Nominating Committee members: Cheryl Hill, Susie Hindle Kher, Reetu Gupta, Fang Fang or Jinsheng Shi. You can also email the committee at

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 and

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!!

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.   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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