Virtual Back to Business
Thank you to everyone, volunteers and attendees, for making for a very successful Back to Business Night. While most of the community was able to attend and accomplish core business, we understand that some people were out of town or otherwise unable to make it, or were not ready to complete all of the business at that time. For you, we have established an experimental "Virtual Back to Business" process that allows you to step through the stations much as you would have in the live session. This is our first time offering this service, so would appreciate any feedback you may have on the virtual process. Click the Virtual Back to Business tab on the left margin to begin

Back-to-Business Night - 8/27
Back-to-Business Night returns to the Smith Gyms on Wednesday, August 27. To manage flow, we are breaking up the night into two sections. Students with last names A-L are asked to attend between 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Those with last names M-Z are asked to attend 6:00pm - 7:30pm. You can manage a significant amount of your School and PTSA business in this joint event. Join as a member of the PTSA, donate to the Dolphin Dash, sign-up for our "passive" fundraising programs, volunteer to lead or join a committee, order Smithwear, meet a variety of our After School Program vendors, etc. You will also have the first chance to find out teacher assignments. Volunteers to help work B2B are still needed, particularly in the latter half of the evening. Please contact Joel Freedman at president@smithptsa.org.

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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

Golden Acorn Winners - Erica Hines and Kimberly Wolf
CONGRATULATIONS TO ERICA HINES & KIMBERLY WOLF -OUR GOLDEN ACORN AWARD WINNERS! This award is presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to a volunteer in recognition of his/her dedication and service to children and youth. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education. ... read full article

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