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11:30a HALF DAY - Conferences
HALF DAY - Conferences

Date:
Tuesday, January 27
Time:
11:30a - 3:00p

11:30a Book Fair
Book Fair

Date:
Tuesday, January 27
Time:
11:30a - 4:00p

This year's book fair theme is "Chill out with a Good Book! The purpose of the book fair is to get students excited about literacy and to raise money for new books for our library.

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11:30a Primary Choir @ 11:30
Primary Choir @ 11:30

Date:
Tuesday, January 27
Time:
11:30a - 12:30p

7:00p LWPTSA Special Needs Group Meeting
LWPTSA Special Needs Group Meeting

Date:
Tuesday, January 27
Time:
7:00p - 8:45p
Where:
LWSD Resource Center

More Info. Dr. Elizabeth Smith presents: Two short tutorials on (1) Dysgraphia and (2) Executive Functions.
11:30a Book Fair
Book Fair

Date:
Wednesday, January 28
Time:
11:30a - 4:00p

Break between 12:15 and 1:30

This year's book fair theme is "Chill out with a Good Book! The purpose of the book fair is to get students excited about literacy and to raise money for new books for our library.

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7:00p Experience Dyslexia Simulation
Experience Dyslexia Simulation

Date:
Wednesday, January 28
Time:
7:00p - 8:30p
Where:
Nathan Hale High School

More Info Olivia Handman is a successful high school senior with dyslexia. She is sponsoring the simulation at her school for families, educators and administrators throughout the Seattle area. All are welcome.
11:30a HALF DAY - Conferences
HALF DAY - Conferences

Date:
Thursday, January 29
Time:
11:30a - 3:00p

11:30a Book Fair
Book Fair

Date:
Thursday, January 29
Time:
11:30a - 8:00p

Break between 5 and 6pm

This year's book fair theme is "Chill out with a Good Book! The purpose of the book fair is to get students excited about literacy and to raise money for new books for our library.

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11:30a HALF DAY - Conferences
HALF DAY - Conferences

Date:
Friday, January 30
Time:
11:30a - 3:00p
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8:30a PTSA Board Meeting
PTSA Board Meeting

Date:
Wednesday, February 4
Time:
8:30a - 10:00a
Where:
PTSA Portable
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The Smith Science Fair is Back!
Science fairs give children a unique opportunity to explore and study a topic that interests them and to share their knowledge with others. Students can select any topic to investigate – astronomy, biology, computers, geology, motion, music, plants and sports are just a few of the possibilities.

This year’s Science fair is scheduled for MARCH 26th, 2015 – Click Here for details. Registration deadline is February 26th 2015.

If you would like to help organize this event or volunteer, please contact Swarnima Aswinkumar - swarnima_d@yahoo.com or sign up here.

DADS AND DONUTS…DADS' BREAKFAST
This year the annual Samantha Smith Dads' Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, February 11 from 7:30-8:15 am in the gym. Those wishing to attend must RSVP no later than Friday, February 6. If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Mosca or Heather Donato. Thank you Jenn and Heather for stepping up to lead yet another big event!!

Special Needs Activities
There are lots of activities for families of children with Special Needs. Please check out the flyer HERE for January activities.

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:
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

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

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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