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Drama Club

We are so excited to announce our Drama Club. Our theme will be Peter Pan. 

Date and Times: Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr 1, at 4 - 5 pm.

Location: Smith Gym

Recital: Apr 1, 7 pm

Fee: $145

To register, please click here.

We would love your help. If you’re interested in volunteering, please click here.

For questions, email dramaclub@smithptsa.org


Smith Chess Club

We’re thrilled that we had an overwhelming response to our first week of Chess Club. So we’ve created a waitlist to register the names of interested parents.

Please sign up here to join the waitlist. We will notify you as soon as spots are available. Thank you for your patience.

We’re seeking parent volunteers to assist during chess club sessions. If you’re available, please sign up here.

Here are some key details about the Chess Club:

  • The chess club will meet once a week every Wed, 8:15 - 9:10 am
  • No Prior experience required to join the Smith Chess club. Kids at all levels are welcome to join the club.
  • Chess board and pieces will be provided by the club.

Please note that registration for the chess club is open for the students of PTSA Members only. Make sure you have your PTSA membership renewed for 2023-2024 school year,  Annual Membership (Join or Renew)

 

Congratulations to the Smith Chess Team!

Kudos to the Samantha Smith Chess Team for securing the 4th place as the Best Team in the WA Junior Open on January 15. Congratulations on this achievement!

The team received a plaque and each team member received an Amazon gift card.


Yearbook Cover Contest

This year we had 48 entries into the yearbook cover contest. It was a very difficult choice as there are so many fantastic artists among our dolphin family. 

This year’s top three yearbook cover submissions – which will be featured as cover art/back cover art and title page (in no particular order) are 

Shelly T. in Mrs. Henderson’s class

Aarohi P. in Mrs. McClellion’s class, and

Ishika A. in Mrs. Teteak’s class. 

Congratulations to all who submitted 

Purchase your yearbook here. 

For questions, please email: yearbook@smithptsa.org.


Book Fair & Family Night

Its time for our January Book Fair

Our annual book fair will be hosted in the library from Jan. 23rd-26th. Stop by before or after your Parent-Teacher conference to shop for books. 

Hours and Event Info: 

  • Jan. 23rd: 12:50-4:30 pm 
  • Jan. 24th: 2:20-4:30 pm 
  • Jan. 25th: 12:50-4:30 pm 
  • Family Night: Jan 25th from 5:30-7:00 pm. Join us for a raffle with prizes!
  • Jan. 26th: 12:50-2:00 pm

We are super excited to help Ms. Pratt organize, set up, and run the book fair.  Thank you so much for being willing to help.  We have included volunteer spots for people to do before and during the book fair, with both school day and after school opportunities. 

For parent volunteers: click here.

For middle and high school volunteers: click here.

Eat at The Habit Burger Grill from 2:00-8:00 pm and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the Smith Library. Bring the attached flyer.

Questions? Email hpratt@lwsd.org


Spelling Bee

We need your help to make sure our qualifying round of spelling bee goes smoothly. Please consider signing up as parent and student volunteers for Spelling Bee, happening on Feb 8th, 4-6 pm at the Smith library. Please signup here.

Please note *corrected date* Feb 8.

Did you know the Scripps National Spelling Bee has a free app that your students can use to learn their spelling bee study words?

Word Club is completely free to download and play on Apple and Android devices, including mobile devices and tablets. Your students can have fun mastering all 4,000 words on the Words of the Champions study list, including the 450 words on the School Spelling Bee Study List.

Additional info about the Spelling Bee: 

  • School competition: Feb 8th 2024
  • Regionals competition: March 31st 2024
  • Eligibility: Grade 3rd, 4th, 5th

Practice the Spelling Bee rule: Say it, Spell it, Say it.

Please see the links below for the word lists:

Spelling Bee Words

Spelling Bee Words w/Definitions

For more word lists, visit here.

 

For any questions, email: deeptimunjal@smithptsa.org

(Gentle Reminder: All the queries will be answered within 48 hours, and please be mindful of asking the questions which are not already provided in the newsletter, thank you for understanding. Note that all the links on the PTSA websites are current.)

*Please do not share the words lists outside of Samantha Smith. 


Math Olympiads

Smith Elementary is participating in the Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS). MOEMS® is a specially designed program by Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School students where they provide monthly problem-solving contests for elementary and middle school students.

The signup period for this year's now closed. We are currently in the process of assembling teams.

For questions, please contact prachischool3@gmail.com or PTSA.


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Valentine’s with Grandparents/Special Adult

We are so excited to bring back our Valentine’s with Grandparents event. Please note that students can bring their grandparents or a special adult. The idea is to share love and a few sweet treats.

Mark your calendars for Feb 13, 8:30 am, at the Smith Gym.


Art Walk

Explore Art is super excited to announce our annual art exhibition “Art Walk 2024” coming on March 7th from 6:30pm. Please save the date!

If you are available to help us prepare for Art Walk please sign up here.

Any amount of your time would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to do the whole slot but could be here for an hour we would appreciate it.


Families Help Families

Help us provide food security by donating what you can here or you can scan the QR code on the flyer above.


LINKS Mentors Needed

Kids are waiting - LINKS Lunch Buddy Mentors Needed at Smith Elementary!

Do you have one hour a week you can share with a child? Become a LINKS Lunch Buddy mentor! 

Mentors come during school hours once a week and spend the lunch hour in a pre-assigned area to eat, play games, make crafts, talk, go to recess, and do other agreed-upon activities.

Help us provide social-emotional support to elementary students who need a little extra one-on-one attention. 

Please share with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

For more information about LINKS, visit: lwsd.org/LINKS or contact Victoria Goetze-Nelson at lunchbuddy@lwsd.org


Volunteers Needed for Lunch Time

We're thrilled to introduce our new composting initiative and we need your help! 

Join us in educating our students about sustainability and environmental care by volunteering. Your role will involve helping with compost bins and leading students in green practices, no previous experience required. 

To participate, sign up here. 

Additional information available in the PowerPoint attached to the Signup Genius link. You can also click here to access it.

Your contribution can create a significant impact!


Stem Night

Smith PTSA is thrilled to present to you Smith STEM Night 2024!

To register, signup here. Deadline to register is Mar 14, 2024.

Key details of the event:

  • Event will be held at Smith Elementary on 28th March 2024, 3:40 pm to 8:00 pm 
  • Sign up to present a project in any one of the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math 
  • Students from all grades can participate individually or in groups of up to 3 kids.
  • Teams from FLL or other events are welcome to present their projects but not compete.
  • Rules/Guidelines and Scoring Criteria are attached in the SignUp Genius link here

Math Challenge 2023-24

All students are invited to participate in the Math Challenge program.

There will be 15 math challenges throughout the school year. Every two weeks, there will be a new math challenge. We encourage students to participate in this program and discuss these math problems with their parents or siblings. Students who submit qualified answers to at least 12 math challenges will be awarded with a certificate in June 2024. 

The Math Challenge problem sheets and the schedule can be viewed and downloaded from this [LINK].

Students may choose one of these options to turn in their solutions:

1) Students may email solutions to ChallengeSubmission@smithptsa.org. Please add the subject line (Challenge # - Grade # - Teacher Name- Student Name). 

2) Or students may fill in this Google Form https://forms.gle/KDhDxhBApqfXUHqx5

Have fun!

If you need more information please mail to Alon Ragoler at AlonRagoler@smithptsa.org


Reflections

This year a total of 326 entries from 39 local PTAs entered the LWPTSA Reflections Art Program, and 62 of these entries moved to the State Level judging. 

Congratulations to below Smith students for moving up to the Sate level. The Council is holding an open house in person on Jan 19th at the LWSD Resource Center. All entries collected will be displayed at the Open House and the invitation is open to all students, staff, family members and friends. The art display will be available for a week, allowing those unable to attend on the 19th to visit and appreciate the pieces during LWRC's regular working hours until Thursday, 25th of January.  

 

Smith Elementary Reflections Entries Moving To the State Level

Jocelyn Yu - Visions of Hope: Painting Tomorrow - Visual Arts - Award of Merit

Queenie Fu - I am Hopeful Because the World is Beautiful - Literature - Award of Excellence

Maya Burmistrov - Peace - Dance - Award of Excellence

For detailed information on the Reflections program, click here.


Science Olympiad

We are excited to announce that the Eastlake Science Olympiad will be hosting the Science Olympiad program at Samantha Smith Elementary for the second year in a row! Only Samantha Smith 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be eligible to compete. By filling out the registration form, parents and guardians are expressing their child's interest in joining this program.

Registration is now closed for this event.

Additional info about the Science Olympiad:

  • Science Olympiad is an international level competition that tests students knowledge and understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. This competition gives students exposure to different STEM fields through both hands-on experience and contextual learning. 
  • Competition for this year will be on February 28th!
  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 14th

For more information about the competition, timeline, deadlines, etc. please read through our info session powerpoint here

Please email janakilakshmiv@gmail.com with any questions! 


Math is Cool

Calling Mathletes in grades 4 & 5 to form teams of 4 to represent Smith at this year's Math is Cool competition http://www.academicsarecool.com/#/competitions.

Each grade could have up to 8 teams to compete for Smith.  Each team would need to have a parent coach to coordinate with communication, and other event day logistics. Each team’s competition fee is $60, which PTSA has graciously agreed to cover!!    

Sign-ups: Please sign up by Jan 31st 2024 end of day via Smith MIC 2023-24 - Google Sheets

Test Dates and location: 

  • Grade 4: Mar 23, 2024 3:30PM-8:00PM, in-person at Liberty High School
  • Grade 5: Mar 09, 2024 9:00AM-2:00PM, in-person at Liberty High School

For questions, please contact prachischool3@gmail.com or PTSA.


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