2018-2019 Yearbook Photo Submission
PTSA Member Benefits
PTSA Fundraising
Dec 5
3:00p Math Challenge #5 Due by 3pm
Math Challenge #5 Due by 3pm

Thursday, December 9

7:00p Smith PTSA: Board meeting
Smith PTSA: Board meeting

Tuesday, December 14
7:00p - 8:30p
Online via MS Teams

Monthly Smith PTSA Board Meeting
2:00p Submissions due for the Yearbook Cover Contest
Submissions due for the Yearbook Cover Contest

Wednesday, December 15

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Legacy Project for 5th Graders - Fill Survey by Jan 2022

A Legacy Project is a gift that the 5th grade Dolphins will leave behind for future students and staff of Samantha Smith Elementary School. The idea is for the project to last a long time. Over time, with these Legacy Projects, the school has become a colorful, arts-rich, inviting space that students and the school community love being part of.

Recent examples at Smith have included the following:

  • tile wall in the hallways of school,
  • the buddy bench,
  • the colored dolphins on the front fence of school, and
  • the recycled art behind the dumpster area in the front of school.

Legacy projects from other elementary schools in the nation include arranging a mural to be painted in the gym, starting a bird habitat, pollinator boxes, or installing park benches near the playground.

Smith PTSA has a committee that is focused on helping ALL 5th GRADERS make their legacy project ideas become a reality.

We want you to submit your ideas and opinions about a legacy project to be installed in June of 2022, your last month at Smith. While that may seem far away, we want to make sure that whatever ideas you have are supported the best they can be and that means we would like to start planning now. With that said, please fill out this form with any and all ideas you have. Ideas will be collected, and we can vote as an entire 5th grade in January.

Also, families of all 5th graders are invited to join the Facebook page dedicated to Team Smith-5th

If you have any questions, please email kate.n.thibodeau@gmail.com.

Winter Break Bingo - due Jan 10, 2022

❄️❄️❄️Winter Break BINGO! Complete by 1/10/2022 to enter to win a pop it! ❄️❄️❄️

Print version: here

Email to fundraising@smithptsa.org or post on the Smith PTSA Facebook page or group!

Volunteers Needed - Volunteers on Watch (Watch DOGS) program

Learn more about Volunteers on Watch here!

Ready to sign up? Signup Genius

This year, we're replacing our Watch Dogs program with Volunteers on Watch. Volunteers are invited to help out during drop off and recess.

You will need to show proof of vaccination, be a registered volunteer with the district, and wear a mask.

PTSA will provide a Volunteer on Watch t-shirt to be worn while you volunteer. Just include your t-shirt size when you register to volunteer, or let us know if you already have a 'Volunteers on Watch' shirt. 

Volunteers Needed - Explore Art program

Volunteers needed to join the 2021-2022 Explore Art team!

Volunteers are needed to put together monthly art lessons, including gathering supplies and creating a PowerPoint presentation (templates and ideas available), and coordinate with the class teacher on best approach to implementing the lesson (via Teams or by teacher). In the past, volunteers have taught the lessons, but this year they are not allowed in the classroom due to COVID-19 restrictions. Click here to sign up!

Explore Art is a volunteer–based art program provided by the Samantha Smith PTSA to support our continued effort in encouraging students to develop their own creativity and divergent thinking. The main focus of Explore Art is to introduce a variety of art concepts, mediums, and artists while providing an opportunity to learn through exploration.

Our goal is to encourage students to discover their own interests and skills, while emphasizing that the process of learning art is valued over the end product.


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Important! COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Smith PTSA Outdoor Events
Wear Masks:  It is strongly recommended you wear masks outdoors, especially when in crowded gatherings with people outside your household and difficult to maintain distance, irrespective of your vaccination status. Masks are mandatory indoors. Wash or Sanitize your hands regularly. Watch for other symptoms - Stay at home if you have ANY! Practice social distancing. Check your temperature before attending events. ... read full article

Math Challenge #5 - due by Dec 9 at 3pm
Math Challenge #5 "Sharing and Halving" is now available for download here.
Solutions are due on Thursday, Dec 9th by 3pm
Students may choose one of these options to turn in their solutions:
  1. Email solutions to ChallengeSubmission@smithptsa.org - please add the subject line (Challenge # - Grade # - Teacher Name- Student Name)
  2. Fill in this Google Form - LINK

Have fun! If you need more information please email the Math Challenge Committee at mathchallenge@smithptsa.org

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 2022.

Yearbook Cover Contest - submissions due Dec 15

It’s time to enter the Yearbook Cover Contest!

This year’s theme is Dive Into A New Year. If you are interested in submitting a cover for the yearbook this year, please follow these instructions:

  • use plain white 8.5 x 11” paper;
  • erase all stray marks;
  • use lots of color;
  • spell correctly.
  • Put your name and teacher on the BACK of the paper please.

You may drop off in the front office with Mrs. Eaton or send as a jpg or png file to yearbook@smithptsa.org with the student’s name, grade and teacher. Submissions are due December 15 at 2pm. Questions? yearbook@smithptsa.org.

Reflections Program 2021 Finalists - Announcement
Special announcement from Aarti Bhargava, Reflections Chair Hello Smith parents, Firstly, thanks to all the families and students behind the 27 entries we received this year for the theme “I Will Change the World By”! Congratulations to all the Participants and Finalists for completing Reflections this year! Some of you have participated in more than one category which shows how talented our students are and they can really change the world by making a difference. We have 15 finalists that made it to the Council Level. From the Primary category we have 2 students and from Intermediate we have 13 students moving ... read full article

2021 Math Challenge Tournament - Dec 11

Support the PTSA while participating in the Math Challenge Tournament! The Smith PTSA will receive a 15% rebate on the tournament fee for each Smith student who registered for the Tournament using Smith’s three-digit school code (#222). Last year, 94 students registered using the school code, and the PTSA got $282 in rebates for this!

Register here: https://ellipsisacademy.as.me/schedule.php?appointmentType=26993570.

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