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Welcome New Board Members for 2024-25

We are excited to announce our new PTSA board for the academic year 2024-25, along with this wonderful message from our President.

 

As the school year 2023-2024 draws to a close, it’s hard to believe how quickly time has passed! Congratulations to all of you who are celebrating important milestones with your students—whether they’re moving up to middle school or simply making it through the academic year. 😊

I’d like to express a big, heartfelt thank you to all our PTSA members, parents, and volunteers for their unwavering support throughout this year. Together, we have achieved so much: launching an amazing clubs program, organizing memorable events for our kids, providing art lessons, chaperoning field trips, and ensuring our teachers felt loved and appreciated. None of this would have been possible without your support.

 

I’m happy to announce our next year’s board members, elected during our last General Membership Meeting:

For the office of Co-President: Dipti Agrawal and Sheetal Karva  

For the office of Secretary: Emily Benedict  

For the office of Treasurer: Deepthi Ravi 

For the office of Vice President of Co-Fundraising: Gina Eason and Gisele Siqueira  

For the office of Vice President of Communications: Tetiana Nesheva 

For the office of Vice President of Events: Lin Li 

  

Non-elected, appointed positions:  

Membership (member at large): Funda Ozkeskin 

Volunteer Coordinator (member at large): Anu Iyer

 

Sincerely,

Olesya Rassoshkina

PTSA President 2023-2024 


Celebrating with You our PTSA Awards

We are thrilled to share with you that Smith PTSA won the following awards at the State Convention. We extend our heartfelt thanks to you, our school, and our cherished community.

  • FACE Award 2023-24 Gold: Received for ArtWalk 2022-23.
  • Standards of Excellence Award 2023-24 Bronze: Received for the overall standards we follow covering Membership, Administration, Finances, Communication, fundraising, Volunteer Appreciation and our Events.


Edukit Order Info for Next Year School Supplies

We are pleased to announce that EduKit flyers will be coming home very soon!  Look for flyers to come home with your student(s) soon! Each kit contains exactly what your child’s teacher needs for next year. 

Simply click on the link here to complete the order form and turn it in to the school to order your child's EduKit.


Yearbook

If you haven’t purchased your yearbook, please do! Click here to order the yearbook at TreeRing.  You will have to create a login and password. 

Questions: email yearbook@smithptsa.org.


Smith Chess Tournament

*This event is now over. Watch this space for updates on this event for 2025.*

Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce our first annual Smith Chess Tournament. It’s scheduled for June 5th, 2:30 - 7:30 pm. Join us for a day of strategic gameplay and fun competition.


Staff Appreciation Week

Smith PTSA team thanks you for all your support and contributions to our amazing staff last week!!

Special thanks to Pagliacci for the pizza donation! 


Stem Night

*This event is now over. Please watch this space for information on this event for 2024-25.*

Join us for a night of scientific discovery. Please see details below.

We need your help to make the STEM Night a success, it’s a great opportunity for your middle schoolers to volunteer. Parents and middle school volunteers, please click here.

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

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Volunteers Needed for Smith 5th Grade Graduation

4th Grade Parents! We could use your help at the 5th grade graduation to pass out programs & serve food. Please click here to volunteer.

Attention 5th grade parents! Come and celebrate our 5th graders - we have many fun stations to run during this time - games, treats, & various activities! Please click here to volunteer.

We are planning ahead for 5th grade promotion/graduation and wanted to give you some key details.

Please visit the Smith 5th Grade Graduation webpage to view all the details.

 


Spring Running Club

*This event is now over. Watch this space for updates on this event for 2025.*

Spring Running Club is on!

Join us every Tuesday, 8:30 - 9:00 am, Apr 23 to May 28, 2024 to race with the Running Club. Parents, join us to cheer your students. 

Please below for some of the details:

  • Check-in time on Tuesday is 8:20 am, location: small gym.
  • The lap is a 1/4 mile long, students can run as many laps as they want.
  • Student laps will be documented. At the end of the running club, the top runner from each grade level will be honored

To register your student, please visit this link.

For any questions, email runningclub@smithptsa.org.


Platinum Membership Growth Award Recipient

Washington State PTA recognizes Smith PTSA with the Platinum Membership Growth Award!

PTAs are presented with this award for enrolling at least 20% more members this year than last year. That means our PTA growth has been truly exceptional!

YOU have made this possible. YOU are the reason why we as a community can continually and consistently support the enrichment of our children. Thank you wholeheartedly for becoming a member, supporting our PTSA, and our community.

 


Science Olympiad

*This event is now over. Watch this space for updates on this event for 2025.*

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 April 17th!
  • 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! 


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.


International Night

*Please note that this event is now over. Watch this space for updates on this event for 2025.*

We are excited to bring International Night back for our Smith community.

International Night is on Thursday, April 25, 6 - 8 pm.

We need volunteers to set up a booth or present a performance representing a country in the world. Please sign up here , you can find additional details on the sign up sheet.

  • Booths can include pictures, maps, artifacts, crafts, coloring pages, sample foods to share, and/or any other item that you'd like.  
  • Performances include songs, dances, martial arts, etc...
  • Students can sign up to build a landmark of their choice to enter the contest. The landmarks (for example: Pyramids of Giza, Statue of liberty, Eiffel tower, Space needle, Taj Mahal, Opera House etc) can be made out of cardboard, paper, Lego, foam board, craft sticks, air dry clay or any item of their choice. Landmarks must be submitted by 3pm of 25th April. 

PTSA Golden Awards

*Please note that the voting period for this over. Stay tuned for upcoming winner announcements.*

The PTSA Golden Acorn, Golden Apple and Dolphin Awards are an exciting opportunity to recognize your favorite Volunteer, Educator and Student Advocate from the Smith Community. The information and forms for the 3 categories for the 2023-24 school year are outlined below. Your vote is valuable so read through the prestigious awards and vote using their respective Form Links below by April 30th.

Golden Acorn Award

Golden Apple Award

Dolphin Award

For more information, please visit this page.

For questions please email president@smithptsa.org


Spelling Bee

*This event is now over. Watch this space for updates on this event for 2025.*

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. 

*This event is now over. Watch this space for updates on this event for 2025.*


Partnering with Ridwell for a Greener Earth

Smith is very excited to announce that we will be partnering with Ridwell to host a Plastic Film Drive from May 1st to May 20th.

As you know, there are a lot of plastic items that cannot be recycled through typical recycling services.

All of that plastic film clogs their machines and causes problems. Ridwell is a company that collects unusual recycling items such as plastic film, shipping envelopes, and bubble wrap and turns it all into long-lasting decking. Ridwell also offers a convenient home pickup service of a wide range of household items that can't be recycled curbside. If 10 families sign up for this service, then Smith will continue to offer plastic film recycling for the rest of the year!

 

Please send in any of the approved items on the flyer between May 1-20 and email emfarley@lwsd.org with any questions.


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