November Events

COMMUNITY MEETING, Thursday 11/19 at 6:30

Our next Community Meeting will feature Sharon Zajack who will be discussing the “Habits of Mind”.  We will also hear from Sherry Feinglass from the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools as well as Kathy Hardesty, who will educate us about the Foundation and the amazing opportunities that they provide for our school.  You will not want to miss this very informative meeting on Thursday, 11/19.  Childcare will be provided for school-aged children.

Family Resource Center

Mondays  at 8:30 in the FRC

Join other Smith families in the FRC for coffee and conversation.  Young children are welcome in the FRC!

Box Tops for Education

Through November 13th

Box Tops will continue to be collected through Friday, 11/13.  Box Tops will be counted and the classroom with the most Box Tops will receive a prize at the end of November!  Get those Box tops in!

Help Needed for “Oliver Twist”

Friday,  November 13th

HELP!  We are in need of a few volunteers for Friday night’s performance of “Oliver Twist”.  We need help before the play for make up and before and after the play for t-shirt sales.  Please consider volunteering your time to help with this fantastic event!  The play is also in need of children’s size or men’s sized dress vests (suit vests not winter vests) for costume purposes.  If you are able to donate a vest for use during the play, please contact Rebecca O’Neill at (860) 690-7315 or rboneill@sbcglobal.net.

Square On Art Fundraiser

Deadline Friday, 11/13

You have now had the opportunity to see your child’s amazing art work decorating fantastic gifts and keepsakes!  Square One Art Fundraiser order forms are due this Friday, 11/13.  All orders will be delivered in time for the holidays.  Get some holiday shopping taken care of early!  If you have questions about this fundraiser, please contact Katie Lorraine-Mace at (917) 584-0521 or katielorrainemace@gmail.com

Taste Books

Through December

Taste Books continue to be on sale through December.  Taste Books are a tremendous deal at $25 and 50% goes back to Smith!  They make excellent holiday gifts!   They are also a successful fndraising opportunity to post at work or advertise with friends and neighbors! Order yours in time for the holidays! Orders are fulfilled within one week.   If you have questions about this fundraiser, please contact Katie Lorraine-Mace at (917) 584-0521 or katielorrainemace@gmail.com

Now taking Smith Spiritwear Orders!

Sweatshirt

Youth Navy Sweatshirt

Smith STEM Spiritwear is now available for order. Order forms will be coming home with your child this week!

We have t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and car magnets available for purchase!

**New colors available for our t-shirts and our youth sweatshirts!

For pictures and information on sizing and pricing: CLICK HERE!

You can also ORDER ONLINE this year. CLICK HERE!

 

Orders are due Wednesday, October 14th. Don’t miss out!

 

 

Smith School Spiritwear Sale!

Sweatshirt

Youth Navy Sweatshirt

Smith STEM Spiritwear is now available for order. Order forms will be coming home with your child this week!

We have t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and car magnets available for purchase!

**New colors available for our t-shirts and our youth sweatshirts!

For pictures and information on sizing and pricing: CLICK HERE!

You can also ORDER ONLINE this year. CLICK HERE!

Orders are due Wednesday, October 14th. Don’t miss out!

Upcoming Events @ Smith

 Monday Mornings –  Family Resource Center   8:45am

Enjoy coffee and conversation in the FRC.  younger children are welcome in the FRC where they can play with other friends.  This is a great opportunity to get to know other members of the Smith community while discussing topics important to our school.  Guest speakers to be announced.

 

October Week of October 19th-23rd – Fall Book Fair

Fall Book Fair is coming to Smith’s Library the week of Oct 19th-23rd.  Volunteers are always needed.  Interested? Please contact Diane Baker at dbaker1025@comcast.net today.

 

October 21st (Wednesday) – WHPS  Town Wide Cross Country Run  – 2:45 sharp

Permission slips have gone home for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Smith students to participate in 2015 WHPS  Town Wide Cross Country Run 10/21 at Charter Oak Elementary School. See you out there.

 

October 22nd (Thursday) –  Smith’s Farmers’ Market

October is National Farm to school month.  Join us at dismissal 10/22 for a student run Smith Farmers’ Market.  Volunteers are always needed.  Please contact Susan Kamin at  kamin.susan@gmail.com

All Things Spring Fair

SPRING FAIR is FRIDAY, MAY 29th | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Our Spring Fair forms are available online. You can download them here:

Spring Fair Forms

If you are unable to download and print new copies, do not worry as we will be sending more out on Monday, May 18th. You can also stop by the office for copies beginning Friday, May 15th.


As a reminder, there are many ways you can contribute to the Fair and there is no need to limit yourself. :)

  • Bake a cake!
  • Volunteer an hour at a booth!
  • Donate a Raffle Basket Item!

Our esteemed principal will be a sitting duck in the dunk tank at some point during the night. And the PTO may have some other things up its sleeve… pie, anyone?


Room Parents will be reaching out to all classes looking for volunteers for the grade-sponsored booths. We need 6 volunteers per grade. Here is the lineup:

  • Pre-K/Kindergarten : Beading
  • First Grade : Spin Art
  • Second Grade : Hula Hoop Contest
  • Third Grade : Can Toss
  • Fourth Grade : Basketball Shooting Contest
  • Fifth Grade : Dunk Tank

We understand that all of these SPRING FAIR forms and flyers can be confusing and overwhelming. We are trying to make it as easy as possible for our parents. Our Spring Fair is a total blast but it takes a HUGE amount of work to make it happen. We value you and hope you’ll be a part of making this happen for all of our students at Smith!

Thanks,

Sarah Fite | PTO President

Nickels for Nepal, a Community Effort

Our 3rd grade teacher, Cassie Lane and ESOL teacher, Marilyn Tracy collaborated in writing this article for the West Hartford News.  Take a look

The devastation from the earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, April 25 hit especially close to home for students and staff at Smith STEM School in West Hartford because many of the families in our community have immigrated to Connecticut from the Kathmandu region. The day after the earthquake, Shannon Jacovino, a third grade parent emailed her child’s classroom teacher, asking how we can help those affected. “I am heartbroken, as I’m sure you are, reading about the devastation in Nepal. [My daughter] has 5 children from Nepal in her class.” Parents and faculty put their heads together and came up with a fundraising idea that would allow students to feel that they were playing an important role in helping out their classmates’ families. By creating Nickels for Nepal, we started a community effort that accepts loose change or clean recyclables so that everyone is able to help.

According to a third grade student at Smith, people affected by disasters “need money to rebuild their homes and to buy food and medicine.” Soon, students were creating posters at home encouraging others to “Bring change to make a change!” The following day, a third grader who had become visibly upset while discussing the earthquake, donated the entire contents of her piggy bank. “I feel like I’m helping,” she said.

Not only is this fundraiser helping the thousands of people affected in Nepal, it is helping us come together as a community and heal after a devastating event that is hard for elementary students to comprehend.

Juan Melian, principal of Smith STEM School, feels that this fundraiser is especially helpful to those students who have family living in Nepal, who now “have a way to express their feelings. This came from them, and is allowing them to support their homeland.

Donations started pouring in in the days following the earthquake. As of May 7, multiple bags full of recyclables have been redeemed, and our five-gallon jug is half full of bills and coins. A pair of upper-grade students held a bake sale in their neighborhood last weekend and earned $160, which they donated on Monday morning. The generosity and kindness of the students at Smith STEM is remarkable, and Nepalese parents in the community have shared their appreciation.

The Smith student council voted to send the contributions to GlobalGiving (www.globalgiving.org/projects/nepal-earthquake-relief-fund/), an organization that has a history of coordinating funds between international donors and local charities in areas affected by disasters. In a March 2012 article on Forbes.com, contributor Tom Watson said the following about GlobalGiving: “Sometimes the effects of a disaster unfold more slowly than the headlines…For social ventures like GlobalGiving…that realization spurs strategic thinking about the long-term.” This aspect of the charity is what spoke most clearly to the fifth grade members of the student council. “I like that it has a plan to help out now and in the future,” said the student council president.

The fundraiser will conclude on Wednesday, May 13. Any questions about this fundraiser can be directed towards Mr. Melian, Smith STEM School principal.

 

Nickels for Nepal

This fundraiser provides a way for our community to come together to show support for the Nepalese children and families at Smith and to contribute to critical relief efforts in Nepal.

There are several ways to help:

Loose Change – There is a 5-gallon jug inside the office to collect loose change. This is a great way for all kids to feel like they are making their own contribution.

Checks/Cash/Money Order –People who wish to make a larger donation may submit checks to their child’s teacher or directly to the school office.

 

Recyclables – Families can donate clean recyclables that can be redeemed for cash (aluminum cans, glass bottles, or plastic beverage bottles).

Please contribute any way you can. Thank you for your support!

Special Guest – Juan Melian in FRC Monday Morning / Nickels for Nepal Collection Continues


Stop into the  Family Resource Center (FRC) for a cup coffee and a chat with the special guest , Juan Melian.   Monday morning, May 4th 8:35am.  See you there.


 

Nickels for Nepal

 Saturday, April 25, a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Although the full extent of the damage is still unknown, there has been tremendous loss of life, and thousands of people have been injured and left homeless.
This tragedy hits especially close to home for us Smith STEM School, because we have several families in our community from the Kathmandu region of Nepal.  Our hearts go out to them and their loved ones and friends who are being affected by this tragedy.
Nickels for Nepal provides a way for our community to come together to show support for the Nepalese children and families at Smith and to contribute to critical relief efforts in Nepal.
There are several ways to help.:

  • Loose Change – There will be a 5 gallon jug outside of the office to collect loose change. This is a great way for all kids to feel like they are making their own contribution.

 

  • Checks/Cash. Money Order –Parents who wish to make a larger donation can either deposit their donations in the 5 gallon jug or send them in their children’s folders. Please make checks payable to the Smith STEM PTO.

 

  • Recyclables – Families can donate recyclables that can be redeemed for cash (aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic beverage bottles).

Please contribute any way you can. Thank you for your support!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cassandra Lane at cassandra_lane@whps.org or Shannon Jacovino at shannon.jacovino123@gmail.com or 860 561-3321.

Spring Fair Meeting – Thursday Evening 6pm

Hello!

Smith STEM School Spring Fair is one month away.  Smith PTO needs YOUR help to make this years Spring Fair AWESOME.  Please plan on coming out Thursday,  April 30th  6pm in school library for a Smith Spring Fair Planning Meeting.   Food and childcare will be available.  See you there!