New School Year

The 2015-16 school year starts on August 5, 2015. Have a great summer!

July 24 - Friday
Teacher Assignments on Portal
July 28 - Tuesday
08:30 AM - Staff Appreciation Breakfast
August 4 - Tuesday
12:00 PM - Staff Lunch
August 5 - Wednesday
08:00 AM - First Day of School
08:15 PM - PTA Board Meeting
August 7 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
02:30 PM - Room Parent sign up form due
August 12 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
09:30 AM - Room Parent meeting
August 17 - Monday
05:30 PM - Kindergarten Orientation
06:30 PM - 1st Grade Orientation
August 18 - Tuesday
05:30 PM - 2nd Grade Orientation
06:30 PM - 3rd Grade Orientation
August 19 - Wednesday
09:30 AM - PTA Committee Chair meeting
05:30 PM - 4th Grade Orientation
06:30 PM - 5th Grade Orientation
August 21 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
August 28 - Friday
College Colors - Spirit Day
September 2 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:15 PM - PTA Board Meeting
September 3 - Thursday
Reflections Class Rep meeting
September 4 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
September 7 - Monday
Labor Day holiday
September 9 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
September 15 - Tuesday
06:00 PM - Challenge Orientation
07:00 PM - General PTA Meeting
September 17 - Thursday
New Parent Coffee
BoxTops collection
September 18 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
September 25 - Friday
Spirit Day - wear your favorite cap!
October 2 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
October 7 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:15 PM - PTA Board Meeting
October 14 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
October 16 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
October 24 - Saturday
Fall Festival
November 4 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:15 PM - PTA Board Meeting
November 6 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
November 11 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
November 20 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
December 2 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:15 PM - PTA Board Meeting
December 4 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
December 8 - Tuesday
1st grade Candy Gram sale
December 9 - Wednesday
1st grade Candy Gram sale
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
December 18 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
January 1 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
January 6 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:15 PM - PTA Board Meeting
January 11 - Monday
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
January 12 - Tuesday
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
January 13 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
January 14 - Thursday
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
January 15 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
February 3 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:15 PM - PTA Board Meeting
February 5 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
February 10 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
February 19 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
March 2 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:15 PM - PTA Board Meeting
March 4 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
March 9 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
March 18 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
April 1 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
April 6 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:15 PM - PTA Board Meeting
April 13 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
April 15 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 4 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:15 PM - PTA Board Meeting
May 6 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 11 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
May 20 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank

May 11, 2015

Hello Sarah Smith Community -  

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHIESA CARTER, SARAH SMITH’S 2015-2016 TEACHER OF THE YEAR! 

eBlast about Class Assignments and Open House (Celebration of Learning) – 

An eBlast about class assignments will be sent on July 24, 2015 so that parents will know to go to Infinite Campus to determine homeroom assignments for the 2015-16 school year. If you need a password and log-in to access Infinite Campus, please feel free to contact the front office staff during regular summer business hours. If you do not have access to the Infinite Campus portal, PLEASE do not wait until the week before the names are posted to seek information about how to access the portal. Our office staff will be swamped then and may not be able to respond to all of your requests. 

The district has not announced the date/time for Open House (Celebration of Learning) yet. As soon as it’s announced an eBlast will be sent and it will be posted on the school’s website. 

School Volunteers and School Service – 

As we near the end of another school year, I want to thank all the wonderful volunteers with whom we have worked. Mandy Lecompte, Robin Ortale and the PTA Board have done an amazing job this year leading a very effective PTA. Katherine Reed and Christine Hunt and the SSEF Board have led the very successful Sarah Smith Education Foundation. Thank you to all committee chairs and volunteers who spent countless hours helping us and planning for us. Thank you for sharing your time with us. You make a world of difference, and we appreciate your care and energy! Thank you so much to all the parent volunteers who have made this year special! 

Smith School Council Nominations and Election – 

Let me begin by thanking Irma Shrivastava (Parent Representative) for serving the past two years on the Smith School Council. She has done a great job representing our school. The purpose of the council is to bring schools and communities closer together in a spirit of cooperation to solve educational challenges, improve academic achievement, provide support, and share in decision making. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to fill this vacancy for the School Council, nomination forms can be found on the Sarah Smith Elementary website. Please come by the school office during office hours to place your nominations and on May 12 to cast your ballot. 

End-of-Year Parties – 

As we close another year, we want the classes to celebrate a successful year with end-of-year parties. Celebrations will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 as listed below. This is the same schedule we followed for the holiday parties in December. More information will come from the teachers and room parents. 

8:30 – 9:15 – First Grade
10:30 – 11:15 – Kindergarten
11:30 – 12:15 – Third Grade
12:30 – 1:15 – Second Grade
1:30 – 2:15 – Fourth Grade
Pool Party – Fifth Grade

May is a busy month – 

As we enter the month of May, please continue to check the calendar on the website for events and times. 

Did you know –

The Sarah Smith Education Foundation has funded $30,000 in tutoring services for our students in grades K-5 who struggle with reading for the 2014-2015 school year. Their support is so important to making sure students have all of the services and materials they need in order to prosper at school. We are grateful for them! 

Staff Feature – 

Each month, two staff members are randomly selected to profile in “The Anchor.” This gives you an opportunity to know a little bit about the wonderful faculty and staff members working with your children every day.

Karen White – First Grade Teacher
Birthplace/Hometown – Chapel Hill, Tennessee
Education – BA in Interdisciplinary Studies – Middle Tennessee State University
Hobbies, Family, Interests – Loves the beach and hanging out with family, traveling and reading
Claim to Fame – Sophie and Maggie’s mom
Favorite Quote – “There’s no word in the language I revere more than ‘teacher.’ My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I’ve honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher.” Pat Conroy

Sara Moore, Special Education Lead Teacher
Birthplace/Hometown – Danville, Virginia
Education – Chaminade University of Honolulu – Historical and Political Studies; Strayer University – Masters of Educational Administration
Personal: Reading, watching football and basketball, watching movies, listening to music and eating. Family includes husband and 3 children.
Claim to Fame – Was a member of the Armed Forces Color Guard in San Diego before the 2003 Super Bowl...carried the American flag.
Favorite Quote – “I believe that every person is born with talent.” Maya Angelou 

Your Principal,    

Ken Proctor, Ed.D