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2014-15 Teacher Assignments

Check Infinite Campus for teacher assignments (1st-5th grade) on 7/24. New users must obtain a registration key for Infinite Campus by visiting the office at either campus, 8 am-3 pm. Learn more.

Celebration of Learning

Celebration of Learning will take place at both campuses on Friday, August 1 from 5-7 p.m. Bring your checkbook to purchase your 2014-15 PTA membership and spirit wear.

Smith After School Registration

The Smith After School Program is now registering new families for the 2014-15 school year. Space is filling up quickly!

July 28 - Monday
08:30 AM - Staff Appreciation Breakfast
July 31 - Thursday
10:00 AM - Kindergarten Meet n' Greet
August 1 - Friday
12:00 PM - Staff Lunch
August 4 - Monday
First day of School
August 6 - Wednesday
Room Parent Sign-Up Form Due
August 13 - Wednesday
09:30 AM - Room Parent Meeting
August 18 - Monday
05:30 PM - Kindergarten Orientation
06:30 PM - 1st Grade Orientation
August 19 - Tuesday
05:30 PM - 2nd Grade Orientation
06:30 PM - 3rd Grade Orientation
August 20 - Wednesday
05:30 PM - 4th Grade Orientation
06:30 PM - 5th Grade Orientation
August 21 - Thursday
09:00 AM - PTA Committee Chair Meeting
August 29 - Friday
Spirit Day - College Colors
September 1 - Monday
Labor Day - School Closed
September 4 - Thursday
Reflections Class Rep Meeting
September 9 - Tuesday
09:30 AM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
07:00 PM - PTA Meeting - IC Gym
September 11 - Thursday
Deliver Cards to Fire and Police Depts
September 16 - Tuesday
New Parent Coffee - PC
September 18 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
September 23 - Tuesday
New Parent Coffee - IC
September 25 - Thursday
03:30 PM - Local School Council Meeting
September 26 - Friday
Spirit Day - Wear Your Favorite Cap!
October 5 - Sunday
01:00 PM - SRS Work Day
October 6 - Monday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 7 - Tuesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 8 - Wednesday
Walk To School Day
Fall Picture Day
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 9 - Thursday
No School - Fall Break (Teacher Learning Day)
October 10 - Friday
No School - Fall Break
October 11 - Saturday
No School - Fall Break
October 12 - Sunday
No School - Fall Break
October 13 - Monday
No School - Fall Break
October 14 - Tuesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 15 - Wednesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 16 - Thursday
Reflections Due Date
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 17 - Friday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 20 - Monday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 21 - Tuesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 22 - Wednesday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 23 - Thursday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 24 - Friday
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Grandparents & Special Friends Day
October 25 - Saturday
Fall Festival
October 27 - Monday
Red Ribbon Week
October 28 - Tuesday
Red Ribbon Week
October 29 - Wednesday
Red Ribbon Week
October 30 - Thursday
Red Ribbon Week
October 31 - Friday
Red Ribbon Week
Spirit Day - Wear Orange & Black
November 5 - Wednesday
Picture Re-Take Day
November 11 - Tuesday
09:30 AM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
November 13 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
November 24 - Monday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 25 - Tuesday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 26 - Wednesday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 27 - Thursday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 28 - Friday
Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
December 4 - Thursday
06:30 PM - Jr. Beta Club Induction
December 9 - Tuesday
1st Grade Candy-Gram Sale
December 10 - Wednesday
1st Grade Candy-Gram Sale
December 19 - Friday
Class Holiday Parties
December 22 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 23 - Tuesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 24 - Wednesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 25 - Thursday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 26 - Friday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 27 - Saturday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 28 - Sunday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 29 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 30 - Tuesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
December 31 - Wednesday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 1 - Thursday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 2 - Friday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 3 - Saturday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 4 - Sunday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 5 - Monday
Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
January 13 - Tuesday
09:30 AM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
07:00 PM - PTA Meeting - IC Gym
January 19 - Monday
MLK Day - No School
January 21 - Wednesday
Prospective Parents Meeting
January 22 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
January 23 - Friday
Read-A-Thon
January 24 - Saturday
Read-A-Thon
January 25 - Sunday
Read-A-Thon
January 26 - Monday
Read-A-Thon
January 27 - Tuesday
Read-A-Thon
January 28 - Wednesday
Read-A-Thon
January 29 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
January 30 - Friday
Read-A-Thon
January 31 - Saturday
Read-A-Thon
February 1 - Sunday
Read-A-Thon
February 2 - Monday
Read-A-Thon
February 3 - Tuesday
Read-A-Thon
February 4 - Wednesday
Read-A-Thon
PTA & SSEF Board Nominations Due
February 5 - Thursday
Read-A-Thon
February 6 - Friday
06:30 PM - Bingo Night
February 9 - Monday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 10 - Tuesday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 11 - Wednesday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 12 - Thursday
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 13 - Friday
Winter Break - No School
February 16 - Monday
Winter Break - No School
February 17 - Tuesday
Winter Break - No School
February 19 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
February 24 - Tuesday
Mardi Gras
March 4 - Wednesday
Walk To School Day
March 6 - Friday
06:00 PM - Taste of SRS
March 9 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names A-E)
March 10 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names F-M)
09:30 AM - Present Parenting Speaker - PC Auditorium
March 11 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names N-T)
March 12 - Thursday
Rising Kindergarten Registration (Last Names U-Z)
Spring Picture Day
March 16 - Monday
Teacher Learning Day - No School
March 23 - Monday
Health & Wellness Week
Spring Conferences
March 24 - Tuesday
Health & Wellness Week
Spring Conferences
March 25 - Wednesday
4th Grade Field Trip
Health & Wellness Week
Spring Conferences
06:30 PM - 5th Grade Musical
March 26 - Thursday
4th Grade Field Trip
Health & Wellness Week
Spring Conferences
06:30 PM - 5th Grade Musical
March 27 - Friday
Health & Wellness Week
Spring Conferences
March 30 - Monday
Spring Conferences
March 31 - Tuesday
4th Grade Field Trip
Spring Conferences
07:00 PM - PTA Meeting - IC Gym
April 1 - Wednesday
4th Grade Field Trip
Spring Conferences
April 2 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
April 3 - Friday
Spring Conferences
April 6 - Monday
Spring Break - No School
April 7 - Tuesday
Spring Break - No School
April 8 - Wednesday
Spring Break - No School
April 9 - Thursday
Spring Break - No School
April 10 - Friday
Spring Break - No School
April 24 - Friday
Kindergarten Round-Up
May 4 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 5 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 6 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 7 - Thursday
Box Tops Collection Day
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 8 - Friday
Rising Kindergarten Screening
May 11 - Monday
International Travelers Week
May 12 - Tuesday
International Travelers Week
Local School Council Election Day
06:30 PM - 2nd Grade Night at the IC
May 13 - Wednesday
International Travelers Week
May 14 - Thursday
International Travelers Week
5th Grade PYP Exhibition
May 15 - Friday
International Travelers Week
5th Grade PYP Exhibition
May 20 - Wednesday
Yearbook Signing - IC
May 21 - Thursday
Yearbook Signing - PC
May 22 - Friday
Last day of school!!!
End of Year Parties
May 25 - Monday
Memorial Day
June 2 - Tuesday
Final Report Cards

Principal Newsletter

June 17, 2014

Hello Sarah Smith Community -  

I would like to take this opportunity to express to all the parents, faculty, staff, and students of Sarah Smith my deepest appreciation for such a successful year.  With the first year back in the role of principal, I am humbled by the support and kindness shown to me.  I would also like to express my deepest thanks to the three awesome school administrators with whom I work, Freda Hamilton, Jessica Harron, and Eddie McPherson.

Summer Reading

Reading skills can be honed throughout the summer in many ways.  Here are some ideas:

  • If they loved the movie, introduce them to the book.  Many books today have been made into movies.  Check out some of those books and your kids will delight in discovering some great parts that didn’t appear in the movie.
  • Go surfing.  The Internet offers a limitless supply of interesting reading, some of which is bound to appeal to your child.  Go online together and search for web sites on favorite hobbies, sports, movies, pets, travel destinations, or other areas of interest.
  • Join the club.  Many libraries offer summer reading programs.  Encourage your child to participate, keep track of their progress, and celebrate with them when they’ve reached their reading goals.
  • Go beyond the comics.  When you’re reading the newspaper and magazines, cut out interesting articles for your child to read.  Occasionally attach a note posing a question about an article, or passing along some related information.
  • Read magazines.  Magazines can be stuffed in a pool bag or backpack, and are great for summer reading.  Subscribe to a magazine that fits your child’s age and interest.  Even promote magazine swapping with your child’s buddies.
  • Figure it out.  Vary your child’s reading by including some kid-oriented crossword puzzles, word searches, or word jumbles once or twice a week.
  • Lighten up.  Don’t focus solely on the serious books.  Let your child enjoy the lighter reading as well.  Joke books, magic tricks, science experiments, and even cookbooks will vary the reading enjoyment!
  • Set an example.  The best way to keep your child reading all summer long is for you to be a reader yourself.  Make time for books.  Talk about interesting things you’ve read and make the library a more frequent stop than the video store.  Do it as much for yourself as for your children.
  • Use Junior Great Book Strategies.  Students can hold JGB book discussions with pieces of literature being read in the summer.  Have them tell you about JGB inquiry.

Report Cards and CRCT Results:

Report cards and CRCT results have been mailed.  If you have not received them, please feel free to call the school office.

Sarah Smith Summer Hours:

The school offices will be open 8 AM - 3 PM (closed for lunch 12-1 PM), Monday-Thursday between June 2 - July 16, 2014.  Registrations will be accepted Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 AM - 12 PM.  Regular office hours will resume on July 19, 2014 – 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday.

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

An eBlast about class assignments will be sent on July 24, 2014 so that parents will know to go to Infinite Campus to determine homeroom assignments for the 2014-15 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. 

The district has not announced the date 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 website.

Classroom sections for 2014-2015:

For the 2014-2015 school year, there will be 10 kindergarten teachers and teachers’ assistants, 10 first grade teachers, 8 second grade teachers, 7 third grade teachers, 7 fourth grade teachers, and 6 fifth grade teachers. 

We are happy to welcome some new teachers as follows:

  • Becky Gamez – Kindergarten
  • Michelle Culbertson – First Grade
  • Ashley DesPres – Third Grade
  • Catherine Jones – Fifth Grade

There are two additional teachers yet to be confirmed.

Have a safe, relaxing, and fun summer vacation!  We’ll see you in August for Open House/Celebration of Learning—Date and time will be announced soon!  Enjoy!

Your Principal,

Ken Proctor, Ed.D.

 
 

 

 

 

 

From the Principal's Desk

On behalf of all of us at Sarah R. Smith Elementary School, I would like to welcome you to our website. Sarah Smith Elementary has a long and distinguished history of service to our children and families.  We are proud of our students.  They continue to achieve at high levels and make significant contributions.
 
--- Dr. Kenneth Proctor