Emily Dickinson PTSA 2.8.13

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Fundraising

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round

Click on the Amazon Smile link below and select "Emily Dickinson PTSA" as your charitable organization. 0.5% of your eligible Amazon purchase will go to our school each time you shop at http://smile.amazon.com! You can also shop on your mobile app. Just turn on Amazon Smile in settings. Friends and family can help support the school using this same link!

Auction / Teacher Experiences
Auction / Teacher Experiences

Chair:
(none)

Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round

It's easy to find Box Tops for Education…in fact, you may have some in your home right now!

You can find Box Tops on over 250 participating products. Each Box Tops coupon is worth 10¢ for our school, and that can add up fast! Just clip them and send them into your child's classroom. Since 1996, participating schools have earned over $500 million through the Box Tops for Education® program, helping them to buy much-needed supplies, fund school programs and more. For more information about the Box Tops for Education program and a complete list of where Box Top Coupons can be found, go to www.boxtops4education.com. Invite family and friends to clip and save them as well!

Brown Bear Car Wash
Brown Bear Car Wash

Chair:
When:
year round

Purchase car wash tickets through the PTSA. 80% of the proceeds benefit our PTSA!
Carnival
Carnival

Chair:
When:
June

We celebrate the end of the school year with an evening of old-fashioned carnival fun. There are simple games in each classroom, a cake walk, sock walk, inflatables, talent show, pizza, salads, hot dogs, sno-cones, and so much fun energy. Don’t miss out!

Volunteer here!
Celebration Books
Celebration Books

Chair:
When:
year round

Support our school library by donating a Celebration Book! This program gets new and exciting books into our school library AND honors your child’s special day (birthday, half-birthday, special award, holiday, etc). It's as easy as 1-2-3:

1) Click the link below to place your order.

2) Near the date of your child’s special day, your child will select a book from the Celebration Books bin in the library.

3) During your child’s library class, the book will be presented as a new addition to our library, and your child will be the first to check it out.

A donation of $25 per book is suggested, and corporate matching is highly appreciated! You may request more than one book for your student; you can also do this for all of your children at once!

Scholarships available. Please contact Kelly Williams at kewiliams@lwsd.org.

Donations
Donations

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round

Pass the Hat, donate PTSA memberships, donate yearbooks.

Employer Match
Employer Match

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round

Fun Run / Dreagle Dash
Fun Run / Dreagle Dash

Chair:
(none)
When:
annually


Retail Partners
Retail Partners

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round

Support school + PTSA while you shop!

Amazon Smile, Box Tops, Fred Meyer/Kroger/QFC, and Shutterfly & Tiny Prints.

Enrichment

Art Smart
Art Smart

Chair:
When:
monthly

Art Smart is a PTSA sponsored program that brings art enrichment directly to the classrooms. Once a month, volunteer docents visit the classrooms to teach students elements of art and design while exploring a range of art techniques. Students are introduced to the work of great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, M.C. Escher, and Dale Chihuly, just to name a few. Student artwork is displayed in the hallways throughout the school year and highlights are showcased at the spring Art Walk in May. One or more volunteers per class are needed. Volunteers are not required to have an art background, just a love for helping children express their creativity. Curriculum and training support are provided.

Volunteer here!

Author Visit
Author Visit

Chair:
When:
annually
Dance Week + Dance Night
Dance Week + Dance Night

Chair:
(none)
When:
annually

Global Reading Challenge
Global Reading Challenge

Chair:
Math Challenge
Math Challenge

Chair:
When:
weekly

Students: Sharpen your pencils, ready your brain, and get ready to practice some math skills! Math Challenge is a free program that gives elementary students a chance to practice their mathematical problem-solving skills with fun and engaging problems. Throughout the challenges, the program covers problem solving strategies such as drawing a picture or model, make an organized list, look for a pattern, working backward, and guess and check.

The program is completely free and no sign-up is necessary. This is a great opportunity for families to be involved and enjoy math through fun and engaging math problems. We encourage parents and siblings to participate in discussing and solving them. Schedules and problem-solving strategies are available at www.mathinaction.org

If you have any questions, please contact programs@dickinsonptsa.org.

Volunteer here!

Math Is Cool
Math Is Cool

Chair:
When:
Nov-Mar

Parent volunteers will coach 4th grade students weekly to prep for the Math Is Cool competition. Fees to be collected several weeks before competition. Entry fee is per team of 4 students.

Volunteer here!

Nature Vision
Nature Vision

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round

The Nature Vision program, funded by the PTSA, brings environmental awareness to all classrooms in two sessions. The sessions are taught by Nature Vision representatives during class time as an enrichment to the curriculum. An environmentalist works with all of classrooms. This is usually mingled with work parties to maintain the Wetlands in the spring time.
Pacific Science Center Day
Pacific Science Center Day

Chair:
(none)
When:
March/April

Planetarium and science exploration with Pacific Science Center, student science experiment workshops, and hands-on activities and exhibits.

Volunteer here!
Reflections
Reflections

Chair:
(none)
When:
Sept-Nov

The Reflections Arts in Education program is a National PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works created around a theme. The program begins at the local PTA level and entries can progress through council, state and national rounds of competition.

The 2021-2022 theme is: "I Will Change the World By..."
Deadlines for Dickinson/Explorer entries will be posted when available.
For more information and entry details go to: www.lwptsa.net/reflections/

Volunteer here!

Spelling Bee
Spelling Bee

Chair:
When:
Nov-Mar

The Dickinson PTSA Spelling Bee is open to students in grades 1-5, where kids get a chance to show off their oral spelling ability in front of an audience. Click here for more information.

Volunteer here!

Service

Beautification
Beautification

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round

Help refresh and enhance the appearance of our school and campus via garden, landscape, fresh paint, clean up, etc.

Volunteer here!
Disability Awareness Fair (DAF)
Disability Awareness Fair (DAF)

Chair:
(none)
When:
fall

Disability Awareness Fair is a hands-on event for students in grades 1-5 at Dickinson/Explorer. Students learn about different abilities, how to support their peers with different abilities, and what it would feel like to have different abilities. This event is sponsored by our PTSA. We are looking for a chair or two to help organize.

Volunteer here!
Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion (DEI)
Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion (DEI)

Chair:
(none)
When:
monthly

Advocate for institutional and systemic changes that ensure equity, justice, respect, and inclusion of all children. Strive to be anti-discriminatory, inclusive, and welcome all voices. Seek to learn from our community and grow as individuals, and as an organization.

Volunteer here!
Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

Chair:
(none)
When:
monthly

Ensuring our students and staff are prepared for any emergency while at school.

Volunteer here!

Legislative Advocacy
Legislative Advocacy

Chair:
(none)
When:
monthly

As advocates for our students, staff, and school, the PTSA gets involved with legislative work that pertains to education. With the lead of our chair, our school participates in Legislative Assembly and holds a Focus Day.

Volunteer here!

Safety Patrol
Safety Patrol

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round

Dickinson/Explorer Safety Patrol is looking for friendly, cooperative, and responsible 4th & 5th graders to join. If you are a role model who can help keep students walking to and from school safely, and your behavior and success in school are top of the line, then WE WANT YOU!   Some of your responsibilities will include:

* Acting as a role model to students, staff, and community members for the ENTIRE school year.  
* Helping students and parents cross at crosswalks. 
* Keeping kids out of harm’s way.
* Patrolling walkways and parking lots.

Safety Patrol is a YEAR-LONG COMMITMENT.  You will be on duty approximately 1 full week per month. When your squad is on duty for the week, you should plan on arriving to school promptly at 8:50am and leaving at 4:05pm. 

At the end of the school year, we'll plan a special event to celebrate our Safety Patrol team!

Questions? Please contact Ms. Baker kabaker@lwsd.org or Ms. Teske miteske@lwsd.org

Spirit Wear
Spirit Wear

Chair:
(none)
When:
fall

Parents can purchase t-shirts and sweatshirts with Dickinson or Explorer colors and logos on them. Great to wear on school spirit days!

Sustainability
Sustainability

Chair:
(none)
When:
monthly

Passionate about food recovery, waste reduction, composting, green cleaning, no-idle zones, herbicide-free schools, and engaging and supporting students in their efforts to combat climate change and create a livable planet? Join the Sustainability Committee!

Volunteer here!
Vision & Hearing Screening
Vision & Hearing Screening

Chair:
(none)
When:
fall

All students are tested for vision and hearing. Volunteers are needed for morning and afternoon shifts.
Watch D.O.G.S.
Watch D.O.G.S.

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round

Dads, grandpas, uncles, fathers-in-law: Join our Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) program!

Contact Carlie Tracy, catracy@lwsd.org.

Wetlands Week
Wetlands Week

Chair:
When:
spring

Yearbook
Yearbook

Chair:
When:
throughout the year, but mostly spring

Capture all memories from this school year in a beautifully crafted and printed yearbook. The yearbook includes all K-5 classes and photos from throughout the year. Kids love signing each other's books at the end of the year. Pre-order yours now at the link below. Yearbooks will be delivered in June.

Volunteer here!

Community

5th Grade Promotion
5th Grade Promotion

Chair:
(none)
When:
spring

5th grade party + promotion! Past ideas: a reception, bulletin board feature, slideshow, memory CD -- so fun!

Volunteer here!
Art Walk + Ice Cream Social
Art Walk + Ice Cream Social

Chair:
(none)
When:
spring

The annual Art Walk + Ice Cream Social showcases Art Smart projects created by Dickinson/Explorer students throughout the school year. Art work, activities, photo ops, and ICE CREAM make this event a favorite among students, parents, and teachers alike!

Volunteer here!

Back to School Night
Back to School Night

Chair:
(none)
When:
one evening before school starts

Meet your teachers, drop off school supplies, sign up for conferences, and find your bus route.

Join us for a PTSA Social in the Commons. Learn about upcoming PTSA activities and programs.

Volunteer here!
BINGO Night
BINGO Night

Chair:
(none)

Dragon's Lair Used Book Faire
Dragon's Lair Used Book Faire

Chair:
(none)
When:
the week before Spring Break

Students and families can find "new to you" books at rock bottom prices! Collected from community donations, the Used Book Fair sells books, games, puzzles, video games, DVDs, etc. The Used Book Fair is usually scheduled the week before spring break. It's a beloved and affordable event for all!

Volunteer here!
Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
Family and Community Engagement (FACE)

Chair:
(none)
When:
monthly

Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is the cornerstone of any successful PTA. Reaching out to students and families to provide support, services and community is the best way to maintain a healthy PTA membership and to ensure that every child has a voice in our school.

Volunteer here!
Field Day
Field Day

Chair:
(none)
When:
spring

International Night
International Night

Chair:
(none)
When:
spring

Please join us for an evening of fun and food as we explore the many cultures represented at our school. Try delicious food from around the world at our “Tastes of Nations” buffet. Watch our International Fashion and Talent Show. See artwork and artifacts from faraway places.

The families of Dickinson/Explorer put on International Night. Every family is encouraged to attend and represent their country if possible.

Volunteer here!

Math / STEAM Night
Math / STEAM Night

Chair:
(none)

Movie Night
Movie Night

Chair:
(none)

A fun opportunity to bring your blanket, join Dickinson friends and families, and watch a movie together. Popcorn is usually served! Watch for these on Messenger, our Facebook page, and the Calendar.

Volunteer here!
Scholastic Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair

Chair:
When:
mid-January during conference week

The school sells new Scholastic Books for purchase (typically at a substantial discount off retail prices) and earns Scholastic Dollars to purchase new books and resources. Teachers also have the opportunity to fill out Wish Lists so students and parents can help supplement classroom libraries.

Volunteer here!
Science Fair
Science Fair

Chair:
(none)

Summer Playdates
Summer Playdates

Chair:
(none)
When:
late summer

Talent Show
Talent Show

Chair:
(none)


Before School

Elementary Band
Elementary Band

Chair:
When:
year round

Elementary Orchestra
Elementary Orchestra

Chair:
When:
year round

Intermediate Choir
Intermediate Choir

Chair:
When:
Oct-Dec, Feb-June; Wednesdays 8:30-9:15am

Your kids are in for a treat when they join Intermediate Choir run by our music teacher, John Kelleher. This is a before-school program with occasional evening performances. Explorer students are released early for the start of their school day. Intermediate Choir is available for students in grades 3-5 and is offered in two sessions - fall and winter/spring.

Winter Concert:
Spring Concert:

Click here to register

Primary Choir
Primary Choir

Chair:
When:
Oct-Dec, Feb-June; Tuesdays 8:30-9:15am

Your kids are in for a treat when they join Primary Choir run by our music teacher, John Kelleher. This is a before-school program with an occasional evening concert. Explorer students are released early for the start of their school day. Primary Choir is available for grades 1-2 in the fall session, and then to grades K-2 in the winter/spring session.

Kindergarten Orientation: TBD

Winter Concert:
Spring Concert:

Click here to register

YMCA Before School Care
YMCA Before School Care

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round


After School

Art Club (Grades 2-5)
Art Club (Grades 2-5)

Chair:
(none)
When:
Oct-Jan, Feb-May; Wednesdays 2:25-3:25pm

We are excited to continue this terrific after-school art program at Dickinson/Explorer. An art teacher guides students as they explore the world of art using a range of art materials. Students use pencil, watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, papier-mache, and more to create their own original works of art. Space is limited, so register early. Parents must commit to chaperoning once or twice during the session.

Big Theater
Big Theater

Chair:
(none)
When:
Nov-Feb

The Dickinson/Explorer Big Theater program offers students the chance to be part of a theatrical production. Under the direction of a professional director and parent producers, students put on an amazing show each year. The Big Theater experience is open to all students in grades 4 + 5.

Important Big Theater Dates
Parent info night:
Auditions:
Rehearsals begin:
Technical / dress rehearsal:
Performances dates:

Volunteer here!

Little Theater
Little Theater

Chair:
(none)
When:
Jan-Mar

The Dickinson/Explorer Little Theater program offers students the chance to be part of a theatrical production. Under the direction of a professional director and parent producers, we put on an amazing show each year. The Little Theater experience is open to students in grades 1-3. Rehearsals are held after school 4:00-5:30 daily except Wednesdays. Director does their best to accommodate student activity/conflict schedules.

Important Little Theater Dates
Parent info night:
Auditions:
Rehearsals begin:
Technical / dress rehearsal:
Performances dates:

Volunteer here!

YMCA After School Care
YMCA After School Care

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round


Communications

Messenger E-Newsletter
Messenger E-Newsletter

Chair:
When:
weekly

The Dickinson Community Messenger is a weekly email newsletter. Look for it on Sunday afternoons to get you prepped for the week ahead. Special editions may also be published as needed. SUBSCRIBE to stay up-to-date on the latest news and events from Dickinson/Explorer.

Volunteer here!

Staff

Teacher + Staff Appreciation
Teacher + Staff Appreciation

Chair:
(none)
When:
year round + May

We appreciate our teachers and staff all year! Additionally, we have Teacher + Staff Appreciation Week in May to further express our appreciation and gratitude.

Volunteer here!

Forms

After School Emergency Form
After School Emergency Form

Chair:
(none)

Parents must complete and return the After School Emergency Form prior to the first class. Or email the completed form prior to the first class to Dickinson PTSA Programs.

Emily Dickinson PTSA    7040  208th Ave NE    Redmond WA 98053    425 936 2530    LWSD

Emily Dickinson PTSA 2.8.13 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  We serve Emily Dickinson Elementary and Explorer Community School on Union Hill in Redmond, WA.  Tax ID # 91-1212455.