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PTA Seeking Volunteers for Fundraising & Auditing

We still need a Fundraising Apprentice to work along side Lorie Bennett, Fundraising Chair for the 2015-2016 school year.  Please email if you are interested.

And we are also seeking a few volunteers to help audit the 2015-2016 budget. The committee will meet for one afternoon in July. Please contact Michelle Wonder for further details.

Announcing the 2015-2016 PTA Executive Board

Thanks to all who came out to the General Meeting on May 28th to vote in next year’s PTA Executive Board!  We thank this past year’s board and welcome the below parent volunteers for donating their time to next year’s board:

  • Robert Kelly – President
  • Kelley O’Connor – Vice President
  • Tara Calvo – Secretary
  • Michelle Wonder – Treasurer
  • Monica Miller – Assistant Treasurer
  • Lorie Bennett – Fundraising
  • Emily Giaquinta & Angela Cough – Legislative Co-Chairs
  • Cheri Carl – Communications

Last PTA Meeting Tonight!

PTA-meetingPlease join us tonight, Thursday May 28th at 6:30pm for our last PTA Meeting of the 2014-2015 school year!  Tonight’s meeting is crucial as we vote in new board members for the 2015-2016 school year and vote on the budget.  Free childcare for school age children is provided in the gym.

And please join us as at Prost after the meeting to celebrate another successful school year.  Hope to see you there!

Come Support Our Teachers – May 19th

A reminder we have NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, May 19th as our teachers are protesting the lack of public education funding.  If you would like to participate and support our teachers in this march, you can read more information on the West Seattle Blog.

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And for those who can’t march tomorrow, you can tell our legislators to fully fund basic education now by clicking here. The 30 day special session of the 2015 legislature ends in two weeks and your participation makes a difference for every child!

The PTA Board Needs You!

Please consider joining the 2015-2016 PTA board!  There are OPEN positions that must be filled in order to keep our PTA running effectively. Help support the legacy Schmitz Park parents, students, and staff that have worked so hard to build. You can contact us at for a list of roles & responsibilities. Elections will be held at the next General Meeting on May 28th 


Also we will be presenting the new budget for 2015-2016 at the meeting on May 28th  however this year’s budget and finances must be audited by a Finance Audit Committee after the fiscal year closes on June 30th. This is an important process (and required by Washington State PTA Bylaws) and gives invaluable insight into what funds are being used for. It is a single task commitment and the committee will meet for one afternoon in July. Please contact Michelle Wonder at to sign up.


Golden Acorn Award Nominations – Due May 22nd

goldenacornDo you know someone who is an amazing volunteer? Someone who, whether it be quietly, or out in front of everyone, gives all they have to give to Schmitz Park Elementary School? Here is your opportunity to recognize them, by submitting a nomination describing what they do. Since 1937, the Golden Acorn is a PTA award that is presented to individuals that have given outstanding volunteer service to children and youth. This PTA award is presented to someone who is chosen by the families and staff of the school where they volunteer. Please feel free to nominate more than one person.  Questions? Email Fiona at

Please use our online survey or turn in your nominations to the office by Friday, May 22nd.

Schmitz Park Science Night is Coming

Join us for the 2nd Annual Schmitz Park Science Celebration Night on Thursday May 14th from 6:30-8pm.

At Schmitz Park science is in every aspect of what our kids do — from composting in the lunch room and helping replant native plants in our own Schmitz Park forest. In the classroom, our teachers lead our students through many scientific discoveries from textiles, terrariums and soil in the lower levels to salmon cycles, Islandwood and Salish Seas at the upper levels.  Science night is an opportunity to celebrate our discoveries and learn more through science organizations in our Seattle community.

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Image Courtesy West Seattle Blog

Last year’s Science Night was a great success with salmon from Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, squid dissection by Ms. Poole and robots from the Museum of Flight. They will be back along with others including Arduino boards from the Seattle App Academy, the Seattle Aquarium, Camp Long where you can compare your athletic abilities to our local animals… and so many more. Come celebrate this year!

For more information on Science Night, please click here.

We are in need of volunteers and have many fun ways to get involved.  Please sign up here