One Somerset Newsletter June 2018
2018-19 Staffing End of Year Progress Reports PTSA Kudos Message from Somerset Office Important Dates For full article, please click HERE .  ... read full article
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Book Swap-- TonightKatherine Ma6/12/20186/13/2018
Book Swap-- Tonight
Please join us tonight for our  Annual Somerset Book Swap  in the Multipurpose Room from 6:30-7:30 pm tonight. Attending this event is a great way to liven up your bookshelves at home and in the classroom. The event is free to all, and the more books you bring to trade, the more you get to take. ... read full article
PTSA Passport Club Volunteers Needed-- This FridayKatherine Ma6/12/20186/16/2018
PTSA Passport Club Volunteers Needed-- This Friday
Our last Passport Club for this year will be on Friday, June 15 th . Students will be tested on the U.S. states and capitals in this last activity. Since it will take more time, we will have 2 shifts: 10-11am in room 206 and 11:05-12:15pm on the stage in the lunchroom. We need your help for these two shifts. Please sign up through this link Passport Check   as much as you can. Thank you! ... read full article
Volunteer Recognition -- All are Welcome!Katherine Ma6/12/20186/19/2018
Volunteer Recognition -- All are Welcome!
Please join us at 8:20am on Monday, June 18 th to recognize YOU, our wonderful volunteers! The Quiet Cafe will open early so you can drop-off your students. Then come to the Somerset library to enjoy a light breakfast provided by the staff as appreciation for YOU. At 8:40am the PTSA will present awards to parents. At 9:05 everyone will go to the cafeteria with the whole school, where the students will perform for YOU. Thank YOU for all of your contributions throughout the year! ... read full article
General Membership PTSA MeetingKatherine Ma6/12/20186/21/2018
General Membership PTSA Meeting
Our next General Membership PTSA meeting is scheduled from 1:15pm to 2pm on Wednesday, June 20 th at Room 206.  At that time, we will be reviewing and voting on the 2018- 19 PTSA Budget. In addition, we will vote for 2018-19 PTSA Executive Committee (EC) officers. Please review 2018-19 Somerset PTSA Budget HERE . If you would like to provide input on the budget and vote for our EC, please attend the meeting. Thank you! ... read full article
One Somerset Newsletter June 2018Katherine Ma6/12/20186/26/2018
One Somerset Newsletter June 2018
2018-19 Staffing End of Year Progress Reports PTSA Kudos Message from Somerset Office Important Dates For full article, please click HERE .  ... read full article
One Somerset Newsletter June 2018Katherine Ma6/10/20186/11/2018
One Somerset Newsletter June 2018
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Field Day- Volunteers NeededKatherine Ma6/4/20186/11/2018
Field Day- Volunteers Needed
Our "Heroes" Theme Field Day is this Friday: 1pm- 2pm for grades K-2 2:15pm- 3:15pm for grades 3-5.  We need your help to make this Field Day fun and safe. Please sign up here:  Heroes Themed Field Day . Thank you! ... read full article
PTSA Passport Club Volunteers Needed-- This FridayKatherine Ma5/23/20185/25/2018
PTSA Passport Club Volunteers Needed-- This Friday
We need your help!  The next Passport Check will be on Friday,  May 25 th during lunch time.  Please click on this link to sign up  http://signup.com/go/HXsPTEf . Your support is greatly appreciated. ... read full article
Egg DropKatherine Ma5/23/20186/1/2018
Egg Drop
We will have our Egg Drop event on Thursday, May 31 st ! This fun activity is open to ALL students in our school. Build a protective container/lander that can hold an uncooked egg survive an EGGSTREME drop off from a 60-foot height! Please bring your lander to school on Thursday, May 31 st and watch it get launched during the lunch recess! Will your egg survive or splat?! Join the eggcitement as an individual or as a team of max. 3 members. Registration deadline is this Friday, May 25th. For rules and registration, please click https://goo.gl/forms/3epmHYZROgcihAU13 . Parents are ... read full article
Spring Walk to School DayKatherine Ma5/14/20185/16/2018
Spring Walk to School Day
All families are invited to join our Spring Walk to School Day on Wednesday, May 16 th . Students may walk directly to the School, or you may send them to one of our two Walking School Buses. A Walking School Bus is a group of students walking to school with parent volunteers along the two Walking School Bus routes . Please arrive to bus stops on time to catch a walking school bus. All students who walk to school that day will be greeted by a PedBee mascot and win a small prize when they arrive at school. We need volunteers to make this fun event ... read full article
Take Parent Survey to Determine PTSA’s Priorities for 2018-19-- NOWKatherine Ma5/14/20185/23/2018
Take Parent Survey to Determine PTSA’s Priorities for 2018-19-- NOW
Please take the Somerset PTSA End-of-the-Year Parent Survey.  We need your feedbacks on our events and programs. Survey responses will directly influence how the PTSA spends its time and money in 2018-19.  We are planning next year’s PTSA budget in May, so reply to the survey now and have your voice heard.  The deadline for survey responses is Friday, May 18 th .  To take the survey, click here:   https://goo.gl/forms/kZz7jp9IWLQep5zv2 PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT ONE SURVEY PER FAMILY .  All families are welcome to participate in the survey (even if you aren’t a PTSA member).  This survey remains anonymous. But we will offer ... read full article
Somerset PTSA Annual Awards and Volunteer RecognitionKatherine Ma5/14/20185/28/2018
Somerset PTSA Annual Awards and Volunteer Recognition
Wow -- what a year of excellence -- made possible by so many committed volunteers, teachers, and staff! Please take a moment to nominate for our many awards. Detailed descriptions available HER E for State PTA awards: Outstanding Educator, Golden Acorn, Outstanding Advocate, Outstanding Student Advocate, Lifetime Achievement , and Somerset PTSA awards: Crystal Apple, Unsung Hero, and Rising Star . Past awardees listed HERE , although you may nominate people again who demonstrate excellence ABOVE and BEYOND what is expected. Use the form HERE or send an email to  somersetptsa@gmail.com . You do not need to specify which award; ... read full article
One Somerset Newsletter May 2018Katherine Ma5/7/20185/21/2018
One Somerset Newsletter May 2018
Safety an Anti-Bullying Information Night Recap SchoolPool Diversity at Somerset  Taproot Theater and  More ... read full article
Somerset Multi- Cultural Education DiscussionKatherine Ma4/30/20185/9/2018
Somerset Multi- Cultural Education Discussion
All parents are welcome to join Ms. Kirsten Tonning (5 th grade GESP), Mrs. Judy Bowlby, and Mrs. Helen Yung for a Multi- Cultural Education Discussion at 1:30pm on Wednesday, May 9 th in the Somerset Library. Topics such as “What is education?”, “What does it mean to you ?”, “What types of educational experiences have you had?” and “What’s it like to learn in another country?” will be discussed. It is a great opportunity to share and learn about the many cultures represented in our school. Please sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4caaa62ba1fd0-somerset to attend. If this meeting results in interest to ... read full article
PTSA Passport Club Volunteers Needed-- FridayKatherine Ma4/23/20184/27/2018
PTSA Passport Club Volunteers Needed-- Friday
PTSA Passport Club Program was brought to our school several years ago to help  students familiarize themselves with other countries, while also encouraging cultural exploration through the Special Itinerary sheet. In addition, Passport Club helps prepare students for middle school where they are tested on over 100 countries.  This is a great way for them to start practicing early! We need your help!  The next Passport Check will be on Friday,  April 27th   during lunch time.  Please click on this link to sign up  http://signup.com/go/HXsPTEf . Your support is greatly appreciated! ... read full article
One Somerset Newsletter April 2018Katherine Ma4/2/20184/30/2018
One Somerset Newsletter April 2018
Virtue of the Month: Confidence Results from Survey Family Safety Night and  More ... read full article
Family Safety and Anti-Bullying Information NightKatherine Ma3/27/20184/26/2018
Family Safety and Anti-Bullying Information Night
The Safety Committee is planning an evening to share information with our families regarding safety here at school. Two important topics will be discussed: Anti-bullying and Safety Drills/Protocols. There will also be an opportunity to ask and answer questions that our families may have. The meeting is intended for adults only given the sensitivity of some of the information and questions that may arise. Please sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4caaa62ba1fd0-family to help plan seating. Thank you! The meeting details are: 6:30pm – 8pm, Thursday, April 26th at Somerset Elementary Library ... read full article
What Does Racial Equity Mean to You?Katherine Ma3/26/20183/29/2018
What Does Racial Equity Mean to You?
Please join BSD Community Feedbacks on Racial Equity: 1) what does racial equity mean to you? 2) what does an equitable school district look like to you? What impact would racial equity have on you and/or your student?  This is the last meeting of this discussion panel. Please attend as you may.  March 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Bellevue High School ... read full article
Let’s Improve Athletics and Activities for All StudentsKatherine Ma3/26/20183/29/2018
Let’s Improve Athletics and Activities for All Students
Please join BSD on how to better support students in after school activities and athletics. How can we provide equitable experiences? Are your student’s interests being met? Does your student feel supported? What are we missing? March 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Newport High School ... read full article
After School Programs-- Spring 2018Katherine Ma3/15/20183/29/2018
After School Programs-- Spring 2018
The after-school programs are run by outside vendors and are NOT sponsored by the PTSA.  As a service to the community, the PTSA publicizes these programs in the eNews.  Art Coding Language ... read full article
Festival of Cultures-- Calling for Food DonationKatherine Ma3/13/20183/23/2018
Festival of Cultures-- Calling for Food Donation
  Our annual Festival of Cultures will be held from 6pm to 8:30pm on Friday, March 23 rd in our Cafeteria. This year’s theme is Food Around the World ! We are calling for help from our wonderful parents. If you have favorite restaurants of your heritage, please help us ask for a food donation to our festival. Different traditional food will be represented and recognized in this culture- enriched event. If you can lend a hand, please sign up here:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0944aaad29a2fd0-restaurant   Some reminders for this food donation: Please make sure the donated food is easy to serve ... read full article
Nominations of 2018-19 PTSA Executive Committee Katherine Ma3/7/20183/21/2018
Nominations of 2018-19 PTSA Executive Committee
Nominations of 2018-19 PTSA Executive Committee can be found HERE . We will vote on it in our coming PTSA General Membership Meeting from 1:15pm to 2:15pm on Wednesday, March 21st at Room 206. Should you have any concerns or questions, please contact Somerset PTSA somersetptsa@gmail.com .  Thank you! Somerset PTSA Nomination Committee  ... read full article
Festival of Cultures: Display Booth-- Still RecruitingKatherine Ma3/5/20183/12/2018
Festival of Cultures: Display Booth-- Still Recruiting
 We are One Somerset with diverse cultural backgrounds. To help our children understand it is OK to be different, and introduce them to more cultures, we need your help creating a Display Booth in our annual Festival of Cultures on Friday night, March 23 rd . Currently we have families signed up for 13 booths representing France, Norway, Peru, Taiwan, Japan, England, India, South Korea, Russia, Germany, Bangladesh, Switzerland and China. We need more to join us! If you can host a booth to showcase a different country, please sign up www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054EAFAC28A02-call ... read full article
Somerset Math Adventure Sign-Up Due on Wednesday, March 14th!Katherine Ma3/5/20183/14/2018
Somerset Math Adventure Sign-Up Due on Wednesday, March 14th!
If we do not have enough teams and volunteers signed-up by Wednesday, March 14 th , we will cancel the event. Instructions are here  https://goo.gl/forms/h336K1oiVVkABqVE2  with room for comments. Click  HERE   for a general description of Math Adventure. ... read full article
STEM Fair Projects ExhibitionKatherine Ma3/5/20183/9/2018
STEM Fair Projects Exhibition
Please come and learn what our students achieved in their science exploration. They will present their accomplishments in poster exhibitions from 6pm to 8pm this Friday, March 9th. Thank you for all your support! ... read full article
One Somerset Newsletter March 2018Katherine Ma3/4/20183/31/2018
One Somerset Newsletter March 2018
 In this One Somerset monthly news:  ? School Tragedy in Florida  ? Principal Coffees and Interest Survey  ? Virtue of the Month  ? March Dates  For full content, please click HERE .  ... read full article
Family Game Night, Friday March 2nd, 6:30-8pm, cafeteria with special guestsKatherine Ma2/26/20183/3/2018
Family Game Night, Friday March 2nd, 6:30-8pm, cafeteria with special guests
Free Fabulous Fun! Family Game Night at Somerset is a tech-free way to play together. We have plenty of games – board games, card games, and tricky puzzles. Challenge family members, play with friends. Find new games, revisit favorites. The  Washington Students Math Association   will join us to present extra math fun, and NDN Players, a game research and development group, will be onhand to demonstrate a brand new game. Both great opportunities — be sure to join us! To volunteer, contact  Somersetgames@gmail.com  if available to set-up (6p) or clean-up. ... read full article
Thank You!Katherine Ma2/26/20183/3/2018
Thank You!
Thank You-- Somerset students and families did a great job with our recent school food drive.  In the end, the school collected 1,653 items for donation to Northwest Harvest.  Thanks so much for your generosity!  ... read full article
Multi- Culture Week and Festival of CulturesKatherine Ma2/19/20183/3/2018
Multi- Culture Week and Festival of Cultures
Our school is known for its diversity: 38% of Somerset students speak a language other than English, with 18 languages represented in our school. To present and observe our diversity, our Annual Multi- Culture Week will be celebrated in the week of March 20 th to March 23 rd . This year’s theme is Food Around the World ! We will have classroom activities led by our teachers and parent volunteers (more information will be announced soon). In addition, we will finish this week with our annual Festival of Cultures from 6pm to 8:30pm on Friday, March 23 rd in ... read full article
2018-19 PTSA Executive Committee (EC) RecruitingKatherine Ma2/13/20183/1/2018
2018-19 PTSA Executive Committee (EC) Recruiting
The Executive Committee (EC) is the core of the PTSA. The EC presides over all PTSA routine work, make decisions, proposes the annual budget, and connects teachers, parents, and students together. All EC positions are nominated and elected at the PTSA general membership meeting. The EC is comprised of: President Secretary Treasurer VP, Ways & Means VP, Programs VP, Communications  Each position requires 1-2 candidates. All positions for 2018-19 PTSA EC are now OPEN .  Please nominate yourself or recommend potential candidates to our Nomination Committee at  somersetptsa@gmail.com  by Wednesday,  February 28 th . We will vote on these nominees in our March General Membership ... read full article
Town Hall With Your Representatives from the 41st and 48th LDKatherine Ma2/13/20182/18/2018
Town Hall With Your Representatives from the 41st and 48th LD
1. For the 41st Legislative District (LD), please come join Senator Wellman, Representative Senn, and Representative Clibborn in the gymnasium of Somerset Elementary School for the 41st Legislative District town hall for the 2018 session. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the town hall will start at 10 a.m on Saturday, February 17th. 2. For the 48th Legislative District, please come join Senator Kuderer, Representative Slatter, and Representative McBride at City of Redmond (15670 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052) for the 48th Legislative District town hall for the 2018 session. It starts at 10:30am on Saturday, February 17th.  Please let them ... read full article
2/12 PTSA eNewsKatherine Ma2/12/20182/26/2018
2/12 PTSA eNews
Vote YES for BSD Levies The Anti-Bullying and PBIS Workshop Volunteers/Chairs/EC Recruiting and  more ... read full article
The PBIS and Anti-Bullying Family WorkshopKatherine Ma2/12/20182/18/2018
The PBIS and Anti-Bullying Family Workshop
  Please join the Somerset PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) committee members, our school counselor, and student peer mentors at the PBIS and Anti-Bullying Family Information Night from 6pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, February 15 th in the Somerset Library. Please RSVP by emailing Helen Yung at  yungh@bsd405.org .  ... read full article
2/5/18 Somerset PTSA eNewsKatherine Ma2/5/20182/12/2018
2/5/18 Somerset PTSA eNews
Vote Yes Three Times for BSD Levies The PBIS and Anti-Bullying Family Workshop  PTSA Passport Club Volunteers Needed Student Directory and more .  ... read full article
Immediate Help Needed-- Afternoon Safety VolunteersKatherine Ma2/5/20182/19/2018
Immediate Help Needed-- Afternoon Safety Volunteers
We are currently short of staff in our school and need one afternoon safety volunteer per day from 3:30pm to 4pm right away who will monitor traffic, help pedestrians crossing street and lead students back to the front office after 4 pm mostly in the school entrance area. This volunteer will be needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. If you can help out regularly or once in a while, please sign up HERE . Thank you! ... read full article
One Somerset NewsletterKatherine Ma2/2/20182/16/2018
One Somerset Newsletter
 In this One Somerset monthly news:  ? Principal Coffee  ? Anti-bullying Family Information Night  ? A Message from Nurse Ruby  ? Lost and Found  ? February Dates  For full content, please click HERE .  ... read full article
Community Building Event- Family Potluck Fun Night-- This FridayKatherine Ma1/22/20181/31/2018
Community Building Event- Family Potluck Fun Night-- This Friday
  Please mark your calendar for the upcoming Family Potluck Fun Night from 6pm to 8pm on Friday,  January 26 th   in the Somerset cafeteria! All families and friends are welcome. Please come to meet each other and be a part of your community. If you are participating, please bring a main dish to share (portions for double the number of people you are bringing). Fun activities such as coding, chess, Lego, and cards will be available. Please RSVP with  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b44a5ab29a7fd0-somerset  and if you have time, please sign up to volunteer at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e44a4ad2aa02-2018 . Please be aware of the allergies and eat ... read full article
Movie Night-- This TuesdayKatherine Ma1/18/20181/23/2018
Movie Night-- This Tuesday
Please join us for our last Movie Night in 2017-18 on Tuesday, January 23 rd at our Cafeteria. Paddington will be aired. Doors will open at 6:15pm and the movie will start at 6:30pm and last until 8pm. Concession snacks such as popcorn and crackers will be available for purchase. This event is for families and is  NOT  a drop-off event. We are recruiting volunteers to help out with this fun PTSA event. If interested, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BACA922ABFF2-movie Thank you! ... read full article
Superstar eNewsKatherine Ma1/8/20181/15/2018
Superstar eNews
Bingo and Pizza Night Student Directory Sponsorship Recruiting Updates and Feedbacks for Gifted Program and  More ... read full article
Movie Night SurveyKatherine Ma1/8/20181/15/2018
Movie Night Survey
Movie Night Survey  Please take a minute to vote for a movie for our last Movie Night on Tuesday, J anuary 23 rd . https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZHMV8GH The movie with the most number of votes will be shown. Thank you! ... read full article
Somerset Spiritwear Selling Period Begins Katherine Ma1/8/20181/29/2018
Somerset Spiritwear Selling Period Begins 
  Somerset Spiritwear is available for sale again. Please order today! Orders will be taken from now till February 16 th . This will be the final selling period for the school year.  We have a new item debuting this selling period! We are excited to introduce the Somerset cap for both youth and adult! The caps ( photo ) are beautifully embroidered with our Somerset logo on 100% cotton navy velcro-adjustable hats. Youth and adult caps are available for $12 each. Stock is limited so grab one while they are available! All spiritwear will be on sale at Pizza and Bingo night on Friday, January ... read full article
One Somerset NewsletterKatherine Ma1/2/20181/31/2018
One Somerset Newsletter
Principal Coffee Community Panorama Survey  Community Cafes and  More ... read full article
Pizza & Bingo Night and Volunteers NeededKatherine Ma12/28/20171/19/2018
Pizza & Bingo Night and Volunteers Needed
Our annual Pizza and Bingo Night is from 6pm to 8pm this Friday,  January 19 th   in our school Cafeteria/Gym. We have a collection of fun & prizes and our Principal, Mrs. Bowlby will be calling out the BINGO numbers this year! This is Sure to be a fun event! LAST CALL for Pizza dinners !! You can order online or fill out this  paper form , and turn it in with check to the PTSA mailbox located in the school office.  All  Pizza dinners must be pre-ordered no later than Wednesday, January 17 th . There will be no pizza dinners ... read full article
Superstar eNewsKatherine Ma12/12/201712/26/2017
Superstar eNews
Cookie Blizzard Passport Club Volunteers Needed Box Tops Due this Friday Pajama Day this Friday and more.  Please click HERE  for full article.  ... read full article
After School Programs-- Winter 2018Katherine Ma12/10/20171/8/2018
After School Programs-- Winter 2018
Registrations for several vendor-run after-school programs in WINTER season at Somerset are 1. For coding class, please click HERE . 2. For Spanish/ Mandarin classes, please click HERE . 3. For Visual Arts class, please click HERE . Please click the Registration links and pay to the vendors directly.  Due to limited space, all registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.  ... read full article
Superstar eNewsKatherine Ma12/4/201712/11/2017
Superstar eNews
Holiday Give Drive Cookie Blizzard Reflections Updates Thank-You Message  After School Activities Info Please Click HERE  to read them all.  ... read full article
Cookie Blizzard-- Holiday Theme CookiesKatherine Ma12/4/201712/13/2017
Cookie Blizzard-- Holiday Theme Cookies
The Cookie Blizzard, another Staff Appreciation event , will be held on Wednesday, December 13 th . This is a fun event for you and your kids to show talents in baking and your thankfulness to our amazing staff! All cookies will be combined together for a treat extravaganza for all the staff. If you're interested, please sign up in the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4daea928aafe3-cookie1 Home-made cookies are warmly welcome, while we understand you might be too busy to bake at home so cookies from stores are welcome equally. For last year’s Cookie Blizzard pictures, please visit our Facebook . We ... read full article
One Somerset NewsletterKatherine Ma12/2/201712/31/2017
One Somerset Newsletter
 In this One Somerset monthly news :  Principal Coffee  Lost and Found  A Message from Nurse Ruby  Messages from PTSA  Open Enrollment  Green Genius Challenge  December Dates  ... read full article
Reflections Art Show and Movie NightKatherine Ma11/29/201712/2/2017
Reflections Art Show and Movie Night
Reflections Art Show will be on display next to our Library from 6pm to 7pm this Friday, December 1st.  Followed by our second Movie Night: All Somerset Families are welcome to watch a Free Movie: “ The Emoji Movie ” on Friday,  December 1 st . Doors open at 6:15pm and movie starts at 6:30pm in the cafeteria with concession snacks such as popcorn and cookies available for sale. This event is for families and is  NOT  a drop-off event. We are recruiting volunteers to help out this fun PTSA event. If interested, please check here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4baeab23a4f49-movie1 . Thank you! ... read full article
Donor List 2017 Fall FundraisingLiping Ke11/27/201712/11/2017
Donor List 2017 Fall Fundraising
Donor List 2017 Fall Fundraising Thank you very much for your donation to the 2017-18 Somerset Fall Fundraising Drive. We received a total donation of $74,773.00 from 326 families, or 402 students (56% of the student population). Based on what we know so far, we estimate to receive $13,000 from employer company matches. This brings us to a total of    $87,773.00 . Your generosity in this critical time helps move us toward our goal so that our PTSA can continue to provide instructional aides in every classroom, quality programming, and curriculum enhancements for every single one of our superstars. ... read full article
Superstar Weekly eNews Katherine Ma11/20/201711/27/2017
Superstar Weekly eNews
Staff Appreciation Event Book Fair and Volunteers Needed Maker Market PTSA Passport Club Volunteers Needed and More Please click HERE  to read.  ... read full article
Book Fair and Volunteers NeededKatherine Ma11/20/201712/3/2017
Book Fair and Volunteers Needed
    Our school Library will partner with the PTSA to host a Book Fair from Secret Garden Book Store the week following Thanksgiving . This Book Fair is a fundraising event for the benefit of our Library , and all proceeds fund the purchase of books and library materials for all of our children. Please mark your calendar to shop for your families or holiday gifts and support our school Library. Cash/check/credit cards will be accepted for purchases. For more information, please click BOOK FAIR .   In addition, we need help to make this book fair possible. Please ... read full article
PTSA Passport Club Volunteers NeededKatherine Ma11/20/201712/16/2017
PTSA Passport Club Volunteers Needed
  PTSA Passport Club Program was brought to our school several years ago to help students familiarize themselves with other countries, while also encouraging cultural exploration through the Special Itinerary sheet. In addition, Passport Club helps prepare students for middle school where they are tested on over 100 countries.  This is a great way for them to start practicing early!                           We are trying a new system this month where students will have the option to do their passport check during lunchtime. (Some teachers have opted to continue checking passports in their classroom.) December's countries will be tested on  December ... read full article
2017-18 BSF A &E & I GrantsKatherine Ma11/13/201711/20/2017
2017-18 BSF A &E & I Grants
2017-18 BSF Arts, Enrichment & Innovation Grants-- Congratulations to Ms. Geren-Ziegler, Mrs. Pederson, and Ms. Waylen for winning three grants (funded with a total of $1650) for our school in 2017-18 Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) Arts, Enrichment & Innovation Grants applications. In addition, our school will share with all other Bellevue elementary schools for another 5 BSF grants (funded with a total of $20,100).  A complete list of grants awarded by BSF for our school can be found HERE . Our BSF Ambassadors, Pauline Cho and Chiwa Matsumura, will present celebratory certificates to our teachers this week. Thank you, Pauline ... read full article
Staff Appreciation EventKatherine Ma11/13/201711/21/2017
Staff Appreciation Event
Staff Appreciation - Soup & Salad Luncheon    The PTSA Staff Appreciation Committee is planning a Soup and Salad Luncheon for our teacher/staff on Tuesday, November 21 st . Thank you to all parents who have signed up to participate in this event.   Together we show our appreciation to our wonderful staff in Somerset! Thank you!   ... read full article
Red, White and Blue DayKatherine Ma11/6/201711/9/2017
Red, White and Blue Day
Red, White and Blue Day-- Wednesday, November 8 th , is “Red, White, and Blue Day” at Somerset. Please remind your students to wear your patriotic colors. The class that has the greatest percentage of participants wearing red, white, and blue will win a prize and be featured in the morning announcements. ... read full article
Principal Letter-- One Somerset NovemberKatherine Ma11/2/201711/30/2017
Principal Letter-- One Somerset November
One Somerset November Reporting Safety Concerns Principal Coffee A Message from PTSA November Dates  ... read full article
Somerset Call to ActionKatherine Ma11/2/201711/16/2017
Somerset Call to Action
HIB Call to Action Somerset Elementary .  ... read full article
Movie Night: This ThursdayKatherine Ma10/30/201711/2/2017
Movie Night: This Thursday
Movie Night-- This Thursday   All Somerset Families are welcome to watch a Free Movie: “ The LEGO Batman Moive ” on Thursday,  November 2 nd . Doors open at 6:15pm and movie starts at 6:30pm in the cafeteria with concession snacks such as popcorn and cookies available for sale. This event is for families and is  NOT  a drop-off event. Costumes are optional to wear, but please No masks, No weapons. We are also recruiting  VOLUNTEERS  to help out this Family Fun Night. Please sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b4baeab23a4f49-movie if you can help. Thanks. ... read full article
Principal Coffee: This FridayKatherine Ma10/30/201711/3/2017
Principal Coffee: This Friday
Principal Coffee-- This Friday   All parents are welcome to join the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) team, Principal Judy Bowlby, and Assistant Principal Helen Yung , to learn about what systems and supports are in place to support Positive and Productive Life at Somerset from 8:15am to 9am on Friday, November 3 rd at our school Library. Representatives of the Team will share about the Big 3 school-wide expectations and about the Bucket-filling Incentive Star System.  ... read full article
A Friendly Reminder: Please Ask for Company Match for Your Donations to Somerset PTSAKatherine Ma10/30/201711/20/2017
A Friendly Reminder: Please Ask for Company Match for Your Donations to Somerset PTSA
  As you know, Somerset PTSA could not operate without donations from students’ families and community supporters. What you may or may not know, is that many of you work for companies that provide matching funds for every hour you volunteer at a non profit organization such as Somerset PTSA.   For instance, if you are a PTSA volunteer and work for Microsoft, you can submit all your volunteer hours to Microsoft, and they will pay us all your volunteer time at a hourly rate. These matching programs are an important source of funds for Somerset PTSA.   For those ... read full article
BSF: All in for Kids-- Match DaysKatherine Ma10/24/201710/26/2017
BSF: All in for Kids-- Match Days
Bellevue Schools Foundation: All in for Kids This is a great 2-day opportunity where every parent can participate and make an investment in their child, in every Bellevue student. Every dollar matters! Bonus!  Generous donors will match every gift of $100 or more to Bellevue Schools Foundation—up to $25,000—Oct. 24 & 25 only! For more information and donation, please click HERE .  ... read full article
ReflectionsKatherine Ma10/23/201710/31/2017
Reflections
Reflections Somerset PTSA is proud to sponsor the Reflections Program, a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition again this year. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. A student may submit entry/entries in six art areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: Visual Arts-2D , photography ,  Literature , Music Composition , Dance Choreography , and Film Production .  The latest update is that 3D art works will NOT be accepted anymore. To ... read full article
PTSA General Membership Meeting-- This Wednesday at Rm206Katherine Ma10/16/201710/20/2017
PTSA General Membership Meeting-- This Wednesday at Rm206
All PTSA members are invited to attend our first general membership meeting for 2017-18 from 7pm to 8pm on Wednesday, October 18 th in Room 206. It will be a great chance to learn about our wonderful PTSA programs, hear our PTSA financial report, make new friends, explore opportunities to be more involved in PTSA, and more importantly, give us your comments/suggestions to make our PTSA better serve our children. Together we work for our children. Thank you for your continuous support our school and our PTSA. ... read full article
STEM Fair/Family Engineering NightKatherine Ma10/9/201710/22/2017
STEM Fair/Family Engineering Night
Family Engineering & STEM Night will be from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, Octo ber 20 th . Please join us for an evening full of hands-on engineering projects such as Build Launchers, Wind Turbines, Paper Rockets, and Destination Imagine Challenges, as well as interactive STEM demonstrations from Wisecamps, Coding With Kids, and the Bellevue Stream Team! In addition, Newport and Interlake High School Robotics Clubs will showcase their competition-winning robots.    A few stations (Paper Rockets (library), Lil' Bits Circuits (room 211), and Destination Imagination Building Challenge (room 206)) will have limited capacity for each time slot. Advance sign-ups ... read full article
Principal Letter-- One Somerset OctoberKatherine Ma10/2/201710/31/2017
Principal Letter-- One Somerset October
One Somerset: October We are one month into the school year and our students, your children, make our hearts sing!  It is a delight to greet your young ones each morning as they arrive at school eager to learn.  Ms. Yung and I enjoyed seeing such a great turn out during our grade level curriculum nights.  We truly consider you partners in our day-to-day work educating your children both academically and social-emotionally. In this One Somerset monthly news: · PTSA Fall Fundraising Drive · Principal Coffee · Celebrations! · October Dates PTSA Fall Fundraising Drive The 2017-18 Fall Fundraising Drive ... read full article
Superstar Weekly eNews Katherine Ma10/1/201710/8/2017
Superstar Weekly eNews
Superstar Weekly  eNews Fall Fundraising Drive Weekly Update PTSA Membership Family Engineering Night Planning Meeting-- This Monday Picture Day-- This Monday and Tuesday Walk to School Day-- This Wednesday AI Introductory Meeting-- This Thursday Principal Coffee-- This Friday Holiday Maker Market and more   ... read full article
Holiday Maker MarketKatherine Ma10/1/201710/21/2017
Holiday Maker Market
Somerset PTSA is proudly bringing you the first HOLIDAY MAKER MARKET from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on  Thursday, November 30 th at our cafeteria/gym.  Interested in DIY? Want to do something fun as a family? Want to let the children get a taste of the real market experience and get a true experience on cost and inventory controlling, pricing, manufacturing and marketing? Or simply want to shop for the Holidays on authentic, handmade items from our Somerset children and families? Our Holiday Maker Market has it all! Join the fun! If you have something to sell, please register and submit  HERE ... read full article
Math Olympiad Registration Opens at 10am TODAYKatherine Ma9/28/20179/30/2017
Math Olympiad Registration Opens at 10am TODAY
For all parents who are interested in registration of Math Olympiad, the registration link OPENS at 10am TODAY . Please click  HERE  after 10am. Team information is needed when register for your team. ... read full article
After- School ProgramsKatherine Ma9/24/201710/1/2017
After- School Programs
The after-school programs are run by outside vendors and are NOT sponsored by the PTSA.  As a service to the community, the PTSA publicizes these programs in the eNews.  In addition to these outside vendor-run programs, Somerset Elementary School will run a Coding Club (for 4- 5 th  graders) & Robotics Club (for K-5 th  graders).  The school will provide information about those clubs in the near future.   After-school Activities at Somerset Elementary School--  please use these vendor links to do registration and payments.  Due to limited space, all registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.  Coding Language (Mandarin ... read full article
Superstar Weekly eNewsKatherine Ma9/18/20179/24/2017
Superstar Weekly eNews
Superstar Weekly  eNews Somerset PTSA Events & News 2017-18 Fall Fundraising Drive- Weekly Update PTSA Membership After-school Activities Info Math Olympiad Information Night and Registration PTSA Ice Cream Social- This Friday Introduction of PTSA Seminar Family Engineering Night Planning Meeting Picture Day Walk to School Day Art Imagination (AI) Introductory Meeting Special Meeting for Safety Protocols at Somerset Facebook Discussion Group Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures Reflections Box Tops Amazon Smile   Community News ... read full article
Call For a Community ForumKatherine Ma9/7/20179/19/2017
Call For a Community Forum
Somerset Elementary Families,  The petition for more sinks in our school has been signed by over 400 families and the Somerset PTSA Board of Directors read and submitted a statement of our requests and concerns to the Bellevue School Board on September 5th. We would like to call a Community Forum to discuss and vote on creating an official committee to lead us in next steps.  Please join us at 7pm on Tuesday, September 19th  at our school (Room location: TBD) for an update on where things stand, and to discuss next steps. We need everyone to come out so please mark ... read full article
One Somerset: SeptemberKatherine Ma9/6/20179/20/2017
One Somerset: September
Principal Bowlby: One Somerset:  September We are off to a great start and look forward to an amazing 2017-18 school year in partnership with you. I spent time in each classroom and it made my heart sing to see our returning students and greet those new to Somerset. I shared, with your students, that Somerset is our home-away-from-home; we spend a lot of time together at school and we make up one big Somerset family!  Each and every one of our students belong here and we believe in them.   Our motto is ONE Somerset! To promote unity and belonging, we ... read full article
Superstar eNewsKatherine Ma8/31/20179/8/2017
Superstar eNews
Somerset Superstar eNews First Day of School: for Kindergarteners Petition & Protest for Sinks Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures 2017-18 Fall Fundraising Drive Reflections Amazon Smile School News & Events Bellevue PTSA Council Community News   ... read full article