Fundraising

NPSA Soccer
NPSA Soccer

Chair:
Fall Fundraising Drive
Fall Fundraising Drive

Chair:
Auction 2017
Auction 2017

Chair:
When:
Spring 2017

Our PTSA hosts a live and silent auction every two years featuring donated products and services from neighborhood, regional and national companies, businesses and organizations, as well as the coveted artwork from Somerset students. Our bi-annual auction helps us maintain and foster quality education and experiences for Somerset students and the community.

Boxtops/Labels
Boxtops/Labels

Chair:
(none)
When:
ongoing

Organize and implement class contests to have kids bring in BoxTop labels and Labels for Education. Last year, this effort earned our PTSA about $600! This work can be done on your own time and mostly from home. Check http://www.boxtops4education.com/ for more information about the program.

Grant Writing
Grant Writing

Chair:
When:
August - June

Work with our Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) ambassador, teachers, and school administration to write grants that benefit our school and community.
Pizza & Bingo Night
Pizza & Bingo Night

Chair:
(none)
When:
January 19, 2018

Volunteer to plan this fun, popular annual event. Plan and coordinate the pizza dinner, Bingo game and prizes.
School Pictures
School Pictures

Chair:
When:
October 2-3, 2017; November 15, 2017

Coordinate with school administrators and photographer on location and process. Coordinate 5-10 volunteers for the day. Do the same for Picture Retake day, but on a smaller scale. Distribute photos to students upon arrival.
School Supplies
School Supplies

Chair:
When:
May-June

Sounders/Mariners Tickets
Sounders/Mariners Tickets

Chair:
(none)
Spiritwear
Spiritwear

Chair:
When:
Fall

We sell high quality t-shirts and sweatshirts with our school colors and logo. Parents can purchase these items at the beginning of the year.
Yearbook
Yearbook

Chair:
When:
ongoing

This chair is responsible for working with photographer/historian and parents to assemble and create the annual yearbook.

Community Relations

Kindergarten and 1st Grader Noodle Nights
Kindergarten and 1st Grader Noodle Nights

Chair:
When:
09/17-07/18

This is a fun community-building event for families of kindergartners and first graders consisting of a noodle-based potluck along with dry noodle-themed craft activities. Come get to know your child's friends and families.
Back-to-School Social
Back-to-School Social

Chair:
When:
September 29, 2017, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Come socialize and enjoy free ice cream!
Care & Share
Care & Share

Chair:
When:
ongoing especially before school breaks

Care & Share was established by the Somerset PTSA to teach Somerset students about philanthropy to help them see perspectives other than their own. Through philanthropic actions taken by PTSA's Care & Share committee, families in need are identified and served both locally and globally. Care & Share representatives work in tandem with Somerset staff representatives. Specifically they work with the teachers who lead Somerset's Student Council to develop a timeline for giving throughout the school year.
Festival of Cultures
Festival of Cultures

Chair:
When:
February 9, 2018

The Festival of Culture is one of the best attended PTSA events. This event has become a Somerset tradition. We celebrate our diverse culture with kids’ performances, poster boards for cultural information and many cultural booths. This year, we are planning to have Festival of Culture in early February. We need many parent volunteers to participate in the event for it to be successful. Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there!
Field Day
Field Day

Chair:
When:
June 8, 2018

Field Day is a fun way to let loose at the end of the school year. In collaboration with the PE teacher, we organize an afternoon event full of games and athletic events for the entire school.
Movie Nights
Movie Nights

Chair:
When:
Nov. 2, 2017; Dec. 1, 2017; Jan. 23, 2018

Get families together by coordinating free, fun movie nights. Choose the movies, coordinate a few volunteers, and sell concessions. Make sure annual movie license is current. Work with VP Programs.
Parenthood Development (PhD)
Parenthood Development (PhD)

Chair:
When:
Oct. 17, 2017; Apr. 24, 2018

Provide parents with learning opportunities throughout the year in the form of speakers and community resources.
Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

Chair:
When:
August - June

Staff Appreciation Committee is responsible for planning and creating opportunities to thank our exceptional teachers and staff at Somerset Elementary for all their hard work. Our efforts to celebrate our wonderful teachers and staff, with small events throughout the year, culminate in May with Staff Appreciation Week.
Talent & Variety Show
Talent & Variety Show

Chair:
When:
April 27, 2018
Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator

Chair:

Match our Somerset volunteers to the right opportunities. Our community is rich in skills and talent with different time commitments. All of our committees and events could use additional help. Create time slots and advertise distinct tasks so everyone can find a way to participate.

Enrichment

Math Olympiad Individual
Math Olympiad Individual

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing
Chess Club
Chess Club

Chair:

Chess is a fun game that incorporates many aspects of the IB learner profile: knowledgeable, inquirers, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. The Somerset Chess Club started in 2016. It is a parent driven after school activity meant to foster students' intellectual growth while having fun.
Art Imagination (AI)
Art Imagination (AI)

Chair:
When:
Ongoing

Parent volunteers from each classroom coordinate monthly art projects or present information about various art methods and artists. This art enhancement is done in the classroom with teacher input.

Choir
Choir

Chair:
(none)
When:
October - May

4th and 5th grade
Curriculum Enhancement
Curriculum Enhancement

Chair:
When:
August - June

Work with school administration, teachers, and a committee of parent volunteers to coordinate student activities which supplement and enhance the standard curriculum. Activities may include field trips, classroom experiences and grade-level assemblies. Most of the planning and work will take place in the Fall.
Fifth Grade Activities
Fifth Grade Activities

Chair:
When:
June 22, 2018 & TBD

Coordinate the Fifth Grade Promotion at the school in June and the annual Pool Party at the Rec Club after school is out on June 22.
Fifth Grade Drug & Alcohol Education
Fifth Grade Drug & Alcohol Education

Chair:
When:
ongoing

Organize speaker for 5th grade students.
Family Game Nights
Family Game Nights

Chair:
When:
October 7 & March 10, 2017

Family Game Nights are free, fabulous fun at Somerset Elementary! Families play a wide variety of entertaining (non-electronic) board and card games. Family Game Night is currently scheduled for March 2, 2018 but we may host an additional MATH Family Game Night in the Fall, or choose another theme. We can also invite local game stores to bring in their demonstration games and merchandise. We are looking for a co-chair for Game Nights and someone who can take over next year. The chair is welcome to add more Game Nights with approval of VP Programs.
Library Volunteers
Library Volunteers

Chair:
When:
ongoing

Volunteer in the school library by checking out books to students, re-shelving books, assisting the students when needed and working with the school librarian. Work with Library Volunteer Chair for schedule and specific duties.
Math Adventure Night
Math Adventure Night

Chair:
(none)

Math Adventures are math-oriented puzzle events for 1st through 5th graders. With disaster looming, small teams of students and their parent coach must each solve a set of puzzles to save the day. A party awaits everyone to celebrate their victory. The events are not competitive, and no winners are declared.
We are looking for a Chair to make this event happen. If you can help out, please contact somersetptsa@gmail.com. Thanks.
Math Olympiad
Math Olympiad

Chair:
When:
ongoing

Math Problem solving contests for teams of up to 35 students in grades 4 through 8.
Goals:
To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
To introduce important Mathematical concepts
To teach major strategies for problem solving
To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
To strengthen Mathematical intuition
To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges
Passport Club
Passport Club

Chair:
(none)
When:
ongoing
Reflections
Reflections

Chair:
When:
Fall

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. 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. Each year, Reflections challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme. Themes are selected from thousands of ideas submitted by students to National PTA's Reflections Theme Search.

A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: Visual Arts Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.

STEM Activities
STEM Activities

Chair:

STEM activities encourage all Somerset students to get excited about learning and actively participating in science, technology, engineering, and math. Activities include: a Pacific Science Center Demonstration, Student Science Posters, and Egg-Drop Contest.
Welcome Coffee
Welcome Coffee

Chair:
When:
August 31, 2017

Communication

Advocacy Director
Advocacy Director

Chair:
(none)
When:
on-going
Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF)
Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF)

Chair:
When:
ongoing

Communicate BSF news to our PTSA BOD monthly or as needed.

Founded in 1979, Bellevue Schools Foundation's mission is to promote and help fund the best possible learning opportunities for all students in the Bellevue School District. They raise funds to improve student learning through district wide academic initiatives, curriculum material and book purchases, training opportunities for teachers, and an array of programs that meet students' special needs. They also help bridge the gap between the basic funding provided by the State of Washington and what our District's students need to truly excel.


Facebook
Facebook

Chair:
When:
August-June

Update PTSA Facebook page according to guidelines.

Green Team
Green Team

Chair:
(none)
When:
ongoing

Work with our school and district to ensure we are using environmentally friendly practices.
Historian/Photographer
Historian/Photographer

Chair:
(none)
When:
ongoing
Legislative Affairs & Advocacy
Legislative Affairs & Advocacy

Chair:

Are you passionate about being an advocate for children? PTA's vision is that every child’s potential becomes a reality. Our mission is to make PTA a powerful voice for children; a relevant resource for families, schools and communities; and an advocate for the well-being and education of all children. Please consider volunteering to be our Advocacy Chair.

Membership
Membership

Chair:
When:
September, October, January

If you like to talk with parents and encourage PTSA participation, Membership is the role for you. This committee handles the PTSA membership drive throughout the school year. Staff a membership table at school events such as Welcome Back Coffee, Curriculum Night and Book Fair. Some data input required. Resources and trainings to increase membership are available through the WA State PTA. Check http://www.wastatepta.org/. We strive for 100% membership!
New Families/Welcome
New Families/Welcome

Chair:
(none)
When:
ongoing

Coordinate summer playdates especially for new kindergarten families. Be the "go to" person for new families.
Newsletter
Newsletter

Chair:
When:
August-June

Edit and send a weekly electronic newsletter to subscribers to keep families informed of PTSA events and programs happening throughout the year. Work closely with VP Communication and Webmaster to assure communication is consistent.
Room Parent Coordinator
Room Parent Coordinator

Chair:
When:
ongoing, but busiest in September, October and May

Serve as a liaison between Room Parents and PTSA. Hold a Room Parent Training a week or two after Curriculum Night after Room Parents have signed up. Update the Room Parent Guide and assist Room Parents in their roles. Most of the communication is done via email in a timely manner.
Student Directory
Student Directory

Chair:
When:
Fall

Create Student Directory from PTSA and School District student information and coordinate printing. Distribute Student Directory to PTSA members.
Survey
Survey

Chair:
(none)
When:
March-May

Create annual parent survey. Distribute, analyze results, and communicate results to our BOD, parents, and school administrators. Works closely VP Communications.
Wall Display Cases
Wall Display Cases

Chair:
(none)
When:
ongoing

Update wall display cases monthly or quarterly outside the school. Work with the PTSA secretary. Work can be done on your own time.
Website Administrator
Website Administrator

Chair:
When:
July - June

Update PTSA website calendar, volunteer positions, and other content. Add weekly newsletters to site. Create reports for chairs. Edit and post articles and announcements provided by the Board and Chairs. Editing is an important skill for this job. Great volunteer job for someone that wants flexibility and to volunteer from home.

Welcome Packets
Welcome Packets

Chair:
(none)
When:
August 29, 2017

Gather and edit documents from VPs and Chairs. Have copies made at the BSD Copy Center. Gather copies from Somerset Office Manager. Organize volunteers to assemble packets. Work with school administration to distribute Welcome Packets to students on the first day of school via their backpacks.

Safety

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

Chair:
When:
ongoing

Connect with the Bellevue School District and Somerset Administration to communicate and reinforce the emergency preparedness plan for Somerset Elementary.
Hearing Screenings
Hearing Screenings

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall

•1 volunteer to decide which classes to get by looking at the specialist schedule and lunch recess times.
•2 volunteers to go get classes and walk them to the screening.
•2 volunteers outside the room to remind waiting kids to keep voices low and to tell them instructions for hearing screening.
•2 volunteers to be inside the room to help keep kids quiet and direct them to screeners.
•1 volunteer to help me record hearing results.
•1 volunteer to direct kids after they are finished to go back to their classroom or line up with teacher.

Arrive at 9:00 am to divide up tasks and go over instructions. University of Washington audiology students will be doing the screening which start right after the 2nd bell.
Traffic and Safety
Traffic and Safety

Chair:
When:
August - June

Work with school administrators and PTSA to assure our children are safe in and around our parking lots. Volunteer to help traffic flow at school drop off and pick up times.
Walk to School Day
Walk to School Day

Chair:
When:
October 4, 2017

International Walk to School Day is promoted by the City of Bellevue and the official website is http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/. Somerset first participated in October 2013 where about six volunteers and their children handed out PedBee key chains donated by the program to children at school crosswalks and in front of school who walked to school or walked to their bus. This was a lot of fun and children this year proudly wear their PedBee key chains on their backpacks.

Watch D.O.G.S.
Watch D.O.G.S.

Chair:
When:
August-June

Work closely with school administration to organize and implement program.

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) - Engage men, inspire children, reduce bullying and enhance the educational environment at your school.

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) - Is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for the students and to enhance school security. Today, more than 3,793 active programs in 46 states participate in the WATCH D.O.G.S. Program.

Who are WATCH D.O.G.S? Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator.