Communication

Advocacy Director
Advocacy Director

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

Chair:
When:
September to June

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:
(none)
When:
October - May

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 and Winter

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

Chair:
(none)
When:
May- June

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:
Ongoing

Maintain the operating of our website, help Chairs set up event registration/payment, help create new pages, etc.

Welcome Packets
Welcome Packets

Chair:
When:
June to August

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.

Fundraising

Amazon Smiles
Amazon Smiles

Chair:
(none)
When:
on-going
Boxtops/Labels
Boxtops/Labels

Chair:
When:
September to June

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.

Fall Fundraising Drive
Fall Fundraising Drive

Chair:
When:
August to October
Grant Writing
Grant Writing

Chair:
When:
June to September

Work with our Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) ambassador, teachers, and school administration to write grants that benefit our school and community.
School Pictures
School Pictures

Chair:
When:
October- November

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

Spiritwear
Spiritwear

Chair:
When:
Fall and Spring

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.
Sounders/Mariners Tickets
Sounders/Mariners Tickets

Chair:
(none)
Yearbook
Yearbook

Chair:
When:
ongoing

This chair is responsible for working with photographer/historian and parents to assemble and create the annual yearbook.
Auction 2019
Auction 2019

Chair:
When:
Spring 2019

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.

Community Relations

Back-to-School Events
Back-to-School Events

Chair:
When:
September

Come socialize and enjoy free ice cream!
Birthday Club
Birthday Club

Chair:
(none)
When:
September to June

Create fun memories by celebrating student/teacher birthdays every month. This is a new program this year and we are recruiting chairs. Please email somersetptsa@gmail.com if you are interested or need more information.
Care & Share
Care & Share

Chair:
When:
November & December

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.
Family Dance
Family Dance

Chair:
When:
April 27, 2018

A family night for all Somerset families. Dress up, dance and have some pizza with us!
Festival of Cultures
Festival of Cultures

Chair:
(none)
When:
January- March

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:
(none)
When:
June

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

Chair:
When:
September

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.
Maker Market
Maker Market

Chair:
When:
December
MakerSpace
MakerSpace

Chair:
When:
Ongoing

Children love to imagine, create and build. The STEM makerspace program will challenge students to solve STEM based problems and work in small groups.
Movie Nights
Movie Nights

Chair:
When:
December to February

Get families together by coordinating free, fun movie nights. Choose the movies, coordinate a few volunteers, and sell concessions.
Parenthood Development (PhD)
Parenthood Development (PhD)

Chair:
When:
October & April

Provide parents with learning opportunities throughout the year in the form of speakers and community resources.
Pizza & Bingo Night
Pizza & Bingo Night

Chair:
When:
January

Volunteer to plan this fun, popular annual event. Plan and coordinate the pizza dinner, Bingo game and prizes.
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:
May
Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator

Chair:
(none)
When:
August to June

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. Recognize all volunteers in December and June.
Welcome Coffee
Welcome Coffee

Chair:
When:
August to September

Invite parents for a cup of coffee on the first day of school. Encourage chairs to set up booth to introduce different programs & recruit volunteers.

Enrichment

Math Adventure Night Team 3
Math Adventure Night Team 3

Chair:
(none)
When:
December & May

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.
Math Adventure Night Team 4
Math Adventure Night Team 4

Chair:
(none)
When:
December & May

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.
Math Adventure Night Team 5
Math Adventure Night Team 5

Chair:
(none)
When:
December & May

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.
After Skool Soccer
After Skool Soccer

Chair:
Art Imagination (AI)
Art Imagination (AI)

Chair:
When:
September to June

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.

Author Visits
Author Visits

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

This program is driven by our school librarian. Coordinate volunteers and support if needed. Last year, famous author, Candace Fleming visited. She delivered inspirational, educational, and entertaining grade level assemblies in the library. Parents could purchase her autographed books.
Book Swap
Book Swap

Chair:
When:
May to June
Chess Club
Chess Club

Chair:
When:
Mainly in August to September

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. It is a parent driven after school activity meant to foster students' intellectual growth while having fun.

Choir Liaison
Choir Liaison

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:
April to June

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

Chair:
When:
ongoing

Organize speaker for 5th grade students.
Game (Games & More Enrichment)
Game (Games & More Enrichment)

Chair:
When:
January- February

Family Game Nights are free, fabulous fun at Somerset Elementary! Families play a wide variety of entertaining (non-electronic) board and card games. We can also invite local game stores to bring in their demonstration games and merchandise.
Library Volunteers
Library Volunteers

Chair:
(none)
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:
When:
December & May

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 recruiting volunteers to make these events happen. If you can help out, please contact hsvm0808@gmail.com. Thanks.
Math Circle
Math Circle

Chair:
When:
ongoing

Thank you for your interest in the Somerset PTSA Math Circle Club. Somerset Math Circle invites our 3rd to 5th grade students who are interested in math and would like to participate in math competitions.

Passport Club
Passport Club

Chair:
When:
Once a month through entire school year

Students will be studying the locations of countries and will be tested each month. By the end of the year they will have learned many, or all, of the countries of the world! Students gain confidence and develop a strong curiosity if they practice regularly and learn about the countries they’re studying.
Please sign up to volunteer: https://signup.com/go/nHeNDwt.

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.

Running Club
Running Club

Chair:
(none)
When:
October

Inviting all students to participate in the Running club during the month of October. We are recruiting chairs. Please email somersetptsa@gmail.com if you are interested in leading this club or need more information.
STEM Activities
STEM Activities

Chair:
When:
October to May

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, STEM Fair, Student Science Posters, and Egg-Drop Contest.
Science Circle
Science Circle

Chair:
When:
Ongoing

Somerset Science Circle is a volunteer-run club aiming to enhance the science learning environment and introduce science competitions to our students. This is the club’s first year, so your support and patience is much appreciated.

Safety

Child Safety & Emergency Prep
Child Safety & Emergency Prep

Chair:
When:
September to June

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.

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.
Wellness/ Walk to School
Wellness/ Walk to School

Chair:
When:
October

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. More and more students join in Walk to School Day each year. We need lots of volunteers on Walk to School Day morning to monitor the traffic, lead walk bus, hand out small gifts, etc.