Superstars Spring Break Video
Many thanks to all the parents who submitted the spring break family photos. Enjoy this video on how Somerset superstars spent their fun spring break. ... read full article
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Peggy 
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Lifetouch Pictures and Picture Pick-up
The retaken Lifetouch picture of your kids are available at school now. Hybrid parents, please check your child's backpack for your student's retaken picture. Student pictures have been distributed to the teachers and they handed them out to the students. Parents of virtual students please come to the main office to pick up your student's picture.  ... read full article
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Peggy 
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Show Your Hidden Talent
Hello Superstars! You’re invited to share your own hidden talent with our Somerset community. We’d love to see what you can do! Click on  this link  to record a video of *your* talent for a chance to see yourself featured in a future assembly (depending on how many clips are submitted, it may not be in the very next assembly)   ... read full article
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Peggy 
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Superstars Spring Break VideoPeggy4/29/20215/15/2021
Superstars Spring Break Video
Many thanks to all the parents who submitted the spring break family photos. Enjoy this video on how Somerset superstars spent their fun spring break. ... read full article
Teacher & Staff Appreciation WeekPeggy4/29/20215/8/2021
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
Next week May 3rd-7th is teacher and staff appreciation week and we’d like to take this whole week to recognize the hard work of all teachers and staff members at Somerset.  We are especially thankful of their work during this tough pandemic year.  Here are the guidelines for the week: Monday May 3rd   -  Card Day.   Tuesday May 4th – Grocery Gift Card Day.   Wednesday May 5th – Staff Appreciation coffee and pastries provided by PTSA.  Thursday May 6th – Restaurant Gift Card Day.   Friday May 7th – Video day.  If you have a drop-off next week, go behind ... read full article
Lifetouch Pictures and Picture Pick-upPeggy4/29/20215/13/2021
Lifetouch Pictures and Picture Pick-up
The retaken Lifetouch picture of your kids are available at school now. Hybrid parents, please check your child's backpack for your student's retaken picture. Student pictures have been distributed to the teachers and they handed them out to the students. Parents of virtual students please come to the main office to pick up your student's picture.  ... read full article
MOD Pizza Fundraising for Somerset PTSAPeggy4/1/20214/22/2021
MOD Pizza Fundraising for Somerset PTSA
On Wednesday, April 21st the delicious and generous MOD Pizza at Factorial (3622 Factoria Blvd SE) is donating back 20% of Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders to support a great cause -- Somerset PTSA! The fundraiser lasts all day from 10:30 am - 10:00 pm.  On behalf of Somerset PTSA you’re invited to join us and eat out, not only in support of the organization, but to show one of your Bellevue restaurants some love too! We ask that you RSVP here:  www.groupraise.com/events/ 185109  (even if you’re not completely sure) so MOD Pizza knows roughly how many orders to expect & ... read full article
Show Your Hidden TalentPeggy4/1/20215/15/2021
Show Your Hidden Talent
Hello Superstars! You’re invited to share your own hidden talent with our Somerset community. We’d love to see what you can do! Click on  this link  to record a video of *your* talent for a chance to see yourself featured in a future assembly (depending on how many clips are submitted, it may not be in the very next assembly)   ... read full article
April 3rd-5th Grade in-person Learning SchedulePeggy4/1/20214/28/2021
April 3rd-5th Grade in-person Learning Schedule
Grades k-2 are in person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday except for 4/19-4/23 quarantine week. Thursday and Friday prior to start dates are for classroom and teacher preparation. Teachers provide async learning. Remote days on Wednesday & Friday follow current Schedule. Grade 3-5 drop-off is at 143rd Ave SE crosswalk. Use either side of street. Students must use crosswalk Drop off is 8:50 and 12:50. Remain in the car until greeted by Somerset staff. Please remember to complete health check prior to 8:30 and 12:30 to ensure efficient arrival for student. ... read full article
Student Council’s Groceries for Families DrivePeggy3/19/20214/1/2021
Student Council’s Groceries for Families Drive
Somerset Student council is made up of two students from each of the 4th and 5th grade classes. They are selected by peers to be their voice and representation. The student council meets the first Wednesday of each month and works to promote school spirit and pride. This group selects and advertises school spirit days and chooses at least one community service project a year to serve the greater Bellevue community. This month our student council is hosting “Groceries for Families” drive. Please consider donating items on the list below to support Bellevue families through Jubilee Reach Baby wipes  Diapers, ... read full article
Recap of PHD Talk "How to talk with children about race and racism"Peggy3/10/20214/10/2021
Recap of PHD Talk "How to talk with children about race and racism"
  A big thank you to Jamie Cho for talking to us about race and racism and showing us how we can have meaningful conversations with our children and be part of the change for a better world without racism. For those who were not able to attend the PHD talk, here is the recording for you to view at your convenience. Please click Here  for recording, and use Passcode: z3T^Rve5   ... read full article
Lifetouch Pictures Pick up and RetakePeggy3/4/20213/31/2021
Lifetouch Pictures Pick up and Retake
After last week's picture picking up,  we still have some picture packages left. For the left picture packages picking up, please click  Here .   Picture Retake Day with Lifetouch is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31 st  from 12-4pm .   Registration: Please sign up for a slot using the sign up genius link  HERE   Please be certain to put your child’s name/teacher/grade in the comments.   Ordering:  We encourage families to pre-order pictures online  https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch   using  New Code  EVT8G6T4M  . Please see  new flyer here  .  Location:   Somerset Elementary School  (under the covered basketball area  outside, in the back of the school)   ... read full article
Questions/Answers Regarding Transition to Middle School Peggy3/4/20213/18/2021
Questions/Answers Regarding Transition to Middle School 
To help the fourth and fifth grade students transition to middle schools, we collected questions from Somerset parents and students. Below is our collective answers for those questions. We hope you can get useful information from those answers. Questions/Answers Regarding Transition to Middle School   ... read full article
March Spirit Day - Sports DayPeggy3/3/20213/27/2021
March Spirit Day - Sports Day
Somerset’s March spirit day will be Sports Day!  It will take place on  Friday, March 26 th . Wear gear from your favorite sport, club, or activity. The Somerset class that has the greatest percentage of participants dressed in sports gear will be featured in the assembly announcements and win a fun prize.  Have fun and show your school spirit! ... read full article
General Membership MeetingPeggy3/1/20213/4/2021
General Membership Meeting
Somerset Elementary PTSA's General Membership Zoom Meeting Somerset Elementary PTSA is inviting you to a scheduled General Membership Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 83573575917?pwd= QWt6VEpCZG42NG9QYmd5dHBWNFBwdz 09 Meeting ID: 835 7357 5917 Passcode: 693841 One tap mobile +12532158782,,83573575917#,,,, *693841# US (Tacoma) +16699006833,,83573575917#,,,, *693841# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 835 7357 5917 Passcode: 693841 Find your local number: ... read full article
Afterschool Elementary Debate Program Peggy2/26/20213/9/2021
Afterschool Elementary Debate Program 
Engage in Debate for 4 th  and 5 th  Graders This program is great for students of all kinds in 4th and 5th graders who like to talk, but also shy students seeking to communicate or gain more self-confidence; students who like to argue, talk, research issues, challenge themselves, want to communicate better, and show interest in bettering their community.  More Information and Register by March 4 for our April-May Debate Session (beginning March 1) at:  https://www.climbthemountain. us/programs ... read full article
Mid Winter Break VideoPeggy2/25/20213/11/2021
Mid Winter Break Video
We hope all of our Somerset families have had a joyful Lunar New Year and mid-winter break. This video shows how Somerset superstars spend their mid-winter break. Enjoy!   ... read full article
Indian Classical Music SeminarPeggy2/24/20213/10/2021
Indian Classical Music Seminar
Our Indian classical music seminar will be hosted by  Srivalli  Garimella .  Srivalli  Garimella completed her undergrad in Indian classical music-carnatic music vocal, and is currently perusing her Master degree. She also teaches music online. Indian classical music seminar will be scheduled on Tuesday, 3/9 at 5:30 pm.     Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 84351626203?pwd= OWt4aFVkOG9Vc3hkM1YxMmdLYlpHZz 09 Meeting ID: 843 5162 6203 Passcode: 387208   Click  Here for detailed information.  ... read full article
Somerset PTSA Goodwill Drive RecapPeggy2/24/20213/15/2021
Somerset PTSA Goodwill Drive Recap
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Picture Day at Somerset RecapPeggy2/9/20212/28/2021
Picture Day at Somerset Recap
  Thanks to the cooperation and help of all parents, students and volunteers, our two days of picture day went smoothly.  If you would like to order pictures, please see the  Lifetouch flyer  for information. Online order from  HERE  using code EVTZC2T6G.    For those families who did not attend our picture day, you can prepare your kids photos at home. Please follow these requirement: Take a headshot of your student in front of a white background. Take the picture from the waist up. Use lighting from the front, no backlighting. Please add the following information when sending the picture: first name and last ... read full article
Registration for Thunderbird Little League and Giving backPeggy2/9/20212/23/2021
Registration for Thunderbird Little League and Giving back
    Bellevue Thunderbird Little League  is a long standing community based program that offers softball and baseball. The league focuses on providing equal playing time for our kids, allowing them to enjoy the sport and move around all the positions. Typically, there are 2 games a week and locations are nearly by. Thunderbird little league offers programs for ages 5-14. We have a great opportunity to work with Thunderbird Little League. Click  Registration Link   for registration. Somerset PTSA will receive give back from Little League for each registration from Somerset student.  Click  Here  for detail registration information and COVID Safety ... read full article
Lunar New Year Pictures NeededPeggy2/9/20212/21/2021
Lunar New Year Pictures Needed
Happy Lunar New Year of 2021! Somerset PTSA will put together a slide show which will be put on our website and newsletter at the end of February. It will be highlighting how our community celebrates Lunar New Year. Please email your photos to   communications.somersetptsa@gmail.com . We accept photo submissions through Feb 20, 2021.    ... read full article
February School Spirit DayPeggy2/9/20212/26/2021
February School Spirit Day
The student council is promoting Crazy Hat/Hair day on  Friday, February 26th . The class with the most participation will be recognized in the March assembly.   ... read full article
Check out Somerset Library BooksPeggy2/9/20212/26/2021
Check out Somerset Library Books
Beginning Wednesday, January 13th, students will again be able to check out books from our school library... every Wednesday! Students must place books on hold to get them, and the books will be available each Wednesday for pickup at the main front doors of Somerset school from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. When you come to pick up books, please have your child(ren)’s first and last name printed/written clearly on paper to show at the door. Masks and social distancing required.    Mrs. Bravenec will be there every Wednesday from 3:30-5:30pm until the end of May (except the mid-winter and spring break weeks). ... read full article
Hidden TalentsPeggy2/9/20212/23/2021
Hidden Talents
  Hello Superstars, you’re invited to share your own hidden talent with our Somerset community. We’d love to see what you can do! Click on this link to record a video of *your* talent for a chance to see yourself featured in a future assembly (depending on how many clips are submitted, it may not be in the very next assembly):  https://flipgrid.com/05ed50dfs .    ... read full article
Recap of German Music SeminarPeggy1/29/20212/9/2021
Recap of German Music Seminar
Students and parents alike had a wonderful time listening to the beautiful piano music played and the inspiring story read by the talented Hillary Nordwell. We were treated to an interactive concert featuring the piano piece  Waldszenen  (Forest Scenes) by German composer Robert Schumann and a reading of  The Bear and the Piano,  a storybook by English author David Litchfield.  Families who missed the German Music Seminar are invited to watch the recording HERE . It will be available on Youtube through January 31st.  ... read full article
Somerset Superstar Winter Break Stories VideoPeggy1/15/20211/29/2021
Somerset Superstar Winter Break Stories Video
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Yearbook Pictures NeededPeggy1/15/20211/29/2021
Yearbook Pictures Needed
Somerset families, like this year, our yearbook will look a little different. We would love to include pictures of your child learning at home or doing some activities outside. Please send any photos of your students you would like to see in the yearbook to  yearbooks.somerset@gmail.com . Some parents have already sent students photos to communications.somersetptsa@gmail.com  before, such as the pictures for the first day of school, ice-cream social, Halloween, and winter break. All these pictures will also be considered to be put in the yearbook. If you have done so, you do not have to send those pictures again. ... read full article
Check out Somerset Library BooksPeggy1/8/20211/14/2021
Check out Somerset Library Books
Beginning Wednesday, January 13th, students will again be able to check out books from our school library... every Wednesday! Students must place books on hold to get them, and the books will be available each Wednesday for pickup at the main front doors of Somerset school from 3:30 – 5:30pm. Masks and social distancing required. ... read full article
Picture Day at SomersetPeggy1/8/20212/4/2021
Picture Day at Somerset
Thanks to the cooperation and help of all parents, students and volunteers, the picture day on Wednesday went smoothly. One more day of Picture Day is coming up next Wednesday, February 3rd, 12pm - 4pm and spots are still available. All Somerset students are welcome to come by to get their photo taken, even if you are not planning to purchase the prints. Their picture will also be used for the yearbook and student identification cards.    Detailed information, please click Here . ... read full article
Holiday Picture WantedPeggy1/7/20211/11/2021
Holiday Picture Wanted
Calling all Somerset Superstars, we hope you enjoy your winter break with your family and friends. Holiday lighting shows, skiing, snowboarding, crafting, holiday farmer marketing etc., all kinds of fantastic holiday events are waiting. We invite all Somerset students to show us your fun holiday. If you would like to participate our winter holiday celebration, there are two ways to share with us your photos: Email your photos to communications.somersetptsa@gmail.com . We will accept photo submissions through 1/10/2021 Post your photos on Somerset PTSA Facebook group. We look forward to seeing your photos.  ... read full article
German Music SeminarPeggy1/7/20211/22/2021
German Music Seminar
Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) - Classical Music and Story This interactive concert features the piano piece Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) by German composer Robert Schumann. A reading of The Bear and the Piano, a storybook by English author David Litchfield, will also be included. Litchfield's intricate artwork and Schumann's varied and inviting music (performed live by Hillary Nordwell, piano) illustrate an imaginative and heartwarming story, perfect for all ages. You are welcome to bring your own paper or whiteboard to draw as you listen and, if you like, share your art with our community following the program. German music seminar will be scheduled on 6pm Thursday, Jan 21st. ... read full article
Somerset Celebrates Service and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Peggy1/7/20211/18/2021
Somerset Celebrates Service and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In January, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of service to others. Students are invited to participate in service to our community by choosing an activity from the ones shown in this link to our Service Choice Board . We hope your family finds this activity enriching and meaningful as we remember Dr. King and reflect on how service to others strengthens our relationships and communities. ... read full article
Lunar New Year Photos NeededPeggy 1/7/20211/21/2021
Lunar New Year Photos Needed
omerset Assembly Team is putting together a slide show to be shown at our February assembly. It will highlight how our community celebrates Lunar New Year. Please send photos to Mr. Rogers at  RogersD@bsd405.org  no later than January 20. If you want us to have more context about the photo feel free to include a short caption.    ... read full article
Family Math Night Schedule and Sign on LinksPeggy12/6/202012/11/2020
Family Math Night Schedule and Sign on Links
Special night for kids and adults to learn and play fun math games! Jane and John Felling from Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks will lead a variety of games that will build on each grade level’s priority standards. The games are designed to develop mathematical fluency and build problem solving strategies. Games will require use of regular and really cool multi-sided dice, deck of cards and counters.  Family math night will be held from Monday Dec 7th - Thursday Dec 10th. Specific schedule for each grade and Teams sign on link, Please click Here . ... read full article
Free Holiday Card Design ClassPeggy 12/5/202012/13/2020
Free Holiday Card Design Class
EKrown Art  is hosting a  complementary holiday card design class  open to students of all grades. In this class, students will design their own holiday card under the instruction of professional art teachers. This festive class is the perfect timing as the holidays are right around the corner! The class will take place on  Saturday   December 12, 2020 , 5-6 PM PST . The Zoom ID and password will be sent out to the registrants two days prior to the class to the emails which are provided on the registration form. Please register through:  https://us02web.zoom. us/meeting/register/tZAkd- utqz4tHtzVE-oXVRGH5VbFRia1OozA .   ... read full article
Holiday Gifts, Spirit Wear and Family Math Night Materials Pick-upPeggy12/1/202012/4/2020
Holiday Gifts, Spirit Wear and Family Math Night Materials Pick-up
Happy holiday to all Somerset superstars. PTSA has prepared holiday gift pack for students, one pack for each student. We will hand out gift pack along with math materials and spirit wear order.  Please mark your calendar, family math night materials and spirit wear order can be picked up at Somerset Elementary School on the following dates/time.  Wednesday, Dec 2: 11 ~ 2 pm Thursday,     Dec 3:  2 ~ 4:30 pm  Please make sure you have already ordered spirit wear and have your order information (student name, teacher name, and size) when you pick up your spirit wear. ... read full article
Video of Whole School Thankful PosterPeggy11/23/202012/7/2020
Video of Whole School Thankful Poster
To our wonderful Somerset principals, teachers and staff. We hope everyone is enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday. Stay safe and healthy. You are the best!  ... read full article
Somerset’s Scholastic Book FairPeggy11/20/202012/14/2020
Somerset’s Scholastic Book Fair
Somerset’s Scholastic Book Fair is going online! November 30 – December 13 In a year of so many  *not*  normal things, our book fair will also be different this year. Somerset is partnering with Scholastic to host an ONLINE ONLY book fair for families this fall. Mrs. Bravenec realizes that for some families, the ability to buy books for your children may not be possible this year. In conversations with students about the Book Fair, Mrs. Bravenec is sensitive to this situation and shares with students that as a child her family sometimes had hard times and was not able ... read full article
Math Kangaroo 2021 Registration InvitationPeggy11/11/202011/25/2020
Math Kangaroo 2021 Registration Invitation
This year Math Kangaroo offer virtual participation for all students who cannot find space in the in-person centers. All virtual Math Kangaroo participants will receive a T-shirt and a gift straight to their home addresses and can take the test at home. The regular participation is still offered but on a much smaller scale due to social distancing regulations. All in-person centers will look like the years before where students come for the exam and receive all Math Kangaroo material on the test day from their center manager. In case the in-person center is closed due to pandemic, students will ... read full article
Math is Cool Online Math ContestPeggy11/11/202011/25/2020
Math is Cool Online Math Contest
Math is Cool will be offering online math contests for students this year, including a Master's contest for grade 4th and 5th in the coming Spring. Students need to form a group of four in order to compete. We will send more information for selecting 8 teams per grade level. Grade 5 March 3rd Not open for registration until mid-December Grade 4 March Not open for registration until mid-December To become more familiar with how our online contest will work and answer many questions, go to: https://academicsarecool.com/#/samples ... read full article
Somerset Winter Traditions Photo WantedPeggy11/11/202011/18/2020
Somerset Winter Traditions Photo Wanted
Families are invited to submit a photo of their students celebrating a winter tradition/holiday and a short sentence describing a favorite part of that winter tradition/holiday. Please only send in ONE photo and put the subject line " Winter Traditions" in the email to Mrs. Bravenec bravenecs@bsd405.org by Nov 18th . We are looking for a variety of traditions/holidays to include! Photos will be shared in our school assembly on Dec 2nd. ... read full article
Halloween Video Peggy11/4/202011/21/2020
Halloween Video
Thank you all for providing so many lovely Halloween theme photos. Please enjoy this video: ... read full article
2020-2021 Instructional Technology Curriculum Information for Elementary FamiliesPeggy11/2/202011/20/2020
2020-2021 Instructional Technology Curriculum Information for Elementary Families
You might have been dealing with Synergy ParentVue, Student Portal, Teams, Office 365, Clever, Think Central, etc. when you are working with the school works with your kids. This attached file includes very important, detailed and updated instructional information. Please download it and take a look.  Please see  this file for details.  ... read full article
Free Previous Math Circle Materials for PTSA MembersPeggy10/29/202011/12/2020
Free Previous Math Circle Materials for PTSA Members
Good News From Math Circle Club. Our math circle team built training materials in past years. It includes level 3-4 and level 5. It targets for the prealgebra level. It helps kids to prepare for MIC and MO competitions. The topics matches Prealgebra (AOPS version). These are complementary materials for Prealgebra study. If you missed math club registration but need some training materials, you can register here . It is open to Somerset PTSA Members only (2nd or higher graders). If you are not a member, register as a member first here . We will send out practice packets and ... read full article
Picture WantedPeggy10/27/202011/3/2020
Picture Wanted
Calling all Somerset families, as Halloween is approaching, we invite all Somerset students to show us your creative costumes, from frightful to delightful or your pumpkin patch pics or anything you did recently and want to share with us! If you’d like to participate in Somerset autumn celebration, there are two ways to share with us your photos:   1.  Email your photos to  communications.somersetptsa@gmail.com . We will accept photo submissions through Monday, Nov 2nd. 2.   Post your photos on your school Facebook group.  We hope you join in the fun, and look forward to seeing your photos!   ... read full article
Lecture from ParentWiserPeggy10/22/202011/19/2020
Lecture from ParentWiser
ParentWiser is hosting a lecture series for our student families to support parents in raising thriving individuals in Issaquah School District. They will be hosting a speech on Nov 18, 2020 7:00- 8:15 pm. The topic is about "How to Raise Successful Kids Without Overparenting". There are 15 seats for available for Somerset families. Tickets are available on  Eventbrite . $10 donation is suggested for speech. Please visit  https://www.parentwiser.org/   for more information. ... read full article
Chinese Classical Dance SeminarPeggy10/22/202011/8/2020
Chinese Classical Dance Seminar
Chinese classical dance schools can be roughly divided into three schools: the traditional opera body rhyme school, the Han-Tang dance school, and the Dunhuang dance school. We are honored to invite Chinese classical dancer Ju, Hao to give us a seminar introducing and performing “Thirty-six poses of the Dunhuang dance”. “Dunhuang Dance” was derived from the Dunhuang murals. It was the outcome of civilization integration between Central China and Western China at ancient Silk Road times. It integrates the dancing styles of Central China, Western China, and Dunhuang local area. The dance genre is charming, unique, classical, and beautiful. Please ... read full article
Join Somerset PTSAPeggy10/14/202010/29/2020
Join Somerset PTSA
  A PTSA membership is an investment in your child’s future. The more members we have, the louder our PTSA voice will be in advocating for our children with local and state legislature. Our kids are worth the investment and a strong PTSA illustrates our community support to our school and children. Additionally your Memberships ensures that you will receive our PTSA eNews weekly. Certain PTSA activities, such as Chess Club and Math Circle require a PTSA membership. We are an award winning PTSA and have earned the 100% membership award from WSPTA three years in a row. Your participation ... read full article
Ice Cream Social Wrap-upPeggy10/2/202010/25/2020
Ice Cream Social Wrap-up
    Our Back-to-School Ice Cream Social was a success thanks to everyone who stopped by for an ice cream. It was fantastic and heartwarming seeing so many students and parents again. We gave out more than 400 pieces of ice cream.  For more ice cream social photos, please Click  our video. ... read full article
First Day of School Year 2020-2021Peggy9/10/20209/30/2020
First Day of School Year 2020-2021
Somerset Strong- No Matter the Distance Enjoy our first day of school video. Thank you all for all the amazing pictures. We have made a video for the first day of school.  Please continue to share your children's photos to  communications.somersetptsa@gm ail.com , so that we can create more and more videos to bring you joy! ... read full article
2020-2021 Welcome PacketPeggy8/28/20209/30/2020
2020-2021 Welcome Packet
2020-2021 School Year Welcome Letter from PTSA President  Calendar 2020-21 Somerset PTSA Membership flyer Traffic FAQ 5th Grade Request Letter ... read full article