Fundraising

Art to Remember
Art to Remember

Chair:
When:
October - November

Art to Remember helps parents and schools preserve children's artwork and support art education through custom-printed keepsakes.
Brown Bear Carwash Fundraiser
Brown Bear Carwash Fundraiser

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

The Brown Bear Charity Car Wash Program offers an easy and effective fundraising for Somerset PTSA. You can support our PTSA while also helping the environment!
Goodwill Drive
Goodwill Drive

Chair:
(none)

A Goodwill donation drive is a win for everyone involved. Clear out your clutter while raising money for Somerset PTSA and supporting Goodwill's mission of reducing waste and creating job opportunities in the community.

Grant Writing
Grant Writing

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

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

Chair:
When:
August to October

Somerset PTSA’s 2022 Fall Fundraising Drive has officially begun and will run through 10/15/2022! We invite all families to participate in this campaign because your tax-deductible contributions, in any amount, make a big difference to our entire school community. Our goal this fall is $150,000. The suggested donation amount is $250 per household student, but we are grateful for any amount you are comfortable giving. Thank you so much for your generous support.

Picture Day
Picture Day

Chair:
When:
September - November (exact dates TBD)

During Picture Day, all Somerset students are welcome 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.

Teachers will sign up for a date/time that will work for their class and will communicate directly with families on which day your child's class will be taking pictures.

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.
Fun Run
Fun Run

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

Coordinate and organize this very popular annual fall fundraiser. Raise money for valuable PTSA and School programs.
Yearbook
Yearbook

Chair:
When:
ongoing

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

Communication

Advocacy & Legislative Affairs
Advocacy & Legislative Affairs

Chair:
When:
October - May

The National PTA is the largest and oldest child advocacy association in the country. Visit the National PTA (https://www.pta.org/home/advocacy) and WA state PTA (https://www.wastatepta.org/focus-areas/advocacy/) advocacy pages to learn about ways to join the voices advocating for our children, families, and schools.

Our PTSA's vision is that every child’s potential becomes a reality. Our mission is to make the PTSA 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.

Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF)
Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF)

Chair:
(none)
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.


Membership
Membership

Chair:
When:
Ongoing

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 and PTSA events. Some data input required. We strive for 100% membership!
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.

Room Parent Lead
Room Parent Lead

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.

Community Relations

Back-to-School Ice Cream Social
Back-to-School Ice Cream Social

Chair:
When:
September

Every year, the PTSA welcomes students and families back to Somerset Elementary with a fun community event!
Birthday Club
Birthday Club

Chair:
When:
Ongoing

Create fun memories by celebrating student/teacher birthdays every month.
Cookie Blizzard
Cookie Blizzard

Chair:
(none)
When:
December

Shower Somerset Elementary staff with delicious cookies and sweets to express appreciation from Somerset families.
Field Day
Field Day

Chair:
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.
Movie Nights
Movie Nights

Chair:
(none)
When:
TBD

Movie nights are a fun way to engage with the community and spend time with your family while watching a kid-friendly movie.
Parenthood Development (PhD)
Parenthood Development (PhD)

Chair:
When:
October & April

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

Chair:
When:
Ongoing

The Staff Appreciation Committee plans and creates 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:
(none)
When:
May

A fun way to celebrate our students' diverse range of talents by literally putting them center stage in a talent show!
Trunk or Treat
Trunk or Treat

Chair:
When:
October 30

During Trunk or Treat, families and staff are invited to sign up to decorate the back of their cars for Halloween, load up on treats (small prizes or candy), and park in their designated parking spot for kids to come "trick or treat" from car-to-car, dressed in Halloween costumes and holding out bags or plastic pumpkins to collect their treats.

Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

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.

Enrichment

After-School Art (Clay Figurine)
After-School Art (Clay Figurine)

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

This program is offered through the American Academy of Fine Art. “The course will take you through the entire process of sculpting a figurine to a very high finish, with an emphasis on getting the anatomical structure correct at the beginning. This is key to achieving a likeness. We will show you how to train your eye to see objectively, so you can learn to trust your own judgment.”

Time: 3:40 PM to 5:10PM
K-5 grader
Tuition: $45/class

Passport Club
Passport Club

Chair:
(none)
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.

Running Club
Running Club

Chair:
(none)
When:
October

Run, make some new friends, and have some fun! This club provides a great opportunity for our students to spend time with their friends while participating in a fun and healthy activity!
Science Circle
Science Circle

Chair:
(none)
When:
Ongoing

Somerset Science Circle is a volunteer-run club aiming to enhance the science learning environment and introduce science competitions to our students.
Toymaker
Toymaker

Chair:
(none)
When:
TBD

Toymaker is an event that brings joyful hands-on learning to children through the workshops of educational toymaker Rick Hartman.

Rick Hartman’s passion for inspiring kids and inventing toys has powered his work as a “teaching toymaker” for nearly 30 years. His hands-on workshops and Giant Toy Shows are legendary at schools around the Pacific Northwest, and his patented products have sold around the world.
After-school Basketball
After-school Basketball

Chair:
(none)
When:
Winter

Join the basketball training program at Somerset Elementary! LOCALHOOPS offers skills & drills training during the winter season.

After-school Soccer
After-school Soccer

Chair:
(none)
When:
Winter and Spring

GOALS (formerly After Skool Soccer), will host soccer classes directly after school on Wednesdays exclusively for Somerset students. Classes will be for players of all skill levels and backgrounds with a curriculum that is game-based and focused on 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.

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:
(none)
When:
Spring

Encouraging kids to read and to reuse! What could be better? Kids can turn in already read books and take some new books home.
Chess Club
Chess Club

Chair:
When:
2022-23 School Year

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.

Curriculum Enhancement
Curriculum Enhancement

Chair:
When:
Ongoing

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.
Egg Drop Challenge
Egg Drop Challenge

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

Our annual Egg Drop Challenge is a fun, highly-anticipated STEM activity that many students love to participate in. In this classic egg drop experiment, students try to build a structure out of recyclable materials that will prevent a raw egg from breaking when dropped from a significant height. They should think about creating a design that would reduce the amount of energy transferred from potential to kinetic energy on the egg shell.
Fifth Grade Activities
Fifth Grade Activities

Chair:
When:
April - June

Fifth Grade Activities celebrate students graduating from Somerset Elementary. Major events occur in June: Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony (at the school) and the annual Pool Party at the Somerset Rec Club (after school is out).
Fifth Grade Drug & Alcohol Education
Fifth Grade Drug & Alcohol Education

Chair:
When:
ongoing

Abusing alcohol, drugs, and tobacco at a young age can be harmful to a student’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, and it increases the risk of unsafe behaviors, automobile fatalities, and substance abuse later in life. The PTSA organizes speakers to educate 5th grade students about these risks and dangers in an age-appropriate way.
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.

Reading Club
Reading Club

Chair:
When:
Ongoing

We’re encouraging students to read by counting the reading time of the current curriculum and bonus time, sharing their favorite books, swapping books, and mentoring young readers with advanced readers. The more active they are, the more points they earn towards prizes!

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.

Somerset Elementary

Winterfest
Winterfest

Chair:
(none)
When:
November - December

Our goal is to bring our diverse cultures together to celebrate the many winter festivals and holidays held throughout the world. We hope to both affirm the identities of students and build their cultural competency. It will be an evening to SHINE-to illuminate what makes Somerset Shine in our darkest months.
Hearing and Vision Screenings
Hearing and Vision Screenings

Chair:
When:
Sept. 20, 2022 Thursday 8:50a - 1p

The school nurse is administering vision and hearing screening tests for students on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022. She needs 1 volunteer coordinator and 12 volunteers from approximately 8:50am to 1:00pm.
SchoolPool
SchoolPool

Chair:
(none)
When:
October

International Walk to School Day is promoted by the City of Bellevue and the official website is http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/. Somerset Elementary 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. 

Students can walk to school directly or can be sent to our Walking School Bus Stops. A Walking School Bus is essentially a group of students who are going to walk to school with volunteers. We are going to designate two Walking School Bus Routes. Here is the Walking School Bus Maps. Please follow the bus schedule if students choose Walking School Bus. The students who walk to school on that day will earn a small prize when they get to school.

Volunteers are needed to walk with  students along the two Walking School Bus routes and to greet students when they arrive at the school.  

Our mission is to support the education, health, and welfare of each and every child at Somerset Elementary School. As part of the Washington State PTA, we are a nonprofit membership association bringing together the home, school, and community on behalf of our children.