Emily Dickinson PTSA

Enrichment

Math Is Cool
Math Is Cool

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When:
Nov 29, 2017-Mar 16, 2018

Parent volunteers will coach 4th grade students weekly to prep for Math Is Cool competition on March 16, 2018 in Des Moines, WA. Fees to be collected several weeks before competition. Entry fee is $50 per team of 4 students.

Practice held Wednesdays after school in room #109, Pod A, Mrs. Williams' classroom

For more info and to register, click here
Art Smart
Art Smart

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When:
Year long

Art Smart is a PTSA sponsored program that brings art enrichment directly to the classrooms. Once a month, volunteer docents visit the classrooms to teach students elements of art and design while exploring a range of art techniques. Students are introduced to the work of great artists such Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, M.C. Escher, and Dale Chihuly, just to name a few. Student artwork is displayed in the hallways throughout the school year and highlights are showcased at the Spring Art Walk in May. One or more volunteers per class are needed. Volunteers are not required to have an art background, just a love for helping children express their creativity. Curriculum and training support are provided.

Disability Awareness Fair
Disability Awareness Fair

Chair:
(none)
When:
Fall

Disability Awareness Fair is a hands-on event for students in grades 1-5 at Dickinson/Explorer. Students learn about different abilities, how to support their peers with different abilities, and what it would be like to have different abilities. This is a TWO DAY event and is sponsored by our PTSA. We are looking for a chair for the fair, please visit the volunteer page to sign up!
Science Celebration
Science Celebration

Chair:
(none)
When:
March

Planetarium and science exploration with Pacific Science Center, student science experiment exhibits, hands-on activities, RHS Robotics Club demonstrations, EHS science honors students share their projects, drawings and door prizes are just a few of the activities that have taken place at past Science Celebrations.

volunteer page to sign up!
Science Fair
Science Fair

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

The Emily Dickinson PTSA Science Fair is held each year in the spring, and all students are invited to participate by entering a science project.

volunteer page to sign up!
Nature Vision
Nature Vision

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year long

The Nature Vision program, funded by the PTSA, brings environmental awareness to all classrooms in two sessions. The sessions are taught by Nature Vision representatives during class time as an enrichment to the curriculum. An environmentalist works with all of classrooms. This is usually mingled with work parties to maintain the Wetlands in the spring time.

volunteer page to sign up!

Fundraising

Spaghetti Feed
Spaghetti Feed

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When:
Nov-Feb

You are in for a treat! Join us for a great dinner for a great cause! We will be serving pasta with various sauces, side salad and we’ll be sure to have vegetarian and Gluten Free options. You will be served at your table by our swift and gracious 5th grader volunteers, and be able to enjoy a relaxing and nutritious dinner with your family and friends. Click the link below for this year's information and purchasing.

Auction
Auction

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The PTSA's biggest fundraiser is the Auction. The Auction occurs every other year, and the funds from it provide so many worthy programs and services for the Emily Dickinson/Explorer community. Tons of volunteers needed here—from procurement, decorations, table setup, invitations, serving and more—to make this event a success. Auctions occur in the fall of even years. Click here to volunteer! Contact auction@dickinsonptsa.org for details.
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education

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It's easy to find Box Tops for Education…in fact, you may have some in your home right now!
You can find Box Tops on over 250 participating products. Each Box Tops coupon is worth 10¢ for our school and that can add up fast! Just clip them and send them into your child's classroom. Since 1996, participating schools have earned over $500 million through the Box Tops for Education® program, helping them to buy much-needed supplies, fund school programs and more. For more information about the Box Tops for Education program and a complete list of where Box Top Coupons can be found, go to www.boxtops4education.com. Invite family and friends to clip and save them as well!
Carnival
Carnival

Chair:
(none)
When:
Last Friday of June

We end the year with an evening of old-fashioned carnival fun. There are simple games in each of the classrooms, a cake walk, sock walk, inflatables, talent show, pizza, salads, hotdogs, sno-cones, and so much fun energy. Don’t miss out!

Community

Back to School Year Kick-Off Event
Back to School Year Kick-Off Event

Chair:
(none)
When:
September 21, 2017

This year PTSA will host a Back to School BINGO Night for Dickinson and Explorer families. This is a great way to connect with the school community, learn about the PTSA, meet new people, and get involved. It will be lots of fun for the whole family and you might even win some prizes!
Art Walk & Ice Cream Social
Art Walk & Ice Cream Social

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When:
May

The annual Art Walk & Ice Cream Social showcases Art Smart projects created by Dickinson and Explorer students throughout the school year. Artwork, activities, photo ops, and ICE CREAM make this event a favorite among students, parents, and teachers alike!

Beautification
Beautification

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(none)

Help enhance the look of the school via landscaping projects, plantings, and clean up.

volunteer page to sign up!
Book Fair
Book Fair

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When:
Book Fair

We bring Scholastic Books to our school for purchase (typically at a substantial discount off retail prices) and earn Scholastic Dollars for the school to purchase additional Scholastic books and resources. Teachers also have the opportunity to fill out Wish Lists so students and parents can help supplement their classroom libraries.
International Night
International Night

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When:
Spring

Please join us for an evening of fun and food as we explore the many cultures represented at our school. Try delicious food from around the world at our “Tastes of Nations” buffet. Watch our International Fashion and Talent show. See artwork and artifacts from faraway places.
The families of Dickinson and Explorer Elementary Schools put on International Night. Every family is encouraged to attend and represent their country if possible.
Spirit Wear
Spirit Wear

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We sell high quality t-shirts and sweatshirts with our school colors and logo. Parents can purchase these items at the beginning of the and kids can wear them on spirit days.
Movie Night
Movie Night

Chair:
(none)
When:
A few times a year

Held a few times a year, this is a fun opportunity to bring your blanket and join your Dickinson friends and families to watch a movie together in the Commons. Popcorn is usually served! Watch for these on Messenger, our Facebook page and the Calendar.
Dragon's Lair Used Book Faire
Dragon's Lair Used Book Faire

Chair:
(none)
When:
February/March

Offered during the week of conferences, families can find "new to you" books at rock bottom prices! Offered are children's books of all ages, 'grown-up' books, movies and DVDs (G or PG only) and games - all collected from school families donations.
Volunteer Appreciation event
Volunteer Appreciation event

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When:
June

ALL SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS ARE INVITED to a special Volunteer Appreciation Event hosted by the Dickinson/Explorer staff. With an all-school assembly and entertainment by school staff, this is a fun event for the whole school. Volunteer appreciation is the theme! A reception in the library following the assembly is open to all school volunteers. The PTSA will also present awards to those who have gone above and beyond to contribute to the success of PTSA sponsored programs throughout the year.

Legislative Advocacy
Legislative Advocacy

Chair:
(none)
When:
year long

As advocates of our students, staff and school, PTSA seeks to get involved with legislative work that pertains to education. With the lead of the chair, our schools participates in Legislative Assembly and holds a Focus Day.

After School

Make Your Own Comic Book Grades 1-5
Make Your Own Comic Book Grades 1-5

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When:
Spring

Have you ever read a comic book and wanted to make your own? In this class students will use traditional art supplies (pen,
pencil, and paper) to make their own comic book. Students will receive coaching on how to draw specific characters and 3D
objects if help is requested, and will be supported in finding their own artistic style and voice.

Chess Wizards Beginning to Advanced
Chess Wizards Beginning to Advanced

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When:
Spring

Chess Wizards will now be offering advanced chess classes at Emily Dickinson
Elementary School! If you feel your child needs more of a challenge, then this class will be the perfect way to expand their knowledge of chess. Children will learn advanced strategies and techniques, and classes will focus on preparation for tournaments in the wider chess world. Our class will cover openings, endgames, grandmaster games, and competitive psychology.

LEAP4Kidz Game Design (grades 3-5)
LEAP4Kidz Game Design (grades 3-5)

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When:
Mondays 1/22-3/19/18 3:35-4:35pm, Library

Design and build your own game using MIT's Scratch software.

Safe Kids Ages 9+
Safe Kids Ages 9+

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When:
Spring 4/30 & 5/1, 3:35-5:05pm, Library

Kids think they are ready to stay home alone and parents wonder if it’s okay to let them. This home alone class will help your child (9+) take the next step in independence while giving you peace of mind.

Topics include:
Responsibilities when staying home alone
Simple first aid and abdominal thrusts for choking victims
Navigating the online world
Fire safety
What to do around an aggressive dog.

We’ll also discuss the truth behind abuse, abduction, and stranger danger. All participants will receive the Safe Kids 101 book.

Cancan Clayanimation Grades 1-5
Cancan Clayanimation Grades 1-5

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When:
Thursdays 3:40-5:10pm 9/28-12/7/17

Create your own stop-motion animation movie! In this class students will use iPads (provided by the instructor) to take animation photos of clay and to edit video and sound. Set, character, and story construction will be taught and unique student ideas will be supported. Over the last 10 years the Clay Animation Network has taught over 10,000 students how to make animated movies. Open to students in grades 1-5.

View student animations at www.cancancancan.com (4 cans).

FLY Spanish Language Classes Grades 1-5
FLY Spanish Language Classes Grades 1-5

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When:
Tuesdays, 10/24/17-5/8/18, 3:35-4:45pm, Room 129

Taught by teachers from FLY (Foreign Language for Youth). Small class sizes promote individual attention. Teachers are fluent and eager to share language and culture. Students learn through the natural approach of games, songs, skits and physical response to fun commands. Simple dialogues are taught to engage students in thoughtful communicative activities. Parents are invited to attend a two Student Presentation Days. Classes begin in the Fall of 2017 and will run through spring 2018.








LEAP4Kidz™ Jr Robotics (Grades K-2)
LEAP4Kidz™ Jr Robotics (Grades K-2)

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When:
Tuesdays, 1/30-3/20/18, 3:35-4:35pm, Library

LEAP4Kidz™ Jr Builders offers an integrated curriculum including math, science, history, language arts, and team decision making to children using LEGO® bricks. This is a hands-on class where students will build and design with Lego bricks. Student Builders will develop problem solving and critical thinking skills while learning, exploring, creating, and playing together.

Coding-Scratch 101 Grades 2-3
Coding-Scratch 101 Grades 2-3

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When:
Thursdays, 2/1-3/29/18, 3:35-4:35pm

In Creative Computing with Scratch 101, students design their own world and then bring it to life with Scratch, a visual drag and drop programming language developed at MIT. Through creating animations and developing interactive games, students learn the fundamentals of programming, including initialization, looping, and conditional statements.
(1st graders will be permitted to register if space allows.)

Meets in the Library

Dodgeball Grades 2-5
Dodgeball Grades 2-5

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When:
Spring

Throw em! Dodge em! Grab a group of friends and test your agility and
accuracy in a fast paced game of Dodgeball! Coaches will discuss the
safety and game rules at the beginning of each class. Soft, foam balls
are used for players protection. Learn techniques like Peek-A-Boo, TipFlick
and Psych-Out or make up your own strategy! Join the game today!

Arena Sports Lil'Kickers K-2
Arena Sports Lil'Kickers K-2

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When:
Wednesdays, 2/7-3/28/18, 2:10-3:00pm, Gym

Arena Sports is excited to be offer Lil’ Kickers Soccer for K-2, an on-site 8 week class at Emily Dickinson Elementary. Lil' Kickers is an introductory soccer and movement skills program for boys and girls in grades K-2. Our approach helps children feel safe and supported so they will challenge themselves to grow and learn. The instructors work hard to create a fun, safe environment for the children to learn the skills.

If you need assistance, please call Arena Sports at (425) 885-4881. Spots are limited, so register soon!



Art Club Grade 2-3*
Art Club Grade 2-3*

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When:
Wednesdays 10/4/17-1/31/18, 2:05-3:05pm, Rm 118

Session 1 - 10/4/17-1/31/18
Session 2 - 2/7/18-5/23/18

We are excited for another year of this terrific after-school art program at Dickinson/Explorer. Art teacher Stephanie Allgood guides students as they explore the world of art using a range of art materials. Students use pencil, watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, paper mache, and more to create their own original works of art. Space is limited.

*First graders may join if space allows with instructor approval.
Art Club Grades 4-5
Art Club Grades 4-5

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When:
Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10pm Rm 118

Session 1
Session 2, 2/7/18-5/23/18

We are excited for another year of this terrific after-school art program at Dickinson/Explorer. Art teacher Stephanie Allgood guides students as they explore the world of art using a range of art materials. Students use pencil, watercolors, acrylics, oil pastels, paper mache, and more to create their own original works of art. Space is limited.

3rd graders may join if space allows.

Math Club Grades 1-2
Math Club Grades 1-2

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When:
Mondays 4/9/-6/4/18, 3:30-4:30pm Rm 126 Pod C

Dickinson 1st-2nd Grade Math Club is partially funded by the PTSA and held after school. Math Club is a great way to go deeper into math concepts and extend students' knowledge and abilities. While working on becoming stronger mathematicians, students will play games and complete puzzles--having fun while building on their math skills.
Big Theater
Big Theater

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When:
11/8/17-1/20/18

The Dickinson/Explorer Big Theater program offers students the chance to be part of a theatrical production. Under the direction of a professional director and parent producers, students put on an amazing show each year. The Big Theater experience is available to all students in grades 4 and 5. This year's play will be "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse."

Important Big Theater dates--
Parent info night: Thursday, November 9.
Auditions: Monday and Tuesday, November 13 and 14.
Rehearsals begin: Monday, November 27.
Performance dates: Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination

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When:
Year long

Destination Imagination (DI) is a non- profit organization that provides educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Every year, DI reaches 125,000 students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Destination Imagination is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills—they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.

Little Theater
Little Theater

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When:
Jan - Mar

The Dickinson/Explorer Little Theater program offers students the chance to be part of a theatrical production. Under the direction of a professional director and parent producers, we are able to put on an amazing show each year. The Little Theater experience is available to students in grades 1-3. Rehearsals are held after school 3:45-5:15 daily except Wednesdays. Director does their best to accommodate student activity/conflict schedules. littletheater@dickinsonptsa.org

This year's play "The Three Little Pigs and Other Tales from the Meadow". Parent info night is Mon 1/22/18. Auditions will be held 1/29-1/30/18. Rehearsals begin Mon 2/5/18. Technical Dress Rehearsal Wed, 3/14, Performances will be on Fri/Sat, 3/16 and 3/17/18.

Math Challenge
Math Challenge

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When:
Year Round

Students: sharpen your pencils, ready your brain and get ready to practice some math skills! Math Challenge is coming to Emily Dickinson! Math Challenge is a free program that gives elementary students a chance to practice their mathematical problem-solving skills with fun and engaging problems. Throughout the challenges, the program covers problem solving strategies such as draw a picture or model, make an organized list, look for a pattern, working backward, and guess and check.

The program is completely free and no sign-up is necessary. This is a great opportunity for families to be involved and enjoy math through fun and engaging math problems. We encourage parents and siblings to participate in discussing and solving them. Schedules and problem-solving strategies are available at www.mathinaction.org

If you have any questions, please contact, mhepkin@dickinsonptsa.org
Reflections
Reflections

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When:
Fall

The Reflections Arts in Education program is a National PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works created around a theme. The program begins at the local PTA level and entries can progress through council, state and national rounds of competition.

This year's theme is: "Within Reach."
Deadlines for Dickinson/Explorer entries will be posted when available.
For more information and entry details go to: www.lwptsa.net/reflections/

Services

First Week Buses
First Week Buses

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When:
First Week of School
Celebration Book Club
Celebration Book Club

Chair:
(none)
When:
Year long

Support our school library by donating to the Celebration Book Club! This exciting new program is a great way to get new and exciting books into our library, and to honor your child’s special day (birthday, half-birthday, special award, holiday, etc.) It’s as easy as 1-2-3:
1) Fill out the Celebration Book Club Donation form below. Specify child's name, birth date and your desired donation amount.
2) Near the date of your child’s special day, your child will select a book from the Celebrations Book Club bin in the library.
3) During your child’s library class, the book will be presented as a new addition to our library, and your child will be the first to check it out.
A donation of $25 per book is suggested, and corporate matching is highly appreciated! You may request more than one book for your student; you can also do this for all of your children at once!
Scholarships available--please contact Deb Wilson.
Emergency Preparation
Emergency Preparation

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When:
year long

Ensuring the school, students and staff are ready to handle a case of emercengy when studnets are at the school.
Yearbook
Yearbook

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When:
Throughout the year but mostly Spring

Capture all memories from this school year in a beautifully crafted and printed Yearbook. The yearbook includes all classes K-5 and pictures from throughout the year. Kids love signing each other's books at the end of the year. Pre-order yours now at the link below, yearbooks will be delivered in June.

Staff

Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

Chair:
(none)
When:
Spring

We appreciate our teachers and staff all year long. On one week in the spring, we also remember to tell and show them.
Teacher Appreciation Monthly Breakfasts
Teacher Appreciation Monthly Breakfasts

Chair:
(none)
When:
Monthly

The PTSA organizes monthly breakfasts for the Dickinson/Explorer/Preschool staff. Each grade level is responsible for bringing in breakfast for the staff one month out of the school year. a Sign-up genius is sent out to the parents of the grade level 1 to 2 weeks before the breakfast is to occur.

Forms

Emergency Information Contact Form
Emergency Information Contact Form

Chair:
(none)

Before students can participate in after school programs parents must fill-out the Emergency Contact Information form and return it to school or email to Dickinson PTSA Programs. This must be returned prior to the first class.

Before School

Primary Choir
Primary Choir

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When:
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Your kids are in for a treat when they join the choir run by our music teacher John Kelleher. This is a before school program with occasional evening performances. Explorer students are released for the start of their school day. Primary Choir is available for grades 1-2 in the fall session, and then to K-2 in the winter/spring session.

click here to register

Intermediate Choir
Intermediate Choir

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When:
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Your kids are in for a treat when they join the choir run by our music teacher John Kelleher. This is a before school program with occasional evening performances. Explorer students are released for the start of their school day. Intermediate Choir is available for students in grades 3-5 and is offered in two sessions - Fall and Winter/Spring.

click here to register

Spring 2018 Programs

Spring 2018 Programs Registration
Spring 2018 Programs Registration

Chair:
When:
April-June

For more information about our Spring 2018 programs and to register, click here