Emma L. Smith Elementary

December Newsletter

Important Dates

December 5-6 - Smiles on Wheels (Mobile Dentist)

December 5-11 - Hour of Code (See below for more details)

December 5-9 - Book Fair

December 7-8 - Santa Shop (see below for more details)

December 8 - Late Start Day. Schools Starts at 11:32 a.m.

December 8 - PTO Winter Carnival at Smith Elementary. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

December 9 - Bible Release

December 15 - K-3 Holiday Concert (See below for more details)

-Fundraiser Pick-up

-Class Parties

December 16 - Last day before break

December 19 - January 2 - Winter Break

Morning Drop Off/Afternoon Pick Up

As a reminder, we ask that all parents remain in the lobby area before the bell rings at 8:52 and before the bell rings at 3:45 at the end of the day. Thank you for your cooperation.

Winter Carnival

Panther Cubs PTO Family Winter Carnival

Thursday December 8th ,2016

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Smith Elementary

Please join the Panther Cubs PTO and Smith Elementary ring in the holiday season with our annual Smith Family Winter Carnival!!! There will be games, crafts, Rob’s pizza, a bounce house, Santa, a Cake/Candy walk, and raffles.

Buy your advanced tickets and save money!! Advanced tickets are 5 for a $1.00. Bring in a non-perishable food item to be donated to Stockbridge Community Outreach and receive one free ticket per donated item (limit 5 free tickets per family). All games and crafts are 2 tickets a piece. Pizza and drinks are cash only the day of the event. We’re doing Selfies with Santa and it’s free so bring your camera.

A great event requires many hands to help. If you would like to volunteer your time during the event or donate a cake/dessert/candy, please contact the Smith office. W are looking to fill one hour time slots (5:30 - 6:30 or 6:30 - 7:30). We need 20 to 30 Volunteers.

Thank you for your support!!!

We look forward to seeing you and your family at the Panther Cubs PTO Family Winter Carnival!!!

Please contact Susan Hill at susanhill1989.sh@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Santa Shop

Season’s Greetings,

We are inviting you to participate in the annual “Stockbridge Santa Shop” event at Smith Elementary School. This event makes it possible for students of all ages to experience the joy of choosing their own holiday gifts for family and friends.

This event will be set-up in the main lobby (near the library)

  • School hours on December 7th

  • School hours on December 8th

  • During the evening of the Smith Winter Carnival December 8th

Students and parent volunteers from Mr. Nichols, Mrs. Nichols, and

Mr. Sparks’ class will be hosting the event. Our students have selected items for every person on your shopping list. Prices for the items range from $1.00- $10.00. All profits from the event will go toward supporting school projects and classroom technology.

We hope your child will be a part of this wonderful experience! Some families find it helpful to send in money with a detailed list on who to buy gifts for and how much they should spend on each family member. Thank you for your support!

Happy Holidays!

Mrs. Nichols Mr. Nichols Mr. Sparks

Hour of Code

Next week, Smith Elementary, like many schools across the country, will be participating in the nationally recognized Hour of Code. All students, kindergarten through third grade, will be coding during their STEM classroom time.

What is coding? Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow. With the increase of computer science job related opportunities, we want our students to have a chance to begin learning this basic skill. It is made to be fun and age appropriate with a variety of choices using characters and games that are already familiar to students.

I have previewed a number of the programs suited to our age group of students at Smith and will be making them available to the students so they may choose the one or ones of most interest to them. Please see our Smith STEM Facebook page for more information or click on the link below.

What is the Hour of Code?

K-3 Holiday Concert

The annual K-3 Holiday Music Concert will be Thursday December 15. This event will take place in the gymnasium at Stockbridge High School. There will be two shows, the first show will include performances from Kindergarten and 1st grade, and the second show will include performances from 2nd and 3rd grade students. Please see below for arrival and show times.

Kindergarten/1st Grade

Arrival: 5:15 p.m. in the HS Cafeteria

Show Time: 5:30 p.m.

2nd/3rd Grade

Arrival: 6:45 p.m. in the HS Cafeteria

Show Time: 7:00 p.m.

This is a very popular show for our students, families and staff, so we do ask that you please not arrive any earlier than your scheduled arrival times listed above and that you pick up your student and exit promptly to make room for families for our second show. Thank you!

Construction at the High School (Parking will be limited)

There is current construction going on at the High School to add the addition for the Junior/Senior High. Please use the main student parking lot by the athletic fields for parking. Parking is not permitted around the construction zone. Entrance to the HS cafeteria and gymnasium are located in the back end of the High School by the staff parking lot. We will have signs directing traffic accordingly.

PTO Fall BELIEVE! Fundraiser delivery

Items will be ready for pick up on Thursday December 15 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. If you know that your student will be bringing home a lot of items, please arrange for your student to be picked up on this day.
The Hour of Code is here

School Schedule(s)

Regular School Day - 8:57 - 3:45

Late Start Days - 11:32 - 3:45


8:40 - Breakfast opens

8:50 - 2nd and 3rd graders line up outside of classes

8:52 - Bell rings for students to enter hallways and classrooms

5:57 - School Starts

*Please try not to drop off your child any earlier than 8:45 a.m. Thank you!


3:35 - Kindergarten released to buses and parent pick up

3:42 - 1st - 3rd grade Kids Club, Walkers, and pick ups released

3:45 - All bussers released

Late Start Days

11:32 - 3:45

  • Students will eat lunch
  • Each class will receive 40 minutes of specials
  • Normal afternoon recess

Dates: 9/15, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/20, 5/11, 6/8

Insurance and Maintenance Fee for Chromebooks

If you are still in need of assistance with the Insurance/Maintenance Fee for our 1:1 Chromebooks, please contact Mr. Edwards as soon as possible. We encourage you to set up a payment plan, whether it's $1/week or a month, or what every you can manage, we will work with each family to ensure your students device is covered


If you are still looking for a set of headphones to send in with your child, we now have an option for you. If you are interested in purchasing a pair, they are $1/pair. They will be located in the main office or you may send in $1 with your child and we will provide them with a pair.
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School Volunteers/Visitors

Please check in with the office when you arrive. You will be required to wear a visitors badge

All volunteers are required to have a background check on file. Background checks are good for one full year. Please contact the main office or Mr. Edwards if you have any questions.

Trimesters to Semesters

We have switched to Semesters. You and your child will receive the following reports throughout the school year.

  • 2 detailed progress reports at conference time (November 16-17 and March 15)
  • 2 Report Cards at end of Semester time (January 27 and June 16)