SME eBlast 9/18/2022

Important announcements from the SME Principal, PTA and AFB!

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Message from Dr. Marchesso

There will be a virtual volunteer orientation Wednesday at 5:30 pm. The link to join is:

Thursday is our first playday of the year. Playday is when we celebrate students for being respectful, responsible and safe. Each playday has a theme and provides students with an extra 30 minutes of play time. This month our theme is Silly Hair/Crazy Hat day. We can't wait to see how creative you all are!

PUSD is developing a district-wide Facilities Master Plan to guide us in prioritizing improvements at our campuses. Please join us and share your vision for our campus on Thursday at 6:00 pm. The link to join is

Friday, September 23rd is a pupil free day and there is no school for students.

PTA Announcements

Calling all artists! Join fellow student's across America creating artwork with the theme "Show Your Voice". There will be judges ranging from a tik tok creator, a musician who works with doja cat and an amazing illustrator/designer who once went to SME! Digital submissions are due by October 9 - the link is in the SME E Blast. All participants will be included in a group show at the Baldwin Art Gallery and at the SME Talent show! Winners will get a special prize and move on to the next round in the competition. Are you SME's next art star? Your inspiration is yourself! How will you "SHOW YOUR VOICE?"

Please submit all entries here by October 09:

PTA association meeting is Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30 p.m. Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Staff Spotlight

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SEED Announcements

SEED is excited to continue the work of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at SME. SEED works for every student and family to feel respected, supported and represented at Sierra Madre Elementary School. SEED is highlighting National Hispanic Heritage Month! Please check out the September SEED resource guide for great resources on Hispanic Heritage. Learn about Sal Castro, the Los Angeles teacher who helped Latino students fight for their educational rights in the 1960’s. Unfortunately, SEED will not be holding their September Fall picnic do to scheduling conflicts. If you value diversity, equity, and inclusion and want to get involved with the planning of diverse monthly celebrations please join a SEED meeting and catch our monthly resource guides in the Wednesday folder and Sunday Smore. For email updates, email us at SEED’s next meeting is virtual this Monday, September 19th @ 6:30p.m. Click on the link provided to join

Annual Fund Boosters (AFB)

Congrats to this week's SME winners!

Friday / Cheesecake Factory gift card - Douglas Sweet

Monday / 2 seats to Spotlight Show - Melissa Accad

Tuesday / 21 Choices gift cards - Kimi Yoshida

Wednesday / Voice of the Sunday Call - Michael Rosenzweig

Thursday / Corner Bakery gift card - Lesley Weinberger

Friday / Starbucks gift card - Maggie Zobian

More texts and prizes coming next week, including reserved seats to the 2022 Holiday Show, Principal for the Day, and reserved seats to the 2023 or 2024 5th grade promotion!

The students of every participating family will also receive a squishy mesh ball as a kid prize. Dr. Marchesso will be doing the first distribution the week of Sept. 26.

Our "All In For Fall" campaign goal is 100% family participation to ensure we have the staff and programs SME needs. AFB suggests $400/student (or $40/month per student) to make the $220,000 costs. Please donate at at a level that is meaningful to your family.

You can also follow SME AFB on Facebook @SierraMadreAnnualFund and Instagram @SierraMadreElementaryAFB.