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14100 SE Somerset Blvd
Bellevue, WA 98006-2399
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Thank You!

Thank you everyone, for your support of the PTSA this year. Everyone involved has worked hard to plan programs that addressed the diverse needs and desires of our Somerset community. We are especially proud to have funded the hiring of two Instructional Aides this year, and our membership recently approved the addition of a third Aide in next year's budget. Also, we are excited to see the new PE Equipment shed being constructed by the back entrance, also funded by the PTSA.


We know that next year will be equally as productive under the guidance of new President Laura Hoff and the other new officers. Thank you for your continued support and involvement. It was a pleasure serving you this year.

Your 2013/14 Somerset PTSA

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2013-14 Membership Goal

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01 JUL

Volunteer Recognition

The Washington State PTA has an awards and recognition program whose purpose is to build pride and participation in PTA programs. At the Volunteer Recognition Assembly on Wednesday, we recognized these members of our Somerset community for their outstanding efforts:


Kiran Mascarenhas and Melinda Workman were presented with the Crystal Apple, awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to volunteerism.


Joanne Whang was named this year's Outstanding Educator, awarded to an individual who has gone beyond the normal expectations of her job to make the learning environment fun, beneficial and challenging. The enthusiasm and diversity that Mrs. Whang brings to the classroom directly influences the success of her students.


Irene Endow and Diane Fern were presented with the Golden Acorn, awarded to those who have given outstanding services to the children in our school community.


Lastly, the Somerset PTSA presents the Unsung Hero award to recognize those who work exceptionally hard to do above and beyond what is expected of them. This year's unsung heroes are Annalisa Atienza, Kevin O'Shea and Celise Tingley.


Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to making Somerset Elementary such a special and excellent school!

Posted 01 July 2014

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10 JUN

Order 2015 School Supplies

Staples SchoolKidz offers brand name items such as Crayola®, Prang®, and Staples® that are chosen by the teachers so the kit is exactly what is on your child’s supply list. The entire package comes in a personalized kit, with your child’s name labeled on the reusable storage box. This is an easy and convenient way to get your back-to-school supplies. The kits have been customized by grade level and approved by our teachers.


The PTSA negotiated great prices on great quality supplies, to ensure that you are getting value and saving time. And there is no sales tax because it is purchased through the PTSA. You will avoid the hassle of multiple store visits, and the kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom.


Orders are made online at Staples/SchoolKidz. www.shopttkits.com, Account # 94166


Deadline: Friday, June 30th. PTSA Contact: Beth Scherzo, bscherzo@comcast.net, 425-641-7428

Posted 10 June 2014

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02 MAY

Nominations for 2013-2014 Volunteer Awards

Our PTSA is accepting nominations for this year's awards for individuals who have contributed outstanding service to the school. Awards include the Golden Acorn, Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Advocate, Crystal Apple and Superstar Unsung Hero Awards. The nomination form with award descriptions can be found here. Please submit your nominations and reasons by Friday, May 9, via email to ascallon@comcast.net. You may also leave your completed form in the PTSA drop box in the school office.

Posted 2 May 2014

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02 MAY

Annual Summer Reading Book Exchange

Our annual Summer Reading Book Exchange will be held Tuesday, May 20, 6:00-8:00pm in the gym. This FREE community event is a quick and easy way to spice up your summer reading. Refresh your tired bookshelves with new reading! Bring the books you want to trade - the more you bring, the more you take home. Tell your friends and family, everyone is invited. Picture books, early reading, youth and adult chapter books, how-to, cooking, activity workbooks and more. We hope to see you there!

Posted 2 May 2014

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11 APR

Annual Survey

Each year, our PTSA asks for input from Somerset Elementary families to help us plan for the upcoming year. We value your responses very much so please participate. The classroom with the highest percentage of responses by Wednesday, April 30, 2014, will win a pizza party. In addition, Somerset PTSA will randomly draw one name from all those who complete the entire survey to win a $25 Starbucks gift card. You will be asked to submit your name and contact information in order to enter the gift card drawing.


nly those who complete the entire survey will be eligible for the gift card drawing or the pizza party competition. Winners will be notified by Friday, May 2, 2014. You may enter one adult per survey response for the gift card drawing, but please enter the names of your children's teachers for the pizza party only once per household.


Thank you in advance for your survey input!


TAKE SURVEY

Posted 11 April 2014

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27 FEB

Festival of Cultures - Thursday, February 27, 6-8:30 PM

Do you wish to travel around the world? Malaysia, Turkey, Norway, Hawaii, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Bulgaria, India, Philippines... Every year Somerset Elementary School PTA hosts Festival of Cultures. The purpose is to bring together the Somerset families and learn about and share with each other the many cultures represented in our school. There will be cultural entertainment, arts and crafts, cultural displays and food. The event is open to everyone.


You can sign up by visiting the link below (please make sure to include your email). Or you can send an email to Archana Soy at archanasoy@hotmail.com. Feel free to call at 425-765-8391 if you have questions.


If you don't see your country/nationality above and would like to share your culture with us, please volunteer for a booth. This is a great opportunity to learn and teach our kids fun things around the world.


Does your child learn an international art form - music, dance, martial arts etc.? This will be a great platform to showcase either as an individual or in a group. We have many slots open for a performance.


SIGN UP

Posted 2 February 2014

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03 MAR

Young Scientist Week, March 3-7

Join us for this year's Annual Young Scientist Week from March 3-7, 2014. This program encourages all Somerset students to get excited about learning and actively participating in science and engineering activities. As part of this incredible week, the Somerset Elementary PTSA is excited to bring you two science assemblies and the Family Science Night Carnival. Returning this year to the Carnival will also be the Usborne Book Fair!


On Wednesday morning, March 5th, the Pacific Science Center will be bringing us two assemblies: Mathblast (Grades 3-5) and SENSE-ational Science (K-2). Mathblast explores the many ways we use numbers, shapes, probability and measurement each day and how we would be lost without them! SENSE-ational Science explores your fabulous five senses! Put your taste buds to the test, make “scents” of mysterious odors, open your eyes to illusions and more!


On Friday, March 7th from 5:30-7:30 PM, the Science Carnival returns with great exhibits, fun, and yes...COTTON CANDY! Food will be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you there!


Science Fair Projects are coordinated at the grade and class levels, and not by the PTSA. For more information, contact Michael Ketchum at ketchcetera@gmail.com.

Posted 21 February 2014

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03 MAR

Author Candace Fleming, Tuesday, March 4

Candace Fleming, the author of many picture books, fiction and non-fiction titles will be spending Tuesday, March 4 at Somerset to enlighten, encourage and entertain all of our students here. Please join us!


To see information that came home with each student about our visiting author click here. Pre-orders for Candace's books were due February 14, but could be turned after the break, preferably by Monday, February 24.


Guest author presentation schedule in the library:
-9:10-10:00 (Grade 4)
-10:10-11:00 (Grades 2-3)
-11:10-12:10 (Grade 5)
-1:30-2:05 (Kindergarten)
-2:35-3:20 (Grade 1)


Candace Fleming's visit has been made possible through the Bellevue Schools Foundation and our PTSA. Contact Kathy Franzel, School Librarian, with questions.

Posted 21 February 2014

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06 MAR

Tyee Middle School Registration

It is time to begin thinking about the classes 5th grade students will be taking next year as they enter middle school. Tyee Middle school staff do a presentation to Somerset's 5th grade students on Tuesday, March 4.


Each student scheduled to attend Tyee will receive a registration and course selection packet that needs to be completed and returned the following week. Tyee will also conduct evening information sessions for 5th grade parents as follows:


Thursday, March 6, 6:00pm in Tyee Library
Monday, March 10, 7:00pm in Tyee Library


We have also arranged an information session for parents of students scheduled to receive special education services at Tyee with Mr. Miller. This will be from 7:00-7:30pm immediately following the March 10 information night. (Mrs. Harkness and Mr. Teppner are planning to attend.)


During these information sessions Tyee Middle School staff will review the same registration and course selection information that was shared with 5th grade students.

Posted 21 February 2014

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22 DEC

Somerset Reflections Winners

Reflections participants with their families attended the hot chocolate party and received their certificates and ribbons. Twenty Four entries from Somerset Elementary have been chosen for the next level of judging (council). You can find their art on display at the Crossroads Mall, Bellevue from January 11-18, 2014. Congratulations Somerset Reflections Winners and good luck for the next round!

Intermediate ( Grades 3-5): Gabriel Raskind (1st place), Maia Song (2nd place), Rudra Manian (3rd place), Rina Guo, Allison Saw, Ellie Oh, Mai-Vy Tran, Vaishnavi VidyaSagar, Joanne Wong, Samul Park

Primary (Grades K-2): Liliana Castle (1st place), Aiden Yin (2nd place), Michelle Byers (3rd place), Benjamin Tan, Kaylee Huang, Joon Im, Andrew Gu, Varun Atraya, Flora Yasmin, Hosannah Choi, Sylvia Wang, Erika Jin, Abigail Park, Isaac Kwon.

Posted 22 December 2013

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22 DEC

Winter Wish Drive Thank You

Thank you to all the parents, teachers, and staff who donated gifts, wrapping paper, and gift cards to the Winter Wish Drive! Your donations were greatly appreciated. Thank you also to the parent volunteers that assisted throughout the drive. All of us on the Care & Share team were encouraged and touched by your generosity. On behalf of the Somerset students and their families, thank you for supporting our community and making their holidays brighter! Jenny Choi and Lindsay Wilme, co-chairs of Care & Share

Posted 22 December 2013

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22 DEC

PTSA Endorses Bond

At our last general meeting, the PTSA membership voted to endorse the Bond and Levy measures which will be on our Bellevue ballots in February. The ballot will include:
* Renewal Education Programs & Operations Levy
* Renewal Technology & Capital Projects Levy
* Capital Construction Bond

Posted 22 December 2013

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10 DEC

Somerset Recipe Book

We are a community that is rich in diversity, and what better way to share that with each other than through food? While you and your family are together during the winter break, why not take some time to select a favorite family recipe and add it to the Somerset recipe collection? Later in the school year, we’ll compile all the recipes into a book which can be purchased with all proceeds going to the Somerset PTSA’s wonderful school programs! Your child’s favorite recipes (and perhaps art work too! Stay tuned!) will be captured forever in this wonderful keepsake!


CLICK HERE to submit your recipe.

Posted 10 December 2013

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10 OCT

WATCH D.O.G.S., Thursday, October 10, 6-7PM

WATCH D.O.G.S. ® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. It began in 1998 in a single school in Springdale, AK and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into our nation's classrooms.


Watch a fantastic story about WATCH D.O.G.S. from Matt Lauer and the TODAY Show, 2/11/13.


WATCH D.O.G.S. meeting on October 10, 6:00-7:00pm. Men and kids are invited to learn more about this program and for free pizza!

Posted 3 October 2013

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07 OCT

Chess Club Starts!

Experience the learning and competition of chess. Join Somerset's Chess Club. We meet on Mondays 3:30-5:00pm from October 7 through April 14. Students in grades K-5 are invited to join.


Enrollment is still open for both our beginner and advanced groups. We need a minimum of 25 kids to run the club and we are only half way there. We can accept all levels, beginning (they must know all of the chess pieces and their basic moves with some casual game play) to advanced. This club is NOT for kids who have never played before!


If you are interested in finding out more, please refer to the Chess Club Chess Club information sheet or contact Keri Cable, Somerset Chess Club Registrar

Posted 4 October 2013

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07 OCT

PTSA General Meeting

Please join us for the first general meeting of the year, open to ALL PTSA members on Monday, October 7th, at 7 PM in the Somerset Library. You will be able to participate in the decisions made on behalf of the PTSA, including election of officers and directors, budget review, revisions to Standing Rules and election of the Nominating Committee. Click below to view the full Agenda. We hope to see you there! Your voice matters!


CLICK HERE to view full agenda.


CLICK HERE to review 2013 Standing Rules proposed revisions.

Posted 27 September 2013

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27 SEP

Walkathon and Fall Festival, Friday, September 27, 5-8pm

This annual Walkathon and Fall Festival is Friday, September 27 from 5-8PM. We hope that you will join in this fun family event! There will be community booths, food, prizes and lots of activities for everyone.


The Walkathon is this year's largest FUNdraising event that helps to raise money to support PTSA programs not funded by the State or District. These include Instructional Aide, Young Scientist Week, Field Day, Variety Show, Art Imagination, Festival of Cultures and much more!


Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 and we are asking for 100% participation!


CLICK HERE to make pledges, order dinners, and volunteer to help.

Posted 9 September 2013

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17 SEP

Curriculum Night, Tuesday, September 17, 6-8PM

Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd Grades - Teacher Presentation

6:00 - 6:45 PM

Join your child's teacher in the classroom.

Kindergarten - 5th Grades

6:50 - 7:10 PM

Join us for a school-wide presentation in the gym.

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades

7:15 - 8:00 PM

Join your child's teacher in the classroom.

Posted 4 September 2013

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03 SEP

Welcome Back Coffee, September 3, 9-10AM

Join your PTSA with FREE espresso drinks from 9-10AM on September 3rd in the multipurpose room! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your PTSA leadership and connect with other parents! Join the PTSA ($25 cash or check per family) by October 1 and receive a free student directory! Discover how you can contribute to improving your child's education. Sign up to volunteer in big or small ways.



 2013-14 Membership Form

Posted 15 August 2013

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29 AUG

Kindergarten Meet and Greet, Thursday, August 29, 12-1PM

You and your child are invited to meet your teacher and take a tour of your classroom! You will also have an opportunity to see and sit on a Bellevue School District (BSD) school bus and meet other families in the community. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions please contact our office at 425-456-5800 beginning August 21st.


Posted 21 August 2013

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28 AUG

Kindergarten Parent Information Night (Adults Only), Wednesday, Aug 28, 6-7PM

Please plan to join our Kindergarten Teachers on Wednesday evening, August 28th for a brief presentation. The first day of school can feel overwhelming to students and parents. We hope to provide information and answer your questions to help make the first day of kindergarten a positive experience. The evening will begin in the cafeteria with an introduction from me. You will then be dismissed to your child’s classroom to hear from his/her teacher. If you have any questions please contact our office at 425-456-5800 beginning August 21st.


Posted 21 August 2013

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26 AUG

Health Plans Due

In June, packets were mailed to parents of students who have a Health Plan at Somerset Elementary School. Please contact Karen Ruby, the School Nurse, at rubyk@bsd405.org if you have misplaced your child's forms and she will email them to you. Every year a new Health Plan must be completed and signed by both the parent and doctor. If you have not already done so, please make a summer doctor's appointment for your child to complete the required paperwork. All Health Plans /Medication Authorization forms and your student's medications need to be returned to the Somerset Office by August 26, 2013. You can also fax the Health Plan and Medication Authorization forms to 425-456-5804 or scan the forms and send by email to rubyk@bsd405.org. Please check the expiration date on your child's medication to make sure that it has not expired.


Thank you for your help!
Karen Ruby, School Nurse


Posted 14 August 2013

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21 AUG

Kindergarten Assessment

The students will work with a teacher at Somerset to assess their basic literacy skills. The assessments are to collect baseline data on the students so starting from the first day of school we can use that data to drive our instruction to meet the needs of each student. Primarily, the testing will be early literacy skills such as letter names, sounds, and beginning reading strategies. By doing the testing for our kindergarten students before the school year begins it allows us to get to know the students and be able to get a “jump” on the learning instead of using class time to do these simple, yet very informative assessments. Testing times are Wednesday, August 21, 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 or Thursday, August 22, 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00. Please choose a time that works for you. Testing will take no more than 20 minutes. This assessment will take place in Ms. Thrall’s kindergarten classroom (room 112). There will be a sign-in table located outside the classroom in the kindergarten playground. If you have any questions please contact our office at 425-456-5800 beginning August 21st.


Posted 21 August 2013

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01 JUN

Back to School Supplies

Staples SchoolKidz offers brand name items such as Crayola®, Prang®, and Staples® that are chosen by the teachers so the kit is exactly what is on your child’s supply list. The entire package comes in a personalized kit, with your child’s name labeled on the reusable storage box. This is an easy and convenient way to get your back-to-school supplies. The kits have been customized by grade level and approved by our teachers.


The PTSA negotiated great prices on great quality supplies, to ensure that you are getting value and saving time. And there is no sales tax because it is purchased through the PTSA. You will avoid the hassle of multiple store visits, and the kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom.


Orders are made online at Staples/SchoolKidz. www.shopttkits.com, Account # 94166 The order deadline is Friday, June 21. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Scherzo, bscherzo@comcast.net, 425-641-7428


 School Supply List 2013/14

Posted June 1, 2013

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05 JUN

PTSA General Meeting & Budget Notice

Join us Wednesday, June 5, 2013 for the final PTSA General Meeting and review/approval of the 2013-2014 Budget.


Click here to view the budget  Budget 2013-2014 Short Form.

Posted May 21, 2013

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30 MAY

Book Swap, May 30, 6-8PM

It's time to restock your bookshelves for summer reading! Come one, come all - bring the books you want to trade to the multi-purpose room; the more you bring, the more you get to take home! Picture books, young readers, chapter books, novels and adult reading, workbooks, how-to and cook books -- all are welcome and that means you! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Posted May 20, 2013

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20 MAY

Pet Food Drive, May 20-24

During the week of May 20-24, the Somerset Elementary Student Council will be organizing a pet food drive to help the Seattle Humane Society. Either dry or canned food is acceptable. There will be a central drop-off box for all donated items in Room 217 (Mr. Pelto's room). Thanks so much for your generosity!

Posted May 20, 2013

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10 MAY

Family Game Night

Join us for an evening of unplugged entertainment, Friday May 10, 6-8PM. Bond with family and friends over a variety of challenging and engaging board games, provided by Bellevue Art & Frame and The Toy Place. Games and concessions will also be available for purchase (concessions for cash only).


We need volunteers! Fourth and Fifth grade volunteers and parents who would like to help out by coming early to learn the games and teach them to the rest of the community should contact Kiran Mascarenhas at kiranmascarenhas@gmail.com.

Posted May 3, 2013

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26 APR

2nd Annual Talent & Variety Show

We're back and it's time for the Somerset PTSA 2nd Annual Talent & Variety Show! We are looking for acts NOW! Singing, dancing, skits, piano, violin, jokes and more!


Application deadline is April 19th! You must submit an application to participate in the variety show - no late entries will be accepted. Please leave your sign-up form in the PTSA box in the front office. Make sure you include any media (.mp3, CD, etc.) that you require. Tuesday, April 23rd at 6PM, we will have a quick walk-through to ensure we have all the acts accounted for and all necessary media.


Click here for  Entry Form.

Posted April 12, 2013

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12 APR

2013 PTSA Survey and Pizza Party Competition

The 2013 Somerset PTSA Survey is now out, and you can help your child's class win a class pizza party! The class with the highest percentage of respondents will win the pizza party. The survey will remain open until the end of April, but if you complete the survey before April 21, you can enter your child's teacher's name at the end of the survey for a chance to win the class pizza party. Because the PTSA survey is used to plan events and activities for next year, we need your input.


Click here for  Survey.

Posted April 12, 2013

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30 MAR

"Starry Night" Auction

We still have a few tickets left! Join us for a Starry Night, featuring dinner, spirits, and live and silent auctions to help support all of our children's education. The majority of our Somerset PTSA funds comes from this biennial auction, and our goal is to raise enough money to cover two full school years worth of PTSA-sponsored program and activities. The Starry Night auction will be an evening for adults to gather in a fun, festive atmosphere over dinner and drinks with old and new friends ... and help ensure that Somerset continues to be a shining star for our students and our community. Exquisite classroom art projects, teachers/staff events and outings, cultural dinners/experiences, and merchandise/gift certificates generously donated by individuals and businesses will be available for your bidding.

Posted March 22, 2013

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22 MAR

Young Scientist Week & Carnival

Young Scientist Week is back! We are starting off the week with our annual visit from the great people at the Pacific Science Center! This year they will be bringing us the Super Cool Science Show! The three states of matter…do they matter?? Dive into the weird world of the SUPER COOL where gases become liquids and liquids become solids. In this fast-paced show, liquid nitrogen takes center stage in a variety of experiments with surprising results. Check out the Inter-Planetary Olympics – what is it like to bounce a racquetball or munch a graham cracker in the sub-zero temperatures of Pluto? Find out what causes matter to fizz, freeze, foam, and fly in the frigid zones of minus degrees!


Also, join us for the Science Carnival, Friday the 22nd of March from 530-730PM in the Somerset Gym. Come on down with the whole family to check out the science projects as well as some hands-on Science fun with a Dry Ice, Fantastic Forces, Under Pressure, Electricity, and Marvelous Magnets booths! And of course, there will be cotton candy! Don't miss it! If you have any questions, contact Michael Ketchum @ ketch18@gmail.com.

Posted March 6, 2013

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