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Last Meeting Wednesday 6/1 at 7 pm

Please join us this Wednesday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Dimmitt Library for the last general PTSA meeting of this school year.  Agenda items include planning for end-of-school and back-to-school activities, and hopefully nominating and electing a President and Vice President for the 2016-2017 Executive Committee.  You do not have to be a member to attend, but at least 10 members are needed to vote.



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SBAC Info & Elections at PTSA Meeting 4/20

Dimmitt PTSA is hosting a meeting on Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Dimmitt Library.  The focus of the meeting will be:
  1. State Standardized Testing – the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).  Michele Murphy, one of Dimmitt’s Assistant Principals, will go through the test schedule, the tests that each grade level will be taking, what test questions look like, and  how to do practice tests at home.  This is timely, valuable information as testing begins April 25th!
  2. Voting in an Executive Committee for the 2016-2017 school year.  We need at least 10 members to attend to achieve quorum, required for voting.  So far, we have the following nominations:
    • Secretary – Tina Wyche
    • Treasurer – Gina Dahlman
    • Nominations are still being accepted for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.   Please email us at dimmittptsa@gmail.com if you have questions about the responsibilities and training for any position and are willing to be nominated.  It’s fun to work together for the good of our school community, and it’s not a huge time commitment.
We hope you will join us!


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Clothing, Shoes & Textile Drive, now thru 5/24

Are you doing any Spring Cleaning?  Please pass your unwanted textiles along to us!  Dimmitt PTSA is teaming with Clothes for the Cause to host a clothing and textile drive, now through May 24th.
Accepted Items: New/Gently used; CLOTHING, PAIRED SHOES, TOWELS (bath, kitchen), SHEETS, BLANKETS, QUILTS, BACKPACKS, CURTAINS/DRAPERY, PURSES, BELTS, TABLECLOTHS, PLACEMATS, STUFFED ANIMALS …. We cannot take glass, breakables, electronics, pet beds, bed pillows, carpeting, uniforms, or hotel/hospital linens, or items previously for sale at a thrift store.
There is a drop-off box in the Dimmitt front office.
Our goal is to gather at least 500 ten pounds bags (5,000 pounds)!  This special collection can make a big difference in supporting student, staff and PTSA activities.  It’s a win-win…You clean out your closets and help us at the same time.
Thank you for your donations!  Contact with questions dimmittptsa@gmail.com

 



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Meeting 3/23 – Elections & More!

We invite you all to our general PTSA meeting this coming Wednesday, March 23rd at 7 p.m. in the Dimmitt Library.  We need at least 10 members to attend so we can vote in an Executive Committee for the 2016-2017 school year.
The meeting agenda includes:
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6)
  • Clothes for the Cause Fundraiser (May)
  • Dimmitt Community Showcase (May 12)
  • Carnival (June)
  • Election of Executive Committee
Speaking of a new Executive Committee, we have one nomination; Tina Wyche served as Secretary this past year and is willing to be nominated again.  We are accepting nominations for all positions:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
Without an Executive Committee, our chapter cannot remain in good standing.  This year, we earned a Gold Level Membership Award with 51 members.  It would be a shame to lose momentum!  Our current Vice President and Treasurer graciously served this year even though their students no longer attend Dimmitt, and our President’s student will be at the high school next year.  We hope you will consider stepping up to a leadership role.  Please email us at dimmittptsa@gmail.com if you have questions about the responsibilities and training for any position and are willing to be nominated.  It’s fun to work together for the good of our school community, and it’s not a huge time commitment!
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Founders’ Day Dinner & Auction

Renton Council PTSA sponsors an annual dinner and auction that raises scholarship money for seniors in our four high schools.  There are two ways we encourage you to participate:
  1. Contribute to the Dimmitt PTSA auction basket.  PTAs from every school in Renton contribute a basket for the auction.  Our chapter’s theme is “I Like It!” and we can incorporate just about anything you want to donate!  If you would rather make a financial donation, we can shop for basket items.  Please sign up by March 11th using this link to VolunteerSpot –  http://vols.pt/HUZbW8, or email PTSA at dimmittptsa@gmail.com.  Tax-deductible donations forms are available.
  2. Join us at the Dinner & Auction!  The more from Dimmitt, the merrier!  It takes place Friday April 1st from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Renton Pavilion & Event Center and includes a dinner buffet and no-host bar.  The fun event theme is “Men (and Women) in Black;” attire is casual to dressy in black or white, sunglasses optional :)  Tickets are $35, but our chapter will subsidize the price if we can get everything donated for the basket!  The subsidy amount depends on how many people attend with us.  Please sign-up by March 23rd using this link to VolunteerSpot –  http://vols.pt/HUZbW8, or email PTSA at dimmittptsa@gmail.com.
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This Week: PTSA Meeting & Popcorn

We invite you to join us for a general PTSA meeting this Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Dimmitt Library.  The agenda includes the Founder’s Day Dinner & Auction, Dimmitt Community Showcase, Club Grants & Teacher Funds, and potential fundraisers.

ASB (Associated Student Body) could use a few parent volunteers to make popcorn at their Winter Festival Dance this Thursday, January 28th from 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.  Please email dimmittptsa@gmail.com if you are interested and available.

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Eat at Panda Express 11/19!

PTSA is hosting a fundraiser this Thursday, November 19th.  All you have to do is eat at Panda Express at The Landing on Thursday, November 19th between 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. You must show the flyer for Dimmitt PTSA to earn a percentage of sales. Here’s a link to the flyer – Panda Express 11-19-15.  Hard copies are available in the school office. Tell everyone that works nearby at Boeing, and give them the flyer!

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Dimmitt Spiritwear, Reflections & Meeting

PTSA is excited to tell you about:
  1. Dimmitt Spiritwear!  PTSA is selling custom Dimmitt stadium scarves, car magnets and full-zip hoodies (in youth and adult sizes).  Here’s a link to the order form – Spiritwear Order Form 2015 ; you can also pick up a hard copy in the Dimmitt front office.  The deadline for turning in the order form with payment is Thursday, November 5th.
  2. Reflections – an annual art competition sponsored by National PTA; encourage your student(s) to enter!  This year’s theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly.”  We are accepting entries in the “Visual Arts” and “Literature” categories.  Entries must comply with the rules and be submitted to the Dimmitt front office by Wednesday, November 18th.  Here are links to the necessary forms:  Reflections Student Entry Form, Visual_Arts_Rules, Literature_Rules – .  Dimmitt’s winner will advance to the Renton Council PTA level, then, hopefully, state and nationals.
  3. PTSA Meeting – Everyone (member or not) is invited to our general PTSA meeting next Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Dimmitt Library.  Renton School District’s Executive Director, Community Relations, Randy Matheson, will be there to share the district’s plan to build two new elementary schools and the election bond measure on Feb. 9 that will allow that to happen.
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Opportunities to Get Involved!

There are several needs/opportunities for your involvement at Dimmitt and the District levels, covering a variety of topics and time commitments:

  1. The Cookie Concert featuring Dimmitt orchestra, band and choir is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21st at 6 p.m.  “Cookie Managers” are needed from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to collect the cookies, guard them during the concert, oversee distribution after the concert, and help clean up.  If you are interested and available, please sign up on VolunteerSpot using this link – http://vols.pt/MfGPLi
  2. The Renton School District is looking for parent representatives to serve on the naming committee for the new Middle School.  They would like one representative from each current middle school and three from the new middle school service area.  If you are interested in serving on the committee, please email Principal Tracy Dyer at tracy.dyer@rentonschools.us before Friday, October 16, 2015.
  3. Dimmitt would love to have parent input on our School Improvement committee work.  The commitment involves reviewing the minutes from our Monthly School Improvement Team Meetings, asking clarifying questions, and providing us with any feedback from a family point of view as needed.  Please email Principal Tracy Dyer at tracy.dyer@rentonschools.us if you are interested in serving in this capacity .
  4. Dimmitt is looking for parent representatives to serve on the District 24 Credit Graduation Requirement Committee.  We are specifically looking for parents of 7th grade students.  The goal of the committee is to fully understand the implications of the new graduation requirements and to make recommendations to the Cabinet and School Board for the changes needed to ensure that our students are able to graduate on time and are career and college ready.  Please read the details below.  If you are interested in serving on the committee please email Principal Tracy Dyer attracy.dyer@rentonschools.us before Friday, October 16, 2015.
The dates that have been set for this expanded committee are below. We have purposefully set more dates than we anticipate the whole group needing, to reserve time for possible subgroup work.  All meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm in the board room at KEC.
 
October 21, 2015
November 4, 2015
December 2, 2015
January 20, 2016
February 3, 2016
March 2, 2016
March 30, 2016
April 20, 2016
May 4, 2016
May 18, 2016
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Volunteers Needed for 10/5 Vision Screening

We’re using VolunteerSpot to recruit volunteers to help our school nurse with Vision Screening for 7th Graders, happening next Monday, October 5th.  There are morning and afternoon shifts available.  If you’re interested, here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/ks2dQs
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
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Join by 9/30 for a Chance to Win iTunes!

Join PTSA by Wednesay, September 30th and get entered into a drawing to win an iTunes gift card!   Here are 2 ways to join:

  1. Return a completed Membership Form with payment to the school office.  Forms are available in the office, or here’s a link – PTSA Membership Form 2015-2016
  2. Join on-line and pay with a credit card at https://www.pt-avenue.com/join
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PTSA Meeting TONIGHT 7 p.m.

We invite you all to our first PTSA meeting this Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Dimmitt Library.  You do not have to be a member to attend, though members are encouraged to participate because we need quorum to vote on our Standing Rules and Budget.  Principal Tracy Ann Dyer will present relevant information about the new Advisory period and SBAC scores, and answer questions.  Light refreshments will be served.

If you would like to become a member, there is now an on-line option for individual memberships (unfortunately, not family memberships) using your credit card.  Follow this link – https://www.pt-avenue.com/join; it’s easy!  We will also have membership forms at the meeting and in the school office.

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Join or Renew Your PTSA Membership Now!

Dimmitt PTSA invites the entire Dimmitt community of staff, parents, extended family, caregivers and friends to join our local chapter.  Membership must be renewed annually.  Membership dues for the 2015-2016 school year are as follows:

  • Individual (1 membership card) – $14.00
  • Family (2 membership cards) – $25.00
  • Teacher/Staff – $12.00

Here’s a link to the 2015-2016 PTSA Membership Form – PTSA Membership Form 2015-2016.. Completed forms with payment can be returned to the school office, turned in on Curriculum Night (9/17), or at our first general meeting (9/23).

Membership forms and dues received by September 30th will be entered into a drawing to win an iTunes card!

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Business Day is Wednesday, August 26th!

Get ready for the new school year – Business Day is your chance to pick up your student’s schedule, take their school picture, purchase ASB card, yearbook and PE uniform, and join PTA or renew your membership!  Everyone who joins or renews PTSA before September 28th will be entered into a drawing for an iTunes gift card.  Membership fees are $14 for individuals, $25 for families, and $12 for Dimmitt staff members.  Membership fees can be paid in cash or checks to “Dimmitt PTSA.”

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PTSA Meeting – Wednesday, June 10th at 7 pm

Everyone is invited to the last general PTSA Meeting of this school year on Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Dimmitt Library.  You do not have to be a member to attend (although at least 10 members are needed to reach quorum on anything requiring a vote).  Hope to see you there!

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Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up, May 4-8.  While we encourage your student and/or family to show your appreciation for your teachers in your own way, it has become a PTSA tradition to plan something special for the entire Dimmitt staff each day of the week.  Here’s what’s happening:
  • Monday 5/4 – morning grab-n-go snacks, decorated faculty room; thank you card table in cafeteria
  • Tuesday 5/5 – 10 minute massages compliments of Dr. Pete Meinhofer; thank you card table in cafeteria
  • Wednesday 5/6 – lunch catered by Subs to Go; thank you card table in cafeteria
  • Thursday 5/7 – deliver thank you cards and gifs from students
  • Friday 5/8 – after school Italian sodas, chips & popcorn
There are items we need purchased and things we need help with all week (starting Friday 5/1).  Please sign up on volunteerspot.com using this link – http://vols.pt/yuA53t.  Financial donations are simple and helpful, too!  Thank you so much!
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General PTSA Meeting – Thursday, April 2nd

Everyone is invited to the General PTSA Meeting this Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Dimmitt Library.  You do not have to be a member to attend (although at least 10 members are needed to reach quorum on anything requiring a vote).  Hope to see you there!

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Dimmitt Community Showcase (Volunteers Needed)

You and your family are invited to the first-ever Dimmitt Community Showcase next Tuesday, March 24th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Dimmitt!  This exciting, free event will feature performances by Dimmitt and community-based groups, activity booths, food, and the unveiling of a new flag installation representing the many cultures at Dimmitt.  Here’s a link to the flyer – Dimmitt Community Showcase flyer
Now we need volunteers to make it happen:
  • If you are interested in planning and purchasing the decorations (we have a budget) for this event, please contact dimmittptsa@gmail.com ASAP.
  • If you are interested in helping the day of the event with decorating, distributing food, and/or clean-up, please sign-up using this link to Volunteerspot:  http://vols.pt/KU7zqw
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Dimmitt Community Showcase

You are invited to the DMS Community Showcase!  Featuring food, activities, and performances by the Dimmitt Choir, Band and Orchestra, Northwest Tap Connection, and Lee’s Martial ArtsPlus, the unveiling of the new flag installation in the cafeteria! All are welcome, we hope to see you there!
Tuesday, March 24th, 6-730pm.
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General PTSA Meeting March 5th @ 7:00pm

Please join us in the Dimmitt Library to hear an explanation and see a demonstration of the SBAC (the new statewide assessment).

Everyone is invited; you do not have to be a member to attend.

Thursday, March 5th @ 7:00pm