JOIN THE AWARD-WINNING SMS PTA FOR 2020-2021!  

Support the SMS students and teachers by showing that you value your child’s education by joining the PTA.  Memberships start at less than $12 and students are only $5 with a parent membership! As a benefit to members only, you will have access to an online directory as well as PTA member discounts. Student members receive special discounts during our spring and fall socials and have the opportunity to be involved in leadership opportunities. 

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Please join us for the Special Membership meeting on Tuesday!
January 26th at 7:00 p.m. via Google Meet
 
An SMS PTA Special Membership Meeting is being called to approve the extension of the executive board's term. 
 
Due to the difficulties of Covid-19, Texas PTA has approved a one-time extension of the term of office by one year in the same position with membership approval.  Only this item will be discussed and voted on at the special meeting on January 26th at 7:00 p.m. via Google Meet.
 
Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 26th at 12:00 p.m. 
 


We had our first program of the year 2021 on Cyber Security awareness. It was presented by – Zac Abraham, Security Manager, on January 19th 6pm.

 

It was a successful show with 30 parents and children.

If you have additional questions please feel free to reach out to the SMS VP Programs, programs@smspta.org.

 

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SKI Plano is celebrating its 25th Anniversary on February 27, 2021 with a virtual silent auction this year.  Schimelpfenig PTA is donating a themed basket for the auction – Baking With Kids.  Please help us to fill the basket by signing up to donate an item at HERE

 

As the Plano ISD Education Foundation’s largest fundraiser, proceeds from SKI Plano benefit all students, faculty, staff, and schools in the Plano Independent School District. These funds help our kids reach their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs including:  Grants to Educators, AVID, The CORE Store, Robinson Fine Arts Center, Plano ISD Robotics, Employee Crisis Fund, and Social Emotional Learning.

 

SKI Plano, February 24-27th. 
They have four virtual experiences you can purchase, available now at www.skiplano.org  


Last chance to order your student a copy of the Schimelpfenig Yearbook!  

Deadline to order is 1/29/21.

Order at:  www.jostens.com/yearbookdeadline





Please join the National PTA on its YouTube channel for the 2021 Virtual Student Arts Showcase on January 26th at 7 p.m. EST, honoring the 200+ national awardees from the 2019-2020 Reflections program, showcasing works based on the theme:  Look Within.  Please RSVP for this virtual event at:   2021 Reflections Showcase RSVP Page (informz.net)



Plano ISD Council of PTAs Antiracism Committee's Book Club for How to be an Antiracist beginning Jan. 28 - Feb. 18

Register at www.planopta.org



RALLY DAY is Monday, February 22, 2021. Save the Date!

  • Sign up to attend Rally Day at Texas PTA  HERE
  • Download the app BAND to get up-to-date information and the live stream. More information, including webinars about important advocacy issues for the 87th Leg. Session, https://www.txpta.org/rally-day

 



Be the Light Youth Association (BTL) is holding an Online Public Speaking and Debate Spring Workshop for 4th-10th graders. The workshop will be held on Sundays every week, starting from January 31st to May 9th, and new students will receive 15% off their registration fee! Over the past 3 years, BTL has hosted classes for 700+ students taught by nationally-recognized instructors, including two National and State champions. They’re excited to help students of all experience levels become confident, eloquent speakers this Spring, and 100% of proceeds will be donated to help underserved children. To register or learn more, visit bethelightyouth.org.



Please join us for a Virtual PTA General Assembly Meeting & Coffee with Dr. Perry!

 

Thursday, January 21st at 9:00 a.m.

 

Please sign up in advance for the meeting on our website at smspta.org. Meeting details and login information will be sent out on Wednesday, January 20th. A meeting recap will be included in our PTA Newsletter the Thursday following the meeting.

 



Upcoming Events:
Siblings of Children with Disabilities Learning Lab. 
January 20th, Noon CST, FREE, registration and link to lab
 
Coffee and Chat Children's Mental Health Overview. 
January 20th, 10AM CST, FREE (federally funded program) registration and link
 
Creative Parenting.  January 20th, 10AM CST. Free.  This workshop will highlight some of the unique challenges that go into parenting a child with a disability and guide parents to consider some “creative parenting” techniques. We will provide an opportunity for parents to consider their unique situation, then share and hear creative ideas from other parents. 
 
 
Embrace Differences Parent Support Group. January 26th Noon CST, FREE. Monthly support group for parents with children of different abilities.
 
Stress management and resiliency. January 28th, 10AM CST. This workshop helps parents understand the importance of managing their stress and building their resilience to stress. We will teach parents how to identify stressors and the main sources of their stress. We will discuss ways to deal with stress and improve resiliency, and then will teach parents some relaxation techniques that they can use to reduce their stress levels. 
 

Any events listed are not associated with PISD or PTA, but provided with the intent to help parents.

 

 

FOR MORE EVENTS, CLICK HERE!



Welcome back to Schimelpfenig for the start of the second semester of the 2020-2021 academic year!

Special greetings to all the students who are in virtual or face to face!
 
Special welcome to students new to Schimelpfenig and some who have returned Face-to-Face for the first time this week. It's a big building but it's full of friendly faces willing and able to help with any questions you might have. 
 
Hope you all have a great semester!
 

This month, we have two important PTA Events coming up:

    • Our Virtual Information Security Program for parents and students, postponed from December, will now be on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m.  
    • Our next Virtual PTA General Assembly Meeting & Coffee with Dr. Perry will take place on Thursday, January 21 at 9:00 a.m. 

Further details on both events, including advance signups, will be sent out next week. 

 

In addition, the 87th Texas Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, January 12th.  Public education issues and funding will be topics of importance.  See documents HERE for Texas PTA and PISD Legislative Priorities.

 

Michele Rohleder

SMS PTA President



Happy 2021, Schimelpfenig Families!

 

Many of us make New Year's Resolutions...make joining the Schimelpfenig PTA one of them!

 

For less than $12, you can join and have access to member discounts and join one of the largest child advocacy groups in the nation.

Students who join get special perks...you never know what our spring event will be and what awesome deals come with that!

 

Just head to smspta.org and sign up!  

 

Questions?  Email Karen Gournay, VP Membership at membership@smspta.org.



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2021 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

A Free Virtual Event for Plano Families!

 

Preschool – Elementary – Middle School – High School Discover programs of interest and resources for ALL students, especially gifted and special needs students.

 

“Meet & Greet” with exhibitors via video conference to learn about camps, therapies, and resources to help your child's learning and development.

 

The Exhibitor Catalog and Meet & Greet video conference links will become live on February 6. For more information, visit the website at http://www.planopta.org/SummerExpo



          

 

 

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The mission of Plano ISD's Family Education and Guidance Services is to strengthen all families in the community by providing education, resources and services which support raising responsible, self-confident, emotionally healthy children in today's complex society. Please visit HERE to gain access to PISD supports that you and your family may wish to utilize throughout the year!

DISCLAIMER: The Schimelpfenig Middle School PTA is a noncommercial, nonsectarian, nonpartisan association that does not endorse any candidate or political party. This PTA does not endorse non-PTA products or services. If you have a concern, please contact a member of the PTA Executive Board.