Dragon Dash 2021

Dragon Dash 2021

We are excited to announce the return of Dragon Dash! Each year, the PTSA hosts this fun run event. This year, though the circumstances are different, we want to continue our tradition. The students love it and it’s our primary fundraiser of the year. In the past, we’ve been able to help fund field trips, graduation, water bottle-filling stations, playground upgrades, and classroom supplies with the proceeds of Dragon Dash. This year, we’re saving up for whatever next year brings (fingers crossed for field trips!). Remember, donations are tax-deductible and every donation is appreciated.

Over the years, Ms. Eirin has gone to great lengths to rally our students. She has kissed a pig, taken a pie to the face, been duct-taped to a wall, and colored her hair. If we reach our goal of $10,000 raised this year, Ms. Eirin has promised to work from the roof for a day! 

We’ve made a few adjustments this year to make Dragon Dash more COVID-safe while keeping it fun for all. Here’s how it will work:

Register your student at Share your student’s pledge page with friends and family. Pledges can be based on how far they’ve run, or a flat donation. 

Every student will be given their own pedometer. Digital Academy families should receive them in your supply kits prior to 4/19.

During the week of 4/19, On-Site students will run our Dragon Dash track for 20 minutes and log their steps. Digital Academy students will hit the trails or neighborhood sidewalks and log the steps they take in 20 minutes. Our school’s lap is approximately 250 steps, so every 250 steps will count as one lap. Pledges will be based on laps.

The pledge pages will stay active until April 25th. If we meet our goal of $10,000 raised, Ms. Eirin will work from the roof for a day! 

If you’re ready to log your student’s steps go here: LOG YOUR STEPS

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2020-2021 Jenny Maddox Spirit of Service Award

SAST is incredibly fortunate to have wonderful volunteers who contribute their time and talents to our school community. Each year the PTSA honors one outstanding volunteer who has made a long-term and/or exceptional contribution to SAST. Help us choose the 2020-2021 Jenny Maddox Spirit of Service Award Winner! The nomination form can be found at HERE. Nominations will be accepted through April 20th. The winner will be announced at the April 29th PTSA meeting.

Seeking Nominations for 2021-2022 PTSA Executive Board

Interested in getting more involved at SAST? Want to share your time and talents with our school community? Now is your chance! Contact Christen Perry, ,  to learn more about the positions available on the 2021-22 PTSA Executive Board. PTSA service is fun, flexible, fulfilling and open to everyone.

Staff Appreciation

Getting gifts to teachers and staff this year is a little tricky. Make it easier on yourself by donating to our staff gift fund. We’ll be able to use the money to purchase gifts for all of the teachers and staff to show them our appreciation!

Donate Here

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year:

The PTSA is here for SAST not just during the ordinary, fun times but also during these extraordinary times. Although our sweet school is now spilt between digital and on-site, and our volunteer efforts cannot currently look the same as usual, we’re still here, working to support SAST families and staff.

  • We continue to accept and review mini-grant requests from SAST teachers and staff. These provide funding for learning materials, classroom supplies, and professional development.
  • We are discussing ways the PTSA can help our families safely connect and build community.
  • We will continue to shower our teachers with support and love.

Stay tuned for more information. Please stay safe and balanced. And please feel free to reach out to us at with questions, comments, requests, etc. This time of social distancing will one day be a memory. When our SAST family can be together again we will have many more fun events to share.

Campus Clean Up

Our wonderful campus is in need of some love! If you’re able to help us with any of these action items on a weekend or a weekday after 6pm, please sign up here and email Ashley to let her know when you’re coming. We need people with pressure washers, people with carpentry skills, and people willing to put in a little elbow grease!

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have quesitons about these to-dos. Please keep in mind that social distancing and our campus-wide mask policy apply. 

For questions, please contact Ashley Arrington

The 2019-2020 Jenny Maddox Service Award Goes to…

We want to thank and congratulate our super volunteer, Shauna Smith. She is the recipient of the 2019-2020 Jenny Maddox Service Award!
Thank you for all you do, Shauna!

The SAST PTSA couldn’t do what we do without the help and financial contributions from our amazing parents! With this support, the PTSA has been able to:

  • Expand and improve our gorgeous play spaces.
  • Provide mini-grants to teachers: helping fund field trips, classroom materials (rockets!), and professional development
  • Host fun and enriching activities such as Family Reading Night, Family Movie Night, Game Night, and Skate Night
  • Bring enriching programs such as the Reflections Art Program
  • Make our teachers feel loved every Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Fuel our kids with healthy snacks during testing
  • Provide snacks to our teachers when they stay late for meetings

Do you have special interests or skills you’d like to share with us? Let us know! Are you limited in where or when you can volunteer? Let us help match you with a volunteer position that best suites you. Volunteering is a fantastic way to get to know other parents, show your children that you support their school, and keep these events running! We have volunteer opportunities for everyone: on-campus, and off, before and after school hours.

Our Goals:

  • Community Building
  • Provide Free Family Programing to Promote Family Engagement
  • Raise Funds to Support Teachers and Students
  • Educate and Inform Parents on Issues Facing Charter Schools

PTSA Executive Board Members:

President: Michele Lorch

VP of Programming: Missy Raffensperger

VP Ways and Means: Kristin Schlorholtz

Corresponding Secretary: Casie Jimenez-Moran

Recording Secretary: Anne Marie Kovacik

Treasurer: Dina Kamen

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