Welcome SAST Dragons!

We’re excited to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! We’re all back on campus and looking forward to reconnecting. Our PTSA Executive Board is working behind the scenes to plan some community-building events this year. Be on the lookout for ways you can get involved!

Our first PTSA meeting was held on August 26th on Zoom. We shared a little about PTSA and how you can get involved. We also had a presentation from Jessica Duncan of Fun4TallyKids.com!

2021-2022 PTSA Executive Board Members:

President: LeAnn Lett

VP of Programming: Shauna Smith

VP Ways and Means: Anne Marie Kovacik

Corresponding Secretary: Casie Jimenez-Moran

Recording Secretary: Missy Raffensperger

Treasurer: Dina Kamen

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

A Review of the 2020-2021 School Year:

Mini-Grants: Many of our typical Mini-Grants were not possible this year- like funding field
trips. However, we were able to still fund some great programs for the kids and items to help
with COVID mitigation in addition to some professional development opportunities.
We were able to help fund: Summer Camp Program, lanyards, welcome back banner, rug cleaner, the big new sunshade/ outdoor classroom, lap desks, books, STEM materials, and professional development.

Playground Toy Drive: Since the on-campus kids were outside much more often this year
due to Covid, we hosted a toy drive to try and get some different toys the kids could enjoy.
We raised just over $600 from parent donations in addition to parents donating items. We
were able to provide the school with giant climber dome (for lower playground), (2) EZRollers,
badminton set, Spikeball, ring toss, football toss targets, giant Jenga, Cornhole, Mollky, hopscotch, sidewalk chalk, lots of balls.

Dragon Dash: Despite limitations due to COVID, we ran our Dragon Dash! We purchased pedometers and measured this steps instead of laps this year. Clothesline volunteered to be our shirt sponsor! They gave each child and staff member an awesome Dragon Dash shirt. The fundraising was a huge success! We exceeded our $10,000 goal and as a reward, Ms. Eirin worked from the roof for a day!

Teacher Appreciation: We tried to shower our teachers with extra love this year. COVID
presented them with a lot of challenges and they deserved more than we could ever do for
them, but we tried our best to help them feel the love. Parents were extra generous this year.

Programs: Though most of our great programs were canceled this past year, we did initiate our permanent school-wide art installation. Each student and staff member, on campus or off, received a tile to decorate. We will assemble the tiles together this summer, showing that although we were apart this year, we are all Dragons. Tiles were donated by Brian Barnard’s Flooring America.

8th Grade Celebrations: With it being another odd year due to Covid, the 8th grade celebrations were different. We provided extra funding to make sure the middle school staff had everything they needed to make graduation special for this year’s group. The school hosted its 1st every “Clap-Off” where the students wished the 8th graders well in their next big adventure in high school.