Are you ready for back to school?

There are only 2 weeks left of summer vacation which means time for back to school shopping!  Here are the supply lists provided by the school.  Your child should have ...

3rd Annual SWEPTA Holiday Market! Saturday Dec. 5th

Join us this Saturday to shop for handmade art & gifts all from Whidbey Island artisans while helping SWEPTA (South Whidbey Elementary PTA) raise money for our school. Don’t forget to tell ...

Family Fun Movie Night! This Friday Dec. 4th

SWEPTA Presents Family Fun Movie Night! This Friday, Dec. 4th 6:30pm @ South Whidbey Elementary School Gym Bring your blankets, pillows and chairs as well as your favorite goodie to ...

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REMINDER: PTA Meeting Today

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Join us for SWEPTA’s monthly board meeting right after school from 3:45-5pm TODAY Wed. Dec. 2nd in the art room. All members and potential members are invited to attend!
Children are welcome, and light snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Holiday Box Tops & Labels For Education Drive

*This fundraising event is for, and is by SWES, but SWEPTA wants to help spread the word.*


Now through 1/8 South Whidbey Elementary School is going to be hosting an all school Box Top & Labels for Education Drive!  The class* that collects the most Box Tops (expired ones will not count) and Labels for Education (must have logo & barcode) will win a pizza party!  Not only that, but ALL classes that collect 400 or more will get a popcorn party.   That averages out to less than 20 box tops or labels for education per student.


Our school earns .10 for every box top that we turn in that has not expired.  If we averaged 20 box tops per student we would raise over $1100.  The money raised from these goes to a variety of things including playground equipment and rain day recess supplies and equipment.  Box Tops can be found on a variety of products from breakfast cereal, to cleaning supplies like garbage bags, and even office supplies like your printer paper!  You can find a full list of participating products here:

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Labels for Education can be found on a large variety of food products.  We get points for every valid label submitted and can use those points to purchase a variety of playground & classroom supplies based on our current needs. You can find a full list of participating products here:
Don’t buy many products that have these?  Ask friends, family & neighbors (with your parents’ permission of course) if they can collect them for you too!

Just turn your Box Tops & Labels for Education into your teacher on a collection sheet, in a zip top bag or an envelope with your teachers name on it.  These are class competitions only, so it does not need student names, just the teachers. More printable collection sheets can be found on the site or in the front office. We will announce the winner after winter break!

Questions?  Contact the drive coordinator Kymy Johnson.

*Because the Callahan’s 5th grade classes are combined, theirs will be collected together and they have to collect twice as many as a single class to win, and 800 to earn a popcorn party.


SWES ASB Kettle Corn Fundraiser November 10-December 11

*This fundraising event is for, and is by SWES, but SWEPTA wants to help spread the word. This is a copy of an all school email from the principal.*

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The SWES ASB kettle corn fundraiser has been extended until December 11th.


Hello Orca Families,We use our ASB funds for assemblies like Tap Root Theater Bullying Program and the Reptile Man as well as for recess equipment and leadership incentives for students.  We have spent a considerable amount of funds on assemblies over the last couple of years and need to replenish those funds so we can continue to offer assemblies, drama club, and leadership incentives to students.  We have only had one fundraiser in the last three years, so it is time for a fundraiser.  For this round we chose to sell Kettle Corn.  It is quick and easy to sell and easy for our supplier to get orders to us within a week.  In addition, the gentleman that owns this company is retired from the military (thus the name Uncle Sam’s) and is very supportive of schools (his grandmother was an English teacher).  He has reduced his profit to increase ours.kettle-corn-pot

We will be sending home order forms along with this letter in our THT folders on November 10th.  We will sell popcorn through the Thanksgiving break and will need order forms back by Friday, December 4th 11th.  We should have the orders back by the end of the next week.

This Kettle Corn is well worth the small price of $5 per bag.  I saw the same product of much lower quality at a fair for $9 a bag.  I purchase bags (usually 3 or 4) of the regular flavored Kettle popcorn every time we go across Snoqualmie Pass to the Yakima area.  In addition to his regular flavor he also makes caramel flavored.

We appreciate your support to increase our ASB funds.  As a staff we will be looking into other fundraiser ideas such as selling items that we grow on our school farm.  If you are interested in helping us with ideas for other fundraisers please contact me.

Mr. Cravy, Principal

Family Movie Night TONIGHT 10/30


Family Movie Night: A Fun Night For the Whole Family!

Bring your pillows, blankets, or chairs, along with your favorite movie munchies to share.

We will provide free popcorn but your welcome to bring potluck style snacks as well.  Don’t forget to collect your SWEPTA bracelet charm, it goes on the bracelet you got from Jog-A-Thon this week.


Time: 6:30 PM Friday Oct. 30th

Jog-A-Thon is THIS WEEK!

Wow that snuck up on us fast.  Last week in your students Take Home Tuesday folder you should have found a information packet and pledge sheet.  If you have misplaced your pledge sheet, the office has blank ones available.

Volunteer positions still need to be filled, message coordinator Michelle if you are available for a shift on Tuesday anytime 10/27 between 10:30am – 1:30pm.

STUDENTS: Don’t forget to take advantage of the weekend and collect some sponsors/pledges! Every $5 collected earns an raffle entry, so $20 in pledge money turned in will equal 4 raffle entries!  Sponsors can pledge per lap or flat donations and it can be all from one person OR small donations from many people.

Sponsor a Student
Jog-A-Thon has been SWEPTA’s largest fundraiser for the past 20 years, and we want to make this year our best ever. SWE Parent Teacher Association’s mission for Jog-A-Thon is to raise money for your school while giving students a chance to participate in a fun and healthy fundraiser.

Jog-A-Thon Timeline
10/13 – 10/27 Have everyone sponsor you (your student)
10/27 Be ready to run, wear your class color (listed below)
10/28 – 11/4 Go collect pledge money and turn it in to be entered into our grand prize raffle.

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Burgess – Red
Haugen – Yellow
LeWarne – Blue
Spear – Purple
Anthony – Green
DaviesVogel – Orange
Matthews – White
Hofius – Red
Mack – Yellow
Twomey – Blue
Cain – Purple
Ploof – Green
Sage – Orange
Stanley – Red
Kizer – Yellow
Raley – Blue
Zisette – Green
Callahan – Orange
Lavassar – Purple
Muncey – White

SWEPTA Information Night, Tonight 10/7

SWEPTA Information Night

Please Join Us! TONIGHT, Wednesday, Oct.7th in the PTA/Art Room. Learn more about what the PTA does for SWE and how you can help!

6:00-6:30 Information night
6:30-8:00 SWEPTA Board Mtg,

Come for one or stay for both!

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Art Docent Volunteer Orientation


Are you interested in volunteering for our Art Docent Program and helping teach art in the classroom? Join us to welcome to another year of bringing art experiences to kids! No experience is needed, just a love of art.

Our Art Docent orientation is tonight at art room at SWES at 6:30. The art room is located right across from Mrs. LeWarne & Mrs. Haugen’s kindergarten classrooms. The front door will be open so come right on down to art room. Please come, even if it not for entire time, or you still aren’t sure if this is the volunteer opportunity for you yet. We are looking forward to getting the year off to a great start with art!
See you there, and bring any interested friends and community members.

If you have questions, or what to volunteer but can’t make it, please contact Betsy Gmerek.

Students in action.

Students in action.

Family Event: Build a Scarecrow!

Join Good Cheer Food Bank & Thrift Stores this Sunday for a fun family day at the Fairgrounds. $10 and 2 cans for Good Cheer Food Bank gets you all you need to make a scarecrow. Lots of fun and a BBQ! Fun for all ages.


Parent Curriculum Night TONIGHT 9/24

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Tonight, Thursday 9/24 is Parent Curriculum Night! SWES and it’s staff hosts this curriculum night for parents to receive an overview of their child’s educational experience as well as go over things such as class rules, daily schedules and volunteer opportunities.


This night is designed for parents only (and babes in arms). There is a very limited childcare available for younger children that can’t sit through the presentations. You can contact the office for more information and to RESERVE a spot. 221-4600, but remember the office closes around 4pm most days. Please share with your elementary school friends! Below is and screen shot of the presentations schedule…parent night


1st Week of School Schedule

Don’t forget, to make the transition a little easier for staff, students and families, the first 2 days of the 2015-2016 school year are early release days.  That is both Tuesday 9/8 and Wednesday 9/9.  Thursday and Friday will be full days.

Also kindergarten parents please check your mail.   Kindergartners have scheduled activities meet and greets the first week of school with their first official day of school being the following week on 9/14.


Early Release Times
Langley Middle School:  11:20
SW Academy:                  11:30
SW High School:             11:30
SW Elementary:               12:30