Posts By Kymy Johnson

South Whidbey School District Unity Day Spirit Shirts

SWEPTA is sharing this message is from the South Whidbey School District that went out via email with a small update at the bottom with a little more info.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Nationally, statistics show that more than one out of every five students reports being bullied. We hope we will see all our South Whidbey Students in Spirit shirts on our South Whidbey School District Unity Day, the fourth Friday in October – October 27, 2017. South Whidbey School District stands together against bullying, united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Please support our efforts and complete the form for your child’s Spirit Shirt size (linked here) by Thursday, October 5, 2017. Please complete a new form for each of your children. 

If you have any trouble opening this link, please reply to this email with your child or children’s name, grade, classroom or first period teacher, t-shirt type (youth, mens, womens)  and size (xs, s, m, l, xl or xxl).


If your budget allows, please consider supporting this endeavor by making a donation.  Bring your cash or check donation made out SWSD marked for Spirit Shirts to your school front office or the District Office at 5520 Maxwelton Road, Langley WA 98260. The average cost is $10 per shirt. We will ensure every student receives a shirt regardless of their ability to donate. If you can cover the cost for an additional student, we greatly appreciate your help.

Attached, please find a picture of Spirit Shirts that were made for the staff.  Go Blue Whidbey and Savage Printing are working with SWSD to make a shirt for the students similar to these shirts.   The shirts will be the same blue color and have Go Blue South Whidbey Schools. However, we are looking at adding the Orca for the K-4 students, a Cougar for the 5-8 students and a Falcon for the 9-12 students.  The design is still in process

We have had many questions on the funding of the shirts.  The t-shirts are being printed for us by Savage Printing in Clinton. Go Blue Whidbey has helped us with the design. Sponsors include the Goosefoot, South Whidbey Schools Foundation, PTAs, Savage Printing and we have requests to vendors for donations and have received donations from teachers and parents sponsoring shirts for their students and additional students. Every child will receive a t-shirt. There is no fee. We are only requesting donations to help with the costs. The form is for parents to request the appropriate size so that we don’t have to guess what size each child might be and to cut down on having to purchase too many extras.  By completing the form, we can ensure your child receives the size you think they should have.

The purpose of the shirts is for UNITY and SPIRIT. We hope on SWSD Unity Day,  Friday, October 27, all students will GO BLUE and stand together unified for South Whidbey, for each other and against bullying. You can send any questions my way. When we receive the shirts, we could really use the help of the PTAs and leadership to distribute the shirts.


Join South Whidbey K-6 PTA!


South Whidbey Elementary PTA is for both grades K-4 AND Middle School grades 5-6!  We are going to be working on a name change soon that better fits out new grade range that includes both elementary and middle school students.  We know it’s still a little confusing so we are working on labeling things South Whidbey K-6 PTA or just SWEPTA.swepta-logos

Anyway we would LOVE to have you join!  Did you know anyone can join?  That includes businesses and even grandparents or family that live out of state!  Joining the PTA not only supports our school but it supports our state and national PTA programs that help advocate for kids all over.  There is 0 commitment attached to joining, just sign up and pay the membership fee and that’s it!  You will get occasional emails about what is going on with our state and local PTA, but we will not share your email address with anyone else.  You will also get a printable membership card that allows you to receive discounts at some businesses.  We also encouraging 5th & 6th grade students to join and take part.

It is just $10 per year per person to join.  You do NOT have to volunteer to be part of the PTA, get PTA news and help advocate for kids in both our schools and across the state as well as some cool discounts 😉

You can print out print out the 2017-2018 Membership Form and turn in to the office with a check or sign up online instantly!




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SWEPTA is on Amazon Smile!

Did you know you can help raise money year round for SWEPTA every time you order from Amazon?  Choose South Whidbey Elementary PTA as your charity of choice for Amazon Smiles program and a small portion of your orders will come right back into our school and support the K-6 programming!




Jog-A-Thon is THIS WEEK!

2017 SWEPTA Jog-A-Thon FUNdraiser

at South Whidbey Elementary School!!

You can download the printable pledge form by clicking here.

Jog-A-Thon has been a fundraiser for SW grades K-5 for over 20 years. This is SWEPTA’s largest fundraiser for the year.  What is raised here directly affects SWEPTA programs for the remainder of the year.  All fundraising goes into SWEPTA’s general funds which provides SWES with its Art Docent program, grants for field trip buses, family fun nights, and educational events like Science Day.  Depending on the students grade the event will be 3/1 or 3/2 during their lunch recess.

How does the Jog-A-Thon work?
With the help of a parent, students ask friends, family & neighbors to make a pledge.  They can pledge a flat donation or a donation per lap.  The form is brought to school the day of the Jog-A-Thon and turned in to their teacher.  During the event students run/walk/jog as many 1/8 mile laps as they can.  Each lap they get a rubber band and we count them all at the end.

After they return to class volunteers will fill out the remainder of their sheet, attach their card & an envelope to their pledge sheet, and send it back home on 3/7. Then, with the help of parents, students collect all remaining pledges/donations & return them to their teacher in a sealed envelope WITH their pledge form by 3/15 to qualify for raffle entries.

The grade, as a whole, that raises the most money will win pizza parties for all of their classes. For example if 3rd Grade won, all three 3rd grade classes would get a pizza party.

A few safety rules to remember:

1.)   A responsible adult should always hold on to pledge money making sure to keep it in a safe place.
2.)  An adult should ALWAYS be with students when collecting pledges.
3.)  We do not recommend going door to door to strangers houses.

More information including volunteering & raffle prize details can be found on the back.  If each student were to bring in $20 total in pledges, we would pass our $10,000 goal!  If you can’t raise that much that is okay!  Just remember every dollar counts.


Kymy Johnson                                           Cailyn Murray
SWEPTA President                                   SWEPTA Volunteer Coordinator


Along side the grade competitions, all students will receive a small treat after the event but they can also earn raffle entries for bigger prizes!

Every $5 worth of pledge money turned in = 1 raffle entry

$40 worth of pledges = 8 raffle entries

The more pledges/money students raise the more entries they will receive & the higher chance they have of winning a prize.  Prizes have either been purchased by SWEPTA or donated by local companies.  We will be giving away things as big as generic mp3 players, gift certificates for free local activities, games, water bottles, jump ropes and more!

The best part is whether students bring in $5 or $100 they all have a chance to win.  If you or your company would like to donate some more prizes OR offer a pledge match please contact us via our Facebook page.


Jog-A-Thon is March 1st & 2nd!


Jog-A-Thon is SWEPTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, besides raising money, Jog-A-Thon day is directly linked to PE goals, encourages fun in movement, and school spirit!  Complete this form & return it to your child’s teacher ASAP to volunteer.

At least two (2) adult volunteers are needed per classroom to support teachers and the SWEPTA crew, from 10am-2pm. Volunteers will interact directly with kids and teachers, help students have a safe, fun time on the track, and assist in the final lap count.  We may not need all volunteers the whole time, during the lunch recess event is the most important.

March 1st : Grades Kindergarten, 2nd , 4th    – During their lunch recess
March 2nd: Grades 1st, 3rd & 5th                       – During their lunch recess

If you would like to volunteer please contact your students teacher or contact us via our Facebook page.


CLASS COLORS – Please encourage students to wear their class color that day.

Haugen – Red

LeWarne – Yellow

Spear – Blue

Anthony – Green

Davies-Vogel – Red

Matthews – Yellow

Zisette – Blue

Hofius – Red

Mack – Yellow

Twomey – Blue

Cain – Red

Ploof – Yellow

Sage – Blue

Stanley – Red

Kizer – Yellow

Raley – Blue

Callahan – Blue

Lavassar – Yellow

Muncey – Green



Last Community Meeting on School Consolidation Plan, This WEDNESDAY 12/7 @6:30pm



This Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 6:30pm will be the last community hearing in the South Whidbey High School New Commons in the regarding the consolidation of school facilities effective in September 2017.

If you would like to attend this important meeting and childcare is an issue there will be free child care for potty trained children ages 4+ on site that evening ran by Marty & other SWES staff. You MUST pre-register by calling the elementary school office at 221-4600 or emailing Donna Evans.

The Board discussed the need to make a decision sooner to allow more time for transition activities. The new timeline will provide more time for staff, students and families to make any changes happen effectively. They will hold a workshop discussion on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 6:30pm in the South Whidbey Elementary School Community Room.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:30pm the Board will hold a hearing in the South Whidbey Elementary School Community Room and make its decision as to consolidation.

Thank you for your contributions. Please make sure to attend these important meetings.

4th Annual Handmade Holiday Market, Saturday 12/3

December 3rd, 10am-4pm
South Whidbey Elementary School
5380 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, Washington 98260

Shop for handmade art & gifts, all from Whidbey area artisans, while helping SWEPTA (South Whidbey Elementary PTA) raise money for our school. There will also be FREE childrens activities provided by SWEPTA.

Interested in being a vendor? We have room for a few more vendor applications until 11/30 or all spots are filled. No commercial or direct sales booths allowed.

If interested contact Kymy Johnson the event coordinator.

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.








Pictures from markets past.

Pictures from markets past.

PTA Meeting Thursday 12/1

Join us for SWEPTA’s monthly board meeting right after school from 3:40-4:45pm this Thursday Dec. 1st in the art room. All members and potential members are invited to attend!
Children are welcome, and we will set out some light snacks. We hope to see you there!

Family Fun Movie Night, Friday Dec. 2nd!


SWEPTA Presents Family Fun Movie Night!

This Friday, Dec. 2nd at 6:30pm @ South Whidbey Elementary School Gym

We will be watching Finding Dory which is rated PG and recommended for ages 6+ by Common Sense Media.

Bring your blankets, pillows and chairs as well as your favorite goodie to share!

Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome. This is NOT a drop off event.  This is a family event and children must be supervised by an adult during the entire movie. While we will not be providing snacks, but we will be setting up a potluck table for families to bring snacks to share!


4th Annual Holiday Market


Seeking Vendors

SWEPTA (South Whidbey Elementary PTA) is still currently looking for a few more vendors for our December 3rd Holiday Market!

This is a community event to get Whidbey Island area crafters and artisans in one place for locals and visitors to shop.  There are no commercial or direct sales booths/products at this event.  It is all handmade/handcrafted/embellished or services in our area.

The market will be in the gym, this is our 4th year holding this event and it is a fundraiser for the PTA.  The last 3 years we raised money for the school, and while the event was small, it also put money back into other homes and small businesses in our community and all the vendors wanted to return.  We are already expecting more vendors this year then in years past.

* 2 booth sizes available 10×10 for $25 (limited) and 8×4 for $15, no additional commissions!!!

* You must provide your own table(s) and chair.

* Contact us ASAP, we are taking late applications until 11/30 or spots are full (could be sooner or later).  This is not a juried event but we do limit duplicate booths so don’t wait.

* Due to safety we can not have pets or small children in vendor booths unless they are infants please.

Some of the types of booths we are looking for, but are NOT limited too: Pottery, jewelry, clothing, toys, fiber wears, art, holiday decor, home decor items, small gifts and lots, lots more!

If interested contact Kymy Johnson the event coordinator.


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 received the name of their teacher for the 2016-2017 school year on the back of there last report card in June along with a copy of the list.  If you did not receive if the office is open as of this week from 9-noon & 1-3pm Mon-Fri for copies of the list.  Kindergarten parent letters will be mailed out soon and class lists will be posted on the main doors of the school a few days before school starts.  We have also included information about free & reduced lunch as well as the RTL’s Back to School Project.


Free and Reduced Meals
If you feel you may qualify for the free or reduced lunch/breakfast program, please complete a Free and Reduced Meals form that is available at the front office or via the district website and return it to your child’s school on or before the first day of school. This form must be filled out annually.   If you were provided a form from DSHS stating that you qualify for the program, please provide a copy along with your application form. Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Family Resource Center Back to School Project
Are you wondering how you are going to outfit your kids for school this year?  Is your budget too tight to handle those lists of required school supplies?  You’re not alone.

Are you wondering how you are going to outfit your kids for school this year?  Is your budget too tight to handle those lists of required school supplies?  You’re not alone.

The Back To School Project can help by providing school supplies, including backpacks and sometimes even clothing gift cards to families who qualify. This is a project of the Readiness To Learn Foundation. Families in need of help with back to school items can sign up any time by calling the South Whidbey Family Resource Center (221-6808 ext. 4322).

Eligible families can choose an appointment time to “shop” for school supplies for each child. For more information on this project, please visit

SWES K-5 Supply List
Supplies are broken down by grade.  If you are having trouble viewing it the list is an image file and can also be found on the SWEPTA Facebook page.