2019-2020 SEM PTSA Annual Check Writing Campaign

Show Your Love For Sem

Show your Love for SEM this month by supporting our annual Check Writing Campaign which runs during the month of February! Your donation will be used for student supplies and materials. You can donate any amount. Click on the Donate button below to begin:


Or scan the QR code:

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Why we need your financial support:

Our SEM Community

Our students are attending one of the most honored and highest ranked schools in DISD and the Nation. We are a Title I school and we represent a diverse group of urban families who are committed to excellence and rigorous standards for our children. SEM is an extraordinary, innovative school that promotes the belief that STEM centered learning can transform traditional boundaries and open opportunities.
 

SEM PTSA Fundraising Philosophy

It is the mission of the SEM PTSA to enrich and enhance SEM resources that support our one of a kind Math and Engineering program.  Our fundraising philosophy directly supports our teachers and students. We don’t invest in overpriced and low margin gimmick fundraisers! Instead, we have a once a year check writing campaign.

SEM PTSA Fundraising Objectives

Each year, the PTSA board meets with faculty and staff to determine the most pressing needs which are not covered by DISD funding. Once prioritized, these are included in the fundraising goal for that year. Last year, we spent $6,786 for calculators and mathematic competitions.

2019-2020 SEM PTSA Fundraising Goal: $15,000
(That averages to $30 per student!)

What does your contribution go towards this year? Student Supplies & Materials and Annual PTA Operating Budget!

PTSA Annual Operating Support

Here are just a few of the programs that your SEM PTSA accomplishes with your donations and volunteer time!

New Student Orientation                         PTSA Newsletter and website

Back to School Teacher lunch                Snacks and delivery for testing

PTSA Morning coffees                            PTSA Officer Training

Teacher Appreciation week                    Awards night program expenses

Senior Activity Expenses                        National Honor Society Reception 

Parent Teacher Conference – Teacher dinner  Field Day/Signing Day expenses


When considering your annual donations, please consider all the benefits of attending SEM such as our wonderful staff and faculty, free AP tests, waivers for college testing and applications, and bragging rights of being part of the SEM family – priceless!

Support your School Through Matching Programs

Does your employer offer matching grants? You never know until you ask! Some of the larger companies in DFW also offer matching-on-matching with other company matches!

        You can also help with the Gift of Your Time!

SEM is unique in that we need an army of volunteers, equally as important as monetary donations. We are an inclusive school, and volunteering is so highly valued because it is something all families can contribute. 

2019-2020 Check writing campaign timeline 

Our kickoff for the fundraising campaign starts now! We would like to raise $15,000 by February 29, 2020 to fund teacher requests and your PTSA annual operating budget. You may make donations conveniently on our website HERE or place a check in the PTSA lockbox in the SEM front office.

Thank you again for your annual donation and your gift of time. Your generous support and volunteering time provide for the most pressing needs of our school and programs.

Amy Hickox.
2019-2020 SEM PTSA President
president@semagnet.org

North Texas Giving Day for SEM

North Texas Giving Day Banner

This year, on Thursday, September 19, 2019, SEM PTSA is participating in Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day, a one-day online giving extravaganza for our whole region.

Last year, Communities Foundation of Texas brought together 2,700 organizations to raise $48 million, and we are excited to be a part of the movement this year! Since its founding in 2009, North Texas Giving Day has inspired people to get up and give, resulting in increased donations and services provided in North Texas.

We invite you to join the movement and help us reach our goal of $15,000 on September 19. Here’s how you can help:

1. Get up and give on September 19!

Your gift matters! On September 19, if you donate to SEM PTSA   (https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/semagnet) between 6am and midnight, your dollar will be stretched with bonus funds and prizes raised by Communities Foundation of Texas!

Not available on September 19? No worries! Schedule your donation, between September 9 and September 18 and make your gift count!  If you can’t give online, PTSA will be collecting donations by check between September 9 and 18 as well.

2. Spread the word!

Spread the word to your friends and loved ones about SEM PTSA and North Texas Giving Day! Don’t forget to tag SEM PTSA and #NTxGivingDay if you’re posting online! Encourage your friends and family to get up and give as well! Communities Foundation of Texas is even offering a prize for the social media post that’s shared the most!

3. Follow us!

Check out facebook.com/NorthTexasGivingDay to stay up to date on North Texas Giving Day! For more information on North Texas Giving Day, visit NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

SEM announces our No Fuss Fundraising!

SEM is now participating in AmazonSmile, Kroger Community Rewards Program, and the Randalls/TomThumb Good Neighbor Rewards Programs!

Just by signing up or linking your cards to SEM, our school will earn 1% cash back on Kroger and Tom Thumb purchases, and 0.5% on AmazonSmile purchases. Just think, SEM will benefit from your daily, weekly, and routine purchases!

Please also tell your friends, neighbors, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family to sign up as well with SEM’s codes. This is easy and painless fundraising for our school! And it only takes a few minutes of your time to sign up. Let’s get 100% participation from all family members!

Don’t delay – the holiday season is upon us with Thanksgiving and Holiday season shopping! Let’s get donations for SEM simply by the shopping we will already be doing!

Quick Links and Notes:

AmazonSmile:
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/75-2649069

Kroger Community Rewards #NY287

Tom Thumb #13990

More info on AmazonSmile:

What is AmazonSmile and why should I link my Amazon?

AmazonSmile is an easy way to raise money for SEM while you are already making purchases! The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible smile.amazon purchases. Millions of products qualify for donations! You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their smile.amazon.com product detail pages. Please note that recurring or subscription renewals are excluded from donations.

Remember, only purchases made through smile.amazon.com (NOT www.amazon.com nor the mobile app) generate AmazonSmile Donations. Make sure you see the “Supporting: PTA Texas Congress 2570 Science & Engineering PTSA” below the search bar!

Start here:
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/75-2649069

More info on Kroger Community Rewards Program:

Visit http://www.kroger.com. After creating a login for your Kroger account, sign in and click on “Savings & Rewards” in the main menu bar and select “Kroger Community Rewards” from the drop down menu. Select “I’m a Customer” and enter NY287 in the “Find an Organization” search box. (Please note if searching by school name Science and Engineering Magnet will pull up 2 codes; make sure to use NY287; we are in the process of requesting the duplicate number removed.)

Brand new Kroger card users will need to create an account which requires bank information, email address, and a Rewards card which you can pick up at your local Kroger store!

Remember:

  1. You must register your Kroger card account and link to SEM.
  2. If you don’t have a Kroger card, you can pick one up at any Kroger store!
  3. Purchases will not count until after your card is linked.

And finally, remember to swipe your card at checkout for store savings and to apply for SEM donations!

More info on Randalls/Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Rewards Program:

Help raise money for SEM by linking your Randalls/Tom Thumb card! Simply print and fill out the Good Neighbor Program Form and list SEM #13990 as one of your charities! You can also add 2 other participating charities for your Tom Thumb donations! Take the form to your Tom Thumb store’s Courtesy Booth the next time you shop.

To get the form from the website, go to www.randalls.com and go to the bottom of the webpage. Under Company Info, click Community Caring and then click on the Good Neighbor Program logo. Follow instructions listed.

Here is the Good Neighbor Program form:

Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Form