Meany PTSA News 1/12/18

It's the don't-miss-it meeting of the year!

The PTSA General Meeting is this Tuesday, January 16th and you'll want to make sure you're there. We'll open at 6:30 pm sharp with a very special guest appearance by Zachary DeWolf, the Seattle School Board representative for District V. He'll share his perspective and priorities for Meany and the district and field some questions from the Meany community. After that, we'll hear from the Meany counseling team about some of the important work they're doing with students. Don't forget to come early for Chats with Chanda, an opportunity for direct and open conversation with Principal Oatis, from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. 

8th grade MOHAI field trip needs chaperones!

History teacher Ms. Howell is planning a field trip for her 8th grade students as part of their Innovation series. The outing will be to MOHAI in February, and requires parent volunteers to accompany the classes. Trips are on February 9th and 13th from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Ms. Howell needs 12 parent volunteers each day. A completed, approved SPS Volunteer Screening form is required. Contact Ms. Howell at to volunteer or for more information.

Open House for incoming families

Meany Middle School is hosting an Open House and tour for incoming families on Tuesday, February 27th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Add it to your calendars, tell your elementary school parent friends, and stay tuned for more details!

High School & Beyond Information Night at Meany

Meany and Washington Middle School will be hosting an Open Enrollment and High School and Beyond Night for our 8th grade families and interested members of our community on Wednesday, January 24th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the cafeteria. There will be representatives from the Center School, Nova, Garfield, Franklin, Cleveland, Interagency, Summit Sierra and other programs. We will have food, interpreters, and prizes. All are welcome!

PTSA Interim Fundraising Chair sought

Do you have a knack for fundraising? An interest in supporting the Meany community? Some extra time to focus on a worthy cause? The Meany PTSA is looking for an Interim Fundraising Chair to help us plan and manage fundraising efforts for the remainder of the school year. Contact for more info.

Coat Drive & Ski Swap

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Coat Drive & Ski Swap! Numerous coats, hats and scarves were collected, fun was had by all, and one attendee even remarked "Everyone I met was super nice!" There are still coats available to Meany students and their families. Contact Mr. Jackson on the Counseling team to coordinate.

More Spirit Wear available

Spirit Wear is still available to order during the month of January. If you missed out on the great items or just want more, download the order form and return with payment (make checks payable to Corporate Promotions) by January 30th.



Diallo Jackson joins the Meany counseling team

A warm welcome to Diallo Jackson who has just joined the Meany counseling team and will be working with Ms. Baker in supporting our Meany students. Here's a little bit about Mr. Jackson in his own words:

I was born in Spokane Washington but raised in Seattle since age three. I grew up in the south end and Central District of Seattle, and I attended Van-Asselt, Wing Luke, Madrona, Meany, and then graduated from West Seattle high school in 1994. I attended Whitman College and graduated in 1999.

The majority of my work experience is in guidance counseling and school intervention programs. I have also worked at the Washington State Penitentiary, in healthcare as a Patient Care Coordinator, and in social services as a Program Director of Emergency Services for the homeless. I started my family in Walla Walla in 2000 with my high school sweetheart. In 2011, I received my Masters degree in Guidance Counseling from City University.

I currently live in West Seattle with my wife and three kids. My oldest son Elijah Zephon 17, a senior, attends Chief Sealth High School with his younger sister Kai Malika, age 15 freshman. My youngest son is Taien Cyrus 13, 8th grader, attends Denny. My wife Jennifer works for her mother‘s adult home family business where she does geriatric care for dementia patients. My oldest son Elijah will be attending Eastern Washington University next year on a full ride Division I basketball scholarship.

The Meany Coat Drive & Ski Swap is coming!

The Meany Coat Drive & Ski Swap will help provide Meany families with warm coats for the winter and support scholarships for the Meany Ski Bus. It will be held on Saturday, January 6th from 9am to noon.

Any Meany family can pick up a coat at no cost on the day of the event. Ski and snowboarding equipment will be sold at a low cost, with all proceeds going to a scholarship fund for the Meany Ski Bus program. 

Families can donate coats of all sizes, in new, almost-new, or very gently used good condition, from now until January 5th. Skis, snowboards, and boots can be donated between now and January 5th. Bring your donations to the school office.

Volunteers are needed Saturday before, during, and after the event! Learn more and sign up here.

Questions? Contact John Sullivan at 206 719 2902.

Friends of Meany Middle School Ski Bus

We are excited to announce that we have finalized the details for the Friends of Meany Ski Bus. We will be partnering with Webbski. Established in 1965, Webbski is one of the most successful continuing ski instruction programs in the Northwest.

General Information: The program will run on Fridays from January 5, 2018 to February 9th. The bus will depart Meany at 4:15 pm and arrive at Snoqualmie Central Ski Resort at approximately 5:30. Lessons (for those who choose to enroll) will run from 7:30-8:45. The bus will depart the mountain at 9:30 and arrive back at Meany at approximately 10:30 pm.

Cost: The cost is $158.00 for transportation only or $286.50 for transportation and lessons. The cost to rent ski gear is $79.20 for 11 year olds and $132 for 12-13 year olds for the entire 6 weeks. The rental cost for a snowboard and boots is $25 for 11 year olds and $30 for 12 and older. Lift tickets are $45 per night ($15 per night for the magic carpet only) for ages 7-12 and $50 for ages 13 and up. If you think your child will ski at Snoqualmie Pass more than 8 times this season, a season pass might make sense. Scholarships are available for students this year.

Registration: There are three ways you can register your child for this program. Forms are due ASAP.

1) On Tuesday, December 12th at 6:00 pm at Meany we will have an information/registration night. You can register your student then.

2) Download a registration packet and mail it to Webbski, Inc., 303 North 55th St., Seattle WA 98103.

3) Call Webbski directly at 206-782-5641 and have them mail you a registration packet.

Volunteering: Thanks to all of you that have indicated a willingness to help get the program started. We will send out a separate email detailing ways you can contribute, including chaperoning.

If you have questions please contact Webbski directly at (206) 782-5641, or You may also contact parent organizers Johnn Sullivan at or Fred Kaplan at or Rusty Hibbert at