Meany PTSA News 9/29/17

Board nominations deadline extended

If you haven't already nominated yourself to be a Meany PTSA Board member, there's still time! The deadline has been extended to next Friday, October 6. Please, please consider getting involved in Meany PTSA leadership – our school community will benefit enormously with more input from our families. Learn more at or contact Christina Merkelbach with any questions. 

Library volunteers needed

Calling all book lovers! Shelly Macer, Meany's awesome librarian, is looking for some regular help from interested parents. Activities include shelving, straightening, display setup, poster creation, checking books in/out, special events support, and more — all in the beautiful new Meany library. If you're interested and able to help on a regular basis (ideally every other week), please contact Ms. Macer to discuss details.

Pizza & Parents at Curriculum Night

Join the Meany PTSA for pizza and refreshments before Curriculum Night. Let's get to know our fellow parents (and grandparents or other caregivers) and build a strong school community! Learn more here.

Newsletter editor needed

Always wanted to run a news desk? Love to write and/or edit? We need you to help edit, assign, and write for the new school newsletter! A joint collaboration between Principal Oatis, school staff, and the PTSA, the monthly newsletter will be a fun project and a great source of information for our school community. If you'd like to take charge — or just help out — please contact Kristin Courtemanche asap. (Big thanks to Jonathan Bridgman who is already hard at work designing the gorgeous layout!)

The Budget Committee needs your input!

The PTSA is in the process of revising the 2017–2018 budget so it reflects the interests of our school and family community and is supported by a thoughtful fundraising strategy. As required by WSPTA bylaws, a budget committee is working with staff and PTSA chairs and volunteers to recommend a budget on October 12. We want to hear from you what kinds of budget items you believe are important: please complete this survey and return to the school office with your student. Paper copies will also be available at Curriculum Night. Please contact Anne Friedlander with questions or if you'd like to be part of the budget committee.

Special Education parent group

Do you have a student with an IEP or 504, or are you requesting one? Are you a parent who would like to learn more about special education, gain a deeper understanding of Meany's wonderful diversity, or become an ally to special education kids and families? Consider joining the Meany Special Ed parent group. Casual meetings once a month will facilitate conversations about the challenges and frustrations, joys and triumphs, processes and paperwork involved in raising special kids — and how to foster inclusivity in our diverse school culture. The first meeting will be October 11 at 6:30 pm in the Meany Middle School Library. Please contact Lori Hiltz to RSVP or with any questions.


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