Meany PTSA Newsletter 10/12/2018

Happy Sunny Friday! 
Enjoy the lovely autumn forecast and take a quick peak at the wide variety of things happening at Meany. Picture Day is on the horizon, we have new opportunites for Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS), exciting updates on the Meany International Food and Gift Marketplace, opportunites to get involved in the Meany Race and Equity Team and Building Leadership Team and so much more...

Picture Day is Thursday, October 25th
Student photos will be taken at school on Thursday, October 25th. Picture order forms were sent home with students. If you didn't receive a form, have your student pick one up in the office. Pictures can be ordered online with a credit card or Paypal at https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/ (enter Picture Day ID: LS118105Q0), or you can fill out the order form and return it to school on Picture Day with your payment by cash, check or money order. 

Order Your Meany Spirit Wear
It's time to show your Mountain Lion spirit with Meany spirit wear! From t-shirts to polos, hoodies to hats, we've got some Meany gear for your family. Items are great for holiday gift-giving and will be delivered before winter break. A printable order form can be found here or you can pick up an order form in the office.  Order forms with payment are due to the school office by Friday, October 19th.  **Please donate any gently used Meany spirit wear items that your child has outgrown to the main office. Recycling spirit wear in this manner will make it available to even more of our Meany Mountain Lions!**

Race & Equity Team Meeting Next Monday
The Meany Race & Equity Team is working to advocate for and better support students of color at Meany and in the district. We are currently learning about the application process to join the district's group of Race & Equity teams, which will connect us to other parent groups who are working towards similar goals. The next meeting will be on 10/22, 6:30-7:30 in the library. We will be following up on our plan to establish a student-led race and equity team. Questions? Contact John Benner (8th grader Maceo's dad) johnb33@uw.edu
 

Seeking a 6th Grade Parent Rep for Meany’s BLT (Building Leadership Team) 
Please contact Jennifer Marquardt (8th grade BLT Rep) to learn more: jrmarquardt1@yahoo.com

Meany Stage Club Has Begun
We had a great first meeting/rehearsal last week. 17 students attended, and 4 students performed for their peers! They sang, played guitar and danced to rave reviews from all in attendance. Soon we'll take the stage for our rehearsals. Come check it out!
The Stage Club is open to everyone interested in any facet of theater and will produce the upcoming Talent Show and a musical production in the spring.  The group meets on Tuesday afternoons in October from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in Mr. Finney's room #18. Beginning in November the club will meet on both Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please contact Mr. Finney with any questions: kafinney1@seattleschools.org

International Food & Gift Marketplace - Updates
Meany's  "International Food & Gift Marketplace” is really starting to come together! This event will be an opportunity to celebrate our diverse community in and outside of Meany Middle School.

  • We currently have several amazing vendors signed up who will offer items such as: cosmetics, jewelry, hand knit hats/gloves/scarves, sweet potato pies, macarons, sweet confections and other baked goods, BBQ Sauce, Patty Pan Grill, body products, and handmade dolls.  We currently have room for more vendors, so please get the word out!  There is a $50 table fee which benefits Meany Arts and Education programs, but vendors will keep all profits made at their table during the event.

  • Community organizations who will have tables include: UW School of Social Work - Communities in Action, Therapeutic Health Services (THS), Latino Community Project, Country Doctor Community Clinic, Sarah Allen Sewing Sisters and the Meany PTSA. There is no fee for community organizations, and we currently have room for about 5 more groups.

This event will be Saturday, Nov. 17th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Meany Cafeteria and Hallway. We will need lots of volunteers, so please save the date and stay tuned for Volunteer Sign-Up opportunities. Here is a flyer with more information and also a vendor registration form.  If you are interested in participating,please contact Brenda Nelson at bnpta20023@yahoo.com.

Meany Mountain Lion Sewing Club
Registration is now full. Thanks so much to everyone who signed up! The first meeting is Wednesday, October 24th from 2:45 - 4:30 pm in Room #43.  The Sewing Club is currently looking for the following donations:

  • Working portable sewing machines

  • Iron and ironing board

  • Fabric and trims (buttons, ribbons, interfacing, zippers, thread, measuring tapes, seam rippers, snips, pins, needles)

  • Fabric scissors

  • Hot glue guns

  • Stuffed animals

  • T-shirts or sweatshirts with cool screenprints on them

  • Money to purchase sewing machines for the club ($130 will buy a good quality sewing machine, which can also be used to support the drama club)

Please contact camilla@prairieunderground.com with any questions.


Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) Program
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is currently offering a GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) program. GEMS is a free, volunteer-run after-school science enrichment program for Seattle 7th to 8th grade girls to explore STEM fields as diverse as forensics, oceanography, and neuroscience through hands-on activities, field trips, and mentorship from women in science. GEMS meetings run once a month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from November to May and are offered at two locations: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in downtown Seattle and South Shore PK-8 School in South Seattle. The application for GEMS closes on October 14, 2018 and is available at our website, seattleawis.org/awis-events/gems/. Please contact seattlegems@gmail.com if you have any questions about the program.


Ski Bus at Meany
We are gearing up for the second year of the Friends of Meany Ski Bus. While we are still waiting for final confirmation from WebbSki regarding specific dates and costs, we do know a few details. The ski bus will run on Friday nights for six weeks from early January until mid-February. The bus leaves immediately after school and returns to Meany between 10:30 - 11:00 pm. Students have the choice whether to sign up for lessons or have the entire time to ski on their own. Those that do sign up for lessons will also have some free time. All grade levels are welcome to participate. It’s important to know that while there are chaperones on the bus, students will need to be able to function independently on the mountain. It's also important to know that the ski bus is not a Meany or Seattle Public School sanctioned event. We will need 2-3 adults to volunteer as chaperones for each night. Please contact Rusty Hibbert (rustyhibbert@yahoo.com) or John Sullivan (john.sullivan@cbre.com) if you have questions or are interested in volunteering.

Special Education Parent Group
If you have a child with a 504 or IEP, want to learn more about Special Education, or are interested in being an ally for Special Education and supporting this vital part of our diverse school community please contact Annika Howard to learn more.

Manage your Messages
Are you receiving multiple messages and phone calls from the school or the district whenever information is sent out? Are you interested in receiving phone calls for some messages, but only email or text messages for others? You can manage your school communication preferences online.
• Visit https://go.schoolmessenger.com/#/home
• Log in with your email on file with the school district
• If you haven’t set up a password with School Messenger, click “forgot your password?” and you will be able to create a password.
• After you log in, select 'Preferences' in the upper left menu and update how the school can connect best with you!

SPS Smart Phone Mobile App
Seattle Public Schools has a new smart phone app that offers handy tools for families and staff. You can download it at the App Store or Google Play (it’s FREE) and customize the information your family needs.
Mobile App Key Features:
• Customize to display one or more school calendars, staff directories, and news.
• Easily access popular digital tools for families such as the Source, lunch menus, and much more.
• Change the default language to display the app in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
• Connect your School Messenger notifications app to easily read or hear messages from your school community and the district.
• Download on your mobile device here and select yes to receive push notifications with the latest news and updates. (https://launch.customschoolapp.net/seattle-public-schools/)


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