Meany PTSA Newsletter 10/19/2018

Thanks for your support! 
Meany sure is a busy place with lots going on. We rely so much on volunteers for many of our clubs and events and would love to see some new volunteer faces! We would like to remind families to follow the Meany PTSA webpage and Meany PTSA Facebook page to get the best information about what is going on at Meany and how to support the school. See below for an opportunity to help out on Picture Day (next Thursday), plus there will soon be opportunities to volunteer on a regular basis during the school day. Your involvement is very much appreciated! 

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. 

Picture Day Volunteers Needed 
Can you spare a couple hours to help out at Picture Day on Thursday, October 25th? We need 8 volunteers who can work in 2-hour shifts between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.  Email meanyvolunteers@gmail.com to sign up.

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. Sizing for the items can be viewed hereDeadline extended! Order forms with payment are due to the school office by Monday, October 22nd at the end of the school day. **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
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 Monday, 10/22, 6:30-7:30 pm 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


LGBTQ Families Dinner
Seattle Public Schools is hosting their LGBTQ Families Dinner on Thursday, November 8th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Meany Middle School!  See thislink for more information. 

In-School Volunteer Opportunities
The PTSA is working on getting parents trained who have expressed interest in volunteering at school during the daytime. There is an application and training video on the SPS website plus there will be additional training specific to our volunteers at Meany. We are especially looking for folks who can sign up for a consistent schedule. If you would like to be added to the volunteer list, please email:  meanymiddleschoolpta@gmail.com.

Meany Stage Club 
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. This fun 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

Vendor Registration Deadline - November 5th 
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 already have some amazing vendors signed up who will offer items such as: jewelry, cosmetics, hand knit hats/gloves/scarves, sweet potato pies, macarons, Ethiopian food, handmade soaps, art prints, sweet confections and other baked goods, BBQ sauce, Patty Pan Grill, printed t-shirts, washi tape, pallet coaster sets, body products, handmade dolls, and other handmade accessories. The deadline for vendor registration is November 5th, 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
The Sewing Club meets on Wednesdays from 2:45-4:30 pm in Room #43. Registration is now full. Thanks so much to everyone who signed up! 
We are 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.

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.