Meany PTSA Newsletter 10/26/2018

Let's Keep the Momentum Going! 
Show your Meany pride with Spirit Week, a donation to the Meany Annual Fund (every dollar counts!), attendance at any one of our upcoming events (International Food and Gift Marketplace, Talent Show, Winter Concert, etc.) or by volunteering in the school.  Your support matters!

Meany Middle School Spirit Week is Next Week!
Show your school and community pride by participating in these fun dress-up days. 

  • Monday, Oct. 29 - Pajama Day - Come to school in your cozy and appropriate PJs.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 30 - Sports Team Day - Wear a t-shirt, hat, jersey, etc. to show your loyalty to your favorite team.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 31 - Costume Day - Dress like your favorite celebrity, superhero, cartoon character, etc. Costumes may not cover faces (no masks or heavy make-up), no weapons of any sort, no blood or gore.

  • Thursday, Nov. 1 - Dress-a-Like Day - Plan with some friends, pick a group and coordinate your outfits.

  • Friday, Nov. 2 - Meany Spirit Day! - Wear your Meany Spirit apparel or Meany colors (blue, silver and white).

Contribute to the Annual Fund Today!
The Meany PTSA is inviting all families and members of the Meany community to make a contribution to the Annual Fund, which kicks off this week. Your contribution to the annual fund is a direct investment in your child, your school, and your community – our community.
Every gift given to Meany is important, valued and deeply appreciated. We welcome donations of all amounts – $5, $20, $50, $100, $500 – or more, if that’s possible for you. Your contribution matters. In order to succeed as a school community, we need our whole community to come together and work as one, investing in each other and in each of our students. Donatehere.
Thank you for considering a gift to the Annual Fund today!

International Food & Gift Marketplace - Saturday, November 17
Planning is underway for this exciting event, which will be an opportunity to celebrate our diverse community in and outside of Meany Middle School! This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, so please share this invitation with family and friends! The International Food & Gift Marketplace will take place on Saturday, November 17from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Meany cafeteria and hallway. It’s not too late to sign up for a table — we still have room for a few more vendors — so if you’ve been thinking about selling something, hurry and register now! There is a $50 table fee which benefits Meany Arts and Education programs. Vendors keep all profits made at their table during the event. We also have room for a limited number of non-profit community organizations who will be given a table for no fee. The vendor registration deadline is November 5. Please contact Brenda Nelson at if you are interested in participating. We will need lots of volunteers, so please stay tuned for volunteer sign-up opportunities. 

Picture Day Update
Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who came to help out during Picture Day yesterday!Tara Clark, Jen Emrich, Anna Finkenzeller, Elizabeth Geri, Fayth McCollum, Stephanie McKnight, Sarah Parsons, Tina Schwennicke, and Megan Wittenberg— you made the process go much more smoothly. 

If your student forgot to turn in an order form, it’s not too late to order photos. You can order photos online with a credit card or PayPal for the next 48 hours. Here is a link: (enter Picture Day ID: LS118105Q0). And, if your student missed school yesterday, there will be a Picture Retake Day in a few weeks.

Save the Date! Meany Talent Show - Friday, December 7
The Meany Stage Club is open to everyone interested in any facet of theater and will produce the upcoming Talent Show and a musical production of The Lion King in the spring. This fun group has been meeting 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. Attendance has grown each rehearsal (3 so far), and it's going really well, with a great variety of talented acts. Please contact Mr. Finney with any questions:

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:

Upcoming Events:

• Nov. 8 (Thursday) - LGBTQ Families Dinner - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

• Nov. 17 (Saturday) - International Food & Gift Marketplace - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

• Nov. 20 (Tuesday) - Report Card Conference Night - details coming soon!

• Dec. 7 (Friday) - Meany Talent Show - 7:00 p.m.

• Dec. 12 (Wednesday) - Winter Music Concert - 7:00 p.m. 

Upcoming Meetings:

• Nov. 5 (Monday) - Race & Equity Team - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the library

• Nov. 13 (Tuesday) - PTSA Board Meeting - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the library

• Nov. 29 (Thursday) - PTSA General Meeting - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the library 

• Nov. 29 (Thursday) - Chats with Chanda - (A chance to converse with Principal Oatis about school topics; she will meet parents in the Meany Café immediately before the PTSA meeting), 6:30 - 6:55 p.m.