Meany PTSA Newsletter 10/5/2018

Wow! So many things are happening at Meany...
We've got new staff members, new extracurricular activities (Stage Club!), Spirit Wear, Health and Safety updates, a Race and Equity Team Meeting, Picture Day and so, so much more. Please take a moment to dig into this jam-packed newsletter, and have an awesome weekend!

Two New Staff Members Joined Us This Week 
Welcome to our new Assistant Principal, Michelle Peterson, who has over 20 years of experience as an educator and is joining us most recently from Mercer Middle School. Here is her full bio. We also welcome our new math teacher, Lydia Muñoz Wynn, who will be replacing long-term substitute, Mr. Chadha, teaching Algebra, Geometry, and 8th grade math. Here is her bio

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. Order forms with payment are due to the school office by Friday, October 19.  Printed order forms will be available in the office on Monday next week. **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!**

2018 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey
Meany will participate in a Healthy Youth Survey this Fall. Sixth grade and eighth grade students will take the survey at school on October 17th. The survey asks questions about risks for injury, health outcomes, and alcohol and drug use. Schools, and state and local agencies use survey results to support our youth and reduce their risks. The Healthy Youth Survey is voluntary and anonymous and provides important information to guide policy and programs that serve our youth. Here is a flyer with more information. Please share this information with your student. Then, talk about the survey and decide if your student will participate.

Race & Equity Team Meeting Next Monday
Please join us for the first meeting of the school year on Monday, 10/8 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Meany library. In this meeting we will be getting to know one another, talking about what we did last year and set our goals and future meeting times for this year. If you are aware of any resources or have suggestions for specific things we should advocate for to better support students of color at Meany or in the district, we hope you will share that with the group. Questions? Contact John Benner (8th grader Maceo's dad) johnb33@uw.edu

Meany Stage Club's First Meeting
Meany is so excited to offer another amazing extracurricular activity! The Stage Club will produce the Talent Show in December and the School Musical in the spring and is calling all singers, dancers, thespians, technical wizards, artists, musicians, etc, etc. to join us. This is your time to shine! The club is open to everyone interested in any facet of theater, and the first meeting/rehearsal will happen Tuesday, October 9 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in Mr. Finney's room #18. The Stage Club will meet on Tuesday afternoons in October. Beginning in November the club will meet on both Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please contact Mr. Finney with any questions: 
kafinney1@seattleschools.org

Save the Date - Winter Music Concert
Families are invited to come to Meany to listen to all of our music ensembles perform in a Winter concert on the evening of Wednesday, December 12th. Students should report to the music room at 6:15 pm. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm and should be over by 8:30 pm. More details and information about concert attire for the students will be sent home closer to the date. Volunteers are needed that evening! Please contact Mr. Mosgrave if you’d like to help out. rdmosgrave@seattleschools.org

International Food & Gift Marketplace - Vendors Needed
Meany PTSA is hosting an "International Food & Gift Marketplace” as an opportunity to celebrate our diverse community in and outside of Meany Middle School. Details: Saturday, Nov. 17th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Meany Cafeteria and Hallway. Forty indoor vendor spots are available at $50.00 per table. We are looking for a variety of merchandise and goods & services. We welcome people outside of Meany to join in as vendors. Vendor registration fees benefit Meany Middle School arts education. All the money earned at each vendor table is for the vendor. Community non-profit organizations can participate and provide resources at our marketplace at the community resource tables (without a vendor fee). Here is a flyer with more information and also a vendor registration form. If you have interest 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 at Meany (room info coming soon).  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.

Coyote Central - Fall Registration Open Now!
Classes begin October 20th

Coyote Central offers hands-on, project-based courses with professionals in creative fields for youth aged 10-15 who are diverse in racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Here is a link to register: https://public.coyotecentral.org/public/register

Safety Alert
We've heard reports of Meany Middle students having some close calls while navigating our busy neighborhood streets. Please remind your student to use crosswalks, even if it means going a block or two out of the way. Students should always be alert and careful when walking or cycling to school, and pay attention to all lanes of traffic. Let's help keep our kids safe by modeling and reinforcing good safety habits.

Were you not able to attend the Meany PTSA meeting?
Here is the Presentation to give you an idea about what you missed and also the meeting notes.

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