Meany PTSA Newsletter 11/2/2018

So Long, October
November is going to be a busy month! Please make time to Vote, consider donating to the Meany Annual Fund, get registered for the Ski Bus (new details below), attend the first annual Meany International Food and Gift Marketplace (we need lots of volunteers), read about Meany's AWARD WINNING drumline, and so much more. 

Contribute to the Annual Fund Today!
The Meany PTSA Annual Fund is in full swing. You can support students, teachers and the entire school community bymaking a contribution onlineor by using the envelope and form you received in the mail this week.

Two things to keep in mind:

  • Meany is not going to be doing an auction fundraising event. So THIS is our big fundraising push, and your BEST OPPORTUNITY to give. So no need to wait for another chance – it’s here, and we encourage your participation today!

  • If you are interested in having your corporation match your gift, thank you! We are still awaiting official word from the IRS on our tax-exempt status, so please hold off on submitting your corporate matching request for now. Many companies allow matching requests to be submitted 6-12 months after making a donation, so we will keep you posted so we can hopefully optimize your generosity!

Thank you for your support of Meany Middle School!

International Food & Gift Marketplace - Vendor Deadline 
Things are really coming together for this exciting event. Printed invitations will be sent home soon with students and also distributed to homes and businesses in the neighborhood. Here is an electronic version of the invite to share now with family and friends. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, so please spread the word! 

Event Details:
International Food & Gift Marketplace
Saturday, November 17
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meany Middle School Cafeteria & Hallway

Last chance to sign up for a vendor table —the vendor registration deadline is next Monday, November 5th. We still have room for a few more vendors, so if you’ve been thinking about selling something, hurry and register now!We even have a few teachers/staff and students who will be selling items. Get creative! 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. 

Please contact Brenda Nelson at if you are interested in participating. 

Volunteers Needed for the Meany International Food & Gift Marketplace!
We will need lots of volunteers to help with set-up the day before and morning of the event, selling food/concessions, greeters/runners, clean-up, etc. Please sign up to help if you can. Student volunteers are welcome too!
Here is alink to sign up, or contact our PTSA Volunteer Coordinator,
Meghan Dort at

Spotlight: Meany’s BWB Drumline
Be sure to check out the new page on the Meany website highlighting Meany’s BWB Drumline! Last May, Meany’s BWB Drumline took the first place trophy at the 10th Annual BDX Drumline Competition at Garfield High School, defeating all other middle school programs in the greater Seattle-area. Meany's BWB Drumline meets on Mondays and Wednesdays after school. To learn more about how to get involved, contact the director, Aaron Walker-Loud at

Improving Communication with Grade Level Reps
Do you have a school-related question, but you’re not sure who to ask? 
This year the Meany PTSA has grade level reps who will act as point people for parents and caregivers to check in with, ask questions, share ideas and express concerns. 

6th Grade Rep: Sage McCotter
7th Grade Rep: Andy Jensen
8th Grade Rep: Jennifer Marquardt

We have heard that parents have questions or concerns and may not know who to contact or feel frustrated if emails, particularly to the school, go unanswered. The intent is to have grade level reps act as liaisons between parents and the school and parents and the PTSA board. Grade level reps will receive comments or questions and either provide or direct parents to answers or pass concerns to school administrators. The hope is to establish a process which will be more effective and efficient, allowing Ms. Oatis and staff to interface with fewer people (the grade level reps) rather than receive and respond to multiple emails on the same subject. Of course, sensitive or private issues always warrant direct communication with the school administration, however the GLRs are happy to help if needed. Since it is likely that many parents have the same questions/concerns we intend to collect questions, answers and information to create a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on the PTSA website. Eventually parents and families will be able to start their search for information and answers at the FAQ section!

Currently there is one parent from each grade level, all of whom are on Meany’s BLT (Building Leadership Team). Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions or concerns and they will do their best to help find the answers that you need! 

If you are interested in being a Grade Level Representative and helping improve communication within the Meany school and family community, please contact Jen Emrich  or Lara

Get Out The Vote! Monday, Nov. 5th Voting Party
Tuesday Nov. 6th is Election Day! Hopefully many folks have already put their ballots in the mail but if you haven't gotten around to it or are still making up your mind, the Meany Race & Equity Team has you covered! We are devoting most of our next meeting on Monday November 5th to hosting a voting party.

Bring your ballots, bring what you know and what questions you have. We'll have a discussion about how well the various candidates and initiatives we are voting on will impact communities of color, we'll take some quiet time to vote individually, we'll sign and seal our ballots, and one of us will take them to the nearest mail box/ballot box.

The meeting will take place in the Meany Library from 6:30-8:30 pm on Monday, November 5th. Bring ballots, friends with ballots, information, questions and, since it's a party, treats and snacks are also welcome. Students are welcome, but must bring a parent so they can advise their parent on what to vote for.

Meany PTSA Supports Proposition 1
At the September meeting the Meany PTSA General Membership voted to endorse Proposition 1. It directly affects the Meany Community, and we urge you to support this levy and to vote on Tuesday, November 6th. 

Proposition 1, the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy is on the ballot, which accounts for approximately 20% of the Seattle School District's funding, replacing two expiring levies. Part of the levy's focus is to address the emotional challenges students face by providing counseling and behavioral-health services for underprivileged and at-risk students at every grade level and age. A fantastic impartial resource can be found at Ready Set Vote, a service provided by the Municipal League. 

Please contactNancy Jensen, Meany PTSA Legislative Chair, with any questions.  

National PTSA Reflections Art Competition
This year Meany Middle School will be participating in the National PTSA Reflections Art Competition. Artwork will be displayed at a public arts exhibition in the Seattle Center.
The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. The 2018-2019 theme is "Heroes Around Me".

Students in Mr. Richardson’s visual art classes have been invited to submit entries of original works of art for the competition. Because this is the first year Meany is participating, we wanted to keep things manageable by submitting work through the school’s Art department only, and limiting entries to 2D artwork submissions (including photography). In future years we can broaden the scope to include more mediums and more teachers. Mr. Richardson announced the competition in his classes, and an artwork collection box with Reflections Entry Forms and Reflections Official Rules attached has been located in his Art classroom for the last few weeks.

Reminder:Submission deadline is Monday, November 5th!

Friends of Meany Ski Bus - New Details
We're excited for the 2nd annual Friends of Meany Ski Bus! Below is the general information. If, after reading it, you still have questions please contactRusty HibbertorJohn Sullivan. Limited scholarships are available.

Times and Dates
The ski bus leaves immediately after school on 6 consecutive Fridays from January 12-February 15. The bus returns to Meany between 10:30 and 11:00 pm. Most students bring their ski gear to school on Friday mornings. We will have a room available for storage.

There are two options:
1) Transportation Only: $174.50
2) Transportation and Lessons: $314.00
Ski rentals and lift tickets are NOT included.Most people choose to purchase a season pass instead of buying individual lift tickets. Season pass prices vary depending on the student's age and options that are chosen. A slightly discounted rate is available through Webbski, the organization who runs our ski bus program. Season passes must be purchased by December 15th.

Registration forms are available in the main office at Meany. You must complete this registration form andmail it to Webbski with a check.Online registration is not available. Forms should be mailed in by November 30th. Please e-mailRusty Hibbert once you have registered so we can keep track of the number of students.

Student Expectations
Please understand that participation in the ski bus program takes a certain level of independence.  While there are 2-3 chaperones on the bus each week helping out as much as they can, students must be able to function on their own once they arrive at the mountain. Students are also asked to ski in groups with a minimum of 2 other students. The students involved last year did a great job, and we are expecting things to go even smoother this year. However, students who are not able to follow the program rules will lose their right to participate and will not receive a refund.

Weather and Cancellations
If a ski bus is cancelled due to weather or pass closure, Webbski will do their best to make up that date on a Friday in late February or early March. However, no refunds will be given.

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

Open House - The Center School - Nov. 15th
The Center School is having an Open House on Thursday, November 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Armory Loft (up the stairs from the food court), 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.  Sign-in and refreshments begin at 6:00 pm; tour from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. We want 8th grade students and families to know about The Center School and what it offers that sets it apart from other high schools: 

  • The Center School is a small, arts-focused, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.

  • We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor; while our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on intellectual rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student. 

  • The Center School is perfect for students who prefer a high school experience out of the mainstream that provides the structure and support needed for success; talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here.

  • Our great science program includes AP Biology and AP Environmental Science and our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  

  • We have wonderful programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  

  • Being situated in the Armory, in the heart of Seattle Center, The Center School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors; we love to build partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.

  • The Center School also has an exemplary social justice program, and our students excel in an award winning Model UN program.  

  • The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

Upcoming Events:

Nov. 8 (Thursday) - LGBTQ Families Dinner - 6:00 - 8:00 pm 
Nov. 17 (Saturday) - International Food & Gift Marketplace - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nov. 20 (Tuesday) - Report Card Conference Night - details coming soon!
Dec. 7 (Friday) - Meany Talent Show - 7:00 pm
Dec. 12 (Wednesday) - Winter Music Concert - 7:00 pm 

Upcoming Meetings:
Nov. 5 (Monday)- Race & Equity Team/Get Out the Vote! - 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the library
Nov. 13 (Tuesday) - PTSA Board Meeting - 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the library
Nov. 29 (Thursday) - PTSA General Meeting - 7:00 - 8:30 pm 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 pm