Meany PTSA News 6/1/18

Library news you can use!

Meany staff and students: The Great Puzzle Challenge has arrived at Meany! Do you love puzzles? Are you good at spatial problems? Please stop by the library on one of your breaks, before or after school, or during lunch and help us QUICKLY finish a jigsaw puzzle! School libraries throughout Seattle Public Schools are competing against one another to see how quickly a community can finish a puzzle. Puzzle times are being posted on as the SPS Great Puzzle Challenge. Let the competition begin!

The LAST book checkout will be June 8 and all books will be due by June 15. Students can rely on ELA classroom libraries and Seattle Public Libraries for reading materials after June 15. Eighth graders, please pay any fines before you exit middle school. Your library account information and fines will travel with you. Most high schools require that students have no fines before buying dance tickets, yearbooks, parking passes, etc. Please see The Source for your library information, including fines and overdue books.

Meany Reads! Not sure what to read? Looking for the next great book? The Meany Reads! book list is here. Let this book list guide your summer reading choices and into next school year. There is a variety of books including favorite genres such as dystopian, fantasy, historical fiction and realistic fiction. There is also a variety of reading levels along with informational texts and memoirs and challenging books, too. Summaries can be found in the Meany Library catalog or on GoodReads. Mountain Lions are encouraged to read at least TWO books from this list in 2018-19. Each time you finish a book, fill out a review in Schoology and your name will be entered to win a prize. Happy Reading! 

Meany music concerts are coming up

We invite families to join us to watch two music concerts in June. Students in Cadet Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Choir will perform in the MeanyCafeteria on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:00pm. The Cadet Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band will perform in the Meany Cafeteria on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00pm. Instructions with times that students need to report to the music room before the concert begins were sent home with students. The music department needs parent volunteers to help out on both evenings. Please contact Mr. Mosgrave, the Band/Orchestra instructor, or Mr. Gagiu, Choir instructor, with any questions or to find out how you can help.

Order your Meany yearbook now

It’s time to place orders for Meany Middle School year books. Download an order form here or pick one up in the main office. The cost is $20. Please make checks to Meany Middle School, and return your payment to the office by June 15th. After June 15th the price will go up to $25 and copies will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please consider making a donation with your order so someone in need can also get a year book.

8th Grade Boat Cruise — parent chaperones needed 

All 8th grade Meany Scholars are invited! The cruise will be on Wednesday, June 20th during the school day. Students will travel from Meany Middle School by school bus and enjoy a cruise around Puget Sound. Lunch will be served aboard the cruise and there will be a DJ and a dance floor.

Packets for the 8th Grade Cruise were sent home with students. Extra copies are available from Ms. Webb, the 8th grade Science teacher or in the main office. Students should give the permission slip and money to Ms. Marshall in the office. Sign the permission slip and send it in with $20 per ticket. It is possible to break the payment up into 4 payments of $5. Sponsorships are available; just speak with Ms. Marshall. If you are able, please sponsor another child. Permission slips and first payment were due on May 15th. If you haven't gotten yours in, please do it now.  

We are looking for Parent Volunteers to Chaperone. Please email if you can join us from 8:30 - 3pm on the day of the cruise.

Bake Sale: every Thursday we are raising money for the 8th Grade Cruise by selling goodies for $1 each after school near the front office. We hope all grades will participate!

Save the date - Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 pm
8th Grade Promotion

Families, please join us to to celebrate our 8th graders moving on to high school! The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 pm in the Meany Cafeteria. Planning for this exciting event is underway. More details will be announced soon.

Exciting opportunity at Garfield High School

All incoming 9th grade students who will be attending Garfield High School in the fall are invited to attend GHS Summer Academy. Summer Academy is a four week opportunity for incoming 9th grade students to know the Garfield building, faculty, and other incoming 9th grade students. Students who attend Summer Academy will take part in both a STEM curriculum and a Humanities curriculum, as well as earn 0.5 credit toward their high school graduation. The program is free and runs Monday – Friday, July 9th – August 3 from 8:00am to 12:45pm. Classes are taught by Garfield and Seattle Public Schools faculty along with a partnership with the University of Washington teacher preparation students who will host Garfield Academy at the University of Washington campus on Friday, July 13th. Download the application or contact
 Garfield Assistant Principal Meghan Griffin with any questions.

Budget Committee members needed

It's time to develop the PTSA budget for the upcoming school year, and we need volunteers to join the budget committee to help get it ready for the board meeting on June 14. If you are able to join, or interested in learning more, please contact Linda Casey.

Key roles on Meany PTSA Board still need filling

We are still looking for people to fill a few roles. Openings on the board: BLT Rep (Building Leadership Team), Membership Chair (minimal time commitment and most of the work in the fall), and Special Ed Parent Liaison. Please contact if you are interested or would like to learn more. 

Miller Community Center youth programs

The June Teen Schedule is now available, download it here. Also, Miller Community Center will be offering new Summer Activity Camps for ages 5 - 12, with registration currently open and available scholarship opportunities. Download the brochure to learn more. Space is filling up pretty quickly, so register soon.