Meany PTSA News 6/8/18

Meany Market launches this week!
 

Last week, teachers and staff resumed handing out Meany money to students as a reward for positive behavior and academic habits. Students can use the Meany currency they earn to make purchases at the Meany Market which is open for business at the attendance window on Fridays during the second half of each lunch period, 11:30-11:45 (6th grade) and 12:30-12:45 (7th/8th grade). Price lists for items are posted in the cafeteria so that students can come to the window already knowing what they want. There are all sorts of items available including small toys, eos lip balm, key chains, pencils, notebooks, candy, chips and other snacks. For students who would prefer to save their Meany money instead of making small purchases each week, there will be a raffle on June 21st!
 

Last Meany music concert next week

We invite families to join us and watch the Cadet Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band 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 with any questions or to find out how you can help.
 

Parents needed for interview teams

Principal Oatis will soon announce staffing updates at Meany for next year. A number of new teachers and staff have already been hired, but some interviews may continue over the summer. Parents are encouraged to serve on the interview teams. If you would like to be involved, you must first attend a special training. The next site-based interview training is on Tuesday, June 19 from 4:00-5:00pm at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence in Room 2700. Address: 2445 Third Ave S., Seattle, WA 98124. To register, please contact Deb Brady at SEA@washingtonea.org or (206) 283-8443. To ensure space for everyone, pre-registration is required. Please let Ms. Oatis know once you have completed the training so that she can request confirmation from the District. She will then be able to have you join an interview team. 
 

Library reminders

The LAST book checkout is today 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.
 

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 ruwalther@seattleschools.org 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. 
 

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

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. Here is the promotion announcement.
 

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.
 

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 meanymiddleschoolpta@gmail.com if you are interested or would like to learn more. 

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