Meany PTSA Newsletter 1/11/2019

Open House and Daytime Tour for Prospective New Families

Meany will be having an Open House (evening) and daytime tour for prospective new families and students next week on Monday and Tuesday.  The details can be found here on the Meany website.

Ms. Oatis would like to have parent volunteers to help give tours (no prior experience necessary…there will be maps), and even if you are not leading a tour, it would be wonderful to have parents there to mingle with the visiting families and help answer questions. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Meghan Dort,  if you are able to help at one or both of these. 

Open House: Monday, 1/14 from 6:30 - 8:00pm
Daytime Tour:  Tuesday, 1/15 from 9:30 - 11:00am

Meany Middle School Info Night for Central Area Families

The Meany PTSA and Montlake PTA will host an informal meeting for prospective/incoming Meany students and their families in the Montlake Elementary School library on Wednesday, January 23rd from 7:00-8:30 pm.  There will be a panel of current Meany students and parents to answer questions and share information about Meany.  More information can be found here.

Thank You For Supporting the Annual Fund!

Thanks to the strong collective generosity of Meany families, friends - the entire Meany community - we have raised more than $30,000 for the annual fund! This is a powerful investment in our scholars, our school, and our community, so THANK YOU to everyone who gave and encouraged others to give. There was a big wave at the end of the year and we are so grateful for everyone's support. Stay tuned for more information about employer matching opportunities - and if you haven't had the chance to give yet but would still like to, you can visit meanyptsa.org to make your contribution. Thank you for all your support, and congratulations on how far we've already come together!

Sewing Club Schedule

The Sewing Club will now be meeting on Mondays from 4-5:30 in room 43.  The group has been divided into two groups, A and B, to allow for every student to have access to a sewing machine.  Your student should know what group they are in, but please contact Camilla Eckersley with any questions. 

Group A will meet: January 14th, January 28th, February 11th, March 4th, March 18th, April 1st, April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th, and June 10th. 

Group B will meet:  January 22nd, February 4th, February 25th, March 11th, March 25th, April 15th, April 29th, May 13th, June 3rd and June 17th.

Yearbook Club at Meany

Students who are interested in joining the Year Book Club to help produce the 2018-19 Meany Middle School yearbook may pick up a permission slip/contract in the Main Office or print the form here.

Our task will be to produce a high-quality, fun and exciting memory book for the students at Meany. We are excited to have students help organize this, do some artwork and layouts, and generally see what goes into the production of a printed publication.

We are also looking for photos that have been taken of sports teams or at school events. Please upload them hereThe school code to enter is: 7181

Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 15 after school from 4:00-5:00 pm. We expect to meet all throughout January, February, and March. The deadline for the final design and layout is March 31st, 2019.

Please contact Ms. Sarah Marshall or Ms. Lisa St. George if you have any questions. 

Time for Ultimate Frisbee Spring Registration

Ultimate frisbee spring season registration forms will be in the Meany office starting Monday 1/14, and sign-ups will be open until Friday 2/1.  
Placements tryouts will start Wed., 2/6 and a mandatory orientation will be on Fri 2/8 in the Fitness Room. Practices will start the week after and will be on Wednesdays, 2:30-4 pm and Fridays, 3:45-5:30 pm at Miller Play Field.  We are looking forward to another amazing season.  
Please contact Coach Kim Blakemore for more information.

Meany Stage Club Wish List  

Students in the Meany Stage Club, led by Mr. Finney and several other production staff, have been meeting and rehearsing after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. After bringing us an amazing Talent Show last semester, they will now turn their focus towards the spring musical - "The Lion King".  

Here are some specific needs of the Theater Program:

  • Water-based paints, indoor or outdoor, all colors but especially jungle colors

  • Large hinges, screws

  • Thin plywood

  • A costumer to alter what we have and figure out what we need, and to measure students and match them to costume pieces

  • Animal print fabrics

  • Mask artists?

Please contact Mr. Finney to learn more, or if you can help with any of these things. 

Looking for Ways to Get Involved?

We have many new opportunities for parents who are looking to volunteer. Get to know your school community better by assisting in the upcoming after-school homework club or work alongside teachers in the classroom or help in the library. If interested, visit the SPS Volunteering Page to learn more and complete the training. It will take at least 1-2 weeks to hear back from the district about your application, so we encourage you to get started as soon as possible.

When you are ready to start, email PTSA volunteers Angela Sorkin and Jean Hua

To learn more about volunteering with SPS, take a look at the SPS Volunteer Handbook

Incoming 9th Grade Night at Garfield High School

Welcome all future Bulldogs and greetings from the Garfield Community PTSA!  Our school will be hosting an Incoming 9th Grade Night on Thursday, Jan. 17th at 5:00 pm in the Garfield High School Commons.  If you are a current 8th grader who plans to attend Garfield please follow this link for all the details.

Open Houses at The Center School

The Center School is having two more open houses on Thursday, January 17th and Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

The Center School is a small, arts-focused, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.  While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student.  Our great science program includes AP Biology and AP Environmental Science.  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.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice program.  Our students excel in an award winning Model United Nations program.  The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor.  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.

The Center School in the Armory building, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus, 3rd floor. Free parking is available with parking passes in the Memorial Stadium parking lot just north of the Museum of Pop Culture at 5th Ave. N/Harrison St.  Passes can be requested by emailing The Center School office.  Place parking pass on your dashboard.  

January Levy Meetings

Please join Superintendent Denise Juneau and district staff to learn more about the upcoming Seattle Public Schools levies at the following Levy Informational Meetings this month.
The meeting is from 7-8 p.m

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Rainier Beach High School Cafeteria, 8815 Seward Pk. Ave. South

The meeting will include a short presentation, starting at 7:10 p.m. about what’s on the Educational Programs and Operation Levy (EP&O), and the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy. Participants will also have time to ask questions about the ballot propositions, the process, and what’s included for each school in the district’s levy request.

Language interpretation will be provided at each meeting. If you need ASL interpretation, please contact: 504coordinator@seattleschools.org

These two levies replace existing levies and are not a new tax to Seattle property owners. All funds stay in Seattle to support our students and schools and pay for safety and security upgrades at every school, critical day-to-day operations, educator salaries, technology supports, and will fund eight major school construction projects across the district to increase classrooms, reduce portables, and balance class sizes.

More information on our Building for Learning levies here: www.seattleschools.org/levies
Comments and questions are welcome via email or mail:

Grade Level Reps

Do you have a school-related question or concern, but you’re not sure who to ask? Contact your Grade Level Rep and they will do their best to help find the answers that you need! 

6th Grade Rep: Sage McCotter smccotter@gmail.com
7th Grade Rep: Andy Jensen andyjoe1024@yahoo.com
8th Grade Rep: Jennifer Marquardt jrmarquardt1@yahoo.com

Upcoming Events and Meetings:

Jan. 14 (Monday)
Open House for prospective new families
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Jan. 15 (Tuesday)
Daytime tour for prospective new families
9:30 - 11:00 am

Jan. 21 (Monday)
NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 23 (Wednesday)
Meany Middle School Info Night for Central Area Families
7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Montlake Elementary School Library

Jan. 30 (Wednesday)
NO SCHOOL - Day between semesters

Feb. 4 (Monday)
Meany Race & Equity Team Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 pm in the library

Feb. 13 (Wednesday)
Meany PTSA Board Meeting
6:00 - 7:30 pm (NOTE earlier time) in the library

Feb. 16 - 24
NO SCHOOL - Mid-winter Break