Meany PTSA Weekly Newsletter 1/18/2019

Nominating Committee for PTSA Board  

The PTSA Board needs your help to build its next round of leaders! We are looking for 2-3 folks to serve on our Nominating Committee for the 2019-2020 school year. This is a great role for someone who wants to volunteer for a short, set amount of time. Mostly you'll talk with existing and incoming parents about their willingness to serve on our board.

For those of you who may have served on a board in the past, a middle school PTSA is a very reasonable time commitment,  especially in comparison to elementary school, and Meany's board goals map directly to the school's needs.

Please let Nancy Jensen, PTSA Legislative Chair, know if you're interested.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities Available in the New Semester

Help grow our community and support our teachers by assisting in the classroom!  We are in the process of lining up parent volunteer help for the new semester. We have volunteer opportunities in math class, ELL, world languages class, homework club, and in the library, and we are expecting more assistance requests as the semester progresses. 

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, please send an email to PTSA volunteers Angela Sorkin and Jean Hua

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

Snack Donations Requested

Mr. Fields, our Family Advocate at Meany, has requested donations of low sugar/healthy snacks to provide to our Meany students who may be experiencing hunger during the school day. He has requested items like, granola bars, fruit snacks, low sugar drink boxes/pouches, single serve crackers/pretzels.

Donations can be dropped off in the school office labeled "PTSA/Mr. Fields". Please contact Jen Emrich with any questions.

Register Now for Spring Ultimate Frisbee 

Ultimate frisbee spring season registration forms are now available in the Main Office. Sign-ups will be open until Friday 2/1.  

Placements tryouts will start Wednesday, 2/6 and a mandatory orientation will be on Friday 2/8 in the Fitness Room. Practices will start the week after and will be on Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 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.

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.

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 are Tuesdays, 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 for more information.

Sewing Club Schedule

The Sewing Club will now be meeting on Mondays from 4:00-5:30 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.

Title IX Task Force - Parent Participants Wanted

Seattle Public Schools is seeking parents to be on the "Title IX Task Force". The objective of the task force will be to review current practices to ensure that the District has comprehensive and accessible programs in the following areas:

  • A procedure and protocol to effectively respond to reported incidents of alleged sexual harassment, including sexual assault/violence and sexual misconduct, that complies with state, and federal regulations, which also considers developmentally appropriate supports and due process rights for all parties involved; and

  • A developmentally appropriate educational and outreach component for the prevention of sexually harassing or sexual misconduct behaviors.

The task force will be comprised of parent/family members, staff representatives and community organization representatives. Learn more about applying to be on the Title IX Task Force here.

Live Entertainment in West Seattle this Sunday!

Parents, if you're looking for something fun and different to do this weekend, stop by the Parliament Tavern in West Seattle on Sunday, Jan. 20th at 7:00 pm. Mr. Finney is involved in a theater group of local playwrights, and they perform on the 3rd Sunday of every month - reading plays, and singing a song or two. Admission is FREE. Please note, this is a 21+ event. See the flyer here

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
7th Grade Rep: Andy Jensen
8th Grade Rep: Jennifer Marquardt

Upcoming Events and Meetings:

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