Meany PTSA Weekly Newsletter 1/25/2019

Courtyard Garden Project Update

The Meany Courtyard Garden Project is moving along! The staff recently voted to allow the smaller courtyard space located outside the teacher's lounge and conference room to be used as an outdoor teaching classroom and "zen garden" area. It will allow for alternative teaching opportunities for any teacher to use for their classes as desired.

The vision is for a table to be built that will accommodate 30 for large group discussions. The garden will be cleaned up and new plantings will be added. The larger courtyard will be divided into edible/floral garden sections and adopted by an 8th Grade Garden Stewardship program that is still being developed.

We are currently working with a volunteer landscape architect to design the space, and this project is completely volunteer driven. We would love to have you involved! Please contact Anna Davidson if you are interested in helping in any way.

Ultimate Frisbee Registration Deadline is Friday, Feb. 1

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 Photos Needed!

We are looking for photos that have been taken of Meany Middle School sports teams or at school events for the yearbook. The deadline for the final design and layout is March 31. Please upload photos here. The school code to enter is: 7181.  

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. The Yearbook Club meets on Tuesdays after school from 4:00-5:00 pm. 

Please contact  Ms. Sarah Marshall or Ms. Lisa St. George  with any questions or for more information.

Looking for Classroom Volunteers

Help grow our community and support our teachers by assisting in the classroom! Do you have an hour or two to spare once a week? We are in the process of lining up parent volunteers to help out in various classes for next 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, please contact PTSA coordinators Angela Sorkin and/or Jean Hua. They will work to match you up with a classroom in need.

All on-campus volunteers must complete a Seattle Public Schools short online in-school volunteer training and background check. 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. To learn more about volunteering with SPS, please also take a look at the SPS Volunteer Handbook.

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 to begin looking for candidates to be on the PTSA board 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. 

If you have been considering getting involved with the PTSA and would like to learn more about the various board positions or committees (or to be a part of the nominating committee) please contact Jen Emrich, PTSA Co-President.

Become a Better Advocate for our Schools!

Join parents and guardians for a night of information and action at Washington Middle School (2101 S. Jackson St., Seattle, 98144) on Monday, Jan. 28from 6:30-8:30 pm. Expected topics include state funding issues, Seattle levies in the Feb. 12 election, how to advocate for education with our state lawmakers, and how to support efforts to advance racial equity in Seattle Public Schools.

Guest speakers will include: State Sen. Jamie Pedersen, King County Council Member Joe McDermott, activist Emijah Smith of The Children’s Alliance, Washington State PTA Region 6 Advocacy Chair Heidi Bennett, and Seattle SchoolsFirst Board member Melissa Pailthorp.

This event is sponsored by the Washington Middle School PTSA. All are welcome, and food/snacks will be available. We expect to have live translation in Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali. Off-street parking is south of the school, accessed from S. Weller St. 

"Option School" High School Tours & Open Houses

Eighth grade parents and students -- if you are interested in looking at some of the “Option Schools” that families can request during Open Enrollment (Feb. 4-15), here is information about open houses/tours at Cleveland STEM and The Center School in February:

Miller Community Center - Track & Field 

Track & Field (Girls & Boys) - Registration begins Feb. 5th - Age groups: 5-17 (age is determined by birth year). 

Young athletes in our Track and Field program will be coached and then get to compete with other kids their age in various athletic contests based on running, jumping, and throwing. Runners register at their neighborhood community center (practices will be at Garfield High School for the Miller CC team). Track meets will be held at Nathan Hale and West Seattle Stadiums and meets begin mid-April. 

Fee: $50, scholarships are available. Contact Miller CC at 206-684-4753 for more information.

After-School Teen Program at Miller Community Center

Did you know that Miller Community Center has a FREE daily after-school teen program for ages 11-15 filled with a variety of activities? 

Hours: Mondays - 3:45-6:00 pm, Tuesdays - 3:45-5:00 pm, Wednesdays - 2:30-6:00 pm, Thursdays - 3:45-5:00 pm, Fridays - 3:45-6:00 pm.  

Note: The program requires registration prior to attending (no drop-ins).
Please contactMiller Community Centerto learn how to sign up. 

Miller Community Center Game Night - Friday, Feb. 8

Enjoy a fun evening with family, friends and neighbors playing board games! Use our games, or bring some from home. We have jumbo size Jenga, Connect-Four and Checkers. Adults must supervise children. Feel free to bring food from home. We will have popcorn. Friday, Feb. 8th from 6:00-8:00 pm. See the flyer here.

Coyote Central - Winter Session + Mid-Winter Break Camps

Coyote Central (located in the Central District at 2300 East Cherry Street) offers hands-on, project-based, courses with professionals in creative fields for youth aged 10-15 who are diverse in racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. Register now for winter session (classes begin Feb. 2) and mid-winter break camps. 

Here is a link to more information. Register for classes 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. 30 (Wednesday)
NO SCHOOL - Day between semesters

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

February 4-15
Seattle Public Schools - Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year
Learn more here

Feb. 12 (Tuesday)
Special Election Day
Deadline to return ballots for the February 2019 Special Election (includes two replacement levies for Seattle Public Schools)
Learn more about the levies here

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