Meany PTSA Weekly Newsletter 4/5/2019

Global Reading Challenge

Students had a lot of fun at the middle school Global Reading Challengecompetition earlier this week at Denny International Middle School. Big thank you to our librarian Mrs. Vester and the amazing parent volunteers who stepped in to get our teams organized! Meany had two 6th grade teams, one 7th grade team and one 8th grade team.  

Meany students were excited to compete again this year (our 6th grade team came in second place last year!), and while they didn't win this year, our teams still did great and represented Meany beautifully. They were poised on stage and also incredibly spirited. The best part is that they really supported each other. 

Meany has offered to host the GRC competition next year, so we should make sure that we start planning our teams even earlier. We couldn't have done this without the help of our parent volunteers, so if you would like to be involved next year we hope that you will sign up to be on our Global Reading Challenge committee.

We will post some photos from the competition on the website soon. If you have any great pictures to share, please send them to

Baseball Hats Needed!

The Stage Club needs baseball hats. These work great to make headpieces for our actors, and I’d like to have a bunch of many different colors in stock. Please send those old hats overwhelming your closets to me!

Many thanks,
Kevin Finney
Meany Math and Theatre

Meany PTSA Board Meeting - Wednesday, April 17

Please join us at next Meany PTSA board meeting on Wednesday, April 17th from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Meany Library. Everyone is welcome! You don’t need to be a PTSA member to attend. In fact, we encourage folks who haven’t yet been involved to come learn more. 

We will take care of some regular board business, but will also leave room on the agenda for other topics. If you have something that you’d like us to add to the agenda, please contact Jen Emrich, Meany PTSA Co-President.

You can read the notes here from the March PTSA general meeting.

Here are some of the topics we will be covering at the meeting on 4/17:

  1. PTSA budget: We will be forming a budget committee to help set our goals and priorities for next year. 

  2. Annual Fund: Update on how close we are to reaching our fundraising goal this year.

  3. Nominating Committee for next year’s PTSA board: The Meany PTSA is recruiting now for board and committee members for next year. We will elect our new board at the PTSA General Meeting on May 23.

  4. Spring Musical: “The Lion King” - 6 performances coming up; late April and early May.

  5. Meany Arts Festival: Planning is underway for this event showcasing student artwork which will be at the school this year (late May or early June); learn how you can get involved!

  6. How can we support our Math & Spanish classes that have long-term substitutes? 

Annual Fund - Matching Gifts

Thank you to those of you who have reached out to your employers for matching funds for your donations to the Meany PTSA. We have had several matching checks come in recently which is really exciting! 

If your employer offers a matching gift program, your generous contributions to the Meany PTSA Annual Fund — from this school year and from last school year — are eligible for matching. This is an easy way to multiply the impact of your philanthropic giving, and we hope you will take this additional step to help our school community.

To nominate Meany Middle School PTSA, you will need the following information: EIN: 821238675; Mailing Address: 301 21st Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Questions? Please contact

Donate to the Annual Fund


Spread the Word! Meany is Hiring for Next Year

Meany Middle School is looking to fill two full-time teaching positions for next year, and we could really use the help of our whole community in seeking out good teachers to fill the openings. Please talk to your friends and neighbors to see if they know anyone who might want to join the Meany teaching team. 

1. MATH: We are looking for a certified Math teacher who is able to teach 8th Grade Math, Algebra and Geometry. (This position is available immediately, but we realize that this late in the school year most candidates will probably be interested in starting in the fall).

2. SPECIAL EDUCATION: We need to hire one Special Ed Resource teacher. 

Seeking Math Class Volunteers + Volunteers in Cafeteria During 2nd Lunch

Do you have an hour or two to spare once a week? There are many teachers who have requested help from volunteers in their classrooms during the school day. We have been able to match up several parents in volunteer slots, but we have many more requests than volunteers so far. 

Our highest priority needs right now are the following:

1. Volunteers with math skills to work with students in math classes (8th Grade Math, Algebra I and Geometry). Our long-term substitute for those classes, Mr. Chadha/Singh, would welcome help working with students in the classroom in small groups and individually. If you are available to help, we can work around your schedule!

2. Volunteers to help in the Cafeteria during our largest lunch period — 2nd Lunch (7th/8th grade), at 12:15 pm (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays) and at 11:27 am on Wednesdays.

If you are interested in either of these options or other volunteer opportunities (Library, ELL, World Languages, Special Ed classes, etc.) please contact PTSA coordinators Angela Sorkin and/or Jean Hua. They will work to match you up with a classroom in need. 

Note: 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. 

Improving Communication with Grade Level Reps

We have heard that parents have questions or concerns and may not know who they should contact or feel frustrated if emails, particularly to the school, go unanswered. In an effort to improve communication within the Meany school and family community this year, the PTSA has appointed a parent from each grade at the school to be a point person for families in that grade to check in with, ask questions, share ideas and express concerns. 

The intent is that these Grade Level Reps will act as liaisons between parents and the school. Grade Level Reps will receive comments or questions and either provide or direct parents to answers or pass on concerns to school administrators. The hope is to establish a process which will be more effective and efficient, allowing Principal Oatis and staff to interface with fewer people (the Grade Level Reps) rather than receive and respond to multiple emails on the same subject. 

Of course, sensitive or private issues always warrant direct communication with the school administration, however the Grade Level Reps are happy to help if needed. Since it is likely that many parents have the same questions/concerns we intend to collect questions, answers and information to create a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section on the PTSA website. Eventually parents and families will be able to start their search for information and answers at the FAQ section!

Our three parent Grade Level Reps this year are also on Meany’s BLT (Building Leadership Team). Please feel free to reach out to them with any questions or concerns 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 

The Lion King - Coming to the Meany Middle School Stage

A Lion Walks! See the Father of our People wearing a royal coat made of a leopard's skin!

That's the translation of the stirring first words of "Circle of Life," the opening number of "Lion King." If we do our jobs right, it really sets the pulse racing, for performers and audience alike.

I can affirm that our ensemble is working hard. Every rehearsal is packed with action. Our performers might be on stage blocking a scene, in the Fitness Room learning a new dance, or in a classroom or hallway listening to cd's and running lines. Our tech team is learning the light system, painting scenery, running sound, moving set pieces. 

Of course, we could use more time. That's the way it always feels. We're sticking to the plan of 6 performances over two weekends (see dates below), and I'm sure we'll all see a lot of growth from opening to closing. The schedule was set up to accommodate as many different schedules our families face as possible. Ramadan starts on Sunday, 5/5, so we moved the second weekend up a day.

We still need help with costumes. If you're willing and able, please contact me. 

Kevin Finney
Meany Math & Theatre

Performance Dates:
Friday, April 26 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 27 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 28 2:00 pm

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 pm
Friday, May 3, 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2:00 pm

Garfield High School - Incoming 9th Grade
Online Registration Help Sessions

Wednesday, April 17th and 24th from 3:00-5:00 pm

Garfield High School Library
400 23rd Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98122

If you need help with registering for your classes using the NEW online registration system, the Garfield Counselors will be available to assist you the last two Wednesdays in April, feel free to join us!

If you missed the Garfield Information Night on April 3rd, here is the New Student FAQ Handout.

Option High School Fair - Thursday, April 18

The Seattle Public Schools Admissions department will be hosting a high school fair on Thursday evening, April 18, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Nova High School (2410 E Cherry St, Seattle  98122), specifically for our service schools, now known as “Option Schools with Continuous Enrollment”. Option High School Fair Flyer

This is an opportunity for families and students to learn more about the individual schools and programs and what they have to offer, particularly for those students who are searching for something more than a traditional high school to achieve academic success. It’s important that our students understand the options that are available to them as SPS graduates. 

Learn about the variety of programs, smaller classroom sizes, flexible schedules, and unique learning methods tailored for each student’s personality and learning style to achieve success. There are plenty of options to graduate and a very important decision for any student and family to make at this time. PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS: Middle College, Nova High School, Seattle World School, Skills Center, South Lake High School. 

For more information or questions please contact Faauu Manu, Manager at (206) 252-0205 or by email at

8th Grade Family Night - April 24

Meany and Washington Middle Schools are proud to team up again this year for an 8th grade Family Night - Wednesday April 24th from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Meany Middle School Cafeteria. FREE catered dinner and FREE childcare, plus RAFFLE PRIZES!  8th Grade Family Night Flyer

Staff and student representatives from Garfield, NOVA, Franklin and Cleveland High School as well as athletics, clubs, ASB and other organizations will make up the panel to answer all of your questions. Community organizations will also be present, including Coyote Central, Therapeutic Health Services, Atlantic Street Center, Treehouse, Country Doctor and many more!  

We can't wait to see you and help you and your student with the transition to high school!

FREE Babysitter Infant/Child CPR Training at Miller Community Center

Is your student an aspiring babysitter? Miller Community Center is offering a free CPR course for students on Wednesday, May 1st from 4:00-6:00 pm. A participatory CPR card acknowledging that the student has participated in the training session is issued in the class. CPR Training Flyer

Pre-registration is recommended (they can take up to 20 students). Call 206-684-4753 or email 

Upcoming Events and Meetings:

Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
April 8-12

Meany Race & Equity Team Meeting
Monday, April 15
6:30-7:30 pm in the Library

Meany PTSA Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 17
7:00-8:30 pm in the Library

8th Grade Family Night - High School Info
Wednesday, April 24
5:30-7:30 pm in the Cafeteria

Spring Musical - "The Lion King"
6 Performances - Meany Stage/Cafeteria:
Friday, April 26 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 27 - 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 28 - 2:00 pm
Thursday, May 2 - 7:00 pm
Friday, May 3 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 4 - 2:00 pm