Meany PTSA Weekly Newsletter 4/26/2019

The Lion King Jr....first performance tonight!

Meany Middle School's production, The Lion King Jr. opens tonight at 7:00 pm, with 6 performances over two weekends on the Meany Stage! 

Please come out to support the Stage Club. They’ve been working really hard and it will be a great show! Admission is a suggested donation of only $5 and the show runs 45 minutes. Don’t miss it!

The performance dates are
Friday 4/26 at 7:00 pm
Saturday 4/27 at 7:00 pm
Sunday 4/28 at 2:00 pm
Thursday 5/2 at 7:00 pm
Friday 5/3 at 7:00 pm
Saturday 5/4, 2:00 pm

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week — May 6th - 10th

Help us celebrate our incredible Meany Teachers and Staff!  Please encourage your students to write a note or make a card to thank teachers and staff for the amazing job that they do. We will be planning some special treats and snacks during the week for the teacher's lounge. Please sign up here to help out or contact Anna Finkenzeller with any questions.

Nominating Candidates for Next Year’s PTSA Board 

The Meany PTSA is recruiting now for board and committee members for next year. There are many ways to get involved with varying levels of time commitment. WE NEED YOU!

Some of the roles we are hoping to fill for next year:

  • Website Editor

  • Events Co-Chair

  • Special Ed Parent Liaison

  • Classroom Volunteer Coordinator

  • Backpack Brigade Assistant

  • Grant Writer for Donations (Counselor has a list of easy to apply for grants)

  • 6th Grade BLT Rep (incoming parent)

We will elect our new board at the PTSA general meeting on May 23. Here are notes from the PTSA board meeting last week. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jen Emrich, Meany PTSA Co-President.

Music Auditions at Garfield High School

Here is some information about Band and Drumline auditions for incoming 9th graders (and current Garfield students) from the Garfield Marching Band Facebook page:

  • Garfield Band and Drumline Auditions for 2019-20 will be held Tuesday, 5/28 and Wednesday, 5/29 (come either day and put your name on the list).

  • Auditions will start at 3:45 pm in Room 217

  • Band auditions - include 1 min. prepared piece, scales, and sight reading.

  • Drumline auditions - include 1 min. prepared material on snare, tenors, bass, or cymbals, and sight reading.

  • Please direct any questions to Mr. Evans

Information about Orchestra auditions from the Friends of Garfield Orchestra website

  • All Freshman String players should enroll in Chamber Orchestra. No audition is required: this class is designed to welcome our Freshman string class to the program and to create the social and technical familiarity necessary for our orchestra family to grow in successive years.

  • Two of our ensembles, Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, meet as a Full Orchestra – including Winds, Brass, and Percussion in addition to Strings. In full orchestra literature, winds, brass, and percussion instruments are treated as soloists. As such, ALL Wind, Brass, and Percussion players must audition to be placed in these ensembles. Concert and Symphony Orchestras are open to Freshman Wind, Brass, and Percussion players by audition. 

  • The audition dates are 5/20 and 5/21, starting at 4:00pm and going until 6:30pm. An audition guide and a link to sign up to audition is on the Friends of Garfield Orchestra website.

NOTE: No information is available yet about Jazz Band auditions. For more info, follow the Garfield High School Jazz Band Facebook page or check out the Garfield Jazz website.

FREE Dance Class Series for Youth Ages 11-15

Mondays from 4:00-5:00 pm at Miller Community Center. Spring session begins this Monday, April 29th.

Please remember to wear comfortable clothes to move around in. Call 206-684-4753 to register. See the flyer for more details.

Thanks to the Associated Recreation Council for awarding us a grant to offer this class for free!

CPR Training - great if you babysit!

Miller Community Center is offering a free CPR class for middle school students on Wednesday, 5/1 from 4:00-6:00 pm. The class focuses on hands-only pediatric infants and children training. CPR Training Flyer

There is limited space. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 206-684-4753 or email 

Drop-In Sports at Miller Community Center 

  • Basketball, Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm, All Ages, FREE

  • Basketball, Fridays 2:30-5:45pm, All Ages, FREE

  • Additional activities/days/times are posted on Miller's Facebook page on Mondays.

Note: Miller CC will be closed May 18th through May 26th while the floors are resurfaced.

FREE Cooking Classes for Teens

Miller Community Center will be offering a free cooking class series, COOKING WITH SEATTLE CUCINA, for middle school students on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 pm in May and June. There is very limited space in this course. Registration is open, via phone 206-684-4753 or email

See flyer for more details. 

Summer Activities at Miller Community Center

  • Summer camp registration has officially opened, and this year there are additional camps specifically for teens! Some great Specialty Camps to be aware of: Cooking Camps, Racket Sports, Comic Book Camps, Tech KnowHow and Java, Parkour, and Mad Science camps. To learn more call 206-684-4753 or email

  • Reminder that 2019-2020 Scholarships are now available. Now is the time to start the application process.

  • NEW: Teen Drop-In times! We will have a dedicated space for teens 1-4pm Monday through Friday this summer for free drop-in.

  • Important Dates: Miller CC will be closed May 18th through May 26th while the floors are resurfaced; we will also be closed May 27th for Memorial Day.

Grade Level Reps

Do you have a school related question or concern? 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. 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! Grade Level Reps will receive comments or questions and either provide or direct parents to answers or pass on concerns to school administrators. 

6th Grade Rep: Sage McCotter 
7th Grade Rep: Andy Jensen 
8th Grade Rep: Jennifer Marquardt 

Upcoming Events and Meetings:

Spring Musical - The Lion King Jr.
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

Meany Race & Equity Team Meeting
Monday, April 29
6:30-7:30 pm in the library

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10

Meany PTSA Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 14
7:00-8:30 pm in the library

Meany PTSA General Meeting
(Elect new officers + vote on budget for next year)
Thursday, May 23
7:00-8:30 pm in the library

Meany Art Fair
Friday, May 31
SAVE THE DATE - More info coming soon!

Orchestra Concert
Tuesday, June 11
7:00 pm in the cafeteria

Band Concert
Wednesday, June 12
7:00 pm in the gym

8th Grade Cruise
Tuesday, June 18 (during the school day)
8:50 am - 3:45 pm

8th Grade Promotion
Wednesday, June 19th
7:00 pm