Meany PTSA Newsletter 5/3/2019

The Lion King Jr. — on the Meany Middle School Stage

If you haven’t had a chance yet to see Meany Middle School's production, The Lion King Jr., the last two performances are this Friday, May 3rd (TONIGHT!) at 7:00 pm and on Saturday, May 4th at 2:00 pm.  

Come out to support Meany’s Stage Club and bring your family and friends. The show is amazing! Admission is a suggested donation of only $5 and the show runs just under an hour. Don’t miss it!

Here is a note from the inside of the program from Mr. Finney, Director of the Meany Stage Club:

"Dear Parents, Guardians, Family & Friends,
Welcome to the Meany Middle School production of The Lion King Jr.! When I joined the Meany staff, I hoped to produce a school musical. I couldn’t have dreamed of the support the project would receive from the school’s administration, staff and PTSA. Ms. Webb and I started planning together in August, and she’s been a tireless co-director throughout the Talent Show and Musical. Several other staff members joined the production team, dividing the labor and increasing the creativity. Our wonderful tech crew worked without complaint on any task we threw their way, and of course our talented cast thrilled us each rehearsal with their energy and commitment. We hope you enjoy our show. I think you will.”


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

Help us celebrate our incredible Meany Middle School Teachers and Staff!

Please sign up to bring in food on Monday or Tuesday and consider writing a nice note to a Teacher or Staff member who has positively impacted your student. We are planning some special treats during the week for the teacher's lounge.

Schedule for the week:

MONDAY — MorningTreats/Baked Goods from families
TUESDAY — Staff Lunch provided by families
WEDNESDAY — Donated cookies from HELLO ROBIN (during the staff professional development meeting) 
THURSDAY — Breakfast for the Teachers/Staff (provided by the Meany PTSA)
FRIDAY — Student "shout outs” (thank you notes) + homemade cookies

Please sign up here to help out. Questions? Contact Anna Finkenzeller, Meany PTSA Staff Appreciation Coordinator.

A note from Anna from earlier in the week…

"We collected shout outs today during lunch from our students to say thank you to our hardworking teachers and staff in prep for next week. We got 600 notes during one session at lunch from our middle school students! Granted, there was a small candy incentive, but the kindness and love in these notes is real. We are a large and diverse community and many kids feel seen and known at Meany. It was such a pleasure to spend time in the school today and see many smiling faces at Meany.”

Join Meany's ASB Student Leadership Team for Next Year

Meany Mountain Lions ~ Do you like to come up with a plan? Do friends come to you for advice? Do you like to solve problems? Do you consider yourself a leader? Maybe you want to work on some leadership skills. If that is you, then join the Associated Student Body, or ASB for short. 

The ASB helps plan events that build community and make everyone feel welcomed! You can plan a couple, or join in on all of them! 

Activities that you get to help plan and create include community service projects, assemblies, graduation, fundraising opportunities, dances, the Meany Market, field trips, and Spirit Week. 

Grab an application from the Main Office, or from your co-leaders Mr. Manriquez and Mr. DunningApplications are due May 10th!

**Note: Only current 6th and 7th grade students may apply. We encourage current 8th grade students to ask their future high school for any leadership class opportunities.

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:

  • Co-Treasurer

  • 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 in April. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jen Emrich, Meany PTSA Co-President.

Smarter Balanced Testing Begins Next Week 

Just a reminder that beginning next week students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will take Smarter Balanced tests in English Language Arts and Math. Students in grade 8 will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS).

Most students will take the tests online. Our school schedule is as follows:

  • May 6, 7, 9, 10 - ELA exams

  • May 13, 14, 16, 17 - Math assessments

  • May 28, 29, 30 - SCIENCE WCAS testing

On the first eight days between May 6-17, students will be testing throughout the day in various periods. Please make sure that students have a good breakfast and come to school on time. For families observing Ramadan, please let your teacher/principal know how they can best accommodate your student/family during this time.

In addition, for the ELA test, if your child has a set of earphones that can plug into a computer, please have them bring them to school May 6, 7, 9 and 10.

See the updated parent letter and more details about the full testing schedule here

For 8th Grade Families Heading to Garfield High School...

Hello and welcome incoming Garfield Bulldogs! 

We at the GHS PTSA would like to share information on signing up for our weekly e-newsletter and PTSA emails so you can start becoming informed about our events and news. Learn more and sign up on the Garfield High School PTSA website. You can read current and past issues of the GHS eBark Newsletter here.

Integrated Schools Presents: Brown vs. Board Turns 64: Seattle's School Segregation Story

Sixty-five years ago the US Supreme Court decided Brown vs Board of Education which held that racially separate schools were "inherently unequal".

Join Integrated Schools for a panel discussion about school segregation in Seattle over the past 65 years. We'll look backwards at what worked and what didn't, and look forward to how we can disrupt segregation now. After the panel, we will have breakout sessions that dive into specific actions we can take in our schools, working towards true community- and equity-driven integration.

Event Details:
Thursday, May 16
6:00-8:30 pm
Garfield High School

Panel: 6:00-7:15 pm
Breakout Sessions: 7:15-8:30 pm

Speakers include: 

  • Nancie Beady (Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington)

  • Stephan Blanford (Former Seattle School Board Director and Executive in Residence, Seattle Foundation)

  • Brent Jones (Chief Equity, Partnerships and Engagement Officer, Seattle Public Schools)

Learn more and register for free tickets here. Event details on Facebook.

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.
Last Two Performances
Friday, May 3 - 7:00 pm 
Saturday, May 4 - 2:00 pm 
Meany Stage/Cafeteria

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 10
Sign up here to help

Race & Equity Team Meeting
Monday, May 13
6:30-7:30 pm in the library

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 19
7:00 pm

6th/7th Grade End of Year Celebration 
Tuesday, June 25 (during the school day)
8:50 am - 3:45 pm
More details coming soon!