Meany PTSA Newsletter 9/13/2019

Happy Friday!

Below you will find important information about Meany Fall Sports and as well as details about workshops and classes for teens offered by some of our community partners. There is also an opportunity this month to join other Meany families in fixing up the Meany interior courtyard garden.

Be sure to add Curriculum Night (Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 pm) to your calendar. More details and a flyer outlining the schedule for that evening event coming soon.

Enjoy the weekend!
 

First Week Packets

Reminder:  Please complete and return your packet of school forms to the main office. It is very important for the school to have these forms on file.

If your student didn't bring home a packet for some reason (check those backpacks!), please contact Ms. Marshall in the main office and she can send another packet home with your student. 
 

Meany Fall Sports  

Completed registration forms for Meany Girls Soccer and Meany Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee are due at the beginning of next week. Students were able to pick up registration packets in the main office this week. If your student is interested in playing a sport but forgot to pick up a packet, you can download the paperwork here: Meany Girls SoccerMeany Ultimate Frisbee

IMPORTANT: To be eligible to play on any of the teams, students must also have a Student Athlete Registration Form and a Physical Examination Form signed by a doctor on file at Meany before tryouts. Please turn these in to the Meany Middle School main office along with the completed registration packet.

If you have any questions, please contact the Meany Athletic Director, Gus Montgomery.  

Meany Girls Soccer 

  • All Grades

  • Practices: Mondays & Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm

  • First Practice: Monday, September 16

  • Games: Saturdays at various locations (first game 9/21)

  • Contact Coach: Gus Montgomery

Meany Ultimate Frisbee

  • Practices: Tuesdays & Fridays

  • First Practice: Tuesday, September 17

  • Games: Saturdays at various locations (first game 9/21)

  • Playoffs: 11/9 and 11/16

  • Team Contact: Jude LaRene

Courtyard Garden Work Party - SAVE THE DATE  

Please join us on Sunday, September 22!

WHO:  Parents, Students, Staff, Neighbors and Community Members 
WHAT:  COURTYARD GARDEN WORK PARTY 
DATE:  Sunday, Sept. 22nd from 9:00am to noon
WHERE: Meany small interior courtyard garden
WHY: It will be fun! It's a great way to meet new parents and build community! It's a great way to be involved with the school and contribute to making it even better.

We will clear away old vegetation and prepare for planting a new multi-use garden space which will include a new outdoor classroom. No gardening skills necessary, we will have extra tools and gloves on site.

For more information, please contact Anna Davidson
 

Open Positions on the Meany PTSA Board  

We still have a few openings on the PTSA board:  

  • Communication Chair (newsletter & website)

  • Volunteer Coordinator

  • Membership Chair (minimal time commitment; mostly data entry; most of the work in the fall)

There are also lots of opportunities to help out on various PTSA committees if being on the board is more than you'd like to commit to.  Please contact the Meany PTSA to learn more.
 

AmazonSmile  

Meany Middle School PTSA is now registered with AmazonSmile!

When you use the link below to shop on amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Meany Middle School PTSA.

This is an easy way to support our school!

AmazonSmile

We have also added an AmazonSmile link on the home page of the Meany PTSA website.  
 

Take Back PTA Resolution  

The Meany PTSA membership will vote on supporting the SCPTSA's Resolution "TakeBackPTA" at our next general PTSA meeting. This Seattle Council PTSA resolution addresses which activities Meany PTSA (and other local PTAs) should fund and provide, and which should be provided by the Seattle Public School District, WA State Legislature, and US Department of Education.

Please note:  If the Meany PTSA passes the resolution, no activities or funding will change for the current budget. 

Please read the resolution (especially Part 3) and share your voice at the Meany PTSA General Meeting on Sept 24.
 

Miller Community Center  

Miller Community Center has some awesome programs for middle school age kids and is conveniently located right behind Meany Middle School.

Please call: 206-684-4753 or stop by for more information or to register for any of our programs. 

Miller Community Center address: 330 19th Ave E. 
HOURS:  M/W/F 12:00-8:00 pm, Tu/Th 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

FREE After-school Teen Program (ages 11-14)
9/4/19 through 12/20/20
Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays from 3:45-6:00 pm
Wednesdays from 2:30-6:00 pm 
This is a daily after-school program filled with a variety of activities, Fun Wednesday, challenges, cooking classes, and more! The last Friday of each month is pizza and a movie. 

Drop In Youth Basketball (FREE)
Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 pm
Fridays from 3:45-5:45 pm

FREE Guitar Lessons (ages 10-17)
9/26 through 11/14 
Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 pm
Join our 8-week guitar lessons for youth — GuitarsNotGuns. No guitar, no worries! Instruction, instrument, and a safe environment are all provided. All you need to do is be there for each lesson over 8 weeks, and upon course completion you’ll have the opportunity to own your guitar - in some cases, free! 

Basketball Fundamentals Class (ages 10-14)
10/8-10/29, Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm 
Cost:  $77 
Your child will improve basketball skills and build the confidence necessary to be a successful player. All levels are welcome! Each session includes training, conditioning and evaluation, and will focus on passing, shooting, dribbling, and playing without the ball in your hands. 
 

Youth Programs through SIFF  

Is your young one a budding filmmaker? SIFF Filmmaking Fall Workshops are here! 

Crash Documentary (ages 13-18)
A FREE three-session filmmaking workshop for black teens to learn documentary filmmaking. Learn how to develop a story from a real world source. 

Location: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144)
Dates: Sundays - Sep 22, Oct 6, Oct 20
Time: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Crash Documentary Flyer

Register here.

Crash Kids (ages 9-12)
Saturday, Oct. 5
9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Cost: $75 ($60 for SIFF Members)

This one day workshop engages youth with a meaningful approach to cinema production. Participants receive hands-on experience in creating a film (writing, directing, acting, and editing) in small groups with a professional media educator in less than eight hours at the SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center Campus.

Register here.

Crash Student (ages 13-17)
Saturday, September 21
9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Cost: $25 ($20 for SIFF Members)

One-day filmmaking workshop fine-tuned for teens at the SIFF Film Center at the Seattle Center. Can you create a compelling, cohesive film in just eight hours? Find out at SIFF's Crash Student. Work with mentors and peers to make a film in 8-hours and see it on the big screen that day! 

Register here.

Learn about these programs and more at https://www.siff.net/education/youth or email: education@siff.net.
Scholarships available to students on free or reduced lunch.
 

Coyote Central  

Fall Registration is OPEN at Coyote Central! Weekend Sessions run Oct. 19 through Dec. 8. Studio Classes are hands-on, project-based, 20-hour courses with professionals in creative fields for youth ages 10-15. 

Coyote Central Fall Classes Flyer

All studio classes are PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN!

Register and Learn More
 

Important Dates:  


Courtyard Garden Work Party
Sunday, September 22
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meany PTSA General Meeting
Tuesday, September 24
6:30 - 8:00 pm in the library

Curriculum Night - Parents ONLY
Tuesday, October 1
7:00 - 8:30 pm
(FREE Pizza & Refreshments in the Meany Cafe from 6:00 - 7:00 pm)