Meany PTSA Newsletter 9/27/2019

In this issue...

  • PTSA Meeting Recap

  • Curriculum Night - Tuesday, Oct. 1

  • Microsoft Coding Field Trips

  • Winter Music Concert Dates

  • NEW! After School Spanish Club

  • Clubs/Activities at Meany

  • Meany ASB Leadership Team

  • Girls on the Run

  • Ski Bus - Volunteers Needed

  • Meany Spirit Wear - Deadline 10/4

  • Courtyard Garden Work Party

  • Taste of Meany Potluck

  • Seattle GEMS

  • Coyote Central - Fall Classes

  • Music Lessons at Miller CC

  • Seattle Zero Landfill UpCycle Event

Looking for Mr. or Mrs. Write

Meany PTSA is looking for someone to fill the role of Communication Chair on our board. We need a volunteer to step forward to ensure that this weekly newsletter continues on!

The bulk of the work can be done from home. Main responsibilities include producing this email newsletter and also managing/updating the Meany PTSA website. This person should be a good writer and will be responsible for collecting school info/announcements and getting it out every week. 

The newsletter format can be kept as is, or we welcome your ideas to come up with a better design for both the newsletter and website. 

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jen Emrich.

PTSA Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout at the first Meany PTSA general meeting of the school year on Tuesday!

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the meeting.

We will share detailed meeting notes soon for folks who weren't able to attend. Read notes from past meetings on the Meany PTSA website

The next Meany PTSA general meeting will be on Tuesday, November 26th (6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Meany library). 

Curriculum Night - Next Tuesday

Parents are invited to meet their student's teachers at Curriculum Night on Tuesday, 10/1 at 7pm. There will be complimentary pizza and refreshments sponsored by Meany PTSA in the Meany Café (adjacent to the Cafeteria) from 6:00-7:00 pm for Meany staff and parents who are able to come early. 

After a brief message in the cafeteria from Principal Oatis, parents will visit their student's classes in order, spending 10 minutes in each classroom. Student schedules will be printed and available that evening, or you can login to the Source to print out your child's schedule and bring it with you. 

Due to space and time restrictions, Curriculum Night is an adult-only event.

Here is the schedule for Curriculum Night:

7:00-7:15 - Opening Remarks from Principal Oatis in the Cafeteria
7:15-7:25 - 1st Period
7:30-7:40 - 2nd Period
7:45-7:55 - 3rd Period
8:00-8:10 - 4th Period
8:15-8:25 - 5th Period
8:25-8:35 - 6th Period

Curriculum Night Flyer

Microsoft Coding Field Trip 

Meany Middle School has been invited to an amazing opportunity at Microsoft on Thursday, October 3rd from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm. This event is in partnership with Paramount Pictures. The students will have an opportunity to experience a coding class with a surprise special guest. 

There is space for 45 - 8th grade students who identify as female. The students must be 13 yrs. old to attend this field trip. Lunch will be provided. It has been described as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Only the first 45 students who return the permission slip + photo release will be allowed to attend.

(Note: Permission slips were sent home with students on Thursday, and Principal Oatis also sent an email notification via the SPS SchoolMessenger system. You can manage your preferences for how to receive the SchoolMessenger messages here.)

Microsoft MANCODE 

There will be another opportunity coming up for Meany Middle School students in November....Microsoft MANCODE is a 1-day technology conference held at Microsoft on Friday, November 1st.

This conference aims to provide technological, education, and life skills trainings and opportunities to underrepresented young men in middle and high school.

Classes available for students to choose from at the conference:  Coding, App Development, AI (Artificial Intelligence), Cyber Security, Website Design, Professional Development/Resume Building, and more! 

Field trip forms for this event will be available in the main office next week. 

Microsft MANCODE Flyer

Winter Music Concert Dates 

Mr. Mosgrave has announced dates for the Winter Music Ensemble Concerts at Meany: 

  • Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 pm — Orchestra and Jazz Band

  • Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm — Beginning Band and Senior Band (and possibly Meany's BWB Drumline)

Stay tuned for more details closer to the performance dates.

NEW! After School Spanish Club

Join the Meany Middle School Spanish Club!

  • Meet new Pen Pals from Ecuador & Spain!

  • Learn to SALSA Dance! And eat SPICY SALSA!

  • Make Spanish Crafts

  • Cook authentic Spanish foods!

  • Watch Spanish Film Movies!

  • Raise awareness and FUNDS for Spanish speaking countries that need help.


We will meet onThursdays from 3:45 - 5:00 pmin Mrs. Walkinshaw's room #11. Limited to 15 students. Pick up asign-up sheetin the main office and join the FUN!

Please contact Mrs. Walkinshaw if you have questions. 

Clubs/Activities at Meany

Sewing Club (now full with a waitlist) and Stage Club begin next week. Yearbook Club begins the following week. Read more details about these clubs in last week's newsletter.

Registration forms and information about clubs are available in the main office.

View a full listing of clubs/activities/groups at Meany here

If you have an idea about a club or activity that you would like to propose for Meany, please contact Ms. Marshall in the main office. She can let you know the process of getting something started. 

Seeking 6th Graders for Meany's ASB Leadership Team

Applications for Meany's ASB (Associated Student Body) Leadership Team are available in the main office.

ASB students will explore and learn about team building, leadership, management, public relations, communication skills, public speaking, budgeting, and more.

ASB students will also be involved in organizing and implementing many school activities which may include:

  • Lunchtime Activities

  • Student Store (Meany Market)

  • Meany Open House

  • Community Service

  • Staff Appreciation

  • Campus Beautification

  • Back to School Night Hosts

  • 8th Grade Cruise

There are spots available for6th grade students ONLY.

To apply, complete an application. Deadline: Friday, October 4th

Please contact Mr. Manriquez and Mr. Dunning if you have any questions.

Girls on the Run

We are hoping to bring a Girls on the Run program to Meany Middle School this spring. We have some staff members who are interested in being involved, but we are looking for parent volunteers to help. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Underdahl

Learn more about Girls on the Run.

Ski Bus - Volunteers Needed 

We are gearing up for the third year of the Friends of Meany Ski Bus! While we are still waiting for final confirmation from WebbSki regarding specific dates and costs, we do know a few details. 

  • The ski bus will run on Friday nights for six weeks from early January until mid-February

  • The bus leaves immediately after school and returns to Meany between 10:30-11:00.

  • Students have the choice whether to sign up for lessons or have the entire time to ski on their own. Those who do sign up for lessons will also have some free time.

  • All grade levels are welcome to participate.

It’s important to know that while there are chaperones on the bus, students will need to be able to function independently on the mountain. 

Note: Ski Bus is not a school or PTSA-sponsored activity. Fees are charged by the provider.

We will need 2-3 adults to volunteer as chaperones for each night. Please contact 8th grade parent John Sullivan ( if you have questions or are interested in volunteering. 

Meany Spirit Wear - Order Deadline: 10/4

Order your Meany Spirit Wear!  Get ready for Meany Spirit Week (October 28 - November 1st) by ordering a Meany t-shirt, sweatshirt, cap, hat, or scarf.

Order forms are available in main office. The last day to order is Friday, October 4.   

See the Meany Spirit Wear flyer with pricing here.

If you have questions about sizing for the shirts and sweatshirts, here is a sizing chart.

Please contact Ms. Baker (Head Counselor) if you would like to order something but need financial assistance.

Courtyard Garden Work Party

Parent Volunteers Needed!  Please join us for a Meany Courtyard Garden Work Party during the day on Friday, October 18th. 

Do you have an hour or two to spare in the morning or on your lunch break? We'd love your help! 


DATE:  Friday, Oct. 18 from 9am - 1pm

WHERE:  Meany small interior courtyard garden (adjacent to the Staff Lounge)

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.

Please contact Anna Davidson if you can help, or if you have any questions. 

Learn more about the Meany Courtyard Garden Project here.

Taste of Meany Potluck

Families, please join us for the inaugural Taste of Meany multicultural potluck dinner on Thursday, October 24th from 5:00-7:00 pm in the cafeteria!

Please bring a dish to share that’s important to your family, whether it represents your culture or is simply one of your family’s favorite dishes. Please feel free to label your dish with country of origin and/or why it’s important to your family!

Donations of non-perishable foods/snacks for our Counseling Department to have on hand at school for our food insecure students are also very welcome.

We will need volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up for the event. Please contact the organizers, Meghan Dort Lackey (Events Chair) and Linda Moy (Community Building Chair), if you would like to help.

Seattle GEMS Program

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) would like to invite your middle school’s girls to join the Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) program.

GEMS is a free, volunteer-run after-school science enrichment program for Seattle 7th and 8th grade girls to explore STEM through hands-on activities. GEMS meetings run once a month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from November through May and are offered at two locations: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in downtown Seattle and South Shore PK-8 School in South Seattle.

The application for GEMS closes on October 14, 2019.
Learn more and apply on our website

Please contact if you have any questions about the program. 

Coyote Central - Register for Fall Weekend Classes

Fall Registration is open at Coyote Central!  Classes begin on Saturday, Oct. 19th. 

Studio Coyote Classes are hands-on, project-based, 20-hour courses with professionals in creative fields for youth (ages 10-15).

Studio Classes run year round, following Seattle Public Schools’ schedule. During the winter, spring, and fall you’ll find an abundance of 20-hour weekend sessions as well as weeklong sessions over breaks. Summer is packed full of weekly, 20-hour courses and runs June - August.

All Studio Classes are PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN!

Fall Course Calendar/Flyer

Learn more and register here:

Music Lessons at Miller Community Center

Call the front desk at Miller Community Center at 206-684-4753 to schedule your October music lessons!  Instructors Alexis, Larry, McKenna, and Eliza are all open to new students. 

  • Guitar Lessons - 30 minute time slots available on Wednesdays between 2:30-4:30 pm
    Guitar Lessons Flyer

  • Drum Lessons - 30 minute lessons available on Mondays and Wednesdays between 5:30-8:00 pm; Drum Lessons Flyer

  • Piano Lessons - 30 minute lessons available on Thursdays between 3:00-5:30 pm
    Piano Lessons Flyer

  • Vocal Lessons - Explore your voice! 30 minute lessons available on Tuesdays between 3:00-6:00 pm; Vocal Lessons Flyer

Seattle Zero Landfill UpCycle Event - 9/28

Calling all educators, artists, crafters and home owners looking for materials....we need your help to reduce waste!  Stop by Miller Community Center this Saturday for the Upcycle event of the year!

Join us for the 8th annual FREE to the public Seattle Zero Landfill UPCYCLE community event, sponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Scavengers and creative minds of Seattle and afar will return to the excitement and anticipation of finding that most perfect “thing”. This is a free event and everything inside is FREE for the taking. You just haul it away and re-use it!  Please be sure to bring your own bags.

Seattle Zero Landfill - UPCYCLE Event
Location: Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E)
Date/Time: Saturday, September 28th, 9am-4pm

UPCYCLE Event Flyer

Important Dates:  

Curriculum Night - Parents ONLY
Tuesday, October 1
7:00 - 8:35 pm
(FREE Pizza & Refreshments in the Meany Cafe from 6:00 - 7:00 pm)

NO SCHOOL - Professional Development
Friday, October 11

Courtyard Garden Work Party
Friday, October 18
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Picture Day
Thursday, October 24 

Taste of Meany - Multicultural Potluck Dinner
Thursday, October 24 
5:00 - 7:00 pm in the cafeteria

Meany Spirit Week
October 28 - November 1 

Flu Shot Clinic 
Flu Vaccine Info / Consent Form
Tuesday, October 29 
9:30 - 11:30 am