Meany PTSA Board Meeting - 10/8/2019

Meany PTSA Board Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Location:  Meany Middle School Library
Time:  6:30-8:00pm


Jen Emrich (Co-President), Lara Kreyenhagen (Co-President), Andy Jensen (Legislative Chair), Linda Moy (Community Building Chair), Karen Axtell (Co-Treasurer), Joy Rothrock, (Co-Treasurer), Vivian Van Gelder (Equity & Outreach Co-chair and 6th grade BLT Rep), Eric Pedersen (Vice-President), Gilia Angell (Special Ed Parent Liaison),  Hayley Serres (Science teacher), Nathan Garcia (Math teacher), Dan Washburn.

Welcome-Introductions (Lara Kreyenhagen)

Everyone introduced themselves, stating position, names and grades of children attending Meany. 

Board Business (Jen Emrich, Lara Kreyenhagen, Karen Axtell)

Motion moved and seconded to approve the Board Meeting minutes from 9/10/2019 and the General Meeting minutes from 9/24/19 resulting in unanimous approval.

Open board positions were discussed with a need to vote on new additions.

Motion was moved, seconded, and received unanimous approval to name Dan Washburn as the Communications Chair.

Elizabeth Geri committed to help with the role of Volunteer Coordinator.

Vivian van Gelder committed to help with the role of Membership Chair.

Treasurer Report (Karen Axtell)

Motion moved and seconded, resulting in unanimous Board approval to name Joy Rothrock as a signer to the Meany Middle School PTSA banking account located at the    First Security Bank, Capitol Hill branch. 

Taxes from 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 are due to be filed by 11/15/2019.  Lara Kreyenhagen agreed to have her husband look over the notes from previous years in an attempt to complete the necessary forms.  


General Topics of Discussion

Jen Emrich shared that the Meany PTSA now has 77 members.  10 board members still need to complete membership forms and pay dues for 2019-2020.

Pizza for Curriculum Night was deemed a success.  Pizzas were ordered from Zeek’s Pizzas on 19th at a 20% discount.  The number and type of pizzas was replicated from previous order placed in 2018.  It was agreed to budget and continue the tradition next year. 

A draft of the Annual Fund Ask Letter has been sent to Jen Emrich, Lara Kreyenhagen, and Karen Axtell for review.  The letter will be mailed to families at the end of October  by the PTSA (printed address labels for students enrolled at Meany will be provided by the school).  A reminder regarding the ask will be posted in the PTSA newsletter, and Principal Oatis will include a reminder to her weekly robo-call.  A $2,000.00 Annual Fund donation has already been applied towards this year’s goal of $50,000.

‘Taste of Meany’ (Linda Moy):  5:00-7:00pm, October 24, 2019 in the cafeteria.  Donations of individually wrapped food and beverages will be accepted for the counseling department’s food pantry. 

A discussion was had regarding the PTSA offering scholarships or financial aid for students to attend non-school sanctioned extra-curricular events.  The Board agreed this was not in its purview as the events were not easily accessible to all students, the events were not related to district curriculum or offered during school hours.  Andy Jensen mentioned the option of Teen Tix ( where ANY teenager (13-19 years old) can sign to purchase $5 day-of-show tickets for shows. 

Head Counselor Carly Baker is now on maternity leave.  The two other members of the counseling team will divide Ms. Baker’s student load during her absence. The PTSA would like to get her a baby gift. Jen will ask the parents in charge of Staff Appreciation, Maureen Gaines and Darcy Baker, if they can coordinate that.

Reflections Arts Competition: (Anna Davidson) Entry forms and art drop boxes for the Arts Competition are now available in the main office or in Mr. Richardson’s art room.  There are 6 categories:  Visual Art, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance, Film/Video Production, and Dance Choreography. Previous years’ finalists works have been displayed at the Seattle Center.

Parent volunteers for the Wellness Team have been collaborating on organizing the Meany Closet and Backpack Brigade. 

Karen Axtell discussed “WEB” (Where Everybody Belongs) an anti-bullying program where 8th graders are trained to nurture and support 6th graders during their first year at middle school.  The teacher/advisor training is in March. The PTSA has been offered money to fund this program from the Montlake School PTA. We just need to find a Meany staff member to head up the program. Vivian will bring up this topic at the next BLT meeting.

Legislative Report (Andy Jensen)

A forum for school board candidates vying for positions representing districts 1,3, and 6 will be held on October 15 from 6-8pm at the John Stanford International School.  Members of the Board may not endorse any specific candidate but it should be known that the School Board member representing District 3 will have the most impact on Meany Middle School. 

The General Seattle Council PTSA meeting will be hosted at Meany Middle School on Thursday, 11/07/2019.  Representatives from PTSAs city wide will discuss a variety of topics including “Taking Back the PTA” and legislative priorities for the 2020 legislative session. 

Volunteer Needs:

Courtyard Garden Work Party:  Friday, 10/18/2019, 9:00am-1:00pm.  Contact Anna Davidson with questions ( There is a Signupgenius link in the newsletter.

Picture Day:  Thursday, October 24, 9:00am-1:00pm.  3 parents per each 1 hour shift.

Taste of Meany:  Volunteers needed for set-up and clean-up as well as during the event to manage the flow of food. Someone suggested that it might be nice to have music at the event. Custodian Mr. Harris would be a good person to ask about that. 

Teacher Updates:

Both Ms. Serres and Mr. Garcia were pleased with the general school climate and positive classroom dynamics. 

Special Education Parent Group Update (Gilia Angell)

There has been interest expressed in having special ed parent group meetings to be held in the library during the evening.  The PTSA (Jen Emrich) can reserve the space through the online reservation system (SchoolDude) once the meeting date/time is approved by Ms. Oatis.  “Demystifying the IEP Process” has been identified as a topic of interest.

Elementary School Liaison Committee (Elizabeth Geri)

Elizabeth would like to identify “points of contact” at each of the feeder elementary schools in an effort to ease the transition of future elementary students to Meany.  Elementary students could be invited into the Meany community through invitations to events such as concerts, the talent show, plays and events.  Please contact Elizabeth Geris at with potential contacts or recommendations.

Meeting adjourned at 7:46pm.

The next Meany Middle School PTSA meeting is scheduled Tuesday, November 12 from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the library.