This Week at Meridian Park

•    January 14 – Superintendent Search Meeting at Shorecrest 7:30 pm
•    January 15 – Superintendent Search Meeting at Shorewood 7:30 pm
•    January 16 – Martin Luther King Assembly 2:30 pm
•    January 16 – Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 4:00 – 6:30 Shorecrest HS Auditorium
•    January 17 – MP Talent Show at Shorecrest High School Auditorium

LOOKING AHEAD

•    January 20 – No School – Martin Luther King Day
•    January 21-23:  Drama Club auditions/rehearsals begin 12:00-3:30 p.m. (these are 1/2 days due to conferences.)
•    January 21- 24 – Early Dismissal 11:50 am for Teacher Conferences
•    January 22 – Ballots Mailed for Levy
•    January 25 – Kinderfest at Shoreline District Office, Shoreline Room 10:00 am – Noon
•    January 27 – No School – Teacher Work Day
•    January 29 – Kindergarten Visitation at all Shoreline Elementary Schools 9:30 am

BREAKFAST IS AVAILABLE AT MERIDIAN PARK!

Just a reminder that MP students can eat a supervised breakfast at school.  Cost is $1.75 (unless you have a free or reduced meal).  Enter school at 8:45 am through the lobby front door or the back door near the lunchroom.    Students will need to proceed to their classrooms at 9:05 am.

SUPPORT THE SEAHAWKS

Let’s show our support for the Super Bowl bound Seahawks!  Students are encouraged to wear any and all Seahawks gear or the colors blue, green, or gray every Friday in January to show support.  Go Seahawks!

MPPTSA WEBSITE

Thanks to Frank Kleyn for refreshing the MP PTSA website!  Check it out at http://mpptsa.org.   You will find information about: Membership, meeting minutes, standing rules and budget documents, forms, contact information, Cheetah Chatter newsletters, PTSA sponsored classes, upcoming events, photos, fundraiser information, and more!  Visit http://mpptsa.org and click on the “Follow” button that appears in the bottom right hand corner of your browser window.  By following the site, you will receive an email notifying you of new posts. Recent posts include information about getting involved with this year’s Shoreline Classic Car Show and Approved Board Meeting Minutes.

STEVENS PASS OFFERS FREE SKI PASSES TO ALL WA STATE 5TH GRADERS!

Click on this Stevens Pass link to find out more:  http://shar.es/OPxnS

BROWN BEAR CAR WASH TICKETS

Brown Bear Car wash tickets are now available for purchase for $5.00 each.  Contact Tracey Poole at Tlp07@stevepoole.com to buy yours now!  Proceeds benefit the 6th grade moving on ceremony.

SEARCH FOR NEW SUPERINTENDENT

The Shoreline School Board has hired the firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to assist with the search for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Sue Walker is retiring June 30, 2014

Community meetings will be held on Jan. 14 and Jan. 15, along with information sessions about the upcoming levy propositions.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Shorecrest High School theater

15343 25th Ave. NE

 

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Shorewood High School theater

17300 Fremont Ave. N.

Consultants Janet Barry and Brian Benzel will describe the search process and timeline and ask for input from community members on three key questions:

1.  What do you value and appreciate most about the Shoreline School District?  (What will you definitely want to protect and keep as the District makes a leadership change?)

2.  What should be improved?

3.  In light of these strengths and needs, what are the characteristics you most want to see in your next superintendent?

For more information, visit http://schools.shorelineschools.org/suptsearch/

KINDERFEST

Kinderfest is an opportunity for parents who will be enrolling their children in kindergarten to hear and learn about the programs offered by the Shoreline School District. Kinderfest will be on Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 – Noon.  We encourage you to come at the beginning to to hear the Superintendent’s welcoming message; however you are welcome to come and go as your schedule allows. Childcare will be available.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2014-15

Kindergarten registration for Shoreline residents with students starting kindergarten in the fall of 2014 will begin on Monday, February 3, 2014 at your neighborhood school. In order to attend kindergarten in the fall, a child must be five years old by August 31, 2014. All elementary schools in the district will have kindergarten visitations on January 29, 2014 at 9:30am. Letting your home school know that you are attending the visitation is not necessary, but highly appreciated for planning purposes.

Kindergarten registration for non-Shoreline residents will also being on Monday, February 3rd.  All non-Shoreline residents will need to register at the District offices (18560 – 1st Ave NE) in the Instruction building.

For more information on kindergarten registration, please contact Cathy Allred at 206.393.4211 or cathy.allred@shorelineschools.org

SAVE THE DATE!

•    February 3 – Kindergarten Registration Begins

SCHOOL DISTRICT LEVY

TWO SHORELINE SCHOOL DISTRICT LEVY PROPOSITIONS ON FEBRUARY BALLOT

This is an all-mail election.  Ballots will be mailed Jan. 22 and please remember to vote by Feb. 11. For more information on levy proposals, call 206-393-4412 or visit shorelineschools.org.

PROPOSITION 1:
Replacement of an Expiring Levy for Educational Programs, Maintenance
and Operations.  Replaces the current four-year levy that expires in 2014, and provides the
District with approximately 26 percent of its General Fund operating revenue.
The levy funds basic education programs not fully supported by state and
federal funding, including:

• Special education programs, highly capable programs, remedial programs and
vocational education programs
• Nurses, family advocates, librarians and instructional materials
• Maintenance of current targeted class sizes

The levy also supports student activities, including music, drama and athletics

PROPOSITION 2:
Replacement of an Expiring Capital Levy for Technology Improvements
and Support

Replaces the current four-year levy that expires in 2014. These funds would be
used to meet the District’s ongoing technology needs, including:

• Student Computers and Technology Access: upgrade equipment used
for online learning in K-8 and expand use of digital curriculum and online
assessments K-12
• Software/Online Resources: online curriculum products (all subjects),
streaming video, research databases, teacher website platform, help desk
service
• Staffing and Training: instructional technology specialists to support effective
classroom integration, classes and training sessions for all staff, online support
resources

The proposed technology levy amounts are unchanged from the expiring 2010 Capital Levy.

Capital Levy for Technology Improvements
and Support

Replaces the current four-year levy that expires in 2014. These funds would be
used to meet the District’s ongoing technology needs, including:

• Student Computers and Technology Access: upgrade equipment used
for online learning in K-8 and expand use of digital curriculum and online
assessments K-12
• Software/Online Resources: online curriculum products (all subjects),
streaming video, research databases, teacher website platform, help desk
service
• Staffing and Training: instructional technology specialists to support effective
classroom integration, classes and training sessions for all staff, online support
resources
The proposed technology levy amounts are unchanged from the expiring 2010 Capital Levy.