Here’s what’s happening for the week of January 27, 2013

THIS WEEK AT MERIDIAN PARK

• January 27 – No School – Teacher Work Day

• January 29 – Kindergarten Visitation at all Shoreline Elementary Schools 9:30 am

• January 30 – MP Skating Party at Lynnwood Bowl & Skate 6:00 – 8:00 pm

• January 31 – Spirit Day – Teacher Switch Day

LOOKING AHEAD

• February 3 – Kindergarten Registration Begins

• February 4 – PTSA Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Library

• February 5 – Westside Band Festival 7:30-8:30 pm Shorewood High School 6th Grade

PTSA SURVEY – WE NEED YOUR HELP!

One of the Meridian Park PTSA’s strategic goals for this year is to create a survey to ask for feedback about how we can better serve the Meridian Park community. Results of the survey will be shared at the General Membership meeting on Tuesday, April 1st.

We invite parents, teachers, staff, and community members to complete the short survey located here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GY6DX77. The survey will stay open until January 31st.

The Spanish version of this survey can found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JJNLCZW.

Print versions of both of the surveys are available in the MP office.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Ositis, PTSA President

LUNCH BUNCH

Annie Gage, MP’s Family Advocate, has begun having LUNCH BUNCH in her office on Fridays. Teachers can select two students from their classroom to join Ms. Annie for lunch. It’s a positive way to help students mix and get acquainted with new people. Your student can let his/her teacher know if he/she would like to participate.

CHEETAH CHAMPS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Cheetah CHAMPS (Children Have Amazing Mentor/Parent Support) is an exciting volunteer program at Meridian Park that is open to dads, moms, stepparents, grandparents or any important adult in your child’s life who can spend a few hours at Meridian Park volunteering in a variety of fun and exciting ways. As a Cheetah Champ, your day would begin with check in at the MP office at 9:00 am with your student, review schedule, pick up a t-shirt, have a picture taken with your child(ren) and then prepare to spend the next several hours making a difference at Meridian Park. A typical Cheetah Champ day includes helping in the classroom, passing out Cheetah Cheers to excited students, supervising and participating at lunch and recess. The students love having their family member at school, teachers appreciate it and staff are grateful for it! You will feel an enormous sense of pride and satisfaction by helping the school community and engaging with your child at school.

Volunteering is easy! Just click on the link below, fill out the form and you will be contacted to confirm a day that works for you. Currently, we are asking for Cheetah Champ volunteers from 9:00 am through your student’s lunch period, however, schedules are flexible. There are lots of Cheetah Champ volunteer opportunities waiting for you!

Feel free to contact Jill Steinberg at jrsteinberg for more information.

Click on this link for the form:https://mpptsa.org/volunteer

FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE

The nurses will be performing vision and hearing screening Feb 3-4 from 9:00am-3:30 pm each day. We will need volunteers during this time to assist us. If you are available for the whole day or can help us out from 9:00-12 or 12:30-3:30 please contact Nurse Susan by phone or email with your availability. 206-393-4124 or susan.goldman. Thank You!

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!

SKATING PARTY – Thursday, January 30 from 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for a MP skating party on Thursday, January 30 from 6:00-8:00pm at Lynnwood Bowl & Skate, 6210 200th St. SW, Lynnwood. Admission is $6.50 which includes quad skate rental. Pay an additional $3.00 for in line skates. Parents are encouraged to participate. No drop-offs allowed. Hope to see you there!

BROWN BEAR CAR WASH TICKETS

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

MP PTSA 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.

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.

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.

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.

SAVE THE DATE!

• February 11 – District Orchestra Performance – Spartan Gym 7:30 pm 6th Grade

• February 12 – Kindergarten, Here I Come! 6:30 – 8:30 at The Shoreline Children’s Center

• March 12 – Getting School Ready…Sing with our Kids and Nancy Stewart 6:30-8:30 at The Shoreline Children’s Center

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