Here’s what’s happening for the week of December 8, 2014

• December 9 – Variety Show Auditions 3:45 pm in Band Room
• December 11 – Variety Show Auditions 3:45 pm in Band Room
• December 12 – Spirit Day (White Elephant Day – see guidelines below)
• December 15-17 – Drama Club Auditions/Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 pm
• December 16 – Student Store 8:40-9:00am in Front Lobby
• December 18 – Student Council Meeting 8:15 am in Ms. Q’s Room
• December 18 – Holiday Sing-a-long 9:30 am

It is time to register for Spanish and French language classes at Meridian Park! The classes will continue until the end of the school year in two more sessions. The classes are all held in the Meridian Park Library from 8:15am – 9:00am. Spanish is held Monday and Tuesdaymorning and French Thursday morning. The cost is $120 for ten sessions plus $12 for the accompanying workbook (yearly). The Polly-Glot Tots registration can be done online (frederique_battestini and bring a check into class the first day.

The sixth grade will be selling Brown Bear car wash tickets as a fundraiser for Camp Orkila. Don’t forget anyone who needs car wash tickets! New drivers? Coaches? Babysitters? Bosses? Teachers? Holiday gifts? Office gift? Tickets are $6 each and checks can be made out to Meridian Park. Please email Krista Keller at krista_keller for tickets or info.

This much anticipated event has begun! Meridian Park’s goal is to collect 250 bottles of cooking oil along with other food staples: peanut butter, pasta, beans (canned, refried, pork and beans), canned soup, canned vegetables, condiments (mayo, mustard, ketchup), cereal hot or cold, canned fruit, canned tomato products, granola bars, or anything gluten free. Also being accepted are teen gifts. Please consider donating some of these items to help support 500 Shoreline families. Drop off boxes are located in each classroom and in the MP lobby.

1) A student finds a toy/movie/item from their house that is in GOOD condition but that isn’t used by their family anymore
2) They wrap the present (at home or using construction paper at school)
3) During recess (which recess, you decide), students take turns passing around the presents
4) Players sit in a circle or line where they can see the gift pile. To make things easier, everyone should sit in the order in which they will take their turns
5) The first player selects a gift from the pool and opens it. Make sure everyone can see the gift.
6) The following players can choose to either pick an unwrapped gift from the pool or steal a previous player’s gift. Anyone who gets their gift stolen in this way can do the same – choose a new gift or steal from someone else.
To keep things moving along, there are a couple of limits on gift swapping:
– A present can only be stolen once per turn, which means players who have a gift stolen from them have to wait to get it back.
– After three swaps, the turn automatically comes to an end (otherwise things could drag on for a long time).
7) After all players have had a turn, the first player gets a chance to swap the gift he or she is holding for any other opened gift. Anyone who’s gift is stolen may steal from someone else (as long as that person hasn’t been stolen from yet). When someone declines to steal a gift, the game comes to an end.

It’s just like the airport! Please:
– Park and use the crosswalk in front of the school; or
– Pull as far forward as possible at the curb
– Stay with your car at the curb until the kids are safely buckled
– Pull out carefully and make space for others

• December 22 – Winter Break Begins
• January 5 – Back to School – Winter break ends
• January 6 – PTSA General Membership Meeting 7:00-8:00pm
• January 8 – Reflections Reception 6:30pm Shoreline Center
• January 9 – Variety Show 6:30-9:00pm Shorewood H.S. Theater