Here’s what’s happening for the week of January 19, 2015

• January 19 – PTA Legislative Assembly – Olympia
• January 19 – No School – Martin Luther King Day
• January 20-23 – 11:45am Dismissal for Conferences
• January 21 – Honor Band Rehearsal 4:15pm – 5:30pm
• January 22 – Tacos for Teachers
• January 24 – Kinderfest Kindergarten Fair 10:00am Shoreline Center
• January 26 – Non Student Work Day
• January 27 – MP Student Council Student Store 8:40-9:00am
• January 28 – Tour for Incoming Kindergarten Parents 9:30am
• January 29 – Student Council Meeting 8:15am Ms. Q’s Room

Our MP teachers do lots of things…They keep our kids safe, teach them what they need to know and act as good role models. This coming Thursday, January 22nd most of the teachers will be holding parent conferences until 7pm or later and we thought it’d be great to join together as a school and treat the teachers to a taco dinner that night. The PTSA will provide the meat and we’re asking families to provide the toppings like cheese, lettuce, olives, etc. Please let us know what you’re able to send in by signing up on Volunteer Spot by clicking here: hungerfordfamily.

Popcorn Fridays will start in January/ February (date TBD)! Bags of pre-popped SmartFood White Cheddar Popcorn for 50 cents! More info to come.

Lost and Found:
Please check the lost and found by Friday January 23rd . There are quite a few items that have accumulated. They will be available outside the cafeteria for viewing during Conference Week.

ROBOTICS CLASS for 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders
The Meridian Park PTSA is pleased to sponsor an after school Robotics class for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders beginning Tuesday, January 27th. This class is built around LEGO Mindstorms and will be held for (8) weeks on Tuesdays from 3:35pm – 5:00pm in the Meridian Park Library. Cost per student is $96. To register or for more information, please visit annie.gage orjrsteinberg.

Syre PTA is offering a presentation by guest speaker Rosetta Lee, Outreach Specialist from Seattle Girls’ School at the end of January. Ms. Lee is a dynamic diversity speaker and trainer who speaks at schools and non-profit organizations throughout the United States. She will be sharing her presentation Sugar and Spice But Not Always Nice: Gender, Bias, and Aggression in Adolescent Girls in the Syre gymnasium on January 29 from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m.

Flu season is underway. There are also illness with flulike symptoms in the community. Please remember to wash your hands frequently and cover coughs to help prevent the spread of all germs. If your child is sick with a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, a combination of these or other symptoms of illness, please keep them home. Students should be symptom free at home for 24 hours before they return to school. Thank you!! Nurse Susan Office hours M-F 9-3:30 206-393-4124
Gardeners and helpers needed. Let’s get the grounds cleaned up before spring. If you can devote 2 hours to moving bark or putting down cardboard on a Saturday, Sunday or after school – PLEASE email calliel_ with your availability. We are excited to beautify our grounds!

KINDERFEST 2015 – January 24th at Shoreline Center
Kinderfest is an opportunity for parents who will be enrolling their children in kindergarten to hear about the kindergarten program offered by the Shoreline School District. Kinderfest will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 10:00am to noon in the Shoreline Room at the Shoreline Center, 18560 – 1st Ave NE.
Kindergarten registration for Shoreline residents with students starting kindergarten in the fall of 2015 will begin Monday, February 2nd at all elementary schools. You will need to register at your neighborhood/home school. In order to attend kindergarten in the fall, a child must be five years old by August 31, 2015. All elementary schools in the district will have kindergarten visitations on January 28, 2015 at 9:30am. Letting your home school know that you are attending the visitation is not necessary, but highly appreciated for planning purposes.
For more information about kindergarten registration and Kinderfest, please contact Cathy Allred at 206.393.4211 orcathy.allred.

• February 3 – PTSA Board of Directors Meeting 7:00-8:30pm
• February 5 – 6th Grade Orchestra Festival 6:30-8:00pm
• February 9 – First 2015 MP Car Show Planning Meeting 7pm – 8pm
• February 11 – MP Skating Party 6:00-8:00pm
• February 16-20 – Mid Winter Break