Here’s what’s happening for the week of April 6, 2015

• April 6 – No School, Staff Work Day
• April 7 – PTSA Board of Directors Meeting 6:00-7:00pm in the Library
• April 7 – PTSA General Membership Meeting 7:00-8:30pm in the Library
• April 8-10 – 3rd Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
• April 10 – Student Council Spirit Day: Pajama Day!

Upcoming Dates

• April 13 – 17 – PTSA Sponsored Scholastic Book Fair
• April 13 – Car Show Planning Meeting 7:00pm in the Library
• April 13 – 3rd Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
• April 14 – 3rd and 5th Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
• April 15 – 3rd Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
• April 16 – Family Fun Night 5:30-8:00
• April 16 – 5th Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
• April 18 – MP Landscaping Party 8:00 – Noon

On time attendance is very important! Please review this information carefully.
It’s very helpful for students to attend on the dates listed; please limit appointments & early dismissals.

Grade 3 April 8, 9, 10, 15; May 14 & 19
Please note state required changes to 3rd grade dates
Grade 4 April 30; May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13
Grade 5 April 14 & 16; May 4, 6, 7 , 8, 13
Grade 6 April 28 & 30; May 5, 6, 7, 12

Please see full schedule attached.
If you have questions, contact your teacher or Mr. Tadlock.
Thank you for helping us with perfect attendance during state testing!

Please join us on Tuesday, April 7th for the Meridian Park PTSA General Membership meeting at 7:00pm in the Library. There will be a short business agenda, including election of 2015-2016 officers. Our educational speaker for the evening will be Chuck Goodwin, the Safety & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Shoreline School District.
Mr. Goodwin will be providing an update on how the school district has been moving forward with emergency preparedness since theJanuary 7th security incident that happened on the Meridian Park campus. He will also be presenting a program called "Crisis Intervention for Shoreline Schools: What to do and say in the first 3 minutes to 3 hours”. Snacks and free childcare provided by the Dale Turner YMCA. All MP PTSA meetings are open to the public.

The book fair will run Monday through Friday, April 13-17, 8:40-4:00 daily, except Friday until 1:00pm. The book fair will also be open during Family Fun Night on Thursday, April 16, 5:30-7:30. Please plan to stop by and support Meridian Park. Book fair profits benefit all Meridian Park students through new book purchases and special literacy events.
In order to have a successful book fair, we are seeking volunteers. If you would like to work a one- or two-hour shift, please contact Jenny Hillger at jenny.hillger. Volunteering at the book fair is a great way to meet a lot of MP kids, see all of the new books, and meet other MP parents. Thanks! Jenny Hillger, MP Teacher-Librarian.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT – April 16 from 5:30-8:00
Please join us for a free night of fun at MP!

Schedule of Events
5:30pm – 8:00pm Come by the Art Docent Program table in the Front Foyer and choose to “buy” your student’s art to finance art supplies for the 2015-2016 school year.
5:30pm – 8:00pm Visit the BOOK FAIR in the Library
5:30pm – 7:00pm Pizza will be sold in the Cafeteria to raise money for next year’s 6th grade camp. Please bring cupcakes for the cupcake potluck!
6:15pm – 6:45pm Book Fair drawing for K-4 students in the Library (Students must be present to win.)
6:50pm – 7:10pm PTSA presents the Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator Award in the Gym. Come support the recipients of these awards.
7:15pm – 7:45pm Matt Alford presents the Circus Arts Club performance in the Gym.
7:45pm – 8:00pm Book Fair drawing in the Library for 5-6th grade students (Students must be present to win).
7:45pm – 8:00pm Attendees can try out Circus Arts equipment in the Gym.
If you have any questions or need more information please contact Dana Doerksen at mpptsavpevents.

Each spring, Shoreline schools collect specific items to be distributed to Shoreline families in need at the Back to School Consortium event held in August. Most wanted items are: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, new girls underwear, new boys underwear, new socks (boys and girls), and soap. Meridian Park’s goal is to win a Golden Hanger Award by donating 500 items. Please consider donating an item or two and dropping them off in the MP lobby in the box marked, "The Works" by the display case. The drive ends on April 15 so please bring in your items any time before then. Thanks for your support!

Advanced Volleyball Club is for 6th grade students only in preparation for the staff vs. sixth grade volleyball game in June. Volleyball club is on Thursday mornings from 8:00am -8:50am starting April 30th and ending June 4th. I currently have ten spots left open. Permission slips are available in the main office.

MP MARINERS NIGHT – May 8, Safeco Field at 7:00pm
Due date to turn in your Mariners order forms and money is 4/16/15 (A headcount needs to be provided to the Mariners on this date). Tickets will be distributed via Kid Mail on 5/6/15. Questions? Contact Susan Duthweiler at sduthweiler.

LANDSCAPING PARTY AT MP! April 18 8:00am – Noon
Spring clean up! Saturday, April 18th. Please bring shovel and wheelbarrow if possible. Need volunteers. Kids welcome to help. Questions? Contact Callie Steward at calliel_.

• April 20-24 Spring Break
• April 28 – 6th Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
• April 27 – Student Store Open During Second Recess
• April 30 – 4th and 6th Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
• May 4 – 5th Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
• May 5 – 4th and 6th Grade Smarter Balanced Testing
• May 5 – PTSA Board of Directors Meeting 7:00-8:30pm