Here’s What’s Happening for the Week of April 4, 2016

THIS WEEK AT Meridian Park

April 4 – No School, Teacher Work Day
April 5 – PTSA General Membership Meeting 7:00-8:30pm
April 7 – LGBTQ & Allies Family Potluck Dinner at Shoreline Center 5:30-7:30pm

LOOKING AHEAD

April 11-15 – Scholastic Book Fair
April 14 – Spring Family Fun Night – “Noodlepalooza

PTSA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Please join us for the April PTSA General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 5th from 7:00-8:30pm in the Library. During the short business meeting, we will be voting on next year’s PTSA budget as well as voting in new Executive Board members. We will also be hosting pediatrician Dr. Giselle Falkenberg from Richmond Pediatrics who will give a presentation on topics related to puberty (including emotions, headaches, stomachaches, friendships…). There will be plenty of time to take questions from the audience. Dale Turner YMCA will provide free childcare. Hope to see you there!

Ways for Community Members to Support Gay/Straight Alliances at the LGBTQ & Allies Family Potluck Dinner
On Thursday evening April 7 from 5:30 -7:30 the first ever LGBTQ & Allies Family Potluck Dinner will be held, in a cooperative effort between the Shoreline School District, Shoreline PTA Council, and the community. This event will be held in the Shoreline Room at the Shoreline Center (18560 1st Ave NE).

We encourage all Shoreline school community members to join in this festive, welcome dinner.

During this event, the Gay/Straight Alliances (GSA) from our secondary schools (Shorecrest, Shorewood, Kellogg and Einstein) will be raising funds for their organizations by having a bake sale. Funds will be distributed evenly between the groups and will be used for events such as hosting speakers and purchasing promotional items to increase their visibility in their school communities.

Ways you can support this event:
1. Attend! Make a reservation using this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbtq-allies-family-potluck-dinner-thursday-april-7th-2016-530pm-730pm-tickets-21309730979. Reservations are not required if you find that you can make it at the last minute, please come!!

2. Contribute a baked goods item for the bake sale.

The kids will run the sale, but they will need help with things to sell. If you can, please consider donating something yummy, cut into serving size pieces. The items will not be individually priced; a basket for donations will be available for people who want to “purchase” dessert.

To donate, please contact Kim Darcy to drop items at the Shoreline Center on Thursday April 7 at kim.darcy@shorelineschools.org. To make other arrangements, please contact Lisa at surowieclisa@gmail.com.

3. Donate art supplies or lend legos!

These same high school and middle school students will also be leading small group lego and craft activities for younger children. Community members wishing to donate arts supplies or lend lego or other building items may contact parent volunteer Scott Shiebler at doctorsos27@gmail.com.

This will certainly be an inspiring evening as we build community together. We appreciate all the support from every corner of our district. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Tanisha-Brandon-Felder, Director of Equity and Family Engagement, Shoreline Schools at tanisha.felder@shorelineschools.org.

SCHOLASTIC SPRING BOOK FAIR AT MP
The spring Scholastic book fair will take place the week of April 11th – 15th, and will be open 8:40 AM until 4:00 PM. We are in desperate need of volunteers for the following time slots:
Monday, April 11, 2:00 – 4:00
Wednesday, April 13, 10:15 – 12:15, 12:00 – 2:00
Thursday, April 14, 10:15 – 12:15, 2:00 – 4:00
Friday, April 15, 10:15 – 12:15

If you can help out at any of these times, please let Jenny Hillger know (jenny.hillger@shorelineschools.org, 206-393-4125).
Times can be flexed, too!

SPRING FAMILY FUN NIGHT – “NOODLEPALOOZA
SAVE THE DATE! Spring Family Fun Night at Meridian Park!
On Thursday, April 14th, Meridian Park will be the place to be as we hold our first ever “NOODLEPALOOZA” (spaghetti dinner) with the Scholastic Book Fair!
Here’s the schedule:
5:30pm -7:30pm – Scholastic Book Fair in the library
5:30 – 6:15pm – 5th Grade Science Fair in Room 502 (Ms. Peterson’s classroom) 6:00pm – 7:30pm – Enjoy a delicious noodle (spaghetti) dinner with salad and bread for $3/person (cost covers food)
7:00pm – The Golden Acorn Award and Outstanding Educator recipients will be announced in the Cafeteria
7:30pm – Performance Arts Club Show at 7:30pm
Raffle Prizes – Purchase a dinner and automatically be entered to win a Razor Scooter or James Alan Goody Bag!

Bring a dessert to share for the Dessert Potluck!

We are looking for volunteers to help set up, serve food, and clean up. Interested? Please contact Jill Steinberg at jrsteinberg@comcast.net or Dana Doerksen at gasbarri@comcast.net.

From The Principal
Our theme for April is ‘being purposeful’ or ‘having purpose.’ Please discuss as a family. Thank you to our many volunteers who help out in so many ways. We love your children and we are so proud of their hard work. I look forward to seeing you soon – Mr. T

SAVE THE DATE!
April 18-22 – Spring Break!
May 3 – PTSA Board of Directors Meeting 7:00pm in the Library
May 14 – “MP Mariner’s Night”
May 16 – No School, Teacher Work Day
May 18 – 20 – 6th Grade Camp
May 26 – MP Arts Festival
May 30 – No School, Memorial Day

THE MP PTSA NEEDS YOU NEXT YEAR!
In order to serve the MP population as best as we can, the MP PTSA is looking to fill these vacant positions next year:
Elected officers (Executive Board):
– Co-Presidents or President (We must fill this position in order to have a PTSA!)
– Co-VP of Events
– Co-Treasurer
Non-Elected Officers but Members of the Board
– Membership
Non-Elected Officers (Chair specific events but not required to vote at Board of Director’s meetings)
– Family Services
– Box Tops
– Golden Acorn/Outstanding Educator Awards
Event Chairs and Other Groups
– Variety Show (January)
– Fall Harvest & Cultural Fest (October)
– Car Show (July)
– Friday Email Blast Coordinator
– Yearbook Club
Please consider volunteering your time for one of these opportunities!
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Jill Steinberg at mpptsapresident@gmail.com.