Here’s What’s Happening the week of September 19, 2016

THIS WEEK AT Meridian Park
Sept. 22 – Anti-Bullying Assembly
Sept. 23 – Early Release grades K-6
Sept. 23 – Teacher Luncheon, 12:00 noon

Looking Ahead
Sept. 26 – Non Student Work Day
Sept. 27 – Picture Day
Sept. 27 – Running Club Begins (8:15-9:00 am)

Please join the Meridian Park PTSA! Thank you to the following families and staff for joining the MP PTSA for the 2016-17 school year:
Jenny Hilger, Jiovanna Koceski, Callie Steward, Rhonda McRae, Jeff McRae, Tanya Emmert, Julie Reinhardt, Kayla Candaux, Mary Carrow, Vien & Khai Do, Lori Finch, Megan Truville, Kris & Andy McRea, Xiaoping Wu, JunLi Feng, Katie Djibly, Katie & Ian Schempp, Raif & Luann Majeed, Nauko Grimlund, Scott Halloran, Molly & Christopher Nordstrand, Shana Ava, Han Yu, Daniel Smith, Huiliang Zhang, Laura Graven, Susan Buchholz, Brittany Huntamer, Angela Angelopoulos, Ian Farmer, Angelica Ramirez, Michelle Hageland, Lisa Sezate, Matt Alford, Vanessa Husted, Megan & Dino Menis, Tom & Kim Stege, Laura & Wayne Saito, Matt & Hillery Clark, Mary Loes, Mollie Merkley, John Herold, Katie McCain, Susan & Scott Duthweiler, Spencer Lockwood, Nancy Jenkins, Jeremy & Jonna Clark, Suzannah Salit, Molly Terwilliger, Marla Swanson, Tiffany Megargee, Courtney Olander, Bethany & Carl Gipson, Bomin Shim, Kate Beck, Veronica Beck, Rhonda Beck, Karen & Bob Lagasca, Tricia Norton, Joy Rieke, Linda Smith, Donna Ahron, John Moscrop, Laura Hungerford, Katie Toth-Marter, Kathleen DuCharme, Shelly Adams, Cherry Mendoza, Megan Allen, Christel McArthur, Rosemary Trimmer, Emma Moreno, Susanne Horvath, Peter Anderson, Judith & Roderick Reyes, Shayn Tuberg, Heather Sterling, Tim & Ann Yee, Anne & Chris Chalcraft, Susie & Dave LaClergue, Andrea Morales, Julianne Rogers, Erica Graeff, Mary Kate & Bryce Horwood, Qian Qiu, Hong Tian, Janet Pajimula, Sarah Sanders-Ode, and Chris Ode.

Are you interested in staying involved by joining the PTSA Board? You would be a great asset to the team!
PTSA Open Board Positions:
Co- Treasurer, VP of Events, Read-a-thon chair, Car Show chair, Landscaping chair. Please email mpptsapresident for more info.

Friday, September 23rd: Staff Appreciation Luncheon. We still need a few salads and sandwich supplies to feed the teachers…If you can bring something to contribute, please sign up here.

Community Movie Sunday, Sept. 25 3:00-5:15 pm – the topic is schools, come see Most Likely to Succeed. This film is highlighted as the best ever done on the topic of school – both its past and its future. Join us as parents, grandparents, educators, and children 12 years and older. The film will be followed by 45 minute panel discussion with Superintendent Rebecca Miner, Meridian Park teacher Linda Smith, and Shorewood teacher Jamie Fletcher. They will highlight what’s working and how we can help bring project based learning into Shoreline schools. After seeing this film, the way you think about school will never be the same. Location is Shoreline Auditorium and cost is $5.00 at the door or via If you choose to purchase childcare, cost is $10 childcare with free admission to adult. 2-12 years of age childcare includes a movie, snack and crafts with YMCA staff. Sponsored by Shorewood PTSA for the entire community.

Picture Day krismmcrea for more details.

Running Club – Begins Tuesday, Sept. 27th. The club will take place Tuesdays & Thursdays each week from 8:15-9:00 am. See Mr. Alford for more details.

Thursday, October 27th from 6:00-8:00pm in the MP cafeteria and gym

To make this event a success, we need volunteers in several areas:
Culture Tables – Do you or your family come from another country, state, or city? We provide the table and art display board, you provide the knowledge, trinkets, and anything else you may have to share from your heritage with attendees. Tables are hosted by families who want to showcase their culture, country, or heritage. At past events, families have brought traditional clothing, maps, photos, musical instruments, food packaging, have taught a few words in their native language, or had a craft or small activity kids could do. The kids love visiting these tables and it’s a great way for them to learn about other countries and cultures.
Performances – Do you or someone you know perform in a band, dance group, or other cultural performing art? From jazz to Japanese Taiko drumming, bluegrass to belly dancing, we are seeking groups to entertain and expand our horizons on the MP stage.
Set Up – Begins at 3:30 in the gym setting up tables, moving rolling art display boards, carnival games.
Other areas where we need help:
-Face Painting – Carnival game host -Clean Up -6th grade adults to sell pizza
If you can help us, please contact Julie Reinhardt, Fall Fest Coordinator, julie.

The FLASH and Great Body Shop Health Curriculum Parent Preview event is scheduled.
Health Curriculum Parent Preview Night
Thursday, October 6 @ SLC (specific room TBD)
• Elementary: Great Body Shop from 6:30-7:15
• Secondary: FLASH from 7:30-8:15
Reflections is a PTA sponsored national cultural arts program. All Meridian Park students are invited to participate. Students can express themselves artistically in the following categories: visual arts, literature, musical composition, photography, film production, and dance choreography. Each category will be judged according to grade level. Primary: K-2, Intermediate: 3-5, Middle/Junior: 6-8. You can participate in different categories. All artwork must be new and original and reflect the annual theme: “What Is Your Story?” If you are interested in participating in Reflections, please turn in your original artwork reflecting this theme. Artwork should be turned in to the MP office, by Friday Oct. 28th. Each piece must have an attached entry form. Look for a flyer with information and an entry form coming home soon. You may also use the following link for an entry form, and to look up the rules for your art category.
Contact Reflections Chair, Tiffany Megargee with questions: tiffgm.

The Meridian Park Math Club is signing up students right now! This challenging program instructs students in advanced math concepts, which they take to math competitions against schools around the district or even around the world. Please visit our website at for details about the club. Visit for registration instructions.

We have an urgent need for a 5th-grade math coach! See for details about math coaching.
If you’d like to volunteer as a coach, or if you have any other questions, please contact the coordinator at mpmathclub.

From the Principal
Thank you and our staff for Curriculum Night and we look forward to seeing you again soon. We are working on ‘respect’ this month and we hope you will talk at home about how to be respectful, especially in a difficult situation. Shout out to our families and staff who are part of Kinder Land, and all our new families. We are happy you are Cheetahs. We look forward to seeing you soon at October Conferences. Best – Mr. T