Message for the Week of September 18, 2017

THIS WEEK AT Meridian Park

Tuesday, Sept. 19th – PTSA Meeting, 7 pm in the library. All welcome, childcare provided. If you would like to receive the agendas please email mpptsapresident and put Agendas in subject line.

Looking Ahead
Sept. 26 & 27 – Picture Days
Sept. 29th – PTSA Family Movie Night

Bus Information
Click below to access bus route information: Shoreline Transportation Department
login: shorelinefamily
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PTSA Family Movie Night
Movie Night will take place on Sept 29 at 6:15. The Eagle Huntress Bring your chair and popcorn or picnic dinner! 6th grade will sell pizza, PTSA will sell stainless steel water bottles for $10. Minimum -ONE Adult for every 6 kids, no drop offs. Please, make sure your child comes with an adult. But, feel free to bring more than your child (up to 6 kids per adult).

Online Payment Option Available
To access the online payment system, click Shoreline InTouch. Your TouchBase User Name is the same log-in you use for Family Access. Unless you have changed it, your Skyward Family Access username is the first 5 characters of your Last Name plus first 3 characters of your First Name plus unique 3 digit numeric all in UPPERCASE (Example: John Smith would be SMITHJOH000. If your Last Name is shorter than 5 characters add spaces between Last and First name MICHAEL CHO would be CHO MIC000 with two spaces between O and M). Passwords are case sensitive.
Please always purchase STUDENT ITEMS against your Student’s Name. This creates a record of items purchased under their name. You can review this at any time by logging in and selecting Report. Guest accounts WILL NOT allow you access to your student’s information.
For your security, the District has provided a portal where you can change your password. The reset instructions will be emailed to the email on record in Family Access. Please keep in mind that if you change it in the online payment system it will no longer be the same as Family Access.
There is a $1.50 convenience fee attached to online purchases except for Food Service payments and donations. You may charge items to multiple students but only have one $1.50 fee. Neither the District nor the online payment system keeps or stores your credit card information.

Picture Days
Order forms will be sent home this week for student picture day. Students in grades 2-6 will take pictures on Tuesday, Sept. 26th and students in grades K-1 will take pictures on Wednesday, Sept. 27th.

Online Registration Available to PTSA Membership
Make sure to join the Meridian Park PTSA! We are offering online registration this year, or send in your yellow envelope that was in your back to school packet.

Guest speaker event:
Austina De Bonte of the Northwest Gifted Child Association
Thursday, October 5, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Shoreline Auditorium (18560-1st Ave. NE – Shoreline Conference Center)
The Shoreline Hi Cap Advocacy Group, in partnership with the Shoreline PTA Council, is excited to welcome back Austina De Bonte, president of the Northwest Gifted Child Association (NWGCA), to Shoreline for her presentation, “What Parents and Educators Need to Know About Smart Kids.” This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the social/emotional concerns that impact our advanced learners: what’s normal, what to expect as they grow, and why genuine challenge is vitally important to their learning, as well as the development of their academic talents — from the preschool and elementary years all the way to high school and beyond. This event is open to all Shoreline families!
We will have a brief business meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed by Ms. De Bonte’s presentation at 7 p.m.
A limited number of free childcare spots will be available on RSVP – “first come, first serve” basis – by the Dale Turner YMCA. Please email us at  with your name, the number of child(ren), and their names and ages, to reserve this service. Children must be potty-trained.
This is a free speaker event for parents and for anyone who supports our students. Don’t miss this!

Yearbook Photos Needed
Photos needed for the 2017-2018 Yearbook. If you take a photo at a Meridian Park event, field trip, or in the classroom, email it to mpptsayearbook! “Tag” the photo with the grade of the kids in the photo or the name of the event. We will be collecting photos until mid April. If you are interested in helping out more with the Yearbook you can contact Molly at the yearbook email.

Office & Admin Update
Congratulations Kindergarten on recent conferences and a successful first week of classes; and all Cheetahs for the best start ever. We had a fun first assembly last week and this month all Cheetahs are practicing ‘respect.’ As a family, please talk about respect. This week we are holding our first safety drill on Tuesday at 3 pm. As a school, we will practice for a safety situation in the neighborhood (off campus), called Lockout, and also do a Fire Drill. Teachers will hold class meetings in advance to prepare students. Please talk with your student(s) and emphasize that school is a safe place. We hope to see you at PTA on Tuesday night, and thanks for our partnership. See you soon. David Tadlock and Lara Drew, Admin

MP Core Values
One Community • Stronger Together
Belonging • Engagement • Equity • Flexibility
Growth • Joy • Respect • Wellness